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Using Gardening For Exercise Today

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I decided to change things up a little today and use gardening as my exercise. I got out the hedge clippers and whacked away at the bushes in the front right side of the house. I love to trim bushes! Next I'm going to tackle the bushes on the other side. Perhaps I'll buy some new mulch and dump that into the flowerbed when I'm finished with trimming all of the bushes. It always looks so nice when everything is trimmed and freshened up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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DONNABRIGHT 5/13/2010 6:54AM

    Good for you - we'll all have great looking yards and bodies!

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PSUEFL 5/13/2010 6:04AM

  Bet it looks nice, now sit back and admire all of your hard work, it is HOT out there! emoticon

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DMBEECHAM 5/12/2010 7:23PM

    I was planning on weeding and cleaning out the raised beds in our backyard today. However, the landscapers beat me to it. They did a nice job. Our yard looks presentable. ; )

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WILD4STARS 5/12/2010 7:12PM

    Can I give you my address??
Sounds like you had a great workout, AND it was plenty warm today!
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Have A Wonderful Mother's Day Everyone

Sunday, May 09, 2010

To all of my Spark friends, team leaders, team mates who have been so wonderful to me, Happy Mother's Day to all of you!

You've raised me up when I was blue and made me laugh with your jokes too!
You've encouraged me when I would quit and held my hand when I might just sit,
You've listened when I've rambled on and told me to put my Nikes on,
You've walked with me and talked with me and shared the pain and always kept me feeling sane,
You've been my family as mine passed on and cheered for accomplishments that I've won,
And so on this most special day, you probably know just what I'd like to say,
My heart is open with love to share, I give it to my friends out there!

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/9/2010 8:14PM

    Happy Mother Day

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1THING 5/9/2010 6:53PM

    Happy Mother's Day to all as applies. Bless the souls of all those mothers who have passed away!

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BRITTVFAN 5/9/2010 6:40PM

    Yes a Happy Mothers Day to one and all.

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Sleep Mistake

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Well, after all of my introspection yesterday, I made a mistake that cost me some sleep last night. I pushed through my fatigue because we had company. The result was that I was over tired and too keyed up to get to sleep. I know better than to do this, but I was trying not to be rude, so I didn't give any clear boundaries. Viola! Today I'm dragging and irritated with myself. If other people don't care how late they're keeping me up, I need to care about myself and give them the social cues to let them know I'm tired. I'm physically too tired today to do my usual vigorous workout without hurting myself. Kudos to me for using good judgement on that! Instead, I'm going to work on my "to do list" at home. I've got to become clearer with my communications and boundaries to other people. They can only take advantage of me if I let them. I will do a better job of taking care of myself next time. Meanwhile, this afternoon I will treat myself to a nap because I need it and deserve it!

  
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FRAN0426 5/8/2010 4:31PM

    Take that nap, your body needs it---then maybe later today you can get some exercise in and it won't be a total wash out on exercise.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/8/2010 2:53PM

    Hope you got your nap! Sounds like you learned a valuable lesson. Hope you can apply it in order to take better care of yourself from now on. Regards, Marsha

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/6/2010 6:40PM

    You need your sleep and other people should respect that and not stay late.Now you are paying for it today.

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Dealing With Fatigue Not Due To Lack Of Sleep

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Now that I'm spending a whole week with the focus on sleep, I'm looking for other causes of my fatigue. Let me say first that I'm hypothyroid. Being hypothyroid makes me very sensitive to feeling fatigue and I have to pay close attention to those feelings. Repeated bouts of fatigue during the daytime, when I'm getting adequate sleep at night, can raise a red flag and send me to the doctor for a thyroid medication check. Before I head to the doctor's office in a state of panic, there are a few other things I've learned to check first.

One of the first things that I usually check is the amount of protein that I've consumed for the day. Yesterday, I was feeling way too tired and dragged out to be normal. Upon checking the food tracker (got to love that thing) I noticed that my protein consumption was way too low. So for dinner I had a healthy serving of meat. Within about 40 minutes I was wide awake and full of energy. It was amazing! Obviously protein consumption is something that I need to watch for my own health. Some people who are hypothyroid need to make sure that their diet is rich in protein. I appear to be one of them.

The second thing that I check is the amount of water that I've consumed. Believe it or not, if I haven't had enough, it manifests itself in feeling tired and drained of energy. Since I live in Florida, keeping myself hydrated is a must. Today, for example, I did a strenuous workout in the water for about 75 minutes. The way the pool is shaped there is no place to set a water bottle. It is therefore very important that I drink quite a bit of water after my workout is over. When I started to feel really tired today, I knew that it was important for me to increase my water intake. Just like yesterday, as soon as I addressed the problem, I drank about 20 ounces, I perked right up.

