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Vacation time...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Will try to spark when possible.. Hope to be on track mostly though I know I will fall back atleast few days..

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season !!

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*MADHU* 12/16/2008 12:35AM

    Have a wonderful time on your vacation and take care !

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What has been your biggest obstacle when it comes to weight loss, and what have you done to overcome

Friday, December 12, 2008

My health !!! Yes I have been having all kinds of problems with my health recently and struggling to get out of those.. I like to handle one day at a time, but now it seems like I am having to face too many on the same day.. I have been overwhelmed with what's going on with me.. with the lab tests and doctor appointments almost every day...

Sometimes I feel ''Will I ever survive all these". I don't know what's at the end of the tunnel.. I don't know.. I don't feel very optimistic.. With all these how the heck am I going to exercise? I haven't even thought about it for a while now.. GOD, I have to survive first to take care of my health...

My vacation has become a question now.. I am crying inside me.. I feel like crying aloud.. My head aches and I lost all the motivation to do anything.. GOD.. please guide me through this and give me the strength to get through this..


What will I do differently to prevent the holiday weight gain of years past?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Well.. I could do a lot of things if only my health permits me to.. Yeah.. right now I am in a 'Take it easy' mode as described by my gynecologist... But hope to be out of it soon...

Ok, while I am in this mode, I can watch my food intake though I cannot concentrate on the workouts very well.. So this holiday, I am planning not to gulp down everything in the dinner table.. I will definitely taste all of them but in small portions.. Also planning to stock myself on fruits and vegetables so that I get my needed fiber which is more important to me.. and my 8 glasses of water..

When I am ready to be active again, I will slowly get back to my 10 minute workout rule when possible.. I know I am not going to find big chunks of time for my workout and probably will not do that immediately after returning to workout.. So will handle one day at a time and do however much my body can handle.. I hope not to gain 15 pounds or more like what happened last year.. I am not sure if I can freeze my weight there with my health problems.. but hope to not let it too high that I get frustrated later...


Uncertainty !!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Nothing seems to be certain in life.. Nothing.. The good weather that you enjoy today might be different tomorrow... The good job you enjoy today might be someone else's tomorrow.. and the good health that you enjoy today might overturn tomorrow...

Likewise I have been going up and down with my health for the past few months... and here I am again.. OK.. I'll confess what's happening with me.. My periods got delayed last month and after about 9-10 days delay and elevated waking temperatures, my dh and I decided that we do a pregnancy test.. On the day of Thanksgiving, we did a pregnancy test and the strip came up with a super duper light line so we weren't sure of what's happening... The instructions said that if there was a line no matter what the intensity was, it is a positive test. We were confused and unsure but also excited...

After a slow walk the next evening, I started getting cramps in the lower left abdomen. The pain increased when I went to bed and the next morning I woke up with brown/black spotting.. We did some reading and found that some amount of spotting is normal during pregnancy.. But this kept on coming and I was bleeding as if I got my periods, when we began to think that it was only a delayed periods and not pregnancy... But unusually and unfortunately, I didn't stop bleeding after the 3rd or 5th day but also had severe cramps and pain for about 3 days which kept me awake from my sleep..

Wondering if I had a miscarriage, I called my gynecologist's office and told the nurse what I was undergoing.. She ordered for a pregnancy test that evening.. When the results came two days later, I was still bleeding but the pain had come down, she said that the test was positive but the hormone level wasn't so high so they wanted to take another test in a couple days... Today is the 10th day and I am still bleeding.. I was in the doctor's office today for labs to be taken.. They were going to measure the hCG levels and progesterone levels to see the trend of the numbers.. If the pregnancy hormone levels were going up, then it is still a pregnancy, if it declines, I am probably having a miscarriage.. She said it might take 2 days for them to get the results.. and it will be the 12th day if I am still bleeding.. and did I say that I am planning for a vacation trip to India from the 16th, ie, the next Tuesday - 1 week from today..

