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Doing It for My Health

I started this year out with the best of intentions - Lose the extra weight, stop bingeing, stop sabotaging myself, get my good workouts in every day...but most of that hasn't happened consistently. Now, on June 1st, I find out from the Docs that I HAVE to if I want to maintain a healthy, happy life. Today's new medical diagnosis assures me of painful times to come if I don't take heed. And after experiencing that pain over the past 2 months that it took to diagnose me, I hope I've already ...
I started this year out with the best of intentions - Lose the extra weight, stop bingeing, stop sabotaging myself, get my good workouts in every day...but most of that hasn't happened consistently. Now, on June 1st, I find out from the Docs that I HAVE to if I want to maintain a healthy, happy life. Today's new medical diagnosis assures me of painful times to come if I don't take heed. And after experiencing that pain over the past 2 months that it took to diagnose me, I hope I've already learned my lesson. If absolutely NOTHING else hits it home for me, the fact that I could have prevented this should.




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Member Since: 3/16/2010

SparkPoints: 52,222

Fitness Minutes: 56,673

My Goals:
~To improve my overall health
~To reduce my overall body fat
~To maintain and/or increase my overall muscle mass
~To wear a bikini in public

My Program:
My program consists of basic monitoring of dietary intake, regular daily exercise, and (if it KILLS me) to finally really take yoga practice seriously and stop rushing through it!

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Kathy Kennedy-Steigerwald from Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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KALANTHA
6/13/2012 10:08:57 PM

“You will struggle. You will sweat. You will cry. You will want to give up.

But above all,

YOU WILL OVERCOME

Because you are meant to be great!”

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KALANTHA
6/9/2012 7:37:15 PM

"Change requires the belief that change is possible for you. You are far more powerful than you believe yourself to be. You would not have made it this far if you were not capable of change. " (Catherine L. Taylor)
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KALANTHA
6/3/2012 10:42:34 AM

Hi, K! Just stopped by to see how things are going and let you know I'm back on the SparkTrail. If you have a minute, stop by my page or shoot me a SparkMail and let me know how you're doing.

Kathy in Levittown



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1STATEOFDENIAL
10/6/2011 11:24:05 AM

I'm glad you're starting to get a little relief, and hopefully it will continue to get better. When you restart, remember to take it a little slow the first few days.

It's hard to not give into cravings for comfort food when you don't feel well. Unfortunately, when you don't feel well often, it becomes a battle of will power over instinctual wants and needs. So good job doing what you can to get your food back on track. I keep failing at it - I'm addicted to rice krispie treats because my mouth likes the taste AND my body can digest it, but they're not all that healthy. I keep giving in because there is so much I can't digest that when I find something that satisfies both it's hard to stop.

I'm pretty much a mess. A week and a half until my initial appt at Mayo and I'm absolutely terrified yet I'm getting desperate for help. Plus everything is annoying me and angering me lately. I wish I could just lock myself in my house until my appt, but I can't.

Though I do have to say being here on SP helps - when I can focus on supporting others I'm not so focused on what's going on in me.



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1STATEOFDENIAL
10/5/2011 2:26:11 PM

Sorry to hear that your migraines have been going on for that long. I've had headaches for as long as I can remember, but about 3/4 of the time I can ignore them because they're just a dull ache. It's the horrible ones where I literally can't see and lose the ability to walk that are the worst for me. But mine don't seem to be migranes - cool, dark, quiet rooms don't help whatsoever, neither do most medications.

I think a break from your challenge would make sense. You've been working on your plan, but migraines never follow a plan. But I'd suggest setting a restart date (maybe a week or two away) and planning to get back at it on that day. It gives you time to deal with your migraines with every intention of going back to the plan. Without a restart date it could stretch out for much longer than anticipated and be used as an excuse instead of a break.

In the meantime are there things you can do to help lower your stress or little things you can do to not go far off track? Migraines and headaches make concentrating difficult, but if you have a little time in the morning or evening where it isn't 'as bad', could you try meditating, gentle stretching, or simple yoga poses? Something is better than nothing. Have you tried relaxation breathing? Controlling your breathing can actually help control pain - I do it every single day because I won't take painkillers anymore. Sometimes even just 5-10 minutes of controlled breathing does me wonders.



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