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Exercising In 10-15 Minute Intervals Today

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today is a "rest day" after several days of intense workouts. My strategy for today, is to work out in 10-15 minute intervals. I have done 3 so far today. My objective is to increase my breathing but not stress myself. I want to work in a fairly easy range that works my muscles and warms them without stressing them. I feel that this will aid in my recovery and decrease my overall fatigue. So far, so good.

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AQUAGIRL08 9/18/2014 11:50PM

    Yes, I did very easy walking today. I did two 15 minute walks and two 10 minute walks. I hardly even broke a sweat even though it was hot and humid. Thanks for reading my blog!

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SAMYOOPER 9/18/2014 12:11PM

    Are you sure this is a rest day? Sounds active to me. emoticon

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CAROL494 9/18/2014 12:06PM

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Cleaning The House Using Rotation

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I finally think I have my required cleaning down to a science! I can clean the whole house in about 2-3 hours and it sparkles! I have found that I do certain jobs on a rotating basis. For the rest, I prep on one day (it takes around 75 minutes) and finish the heavy cleaning the next day in about 2-3 hours. I am easily able to break up the process into chunks in order to pace myself. Our bedroom has to be cleaned twice a week because of our allergies. I vacuum, dust and change the bed both times. At first, it took a long time but now I've got it down to a science. Hubby puts the clean sheets on the bed and I do the rest. He also is great at folding laundry. It makes the task easier and quicker. My cleaning days are Monday and Friday but I can be flexible when I need to be. We are enjoying a reduction in allergy symptoms and like the way our clean house looks. By the way, shampooing and grooming the dogs is also part of the cleaning process. They seem to enjoy it and strut their stuff after bath time! It is very amusing to watch!

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    If you ever need something to do with all that free time, feel free to come clean my house, too!

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L*I*T*A* 9/17/2014 10:20AM

    wow................. emoticon

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QUADCMOM 9/16/2014 10:43PM

    I never thought about putting house cleaning on a schedule. I have so much that needs to be done and I never seem to get anything finished. I'm going to put my housework on a schedule.

Thanks !!!!

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    Great job! emoticon

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SISTERGOOSE 9/16/2014 8:21PM

    Perfect! I must learn how to do this myself! emoticon

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JCLJR4547 9/16/2014 8:05PM

  sounds like you've got all together!

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Working On Pacing Myself Today

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today, I am working on pacing myself and spreading out my activity throughout the day. I woke up with a headache and by taking care of it right away and pacing my activities, it only lasted two hours! Yeah me!

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L*I*T*A* 9/16/2014 12:37AM

    good news............

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SLENDERELLA61 9/15/2014 3:42PM

    Pacing sounds like just the strategy you need while you are recovering. Hope you feel completely well very soon.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/15/2014 2:51PM

    It sounds like you are in control and that is awesome!

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VEG954 9/15/2014 1:51PM

  Glad you have things under control.
Be well!

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On A Wellness Quest

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Today is day 56 since I first got sick. It appears that the infection may finally be gone but it took so long that my body is having trouble bouncing back. I still have fatigue, a cough and bouts of heavy sweating. My CT scan showed signs of severe inflammation and scarring from previous granulomatous disease. I am still on some strong medication and will continue with it at least until my re-check with my doctor on September 24. During my next appointment, my doctor will start doing some pulmonary testing and then refer me to a specialist.

I am using riding the stationary bike, walking and doing house cleaning as my exercise. I have been wearing a heavy duty mask when cleaning (showering afterward) and am breaking up my activities into smaller blocks in an effort to spread them out over my day. I am trying to take several short showers per day and I am finding that they really help me feel better. The fatigue that I experience has been a major issue. It affects my energy level and often affects my asthma in a negative way. I am forced to rest whether I mentally want to or not. It is very frustrating for me to have to start and stop tasks constantly but I am resigned to the fact that I need to do whatever it takes to beat this.

