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Day 25, how is this helpin me?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ahhhh Day 25 !!!! I have NOT slipped. I may, if a bad illness hits, but even right now, with foot hurting like mad, I was able to while at my religious meeting,,, to get in 20 mins of "walking" well that's "walking" with One foot, which was pushing along my knee walker.

I may also do some beginners shoulder, upper back yoga. Prob will,,, they are hurting, and as most of us know,, when you lay around,, sit around,, ,and do NOT take a proaction against pain, it just GROWS to an UNREAL source is misery.

How is doing a streak helping me? I had read it would in MANY ways,

So far,,, I am now again starting to pay attention to my calorie intake. I am dropping weight this week,,,,, I ALWAYS do when I am careful. So WILL U !!

So PLZ track,,, it doesn't matter how "much time" you do as long as it's over 10 mins a day,,, if ur doing a streak of exercise. Of course once you start,, it's HARD to stop !

Join me?

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MSGRANNYMAE 9/17/2014 11:18PM


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CANDOK1260 9/17/2014 8:10PM

    your blog is wonderful like you i am going to strat a exercise streak.

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SHERYLDS 9/17/2014 6:53PM

We can all learn from your persistence and drive.
thanks for the inspiration

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/17/2014 1:41PM

    Yay, Diane! Yep~ I join you. I found out after this summer of only tracking my food when the challenge required it, that I really love to track my food and fitness on a daily basis. It is the easiest and smartest way to keep my focus on my top priority! Woo HOO to making our great health our top priority! Thank you Spark People for making it so easy!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDENZMOM 9/17/2014 10:20AM

    good for you Diane!

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/17/2014 1:19AM

    Tracking is the only thing that really does help me stay "clean" with my food. The exercise is important, but I have to say, i still don't really wanna do it!! Glad that we'll be back into the swing of the fall challenge soon! Hugs, Jeannie

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MSHEL7 9/17/2014 12:05AM

    Great, congrats!!

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Day 21 streak, yoga for back - beginners

Friday, September 12, 2014

WOOHOOO Today is day 21 of my exercise streak !!! Tonight I was talking to our FABOOOOLOUS MaryAnn(GI) and she said to not think of it, as 1,000 days and if I "Screw up" to not let be thought of as a "Screw up" as I had been considering it to be. Said to take it in smaller increments. Such as in 50 days at a time, it'll not be sooo daunting. :) That's good advice, but PLZ DO NOT tell her I agree ! LOL ! I am such a STINKER !

Todays yoga ,,, I worked on my back. I had earlier today seen my back Dr,, who does massage work ,, he does NOT POP my bones,,, that only makes me very ill ! my left side ,,, the ribs are out. That's not at all unusual for me,,, it's usually what is going on. He puts them back in, and I see him every other week, and they are back out again,,, hmmm can we say Scoliosis? Before I went out to Colorado to receive the best medical I ever have seen, I was bent at approx 20% forward,,, now only my shoulders, neck are. That's a vast improvement. :) THANKS Dr T !

Here's the link to the yoga done tonight,,, now keep in mind, if this is ur first time,,, you most likely can't do some of the moves in a perfect way but neither do I, and I've been doing this for a bit,,, still give it a try, especially if ur back, shoulders do hurt. It HAS helped me tonight,,,, In a bit, I am going to lay down and sleep. I will go right out,, first I need to the "child pose" in which you sit on ur knees,,,, than bend forward til ur head is touching the ground,,, just as you see little ones doing. Hence the name,,, I slept like this well into my 20s, so it's quite easy to do for me, though I am now in my mid 50s. I can also with no effort sit "Cross legged". I used to be a gymnast,,,, somethings I always kept up.

the link:


ENJOY and TY for reading ! Today is day 21 of my strreak,, have you also started one? I encourage you to ! There are MANY Days I simply do NOT want to exercise, but thanks to this streak,,,,, which I do NOT wanna break,, I DO ANYWAYS ! WOOOHOOOWL A!

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/16/2014 3:06PM

    emoticon Hey your doing fantastic on your streak! Saw the video , that going to help me with my neck! Thanks a whole bunch Diane. You find the neatest exercise videos.
HUgs emoticon

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DBEAU57 9/12/2014 9:54PM

    I will give that video a try tomorrow! Thanks! Mid-50s? You young thing! I'll be 59 in 2 1/2 weeks!


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MSGRANNYMAE 9/12/2014 9:50PM

    Be proud of yourself!!! emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/12/2014 7:53PM

    Streakin' right thru day 21 - Woo HOO for you Diane! You Rock!

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MSHEL7 9/12/2014 11:44AM

    21 days, you're doing fantastic. They say you can change a habit in 3 week, so you're there, keep it up.

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Streak Day 20, triggers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today is day 20 of my exercise streak ! WOOOHOOOO !! more yoga,,, for my neck, which has decided it's wants to be very sore. Tomorrow I FINALLY since the end of May see the back Dr,, who will work on my entire body,,, starting with my neck ! WOOHOOO !!!!

