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Doing Well

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I'm in a good place right now. My friend is out of ICU and is supposed to go home some time this week. I am not emotionally overeating. I am exercising and eating well. I am preparing for my annual Girl's Weekend Party. I am keeping a stable weight.

Thank you God!

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AELARLEE1 5/31/2011 1:12PM

    I am trying to get caught up on everyone's blogs since I have been so incredibly busy for about a month. I know this is a very late response, but hope that you are doing well. You are looking so good! I am praying for your friend.

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SAUCYSAILORESS 5/24/2011 12:00PM

    Good to see you're in a good place

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KOFFEENUT 5/19/2011 11:27PM

    I'm so glad you're doing well - you've had a LOT going on in your life!

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OURELEE1 5/19/2011 9:14PM

  So glad to hear you are doing well. Still praying for your friend.

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JOYINKY 5/19/2011 8:38PM

    That's great! Thanks for checking in and letting us know!
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LOULOUBELLE2 5/19/2011 6:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYour doing so good, I'm proud of you. emoticon

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RURAL3 5/19/2011 4:40PM

    emoticon emoticon Have fun on your weekend.

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TRIGFROST 5/19/2011 12:54PM

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DDOORN 5/19/2011 11:18AM


Wonderful news! Take gentle care of yourselves, you and your friend!


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I spent the day with my friend who has inoperable pancreatic cancer in ICU today and my heart was broken. She is in shock and does not seem like herself. She is lost and doesn't know what to do. I have no answers. I just listened and supported her as best I could. I supported her belief in God and her thankfulness for her friends but I felt helpless. She is a strong and optomistic woman and she is broken. I trust in the power of time and healing and know she will come out of this and be able to face what she has to, but I was just torn up and didn't know how to help. I was upbeat and supportive throughout the day, but fell apart at home. It is hard to see someone you care for with a terminal diagnoses and little hope. I did what I shouldn't do. I ate .... chocolate, ice cream and Peanut Butter...my 3 big trigger foods. I certainly can't be of any help to her when I am out of control. So I spent most of the night talking with DH, crying, letting out all my fears and pain. I feel better. From this moment on I will let my emotions out and not stuff them with food. That is my old life, not my new life. Health includes emotional health, not just the physical. I talked to DH, I wrote this blog, I will get some sleep and start right back into my healthy life ... for my friend AND for me.

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DDOORN 5/18/2011 11:48PM

    Sorry so late to your blog...! I will most definitely be keeping you and your friend in my heart, thoughts and prayers!


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    Am praying for you and your friend today.

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RITAROSE 5/13/2011 6:38AM

  I also have a very close friend who's cancer has matasticized in her organs. She is accepting though fighting the best she can, but realizes that it is a matter of time before the big "C" takes her home to glory. May God give you wisdom as you comfort her. Hugs, Ritarose

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KOFFEENUT 5/12/2011 10:08PM

    Although I have never had to walk in these shoes, I imagine I would want exactly what you provided - a friend who is not afraid to be with me when I'm lost and afraid. You don't have to have any answers. Your friend knows she is not alone, and that is huge.

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JOYINKY 5/12/2011 6:58AM

    Yes, Nancy; I know. You were there yesterday and that's how you helped; trust me on that. Lost my best friend to cancer some years ago; still miss her. Our focus those last months were to keep her life as normal as possible. Her strength amazed me. Glad you have support at home. Being there for her is all she needs you to do; so many drift away because they can't cope, I guess. Take care of yourself and take it one day at a time. Prayers for you and your friend. Be strong, Joy

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NEAN789 5/11/2011 11:31PM

  Thank you for your post...I cannot imagine how difficult this is for you and for her...I have often wondered about situations like this and it also fills me with fear. I think it is wonderful that you processed your emotions and recognized that feeling your feelings is a better option and sounds like its the person you want to be. I agree with the others to not beat yourself up for the food. This is where the rubber meets the road and sometimes it is just unimaginable. Hang in there and take it one day at a time. emoticon

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RURAL3 5/11/2011 11:10PM

    you did all the right things. (except the eating) but after that you recovered. We all have bumps in the road. Stress is real for us especially when we can only watch a situation happen and not be able to do anything about it. You will get through this. I see you have grown again in this encounter. The key is to realize what is happening and that you hav.e
Much love to you my friend. emoticon

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GISSELLET 5/11/2011 10:32PM

  So sorry to hear what your friend AND you are going through. I've gone through something similar recently and try to do things the other person would have liked to do, such as walking or sharing stories, to try to support them because I could do it when they couldn't. Be strong when you can and allow yourself to have your moments when you do without beating yourself up.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

I have been following the plan I set out for a week now and have lost 2 pounds. I have been exercising less intensely and eating less and I feel great. I am doing the Spring Challenge and have been consistent with tracking, doing the videos and even blogging 3 x week, I am going to keep this up. It feels really doable. I think changing things has made a difference in my weight. I think I was doing too much, getting hungry and eating too much.

