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Always Learning Something New

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Today I had an appointment with the dermatologist for my annual check up. I had a little funny looking red spot on my leg which my doctor biopsied. It means that I have to stay out of the water for the rest of the week but to me, it's worth it. The spot is pretty much gone and the doctor thinks it's just a benign spot.

Since my skin is so fair, she asked me if I wear sunscreen every day and I told her that I use lotion with sunscreen in it. She was impressed with this. I also told her that I wear a heavy, white cotton T-shirt in the pool for added protection. I was feeling confident - like I'm taking good care of myself - until my doctor told me that when a T-shirt gets wet, especially a white one, all the sun's rays can go through it! Well, you learn something new every day!!! Here I thought I was being really cautious and I wasn't! My doctor gave me a handout about some new athletic wear that actually has a sunscreen built right into it. I believe that it is equivalent to SPF50+. You can buy shirts online, at a sporting goods store or out of a catalog. Being a person who likes to research things, I now have a new project. All of my new white T-shirts will be saved for dry, land activities and I will be purchasing a sunscreen shirt or two within the next week.

So for all of you who are sun sensitive, and like to participate in water activities, please be careful. Wear sunscreen every day (yes even on cloudy days) and wear a sunscreen shirt into the pool to protect your skin. There is always something new that we can learn!

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L*I*T*A* 4/14/2010 9:08PM

    wow......i used to do that too...............thanks for sharing................will be on the look out for the ones you spoke about........glad all turned out well..............blessings and hugs................lita

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SLENDERELLA61 4/14/2010 8:16PM

    Cyndi, I'd like a report on how those new shirts work. Are they comfy? Where do you get them? Any down side to them?

Thanks for the info. Glad you got your leg taken care of. -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 4/14/2010 7:03PM

    Thanks for sharing - I did not know this. Today I also learned that pollen can cause a sinus infection.

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    Great info

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ANIKA34 4/14/2010 5:24PM

    Thank you for the helpful information!

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Knee Replacements Are Doing Well

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I had my 2 year check up on my left knee replacement today. While they were at it they checked the replacement on the right knee (8 years old) too. I'm happy to report that they look good. The doctor's assistant stressed the importance of doing water exercise, which I'm doing. I don't have to go back for another 2 years unless there is a problem. This was good news!

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MS5835 4/14/2010 12:50PM

    That's great news!

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DMBEECHAM 4/14/2010 10:56AM

    What great news! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 4/13/2010 10:08PM

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STORMFAN 4/13/2010 9:14PM

    water exercise sounds so good great news you received keep up the good work

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Motivation Through A Team Challenge

Monday, April 12, 2010

Doing a team challenge with other team members can be very motivating. Posting your daily results and getting a "goodie" reward every week for your efforts increases the pleasure that participating can bring. Add to that a little competitive spirit and you're on your way! Team challenges can be a lot of fun too! You have the banter back and forth from participants and the support and recognition from the rest of the team. Are you a member of a team that does challenges? If so, do you participate? Please share your experiences with me!

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L*I*T*A* 4/12/2010 9:42PM

    am not sure whay type of experiences you are looking for i participate in daily challenges has kept me motivated and moving to keep up with others and well as myself many times when no one is posting to the challenge....hope this helps.......blessings and hugs.......lita

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When The Scale Won't Budge

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's depressing when you track every bite of food, measure out your portions and weigh them, exercise until you drop and still that silly scale won't budge! This has happened to me so many times that I've had to develop a different philosophy about what constitutes progress.

We seem to be married to what the scale says and use that as a measure of our success. It can get to be down right depressing if you let it. By looking at other signs that your body is changing, you can see that despite a lack of change on the scale, you are still making progress. Look at the way you feel, the way your clothes fit, measure yourself with a tapemeasure, notice the appearance of muscle definition, your energy level and your ability to sleep at night. For me, I noticed that my skin began to take on a healthy glow, my hair became really shiny and grew faster and my fingernails grew faster. My stamina has increased greatly and I feel much more confident. I also surround myself with positive, supportive people and limit my time with negative, angry, selfish people.

I'm starting to put myself at the top of my list. This is a big one! I make time for exercise and taking care of myself. I'm learning to love myself as I am right now. That means eating right, exercising, not beating myself up if I make a mistake; looking beyond the weight issue, into the real me inside.

A journey to health is a lifestyle to be lived. It involves things other than that number on the scale. It is tied into emotional and spiritual growth as well as losing weight. So when that scale won't budge and you know that you're doing everything right, look beyond the scale. Think outside the box! Look at all of the many things about you that have changed since you began your journey and be glad instead of mad. You don't have to just lose lots of weight to consider yourself a changed person who is a success.

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    That darn scale has been super glued for me also. I think our bodies are just getting used to this weight and soon we will move on but much more healthy than we were before we started out journey.

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L*I*T*A* 4/11/2010 5:37PM

    so soo true.....been there done that so many many times and am there sitting on a plateau of several months i understand where you are coming from.........keep on keeping on is all i can say because that is what i am doing...together we can do this..........right!!!!
thanks for sharing this great blog.........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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AQUAGIRL08 4/11/2010 4:55PM

    You're right! I added the tape measure part into the blog. Thank you for the comment. It was very helpful!

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    I totally agree, and another thing I have found, if the scales don't budge, and I know I have been working hard, I take out the tape measure and find excellent results!

Thank you for the lovely inspirational blog...I agree with all your findings!

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TECHSUN 4/11/2010 4:34PM

    You are right, we put too much emphasis on the scale but it is a pain.

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Sometimes Just Being Quiet Helps Me Absorb the Peace

Friday, April 09, 2010

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of every day life we feel the need to just stop. Stop and absorb some quiet and the peace that quiet brings. I'm looking forward to visiting Bok Towers in the next few weeks for that reason. One of the members of one of my teams often blogs about going to Bok Towers and sitting among the flowers and trees. The beauty of nature can be calming and from that calm we can draw inner peace. There are days when I'm so tightly scheduled that I feel very tired. I know that what is really going on, is a need to de-stress, become calm and gain some measure of inner peace. So as I sit here in front of my computer, I'm listening to the birds chirp and the lawn mowers buzz outside. Inside, our home is quiet and relaxed. Ah-hhhh peace.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/9/2010 7:26PM

    Truly profound! Very good blog. I've learned this lesson over and over again, but need to internalize it and learn it once and for all. Take care. Hope to see you tomorrow. -Marsha

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GOLDFISHLIZ 4/9/2010 5:45PM

    This is so true. We are all far too busy, and miss the quiet moments which feed the soul and keep us centred. It pays to find them where we can.
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JENSHAWN 4/9/2010 4:25PM

    I so get it. Usually, in the evening between my sons music and the tv (that nobody ever seems to be watching) there is constant NOISE. I need my peace and quiet or I would lose what marbles I have left!

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DMBEECHAM 4/9/2010 1:08PM

    I completely agree. One of the reasons I look forward to attending Quaker Meeting on Sundays is because it is the one guaranteed hour of my week where I set aside the time to sit in the quiet & reflect. Yes, sometimes members get up to share their thoughts, but the overall quiet is my personal "reset button" for the week.

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