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No time - not true

Monday, April 15, 2013

Most common excuse for not exercising, organizing meals, etc. is that we have no time. Life is so hectic.
Watched a SPARKS video about this just now - a real eye opener. The coach suggested tracking time that we spend watching tv and surfing the net. Skipping a tv show or exercising while you watch it, plus getting up 15 minutes early allows for a fast workout in the morning.
Time has been a convenient excuse for a few years, but not now.
All we have is time and no one ever knows how much, so I am choosing to use mine more wisely. Doesn't mean I wont snuggle down for a nap once in a while just for the sheer joy of it!

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KAB7801 4/15/2013 10:45PM

    It makes perfect sense to me emoticon

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Slow But Steady Wins the Battle

Friday, April 12, 2013

I am still recuperating from major surgery and just started back to work part time. I have decided to use the time away from my job to get better acquainted with SPARKPEOPLE. Building a binder of info based on nutrition, exercise, motivation and dealing with diabetes are my main focuses with a section on favorite recipes.
Since I am not on a diet, but on a new living plan, and because I was not cooking much but eating out a lot, I have moved back into the kitchen and am really enjoying it. It means setting aside time to research foods, grocery shop and prepare meals. My main frustration is cooking for one, so I am cooking for 4 to 6 and freezing quantities for other times. How nice to come home exhausted and be able to have home cooking after a few minutes in the microwave.
There are great recipes on SPARKPEOPLE. I don't have to live on plain, skinless, baked chicken and raw carrot sticks. I feel like I have entered a whole new world of discovery.
I have purchased a new digital scale and a set of 3 DVDs by Leslie Sansone for walking at home. Right now I must be very careful while I am in healing mode, but am starting slowly and cautiously.
There are many things that happen to motivate people to change their lives and lose weight. We read about their "aha" moments all the time. I have had many embarrassing and hurtful things happen that just were not that moment. I have prayed and cried and still felt like a slave to processed foods and especially chocolate. I always felt helpless and turned to comfort foods when sad, depressed, worried, angry, happy, bored...
I went to OA for a while and it seemed to be working until I realized that so many people were starting over, again and again. I felt defeated.
Doctors' warnings about impending health problems, 2 battles with cancer that included surgery and no need for follow-up treatments, somehow made me feel like I was always able to dodge the bullet.
Then Valentine's Day changed it all. Two days after surgery, I nearly died. They were about to send me from a small town hospital to ICU in a city hospital because my organs had shut down. Something inside of me said I was in a very dark place and I mentally pulled myself out. They did not have to send me. By Feb. 25th I was on my home with a great respect for doctors and nurses and a very humble gratitude for being given more time in this life.
I wrote down everything that happened during those 2 weeks. It was a terrible experience that I never want to forget. Now each day is a gift and this was my "aha" moment!
Unfortunately, the pattern of my life has always been that I need to be hit over the head or brought to my knees to realize things. It is such a hard way to learn. I do learn though.
I know every day will not be perfect, but every day will be a joy.

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JIBBIE49 4/12/2013 1:46AM

    Just don't quit.

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Breathe In and Breathe Out

Friday, March 29, 2013

On Valentine's Day, I nearly died of complications after surgery. With the best of hospital care, family support, and a strong will to survive, I am here today to embrace my gift of a longer life.
Once my systems began working again after shutting down, I experienced 6 days of detox from the drugs that had not been eliminated from my body from surgery. It was 6 days and nights of hallucinations, not knowing where I was, fear of closing my eyes or having the lights turned off in my hospital room and very dark dreams that woke me in a state of terror.
I had my face in books throughout the 60s so never experienced the drug haze back then and was not too happy to go through it now!
I had had major surgery and could not take anything stronger than Tylenol Extra Strength for pain because I was overdosed. I survived because of very caring doctors and nurses who were there day and night to help me get through the detox.
It was one of the worst and best experiences in my life. Worst because I thought I was lost forever in a very dark place and best because I experienced such love and support from family and health care professionals in a rural hospital in Alberta. I hope I never forget any of the details because I do not want to return to the place I was before surgery.
My job was my main focus before, and I lived a hectic life, eating fast foods, coming home exhausted to flop either in front of the TV or the computer.
My gift of a longer life is precious and not to be taken for granted. I have people to love and things to do and inside my overweight body is a healthy person saying, "Enough already!"

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/29/2013 4:44PM

    Welcome to the blog-o-sphere! Great first post!

Looking forward to hear more about your journey!

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CAROL494 3/29/2013 1:36PM

  Happy Easter to you! emoticon

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SPATTEN2001 3/29/2013 1:30PM

    Loved your post ... you are an inspiration! I suffered an acute myochardial infarction on 21 December and life suddenly becomes wholly different when you are faced with your own mortality. We can do this ... I will be right beside and behind you all the way!!

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