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Update

Friday, November 07, 2014

As you see, I am not a fan of blogging. I'm not good at putting things out there; that's true for writing and for real life. I've started blogs before and then changed them and then deleted them. Why? I think that I sound like "poor me". I know there are others out there with worse issues and harder lives and I do know that I am very blessed SO in many ways. I do want to put an update out there though. This is kind of for myself more than anyone else.

I've had some changes in my health since turning 40. I've always had pretty good health and I've been pretty proud of that. I'm still very fortunate, all in all. Since 40 I now have a thyroid issue. I have a unilateral non-toxic goiter that I have to have checked every six months at this time. It has created changes in my body that can be very limiting. I have/have had memory issues, trouble losing ANY weight, hair loss, constipation, body pain, and I get cold easy. I'm on medication, but I don't know that it is really at a level that keeps me at my optimum. I now also have back issues. I have scoliosis which gave me arthritis and spondylolitic spondylolisthesis that has me in constant pain now. I can no longer Zumba; I'm lucky to be able to walk without starting to have pretty bad pain. There are a lot of days were pain drains my energy so much that I am exhausted by the end of the day. You add all that to frequent sinus headaches and sinus pain; I feel like a mess. It's really hard not to be grumpy, especially to my family who does not deserve that.

I'm trying to get help. I'm seeing a Chiropractor and my family doctor. I'm seeing about getting physical therapy (not sure where I'm going to get the time). I get my thyroid checked again soon and if the nodule has grown again, I'm going to ask for my doctor to get my blood levels checked. I'm also praying. Praying for Jesus to be here with me, to guide me and help me through my pain. I'm hoping my time spent with Jesus will help me with my grumpiness. I'm also thanking Him for all the many blessings I have and the health that I do have. He is good to me.

To those out there with such issues and worse, that is my recommendation......find human help and pray to Jesus for His help as well. He is the one who will truly heal you in the end.

  
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Spark Activity Tracker

Friday, November 15, 2013

I am not a regular blogger, obviously, but I do have to say...
I am so loving my Spark Activity tracker. It makes it so much easier to keep track of my fitness and to feel rewarded for it. I would do the fitness and forget to track it; this takes care of that. For Zumba and Just Dance (which I LOVE to do), I just put it on my shoe and make sure I keep my feet moving and that burns extra calories anyway. It then gives me the option to tell it what I was doing (I use Dance Aerobic high impact). The big wish I have is that it be wireless. It talks to my computer "easily", but I have to wake my computer to do that and having only one dongle makes it so I can only register my info at home. It would be excellent if it could communicate with phones and computers effortlessly.

The new Start page also helps so much. I sincerelyTHANK SparkPeople for making the changes they've made.....love it! The flow is perfect! I also really like the Goal Board Check-In and that you can personalize it. It's amazing how SP can take something I love and make it even better.

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JENS_LOSING_IT 11/15/2013 1:16PM

    I love mine as well. I did a Turbo Jam video today and it knew that I was active for 40 minutes so I just had to classify. I am also more motivated, especially to be more active at work and on lunch.

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DRTOVAH 11/15/2013 12:20PM

  I have a fit bit and love it. I would be interested in SPAT to track other activities like cycling.

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Flexibility...not the limber kind :o(

Friday, October 11, 2013

Last night was the first night of my new determination. I have plans to exercise as soon as I get home each weekday (can't get out of bed early) and when I get up on weekends. Well, it didn't go so well on the first day. When I got home last night I couldn't exercise because my hubby was staining the deck and I needed to get dinner ready for two hungry little girls. No sooner did we eat when I had to fly over to church to clean. That took longer than usual and then off to the grocery store. By the time I got home it was time to get the two little girls (and me) ready for and in bed! I was sorely disappointed that I wasn't able to get my exercise in, but those were all tasks that I had to do. When I get home today, nothing will come between me and getting my exercise though. I do realize I have to be flexible and I may not get to exercise EVERY day due to having two little girls, a husband, working full-time, a busy volunteer life with school and church and various other family and friend obligations. I will plan to exercise every day though and say NO to anything that I can so I can have that ME time.
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Today 10/10/13

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Today I start fresh. I feel so much better now that I know about my thyroid and I've been taking the medication for a couple of months now. I also feel I can move on because I don't need surgery at this time. I want to get on the ball and LOSE THIS WEIGHT!!! I want to TRACK what I eat. Cook more and eat out less. I want to exercise everyday...Zumba (of course)...walking...strength training (ugh!)....yoga...pilates...and maybe walk/jogging. I'm still having to deal with the breathing issue that started me down the path to finding my thyroid issue in the first place. I thank God for his watching over me. I'm blessed in so many ways. I have The Sparck Activity Tracker coming and I'm so excited. I have trouble remembering to track my activity. This will help so much! Thanks Spark Guy and SparkPeople for creating it!!!

  
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KIMPY225 10/10/2013 11:52AM

    Good luck with losing the weight! I think all of that exercise will definitely help! I hope you enjoy the new tracker!!

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Change of plans, but I will not give up.....EVER!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

I have had commitments on my time that make very little time for me. I can't seem to keep up with a team and activities (no matter how great they are for building great habits) given by a team so I am back to doing my own thing. I am sorry to anyone I've let down or disappointed.

I also have a broken X-box at this time and don't know when it will be fixed or replaced. That is making me cranky and my Zumba exercise erratic. A kind friend gave me a Zumba DVD because she saw how bad off I was and it truly helps, but it's just not the same. I don't have the same drive as I do with the game. I think it's because I like the game dances much better.

Since I have less ME time, I have to take what I can get so I've changed my plans. I have joined a free walking program at work and it starts on May 1st. I will be walking at least 5 out 7 days a week for at least 30 minutes. A co-worker/friend is going to do it with me and we will walk together during lunch as often as we can. Since it is getting nicer outside I will try taking my girls (and hopefully my hubby who also needs the exercise) for walks more often in the evening. I also plan to Zumba whenever I can (be it time or ambition). I figure, if I do this, I will at least get the walking in until I get more ME time and can go back to a regular Zumba schedule. Who knows, it would be nice if the walking program "gets in my blood" and I WANT to continue doing it even after it ends. It would be really nice if it gets me back up to walking/jogging again.

IT IS SO HARD TO KEEP UP WITH PLANS, but I guess if we keep trying and/or trying something new we can never truly fail.

I know what I have to do, I just have to be my behind in gear and DO IT!

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JSPIN74 4/18/2013 9:47AM

    emoticon I know it's hard...I'm in the same boat with you...letting down myself a lot of times because of al the other commitments I have (mostly taking care of others)...but you've got it right...we will NOT give up!

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