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Tuesday, 3/16 St.Patrick's Day Eve

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hi, Howdy, and Hello!!

It's been a busy day. My daughter had a doctor appointment, I had physical therapy, we went to do some grocery shopping, I had a doctor appointment, we did some chores around here, and I had an appointment with my 17 year old son to talk about his interest in joining hte army. All of these things were important, but the last has been weighing so heavy on my heart. I don't want to talk him out of it--I want him to understand that he doesn't have to sign up now. I want him to have more than the romanticized viewpoint of a teenager who thinks he is invonceable. I want him to have a pro and con list that he has really thought out. I don't think any young person is ready to make a life commitment at his age, let alone one that cannot be rescinded or that has such potential for being destructive. I have the name of a client of oneof my doctors who we are going to meet with. He is getting ready to retire from the army and has been in combat and has mentored young soldiers too. I don't want to give my son grizzly stories or romanticize this, I want him to know the truth about what being in the army is really like--the good, the bad, and the ugly. This gentleman is going to tell the stories and answer our questions. He is wanting to give back to his country because he has had a good life in the army, but he is realistic and knows the problems as well. I hope he calls me back soon so we can get this going.

I cannot believe what a nice change we have had n the weather--except for the parade day, it is spring-like, yay. My back is still in its flare and I am being gentle. I need to go to the pool again tomorrow--I am going to try a few different things--but there is nothing I can do to make the water temp more suitable for my body. I won't let that keep me away though...

Please stay focused on your goals--I am rereading "The Spark" before I start on Anne Fletcher's books. I will share some words of wisdome from her and her studies of people who have lost weight and maintained it for a good period of time. I do believe that is the biggest challenge for me.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/17/2010 11:06AM

    I completely understand your concerns about your son joining the service. It is a commitment for decades to come. It can be a really positive experience for some young men. Being in Vietnam destroyed my first husband but his uncle and my uncle thrived on service life and retired in their 40's from careers in the Air Force. Much has to do with what kind of man your son is. Is he a team player? Does he like regimentation and routine? Like to be told what to do - when to get up, go to bed, even go to the restroom at times? Work well with others? I hope that he makes a good choice and if he chooses to join that it is great for him. I'm sure you will be a great support to him no matter what his decision is.

My back is being twingey right now. LOL. I have to baby it. I hope your pool water is warmer this time.



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LMSTRAW 3/17/2010 1:16AM

    I wish you luck with your talk with your son. It's a scary thing: I agree, they're so young to be making such big and important decisions. I go with DH to a military base and I want to cry; these men and women who are fighting for us and dying to protect us are just children. I know on the one hand that we have to be willing to defend our country. But, the other hand trembles with fear. I'll keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Whatever he does, just trust that he will be takne care of.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and yours.
Linda

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BLESSED2BEME 3/17/2010 12:56AM

    I am retired Air Force - spent 20 years in the service. I left home at 18 to join the AF in order to get away from an abusive step-dad. I was also terrified of college so the military seemed to be a better choice for me. For the most part it was a good life but I'd have a hard time recommending it now unless someone seriously looks into the whole picture. I'm glad you are doing that. There are many pros & cons. I will keep this in my prayers!

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Monday 3/15 5 Ways Working Out Can Benefit Your Skin

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hi, Happy Monday,

I've been busy and not busy today. Iy s noce to be on sp[ring break and to "run the show" so to speak. I have done what I needed to do and what I wanted to do all day today. I learned a few things about the differences in a regular heated pool and a warm pool--and the effect on my arthritis. The fitness center we belong to has a nice, regular indoor pool and since I was discharged from pool therapy, I headed over there to do my work out. I didn't get the same soothing, supportive feel from the water and I assume that part of that is due to the temperature. The rest of it is that the way this pool is set up, I couldn't do my exercises in water as deep as I have been doing them in. It is a full size pool, but it has a much more intense drop off after the 3.5 foot area and I can't try and stand on that incline and do much that is appropriate for my back and posture. Now, that being said and my fussing done--I did do the workout, because I need the strengthening too. I am hoping that I will adjust to the differences and be the better for them in time.

