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Busy & Positive!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yesterday was a very busy day. In the morning I started my laundry and ended up doing 4 loads. 2 were the kids clothes, 1 was my husband's work shirts and the last were blankets. I hung all of it up on the wash line, took it down, folded it and put it all away. I also re-arranged the back part of our basement which is the kids play area and vacuumed our sectional sofa really good because of the dog hair that was shed on it. I pulled weeds from my flower beds and put away some outdoor decor. Lastly, I helped my husband cover our pool.
Let me tell you, I over did it. My feet, legs and behind my knees hurt and throbbed last night. I had a difficult time sleeping because of the aches and should have taken some pain medication....but didn't think of that last night.
So, today, although I planned on doing my elliptical, I think it'd be best to take a day of rest for my body. I hope to get a good night's sleep tonight so I can do a great elliptical workout tomorrow.
I signed up for the Fall %5 Challenge today which you can also join here:

Last week I did not do so great on the Dr. Oz 'Just 10' Challenge, but I am hoping to step it up a notch this week. Positivity!!!! emoticon

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CURBUR 9/22/2010 10:09AM

    When you finish at your house can you come and work on mine?(lol) After working all week I feel like I am doing good to catch up on the laundry on the weekends. You deserve a day off.

I have found that when I am busier I am much more focused on and positive about my weight loss efforts. Keep up the great work.

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SMYLEERED 9/21/2010 9:47PM

    Busy Busy Busy Lady...good that you rested instead of pushing your body. Good luck with the Fall Challenge. Thanks for sharing.

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BIBS4664 9/20/2010 8:01PM

    You surely did a lot. Listening to your body is a great thing. Keep on going!!

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KENDALL7261 9/20/2010 7:32AM

    Busy lady!

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GETFITNLEAN 9/19/2010 8:56PM


My Mom always hung laundry when it was nice outside. I have a dryer, but in order to do as much laundry as I had, it is easier to just hang it out....especially the heavy blankets. Easier for them to just flap in the breeze and dry. Also, it saves on my electric bill, is good for the environment and incorporates exercise for me! IN a few months though, the line drying days will be numbered and I will have to use the dryer all of the time over the winter.
hanks for all of your comments everyone. I rested today and hope to get back on the elliptical tomorrow! emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 9/19/2010 6:03PM

That is a great deal of activity! It is good to listen to our bodies and give them some rest. Too much of even a good thing isn't always healthy. Balance is key.
A positive attitude is so important to our overall health and well-beign. Thank you for the important reminder.
I have found challenges to be extremely helpful. Perhaps at some point we may run into each other as we try something new.
Best wishes as you continue your endeavors to health.

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    It sounds like you were VERY busy! I have never had to hang clothes on a line before, I have always had a dryer. You definitely must have burned some extra calories with that! Keep up the hard work!

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FITXFORTY 9/19/2010 4:25PM

    Takin' it one day at a time!

Love it!


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STATCHMO 9/19/2010 4:23PM

    You had a very busy and productive Saturday! After doing that much labor around the house, you don't really need to workout, especially if you are sore and your body is telling you it needs a break.

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DHOLLOWAY60 9/19/2010 3:58PM

    Yup take a day to rest.
You probally need it.
Our bodies sometime tell us that.
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QUEENBME2 9/19/2010 3:52PM

    Even though you were sore, you did a great job in getting in exercise. Good work!

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Dr. Appt. Completed!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So, I am back from the Dr's office. I had my first physical in over 6 or more years. Nothing was said about my weight, but then again, both the nurse who took down my info and the nurse practitioner who saw me for the physical, weighed way more than I do. Not that this means anything, but it didn't seem like there was any concern over my weight. I am concerned and I will continue to try to be as healthy as I can be!

