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Goals for September

Monday, September 01, 2014

I have some simple goals for Sept.

Blog here at least once a week. Preferably 2-3 times a week, but aim for at least once.

Track what I eat on the spark tracker at least three times this week-the entire day. Not just a partial day. The entire day. Doesn't matter if I remember to put everything in breakfast lunch and dinner. Even if everything gets lumped into the dinner category, I must get in the habit of tracking what I eat at least three days a week so I can keep making improvements on what and when I eat.

My third goal is to keep going to the water aerobics class I'm taking at the Y. 3 days a week, 30 minutes at a time and then swim or walk back and forth in the rec pool where the class is held (or in the lazy river adjoined to the rec pool) for 15 minutes before or after class, to up the exercise to a solid 45 minutes.

Now that my Plantar fasciitis is totally gone (thank you two cortisone shots) I'm going to get back in the habit of walking Kiki 15-20 minutes a day at least 4 days a week. I'm going to aim for every single day.

And my last goal for this month is look in to the cost of a personal training session at the Y. Even a half hour/45 minute session. Then save up the money/put it in the budget for October.

Yes, the cardio machines at the Y have been a wonderful help. But Hovering around 440 pounds I want some good ideas of some at home workouts I can do on my own/tweek what I'm doing and maybe learn some new moves I can do. 95% of the workout videos I own I can't do very well (even the biggest loser ones) because of my size and I want a personal trainer to give me some ideas to make the modifications I need while still getting the full impact of the workout and how I can do some of the floor workouts in a chair or standing up-since getting up and down on the floor is a feat unto itself.

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    Good goals! Tracking your food and water exercise are real winners. I was stunned when I saw the difference in calorie burn for a 30 minute walk (which is my current limit due to low back/hip pain) and a 60 minute swim (which is "no sweat" AND much easier on my body)...6-8 times the calorie burn...woohoo!

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LJOYCE55 9/1/2014 12:03PM

  Keep it up.

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LOSE4LIFE47 9/1/2014 11:58AM


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Went to class today

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I went to class today at the Y. Missed monday's class because I had a dental appointment. I was hoping today's class would help my foot pain ease up.

Get there, rec pool, where class is held, is closed today because a pump is broken. It should be fixed today.

So class was held in the shallow end of the lap pool and boy it was cold. I did the class, but it sure didn't help my foot at all. So now I'll be trying to walk on it and stretch it out today on my own.

Supposed to be a sunny day today so here in a little bit I'll take Kiki out to get some fresh air and sunshine.

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    Hope you can just walk it out.... emoticon

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SUPERKARA36 7/30/2014 1:19PM


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Plantar fasciitis

Saturday, July 26, 2014

After dealing with pain in my right foot off and on for the last month, month and a half I finally went in and had it checked out by a dr. Based on my past experiences with them, I was 100% certain I was going to be told my foot hurts because I'm 430 pounds. And if I just got my act together and lost the weight, my foot would stop hurting.

The Nurse who saw me was sympathetic toward me and my weight loss journey. She sent me to the hospital for an xray, and they said it was Achilles tendinitis. The nurse when I saw her again had no idea how to treat it, other than "stay off your feet." But knew that was impossible.

So she sent me to a podiatrist-same one hubby sees for his Charkot foot. Older gentleman, nice but quite. He took xrays of my foot, fussed at me a little about my weight-mainly because it would lower my blood pressure and would relive some of my foot pain-but he wasn't overbearing about it. He was actually nice and seem interested in hearing about the positive changes I've made to my diet and was glad to hear I was already doing water aerobics 3 days a week at the Y.

Any way his xrays showed that I have Plantar fasciitis. And that I'm not to far gone for surgery-it would help. But he also thinks surgery would be, in his words a "tad overkill" at the moment. He's going to be contacting me hopefully sometime this week to see if my insurance will cover specialized orthopedics and how much they will cover for a night splint for me to wear at night.

Since I'm not a diabetic, the specialized shoes might be a hard pill for insurance to swallow. He told me with my insurance most people who needed the shoes when they weren't covered at 100% had to pay a copay of $75. My eyes bugged out. $75 is a hell of a lot of money for me. But if I need them and I need to pay that amount..we'll figure it out somehow. The night splint is usually covered at 100% though.

