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Thank you

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Thank you to all who wrote me when I was considering quitting all. You are all very kind. I am going to try to continue and see how I do.

I am not too good at writing things anymore, so don't often blog. I don't really know how to use many of the things on SparkPeople, including how to reply to Blog comments. I have trouble just finding the blog page.

Sometimes I wish I could just write down my feelings, but it never comes out right. I want to get healthy again, but I keep getting stalled at every turn. Lately I have been more and more depressed without being able to do things. I want to get out and be happy. I don't want to write about sad things, but those that are happy. so I am not ignoring you. I just don't know how to do things on here.

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ELAINEANNE1 2/9/2010 1:03PM


It does not matter what you put in your blog, just write how you are feeling, what you have been doing or what you have been eating, you can also put down what you are eating.

I don't blog everyday myself but I do get some lovely replies that are a great help and keep my motivation up. It does take time to get to know the site so keep at it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAISHAR2 2/9/2010 1:03PM

    Hi, My name is sharon and I was in your shoes once!!! As you are on here longer, you will learn. When I first came up here a year ago, I had someone help me through step by step and at first I wanted to cry because I saw everyone esle page and I did not have anything on mines. But when I got up and going I have not looked back!!!!!

It is a blessing and you will enjoy it!!!! Be Blessed and know we are here for you. We will listen and come to help at any time!!!!! Your Friend!!!!!


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pondering quitting

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Today I am so unhappy with the way things are going I am pondering quitting. I mainly wanted to keep track of my eating and my exercise because I want to get healthier. I am on several teams, but most of them are not supportive at all. Most have their little cliques. I don't track my exercise anymore because, since I am not physically able to do things at a certain level I was told my exercise wasn't exercise at all. Some of the teams I have asked questions about food and been completely ignored while they chatted back and forth with everyone else and one I asked about exercise I could do without having the problems I have been having, where I was also completely ignored. Yesterday I asked a question about something and the particular question I asked was ignored and today one of the people attacked me because of a problem I have with my dogs that was mentioned only for background to the question. The attack was even AFTER I had answered about the problem and what I had done to try to fix that.

I thought that this group was supposed to offer support, but I have only gotten that when I have blogged other than in one team. I know that I am not good enough for the Denver team because I don't have the money for 24-hour Fitness or Curves that everyone else works out at. I go to the City Recreation Centers when I can afford the gas to get to one since the one closest to me is junk. I don't know if it is even worth staying on to keep track of my food anymore.

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KIMSHIDELER 2/7/2010 11:07PM

    You can do this. It's not about the other people, this is all about you!!! I'm sorry you have had problems with some of the teams, but this is a great one. As you can see, there are plenty of people who really do care!!

I don't have any exercise advice for you as I am struggling with that myself, but there is help out there. It should NEVER be about the money you have or don't have. I don't belong to a gym because I know that I can't afford it right now as I am a full time student, and I also know I would never go by myself, but there are things you can do at home on your own. The fact that you have a community center to go to is wonderful..enjoy it!

Please stay with us and keep us posted on the progress I am sure you will have!!

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MELODYKC 2/7/2010 8:30PM

    I say keep your head held high and do what your able to do. you know what your body can do better then anyone I suggest dropping the teams that are causing you to feel so down and find some to help you feel upbeat so that you can get a fresh start.
I have never understood why others feel they have to be rude hurtful to others but then again they say it takes all kinds to make the world go around just remember you are one of the good guys.. and I am here to help you as much as i can if you would like..Tomarrow will be a brighter day emoticon melody

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LOPEYP 2/7/2010 7:48PM

    Don't quit SP. Just quit the team that's not responsive. There's so many teams to pick from that I'm sure you'll find one that's supportive and fits your needs.
I got a chair exercise workout for my mother that's pretty good. I've done it with her. Look it up on

I hope that I've changed your mind. emoticon emoticon

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MAMAFISH1 2/7/2010 7:27PM

    I watched an exercise video on here today that you do it all setting in a chair w/bands. You can also print it off. I can't do much but I do exercise at home everyday, like the stretches. I have an elliptical I do 15 mins twice a day. I started at 5 mins, 4 months ago. I do have a set of bands, cheap at WalMart. I joined here for me. Do it for you. If no one answers your questions, you can always search to see if it been answered before.

