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Planning Out My Week In Writing Made A Difference!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Yesterday I posted a blog about how I schedule my exercise like a reoccurring appointment every week. I also added in how I organize, squeeze in my water and snacks and schedule meals. My intent was to help others who might need an example of how to incorporate these things into their daily lives. What it did for me was make me think about my own time management skills and all of the other daily skills I have acquired here at SparkPeople. I actually printed off a copy for myself and put it on the breakfast bar in our kitchen. Then I started checking off things as I completed them. Since I am fairly busy most days, it made me more aware of what my schedule will be like for the week. It also kept me from forgetting to do certain tasks as I am prone to do as I tire later in the day. Spark People has a calendar that we can use and print off that does the same thing in a more general way. Thanks Spark People for helping me on my journey to health!

  
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Planning My Exercise For The Week

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday is a day when I set up my week. I take a look at any appointments that might be coming up and I think about when I will be able to exercise. I also do mental reminders for myself regarding healthy snacks, grocery shopping and household chores.

I thought I would share my schedule this week with others so that they might be able to see how I actually schedule in my exercise, water and healthy food. (Not exercising is not an option!)

Sunday, 8/12 (Exercise Rest Day)
Drink 10-15 ounces of water
Go to breakfast with hubby
Set up my weekly schedule on SP
Complete the laundry
Read the paper and sip water
Make a healthy lunch and drink water
Vacuum the house - drink 20 ounces of water
Put together my gym bag for Monday and put it in the car
Check groceries and make list
Make dinner and complete chores - sip water
Discuss what my schedule will be with hubby
Read or watch television with hubby
Drink water to equal 64+ ounces and elevate my legs (rest) while reading.

Monday, 8/13
Drink 10-15 ounces of water with a protein bar and fruit
Water exercise 8a.m - 10a.m. Drink Vitamin Zero 20 ounces during exercise
Drink 20 ounces of water after exercise, eat healthy snack
Fax medical records to doctor's office
Short grocery shopping trip
Eat lunch - smoothie or salad w/ lean protein, whole grain carbohydrate and drink water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores
Pack gym bag for Tuesday and put it in the car
Read or watch television with hubby
Finish water to over 64 ounces

Tuesday, 8/14
Drink 10-15 ounces of water with a protein bar and fruit
Water exercise 9a.m. - 11:15a.m. Drink Vitamin Zero 20 ounces during exercise
Drink 20 ounces of water after exercise, eat healthy snack
Stop to Vote on the way home!!!
Eat lunch - smoothie or salad w/lean protein and whole grain carbohydrate with water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores
Pack gym bag for Wednesday and put in car
Read book
Finish water to over 64 ounces

Wednesday, 8/15
Drink 10-15 ounces of water with a protein bar and fruit
Water exercise 8a.m. - 10a.m. Drink Vitamin Zero 20 ounces during exercise
Drink 20 ounces of water after exercise and eat healthy snack
Short grocery store trip for fruit and veggies
Eat lunch - smoothie or salad w/lean protein, a whole grain carbohydrate and water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores
Complete packet for Thursday doctor's visit and put directions in car
Also pack gym bag for a quick trip to gym if possible on Thursday and put in car
Set alarm for 7a.m.
Discuss Thursday plans with hubby
Watch television with hubby and try to relax
Drink water to complete 64+ ounces

Thursday, 8/16
Drink 10-15 ounces of water
Eat a healthy breakfast - egg whites and oatmeal with fruit
Pack Vitamin Water Zero 20 ounces, 20 ounce bottle of ice water, protein bar and fruit - put it in a cold pack and put it in the car
Review directions to Moffitt Clinic
Drive to 10:15a.m. doctor appointment
Eat packed lunch and drink water
Drive to the gym to do a short water workout and drink Vitamin Water Zero 20 ounces
Rest, eat snack and sip water
Make dinner and do chores, sip water
Discuss doctor's appointment with hubby and map out future plans
Pack gym bag for Friday workout
Relax and read
Drink water to meet 64+ ounces

Friday, 8/17
Drink 10-15 ounces of water, eat protein bar and fruit
Water aerobics 8a.m. - 10a.m. - drink Vitamin Zero Water 20 ounces during workout
Drink 20 ounces of water and eat a healthy snack
Run brief errands
Eat lunch of smoothie or salad with lean protein, whole grain carbohydrate and water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores, sip water
Pack gym bag for Saturday workout
Watch television with hubby or read
Drink water to mean 64+ ounces

Saturday 8/18
Drink 10-15 ounces of water
Eat egg whites and oatmeal with fruit
Deep water aerobics - go in 30 minutes before class and water jog 10a.m. do class from 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. and stay after class to stretch and swim for 30 minutes Drink 20 ounce of Vitamin Water Zero
Drink 20 ounces of water and eat protein bar
Run errands
Eat lunch - salad w/lean protein, whole grain carbohydrate and water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores
Watch movies with hubby
Drink water to meet 64+ ounces


Wow! Looking at this schedule makes me think that I lead a ready boring predictable life! However, there is enough flexibility in my schedule that if things come up in the afternoon, I can put them in the schedule. The one thing I'm not to flexible about is giving up any exercise time!
Scheduling exercise like an appointment is what keeps me consistent with my work outs.

  
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POSITIVEPAULA8 10/17/2012 1:18AM

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DONNABRIGHT 8/13/2012 8:30AM

    Awesome! Your goals are set and you are motivated - can't ask for more that that!

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L*I*T*A* 8/12/2012 5:25PM

    wow....what an awesome plan!!
what an inspiration you are to us all!!!
blessings and hugs.....lita

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QUEEN-EYDIE 8/12/2012 4:01PM

    I love it--what an inspiration!