He also wants to try cortisone shots. But he's not sure how much my insurance will cover nor any idea of how many of the shots they will cover. So something else he'll be looking into. Hopefully I hear from his office pretty soon.

I'll do the surgery if I have to...but if my foot gets better with other methods, I'd like to try that route first. He's pretty sure my insurance will cover the surgery at 100%, but that means I'll be unable to drive since it's my right foot for the duration of me getting better-and I'm the only driver in my house.

My mom won't leave the house but once or twice a month to pay bills due to her mental issues, hubby is at the mercy of the local transit system which only runs 6am to 7pm-5 M-F So he could do SOME errands but his health issues prevent him from doing to much in one day. And that means I wouldn't be able to work until I'm healed and if I can't work at least 21 hours a week, I loose my health insurance and my employer doesn't have sick leave and loosing my health insurance would be a headache unto itself...SIGH

SO....for the next few days I get to play lets find out what insurance will cover and how much they will pay. Wish me luck!

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CLASSYLADYMAY 7/26/2014 5:37PM

    I hope doctor can help you. No fun to have to deal with this and will trying to lose. Praying for you. Hugs !!

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LINDA7668 7/26/2014 4:12PM

    I feel your pain. I have recurring plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis and am just now at the end of a flare up.

There are stretches and exercises you can do once the inflammation is gone that should help. Be sure to ask the doctor about them. Good luck!

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New Swimsuit

Friday, July 11, 2014

SO Excited. Yesterday my new swimsuit came. Over a year ago my old one finally tore, and because of my size, swimsuits cost over $150 for me. Well, I finally broke down and bought me a new one, ordered it online.

It came!! And, it looks good on me AND fits well. So today, I'm off to the Y for my first water aerobics class in over a year and I'm so looking forward to it and really happy about it.

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ARMATTHAEI 7/11/2014 6:14PM

    Congratulations. Have a great time at aerobics.

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    Yes, swimsuits can be awfully expensive. Congratulations on your new one! emoticon

Water aerobics sounds fun! emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 7/11/2014 9:14AM


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Is June over with yet??

Friday, June 27, 2014

Long story short-I want this month to be over. It just can't end fast enough. I've been strung out on stress, frustration, worried about money, worried about bills, trying to feel lucky I have a job while trying to earn some extra money in a county where unemployment is at 14% (highest in state) trying to figure out how to get some extra money to become state licensed at my job-though I was grandfathered in and not required to become licensed through the state paying the extra $85 for the application and $130 to take the state test would mean a 35 cent an hour raise which works out to $38 a month after taxes..I need new glasses..hubby needs new glasses, our queen size bed is broken-springs are poking through and we've got it covered in thick blankets trying to buy some time....can't afford the $80 a month to rent a bed from a rent a center...our credit rating is in the 450's thanks to a dispute with a landlord back in 2003-long story but we left the apartment complex on what we thought was good terms but the crazy landlord (yes, she really was nuts..) put it down as we were evicted and now every time we try to move the eviction comes up and we get turned down for cheaper places to rent because no other landlord wants to even begin to hear our side of things...our dog needs an $800 surgery to remove a begin growth from her belly and we have enough trouble coming up with $15 a month to trim her toenails (Kiki acts like we are trying to murder her when we come at her with nail clippers..) and our car needs $500 worth of work on it....we know a guy who will fix it just for parts alone..and thats about $450-$500 in parts we need we just don't have the money for...hubby's power chair needs new a new battery and Medicare won't pay for a new battery for his power chair until he's had it for one full year and that won't be until July 13 and they will only cover 80% meaning we gotta figure out how to crap out $65...and until his power chair is fixed he can't go to physical therapy which helps his joints and muscles not freeze up as bad and because he's not been able to go in almost a month he's suffering from bad muscles spasms and his joints are freezing up on him all the time which will almost stop if he's able to get into the pool for PT for 45 minutes 3 days a week...I just don't know what the hell to do anymore.

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    Sounds like June really DOES need to be need a month with a fresh start! I'll be praying for your finances! ... On a practical note, there must be something else showing up on your credit report other than that eviction. Even someone who has had a foreclosure or a bankruptcy can usually still buy another house within 3-7 years. (I'm a real estate broker who has helped people with credit counseling from time to time.) You should be able to get information more than 10 years old removed. Inbox me if you want to discuss further...

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