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SPARK SOLUTION is Here! (and updates and stuff)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Hurrah! The Spark Solution is here! I had to force myself to stop reading it this morning, because I have a busy day planned already. It is plain to see that I am going to really love this book though :)
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"Spark Coach Daily Visualization:
Imagine stepping on the scale to find that your weight hasn't budged. Instead of immediately reacting with self-hatred and disgust, you remain calm and focus on the positive. What other accomplishments can you be proud of? Use this exercise to prepare yourself to handle this situation in the future." Yippee Skippee - I HAVE already done this, and blogged about it right here. I love when things work out for me! :D
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Abscess update: Seems to be mostly gone now, and I am feeling a LOT better. I haven't gone back to the dentist for the extraction yet though, because I really hope to postpone that until after the upcoming wedding to which I've been invited (and plan on attending). I would be OK with healing during the festivities / family reunion, but the removal of this particular tooth will leave me unable to chew (yep, my teeth are that bad) until I can afford to get a partial plate. I know I may be playing with fire by putting the dental procedures off this way, but I don't feel that I have a choice. But at least the swelling and pain is gone (for now).
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Back/hip pain that's been causing me such grief update: After seeing a doctor (once), and learning that the pain could be anything (argghh), because radiology didn't reveal anything, I continued to research on my own. I am nearly 100% certain that this pain, as well as the fatigue, general muscle aches, depression, anxiety, and just about every other (strikethrough:complaint) symptom is due to fibromyalgia. All those things I just listed are symptoms of the condition, and there is no specific means of diagnosing it, other than by ruling other things out. But the thing that really convinced me that this was the cause of all my problems was the picture on WebMD which portrayed how moderate to severe unexplained pain is often targeted to a specific, pinpointed area - and there was a picture of MY pain! I little red dot on the right hip area. It also reads that the symptoms vary from day to day, or different times during the day, as mine do. I love this information, because now I can feel confident that I can take care of this myself. I don't need to limit my exercise or workouts for fear of causing harm, I only need to make adjustments due to pain levels, or lack thereof. Exercise and diet, along with ice packs and heat (hot baths) are the treatment, which is exactly what I've been doing anyway. So yay again!
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I am happily finding my way back to the point when exercise is fun again. I really MISSED that feeling when I was still only trying to do "just enough", which, of course, was not really nearly enough. Now I've reached the point, once again, where as the day winds down, I find myself wondering if I can't work in just one more thing...one last walk, a 10 minute workout, or just try my skills at a new exercise to see if I'm ready to add that to my regime. Of course, if I'm truly in too much pain, or feeling exhausted or fatigued, I just take a bath and head to bed. But if I'm feeling OK, or even just a little pain, I will usually keep trying to add that "just one more" of anything. In addition, I sometimes work in enough "extra" squats, lunges, bicep curls, or whatever else I can that I could probably count them in my fitness log, but I don't. I like to think of all these extras as little bonus gifts that I am giving to "future me". It makes "present me" feel good about herself.
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50SGRANNY 5/11/2013 4:50PM

    AALLEY2, I've really been taking advantage of the DVDs!

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AALLEY2 5/11/2013 2:34PM

    I'm really excited to read it, I can't wait to get a copy!
I have been reading Outsmarting the female fat cell.
It is a good one too. but I like the fact that we get SP points and bonus gifts with the Spark Solution book. emoticon for sharing!


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CYND59 5/7/2013 7:50PM

    I preordered mine so I have a few days to wait for it to be shipped. I am so excited. I can't wait to read it.

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50SGRANNY 5/7/2013 2:04PM

    The Spark Solution is, pretty much, everything that one can find on Spark People, but all gathered together in one book. I like the fact that they actually list meal options, and give calorie breakdowns meal-by-meal. I am nowhere near finished with the book (too much to do today!) but it is motivating me, which is exactly what I was looking for.

The bonus DVD "Fit, Firm, and Fired Up" has become my favorite workout DVD! The 10 minute toning workouts are awesome, and now that I'm getting stronger I combine two or more for a full body workout, PLUS there is a bonus cardio workout included.

Bottom line, I love the book, but am even more impressed with the bonus gifts: 2 DVDs and 3 months of SparkCoach :)

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NANCYPAT1 5/7/2013 12:48PM

    Great review. Glad you finally got your copy.

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ICANLOSEMORE 5/7/2013 12:24PM

    I've been debating whether or not to buy the Spark solution book. Sounds like you would recommend it.

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Take That, Sneaky Pounds!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

OK, so the scale showed a 4 pound loss two days ago, but today it shows that 2 of those pounds are still hovering nearby, and apparently landing on me and trying to hide themselves in all the other pounds, hoping to go unnoticed. I'm sure they are planning to settle in and get comfortable, and then call back the other lost pounds until they have all just made themselves a permanent home. HA! Not this time, flabby fatty pounds! I'm in the driver's seat and I'm driving you away.

Yeah, the pounds might be coming off very S - L - O - W - L - Y, but I can finally actually SEE that it's not the numbers on the scale that matter. Despite still being unable to squeeze comfortably into the dress I was working on getting into for an upcoming family wedding, I tried on a couple of pretty tops that were hanging in my closet, waiting for me to lose enough weight to wear them with confidence. Not only do they now fit and look lovely on me, but one of them actually shows that I have a waistline! It's not a tailored blouse, but it just drapes nicely and accentuates my curves in a positive way for a change. What I'm saying is, I actually look nice in it! It's been over a year since I thought I looked nice in anything, so this is the epitome of inspiration!
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I have had more set-backs than I probably should have, but I am not going to let those set-backs defeat or define me. I'm just going to use them as learning opportunities, or reasons to push harder, or whatever it takes for me to stay on top of the game. I'll keep writing in my journal (although dreadfully behind, and it's an important tool for me) and wait for The Spark Solution full book to become available in my cloud reader.
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Thank you again to all my beautiful Spark Friends for nudging me along when I need a shove.
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JLITT62 5/5/2013 4:31PM

    Slow pounds tend to be the ones that stay off, frustrating as that may be. I should know, I plateaued for about 3 yrs!

