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Connors and Ali

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I have a very active grandson that I just love to have over for visits. With my weight gain, keeping up with him is often very challenging. I do not want to miss out on any thing with him, because life is too precious and short. Today he wanted to play some Wii Tennis and Wii Boxing. For a long time, I passed on this and gave that honor to Grandpa. Since I have been having so much more energy I decided to give it my all . All the regular cardio, stretching, strength and flexibility is paying off. I was a regular Jimmy Connors and Mohammad Ali. As I served up aces in tennis and got my KO in boxing, my grandson, and even Grandpa was cheering me on! What a great hour I spent with my little man. A month ago I would have sat and watched being the cheerleader. Today, I was a participant, and cheerleader. I cheered for him, and for me. I am so glad to be back in to life. My grandson is too. He said I was a cool Grandma. Music to my ears little man. Have a wonderful day everyone!

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AHSOKA70 4/11/2013 9:05PM

    You are a cool Grandma :) What a special day! emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 4/11/2013 6:46PM

    Oh that is so awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LABRATIAM 4/11/2013 6:33AM

    Isn't that so much fun?!


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MICKEYH 4/10/2013 9:46PM

    What a wonderful day you've spend with your little pal. I know how you feel as you've got your life back. Being fit and healthy is so worth it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MKERN500 4/10/2013 8:44PM

    That's soooo great that you were able to participate playing with your grandson in an active game! Believe me...those are where the memories start!


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JOHGLO2011 4/10/2013 6:16PM

    What a cool Grandma you are! Making memories with your grandson is precious and all that exercise is great too! emoticon

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Friday, April 05, 2013

I am so sore! I THOUGHT I was being very good about stretching before and after a workout. I have made sure to stretch, warm up, do the workout, cool down, and then stretch. For over a week everything has been great. Today my muscles are so sore! What am I missing? I would appreciate any suggestions. It is the thighs that are sore. So, if anyone has any favorite stretching routines or videos you can suggest, please do. Thank you!

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MICKEYH 4/6/2013 11:38PM

    Sorry to hear your muscles are sore. Hope to day, getting feel better. I heard as almost every here said, drinking lots of water is helpful. Take care.

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EACHMOMENT2 4/6/2013 7:42AM

  Water (inside and out), a day of rest ( an easy walk or swim is fine), massage, magnesium, and the best help I know is Arnica cream or gel or rosemary oil. Equine herbal creams for muscles are actually the best I have used when I am very sore.

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KA_JUN 4/5/2013 11:46PM

    Foam roller, I'm serious. Foam roller is some good stuff.

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HAPPYDOES 4/5/2013 11:03PM

    Hi, Blue.
I'm sorry to hear that you are so sore.
The trainers at the gym where I am a member told me to save the stretches for after the workout when the muscles are warm so that there is less chance of injury. They said to just walk for about 5 minutes to warm up, then do whatever workout I want to do, and finally do the stretches. Finish off with plenty of water.

I hope this helps and that you are back at the top of your game very soon.

Party on! emoticon


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AHSOKA70 4/5/2013 8:26PM

    I also would say that drinking extra water should help. You might need a rest day too, although a walk is good to keep things moving. I used to do hard strength training up until 5 months ago, and the soreness was always worse the second day afterwards. At times, the soreness was terrible, so I would take ibuprofen. Tylenol is good too, if that works better for you. My trainer would recommend alternating ice with heat if the soreness was unbearable, but I never tried it.
Good luck - it is a good type of soreness though - it means you worked hard and are building muscle.

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  I like using epsom bath salts. They feel good on sore muscles and re-energize.

Comment edited on: 4/5/2013 8:02:23 PM

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PEPPYPATTI 4/5/2013 6:10PM

    Make sure you are drinking plenty of water & bananas are helpful! Hope you feel better soon!

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GREENEYES_42 4/5/2013 5:37PM

    Perhaps you just gave it 110% and you're feeling it more? I know that a glass of chocolate milk is good for muscle recovery. That is something I learned from beachbody.

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KPEDEN74 4/5/2013 4:55PM

  Soak in a hot bath and just accept that being sore is part of getting fit!

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    Are you taking in enough potassium? I am not sure if I am remembering right, but I think not enough potassium causes cramps. That may related to soreness too....

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    I know that drinking water can help. Also I heard to eat pineapple after a workout to ease the soreness. I'm sure you could find better answers on Google as well :)

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JOHGLO2011 4/5/2013 4:28PM

    Are you pushing yourself too hard? Of course, only you can answer that! Hopefully the soreness won't last for long! emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 4/5/2013 3:46PM

    Try hydrating more. I know you are drinking tons of water already - but they say having well hydrated muscles really helps with soreness and cramping. Just a thought.....

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What Is My Value?

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

One of the many reasons I did not maintain my first weight loss is I never felt myself as valuable. I am not talking just about my value to others, but most importantly to myself. I measured my value according to others. When my children came to me for advice, I was a valuable problem solver. When my husband relied on me for various things, I was a valuable spouse. When my friends sought my company, I was a valuable friend. The list goes on how I weighed and measured my value involving others BUT me. Part of my reinvention is to change this about myself. These things are important, but, I left myself out of it! I woke up this morning and asked myself What is Valuable About Me? I started right in saying I am a good Mom, but stopped myself. What If I had no kids, or spouse, or friends? Would I be worthless? I told myself of course not! I am not, nor would I be, just a lump of nothing! I have a purpose, not just for others, but a purpose that goes beyond what I am to others. For If I had no kids, and was not married, and had no friends, I would still have meaning and purpose. I don't know what my purpose is yet beyond what I am to others. But, I do know it is priceless. It is something I can not measure. I am important beyond what I am to others. A good lesson for me today. I am glad I asked myself that question. Have you ever thought about things like this? I would love it if you would share with me!

