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Acupuncture seems to be working

Friday, March 14, 2014


I took myself off both my High blood pressure medication & my Diabetes medication after I read that the BP meds cause high sugar! Left my doctor...he has misdiagnosed me several times, once telling me I had Rhumatoid Arthritis when it was heel spurs (plantar fasitis). Now I find my meds are working against each other!
I have been to accupuncture a total of 8 times. No weight has been lost, but I feel great.
So it has been a full week without meds and I am monitoring my sugar & BP numbers and they are better now than they were when I was on the meds. I'll continue to monitor. For now I am sticking with the acupuncture.

  
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BOLEBRON 3/18/2014 8:50PM

    Great. Sometimes is good to reevaluate and try something new.

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CTUPTON 3/15/2014 7:46AM

    Good think you have advocated for yourself! Rarely has a doctor actually helped me.
chris

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VALERIEMAHA 3/15/2014 12:13AM

    That's such good news!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/14/2014 10:12PM

    Acupuncture has been helping me with my Celiac Disease. I just love that gal!!! My BP and diabetes numbers have also been better with less medication.
Continued blessings and hugs,
Helen

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TRESSWANN 3/14/2014 7:08PM

    I go more or less weekly and it helps me. Had a bad fall a few weeks ago and could barely move arm, went to acupuncture, no pain and full range of motion. Glad you are doing well

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/14/2014 12:21PM

    Awesome!

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SIEGRID 3/14/2014 12:11PM

    Thanks for the heads up on the acupuncture, my insurance suggested it for my back, but I wasn't too sure. But you really should get your blood pressure checked and treated, it's a symptomless disease but it needs to be treated.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/14/2014 12:06PM

    please get another doctor quickly and be sure they know you took yourself off BP meds..Monitor OFTEN...never a good idea to stop them without medical supervision...
Glad you are doing well, though!!! Big hugs love you!

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FISHGUT3 3/14/2014 11:52AM

    I go to acupuncture weekly and find that it makes me feel better for problems associated with MS. I also take herbal supplements in addition to the acupuncture. Feeling better may all be in my head but that's ok with me. My blood pressure and other readings have improved, my neurologist seems pleased. Good Luck!

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55 years, 55 laps in 55 minutes

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


No that's not me.
I turned 55 on Friday and really wanted to go to Manhattan for dinner and a Broadway show, but the "dinero" is tight. emoticon
I wanted to do something memorable for my "double nickels" so I decided to go to the pool and instead of swimming my usual mile (44 laps) I would swim 55 or 1.25 miles.
Since a lap is two lengths of the pool and I swim a lap a minute, it took me 55 minutes.
I felt great when I got out of the pool and even wrote it down on the pool's dry erase board (with the lifeguard's permission of course). emoticon
I guess this would fall into the category of what I call "Bragger's posts" that I often read on FaceBook, you know, the ones that are put out there to tell the world: I AM GREAT AND MY LIFE IS WONDERFUL.
But here on Spark People we have no such thing. Here we revel in each other's success & we cheer each other on when a goal is reached, no matter how small. This is just one of the reason's emoticon
Thanks for the encouragement and celebrating my 55th with me Spark friends.
Paz, Francesca

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/6/2014 3:09PM

    ok so waiting to hear more swimming tails...(that was a ppun i know its misspelled Ms Teacher)

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WILMASOTO 2/4/2014 10:26AM

    A little late but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What an awesome accomplishment. So very proud of you. And yes here is the best place to brag because we all feel happy when something this awesome is accomplished. Best of luck and hope you had an amazing birthday!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/31/2014 10:21AM

    YOUU ROCK!!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/23/2014 9:42PM

    Feliz cumpleanos...muchacha!
You look and are awesome.
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HAPPY-DESTINY 1/23/2014 1:07AM

    I agree with VALERIEMAHA..."your strength reveals not only the ability to swim well, but in the ability to LIVE with force, courage,"

Back in Colorado ..I heard this saying as well.."It ain't bragging if you can do it..!

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CTUPTON 1/22/2014 2:38PM

    Brag all you want! Awesome! chris

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KLAD_COCKERS 1/22/2014 12:03PM

    Happy birthday Francesca - what an awesome way to celebrate! I think it's incredibly impressive that you did so well, and you should be proud. Not many 55 year olds could do that, even if they wanted to.

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BILL60 1/22/2014 8:43AM

    Way to go!! A wonderful way to celebrate a b'day. And relatively cheap. Happy B'day

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/21/2014 10:17PM

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WAY TO CELEBRATE your birthday and you DESERVE ACCOLADES!!! (Clapping )
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Continued blessings and hugs,
Helen

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GREENGENES 1/21/2014 8:59PM

    Well done! Happy Birthday! I started doing something similar on my birthday but running laps instead. It's great to have a goal like that to look forward to.

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VALERIEMAHA 1/21/2014 8:48PM

    Diosa mia! Hermana, tu fuerza la revela no solo en la abilidad de nadar así, pero en la abilidad de VIVIR con fuerza, con coraje, con servicio y compasión hacia los animales y los seres humanos. Que honor celebrar ese día tan especial cuando entraste el planeta contigo!!!
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TRESSWANN 1/21/2014 6:06PM

    AWESOME!!!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/21/2014 6:02PM

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ROXYZMOM 1/21/2014 5:58PM

    Happy Birthday! What a memorable way to celebrate!
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SUSANNAH31 1/21/2014 5:32PM

    What a GREAT way to celebrate your 55th birthday -- with 55 laps in 55 minutes!! WooHoo!!!

