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Change of plans...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I won't be going to Pittsburgh or JASR this weekend.

Around 8:15 last night, I came in from taking the dogs out back, to find Bill in the kitchen saying something was wrong. His right arm was limp and he couldn't move it, his speech was slurred, he couldn't think of words when he was talking, and the right side of his face didn't look right. I told him he had the option of calling 911 or me driving him to the ER. He opted to be driven.

On the way, his leg started being affected as well. By the time we got to the hospital - Providence about 5-7 minutes away (and yes, should there be a next time, we're calling 911!) - he was feeling some better and could mostly walk alright. We got into the ER, explained what had happened, and they put him in a wheelchair IMMEDIATELY and took him back to the treatment area. That was scary. Good, but scary.

They did a series of physical and neurological tests, and finally took him for a CT scan. Turns out, he had what is called a TIA - transient ischemic attack, caused by a left internal carotid stenosis - a blocked artery. Because it was on the left side of his brain, it affected his right side.

They gave him the option of spending the night in the hospital and seeing a surgeon in the morning, or coming home and then going to see a surgeon in the morning. The ER doc said the condition didn't require emergency surgery but he did need to have the blockage cleared as soon as it can be planned and carried out, and referred us to Dr. Morrow.

Courtney, Bill's oldest, came to the hospital with her SO, and they stayed with us until Bill was released. We got home around 11 pm, so that wasn't too bad. I sat up until 12, Googling of course, and emailing work to let them know I wouldn't be in today.

I went to bed and spent a quiet hour reading and listening to Bill breathe. I drifted off at some point, only to wake again and listen, very quietly, for his breaths. We made a deal, see. If promised not to croak in our bed last night if I let him come home. He held up his end of the bargain!

Dr. Morrow's office hours are 8:30 to 4. I found this out by calling the office number at 6:30 just to see. I probably should have talked to his answering service, but for whatever reason, waited until 8:30 to call again. When I explained why I was calling, without giving our name, the nurse asked if I was Mrs. Bailey. Seems they had been trying to reach us, but the hospital records (which we updated the night before) had not been updated across the system, so they were calling Bill's old cell number that we no longer have.

They got us in at 9:45, and Dr. Morrow was very encouraging. Bill's carotid is 90-95% blocked on the left side. Perhaps the bloodflow slowed to a standstill last evening, or a bit of plaque debris broke free and cruised through Bill's brain, causing the TIA. Whatever it was, in a way, it was a good thing. The TIA cleared up on its own, and Bill feels relatively normal (or at least what passes for normal for him. Heh). So, while this is terrifying on its face, it's a good thing because they can go in and clear out the plaque and clean up his artery.

It was a mini stroke, and it could have been much MUCH worse. The bad part is, the surgery is scheduled for Friday at 6 am. That's great that they're not in a huge rush to get him on the table. I was flying out for Pittsburgh, though, midnight Friday. I won't be making that plane, or running for the first time with my sister, or meeting my extended Spark family, or running JASR, or spending the next week in W.Va. with my daughter and mom.

Don't get me wrong. I'm so glad and grateful that I still have Bill and that we can get him fixed up right as rain. I am so happy that I still have him with me. I'm bummed about the rest of it though, even though he keeps telling me I should go to JASR anyway.

"Would you go if our roles were reversed and I was having surgery?" I asked him.
"Well, no. But that's different," he explained.
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What the..???!?!?!!

He also tried to pull the ole "It's not that big a deal" on me, to which I replied "You had a STROKE. It IS a big deal!"
Needless to say, I won that round, too!
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My sister is still traveling from Texas to Pittsburgh, as she has a dear friend who lives nearby who was going to come see us anyway. She'll spend the weekend with her. I don't think.. but I could be completely wrong.. that she'll be doing JASR. She might surprise me though. I keep apologizing to her, and she keeps telling me to stop. I understand, and I know she understands. I'm the big sister though, and feel like I'm responsible for getting her excited and committed to the run and meeting all you wacky folks and .. well, all of it.

So there you have it. Bill is currently snoozing on the couch with our lhasa princess Maggie. The other lhasa princess Millie is snoozing here in the office with me, and lil lhasa prince Bubbie is sprawled out all over the loveseat LOL The sleep of the innocents at ease. They were very happy to have their daddy come home last night, and wake up this morning. Nearly as happy as I was.