I received the following information today in an email from Everyday Health. It was new to me and I am passing it on to my teenaged, young adult children and thought that some of you might be interested in this as well. It can be found in its entirety at:
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5 Ways Working Out Can Benefit Your Skin
By Diana Rodriguez and Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

5 Ways Working Out Benefits Your Skin

Beyond heart health and bone building, exercise has a positive effect on your skinís appearance, too. Hereís why:

1.Exercise makes you sweat. Sweat purges your body of toxins that can clog pores and plague your skin with pimples and blemishes. Sandra M. Johnson, MD, a dermatologist with Johnson Dermatology in Fort Smith, Ark says: "Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, increases neuronal stimulation, and allows the sweat glands to increase their functions and rid the toxins." Once you sweat out those toxins, it's important to wash them off ó you don't want to leave them sitting on your skin to possibly cause a bacterial or viral infection.

2.Exercise tones your muscles. The more toned you are beneath your skin, the healthier your skin will look and feel. Toning your muscles may also help to minimize the appearance of cellulite, the dimply fat that often strikes thighs and buttocks. You can't exercise cellulite away, but you can help it look better.

3.Exercise boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin. That increased blood flow carries more oxygen to the skin. The boost in blood flow and oxygen to the skin cells also carries nutrients that improve skin health, supporting all the effort you make with skin care products on the skin surface.

4.Exercise eases stress and those mind-body benefits may extend to your complexion. Itís known to boost hormone production and suppress the body's ability to heal, but regular workouts can keep stress ó and possibly hard-to-manage skin conditions ó under control.

5.Exercise gives your complexion a beautiful, natural glow. When you exercise, your skin begins to produce more of its natural oils that help skin look supple and healthy. While that can naturally moisturize skin, remember to cleanse your face gently as part of yourskin care routine when you shower to prevent any breakouts.

Make exercise your secret skin care ingredient for a young, healthier, and smoother complexion.

Last Updated: 08/27/2009
This section created and produced exclusively by the editorial staff of EverydayHealth.com. © 2010 EverydayHealth.com; all rights reserved. This section created and produced exclusively by the editorial staff of EverydayHealth.com. © 2009 EverydayHealth.com; all rights reserved.
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The more that I learn about exercise, activity and fitness, the more I understand why it has to be an important part of my life!!

  
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KKKAREN 3/16/2010 7:14AM

    I have considered joining the YMCA because of their pool and gym. The pool is outside and heated but only to 72 degrees. I like water temps of 80 or so. I have a small pool here at home with that same incline you describe and it's not heated. In the summer I use that pool and just skip the winter.

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JHADZHIA 3/15/2010 11:17PM

    I have had recovery time in a nice warm pool (after my knee replacements), then did water exercises in a competition pool (kept colder than normal for swimmers) for five years, and found I really had to work it to keep warm and really needed the hot tub after to prevent tightening and cramping up. The pool I currently get to is normal temperature for a leisure pool, but I still find I need to work out intensely or start to stiffen and get cramps in the cooler water. So I usually leave the class as soon as it slows down and do my stretching in the hot tub. It is a shame they can't let us continue to use the therapeutic pool.
One of my favorite places to visit is a mineral spa with their soothing hot waters, and Mom and I go spend a few days up to a week there, usually once a year (its expensive, of course). I never felt so good and spend all day there from 10 am to 10 pm with a good book, get lots of reading done, and gentle workouts throughout the day. If you have one of these hot springs places near you, and could afford it, it would be a worthwhile trip and so relaxing!
Great article on how exercise helps the skin! I have a great skin and I attribute it to always drinking lots of water (way more than the minimum required), because I have always drank lots of water, but have not always been able to exercise due to extensive layoffs from surgeries. Every little bit helps!
Hope you have a good night!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/15/2010 10:59PM

    I was wondering if the change in pools would affect your work out. My ex and I used to have a pool and sometimes it was not warm enough for me. I need warm water.