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HARROWJET 2/7/2010 6:33PM

    I am sorry you are feeling discouraged. Perhaps you just haven't found the right team yet. Quitting isn't the answer. You know you need to keep going for yourself. It is you who will feel better when you are successful. Hang in there.

Judy emoticon

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MOCNVW23 2/7/2010 6:17PM

    First please don't quit. You are to important. I am sorry you have had the experiences you have had with getting some support. I am in several teams also, though I have 2 that are my favorite. The ones I am in are great, there is no two people or so, just chatting back and forth and not to anyone else.

Now I to am unable to exercise, now below I have listed a NOEXCUSE WORKOUT, that is for people like you and me that can do exercise. Now you can't really track this in the tracker, but it gives you a chance to get some movement and stretching in.

You are too important to quit, so please don't, there are alot of people on here that give great wonderful support. If you would like for me to send you a invitation on a few of the teams that I am in and really like and get the support from, then please stop by my page and let me know and I would be more glad to do that for you.

Just remember you are worth it and you ever need anything please stop by and I will be there for you.

R>1. stretch arms up in the air stretch far as you can.
Do this about 10 times.

2. stretch your legs out and point toes and hold for 20 seconds do this about 5 times.

3. neck stretches: move head up and down 20 times then side to side 20 times.

4 leg lifts: one leg at a time and lift up and back down. Do each leg 25 times each.

5 lift both legs up about 25 times.

Remember to breath

6 Leg scissors: take one leg across the other and alternate back and for with each leg like scissors. about 25 times.

7 Arm scissors: Same way for with the arms cross arms in front of you alternating one are for the other. 25 times.

8. Punch out with arms: from your chest hold arms in and then punch out in front of you and back in to chest. 25 times.

9 Jump Rope: pretend to jump rope with your arms 25 times front and 25 times back wards.

10. punch up: punch up over your head with one arm 25 times and switch arms and punch up another 25 time using the different arm.

11. run or march in place. remember to bring your leg up far as you can. 25 times.

12 twist: cross arms and twist side to side 25 times.

13. arm curls: this can be use with or with out weights up to you: Do arm curl on each arm 25 times.

14 butt squeezes: squeeze butt in and release for 25 times.

Still please remember to breath.

15. leg side to side: one leg out take it out to the side and back in to the front 25 times then alternate to other leg 25 times.

16. Angel pumps. Hold legs out in front of you and lift legs up. points your toes out then back up and do this 25 times.

17 repeat steps 1 thru 3 to stretch back out.

Done That is the no excuse work out. For a extra kick lol you can add ankle weights and hand weights to the routine.

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DAWNWS1 2/7/2010 6:09PM

    I'm so sorry you're feeling like you're not getting any support! I echo the last poster, try to find support with others within Sparkpeople, not necessarily on those teams. I've stepped way back on my teams because I know that I'm not real good about being on with them and being supportive, so I basically just track and talk to my Sparkfriends, which is working well for me. Even a couple minutes of walking "counts" as exercise, whatever you can do to move your body is a good thing, don't let anyone tell you differently! Riding your horse certainly counts as exercise, I'm so jealous, I haven't ridden in years!! Best of luck with everything. emoticon

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PERSKIHOUSE 2/7/2010 6:06PM

    IT IS worth, as long as you are doing this for you. I don't track my exercise, but I do track my food to be sure I get the nutrition I need. I recently dislocated my knee, so being healthy is all I am interested in, weight loss is an accident. search for people with like interests, even if it is not within the spark people groups. I have a support system that is not sparkpeople. It is filled with internet friends trying to loose weight, but also collect dolls.

Don't QUIT on yourself, keep searching other avenues. You will find what you need. I wish you the best of luck. I believe in you. I know I'm a stranger, but I hope I have helped...

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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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