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Back from my Kidney Transplant! Also... I'm engaged!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's AMANDA!!! I'm back on SP.

Four weeks ago TODAY, (January, 26, 2012) I had a kidney transplant at age 28. My wonderful father was my donor so we have been healing together. I'm already feeling better and I can't wait to fully see all the changes it will do for my life...

Now, over the summer, my diet got turned upside down. Black was white, left was right, I was so confused... all having to do with my end stage renal disease low-potassium, low sodium diet. HOWEVER, post-surgery, I can eat anything I want (in moderation, of course) except grapefruit, starfruit, and acai berry! haha Considering the transplant was only four weeks ago, I've let myself eat what I craved, enjoy having potatoes :-D, and just enjoy while I was in recovery.

That time is done! Today I entered my food into SP and I am ready to get back on the wagon. The least I can do is eat healthy and get in shape as a thank you to my father who donated his kidney for me. I want to be able to keep it for as long as possible!! We're talking a real, REAL reason for a lifestyle change here!


Now onto something else...
During Thanksgiving, my boyfriend of 5+ years proposed to me in front of our families, at a Thanksgiving/Christmas/My Birthday party. He gave me a present to open in front of everyone and inside each box was, well, a smaller box. He was amazing and made a little video from my parents videos.... here's the link if you're interested! youtu.be/xqol60PkODg

emoticon Wedding Date: June 29, 2013

So as you can see, I have PLENTY of reasons to lose weight and be healthy. Game ON!

  
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STODD251 10/26/2012 10:04AM

    Congratulations!

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BEBELEIGH 2/28/2012 7:41AM

    I'm so happy for you! I stumbled across your page a couple of weeks ago and have since been wondering how you've been doing. I'm glad everything is working out. Congratulations on getting married!

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FOXFIRENDTS 2/27/2012 7:33PM

    Congratulations on your engagement and I am glad you are recovering well from you Kidney transplant!
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CHARMIN944 2/27/2012 4:55PM

    You are so very blessed to have such a wonderful fiance, father, and new life. I'm so happy for you.

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ORCHIDLADY56 2/24/2012 12:51PM

    Congratulations!

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BARBARAROSE54 2/24/2012 8:33AM

    Welcome back, so happy you are feeling much better. And congratulations on your engagement.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 2/24/2012 8:01AM

    Congratulations on the transplant and engagement! It's a beautiful ring. What a fun present. I liked his choice of music on the video.

I liked your feeling of needing to get healthy as a way of saying Thank You. Speaking as another parent, I know that would please him greatly if you were to be able to keep the kidney for a very long time. Healthy and happy is what parents want for their children.

Good to see you back. Have a great day!

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WENDYJM4 2/24/2012 1:54AM

    wow so nice, a tear jerker. emoticon on your engagement, your new kidney and everything. Thank you for sharing that, your special moment.

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CBEVNOW 2/24/2012 12:57AM

    I dont know how i missed this about your Kidney Transplant, but i wish you the best. Please take care of your self and your Kidneys. emoticonon your marriage to be.
And God Bless your Father for donating his Kidney, tell him to take care of himself also.

Cbevnow

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FITFORMYFAMILY 2/24/2012 12:08AM

    Congratulations on your engagement! That was a tear-jerker video and I even knew what to expect!

I am so glad that your kidney transplant was a success. That is definitely a reason to make some healthy lifestyle changes! I will be here cheering you on!

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WIDARLING 2/23/2012 9:54PM

    Wow, glad everything went well with your surgery. You are being well taking care of. Here.s to a fantastic future. God bless. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/23/2012 9:31PM

    I am soooooo excited for you!
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HDHAWK 2/23/2012 9:11PM

    Wonderful news and congratulations to you!

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LIFE-FAITH 2/23/2012 8:17PM

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Amanda, I want to encourage you to love your new kidney on your journey to health. There are topics about nutrition and other great info in our forums. Also there is great info on the national kidney foundation web site for life after transplant.

CONGRATS again on your new lease on life. I pray that both you and your dad have a great speedy recovery.

Jean

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/23/2012 8:01PM

    I am glad your surgery went well. Congratulations on your engagement!!!

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DREMARGRL 2/23/2012 7:44PM

    What a beautiful reason to LIVE STRONG!!!!!!! Wishing you, your man and your Daddy the very best life has to offer. Congrats, beautiful! xo MaryAnn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/23/2012 7:39PM

    What a precious way to ask you to marry him. Thanks for sharing your special day with us.

