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Feeling Good About December

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Wow! Here it is, December already. I'm feeling confident as I head into a new month. I'm determined to meet my goals during the new month and I'm feeling great about it! Here are my December goals:

1.) Sleep 7+ hours per night
2.) Drink 64+ ounces of water daily
3.) Exercise daily a minimum of 30 minutes
4.) Eat 5+ fruits/veggies daily
5.) Log food, exercise and water daily
6.) Keep food diary every day
7.) Continue to use stress management techniques

What are your goals for December??? Good luck on your journey to health!

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/2/2009 2:48PM

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VICIOUS421 12/2/2009 3:31AM

    Good set of goals!
1. Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night
2. Stay in calorie range
3. Work out 7 days a week
4. Increase my strength training to 3 times a week
5. Lose weight this month and don't let X-mas throw me off track!

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The Day After Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27, 2009

I feel so blessed today. Thanksgiving dinner was great despite several mishaps. The company was outstanding and a good time was had by all. Today I shampooed the carpet and mopped the floors. We all spilled during cooking and serving yesterday and a major clean up was in order. I worked hard but I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and peace today. I hope others feel the same. I hope all my Spark friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/29/2009 2:56AM


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DONNABRIGHT 11/28/2009 9:35AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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2CATS2LOVE1 11/27/2009 10:32PM

    Nothing like the calm after the storm!

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FLAGIRL32 11/27/2009 10:19PM

    I'm glad you're having an awesome day!

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L*I*T*A* 11/27/2009 9:31PM

    glad that all went so well........hope you are feeling better.......blessings and hugs..............lita

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/27/2009 8:40PM

    We always have alot to clean up when we have people over for Dinner

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SLENDERELLA61 11/27/2009 7:48PM

    Sorry you had so much clean up, but glad you had a great time. I admire your sense of peace. That is truly a treasure!

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Out of Commission This Week

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I must have overdone my activities this past weekend because now I'm paying the price for it. Initially I felt only mild discomfort and I was able to go to water aerobics Monday and Tuesday. By the time Wednesday rolled around, I was so stiff (and I stretched out after all of my workouts too) that I was limping. I got my weekly medical massage and my therapist noted that my back was full of knots. Since I had an appointment with my pain management doctor later in the day, I asked her if there was anything I should draw my doctor's attention to, during my appointment. My massage therapist said that I had a big diamond shaped area where I had some very deep knots. I took this information with me when I met with my doctor later.

I went to the pain management doctor several hours after my massage. The doctor and I discussed the feedback from my neurosurgeon about my neck/ head and she requested that I go to a headache specialist located about 60 miles away from where I live. (It will take me at least 120 miles round trip when I visit this doctor!) Then we discussed the rest of my spine. I shared with her the information from my medical massage therapist. Upon examination of my lower spine, the doctor was not pleased with some of the deep tissue spasms (big knots about the size of a silver dollar) that I was having. She had to inject two of the largest areas and told me to ice the area for several days. She suggested that I might want to be proactive in my pain management for the next few days. Then we discussed my obsession with using exercise to trigger my metabolism. She said my dedication is admirable and told me to keep at it with a few modifications. No more high step jogging or mule kicks for me! She mentioned that the shots might make me a little tender. She said that I can't do water aerobics until next week but I can do some walking if I'm up to it. The part about "if I'm up to it" should have been a tip off. In my experience, that comment usually means that I'll probably hurt so badly that walking to the bathroom will be a major challenge. I was correct. Then, I remembered her advice to be proactive about dealing with the pain and I took the medication that she gave me.

This morning when I woke up, moving around was difficult so again, I followed the protocol that the doctor outlined for me and waited for the pain to subside. I was able to run a few errands with hubby later this morning but my activity was very limited. Hubby was such a good sport about driving me around! The down side was that when I got home, I needed to crawl right into bed and wait for the pain to subside again. Hopefully I'll be much better tomorrow. I hope getting an injection right into the middle of those knots does the trick because I'm not looking forward to doing it again anytime soon! I'll have to walk very slowly at the team walk on Saturday morning!
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HEALTHQUESTER 11/24/2009 8:28AM

    You are doing a GREAT job taking care of yourself! I am a meddical massage therapist myself, and I was wondering if you can go to anyone who does myofascial release? The Barnes method specifically (as there are a number of things that could be considered myofascial release). That is my specialty and it is very helpful in working deep without a lot of pain. It works on the connective tissue as well as the muscle. I have a number of patients who have fibromyalgia that swear by this. But, just a suggestion! If you are able to take a bath you may also want to try that with a mix of 1 cup each epsom salt, sea salt and baking soda. This is helpful to draw out lactic acid (1 of the things that can cause your muscles to spasm). I hope this advice is helpful and not annoying to you! Keep up the great work on self-care and learning your limits! emoticon

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VICIOUS421 11/22/2009 5:05AM

    I am so sorry you are in such pain. I hope it gets better soon and take it easy on the workouts for a while.