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AUNTWILLIE 5/5/2013 4:05PM

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That's an amazing feeling... knowing that something actually looks good on you!
Congratulations!

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SparkCoach Jen's Signature

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

I'm borrowing this quote from Coach Jen's signature line because it's exactly what I needed right now. I keep feeling like such a failure, even though I know better, intellectually speaking anyway. But here's how the story went, this time around...

I have a wedding to attend in California in a couple weeks, and when I was speaking with my daughter about all the plans, I also mentioned that I have gained SO much weight that I have no idea what I'll ever be able to wear. We both know I don't have enough money to buy new clothes, I can barely pay rent and my tooth problems, back problems, car problems, etc. have taken every dime. (My daughters have chipped in to pay for my flight and accommodations.) My daughter said to me, "Well, you've got 6 weeks, just lose the weight and wear the dress you got for the last wedding but didn't wear at the time!" Now I knew at the time that if I were to think of it that way I would only be setting myself up for failure, because I lose weight at a nearly imperceptible rate when I lose at all...but I decided to just push myself as hard as I could to see what I could accomplish anyway. You'd think I've never been down this road before, and that I couldn't have anticipated the crash and burn :sigh:.

Anyway, for the update, those short workouts saved me from giving up altogether. When I was too dizzy from the inner ear involvement (due to the tooth abscess) to complete a longer workout, I turned to the ten minute workouts on the Fit, Firm, and Fired Up DVD, or one of the shorter workouts available on SP or You Tube. I am happy to report that today I FINALLY managed to finish an entire 30 minute workout video from beginning to end, with no modifications. I'm feeling like I'm actually getting right back on track! :D

Unfortunately, I had joined two challenges, and gave up on both of those when I was stuck in my little pity bag, or temper tantrum, or whatever we call it when we just decide not to give a ... about anything anymore. So that had me really feeling as though I have failed, until I read that wonderful signature at the end of one of Coach Jen's posts:
"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

I am not staying down.

  
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50SGRANNY 5/5/2013 9:02AM

    Thank you all for continuing to support and encourage me; your encouragement really helps me to understand that I'm truly not alone on this journey.
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JLITT62 5/1/2013 8:15AM

    I love 10 minute exercise! It can make a huge difference. I hope you can find a dress that will make you feel special - preferably in your own closet!

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AALLEY2 4/30/2013 8:45PM

    I totally get where you are coming from! I have a potty party at least once a month! Thanks for the comment on my sp page too! emoticon

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Not Really MIA, Just Taking Time to Heal

Monday, April 29, 2013

That's about it. OK, I also did a LOT of emotional eating, no doubt gained back the little bit of weight I lost (we'll see), and just had a major set-back. BUT, I still haven't quit or given up entirely, I guess I just gave up for that time. I need to learn how to avoid the emotional eating, as well as the "all or nothing" mentality, because that's the cause of all my set-backs. I was unable to workout to my fullest ability, so I didn't bother at all. Since I wasn't working out, I didn't bother with my diet either...and so it goes.

Unfortunately, I have several appointments lined up this morning so am unable to write more at this time, but I'll be back - count on it!

  
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50SGRANNY 4/30/2013 12:01PM

   
JLITT62, thank you for your comment, it was just what I needed!


AALLEY2 - thanks so much for the encouragement! That's what keeps me coming back :)


CATLADY52 and LIFETIMER54, knowing I have friends like you to encourage and push me is the only thing that keeps me going when I've lost faith in myself.

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JLITT62 4/30/2013 7:54AM

    It's not how many times you fall . . . well, you know the rest!

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Just Checking In

Friday, April 19, 2013

This abscess is significantly worse than I had thought, albeit getting better and better. I will probably end up getting this tooth pulled next week, which should put an end to all this.

As things currently stand, the swelling in my face has gone down, from soccer ball size to just a mild case of mumps, maybe. emoticon

The pain has actually moved away from my tooth (thank heavens, that was some horrendous pain!) on to the mumps-looking affected area, including my ear. In fact, it seems to have made its way to my inner ear, as I'm experiencing bouts of dizziness which keep me from engaging in cardio exercise. Not only that, but the strain that occurs when I attempt strength training really sets off the tooth pain, so I'm avoiding that as well. This is starting to scare me a little; too much time off considering I was just getting back on track...and doing such a good job of it, too! I'm sure I can keep that mindset alive for a few more days, then I can just jump right back on that wagon again!

Right now I am taking antibiotics for the infection as well as Vicodin for the pain. The Vicodin is doing more good now than it was when the pain was primarily in my tooth. I guess it works better for soft tissue pain...or something. I'm quite sure that any day now I will be able to share my story better than I am doing lately. I'm just so tired...and pretty much out of it right now, but I'm really getting better every day. Silly how something as minor as a toothache can turn my whole life upside down!

  
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GGCHET 5/3/2013 10:12AM

    So sorry, have had that pain & it is AWFUL!!!!
Hope it is all better by now:)

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50SGRANNY 4/21/2013 11:26AM

    JLITT62, thanks for the encouragement. I think I'm finally feeling well enough to get back to my workouts today, or at least try some easy cardio and ST. It really means a lot to know you have my back! :)
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JLITT62 4/20/2013 9:25AM

    That's not just a toothache & just antibiotics can really knock you out. You'll get right back to it when you're healed up - don't worry!

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