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Much thanks

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes and goodies! They were much appreciated.

Just wanted to let everyone that I'm still here, alive and kickin' I've just decided to take a month or two to work on "me"..It may sound odd, but the challenges, I think, were getting to be a much for me, because I was stuck, and letting my teams down, so I decided to step back and be my own challenge..I've not gone anywhere, not quit..Actually, I've lost 2 lbs since not worrying about anything but what I'm doing..Minds are tricky things, aren't they? lol Plus, my son's divorce/custody hearing is coming up in less than a month, and he's still having flare-ups with the diverticulitis, so that's on my mind, alot, too..He's going to have surgery sometime after the New Year, and I'll be going home to be with him for at least 6 weeks..Hate that he has to have surgery, but on the other hand, I'm excited about going to spend time with him and Kristynn..

On a different note, I've met with a wellness coach at the Y...We set up a routine for me, and will meet every 1-2 months, or if I have any questions, then give him a holler..He's a retired football coach, which I'm thinking "cool, someone who won't be afraid of giving me a kick in the butt if I need it", which is exactly what he said, that he'd have no problem with that, if it was needed lol

So, that's pretty much it, in a nutshell..I'll check in more often so no one thinks I've fallen off the face of the earth lol

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HUGGERS1 10/23/2008 1:02PM

    I am so glad you are taking time to figure out what you need. I pray you keep up the great work and enjoy the time with your son. I will pray that the surgery goes well for him. Keep us posted on everything and let us know where we can help.

It is so good to catch up on what is going on. Take care and know that you are special.


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LIFES*2*SHORT 10/23/2008 10:08AM

  That's a big nutshell! Glad to hear that you are handling things well and are still on track. It's a hard thing to do sometimes... well okay... all of the time. But... keep doing it! Keep us posted every now and then, okay?


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JLVANPEL 10/23/2008 2:40AM

    I am glad to hear that you are doing SP your own way. We know what is best for ourselves! Keep up the hard work.

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MARTY19 10/22/2008 8:49PM

    Sometimes you have to step back and take care of yourself. Just don't fall off the wagon. Also I hope your son's surgery goes well and recovery is swift.

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/22/2008 8:20PM

    Glad to hear from you, Joy! You had us worried! Take care and DO keep us posted occassionally!

Hugs! Beverly

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BETHEBUTTERFLY 10/22/2008 7:51PM

    I'm so proud of you for working on YOU! It is hard to walk away from "things" especially when they are people but remember what the flight stewardess says..

"Put on YOUR oxygen mask first..."

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Ugh! I hate cold weather and missing the gym

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

It's cool, here in Iowa, today; lower 60's, but last night was in the 50's, and the clouds rolled in, threatening rain all day..I woke up with every joint and muscle in my body aching, especially my bad hip...and on gym day, of all days..Plus, for various things that had come up (illness one day, car problems, another), we had not been to the gym for about 2 1/2 weeks..Now, granted, we're only able to go twice a week, but that's when I do my strength, on the cybex machines..If you take a look at my fitness tracker, today, you see it kicked my butt, big time! I usually do alot more machines than that, and not having been able to go, and the weather being what it is, I wound up only being able to do one set after a couple machines..Hurt like hell, but I was determined I was going to do something..I can already tell that this winter isn't going to be any different than last winter; for me to be able to do this, I'm gonna have to dig out the pain meds..Some say not to use pain meds, because that's how you gauge whether you're doing too much or not..Well, during certain weather conditions, or when my fibro is acting up, if I didn't take pain meds, it'd be easy to gauge-zilch, nada, nothing..As I sit, typing this, every muscle in my back and even my feet are spazzing, but I'll be damned if it's going to put me down..It may slow me down (as usual), and I may not be able to do a full workout, but I'll at least get something in..Still bummed me out, that I had gotten up to 3 sets, and today, after a couple machines, I had to knock it down to 1, but I still managed to do the same amount of reps, barely, but I got them

I guess the pacing is adding up; I've noticed that my leg isn't swelling as much, and my weight isn't flucuating as badly..Matter of fact, I weighed when we came home, this afternoon, and I weighed what my tracker showed..Usually, by the afternoon, I show a gain of at least 3lbs, sometimes more..Now, I know I'm gonna be nosey and weigh in the morning, even though I should wait until Friday, so just hope today wasn't a fluke LOL

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FAIRYDANCER1 9/3/2008 9:06PM

    I admire your determination! Go Girl!