All in all I do believe I am in good health. The main reason I made this appointment is because since I stopped breastfeeding my daughter in January 2008, I slowly have worked up to uncomfortable digestive issues. The nurse practitioner thinks it may be IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), so she gave me a prescription for Levsin (I got the generic version Hyomax SL). I am NOT big on taking medications at all, but this med is only used when you have the symptoms, so I guess I will try it out. It does make you sleepy though, so I will have to watch when I use since I am always driving/picking up my daughter from school and such. I have a follow-up appointment for October 12th to see how the meds are working for me. I am also going for blood work the week before the follow up appointment. She is checking my basic metabolic panel, lipid panel w/LDL, diabetes, and thyroid. I've had thyroid, metabolism and diabetes checked for in the past with no issues. I've never had my cholesterol checked though, so I am hoping those numbers aren't as bad as I am thinking they are. The nurse practitioner did say that if the meds do not help me, she will refer me to a gastro enterologist.

If you are reading this, thank you for your time and support. I think I will join the IBS Team just to gain more knowledge and insight.

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SMYLEERED 9/21/2010 10:04PM

    It's good that you're keeping tabs on your health. Taking meds isn't something we enjoy but when you have a health issue it's the way to go. Good luck with the blood work and the IBS. Joining that team is a great idea.

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HOCKEYMOM.DANI 9/14/2010 9:40PM

    Good for you for getting yourself to the doctor. I hope the meds help and you find some relief. Joining the IBS team is a great idea, I'm sure you will get lots of advice there.

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BIBS4664 9/14/2010 8:58PM

    Taking care of yourself is a good thing. Keep on the journey.

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LORKAT 9/14/2010 5:44PM

  I hope you are feeling well. I have never been officially diagnosed, but I believe that I have had IBS since having my gall bladder removed years ago. Not fun! I had a little chuckle when I read the beginning of this blog, because I can really relate to it. I used to be nervous about going to my yearly physical, but my doctor never says anything about my weight most likely because she weighs more than me.

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Just 10 Challenge!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Dr. Oz Show is conducting the 'Just 10 Challenge'.
Although I do not get to watch his show as much as I would like, I'm a fan of how he is educating the public about health issues. I learned about this challenge through the Dr. Oz Spark Team, found here:

I will be adding this challenge to the teams that I am a leader of because I think it not only will help people lose weight, but also teach some valuable habits along the way.

To sign up for the challenge through Dr. Oz's site, go here and receive a FREE bracelet if you reside in the U.S.A.:

Please read through the challenge steps, as there is a lot of important information there.

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LORKAT 9/14/2010 5:35PM

  Thank you for the link! I'll be sure to check it out.

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JONESSM11 9/14/2010 5:27PM

    I love Dr Oz too! I think it's amazing how easily he seems to be able to TEACH people about their amazing bodies and all that we put them through! Thank you for sharing this....I'm going to check it out right now!

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Dr. Appt. Scheduled!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

So, I called the Dr's office today and scheduled my physical for Tuesday 9/12 @ 1pm. The nurse practitioner will be doing the exam, so I hope she can send me for blood work if need be. I haven't been to my Dr's office since 2004, so I will have to fill out office paperwork again and be treated like I am a new patient there. Unbelievable that I am so good about doctor appointments for my kids, but yet I let myself take the backseat when it comes to my health. My 3 year old will be with my Mom the day of the doctor appointment, so I will hopefully have time to get blood work after the appointment if necessary.

I also wanted to post this link: US study finds Cancer cells slurping up fructose

Just another reason to try to stay away from fructose and corn syrup products!

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TIGRESSMOMOF5 9/10/2010 10:27AM

    I also just recently went to the dr. for the first time since 2007, and had a total physical done. I found out that I have slightly high cholesterol, and hpv, and have to be tested for cervical cancer because of the type of hpv I have. I also have a 3 yr. old daughter born 06-06-07. I hope your dr. can get your blood work done fast, it is always good to get it done a.s.a.p. good luck at your dr. appt. I will check out that link you posted. emoticon

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SCAROUSEL1 9/5/2010 3:13PM

    Congrats! Glad to see that you got it scheduled. I have been very remiss about a physical for me. I will call Tuesday to schedule one too.

