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2016 - A JOURNEY TO BETTER HEALTH

I have heart disease. I was diagnosed at age 49. My life changed from that time on. I can no longer take my health for granted. I want to live a healthy lifestyle.

For those, not yet diagnosed, I want you to know that studies show that optimism appears to decrease the chances of developing heart disease or dying from it. Make healthy meals for you and for your family. Exercise, exercise, exercise. My cardiologist has advised me to do 5 days of moderate cardio each week, 30 minutes ...
I have heart disease. I was diagnosed at age 49. My life changed from that time on. I can no longer take my health for granted. I want to live a healthy lifestyle.

For those, not yet diagnosed, I want you to know that studies show that optimism appears to decrease the chances of developing heart disease or dying from it. Make healthy meals for you and for your family. Exercise, exercise, exercise. My cardiologist has advised me to do 5 days of moderate cardio each week, 30 minutes per day. I try to do more when possible. I hope that by reading this it may help someone to improve their quaility of life.

Heart Attack Warning Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense � the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.



THE OATH OF THE POSSE TO DwD TEAM MEMBERS

1. When you are sad -- We will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew...or Limes & Coconuts.

2. When you are blue -- We will try to dislodge whatever is choking you. Or jump the person who made you blue, like the jacked up Spider Monkey...

3. When you smile -- We will know you are plotting something that we must be involved in. Like the jacked up Spider Monkey we are gonna be with you.

4. When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here and come to your rescue....

5. When you are worried -- We will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big lovable baby!!!!

6. When you are confused -- We will use little words & lots of limes & coconuts...

7. When you are sick --We will console you until your better with stories and antics of our rides and adventures...

8. When you fall -- We'll help you to laugh so we all can laugh our butts off, then pick you up and dust you off.

9. When you are lonely -- We will be there to offer cheer and companionship until you say Spider Monkey.

10. When you are having trouble like/loving yourself -- We will be there to point out your qualities we see and make you aware of what we love about you.

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To be a Posse Rider, this is our oath...I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask -- because you are OUR FRIENDS!

Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it,but only you can feel the true warmth.
Written & Posted by MR2HORSES 8/21/2008.

AMENDMENT NO. 1: That all Posse Riders shall be given the duty and right to nominate recipients of a a visit from the Posse; that is to say, all Posse Participants, their mounts & their loyal servants shall be charged with discovering those in need of the cheering, comforting, lifting and otherwise battling the deprivations of mood that life visits upon us. WRITTEN BY LOUIS the DUCK & DOWNEASTCAGUN

