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When having a UTI is a GOOD thing - A Thankful Post

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I've been meaning to do a follow up blog to my last entry for a while now, but life keeps getting in the way. So of course, there's tons to update by now, but I'll try to do the "short version" (those of you who've known me longer than five minutes are laughing now, but honest, I'll try).
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When I went to the doctor on September 22nd, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure (and put on an ACE inhibitor and diuretic combination), AND was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (my A1C was 7.3, it's supposed to be under 7). She didn't put me on any medication for the diabetes at that time, but is giving me 3 months (long enough for a new A1C - it gives you about a 3 month average of your glucose levels over time) to get things under control using diet and exercise. I'll be having labs drawn and going back to discuss progress and make a plan from there in January.

SO, I came home ready to make changes. First, I withdrew from school - there was NO WAY I was going to get ANYTHING under control in the ridiculously stressful environment of nursing school (particularly considering I was only getting about 4 hours of sleep on a GOOD day, most days of the week). And before anyone worries, I already have a plan in place and will start back with the nursing classes in May for the summer semester (though I will be optimizing my time by taking a pharmacology class over spring semester - it's one of the weak areas of our program, so I figure it can only help). It will put me back by about half a year - instead of graduating this May, I'll be graduating in January of 2016, which I can live with. I am NOT giving up, I'm just "maneuvering according to circumstances."

The eating plan has been a bit of a challenge, simply in trying to balance the fact I have to watch carbs again (and I can do Atkins-style low carb without even thinking about it) and my preference of NOT cutting out entire food groups but approaching diet with "anything in moderation" (which worked extremely well for me here on Sparkpeople). Whatever I'm doing, it's working, at least with the weightloss. My fasting blood glucose has been generally staying between 115-125 (normal is under 100, I'd like mine to at least be consistently 110 or lower), though I still have occasional spikes and I haven't been able to trace the pattern of what causes them (except for not having hot chocolate spiked with Irish Cream before bed...that will kill it every time). I'm still having trouble fitting in the exercise, mostly due to timing (and the fact that for all of my good intentions, using the "wellness center" at work after I work a full shift is doomed to failure, 'cause I'm usually too beat up to be able to face a treadmill after walking 3-4 miles a night in the course of my job). But it's happening. AND I've got my sister, niece, daughter and girlfriend all looking to start training with me in January to do the half at the Flying Pig Marathon in May, which will be fabulous motivation! VERY excited about this plan!

So, I've been quietly doing my thing, getting my ducks in order, and *WHAM* I get hit by a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). I haven't had a full blown UTI in over 20 years (since I worked at Frisch's), since usually when I start experiencing what appear as possible symptoms I double-down on hygiene, water (which I'm currently drinking like a fish anyway) and cranberry juice, and it clears up in a day or so. Not so much this time, this one's not budging. SO, I made an appointment and went to see the doc on Monday this week. Which is the first time I've been back since the diagnoses of September.

First of all, their scale agreed with mine (not the actual numbers, but the difference was the same) - when I was there in September I weighed (on their scale) 255 lbs. When they weighed me on Monday, I weighed (on their scale) 236.8 - a difference of 18.2 lbs. According to MY scale, by Monday I'd gone from 250 lbs to 232 lbs - a difference of 18 lbs. WOOT! My doc was THRILLED with 18 lbs lost already! :) My blood pressure was stellar too - 119/75.

For the record, as of this morning I'm at 229.5 lbs - I've broken through the 20 lbs lost mark (and past the 230s)!
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So having this UTI, while a pain and annoyance, provided the opportunity to check in with my doc at something of a "midway point" and I got confirmation that the changes I'm making are heading me in the right direction! That, my friends, is something to be supremely thankful for!!

I leave you with a picture of something else that has me thankful every day - the most adorable grandbaby on the planet (okay, I may be biased, but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it). This was taken at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in October.
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/2/2014 12:22PM

    WOOHOO! CONGRATS! You are marvelous! You are doing great! I love your plan and the way you are regrouping and getting yourself set up for long term success. I still miss seeing you around Sparksville, but do understand that your life has been busy and stressful!

