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July 16, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wow, an interesting day so far.

First of all I'd like to mention a challenge I will be doing. It's through my gym and there are cash prizes. It's a 90 weight loss challenge and I'm going to do it, it starts in september, as a way to motivate myself. I don't think I'll win as the last winner lost 98 lbs in 90 days which is both crazy and unhealthy. So I'll work hard and do my best while not going overboard. Every participant gets 1 month free memebership for every 5 lbs lost so even if I come in last, as long as I lose some, I come out a winner. 1st place wins $10,000, 2nd gets $5,000 and 3rd gets $2500. I've already done the math and if I wanted to try for 90 pounds in 90 days I would be eating 1200 calories a day, no more, and having to burn about 2000 every day so I'm not going to go that crazy. I just figure I can try my best and hopefully get some free months at the gym ^_^

Ok so today, I went out with a co-worker to buy some shelves to install in our closet. We are trying to organize the office a bit better. We bought some really nice ones but have had a tough time installing them. The walls in the closet are concrete bricks, so we bought some special screws, but the screws just keep turning. They don't seem to want to grip the concrete, they just keep stripping the holes. So we're leaving it til monday and are going to get some special anchor things, I've never intsalled shelves at all lol, never mind in concrete. I will be though, I bought a closet organizer for my bedroom. I think I'll put it in this weekend because I'm not going to the cottage and I have sunday off.

Last night was interesting too. I'm exhausted today. See, my power went out last night, but it was really weird. It went out in only part of my apartment at first. I thought I blew a fuse but when I checked them no, and the new one didn't make a different. My bedroom light and one outlet were off, my bathroom, hallway and my fridge were all not working. I emptied my freezer because I had no idea why only some of the power went out when it wasn't a fuse. I put all the stuff into another freezer I have and went to bed and I would ask the super in the morning. Well at about 2 am all my power went out, I checked though and out in the hallway the lights were still on, so I'm just getting more confused. I only woke up because my CPAP machine turned off when the power went out, it's kinda hard to breathe without power in one of those things lol. So anyway, I was up for a little while, but then randomly the power came back on, all of it, thank goodness. I went back to sleep but of course, I was about an hour short now. So this morning I ended up being late for work, forgot to reset my alarm, and I'm still so tired. I am starting to feel better though ^_^ The prescription the doctor gave me is helping, I just need more sleep lol. I swear I'll be in bed at like 8 tonight lol.

I'm actually doing ok for eating today ^_^ better than I have previously. I did have a McDonald's egg McMuffin for breakfast but I had a fruit and fiber muffin with it instead of the hashbrown. I only ate out today because I was running late thx to the power outage. For lunch I had chili and a whole wheat bun. I also bought one of those health drinks with veggies in it. Normally I hate them but this one is apple, kiwi and greens so I mostly taste the apple and kiwi. I got myself a banana for a snack and I'll figure out dinner when I get home. I will still go over my calories today but my goal this month is eating healthy foods, as much as I want, not staying within range. I should only go over a bit though and I have made better choices today. At least I'm getting some nutrients in me ^_^ and hopefuly by the time the challenge starts in september, I'll have some good habits under my belt ^_^

Hope everyone has a great weekend ^_^

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AIMEEM77 7/17/2010 4:57PM

    WOW! I wish m gym wold do a contest like cool is that! Good luck on the might just surprise yourself!

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WILDFLOWERR_ 7/17/2010 12:14AM

    That challenge sounds awesome!
and I am proud of your great efforts to eat healthier too!
Only good can come from all this effort! emoticon



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THEWINNER33 7/16/2010 4:07PM

    It is good to read actual blogs from members that show others have the same problems as I do.

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July 14, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hey guys,

I just got back from the doctor and I got a perscription. So soon, everything will be good ^_^ No more problems I hope lol.

As for my exercise regimen I have decided on how I will be changing it. I am going to do my martial arts every monday and wednesday night and dancing will be thursdays, either a lesson or one of the practice parties. I will also be going to the gym every monday, wednesday and friday morning, one day a week will be swimming and 2 days will be strength training. Of course, I'm going to be flexible about the days, some days I need the extra sleep in the morning and sometmies I may go on the weekend, but it will still only be 3 days a week. I'm trying to not to overdo it too much while still having some evenings off and weekends as well. Of course when I go to the cottage weekends I will be swimming then as well. So now I have every tuesday and friday evening off, and weekends as well. This will be good as I was getting very frustrated with never having time off for myself. I've gotten quite behind on my house work too so now I'll have some time to catch up on that.

