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Blog entry #25 of challenge on journey to wellness.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?

Since i first injured my knee on the elliptical, I gave it up and don't want to go back to it - ever!! I tried pushups, but they need to wait awhile before I try them again.

There are a number of things I would love to try. Here is my list:

1. Zumba
2. running
3. Tai Chi
4. yoga
5. Qi Gong
6. pialites
7. Tae Quan Do
8. Get back to the gym to use the tread mill
9. Trade up our stationary bike to one with the program to take walks and see the scenery.
10. kickboxing

If I could even try one of those and get accomplished with it, I'd be very happy!


Enjoy the rest of the day, my friends. i love each and every one of you. You are all angels in my life.


Here is another angel for each of you from me.

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SNUZSUZ 9/27/2012 9:38AM

    would like to try some of those too:)

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MOM2ACAT 9/26/2012 4:06PM

    I have a beginner Tai Chai DVD by Scott Cole; it's very easy to learn, and very gentle, even with my pain and fatigue issues.

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MISSDAISY23 9/26/2012 3:23PM

    I tried Aqua Zumba. I like it very much. It was fun! The only issue I have is the class schedule is too late in the day. My daughter is in Tae Kwon Do class. I would like to try yoga but again the schedule does not fit mine. I thought about Tai Chi but I cannot afford this one. This class is not offered in the Club I am in.

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NEELIXNKES 9/26/2012 10:12AM

    I like Tai Chi. I would like to find a class again that is not on a Saturday morning so that I can still work if needed on that day. I have found some seated Tai Chi videos online that I can do right now even with a foot injury. I've started doing Yoga at home. I found some videos online that seem to work for me. I can't do a lot of the crazy poses at the moment but I can do some. Keep pushing forward!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/26/2012 2:55AM

    I love Tai Chi and yoga ,since I have had my knee caps removed I am never allowed to do the elliptical and my dicky hip means I must go slow on the treadmill no running for me.I liked pilates but have not done it for a while .Good luck with your list Ev.Hugs and love,Cheri

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JINLYNN 9/25/2012 11:01PM

    Good list!
And I am enjoying angel week! emoticon

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COACHPENNY 9/25/2012 10:49PM

    Zumba was fun but, my knees didn't like it. I have to find a Zumba Gold class. I use to do pilates and yoga but, I kept aggravating my sciatica pain so, I gave it up. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/25/2012 10:29PM

    Tai Chi seems very interesting to me. I did Zumba once. It was fun. Burns the calories for sure!

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DEBBY4576 9/25/2012 10:08PM

    HaHa you kind of made a "bucket list" of exercises to try before we get too old to try em. A few i've tried. Zumba, but I was too uncoordinated to keep up is one. Haha. Sorry you had problems with the elliptical. My friend says it hurts her knees too. So far it's fine for me, but the treadmill hurts my hip. Let's face it, we need a "bucket list", cuz we are getting older.

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LOLAINSC 9/25/2012 9:17PM

    Well, just trying all of that should keep you well exercised and fit.

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LOSTLIME 9/25/2012 9:15PM

    I like your list of things you want to try. I want to try kickboxing, yoga and pilates. I took one zumba class. I really liked it. My problem is that I
don't have any rythmn. But I will try it again.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/25/2012 8:38PM

    Check with your local library. If they rent DVDs for free they probably have workout videos for some of these exercises. You can try them out and see if they work for you.

I know my library has a lot of exercise videos I can rent for a week for free.

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KARIDIAN1 9/25/2012 7:19PM

    I have limitations for being on me feet so most of my walks are short ones. Had a treadmill and could only last 15 minutes or so before my legs acted up.

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Blog #24 for Sept Journey Challenge

Monday, September 24, 2012

24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)

I incorporated the fitness goals after I had been active on Spark for about two weeks. As soon as I found the Chair team, and discovered i was ABLE to do more exercising even though i was in the power chair nearly 24/7, I started doing them regularly. When I found i didn't have to remain in the chair quite so much but could get around with the walker on a lot of occasions, I started to use the exercise tracker and added those I could outright do and others that i could change up to my physical limitations. About three weeks after my surgery, but just before my treatments. I made sure I could get at least some cardio in each day even if it was for 5 minutes. So that's what i did, though i had to be really careful with my left arm where the lymph nodes were taken. I had to make sure nothing hurt there, as I couldn't afford to get even a bruise and it could easily become infected, which would be difficult to treat. After I was finished with treatments, before the next diagnosis ended up being six weeks, but in that time I was able to fill out the plan I would like on the tracker form and it shows me daily what i should be doing. This is what I have followed whenever physically possibly ever since then plus adding the videos and DVD, exercises i received from physical and occupational therapies, and walks. Since the first of this year, I have been able to follow that 99% of the time. I reached goal in July this year.

