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I have a hole to fill in my day.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

I've eaten my healthy AA breakfast. If you want to learn more about Anti-Angiogenesis and eating to be your own weightloss center and cancer prevention, visit my Team here in Sparkdom at

I've done my walk for 5 K training, to finish up day 3 of week 2.
I came home to shower and get to bell choir rehearsal where I've been subbing and had an e-mail saying they'll have a full choir this morning.
And that means I won't be needed next Saturday for rehearsal and performance either. Which means I really could leave any day now to go to NC for the holidays.

But I'd miss the Barbershop concert, and the pool, which is really important as long as the weather stays warm. It looks like that's the case at least for next week.

So I need to fill the morning with something fun. . .

Decorate the tree which is up with no ornaments?
Figure out how to use my new Kindle?
Work on Spark People?
Take Mom up to the Homosassa Flea Market or the reopened airport flea market?
Finish a marquetry picture?
Picnic on the beach?
Set up 2 new raised beds? (birthday present)
Wrap presents

Oh, I guess I'll come up with something. Better quit making my list or I'll have to stay here till February to get it all done. But I really could do everything up there except Spark People online, and gardening and the pool. So do I go or stay?

5K training progress for Week 2
Dec. 3 1.4 miles at 2.14 mph
Dec. 5 2.1 miles at 2.5 mph
Dec. 8 2.11 miles at 2.5 mph

My feet are good. Did get tired on the walk this morning, but I forgot my iPOD so had no music to fortify my soul. Must remember to keep it charged and near the water bottle.

I have been substituting fruit when I wanted one of those donuts or cupcakes, etc. that set me off bingeing. And I'm eating more and more veggies, even tried fennel and bought another. But the most exciting was harvesting sugar snap peas and eating them this morning raw as a snack. I'll probably pay for the raw bit, but they were delicious.

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ANGEL1066 12/8/2012 6:02PM

    Sugar snaps are delicious raw, great for a snack! The bell choir sounds like fun. Hope you found a fun replacement for it. You are making wonderful progress on your 5k training, emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/8/2012 4:40PM

    I love fresh peas. Sounds like you have a bunch of options to fill your time.

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TERRIJ7 12/8/2012 2:38PM

    Sounds like you have several very good options.

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ILLINITEACHER52 12/8/2012 11:33AM

  I have some of the same things on my list this morning - wrap presents, finish decorating the tree...... Whatever you choose to do - ENJOY! Thank you for your post. It will help me to control what I eat today. I DO like sugar snap peas as a snack or with a meal.

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HOLLYM48 12/8/2012 9:44AM

    Have a great Saturday, whatever you decide to do! emoticon

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Bless You, MostMom1

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

MostMom1 of hula hoop fame here in Sparkdom AND out in the real world is worried about me not being able to hula hoop. I'm mentioned several times how each practice session becomes an exercise in picking it up off the driveway.

She wanted to make sure I have an adult size hoop. Translated, that means "big enough to go around my middle and then some." and for some that might mean it should be as tall as your eyes. You know, 5 X 5??

Okay, my sister is a personal trainer and she gave me her adult hoop since the one I made (big enough) was too floppy. Neither one worked. But I'm not complaining. All of that bending down resulted in me being able to bendover and pick things up. I had resorted to one of those lever hands to pick dirty laundry off the floor.

But the best thing was going down 3 jean sizes.

Hey I haven't tried to hoop since then. I can put hula hooping back into my routine as a cross training activity. 5K training today. Picking up the hula hoop tomorrow. I wonder what used more calories, keeping the hoop up at waist level after you let go, or picking it up to go again . . . and again . . . and again. . .

I'm NOT one to give up.

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BRAVELUTE 12/5/2012 11:02PM

    I don't remember who told me right now, but I do know to push front to back. Seems counter intuitive to NOT roll your middle around to follow or catch up with the hoop.

But that added weight might be the answer to what to do with the new Zumba sticks.

Now, where did I put the hot pink duck tape?