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Sunday, 3/14 Snacks for under 50 calories

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hi everyone,

I enjoyed church today--got to sneak away from the children's church long enough to hear my 14 year old daughter sing. Marissa has a beautiful soprano voice and sounds as accomplished as many adults who sing. It brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to go to the pool today, but nobody will take me or go with me, so it will get to wait until tomorrow--but if I wait again, nobody will get any car keys for anything. My weigh in was a bit disappointing. I had a .1 loss--I knew that I was due for a maintenance ype of week because it happens from time to time, but shoot, now I am ,2 away from 80 pounds lost. Ah, there will be next week. emoticon

I want to share a list of snack foods that I read on an email from ediets today. I have included the author and the source in the email, so I am giving credit where credit is due. Most of these are pretty familiar to me, but there are a couple of original ideas and a couple of them are just plain yucky. Anyway, these are ideas for people with a sweet tooth and I thought that it might help some of my friends out, so here goes:


Low-Cal Treats Under 50 Calories Each!
By Garry Messick, eDiets Contributor Wednesday, March, 19, 2008

Are you on a diet or thinking about going on one, but horrified at the thought of the agony of de-sweets (as in not being able to eat any)? Never fear, eDiets is here with a list of delicious desserts and snacks, all of which have 50 calories or fewer:

Fruit Bars -- These are healthy alternatives to popsicles. Various companies put out bars made of fruit juice and/or fruit pulp without added sugar, which you can find in your grocer's freezer. They're usually about 30 to 50 calories each.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn -- Make 4 cups of popcorn and put it in a bowl. Add 3 packets of Splenda or Equal, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar and 1 melted tablespoon of your favorite brand of zero-calorie butter substitute. Mix it all up and you have four servings of one delicious snack. Be a mensch and share it with your buddies. Each serving has about 50 calories.

Root Beer Float -- Fill a tumbler about 3/4 of the way with diet root beer, then drop in a 1/4 cup of light vanilla ice cream. It tastes darn close to the "real thing," and it comes in at right about 50 calories.

Eight Large Strawberries -- If unadulterated strawberries aren't sweet enough for you, cut it back to five and cover them with two teaspoons of confectioner's sugar. Either way, you're looking at only around 45 to 49 calories. Strawberries are berry, berry good to you!

Jelly Toast -- It's not just for breakfast anymore! Toast a slice of bread (preferably whole-grain) and coat with that zero-cal butter substitute we talked about earlier. Spread a teaspoon of your favorite jam or jelly on it. Bada-bing, bada-boom: 50 quick calories.

Gelatin Drink -- Get a box of sugar-free gelatin, whatever flavor you please. Prepare the mix as directed, but instead of refrigerating to solidify it, simply drink it. It's surprisingly filling, and only about 10 to 40 calories, depending on the brand.

A Medium-Sized Peach -- We're talking about38 calories, plus some fiber and vitamins. And here's a great little variation to just eating it straight: Cut the peach in half and grill it. You'll caramelize the natural sugars, and it tastes dee-lish.

Five Maraschino Cherries -- Give the sundaes to the kids (sob!), and keep the maraschinos for you. They're savory-sweet and five of them add up to just 50 calories.

Pudding -- Get a sugar-free, fat-free pudding mix, and make it with skim milk. You can add a little Splenda if you want it sweeter. There are virtually no calories.

Two Large Marshmallows -- If you want to scorch them with a lighter and pretend you're camping, go right ahead. Or eat just one -- coated in chocolate syrup. Either way, you're only sucking in a measly 46 calories.

Watermelon -- One cup of watermelon pieces equals 50 calories, not counting the seeds. (Come on, are you really that hungry?)

A Medium-Sized Tomato -- Slice it up, sprinkle lightly with your favorite seasoning. Refreshing and delicious -- and just 35 calories.

Garry Messick is a writer and filmmaker. He lives in Florida with his wife and daughter.
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Like I said, several of these have been part of my eating plan for along time. I disagree with their comments about pudding--most skim milk pudding servings are around 100 calories. I also think the gelatin beverage is a bit gross. However, my thought was to help you to think about your snacks and to add to my list of ideas. It is something to think about.

