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AUGUST 10, FAMILY IS EVERYTHING

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My son graduated from EMT school yesterday. A career change at 36 is scary but I hope it goes well and he can get a new job. Pray for him! And us or else all of our extra funds will go their way. We went to Zaxby's afterward for dinner and I had their grilled chicken house salad. Hubby ordered a greasy sandwich and fries and felt guilty afterward. He said that one meal put 4 pounds back on him. I had the dressing on the side but managed to eat it all anyway. I really really have to get a plan in place once again. Eat less to lose, my doctor says.
I was planning to go to Yoga class today but my back is aching since then and I walked yesterday big time. I have a delivery today and will be carrying in 3 heavy lamps and a mirror, standing on a ladder and hanging a drapery. Isn't that enough activity for one day? I also have to sit on the floor and add bouillion to a drapery as it isn't long enough and option is to let out the hem or add the fringe. It's in a dressy dining room so fringe it is. I'd rather be quilting.

  
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SGKAYLOR 8/10/2011 1:39PM

    EMT school wow that's great, congrats to him!

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KASEYCOFF 8/10/2011 12:25PM

    I must admit, as rough as it might be for awhile (and lucky him to have a safety net in Mom and Dad!) I think it's better he changes careers now while he can still earn a pension and so on. If you could go back and have a career as a quilter, would you? Even if you had to leave a job in hand and take classes and start at the beginning? If he's as passionate about being an EMT as you are about quilting, he'll be building a good life for himself - and for his family. IMHO
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CARLANNIE 8/10/2011 11:21AM

    Congrats for your son! It is scary to change jobs mid-stream, but sounds like it is one he has a passion to do. I know what you mean about helping support the kids - the adult kids, lol! Tough times. I have work to do, but I'd rather be quilting, too!

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AUGUST 9, WORKING FOR ME!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Since my friend Pat got back from her New york trip, we've been walking every Tuesday or Thursday. This morning it started raining just as I was heading out. I waited 10 min for it to stop and then started out to meet her. Kept going as she wasn't there, she had gone back to bed when she saw the rain but went ahead out with me when I got to her home which is about 1 mile from my house. Then we walked back and I ended up doing about an hour of walking, slowly but surely. Yesterday I took my first yogo class at noon. They are offering a class at noon on Mon and Wed. I plan to go tomorrow unless I don't make it back from my appmt which I'm going to start early. You do feel better when you exercise.

I saw my doc yesterday and I had gained about 6 lbs from last year and my cholesterol was up which wasn't good. However, he said the results of my bone density scan indicated that my levels were better than a 25 year old and the odds of me getting osteoporosis were slim. Guess it is that good German stock in me from my mother. I did ask him about losing weight again and he said the only way he knew how was to eat less and burn more. There isn't a pill or plan out there that will do it. Makes sense to me. Now I just have to figure out how to eat less and burn more. My hubby has been eating less and exercising more, even in this heat. He goes out to walk when it is hottest and he is losing. Of course men do lose faster. Sigh.

At least I feel better mentally, sleeping better even though medicated enough. Today is stay at home and pay bills day for the office. I'd rather be quilting.

  
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JMIRROR 8/10/2011 8:09AM

  So is it really true that men loose weight faster? I've always noticed that about my husband compared to myself. Interesting; I thought that it was only in our case.

Good luck with your weight loss program. Having support helps. Having strong bones makes a big difference too.
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TIRED49 8/9/2011 11:45PM

    Happy to hear things are going better for you. I know your frustration with the weight. I have had more than one doctor tell me the same thing and my son too. "Eat less, exercise more Mom"

Just hang in there, great job with the walking. Even if I did enjoy walking outside it is so hot here in the south I wouldn't last long.

Have a great rest of the week!

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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/9/2011 2:00PM

    I'm so glad to see you had a better day and you got to try yoga and you plan to go again. It's great you got your walk in and that you continued to walk after she joined you, that's fantastic.

Don't worry about the weight gain, start where you are today, I use the trackers on the start page to enter how much I exercise and my current weight to figure out how many calories I should eat; initially it will ask how active you are if you haven't set it up already and then I adjust it every 10 - 15 lbs. I lose to see how much my calorie range changes, it really helps. I track my food most of the time but I'm really good about knowing if I haven't had enough for the day or if I'm close to the limit, I rarely go over and I log every minute of exercise now that I know how to log strength training, I didn't know until March, lol, even though I had been on here since 2009 and doing weights daily this year from January.

It is so good to hear that your medications seem to be doing what they are intended to do, lets pray that it stays this way.

Peace and Blessings

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SGKAYLOR 8/9/2011 12:30PM

    Great job for walking even when it was raining!

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KASEYCOFF 8/9/2011 10:08AM

    I love yoga. I haven't been applying the self-discipline enough lately to keep up with it consistently - and there aren't any groups or classes near me, unfortunately - but when I do it, even the easier poses, I find it really is beneficial.
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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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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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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,
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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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