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    Just remember (please, and you may already have heard this a million times) NOT TO TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY if you do see a smidge increase...

Take it in stride. Because today was rough!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/3/2008 6:53PM

  Wow... now that is determination! I sure hope the weather clears up so that you can feel better. Hang in there!

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DONANNE 9/3/2008 6:19PM

    Sometimes you really need to take the pain meds cause the pain causes stress on your is not good to let it overcome you...I really admire you for trying so hard...cause I really understand how you could curl up in a ball and quit...You take good care of long as you do a little you will soon be able to do a lot...Caring hugs

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HUGGERS1 9/3/2008 6:07PM

    I am so proud that you are using frustration to bring new hope to yourself. You are capable and I want you to feel well and not have all the pain. MY mom has fibro and some days she just struggles to move. Her doctor doesn't believe it exists so she has a hard time even getting help with it.

I hope you have a great night, take a nice long soak in the tub :)


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POSITIVELY_EB 9/3/2008 5:41PM

    Good for you! Turn that frustration into energy and prove the frustration wrong! You can do it!

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Guess you can find ways of burning some calories anywhere

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Well, if anyone is going to find a weird way of doing things, it's going to be me..I still live up to my mother's description of me and always will..I always march to the beat of a different drummer..Sometimes I wasn't sure how to take But, I liked it, because I liked being unique and different.."Normal" is soooooo boring...Tim says I scare him sometimes, because he can "see" when my mind starts turning and grinding gears, cooking up and scheming lol

Anyway, if you read my last blog, you read that I have taken on the task of weaning myself off of the cancer sticks..This past Saturday has been a week, and still doing it..May not sound like long, but for me, it is..It's boring, out there, and there's been a few times that I've thought "just once", but I didn't..So, instead of a pack a day, a pack is now lasting 2 to 2 1/2 days..As I said, laziness CAN pay off, sometimes lol I've also decided that when I'm out there, I don't sit while I'm smoking; I walk, and yep, I've timed it-5-6 mins..I start as soon as I walk out the door and I pace the entire time..I know that's not much at a time, but I figure every little bit helps; A calorie gone is a calorie gone, no matter how it's gotten rid of..Plus, sometimes I play with the Killer Poodle while I'm at it, so that's a few more..Leave it to me, to figure out a way to "exercise" while doing a bad habit LOL

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    So true! My husband maintains a slim 200lbs (ok, so he is a tad chubby *chuckles*) mostly due to pacing while smoking! I can tell you that HAS to be it for certain because he gets little exercise elsewhere. It doesn't really burn too many calories sitting watching sporting events!

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CHUNKSTER63 9/3/2008 9:19AM

    Joy youre doing awsome and if you do beat to a different drummer means you can changes things that some people can not. it only goes to show you that where there is a will there a way and you doing it Good for you I am ver happy for you. stick to your guns and follow the beat of the different drummer LOL

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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/3/2008 9:14AM

  Now that's a way of exercising that I have never heard of. I love it! Just goes to show how creative you are as well. I guess that marching to a different drummer (which describes me too) is better than being called a black sheep. LOL Have an awesome day!

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HUGGERS1 9/3/2008 9:06AM

    You are right, you are doing great and I am so proud of you for smoking less and less and eventually it will be none at all. You are breaking a habit and also starting new healthy ones by getting in your exercise. You are right Walking is additive throughout the day so 5 or 6 minutes here and there really does help.


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MINORCANLDY 9/3/2008 6:52AM

    Aww Joy, you are doing it! I'm happy you are making that change in your life. I know when I quit .. whew.. But, I did it! You can too. I really believe it. Love your Killer Poodle statement! LOL Every little bit does help. hey.. how about you save that money on something you want? Save for...??

Hugs to you fellow Goonie :)

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POSITIVELY_EB 9/2/2008 11:57PM

    Good for you, Joy! I can hardly cut back on food for a day, let alone a week. You're doing fabulous with the "sickarettes!"

Hugs! Beverly

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Irony (And other stuff)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out
When you think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up in your face

A traffic jam, when you're already late
A "No smoking" sign, on your cigarette break
It's like ten thousand spoons, when all you need is a knife
It's meeting the man of my dreams, and then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn't it ironic?
Don't you think?
A little too ironic?
Yeah I really do think

It's like rain, on your wedding day
It's a free ride, when you've already paid
It's the good advice, that you just didn't take
And who would've thought?
It figures

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny, funny way, of helping you out
Helping you out
(partial lyrics of "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette)

One of my favorite songs, because all too true..Irony everywhere..

