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Fantastic Friday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

A day at the Necrologist and Power 90!

I went to the Necrologist today. He's a kidney stone specialist. They never tested the stones I passed but they tested my output for 48 hours in February. Based on that, he's determined that my kidneys are outputting way more calcium then they need to. He doubts it's because I'm eating more than I need and he's worried that it's coming from my bones OR my kidneys are not working properly! He put me on chlorthalidone, which is a high blood pressure med. It also tricks the kidneys into thinking my body needs more calcium so they stop taking so much. He told me to drink 3 cups of milk a day or equivalent in yogurt etc. I have to stop using salt and I HAVE to get my water intake back up to 64 ounces minimum. He also thinks I'm vitamin D deficient - which is funny because I asked my primary care dr. how it was in Dec. and he said it was fine! OK...so that's that with the kidney stuff....on to

POWER 90!
OMG I am so outa shape! I knew right along that the workouts I've been doing are not enough for me. I'm shaking from the power 90 and it's really not that hard of a workout but it is INTENSE...so needless to say...that's what I'm using from now on.

I also took a nice walk with Sabrina...probably a mile or a little more. She was happy, I was happy. My boys took off for VA and will be back Sunday. I miss them already.

and Finally,
I was soooo excited because I finally had 2.5 hours to watch HBP and I actually had access to the TV because the boys are gone and so I "on demanded" it and was told I cannot do it at this time...I think it's cuz Tom forgot to pay the bill for 2 months and just sent a payment in on Monday....I'm gonna beat him! So...my HBP hopes are dashed again!

Tomorrow I'm off for a fun-filled girls day in wine country. Limo picks us up at 9:15. I can't wait. I will spend the entire day with my BFF. I'll post pics tomorrow!

Love you all!

  
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NIMAWEYGH 4/24/2010 7:37PM

    Wow this sounds like a great day except for the HP stuff. We are watching the LOTR new DVD's on BlueRay this weekend....so good.

Well, I am still waiting to see those pictures or were you all to tipsy to take them............LOL

Hope you had a gr8 day.

Nims

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SUETINGE 4/24/2010 12:47PM

    Have fun! I'll be looking for the pics.

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DISPATCH91 4/24/2010 11:53AM

    yep, don't forget to share the pics. Have a fun, fun, time.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/24/2010 9:49AM

    cant wait to see the pics!!! HAVE FUN!!

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Marvelous Monday!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Thanks for the comments on yesterday's blog. We did get a 1 mile family walk in last night. Sabrina was very happy and so was I! I think the boys were too.

As for today. I weighed in - I'm down 2 lbs and I'm 1/2 inch smaller EVERYWHERE! I'm thrilled. I'm off to update my tracker...which will show a gain as I started using a new scale and it's weighing me 5 lbs heavier...but I don't care - I know I lost. So I finally made peace with the scale.

My goals for toady are:
Get my water in
Get my strength and cardio in
Straighten up the office
Clean our bedroom - once and for all!

Have a Sparkly day everyone!

  
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CATIATM 4/22/2010 2:01PM

    I think your success is emoticon and I like your "toady" goals! emoticon

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JENIFIREHARP 4/21/2010 11:10PM

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/19/2010 6:58PM

    YAY Debbe!!!

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SUETINGE 4/19/2010 2:03PM

    YAY! I think we're almost all off to a great start this term! I have a feeling this is going to be a wonderful term for all of Hogwarts.

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DISPATCH91 4/19/2010 11:09AM

    Way to go you loser you. emoticon

I am so very proud and happy for you. This is so going to be a wonderful term.

hugs, hugs, hugs

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FIENDISHSARAH 4/19/2010 8:50AM

    YAY! I know this is going to be an awesome term! Seeing the ticker go down is a *wonderful* feeling! emoticon

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Stupendous Sunday

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday is the end of a week and the wind down to begin the new week. I always used to love to take walks with Tom, Dom and Sinatra on Sundays. I feel so bad that we haven't gotten into that habit with Sabrina yet. I really want to get back into that habit with my family. Today is rainy right now but if it clears up later, I am going to get us moving.

When Sinatra was put down and we got Sabrina, I wanted to keep the tradition going but my kidney stones, broken leg and achilles problems have really taken a toll on the routine. The weather is finally breaking and I think it's time to start that wonderful tradition up again...

Today is the day...


...one of our many walks with Sinatra

and now it's time for our little girl to have some fun too!

  
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FIENDISHSARAH 4/29/2010 9:19AM

    Awww is she winking? What a cute pupper! I'm sure you guys will be walking again in no time! emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 4/19/2010 6:13AM

    Good for you for resuming your walk again! I bet everyone enjoyed it. Please keep it up!
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JENIFIREHARP 4/18/2010 11:40PM

    I say go for it... start some new memories with a new friend.