Enjoy the rest of this weekend. I am going to plot out my daily schedule so that everyone around here knows I mean business about getting to the pool daily,
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PRINCESSLSH 3/15/2010 4:39PM

    Thanks, I see a couple I will definitely try.

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ENUFF81020 3/15/2010 4:10PM

    I am wondering if the toast is a slice of light bread--and the jelly must be sugar free or a spreadable fruit to get it to be so low in calories. I've never been a jelly person, I like peanut butter though. emoticon I'm the same way with barbeque sauce, sloppy joes, sweet and sour...I just don't want my protein to be sweet. (I save that for desserts, lol)

emoticonI just got home from the pool--not as nice or as comfortable for my back as the warm pool at physical therapy, but I sure did my work out and then some. I will do my part.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/15/2010 2:19PM

    I ope you can get to the pool soon!!

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FLUFFY1959 3/15/2010 9:19AM

    really enjoyed reading this one! sometimes it takes a village. I know for me i am lazy and grab the first thing i see(need to print this one out and hang it on the inside of the pantry!
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hugs,
Kathy

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KKKAREN 3/15/2010 7:25AM

    The Jelly Toast seems inaccurate also. My whole wheat toast alone is 90 calories. My favorite is fruit pops, I eat them all the time, my brand is only 25 calories.

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BLESSED2BEME 3/14/2010 10:30PM

    Made me think about my wonderful baked tomatoes that I make when my garden is ready. I'll have to create a lower fat version of the recipe this year though.

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MTNGRL 3/14/2010 9:13PM

    Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some are new ideas to me. Thanks!!!

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CAMDEN7 3/14/2010 4:14PM

    Thanks for the ideas, Sylvia. I especially like the root beer float one! emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/14/2010 3:00PM

    Great info in this blog..........I really was surprised with the gelatine drink. I'm going to try it.
Good luck with getting to the pool..you'll do it and it will feel sooooooo good.
Love Ya,

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COLDWINTER2010 3/14/2010 2:58PM

  Some of the suggestions sound good. Thank you for sharing.

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Saturday, 3/13 Happy Spring Break

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hi Everyone,

It has been a laid back day. We enjoyed the very blustery morning at the St.Patrick's Day parade--wow there were alot of conversation starters there. I am curious how people can be outdoors, in shirt sleeves and shorts, in very cold weather drinking beer in the morning...but they were sure having fun. The people next to us had a very large, handsome, well-behaved Great Dane and he stole my heart. He was better behaved than most of the people and ended up with his fair share of colorful beads. He didn't wiggle or start with any of the crazy antics or noise around--such a sweetie. My only wish is that I would have taken a thermos of hot cocoa for everyone and worn my heavy coat and hat. I wore my heaviest sweater with my heavy St. Patrick's Day cardigan and gloves. My son rescued me when he remembered that we had a sleeping bag in the car. I think we saw a bit of everything in this parade, it was the first time we went to it. The people next to us said that last year, all they wore were t-shirts with a sweatshirt. I think the silly Irish Elvises, the weiner mobile, the green guy and company from the baseball team certainly got the most chuckles from me. There were many floats with Irish clans and Irish families on them--lots of green, beads, and a bit of candy. It was fun.

After my husband got home, we planned the restof the weekend. We are going to go get the materials to start our tomato plants tomorrow. He is going to inventory what we have and then we will take care of those purchases and also some froceries. (We're running low on fruit and meat around here--can't have that, lol.)

My back is not as obnoxious right now, but I haven't done nearly as much as usual. I have been giving it heat in 20-30 min increments every coupleof hours. I did get one of those long pads that provide both heat and massage. The low massage is okay for a short while, but that vibration really bothers me more than soothes. I am going to the pool tomorrow after church. I have Children's Church tomorrow--so it will be a bit busier than some Sundays--and as usual, I have overplanned art and fun activities for the kids. It's my weigh in day as well...busy, busy.