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MOSTMOM1 12/5/2012 10:04PM

    Ha ha, NOT saying that you need a big hoop to go around you! It just has to be big enough and heavy enough to keep up. Could be yours is still a little light. Try both directions and put one foot in front of the other, while you push your hips front and back. Engage those abs and really push. I've probably already said all that, haven't I? No worries. I bet it just clicks one day (if you have the right hoop), and then--sha-BAM, you'll be hooping. In the meantime, at least you're outside playing. Losing THREE jean sizes is nothing to scoff at. You go, you wild SparkWarrior!!
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NASFKAB 12/5/2012 5:35PM

  bending over to pick it up is great for you

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ANGEL1066 12/5/2012 5:16PM

    I remember having that kind of relationship with hula hoops back when they first appeared - some of us just don't wiggle all that well, I guess. I admire your determination. God Bless!

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LESLIELENORE 12/5/2012 2:59PM

    I was fortunate enough to be able to try out several different sized hoops at the farmers market this summer. It really made a difference using the right size hoop!

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GBSLIM 12/5/2012 1:25PM

    emoticon for down 3 jean sizes. emoticon
Shelli is one Sparktastic person. I'd been on the fence about trying hooping again (was a great hooper in my MUCH younger days) but watching her Gangnam Hooping
vlog pushed me over to the other side. I ordered my first hoop since childhood last week and can hardly wait for it to arrive. I was a bit worried about not being able to keep it going but thanks to this blog I see there are great benefits to hooping no matter what. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 12/5/2012 11:36AM

    I was a wonder as a kid. Walked up and down the block hooping. So I guess I still think there's hope.

Just remember, you will see benefits from the bending over and picking it up. And be sure the hoop is the right size.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/5/2012 11:06AM

    I am trying hoola hooping but I can't get the thing to stay up for more than one round. It flips the one round and down it goes. Geez! Even as a child I couldn't get the hang of it, though then at least I could do several rounds.

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NANADERRICK 12/5/2012 9:12AM

    emoticon Good Job!! When I was a kid the hula hoop was so easy. Now, HaHaHa, just can't do it. I like your positive vibe in seeing that the bending over is exercise. Great Job!

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Tribute to Caregivers

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My Caregiver

Whenever my white counts drop down far too low
Neulasta works hard so my new cells will grow
And then extreme pain settles into my core
I listen to hear her shoes tap on the floor.

Whenever the migraines take over my day
And nausea and weakness turn everything gray
I feel more forsaken than ever before
I listen to hear her shoes tap on the floor.

Whenever I hurt and feel down in the dumps
My life seems to protest, "I want no more lumps!"
Whenever I think I can't take anymore
I listen to hear her shoes tap on the floor.


Mom could have chosen to let my grandfather spend his last 6 months fighting esophageal cancer in the nursing home, but instead, she chose to move the family in with him to care for him, to give back to him what he had done for her so many years ago when she had polio and all the family members did physical therapy on her legs so she would be able to walk.
Mom could have let my dad go to stay in the hospice house for his last days with lung cancer which somehow dragged into 4 years. She could have had more help come in to do the daily chores. Instead she chose to change the sheets wet with sweat, to help him eat, breathe, and find comfort in his own home with his family close at hand.
When she heard my diagnosis over and over, she could have said Iím getting too old to do this again.
She could have left my care and managing all the problems to Home Health.
She could have left my getting to radiation and chemotherapy to the Taxi.
She could have left my passing out in the middle of the night to the emergency squad.
She could have left writing the checks to a secretary.
She could have left the job of keeping up my spirits to the counselor.
She could have left laughing at the flying brown missiles to the DVDs and joke CDs.
She could have left the laundry, the cleanup on aisle 9, and the grocery shopping to the maid.
But instead, she chose to be my caregiver for four long years.

--excerpted from "Covenants Kept", 2/2012 by Sue Atkins

You are loved. You are appreciated.

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CHRISTINASP 12/6/2012 1:45PM

    Very touching. Thank you for sharing that.
Reading what you wrote made me think about my own mother... And it also made me wonder what year your mother was born. And you.

Comment edited on: 12/6/2012 2:17:35 PM

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IAM_HIS2 12/5/2012 11:53AM

    This is beautiful.

Mothers are very, very special.

And speaking as having been my Mum caregiver, it is an honor and privilege to be a caregiver. I would not have wanted anyone else to care for her.