Keep moving in the right direction. One question? Can you use your fitness center at work before your shift? Is there a place to shower/change? Since you are having trouble getting it done after your shift maybe changing it up to before would work better for you.

I know that I always do better getting in my exercise before work than trying to do it after. Of course I'm doing it in my living room rather than at a gym/fitness center. But it is getting done.

Have fun!!!

PS: Love the pic!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 11/29/2014 6:24PM

    A1C below 7 only gets you below full-blown diabetes level, but you really need to have an A1C below 6, and ideal is 5.5 or below.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/28/2014 9:29AM

    How fabulous!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/27/2014 10:06PM

    Yes, that kid is cute!

You have a good plan and it's working. Well done! Keep posting on your terrific progress.

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DRPOOH63 11/27/2014 5:17PM

    Had to read this - the title fascinated me - congrats on your progress! emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/27/2014 2:39PM

    Been a long time since I've heard from you--last I knew, you were drowning in the stress of nursing school. I'm glad that you are giving yourself a break there--not giving up, but getting some breathing room! And whoo hoo on all your other victories--you are doing a FANTASTIC job!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/27/2014 2:00PM

    Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family!

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Dear Everybody - I'm Scared

Sunday, September 21, 2014

First of all, for anyone who has sent me PMs or poked me here, thanks! There's no way I can go back and respond, because my sparkmail is packed and overwhelming (mostly with team notices that are ridiculously out of date) so I'm just going to delete everything and start over.
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That said, starting over is something of the theme here, as something has to change. It's bad enough I've gained 26 lbs since my last blog entry in January. That was in the very beginning of what turned out to be a BEAST of a semester - we lost nearly half our numbers (my clinical group alone dropped by 4 on the last week to withdraw - happily they are all back and doing their second attempt at Nursing 102 this semester). I learned to cope with getting Bs that semester - I felt lucky to have survived and passed at all. Nursing 103 was just as intense, though it almost felt easy compared to the previous semester. Well, if I thought that was hard I hadn't seen hard yet - the classwork is going fine so far in Nursing 201 (our last semester with clinicals - next semester we work with a preceptor), and my maternity rotation is wonderful (yeah, it's where I want to end up), but the med-surg clinical is kicking my butt, mostly because I have an instructor who does everything by the book (including making us use the paperwork forms the rest of my instructors have altered, because whoever put them together has NO computer savvy and you have to reformat the durn things any time you type something), and has us all terrified. She's incredibly intimidating, it's like being in a skills test (remember the comment about being thrilled I'd passed without throwing up on the instructor's shoes?) for 8 hours straight. We're in week 5 now, and it's not getting any better (at least not for me, I've got two black marks on my record regarding the paperwork, and she's asked to meet with me during her office hours...I have a bad feeling no matter how many As I get in lecture, I'm going to end up unsatisfactory in clinical and have to do this over). All of which leads to what really has me scared...

