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I joined a gym. What was I thinking?

Saturday, May 03, 2014

I tend to be frugal. Spending money to exercise when there are so many free fitness opportunities has never seemed like a good use of money to me. Why pay to exercise when I live close to a park with running and walking trails? Why pay to exercise at a place that is a 6 mile drive when I can walk to the park?

Well, there are several reasons that I joined 9 Round.

1. I've heard good things about circuit type fitness programs such as 9 Round and Curves. I've read about results. Some exercise programs just seem gimmicky, but not 9 Round.

2. There is always a coach/trainer supervising the workout. I have worked out at the fitness center at work, but occasionally I wish I could ask someone knowledgeable about whether I am doing things right.

3. The workout is fast paced. I like the fact that it is finished in 30 minutes. I enjoyed my tae kwon do classes, but the classes took an hour if they didn't run over. The opening and ending ceremony took time. The instruction took time. I learned a lot, but the focus was on defense skills. There was some time that qualified as cardio conditioning or strength training, but cardio or strength training was not the main focus of the tkd class. When I trained in the gym at work, my workouts took longer also. I'd ride the bike for 20-30 minutes then do strength training. My 9 Round sessions take much less total time than either of my other types of training. Yes, 9 Round costs more than the free gym at work, but it is more fun. 9 Round costs less than my TKD training.

4. The cardio monitor helps me keep my workout at the right intensity. I can look at the screen in the gym and not have to try to see the little display on my heart monitor.

5. The workout is different every time. Some things are similar, but since things are always changing the workout is more efficient.

6. The free gym and the free park weren't actually helping me. I didn't use them as I should have. So if I pay for gym membership and I use it to make sure I'm getting my money's worth, then it is a good investment.

7. My 17 year old daughter has wanted to join this gym for a long time. By joining with her, I get to spend some time with her. She'll be graduating high school and going away to college soon. Her schedule is busy. This will be one time we can spend time together.

8. I had the money to join. I plan to workout to get my money's worth.

I've been a member for 2 weeks. I've done 6 workouts. No weight loss yet, but I'm feeling better.

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LOVELESMILLS 5/3/2014 8:59AM


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I feel so much better

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I know it is trendy, but going gluten free has made a great difference for me.

Actually because it is trendy, I resisted going gluten free for a long time. My daughter's chiropractor suggested it when I accompanied her to her first visit. Well actually he suggested avoiding carbs, but since I wasn't his patient he didn't go into great detail.

My daughter's gastroenterologist suggested that she do a gluten free trial even though her endoscopy showed no signs of celiac. Going gluten free made a tremendous difference for her. Before going gf, she was being treated by several specialists for migraines, nausea, and chronic pain. She was missing too much school and her graduation was in jeopardy. Going gf, made such a difference; it was as if she got her life back. No more visits to the neurologist, the rheumatologist, the acupuncturist, or the pain management specialist. I watched as my daughter's health drastically improved.

While her health was improving, mine seemed to be getting worse. My arthritis was becoming more intense. Everyday activities made me achy. Over the Christmas break, I indulged in lots of baked treats. The more I indulged, the worse I felt. I thought about how bad I was feeling and knowing that non-celiac gluten sensitivity has a strong hereditary connection, I decided that I owed it to myself to at least try going without gluten for a few weeks.

My changes were subtle, so subtle that it didn't really register that I was feeling better. Until I ate gluten without thinking about 3 weeks into my gluten free challenge. My husband brought home some doughnuts. Before my brain kicked in, I had gobbled three. I was reaching for another when I realized I had eaten gluten.

Since I hadn't really noticed my gradual improvement, I figured that since I'd already eaten gluten, why not just have pizza for dinner.

The pain and achiness started right away. By the next day it hurt to get out of bed - just as it was during the holidays.

I learned my lesson. No pizza or doughnut is so delicious that eating it is worth that much pain. There have been a couple of other times that I have inadvertently eaten gluten, but I won't knowingly eat it again.

I have found several wonderful blogs and websites for people who are gluten free.

I don't feel deprived. Fruits, vegetables, and meats are naturally gluten free, and there are gluten free breads and snacks if I need them.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/24/2014 8:52AM

    I am thinking of doing the same thing. It motivates me to read about the things that happened to both you and your daughter. My doctor suggested just substituting brown rice and baked sweet potato for those times when you would be tempted to eat bread or other items with gluten. I have already started to do that a little bit. Perhaps I will concentrate more on that and see if it relieves some of my pain. Thanks for all of the information!

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BONNIJEAN 4/24/2014 8:42AM


The daughter who inspired me to go gluten free is also a vegan. It does create some challenges but there are many resources. For me, it is definitely worth the effort.

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MYAKAYAH 4/24/2014 2:41AM

    Oh how lovely that you improved your health by going gluten free. I was thinking of trying it myself even if I feel quite well these days being almost vegan. If I keep excluding things I won't have foods left :)~

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4 Months After Knee Surgery

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I wish I had this surgery several years ago.

Last Sunday, I noticed that I can stand for all the verses of the songs in church without pain.

I can walk from my car to my office without feeling exhausted.

I can enjoy shopping. I can walk through the grocery store without having to hang on to the cart for support.

I still have some minor pain and sensitivity, but overall I'm glad I had the surgery.

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MYAKAYAH 2/11/2014 12:29PM

    I'm so glad for you about having your knee surgery, soon there will be no pain. I've had a few surgeries so after the discomfort wears off life is so much better~

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MADEIT3 2/11/2014 11:50AM


Sounds like you have had some wonderful NSVs this week. Congratulations on getting your new knee.

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POSITIVEHOPE 2/11/2014 1:14AM

    Painful knees are the pits. So glad you are healing and feeling improvement. The extra movement will help your journey.

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ZRIE014 2/11/2014 12:22AM

  wish you the best.

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No amount of food will change the facts

Sunday, December 08, 2013

I know I tend to be an emotional eater, so I know the next few days or weeks will be very challenging.

My mother died last night.

No amount of food will bring her back. I cannot eat away the grief. The tears will stop someday, but today the tears flow freely.

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TEMPENATIVE 12/10/2013 12:16AM


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AQUAGIRL08 12/9/2013 10:43AM

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MYAKAYAH 12/8/2013 10:11PM

    Take as long as you need to process and feel, we'll be here for you! emoticon

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LILMISSRED79 12/8/2013 4:48PM

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss.


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    I'm so sorry for your loss. Cry as long as you need to. You are right, food won't change this at all. emoticon

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MADEIT3 12/8/2013 2:24PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing your mother is a very difficult one - I lost my mother about 20 years ago and I still think of her every day. It will take a while before things feel better. Meanwhile, eating healthy and exercise will help with the grieving process.

You are in my prayers.

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SHOOPETTE 12/8/2013 1:08PM

    I am very sorry for your loss, indeed the tears will flow and you should give yourself some time to grieve emoticon

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MCCC75 12/8/2013 12:50PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I am praying for you today. Please know many of us care. emoticon emoticon

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

In weather, 95 is hot,
in knees, 95 is not.

But 95 is much better than I could do when I came home from the hospital. The booklet says patients should be able to bend the knee at 110 now. I guess I'm not the ideal patient. I am making progress, just slower.

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SUSANBEAMON 11/11/2013 12:34AM

  those "ideal" things are just the top 5% of the entire patient group. they won't tell you the average patient can only do 90 degrees at this point, because they want you to do better than average.

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DISCOVERLLH 11/9/2013 1:36PM

    The important thing is you keep moving it and keep progressing. Not everybody recovers or heals in the same way at the same time. You'll get there!

Now...let me just close my eyes and imagine that 95 degree weather....

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