Keep a few good thoughts, positive mojo and juju for Bill over the coming days, please. Oh, and if you would, throw in a good word for me and my battle against stress/emotional eating right now. I'm winning at this point, but I could use all the backup I can get.
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CH0718 4/11/2012 1:52PM

    How terrifying! Hang in here!!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 4/5/2012 10:24AM

    What a bummer on the timing, but it sounds like you were in good hands with all those medical professionals. I see that you haven't updated recently, so I hope everything went smoothly on Friday and Bill is on the road to recovery.

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IMIN2GENES 4/1/2012 2:36PM

    Good thoughts/juju, positive energy, hugs and lots of wishes for speedy and full recovery. So glad you all caught it and were able to get BIll fixed up! So scary.

Take care of him and take care of you too!
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LMLOPEZ 4/1/2012 12:19PM

    Aww honey....good juju and hugs/support coming your way from Chicago. Glad you know what's really important; Bill got a wake up call that not too many people are lucky enough to get before "the big one". He is so lucky to have you and there must be a plan for you to not be at your race today.
Think positive thoughts, know that taking care of yourself is just as important (if not more) as taking care of others. You have lots of support from many spots and I hope you feel the love coming your way!
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WALKAWAY 3/30/2012 3:37PM

    Sending my prayers and hugs to both of you. Glad he's on the mend. Hang in there friend.

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MRS_EVA_K 3/30/2012 8:40AM

    praying for you all C.

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ROXIT22222 3/30/2012 2:22AM

    I just saw this. I'm so sorry for what you are going thru, I know it's very hard. Hard choices to make and I would be making the same one you are... and being bummed about it at the same time. I will keep you guys in my thoughts this week.

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CK-DUBYA 3/29/2012 3:17PM

    What a scary night. I'm so glad that things seem to be turning out OK. You, Bill and the rest of the fam are in my thoughts and prayers. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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CASSIECAT 3/29/2012 11:08AM

    Good thoughts coming your way! I hope the surgery goes smoothly Friday.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/29/2012 10:23AM

    Yikes! That's very scary. I'm glad it turned into a "you need to look into this" situation and nothing worse. I'm glad you are staying with him. That would be scary on both sides; the surgery and the waiting. I wish I could wait there with you. I'll be thinking of you here. With the time difference, I'll be here at my desk but I will be whispering a prayer for our western branch of the family tree.

Hang in there and don't forget to take care of yourself. I hope you get to reschedule your trip at a later date when all is well.

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AFMARVIN 3/29/2012 9:41AM

    That must have been terrifying! You and your husband are in my thoughts!

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ANNIEAPP1 3/29/2012 8:16AM

    Thank God that your husband is going to be all right. You were both very calm in the face of an emergency!

My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Take care and take it easy!

Annie

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HOLLYL7 3/28/2012 5:51PM

    What a scary experience - thank God this was caught in time to fix the problem. I'm sorry you will miss your travel plans, and I had to chuckle at your husband's suggestion that you should go anyway (but he wouldn't if the situation was reversed!...men!

Good luck with the surgery =)

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IRISHBEANERGAL 3/28/2012 2:19PM

    Wow gal,

Scary to be sure. I'm sorry about the change in plans, but obviously you have to be with Bill (duhh... umm Bill? when you get better Candy is soooo gonna kick yer behind for even suggesting that she leave you home and go on her trip! Just sayin...)

And under the "ounce of prevention" category - find those healthy snacks NOW and prep/stock up for any unplanned stress eating (of course it goes without saying to rid the house of the crap...but I digress here)

The important thing is that you and Bill will weather this together. Good thoughts, prayers, juju, and all the other stuff are being assembled and sent your way...

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you... it's a bona fide offer!

~Irish

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BUFFALOKAY 3/28/2012 1:16PM

    Candy,
I'm sending thoughts and prayers your way for Bill's health and for your strength!!!
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CJANNESS 3/28/2012 11:34AM

  So sorry to hear about Bill! Im praying for his fast recovery, sending you guys love and hugs emoticon

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ANIMAL_L0VER 3/28/2012 10:25AM

    So sorry to hear about this, but oh so glad that bill is doing well. This is a scary thing, and it's so good that things turned out as well as they did. I know it's a bummer that your trips needed to be canceled, but I would have made the same decision in your shoes. You and your family are in my thoughts, and I'm wishing you the best.

