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Bahama Mamas Vision Board :)

Saturday, March 09, 2013

These are actual vision boards I have made recently and are in my home. :)

  
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KSW1963 3/14/2013 6:29AM

    I love your boards....what great motivation!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 3/12/2013 4:49AM

    emoticon vision boards! I hope they continue to inspire you throughout your journey!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 3/11/2013 6:55PM

    great and awesome job on your boards.... and I too love the counting down each pound thing !!


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JCARDINAL 3/11/2013 1:25PM

    Love all your vision boards!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/10/2013 10:47PM

    Cool. I love them!!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/10/2013 6:46PM

    Very nice. I like your countdown idea :)

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MACMOM57 3/10/2013 9:16AM

    Those are awesome. Keep working hard.

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CRABADA 3/10/2013 12:38AM

    I really like your boards! I want to steal your countdown idea. Great job!

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RYDERB 3/9/2013 9:52PM

    Those are FABULOUS! emoticon You've definitely got this! emoticon
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JULESJET 3/9/2013 9:37PM

    Awesome! I love that you are crossing out each pound as you lose it!
Your vision boards look fantastic!

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AFTERMYKIDS 3/9/2013 9:33PM

    That is emoticon emoticon

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AALLEY2 3/9/2013 7:55PM

    Great idea! I have done this before, only with pics from magazines and my poems. I met every goal I posted! Keep up the good work! You will succeed! emoticon

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Springing Challenge Week 1

Monday, February 18, 2013

This is my blog entry for the Bahama Mamas Challenge for week 1.

~My name is Cheryl.
~I am 34 years old.
~I am married and we have been married for 5 1/2 years.
~I have 2 kiddos. My daughter Erica is 8. My son Avery is 3 (4 in one month!).
~I am an infant teacher in a preschool. Have worked there for 6 years.
~I live near the ocean(Delaware) and LOVE it! Moved here 8 years ago from Northern VA.
~I am currently following a gluten free, dairy free, processed tomato free, soda free, and zero fast food way of eating. I am non-Celiac gluten intolerant, with a serious sensitivity (more like allergy) to dairy. It is not lactose intolerance. It does cause serious sinus problems for me.
~I have been purely focused on weight loss FOREVER! I am no longer focused on weight. I am focused on health and doing what is right for my body and you know what? The weight will follow :)
~I have PCOS. My hormones are screwed up. I get cysts that are huge. I also have fibroids. I am in pain a lot of the time.
~I am a fighter. I push through pain when I can.
~My current goals are this: Be a runner and be strong.
~The plan:I am training for my first 5k in April. I want to do 4 5k's this year :) I am also working on lifting weights and building muscle. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel powerful. It makes me feel strong.
~I am actively involved in making the health of each member of my family better. If you want to follow how this is going or want to see how I am doing with it all please check out my Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/athenandcheryl and www.facebook.com/pages/Family-of-4-G
luten-and-Dairy-Free-and-Getting-Fit/2
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. I am very excited about the second page as it really goes into my journey. But I would love new friends on either. :) (My link to my personal page is not seeming to work. You can look me up by email though, cherylanderica@yahoo.com)

I am super excited about this challenge and the new friends I will make, as well as the getting to know current friends better. :)

  
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REVIVED 2/22/2013 12:15PM

    Ooh I hope I remember to add you on fb when I get home. It's blocked here at work.

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RYDERB 2/22/2013 1:21AM

    I'll definitely be joining you in your gluten free lifestyle. It's amazing how much better I felt when I was eating clean. Great blog. I can't wait to have time to check out your FaceBook page.
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Go Bahama Mamas!

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DJPERAZA 2/21/2013 7:13PM

    emoticon loved reading your blog!!! I will def follow you on FB!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 2/21/2013 10:44AM

    we can do this and lets get moving for the spring ! I would love to see delaware and sounds beautiful to me !

best of luck !

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NESSAGIRL67 2/20/2013 5:41PM

    Way to go! It's nice meeting you and welcome to the team!

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DEZZIEJAMES 2/20/2013 8:23AM

    So nice to meet you! I always feel better when I eat GF, and always scan the web for new recipes. It is fantastic to meet you!!!

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JCARDINAL 2/19/2013 4:12PM

    We are going to rock this challenge!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/19/2013 3:55PM

    Loved ready about your life and motivation. I totally related to it.

