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Water Jogging Was Wonderful!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Water jogging was wonderful although the 30 minute time limit went by too quickly! The water was chilly today but I didn't care. I paid strict attention to all of my restrictions including abiding by the 30 minute time limit. I didn't feel the least bit tired when I was finished. I didn't take a shower but rather used body wipes that I had purchased for just such an event. The only problem that I encountered was that I left my dry collar pads in the car and had to wait until hubby took my gym bag out to the car before changing the pads. My shirt got a little wet from the pads I used in the water but that just made the dry ones feel so much better. LOL

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SLENDERELLA61 10/3/2011 3:30PM

    So glad you are exercising again, even with all the restrictions. You are smart to follow those restrictions, too, and gradually work back into it. I hope to shake my cold/cough soon and hope to see you soon at our Y!! -Marsha

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ALCMELOOSE 9/29/2011 10:22AM

    emoticon Thank you for stopping by my page and leave a message. I will have to check out my local YMCA.
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DONNABRIGHT 9/27/2011 3:24PM

    It must have felt great to start your exercise again. So glad you enjoyed it.

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Water Jogging Trial

Monday, September 26, 2011

My doctor's PA said that I can try water jogging, with my hard collar on of course, for 30 minutes. Hubby said that he would drive me to the Y tomorrow to try it. I have to take a spare set of dry pads for my collar and I can't use the showers at the Y but I can bring my body wipes, clean myself , change out of my bathing suit and get dressed in the handicapped bathroom. I'm so excited! I have the same restrictions that I had before my surgery plus a few more. That is fine with me! Water is a very good workout for me. It is easy on my joints and I can isolate my legs and part of my core muscles when I use the floatation belt. It will be good to see my friends at the pool again. It has been about four weeks since I've seen them. I'm really looking forward to it!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/2/2011 11:11AM

    How did it go? So hope it was invigorating and fun. I'm back. Hope you are recovering quickly. Love, Marsha

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WILD4STARS 9/26/2011 4:26PM

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DONNABRIGHT 9/26/2011 10:50AM

    Enjoy - enjoy - enjoy!

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The Pursuit Of Happiness

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I've always said that happiness can be a decision. When you get up in the morning you can say to yourself, today I'm going to have a good day and be happy. I will not give in to boredom, pain, fear, anxiety or anger. I will count the blessings that I have been given and be thankful. If I feel overwhelmed and overburdened by life's situations I can do the best I can, ask for the help of those around me and turn the rest over to God.

This is not to say that I never feel pain, fear, anxiety or anger because I do feel all of them. I try not to let them consume me. I don't want to allow pain, fear, anxiety or anger to turn me into a bitter person or to drown in those feelings. I would rather focus on my blessings and choose to be happy.

As a happy person I tend to like myself better and want to interact with others. That feeling of inner joy gives me more energy and I want to move around more. This makes exercising easier. In turn, the endorphins I get from exercise reinforces my happy feeling and makes me feel even better about myself. When I'm happy I do less anxiety eating and more eating with purpose. I am more apt to set up a plan and stick to it. I'm not focused on punishing myself or someone else by binging or starving myself. When I'm happy, I treat myself gently, as I would a beloved friend. This is the way I should always treat myself regardless of whether or not I'm happy.

This all sounds so simple. Right? So why doesn't everyone just wake up and decide to be happy? It's just mind over matter and it just takes practice? Except that we all come with our own set of personal baggage. You have to start with baby steps. It takes lots and lots of practice. You can't give up on yourself because the results are so worth it. It isn't an easy task and you can't lose your focus. I've been working on this for years and still get tripped up on a regular basis. Now more often than not, I've finally reached a place where I'm happy the majority of the time. The pursuit of happiness; the decision to be a happy person is worth the work it took to get there!

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ARSALLOT 9/17/2011 9:34PM

    Genius. Pure genius.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/16/2011 8:43AM

    Looking at the bright side is soooooooooooooooooo much easier than dwelling on the "what if"! I come from a family of pessimists and decided years ago I could not live that way so I adopted your philosophy way back. Again not to say I don't have bad days and feel down now and again but I can usually pull myself out pretty quickly and move on to something more fun.

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L*I*T*A* 9/15/2011 10:51PM

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WILD4STARS 9/15/2011 8:36PM

    "When you have the choice between being right and being happy, choose happy!" - Wayne Dyer.