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GOINGBACKTO180 3/28/2012 8:53AM

    So sorry to hear this. I'll definitely have you in my thoughts. Sometimes the best laid plans have a way of replanning themselves. Be thankful that it happened while you were there and not while you were away. Stress eat away - but make sure it's with healthy things. I can't imagine sitting down and binging on more than three oranges or three bananas or three cups of Greek yogurt :)

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/28/2012 8:38AM

    I am sorry you will miss out on JASR, but I am also so thankful that this was caught now so Bill can be around a long time for you. I will be thinking of you and praying for you both; that is a scary thing to go through!

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TIGGER622 3/28/2012 12:10AM

    you and bill are in our thoughts honey!!! sooooooo glad that you all caught this and he can get it all taken care of! we'll miss you, but we're all running for ya! HUGS girl! hang in there and keep us posted!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 3/27/2012 10:57PM

    Sending prayers your way for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for Bill. Thank goodness you were there for him when that happened. You are doing the right thing...It's too bad your plans were interrupted, but you will have a new goal! That is, to get to the next one!

Best Wishes!

Hugs!!

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CALIDREAMER76 3/27/2012 9:42PM

    Candy,
You will just have to plan for the last weekend in March '13!
Glad you gave Bill's name - I much prefer to pray by name - although God knows - I feel better that way - and don't you worry - Thursday I will pray for his doctor's to get the rest they need to be on the top of their game - and for Bills surgery to be successful with NO complications - you will be in my caregiver's department !

All WILL be well! See ya next year,
Frances

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GAYLEP67 3/27/2012 9:39PM

    Oh Candy...what a horrible experience. I'm so thankful that Bill (and you) made it through okay and that the situation isn't as bad as it could have been. Someone is watching over you both! While I'm thankful that things are a little more positive at home, I'm disappointed for you not being able to go to Pittsburgh or JASR - I know you were really looking forward to both.

Hang in there my friend. It's a stressful time but you have a whole community of friends here to support you. I'm sending both of you all of my "good thoughts, positive mojo and juju!"

Take care,
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/27/2012 8:53PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about this scare but so glad that it is working out so well. There will always be other runs to run, but only one Bill.
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SHEENADEE 3/27/2012 8:11PM

    Oh my goodness. I am so sorry to hear this and also sorry that I won't get to meet you at JASR this year. You have your priorities in the right place for sure. Best wishes for the surgery.

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BOBBYD31 3/27/2012 7:36PM

    so so sorry to hear about this but glad they are taking care of it right away. i will get back to you next week about the shirts, so don't be thinking about that right now. a big JASR hug for you!

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LYNNANN43 3/27/2012 7:29PM

    How so very, very, SCARY!!!!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/27/2012 7:00PM

    Candy, I'm so glad you were there for Bill. I'm afraid I would have been just like Bill and said something like "oh, I probably pinched a nerve" even though your description sounded just like a stroke. I bet you are thoroughly exhausted and I hope you get some good "Candy time" once everything is over and ok. And then you can make new plans soon to see your family, run with your sister and all!

Sending you thoughts, positive mojo and juju along with many virtual hugs to Bill and to you and the pups and all of your family and friends. Can't wait to hear everything is ok!
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KAREN42BOYS 3/27/2012 6:44PM

    Oh, Candy! You must be exhausted. You did soooo well knowing that you had to get him seen immediately. I'm very glad that you each held up your end of the bargain. And for all that you'll be up in the middle of the night to get him to the hospital for that Friday procedure, the sooner he's in, the sooner it's over and he can be tucked cozily in bed to recover at which point you will then have room to freak some from all this (the freaking timing is obviously flexible just not optional, yaknow.)

And yeah, something came up with Frank awhile ago, and he was the same as Bill of saying that his thing wasn't a big deal, but that if it had been me of course he'd be there for me, that was different. MEN!

I'm very sorry you're missing out on JASR. I know you've been anticipating this for many months.

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LISA01605 3/27/2012 6:04PM

    That is so scary!! I am so glad to hear Bill's situation is under control. Very sorry to hear you will be missing your trip. I will be thinking of you on Friday and sending all my positive thoughts your way. emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 3/27/2012 5:38PM

    OH MY!! I'm so happy to hear that it will be alright but how scared you must have been!! I totally understand you not coming as I would do the same if I was in your shoes!!

However, I will miss seeing you!!

You and Bill are in my prayers!!
And let us know asap that the surgery went well (as I know it will but confirmation is always a good thing!!)

Hugs!