So glad you have new healthy kidney now. emoticon

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BLUEBELLGIRLS 2/23/2012 7:35PM

  So pleased that your surgery went well and what a blessing that your father gave you the kidney. Congratulations on your engagement too. Enjoy the moment.

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QUEENMOXIE 2/23/2012 7:32PM

    I am so very happy for you for the fact that your father was able to give you a kidney. I am sure he would have been willing to give you anything, now its your job to keep it. I would also like to say congratulations on your engagement...now you have to plan a wedding...how exciting! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Kidney failure & backwards food requirements!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

So I got some unfortunate news on Tuesday. My kidneys (which I always knew were bad) have gotten REALLY bad. There are 5 stages of kidney failure and I am in stage 5, the worst one. I'm meeting with my nephrologist August 4th to discuss what we are going to do - transplant list, dialysis, etc.

UNTIL THEN - I have been sent back into the world having to change my diet around. Everything that I thought was healthy, isn't healthy for me. For example - I have to switch from whole grains to white bread and white rice. I have to eliminate tomatoes!! I can have cauliflower but not broccoli... I am so confused. I've put in a call to talk to a renal nutritionist but who knows when that will happen. Everything I'm learning, I'm learning from good online sources but it's really hard!!

My new nutritional goals are:

1) Limit protein to 60 grams per day
2) LOW sodium (but no # was given yet)
3) LOW potassium (again, no #)
4) LOW phosphorus (....)

The protein I can deal with. The sodium I can watch. The other two - SO HARD! I'm geting a smart phone this weekend (thanks to my wonderful parents) because I think it will make it easier to track things and look up food while I'm out.

I think the worst part of this is that it makes no sense to me. It's easy to eat "healthy" - fruits, veggies, low salt, good quality protein, and good carbs. Easy peasy. But this??? I never would have thought that mangos, papayas, and raspberries would be bad for me!! I just need to get a handle on it...



This is my lunch today. It's my first real meal that meets all the goals.
Salad: lettuce, red pepper, carrots, cucumbers, and low sodium turkey. Dressing is balsamic vinegar and oil and some Mrs. Dash because I couldn't find a low sodium dressing.
Fruit salad: strawberry, blueberries, and a fresh pineapple! Only $2 a pineapple so I bought 2.
Side: 2 pieces of italian bread, no sesame seeds with a little butter on it. (I still need to buy unsalted butter but I forgot).
And a ginger ale. Non-diet!! haha Only good part of this...

If anyone has an suggestions, I'm all ears!!

  
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CINNAMONCAT9 7/20/2011 1:58AM

    you are both gorgeous and intelligent, and your youth will make it easy for you to eventually get a transplant. I am helping my dad right now with his new diet, as he just got told his kidneys are only operating at 25%. He has to go to an educational class to learn about dialysis. Transplants aren't even an option for him, due to his very poor health: diabetes, heart disease, Hepatitis C, etc. along with disabilities and age (77). You will lose weight on this diet. The less you eat, the better it seems to be for your kidneys. It taxes them less. I am using the Da Vita website, and this site also has that great team that I see you joined. You are going to be fine. Keep using your brilliance to make good choices, and love yourself and relax all that you can.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/26/2011 2:02PM

    Praying that you will find what works best to keep you healthy.

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I.M.MAGIC 6/25/2011 9:54AM

    I'm sorry you're having to go through this scary stuff. You are NOT alone, m'dear. The whole ESRD team--and then some--is right with you.

BAckwards food requirements?? I LIKE that terminology, 'cause that's EXACTLY what it feels like! LOL

I'm warning you, this is going to be a novel! LOL

Have you checked out the ESRD library yet? Until you can get to that renal nutrition specialist to get a customized program, there's a basics list there of things that can help... along with a lot of links to things like that AAKP nutrition info brochure...

...and posting regularly and asking the team for help works too-- Just ask WENDYJM4! She's amazing! She's also stage 5 and has actually had some small improvement in kidney function following the protocols and a self-customized exercise program. Myself, I went from stage 4 to stage 3... though other health issues are making it difficult to stay there right now! LOL

It may not do miracles but using those protocols certainly won't hurt! LOL

As for numbers... Once you see the nutrition specialist, this may be different for you, as we all have differing issues, but just for now:

US RDA for sodium for adults with chronic health issues was recently lowered:

No more than 1500mg per day.

