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Enjoying July 4

Monday, July 05, 2010

Today we had a great church service in which they talked about the flag and independence and we had a song by some African members of church. I don't know how long they have been in the U.S. but they don't speak English real well yet, but they wanted to do their song this Sunday.

I went out to the barn and saw Fancy and made sure she was somewhere with water today. They will apparently move her to the other stall in the next day or two, and I checked with the guy who works there and he said they will get her mats moved and the stall she will be going to leveled. I don't want her in it with the mess it is in.

Then this evening I did something I haven't done in years. I went bowling. I had a bit of trouble starting out, with slipping, losing my balance and the ball, and falling down. Eventually I got back into the swing of things and got two games over 100. Don't let anyone fool you, bowling can really be exercise. My stomach muscles are sore! And my shins are sore. I don't know what the rest of the muscles are going to be like. I can't soak tonight because of the cramps I got last night, but the shower massage is going to get a workout.

I hope everyone had a nice Independence Day for U.S. and 4th of July for everyone else.

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PAMBWS 7/5/2010 12:16PM

    Great way to spend July 4th - or any day, for that matter. Getting out, having fun, church.

Sorry to hear that Fancy is not in a great stall...I know what it is to worry about your horse...luckily, I know that Rocket has a huge stall (he can still get into trouble), lots of water & a huge paddock with good grass & his favourite buddies. Still, he can do things to hurt himself...hit his shoulder & was limping for a couple days!

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Long day

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I don't know really why it seems so long other than the heat, I guess. I did take one dog for a short walk this morning and then went to Murdock's for the 4-H cook out. With little money, hamburger and drink for $0.25 is a pretty good deal. There was also a pack burro group there with one burro all decked out in his pack stuff. I took about 3 pictures of him. Then there was a lady with a mini-horse that just came to her knees, so I took pictures of her, too. When I got to the barn I found out how well my pictures came out -- NOT. I didn't have a memory card in the camera and it was too late to go back for more pictures.

I got the grain unloaded and walked around and visited some of the people there at the barn and found out my friend wouldn't get there till about 5, so ended up waiting till then for a ride and the nice breeze went away so it was pretty hot again. But I did have a nice ride, even cantering for a little bit (I'm not too great with balance right now since I wasn't riding for a while and have a balance problem from neuropathy, though it is better on the horse than off). Afterward Fancy got some grazing and some grooming and her West Nile Vaccine before the mosquitoes come out full force down there. She was a happy girl and so was I.

But once I got home, I felt worn out. I think I will try to go to bed a little early tonight.

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PAMBWS 6/20/2010 3:23PM

    Too bad you had to wait until the breeze was gone to ride...but then, any ride is better than no ride.

Keep on riding...even quiet rides are good.

Right now I'm grounded - the 'child' says he is sore!

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KAYE454 6/19/2010 11:31PM

  I had a long busy day it went by fast

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IMEMINE1 6/19/2010 11:12PM

    It was hot here,too.
The bugs were a real pain.
Well,I hope you have a good night.

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Are Anti-Depressants necessary for Everyone?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I am sorry that I mentioned this in my blog. It seems that even those responding on this forum, who don't know anything about me, believe I should have these drugs pushed on me. THAT would get anyone depressed, even if they are not before. One person wrote that they can be used as pain relievers, which could have been a reason for someone to push them on me (though I already have something for pain), but that wasn't the reason they were being pushed or they would not have been mentioning psychiatriac therapists.

So I am removing that blog.

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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/20/2010 8:56AM

    I actually wanted to address Meralo's comment about using anti-depressants for pain management. Pain is a usually caused by activation of nociceptors which then signal to the brain to perceive pain. If this neurotransmission can be modulated then pain can be lessened; anti-depressants modulate neurotransmission (SSRI's block the serotonin reuptake mechanism, SNRI's do the same thing for norepinephrine reuptake mechanism, tricyclic antidepressants tend to do both, MAOI's prevent the breakdown of monoamines in the extracellular space, thereby prolonging their effects, etc. and changing the levels of these neurotransmitters can modulate basic synaptic transmission). Just because they are mainly prescribed for depression (and have been labeled as "anti-depressants"), it doesn't mean that they don't have efficacy in other disorders/diseases. Think about aspirin, it's generally taken as a fever reducer & pain reliever, but it also acts as a blood thinner, so now many many people take it to help prevent heart attacks & stroke. I really wish that people would get over the stigma associated with mental disorders & the drugs that treat them...

