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Summer Slump...My advice to you

Monday, August 03, 2009

When I started my summer vacation, I was ELATED! I wasn't taking any grad school classes, no work, no major plans of any kind... just relaxing and FINALLY having the motivation to bust it with my workouts and diet. During one of my relaxing times, I was reading an article in a fitness magazine about skin cancer. For some reason, I finally decided to have this big freckle on the back of my leg checked out. Two weeks after having it removed, I learned I had a VERY early melanoma. Because of it's location on my knee (it was dead centered on the back of my knee...where it bends), a plastic surgeon had to do a skin graph and remove it. Normally, there is a nasty scar where the incision happened, but I've got a nice, yet big, shark bite of a scar on the back of my knee. The freckle itself was 15mm in diameter and the area they had to remove around it was a 1cm diameter and 1cm depth. In order for me not to cause the stitches to burst, I had to wear a knee stabilizer for 2 weeks. Now, I have to come to share some of the things I have learned along this journey.

1. Stay AWAY from the tanning beds. My legs never saw the light of day, and I know this is where my melanoma came from.
2. Take the time to buy a cancer policy. I signed up for one only a few days before my doctor's visit, and it is well worth paying $20 a month just to have a little bit of peace of mind knowing that if I had to have the extra $$, it would be there.
3. Never take advantage of what health priveleges you may have. I never had knee problems, but when I couldn't physically bend my knee for two weeks, I never knew how much I relied on it! I guess the saying is true... You never know what you've got til it's gone!
4. Keep moving! I never realized how much I would miss being active until I couldn't!
5. When in doubt, check it out! If you have a concern about ANYTHING with your health, take the time to talk to your doctor and get it checked out. Yet again, you can't really put a price on peace of mind!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 8/3/2009 6:13PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing your story. So glad that you had it checked and things are taken care of. This is a great reminder to take care of ourselves.

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NETTY129 8/3/2009 1:13PM

    Those are some wonderful words of advice dixietiger. I hope you are doing better now. I too have some sun damage on my upper chest area. Thankfully this is not cancer, but I sure got a yelling from my dermatologist. So, I try very hard to stay out of the sun and put lotion on. I am scarred for life, but thankfully I am ok. I hope your activities get back to normal soon for you. Take care and have a wonderful day. Thanks for the advice!!! I'm sure it will help alot of people who read this!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STSF Goals

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Goals...

I have one major goal that's very broad...to be healthier. With that said, I have a few things I would like to do to get to that goal...

1. Change up the routine...try something new! I thoroughly enjoy my time on the elliptical machine, but who's to say I may not LOVE the Zumba class that's offered at my gym? At least once a week, I want to do something different!

2. As bad as it sounds, I really don't like fruit. The texture of it disgusts me, even though I enjoy the flavor...they just don't seem to mix well for me. As hard as it will be, I need to eat at least one piece/serving of fruit a day. As the summer continues, I'll try my best to increase it.

3. Research my restuarants very carefully! I enjoy eating out, and being single makes it easy to just grab something and go. I know this is my downfall, so I'm going to attempt to limit the number of times I go out to eat and research what the restaurant offers that is more "health friendly"

Here I go!

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NETTY129 6/25/2009 5:18AM

    Great ideas DIXIE!!! Those would be great starters to begin your healthier lifestyle. Good luck with eating the fruit. Maybe you'll even find some that you love. You never know!!! Keep up the great work!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great goals.... I too did not like fruit and I decided to implement a one bite rule and try every fruit that I could get my hands on. I would always tell my fiance: "If I dont like you... you will have to eat it" Slowly but surely I have been much more open to new things. The only thing I refuse to eat until now is kidney beans...
Keep at it you will get there! emoticon emoticon

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June Goals...Here We Go!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Here is a list of my goals for this month...

1. Do cardio/strength training/physical activity AT LEAST 5 times a week.

2. Limit the amount of weekly trips out to eat to only 2 times...including weekends (whew, that'll be tough)!

3. Incorporate more vegetables, and as tough as it is, fruits into my diet!

4. Enjoy having a summer vacation!

Check back... I'll keep you posted!

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NETTY129 6/7/2009 7:33PM

    You can do it DIXIETIGER!! You have some great goals set up for June!!! Let us know how you do!!!! Have a great week!!! emoticon

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School's out for summer!!!! Whooh hooh!!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

As any teacher will tell you, summer vacation is just as important to the teachers as it is to the students. This summer it is especially beneficial to me.

This is the first summer in over ten years that I have had absolutely nothing to complete. I've either taken classes or had a summer job since I was in the 11th grade! When someone asks me what I'm going to do this summer since my Master's Degree is complete, I've had 3 simple answers...sleep in a little, go to the gym, and get tight with Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless!

Today is my first official day of Summer vacation. I slept in late, there is no Young and the Restless on today, so that leaves one other thing to be taken care of...making it to the gym. Since I'm visiting family and my boyfriend this weekend, I decided that a nice walk outside would do the trick. I look forward to updating you with my progress of my summer weight loss journey. I also look forward to going back to work in August with less of me there, and jaws hitting the floor from my coworkers when there isn't as much of me there as when I left yesterday!


My First Blog

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

After all of today's technological advances, who would have ever thought it would take me this long to FINALLY post a blog? Well, here goes nothing...

Where do I begin? I guess it's best to tell you why I joined SP. A coworker of mine sent me a link to a website that she swore was wonderful. She also said the magic words..."Free Support". I am a firm believer that the more support I have, the more likely I am to stick with something. From the first day, I was hooked. I was overwhelmed with how many wonderful tools and people I found so quickly on this website. To this day, I'm still finding new things.

I will have to say that one of the most rewarding things I found on this website is the DONE girls group. I thoroughly enjoy hearing their experiences and advice, but most of all, I enjoy their support. There is never a day that someone doesn't amaze me in that group, whether it be a comment on a page, a positive reply to a thread, or a piece of advice. These ladies are AWESOME!

I look forward to blogging more and telling you all about my progress, setbacks, struggles, and happy stories.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/8/2009 9:04PM

    Welcome to Spark and The Done Girls!
It is a great site, so much info, nice folks, lots of support, etc., etc. You're gonna love it here!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 4/8/2009 6:42PM

    Great first blog.

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