The other night, as the mate and I were doing our usual "stupid TV and getting tipsy" routine, I started getting really shaky, had chills, and just generally felt crummy all of a sudden, and decided I needed to get to bed ASAP. I'd been drinking one of those frozen alcohol thingies (the pouches they sell at Kroger, I think this one was a peach daiquiri) and it almost felt like a sugar crash (except a crash makes no sense since I was pretty jacked up on sugar considering what I'd been drinking). Whatever it was, it was kind of scary. Yesterday at work, I decided to check my blood pressure. I tried again with a different size pressure cuff (which didn't work, I thought maybe the large was too large...it wasn't), and then took it again because I had a hard time believing what I'd seen the first time. Nope, my blood pressure really was 176/101. Now, this is at the end of a busy night, but I didn't feel particularly stressed or anything. Still...not good. This morning I decided to break out the self-blood-pressure kit I picked up in January for practice - I'd used it to practice on the mate, but had never tried to take my own blood pressure with it - and see what my resting blood pressure was before I got up (considering I've been waking UP stressed out, I figured it wouldn't be good). For those unaware of how blood pressures are taken, you pump up the cuff until you can't hear the heartbeat in the stethoscope, and then start releasing pressure - the moment you hear a heartbeat is when you take the top number, and when the heartbeat is no longer audible again you take that reading for the bottom number. Well, it's too small (even though it's a large, it's a "commercial" large - there are bigger ones in medical facilities), and I wasn't able to pump it up enough to get my top number. The highest I was able to pump the cuff without it coming off was to 140...and I could still hear my heartbeat (which is still not good, but that means it was *higher* than 140 - I'd like to know how much higher). As I released pressure, my heartbeat went away at 100. So at BEST my blood pressure was 140/100 - definitely not good. And I hadn't gotten out of bed yet!
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I've known for a while that this was getting to me - any time I think about clinicals (with the med-surg instructor, not my maternity clinical) my heart starts racing and I feel sick to my stomach (part of the problem with the paperwork, it's tough to make myself sit down and get it done, and it's taking most of us an average of 7 hours on a good day). I have school EVERY day during the week - lecture Monday and Tuesday, clinical Wednesday and Thursday, and the paperwork from Wednesday is due Friday by noon, so I'm up early on Fridays dealing with that. Which doesn't even take into account the homework, the ATI practice tests we have to take and do remediation on during our own time, or studying for tests. I live in a constant state of feeling slightly panicked, like I'm forgetting something. During the week, I'm averaging 3-4 hours of sleep a night (and I know the two days of 8 hours on weekends don't begin to make up for it). And I also know at mid term we have a 3 hour session in the SIM lab looming, which panics me whenever I think about it (it's not the fact the mannequins breathe...that's actually kind of cool, but having the instructors set up a scenario and then watch if you handle it the way they want you too is beyond crazy stress-making for me, it makes clinicals look like a casual walk in the park).
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I'm a wreck. Seriously. I'm stress eating, living on caffeine, drinking every night just to relax enough to get to sleep, and feel like I'm in a constant state of "fight or flight" (and flight sounds pretty good - I'm at the point I just want to dig a hole in the ground and hide). I vacillate on clinical days between "I'm gonna have a great day, I can do this!" and wondering if I'm going to be able to get out of my car and force myself to walk into the hospital. And now I'm not only an emotional basket case, but my body is starting to show signs of breaking down. Things can't keep going like this - I'm not even half-way through the semester yet.

So, I weighed myself when I got up (less than 10 lbs from my highest weight *sighs*), and I just spun the Spark wheel. I'm making a grocery list, and I'm going to increase the veggie content and maybe start picking up stuff for some of the healthier meals I used to make - lately, whatever is quick and makes leftovers is all I have bandwidth for caring about in terms of cooking, and I tend to simply eat at the cafeteria and snack on junk at home. I'm going to start drinking water again (I've really fallen hard off that wagon) and decrease the caffeine. I keep saying I need to find time to exercise, because I really miss it...but realistically I need to hold off on thinking about that for a minute (because finding time for that on top of everything else is just one more thing to stress out about, and that's the last thing I need at the moment).

Baby steps. TEENY TINY baby steps that won't stress me out. But still, I need to start taking them.

Keep me in your thoughts, friends. Because I'm not kidding.
I'm scared.
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ZCTMMOM1 9/28/2014 1:16PM

    Sweetie! I came on today to see if you had updated. WE can do this! You have an awesome support system and people who love you! We are both starting over. Let's do this!!

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JENNY888 9/26/2014 5:32PM

    Try to exercise just for 10 minutes a day. You will be surprised at how much better you feel with just that little amount. You can always find 10 minutes in a day. I don't go to bed until I have done it even if I have to do it in my bedroom just before going to bed.

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ZANNACHAN 9/23/2014 1:48AM

    *hugshugshugshugshugs* I've been there--stressed out of my #(@$#@ mind, even when I seem to be holding it more or less together I was barely holding on by stubborn fingernails. So I can sympathize a little too well. I don't have any great advice for you, however. The only things that worked for me were getting in a little exercise daily (I usually went for walks while listening to music that made me happy), studying to playlists that made me happy, remembering to eat regularly, trying to get as much sleep as I could (which I wasn't successful at), remembering to BIBO (breathe in, breathe out) when I started to panic, and frankly drinking a ton of green tea. I have joked for years that I got through grad school on caffeine and sugar; I wasn't able to cut the caffeine that last year (by the end I was drinking 2 pots of tea and a can of Mello Yello a day) but I was able to at least cut back on the sugar.