Feliz Cumpleanos, mi amiga!

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2014 Year of the Horse!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

RIP Onyx.
This is the year of the horse. It is also the year of Francesca! I am determined to do this once and for all. These past four years I have managed to go from 260 to 215.
And then... back up to 225 in the last month! My poor old Zeus does not deserve to carry me and a 50 pound saddle (even if our trail rides only last 20-30 minutes) He does NOT need to carry this extra weight any more than I do & if I am blessed enough to still have him this spring, I vow to be a lot lighter!

For Zeus & for Me.
Today was great. The pipes froze but I stuck to my exercise & meal plan.
2014 The Year of the Horse & Me!

Maybe I'll even make it on Meg's saddle this year.

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/5/2014 5:09PM

    Love your pictures!!! You are lucky to have your horses. We used to have them but not any more.
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Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SUEPERWOMAN 1/5/2014 10:28AM

 

I'm sorry for your loss.

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MTRACHEL 1/3/2014 10:39PM

    What a wonderful way to visualize your success.

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KLAD_COCKERS 1/3/2014 9:28PM

    You can do this! You have our support, and that will help a lot. Keep on moving and making better choices and the weight will come off.

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MYHANDS4GOD 1/2/2014 8:48PM

    Post a picture on your fridge or mirror and that will remind you it is not just for you but for your horse.

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TRESSWANN 1/2/2014 8:40PM

    Yes, you can and will do it.

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VALERIEMAHA 1/2/2014 8:11PM

    It's the Year of the Horse -- It's Meg's year -- you OWE it to her AND to you to make it onto her back this year!!! You can do it...I just know it! I wish we were neighbors so that we could encourage each other and work at it together!!!
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ROXYZMOM 1/2/2014 7:26PM

    You will do it!!

You are so lucky to have horses. I had three as a teen - I really miss it!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/2/2014 7:19PM

    Good girl!! one of my goals is to lose 25 this year..i tried to make ir very doable.
sorry about the pipes. ours were ok..because kevin went late last night and turned the water on drip at te bakery. so it was ok..hoping it stays good for tonite..then it will get warmer!! we didnt get over 15 below today. brr!!

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Last blog of the year

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I have not been blogging much this year. No big changes to report or brag about. 2013 has been pretty quiet and just been spent trying to get used to the loss of our first sweet little mare Onyx and beloved Spaniel, Timothy late in 2012.
Our new mare Meg is doing well as is our new rescued terrier, Winston. Like someone told me after we lost Timothy; the only thing he had to leave behind was a good, loving home for another unfortunate who needed one. So this year we have all become very close and though our broken hearts still miss Timothy & Onyx...Winston & Meg have filled our home with love & joy.


Papi has lost his job due to cutbacks. Our only grandchild will be moving many, many miles away once a home is sold. But there is still so much to be thankful for and optimistic about for 2014. I have decided to begin acupuncture this week and try harder than ever to lose this weight and get healthier. Like many others, I believe 2014 will be much better than 2013. emoticon Francesca

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/31/2013 5:16PM

    I didnt know she was moving!!!! big hugs to you. Lets get together and kick this weight thing in the butt...ok?hugs and love to you..and a wonderful 2014!!

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PEACEFULONE 12/31/2013 11:47AM

    From your mouth to God's ears! Enjoy that beautiful horse and darling puppy. Best wishes to you for 2014!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/31/2013 9:35AM

    Good to hear from you again. I stop by occasionally.
I am sorry to hear about your recent events but also there is good. A loving home for tired animals and a place for children and grandchildren to visit.
I hope this year brings you (and me) strength to get off our butts and shed some pounds!
Feliz Nueva Anos!

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/30/2013 8:54PM

    Meg is beautiful. Winston is too cute. I miss my Horse, Buddy like crazy, so I know how you feel. emoticon
Have a good New Years!

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VALERIEMAHA 12/30/2013 5:30PM

    Pleased to meet you Meg and Winston. I hadn't known about Winston: SO.CUTE! And, of course, Meg is a raving beauty!

What do you mean "last blog?" YOU STILL HAVE TOMORROW!!!
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Con el corazon lleno de amor, mi querida Francesca,
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KLAD_COCKERS 12/30/2013 11:41AM

    2014 HAS to be better . . . . And I hope things look up for you Francesca. You've had a lot of change, with more to come, but your attitude is awesome. I need to learn from you.

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CTUPTON 12/30/2013 6:53AM

    Wishing you all the best in 2014! chris emoticon

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TRESSWANN 12/29/2013 8:30PM

    Acupuncture is awesome. I do it every week and it helps.

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MTRACHEL 12/29/2013 7:50PM

    What a year! Remember we are here to support you and help you reach your goals in 2014!

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TAICHIDANCER 12/29/2013 7:39PM

    I too hope that 2014 will be better than 2013. I'm sorry for the losses this year and I'm glad you found new loves.

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This is a test

Monday, October 21, 2013

A very dear NPR Addict team member's blogs are not visible on our team's page! What is going on?

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/3/2013 10:47PM

    Glad you found her!

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/22/2013 6:00PM

    Gracias! The member quit the team and then rejoined and now her blogs are viewable by all. emoticon

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BILL60 10/22/2013 8:54AM

    Hang tough and enjoy your caballos y perro.

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BOLEBRON 10/21/2013 9:48PM

    That is strange. If he or she a member? Maybe his or her page is set to private. I can see the blog titles for one of the members of one of the teams I belong to but I cannot read them or comment on them because she is set to private. She prefers it that way. Ask your fellow member. She or he can write to Spark People to try to get help.

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