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4MY2KIDZ 3/27/2012 5:24PM

    You would never have been able to leave on the trip. If he had talked you into it you would have worried yourself into a snit! Its all going to be ok...he was very lucky. Stop worrying about work. Focus on family and let the rest go because you can't change it. Like I said earlier, he will get well, then you can kick his butt for scaring the bujeezus out of you! emoticon

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GAYEMC 3/27/2012 4:57PM

    Oh Candy, how scarry! I am so glad Bill is out of the hospital as that indeed is a good sign and good that you showed up in time to help him get to ER. My SIL had TIA's and the same surgery and is usually pretty easy to clean out so I have no doubt that Bill will be back to normal in no time. But I know you will have a hard time breathing until it's over. As for eating, if that's what you need to do, go ahead. Just see if you can stick to the healthier side of stuff. Popcorn, baked potato chips, veggies and humus.

I know how you were looking forward to your trip back east this weekend and I'm sorry it won't work out. But I also know how important Bill is to ou and JARS will still be here next year.

Take care my friend and keep us updated on how Bill is doing. And give him a big hug from me.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 3/27/2012 4:53PM

  Many HUGS sweet Candy! That must have been very frightening. I will have you both in my prayers on Friday. Take care and know that your SparkFamily is with you and Bill!

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Briefly....

Monday, March 26, 2012

I was very lucky to get out and get a walk in this afternoon on my lunch half-hour. It's wonderful here today in Portland. A bit brisk, which is just right, and the sun is shining so!

Here's what I consider MY bridge LOL the Hawthorne.

In the foreground you can see part of the marina, with dragon boats tied up at the furthest end of the docks.

A little further on is the Morrison bridge.

Not as pretty as MY bridge, but it'll do! PDX peoples are likely rejoicing as this bridge is finally opening to traffic after having been shut down for repairs for nearly 10 months.

Note the blue skies. Note the fluffy puffy clouds scattered about. Yes, it's a loverly day. Tonight, it rains. Today, it is glorious, and I enjoyed my brief time out in the sunshine.
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IMIN2GENES 4/1/2012 2:28PM

    I really like your bridge! Thanks for sharing the pics of your lovely walk. I love getting to see what my friends do.
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BLACKROSE_222 3/27/2012 4:31PM

    Looks wonderful!!!

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GAYEMC 3/27/2012 3:09PM

    It was such a beautiful day yesterday! I too got out for a walk. I envy you working on the waterfront. Wow! What a month you've had (I just caught up with your blogs). Maybe this weekend will give you just the break and motivation you need. I so wish I was going, maybe next year. Anyway, I look forward to your tales when you return. Have fun with sis and Ms Poppy. And you get to meet Penny's Missy Roo! Have a great race!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/27/2012 1:38PM

    There is nothing quite like spring in the Northwest--those glorious sunny days are to be treasured and spent OUTSIDE as much as possible! Beautiful pictures.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 3/27/2012 12:41PM

    Wow, if you ever offer to sell me a bridge, I will have to seriously consider the offer! (tee hee)

My son is close by to your bridge! I remember crossing it from the college to get to Voodoo Donuts lol! (it was fun, but honestly I thought that it was a bit of a hype).

It's good to see you blogging again. I hope things are going well. I am pluggin' along...


~Irish

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/27/2012 11:39AM

    I'm glad you got out there. Nice bridge you got there! LOL I'm really enjoying this spring weather we're having. Nice to get out there with the pups again!

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ROEBUNCH 3/27/2012 9:52AM

    gorgeous emoticon and I love the bridges!! It was cold here...freeze warnings. But it is March so I guess we shouldn't be surprised. Nothing like a walk in the sunshine to give one a positive outlook emoticon

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ENDUROVET 3/26/2012 10:56PM

    Coolio! It was gorgeous here too, but too damn busy @ work so I only got in a short session on elliptical...

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GAYLEP67 3/26/2012 10:53PM

    Nice! Glad you got out for a midday break! I did the same a couple times last week and it had a great impact on my day. Hope it did the same for you...
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LISA01605 3/26/2012 7:22PM

    Beautiful!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/26/2012 7:00PM

    Thanks for sharing pictures of your walk! It's wonderful that you were able to get out and enjoy some sunshine, blue skies and fluffy puffy clouds at lunch!
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SHERWOODCYCLER 3/26/2012 6:41PM

    Ahhhh....let's take this spring day (and remember it for the rest of this supposedly stormy week).