And you are right. Baby steps are your friend. I'd focus on 1) getting through your program and 2) stress management and not worrying too much about your weight for now. Stress makes me gain weight, at least, even without emotional eating. I swear I could eat 1300 calories a day but the stress would still pack on the pounds. My doctor told me not to worry too much about it--to keep up my healthy habits as best as I could and not to worry about the scale. He said that the weight would come off when the stress levels backed off and so far he was right. So try not to let the scale stress you out--you're already stressed enough. Try to take care of you, and right now that means reducing your stress as much as you can.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/22/2014 4:52PM

    **HUGS**
I have been hoping you are well, but barely hanging on myself most days. I know that you know what to do. You can and will get through this. I agree that the drinking alcohol every night probably isn't helping. I know it can help you get to sleep, but I always end up sleeping poorly after drinking to get to sleep. I agree that herbal teas before bed can help.

But as you said small baby steps to get yourself back on track. Is there anyone you can talk to about your fears and pressures? Someone who can help you prioritize and relax some? It sounds like you are under never ending stress right now. Make sure you take time to breathe (BIBO breathe in, breathe out).

Wishing you the best of everything.

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TENNISJIM 9/22/2014 6:08AM

    You can get through it

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MONETRUBY 9/21/2014 10:13PM

    emoticon , sweetie. I've been wondering about you, just never got around to letting you know that. The most important thing for you right now is self-care, so you can stay around and actually do that nursing stuff you're training to do. You are so right, start with baby steps, so you can start making some positive impacts on the health and well-being front. And I agree with several others, see if cutting down or out on the alcohol will help out with calming you down. I'll be sending out some good, positive energy your way.

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CINDHOLM 9/21/2014 9:52PM

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/21/2014 8:07PM

    I know you know this, but the alcohol isn't helping your blood pressure, weight, or anxiety levels. That needs to go first. When I was in grad school and working full-time, I found myself going for "just a glass" to help me sleep. I quickly realized I soon felt like I needed it, not just wanted it. I know it sounds lame, but switch it out for some herbal tea at night. It really does work much better as a sleep aid and stress reducer.

You can do this. You are a much stronger, more determined woman than several I know who have made it through nursing school. Take those baby steps, come here when you can for support and encouragement, and take care of yourself!

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SUETINGE 9/21/2014 6:10PM

    emoticon I know you can and will get through this because you are one strong woman. That said, the only way it will happen is if you can take care of you. It sounds like you're getting off on the right foot, baby steps to start. You might even think about just taking one or two minutes a day to just sit with your eyes closed and breathe deeply. That should help with both the stress and blood pressure issues.

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KAYZAKCX 9/21/2014 4:32PM

    Be careful. A friend of mine was finishing up work on his BSEET. He was living on coffee, Halloween sized candybars, a huge salad at work, and very little sleep (he would work from 5 am to 5 pm, then go to school until 10 pm, and work on homework until 2 -3 am. He ended up in the ICU for over a week and ended up with chronic medical issues.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/21/2014 4:08PM

    The other day, I read an article on 7 additional things that alcohol effects in our bodies. That would be the first thing I'd get rid of; the second would be caffeine. Wishing you better days.

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MM11113 9/21/2014 3:40PM

    Don't mess with the blood pressure. I had higher than yours and ended up with an amaloyd angiopathy. Not sure how to spell it, but I was bleeding in my brain for a month before I went to the doctor and eventually had enough tests to find out. And they thought it was tumors, so get things under control. You are young, you have your whole life.

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Sticking a toe in the proverbial pool...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

So, I'm in week 4 of Nursing 102 - which means I've mostly made it through "Boot Camp" (they warned us in Nursing 101 that the first 3 weeks were the make-or-break period). And wow, they weren't kidding - I can't remember ever living with such sustained astronomical stress levels. The first week or so, the mate had to put me back together on nearly a daily basis as I panicked over assignments and impending skills assessments (none of which was helped by multiple classes being cancelled due to weather but still being expected to do the work and know the material on our own). I went through daily periods of "I don't know if I can do this!" (and tentatively planning alternate educational pathways should I fall flat on my face).