I have a few weeks that I didn't want to be near a computer any more than I had to be; I finally start getting back to it..My internet goes out for 2 1/2 days..Come to think of it, I was going to blog this, this morning, and my internet AND cable was out; some ditz, somewhere, cut through an optic cable and took out the network in at least 3 towns that I know of, one being mine lol They get the cable back on in time for nothing to be on worth watching this afternoon (Not that there's normally anything on worth watching, anyway); I open the door to let the dog in, a cat escapes; One cat decides to finally come in, open the door to let her in, the OTHER cat escapes; see where I'm going with this? lol

yesterday, the Killer Poodle decides she wants to take a walk--on her own..I call her, she looks at me like, "I hear you, but I'm busy", so I go after her..Ten mins of walking all over the place, her thinking "Cool, mom and I are on a walk" I called her one more time, turned around and went home..not even 2 mins, she's yapping, wanting in.. An hour later, Henry, the basset makes a break for the Great Escape..Ever try to call for a stubborn basset with his nose to the ground? May as well be calling for a teen ager with a cell phone stuck to their ear.. I go in, put on my shoes, grab the leash and take out after him, according to where I last see him..I walk down about two blocks, looking through the all yards, yelling "Henry" with a leash in my hand, thinking " I probably look and sound like I'm looking for a man to beat" lol I walk down and back towards home the back way, get a block away, and I see Henry--in our back yard..I holler for him, he comes bounding across the yards like "Woohoo! Mom's got the leash, we're going for a walk!" I leash him, walk him back home..One way to get my walk in, but not the planned way..Escaped cat wants in..Open door to let cat in...Killer Poodle comes flying out, chasing cat, then jumping Henry like he'd been gone for days..Cut to that evening...Dogs are in, fed, sleeping..Said cat decides he's ready to come in..I open door to let him in..he has to play all nonchalant "Do I or don't I?" game..Other cat shoots out the door, and first cat turns tail and chases after her.. Tim gets home from work, I tell him I'm leaving all of them, including dogs in the snow..Of course he has to ruin my dream by pointing out we don't have any snow.."I hold grudges, we will this winter!" Poodle afraid to let me out of her sight, because I've not taken my shoes off all this time..I finally take my shoes off, and announce "Ok, shoes off, dogs in, fed..Anyone gets out and takes off, Dad retrieves you or you stay the night out, I'M done!" One cat comes in, finally, when I call her; "nonchalant" cat comes to the door to do his thing and I boot his butt in the door, and get a look over the shoulder like "How dare you! I was doing my best 'cat' EVER, and you boot me in the butt!"

Since I kept forgetting to do this, then all the other internet stuff happened, I never got to report that sonogram came back fine, so no problem with the leg/veins..I think it's the way I sit..It's the same side as my bad hip, and seems when I sit too long, it swells worse (she says as she sits at the computer)..Again, ironically, all these years I've had problems with ankle swelling in both ankles; This year it seems that my ankles decided that only my right was going to do it, and in the process swell enough to make up for the non-swelling one..

Last, but not least, I've taken up the hobby of giving up smoking, again--this time on my terms..Never understood how using patches to put nicotine in my system is suppose to help me stop putting nicotine in my system..It worked as long as I had the patches lol Anyway, A very nice lady on this site has been advising and coaching me on how she quit, and I'm taking cues from her...I started out at not smoking at the computer..Funny, that really didn't take long , because once I became mindful of it, I was actually lighting them and then letting them burn in the ashtray, Saturday afternoon, I put a No Smoking sign on the door..If I smoke, I do it outside. Period. So far, I've gone from a pack to a day to a pack lasting 2 days..Guess, sometimes laziness can come in handy LOL Oddly (and happily), I'm not substituting with food *knock on wood*..Been quite a few times I think "Just once, instead of going outside", but like anything else, if you're going to do something, then either do it or don't, and I'm not going to let a little stick of tobacco talk me into going backwards..It may have been only a few days, but every day counts..But I'm also not going to beat myself up if I do mess up; Like losing weight; you cave and eat too much of something, then suck it up, get over it, and go on..that time is past, no point in dwelling or giving up because of it.. Took me awhile to figure that one out, or I'd be weighing alot less than I do, already lol

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/31/2008 10:09AM

    Good for you, Joy! Doing things on "your own terms" usually works out much better all around! Keep at it! We're here fro you!