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LMLOPEZ 3/26/2012 6:02PM

    So glad you got out today!! Today here it is cold (40) but it's been in the 60-80s so I won't complain. Perfect weather to enjoy then watch the storm tonight!

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Trying something different...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm going to do a bit of an experiment. I know, I'm always fiddling/tweaking/twerping around with things to no avail, aren't I? Ah well.

Spark says my approx. BMR is 2092. As a refresher, here's the Spark definition of BMR taken from the Daily Calorie Differential report page:
"BMR is your Basal Metabolic Rate, which is the number of calories your body burns on a daily basis to perform its basic tasks like breathing and pumping blood. The BMR calculation is based on your age and weight and accounts for a sedentary lifestyle. The BMR in the chart above has been multipled by 1.2 to account for the calories you need for both basal metabolic functions and light activity outside of exercise (such as light walking on the job, deskwork, and running errands.) Please note that BMR is not a perfect measure."

No, BMR is not a perfect measure, this is true! But, even on my not-so-very-active days, I burn quite a bit more than 2092. That being the case, I'm going to tweak my calories-to-burn settings a bit. I've entered that I'll burn 400 cals. above and beyond my BMR each day. Why 400?

On my laziest days, I've been known to burn no more than 1800. That's while being in a dark dismal funk and laying in bed watching repeats on Netflix and occasionally sobbing into my pillow. Thankfully, I haven't done that for quite some time.

My 'normal' low burn isn't far off from what Spark estimates - 2100 or so. That's a day where I go to work, but don't bother getting up once an hour to walk around the office.

The majority of the time I burn around 2500 on an average day.

When I get out and walk, run, ST, whatever.. the burn is a bit higher 2700.

Saturday and Sunday? I burned 3500 and 3200 respectively. Fortunately, I haven't been feeling particularly famished since then. This is a good thing. Of course, having said that, Saturday and Sunday I consumed approx. 2100 calories LOL

Anyway, if my base BMR is 2100, and I'm regularly burning 2500 at a minimum, then maybe I need to account for that with regard to my calorie intake. I've bumped up my calories to be burned number, which in turn bumped up my calories to consume number - 1790 - 2140.

We'll see what happens. I haven't weighed since .. well, hmm. It must have been the last week of February sometime. I'm not going to worry with it until right before I leave for JASR (March 30! 10 days!!) I expect to gain while I'm back home in W.Va. If it's less than 10 lbs, I'll be thrilled!

Am I off my rocker? Perhaps. Maybe I'm bending my efforts to match my results, rather than changing my efforts to produce different results. I've witnessed vastly different degrees of frustration and analysis from different Spark friends and family, and I'm right in the midst of them. I'm somewhat resigned to not losing much while I'm training this year for my Half marathons. I have two - one in late May and then one in early October.

So that's where I am. I'm not quite sparkling with my Spark, but it's not completely extinguished either. There's hope.
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/24/2012 11:33AM

    Sometimes it's best to experiment with the tweaking and see what happens. As long as you're not sweating a possible gain during your trip...enjoy! It's not like it's the end of the world if you gain, and you know you can get it off again after you return. Not the normal weight-loss advice, but sometimes, you just have to give yourself permission to give yourself a break! I hope you have a blast on your trip...we'll be getting the keys to our first house about the time you are going back home. Can't wait to hear about your W.Va. adventures! emoticon

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GAYLEP67 3/23/2012 10:38PM

    You're constantly sparkling - even when you think you're not. Btw...I know what's in your 1/3 of the brain - numbers! Glad they're in yours and not mine! Hope the trip is a great one and I'm confident that you'll maintain.
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BOBBYD31 3/22/2012 8:45PM

    hard to lose weight while training for a HM

we always add about 1/2 of what we burn that day back into our calories for that day or the next so if we burn 500 we add 250 back in

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IMIN2GENES 3/22/2012 12:59PM

    There's always hope! I'm really interested to see how your "experiment" works. It makes sense to me! LOL!

Enjoy your trip!
Chris
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ROEBUNCH 3/22/2012 8:55AM

    well I am totally confused but I am glad you know what it all means and I hope you have great success. I still track and weigh pretty consistently. Paranoid I will regain the weight. I am not brave enough to "tweek" Good for you for being brave!!