But I'm still here. I passed my first "skills demonstration test" without throwing up on the instructor's shoes (I was that freaked out and terrified, it was a distinct possibility). I've been through my first test in lab (which I didn't do nearly as well on as I'd expected - BUT I didn't melt down over it, and I think I have a better study plan in place going forward). We have our first test in lecture tomorrow (a test for which we have to rely on our reading, the power points they gave us, and the miniscule amount of notes we managed to take in the one and only lecture period we've actually had so far, thanks to the weather) - and I'm feeling fairly prepared. And this week, we will step foot onto our actual clinical sites (for me, Drake Hospital) for the first time.

I'm excited!

In the meantime, life now totally revolves around school and work (because against advice, I'm still working full time - next semester I know I'll have to pull back, but until I have a plan to replace the insurance I'll lose when I shift to part time status, I really have no choice, as I HAVE to have insurance to attend clinicals). I'm making food that makes leftovers, because the mate and I just don't have any time for regular meals (he can't eat when he first gets up, and I shouldn't eat a huge meal as the last act of the day), so I'm making stuff with leftovers that are easy to heat up, stuff he can prep himself, and I'm mostly surviving on comfort foods myself.

And I'm up to 225.5 lbs as of this morning.

NONE of my scrub pants fit (even the new ones I just got for clinicals are already tighter than when I'd tried stuff on and ordered them). I keep a pair of white pants (that I don't normally wear because of ink stains on the pocket) in my locker at work as emergency back up, in case I actually split my pants (hasn't happened yet, but it's a distinct possibility at any moment). I've been in denial, trying to make it work because I keep telling myself I can't afford new ones (but the real reason has more to do with not wanting to actually buy anything in a larger size, I've already gone up to buying XL instead of the L I bought when I first did my STNA training, right after the Flying Pig when I was at my smallest).

This can't continue.

As far as exercise, I'm still getting a handle on things regarding the schedule and trying to add anything else in threatens to topple the tentative balance I have going...so I'm not going to stress about it. It may come in a few more weeks, once I've started the real clinical schedule (on campus clinicals are at a different time than when we'll be at Drake). Or it may not come until I go part time next semester. I have to give myself a little slack there.

But...I can get a better handle on food NOW, and I think I'm past the total spazzed out stress-case point, to where I think maybe I can be a little more reasonable than I've been so far.

SO, today I spun the wheel. And, I'm going to start tracking again. January 1st was far too ambitious, not having ANY idea how life was going to change once the semester started. But now that I'm in the thick of it, I can start paying attention a little better.

I have to.
If I have a stroke or a heart attack at this point, none of my plans are going to work out anyway, right? If I'm not taking care of myself, I can't take care of anybody else effectively.
So...things have to change.

I can do this.

  
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ZANNACHAN 1/28/2014 2:08PM

    *hugs* At least you are getting a handle on things NOW--you know that small changes can add up to big differences! I know it's really hard when you're super stressed and working all the time (grad school is kicking my tail) but all anyone can do is the best they can. *hugs*

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/27/2014 4:48PM

    Yea! Eu's HERE! I was so excited when I saw your blog in my inbox. It's been so long since I'd heard from you that I was quietly worried. I'm glad you are proceeding with your training and that things are generally well, if totally stressed. I'm glad you are over the rush at school and able to focus on a lot more on you.

Good luck for starting now. Wishing you the best!

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MAGGIEC2014 1/26/2014 5:13PM

    You're right -- as a nurse, you know how important your own health is, and think about it this way -- if you can make some small changes under this amount of stress, think what you will be able to accomplish when your life settles down a bit! emoticon emoticon

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MISSG180 1/26/2014 4:19PM

    You are under a lot of stress. Fingers crossed that things will settle a little bit when the first set of tests is completed. Hang in there. I'm really proud of you!

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SHEENADEE 1/26/2014 3:23PM

    Best wishes to you Eu!

