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Thank you

Monday, January 25, 2010

I want to thank all of you who commented on my last blog. It was really nice to get your encouragement.

Today I am trying a new recipe I found to see if I can get some vegetables to stick with me that way. It is a carrot, orange and fennel soup. I have never tried to make a soup like this before, where you blend it down to all liquid. I have also never used fennel before, so it is very new to me. It does smell good, though. It was taking too long for dinner tonight, so I'll have to let you know later how it is.

Later --

Well, I finished making the soup and took a taste of it. At first it just tastes like carrot, but then the different spices and flavors come out. It isn't too bad for my first try at it.

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TAPPY49 1/25/2010 10:52PM

    Fennel sounds like a yummy vegetable to eat. I have seen it on the Food Network channel and always want to try it. Let me know how your soup tasted. Soup sounds good to eat on a cold, blistery day. Thanks for sharing and continued good luck with this healthy venture.

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Why bother

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The other day I asked a question about how to figure calories burned when you couldn't walk a 30-minute mile. While I did get some answers that I can use, I got a lot of put-downs because I can't walk so fast. I also have been following the heart rate that is listed as appropriate on the equipment at the recreation center gym where I go. I was told that what I do doesn't count as exercise at all.

I can walk okay some days and some days I can barely do anything at all because my hips hurt too much. I walked for 2 1/2 hours the other night (at a trade show), but soon after starting out the pain got really bad. Being a trade show the walking was slower, too. I have read many times that slow exercise can be as beneficial as faster exercise. Now I have been told it isn't worth anything. I don't want to hop on a bike and go so fast that my heart rate is up to 135 when I can't breathe at all and am at risk for having a heart attack or stroke, or even just passing out. I have often seen that you should be able to carry on a conversation while exercising, but I can't do that if I can't breathe. So what is the point in even trying to get the exercise going?

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1NICUBABE 1/23/2010 4:08PM

    I totally agree with Tracey. Everything counts. What doesn't count is staying on the coach and doing nothing. So to heck with all those naysayers. You can do this and do it well at your own pace in your own time!!


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LADYINOHIO 1/23/2010 4:07PM

    "A journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step"

or it's something like that. :)
Forget them!
What do they know outside of their own little worlds, outside their own bodies' constraints? Everybody has different levels of ability, and we can change that for ourselves, but most importantly we need to take the appropriate amount of time to do so. Keep walking and doing whatever you can, and know that you absolutely ARE doing good things for yourself!


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IMREITE 1/23/2010 3:57PM

    Bother because you are worth it.

Everyones' level of activity, flexability, balance and abilities. Continue walking if it works for you. As you progress, you may be able to do more.

The people that told you it wasn't worth it are the same jerks who snub people because they can not run a marathon in less then 5 hours. there was an article about it on the daily Spark. Screw 'em all, I say. i do not excercise or set goals for them.i do it hor my health and happiness.

We have something at work called walk fit. treadmills are set up at a desk and limited to 2mph as a high speed. people sign up for 1-2 hours at a time. something as simple as taking a desk job and making it a walking job. People i talked to said it has helped them drop weight and get more active.

*P.S. i do work with people that can not walk 2 mph (30 min mile) or walk for 2 hours without sitting .

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MRSSCLAUS 1/23/2010 3:51PM

    When I started out over a year ago, my exercising consisted of getting up and slow marching during commercials on TV and even that was tough to do.

I'm a firm believer that everything we do both big and small are beneficial for us. EVERYTHING (both good and bad) will have an effect on us. We just have to make the good things outweigh the bad ones.

To those that chided you I say shame on them for NOT SPREADING THE SPARK.


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HOPELOSE100 1/23/2010 3:19PM

    Don't give up, just getting up and moving is helping you!! Every step you take is a step in the right direction, and it will get easier the more you do. You are awesome, keep your head up!!

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STLRZGRRL 1/23/2010 3:17PM


I will go have a little tiny chat with them!

Listen... really... you have to know in your own heart that doing something is better than doing nothing... you can't get ANYwhere without taking ONE step...

No one ever started out by running a marathon... first you have to get out of bed!

I am SO proud of you for deciding to do what you can... people who say "can't" never do anything at all...

Anyone wants to bring you down... send 'em to ME!

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Great Doctor's report

Monday, January 11, 2010

While weight and such isn't so great, the blood test reports were. The cancer marker is down one ppm or whatever the measurement is. I was so afraid that things were going wrong, but it doesn't seem to be at all. We also checked a place on my leg that always grows and they believe it is nothing serious.

My IBS has been bothering me quite a bit lately, so I have been referred to GI. That should get me in with a dietician and maybe we can figure out what I can eat that won't bother that or my diabetes. Lately I have been living on potatoes.

I got to one of the rec centers and did some weights and cardio last week. I am hoping that I can get to the pool maybe tomorrow since it has finally warmed up some. I would like to be able to do things more often, but the two rec centers I go to are pretty far from here. I am hoping they will finish the new weight room at the close one soon. I know swimming is out of the question there since they have only an outdoor pool and it is really small. With the weather warmer I may get to ride a little more.

For now, I am praising the Lord that the cancer is not returning.

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FOSSE_OF_LOVE 1/11/2010 9:47PM

    WONDERFUL!!!! Health is what we all need to look at, its more important than a weight number...although you only have 50 lbs more to lose.

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Time to start over

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Since Ladies Retreat in October I have not been able to lose even an ounce. In fact, I have been gaining so fast and have everything I lost since last summer back on. So I am hoping to lose fairly slowly again. I do wish I could get a bit more lost at a time than I did last summer.

For the last four days I haven't been able to eat anything without getting sick. Part of that was a stomach virus, but that only lasts a day. So now, even though I had the really peace feeling after my cancer surgery a few years ago that normally is the Lord telling me that everything is going to be okay, I am scared to death that the cancer is coming back. I don't think I can take that. But I will try to get my eating straightened out again and get back to exercising again. And when it warms up I want to go riding again. I managed to get a short canter in the last time I rode, without losing my balance and getting all out of whack on my horse.


Great Weekend

Monday, October 12, 2009

This weekend I was at the Ladies' Retreat for the Free Methodist Church Rocky Mountain Conference. It was great! Our speaker talked about "getting out of the box" which might be holding us back. Much of that could be the past or things that people say to you now that make you feel inadequate or fear that you will fail. It seems that those things apply a lot to what we are dealing with here, too. A lot of times it is the past that will hold us back from losing the weight we are trying to lose or from doing other things that we want to do.

On Saturday afternoon we had two workshops and I sat in on part of the crafts workshop and learned another way to cast on for knitting (I have a terrible time with that part of knitting or reading patterns so mainly stick with the crochet). The second workshop was Aquacize that has been offered since 2006. That was tiring and got muscles sore, but I made a breakthrough with my frozen shoulder when we were doing jumping jacks. I was able to get my arm straight up over my head. Well, I overdid the joy on that one, so now I have to lift it with my other arm, but at least I can and as the muscle gets better I know I will be able to keep getting it to move more normally.

The weekend was really cold and everything was frosted so I got some nice pictures. I finally have something I can put in the Shutterbugs assignment.


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