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Sunday, January 02, 2011

The good news is, I did not gain during the holidays BUT,


I want to see the scale move again......NO, I want to see the scale move downward again. Late last night (really, very early this morning) I caught up with logging fitness minutes. All the little scraps of paper that were piling up on my desk are gone. So, all I "lost" in December was some clutter. I want to lose POUNDS, INCHES, FAT CELLS and this sugar stupor I've found myself in.

Exercise is GOOD but, it's not enough. If my minutes logged were pounds lost...I would have vanished by now. ALL of me is STILL HERE so, I'm thinking, I better start logging my food, water and get down to losing.


Join my team....

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CARRAND 1/2/2011 7:11PM

    I have to log my food, and I still weigh and measure things. I need to be reminded what 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes looks like, or 1 oz of cheese. It makes all the difference.

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BRIDIE5 1/2/2011 6:00PM

  WTG! Ditto! I joined, BTW..

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FRACTALMYTH 1/2/2011 5:45PM

    Logging food made the BIGGEST difference to me! Also caloric cycling - 2 days of the week (Tue & Fri) I eat at the top of my range, 2 days (Wed & Sat) at the bottom, and 3 days (Sun, Mon, Thu) in the middle... keeps my body guessing, means I don't get bored eating the same every day (I can save treats for my high cal days) and it REALLY works!

Good luck with your team... I've just joined a 12 week challenge, or I'd jump in too!

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CITYZOZO 1/2/2011 4:46PM

    i'm in... let's go

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The Caregiver Needs To Take Care.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ah, good advice from my sparkfriend, Tracy. Take care of me too. I do get it and I'll explain why a little further down.

Mom is pretty much following the protocol right now. The first few days home were hard and I have to keep on her to remember to take the pain meds before therapy so that she can do the "work". She has already said she didn't think it would this hard and doesn't want to do the second knee. All the more reason to get her in the water. Even if she doesn't have the second surgery, she'll improve her balance and mobility.

I can't tell you how many injuries I've had over the years from sports and just being a klutz. Water always aided in the recovery and today was another example. Getting ready for work and trying to do too much, too fast, I missed a step on my inside staircase and went flying. Landed only on my left arm....missed all other body parts (even my a$$).

I really thought the arm was broken, it hurt so bad. Thank goodness, my son was home. I yelled for him and he came running, helped me up. I iced it and took some arnica while my son, cleaned off my car and off to work I went (I was the subbing and it was too late to find another teacher).

I took it easy while teaching my water classes and low and behold, by the end of the first class, I felt better. My arm is sore and bruised but, not stiff. If I hadn't gotten into the water, I 'd be in a lot worse shape tonight.

Not going to do my mom any good if I am laid up now am I? Slow down, breathe......

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CEELEE53 12/28/2010 7:39PM

    I can just see Felix on his perch looking down and thinking "WTF was that!" No doubt, you would have been in a whole lot of trouble if you were not so muscular and fit...yes you. Even through the weight, you have solid muscles. It's gotta be all the water aerobics and classes you teach.

Now stay out of trouble. We've got a road trip to plan.

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STLRZGRRL 12/22/2010 7:41AM

    Holy Cow, Pen... I wasn't thinking of a spa trip to the ortho, but...

SO glad you didn't do any more damage than a bad bruise... that arnica is the BOMB, innit?

Now, really... not so much on the rush-rush...

it will all get done...

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FRACTALMYTH 12/22/2010 2:26AM

    LOL Tracy always gives the best advice :D So glad your arm was not badly hurt and the water helped loosen it up.

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Mom's Recovery

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mom came home from the hospital yesterday with a new appreciation for the peace and quiet within her own set of walls. While she had very good care and rehab recovering from surgery, spending three weeks in any kind of care facility is not a restful state of bliss for anyone. My mom has not been hospitalized since shortly after the birth of my brother and sister, over 60 years ago.

Although she has her issues (arthritis, bad knees and back, high blood pressure & cholesterol ) and had fallen a few times (breaking her arm once and finger another time) at 83, she was doing okay and was always very independent. With her one knee so bad, it would buckle, it was necessary to do a total replacement. Tough surgery at any age. Healing has been difficult but, she has worked at it. Now that she is home, it's a new challenge to keep her moving toward recovery.

The one thing I can say is that she has slowed down considerably the last few years and is not very active, physically. Partly, it's due to pain and in part it's because she isn't motivated. I have tried to prod her to get in the water and exercise because that would keep her active while putting less stress on her joints. She has always had an excuse and she isn't really fond of water. I'm hoping as she feels better, I can finally convince her to get in the pool with me.

I am a great believer in the healing powers of water. Not only because I teach swimming and water aerobics but, because every time I have had an injury, water played an active role in my rehab. It has kept me mobile even when my joints ached and my motivation was low. Water gives me energy and improves my balance. When I am not in a pool regularly, I miss it.

So, I hope I can convince my mom to give it a try.....get her up and moving again.

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COACHPENNY 12/22/2010 1:52AM

    Thanks all, for the words of encouragement.