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MRSRUBLE 9/5/2010 1:40AM

    Good for you! Even if you have take the kiddo! emoticon

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    You are a Mom & therefore by nature put eberyone else first! But you do need to care for you so you can be healthy to keep being there for everyone else! Love your page - very cheerful!

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LSCHULER72 9/2/2010 11:21PM

    Best of luck to you!

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SMYLEERED 9/2/2010 10:44PM

    You're taking a step in the right direction scheduling that doctor's appointment. Thank you also for sharing that link about fructose and cancer cells. We would all be wise to heed that advice.

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JAVALOVERTOO 9/2/2010 6:01PM

    Best wishes on your appointment. Now is the time to reclaim your investment in your health! Don't let another 6 years go by until your next check up! Tell the NP what you've been doing, they are there to help you too and there is nothing Docs and NP like better then to see their patients making an effort. emoticon emoticon

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PAISHAR2 9/2/2010 4:22PM

    thank you friend for that information!!!!! I am claiming a clean bill of health in Jesus Name!!!!!!


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New Year....Sort Of!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

There have been many times over the past two months that I wanted to blog here. Why didn't I? Because I knew I was in lazy-summer mode and wasn't going to do well in trying to adopt new exercise and eating habits in the scorching, hot summer we've had her in PA. In June I was so optimistic about shedding 10 lbs over the summer. But then, the relentless heat just did not let up. It made me feel like not doing much of anything. Despite this, I have managed to not gain anymore weight....which is close to a miracle if you ask me.
So, today is September 1st. My oldest daughter went back to school on Monday (August 30th) and is now in 2nd grade. She is getting a new start. Every year children get a new year in September. New teachers, new friends, and they learn new things. . I've decided, so I am. My new teachers can be members here at SparkPeople who have made the Spark program work for them. My new friends can be SparkPeople members on my teams. And learning new things can be accomplished by reading Spark articles or from other resources. All this requires WORK from ME! I am responsible. I am the one that has to do this. No one else can do this for me. It's always very daunting to me when I get back on the healthy path , knowing that I might fail.....again. But, then I remember, that if I don't try and do SOMETHING, how can anything really change?
Soon the weather will be changing for the better. I hope this motivates me to get outside more. Move. Exercise. Eat healthy and in turn, it will make me feel better.
I need to feel better because I have been having a lot of digestive issues for the past 2.5 years. Soon I will be making a Dr's appointment so I can hopefully find out some answers. There have been a lot of things going through my mind. Celiac's disease? Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Something wrong in my colon? I don't know, but I need to find out. I need to feel better and be healthy. I am publicly stating this so that I make myself finally get to the Dr. and discuss the symptoms that I really do not want to discuss, but have to. Hopefully I will get an that isn't life threatening.

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BIBS4664 9/2/2010 2:10PM

    My kids are grown, but I still see Sept as a new year and beginning. WTG.

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CURBUR 9/2/2010 11:45AM

    For years I have said that my new year starts when my kids start school. After all, that's when our entire family has new schedules to adjust to. I listed the things that I want to accomplish during this year and consider it schooling myself.

I wish you luck on finding the source of your medical problems and I am sending positive thoughts your way.


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SCAROUSEL1 9/1/2010 11:21PM

    Funny how we all think back to basics and back to good health when it is back to school time. Get in and see that doctor and let us know how it goes... HUGS!

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JONESSM11 9/1/2010 9:56PM

    Awesome! Way to take charge! I too have always felt like Sept 1st is the beginning of my new year (probably because I'm a perpetual studend! LOL) So, congrats, and good luck with your New Year! we'll all be here behind ya! Don't forget to let us know what the doc had to say....we can all learn from each other!

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JAVALOVERTOO 9/1/2010 9:34PM

    Great way to look at the New Year and new friends, etc! Why should the kids have all the fun! emoticon

Make that doctor appointment! We are waiting to hear that everything will be okay. emoticon

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