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Spiritual Nourishment Part Of My Personal Growth Plan

Sunday, December 13, 2009

As those who have read my blogs and Spark page in the past year may know, I'm on a journey for the health of my whole self. This includes mind, body and spirit. My first year on Spark People was devoted to gaining a healthy body and to my emotional well being. I'm making some great progress with both but something was still missing. This past August, hubby and I decided to make the commitment to go to church on a weekly basis. So far, we've only missed two Sundays. More importantly, we have an added dimension to our relationship with each other as well as with some friends and people in our community. I can't speak for him, but for me this spiritual nourishment has filled a void in me that I didn't even realize was there. It's funny how that happens.

I've always been connected to my God throughout my life and I've considered myself a spiritual person. What was missing then? Lots! For one thing, the fellowship of my church community. In this day and age of technology I was becoming isolated. How can I get the human contact, love and support that I so desperately need if I sit on my butt by myself? I took the step to join Spark People and to go to a gym to work out. This really helped me to branch out. With Spark People I can pretty much get support 24/7 by just going online. There are nights when they have been a real lifeline for me. The water aerobics classes and gym workouts became a social event as well as a workout; which was great. I've made many new friends with both. I've also started a specialized therapy for people with PTSD to help me overcome my fears. This was a huge step for me! Now with the additional dimension of a spiritual community, I'm finally starting to address the rest of my needs.

I remember the wonderful churches that I attended as a young person on up to my late thirties. Then somehow I got a little lost. I became a workaholic, obsessed with my career and the balance between mind, body and spirit took a big hit. I stopped exercising, doing mindful eating and slept only 5-6 hours a night. The weight piled on and I hated myself. I had very little life outside of my career and my family. I became so isolated and lonely, that work, family and food were IT for me. I still had an open line of communication with God and I found myself constantly asking for his intervention. Somehow, I just wasn't hearing him or I was missing the messages he was sending me. In retrospect, this was really sad. I ended up retiring on a disability. Outside of my family and food, I had very little to show for a lifetime of hard work. Somewhere along the line I had lost the inner me and I had managed to put myself at the bottom of the list.

As I said previously, my journey to health involves the health of the total self. I can't just concentrate on one area and neglect the rest. That's like trying to fix the engine in your car with a bandaid. I've had to do soul searching and decide where I want to go with my life and growth. Believe me, it was no small undertaking! I found so many things that I want to work on but doing so all at once would be overwhelming. So, I've done it slowly over time. I've finally reached the point where I'm open to gaining more spiritual nourishment outside of myself and my home. It is starting to feel really, really good.

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L*I*T*A* 12/14/2009 11:48AM

    sounds like you have found what you need for you..............way to go!!!
blessings and hugs.................lita

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/14/2009 8:18AM

    Yes I am happy for you that you found the path that is right for you.

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VICIOUS421 12/14/2009 12:35AM

    I am happy for you! We all have to find the paths to take to enrich our lives and make them more fulfilling. I am glad you are finding the paths that are right for you!

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Here it is December 7 Already!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Here it is December 7 already. The time appears to be moving by quickly. I've gotten quite a lot accomplished so far this month. We've cleaned out closets, moved the furniture from one room to another and put up 2 Christmas trees. I shampooed the carpet and repeatedly vacuumed up pine needles and dog hair. I'm pleased with how things are shaping up. Our house is becoming neat and orderly.

I'm also pleased with my own progress with food selections and mindful eating. I'm watching my vitamin/mineral intake which for me is very important. If I can just keep it up through December, I'll have an outstanding month! I'm trying my best to control my stress and to keep a food diary. The food diary was sketchy for a few days this week but I'm once again picking up steam on it. It is so important for me to be able to see what I'm putting into my mouth. I do need to make it a habit to track more of my food. I'm doing great with my exercise tracker so I wish that would run over into my food tracker. Oh well, I'll take every day as it comes!

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L*I*T*A* 12/7/2009 10:51AM

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/7/2009 8:51AM

    Cyndi now you can come to my house and clean my carpets and my house you go girl

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SLENDERELLA61 12/7/2009 8:06AM

    Way to make progress, Cyndi! Sounds like you have made real progress in your house and life. Regards, Marsha

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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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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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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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SANDRAGAYE 11/19/2009 9:35PM

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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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