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HELP!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My kid has ataxic CP, she's 10 and still can't ride a bike with training wheels without white knuckling it the entire time! I entered her into a contest for an adaptive bike, she needs votes to get it. Just push the vote button, no need to enter any info. We only have 5 days to get 50 qualifying votes! Please help...she has such a tough time, this will really help her life!!

https://www.friendshipcircle.org/bik
es/2014/03/lexi-3/


Update:
I'm not sure why the link won't work directly, it seems you have to copy and paste it to get to the site where you nominate her. I will update folks about if she wins one, she's qualfied now with 174 votes!! Thank you for your help! She would need at least 12,000 nominations to get a bike for sure. The 50 votes qualified her to be in the lottery for 10 bikes. Our fingers are crossed.

  
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CYNTHIUSS 3/28/2014 5:13PM

    she didn't win, but the community outpouring was stunning, thank you soo much

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KALIGIRL 3/21/2014 1:55PM

    Done and good luck.

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CYNTHIUSS 3/21/2014 12:12PM

    Lexi qualified for the raffle at 50 nominations. She now has 174 nominations. You only get one lottery ticket for qualifying. The top nomination kid automatically gets a bike. The top kid now has over 10,000 nominations! It would be incredible if folks reposted and somehow she got 12,000 nominations!! I am thankful for all the nominations she has already received, thank you all so much!! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/21/2014 2:27AM

    done love made 171 votes.is it one ticket in raffle per child or 1 raffel ticket every 50 votes?if the later let us know and i will also post the link on my fgriend status and in a blog for you.let us know.other than that how are you doing love.goodluck,let us know if lexi wins one or not. emoticon

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HAPPY-DESTINY 3/20/2014 11:47PM

    When I voted for you..the count was 162 nominations! emoticon emoticon

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FRABBIT 3/20/2014 6:42PM

  Just voted but I had to edit the link to make it work. It ended up with a space in the middle of lexi-3.

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one block at a time, getting in the groove

Thursday, February 06, 2014

I'm here, I'm spinning the wheel, I'm logging my food and fitness minutes...I'm checking off my goals! Last night I was looking at my goals and saw I still hadn't completed some....there was the push! I took the time to complete them just so I could check them off! It's working, the incentives of spinning, growing points, seeing the goal checklist completed, the goodies, the comments on my blog....they have me engaged!


I'm looking at making it through my day, one block at a time, I'm looking at time blocking. I'm experimenting with which size block is the most effective. I think 3 hour blocks are best, but I'm not sure yet. In my blocks I'm including exercise, even if it's just 10 minutes of stretching. It adds up. With 3 hour blocks, 6-9am, 9-12 am, 12-3 pm, 3-6 pm, 6-9 pm, that gives me 5 blocks....at 10 minutes a block that's 50 fitness minutes a day!

Within those time blocks I have my task list. I'm also trying to build in self care and personal growth items as well, like meditation, journalling & playing a game. Those seem to fall to the bottom of the list....got to figure out how to make myself more iimportant. If I can't add in fun and items of personal value...I tend to burn out and get overwhelmed by the work load....hopelessness erodes my committment....I resort to stress eating, don't even commit time to prepare good food...bad food equals low energy that is poor quality (foggy brained), I get less done, feel worse about myself, eat more junk food...viscious circle...I need a different shape, perhaps a 5 pointed star, continually leading back to the center of health, no matter how many times I go the wrong direction... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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RITZIBROWN 2/18/2014 7:14AM

    The blocking idea is a great one emoticon

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SALAM4545 2/8/2014 1:49AM

    I love the time blocking idea! I'm going to try it!

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CHERKYLE 2/7/2014 2:22PM

    Great idea!!!

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KALIGIRL 2/7/2014 8:26AM

    Time blocking sounds like a super strategy!
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HAPPY-DESTINY 2/7/2014 12:14AM

    Keep Moving Forward! emoticon

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POCKETFULOFSUN 2/6/2014 8:10PM

    I think I will steal this blocking method...One of my new other goals is to stand every hour. Thats one of the down falls of all the points and spins...I sit here for over an hour after dinner trying to get as many points as possible...I may be a little obsessed. perhaps I should get going...lol. Great Ideas here thanks for sharing.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/6/2014 1:33PM

    love the blocking idea. emoticon

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MANDYLOVE_76 2/6/2014 1:29PM

    Goals are great motivation keep it up!

