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I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely ...
I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely for me for once.

I am a married graduate student in the process of trying to reclaim my health. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help me get closer to where I want to be.
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Member Since: 4/17/2009

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My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthier. I want to have more energy, less stress, less pain, and to be able to live the active life I used to have.

Sub goals:
1) Preferably, lose 30-50 lbs
2) Gain back muscle mass and improve cardio fitness
3) Eliminate hip pain
4) Eliminate headaches
5) Eliminate carpal tunnel and tendinitis problems
6) Better manage allergies and asthma

My Program:
1) Eat a relatively healthy diet without obsessing about food. I refuse to stress about whether or not I eat another slice of meat or treat myself to a bit of chocolate. I aim for moderation when it comes to food.

2) Try to work out 5 times a week, both strengthening and aerobic exercises, preferably for at least 30 minutes a work out session. These work out sessions include exercises and stretches specifically assigned by my doctor for reducing hip and hand/forearm pain.

3) Drink plenty of water, take the prescribed medications, and try to live responsibly in regards to my allergies.

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I am from Michigan.

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WHITNEYTEACHER
4/18/2014 8:56:57 AM

I don't know if you've heard of them or not but when I was looking on Amazon for something else I found "stovetop cutting boards". They fit over your stovetop to give you extra prep space in a small kitchen. They also have ones that fit over the sink, my husband made one for me to use in our motor home because there is NO counter space there. You might want to check it out for your new apartment.
I agree, the only problem with fresh baked bread is avoiding the temptation to eat too much. Rod made a loaf yesterday and I managed to cut one fairly thin slice and stop there. It's also hard to slice it very thin, especially when it's warm (yum).



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WHITNEYTEACHER
4/17/2014 8:13:46 PM

Thanks for stopping by my page to read my blog and for your comments. I've thought all along that finding a doctor that was willing to really listen to me would be the key but wasn't able to find one in the little town we lived in before moving. I agree with you, it's difficult when you have more than your own dietary needs to consider. My husband is type 1 diabetic and is not even a little overweight. When he had his back surgery the surgeon discovered he has osteoporosis and told him to add more dairy to his diet because it was a good (easy) way to get more calcium. He had a breadmaker when we met and enjoys baking bread so that part isn't a problem other than the time it takes to do it (and how hard it is to resist fresh baked bread). I think I'll be trying to do as much as I realistically can and see what happens. Today is day 1 of change (again). I've had a lot of "day 1's" but hopefully this will be the start of a more successful journey.




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WHITNEYTEACHER
4/11/2014 8:38:11 AM

Hi again, I just added you as a Spark friend. I thought I already had, I guess not but it's fixed now emoticon



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4/7/2014 6:13:07 PM

Thanks for your suggestions. I got my BS in Sociology and Anthropology, double major. My first choice was Anthropology but the school I attended was too small and it could only be done as a double major with something else. I went back to school later to take pre-med science classes, I was hoping to go to medical school. I had passed the MCAT and was in the process of applying when my first husband got too sick for me to continue, he died about a year later. I ended up teaching biology instead. Funny how your life can turn out so different than you first thought it might.



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4/7/2014 5:00:19 PM

What BLC team are you thinking of? I think I need something with more focus on exercise, any suggestions? Congratulations on your degree! What is it in?



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