By the way, my friend is having her pancreatic cancer surgery today so my thoughts and prayers have been with her all day. Please send yours her way if you would like. She says she needs all she can get.

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RURAL3 5/11/2011 11:12PM

    my dh's mom went through this. It is a long rough road.

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JOYINKY 5/9/2011 10:38PM

    Great going! Mixing things up has helped me too. Prayers for your friend. Hugs to you.

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CARLANNIE 5/9/2011 9:58PM

    Yeah - change it up. I feel so bad - I totally forgot I signed up for the Spring Challenge, and also I've flaked out on the 10,000 step challenge. I'm pathetic. Just too much going on right now. I have my Half Marathon coming up Saturday, so I'm psyching myself up for that.

Congrats on those two pounds down! Awesome. And I hope by now you have some good news about your friend.

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DDOORN 5/9/2011 9:46PM

    Two big thumbs up!!

Keeping your friend in my thoughts and prayers....


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OURELEE1 5/9/2011 5:38PM

  So glad for the 2 pound loss. Will keep your friend in my prayers. Life can be very tough at times.

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SUECHRIS50 5/9/2011 5:22PM

    emoticon whoopee for you,im so proud!!

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Plans and Strategies

Friday, May 06, 2011

I am going to:

Stay within my calorie range daily
Have at least a 500 calorie differential each day
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
Walk each day
Swim at least 1 x week
B ike at least 1 x week
Take at least 10,000 steps daily
Blog 3 x week
Do the Spring Challenge videos
When I have urge to eat mindlessly I will do an extra video and drink a glass of water before I make the decision as to whether to eat (Hopefully, I wont eat!)
Thank God daily for my family, friends, and health!

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RURAL3 5/8/2011 9:12PM

    emoticon committment is the key

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MNNICE 5/8/2011 6:22PM

    A plan is the first step to success!

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ROOBEARZ 5/7/2011 11:59PM

    Sounds great!!!

Curious though - what's this about? "Have at least a 500 calorie differential each day "

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OURELEE1 5/6/2011 9:23PM

  Sounds like a good plan. You can do it.

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JOYINKY 5/6/2011 7:49AM

    Sounds like a good plan. Plans can be tried and tweaked as necessary. Not planning is a setup to failure. You are a planner! Proud of you! Be well, Joy

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Moving Forward

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I am getting back into swimming again. It is easier on my back and very relaxing. My back is slowly improving but I always get very apprehensive when I have a bout of back pain. I don't want any more surgeries and I don't want to be disabled. I think I need to take care of my back more. I do back exercises daily, but I think because I have been feeling so good and enjoying my new fitness I have been very hard on my back. I think I am getting ready to move into a maintenance mode of "this is how I want to live for the rest of my life" rather than a losing weight and getting fit mode. I have lost weight and I am fit. Now I need to maintain this level of health and stop pushing so intensely. I can still remain active without putting some much pressure on my back.

I have 8 pounds to go to my original goal weight. Maybe I will lose it, maybe not. I will continue to watch my calories and nutrients and focus on my nutrition. I will continue moderate daily fitness. Lets see if I can lose those 8 pounds over the next year by moderation.

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RURAL3 5/5/2011 5:01PM

    You are a very wise woman Nancy. You listen to your body and mind and don't overdo. I think that is a good choice. I believe you will get there it will just be how your body tells you. You have had an amazing journey and come a long long way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARRYB1 5/5/2011 10:39AM

    You have done such a good job of losing, and I'm sure you'll stay on track with that winning attitude. emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 5/5/2011 9:48AM

    You sound very wise! You have accomplished so much! I saw something you posted recently about completing your first kickboxing class. That sounded way to robust for me! emoticon

Enjoy your new healthy lifestyle!

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CARLANNIE 5/5/2011 9:04AM

    That is a GREAT attitude, and the perfect one! Listening to your body is key to good health, and you have done fabulous things to help your body carry you along. Three cheers for nurturing yourself - hip, hip, hooray!!!

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JOYINKY 5/5/2011 9:02AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me. Ease into maintenance and listen to your body! Be well, Joy

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