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again...I'm back...again sabatoging/indulging self....again...

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Been here, done this, it's been very good for me. Good people, good ideas, good inspiration, good things to learn about, good incentives, just plain good for me! Then life happened in fast mode...got very ill the end of 2012 with diverticulitis....then surgery - bowel resection in early 2013....that took a long time to heal from....then my 10 year old child became seriously, seriously ill with lung disease and a serious heart condition...many hospitalizations, two heart surgeries....in between I had 2 more surgeries.....left knee and right hand.....my daughter, Lexi, got out of hospital 10 days ago after her open heart valve replacement, she is doing amazingly well, may be going back to school before long....me on the other hand... that knee is taking forever to recover! My surgery was no where near as major and it was 7 weeks ago! I slipped on a puddle in Ronald McDonald house during my daughters other heart surgery....ACL, MCL and complex miniscus tear....my surgery was between her 2. I'm still hobbling, going to PT, being good about my exercises. If i would lose weight I'd heal faster. Just the thought of focusing on losing weight (instead of indulging my every whim....and this medical rollercoaster has resulted in many whims)....just thinking of losing weight has plunged me into opposional eating...Dairy Queen mocha moo latte, large, 2 days in a row at 820 calories....that's sabotaging. Now that I've got that over with and I'm telling on myself...perhaps I can reclaim consciously feeding myself healthy foods that will sustain and heal me. A few weeks back as I was blubbering in pain and eating potato chips my 10 year old said, "you can't eat your sadness"... she's got it....and that girl knows pain...

  
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SUSANSCH 2/5/2014 11:51PM

    You are making good progress....take me along with you!

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SALAM4545 2/5/2014 4:18PM

    Sending you loving thoughts and emoticon I know caring for your daughter has been tough, especially with your own injuries. I'm sending positive energies that you can both get well, physically, mentally & emotionally. So hug that beautiful daughter of yours, tell her I asked her to hug you for me, and know that there are people who are rooting for you.

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MANDYLOVE_76 2/5/2014 11:15AM

    You can do it. It sounds like you have an amazing kid. Good luck and we are here for you!

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KALIGIRL 2/5/2014 8:13AM

    What a year! and what wonderful insight, "you can't eat your sadness"...
So glad you are back and looking forward to our new emoticonship.
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IMLOCOLINDA 2/5/2014 3:28AM

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/5/2014 2:12AM

    first emoticon i think you need it.i am very sorry love that you are going through so much.wished i could help.what you went through with your daughter is one of my biggest fears for my son.as you know he also has lung and heart problems.wished you had said that the knee was less painful by now and not so much pain for yourself but also for me i have a knee replacement op coming up on my left knee as we÷ll lol.hope you and yout very wise daughter recover soon and remember her wise words about not eating your sadness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAMROCKY2K 2/5/2014 12:57AM

    Wow.. a very smart daughter who cares about her mom. Set an attainable goal TODAY and go for it. I've been here 7 years and I set it yesterday. Today I woke up excited about the choice. YOU CAN do it for the family and yourself.
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LJCANNON 2/5/2014 12:55AM

    emoticon It is so good to see you here and taking steps toward a Long, Healthy Future with that Very Wise Daughter of yours!!

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KALTSCHWAGER 2/4/2014 11:52PM

    I'm sorry for all you've gone through! I hope you're both on the road to recovery. When life gets hard it just gets in the way of our best laid plans. BUT, you've caught yourself! Every day is new. You get a new opportunity to start fresh.

Good luck!

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scared skinny

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Or really, scared healthy. Scared skinny somehow sounded better for a title... I talked to a surgeon today, he's expecting I'll need a bowel resection due to recurrent diverticulitis...The fat on my abdomen is my biggest health risk. More for the surgeons to cut through, more stress on every body system, contributed to the diverticulitis to start with. Fat is my biggest health risk all the way around, literally. I'm wearing an intertube of fat, fat crowds my organs, infiltrates my liver, clogs my veins, makes my heart work harder, my lungs work harder, my ankles struggle, my knees hurt, fat grows skin tags between the rolls, fat stinks, literally. I have a hundred reasons how I got here, I have one to let it go, I want to live and fat may kill me. I passed up the cookie and potatoe chips at dinner. I'm scared.