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ANNESYLVIA 3/20/2012 7:28PM

    BMR confuses me so I don't bother with it. Best of luck!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/20/2012 4:41PM

    I love this idea. I know I lost a bit more when I ate more but I can't seem to make myself stick to it. I keep exercising more because I feel like I should. I'm very curious how this works for you! Wishing you all the best!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/20/2012 4:37PM

    Sounds like you are focusing on the right things. I will be excited to hear how this goes. Please keep us posted.

I hope you have fun on your trip. I wish it were closer to Michigan! LOL

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BLUE42DOWN 3/20/2012 3:57PM

    I think it is something that can have quantifiable effects. If you start gaining over a multi-week period, then you'll know that you've pushed the range too high. If you start losing over a multi-week period, then you know you may have been eating too little before and now you're in a better range.

I know for a fact that the general Sedentary BMR calculation is low for me. Sure, some days I sit at a desk and sit at home quite a bit, but I also walk to and from buses as well as get up and walk at work a lot. How I know that it's low is because I'm eating consistently toward the high end of the SP recommended range and losing more than the goal per week.


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KAREN42BOYS 3/20/2012 1:08PM

    I think this sounds perfectly logical and quantitative. It's a testable plan, and if it fails, methinks you'll tweak again with a new plan.

I had my big "aha" a couple days ago. I've been sitting a lot more these last few months. Still otherwise highly active, but I think all that sitting is just negative for me. So shaking that up to see what happens.

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ROXIT22222 3/20/2012 1:05PM

    Its a balancing act that is for sure. Finding and keeping the right balance is key. It is also hard at times. Frustrating when it doesn't work and exciting when it does. Just remember what Coach Skinny B says, "You are moving more now than you where before and that is a good thing!"

Regarding your trip:

Try to keep the portions to a moderate level, don't for get to MOVE while you are back east! Make sure you DRINK YOUR WATER! Keep aware of what you are putting in your mouth, and body. Remember to fill up on the veggies before you even eat that peace of 'YUMMY COMFORT FOOD'. Find your inner will power it's there.

I seriously worry with the quote "I expect to gain while I'm back home in W.Va. If it's less than 10 lbs, I'll be thrilled!" How long are you going to be gone? It's your 10lbs that is worry some. Set they bar higher girl! Say I WANT TO MAINTAIN, while I'm gone! and a little gain is 'ok'. (Understand I'm thinking you are going to be gone about 10 days) So 10 lbs in 10 days is ALOT!

Understand I'm in a similar boat or plane.. I leave on Sunday for a 7 day vacation. There will be lots of activities going on there. I don't plan to starve myself either while on vacation. There are a few 'comfort drinks' I'll have to have. But I'm hoping to MAINTAIN and have a great balance.

Oh and one more thing: You have that body bug thingy (what ever one you have) right? Dust it off, charge it up, put it on and watch it! Wear it religiously for the week before the trip and then while on the trip, so you KNOW what you are doing!

I BELIEVE IN YOU! YOU ARE GOING TO MAINTAIN WHILE ON THIS TRIP!!!!

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headed back into my quite corner.... (hope you didn't find any of this offensive I didn't mean it that way.)

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LISA01605 3/20/2012 12:43PM

    Hope is good! You are doing something which is better than nothing. Preparing for those races helps your body in a big way too! Food is important but exercise is too and you get plenty of exercise.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 3/20/2012 12:40PM

    so you are focusing on the healthy instead of the scale... hmmm a very wise woman (she's really smart, you might KNOW her even) gave me that advice. Glad to see she's taking it for herself too.

I hope this "experiment" brings the results you want!

ENJOY your trip!

~Irish

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Why I run...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Because I feel all bad@ss after running on a cold, wet, windy, rainy Portland morning.


Because I used to think 'I can't'. Now I know not only that I CAN.. but that I ~want & need~ to.


Because sometimes it's the only way I can get outside of my own head, stop listening to the thoughts pinging around in my brain, and simply ~be~ while breathing.. moving.. changing.

Because even when I've run hard and I'm out of breath, I'm breathing! Every run confirms that quitting smoking was one of the best things I've ever done.

Because sometimes it's the only way to kick my own *ss when it needs kicking.

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(this will be a slowly evolving post, to which I'll add more and more reasons as time permits)

  
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IMIN2GENES 3/19/2012 8:00PM

    I'm with Irish... I knew you were bad@ss! Great start on your post! Can't wait to see what you add to it.
Chris


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ANNESYLVIA 3/16/2012 5:09PM

    Leave it to Candy for leaving us readers hanging for the rest!