It really is easier to be happy. More people should do it, their lives would be so much better.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/15/2011 2:05PM

    Wonderful philosophy! You are totally right. You put it very well. Reminds me of my father's mother who told me that most people are as happy as they decide to be. True.

Glad you have made so much progress in living this philosopht. So glad you are happy most of the time. For the most part, I am, too. Take care. Hope your healing is going well! -Marsha

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Post Surgery Update

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thank you to everyone who gave me so much support! I only had one procedure done due to some unforeseen complications during surgery. The doctor had to stop after the first procedure so I'll have to have a second surgery. I had drainage tubes put in while I was in the hospital. Thank goodness they were removed before I was released from the hospital. Those stitches hurt a little!

Currently, I have to do nothing and stay in the house for 10-14 days which I can easily live with. The doctor put a hard collar on my neck for six weeks . I am allowed to take it off for showering and to sleep at night as long as I don't get up during the night. Since I do get up several times during the night, I've been sleeping with it on my neck. I've been pretty sleepy, which I understand is normal for the first 10 days.

I noticed the pain difference in my left arm right away. I have to be very careful to prop my arms up for the 10-14 day period so they won't pull on the cervical spine area. After that, I don't know what I'll be able to do. I won't see the doctor again until my six week check up.

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RUTHIEBEAR 9/12/2011 2:29PM

    I am away on vacation but wanted to pop by SP to check on you. Continue to heal and recover. Praying for full recovery with no pain. emoticon

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AMANDAJCD 9/12/2011 12:44PM

    So glad you updated us -- hang in there, and I hope this recovery time passes quickly :)

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SLENDERELLA61 9/12/2011 12:19PM

    Thanks for the update. I hope you aren't too disappointed that they couldn't do it all at once. I guess what really matters is the long term result -- and I have a good feeling that you are on the road to health and pain-free living!! Sure hope so. -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 9/12/2011 8:29AM

    Sounds like you made an awesome first step to recovery. We're so glad to hear from you!

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IMMORTALTESSA 9/11/2011 11:06PM

    I am so happy that you are feeling some difference already. I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery. Take care. Tess

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TBRANCH2 9/11/2011 10:12PM

    This is great news! Hope you heal quickly and look forward to seeing you soon!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/11/2011 10:09PM

    great news!!!
so glad to hear you are home!!!
take it easy and don't over do!!!
blessings and hugs......lita

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WILD4STARS 9/11/2011 7:47PM

    It all sounds positive! Keep us posted.

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My Checklist Preparation

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I've made a list of what I'm currently doing just for myself to make myself feel better right now.

Happy Dance completed
Food shopping completed
Surgery preparation completed
Healthy eating ongoing
Water +64 ounces ongoing
Daily distraction/laughter/fun ongoing
Thankful attitude ongoing
Attempt at 7+ hours of sleep (difficult due to anxiety) ongoing
Daily exercise ongoing (but curtailed)
Surgery anxiety (still out of control) - wrestling with this one - but gaining more control day by day
Daily prayer ongoing
Positive attitude ongoing
Meditation/relaxation ongoing
Pain control ongoing

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IAMABETTERME 9/4/2011 7:17PM

    I applaud you for your determination..... I love that you are taking care of YOU!

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AMANDAJCD 9/4/2011 6:46PM

    That's an excellent list :) Hang in there!!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/4/2011 6:32PM

    great list.....well done....
try some gravol to help with sleep....
we are all here for you...
prayers continue...
blessings and hugs........lita

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SLENDERELLA61 9/4/2011 5:23PM

    Your organization skills are a great strength. Your self-awareness is another very positive quality. Sounds to me like you are doing everything right. If you weren't at least a little anxious about the surgery, you wouldn't be human, at least not a normal one. Take care. You'll soon be healing. Love, Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 9/4/2011 4:59PM

    I have had surgery several times and I have found that the worst part is the thinking about it before hand so you are normal to be anxious and just think how quickly that part will be over and you will be in the recovery phase.

The very idea of a check list shows YOU are in control.

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WILD4STARS 9/4/2011 4:57PM

    emoticonYou are more powerful than you know.

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4KHALL 9/4/2011 4:40PM

  Great list! I am also working on 7+ hours of sleep,problems with anxiety also!My doctor has told me to take melatonin to help improve sleeping.Used it last night,I did sleep better.We will see how it works out. emoticon

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