  
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HOPEFUL2DAY! 8/29/2012 11:25PM

    I'm so sorry you are struggling right now. My son had this surgery done when he was little. He had two separate surgeries that removed part of his intestines. The first time was a section of the large intestines and the second was a section of the smaller including the illiocecal valve.

My heart goes out to you. We are all either in the same place you are, or quickly approaching that time when we have to seriously face the decisions we've made with our bodies over the years, but it's never too late to start fighting to reverse it. Please know you are not alone. Someone on here has been or is where you are.

I wish I had amazing words of wisdom, but the truth is, I just don't want you to feel like you are standing alone.

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DEBBY4576 8/29/2012 4:43PM

    Oh sweetie. I bet you are scared!! You can do this.

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THINAGIN2 8/29/2012 4:15PM

    Now it's time to make a plan and stick with it!
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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/29/2012 11:26AM

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TEAM-ERIC 8/29/2012 4:07AM

    We sound so similar. I think you found the door that will lead you to success. Fear is a great motivator. It's become mine.

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the chips and cookies away!

Diana

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DJ4HEALTH 8/28/2012 11:49PM

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Inspiration from others led me back

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I got an e-mail from Spark, a sharing of how weight buried the real person, insulated her from living. I knew that was true for me as well. I read peoples comments. Some of the comments touched my soul. One was a quote about being in the journey versus being a critic of the journeying person. I'm not savy enough to get that quote here right now, it was a Roosevelt quote from 1910, from another member. I friended him. His sharing of the inspirational quote resonated in a part of my life I've been struggling with, the critic of my journey. The critic is always somewhere, in some form. It may be past or present. It may be a goverment official (as in my case) or in your own head (which is also my case often, although over the years I've been transforming my inner critic into an optimist....I digress).
Another comment was about building a path with bricks.....a supportive beautifully written comment that reminded me I was in the process of placing the next brick in my journey. I could look back at the path I've come from, stand where I am and take in now, and I could look forward to the future as I decide where to place that next brick. And as I decide where that path will lead....
Anyway, it all brought me back here. The inspirational pieces shared by various members reminded me what an amazing constellation we are. A constellation of sensitive, wise, creative souls journeying and trying to be conscious of the journey. An inspiring constellation of multifaceted beauty.

I'm ready to let my star shine, a good healthy shimmer, delighting in now and in putting down the brick on my path carefully, aiming toward a future full of choices, I want to journey amongst this constellation of amazing folks. As for the critic....it was just a piece of rock that looked like a falling star....flying past....

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SUSANSCH 1/28/2012 6:41PM

    ya, ya, here I am ... I'll try too.



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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/27/2012 10:47AM

    emoticonit is great to see you bloging again love and to know you are still here.i also have been hit and miss on here as life gets in the way along with that my own doubts in my self and my abilities.like you i plan on taking one brick at atime to make my yellow brick path on the way to finding the real me and hopefully reaching goal at the same time,..i wish you luck and patience on youir journey but i know you will reach your destinations end.have faith,believe inyourself.you can do this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFUL2DAY! 1/27/2012 12:34AM

    I am so glad you're back and I can so relate to that "critic". I am my own worst critic and unfortunately - I'm really good at it. Trying to drown out that voice that says I can't.

Awesome idea on the timer! I used it today. It made me more aware of time in chunks. That may sound odd, but it was all running together in one ginormous slide I had no control of. Putting time in chunks and then designating what I was going to do with it was awesome. I actually got my house straightened and a ton of homework completed! Best of all - I drank my water, stayed in my food ranges and the exercise I did when I cleaned the house (ya gotta start somewhere, right?)

Thanks for the encouragement and again, it's good to see you. :)
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NANCY1BE 1/26/2012 6:38PM

    Welcome Back and Good luck! I just found my way back too. From a poignant spark email ;-)

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BLUE42DOWN 1/26/2012 4:32PM

    Beautifully stated.

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