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TERRYT55 3/16/2012 1:12AM

    Excellent!

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ROXIT22222 3/15/2012 11:18PM

    Man I'm still letting that weather stop me! OK some rain is ok.. the wind and rain not happen'

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KAREN42BOYS 3/15/2012 7:45PM

    Oh, smooch! I've missed you, and I was even thinking it was just about time to text you and say that I missed you, but I wanted to respect your break as well.

Tri life is in full swing. Swam today and took a power yoga class later this morning. Power yoga had me sweating like it was a spinning class! Needed a nap this afternoon after all that. Tonight is family science night at the elementary school, so both my boys (even the jr higher) are going over along with me. One of my favorite school nights of the year!

10 mile run this Saturday. Supposedly. But the weather report is saying kick butt rain with possible thunderstorms and maybe even hail. I don't believe my town will get the hail, but thunderstorms sure would be a deal breaker for an outdoor run. Can't imagine 10 miles on a treadmill though...

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IRISHBEANERGAL 3/15/2012 6:12PM

    pssst... I already knew you were a bad@ss emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/15/2012 4:44PM

    Oh yeah--you know you're a runner when the weather doesn't stop you. You GO!

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Kinda.. sorta..

Monday, March 12, 2012

So I'm kinda sorta back. I don't feel like I'll be going great gangbusters exactly, but easing back into Spark-life such as it is.

It's only been two weeks but it's felt longer and shorter, both. I've only started tracking nutrition again on Friday. Prior to that I didn't track, and didn't much care.

I've been recovering from oral surgery the last 11 days. Since then I've been on soft foods while my dental implants heal. That's been very frustrating for me as the oral surgeon said it would be 'a few days' of recovery and it was more than that. Much.

14 days of inactivity are also behind me. I'm hoping to make it to the gym today after work. I missed an 8 mi long run this weekend with the Tribe but I just wasn't up to it. I'm hoping to .. not make up necessarily.. but to work my way back up to where I was prior to the break.

JASR is in 18 days, and I'm very much looking forward to that. Not only because I'll get to see some Spark friends again, but mostly because my sister and niece (remember Ms. Poppy?) are going as well, and this will be our first time running together. I'm super excited about that, and the fact that after the JASR weekend I'll be heading "home" to W.Va. to see my daughter, her boyfriend, and my mom for a few days. It'll be my first time back east since I moved here to Portland 6 years ago.

So while February was a kick-*ss fitness month, March has not been much of anything at all except recovery. Hopefully I can salvage the rest of the month, both physically and mentally/emotionally. The break was due to simply defeating myself in terms of numbers. The scale was up, the eating was wrong, and the attitude was poor. It's behind me enough now that my head and my heart are focused on the same goal and I can find .. earn .. success again.
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KAREN42BOYS 3/15/2012 7:47PM

    Ouch, teethies, ouch!

Well, let's just kick butt together.

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LMLOPEZ 3/15/2012 11:14AM

    Aww, Candy-I sympathize with you, i HATE mouth stuff!!! I don't even lose weight despite tooth issues :(
Hope your recovery speeds up. Welcome back even if it's kinda sorta. Do what you can, and let yourself feel what you need to feel to get to where you need to be. We're here waiting for ya...
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IMIN2GENES 3/14/2012 8:51PM

    Glad you're back! Sorry to hear about your lengthy recovery. No fun! I miss you when you're not around but totally understand. You've got to take care of you!
Chris
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AFMARVIN 3/14/2012 3:00PM

    Glad you are feeling better, had to have some oral surgery myself a couple years ago and it was the worst! Take care of yourself and you'll get back on track soon. emoticon emoticon

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LYNNANN43 3/12/2012 11:49PM

    Heal quickly, Candy!

I can't wait to meet you at JASR!!!!! emoticon

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GAYLEP67 3/12/2012 11:15PM

    It's not success AGAIN, Candy. It's a continuation... While it may not feel like it, you're constantly evolving even if it's a little two steps forward one step back sometimes. Glad to see you back and hope you're feeling better soon. Prolonged recovery can be draining but I'm sure a good dose of Ms Poppy will help to bring you along!

Missed you a lot!
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ANIMAL_L0VER 3/12/2012 11:08PM

    Glad to hear you're back (even if sporadically) and hope you're feeling better asap! Let us know if we can do anything to help you ease back into spark... we're here for you!