The biggest challenge for me now will be getting up early to go the gym, but once I do I always enjoy being up early, it's just getting out of bed lol.

Anyway, hope everyone is having a good week so far ^_^ mine is looking better now!

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AIMEEM77 7/17/2010 4:33PM

    Glad to hear that you're on your way to feeling a little better...AND you have a fitness action plan in place...that is the first step to success-a good plan. Congrats to you my friend!!

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_RACHEL 7/14/2010 4:41PM

    Hi Roxanne, Love your plan. I'll be checking to see if you got out of bed in the morning! Just kidding! You are going to do great!! Blessings on you and the exercise plan ahead of you! You go girl!! emoticon

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MINENA1 7/14/2010 2:46PM

    Oh yes...I workout at 5am everyday (errr, 5 times a week) & it's sooo hard getting out of bed that early. I just want to sleep on my comfy bed. Hehe! But you're gonna do great! You're plan sounds excellent!! Martial Arts? That's soooo awesome!! Keep it up girl! You're doing fantastic!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 7/14/2010 1:05PM

    Forcing yourself out of bed early is always the hardest part. YOU CAN DO IT!! You have such an awesome attitude and a great will take you far. Keep up the good work!


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July 13, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Warning: This blog contains information about my health you may not want to know!!!

I posted in an eralier blog about some problems I've been having and purposely left out any details. As a result, people misunderstood, though I do appreciate the helpful advice ^_^ Everyone assumed that my problem was constipation, but really it's pain and bleeding everytime I go to the bathroom. I have been trying to up my fiber intake to make it less painful. I also have an appointment to see my doctor tomorrow morning. I am so not going to like that one, a rectal exam emoticon not looking forward to that!!! I've been trying lots of different things to make it less painful, only homeopathic things I read on the net. I tried garlic - nothing, probiotics - so far no help, taking a tbsp of oil ion the morning - it helped but it is so gross I couldn't do it more than once, and now I am trying aloe juice.

I've seen it go through my cash on my weekend job at the grocery store and have always wondered what it would be like. I read online aloe taken internally has a whole host of benefits so I though why not, I may as well taste it lol. I bought it worried about the all the little chunks floating around in the green juice. I bought a plan one and a pomegranate one. They of course have sugar and stuff added to make it taste better. They're not bad actually, I like the pomegranate better. The chunks take some getting used to, it's a bit like orange juice but the chunks are bigger and there are more. It actually makes me think of the flesh in an orange or a grapfruit, with consistency a bit like Jello. It's definitely not a drink for everyone, but it does seem to be helping, it's not quite as painful today. I just hope the effect lasts.

I do apologize if this was way too much info but I put the warning on the top just because I thought not everyone would want to hear about this. I'll let you know now, if you did read this and comment or not, I do appreciate it. I'm actually putting it up here because I feel completely uncomfortable talking to my family or friends about it, I don't even want to talk to the doctor about it but I know I need to.

Now on to some other stuff. I haven't been doing that well this past week. I keep being stuck on the big picture and thinking I'll never lose all my weight, it's too much. I've been trying to focus on the small goals but this week it's been very hard. I have a hapkido grading coming up on the 24th and I won't be getting my belt. I've already spoken to the instructor and he says I've missed too many classes, which is so true. I knew that would happen and I don't mind at all. I have too much to learn in under 2 weeks and this will also give me another 3 months to work on my fitness level. The fitness requirements are a little too much for me right now.

I will be redoing my fitness routine, it will still include the hapkido 2x per week, but the dancing I am going to drop down to once every 2 weeks for lessons and then parties each non lesson week. So still once a week, but no more than that, sundays however are different, if I feel like going dancing I will, but lately I've been too busy to go on sundays anyway. I have been swimming a little sporadically, I will be including that at least once per week, most likely in the mornings. I will also be adding twice at the gym in the mornings to strength train which I have been neglecting lately. So hapkido 2x per week, swimming once, weights twice, and dancing once. I am going to go over my schedule and set specific days and times for each activity so I can specifically schedule some down time for myself, which I really need. That's actually part of the reason I have been missing so many classes, because I'm always on the go and need more me time. I really want to earn my green belt at the next grading, and I want to feeel prepared for it ^_^ Some weeks I will also be going a 3rd time to hapkido to work with my classmates, but only if I feel up to it, just to get more practice, there's no instructor that day, just an empty classroom we're allowed to use.