Another short blog. i hope y'all won't care too much. emoticon

Thank you everyone for your support!! i love all of y'all.


An angel for Angel Week

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ANGRITTER 9/25/2012 6:37AM

    So happy to hear you have reached your goal! That is amazing. Now it's all about maintenance right?

I have another 30 pounds to go for my first goal, and another 50 after that, but I would rather split them up into 2 goals so I don't get discouraged!

I can't wait to say the same thing one day... "I met my goal in [???]!" I will should it from the rooftops and rub it in everyone's face! Well, everyone in my life who doubted me - not my SparkFriends!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/25/2012 2:01AM

    Like you I exercise under my doctor's watchful eye.It is great to be doing things though!

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MISSDAISY23 9/24/2012 10:31PM

    I started my walk when my doctor advised me earlier this year. I think about the same time I started tracking it here in SP.
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KARIDIAN1 9/24/2012 9:55PM

    Starting with small steps grew into big ones. And what a wonderful end result!

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Blog #23 of Challenge more about exercise

Sunday, September 23, 2012

23. What are your current fitness goals?

My current fitness goals are to try to do daily what I have been doing each day since I was so ill. I watch new videos everyday and often add those to my list on my exercise tracker. That way I get to do different ones when I exercise.
That keeps it fresh and I love mixing it up and having choices. i feel more in control being able to do that.

Since this is another short one, I'll answer some more questions that have been left in the comments from other blogs.

1. Missdaisy23: Our mall is over 30 miles away or I would do that. Also, our gym has been closed for awhile after lightening struck it, I used to love to do the treadmill. I didn't think I would and it really surprised when I did that much. I wish we had known what the new owner had planned to do before he did it! He also removed a Ponderosa Lemon tree! One of those would be enough to make several pies or lots of lemonade!!

2. Skinicook: emoticon Try starting at your current routine, the in a week or two add 5 minutes and continue adding 5 more ever week or two. Soon you'll be up to the goal you wish!!

3. CJJaniss: Yes, it was a sad day each time he removed a tree!! Have you smelled lemon blossoms? They have a nice smell to me, too. But nothing beats the gardenia. We have the room and have gotten other trees. He did give us some bamboo, though. It has grown like crazy and is making a nature fence for us.

4: lolamom2: Thank you for the comment on my looks. I wish I could feel just a little bit better, but I'm working on that, too. It's too bad I have two areas that don't seem to want to cooperate with toning. Those are my tummy and upper arms. I can understand the tummy because all the muscles were cut when I had my hysterectomy. I call my upper arms my bat wings. No matter what I do they have loose skin that hangs! emoticon

5. Cheri: Thank you cheri for your comments. And welcome home!! The thing that really ticked me off was he ended up renting the place and moving to another!! He didn't need to cut them after all!! Have you ever seen a gardenia tree? This was the first one for me.

6. 0309cookie: Seems we have more in common that our chis. I wanted them in my wedding bouquet, too, but I was told since they weren't in season, and the cost would be really high. I should have stood my ground and insisted. If they had to make silk ones,they could have sprayed them with the gardenia smell, don't you think. Guess that is what happens when you're too young to be getting married in the first place!!

7. Karidian1: Yellow rose are in my top three favorites. I really love sunflowers, too. I see and receive a lot of yellow roses since that is the symbol of my sorority and we have them at ever occasion.

8. Hiketoheights: Oh, I know about those things. There is no way I would ever attempt bungee jumping! No way, no how!! emoticon I plan to add new ones from Coach Nichole, so i can have the videos from here to follow.

9. Lostlime: emoticon We can do it!! Start slowly and add the five minutes every week or two. If you remember I was in my power chair when I started out. After about 2 months of chair exercises, I was able to use my walker. Then I was able to get out of using that and using my cane. Most of the ones i do now are on the floor or in a chair except for walking. It has taken me two years to get to where i am now.

Thank you everyone for being so supportive of me. I love all my Spark Buds!

Peace, love, and blessing to everyone.


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JINLYNN 9/25/2012 10:58PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! I find I am always learning something new about you!