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ANGEL1066 12/4/2012 11:47PM

    My MOM took care of my Dad thru his trials with diabetes and his final bout with cancer. She lost so much weight, too much, got down to 80 lbs, but she still waited on him hand and foot, wrestled him into and out of his chair, to and from bathroom duty, Dr. appointments and so on. He was a big man, even at the end. I don't know how she did it. Patient caregivers are amazing! Thanks for the post.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/4/2012 10:46PM

    I know some of what she had gone through and it is a tough job but I could not think of a person that would take care of my husband than me and I think that is what your mother thought too. emoticon

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JAMBABY0 12/4/2012 7:11PM

    Wow she is a savior, we all need people like her, good luck.

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DLDMIL 12/4/2012 7:09PM

    Mom's are a special breed. emoticon

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Randomness Explained

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

To any of you following the thread of my blogs lately, there might not appear to be a thread. However, I've been working hard to prepare angels for the craft fair to raise money for Relay for Life. That was Saturday. And while I didn't raise any money to speak of, it sparked a lot of conversation about eating anti-antiogenic foods as a way to proactively prevent cancer.

All that talk sparked me to start a team in Sparkdom to let others know how anti-angiogenic foods can help to starve cancer tumors and fat cells and a lot more.

So starting that team has brought people into my section of this virtual world I would never have met. And I visited a new member's sparkpage where I discovered she was the team leader for a caregiver team.

I never realized we had a team for caregivers. And then I noticed she was also members for a team of alzheimer's caregivers. And that made me think of all of you looking after loved ones who are locked in their own world and can't let you know how much you are appreciated.

So, that leads me to want to pay tribute to the caregivers on SP, and my mom, who was caregiver for my grandfather, my dad, and me for four years.

And to think these amazing people are doing all of that, and managing a Sparked life.

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CHRISTINASP 12/6/2012 1:46PM


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IAM_HIS2 12/5/2012 11:57AM

    Thank you for this reminder. Being an Alzheimer caregiver is a very hard job. God bless all who do--they are angels.

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PKBOO3 12/5/2012 8:09AM

    Bless the caregivers and thanks for reminding me of all those who give unselfishly.

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ASHPATCH11 12/4/2012 6:57PM

    emoticon emoticon
that was a nice post.

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Eat to Defeat Fat Cells, Cancer Cells, and More (new team)

Monday, December 03, 2012

I have started a new team, Eat to Defeat Fat Cells, Cancer Cells, and More

I have become an expert on dealing with cancer, and its surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. My chemotherapy spanned 2 diagnoses and 4 years. I finally ended that in Nov. 2011 and started looking for ways to proactively do everything I could to prevent a third diagnosis.

I knew I needed to lose weight. I was obese when it all started, but I gained 65 pounds with the steroid shots that helped my body deal with the chemo. The doctors weren't worried about that. They saw so many who lost weight drastically.

So my Google search was always "cancer prevention." I found the video at by Dr. William Li and must have watched it 50 times. It seemed to offer me something for cancer prevention AND weight loss. It was easy for me to include the anti-angiogenic foods in my diet. I worked to increase my physical activity, improve my basic health with my chiropractor. That step did away with my migraines, balance issues, and tinnitus.

Then I returned to Sparkdom in July to track my nutrition. Love the nutrition tracker. I have had 2 clear PET scans and all of my doctors just beam when they see me, my weight loss, and my blood counts.

At my November oncologist appointment, my anemia was finally gone. Great bloodwork.

So I've been sharing Dr. Li's "Eat to Starve Cancer" message and decided it was time to spread his spark by starting this team. Come visit if you'd like to learn more. You can learn about what he says without actually joining the team, but we'd love to have you!!

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FISHER011 2/13/2013 11:47PM

    emoticon I joined the team! Great info- thank you for sharing! emoticon

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IAM_HIS2 12/5/2012 11:54AM

    I've check it out and joined!

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KITT52 12/3/2012 8:16PM

    I'll check it out

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LESLIELENORE 12/3/2012 12:38PM

    I checked out the list of foods and I eat quite a few already. Interesting stuff! I went ahead and joined the team.

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CHRISTINASP 12/3/2012 10:50AM

    emoticon I joined!

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