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STLRZGRRL 12/21/2010 6:30PM

    Ah, jeeze... Pen.. Sorry it took me all day to get home to read the deal here... (I'm websensed from blogs at work... )... My mom had her knees replaced in series at about age 60, I think...

it was not pleasant because the bone in the lower leg (what IS that called?) had bowed because the knee joint had become so deformed...

They did the better knee first because if she had to live through that second one first, she would never have agreed to do the other knee...

My bff came into the hospital room at the rehab hospital after the second one and said, "Mommy, I know you're happy you don't have THREE knees, huh?"

It made her laugh but it was b-a-d... she woke up from the anesthetic screaming the pain was so bad with that second one. Luckily I was still living back home with the family business then and I was able to take her to therapy every day and stayed with her through it all.. Once it was done, they were better than the originals but that was a hard time and she WAS motivated to get better...

Your mom is so much more fragile now at 83 than my mom was... she has GOT to get on the PT which I don't have to tell you.. but getting her to do it if she "don'wanna" is gonna be a chore...

You could just b!tch at her until she capitulates which would be MY way... sometimes the drill sergeant just has to get in there and get it done, yano?

I'm thinking about you both, Woman...

Science is good at the technical stuff lately but the soft skills... ya gotta have the soft skills, right?

Please have some Penny-time this holiday, willya?

Also, FractalMyth is not kidding about breaking her leg off 6 months ago... go look through her blogs from then... she scared the beejeezus outta me with that!

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FRACTALMYTH 12/21/2010 3:06PM

    I hope you can convince her! I fractured my femur 6 months ago, but today I am able to run again, and I am certain I would not have recovered so quickly without water aerobics.

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CARRAND 12/20/2010 6:25PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. I agree with you that water exercise would be very good for her.

My Dad was afraid of the water most of his life, but finally got the courage to learn to swim at the age of 75. It's never too late! He also rode an exercise bike for many years. He only gave it up at the age of 92. He's 97 now (or will be on New Year's Eve) and is in a nursing home. He's still pretty sharp, all things considered, and is in good health for his age. He had to go in a home because his bladder quit emptying on it's own and he needed a catheter full time. He uses a little oxygen now, too, and is unsteady on his feet, but he stays cheerful. He says one of these days he'll be an old man.

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Life is......

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What is on your mind each day when you put on your shoes and walk out the door? Are you thinking about the day ahead, how many errands to run, what bills to pay, what to make for dinner? Are you counting steps, calories and minutes? Are you rushing from home to work to gym/library/ grocery store and home?

STOP! SLOW DOWN!..... Life is more than that. More than an endless stream to dos, checkbook entries and ATMs.

Life is......a little kid with a goofy, sweet smile asking you to bend down and look for a four leaf clover.

Life is......taking the time to call a friend, visit with your mom or dad, kiss your kids.

Life is......telling your one and only, he's your one and only.

Life the moments that brush past us while we make our way from one day to the next.

Don't let them slip by.......

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CITYZOZO 8/26/2010 6:37PM

    great blog...wonderful!

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SARAWMS48 8/24/2010 5:38PM

    Some times I think that I'm doing nothing since I was laid off last July. Then, I remember that when I was working I wanted more time to work in the yard, to write, to visit my kids and my mom, to see friends, to be with my husband. Now I have the time if I will value it. Thanks for the reminder of what matters.

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A Nice Day Connecting with an Old Friend

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I picked up the phone one day last month and a voice so familiar said,"I've been looking for you." An old friend, a girl that used to work for me when she was a teen, had looked me up and we caught up on our lives over the past so many years.

We made a date to meet and that was yesterday. She and her four girls and grand baby girl, traveled a couple of hours back to our neck of the burbs visit. It was a lovely sunny day, breezy and warm but, not hot. She is exactly as I remember, sweet and kind, a good kid grown up into a very nice woman. She married young to a good guy. I recalled being a demanding, impatient boss and she recalled that I was tough and taught her a lot. Didn't I say she was kind?

The day was spent over lunch and enjoying our local arboretum. The younger girls played in the kid's garden as we adults watched and walked and talked. She is good to her girls and they to her and it was amazing to see her now and remember her as a teen. They stayed to supper like family and got to see my adult kids and hubby. Come to think of it, they are like family. We plan to meet up again soon with her hubby too.

Life is about connections. People weave in and out but, the connections remain. The past holds a glimpse of the future. We don't always get to see how are our life impacts another. It's a blessing when we do.

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COACHPENNY 6/13/2010 9:59PM

    Trace, I am sure they keep your picture on their night stands!

After our visit, I received an email from my old friend. She thanked me for being a tough boss, that it made her what she is today. She has the confidence to run a restaurant and knows how to do it right. I can't tell you how much that meant to me.

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STLRZGRRL 6/13/2010 6:01PM

    It IS!

How cool to be found! It is to your great credit, Penny, that she wanted to find you!

I wonder how the poor creatures who have done their best to labor in my employ think about me when enough time has elapsed for them to recover... lulz...


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