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KARIDIAN1 9/24/2012 10:25PM

    Great Blog Ev. I am trying to add more to my day too for exercise.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/23/2012 10:25PM

    I like to mix up my exercise too Ev.I have only seen a gardenia tree in books.I do like to press the realms of possible with what I grow in my garden here.People told me I would never be able to over winter lavender this far north but mine comes back every spring. My Sparkfriend Ann and I had a fabulous visit .I enjoyed every moment of it.hugs,Cheri

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MISSDAISY23 9/23/2012 8:06PM

    I love your idea of videos and mixing it up! I would probably try it on wintry days when I can't make it for outdoor walks or the gym or the mall. emoticon emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 9/23/2012 6:40PM

    Great blog!

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Blog #22 of my journey challenge

Saturday, September 22, 2012

22. What is your current workout/fitness routine?

Currently I have several things I do. Just about daily (depends on the weather) I walk. If the weather is bad, I'll do some walking in place and around the house as I did with my PT therapy. I also follow either some of Coach Jen's videos or some DVD's that I have. I also do some exercises from her on SparkPeople, then i stretch after my workouts. Most of the exercises I have chosen to do are done on either the floor or on a chair. There are a few I do standing: The side bend with a towel and the side bend with weights. I have been following this for a long while. i change things up by walking different ways so the scenery isn't always the same. I also change the videos and DVD's up for changes. I haven't done any running yet. When I first started, my minutes for walking they were at 5 minutes at a time. i would add to that each week or maybe two, until now i am doing 45 minutes to an hour. My last half hour is for the videos, DVD's, and exercises. When i was having my radiation, I still tried to do 10 minutes of cardio a day. When I came back after being so ill, I started from the beginning, only it was easier for me to increase the time. I do not do strength daily nor cardio. i followed the exercise plan from the Sparkpeople suggestions at my exercise tracker.

That's what i do. So far I enjoy doing it, but someday I'd like to add some other things.

Hope everyone is having a terrific day.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to all my Spark Buds.


Here is my last flower for everyone as Flower Week ends.

This is my very favorite flower - gardenia. The picture shows the blossoms floating in a dish and that is how I used to do mine. I'd keep the bowl in my bedroom and it would be sweet smelling all through the house. When the lady that would give me some every season moved, the new owners cut the tree down. I was so darn sad. I had only seen them on bushes until I saw their tree. He wanted the extra space for parking his golf cart.


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JINLYNN 9/25/2012 10:56PM

    I think the gardenia tree would be a much better choice than a parking space for a golf cart!
I have enjoyed the flowers you have been sharing. emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 9/23/2012 11:21AM

    I am in awe. You are really consistant with your exercise routine. I will have to pull my butt off the sofa and start doing it every day.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/23/2012 10:32AM

    Love Gardenia's, may you enjoy every activity you would like to do very soon, a bit of advice though. Beware of some of the activities you might have heard of like bungie jumpie ( not a jump rope type activity ) Zip-lining- you don't burn very many calories doing that. emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 9/23/2012 1:12AM

    Beautiful photo. I like yellow roses the best.

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0309COOKIE 9/23/2012 12:25AM

    Gardenias are my favorite flower. They are so fragrant. I had them in my wedding bouquet even though I was advised against it as they turn brown. They held up just fine and they smelled great. Now, if only the groom had held up as well, lol.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/22/2012 11:42PM

    Gardenias smell awesome (too bad he couldn't have parked his golf cart elsewhere ,or walked !!!) Have a fabulous day my wonderful Sparkfriend !

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LOLAINSC 9/22/2012 10:53PM

    Whatever you are doing, you sure do look great--hope you feel as great as you look.

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CJJANISS 9/22/2012 9:42PM

    sorry to hear that your neighbor's flower was cut down...too bad you couldn't have moved it to your yard

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SKINICOOK 9/22/2012 7:21PM

    Good job on the exercise, you seem really consistent. You put me to shame! emoticon

The flowers are beautiful.

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MISSDAISY23 9/22/2012 6:42PM

    Wow! Good for you as you do a variety of exercises. I only do 30 minutes daily of outdoor walking weather permit. If not, I would do indoor walking at home or at the mall. I go to the gym three times a week on the treadmill.

I am sorry your neighbor moved. If you have room in your yard, can you plant it yourself?

Take care & have a fabulous weekend!


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Blog #21 of challenge and answers from earlier entries

Friday, September 21, 2012

21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?

No, I have never had an eating disorder.

There have been a lot of questions asked on the comments left. Since the question and answer were so short today, I thought this would be a good time to answer them.

