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Happy New Year !!!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

To all of my Spark friends, I hope you have a safe and happy New Year's Eve. Let's hope that 2012 will bring us many good things and lots of success in all that we strive to achieve!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/31/2011 10:00AM

    Add my happy new year wishes to all!

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L*I*T*A* 12/31/2011 9:42AM

    wishing you the best of 2012....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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Phase I Of Physical Therapy Completed Today

Friday, December 30, 2011

Today I completed the last week of intensive physical therapy to restore the use of my hands, arms, shoulders, neck and balance. Therapy has been slow, painful and time consuming. I am now ready to be more independent. I will continue to do my home strengthening program, attend water aerobics and slowly get stronger. In about 3 weeks I will have another check up with my physical therapist. He will assess my progress and help me solve any problems that may develop along the way. My physical therapist said that I have exceeded his expectations for muscle strength during the 10 weeks I have spent in therapy! That was very nice to hear because I've really worked hard to achieve my current strength level. Although I continue to have issues with my left arm, he assures me that if I follow my program, over time, most of the issues will disappear as I heal.

It is fitting that as I enter phase II of my physical therapy, that I am also entering into a new year. When I look back at where I was last year at this time, I shudder. I'm so thankful that I dug my heels in and acted as my own advocate. If I hadn't, I would most likely be paralyzed by now - either in both arms or from the neck down depending upon outside influences. That is why my neurosurgeon insisted upon doing surgery within two weeks of my initial consultation. So, with the beginning of 2012, I get a fresh start. I will consider it my second chance to make the most of my life and to be the best "me" that I can possibly be.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/30/2011 7:28PM

    Congrats on being such an effective advocate! Congrats on being such a good hard-working therapy patient. I had no doubt. I knew you'd work really hard to get your health and motion back. Best wishes for continued recovery!! -Marsha

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/30/2011 4:12PM

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I am so happy for you! Keep up the hard work and great determination!

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Good Viewing - "Sugar:The Bitter Truth" by Dr. Robert Lustig, MD

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I just finished reading a Spark People blog entitled "Nutrients vs Putrients" by Michelene Cleary. She makes some very valid points and has a great link to a lecture by endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D. called "Sugar: The Bitter Truth". His lecture was a real eye opener for me! It explains so much about my weight as well as my difficulty losing weight. Couple it with hypothyroid disease and it's a recipe for obesity. I thought I was reading labels before, but I'll have to be even more careful now. It really changed the way I look at sugar and may be very helpful for my weight loss plan, my future health and that of my family. The lecture takes some time to view so please allow enough time to watch the whole thing. It is worth the watch!

Here is the link:

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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2011 12:34PM

    It sure makes me look at food differently. Now I find myself pausing before I put something into my mouth. I ask myself, "Is this going to be like poison to my body?" A real eye opener for sure!!!

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L*I*T*A* 12/29/2011 2:26PM

    wow....that is so interesting.....
thanks for sharing.....
blessings and hugs.......lita

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Look At The Way I Eat Now!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

As we were saying our grace before eating our Christmas dinner, I glanced around and thanked God for all of the gifts we had before us. There are many people who are without anything this holiday season. I am blessed. Then it struck me. "Look at what you are serving," I said to myself! Yes, we had plenty of turkey and there was cranberry jelly too. None of us eat gravy, mashed potatoes or rolls so I didn't even make them this year. I did make a large bowl of my famous whole wheat stuffing with Smart Balance spread (with flax seed oil), chopped sautéed onion, chopped sautéed apple and herbs. It was very moist and delicious! (It only lasted until the next night) I also made three different kinds of vegetables; corn, broccoli and carrots. On these three, I filled the bowls to the top. The home made pumpkin pie was made with Splenda, pumpkin, spices, reduced fat evaporated milk and egg whites. I sent half of the pie home with our guests. It would have been just as good without the crust. I only had a piece that was about .25 of an inch wide because I was so full of veggies. Later I ate a piece of chocolate and a modest serving of pecan frozen yogurt. I was totally satisfied and so was my family. That was a surprise. There were no complaints or suggestions for improvement this year either.