My hope is that the testing that I will go through, will just show that I have scar tissue due to having been very sick. I am aware that from this point onward, I will need to be very careful with my health. I am eager to get back to my regular workout routine but I know that it will take a while before I can build my stamina up again.

Here are my wellness goals:

1). Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night
2). Do at least one 10 minute workout per day - enough to work up an easy sweat
3). Break up chores and workouts into chunks and spread them out over the day
4). Drink at least 64 ounces of fluid per day
5). Take my medication daily on a set schedule
6). Eat at least 6 fruits and veggies per day
7). Monitor sodium levels daily and stay under 1500 mg
8). Eat adequate amounts of healthy fat daily
9). Eat adequate amounts of protein daily try for at least 80 grams
10). Eat 2-3 servings of low fat or fat free dairy daily
11). Use stress reduction techniques daily
12). Use activity pacing and pain reduction techniques daily
13). Eat mainly unprocessed foods
14). Limit consumption of sugar
15). Be kind to myself - treat myself as I would a treasured friend

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L*I*T*A* 9/14/2014 12:30PM

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DONNABRIGHT 9/14/2014 8:10AM

    Your plan is awesome - just take one day at a time and you will soon be yourself again!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/13/2014 10:34PM

    Good goals. You can do it!!

Best wishes for reclaiming your health. I know it has to be very frustrating. Hang in there. -Marsha

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VEG954 9/13/2014 9:17PM

That is a long list of goals.
I know from previous experiences that it is important to get some extra rest, consume quality food, fluids and to moisturize after each shower.
I always have a strong broth to sip on frequently.
It can be beef or poultry broth.
It helps with electrolyte balance as well as hydration.
It is tasty as well.

Hope you continue to get better each day!

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Finished With My Heavy Cleaning At Last!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

It has taken me close to two weeks, but I am happy to report that I am finally close to being finished with my heavy cleaning. I buckled down yesterday and spent about 8 more hours vacuuming, shampooing, dusting, scrubbing, polishing, scouring, mopping and laundering. Hubby was a big help with changing sheets, moving furniture and folding laundry. There are still plenty of things that can be done and or improved upon but both of us are satisfied that we have our house back to order. In fact, it feels almost like a brand new house again. Gone are the dust bunnies, cobwebs and layers of dust. I have decided that if I want something done correctly, I will just have to do it myself. If I can't do it, I need to learn to ask for help. Some of the areas were so bad that they had to be cleaned three times before they actually stayed clean. We had to vacuum our bedroom four times and move all of the furniture to get rid of the dust. It took two shampoos to get the carpet clean, and that was with bleach in the water!

Now that order and cleanliness has been re-established, I have polished the tables and chairs and started to put out the fall table decorations. The chandelier sparkles and the candelabras glitter with bright candles. The fall colors really give the rooms a bright festive feel. It was well worth the effort even though it was a huge amount of work. It should be fairly easy to keep up with our scheduled cleaning for this point on, thank goodness. We both have noticed a big difference with our allergies too. I am hoping that with all of my recent health problems, this will go a long way in restoring us to good health.

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JKPONYGIRL 9/11/2014 6:37AM

    Doesn't it feel great to be in your beautifully clean home? I'm trying to catch up to you. One room at a time...

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L*I*T*A* 9/6/2014 11:12PM

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DJ4HEALTH 9/6/2014 9:55PM

    That is good and great on getting the allergies better

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VEG954 9/6/2014 5:48PM

  Cleaning is on the to do list for tomorrow morning.
Thanks for the motivation.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/6/2014 5:47PM

    Great job, Cyndi. Good for Mike, too. It sounds like it took a lot of work, but will be worth it. Best wishes for health for both of you. I love a clean house!

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LYNNLONG1 9/6/2014 5:05PM

  Good for you. You have inspired me!

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1JACKIE542 9/6/2014 3:07PM

    Sounds great, good feeling I know emoticon

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