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Starting slow

Monday, December 15, 2014

I feel a bit like the tortoise in the story of the tortoise and the hare. I haven't gotten back to the fitness gym for 2 weeks, but have been doing exercises in the pool. Yesterday I finally pulled out a dvd and walked in my apartment. Then I did my PT exercises. Oh are my IT Bands tight and sore. The part of my IT Bands that hurt are from my knee to my hips. I don't have arthritis in my hips, which is a good thing. Just need to get those IT bands stretched.

Today is Sunday and I usually take Sunday off from my exercise routine, but decided I would walk and then do the PT exercises again. I used the foam roller again to stretch my IT bands. It was quite painful, although one side is worse than the other.

My apartment is small, but I don't use that as an excuse when I don't exercise. I have plenty of other ones!! emoticon It also snowed today and I am feeling it in my joints. All the more reason to walk and stretch. emoticon I also use the stability ball emoticon when doing my PT exercises. That and the foam roller are right were I need them. Right out in the open in my living room. Staring right at me. I need that right now. I am battling some holiday depression and there is nothing better then some exercise to help with that. emoticon

Thanks for joining my journey or to those that follow regularly maybe I could get an encouraging spark mail. That sure would brighten my day. You know who you are. And I appreciate all my Spark friends!! You keep me coming back. Even when I don't feel like it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/18/2014 9:16PM

    Good for you for working back into a routine.

I find that doing streaks are good motivations. My cardio streak of at least 10 minutes a day is now almost 2 years long.

Most of it has been working out to Leslie Sansone WATP DVD's. I don't need much room to do them. I usually use a space that is about 4ft x 5ft. It's kind of cramped but does the job.

Keep up the good work.

Have a great Christmas.



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ANGIEN9 12/16/2014 4:49PM

    Thanks to all for your comments. I know I feel better when I exercise. Merry Christmas!

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MILLISMA 12/15/2014 9:17PM

    So proud of you Angie. You're doing great. Think I need to come hang around with your for motivation!

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FRAN0426 12/15/2014 2:36PM

    Sounds to me that you are doing a good job with exercising and walking exercise too-= keep up the great routine Angie. Winter months can sure cause many people great discomfort , so getting regular exercise in as much as one can handle is key.

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I didn't over eat today.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I am a blessed person to be able to spend this Thanksgiving with family; to hear from family in another state ; and to hear from friends all over the USA.

Happy to say I ate in moderation today and am pleased I was able to do that.

I am excited to be done with PT and now in a medical exercise program where I can use a pool to exercise and the rehab fitness room on land, too. The pool is great exercise. I never thought I really got that much exercise in the pool. But maybe my arthritis wasn't as bad then. I really feel the sore muscles when I use the pool now.

May you be thankful for the little things in life. I am definitely blessed to have the support of family and friends in my weight loss journey.

Until next time....

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 12/1/2014 5:30PM

    That sounds great! I wish you great blessings as well.

Have a great week. :)

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FRAN0426 11/29/2014 12:59AM

    Well done not over eating. Hope you continue to enjoy the pool, I go to the Y pool as often as I can usually 3 times a week

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/28/2014 9:51PM

    I'm glad to see that you are still Sparking away.

Good for you on what you ate (and for what you didn't eat) for Thanksgiving.

A person doesn't really realize what a workout they can get in the pool. I hope you get lots of benefits from it.


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MILLISMA 11/28/2014 1:03PM

    So glad that you had such a wonderful day and that the exercise program is now replacing the PT.

hugs....Mary Anne

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SRWYLIE 11/28/2014 1:43AM

    Wonderful! I'm still doing PT, sounds like you're making great progress.

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september 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Still having trouble getting the tracking food routine down. Not really sure why. Maybe it is because it seems like I eat so much I would be tracking all the time. Sigh...I see the Sports Medicine Doctor tomorrow and hoping he will give me a shot in my right knee and maybe prescribe PT for my IT Bands. I went to Sam's Club this morning and I wasn't sure I was going to make it around the store.
I did make it through the store with only a few items. That was a good thing. I resisted the candy and chips. They sure were tempting. Got some grapes and frozen berries. Looking forward to some smoothies. I have an avocado, yogurt and almond milk. That will make a good one. The frozen berries, almond milk and yogurt with make a few more.
emoticon emoticon I would sure like to lose more weight as I have regained some I lost over the last two years. I am maintaining at this weight. That I am pleased about.

