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I'm off to CUBA for a week - WooHoo!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

And, I feel fine but it was close. I had gastrointestinal upset very early Boxing Day morning and really felt cruddy but I feel much better now just hungry.

Have a good week, everyone!

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TRAINOF4 12/29/2008 7:33PM

    I hope you're having a great time in Cuba! I'd gain a TON down there! I grew up near Tampa, FL ^& at that time there were a lot of Cubans in the areas around my grandparents' house. I was friendly with a Cuban family a few houses down- the woman spoke no English & I no Spanish, but we had nice visits together & she fed me the most delicious foods & desserts. I learned to cook a number of things, but I've never been able to duplicate a couple of things .... so in cuba -- I'd eat till I popped!!

Stay safe, write soon .. and Happy New Year!

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JIBBIE49 12/27/2008 4:04AM

    Have fun in Cuba.

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Exercise, Exercise, Exercise....

Monday, December 22, 2008

That's the key to losing weight. At least for me, it is. I had one Christmas Lunch, one Christmas Party and one Christmas dinner in the past 5 days and yet I managed to lose half a pound and I'm sure it's because of exercise! emoticon

I did the elliptical and weights on the 17th. I did 35 minutes of aerobics and a 30 minute walk on the 18th. I did 30 minutes of aerobics and weights on the 19th. I did nothing on the 20th and I did 40 minutes of tae-bo on the 21st and it all paid off! emoticon


Update on my Life

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I fell on the sidewalk during one of my walks this week and yes, it hurt but the worst part about falling (IMHO) is trying to get back up again since I can't use my knees because of the RA. But, I fell by a van and I used the tire on the van to help push me up and my tiny friend, Heather also assisted in pulling me up.

It's amazing how fast going from an upright positon to sprawled on the sidewalk is. But, I was mostly fine that day. The real pain didn't start until the next morning when my right shoulder was really sore. And, there was a wicked bruise on my right elbow. My "new" massage therapist said my shoulder hurt because my elbow jarred it. But, all in all, I didn't fair too badly. Good thing it's winter and I was wearing lots of padding. If it had been summer, I probably wouldn't have fared so well.

Also, I've been telling people that Heather tripped me so that they won't know that I'm such a klutz! LOL!

So, I went to a "new" massage therapist on Thursday night. This one is a man, which I wasn't too keen on initially. But, I felt like I really connected with him. I really liked him better than the woman masseuse I went to. I didn't connect with her at all. So, I've made two more appointments with him --- one for this coming Thursday and one for Christmas Eve morning, which will be the last one before I leave for CUBA on December 27th! emoticon

My rib cage and upper back are feeling better this week and I'm hoping that by the time I leave for Cuba, I will be on my way to having a pain-free upper body.

I haven't done much Christmas shopping because DH works for General Motors and we don't know what's happening with his job. He's laid off this week and next and then it's Christmas shutdown and then he's supposed to go back on nights on January 4th. I wish we just knew already one way or the other so that we can get on with our lives. I mean I really wish that the auto companies will be bailed out with a loan so that his job isn't in jeopardy because he only has 5 more years before he can retire and it would be good if that happened but if the Big 3 don't get the bailout, I'd like to know that too and then we could at least make plans on what we have to do. It's this not knowing that's causing so much stress in our lives.

So far for Christmas presents, I've bought a rosemary tree ($19.99) for my dad and scotch mints, licorice all-sorts, cashew nuts and an Inukshuk kit for my mother-in-law. And, I've ordered a Photo Life magazine subscription for DH and bought him some mango chili sauce. And, that's it. I want to get my dad a magazine subscription --- something about art since he's taking drawing classes on Tuesdays but I haven't ordered it yet and I need to get DH something else. I'm off on Wednesday because it's the holiday assembly at my niece and nephews' school, which I always go to so I may go shopping in the afternoon. We'll see.

Anyways, that's it for now. I hope all my Sparkfriends are doing well and staying upright! Take care!

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1888MICHELLE 12/15/2008 8:06AM

    Gravity sucks.

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    I'm so glad that you weren't injured more in your fall. Take care of yourself ant tell Heather that I said keep her feet out of your path ! lol.

I understand the "not knowing" part of your DH job causing you stress. We're here for you to lean on...don't reach for food, like I did.

Have a great time in Cuba, I probably won't get to talk to you much before you leave. We leave on the 21st for TN, so hang in there and I'll see you in January !

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Massage & Reward Update

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I had my massage on Monday night and it was both soothing and painful. I didn't really warm to the masseuse. She was okay but not someone I felt comfortable with. And, I kind of hated her place of business. It was very loud and busy - not at all relaxing. My back felt better the next day but by yesterday, it was sore again.

I've booked another massage with a different therapist for next Thursday night (it's a guy) so we'll see how that goes.

Also, I had decided that I was going to buy a new tankini to celebrate my 10 pound weight loss and to take with me on my trip to Cuba on December 27th but holy cow, they're pricey! And, there's not a great selection either. So, I decided instead of the tankini to get two new exercise DVDs instead so I've ordered Jari Love's Get Ripped and Crunch Latin Rhythms.

I know I'll like the Jari Love one because I got it out of the library and it was awesome but I don't know about the other one. I really hope it's good because the last DVDs I got were a 2-DVD set called Deante Dance and I was really disappointed with them because they don't get my heart rate up at all!

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1888MICHELLE 12/4/2008 12:37PM

    I'm so sorry it wasn't a great experience. I love to treat myself once a year to the Elmwood Spa in Toronto. Very nice...and pricey...but oh so worth it. I generally fall asleep because I'm so relaxed. Sore the next day, but then so pliable after that!!

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    Although massages make me feel wonderful during the massage, it never lasts for me. Hopefully, you'll like your next one better.

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Taking Control & A Celebration

Monday, December 01, 2008

First off, I lost 10 pounds in November! That's the most I've ever lost in one month and I'm just thrilled!

Second, Saturday night, I decided I was going to take control of my back issues by calling my rheumatologist's office today to tell them that I'm going to stop taking the Orencia, which I believe is the cause of all my back issues. It's helping with the rheumatoid arthritis but my back is so sore a lot of the time, it's definitely not worth it! So, on to the next drug....

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    Congrats on the weight loss ! You've found your groove.

Did the rheumy have anything interestering to say when you told them you weren't taking the Orencia any more?

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KIERAE 12/2/2008 10:34AM

    Congrats on the 10 pound weight loss - wow!! emoticon

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GEMMAJO 12/1/2008 5:57PM

    well done with the weight loss thats emoticon emoticon hope your back
is soon easier for you gem x

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MOLLIEMAC 12/1/2008 12:11PM

    emoticon...well done, Joanna, on both fronts...MJ

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