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Summer Solstice plus 1

Monday, June 23, 2014

I've been pretty much out of action for most of this month so far. I thought I had a bad a migraine - the likes of which I had never experienced - and it may have been the case but I've also had a very unpleasant viral infection which either caused the extreme head pain or was running parallel. I certainly had very swollen glands, all sorts of aches and pains and extreme lack of energy. I certainly wasn't interested in food but also it was too painful to do much exercise until last week. Hence a weight gain of 2 pounds which I found this morning has now disappeared again presumably due to a lot of running about once I felt up to it and some decorating that I was behind with. I find gains and losses a mystery sometimes but guess I have to take them in my stride.

Due to the decorating I sadly missed a Solstice party on the beach in a neighbouring seaside town, but I made up for it last night - sharing some time on the beach here in Brighton where I live with some friends and a beautiful sunset. Not done justice by my camera I have to add.



So I'm hoping to be on my Spark way again now everything has cleared up.

  
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NEW-CAZ 6/24/2014 2:38AM

    Hi Sonia emoticon
So pleased you're feeling better, I know how worried you were when you were feeling so lousy.
Glad you got to make it to the beach last night and have some fun time.
I have to say the sky was equally spectacular here, they say cameras never lie but they don't express the colours as well as your eyes capture do they.

We're off to the open air Cliff Hotel restaurant for Jackie and Steve's last night and I hope it stays dry and we have another spectacular sunset to capture on film.

Will chat soon, but for now got "stuff to do"..........SOZ


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1BEACHWALKER 6/24/2014 1:01AM

    The sunset looks like a painting...so pretty!!
You know, I had a similar virus, than I had to take antibiotics for earlier, which started with a really BAD headache and my head felt like it was going to implode. Then it went down in my neck and I was just so sick. Went to the Dr. and she gave me the meds. Sinus infection...but, it took me awhile to feel better. But, I think it was something else after that after the antibiotics stopped. Really weird! Just like you felt too! I have heard others speak of the same virus, so I figured I must have picked it up at the Dr.'s when I went for the sinus infection. I am glad you are better & was able to party on the beach! Thank you for stopping by! The winner of the photo contest will be announced on Aug. 7..voting continues through 7/13, if you want to vote. emoticon emoticon

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Migraines - can anyone advise?

Monday, June 02, 2014

Iíve been laid up for four days with a massive migraine Ė well I think thatís what it was. Iíve always had mini migraines that just involved the visual disturbance but didnít interrupt my life in any other way. I know a lot of people are regularly confined to bed for several days unable to move their heads. Iíve counted myself lucky but now I know what itís like. My wish for today is to make it to the kitchen without dizziness and nausea.
The reason for this blog is to ask if any Sparkers can give me any tips on how to avoid migraines and how to alleviate them when they arrive. I would be most grateful.

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 6/21/2014 4:10AM

    I have tried to track what and why - had the idea that it was due to drinking too little or eating chocolate or being very stressed or... and I really canīt find any common reason for my migraines.

That has been completely absent for a year now, have no idea why. I was released from migraines after giving borth and I had no migraines during cancer treatment either or afterwards. And what you describe was a very long time ago - nowadays my migraines has been very mild, I have not puked and I have been ble to get up. Befor the only possibility was to stay in bed and wait - and when I finally was able to get up I crace a lot of fluid - sugeraed tea mith hard fried very salty bacon...

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1BEACHWALKER 6/3/2014 12:30AM

    Nothing seems to help me when I get them. From medicine to massage, to laying down to sitting up. I sympathise. I do know though that once I started and kept up with my chiropractic visits, it kept them at bay. When I stop going or slack off going to those appointments of at least once a month, they start to come back. They start in my neck and work their way up my head. I do believe the neck being out of place may be what is wrong. Ever been to a chiropractor? My Mom and sister get bad ones too. Nothing helps them either, just rest and dark room. I kept telling them to go to a chiropractor and they wouldn't listen. Never hurts to try in my opinion, especially if you get them all the time. Hope you feel better soon. Oh, Excedrin used to be my medicine of choice for headaches and it used to work, if you took it early. But, I am allergic to nsaids now. emoticon emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 6/2/2014 9:18PM

    Sorry, no idea about migranes. Hope that you feel better soon.