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IDOL559 8/12/2012 4:00PM

  Sounds like you are very dedicated to leading a healthy lifestyle! Makes me think I need to really start planning my week out and sticking to a plan.

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Pain Consultation For Special Procedure

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I called my new Moffitt Clinic pain specialist's office yesterday and set up a consultation appointment for September 25. This is the doctor who will use radio waves to dull the pain receptors around the two occipital nerves in the back of my head. During the appointment the doctor will review my migraine, cervical spine and medical history. Then we will decide if the procedure would be worth trying on me. I'm very excited about it!

Wow! The doctor's office just called and they got some of my medical records and wanted to move my appointment up to next Thursday, August 16th. I think they were afraid that my current migraine episodes would continue between now and the September appointment even with the occipital block that I just had on Tuesday. For those of you who have never experienced a migraine, it is debilitating. It can take days after the initial headache for your head to stop hurting all of the way. I suspect the fact that my migraines are mainly cervicogenic in nature (and this is an area which is receiving some attention/study right now) may have quite a lot to do with it. This type of migraine is caused by issues with the cervical spine. I did have surgery in September 2011 that corrected about 70% of the very severe part of the problem. What I need to find out now is whether I need to actually have the fusion that they couldn't do last September or if my issue can be resolved by the Radio Frequency procedure coupled with putting restrictions on certain types of body movements.

After last weekend's bout with a severe migraine, my doctor re-instated the restrictions for repetitious movements with my arms over my head. She limited the amount of weight that I am allowed to use during weight training. Weights used in water must be the smallest of the available weights and free weights on land may not be over 5-6 pounds each. I also need to rest at least one day between any kind of weight training. I am to rest in a position that takes the weight off of my spine after all full 2-3 hour workouts. I'm really going to have to juggle the way I do things in order to manage my rest periods and the errands I need to run. One thing that I've already done, is to try to limit my full workouts to 2 hours or under even when I don't feel particularly tired at the time. This strategy has greatly reduced my fatigue level and when coupled with my movement restrictions, should decrease the severity of my migraines. We'll see......

  
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DONNABRIGHT 8/10/2012 10:37AM

    Hoping for final solutions for all the pain!

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L*I*T*A* 8/9/2012 9:17PM

    all the best with this aspect of your health.....
praying all goes well for you....
blessings and hugs.........lita

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SLENDERELLA61 8/9/2012 8:45PM

    Wishing you well, Cyndi. Hope you get just what you need. Take care, Marsha

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NAOLEE 8/9/2012 6:50PM

    I know what is suffer from pain. I'm on pain 24/7 and no medications help me. I'm using Percocet; 2 every 6 hours and Fentanyl 100mcg every 72 hours. Now the doctor gave me Meloxican and other medication for muscle pain. Nothing work. I had to learn to live with pain. It was hard learning to live with pain 24/7.

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NAOLEE 8/9/2012 6:44PM

    emoticon If the surgery is worth it; go for it. I had a brother that when he had migraine he could be up to three days in bed in a dark room. That was horrible. She was a little boy suffering of migraine.

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Occipital Block Yesterday Was A Success

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I was so glad that I had made the pork and apples in my crock pot Monday night so that it would be ready for dinner last night. I had to go to Tampa yesterday for an occipital block and shots behind the ears and in the muscle across the top of the shoulder. It is amazing how numbing these areas brought me instant relief from all of the stiffness and pain. T

he problem with this block, is that the relief only lasts 4-6 weeks. Consequently, I will be scheduling a procedure where a doctor will use radio waves to dull the nerve receptors in the occipital area. This will give me relief for 6-12 months. I am planning to call and schedule my appointment this afternoon. I look forward to even milder headaches in the near future!

Isn't it amazing what modern technology can do for those of us who suffer from migraines?

  
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DONNABRIGHT 8/9/2012 1:17PM

    Super news - thanks for sharing!

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L*I*T*A* 8/8/2012 3:01PM

    wow.........wonderful news!!
blessings and hugs...........lita

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SHERILYNN66 8/8/2012 3:00PM

  Wonderful! I am so happy for you!

I have suffered debilitating migraines for a few years now. About a month ago I finally found a doctor who put a shot in my neck... no more migraines! Now I realize the shot will wear off and I'll have to have another one at some point. But for now, it's just nice to be pain free!

Best of luck to you!

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The Recipe Is Yummy!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Yesterday I wrote a blog about a new recipe that I got from a lady in my water aerobics class. The verdict is in! It is a keeper!!! We will be having it for dinner tonight. The house smelled heavenly yesterday as it was cooking. The meat fell apart in chunks and the apples were soft and tangy. So yummy!!! I had to use a slatted spoon to put the meat and apples into a storage container. In case you missed the recipe:
1.5-2 pounds of lean pork chops - fat removed
2 Granny Smith apples - all cored and cut in six pieces each
4 Gala apples - all cored and cut in six pieces each
3T of minced onion
Cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg to taste
1/2C of water

Place all ingredients into a crock pot and cook on the high temperature for 3.5 -4.5 hours. When serving, use a slatted spoon to separate the meat and apples from the liquid.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 8/8/2012 8:03AM

    We love apples with pork so will definitely be trying this one - absolutely love the simplicity!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/7/2012 6:50PM

    Thanks so much for the review. I think we'd like this one, too. Take care. Hope to see you soon at the Y; just waiting for Gwen to get over the sniffles. -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 8/7/2012 4:09PM

    i'm making this tomorrow...........
great to get tried and true recipes thanks!!!
blessings and hugs.....lita

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AJWALKLEY 8/7/2012 2:58PM

    Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe - I just might have to try this very soon!

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