Congrats on seeing your hard work in school pay off with passing your skills demo test!

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BUTTERCUPP77 1/26/2014 2:07PM

    I'm so proud of you for not giving up.

Sometimes, just being aware can help make some smaller reductions - less (or no) sauce, smaller portions, etc - that WILL, over time, show effects. Also, for some of us (and I don't know whether you fall into this group, but I think I do) lack of sleep can really impact weight. (I eat to keep my eyes open sometimes. And when I'm tired, I definitely lack the willpower to say YES to broccoli and NO to potatoes. Who am I kidding, I want BOTH!!! I'm a greedy girl, I am!)

Bon courage, mon amie.

You can totally do this because you are the awesomest pile of awesome that has ever existed!!

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SSHANTI 1/26/2014 1:50PM

    You can so do this! And we all love you no matter what! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/26/2014 1:49PM

    emoticon And you will!

Take care of yourself...so you can take care of your mate and all those future patients who will need you too.

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So, I've joined the BLC again. Here, have some goals.

Monday, June 10, 2013

I've got a far longer blog percolating regarding my impetus to start working on being healthy again, and news of various sorts...but THIS blog is due for points within the next 20 minutes. So you'll have to wait for the rest. :)

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For this round (BLC22) my goal is to get back in ONEderland again. Since I started back to sparking a few weeks ago, I've gone from 216 to 209, which makes me supremely happy. My basic goal is to lose 10 lbs in the next 12 weeks - which should be totally doable.

How am I going to get there?

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Tracking like crazy and making good food choices - and I was doing REALLY well on that too, until this weekend took a detour to Hoffbrau House (I had a date and he picked the restaurant...I really did want to try and find something healthy, honest, and actually went to their website before heading out to his place in hopes of finding a nutrition counter, and after glancing down the menu for about a minute realized I was in serious trouble, and I'd better just take it as a "planned cheat" day and make up for it later, 'cause there was nothing that didn't involve crazy rich sauces, and fried stuff...and OMG it was so good). It's been tough to get back to it since, and I've had a couple of slip ups at the vending machine at work, but I'm working on it.

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Hitting the gym at school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (since I'm done with class at 9:50 AM, and the gym opens at 10:00 AM - I seriously have no excuse). Last week was the first time in MONTHS that I actually hit my 90 fitness minutes per week goal, and I'm well on my way for this week too. So on THAT score, I'm doing great!

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Doing the various challenges on my team - I'm a "Midnight Mustang" this round, and it seems to be a GREAT bunch of people (with a few familiar faces from my former wolf den), and they have a good schedule set up for various things. Unfortunately it's going to be hard to get many "Last Chance Workout" minutes on Tuesdays since my later class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there's not a lot of time between school and work on those days. But I can at LEAST do the 100 Pushups Challenge I've been talking about doing for months - that'll be something. I can do our TNT (tighten and tone - basically strength training focused) on Wednesdays, and then the weekend challenges (which this blog is part of this week). Hopefully the need to rack up points for my team will help keep me moving.

Okay...here are a couple of before pictures, so I've got them for posterity (took these earlier in the week):



Oh, and for a recent more *flattering* pic, here is one that my date (aka Robert Downey Junior Junior - seriously, dude is a dead ringer) took of me at the evil (OMG it was SO GOOD) Hoffbrau House:


What, you don't believe me? Here ya go - the picture I took at Hoffbrau House of Robert Downey Junior Junior (points if you get what comedy album that's a reference to):


And the two of us together on the observation deck at the top of the Carew Tower:


Okay, more profundity later - right now I've got a date with my mate, the DVR, and The Voice.
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SUSANELAINE1956 7/12/2013 5:25PM

    I read your SparkPage and saw tons of enthusiasm so I had to check out this blog. Sounds like a great plan. Good luck! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/12/2013 11:31AM

    Great goals and good plan to make it happen. I know you can do it running with the Midnight herd.

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 6/12/2013 12:06AM

    Great blog and goals thanks for sharing the pictures. emoticon

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MONETRUBY 6/11/2013 5:16PM

    Great to see that you're back to rocking the BLC! I really like your goals, and I have no doubt you've got the dedication and desire to rock those, too.