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SUETINGE 4/18/2010 7:33PM

    Enjoy your walks!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 4/18/2010 12:24PM

    You and Sabrina will love those walks! It's hard to recreate a memory that was shared with someone so special, but I hope that in doing so, you also have a feeling of peace.

*HUGS*

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CATIATM 4/18/2010 11:56AM

    awww - It's a great idea, Deb. You've had a lot - A LOT - going on lately, but I'm sure you'll be out there on family walks as soon as you're ready.

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WOW - 2 years!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Someone wished me a happy anniversary today...I couldn't figure out why...then i realized I have been on Sparkpeople for 2 years! What a smack upside the head that was!

2 years....2 years....I'm no further ahead than I was when I started! That makes me think that I do need to rethink what I'm doing. I only had 25 to 30 lbs to lose...shouldn't I be at goal and maintaining after 2 years?!

I'm so disappointed in myself. I cannot believe that I have let 2 years go by and to see no results....

This weekend I was in NYC. It was torrential downpours and unbelievable winds and you know what I couldn't keep up! I couldn't keep up! That's smack in the face number 2. I was running and I couldn't keep up. That's the first time EVER that I've felt that way.

Is it because of the crappy year I've had physically? I don't know. I do know that the physical junk is over with and I really need to start this journey again. My son is going to only be 7. I'm going to be 46. I want to be here for him....why can't I want it enought? Why can't I find the ONE thing to motivate me? You would think that getting healthy and being around to watch my child grow up would be enough...what the hell is wrong with me????

Why is junk food and being lazy more important than ME???? Why can't I figure this out? I'm baffled....

2 years....and nothing to show for it.... how sad...

  
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CJBAGGINS 4/5/2010 1:34PM

    I think Cat said it best.
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Seriously, it is upsetting when we are not where we thought we'd be. I'm in the same boat, Debbe, I really am. I've been on here longer than you as well. I'm coming up on three years!

I kept wondering where my motivation had gone, but the truth is, it doesn't come and go like we think it does - it's always there, we just have to tap into it.

This article helped me:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/re
source/motivation_articles.asp?
id=630

It made a lot of sense to me. It's the little things that help me get back on track, I think because when I consciously choose to make a small change or take a healthy baby step, I want to do another and another. Suddenly, there's my motivation back! It's starting that one small step that is the trick!

What is that small step you can do today that may start you on a series of small steps that will kickstart your motivation?

All the best to you, my friend.

cj


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STARTSPARKING 3/26/2010 4:26AM

    Sorry your second Sparkiversary got you feeling melancholy and upset at yourself. I can relate to your frustrations because I have backtracked SO much after the initial first few months. However, I think the fact that you are still active on SP means that you have not completely abandoned your pursuit for a healthier lifestyle. Just surf around SP, and you will see that most people who sign up don't actually stay for long. We haven't given up yet, my friend. THAT counts for SOMETHING! Let's keep going...
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CATIATM 3/17/2010 11:46AM

    Happy Sparkiversary! I know you're not where you wanted to be, but I've certainly enjoyed knowing you on your journey ... and after all, isn't your life all about making me happy? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENIFIREHARP 3/16/2010 11:21PM

    I don't believe that you have accomplished NOTHING in two years... you may not have come as far as you wanted BUT you have taken a journey. Life happens and not the way we plan it. Should I consider myself a disappointment because I didn't reach every goal I made for myself? Or be disappointed I don't look like a super model? Or be sad that my skin isn't firm and young? HECK NO! I love myself battle scars and all!!! You are a terrific person and I think that you will find that Spark that will lead you to yourself, and it begins by saying I LOVE MYSELF FOR WHO I AM RIGHT NOW. Believe me when I say that a million people can say you are great but if you are only focused on the negatives, you will still feel like crap. And you are not crap! You are a wonderful mom and wife and I am sending you this with a hug and a kick in the behind. Don't do this for anyone but yourself. Start fresh, right now, and take one tiny step towards the sunshine, celebrate every little achievement... you are Debbe and you are an amazing wonderful person who deserves to be healthy and happy!!!

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DISPATCH91 3/16/2010 5:45PM

    Hugs, hugs, hugs I understand. I am just now beginning to make progress and I had to change the way I thought and felt. Felt because it seemed deep down I was having a problem with believing I deserve to be healthy and slim.

That was a great blog but no more beating yourself up. This is a new day, a new start. What past is past and nothing can be done about it.

I do agree with Heather sometimes our commitments keep up from taking care of ourselve cause we have no time or energy left to do it.

Today you are starting anew and you need to believe you deserve this. You can do it. You are one amazing lady.


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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 3/16/2010 5:09PM

    I'm in the same position...three years on SP this weekend, and what do I have to show? Yeah, nothing. let's make this OUR year!!! You can do it!

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RINOACHAN 3/16/2010 4:20PM

    sounds like time to take stock and evaluate! But you do have tons of SP friends, and hopefully some knowledge that you've gained over the last 2 years. Don't be so hard on yourself, but pick yourself up!!

