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Still a little "off"

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today was a rainy and chilly and headachy day! My cardio was dancing today because I found a song that moves me and I can't stop listening to it. Waka Waka by Shakira...from the 2010 World cup...my neighbors and pets will be going out to buy earplugs soon...I was actually up until midnight dancing to it with headphones on while I washed my face, got ready for bed, and then couldn't stop...until my man wanted to come to bed.

The backs of my knees are really hurting...maybe I need to warm up longer and stretch afterwards longer....not sure, but it feels weird. Just made my plan for the next 2 weeks (Week 3 & 4) of Jillian Michael's Winning By Losing Workout,,,So far I love it! I'm never bored, I'm always challenging myself, and I can see and feel change in 2 weeks...and so can my man! My legs are firming and changing shape and I have a bicep! whoo hoo

My headache finally went away with some Panadol...but I tried to get rid of it without it first...always reflects on the scale the next day! Tomorrow is a rest day and that's what I'm gonna do!

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend! I actually had the heater on last night....while it was 91 degrees several days this week! Drives me loco!

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DOGMOMMY 1/22/2011 7:47PM

    Gonna have to look for that song on iTunes.

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TEACHEROF4TH 1/22/2011 2:01PM

    Way to gowith the dancing! Keep your great effort going!

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WINDSONG~ 1/22/2011 3:35AM

    May your weekend be SPECIAL.

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WINDSONG~ 1/22/2011 3:35AM

    May your weekend be SPECIAL.

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Wunder's What I Know For Sure...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

When it comes to weight loss and enjoying the journey...here is what I know for sure...

1. Embrace vegetables...I am not a huge fan of them, but I see them as medicine for fat rolls. I have my favourites, but I have opened my mind to trying new things and new recipes and at least re-trying them...I love things I hated as a kid....usually because of how my parent's cooked them or what icky sauce they covered them with.

2. 2 liters of water everyday - no matter what...and if you are a drinker...even more water...and if you can't put the salt shaker into retirement...even more water...and if you drink coffee and caffeine....even more water....it helps your digestive tract, skin, and so many other things.

3. You can erase a multitude of sins with #1, #2, and exercise! And 30 minutes isn't enough! When they say 30 minutes 3 times a week...that's for the people who want to maintain and just move sometimes for health reasons...it's not enough to drop serious weight and excess booty! You have to sweat, you have to push yourself and you have to make a way and find a way to make it happen...everyday...no matter what!

4. You need to build muscle and tone yourself up! Especially if you are an extra big person. I have helped several people drop lots of weight and the extra skin is a problem. I start them out with resistance bands if they aren't very mobile...and then work them up to weights...etc.

5. Surround yourself with positive shows, music, books, and people. What gets you so excited and motivated that you wanna do something NOW...not tomorrow!? Dance in your home...watch movies that motivate you (I have a couple favourites), and make sure you aren't feeding your brain and soul with negative TV! I have The biggest Loser on iPod and I watch it everyday...almost...it reminds me that I HAVE TO PUSH MYSELF...It's worth it!!! And if people do not support me...or if the room gets dimmer when they enter it...I cut the ties fast. They are not the people I want in my life...nor need.

6. STOP SAYING YES AND TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE - Stop keeping junk food in your house for everyone else...see #5...they aren't supporting you...they are sabotaging you...unless you are SO focused it doesn't phase you! The friend who seems to only ask you to go out to eat and ironically is over weight...ummm...yea...those are her demons and she is taking you down with her. If she isn't ready...don't you allow her to determine your happiness! Be strong! Be committed! Be true to yourself! She is not responsible for your doctor bills, your unhappiness or your funeral costs...YOU ARE!

7. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF! We all have bad days and weeks even. The key for long term health and success is persistence. You CAN do this. It's not easy...and it shouldn't be. You have to learn. You have to change. You have to understand your body...etc. These things all take time. :)

8. A treat is something you have once in awhile....a habit is something you have every week/day! Learn the difference.

9. Your kids and hubby/wife don't "NEED" cookies in their lunches. Again...see #8. Kids learn from their parents. Don't set them up to be a future weight loss client because they didn't learn healthy habits and exercise skills. And find OTHER ways to show love than baking and cooking!!! I have a client who believes this is how to show love to her husband...TRUST ME...he's trying to lose weight and he would prefer other ways for her to show him love....