For the Fall Challenge, we've been asked: What are your triggers?
Like most of us, I DO at times eat emotionally. I had just lost my Dad less than 2 weeks ago, and also Dick, who I considered my 2nd Dad a few days after. They were both so sick, it's a relief to know they are no longer hurting. I did watch the video tonight "Daddy let Go" and it did of course make me cry, as it had since I first watched it when he was well,, knowing this day was coming. Also a sad one, bout a parent asking their child to plz understand "when I get old" and the the things an older one goes thru, that if someone is NOT patience with an older loved one,,, could be "irrating" but, shoot, we will all get old (hopefully) so as you wish to be done to you, do to ur parents and other older ones you care for. we will be them,,, sooner than we wish. I have a peaceful heart,,, that no matter how many times my Dad repeated the SAME CORNY jokes,,, and he DID many times,,,, in my heart,, I knew the time would come when he couldn't say them any more to me,,, I have held each one,,, tucked deep into my own heart. I did not mind that. I didn't mind any of the older things he did,,, I had seen my grandmother do them,,, and held them as precious gold,, knowing someday i'd also miss her,, it's been well over 20 yrs,,, I do miss her,, and he.

So yeah, emotions if I were to let them "get the best of me" I'd eat like a horse who hadn't seen hay in months ! I need to be mindful of this.

My Favs foods when i do this are: Ice cream (Thankfully there's an ice cream shop up the street which has "WOW COW" ice cream ,,,soft served for 65 cals for a small ,,, add in the cone it's 85 cals. Wahhhh they will be closing soon.

I also ADORE pasteries ! I need to be sooo careful of not bringing them in,,, I have ZERO control over them. Chips I CAN control almost always. I also LOVE to munch down on dry cereal.

So I'll watch out for those emotions,,, they do happen, but if I do eat to much on a snack, its NO REASON to throw in the WHOLE DAY !

TY for reading this.

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DBEAU57 9/11/2014 9:55PM

    Pastries used to be my downfall. If I eat them now, I get sick. I've been away from white flour, white rice, and white pasta for over 5 years and my body can't tolerate them anymore. So I stay away from all that stuff ..... far away!

My downfalls are nuts.... I can't eat just a few! Once I get started, I've eaten a cup before I realize it! So now I painstakingly take out 5 ....yeah, just 5. Then I put the bag up and close the pantry. I take those 5 nuts to the table and I eat them SLOWLY.

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RABBITOLM 9/11/2014 2:33PM

    Fresh bakery pastries are my kryptonite. I hear ya! I buy frozen yogurt on occasion, and thankfully my hubby usually eats most of it so I don't get much of an opportunity to splurge on it.


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CHERIRIDDELL 9/11/2014 12:57AM

    I substitute frozen yogurt for ice cream

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HELEN_BRU 9/11/2014 12:14AM

    I am so happy you are forging on! I'm better if I don't even bring the stuff in the house b/c I'll get 2 or three and then eat all of them!

Looking forward to the challenge taking off. . . and so happy to be with the SUDS once again! Thanks, Diane!!! emoticon

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MSHEL7 9/10/2014 9:50PM

    I can't have pastries in the house at all anymore. Ice cream is something I can take or leave, unless we have oreos in the house, then I can't leave any of them. We're talking a gallon bucket and a package of oreos later, here's tubby Michelle again. I just don't buy the oreos anymore.

I love that you're getting in your streaks. I'm on day 3 of treadmill and workout dvd, going good!! Have a great night!

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/10/2014 9:28PM

    Oh my...ice cream is a huge trigger for me, but also any sweet, salty or crunchy foods. So many triggers, so little control. I just have to keep them out of my house. Sometimes they find their way in and guess what...the next thing I know, they are in my stomach and on my hips!!! Not good! Have had you in my prayers, Diane! Love, Jeannie

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Day 16, Help for neck, shoulders/Headaches

Saturday, September 06, 2014


Today I feel kinda LAZY !! We all have those days. But, what do we DO with them? Take OFF ALL day from exercise? ANd let the THOUGHTS control our actions? Or move any ways, and hope as you start,, it HELPS !

I was earlier on reading a SPARK Article on depression, which I used to suffer from sooo badly. It was RIGHT on, it pointed out that exercise DOES help increase the endorphin's in our brains, a FEEL GOOD pathway for helping with the depression. Depending on where it is one is at,,, if the exercise alone is enough. It can HARD to fight that inner "I am doomed, why bother" thought. yet, if we do, we are rewarded, in so many ways. If you do any exercise,,, with music so you can SING the words,,, well you cant do 2 things at once, so y ou WILL Break that cycle if only for a bit. CONGRATS for it !

Today my foot (surgery 10 weeks ago, still in cast) is hurting, so yeah, I didn't/couldn't do much. I turned to my trusty youtube video's. Decided to NOT do anything that'd involve moving my legs. That'd only hurt me more.