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DDUNKIES 3/16/2010 3:29PM

    Holy cow (to quote the Meatloaf song), "you took the words right out of my mouth" Debbe i TOTALLY understand what you are typing and i feel the same way- i definitely think its time to re-evaluate and get us back on track- WE CAN DO IT!!! love ya donna

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FIENDISHSARAH 3/16/2010 9:53AM

    You have it in you, I know you do! We ALL do! It takes a special something to get motivated. To this day, I still don't know what mine is, but somedays it just seems to click more than others.

I know I recently sat down and thought about how I felt when I lost. It was the best feeling ever. I made my second motivational collage, with lots of inpsirational pictures and words from magazines. Maybe try making a new one, sometimes starting from scratch can help! I put mine in my living room so I can see it from there, when I watch tv, and when I workout, and I can see it from the kitchen too. I'm even thinking of sticking a picture of Jillian Michaels on my desk at work =P

Do you track your food? I've made myself do it and seeing what I eat helps. If I'm out, I keep a notepad with me so I can write down what I ate so I do't forget. I cleaned out my cupboards of junk, I went through my clothes to see what I wanted to still fit into and threw out the big stuff so I wouldn't go back into it. I browse catalogues to see what I want to wear once I am thin and imagine running full fledged some day. It's like I constantly have to be thinking of it in order for it to work. It's annoying, it takes over my mind, but it keeps my priorities in check.

There's so many little things you could try and hopefully one of them will act like a trigger! Think back to when you were losing- what did it? Was there a catalyst?

I've got all my faith in you Deb! Either way, you are a wonderful person and one of the best friends I have! I consider myself lucky to have met ya! I'll be here whenever you need me to talk and try to help! I just wish I was in NY so we could be real life work out buddies!

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HPTHATBME 3/16/2010 9:51AM

    Sometimes I wonder if all the commitments we hold ourselves to help suck our motivation dry. There is so much that we try to do and want to do that when it comes time to do the stuff we need to do for ourselves our energy, desire, and all is gone.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/16/2010 6:30AM

    i think alot of us, including me, need to stop and rethink.
so lets call TODAY our first day and do this thing!!

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My Decision

Friday, March 05, 2010

i have been soul searching for quite a while. I have felt "off" since last spring. Between the kidney stones, litho, broken leg, bladder surgery and achilles problems, I have gotten so out of my good habits.

What has happened is I find myself sitting at this computer for hours at a time. When I get up my back and achilles are so sore I can barely walk. This is NOT healthy. I am on Sparkpeople too much. I am on Facebook too much. I have to be on the computer to get my plans together and to do research. My house is a mess and I am spreading myself too thin.

Some of my friends will noticed that I pushed the button and I have left a lot of teams...not because I don't value you all but because I have to figure this all out. I have stayed on as leader at Hogwarts still and I have stayed on my LOTR team and my PMS team. I will be using Sparkpeople only to do exercise videos that I need to do. ( I like the ab videos)

If I am still on the computer too much because of my 3 teams, I will take a complete spark break for a while. I have to lose weight. I have to get my cholesterol down. I have to get healthy and I have to be comfortable in my own skin again. Right now, I'm not. I 'm not happy this way and I need to change....

I probably will not even go on facebook for a while.

Just know that I am cheering you all on....but RL is too demanding and I need to find a balance and right now my exercise has all but disappeared. I need to find myself again. So if you don't hear from me, it's not that I'm not thinking of you....but I AM thinking of me and I HAVE to get back to where I used to be....

Here's to us all reaching our goals!

xoxo

  
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CATIATM 3/14/2010 10:58AM

    I do certainly understand. I've had trouble fitting any personal time into my life for the past few months, and as much as I love Hogwarts, I've had to dial it back. Sparkpeople has to fit into RL. Good luck finding that balance!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/6/2010 6:41PM

    Debbe good for you for doing the best thing for YOU!!! spark will be here when you are ready...as will we. if i can help let me know!!
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Hollly

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 3/6/2010 11:57AM

    I'm sorry to see you go, but I definitely understand where you're coming from. I've just done the same thing, and only stayed on my most active teams. Sometimes you just have to do what's right for YOU!

HUGS!

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STARTSPARKING 3/5/2010 9:48PM

    Too much of anything is never good. Balance is key. So far I have resisted signing up for Facebook and Twitter because I don't want to spend any more time on the computer than I already do. Please take good care of yourself, and I wish you success in reaching your goals.
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HPTHATBME 3/5/2010 9:12PM

    I completely understand where you are coming from, and I do hope you find the balance soon. I wish you the best, and definitely stay in touch if you do take a spark break!!! If you ever want to come back to the Meadow, just let us know.

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-SEVEN- 3/5/2010 8:49PM

    I hope you find success also!! (and balance) Visit when you can... emoticon

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