GOD.. I wish things will go smoother and my health gets better... I hope I don't bleed more than what I am supposed to which could make me tired and anemic.. Please GOD I pray that everything gets back to normal before I leave for my trip next week.. The holiday season didn't begin well for me.. I hope it concludes well.. and with all these I don't even think of taking a walk and the nurse asked me to take it easy until the results are back.

I still don't know the reason behind the miscarriage/bleeding.. I somehow feel responsible for all these.. I begin to blame on the walk that I had that evening.. Was it a coincidence that I got the cramps after the walk or did the walk induce a miscarriage? I am still not convinced that it is the walk because everyone that I talked to and all the articles that I read in the internet didn't say anything about walking or normal activities.. infact I wasn't doing anything rigorous.. Will I ever come to know the true reason? But for now I am trying not to move a lot which ironically is against my December goal... huh !

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KDLARA 12/9/2008 2:01PM

    I am sorry you are going through such a rough, uncertain time. I've miscarried twice and truly know how you are feeling right now (my most recent was June 2007). I know it's hard but try not to blame yourself for what's going on. It's not anything you did or didn't do.


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VIDYARP 12/9/2008 7:45AM

  I know you are going thru a tough time. I hope things work out fine for you....My best wishes...
Stay positive and remember - whatever happens, happens for the good.

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How do you find ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Exercise in my busy schedule.. I take 10 minutes off of my work and take a brief walk.. around the office area.. I park my car farthest away so that I can walk a little longer to get to it... I use the stairs at work and not the escalator or elevator, so that adds up.. I also take the long route to the restroom or go to the farthest one.. Sometimes I go to the one in a different floor...

I try to be regular in the evenings with my workout but for the past month or so, guess after it began getting dark soon, with the shorter days, I haven't been able to do it well.. so every bit of it counts for me.. I am waiting for the Spring to come so that I can really catch up and get out of these moody winter dark evenings...

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DETERMINED56 12/4/2008 6:46PM

    OK...I can only say what works for me. Everyone has to find their own rhythm and when their body responds best to exercise. I have always been a morning person...I fade at night.
I've always worked out throughout my life but last December, I noticed that my weight had really, really crept up. Blame it on stress or stopping smoking (smoked very little) but everything went to hell in a handbasket. There was a special at our gym where they measured body fat and you got three sessions with a personal trainer. I was horrified by my BMI and just decided that I would do whatever it took to get back into shape.
I realized the only time I would work out was morning but it would mean getting up at 4:15 and being at the gym by 5:00. I lived close enough that I could come home and shower and still be at school by 7:30. It sounded ghastly but I promised myself that I would try it for one month and then decide. Believe it or not, after the first couple days, it wasn't that bad and I was amazed that there were actually people at the gym at that hour. I wasn't the only lunatic!

I worked with the trainer on Sunday for either 1/2 hour or 1 hour and implemented the weight training and cardio throughout the week. I kept (and still do) a food journal.

I had to be more organized. I had to know what I was wearing the next day and pack lunches the day before. I drank my coffee in the car on the way to the gym. I went to bed earlier.

I'm still doing early workouts but the cold, dark weather has sure made it harder. When I added a spin class in place of cardios, I showered and changed at the club. Again, just had to be organized.

Met a bunch of great people....there isn't a lot of talking because everyone is pretty focused and sometimes half asleep but you do get to know one another. I found out that on the first Friday of everymonth they get together for breakfast at 6:00 AM. I didn't go to the first couple but went last month and it was a blast....really nice people and it's fun to see people in regular clothes, makeup etc.

I guess you have to just find what works for you and even if it is just short periods, it still is beneficial.


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2SWEETGIRLS 12/4/2008 5:23PM

    Don't have a good answer...I just make it happen. I do small amounts each night - 20 minutes on the elliptical (using a challenging program for weight loss) at least 3 days a week, and 20 minutes or less of strenth training at least 2 days a week. I'm not ready to go back to my 40 minutes of cardio - I know it would be too overwhelming right now to fit it in). I have to force it into my schedule, as a busy mom of two, ages 3 and 1. Honestly, I have to sacrifice a little sleep or down time. Hope you find something that works for you!!

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