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Tired but Happy feet!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

This has to be quick since I have to get to bed...another very early morning and long day tomorrow. DH and I are serving in the traffic dept. at a Kingdom Hall remodel project this weekend and next. Today was day two for us...arriving at 5:30 am and leaving tonight at 7. The job involves keeping track of the shuttle drivers who bring the workers to the site from off site parking areas...and then take them back when they are done. It involves walking as escort for every vehicle that moves on the work site. Today I wore my pedometer..out of curiosity. Interested in knowing how much walking I did in that little parking lot?

I walked: 11.09 miles! 28452 steps!

Probably walked about the same yesterday...and we do it again tomorrow.

SO...want to walk for exercise? Join the Regional Building Committee and volunteer for traffic dept. if your RBC has one (not required in all states apparently).

You know what I think is really neat about this? I was ABLE to walk 11 miles today..on a parking lot with an up hill and down hill ALL day. My feet are tired...and I ache in a few other places...but I am healthy enough to be ABLE to do this. emoticon

Gotta get to bed. Spring Forward for Daylight savings means we lose an hour! It is already hard enough to get up that early, drive 45 minutes and be at the work site to work by 6:30 am. Good night everyone!!

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CINA-MINI 3/11/2012 1:14PM

    That is so fantastic Asta! Way to go!

I set my clocks ahead around 4 in the afternoon. That way, by the end of the day, we are already used to it.

Many hugs!

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GAMOMMY3 3/11/2012 12:44PM

    That's great! And the best part is how good it feels to serve Jehovah in this way!!

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CELEST 3/11/2012 10:21AM

    That is AMAZING Asta. I was just saying how Jehovah is giving us power to complete these tasks. Its not as if you are a marathan walker, but you did it. Sure you ache, but you did it and will repeat it day aft day if necessary.
I feel very close to you, knowing while Im working on our kh renovation, you're doing the same so many many miles apart.
Im LOVING it and bet you are too.

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COOLCALLALILY 3/11/2012 12:46AM

    Proud of you, Mom! I love you!

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STEADFASTNSEE 3/10/2012 10:29PM

  Don't forget to put this on your fitness tracker! HUGS!! (btw it would be under cross country hiking; emoticon) As to joining RBC, do you think I could do it?? I've been wondering.... HUGS

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/10/2012 10:22PM

    Awesome! Enjoy the labors results.

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High Blood Pressure? Diabetes? Beware of Chronic Kidney Disease

Saturday, February 11, 2012

From Woman's World Magazine...sorry I don't know the date of the issue or page reference.

"Most people don't realize that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more common that diabetes! Millions of Americans are already afflicted, and at least 20 million more are at risk. Trouble is, there are very few early warning signs of CKD. "Symptoms often don't appear until the kidneys are already irreversibly damaged," says nephrologist Gary Curhan, M.D., ScD., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. fortunately, it's easy to keep your kidneys healthy:

Eat peanuts to guard against blood sugar damage

The high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes slowly damage the blood vessels in the kidneys. But new research reveals tht eating peanuts, soybeans or legumes daily can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%. tip: Already have diabetes? Your doctor can help you keep your blood sugars in check to minimize damage to your kidneys and help prevent CKD.

Have a pressure-lowering tea break

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. One of the best ways to drop it fast - by as much as 65% - is to drink fragrant hibiscus tea daily, studies suggest. also helpful: "Cut back on sugar, processed foods and salt," advises nutritionist Linda McCann, R.D., director of clinical Systems and Nutrition for Satellite Healthcare, which specializes in the treatment of chronic kidney disease.

Go easy on painkillers to prevent harm

When taken as directed, occasional use of aspirin and other over-the-counter painkillers does not seem to increase the risk of kidney disease. however, taking too much, too often, may cause damage. "if your doctor prescribes a daily painkiller - for example, baby aspirin to reduce your risk of heart disease- that's one thing. But you shouldn't take any painkiller regularly without her supervision," cautions Dr. Curhan."

"How healthy are your kidneys?
Simple blood and urine tests can provide the answer. Your doctor should check you yearly during a physical, or any time you are diagnosed with other conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, that may contribute to kidney disease, says McCann."

article by Camille Noe Pagan

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DARLENE474 3/13/2012 10:27PM

    My mom has had her kidneys checked for over 30 years because she has had high blood pressure for over 35 years. The doctor told her that 20 years ago she would be on dialysis. She held it off for several years. She has now been on dialysis for 11 years. She does not have diabetes. Besides her output being less, the symptom that told her that it was going to happen within a year was that she was extremely nauseous all the time from the toxins in her body.

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CELEST 2/17/2012 10:17AM

    Excellent medical advice. Thx

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GODZDESIGN95 2/11/2012 5:33PM

    Who called my name?? I have HBP and diabetes. I try to be careful. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/11/2012 4:30PM

    emoticon Blog

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SANDYZEE 2/11/2012 3:15PM

    Very good advice. I have all three problems. I had to call the kidney test levels to my Dr 's attentionwhen I saw how low they were on my lab tests.
He didn't think it was important enough to mention my levels were way below normal because of my age. What? However he did give me a diet sheet and info on how to eat so I was able to raise my test numbers by avoiding some of the foods that are not good for impaired kidney function. Like beans, lentils and whole grains. Who knew?
Sandy in CA emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/11/2012 2:29PM

    Good to know!