My own potassium requirement is 2000mg or less.
Phosphorus is about 600mg, or 60% of the daily RDA.
Protein, my nutrition specialist told me about 114g, which is 4oz-- higher than yours, but then I am at the bottom end of stage 3...
And I'm allowed ONE dairy serving per day--butter, sour cream and cream cheese do NOT count toward that.

The hardest thing ever having to curtail chocolate--I'm reduced to a single tiny piece as a rare treat! LOL

Having SP's nutrition tracker, and some parameters to go by, makes it a lot easier than it might be otherwise. You can still have some of your favorites by planning ahead and tweaking the numbers so your daily total isn't completely off. I use salted butter... and make up for it elsewhere, trying to do so without sacrificing flavor--and you're right, it isn't easy! LOL (The library has some ideas for that too. Check it out...)

And oh, yeah, 9-18 x 8oz glasses of water a day.

Of course, this is true ONLY UNTIL you are directed otherwise, like when you start dialysis or are being prepped for transplant. Then all bets are off! The rules will change AGAIN... That renal nutritionist is going to be your best buddy then!

...fun, huh? NOT! LOL

But it's do-able. And emoticon

Do keep posting, it helps SO much!

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P.S. I make my own bread when I can--no phosphate based preservatives that way, and it's a good upper body workout! LOL

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DIETSAFARI 6/25/2011 4:42AM

    The best thing I can think of if for you to drybrush your skin everyday, in the direction the lymf flows, to the heart.
That should help your kidneys get rid of toxins through your skin, to take a bit of the load off your kidneys.
I am so sorry that you have this crisis to cope with...
Hope it will improve soon.
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I am sending you a Spark Heart, just until you get a kidney
Hugs

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CBEVNOW 6/25/2011 1:28AM

    Every thing i use to eat , as you said we were taught its healthy for us and it is if you dont have CKD. Strawberrys i would ask about, but only eat organic ones, because they are planted and sprayed with a horrible pesticide. As i have said the only way to go is with a RENAL DIETITIAN they know Kidneys. Percjester, has some good sites listed, dont forget the National Kidney Organazion, also remember the AAKP, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS, THIS WAS STARTED BY KIDNEY PATIENTS,FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS. Most of us are told NO SODA POP at all. Eack CKD patient is different and your needs will probley change from time to time. I'm allowed 6-oz of dairy a day, i also drink almond Milk, there again it depends on your blood work, I only do organic foods, and it has helped me so much, The best to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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TERRBEAR12 6/24/2011 10:44PM

    Whoa! Hang in there. It sounds like you are doing good keeping your spirits up, but remember should you need some help or some laughs or whatever blog or send a message direct!
Take care.
TerrBear

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LIFE-FAITH 6/24/2011 8:10PM

    Phosphorous can be challenging as it is in many foods we dont think about... check out the national kidney foundation nutritional guidelines - it will tell you. I hung mine on my fridge until I got it down pat by heart. Orange juice was one of the hardest things for me to give up. I miss it very much..but I love my kidneys more. Most dairy items have phosphorous. I only have butter ONE day a week and then it is less then a serving. Milk - I dont touch it anymore!

You will adjust. You will find your way and what works for your body and once you do, you will feel so much better.
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DARLENEK04 6/24/2011 1:29PM

  Good luck and God bless. I have kidney disease also,
or so the dr. says....I am looking for a new nephrologist
because the one I have herds people thru his office like
cattle, and if you are lucky he might say hello. He has
no answers for any questions I ask, like what I should/should
not eat or drink.
Just lose weight and get off my high blood pressure meds.

Let us know how things go.
Darlene

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BARBARAROSE54 6/24/2011 1:00PM

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 6/24/2011 8:15AM

    Hoping you get to meet with the renal dietitian soon. Tell her you track things with SparkPeople. She will be glad to know you are used to tracking food. Good luck!

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LORIAPO 6/24/2011 12:06AM

    I'm sorry about your news. Hopefully after meeting the nutritionist, it won't be so overwhelming.
I will keep you in my prayers.
Hang in there!
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SLOLOSER 6/23/2011 10:08PM

    I hate to tell you this, but you may want to avoid blueberries and strawberries as well. I believe that all berries contain significant levels of oxalates, and people with kidney damage should avoid them.





