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Praying for my SPARKFRIENDS to have the healthiest year ever!

Especially to Caregivers: Please, please take care of yourself. Pay for help if necessary. Save money in other ways. Use any government help available, whenever friends offer--in your mind have prepared a concrete "chore" they might do for you, like doing an errand, bringing in the trash can weekly (a neighbor does that for me!), or visiting your loved one while you do something else----for yourself. : )

They really do want to lighten your tasks! But they don't realize simple ...
Especially to Caregivers: Please, please take care of yourself. Pay for help if necessary. Save money in other ways. Use any government help available, whenever friends offer--in your mind have prepared a concrete "chore" they might do for you, like doing an errand, bringing in the trash can weekly (a neighbor does that for me!), or visiting your loved one while you do something else----for yourself. : )

They really do want to lighten your tasks! But they don't realize simple tasks help you tremendously. Don't be shy. You will soon know who really wants to help and who is giving "lip-service."

And--you who know caregivers--please read my blog
(OCTOBER 31, 2015) about 20 things you can do for a caregiver--I said for the caregiver!!! These are easy, quick things but will be amazingly appreciated!!!

Help for caregivers:

www.caring.com/
www.agingcare.com/

more:
I have been "almost there" weight-wise a few times. Then things happen , like hubby has a stroke in 2006. Recently I was "almost there" again. But can't yet.The plan was to live close to family for support. But..DD had major health/mental problems and finally had to live with us. But...my goal continues to be as healthy as possible. Also the ever-present goal is to get some FUN into my life.

TO GET MY FOCUS ON FUN ACTIVITIES:
-photography
-DVDs from the library to limit evening eating
-fantastic fiction.com
- daily fun music
- exercise dvds or wii fit
-geocaching
-interacting with friends and family

For a long time my "fun" has been on the computer. Duh..not exactly what I am craving! Water aerobics and the friends there is REAL FUN for me! Still, I am lacking enough social interaction. Mostly too tired to seek out these activities! : (

More--written previously....
I am actively packing boxes and storing them in the garage for the big moving day, sometime late summer 2016. "They" have not even broken ground yet on our new duplex in a retirement community. When they do break ground and start building it will go fast. For now I am just getting the condo ready to sell. I am doing this mostly alone and with a little paid help and a little help from family. Yes, I need much more help. Paying for caregiver help breaks the budget already.... With God'd help the packing and moving will get done!


Life has thrown me some -more-curves since Nov. 2014. First shoulder replacement surgery then a water fall of heath problems of DH and DD. And I am organizing the condo to sell it for a move fall of 2015 nope--late summer of 2016--this year! OMG! How will this ever happen! It really is all "on me" with a little paid help for hubby caregiving and a little paid and family help doing condo chores for selling. After my surgery, DH developed diabetes and problems swallowing (stroke in 2006). So life has recently gotten very,very complicated around here!



But, I am definitely (finally!) making progress lessening fatigue, body pain, and food cravings.These have been life-long symptoms . Wish me luck. Evening Eating has been the biggest problem. Oh and if I would eat at the table-instead of at the computer or in front of the TV--well that would help greatly!

Dec. 2014. Finally after 6 years Sparking, I am staying below 250! Down 30 (finally 35 !) LBS. Update Dec. 2015: now staying about 239-242. : )

Failing to plan is planning to fail!
-Do I have fresh and frozen produce in the house?
-Do I have meals frozen for when I just can't get it together?
-Am I drinking my water?
-Am I getting to the pool often? No problem here!!!!
-Am I pacing myself so my energy lasts through the day?
-Am I breathing?
-Am I getting the extra help I need, even if I have to pay for it? I am a CAREGIVER since 2006 for DH.
-Am I planning fun into my day? Well--I Life has thrown me some surprises lately. I will keep trying to plan in fun non-the-less.
-Am I Eating at the Table?. Oh boy is this hard for me!

Making progress:
NO SNACKS! NO SECONDS! NO SWEETS! except for "S Days!"
This is really, really, really hard for me!

Eat G-BOMBS! Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds ...for reducing body inflammation and pain from FM and now from knee arthritis. Dec. 2, 2014 shoulder replacement surgery for arthritis bone changes and resulting pain and loss of range of motion.

We can do this, Friends! I can do this!

You've come a long way, Baby!
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Member Since: 1/31/2008

SparkPoints: 153,022

Fitness Minutes: 39,510

My Goals:
Tools:1)NO S DIET
2) Dr. Fuhrman-Eat for Health
3)The Inflammation Free Diet Plan by Reinagel and Torelli,MD

TO GET MY FOCUS ON FUN ACTIVITIES:
-photography
-DVDs from the library to limit evening eating
-fantastic fiction.com
- daily fun music
- exercise dvds or wii fit
-geocaching




My Program:
Eating Plan for my food sensitivities from ALCAT
blood testing.

Veggies!VeggiesVeggies!

EAT AT THE TABLE! to limit my over 65 year habit of eating while watching TV and now eating while computing.

Continue regular water aerobics! I LOVE THIS!


Personal Information:
FINALLY! BELOW 240 ! VERY EXCITING!!
- I did not think it could happen: 245! Sept. 2014.
Yippee: March 2015-staying about 240. July 2015 staying below 240!

-married Dec. 9, 1972
-one grown daughter who has FM too.
-CAREGIVER since husband's stroke 2006
-fighting pain from fibromyalgia and myofacial trigger point bumps
-bad knees and left shoulder replaced!
-retired after 40 yrs.
-Science teacher retired
-Teacher of the Deaf-ret
-Grew up near Buffalo, NY--then Canton, CT...
now in Bloomfield,CT
-LOVES water aerobics!
-forensics buff
-fascinated by ocean creatures
- 69.... ! Yikes!
- geocaching
-orange/white cat CUJO (MaineCoon)

Other Information:
"Failure to plan is planning to fail." It is hard to admit that I actually do plan to fail.

If I really wanted to quit over indulging in the evenings, I would have a good, doable plan in place, now wouldn't I?

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FROSTY99
2/7/2016 8:30:25 PM

Glory of Friendship by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when
he discovers that someone else believes in him and is
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