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SPARKPEOPLE ROCKS!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

If you have a question or a problem, you can get an answer at Sparkpeople.com! I've made so many friends and gotten lots of help and encouragement! If you agree, leave a comment! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CARLANNIE 8/10/2011 11:16AM

    No doubt about it - SP is a great place to be.

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ALASKASKY 8/8/2011 7:29PM

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AJDOVER1 8/8/2011 6:58PM

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GAILRUU 8/8/2011 10:07AM

    I am inspired daily by Spark.

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BEVPRESLEY 8/7/2011 11:29PM

    Oh, I do so agree! I have learned so much, and made friends here too,

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KASEYCOFF 8/7/2011 5:50PM

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ELSEEBEE 8/7/2011 5:12PM

    You are so right! I live in a very rural area (read "short on social life") and all the wonderful friends I've made on SP have been so inspirational in helping me in my journey. My favorite part?- when I get to meet Spark Friends in person!

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TOWHEE 8/7/2011 1:36PM

    I've told several people about SP. It really is a great community. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/7/2011 12:17PM

    Agreed!
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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/7/2011 12:01PM

    I agree 100%, I commented recently on Yoovie's blog titled "Your excuses don't hold water" about how I came her to lose weight, I expected to take the journey by myself but I found that I was surrounded by inspiring people, people that were motivating and encouraging and so supportive. They helped me when I was struggling with my grief or depression over losing my son and cheered for me as I continue to do well losing weight.

This has been an amazing journey and I feel privileged to be surrounded by so many wonderful people.

Blessings and peace,
Amber

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SPORTS AND I DON'T MIX

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I was never good at sports. Growing up, when it was time to pick teams, I was always the last one picked. It was so humiliating as my sister was very good and she was usually picked first. I still haven't caught up and I guess that is why I am not an exerciser. I suck at it. This morning we played disc golf with some friends. Of course, I was lousy at it. Really the worst. My disc kept going left and it took 2 or 3 shots just to get it to the pin or whatever that thing is called. It immediately took me to a level of insecurity I haven't known in a long time. I felt like being in tears, I was so insecure about it. Funny to feel that way at 63.
I've slept decently the last 3 or 4 nights as I've been taking tylenol pm and trazodone together. I go to sleep and don't recall waking up until 7:00 or so. I'm starting to feel better, not so irritable. Although I did have a bit of a bout at the disc golf.
Not much planned for the rest of the day so I guess I'll mosey on to my sewing room and either sew or organize. It needs a good cleaning. Later

  
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TOWHEE 8/6/2011 11:05PM

    If this was your first try at Disc Golf, then you shouldn't expect yourself to be proficient at it. Everything we do needs practice to perfect. Even the kids that were picked first we're good at their sport the first time they tried it.

I was never the last one picked, but I was never first either. I was usually in the last quarter of the class, but I enjoyed being outside, so I played anyway. I participated in GAA (Girls Athletic Assn., an intramural organization before Title IX). It didn't matter to me that I would never be on the A team (or the B team if we had enough people for three teams), I just enjoyed being involved with something that would keep me active. Was I good at sports? No, but I was better than the girls that always had an excuse from PE. Did I like everything we did? No, I hated running laps and didn't see the need for Track and Field, but I sure enjoyed Folk Dance and Swimming and Girls Basketball (the kind with 6 girls on a team and the defense couldn't cross the center line) and Volleyball.

Find something that you like and practice it. It could be kayaking or cycling or jogging or dancing. Anything that gets you a little sweaty and a little breathless will do. In fact find a couple of things, so that you don't get caught in a rut.

Just because you "know" that you aren't athletically inclined doesn't make it so. If you think you can't do something, then you will certainly fail, but if you approach an activity with an open mind, you will be surprised by what your body can do.

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LUVS2BIKE101 8/6/2011 7:14PM

    I wore your shoes growing up, too. Talk about lack of confidence and low self esteem. Well, here I am at 57 and found something that I truly love to do....bicycling! And most of the time I ride by myself. It's great to go out on rail-to-trails and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. I also participated in a SparkPeople.com C25K training program. And I now run/jog at my local park (and usually, by myself). These are activities you might like to try. If not running, then perhaps walking. Sport teams were not for me but I found activities to enjoy just for ME! Give it a try. I know you can do it! Together we will succeed in reaching our goals!
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BEVPRESLEY 8/6/2011 6:43PM

    I'm not athletic either. Even the dog doesn't play Frisbee with me. The important thing is to get out and do ...... something. Even if you aren't good at it, it is good for you. I will never be the fastest or strongest cyclist, or kayaker (is that a word) but I enjoy getting out and seeing new places.

