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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Desert View - Day 60 - 'About nothing'

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7:29 am - Tuesday - January 9th - Grand Canyon - 41º F, 60% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the southeast.....cloudy with a 50% chance of rain.....looks like we could have snow by tomorrow morning.  I'm feeling pretty good today, and will probably go back to work (noon) today.....BP 114/70.

TLE went back to work Monday afternoon......she's a better 'man' than I.....:-)  I was glad I decided to wait one more day as I was still weak, and had no appetite whatsoever.....I ate a little because I knew I should.....before I can take two of my pills I need to eat first.  

When you are sick, and you don't do anything but sleep and watch TV (reading hurts my eyes right now), there is not much about which one might write.  And so, here I sit, trying to write about nothing.  Hmmmmm.....well the skies the last three days have been very threatening, but have not yielded any moisture so far.  I only know what I am observing out the windows, because my body has not ventured outside since Friday.  I've been sort of living in the Newell cocoon for 4 days where time loses much of its context.  Thankfully I am content to spend time inside our tiny home, and I never feel like I'm getting 'cabin fever', if you know what I mean.

When you want to lose weight having NO APPETITE really helps a lot, and for the last 4 days I have had NO APPETITE.  On Friday, when I began getting sick, I weighed 198 even.  After 4 days of eating very little I am down to 193.4.  My goal is 187, for the short term.  Why 187?  Well, that was my weight after emerging from my double hernia surgery 3 years ago.  Clothes I had not worn in 3 years suddenly fit me once again, and I looked good!  Then we took off traveling again, and before long I was back into the mid 190's, and at one point hit my all time high of 215 about one year ago after my last cold.  TLE was up in weight too, so we pledged to each other to lose weight.  Over the course of the next 6 months I got down to 202, but TLE got down to a weight she had not seen for 25 years, and she has held that weight for the last six months.....I am very proud of her.  On the other hand, I could not seem to break the 200 barrier, and that was where I found myself just 11 days ago when I was being transported to Flagstaff Medical Center via ambulance with very high blood pressure.  

With the advent of my low sodium diet beginning with my hospital stay I am no longer retaining water and my weight immediately dropped to 198.8!  I stayed there until last Friday when I began to get sick and weighed in at 198 even.  Then along came the COLD, and NO APPETITE, and I have dropped down to 193.4! Obviously, now that I am on the mend and my appetite is returning I foresee a short period of weight stabilization, but I am within view of my weight goal......just 6.4 more pounds!

Maintaining, or losing weight while living as nomads is always a difficult proposition, and it is the continual topic of discussion wherever nomads may gather.  It is difficult to maintain an exercise regime, and there are food temptations everywhere.....micro breweries, pub food....you name it.  My recent diagnosis of hypertension has renewed my determination to be more diligent regarding good intake, and exercise.  It's easy to get complacent....sometimes it takes a health scare to get one more focused on what is really important!

Well, there you go.....a blog mostly about nothing.....thanks for stopping by!

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