10. EVERYONE CAN LOSE WEIGHT - BEING OVERWEIGHT IS NOT ABOUT FOOD - IT'S ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR HEAD AND HEART - BE GOOD TO YOURSELF AND FIGURE OUT WHY YOU ARE TRYING TO REPAIR HURT/BOREDOM/STRESS, etc WITH FOOD! THEN GET THE WEIGHT OFF AND THEN LEARN THAT THIS IS NOT OVER AT YOUR GOAL WEIGHT! You will still have to hold yourself accountable for the rest of your life and watch what you eat and eat healthy and exercise....or you will be back on day 1 again!

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DAWNFIRE72 1/22/2011 1:15PM

    Great blog and I really need to learn to do #6 more often. No doesn't seem to live in my vocabulary much (although it is seeing some infrequent use now...LOL)

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JANICEMC 1/21/2011 12:53PM

    Great blog. Good advice for everyone.

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DOGMOMMY 1/21/2011 7:56AM

    Well said my sassy and phat friend! :). Love having the real Patty back!!

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NDORRIS 1/20/2011 9:55PM

    Wow. Thanks. Wish I could save this to my favorites.

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Thankful This Thursday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

WOW....today has been filled with the universe providing me with opportunities that make me feel great!

The company I work for takes what I say onboard and respects my opinion. They keep proving that to me over and over and MAN...I am thankful for that. I am their #1 girl and I appreciate the honour!

I got a new client tonight and she is AWESOME! We go together like peas and carrots! I was with her for over 2 hours tonight and maybe 30 minutes of it was actually about her weight loss! LOL She gave me fresh cherry tomatoes, smoked Garlic (which I am addicted to) and her man makes these AMAZING mirrors with silver and Paua shells...STUNNING!!! She is commited to her health and weight loss and is trying to get preggers but wants me to help her eat healthy through that and afterwards as well...we will be together for at least a year for her journey! :) And She is the shizzle! Love her!

I went to the gym today, did my Jillian Michael's circuit and then felt really "off"...the back of my knees are hurting in the bend but I just felt sort of weird and not right. After 5 minutes on the treadmill, I got off and went home. I am over my calores to burn for the week...WAY OVER....but I usually keep going...today, I just listened to my body. I feel like I need some rest. Allergies are high too.

Thank you to the sparklers who responded to last night's blog as well and shared your stories...I really am grateful for that. Sometimes I feel like a control freak with diet but I know what it is capable of doing and the miracles it does if you just stop fighting it and eat to live...not live to eat and gorge yourself silly on crap. I love candy and chips...but as a treat...not as part of my daily diet.

Anyway...I hope everyone had something to feel grateful for today...I am so excited I wonder if I'll sleep! :)
Good night!

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NDORRIS 1/20/2011 6:17AM

    Congratulations on the new client. She sounds great and so do your employers. I wish my former employer had been like that. I did love my clients, though, that's for sure. We're supposed to have some more snow today. I look forward to spring.

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LOVEROFJC 1/20/2011 4:19AM

  Thanks for reminding us to be thankful, grateful! I truly appreciate and was cheered by today's sunshine; especially after sooooo many grey rainy days.

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I Really Think Most Doctor's Could Care Less!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Today was a pretty relaxing day for me for the most part. I went along with my man to his diabetes appointment. My man is finally ready to change and start taking care of himself...I HOPE. But I heard what my man said and what I said, and I couldn't believe how blase' he was. He didn't approve, but typical Kiwi didn't want any confrontation. I want my man to have a doctor like Jillian Michaels...I want them to get up in his face and say...LOOK...STOP EATING CANDY - TUBS OF ICE CREAM - WHITE BREAD - ETC OF YOU WON'T SEE YOUR DAUGHTER TURN 18! YOU ARE WALKING LIKE AN OLD MAN AND YOU'RE 39! But no...he just said...well..if you can just remember to take your morning insulin that would be really good!? WHAT THE HELL!? He's suppose to take insulin 4-6 times a day! He never discussed exercise or nutrition...seriously! Made me want to get up and beat the crap outta him. I have helped my grandmother and my man's mom lose weight and get off of ALL their medication including their diabetes meds....but it's hard when you live with this person and he is a junk food junkie...and not really overweight! I finally said "I don't like your doctor"...he responded with "You don't have to"....to which I responded with "Yea...well he doesn't care if you die next week...BUT I DO!"

