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I'm Still Here - And Evolving

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Crazy busy but in so many positive ways.

So what have I been doing?

My priority has been getting to the gym. I have taken an inventory of my attempts over the years and came to the conclusion that I haven't really applied myself to exercising. I have worked myself up to 100+ minutes a day at the gym, except when weather is bad like today. Those days require a home workout. Going to the gym is a 45 minute commute each way, so that is why I am making sure my workouts are intense in cardio, balanced with toning, and consulting the trainer. I see my husband less right now because I have to fit in the gym after working the second job right now, but in April the job ends so workouts will be earlier, and he understands that.

He has seen the NSVs my working out daily has yielded. I have finally conquered the hill I live on. I used to throw up at the end of walking up the hill, now I can practically run to the top. I can walk the dogs with him now. It is wonderful time together.

I know I'm stronger because when my daughter, my very thin and an athlete through high school, was home from college we went to the gym for three hours and she struggled to keep up with my and hurt the next day.

Second thing is my health, of course. I am still diseased and heavily medicated for it. I have been having unusual skin problems that baffled my doctor. He wants to send me to a specialist. And I was ready to see that specialist until I saw a movie a few days ago called "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" and the man in the movie was my age, with my medical issues, and that same skin issue. I had a name for it now and started researching it to find out that it is a common side effect of many of the medications I'm on. What is supposed to make me well is making me sicker.

For this reason, we are transitioning our home to a vegan life. Once our dairy products and eggs are gone, we'll be replacing those items with nut milks and nutritional yeast. That'll be the first step.

I'm thinking of starting a blog off of SparkPeople to document the treatment of disease with nutrition and my transition away from medication.

My medical copays right now are nearing $300 a month. I have amazing insurance but I see numerous doctors and I am prescribed dozens of prescriptions. At 40 years of age I take more medications than my 99 year old aunt who is hospitalized right now.

Food got me here, food will have to get me out.

Peace to all!

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RD03875 2/28/2013 12:36AM

    You can do it!

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68ANNE 2/27/2013 7:51PM

    You can do it! No road is so long that you can not start the journey!

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SPECIFICITY 2/27/2013 5:07PM

    When you first mentioned your skin condition that documentary immediately popped in my head. It was a very good watch. Good luck!

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Blogging is So Not In My Sphere Right Now

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I miss blogging here but honestly, while we are working on Peter Pan, I am wiped out when I get home. I am fitting in my full time job, driving with my youngest to get in those annoying 40 hours of driving time, going to the gym, and working on our Spring Musical 20+ hours a week.

I have a vacation coming up and hoping to catch up on my program. I'm still working it, just the blogging is on the back burner.

Sorry all!

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PYNETREE 2/13/2013 9:20AM

    Miss your blogs, but know the reason..remember to take time for You! emoticon

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PATSYB7 2/13/2013 5:36AM

    Sounds like you have a full plate. You're wise to scale back for a bit. Jump back in when you can! emoticon

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1/28/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Getting Back On Track)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Wow, I slipped up and didn't post here for a couple of days. I also didn't go to the gym for a couple of days and I wasn't completely on tracking my food.

I have been EXTREMELY busy the last few days. I know it isn't an excuse, but it is the truth. Friday was the drama competition, and I won Best Director! I still think I'm taking this off my plate for next year.

Saturday we went to an SCA event, my first in months. It was so much fun and I got to reconnect with friends I hadn't seen in a long time, even years. It made me feel regenerated. I love the SCA because I learn so much when I go to events, and I get to be creative, and socialize.

I found out there is going to be a day of classes for the scribal arts, so I'll be attending that. I cannot wait to learn illumination and calligraphy!

I'm getting back on track here, in the swing, on the move.

I have been journally my food today. I just went to the school's snack bar to get a drink, and as tempted as I was to get an oatmeal pie, I didn't. Just my drink.

I also have time slated in for the gym today. The biggest lynch pin in time for me has been getting my daughter out to drive. She has to get 40 hours of driving time with us by Feb 11th, and she is only at 13 hours. It's trying to find time to have her drive that has been a challenge, and has cut into my time for other things as well.

I am so behind in grocery shopping and meal planning too. My husband has done a lot, but he doesn't Spark so he doesn't get why I won't eat certain things.

So I'm focusing on getting back on the good track I was on. That means I need to blog every day too! That keeps me honest.

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BOOKWORM27S 1/28/2013 11:45AM

    Good luck in your weight loss journey! Food tracking and keeping a hand-written food journal helps keep me on track.

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INDNANNA1979 1/28/2013 11:25AM

    Great job! emoticon

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1/23/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (New Measurements)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I just realized that I had the wrong date on yesterday's gratitude entry, we'll blame the headache. I feel like myself today, but what a busy day! I was still catching up on grading from being sick, but I got my grades in for the term with hours to spare.

The new term has started with new students and has gone pretty smooth so far.

When I got home I decided to update measurements and discovered that I lost an inch and a half around my waist, that puts me 13 inches away for my heart healthy suggested waist measurement of 32 inches. I lost a half inch around my hips. I gained slightly around my arms and legs, but that might be muscle because I notice they are firmer.

Finally moving that tape measure is what I am celebrating today. I believe tomorrow the gym is a very good possibility. I have missed going while I was sick!


1/21/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Zomig)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I am grateful for the invention of Zomig. I have been battling this migraine since 4 AM. I worked both jobs today, came home and finished a project for Friday's show.

Now I'm in bed waiting for Zomig to kick in. How did people get rid of these before Zomig?

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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2013 6:32AM

    They didn't, and had to wait them out - here's hoping it works super fast!

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PATSYB7 1/23/2013 6:01AM

    Sorry you suffer from migraines. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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