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JO88BAKO 2/18/2013 11:10PM

    Best of luck! You can do it!

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Trip to the ER last night has me depressed

Friday, January 25, 2013

The last several days I have been in a lot of pain. Yesterday the pain was really intense, more than normal and it was up my left side, down my left leg and all across my lower stomach and lower back. I know I have PCOS and I know I have fibroids. So over time a lot has gone on down there. But since May I have assumed all my problems with pain were related to fibroids. Since the pain was increasing and more than normal I decided to go to the ER. My fear was that I had some sort of infection or gallstones or something like that. I know the pain of the fibroids and I havent had cysts in a long time. None that hurt like this since before my kiddos. But guess what...it is a cyst. The cyst is 4cm x 4cm and he ER doc said it is definitely the reason for my pain and that unfortunately it was just going to be a matter of waiting...This is sadly the same thing the dr's used to tell me when I would get cysts prior to my first pregnancy. I had somehow assumed that the days of large, painful cysts were gone. This has totally freaked me out. This means that I am going to just be in pain indefinitely and that I will probably start getting them again. I used to have horribly painful cysts. Like the kind that would have me in bed for a few days. But I cannot do that at this point in life. My job requires me to be able to get up and down with ease, the hold children, to be playful. And my kids need me to be able to function too. Anyway, I am just feeling pretty depressed about it this evening.

  
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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/27/2013 10:28PM

    Sorry to hear about your pain and hope it is lessening. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/27/2013 8:03PM

    Gf, I hate to hear this. Hang in there. I'm under the weather as well but I know that you and I will bounce back in no time. I am sending a prayer for you. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

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XANGELSTEARZX 1/27/2013 7:53PM

    I'd follow up with a doctor to have a check on your hormones. Cysts usually (not always) start forming when your "male" hormones are too high.

Best thing I've found to keep them at bay is diet change. More like a diabetic type diet and avoid "traditional" meat if possible. Anything with growth hormones added triggers all types of terrible PCOS related problems for me.

Best of luck and hope your pain lessens soon.

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MACMOM57 1/27/2013 9:55AM

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 1/26/2013 3:06PM

    Now now.... just because you had one DOES not mean they will continue..... be positive ....maybe this is the last one for YEARS !! You can not predict those.... or HOW often they will come !! think positive...... stay positive..... and I 'm sorry you had another one and I truly hope you have NO more !!


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CATE2013 1/26/2013 9:40AM

    So sorry you are in pain....I have similar pain issues and it sucks big time!!! When the pain gets really bad I use visualization....I go to my happy place and see my self with no pain...it take time to learn to do this but it helps for a little while! Hope you feel better soon!! Cate

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 1/26/2013 6:20AM

    I hope you feel better soon.
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/26/2013 12:33AM

    Sorry to hear that, I hope you find some good options and feel better soon.

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GRANDMABABA 1/26/2013 12:28AM

    Hugs! Feel better!

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CINDYKC2000 1/26/2013 12:26AM

    Cheryl that stinks. Hopefully the pain will go away quickly. emoticon

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AMYABELL 1/25/2013 11:51PM

    Oh no! What are your options? Do they have any cures? I hope your doctor can help you:( I have fibroids too, my doctor put me on the pill. My bleeding has gotten less and I do not have pain as often.) I hope you can find some pain relief and I hope they can cure you!

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RYDERB 1/25/2013 11:48PM

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I'm so sorry Cheryl! I like Melissa's idea. I hate feeling helpless. Hope you feel better soon.

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SMLAPINSKI 1/25/2013 11:21PM

    Dear Cheryl,
I have been doing herbal remedies and such for the last 6.5 yrs. I would strongly recommend that you check out the following website and find a reputable Herbalist in your area. My Herbalist goes to several different states. I don't know where you are and all the places she goes, but if you want to email me, then I could give you her email address, as she would be happy to help you figure your issues. The website to do research on is www.mercola.com. I also just lifted you up in prayer to Christ. Blessings!! Melissa

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ANNELIZABETH918 1/25/2013 11:19PM

    I hope you feel better!!

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REYNINGSUNSHINE 1/25/2013 11:15PM

    I'm sorry about the cysts. At least you know about them. Are you on medication? I don't have PCOS but I do get ovarian cysts and I only know when they pop or drain... I am on medication so I stop ovulating, so the cysts can't form, but I get sick from that too. I do think its better than te alternative though! Ask your dr about medications to help stop the cysts from forming. An easy fix, if you are done with having your own kids, would be a hysterectomy. My grandma and mom both had to have one... I am only 18 and so I have years of this left sadly.

