Think Pink

Pink PantherToday was the day I had been dreading for months.

The day I had been losing weight for.

The day I chose the lightest clothes for.

The day I lost three vials of blood for.

The day of my "quadrannual" physical checkup.

As it happens, it went well.

Um, fairly well.

No, it wasn't too bad...

Okay, it was crap.

I needed an EKG. Palpatations.

I need to lose more weight. No duh!

I need to get more sleep. What? No more naps at work?

I need to drink more water. Kidney stones.

I need to exercise. Every frickin' day, apparently.

I need to go for another mammogram. Oh joy.

More pain, prodding, poking, squeezing and overall humiliation.

But then I saw that today's paper was pink. Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.

And I realized it could be worse. Much worse.

So I'll go get prodded, poked and squeezed.

And I'll try to stop whining about it too.

I only hope I'm more successful at THAT than I will be at any of those other changes I need to make.

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Ed (zoesdad) said...

Exercise every day---that's crazy talk!

Unknown said...

It's so true. We sit here and freak about about preventions and check up, whereas if we were actually sick, we'd be BEGGING (and probably on waiting lists) for treatment.

Putting yourself in other's shoes is a great thing to do.

PG said...

nice post maureen. It's all a matter of perspective. count your blessings indeed. Well done.

Maureen said...

Ed: I know! Two miles of walking in 1/2 hour a day. Geez. AND he told me to cut down on the coffee (I only drink 3 cups) but to increase water intake. Hello? I make my coffee with a whole whack of water! (yeah, I know, caffeine...) Poor guy, he just shook his head and actually wrote "probably will not comply" on my chart (he reads aloud what he types on the electronic chart). I am my own worst enemy.

Huckdoll: So true. I need to get off my ass and shut up sometimes.

PG: Aw, thanks. Overall I am healthy.... -ish. I just need to motivate myself to get into better shape. Hmmmm. Maybe a video of me doing workouts? Nah... that would just scare people away from here for sure. ;)

Jo Beaufoix said...

That's a really good way to think. Exercise every day though? Arghhh.

And I wouldn't like the prodding and poking stuff so I would feel just like you. Shivers.

JD at I Do Things said...

A recent study proclaims that people who drink caffeinated beverages have the same level of hydration as people who drank noncaffeinated drinks. I'm sure it depends on the individual, and you're probably not supposed to drink too much caffeine, but I was happy to hear this. I count my 2 cups of coffee toward my daily water intake.

JD at I Do Things

Karen MEG said...

Exercising everyday...well, there's a lot of stuff that counts, right?
Poked and prodded, but alive and well.
Great post.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Yup, kinda puts it all in perspective, doesn't it?

Unknown said...

Do it. Because you can. And because you KNOW it will make you a healthier and more fit person. Which means you get to live longer - and better. And you get to keep on blogging.

robkroese said...

Good luck. You can do it!

DJ Kirkby said...

Exercise? Explain the meaning of this word please...

Ed & Jeanne said...

When he told you to increase water intake didn't you argue back on the unpleasantness of retaining water?

Nora said...

I walk the dog 3 times a day, that's exercise and I drink a lot of coffee, including decaf, so I am hydrated and I don't eat meat and I get a mammogram every 2 years. Oh yes, I also smoke. Well, you can't win them all, but I am pretty healthy for an old broad. I am very regular also.

Phoenix5 said...

I know I shouldn't be laughing at your "prognosis", but the way you wrote it had me in stitches... again! As for exercising, try to disguise it as something else, preferrably more fun! I usually walk over 10 - 12 kms everyday at work... and it doesn't FEEL like exercise... until the day is over... then, that's a different story altogether!

Have a great weekend!

OHmommy said...

Those are good words to live by. Putting yourself in other shoes. Now I need to follow my own words. UGH!!! ...;)

Anonymous said...

I felt similar when I went for my check up last year both with my regular doctor and my OBGYN said I needed to lose weight. 40 lbs in my mind. I needed to get exercise and drink more water so almost a year later finally my husband and I are walking every morning about a half mile and trying to eat healthier. It is tough but you can do it and so can I! I have two girls so I tend to put everyone else above me but now I have to look out for me!

Maureen said...

Jo: I know… what we women go through, eh?

JD: Ah, good to know! There is no way I am going to be drinking buckets of plain water every day; just can’t do that.

Karen Meg: Hah! Yeah! Like all that exercise my fingers get typing on the keyboard….

Jeff: Yes, it does.

Iceel: You are very right… and I had to LOL at your last line there!

Diesel: Aw, thanks.

DJ: Yes, it apparently means MOVING… faster than a slug, which I have become.

VE: Hey! I never thought about that!!! I really need to consult you before heading to the doc’s the next time.

Nora: You exercise MUCH more than I do. I should take a page from your book (except for the smoking ;) )

Lady Banana: You are right. Good luck with the ultrasound!

Phoenix5: Wow, that’s a lot of walking, good for you! You are right; when it seems like something else, it’s easier to do. I do walk a lot with daughter at the mall; does that count?

OhMommy: You and me both!

Michele: Oh, you are so right about the putting everyone else ahead of you. As a mom, you sometimes just do that without even thinking. Good for you and hubs! I hope I can do the same!

Cupcake Blonde said...

What a wonderful thing for your paper to do. And yes, we all need those little reality checks from time to time. Although it does not make me like going to the doctor any more.

Maureen said...

VP: Agreed. I just have to remember that when I am in the dammed torture er, mammogram machine.

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