I am not currently taking any anti-depressants, but yes, some need for them (and no, not everyone needs them). In this country, while it may seem that they are being heavily pushed, there are so many people that suffer from mental disorders and are not receiving the treatment that they need (whether that be therapy, antidepressants, etc.). A lot of people suffer in silent & keep things hidden & don't actually seek treatment, either because of denial or fear of judgment or whatever, and it's not like people that are suffering walk around with a big sign on their forehead that says "depressed" & there's no blood test or anything so all medical profressionals can do is ask someone if they feel they might need help (asking never hurt anyone). You shouldn't feel insulted/offended that perhaps your medical professionals were erring on the side of caution and asking you if you need help. What if the next person that walked in presented in the same manner as you, but was actually suffering from severe untreated depression and no one asked if they needed help?

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now.

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MERALO 5/20/2010 4:16AM

    I think that depression has become almost fashionable and in trying to openly address and treat actual sufferers, the doctors can get it wrong sometimes. Meds have worked for me, but my mom was offered meds as pain management! I understand the theory of that, but is it necessary to use drugs for one condition to treat a totally unrelated one?

Since following a new lifestyle, I've found that I can almost predict my derpessive cycle which has been the biggest success ever - I now know precisely what I'm dealing with, and when....meds can't do that. I'm still taking them but I hope to wean myself off them soon and move towards a proactive treatment that uses multiple "therapies" as opposed to using just one as a crutch.

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Is it really possible

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I watched Biggest Loser tonight and I got to wondering if it is really possible for someone who is already 59 and had stage 4 cancer to get fit enough to even walk a marathon, much less run one. Of course, there is a problem with weak ankles (they twist on about the 2nd step whenever I try to run) and the arthritis in my hips that the radiation therapy gave me. I can't even seem to get up most days other than to come in here to the computer. I wish I had someone who could get me up and out of here, but I am alone. I was doing good last year for a while and got down 15 pounds. Now it is back on and I just want to eat bad stuff. Somehow I have to get back at it.

Tomorrow I have an appointment to find out the results of my last MRI. I pray that nothing has started showing up again. Maybe I can get back in the groove of eating right and exercising when that is over. And maybe, just maybe, I can get so I can at least walk a 5k or 10 k sometime in my life.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 5/19/2010 1:03PM

    Yes, it is possible. You have to take one step at a time and always strive to be better.

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RMEMECH 5/19/2010 1:31AM

    Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What are you going to do with it?

Please read my blog post for today, it has a lot to do with health improvements I have seen since starting the SP meal plan and exercise habits. I truly believe you can do whatever you want, as long as you want it bad enough and work hard enough to get there!

Good luck hun and I wish you nothing but the best with your goals for your future!


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Great day

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Other than diet-wise, since I didn't have time for breakfast and they didn't have healthy options at the convention center.

I went to the Diabetes Expo here in Denver and there seemed to be several new things along with the usual older ones who repeated. One booth had Kim Lyons, who was a trainer on The Biggest Loser a couple seasons ago. Kim gave out autographed copies of her book "Your Body, Your Life" on the even hours and on the odd hours she gave resistance bands and demonstrated exercises with them. Those who got the bands did the exercises along with her and she got down in the audience with them to help some of them with their form. They also had cooking demonstrations geared toward diabetes and also gluten-free diets and some other exercise demos, but mostly I saw ones for the children in those. I also got a cook book that is a Disease Prevention Cook Book with the idea of helping prevent Diabetes, Heart Disease, Strokes and Cancer. Gosh, that is 4 books in 2 days and I didn't have to pay full price for any of them.

I also got in a lot of walking today since I was there for three and a half hours. And for the first time in three years of that Expo my hips didn't hurt me. I just actually enjoyed my day. But even though it is early, I am ready to hit the sack now.


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