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BOBBYD31 3/12/2012 10:06PM

    hope your feeling better, what a great reason to come back- a race and family

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ANNESYLVIA 3/12/2012 5:17PM

    I hope the recovery speeds up a bit for your sake. Definitely ease slowly back into exercising.

Good luck on your family adventure run!

hugs, Anne

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/12/2012 4:59PM

    So missed you and am glad you are back. I totally understand though, I've been much in the same place! I'm just hoping as the weather gets warmer...my motivation goes up! So hope your healing continues and that your time with your sis, Miss Poppy, and going home all goes well. Hugs...Robin

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/12/2012 4:23PM

    You are definitely missed when you're not around, but everyone needs a break now and then. So sorry to hear the surgery recovery has taken much longer than expected. That is never fun.

I hope you have an absolutely wonderful time on your trip to W.Va.! 6 years is a long time to be away.

Keep on keeping on, girl. You'll get back on track and kick a$$ again. This is just another curve in the journey. As always, I believe in you.

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Christine

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WALKAWAY 3/12/2012 3:29PM

    So glad to have you back. Hope you get to feeling emoticon soon. emoticon

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ANNIEAPP1 3/12/2012 3:22PM

    Glad you're back! Thanks for adding me as a Sparks Friend, too. AND thanks for the congrats. It is much appreciated.

Be kind to yourself, and take it easy. Your convalenscence was unavoidable. Pretty soon you'll be back to speed.

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine (hope there is some where you live - over here it's 79 degrees!!!! - hard to believe for March, but I'll take it! tomorrow they're predicting 80+).

Annie

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/12/2012 2:38PM

    I have missed you! It sounds like it hasn't exactly been a fun time for you, but I am glad that is behind you now. Easing back into things is smart; JASR should be a lot of fun! Take good care of yourself, okay?

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FEISTYOWL 3/12/2012 2:17PM

    Oh I'm sorry to hear about the recovery that has taken much longer than expected. I think dental work can affect so much more than we expect it to. I hope it continues to improve, maybe a little quicker now.

Have fun on the run in 18 days - that sounds like a blast!

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DARK_CINDERELLA 3/12/2012 1:05PM

    Don't forget the best part about JASR.....you get to meet MEEEE!

Ok, enough about me, let's talk about you. So glad JASR is so close; I'd love to give you a great big hug right now. I know what it's like to hit the not caring point, and it's not fun. You don't care, but you wish you did. You hit the nail on the head when you identified it as self-defeating. But the part that makes you amazing? The fact that you only took 2 weeks to figure it out. Even if you're not "gangbusters," you are pretty incredible. I also don't think it's any surprise that this comes on the heels of a kick-butt month........

One more thing: ARE you healing from the surgery? What kind of oral surgery? And have you followed-up with anyone? Sorry.....just my nurse-self coming out.

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CJANNESS 3/12/2012 1:01PM

  Welcome back! Hope you are feeling better soon!

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PIXIEMOM13 3/12/2012 12:27PM

    Glad to have you back!!

I may have to add JASR to my list for next year..heheh.. i'd love to meet you and a bunch of other sparkfriends!

Hope you are feeling better.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/12/2012 12:09PM

    I'm hoping that your feeling more like yourself every day. That dental thing can be tough. Why does it have to hurt so much?! Ugh.

I'm excited about your trip home. I hope you have a safe journey. I cannot wait to hear all about your trip!

I'm cheering for you!

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PARASELENIC 3/12/2012 11:54AM

    ZOMG I missed you!

Take your time to heal, these things happen in life, where you can't track and exercise. But you are back on track, on your own terms, in your own way. I'm excited your back, but I totally understand the need to ease back into it. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you get back into it.

(And also, if you get back and want to join up again, please know that postal would love to have you back whenever you so desire!)

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ROXIT22222 3/12/2012 11:51AM

    Welcome back! I still blame it all on the ground hog! Where is our spring? Ease back into it slowly. (maybe take a look at my blog 'back to basics' if you haven't seen it yet). You are not alone on this struggle and soon that sun will be shinning. :)

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MRS_EVA_K 3/12/2012 11:46AM

    bless you. I hope you get to feeling better. The thing is sometimes we need downtime and it sounds like you just needed some. I'm glad to see you sorta back and I hope you enjoy your JASR weekend.

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LISA01605 3/12/2012 11:33AM

    It's great to see you back! I have been struggling a bit myself lately. Going between super motivated and not caring. Sounds like you have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks and at least the surgery is behind you!

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