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Nothing Can Stand In My Way Except ME!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Okay. My body and I have had a long talk.

We need to keep our motivation and positive attitudes.

Yesterday I went to the Doc to get the test results from the MRI/MRA on my head.

Some of you already know that I have been having terrible pains in my head. Not headaches; localized PAIN. Also blurry vision at times. Hence, the tests.

This has been going on with me for a number of years, but now it is much more severe and frequent.

The good news is that I have no tumors or aneurysm. That's good.

The bad news is that they are suspecting a nerve disease going on. Not much can be done about that except to have injections to hopefully take away the pain. It is called Occipital Neuritis.

There is a concern that PERHAPS that the disease has gone into the main optical nerve. That means I could possibly lose my vision.

More tests were done yesterday, and I will be going back in a couple of weeks to find out the results.

IN THE MEANTIME, I will continue living my life to the fullest.

I have absolutely no intention of laying around and feeling sorry for myself. Rather, my plan is to just keep on doing what I have been doing.

I will walk with my dog, explore trails I have yet to traverse, and do my art work.

I will continue to eat healthfully, exercise, and laugh out loude at least once a day.

I will attend Quilt Club, and make quilts (which I love doing!) for the kids battling cancer. I will even make quilts for myself, family and friends.

I will continue to look for different birds along the trails, and pay heed to their birdsong. That is always so very joyful.

I truly believe attitude is everything. If I keep joy in my heart, my mind will follow.

If I keep laughter as a part of my life, the little things won't be so annoying.

I'm the type of person that takes illnesses with a grain of salt, but let me break a shoe lace, and I'm all wrinkled up.

Have you ever noticed that big things are taken with calmness and acceptance, but when we burn the toast it is a big deal, and can ruin our entire day??

I love the saying "Don't sweat the small stuff. And it is ALL small stuff!

Now I must get off the computer and participate in my day.

Have a great one,! emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 3/9/2011 6:43AM

    Our Mom used to say that "laughter is good for the liver". I'm not sure where she came up with that, but we know it is good for our psyche and well-being. Positive attitudes help heal; I admire your spirit.

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KAYDE53 3/8/2011 2:52PM

    Your good news IS good news!! Maybe, regarding your bad news, the diagnosis or prognosis will change. Or perhaps, they will come up with more or different treatments. Either way, you are taking the high road with the right attitude; that can make all the difference!!! You are in my thoughts & prayers!!! Keep taking the walks & making the quilts!! Good for you!! emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 3/8/2011 2:19PM

    So sorry for what the docs have found. I know you will research and get additional tests and opinions before setting your course.
Chin up and smile on.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/8/2011 12:20PM

    My friend, I am glad that there are no tumors or aneurysm--that is good news. I am praying, however, that this has not gone into the main optical nerve and that the injections or other treatment they come up with will take care of the pain. Keep me posted on the results of the additional tests, please. Attitude IS everything, and you have an awesome one. Love you, my FBC!


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ON2VICTORY 3/8/2011 12:18PM

    wow, you have some REAL strength! I dont know what it is but I have seen people battle some very serious conditions and take it with poise and grace i have yet to understand and then the rest of us like you said burn the toast and pow, it sets our day off to a bad start.

its all about the perspective.

you are a saint.

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Hey Sportsfans.

Have you lost your momentum to get out and walk?

This time of year is especially wonderful and exciting to be walking outdoors.

Yes, the March wind shall blow, and perhaps we'll have snow, and what will Poor Robin do then?

He'll climb right into the nicely cleaned birdhouse I have hanging, and he can begin making his nest with the small fabric strips and scraps I have laid out for him.

The wind is bound to make you feel more energetic, as you inhale all that fresh air.

So WHAT if it is raining a little? Rain makes the flowers grow, remember?

Winnie and I were walking today, and we saw all kinds of bulbs, buds and fresh greenery this morning.

Spring is definitely on the way, folks!

Go on out there and watch for all the new birds singing and chirping, see all sorts of new life appearing.

Guaranteed to get you out of the winter doldrums!!
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MNABOY 3/7/2011 11:13PM

    Saw a few plots of daffodils in the woods and went exploring to see what had been there and had a real good time.

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DIANESMILES 3/7/2011 12:53AM

    Oh you give me HOPE, but we are STILL in WINTAH here (Maine) but another 3 weeks and MAYBE we will start to warm up ! Maybe????? I HOPE ! But, walking OH YEAH !!! I am still doing it inside. I live in a highrise and I am SURE my neighbors love it cos they make supporting and loving comments to urge me on. Most of them are 20 to 30 years older than I am and so they love this. I can't wait to see the flowers and robins again thanks for the H O P E ! LOL we NEED it after THIS WINTAH !