Dinner was at 2:30p.m. and I thought I'd be hungry again later. I ate a snack and then my frozen yogurt and that was it for the remainder of the day. I did find that I was very thirsty however so I was drinking water like crazy. Most likely this was due to the fact that the kitchen was warm and I was rushing around like a crazed chef, trying to get everything on the table at the same time. I even managed to get in a .75 mile walk in after we cleaned up the kitchen. The exercise felt good before my exhaustion set in. I found myself nodding off as the family was watching a movie and everyone laughed! I excused myself and went to bed. It was only about 8:30p.m.!

I would have preferred to go a little heavier on the exercise during the time when my daughter was visiting. I particularly wanted to take her to water aerobics class with me to meet everyone. But it was not to be, due to a cut on her foot. We did manage to take several long walks together. She tried to do three walks per day; some with me some with the dogs, while I was doing holiday preparations. We talked about nutrition, eating habits and food likes and dislikes. She commented on all of the fruits and veggies in the refrigerator! While she was visiting, she ate lots of nutritious food as well as favorite recipes that I have re-done in a more healthy way. I know that I most likely seemed obsessive to her but as her mother, I love her and I want her to be healthy. I've also found that I love myself and I want me to be healthy too.

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DONNABRIGHT 12/28/2011 10:38PM

    Isn't it amazing that we have made so many changes in our eating habits - and they all started with baby steps!

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COMEONMA 12/28/2011 10:04AM

    What a great story! congrats on serving such a great meal and having such a wonderful outlook on the whole thing. It sounds like it wasn't difficult to put together a healtier version of a great meal that everyone enjoyed

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SLENDERELLA61 12/28/2011 9:35AM

    What a great meal and a great way to show your daughter lovingly a better way to eat!! Wishing you a healthier and healthier 2012!! -Marsha

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My Left Arm Is Finally Getting Stronger

Friday, December 16, 2011

Today I completed week 8 of physical therapy. This week has been especially challenging because my therapist is trying to help me correct a problem in order to avoid more surgery. On Wednesday, he worked on the swollen nerves in both my arms and shoulders. The right side wasn't too bad. The left side was excruciatingly painful. It caused both of my eyes to run uncontrollably, my hands got cold and I got the shakes and shivers. The therapist said it was an involuntary nerve reaction but from my point of view it was like fingernails down a chalkboard repeatedly. Yuck! As soon as he put hot packs on me everything stopped and calmed down. What a relief that was!

Yesterday I was so sore from the therapy and exercise that I could barely move when I got up. Since my therapist told me that movement makes things better, I went to my two water classes. Once again the water was nice and warm and it did it's magic on my sore body. The healing properties of water never cease to amaze me. Although the nerves were protesting a little, my muscles responded well to the exercise and warm water and I felt much better.

This morning I was stiff again but couldn't go to my water class because I had physical therapy at 8a.m. I was really dreading it because I knew my therapist would most likely work on my nerves again and I would be in loads of pain. I told him how stiff I was with my at home strength program, water aerobics classes and nerve stretching. Surprise! He tested my shoulders and arms and said that I was too stiff and irritated to work the nerves today. He suggested that we let everything calm down over the weekend and begin again on Monday. The good news or should I say the great news is that for the first time ever..... drum roll please.... my left side showed a big increase in strength. I've made all kinds of other progress but up until now major increases in arm and shoulder strength have been missing. Finally, after all of my blood, sweat and tears (there have been lots of tears) it is finally starting to show! Hooray!!!! This is a major milestone for me. I can actually control the muscles and some movements in my left side. It is a good day!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/18/2011 3:06PM

    Now that is what I call a Christmas present!

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/16/2011 5:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon This is wonderful news! Keep up the great work and improvement!

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MZZCHIEF 12/16/2011 11:39AM

    I saw your blog on my feed, and have just spent the last 15 minutes or so reading a few of your blogs.

WOW, you have been thru so much with your back issues, the infection and everything that caused you to have to get the surgery in the first place.

You're a brave woman...
: )

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