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It Must Be Working!

Monday, March 29, 2010

This morning it was raining when I got up. My husband was up and down all night so my sleep was disturbed. My mood was definitely blah for the first few hours. Not being a person who feels down very often, I detested the way I felt. I had to force myself to eat breakfast because I wasn't hungry. That helped pep me up a bit. I decided that I'd do what my hubby refers to as "Spark'n" for a few minutes. I noticed that as I "Sparked" my mood slowly improved. This was probably due to a combination of a good breakfast and getting involved in the message boards.

I forced myself to eat some Greek yogurt for lunch. Then I decided that I needed to get my heart pumping so I got out the vacuum and vacuumed the whole house. I even broke a sweat! I started drinking my water even though I wasn't thirsty.

I signed on to Spark and looked to see what today's challenge was. I went into the bathroom and stood and looked at myself in the mirror. I turned on the awful glaring light so I could get a better look. This was part of the "Loving Yourself As You Are Now Challenge" that I'm doing. I noticed that my face is responding to my new skin regimen. My skin is soft and smooth with a nice glow. Not too bad I think! I'm also starting to see some more muscle tone in my arms and my posture has improved from my physical therapy. (My spine pulled to the left and I was pitched forward a little bit.) I decided that I'm looking a lot better. Imagine that!

I went back to the computer to do today's challenge "check-in" and I noticed that I didn't feel blah any more. In fact, I felt motivated to do some paperwork and then went and ran errands. My energy level was up too. It must be working. The challenge is helping me to love myself as I am now! This is good news!

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TBRANCH2 3/29/2010 9:55PM

    Good for you, Oh Team Leader of ours!!! emoticon
You gotta love us!!! emoticon

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    Spark always makes me feel good.

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PEGGYANNSCH 3/29/2010 9:21PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/29/2010 8:32PM

    emoticon It's amazing what a little challenge will do for one! Evidence of progress... now when you have another "blah" day, remember this one, come back and read this blog, and see how much You Are Worth!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/29/2010 8:12PM

    That's the way to get positive and overcome the blahs!! Even got your house vacuumed. I love what you saw in the mirror. Of course it is working! Muscle tone, better posture, and glowing skin -- all great characteristics, and even better because we know they are a reflection of your hard work and resulting improving health. Way to go!!

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FORREAL6 3/29/2010 6:33PM

    So glad to hear that you keep on going even when you don't feel like it. And because you do keep at it, you're able to bring yourself back up! I think the whole key to a healthy lifestyle is being able to do just what you did! Great Job! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/29/2010 6:29PM

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I Love This Spark Recipe!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

One day last week I was looking through the Spark recipes and I saw one for shrimp that looked different and delicious. I ran it off and showed it to hubby. I asked him if it looked like something he'd enjoy. He gave me an enthusiastic YES! Hubby has been such a great support to me on my journey to health. He rarely complains about all of the changes that I've made in the foods I prepare and has been good natured about trying out new "healthy" recipes. So when he gave me an enthusiastic affirmative answer, I was delighted. I went to work gathering the ingredients. I was going to make it earlier in the week but I had forgotten to get the dill. Yesterday I remember to buy dill so that we could finally try this recipe.

The recipe is for Greek-Spiced Shrimp. Here's the link:

I got out all of the ingredients and soon the house was filled with heavenly smells. This recipe combines spices that I would never think to put together and it tastes great! Hubby kept coming into the kitchen and stirring the pot. When that happens, I know the recipe is a winner. The only thing that I did wrong with this was I accidentally added too much red pepper. For me it was too spicy. For hubby and my sister, it was perfect. If you don't like real spicy food, be careful when adding the hot red pepper. I felt that the amount I added overpowered the other flavors. Hubby and sister went for second helpings. lol

I will definitely make this one again!

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PEGGYANNSCH 3/26/2010 4:51PM

    Sound Good

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DONNABRIGHT 3/26/2010 1:39PM

    I'm so glad you let us know how this turned out - I think I'm going to try it next week.

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DMBEECHAM 3/25/2010 11:41PM

    The recipe sounds AWESOME! I think I might make this for my hubby and I, we both like spicy food. My kids aren't big fans of shrimp, so we'll probably have it a night the kids aren't home. Isn't it great when you cook something that everyone likes and likes it enough to have seconds!?!?!?


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L*I*T*A* 3/25/2010 9:44PM

    good to know...............thanks for sharing..................blessings and hugs..................lita

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    Sounds yummy

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SLENDERELLA61 3/25/2010 7:37PM

    Thanks, Cyndi, I definitely want to try it. Good of you to be adventurous and creative with your menu planning! -Marsha

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I'm Glad I Rested Yesterday

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Water aerobics class was great today. It was cool but not cold and the water was 83 degrees. Not too bad! I'm happy to say that by refraining from exercising when I was sore from physical therapy, I feel little to no pain today. My back had 24 hours to calm down and rest and I'm glad that I listened to my PT's advice! I did the 60 min. class followed by 10 min. of water jogging and 60 minutes of slow walking. I will do my physical therapy exercises and then take it easy for the rest of the evening.