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/6/2011 1:45PM

    So true! It feels so good to get outside and move, and the signs of spring are peeking through if we just look.

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NOTFATCAT 3/6/2011 12:26PM

    You are so right. I advocate to everyone to walk daily but lately I haven't taken my own advice. Until yesteray, that is. I walked 2.34 miles in a light to heavy mist. It felt really good.
Today I'm off for another after breakfast.

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At least now I KNOW!!

Friday, March 04, 2011

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14JESUSGIRL 3/6/2011 5:19PM


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2011 7:50PM

    Love your sense of humor!!! Thanks for the laugh...I am getting some extra Dawn dish liquid just for the shower!! No more extra volume and body for me!!!
Hope you are having a great weekend!!!

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CHRISTURTLE 3/5/2011 5:09PM

    Think maybe I'll start using my dishwash liquid too, lol. That is just so funny, really made my morning. Thank you. emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/5/2011 9:32AM

    I could not read the writing, it was too small for me to read, but if I get the oicture..... pork fat was caused by shampoo? lol

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BEVPRESLEY 3/4/2011 10:07PM

    Thanks for the tip. Think I will try some Dawn.

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GRANDMA1951 3/4/2011 12:44PM

    I loved it!!! Sometimes you really need a laugh. Thanks for being so uplifting.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/4/2011 12:42PM

    Ah, my friend, you made my morning--thanks for the chuckle! That DOES explain a lot, LOL!


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ELIZABETH_SKY 3/4/2011 12:14PM

    Haha, lovely :)

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MARYLQ11 3/4/2011 12:09PM

  I like your sense of humor

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Almost Baseball Season and the Star Spangled Banner

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I love baseball.

It doesn't always matter to me who is playing, although I do have my favorite teams.

I love everything about the game.

Well, almost everything.

I really get annoyed at those supposed "Super Stars" who are asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner, then proceed to make a mockery of it due to their own egos.

So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of
advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem
at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical
gyrations for your concerts.

Just sing this song the way you were
taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling.

Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen
and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.

Sing it with humility as if you were standing in front of wounded vets who fought for more world freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sing it with gratitude for all the heroes who were sent to Viet Nam, with only a handful of them returning unharmed.

These people have more honor in their little fingers than the rest of us will ever earn.

Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets
wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their
cardigans, and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and
the country they love — not because you want them to think you are a
superstar musician.

They could see that from the costumes, the
makeup and the entourages.

Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the
courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about
America , not you.

Try a little dose of true humility for the grandness of our nation, true respect for the fallen who have given it their all so that you can sing, and the gratitude that you live here.

If you can't do that, then just say "No", and politely walk away.

Mockery of our nation just to feed your own self centeredness is true selfish eo-manical immaturity and stupidity.

You are no match for her beauty, her strength, and her symbol of the greatest freedom in the entire world.

Respect her.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2011 7:47PM

    AMEN!!! emoticon emoticon

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TOWHEE 2/28/2011 1:14AM

    Right on!


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LYNNOTT 2/27/2011 7:58PM

    I also hate it when the so-called "Super Stars" "try to make it their own" because they fail every time! Great blog!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

This has been quite a week for me.

I shoveled snow, worked out, shoveled snow, watched my food intake, shoveled snow, did a full Gold's Gym DVd workout that nearly killed me in the yoga portion, shoveled snow, cleaned some of my house, shoveled snow.............I think you get the picture.

Each time I shoveled snow, it snowed heavily again.

Progress was not coming easily.

But first I want to tell you about that Gold's Gym yoga part.

I always think of Yoga as being kind to my body. Then I try it. I'm okay with doing the stretchy things, but THIS workout was something ELSE!!!

This was NOT gentle. Not gentle at all. It was also supposed to last only 10 minutes, but it lasted more like ten hours.

I would get into position with the leader, begin to do the stuff she was showing me, and then I would look at the screen again. She was doing something entirely DIFFERENT.

So, okay. I did the something different thing, feeling all good about my self, and looked at her again. Good grief! How did she get into THAT position from the one I was in????

I get up off the floor and assume "the position". Taking a peek, she is not doing it any more.

What the heck is she doing NOW? I try to do what she is doing, and wind up flat on my face. I rest a few minutes from the Chamber of Agony, then try to join back in.

Yeah, right. MY body is NOT going to do THAT. No way, No how! But I try to simulate her moves as best I can.

I'm simulating away, and then all of a sudden, she says "One more time, Reach to the sky". HUH? When did we get up off the floor??? I get up, and hear her last few words about what a great workout we have done.