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ZANNACHAN 6/11/2013 3:08PM

    Glad to see you back in the BLC--there are a lot of great people on the Mustangs, I think you'll like it over there--and I think your goals are strong and doable! You can do this!!!

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MISSG180 6/11/2013 11:21AM

    You rock, lady! Keep up the good work!

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TEKRU1 6/11/2013 9:34AM

    Welcome back! Good to see you and looking forward to seeing you reach those goals!

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LESSISMORE4ME 6/11/2013 8:27AM

    You look great and he does favor RDJ. He's always been so easy on the eyes. emoticon I'll be cheering for you!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 6/11/2013 6:58AM

    emoticon home to the BLC Eu! You are on one of the BEST teams in all of BLCland. LOE the Midnight Mustangs!

You know this is life and a lifestyle so the fact that LCW or _______ don't work with your late classes or _______ and you need to adapt, adjust and overcome are just part of life and you are a world class expert at THAT so you CAN and yo WILL rock this. You've done it before and you WILL for BLC22!

Eu is back and she's got this!

Great to see you rockin the BLC! Give my love to the corral please! emoticon

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STILLWATERSSB 6/11/2013 12:11AM

    I had to do the same sort of blog but mine is shorter yet! I will revamp it in a few days!

Love your background picture!

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Quick Photo Blog - GRANDBABY!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Because there have been requests...

With mommy last week as we helped both his parents and my older son move to Clifton (aka CLOSER TO ME!)


With Grandma (whose collar is apparently a chew toy LOL)



The most adorable smile on the planet!



So, there you go - Grandma cam' to the rescue! LOL

  
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SUSANELAINE1956 7/12/2013 5:27PM

    Beautiful boy, and you are right about that smile.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/5/2013 7:07PM

    What a cutie! You're looking good too.

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2LABS2LOVE 6/2/2013 11:40AM

    What a cute baby! emoticon

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BARDIC_GRRL 5/31/2013 3:42PM

    AW!!!!!!!

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HEALTHYLU1 5/31/2013 7:34AM

    Cute!
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BARCLE 5/31/2013 3:44AM

    Aw cute as!! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics emoticon

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GWTRIKER 5/30/2013 8:38PM

    Those are great! Thanks for sharing.

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HEARTS116 5/30/2013 12:59PM

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MONETRUBY 5/29/2013 10:35PM

    Looooove this! He is so cute-no wonder you are so proud. Thanks for listening to your fans. ;-)

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NORWOODGIRL 5/29/2013 9:40PM

    What a sweetheart! His smile is adorable. I'm so glad that he is closer to you. My grandkids are several thousand miles away.

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CINDHOLM 5/29/2013 9:08PM

    Sweet...Thanx for sharing!! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/29/2013 7:41PM

    What a cutie! I am so jealous. My grandson lives hundreds of miles away.

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MISSG180 5/29/2013 7:26PM

    You melted me with cute!!

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CIROHIO 5/29/2013 4:04PM

    what a cutie pie!

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ZANNACHAN 5/29/2013 2:15PM

    Awww! What great pictures. He's adorable!

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IDLETYME 5/29/2013 12:40PM

    No wonder Grandma is proud - he's soooooo cute! emoticon

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TWNOMWE 5/29/2013 11:35AM

    emoticon grandkids makes life great!!! enjoy your time with him.

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PEG2584 5/29/2013 11:04AM

    Absolutely adorable!!
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EVERLEARNING 5/29/2013 10:59AM

    AWWWWWWWWW, what a sweet li'l bundle of love!!
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SHEENADEE 5/29/2013 10:26AM

    Such a cutie...but, then, you already know that. Thanks for sharing the pics!

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AKATHLEEN54 5/29/2013 8:57AM

    Adorable!! Looks like a mischievous smile already! emoticon !

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LAC936 5/29/2013 8:32AM

    There's nothing sweeter than looking at a happy baby!
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JONEIL513 5/29/2013 8:26AM

    too cute!!!

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COFFEEMUG2009 5/29/2013 8:23AM

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