Wednesday, March 13, 2013

On the mend, plus random updates

I finally called the doctor on Tuesday and was in yesterday. I was diagnosed with sinusitis and given antibiotics (Amoxicillin). I took the first dose last night and felt a lot better this morning, so I'm wondering if I would have gotten better without the antibiotics if I had just waited. I can't imagine they would work that fast. I was just tired of being sick. My exercise and eating are off, and it has been hard to work.

I hate taking them, but now that i started them, I'll finish the course. I picked up some probiotics to take during and after the course. After doing some research, I found that I should take them about two hours apart.

I am hoping I'm up to full strength before my DietBet starts. There is a crazy amount of money in the pot -- almost $17,000 now. Of course, that means there are more people to split the winnings, too. I weigh in Saturday. Of course, I will keep you updated on my progress.

I bought a new dishwasher today. It will be delivered on Saturday. We are wasting a lot of time re-washing stuff that didn't get clean, handwashing things, etc. I think that this will make our cleaning a lot more efficient and I'm excited about it. I don't like to spend money like that but it seems worth it for something that will make such a big difference -- and hopefully save water and energy.

I still have papers to grade -- my grades aren't due until the middle of next week, but I would really like to get them done sooner so this isn't hanging over my head. Grading papers fills me with doom sometimes because I focus on all the ways they didn't learn what I wanted them to and blame myself.

My checklist habit has kind of fallen apart -- here's today's:

  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: 30 minute walk.
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was over budget, but I logged everything.  
  • Take my supplements: Will do (and the probiotic) when I finish this
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana, orange, spinach, avocado, homemade curried lentil soup with peppers, onions, and celery in it. I used a boxed vegetable broth as the base.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: More than 50.


  1. my guess is it WAS the antiB that made the difference; yes, I think they can work that fast; your body probably just needed that extra help.

    I bought a new dishwasher last month for exactly the same reasons. I scrub everything as I load (with a brush) and use the dishwasher sort of as a sanitiser. I was doing that with old dishwasher too.

    One thing I did learn, a while back with old dishwasher, is that I was using too much soap. It was creating a film on the filter/screen and that was part of the problem. And all the repairmen/salesmen told me dry soap is better than wet soap for dishwashers.

  2. glad you are better. sinus infections usu need an antibiotic. I hate taking them, too. almost always get a yeast infection--yuck.

    being sick throws me off kilter, so you are doing well even though you maybe aren't as spot on with your goals as you usually are. keep at it!

    hope you enjoy your weekend. good luck with those grades.


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