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Off to a Great Start

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I'm off to great start. I've done 130 minutes of exercise and I've stayed in my calorie range! I'm feeling good and relaxed. I feel confident that I'm going to be successful this year too! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I know I can!

Happy New Year Everyone!

  
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CINNIEMAY 1/4/2009 3:18PM

    I know that you can too! emoticon emoticon

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FSUNOLEFAN29 1/3/2009 8:25PM

    Way to start the new yar off right! Way to go!

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Looking back on 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

One thing I like to do at the end of every year, is to reflect on that year. This has been a year of changes for me. Some good, some bad, some happy and some sad. (that sounds like a little poem!)
I am pleased with my decision to become healthy. It has had a major impact on my life in a very positive way. I feel better about myself and know that I'm doing some very good ,healthy things just for me. I'm trying to give up abusive family situations and my self esteem has improved accordingly. My appreciation for the little joys in life has increased and I'm trying to "take time to smell the roses". Despite all of life's trials and tribulations this past year, I am happy and content. I'm finding peace. This in turn has had a domino effect on those around me which has been a pleasant surprise. I guess I never gave enough thought to how what I do can positively or negatively affect others. Something to think about and write about on another day, another blog.

  
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CINNIEMAY 12/29/2008 9:53PM

    Take care of yourself! We only get one ride on this rollercoaster of life!

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My sudden fatigue and understanding it

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I had an eye opening moment this morning when I was setting up my medication for the week. I was putting my Levoxyl into my pill holder when I glanced down at the pill bottle. The doctor had reduced the dose and I was starting to have this burning fatigue but was unable to sleep. Classic thyroid symptoms! I noticed that the pharmacy gave me 75 mcg instead of 150 mcg. I vaguely recall arguing with them when I picked up the prescription over the dose but somehow with all of the holiday hustle and bustle I forgot about it. I looked closely at the label and the directions said that I should take 2 pills instead of just one because they had run out of the 150 mcg pills. Here I was, tired but unable to sleep and feeling like my life is in slow motion! I thought that it was the steroids that I was taking for an allergic reaction that was making me hyper and tired at the same time. What a relief! This is so easy to fix by just taking the right dose. Next time the pharmacy tries to fill a prescription in this manner, I'll refuse the prescription and take my business elsewhere. This could have been dangerous for me!!! I'm so glad that I found the mistake and corrected it!

  
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EDNABP 12/31/2008 8:01AM

    I really hope you get feeling better. I could imagine the same problem happening with me. At least the problem is corrected now.

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CINNIEMAY 12/28/2008 12:42PM

    I hope that you are feeling better after taking the right dosage! Take care of yourself!

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A New Year Time to Re-Commit Myself to Health

Thursday, December 25, 2008

As 2008 winds down, it is time to take a look back to see how far I've come. I'm pleased with my progress so far but I need to look ahead and plan out my strategy for my future. To be successful in 2009, I need to come up with a plan. What I'd really love to do is lose 60 more pounds between now and June 23, 2009. I want of feel healthy and like the way I look because I have to like me before I can expect anyone else to like me.

Here is my plan:

1.) Treat my health as my job - I'm responsible for what goes into my body and for what I do to get my body in shape. No one else can do it for me. Whether or not I'm successful, depends upon me. I need to set up a daily schedule for eating and exercising. It can be somewhat flexible, but no more being conned into putting myself on the back burner in order to do what someone else wants. I will become whatever I decide to become and I will be responsible for the outcome! This is a big decision for me as I tend to put aside my own needs in order to minister to others. If I am healthy and happy myself, I can do a much better job of helping other people.

2.) I will do some sort of cardio 7 days a week.
3.) I will eat between 1200 and 1650 calories each day. Varying within my range to trick my body.
4.) I will do weights 2 times a week.
5.) I will make an effort to handle stress better. I will take myself out of stressful family situations instead of letting people beat me up emotionally.
6.) I will do positive self talk every day.
7.) I will counter negatives with positives.
8.) I will do something nice for myself every day.
9.) I will take care of my spiritual needs by talking to God daily.
10.) I will smile at other people because I know it may make their day.
11.) I will measure my success not just with the scale.
12.) I will not beat myself up if I mess up on any of the items in the list above.
13.) I will review these goals to assess my own progress.
14.) I will be proud of my own efforts to improve myself.