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MICKEYH 4/6/2013 11:48PM

    Self love is very important. When I started my health journey, I realized how important to love your self. Take care yourself. Love your self enough not treat your body as garbage disposal. Love yourself enough to become fit and healthy. Take some time for yourself to do some exercise. I used to hate myself and treated myself badly. But not anymore. I value myself now that I am very important. Thank you for sharing this blog.
Sorry took some time to reply to this post.

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ITISABOUTME 4/4/2013 12:19AM

    I am having the same thought process myself. What is my purpose in life? I have not discovered this for myself yet either but I am on my journey to self discovery!!! Good luck to you and may we both be better for our journey!!

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AHSOKA70 4/3/2013 10:09PM

    This is a great question. I don't know how to separate my value for what I give to others from the value in myself. Something to think about.

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PENNYLYNN73 4/3/2013 7:22PM

    You have made an important discovery. I know exactly what you mean. For myself, I like to use the phrase that I am great than the sum of my parts...for me that means that I am more than mom, wife, friend, sister, etc. I am Penny. And who that is continuously changes and grows...thanks so much for sharing.

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/3/2013 6:34PM

    Excellent questions you are asking us. I think of how I can benefit others, then I also do a lot of things just for myself. In the long run, these benefit others too. Lives are very interwoven.

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MISSMEGAN90 4/3/2013 5:46PM

    I have a saying that kinda goes with this. "How can you walk with others if you can't walk on your own?" (Walk being spiritual or emotional not literal lol). You are so right in this blog. I wish I could like it 1000x

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PEPPYPATTI 4/3/2013 4:55PM

    Yes you are priceless in your own right! emoticon

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Has This Ever Happened To You?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Sunday evening I felt tired and went to bed a little earlier than usual. I woke up around midnight, and from that point on, I vomited every hour on the hour. I also had bad diarrhea. Early Monday, I started having the worst muscle cramps ever!
No matter how I lay, my toes, legs, stomach, arms, muscles would cramp right up.
I figure it must have been due to dehydration. As I started to whop the fluids to me, it did start to cease last evening. I got a good lesson in one important factor of why I need to drink water! I certainly have been ill before, but I have never had that happen with my muscles cramping so badly! Has anyone ever had that happen?
I hope you will share with me if you did!

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NORASPAT 4/4/2013 8:39AM

    I get muscle cramps that my DH has to massage out. I test low in Potassium. I do eat a banana day. If I drink too much water I do get lots more cramps so I have to walk a fine line.
I rarely vomit I think you ate something and your body was getting rid of what was there. Food poisoning does Spring to mind. Think about what you ate or ate out.
Without enough fluid vomiting will dehydrate your body even faster. Take it easy, check for a fever and emoticon Pat in maine.

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ADVENTURE_KALE 4/2/2013 9:46PM

    I have no idea what it is, but I say drink tons of water anyway. If nothing else it may flush whatever toxins are in your body out. I hope your feeling better!

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SCHEHEREZADE 4/2/2013 9:24PM

    My baby boy just had 8 days of vomiting and diarrhea, and the doctor said that he was probably having muscle aches due to dehydration/ lack of salts. Hopefully you are feeling much better now- it's a drag to be sick!

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AHSOKA70 4/2/2013 9:01PM

    That is so scary - I haven't had that happen before either. It does sound like food poisoning with how quickly it started and ended, but the muscle cramping is unusual.
How are you feeling now?

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JOHGLO2011 4/2/2013 7:37PM

    Hope you are doing better! I've never had cramps like that, but it sounds like you might need to up your water intake. Good luck!

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KITT52 4/2/2013 7:30PM

    sorry , but this has never happened to me....doesn't sound good...are you okay now....sounds like food poisoning to me

hope you are better today

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Easter Sunrise

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I got up early this morning. It was a little earlier than I normally do on a Sunday morning. I read last night that sunrise would be at 6;14 am, and I wanted to try to get some photographs on my digital camera. My neighborhood is quiet, and at that hour of the morning, when its 20 something degrees, it's even more quiet! I got somewhat impatient, and started to complain to no one how cold I was, and how long it was taking to see the sunrise from my vantage point. I almost gave up and went inside when I heard the birds get what seemed to be a lot louder. The sun appeared over the horizon, and as the birds sang a sing song good morning, the sun slipped into my day. Just like that, a new day was born. It was beautiful! I am so glad I had the patience to wait. I am so glad I stuck it out, even though it was cold. I would have missed the beauty. I felt as though nature was speaking directly to me, Have patience. Stick it out when its rough. The result will be well worth it. The sunrise was well worth it I am well worth it. I am so glad I got up earlier than usual. A blessed day to you all. Happy Easter.

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AHSOKA70 3/31/2013 8:55AM

    Such a beautiful morning - so glad that you experienced it! Happy Easter to you!

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63KEEPONGOING 3/31/2013 8:53AM

  I am so glad you toughed it out. It was very cloudy here today. I stood at my window and was celebrating the resurrection that happened almost 2,000 years ago.
Now I am ready for church and excited to worship this special day with others. emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 3/31/2013 8:25AM

  great analogy. have a wonderful Easter.

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