I have also been doing not so good with my eating, but I am working on it and I hope to be doing better by the end of the month. That is my goal for the month anyway, to be making better food choices. I need to go grocery shopping anyway, so I will be going on thursday, as tonight is me time, I'm seeing a friend ^_^ and tomorrow is hapkido. I will make a list before going and try to only get what's on my list. I would actually love some tips on breakfast ideas and snacks that are both healthy and fast. I will be getting stuff to make some breakfast bowls which I have had suggested a few times. High fiber and vegetarian are my preferences as I'm not much of a meat eater. Any suggestions are welcome and much appreciated ^_^

Hope everyone is doing well ^_^ have a great week!!

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TEEJAY2009 7/13/2010 2:08PM

    I'm glad you're getting this checked out. My first thought when you described your symptoms was irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn's disease (although I think that has more to do with uncontrollable bathroom urges), or even polyps in the colon.

Whatever it is, bleeding from the rectal area is definitely not good. I work for a company that manufactures ostomy bags for folks that struggle with bowel issues - so I've seen and heard it all. Nothing surprises me. So your post didn't bother me. But I also know how serious these issues can be and get if you don't do anything about them. So I am concerned for you.

I'll be praying for your health and healing.


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AIMEEM77 7/13/2010 1:47PM

    I feel your pain on the bathroom issues...quite literally. Most likely it is not too much to be worried about. If you worried and need to chat I'd be happy to tell you the details a little more privately. I went through the same process though...higher fiber intake, which I couldn't do and then I did try the probiotics which seems to help a bit, but doesn't cure the problem entirely.

I like the way you're reassessing your routine and scheduling time for your healthy lifestyle. As for breakfast, the wheat bagel this and some fat free or low fat cream cheese are always a go-to if I'm in a hurry. Add a piece of fresh fruit and it will hold you til lunch! Fiber One also makes a microwavable blueberry frozen muffin that's pretty good...just need to add something with it to fill you up a little better...maybe a protein shake or something. One of my favorite quick breakfasts though, is always dinner leftovers from the night before. Just a few thoughts...hope they help!

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July 9, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

Ok, so I've been having some stomach problems lately. Some digestive issues lol. I actually have IBS but it's been bothering me a lot lately so I've decided that I'm going to add a goal for my daily fiber intake ^_^ Sorry if this is tmi, I'm trying to keep it fairly vague and not too many details lol. So spark says 25 - 35 grams of daily fiber, I'll go with that for now but going over is not a problem, just say 25 as a minimum ^_^ yesterday I got 20 so today I'm going to try and up it. I will be eating more whole grain breads and pastas, beans, and some really good kashi fruit and nut bars for snacks. They're pumpkin pie and raspberry chocolate and they each have 4 g of fiber in them, and they taste really good too, especially the pumpkin pie one ^_^ I did eat at McDonald's this morning, so horrible, and I usually get an egg mcmuffin and a chocolate muffin, I'm trying to avoid mcdonalds though, but today i got a fruit and fiber muffin instead of the chocolate, way better lol. I'm actually going to make some muffins at home, next weekend being the first free time I have to do it. I'll be making some kind of whole grain, bran, fiber filled muffins lol. I haven't decided yet. I'd appreciate some suggestions for recipes ^_^ I want to make a big batch so I can freeze them and then just heat them in the microwave in the morning for a real quick healthy breakfast. If I come across any real good recipes I'll post it in a blog for you guys as well.

I'm heading to the cottage this weekend so I'm going to stop and pick some up high fiber snacks to have there because my family always has basically meat and potatoes for dinner, or hamburgers and hot dogs. Their diet is not great at the cottage and certainly is pretty low in fiber. I will be making a real effort to eat healthy this weekend, no matter what they have, and to do lots of swimming. I'm trying to work up to being able to go across the lake so I'll work on that ^_^ I'll track everything when I get back, exercise and food and everything.

Hope you all have a great weekend ^_^

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DAWNWINS 7/10/2010 9:22AM

    Enjoy your weekend!