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NEW-CAZ 6/2/2014 11:22AM

    Sonia, poor you, migraines are nasty and the nausea can drag you down.
The only thing that worked for me was cold flannels across my forehead, a dark room and eat little and often for the nausea.
Touchwood I've not had one for YEARS but you have my sympathy.
Hope you feel brighter now! emoticon

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Such a lovely weekend

Monday, May 19, 2014

The weather here in my corner of England has been beautiful this weekend.
I spent one afternoon in the garden of a sculptor friend of mine who has his house open at weekends this month in the ĎOpen Housesí event when the many local artist open their houses and display their wares.
His garden is very interesting with leafy nooks and crannies



Pretty places to sit



And various nteresting corners with his sculptures on display





There have been a couple of great evenings spent by sea in the evening sun Ė one of them with a lovely barbecue of fresh fish and salads.
I love the sea in the evenings Ė so calm and peaceful with the last of the sun reflected in it.



Altogether a wonderful and peaceful time in the sun.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 5/25/2014 12:12PM

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1BEACHWALKER 5/19/2014 2:59PM

    Very nice gardens and the pic of the sea! Glad you had a nice time! Sounds like a good dinners too! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/19/2014 1:26PM

    Wonderful Sonia, I love your friends choice of sculptures. I'd like to litter my garden with a few too but I said I'd get used to this garden for a year before making any plant purchases or deciding on any changes- and I'll stick to that..........but ideas are forming emoticon

So glad you had such a great time- after recent times you so deserve some peaceful-fun-laid-back enjoyment emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 5/19/2014 12:14PM

    Glad you had a great weekend. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Blessings.

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ONECALMMOM 5/19/2014 12:14PM

  Lovely! I held myNational Scrapbook event it was a fabulous 2-day event & I even got some pages done! So proud of that accomplishment!!!

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TKTMTA 5/19/2014 12:08PM

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Well well . .

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

. . . what a surprise! Iíve been discussing yoga with a Spark friend over the last few weeks Ė canít remember quite how long but during that time Iíve also been researching on the internet and on Spark. Via the yoga research Iíve learned a lot Ė Yoga isnít new to me but Iíd pretty well given up on exercise Ė strength that is - and Iíd forgotten how well it used to suit me. There is also a lot of related meditation music on the net which has also reminded me that I was a calmer person when I did both of these things. emoticon
This time it started with the recommendation of bed yoga to get my body generally in a mood to start the day. In its turn this led to a greater inclination to follow it with some strength Ė my 70 year old muscles certainly need some strengthening! emoticon Wonder of wonders Ė I found myself enjoying it. So many Sparkers have advised me to Ďfind something I enjoyí but I thought it was impossible. Not so, apparently. emoticon

I got over-ambitious today Ė chose a yoga video listed for the tracker here Ė a BASIC yoga workout it said Ė but I had to give up halfway through emoticon However I did find it enjoyable and Iím going to keep going at it until I can do it reasonably well. Today I was certainly pleased no one was around with a camera but Iíll be plugging away till I get it.

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TRENTDREAMER 5/18/2014 7:22AM

    Glad that you found something that you enjoy. I YouTubed "sparkpeople yoga coach nicole" and surprisingly didn't see any routines. I guess she's a pilates person. i dunno.

Best of fortune to you!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/18/2014 1:49AM

    Good for you!! There are chair yoga routines too on youtube. I do some of those. I do some stretching on the bed as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thanks for the goodie and inquiring on how I feel....so much better! I am back in action! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2014 8:03AM

    I s'pect Suz was the bed yoga expert? What an inspiration she is and I'm glad you've found something you enjoy. Remember to change it around and keep that feeling and motivation forefront.
The beauty of exercising alone is you can stumble and improve in private emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Another pound down - HOORAH!

Monday, May 12, 2014

So my determination was high after last week's loss although I know - along with everyone else here - that things don't always go to plan.
However, this morning I'm delighted to find another pound gone.
SO - I'm ploughing happily on -eating carefully and walking (or time on the stationary bike if the weather's bad) everyday. I'm planning to beef up the walking - longer and faster. I also do some strength most days.
The double bonus is that I feel energised and motivated - and above all happier.

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RIDLEYRIDER 5/12/2014 6:59AM

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NEW-CAZ 5/12/2014 6:37AM

    I am so HAPPY for you Sonia; having had some rough times of late and losing your MOJO, you've found it and are doing just great.
You should be proud that you're staying with it and as a result feel better for it.
Keep at it hun emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYLEESMEME 5/12/2014 6:32AM

    Congratulations on your recent weight loss! I would like to see my scale move down a bit, but I am very happy that my clothes are fitting better, and my tummy seems smaller than it was a few weeks ago. I too will keep on pushing through. emoticon

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