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THETURTLEBEAR 6/23/2011 9:23PM

    I will keep you in my thoughts - hang in there and Spark on!

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MILLISMA 6/23/2011 9:05PM

    Wish I new what to tell you but hope you can meet with the nutritionist soon. So sorry to hear what you are going through. Will keep you in my prayers. Sending lots of hugs. emoticon

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PERCJESTER 6/23/2011 2:17PM

    Sorry to hear about the news from your doctor. Hang in there and try to stay positive.

I was surprised to see raspberries on your list of "no-no's". I thought they would be okay for your situation. the link below might assist you.

Stay strong!

http://www.davita.co
m/kidney-disease/diet-and-nutri
tion/diet-basics/diet-tips-for-
diabetics-with-kidney-disease/e/5328

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LINDAJ0621 6/23/2011 1:39PM

    Sorry to hear that news. My DH also saw a kidney doctor on Monday and found out he has 31% kidney function, so that puts him on the line between stage 3&4. He is a longtime diabetic with hypertension and coronary artery disease. So, we have to not only consider the diabetic diet (he is on insulin) but also the very strange kidney diet. I haven't figured it out yet either and I can't seem to find enough information anywhere. We see his doctor again on July 8th for more tests and I will have a list of questions with me. Take care and good luck to you. By the way, we have a niece who had been on dialysis and rejected her kidney transplant and went back on dialysis again. She has been living an amazingly full and happy life with this disease for about 20 years now (she is now 40).
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NEWCCBARBIE 6/23/2011 1:37PM

    Oh man! Sending lots of prayers your way and hope that you're feeling better soon! emoticon

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NCREMEENS 6/23/2011 1:31PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your bad news. You are very strong to be still working towards your weight-loss goal even with all the restrictions to your diet - you don't seem to be giving up! I don't know anything about a renal restricted diet, so I can't offer any suggestions - but I will keep you in my thoughts. Hopefully the nutritionist will get back to you and tell you more strict guidelines to what you are supposed to be eating/drinking.

Best wishes and good luck!

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Done with school/CAMPING DOWN THE SACO/Couch to 5k

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I've been really busy as of lately. I FINISHED ALL MY GRADUATE CLASSES!!! But there were some crazy papers, quite a few all-nighters, etc. I almost quit my job... (long story!) And the BF's father needs 24/7 care and I've started doing shifts on my own to help them out. Between all of that, phew, it's been crazy!

That being said, luckily, I haven't gained weight, I've been staying at the same number for a few weeks. I am GRATEFUL that I didn't put back on any weight. Now that I have things under control, I am going to step it up!

I started doing the first week of training for the Couch to 5k plan. My new Gymboss interval timer helps a ton and I LOVE it! I have to go running soon before it gets too hot for the day. (I really, really hate running when it's hot out. I'm going to have to start waking up early to run when it's still beautiful!)

This weekend, the BF graduates from graduate school. NEXT weekend, however....... is something I've been waiting to do for almost 6 years!!!

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wait for it.....

;-)

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I'm finally canoeing down the Saco River!!!!!! (I know, doesn't sound as exciting as the buildup.. haha) (here is the backstory for those of you who didn't read it in an earlier blog - the BF and all his guy friends go on MANTRIP every year. They canoe down the Saco and camp on the beaches. There are no bathrooms. Anything you bring with you has to fit in the canoe. ..etc. Also, since I hang out with mostly guys, MANTRIP = Everybody but Amanda trip)

So this year, I finally convinced the BF and a couple other guys to do a "general public trip" meaning girls included. haha However, I'm still the only girl going. I am SO very excited, however, there are two things I'm nervous about. A) pooping in holes haha b) what if I have my period when I go!!

On that lovely note - I'm going to go for my run before noon hits! Thanks everybody for the warm wishes the past two weeks while I've been missing from SP!

  
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BEBELEIGH 1/26/2012 1:29PM

    I go on a trip down the Saco every summer too! I look forward to it all year. A 3 day booze cruise in a canoe :)

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SIMPLERLIFE66 5/27/2011 12:27PM

    Have fun! emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 5/27/2011 10:33AM

    Congratulations on finishing up school! Have fun camping.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/26/2011 3:42PM

    I'm so glad you get to go! I'm looking forward to hearing (reading) all about it! Have fun!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/26/2011 12:20PM

    Good for you. You will do GREAT! Just enjoy. The other things will work themselves out.