I instead worked on my neck (always hurting lately ! STUPID Cat climbs on me,,, once asleep,, and I sleep like the dead so I have NO clue, but than I do NOT move during the sleep,, as I do when she doesn't. This causes headaches, tight shoulders, and neck. So I was looking for video's tonight for this help,, ahhhh ! NICE ! RELIEF !

Heres a link for those 3 area's in one:


Now I WILL Sleep bettah ! YEAH ! And I feel freer,, also did a neck one from Jen Hillman. Did some on my own, that I knew,,, all in all,, ,30 mins for a LAZY DAY !!! WOOHOO

TY for reading.

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EDENZMOM 9/8/2014 8:51AM

    good on you for modifying your workouts!
cant wait to start the next challenge! I'm gearing up and getting my Fall workouts in order :)

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    emoticon Diane,
I tried those exercises and I loved them. It really did help my neck! and I was able to rest better. Takes so much for the Link!

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/7/2014 7:21PM

    Hi, Diane. So glad you can always find another way to get some good exercise and relief for your neck at the same time. We are so excited! Richard goes to the doc tomorrow and God willing, the air cast/boot will go away!!!!! The little wounds he had are healing very well now and I know once the boot is off, they will be better in no time. It's been a long haul, as you know. I hope all is going better for you and that you will have good luck with yours, too!! Love, Jeannie

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MSGRANNYMAE 9/7/2014 5:41PM

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MSHEL7 9/6/2014 11:18PM

    Great getting your minutes in, you're doing really well with your streak. I always have 1 streak or another going. My cat sleeps with me some too, sometimes he really gets my back stiff. Last night I dreamed that we put my fitbit on him when we put him out for the night so that we could tell how far he travels every night. What a funny dream. DH and I laughed several times about it today.

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Day 15, gorgeous, lovely day

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Today one of those late summer days we wish we could BOTTLE up and keep forever !! it was just PERFECT !! High 70s, with a strong breeze,,,, just a GREAT Day for sitting on the Green Belt (Walking path,which goes thru many towns/cities here in Maine. I am soooo fortunate to live on it. I asked though for the SUNNY side of the building,,, but, had they of given me the harbor view,,, I think that would of been ok to, though I dO ADORE the sunshine ! LOL So does the Meower I own, or rather who OWNS ME !

We walked a bit of the pathway, me using my knee walker (I AM AGAIN SIGH,, non weight bearing and this WILL continue thru the 23 whhen the cast F dINALLY comes off ! Man oh man,, 12 weeks (3 months) in 4 different casts is ENOUGH ! I will need to releaIrn how to walk again, this is my 3rd time relearning.... so hopefully I will NOT need PT ! I dread to all ends of the earth,, PT !

We had to keep on stopping and resting. my friend, was the driver of the car, when we were in the accident. She now uses a walker. So yeah, we were very slow, and many stopped to smile at the effort we had to make,,, and that was nice.
I figure all in all,,, for my 10 mins a day streak at least,,,, I did 25 mine s in all of walking. One knee UP on the knee walker, the other let doing ALL the pushing, which included 1 1/2 min of a steep incline. i had to work HARD on that!!! but yet, it was invigorating.

So far, so GOOD !! Aiming in all,, 1,000 days without a day missed, at least 10 mins. I read how it helps U to stay WAY MORAH Aware of food you eat,,,,, boosts ur moral,,, keeping moving,,, and on Sparks, can help you to thrive, so you wish to expand ur hs, orizons, and become encouraging to others by being a Leader,, which i am,,, (worked as a manager),,, and all of this leads too,,,, SUCCESS !

TY for reading.

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MSGRANNYMAE 9/10/2014 3:21PM

    Be proud of yourself ! emoticon

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MAINEALI 9/6/2014 3:17PM

    You must be on the other side of Maine from me. It's still hot and humid here! Tomorrow is going to be great! You determination is inspiring!

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KATIBUG49 9/6/2014 2:47PM

    Congrats, you did an awesome job, most people do nothing but set & complain about what is wrong, you moved & did even more than you thought you could. emoticon

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MSHEL7 9/6/2014 12:16PM

    Sounds great, I would love to see the Green Belt some day. I'm so proud of you for getting out there and pushing through your limitations!!

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DBEAU57 9/6/2014 10:19AM

    What a wonderful day! Nothing beats getting out in the sunshine on a pleasantly warm day! I'm so glad you got out to enjoy it. And Kudos on the walking! Even with the walker, you were burning calories, especially on that incline!


A emoticon is better than a emoticon !

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/6/2014 10:18AM

    emoticon WooHoo! Diane,

You are truly an inspiration! I totally agree with Cheri! You definitely will reach the 1000 days of 10 min exercise! YOU ROCK! emoticon


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CHERIRIDDELL 9/6/2014 1:06AM

    Diane you are amazing and will always be a success ! hugs,Cheri

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