The third thing I look at is physical stress such as illness, allergies or menstrual cycle. Any one of these or a combination can cause me to feel exhausted for no apparent reason. Several years ago I started getting frequent respiratory infections. In order to find out what was causing them, I started tracking combinations of things such as the weather, emotional stress, where I was in my menstrual cycle and the daily pollen count. Now I take allergy shots, monitor my sleep, eat lots of fruits/veggies and watch my stress levels. With my family doctor's help, I have reduced the respiratory infections to once or twice a year. I was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism which is somewhat controlled with medication. I have found that I need to pay closer attention to my body's signals.

The last thing that I take a look at is the amount of emotional stress that I'm experiencing. Stress can do lots of strange things to your body including making you feel tired and or sick. If I've already checked on my protein, my water and my physical stress, emotional stress is the next thing on my list. There are lots of things you can do to deal with stress. Some of them are deep breathing, venting to a journal, venting to a trusted friend/ family member, distracting yourself by doing something fun, getting some aerobic exercise, meditating, practicing yoga, giving yourself a spiritual shot in the arm and getting professional help to manage your stress, just to name a few. Hubby and I are currently working on a very stressful community project. Being aware that I am stressed out is important. I can't do anything about the stress until I become aware that I am stressed! I've been doing deep breathing, aerobic exercise, venting , praying and some meditation. This has been very helpful in managing my stress level and fighting fatigue.

Sometimes fighting fatigue is as simple as tracking your sleep or your food and water on the tracker. Sometimes it's more complex and requires professional help. Learning to know the difference is important. My motto is, if all else fails contact the doctor and get yourself checked out. Find out what is causing you to feel tired so that you can enjoy your life. Remember, fatigue isn't just caused by not sleeping!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 5/6/2010 8:31AM

    Great article - thanks!

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SLIMLILA 5/5/2010 7:03PM

    Wow! I was just rambling on and asking if anyone was as tired as me, and I came upon your blog.... just exactly what I needed. I keep forgetting the stress and omitting it, but I'm sure it is playing a way bigger part in how I feel that I realized. I am awaiting word on whether I will have a job at this school next year or whether I need to start looking again. That is weighing heavier than I give it credit for. But, thanks for your very informative and eye-opening blog. Great job!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/5/2010 5:18PM

    Very good analysis. You have learned to be a very good caregiver to your own body. I haven't looked that closely for reasons for fatigue. You've given me some ideas, though, that I'll try next time. Thanks.

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Getting Enough Sleep Is Crucial

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Getting the sleep that your body needs every night is crucial to functioning properly. When I first started on Spark People, I decided to track my sleep everyday in order to look for patterns. I was in a period of my life when I was having difficulty falling asleep on a regular basis. I made getting 7+ hours daily a goal. Something amazing happened! Suddenly I started to sleep better. Why the act of making it a goal made me sleep better, I'll never know. Perhaps setting the goal is only part of it. I also started working out on a more regular basis. I've always been an active person but for the last ten years, my workouts were sporadic at best. Once I got into a schedule of eating better and working out, I was tired enough to go to sleep at night. Sleeping enough improved my mood, made me eat less and allowed my body to regenerate its cells better. My overall health improved! Now if I don't get adequate sleep I am able to see that it makes a huge difference!

  
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MWILSON86 5/4/2010 10:30PM

    I agree too! I feel much more like me when I get enough sleep. My body lets me know when it is not satisfied with my sleep, it literally beats me up! I get a headache, a stomachache, or I just feel groggy....no fun! The new May Challenge is allowing me to see the importance of sleep.

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AMANDAJCD 5/4/2010 9:48PM

    Sleep is my holy grail. Ditto everything you said :)

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/4/2010 7:44PM

    I agree

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/4/2010 7:44PM

    I agree

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BUNNYCATS 5/4/2010 4:13PM

    Totally agree! The whole world looks better after a good nights sleep! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/4/2010 3:35PM

    Very, very true! Thanks for your leadership on this issue. -Marsha

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SHIRLS2010 5/4/2010 3:24PM

    I so agree with you about getting enough sleep. It can change your whole outlook on life. I used to think I was so clever getting by on 5 hours a night, but in reality I was dragging myself through the day and depending on coffee or diet coke to wake me up. Now I drink herbal tea and water instead and get to sleep earlier emoticon

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