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SWAZY33 5/26/2011 11:42AM

    The canoe trip sounds like so much fun! emoticon and yes...this a picture a fancy canoe...haha
When is the trip?
Good luck with P*I*H...I think that would be the only part I would not be looking forward to either!

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NEWCCBARBIE 5/26/2011 11:23AM

    A couple months ago I read AWOL on the Appalachian Trail...talk about pooping in holes! HAHA It made me REALLY want to hike the whole darn thing, roughing it and ALL! Be sure to let us know how much fun you have!! emoticon

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TRANSLATION HELP!...please...pretty please.. help me!

Friday, May 13, 2011

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS7U0zYfnGw


I NEED HELP! hahaha

I am doing an in depth musical analysis of "Tamatant Tilay/Exodus" by Herbie Hancock, Bob Marley, Tinariwen, K'NAAN, and Los Lobos.

I am working just off of The Imagine Project CD, I have no written translation. It has to be done by ear.. or else I would have gone to the library already.

Los Lobos only have a small part at the end in spanish that I would love some help with.. but they are not the biggest problem!

Tinariwen, who sing for the majority of the song, are a band of Tuareg (nomadic pastoralist people) musicians from the Sahara region of northern Mali, Africa - song written in the language of TAMASHEK.

I've been working on this project for MONTHS now... but it is down to the wire. I cannot find a translation!

If YOU can help me... or you know SOMEBODY ELSE who might be able to help me, please, PLEASE do! Just let me know and I will send along my email address (if you're more comfortable deal in non-SP terms.)

I apologize for a non-SP blog... however, I know we are supposed to lean on our community when we need help, and baby, I need help BADLY! hahaha

This is due on Tuesday... and as long as I pass... I will be DONE with graduate school classes!!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU in advance!

  
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ANONSI 5/13/2011 6:16PM

    I'm pretty sure the Spanish portion says "movimiento le la gente". Which I'd translate along the same lines as the English version "movement of your people", which is essentially what an exodus is. Good luck!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/13/2011 5:05PM

    Good luck! When I saw your status I thought to myself, "I need a translator to figure out what she is asking, LOL!"

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Sparkpeople HINDERING my exercise......?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Okay, so I am one of those people that does better with the "community" aspect of SP. I use it daily. I enter in all my food. But besides that.. I think it has become an addiction!!

I stay on MUCH longer than I have to. I make sure I get all the available points for the day. I read everyone's blogs. Read articles. And just sit in front of the TV looking for something NEW to do on SP!

Now, this is hard to admit because SP is awesome. I'm hoping that maybe since it's only been 2 weeks since I've been "back" that's why I'm on it all the time. In the past, I ease up after a while....

I think I've written then deleted and then re-written this blog 5 times. STILL not sure I want to put it up

SP is awesome and I love it. But the time I've spent on here I could have been doing other things... aka exercise and school work.

I just need to find a balance!!
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HDHAWK 2/23/2012 9:15PM

    You're not alone. I can spend too much time on here and run out of time to workout.

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AMNAGRLA 2/23/2012 7:26PM

    Thank you to everyone who commented on this blog. I just wanted to stop by and tell everyone that I got my transplant and am healing well! Thank you!

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REJ7777 5/25/2011 10:29PM

    That is so true! SP can become a trap, and an easy way to avoid other things we need to do. For example, it's easier to read about exercise than to exercise! In the end, as you wrote, it's all about balance. Some people set a timer to limit their time on SP. emoticon

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NCREMEENS 5/13/2011 8:41PM

    I'm with you. I spend hours every day on here, when I should be getting my grades updated to hand out report cards in less than two weeks. I have often thought that I could be exercising in the time spent on here, but I do learn a lot that I put to good use. I'll just be glad when summer arrives and I have all the hours of the day to spend as I please with no deadlines.

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SWIMMERGIRL0222 5/13/2011 3:09PM

    Haha I totally know what you mean!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 5/13/2011 7:51AM

    Balance is always the hard part. Have a great day!

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SLOLOSER 5/13/2011 6:28AM

    I agree! SP can be addicting, and I have struggled with it interfering with my exercise too.

