It's hard to stay hydrated

Ken Gipe
Mar 23, 2010

Jan. 26: Today was kind of a blah day. Eating went OK, but didn't get to eat dinner until almost 10 p.m., so it was very long between my late afternoon snack and dinner. Got very hungry and gave into some bread with my meat and rice. I am hoping for a good report at the end of the week. I feel better most of the time.

Jan. 27: Did great during the day, but it was busy at work and didn't drink enough. I am finding it hard to keep drinking liquids. My quantity of food has not been difficult to deal with, but planning ahead of time is difficult. My swim meet was cancelled because of the weather so we went out to eat. I had six wings and some fries, but was quite full. I normally would have eaten all 10 and a whole large order of fries, along with three or four full strength Cokes. Maybe the stomach is shrinking?

Jan. 28: This was one of the most difficult days physically that I have had in a long time. I had an early morning workout with Trevor and he "beat me up." I then went to work for about an hour and then off to the hospital for the second part of my "stress test."

This was postponed from last week because I take a beta blocker for my blood pressure and it would not allow my heart rate to get high enough to complete the test. I went off of my meds for three days and then we did the test on the treadmill. Every three minutes, the treadmill increased in speed and incline. After about 12 minutes, I was getting very tired and my heart rate was more than 150 beats per minute. Then, the medication was injected and I continued for about another 30 to 40 seconds and then the test was over and the treadmill slowed down.

After resting for a bit, I was given water to drink. The best part was that I got to eat a bag of Fritos to replace some of the sodium and to help clear out the contrast solution. Then, I had to lie on an X-ray machine while it took pictures of my heart to compare to the resting pictures taken a week before - result to follow next week.

Then, I got to go back to work and brushed snow off of cars for a couple of hours. It was heavy snow and I got a very good supplemental cardio workout, in addition to making my arms feel very heavy. Got home and had a bowl of chili, worked on swim meet stuff for an hour or so and collapsed. For the first time in years, I did not wake up at all until the alarm went off for another 6:30 a.m. work out with Trevor.

Jan. 29: Today's workout was hard because we had to speed everything up because we did a weigh-in and measurement session. Trevor has made some adjustments in the workouts to work my weaker areas. He added sets in some cases, increased weight in some cases and increased reps in most cases. We have decided that because of my swim schedule and his work schedule that we will only be doing two workouts a week through February. I have only had nine workouts and have lost 26 pounds and 8 inches. My body fat percentage has dropped almost 3 percent, my body mass index dropped 3.6 to 41.3. I would like to get into the mid 20s. My biggest inch loss was in my waist of 2.75 inches and my hips, 1.5 inches. Overall, I am very happy with my accomplishments this month. I need to really work on the nutritional part both in planning and consumption.



Hey Studer, its my right as an American to choose what kind of car I drive. There is nothing wrong with big cars. Forcing auto makers to only make dinky pieces of tin cars is ludicrous. I belive thats called communism. I mean under your plan what next, long lines of people waiting for thier monthly roll of toilet paper? People being forced to use copies of The Sandusky Register as an altenative when they run out. (Althogh I'm pretty sure its not even worthy of that honor.) Stop your whining Studer about seeing all those shiny new cars, just because you know its something you can't have it's no need to be jealous of those that can have it. By the way I didnt know your piece of crap Chevy Celebrity could even make it that far, last I heard it had trouble making it around the block. Besides I thought your trailer park was the one behind the Sunoco station on Tiffin Ave not the one on Cleveland Rd. Furthermore if you need money stop whining and get a job instead of sitting at home all day in your underwear drinking Milwaukees Best, playing the banjo, and blogging. And Rick I saw what you consider grade a beef laying on the side of Route 4. If you hurry you might get that possum before the crows do.


After graduating from UTEP, Rick moved back in with his parents. No beer drinking allowed. Right Rick?

Wanna save on heating cost? Move South.


Hi Sue,

I hope that in the future that you will mention ways to stretch a dollar or pinch pennies.

I bought a ham with a bone at Meijer's about 6 months ago for 99 cents a pound. I saved the bone with lots of meat still attached and froze it. Today was a cold day so I decided to make some bean soup. Since I have an all electric house, any cooking that I do in the winter is free heat.