I have 590 mnutes of activity for this week, which is a record for me. I haven't done any really new stuff, just more of the regular stuff, but I wonder if I am aggravating my back. Most of this has been under the watchful eyes of my PT, so I thought everything was okay. I have been discharged from pool therapy because I am more than capable of doing my exercises on my own. I need to figure out how to add some resistance to a couple of them, because I doubt that the fitness center has the equipment I use at PT--but if I cannot find a substitute, I guess I could increase the number of reps. I have grown to really love the pool.

Spring break is nice--I like being able to be on my own schedule and on my own time. I can be my most pushy and critical boss though, so I have to watch out. Enjoy the weekend, my friends. They are the best!
Gentle hugs to one and all, Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/15/2010 2:17PM

    The parade sounded fantastic. Thanks for telling us about it!!

I hope the back is better soon. I found the back vibrators did not help either when I had problems.

Enjoy your mini vacation!!





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MTNGRL 3/14/2010 1:47PM

    Spring break yeah!!! Enjoy your time off and don't push yourself too much! The parade sounds like fun but a little too chilly. You never know what the weather will do. Glad you had the sleeping bag! Way to go on the fitness minutes. I've slacked off a bit the last few days. Need to get back on the plan!

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Friday 3/12 Time for TLC

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hi everyone,

I am trying to think of everything I can do for myself during this time of a "nasty back flare." I did call my doctor and got their first available appointment of March 26 (the same day I have a check up with my GP). It's a ways off, so I am trying to come up with my own game plan.

I need to spend as much time in the pool as possible to be able to be active--it helps to be on spring break right now, that makes this easier. Today was my last official day in pool therapy and I will miss the warm pool, but now that it isn't frigid outside, the regular pool should work out well. I have heat on my back now and will use my pain meds regularly to try to keep the pain under control. I will avoid extra lifting and bending and will continue working with my physical therapists in the gym next week. Theyare writing the report to my doctor and I hope she includes her thoughts that I am not ready to return to work full days just yet. Our talk resulted in her worries that the stress and business of being a full-time working mom would win over my time for rehab and that I am not finished yet. I have had the same worry in the back of my mind--good intentions are not enough. I do intend to do everything I can to take care of myself though.

Finally, I have prayer to fall on. I know that I have strong, gentle hands encircling me and they have protected me through all kinds of tough things lately. I am sure that He will help me to help myself as we explore what is going on with my wayward body now.

Thanks again for each note, prayer, and thought of support. I continue to be blessed in so many ways and am so lucky to have each of you helping me to get through this difficult time.

Love and gentle hugs all round,
Sylvia

  
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LOULOUBELLE2 3/13/2010 5:04PM

    As usual Sylvia, you have a plan that will help. I just wish you didn't have to wait so long to get to see the DR. But unfortunately that's the way it goes nowadays.
I hope and pray that you get some relief in the pool. If not try gentle stretches or heat pads and then ice...that might help.
Love Ya,

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MTNGRL 3/13/2010 12:50PM

    Grrr, I hate that your appointment is so far away. Now I know hate is a strong word and I don't use it often, but it is the only word for how I feel!

I will keep you in prayers my dear.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/13/2010 12:41PM

    You have a well thought out plan for dealing with this problem. I hope you get some relief soon. emoticon

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KKKAREN 3/13/2010 7:56AM

    Sylvia, Sorry you have to deal with this flare up but it sounds like you have a good plan in place. I'll have you in my thoughts.

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JHADZHIA 3/13/2010 6:36AM

    Hi Sylvia,
Its a shame that appointment is so far away :( Its good that you are trying to take care of yourself as best you can. If you can find it, one of those torso-sized safe for sleeping on heating pads might be a good investment. My sister gave me one, and I am thankful for it every time I get up in the morning. Its very mild heat, but it seems to keep my muscles loose and relaxed. I generally use it on the part of my body that feels tense and sore and haven't woken up with nocturnal cramps (I really hate those) since I have been using it. I think she found it at WalMart.
I hope you have a good restful, weekend.
My thoughts will be with you,
Linda

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