The points were great at the beginning, but I sort of ignore them now. (Not that I won't spin the wheel most days.) Points motivate, but they don't help me lose weight like riding my bike and other cardio exercise will. So sometimes I cut myself off from SP before I am "finished" so I have time to do other things.

On the other hand it is a great motivator and source of info. I love when they e-mail new exercises. I don't always do them, but sometimes I see one and say, "That's the one I need to add to my routine this week. "

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UNCOMMONANGEL 5/13/2011 12:51AM

    When I was stuck in the facebook game "farmville" for way too long... :") I thought of a way to still get a workout in... I ended up pushing my exercise bike up alongside my computer cabinet. YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE how much exercise I was getting then!!! lol I think I maxed out one certain night at FOUR HOURS peddling away while upgrading my farm and harvesting the crops... lol.

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JANEZAP 5/12/2011 11:42PM

    haha i agree!! its totally addictive!!! but the way i see it..its a healthier addiction than facebook which was my old favourite procrastination tool haha


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SARAHSSUNSHINE 5/12/2011 8:36PM

    Oh my gosh, I TOTALLY AGREE! It's so hard to find a balance, because SP is sooooo addicting. I'm actually on here right now when I SHOULD be writing a paper. :P Maybe map out a time period for you to be on spark each and then cut yourself off after that? There's always time to earn points tomorrow. :) And maybe I should take my own advice, haha.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/12/2011 6:42PM

    Ohhhh how I understand!!! It's tough because I want to spend ALL my time on here...but alas, I can't. If it was my job, I would be a super star employee that's for sure! LOL

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DANCINGBRAVE 5/12/2011 5:37PM

    You are so right. I like the communitiy here; people are authentic...we are all trying to do the same thing- lose weight and gain better health. It is really interesting to see what others are doing, and to learn so much.

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AMNAGRLA 5/12/2011 4:24PM

    hahaha how true!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/12/2011 4:22PM

    Wow - funny - right before I got to the last sentence of your awesome blog, I said to myself, "We all need to find balance"...and that's exactly what you said. I sit at a computer at work, so it's easy to jump back and forth to SP - and some days I do it way too much. Part if it is because I telecommute and so I don't take coffee breaks or chat with people - this is like a substitute. I never did it with FB in the same way, but SP is addictive, LOL!

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NEWCCBARBIE 5/12/2011 4:07PM

    All I can say is "ditto". SP is the Facebook of weightloss emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/12/2011 3:20PM

    Great blog. You have to have the balance or Spark goes from tool to burden. emoticon I admit to spending a lot of time on here but I break it up in bits. Praying you find what works best for you. emoticon

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GOLFCHICK2-0 5/12/2011 3:08PM

    Balance is key to most things in life!! Maybe a timer next to your computer would help? Set your computer up on a treadmill??
Good luck!!

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SHARMIKA04 5/12/2011 2:43PM

    You will find your balance. I am the same way. I finally got to the point where I will do everything in one day except when it comes to reading blogs and posting on my teams. That takes me three days tops. So then I take a two-three day break and come back and do it all over again. Just take your time and find what works for you.

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BLUEROSE73 5/12/2011 2:35PM

    I know that one. When I find myself doing that, I blog myself into a frenzy to get out there and earn those cardio points.

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KASEYCOFF 5/12/2011 2:25PM

    I hear you - it's hard, I think, to strike a good balance and practice 'all things in moderation.' But a goal worth striving for, yes?
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SIMPLERLIFE66 5/12/2011 2:22PM

    It is a challenge on those busy days -- cook some SparkRecipes vs exercise vs check in with SparkFriends vs read articles. I try to prioritize getting in my exercise. Not just because it's good for my body, but usually on those busy days I really need to clear my mind. Nothing like a long walk outdoors to help me quiet my "monkey brain".

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MARTY728 5/12/2011 2:06PM

    It will happen. Stay focused on the the appropriate priorities.

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OLLYBIRD 5/12/2011 2:01PM

    I find myself spending quite a bit of time on SP too. It usually only happens when I have free time though. Maybe you could save it as your treat. Once you finish your to do list then you can get on SP. If you have the app for your phone you can do your logging there and not have to lose those great tools while taking a break from the community aspect. Don't leave all together though. If there is anything I have learned on this journey, it is all things in moderation!

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