Hugs! Beverly

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WOTABOUTTHIS 8/28/2008 1:39AM

    Hey Joy, Ironic could almost be your theme song lol. I put your killer poodle in charge of making sure you get a bit of exercise, but said poodle might be overdoing it.

You're doing well with the non-smoking thing! Trust me, you'll eventually decide they're not worth the bother. Really good to hear there's not another health issue to handle. Btw, does elevating your feet stop your ankle swelling? Must be a way to kick it in the butt!

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SUSIE531 8/27/2008 12:20PM

    Good news on the sonogram, and well done on cutting down the smoking.
Oh but the rest was sssoooo funny, cats and dogs in and out like those weather house people. I have an ache in my side from laughing and picturing it

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Just took alittle vacation, but not in spirit

Thursday, August 14, 2008

If any of you have ever had a case of computer or internet burnout, you know what I'm talking about..

I just had to get away from it for a bit, but I've not swayed from my goals, and such..Tomorrow, I'll be on, filling in the days I missed on my trackers, posting to assure everyone I'm still kicking lol

Had the sonogram on my leg, today...Of course, the tech couldn't LEGALLY tell me what, if anything, he saw, but he told me if there were problems, then they wouldn't let me leave..So obviously, since I'm here, evidently, the bad veins have been ruled out..I'm beginning to suspect my bad hip, which is my right..The few days that I've been at the computer just long enough to check my main email account, about once a day, my leg didn't swell as bad as when I'm sitting in my computer chair; At the moment, I'm trying out using a stool to rest my foot on, to maybe take some of the pressure off of my right hip and see what that does..Worse comes to worse, if that's what it is, I'll just have to limit myself to small amounts of time through out the day, instead of waiting (like now) and try to sit for hours at a time, getting caught up..

Anyway, just wanted to let ya'll know that I'm still here, and still working my tush off *looks*, ok, TRYING to work my tush off emoticon lol I shall see ya'll tomorrow, sometime..Darn dogs next door, won't shut up, which in turn gets mine to going, which includes the Killer Poodle running up and down the length of my body from my head and back, so not much sleep past couple nights..Ahhh starting already...Anyone have any muzzles?? lol

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WOTABOUTTHIS 8/18/2008 7:16AM

    Joy, hope by now you have some indication of what's happening and a good prognosis. Hang in there.

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BKP4166 8/15/2008 2:19AM

    As a matter of fact I do...but it's for a small dog....will that do? I know I will have to figure out a way to get my computer time under control...I'm working in a way to do that...let me know if you figure it out.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/14/2008 8:58AM

  Muzzles, hey? I need those too for when the neighbor kids come over. Our dogs don't like those kids at all! I sure hope your tests are okay and that they can figure out how to help you. WE'll do what we can to support you through whatever it is you need done. Just keep us tuned it!

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DARE2CHANGE 8/14/2008 8:14AM

    Glad to hear you are okay and that results are promising sort of. Was just about to send out a search party for ya. Remember Friday is weigh-in for Bio

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DONANNE 8/14/2008 8:04AM praying that the results for your leg give you a way to stop the pain...fully understand that...also about the burnout..sometimes we all feel that way...good luck with the dogs!! lol...that sounds wild!! Do take care of yourself and please let us know how you are making out...Hugs

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HUGGERS1 8/14/2008 7:42AM

    I hope you get the results soon and I do hope they are great. I wish you would find out what is making your leg swell so you know how to treat it and not worry.

I am so glad you updated and I totally understand about the burnout some days.


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    Yes, I have had days where I just don't want to get on the computer.

Just try not to fall off the wagon.

Goonie Hugs,

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JLVANPEL 8/14/2008 1:06AM

    What would we do without our crazy dogs? You gotta love them, but sometimes it is exhausting!

I hope they figure out what is going on with your leg. Pain can dampen even the most optimistic person's spirit. Hang in there! I am glad we are teammates! emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/14/2008 12:40AM

    Glad to hear from you, Joy! I have a problem with my leg when I sit in front of the computer too much also. I've found that the leg works better and gets rid of the fluid better if I do WATP for 20 to 30 minutes a day. Moving the muscles like that seem to massage the veins and get the fluid moving. I also have more luck with siting for 15 minutes at the computer, then finding a chore to do (on my feet) for 30 to 45 minutes - then repeat! What ever works for you.

I'll be going on vacation Saturday for 2 weeks and you will probably not hear from me for that time. I wont' know when I'll be around a computer with internet.

Take care of yourself!

Hugs! Beverly

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