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Slowly but Surely

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I took my sister to the doctor's office today and then we went out for some play time. First we went to the craft store and both bought shamrocks for our front doors. I got the materials for my Pennies for Pampering Jar. It's going to be very cute! I also found a few other items for immediate use and for Easter baskets. Next we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch and to have a nice long uninterrupted chat. I always love looking at all of the cool stuff there too. I didn't buy anything there because a lot of their stuff was fairly expensive. We finished up there and headed home to wait for an out of town guest. While my hubby and our guest played around with our computer boards, I put the sparkling shamrocks on the 2 front doors and changed my garden flags to St. Patrick's Day flags. It all looks very festive even if I do say so myself. An hour later, the group of us went out to dinner. I was proud of myself and my food choices today. I think I did a good job. All of us had a great time and the day went by quickly. Tomorrow our two dogs are going to be very displeased with me because I'm going to take them to the vet for their check up. I'll probably come home afterwards and spend some quiet time with them as they wind down from the visit. I think I'll make good use of that time and write in my journal.

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CINNIEMAY 2/25/2009 7:31AM

    Sounds like you had a great day! I hope that your sister's doctor's visit was okay!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/25/2009 12:13AM

    I can just see your puppys tomorrow. You want to cuddle? Forget it! Do you know what they did to me and where they stuck it? LOL My dog loves car rides, but one trip to the vet puts him off for a coupld of months. This visit he cuddled with Kevin in the evenings and gave me the evil eye for two days. He got his teeth cleaned.

What a perfect day! Family time and good food in moderation! Sounds so nice.

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TIMS4FISHIN 2/24/2009 11:58PM

    Sounds like you had a great day. I wished I lived closer to my brother and my sister to do things like that.
Very good on chosing the right foods. I don't think I could have done so good at Cracker Barrel. Oh, they have such good food.
Enjoy your Wednesday and give puppy dogs lots of love after their dreaded visit.

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WooHoo - I got my boot off!!!!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Good news today! I got my boot off! I have to work gradually into exercise; it takes about a month. The doctor said to start off with about 20 minutes a day for the first week to protect the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Next week I can do 30-35 minutes, then increase it to 40-45 the following week and so on up to 60 minutes. I have to start off with bicycling on the recumbent cycle because the ankle is so stiff from being in the boot. For the first month I will do only the water and the bicycle and some light walking. I am also wearing orthodics now to keep this from happening again. The doctor said that it will be a year before the bone is really strong again, 100% healed, so I have to be careful for an entire year. This means no walking barefoot (probably forever), always wearing some sort of orthotic and putting the boot back on for a while if my foot starts to feel tender. I am so thankful that it is at least 80% healed. I'm going to be super careful so I don't re injure it. WooHoo!!!!!

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BABYFACE26 2/25/2009 10:44PM

    Hello - I am not sure what happened to your foot, with the boot - but I am sharing your joy at getting it off, and starting on the healing process.

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/23/2009 1:29PM

    emoticonYou must feel fancy foot and carefree!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/23/2009 12:58PM

    That is AWESOME!!! I am so happy to read this . Congrats and enjoy your new freedom and may each day be stronger and with no pain.

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Fun Sunday Outing

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Today we drove to a town close to Daytona to have lunch with our nephew. He came down to Florida for 3 days for some training. We had a blast! My husband and I talked all the way there, listened to the radio and we were singing and laughing. We had a wonderful visit with our nephew and I had a nice salad for lunch. On the way back we put an oldies station on the radio and tried to see how quickly we could identify who was singing. We then proceeded to sing at the top of our lungs. Isn't it funny how very simple things that cost very little can be so wonderful?

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    Hubby and I do that sometimes. It is fun and brings back a lot of memories. I love all music but the old songs are the best LOL. I bet every generation thinks they have the best music. So glad you had a great day and it is romantic when you click with hubby. Have a great evening. Pam

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/22/2009 9:36PM

    I love SIMPLE PLEASURES! It sounds like you had a delightful time!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/22/2009 6:53PM

    What a perfect day! Simple things shared with those we love are the BEST!

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CINNIEMAY 2/22/2009 6:45PM

    Sounds like fun!!

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Trying A New Approach

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My quest for balance of mind, body and soul continues. Today I joined a new Spark Team called Pennies for Pampering. Since I need to continue to work on my self esteem and positive self dialogue, this team looks like it may be a very good fit. The idea is to use positive rewards for doing positive behaviors as a way to motivate yourself. You set up your own target, daily, behavior goals for a period of a week. Then you attach the number of pennies you would like to reward yourself with for each goal that you achieve. I have mine set up where if I achieve all my goals on any given day during the week, I will get a bonus for that day. My ultimate goal is to achieve all goals on all days and receive a bonus everyday of the week. You save up the pennies you earn in a jar. I haven't decided what kind of jar I'm going to use yet but I do know that it will be decorated to reflect pampering of some kind. (perhaps I'll take a picture of it and put it on my page) As you save the pennies, you can get a visual idea of how much you have achieved. Since I lean toward being very concrete when it comes to achieving my goals, this should work well for me.