AMENDMENT NO. 2 WE hereby solemnly swear to uphold all articles, amendments and bylaws herein contained in royal decree thus titled oath of the Dwd posse, present on thread oath of the DwD posse...all are welcomed. As such sworn in member of afore-mentioned posse, WE, party of the first part, will ride to the aid of any member of Dwd, party of the second part that is in need. In addition, as a pledge to myself, I swear that though I am ready and willing to ride at anytime, I will give myself boundaries, so that the posse will still be positive to me and not another burden to bear, as I have a habit of not taking a break for myself. WRITTEN BY WESLEYSMOMMA
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THE POSSE ROSTER by MR2HORSES & PRYZYM
Her MAJESTY the PRINCESSTTM upon her Red Fire Breathing Royal Dragons with The Spider Monkey hanging on to the Tail.... Wahoo... Ride behind the Dragon at ALL times....... Lest you be BBQ........ BLACKCOSMOCAT will be riding her BLACK horse, Cosmonaut. She has made a gift of her Panther to AMYBET and it has been renamed "Carolina" so groom him well; WOWEETOO bouncing along on Clyde the Camel; The Zebra or Elephant for SUSANLYNN: Elegant Blue Roan Mergitroid for DEC & Duck (Louie), WALKS2FAST upon her swift Giraffe; Painted Royal Rainbow Ride Pegascorn, for PRYZYM,"Royal Rainbow Rider"; "Silver" the Gray for QUEENIE; Magnificent Chestnut for TOLBLONDEE; CHAS1949 on "Harvey" the Pooka Rabbit; Clydesdale, saddled and ready for EILEENKAINU; CRAFTYLADY rides the Rusty Red Roan; LITTLEELISA on Dilly the Dun; SOOKMI has chosen the Tri colored Pinto; SMKYMTNGIRL on the White (hair/contrast you know); LINDA has picked a Pony,a Welsh Pony; INEEDBRAINSOAP rides a Shire; DUSTYROSE1968 Possed up on her Donkey named "Dead"; MR2HORSES gifts her Bay to KULAGIRL; THERESAT 858 on the Leopard Spotted Appy; LUNADDICT will be on the Spanish Andalusian; VVEDD1223 rides the Sorrel w/4 white stockings; KASHMIRA612 riding Love, Disco or GI duck depending on the circumstances; EQUUS256 on trusty CJ; RAECHAI808 on the smokey hued Gruella; MANXMINX on Shazaam her magical Unicorn; WESLEYSMAMA riding vegetarian Polar Bear Boo; OAKDALE3 on her proud MUSTANG; LESLIEJEAN43 riding Molson the Canadian Horse; SQUIRTZIE upon the Beautiful Palomino; SPARKLINGHOPE has fairy wings to spread Posse Peace ect; COWGIRLSPURR riding the Appaloosa Stallion; The lovely Arabian for DELILAH0407; McKinley the lovey Panda & AMANDA1179: TIMBER28 riding LeLe the Kangaroo; On Galadriel the Tennessee Walker will be LADYIRISH... ; DAUMPL will be riding her grey, lop-eared bunny named Binks....; NEL420

New Horses for new POSSE members: Behind curtain number two; the Light Chestnut, American Walking Pony, Azteca, Barb, Belgian, Chincoteague Pony, Connemara Pony, Dutch Draft, Dutch Warmblood, Fell Pony, Friesian, Hackney, Haflinger, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Icelandic, Irish Draught, Lipizzan, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, Mongolian, Morab, Morgan, Noric, Oldenburg, Paso Fino, Percheron, Quarter Horse, Saddlebred, Spanish-Barb, Standardbred, Thoroughbred, Trakehner...
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MORE ON THE LYME IN THE COCONUT /BIRTH OF THE POSSE......

OK, here is the rest of the story...
-around the 4th of July weekend, PRYZYM started a thread called DE LYME IN DE COCONUT...
-she revealed that in addition to all of her life's experiences she had Lyme's disease (and inferring she was the cocoNUT)

-many messages of sympathy and empathy were shared BUT
-so being festive and clever and totally creative members that we are

-we started playing with words like Lyme became limes and then there were the coconuts (all of us)
-and PRYZYM said that some doctor looked like George Clooney but she really liked Johnny Depp

-So Johnny Depp was remembered as pirate Jack Sparrow -then Jack Sparrow, limes, coconuts landed on some beach

-then someone mentioned that some boyfirend and/or girlfriend was causing problems in addition to the original concern about Lyme disease

-then WOWEETOO aka Lady-in-Waiting... suggested a posse needed to lasso the dude/dudette that was causing problems for any and all DwD members

-now the posse idea came from another thread started about a bride and groom ... where the groom did something funny but sweet... and we decided that he needed a posse of DwD members to help educate him about how to be a little more romantic

-so the posse idea has grown to our desire to comfort, support, defend all DwD members....

-and we have various means of riding---giraffes, elefants, monkey (Jack Sparrow's monkey) turtles, horses provided by MR2HORSES...

So we have this wonderful posse that arms themselves with limes, coconuts, lime jello etc etc etc., and then Jack Sparrow has been known to enter the Royal Castle, savaging me while I hold him hostage... I mean he holds me hostage.....

