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OWWW, My aching back!

Monday, August 27, 2012

I've been having a few bad days here (due to family troubles and self-discipline troubles) and was just getting back on track when I threw my back out. OK, didn't actually "throw it out", and I don't think it was actually my back either, lol. I *think* it's more like my, but what I know is that it hurts like crazy to walk, sit, lie down, or even move. I have still been walking around the apartment as much as I can, hoping that will help it heal faster (or at all), but definitely not exercising. To top it off, my two cats seem to think this would be a good time to climb all over me, digging their nasty little claws into my flesh in the process :(

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FRAN0426 8/28/2012 4:42PM

    Resting may be beneficial to getting the sciatic nerve to get back in shape. By all means go see the doctor if not feeling well in a few days too.

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BIGT_56 8/28/2012 1:54PM

    Back problems are the pits! I was doing good with my biking until my sciatica and my tendonitis in my feet got to acting up. Then riding 12 hrs. to and from the beach (not to mention walking on the sand) didn't help any. I laid around yesterday to try and get it feeling well enough to go back to work today (which made me feel terrible everywhere else).
I don't know if you have had much experience with back problems, but there are some good stretching exercises that really help it to feel better. You can find them online by putting in something about back exercises in the search engine. I had back surgery in 1990 and for the most part I do good, but every now and then my sciatica will rear it's ugly self and the exercises calm it back down.
Hope it gets to feeling better soon. If not you might consider seeing a doctor.


Didn't realize this was you when I posted until I went on the team page. Glad to see ya back and posting (I thought the name looked familiar). Hope that dang back gets to feeling better soon.


Comment edited on: 8/28/2012 2:47:09 PM

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SparkCoach Assignment: Easy Meal List

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I apologize if anyone came here looking for a list of easy meals, I haven't started the list yet, am just bookmarking the page for now.

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MRSCLAUS46 8/26/2012 9:45AM

    emoticon I'll be back! emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 8/25/2012 10:06AM

    good luck with your meals

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Nothing can stop me now!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

OK, so I couldn't stand it and finally got back onto the scale, despite swearing I wouldn't. As (always) expected, the numbers showed a weight gain. There have been times in the past when one bad weigh-in like this would be enough to discourage me to the point of giving up, but not this time!

In the past, I would have urgently tried to determine the cause of the weight gain, and immediately started trying to "correct" my plan by cycling calories, changing my workouts, or following some lame advice from something I read that had nothing at all to do with me.

NOT THIS TIME. This time, I am just accepting the fact that my weight fluctuates from day to day, even hour to hour. This time, I am aware of the fact that I may be retaining water as I am building muscles, and that is causing the slight gain. This time, I will stop trying to figure out the reason for the gain, and just celebrate the knowledge that I am doing everything right; therefore I am becoming stronger and healthier, and the weight is bound to come off eventually. When I renewed my commitment to SparkPeople, I also made a commitment to myself to just stay on track and within my calorie range for at least a month before even thinking about making any changes. I may gain weight, but I will also know that it will come back off in due time, as my body adjusts to the changes it is undergoing. This time, I am going to do it right! This time I will celebrate my accomplishments rather than allow negative thinking to bring me down!!

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WALKINGIRL5 8/22/2012 7:25AM

    Great positive inspiring thinking and blog emoticon

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READE2MOVE2012 8/22/2012 4:59AM

  great blog

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/21/2012 9:43PM

    I've been having gains too and like you realize it's just nature taking it's course. We'll get there eventually!!

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NORWOODGIRL 8/21/2012 9:11PM

    Super attitude. Inspiring comments. Good for you! emoticon

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Renewed Goals and Action Plan

Friday, August 17, 2012


1. Stop allowing the scale to dictate the way I feel and interfere with my motivation! (SCALE =

Sinister Contraption Allows Loss of Esteem)

2. Lose pounds and inches

3. Feel and BE healthier

4. Lose most of my aches and pains


1. Put the scale away, only take it out for weekly weigh-ins and don't expect to see a loss every week, sometimes there might be a gain, and that's just the way it is.

2. Get serious about fitness! Track that food for calories and push myself when exercising. No more phoning it in or thinking that just doing anything is enough. This is serious, this is my life, and it's serious business! GET SERIOUS.

3. Exercise consistently as well as seriously. That means 6 DAYS A WEEK exercise with
intensity. If I do weigh myself and don't see the results I had hoped for, be honest about what
may have happened and take steps to change it. Probably underestimated calories consumed
or overestimated calories burned, so be patient while making the necessary adjustments. Do
not use this as an excuse to give up; NEVER GIVE UP AGAIN!

4. Incorporate more yoga and/or pilates for deep stretching to help with body aches.

When I do lose weight, I will try to find something that weighs approximately the amount I lost and heft it up so I can feel it. For example, if I lost 4 lbs., a bag of sugar and lb. of butter is the equivalent to my weight loss. It IS tangible, even if it doesn't feel that way at the time.

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CASSIOEPIA 8/18/2012 11:05AM

    All right!!! Never give up on your goals. You can do this. Even if you take a step back, take two steps forward to combat that.


It was so good meeting you in class this morning. Thank you for coming and participating with us.


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Commitment Renewed

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's been a long time since I've shown my face around these parts. Oh, I've checked in from time to time, but never made my presence known. I just wasn't ready, and I knew that if I were to come back to my teams and friends, I would only end up disappointing myself and feeling like a failure. Again. And there were other things on my to-do list anyway, so I ticked some of those off while trying to get into the right mindset to tackle this venture again. I believe I am finally in the frame of mind I need to be, and not a moment too soon either!

I have a lot to tackle, health-wise and otherwise, but it is long past time to stop running away and start running towards my challenges with a renewed commitment.

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CASSIOEPIA 8/18/2012 11:07AM

    When there is alot to tackle, it still can be started with baby steps. Don't let the mountain get in your way. Just start. That's all that needs to happen. The rest will fall into place.

Just start.


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