And then it takes me back to my grandfather's Doctor Wayne Brauer in Sheboygan Wisconsin. My grandfather fought cancer over and over and then had his bladder removed (amongst other heart issues and surgeries)...lost too much weight and too low of blood pressure, and no energy. My grandpa's diet consisted of ice cream, cookies, licorice, M&Ms and maybe a sandwich. He wasn't hungry and my grandma gave up throwing food away and just let him eat what he wanted. I moved in with them for a month prior to moving here and I went to the doctor with him and asked the doctor what my grandfather was deficient in and what we could do to get him more nutrients...etc. His response was....oh...he's gaining weight so it's fine. EXCUSE ME!?!?!?!?! Yea..a sugar high and then no energy is fabulous and all sugar...yea that's good for him....you F!@$IN moron. I was furious.

I happened to be studying for my personal trainer certification and decided I was gonna get my grandpa feeling better. I went and got weight gainer protein at the health food store...got vitamins, and other items that tasted good but were good for him. To trick him into the shakes...I still blended them with ice cream...it's like a kid! But he got the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients he needed. Within a week or two he could stay awake longer, he had energy and felt useful again...he didn't live in bed. He started to do exercises in his chair...etc. We took day trips and he wasn't completely worn out! Dr. Wayne Brauer didn't care if my Opa died, but I did.

I guess the point of this whole rant is if you are fortunate to have a doctor who is passionate about your health...FABULOUS!!! But in most cases, you are another number...find someone...listen to your loved ones if they know what they're talking about. USE LOGIC for god's sake! Do your homework! Save the people you love.

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1DRWOMAN 1/19/2011 3:32PM

    Thank you everyone for your comments! The funny thing is here in New Zealand, Diabetes is HUGE ...and so are the people...and yet, they throw stones at Americans from their glass houses....drives me insane!!! And we have free health care which in return makes the doctor;s probably care even less. They don't have tipping here and basically the person who slacks and the person who hustles all get paid the same...and nobody can get fired....yup...it's almost impossible! So....that sure the hell doesn't help! I agree you have to help yourself as well. I woke up to man eating candy...just about took a baseball bat to his head! After all his worry and sadness yesterday and "hating his disease" that's how he ended his day yesterday and started his day today. GRRRRRRRRRR.....
Anyway...I hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their health. Some of you have really fought for it! Don't throw it away! :)

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NDORRIS 1/19/2011 2:25PM

    You are a strong and valiant young woman. Your Opa and man are lucky to have you. We all need to trust our intuition more about our and our loved one's health. Some doctors may not be invested, but we definitely HAVE to be invested ourselves.

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PHEFEY 1/19/2011 1:42PM

    my prayers are with you and your man! thank goodness he has you to be passionate for him

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VICTORY-LEE 1/19/2011 8:29AM

    Hey Hey!

I know exactly how u feel. I have had serious health issues since I was 13 (i'm 48) I learned a long time ago that not all drs are the same. I was actually smart enough at a young age to realize that doctor's can only help you when U WANT TO BE HELPED! I had uterine cancer when I was 35. The dr. I was going to had told me that the grapefruit sized tumor I had would go away when I hit menapause. I just knew, at that time, that this was a crock of bull. So, when I left his office I went right next door to his partner's office & told him what I FELT! i told him I wanted it out & he agreed. Well, when I woke up from surgery he told me he had to do a full hysterectomy because I was on 3rd stage uterine cancer. I asked him if he kept my uterus because I wanted to throw it in his partner's face!! I probably would have been dead within 6 months. This is just 1 example.