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AUGUST 5, WORKING ON ME

Friday, August 05, 2011

When I got up this morning, I was dragging. Our air conditioner was out and my husband and I had planned to go to the chamber coffee with him but he stayed home to wait for the AC guy who fixed it and now we are cool. Anyway, I was droopy and I had a headache so I sat with my coffee and contemplated my feelings and mood. After that first cup of coffee kicked in I felt some better so I got dressed and went. It was so good to see all my many friends, clients and colleagues there and I won a doorpize, $25 plus candy. Whoo hoo! I realized that I have so many friends and they were glad to see me and I felt instant goodness! This morning I have been able to cope and actually do some work. I felt I had a good nights sleep as my husband said I started snoring instantly and he had to sleep down the hall in the guest room. But if the tylenol pm and the trazodone helped me to sleep and I dont recall waking up, that is something. On Monday, I see my regular doctor for a physical so I am going over it all with him. Probably need another sleep study.
I joined the I Need Sleep team and read that some people are taking vitamins and supplements that help them. I already have them so I'm going to start taking them. Why not, can't hurt. Anyway, I am looking forward to a weekend of sewing and enjoying myself. ANd hopefully a good night's sleep. With Air Conditioning.

  
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KASEYCOFF 8/5/2011 3:57PM

    Yep, and you know what 'they say' about dairy products and tryptophan. Myself, I have a cup of chamomile tea every night, without fail. I don't know if it helps me get to sleep or if it's just psychological, but I wouldn't want to be without it now...
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COFFEE-MATE-Y 8/5/2011 12:12PM

    Crossing my fingers the A/C works later for you!!!

Glad to see you are working on you! :) We can all use a little "me" work.

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AUGUST 4, HANGING ON for me

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Been a struggle emotionally but I'm hanging in there. Had a grueling day and altercation with client that has been ongoing for months. Can't wait to finish. Anyway, I'm keeping track of my emotions, anxiety, irritability, depression, headache, heart burn, etc. Right after I took my meds this morning, I got mad at my husband and had a fight. He doesn't like me like this and I can't blame him. I'm seeing my regular doctor on Monday for a physical and he saw him today. Talked about my sleep issues and the doc said I needed to go to the sleep clinic again so we will have a chat about it on Monday when I see him. Had a much needed massage at 4:00 this afternoon and ready to relax for the rest of the night. Project Runway is on, my favorite! Later.

  
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SAFETYSUE 8/5/2011 3:25AM

    I am so sorry to hear you are still struggling with all of this!! I hope you find some answers! ((Hugs n Prayers))
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KASEYCOFF 8/5/2011 3:08AM

    I'm sure the sleep study must be difficult for lots of people - trying to sleep in a strange place, having the monitors, all that, would make anyone sleep differently from usual. Surely they must allow for that and repeat the test as needed. I hope they schedule you for another to see if they can get to the bottom of the sleep issue - even a small amount of habitual 'nonsleep' can take a toll.
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BEVPRESLEY 8/4/2011 10:11PM

    Today must have been the day for work worries. I know the massage helped relieve some stress. Deep breath, deep breath, tomorrow is another day.

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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/4/2011 9:29PM

    I'm so sorry you are still struggling; I hope you get some relief soon. I know med changes can be difficult on your system and make life more stressful. I will add you to my prayer list that you find a solution soon.

I hope you get an answer about the sleep study since you failed it and they didn't give you the CPAP and you have to deal with the restless leg syndrome on top of that. You're a trooper though, just do what you can and take breaks when you need to so things don't get overwhelming as often if you can. Peace, light, and blessings.

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August 3, Working for me!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Today I lost it. Something is not right with my medications. I am experiencing a good deal of anxiety and irritability when something isn't going right. This morning my internet connection came unhooked and I had to call in for help. During that time, I was frantic, and very irritable and not able to handle it. So I know my brain isn't working to the best of its ability. I guess maybe the meds I switched to left something out so I'll be calling my doc again today. I just want to sit down and cry so I'm heading to my sewing room as soon as I shower and get dressed.
I slept well last night I thought. Talked to my doc yesterday about this and we decided I would take a tylenol pm last night with a sedative. I slept all night. Must have as my husband slept down the hall due to my snoring and I didn't even miss him. POor thing doesn't even have sheets on the bed. But this morning, my brain is misfiring. I'm missing something that makes me feel good. And I know it. Been there before. Can't deal with my clients and I snap at my husband for nothing. I'm worried about my kids and just about everything. Got to get help for this and my head is splitting. This too shall pass. Depression is a terrible illness and it is real so please empathize with those who have it. Later. Got to call the doc.

  
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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/3/2011 5:44PM

    I feel so bad for you, I have suffered for depression and understand how it can affect every aspect of your life. I'm sorry you have had such an unsettling day, I hope you can get things worked out quickly with your doctor.

It might help writing your fears or anxieties down and the reasons they are likely to happen or not to happen and see if that brings any relief.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Peace, light, and blessings,
Amber

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KASEYCOFF 8/3/2011 12:14PM

    I know exactly what you mean - I'd think that feeling down would make me quieter or something, but the frustration and anger just overwhelm, leaving me feeling worse than when I started. I'm not sure there's any solution, but I'm hoping it works out with the meds / doc.
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NOEXCUSES4ME 8/3/2011 11:00AM

    I'm hearing ya! I hope you get it all figured out. Keep trying and glad your doc is involved. I don't know what I'd do without mine. It took a while, but I'm under control most of the time haha. Make sure to smile today no matter how hard :)

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