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2012 10:06AM

    Your Dr. is probably checking every time you have a blood test, Laurie. Be wise to ask though I suppose. emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/11/2012 10:04AM

  I'm gonna have to get them checked out. Especially me being "hydrationally challenged"! lol HUGS

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Cats protect your heart

Friday, February 10, 2012

From Woman's World (sorry..don't know date of issue)

Health News!
Cats protect your heart!
Owning a kitten or cat provides enough stress relief to lower your risk of a heart attack by 30%, according to a recent 10-year study at the Univerity of Minnesota's Stroke Institute.

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NEW-ME-IN2012 2/14/2012 4:56PM

    My dh loves our cat Dumpster! I can tell when he's stressed as he'll sit there & just pat & rub her.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/10/2012 9:54PM

    We wish!

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SUNNYWBL 2/10/2012 5:10PM

    30% times three cats equals very low chance of heart attack! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/10/2012 12:37PM

  I've had Ras for nearly 9 years and a couple of times he nearly GAVE me a heart attack! lol. Seriously it is true that pets in general and cats specifically are wonderful stress relievers! HUGS Laurie and Rascal emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 2/10/2012 11:55AM

    Love it! I knew there must be some justification in serving as house staff to three cats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/10/2012 9:02AM

    Just googled that statement hoping to document source..found more info. Really interesting!

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CHUM48 2/10/2012 9:01AM

    I believe it!

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Why you need a HUG

Thursday, February 09, 2012

In cleaning out paper accumulations I found a clipping of interest. From the June 2006 Prevention magazine page. 54

"Why you need a HUG.

"The reassuring hand you reach for in times of trouble has more power than you know: It calms areas of the brain that register alarm, finds a new study from the University of Virgina and the University of Wisconsin. Neuroscientists put 16 married women in a stressful situation (they knew they'd receive mild electric shocks). When a friendly male volunteer held their hand, scans showed less activity in the parts of the brain that respond to danger. The effect was even greater when the hand belonged to the participant's spouse.
"It may be that your mind relaxes because someone is there to help," explains lead researcher James Coan, PhD, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at UV. Other forms of touch - a hug, a shoulder rub - may also ease an anxiety-ridden experience and even reduce the amount of stress hormones the brain produces. RM"

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MSDEBBI 2/10/2012 10:29AM

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CELEST 2/10/2012 7:01AM

    How incredibly are bodies are made....I cannot understand how anyone can think that with one bang things came about and then evolved thereafter.
Fabulous blog thanks.

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TATTER3 2/10/2012 6:53AM

    I like this!!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/9/2012 10:41PM

  emoticon Laurie

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COOLCALLALILY 2/9/2012 10:38PM

    I need a hug.

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    Very interesting emoticon emoticon emoticon

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It worked! I am stunned!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I don't lose weight easily. I struggle with my blood sugars as well.

In January of 2006 I began occasionally recording my measurements/weight and other related health stuff. I now am SO glad I did.

In February 2007 I found Sparkpeople. In February 2009 I found T-Tapp.

T-Tapp suggested keeping a record of measurements, so I recorded everything.

I have just done an evaluation.
I love T-Tapp and have been doing mostly just the BWO+ since I started in February 2009. I took measurements then and occasionally since then. I did it again today and am astonished at what I have found.

The First follow up measurements only had a net loss of 3/4 inch..and I was hugely disappointed. That was in March 2009

Today's measurements showed an entirely different story! I have a net loss of 19 1/2 inches!!! I was stunned! My weight in that time is down nearly 15 lbs also (not counting all the ups and downs along the way!) I simply HAD to share this revelation with all of you. No doubt about it, T-Tapp works, even for the folks like me for whom it is a struggle.

No straight line of success for me. My journey is a very bumpy one...but apparently I am doing even better than I thought (just incredibly slowly!)

Am I pleased? YES!!! emoticon

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SNEAKY 2/20/2012 7:53PM

    That is awesome!

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AHGIRLS 2/14/2012 1:43PM

    Congrats Asta! Thank you for turning me on to T-Tapp. I know it works! I haven't seen any changes on the scale yet, but my measurements are going in the right direction and I can tell I'm stronger and more flexible.... and I stopped doing it for a few weeks! I'm back at it and last night I was able to do the whole BWO+ - all the reps of every exercise. It was exciting.... and it's thanks to you!

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    emoticon Nice to know what's working for you! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2012 4:08PM

    Well done Asta!!!! So glad it is working for you.

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NEW-ME-IN2012 2/8/2012 2:26PM

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! emoticon

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CELEST 2/8/2012 1:35PM

    My word that is amazing!!!!!!!!!!
So good you kept that record it is fabulous and will spur you on to keep doing your t-tapp. emoticon(you can see I know all about t-tapp emoticon)

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CINA-MINI 2/8/2012 12:34PM

    That is so great to hear! Congratulations!

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WDWGIRLS 2/8/2012 12:15PM

    What a wonderful accomplishment! All that work definitely paid off, great going! I had to go look it up on google, never heard of it before.

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/8/2012 12:14PM

  Way to Go Asta!! I"m proud of you too! HUGS!!

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COOLCALLALILY 2/8/2012 12:03PM

    emoticon I am so PROUD of you, Mom!!! emoticon Good job! I love you! emoticon

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    Congratulations! Great work.

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BOXINGBUNNY 2/8/2012 11:55AM

    That's awesome!! Keep up the great work! I'm judging my progress based on the fit of my clothes, I should keep measurements too!

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