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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

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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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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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MY_HEALTH_BABY
10/2/2011 1:11:28 PM

I hope you had a wonderful September, and forget the ills of the past, today is a new day. Let's make October work for us! emoticon emoticon



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TRANSFORM724
9/30/2011 10:25:53 PM

Migraines are hard to handle. Do you drink caffeine? I had migraines so bad that it would start in my neck and shoot up to my head. I was forced to stop drinking sodas and eating chocolate for another reason and the migraines left. Now I just have sinus headaches.

Nope, I have walked from my car to my job which takes a good 20 minutes. So I guess I have been getting a good 60 minutes of walking in daily because we have to walk everywhere. I'm planning to wake up in the morning and go walking. I wish I had a buddy to walk with me. Oh well. Have to do it regardless.

I hope your migraines go away.



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OOLALA53
9/28/2011 6:41:08 PM

I love the background collage of B & W pics behind your sparkpage. May I know where it came from? emoticon



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TRANSFORM724
9/28/2011 12:09:34 PM

Checking to see how you are doing!



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