I'm making a shrimp dish from SP tonight for dinner. I've been planning it all week and sure hope it tastes as good as it looks on paper. It has tomatoes, onions, garlic and feta cheese in it along with some spices. It's high in protein and veggies and low in sodium. My kind of meal! It looks like it's easy to make and will help me with my 5+ fruits and veggies for today's challenge!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/25/2010 5:52PM

    I loved this recipe for Greek Spiced Shrimp! I will write a blog about it.

Here's the link:

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SLENDERELLA61 3/25/2010 9:50AM

    How was the shrimp recipe?? It sounds delicious.

Yes, of course, it was smart to rest. And then it was smart to do your water aerobics, water job, and walk. Many smart moves, Cyndi!! -Marsha

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AMANDAJCD 3/25/2010 9:13AM

    I'll second Donna's request -- let us know how that recipe turns out, because it sounds great! I'm glad you had a good day at water aerobics :)

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DONNABRIGHT 3/25/2010 9:09AM

    Let us know how that shrimp dish was - it does sound yummy!

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L*I*T*A* 3/24/2010 6:33PM

    sounds like you are doing very well..........wat to go!!!
blessings and hugs...................lita

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If It's Going To Hurt Me, Why Do It?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This morning my physical therapist did some heavy duty stretching on my lower back and hip flexors. This was followed by a session of bio-feedback, which I find fascinating. The bio-feedback allows me to isolate and use certain muscles; working them within a certain range. Today the stretching left me rather sore and my selected muscle control was very challenging. After some frustration and lots of effort, I was able to complete the exercises. Before leaving, I asked my physical therapist if it would be okay for me to go to my water aerobics class. She asked me if I was sore, which I was, and discouraged me from going - just for today. Milder exercise would be better for me today and intellectually I know that. My immediate response to myself was, "You shouldn't have asked her, you just should have gone". Hello? What was I thinking to even have entertained that thought? If it's going to hurt me, why do it?

I should explain here that I have a history of compulsive exercise (which my physical therapist knows) and have injured myself by over exercising in the past. I switched to water aerobics because I can no longer do aerobics on land due to my weight and physical limitations. I love doing water aerobics and water jogging, so going without it, for a second day in a row, is disappointing. What concerned me today is the fact that I would even entertain the idea of doing a challenging aerobics class when I was already sore from treatment. Which brings me back to the statement "If it's going to hurt me, why do it?".

How many times have I over done exercise, eaten something that I knew I shouldn't or left myself wide open for emotional hurt? The answer is, more than I can count. And yet, I'm still doing it! I'm sure that if I tried to pick it apart I could come up with some deep seeded psychological reason for doing things that hurt me but the fact is, I need to change my behavior. Coach Dean hit the nail on the head with his article about guilt. I wrote a blog about it several days ago. We all have that little inner voice that tells us what we need to do. I just need to listen a bit more closely. My gut reaction is usually right on target if I can only get myself to listen to it.

My husband once observed that even if what I say is correct, if someone else (who I consider to be smarter than I am) says something different, I will toss aside my opinion and assume theirs is correct. He's right. After years of abuse while growing up, I learned to ignore my gut. Well, it is time to wake it up again! I need to re-learn the art of listening to myself. When I do, loving myself as I am right now, will be easier.

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MRS.LC 3/24/2010 2:40PM

    Nice going! Do it one day at a time!!

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L*I*T*A* 3/23/2010 10:54PM

    always listen to what is in your heart............
it is always true..............
blessings and hugs...............lita

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AMANDAJCD 3/23/2010 8:50PM

    It's hard to know you can trust yourself after certain things... that retraining can be frustrating at times, but it sounds like you have a good handle on the whole situation. Way to go!!!

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    Listen to that little voice in your head. It usually won't steer you wrong.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/23/2010 6:56PM

    Relearn the art of listening to yourself. Good plan. Very good plan. You truly know what to do. -Marsha

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Taking Control Of My Environment

Monday, March 22, 2010

Today I did lots of chores that were on my "to do" list. I've found that when my life feels like it's starting to get out of control, cleaning, organizing and getting things done that have been piling up can give me the feeling of being back in control. I'm not sure why this works but it does. My husband calls it "nesting" but I call it organizing and taking back control of my environment. After working for most of the day, I have a feeling of accomplishment and calm. I know that I'll sleep well tonight and be more confident tomorrow.

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L*I*T*A* 3/22/2010 11:34PM

    love an organized place too.......good for you what a great feeling that is when the work is done!!!
blessings and hugs...............lita

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2CATS2LOVE1 3/22/2010 9:52PM

    I like comfort AND organized home. I like things in their proper places. Perhaps I have been too much like this but it works for me too! Sleep well!!

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AMANDAJCD 3/22/2010 9:30PM

    Whichever you call it, I'm glad it works :) I keep waiting to get to the point where I am allowed to have my house the way I want it. With two young boys it's more of a work in progress... LOL

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ANIKA34 3/22/2010 9:20PM

    I'm the same way!! Sleep well!!!


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SLENDERELLA61 3/22/2010 9:13PM

    I'm all for taking control of your environment! Your home is very attractive and comfortable, Cyndi. Glad you have it just like you like it. Sleeping well is a good reward for all your hard work, too. Take care, Marsha

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