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Glad I pushed myself

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

So today I was still not feeling fantastic. I had strep this weekend and I am only on day 3 of meds. I had decided that I would still go to the gym. My throat was a little sore but the rest of me felt good enough. But then tonight, my husband and I got into a fight about our health and dental insurance. Really we were both just frustrated about the exact same thing and instead of being angry together and working out to relieve the stress, we basically went at each other. Totally the wrong way...So he decided he no longer wanted to go to the gym. At first I had decided that I did not want to go either. By this time I was angry, my hips and lower stomach are hurting bad from my fibroids, and all I wanted to do was scream and cry. But I pushed myself out the door. And at first I was without direction. As a matter of fact, I drove to 7-11 and got a diet coke lol and sat there. I called my dad to vent then listened to music and sang loudly as I drove down the street to the YMCA. I pulled in still unsure if I was going to go in. And you know what? For that moment it dawned on me that I had two ways this could go. 1) I would stay in the car and be angry, then drive home after awhile. And all along I would be giving myself all the excuses as to why I had made the right decision even though I would totally feel guilty knowing I made the wrong choice. And even though I knew the struggle between good and bad was one I'd had many times before (with the wrong choice winning of course) I would still accept that for tonight this was ok. OR 2)I could man up, walking in to the Y feeling angry and in pain and just work out. I mean, I would be in pain either way. Except that if I just went in there I would be in physical pain but mentally I would feel so much better.

It literally took me 5 minutes or so to decide...but I went in and worked out. I stuck to the elliptical, which a month ago I was not trying anymore because I had convinced myself it made my knee hurt (which it did, but not enough to give it up). I pushed hard. My max heart rate was 172, with my average being around 156. And I felt great. My knee did not hurt. My mind felt at ease. And well, my fibroids still hurt but hey, thats what my pain meds are for lol. Anyway, that is my story of self defeat today. And for once it was defeating my bad side and worked in my favor! :)

  
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DEBLYNN323 1/24/2013 10:21AM

    emoticon ...great job on taking the proactive path!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 1/24/2013 10:14AM

    it Does make you feel better about yourself mentally to GO ahead and Push yourself to do it ! That's a good thing too !! It is better for you and a great stress reliever so you did the right thing


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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/23/2013 2:45PM

    You did a great job!! It is probably just what you needed.

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EBURGITE 1/23/2013 10:22AM

    i love that thought--self-defeat as a good thing. yay for you for persevering. emoticon

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SHAMAYO 1/23/2013 2:16AM

    It is crazy how a work out can change your mindset!

The first tim I saw my ex-husbands new lady friend (a hottie hot hot) I went out side and rand for 1.5 mile with out stopping which at the time was my best. I think about the before and after feeling I had and it is a motivator to work it out!

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GOPINTOS 1/22/2013 8:52PM

    Fantastic!

Thanks for sharing!

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Why is this so hard...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It has been almost a month since I got off track. I was going to the gym almost every day, sometimes twice a day. I was doing great. I was focused. And then the holidays came rolling around and BOOM...I crash. And I start to miss a few days. Then I get sick and miss several days. And then work events, kid events, family gatherings, etc all become more important that the hour I need to work on me. And of course I swore I would get right back into it. And I have...a little bit. But I cant seem to build myself back up to where I was. I cant seem to force myself to get in the gym every single day. It is like I just dont want to, EXCEPT I DO WANT TO!! So what is it exactly that holds me back?? Laziness? Lack of focus? Lack of energy? Fear of failure? Fear of success? I mean, I want this so bad right? So why is it sooo hard for me to do?

I do not have the answers. I dont know why I am struggling. I do know that previously all those little distractions would have made me give up all together. So at least this time I am still going. I just need to go more. I just need to stick to the schedule I plan no matter what my mind is telling me. I need to push til it becomes habit all over again. Aggghh. This is the part I hate. Starting all the way back over. Well sorta. It is not all the way back over. Maybe that little piece right there...the part where I did not stop going completely...maybe that is the piece that will make this work for me. I did not give up, and so I am just progressing instead of beginning.