The first step is to set up a list of goals that you want to achieve every day of the week. Here are the seven goals that I have set up for myself along with the reward amount that I will pay myself for achieving each goal daily:

1.) Eat 5+ fruits and veggies per day $.10
2.) Drink 64+ oz. of water per day $.10
3.) Sleep between 7-8 hours per night $.10
4.) Do some form of exercise daily $.10
5.) Take vitamin pill, 2 calcium and vitamin D3 daily $.10
6.) Write in my journal daily $.10
7.) Stay within calorie range daily $.15

Achievement Bonus $.25 on every day that I do all seven goals successfully

The second step is to decide what you'd like to pamper yourself with. I haven't decided on a specific item yet but here are some possible ideas:

New outfit
Spa weekend
Exercise equipment
Romantic weekend with my sweetie
Bathing suit
DVD (probably a chick flick)
New workout clothes
Gym bag

Once I've made my jar, set up my weekly/daily goals and decided what to pamper myself with, all I have to do is achieve as many of my goals as possible every day. It is set up to be a win/win situation for me. I get rewarded for doing things that are good for me. How fantastic is that? I get my goals organized and set up (finally) and the only way I can fail to achieve is by not to do anything at all. (which, by the way, I'm not going to let myself do) I am using Spark People's idea of small goals, Coach Dean's idea of saving money in a jar, I'm taking time to pamper myself and it all ultimately leads me to achieve the long-range goal of becoming healthy.

This new approach is just the shot in the arm that I needed at this point on my journey. The message here is never give up on yourself, you are worth the effort it takes to get and remain healthy. I feel re-charged and ready to approach my journey with new enthusiasm.
[ If this team appeals to anyone reading this blog, you can take a look at at my page and click on this team under My Spark Teams.]

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SHOOTIN4STARS 2/23/2009 9:53PM

    Wow! You're ambitious. Pampering yourself with all those wonderful things sure should motivate you! Thanks for your support of the team--


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CINNIEMAY 2/22/2009 4:11PM

    Sounds like a great idea! I will check it out!

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/21/2009 4:39PM

    emoticonYou are strong, you are determined, you are successful! Stay committed to yourself! I look forward to the posting of your penny jar.

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Achieving Balance - Body, Mind and Spirit

Friday, February 20, 2009

Just last week I was sitting in the doctor's office, at the bone clinic, going over how many vitamins and minerals I was getting from my food. I realized that calcium, potassium, vitamin D3, vitamin C and sodium need to be watched closely. I'm trying to do at least part of my eating by vitamin and mineral content. I had been tracking everything before but I wasn't paying close enough attention to the balances of vitamins and minerals in my diet. The sodium tracking is getting easier and I've reached a fairly good balance with sodium. This week I have added more root veggies to my dinners and today, I added more whole grains to breakfast in order to have enough carbs for the day. I am watching my calcium and potassium intake more closely by eating low fat dairy and potassium rich fruits/veggies. However, I was having trouble seeing the big picture. Suddenly up popped the new Daily Nutrition Feedback Report on my Spark Points page. Talk about getting a clear message from the Man upstairs about what I should be doing - wow! Now I see what I'm getting in a more graphic way plus, I'm getting suggestions for foods to eat to help me balance the amounts of vitamins and minerals I'm taking in every day. This whole process has caused me to rethink why I've been eating the way I have and what the consequences are for me in the long term. Something that I've considered but was afraid to look at too closely, in the past, is whether or not the lack of certain nutrients in my diet can cause me to have or develop health problems in the future. Obviously it does or I wouldn't be in the bone health clinic trying to prevent osteoporosis. I am very deficient in vitamin D and calcium which has put me at risk for developing osteoporosis later in life. (Yes I am lactose intolerant and yes I wear sunscreen to prevent skin problems (not getting vitamin D from the sun) but I have to work around that.)

I can't go back and correct my past mistakes. In life there are no "do overs". What I can do is take care of myself now. I can't spend my time wishing I was different or the weight I was ten years ago. That was in the past. This is now. I can eat for health and take care of my body as it is now. That means tracking vitamins and minerals in my food, taking the appropriate doctor approved supplements, exercising without overdoing it (really hard for me since I tend to be a compulsive exerciser) , drinking adequate amounts of water and getting an adequate amount of sleep on a daily basis. I need to also address my spiritual and emotional needs since I am a composite of physical, emotional and spiritual. I need to become as strong emotionally and spiritually as I am physically because there needs to be a balance among the three components. The emotional component can affect my eating choices if I let myself be an emotional or impulsive eater. The spiritual and emotional components can affect my stress levels. They can either reduce or increase stress. I don't want stress to cause my body further damage. My journey for health should be all about this balance. Right now my primary focus must be on getting the emotional and physical parts in line - my spiritual side is already well established. I will continue my food and exercise tracking and continue with writing in my journal. I continue to be a work in progress, making good progress, but a work in progress none the less.

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CEB2007 2/21/2009 11:18AM

    Sounds like you have got it under control. We all need balance. Good work.

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/20/2009 5:48PM

    Improving our health must start from within. This means focusing on nutrition, exercise every day and truly loving ourselves enough to do what's best for us. Many of us are unaware of how deeply our emotional issues contribute to our weight. We must address our emotional issues in order to improve our overall health. You are on your way!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/20/2009 2:40PM

    Thank you! Thank you for taking the time to share this all.

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