I now have doctor's that know when I come thru their door they had better expect to be sitting there with me for at least a 1/2 hr to go over my treatment, concerns, etc.

We are responsible for our own health. Some people (especially the ones we love) are sometimes so dense & they just don't get it. I look at my soon to ex & all he keeps saying to me is that he feels like he is dying. There is only so many times that I tell him to go to the dr. I can't help him no matter how hard I try! & I finally said to myself - I'm Done! He is a 45 yr old man who has to be responsible for himself. I can't be his mother anymore (we are married 27 yrs). & I sure as hell can't feel guilty if he doesn't want to take care of himself.
That is all on him! Believe me, I luv the guy even though we are going to get divorced but hey I am not my brother's keeper!

Here is a suggestion - Take care of yourself first! You will be no good to anyone if you are ill.

My prayers are with you!!

Luv Ya
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REDSHOES2011 1/19/2011 6:59AM

    1DRWOMAN, I feel for you. My husband and dads doctor were scarey honest- and I was me making choices.. I was given options all the time and never left in the dark..
I still have trauma saying yes to stuff they did to try and save my diabetic type 1 husband.. I said stop because he would not be okay again if he woke up..
I also had to sit with my dad when the heart specialist gave my dad his verdict.. My dad got 3-5 days extra over the date.. Both were buying time.. When doctors do ask you to decide- it is omg scarey..
They did care about my loved ones... There are some doctors whom are better than others..

When my husband died I was called into a meeting with his diabetes and intensive care doctors- they put my mind at rest everything possible was done.. I was also sent to counselling because of the nature of his death.. My youngest boy did 5 years counselling efter his dads death..

It was scarey watching my husband die like he did.. My husband was vegetarian, underweight and very active.. He had doctors scatching their heads...

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    Too many doctors just seem to want to get people shuffled in and out (let's face it, the insurance companies don't pay for long evaluations or hand-holding) On the other hand, I'm a nurse in ann ER - and we get people in complaining of high blood sugars and diabetic complaints, heart problems, lung problems, etc. Just TRY mentioning maybe their diet, exercise, and maybe, just maybe, stopping smoking and drinking would help them feel better. Sheesh!!!! Have you ever seen someone on oxygen smoking? They pull the nasal canula up like a headband.

But, yeah, I still try - because being namby-pamby doesn't help them. I owe it to my patients and myself to try.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

I realized today and yesterday that are some VERY clear thoughts in my head now compared to the past. My man said I am in a really great headspace now!!! Cool! here's what I realized:

FAT = wearing the same pants and just a couple tops...and never feeling quite right.
PHAT = wearing tighter tops - and take your pick - you feel great ...even in the ratty one!

FAT = your watch is tight and uncomfortable when you sweat
PHAT = your watch is now a bangle and spins...I really need to have some links removed!

FAT = my biggest pet peeve (almost) "You have a pretty face!!!" Just wanna stab people in the eye with a pencil when they say that!
PHAT = "You are So Pretty"

FAT = avoiding jeans - the button hurt my tummy and they were so uncomfortable
PHAT = wow...no fight putting them on and I can buy them from a normal store!

FAT = movie popcorn and candy = guilt tears shame hopelessness
PHAT = movie popcorn and candy = it's a treat, YUM, and I'm so glad I work my body hard! :)PURE ENJOYMENT WITHOUT GUILT!

FAT = turn the lights out and hide body
PHAT = wink and smile

These are just some of the things I have noticed...there are so many more...I need to write them down when I see them! Last night at the gym, I saw a bone in my wrist...Oh yea...there's bone under the pudge! :)

Enjoy your little victories...THEY MATTER! YOU MATTER!

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DOGMOMMY 1/18/2011 8:09AM

    Love it! And yes, you are PHAT!!

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NDORRIS 1/18/2011 12:22AM

    You're just one big PHAT girl! What a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They're so uplifting.


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LADYPUNKETTE 1/17/2011 9:52PM

    Haha great post!

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