Ok, I am done for now. :)

  
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/18/2013 8:59PM

    You are not starting over you have learned things along the way. Figure out what will work for you and do it without questioning yourself. You will find a way back on track.

I am pulling for you.

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JSNYDER68 1/16/2013 7:05PM

    I am going through the same thing right now. I said I would get back on track after the holiday and I did briefly but then I wasn't feeling well. This week between not feeling well and my family's needs I haven't been able to get back to my gym schedule. Just remember that it will work out if you are committed to it. It all comes from inside. Just keep committing to it and it should work out.

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KSWEEMS1 1/16/2013 5:46PM

    I've walked in your shoes and wondered the exact same thing! Knowing what's good for me and doing what's good for me seemed like 2 different things. It's almost as if our bodies have to have a "pause" on the way down to "perfect" to balance things. I try not to be to judgemental, call myself too many degrading names, eat too many calories and stop exercising for too long though.
Make a plan for tomorrow, beginning to end, and then work that plan. Often I trick myself into the gym or out for a walk by saying "I'll only go for 10 min. then I'm done. By the time 10 minutes are up, I'm wanting to do more! So I do! Same thing with food. Make it beautiful, Make it tasty and Make it low-cal. Just for that one scheduled day and you'll find that you will want to do it everyday (or at least 5 out of 7 wink wink).
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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/16/2013 4:53PM

    I am trying to stay motivated as well. It's not easy and I'm torn in many directions.

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METIS457_79 1/16/2013 11:30AM

    For what my opinion is worth, you need to ask yourself if what you were doing before is something you are willing to do for the rest of your life. I did that going to the gym every day thing for a year and lost a ton of weight, but now I'm right back to where I was. I wasn't willing to go to the gym every day of my life. Maybe that's just me.

You shouldn't beat yourself up though. It doesn't get you anywhere! You learned something about yourself through all this. Focus on that and make your next move with a little bit more knowledge about yourself.

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REVIVED 1/16/2013 10:56AM

    I go through the same peaks and valleys. As cliche and unhelpful as it sounds, i think the motivation has to come from within. Only you know the reason why you are doing this. For me, its setting goals or buying something like new running shoes or joining challenges, getting involved with my teams. And sometimes I just have to not think about it and get it done. Just go through the motions until I'm in the middle of it.

I've been really passionate about eating "real food" unprocessed food. Since I've been getting informed about that, its been really eye-opening and motivating in so many ways. Maybe check out some food documentaries. I watched one recently called Hungry for Change that had a huge impact on me. I can give you some more titles if you want. But like i said, thats just what works for me.

I think the important thing is just to keep trying. One of these times it will click. Keep getting back up. I've started over more times than i could ever count. I still have a long way to go. But I'm 50lbs lighter than i was when i started so i must be doing something right.

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1935MARY 1/16/2013 10:36AM

    Cheer up it is easy to get off track, harder to get back on track. Maybe you were burning your self out before and your body is telling you to slow down for awhile. I was walking and I joined curves, so I was going to curves 3 times a week and walking 2. Then I quit walking and just doing curves. Last week I was thinking why did I quit walking, I enjoyed walking in the park. I added it back, but since I hadn't walked ,I couldn't walk as much ,so slowly I am building it up. I guess what I am trying to say,don't try to throw yourself back in full swing, add back to it slowly and you will be back to where you was. If you don't enjoy it. That can be the problem, find the joy in what you are doing and it will come easy. Good luck and never give up. Find the balance. emoticon

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EBIELOU 1/16/2013 10:32AM

    I think you have done the hardest part. You recognize that you have a problem! Goodluck with your journey and getting back on the track that you want to be on.

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HEATHERS_TIME 1/16/2013 10:26AM

    Don't think of it as starting over! We all have our set backs and rough patches. I know for me, when I start to slip and start having the mind set that I'll just be starting over, I just let myself slip even more. Keep thinking of how badly you want this and push yourself to keep going, to pick up where you left off. You've been doing a great job and have seen success. You can do this!!!!!

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SAPHRAEL 1/16/2013 10:20AM

    I have found that scheduling my workouts in the morning has helped. It's far too easy to let other things take priority if I do it later in the day.

Above all, don't beat yourself up. You said it yourself, even though you got off track, you have a different focus now that you've had a taste of success. Maybe re-setting some fast break goals would also re-energize your motivation.

Good luck! I'm cheering for you!

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