People should cook much more in the winter when heat is needed in the home and freeze the left overs to reheat in the summer.

I live very cheaply because I am not into materialism. Last week, I saved the tops and bottom of my celery and made a great tasting vegetable soup with turkey.

60 degrees is not cold at all inside of a house. There is no wind or breeze so you can rule out a chill factor. Wear sweats pants and shirts indoors.

Why would Rick want to take a bath in 60 degree water? I take a bath in warm water.

Sue, I grew up poor and I know all about ways to save money. I am here to share ideas on saving money.

The Sandusky Library is a great source for lending free books, CDs, DVDs and video tapes. People need to use the Sandusky Library as it is a great store of knowledge.

Hold off buying food and gadgets until they go on sale.


We are both soon to be laid off. Dish soap, laundry soap, toilet paper, counter top cleaner, anything you use routinely. I just purchased original coupons very cheap on ebay. Now my pantry is stocked with cleaning supplies for the next 12 months. I bought all items when they were on sale at Meijer and used coupons. This is a good time of year to stock up on canned vegetables, as sales are very good if you watch for them. I bought enough cases of canned vegetables to get me through for quit a while. All money I can keep in my pocket for now. Now more than ever, you need to be a penny-wise shopper.
I freeze left-over vegatables. When I buy a roast it's large enough to use the left-over with my left-over vegetables for a nice pot of soup.


I was told the programable thermostats will soon lose their green star rating. When you program to heat less during sleeping hours, the furnace has to work that much harder and longer to get back to your desired temperature, in other words, you're not in reality saving very much. I do try to drop my thermostat a degree every 10 days or so. A gradual change in climate is easier to get used to. If you have a "blower" function on your thermostat use it to circulate the warmed air through out the house.
Remember when years back when we kept our thermostats around 80 degrees? Felt pretty good, but the cooler temps. are healthier for our body if we can get used to it.


My cynic's instinct tells me that the SR loves the controversy generated by the forums, as that drives traffic. However, there's no real way to control what people post; even registrations aren't a real barrier. They simply need to shut them down if they want to change the tone. And then if someone wants to write a letter to the editor, let them do it either in print OR electronically. All they have to do is put up a form which requires the submitter's phone number, and only publish letters that can be verified.


My programmable dropped my gas budget from $88 to $65 in two years.... 68when we are home, morning and evening, 62 the rest of the time.


I check the website to see what stupid comments Mattie made, but I do not support any of the merchants that use the Registerag until little Mattie is bye, bye. My way of protest.

Sue Daugherty

DEAR FRUGAL PERSON & COUPON QUEEN, Thank you soooo much for your tips! I admire you both!! -- Sue


nick is sexy he can molest me anytime


One of the biggest myths going around, and their flying around like dust in the Sahara Desert, is that union workers are responsible for our economic troubles. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Union workers did not tell Bush to rewrite laws governing the way securitizations are traded; the banksters did that.

Union workers did not subsequently export bundles of worthless securitizations around the globe in return for trillions of dollars; the banksters did that.

Union workers did not lie and give a triple A rating to those worthless securitizations; the banksters did that.

Union workers did not fleece the entire world; banksters did that.

Union workers did not cause the global economic collapse; the banksters did that.

Union workers did not put folks out of their jobs so they can no longer buy anything including cars; the banksters did that.

Bonnie and Clyde did not rob unions, they robbed banks. And people cheered them. Why? Because the banksters robbed us then just like they robbed us now.

Marquez C

Well, there's a great point to help libraries if this is the real purpose. It is important to always prioritize those beneficial things. This must be one of the government's ideology. IBERIA and Northern Trust Bank are both giving back the funds that they accepted as part of the TARP bailout program, claiming that they never needed the money in the first place. Both banks have said that they only accepted the funding in the spirit of cooperation with the government programs giving aid to financial institutions. IBERIA recently came out with a statement to the effect that accepting TARP funds would put them at a disadvantage. It’s admirable that they are giving the money back, but why would they take bailout money in the first place?