I was prescribed Seasonal Affective Disorder Light Therapy. I haven't started to notice a different yet. Hopefully I will this winter.

Maybe next blog I will have some goals to share. Until then, take care,


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MT-MOONCHASER 9/18/2014 12:38PM

    It's great to see a post from you. I have been wondering how you've been doing.

I hope your September will be great.


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MILLISMA 9/15/2014 8:55PM

    Angie, so glad to hear from you. Sorry about you knee and hope you can get some relief. Please let us know how you are doing.

hugs...Mary Anne

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 9/15/2014 8:23PM

    good to hear you are doing well. nice to see you here again. glad you passed by those chips and candies. have a good week!

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FRAN0426 9/15/2014 7:43PM

    Good job on passing by the chips and candy. Hope you have success at the Dr. with getting a shot in your knee; also that they order PT for you too.

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Still struggling with...

Friday, July 25, 2014

tracking my food and exercise. emoticon The days I do track I am so far above my calories it is ridiculous!! emoticon And the soda habit is stronger than before I went into the hospital.

I know I am in charge of what I eat. I know I am in charge of how much I do exercise or not. I know it is partially the medication I am now taking. emoticon

The doctor said yesterday I can go off it in 3 weeks. I will be so thrilled!!

Until then I will eat as healthy as possible and try to at least do my exercises my primary care doctor gave me. emoticon


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MT-MOONCHASER 7/27/2014 1:53PM

    I have been missing your posts and wondering how you are doing.

I hope you continue to improve and any time one can get off a medication, it is a good thing.

I have also been struggling with tracking my food. My fitbit keeps track of the exercise, but I still have to pay attention to keeping up my cardio streak of at least 10 minutes a day. So far, so good.

I have done better with the food tracking this week and have been rewarded with a weight loss. I still have been going over my range, but not by as much. Spark keeps telling my to up the range in light of the exercise reported, but I really think that the Fitbit over estimates calories burned, so I just try to keep in the 1300-1500 range.

Just keep plugging away!

It's good to see a post from you. Have a good week.


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HAPPYJUNEBUG 7/27/2014 12:16AM

    Yay! You can do this. :)

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KNYAGENYA 7/26/2014 11:30AM

    You can do it...I have faith in you.

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FRAN0426 7/25/2014 11:03PM

    Eating healthy and doing the exercise Dr. gave you is a great step. Once your off that medication you can do even better, hang it there Angie.

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MILLISMA 7/25/2014 9:43PM

    Thinking of you and I know you will get through this. Hang in there and just get better real soon.

big hugs....Mary Anne

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Starting over...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I have been struggling with my mental illness. I attempted suicide and finally realized that God has a plan for me. He will take me when it is my time and not before. I am looking forward to each new day. It is time to reevaluate my exercise
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I really believe I have been given a second chance to prove to myself that I am a good person. My self image needs to be built up some more. I know it is not going to be easy. I am determined to start each day new. Not live in the past. Let go and let God.

I know I am a strong person. I have lived through some very difficult things. I want my Spark friends to know I am back. I love SP!! is what you make it. So make it great!!


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HAPPYJUNEBUG 7/24/2014 4:03AM

    Dear Angie... so glad you realized that God has a greater plan for you life.

I, too, know the pain of suffering, but not to that extent. Please never ever give up.
God is always there in the most darkest hours.

Mental illness aside, what makes you happy that you need to do more of?
I know we all have our problems, but sometimes, just indulging in small pleasures bring the extra boost of happiness in our lives that we need.
Not just with you, I find that there are lots of people who are pretty hard on themselves. I know that I, too, tend to beat myself up sometimes, but then I think maybe I'm just being too harsh on myself.

GOD is good. Never let the devil lie to you about that. Plus, God will never leave you. Never!


Glad you're doing well and starting over again. I'm "starting again" with my SparkPeople, too!


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MILLISMA 6/20/2014 7:25PM


Wishing you all the best. You are a wonderful, special lady. Glad to hear you're back. emoticon

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FRAN0426 6/18/2014 11:36PM

    Wishing you all the best with the start over. emoticon your are a good woman and you deserve this chance Angie. I had wondered why I hasn't seen you on Sparks for a while.

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