1. About our blooming aloe - Bob says it is a long time between them. He said it is usually every four or five years before getting the blossom.

2. Coachpenny - That Vlita sounds very good. I also like the stuffed grape leaves. The landlady at my very first apartment (I was 19) is Greek and she taught me a lot of Greek cooking. The first time I made baklava on my own, I over cooked the sauce and it harden so much, no one could eat it! But i love spinacopida and musakki. Not sure of those spellings, but I'm sure you know what i mean. She also taught me a terrific lemon soup. She used lemon so much that I have always done so, too, in many dishes.

3. Jamer123 - I have never heard of anyone else allergic to peppers either. I guess we are few and far between. As far as meds limiting some things, I can't do flax.

4. Grammap1 - I used to be in ruts, too, in only eating certain veggies and fruit. i'm so glad I have added so many new ones to my lists.

5. Jinlynn - You are correct when you say variety helps freeing one from boredom. Since there are only two of us and how things are packaged, we often have the same for a few days before changing.

6. 1stateofdenial - I knew that about corn and mushrooms. I just forgot when i was making my lists, emoticon I have tried other fruits and veggies. Some i like, others not so much, and a few I just don't care for at all. Actually cukes are on my list. I do not care at all for egg plant and zucchini. Actually I don't care for most squash. I do like zucchini in bread. I like all kinds of tomatoes. I like the larger kinds than the little ones. I don't know why! I like coconuts, starfruit, kiwi, and cherries are like the zucchini. I like them in things, but not so much by themselves.

7. Missdaisy23 - As far as tofu goes, i don't like the consistency of it. I'm trying to think how we used it last. All I can remember is slicing it and adding it in place of mashed potatoes along with cauliflower. I don't eat a lot of kale.

8. Madames - I'm beginning to wonder the same thing about tofu. I don't know if Bob would use it again or not.

9. Karidian1 - I know what you mean about getting into a rut with the same ones. It can be boring after awhile. I have added so many that I like since there are so many other foods I can't eat. Also, i wanted to comment on you and Jim watching portion sizes and logging everything. That is the best way to go. i have logged everything from day one. Portion size took me a little longer to learn so that I can do it on my own now.

It can be strange around this house. Bob can't stand even the smell of onions and I have my allergy to peppers, so it can be difficult to make a lot of things. We tend to add garlic and mushrooms in their places. When we go out, most places add onion and/or peppers to a lot of things they make so it can be difficult to find something that works. We used to go out a lot, but not so much since there is so much I can't eat.

Here is wishing everyone a happy weekend.
Peace, Love, and blessing for all my Buds!


Another flower for everyone.

The yellow rose is the symbol of my sorority. Our wedding was made up of all sorority sisters and their husbands, the justice of the peace, and my brother. This arrangement was sent by the president of my on-line chapter.

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JINLYNN 9/25/2012 10:55PM

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/22/2012 11:45PM

    Yellow roses are lovely ,You always remind me of flowers they are lovely and so are you!

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COACHPENNY 9/22/2012 2:39PM

    Ev, you are close on the spellings. The soup is Avgelemono (that's not the right spelling either LOL!) Avgelemono is frothy egg/lemon chicken soup made with rice or orzo pasta. YUM!!!!

We Greeks...we love to EAT!

So, interesting to see how others respond.

No eating disorder.....just love to eat. My hubby is a funny man. He was at our chiropractor, who happens to be a women. She asked how he was doing. He told fine except for the ED. She looked him and thought TOO MUCH INFORMATION! Then he said EATING DISORDER. She laughed and laughed and so did I.

He loves to eat, too.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/22/2012 1:41AM

    I enjoy zucchini bread much more than any other way, but as I don't know how to make it, don't have the necessary equipment, and I definitely don't have the energy. I wish I could be more adventurous with food, but I don't want to pay for something that will make me sick, so I tend to stick with things I've liked in the past and are willing to try again. If I could cook with/for others so it wasn't all for me, I might try more. Speaking of, my cousin who recently moved to the area is a darn good cook, so maybe I can try a few things with him once in a while.

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FLEMIDG 9/22/2012 12:45AM

    I love the flowers. They are so beautiful. Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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KARIDIAN1 9/21/2012 9:57PM

    Nice way to answer everyone that commented on your blog. We both have logged all our foods since starting SP over a year ago. We both are now much more aware of what and how much we eat. Has made a huge difference in our choices when we get the munchies, and when shopping. If it isn't there, you can't eat it!

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