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MESSENE 7/9/2010 5:43PM

    emoticonHope you feel better! I have IBS too, but get a panic kind of feeling when I can't go. I take psyllium husk powder 1 hour before my meal. Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AIMEEM77 7/9/2010 1:57PM

    I was having some issues of my own a while back. I simply CAN NOT eat that much fiber and believe me I've tried. I did however find a little supplement called Phillips colon Health which is a probiotic and really helps quite a lot. I'd recommend giving it a try too if you find ou have the same problem i had.

Enjoy your weekend!

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LIFEGENESIS 7/9/2010 1:53PM

    Have fun! Be careful swimming! Woot!

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My Weekend Away

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I had a great weekend away. I left wednesday after work to go to my parents cottage. I got there about 9, after a 3-1/2 hour drive. It was a ncie drive though. I was the first to get there, and then my sister and her husband and then my parents. We were all pretty close but I don't have a key yet and so I had to wait outside for a bit. It had rained that day and so I got quite a few mosquito bites lol.

I have so many bites it's not even funny. Mosquitos love me so they end up leaving everyone else alone and coming for me. I'll have to post some pics or something lol, my legs are covered. Thursday and Friday weren't all that warm but me and my sister went swimming anyway, the water was nice. A cold shock at first but we got used to it quickly. I used my super expensive, super strong sunblock and I still got a bit of colour. It was great stuff though and I'll be buying it again because I burn so easily. Actually everyone was using mine lol. I was the only one not to get burnt this time around ^_^

We did some fireworks on friday night and saturday night, as well the canada day fireworks that our cottage association did on saturday. A friend and her boyfriend came on friday night. He's a cop amd crazy tall lol, he's 6'6" It's good he was there because that night some drunk guy on an ATV came down our driveway, its quite a steep hill, and he was looking for beer and making a scene. He was arguing and swearing a lot and just being rude. Mike, the cop, was trying to get the guy to walk back to his cottage and leave the ATV but he wouldn't and Mike didn't want make a scene on our property so we let the guy leave. He peeled out of our driveway so fast, he did a wheelie up our very steep driveway and almost lost it there for a sec, it so looked like he was gonna crash. He didn't come back lol. Anyway it was an eventful night.

saturday and sunday we sat down by the water the whole day pretty much, on the dock, and swam for a couple hours. It was way cooler down by the water. It's quite a hill up to the cottage, and lots of very steep steps so I got my exercise just going up and down lol. Julie and Mike, friends, actually swam all the way across the lake and back, me and my sister Jen had gone about half way but we'd like to go all the way sometime. I made it one of my goals for the summer ^_^ We had lots of fun anyway. We were celebrating Julie's birthday too, which is next weekend, and she wanted to cook for us. So she brought all the stuff and made us a really good dinner. I didn't eat healthy by any means, I had lkots of grilled meat and potatoes, snacks like chips and popcorn, even a couple smores. We ate well lol, just not healthy ^_^

saturday me and Jen actually started feeling a little sick because of all the time we spent in the sun. We don't have air conditioning there so it was really hot. We're taking a couple window ac units this weekend so that the cottage can be a place to hide from the heat for a bit at least. Even with fans and all the windows open it was just way too hot and humid. I ended up leaving a few hours earlier on sunday to get away from the heat.

I had a great time but it was way too hot lol. They also need to fix the ladder into the water. The top step is broken so it was a little awkward to get out of the water, but we managed. My parents are still there for the week and I think they're getting a new one before I go back on friday. I have aunts and uncles going this weekend too so I'm looking forward to that. And we'll have air this time lol.

Anyway, I guess that's enough rambling about my weekend lol, I hope everyone had a good holiday ^_^

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DAWNWINS 7/8/2010 6:01AM

    Awesome, I love cabin getaways!

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AIMEEM77 7/7/2010 8:01AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! An dI love me some smores! glad you had a good time!

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LIFEGENESIS 7/6/2010 3:36PM

    Sounds like fun! :D Wish I could have been there with the S'MORES man! Woot! :D

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MESSENE 7/6/2010 3:34PM

    emoticonSounds like you had a super emoticontime! I get them mosquito bites almost everyday, but the plantain tea takes the itch away. emoticonHope them bites heal soon! emoticon emoticon

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