I move on to the next portion of the DVD. This one is cardio, using resistance bands. I can do this. Actually, I like this part. I've done it before, and my body responds favorably.

Time's up, and we move on to the last part, using the big ball. I'm supposed to lie on my back, put the ball between my legs, and do these sort of "sit up" things with my body.

I do my very best, even though it is hard to hear her next instructions due to my loud groans.

Whoops. I am supposed to be in a different position, so I hurry into that, do the stuff, and try to catch up.

Have you ever tried to catch up when the instructor is moving so FAST? Good no one has a video camera on me.

At the end of the 30 minutes, I am glistening all over. My muscles are trembling. I have completed a workout.

Maybe not exactly like the DVD one, but a workout, none the less.

Now I want to jump forward to this morning.

Weigh In Day.

You all know what I am thinking and how I am feeling.

I get on the scale, and no matter how much fidgeting I do, it still reads 185.5.

I had it firmly imbedded into my brain that I weighted 183 last week.

How the hell did I GAIN over 2 pounds with all the exercise I did, all the staying within my calorie range (except that one day, but we aren't going to talk about THAT!), and was very loyal to my Spirited Underdogs Team with blogging, reading, etc.

I decide I am NOT going to post my added tonnage. Forget it. Not doing it. Nope. No Way.

But then Ms. Smarmy appears. She's the nasty one who always nags me.

"SO. You're not logging in, huh. Figures. "


"oH SURE. You think chasing me out of the room is going to make any difference??"

"shut up."

"How very ADULT of you. You know, one of these days you are going to wake up and figure it out that, chronologically at least, you have been an ADULT for a number of years now."


"You can't just close me off. I am going to keep nagging you until you do the ADULT thing."

I give up. There's no winning with this chick.

I go to my weigh in page, and enter 186.

JIMMINY CRICKET!! I am actually DOWN 2 pounds. DOWN!!!!!


But then again, it's not so awesome for my memory, is it.

hmmmmmmmmmm I think I need to give that some thought.

Now what was the topic anyway?? I forget.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2011 7:45PM

    Great blog...had me really smiling and laughing as it read it as I could see me doing the same things. CONGRATS on your two pound loss!!! Keep up the great work!!

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KAROUSELL46 3/1/2011 9:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonon losing 2 lbs...Karen emoticon

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CHRISTURTLE 2/27/2011 4:02AM

    Oh your blog was just exactly what I needed to read right now - I thought I was the only one who has to keep rearranging herself to do anything other than Leslie Sansone's Walk Aerobics dvd workouts. Ok, you are probably a lot less easily confused than I am, but thinking maybe you too have the problem that you are concentrating so hard on what you are doing, you miss all the position changes in the process... I tried continually repositioning myself so I could watch the screen, make sure I was doing it right, but repositioning myself every exercise took more time than the exercises themselves.
I have also (at least 4 times) been certain my weight was one amount, got all upset cos I'd gained after a really hard week, or been thrilled at how much I'd dropped, and gone to post it to find out the opposite was true. I'm so glad your mistake, and being honest with your results, proved to be good news!
Love your sense of humour, and I'm sure that with your attitude you will get to that goal weight, will be fitter than you ever dreamed you could be, and amaze family and friends with your accomplishments.
You are one inspiring Sparkler!

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QUILTINGBEAJ 2/26/2011 11:22PM

    Hang in there!

Oh and stop shoveling snow if you think more comes every time you shovel-LOL


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TOWHEE 2/26/2011 11:14PM

    One consolation about all the snow shoveling - if you had waited until is stopped snowing, it would have been a whole lot harder and heavier.

Glad you found out you really lost two pounds instead of found them. Keep up the good work and don't let the Yoga guru intimidate you. Coach Nicole always reminds us to "move at your own pace".

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LYNNOTT 2/26/2011 11:12PM

    emoticon on being down 2 pounds! And you aren't the only one who has problems keeping up with the yoga videos! The memory thing? Can I relate to that! LOL! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/26/2011 10:48PM

    You are braver than me with the DVDs (and snow shoveling) you do, my friend! Comgrats on the loss this week. WOO HOO for you!

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MARYANNGI 2/26/2011 8:13PM

    At my house we would say . . . "Oops, did you see the butterfly?" emoticon

emoticon on your -2 pounds and completing the dreaded workout video!

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TYBEWALLACE 2/26/2011 7:00PM

    emoticon for being down 2 lbs

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TRISHP1961 2/26/2011 5:59PM

    I found that I cannot do yoga via video either. I need a live person or I do the whole thing wrong too. Good for you!

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NOTFATCAT 2/26/2011 5:29PM

    lol lol lol lol lol

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