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Old Woman With a Sore Back, Using a Cane ClipartAn infection last week prompted the doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for me.  What she prescribed was horrible stuff – Ciprofloxacin.  I promptly had a reaction to this medication.  I woke up the second morning with a hip so sore I could barely move.  Over the next day the pain and stiffness spread to my knees and Achilles tendons.  I was hobbling around like a little old lady.  One of the side effects for this medication is musculoskeletal adverse effects.  I called the Doctor and asked to be put on a different medication.  It took a few days for the aches and pains to go away.

brustersI could not exercise, and I stopped caring what I ate.  I ate for comfort instead. Anything that sounded good (including a peanut butter cup sundae) got eaten. It was not a good week – zero exercise and lots of fattening, unhealthy food. The results showed on the scale last evening, too.  I weighed in at Weight Watchers and found I had gained 3 pounds.  Yuck.

250On the positive side, I am feeling much better now, and I’m back to exercising and making better food choices.  As if to affirm my rededicating myself to a healthier way of living, I received an email from Walgreens this morning about a new “badge” I had earned.  I walk or exercise every day, and I wear a pedometer on a ribbon around my neck.  My new badge says I have walked 250 miles.  Mapquest tells me that’s the equivalent of my walking from my home in Rochester, NY to Elizabeth, NJ (as the crow flies) or from my home to Quebec, Canada.  Holy crap.  That makes me feel like heading out for another 250 right now! Who wants to join me?