This is my plan. Every time I lose 5-10 pounds, I will take myself shopping for one new outfit. Every time I put on an item of clothing and it is too big, I will donate it to charity. There is no going back - only going forward. Every day, I will look at myself as a new me. Better than yesterday but I'll know that tomorrow I'll be even better than today. If I feel down, I will treat myself to a non-food "picker-upper" like a visit with a friend, a bubble bath, manicure or pedicure. I will use food merely as nourishment not as a drug. (That doesn't mean that I can't enjoy eating because I will still enjoy eating.) Food will not control me, I will control it.

Am I going to be successful? Only time will tell, but my guess is that Yes I will be a success.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 12/29/2008 6:04PM

    Yes I like that plan to

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CINNIEMAY 12/26/2008 10:52AM

    I am so proud of you! You have a great plan!

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EDNABP 12/25/2008 10:25PM

    Love the plan. Sounds like you will succeed in the following year. Looking back over the years it seems this is always something I say I will achieve in the new year. I know with the new group of friend I have on here including you we will do this together. I will be here for motivation if you need it. Wish you the best of luck. emoticon

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BLOCKBEAUTY 12/25/2008 9:56PM

    Your list is so thorough. It's a winner. I am going to write some of your goals down too. Keep it up. You are going to do it.

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Getting back on track

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I must admit that when my dad passed away, my life came to an abrupt standstill. After all the years of abuse, who would have thought it? Don't get me wrong, I love my dad; I just don't like him. My brother is almost but not quite the same as dad within the family structure. I always idolized him until last year. I don't like him so much any more either. To find out that Dad died via an email to someone else? Inexcusable and devastating! To find out that Dad had been ill for 4-5 months and I wasn't told - cruel at best. The secret was kept so that my brother could exclude me and have Dad to himself. Well with both my parents gone now he is the only child that he always wanted to be. My sister took herself out of the equation 40 years ago. This just re enforces my decision to take myself out of a bad situation. Do I regret it? No, not a chance! My emotional health is so much better for doing it. It's just a shame that it had to be this way. I am still reeling and very sad though.

This brings me to how I'm doing with all of this upheaval in my life. I'm taking a long, hard look at my relationship with food and how I deal with stress. Basically, I feel that I've done well all things considered. I did my best to cope and I did cope. Surprise, surprise! I didn't watch my sodium as well as I should and I've been having difficulty getting the salt out of my system. This has caused my weight to bounce around a bit. I did eat more sweets than I normally do too. However, I am very excited that I can see that I did this and have backed off on it. I'm taking it one day at a time. Of course, in the middle of all of this my doctor's office called and said that my thyroid numbers were too low and my medication needed to be reduced. That could also cause my weight to bounce around a bit. I'm trying to get back on a regular schedule of exercise to counter balance a bit. I'm almost back in the groove! Yay me!

Throughout all of this trauma and upheaval, my husband and daughter have been ever so supportive. Even though my daughter was crushed by her grandfather's death, we stuck together and saw it through. We made sure to spend time together - just the two of us while we were in my dad's town. Since my daughter lives in another state, this was very important. We actually went Christmas shopping at a local mall to try to get away from it all and create some new memories in an old familiar place. So the joy of spending time with her and doing something as mundane as shopping actually helped both of our pain levels. We talked and talked and talked. She is such a special person. I am so blessed. Life will be good again.

  
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CINNIEMAY 12/18/2008 2:19PM

    I am so sorry about your loss. I have a sibling that is much the same. I think that it is awful that people that are your family can be so mean. But that is life I guess. Just take care of yourself! My dad passed away 8 years ago and his borthday wouldhave been this week. So the pain of losing a parent lessens but nevers fully goes away! Take care, Cindy

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