So this summer we have formed the posse to provide unconditional love etc... MR2HORSES worked with Willie Shakespeare to write the OATH OF THE DwD POSSE... and we have the monks recopying it so that we can repost it as needed....

BUT it all started when PRYZYM revealed her LYME IN THE COCONUT story.... Which you can search the archives for the thread and enjoy it for yourself.









































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5 % Exercise & Commitment

Eat lean protein, freggies and get more protein & fiber in my diet.

Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day.

Walking and other exercises.

Exercise everyday!



My Program:
I am drinking 64 oz of water per day.

I exercise everyday with a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Most days I do more.

I plan to lose inches.

I weigh and measure myself (or have it done at Curves) once a month. I like to see positive results.

Personal Information:
I am married with two daughters. I also have two granddaughters and one grandson.. I am 60 and starting gaining weight in my 40's. It is much harder to lose weight as I have gotten older.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT
4/30/2016 10:45:06 AM

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4/29/2016 4:38:00 PM

When you feel like your in a rut, sometimes you just need to review what to do. See if there is anything your missing. Here is a list of things to check.

1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing. For ideas browse Spark Peoples video library or workout generator.

2. Try a new recipe. Cooking healthy foods can be fun and it never has to be bland.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast. Your morning meal sets the stage for the rest of your day, so start it off right! Get lots of breakfast ideas here on Spark People.

4. Drink your water, try adding fruit for a flavorful twist. Try to aim for 8 cups each day and you’ll feel the difference!

5. Look at Motivational SparkPages. Seeing how others overcome similar struggles and obstacles can be a great source of motivation.

6. Track your food & water today. No matter how it adds up, you’ll learn from it.

7. Update your SparkPage. It’s a visual way to track your ups and downs, but also your progress.

8. Share your goals. Whether you post them on the Message Boards or share them with a friend, you’ll be more accountable.

9. Exercise for 10 minutes. Jump rope, march in place, or do some crunches. Small amounts do add up to something big!

10. Find a buddy. Get support from friends, whether you need someone to listen or a mentor to give you ideas and encouragement.

11. Take a walk. Don’t worry about how long or far you go—just get out there!

12. Create a motivational collage. Include pictures of your goal and reasons why you want to get there.

13. Go shopping for some healthy foods. Use this shopping list for ideas.

14. Check the nutrition facts before you go out to eat. That way, you can make an informed choice.

15. Ride your bike. Even a leisurely ride has benefits for your body and mind.

16. Work in the yard. Gardening and yard work is a great way to add activity to your day.

17. Take the stairs. Even if this is the only thing you do all day, you’ll feel stronger for it.

18. Rack up those SparkPoints! You earn them for every healthy task you do on the site—talk about motivating! Aim for a certain milestone, such as 100 points, and then reward yourself with a SparkGoodie!

19. Listen to an inspirational song. Better yet, make a playlist of them so you can turn to it whenever you need a boost.

20. Re-start your SparkPeople program. Sometimes it’s easier to get back on track when you have a clean slate.

21. Measure your portions. It’s a simple way to learn how much you’re eating.

22. Eat a piece of fruit. Even if 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables sounds impossible to you, one is doable.

23. Slow down during meals. You’ll be less likely to overeat and more likely to enjoy your meal.

24. Play! What kids call “play,” we often call “exercise.” Play a sport, a game, or use the playground equipment to bring the fun back into fitness.

25. Learn something new. Sometimes simply taking a quiz or reading an article about nutrition, fitness, or health can change your mindset and get you back on track.

In getting fit, losing one point isn’t the end of the world. It happens to the best of them. In fact, if you can consistently win a few more points than you lose, you may end up becoming a winner. With healthy eating and exercising, as long as you’re consistently out-stepping your steps back, you’re ahead of the game. If you expect perfection (and many of us do), you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and guilt.



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4/29/2016 1:59:37 PM

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