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/20/2009 2:01PM

    CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!! emoticon emoticon

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TBRANCH2 11/20/2009 1:31AM

    You need to take time to take care of YOU!!! Don't overdo!!! You didn't put the weight on overnight so, take it slow because it sure isn't going to come off overnight! Your pain is the issue right now! Tell Mike he gets brownie points for being such a good sport!!!!! Tell him that Bob will be proud...hahaha Call if you need anything and I will do my best to help.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/19/2009 11:03PM

    Such a trooper. You still plan on being there for the team walk. I glory in your spunk. Sorry for all your pain. Hope you find comfort soon. -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 11/19/2009 10:40PM

    wishing and praying you will be better soon ..........blessings and hugs...............lita

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    Hope you are feeling better.

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MUSIC66 11/19/2009 8:39PM

    sorry you had all that trouble hope you get rid of the knotes soon.

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Changing Up My Workouts

Friday, November 13, 2009

This week I was forced by the weather to "change up" my workouts. I did a great water aerobics workout on Monday but the weather changed, due to a passing hurricane. This kept me out of the water until today. Since I was a bit sore, from my 15 minutes of water jogging on Monday, on Tuesday and Wednesday I walked instead. Then, on Thursday, I did an indoor workout in the gym portion of the exercise complex. I did the stationery bike for 51 minutes and the treadmill for 32 minutes (and a 32 minute walk later in the day). I did 4 strength training exercises between the bike and the treadmill. I even remembered to stretch! I was sore this morning from using different muscles. This soreness made me think about the benefits of changing my day to day workout routines.

Sometimes I get into what I call an exercise "rut", which means I'm doing the same workout every day over a period of several months. I know that I start this by having physical limitations which perpetuate this tendency to fall into an exercise rut. During this period, my weight also seems to plateau. I'm sure that there is a correlation between the "rut" and the plateau. My body adapts to certain levels of activity; especially when I do the same thing all the time. After a while, the workouts aren't as effective as they were once. By changing my workouts, mixing them up so to speak, I fool my body and keep it from adapting to any one particular type of workout. This has been an effective tool that I've used in the past to blast out of a plateau. I stopped doing it when I had a series of spinal shots this past summer. I turned to water aerobics in August because everything else caused pain. Water aerobics helped to strengthen my core muscles and increased my flexibility. This is a big plus when you have a chronic disease. Now that I'm stronger, I am venturing out into other forms of low impact exercise. I know that I need to practice moderation as I begin to expand my exercise repertoire. Too much, too soon may cause me to hurt myself or cause me to burn out. So, my mantra will be baby steps, baby steps and more baby steps.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/13/2009 3:55PM

    Baby steps sounds like a great approach. You have really shown a commitment to healthy exercise. Applaud yourself. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/13/2009 3:27PM

    I've been changing my exercises up a lot this past couple of weeks. Even though the scale hasn't moved, I can feel the difference in my body. Yes, baby steps are just fine with me as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    Baby steps area a good thing for you. Take it easy.
What part of the storm area are you in? I live in Chesapeake , VA about 15 miles from the NC line and about 20 miles from VA Beach. emoticon

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15 Minutes of High Step Water Jogging Today!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Today I managed to do 15 minutes (without any stops) of high step water jogging. This is the second time I've been able to do this! I know that I may be sore (quads and butt) tomorrow but I'm amazed at the increase in my stamina. I can do exercises in water that I could never even consider on land. Who would have thought that I'd be where I am now a year or two ago!
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KIMS76 11/9/2009 9:36PM

    I like it! Kep it up! Jogging in water....WOOT! Jogging on land during my workout is hard enough. BUT WATER!? LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 11/9/2009 9:24PM

    How totally awesome!!!! You're doing great!!!


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CONNEALS 11/9/2009 9:18PM

    Way to go! It is amazing how persistence will pay off!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/9/2009 8:47PM

    emoticon Way to go! You are getting stronger and healthier. Thanks for sharing.

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BUBBLES1541 11/9/2009 8:03PM

    Great!! Way to go! Keep it up!!

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