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Update~Down in the Dumps

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Hello Spark friends! Happy New Year! I hope these past few days of the new year have helped you decide on what your goals will be in 2011 and that you are taking the steps needed to achieve them. I was trying to be optimistic, but over the past few days, things have been bringing me down.

A few days ago (Sunday to be exact), I went through all my e-mails from SparkPeople and then went to the groups I am a leader for and welcomed every new team mate I could. I am so looking forward to incorporating SP and the members here into my life again! Even though I was feeling tired, I pushed myself to exercise. Although I did not feel any more energetic, I felt at least I did it. This was all on Sunday.

Yesterday, Monday, my tummy and digestive system was really bad. IBS or just paybacks from all the wrong foods I had been eating over the holidays? Today its a little better, but not enough that I feel I could get on the elliptical. And I weighed myself and it is official, I have gained 5 lbs back, so I have re-adjusted my weight on Sp to reflect the gain.

Then today, I had to take my dog to the vet because he needed his anal glands expressed. (I had dogs growing up and never knew of this problem until this dog....more info. here if you are interested:

He was actually into the vet for this same thing 3 days before Christmas but the vet could not express anything from the right side and told us to bring him back if he persisted licking or scooting. Well, we didn't bring him back in time and now she did express the right side, but he has an infection. This happened over the summer and let me tell you, it was miserable. Mainly because the steroid prednisone they put him on makes him drink water like crazy and then he pees on the rug!!!! We've had this dog for 12 years and he never had accidents, but this medication makes him not be able to hold it throughout the night. I'm in for a long week and a half and I'm hoping to try to not let accidents happen, but it's almost impossible. I'll be awakened during the night hearing him go on the rug. Last time he woke me up to go, but then he went on the rug anyway! I'm just a but bummed by all this.

Lastly, I feel my S.A.D.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) kicking in. It just might be a combination of the holidays being over and finally being able to NOT run around like a chicken with its head cut off! You'd think I'd be overjoyed to finally get some down time? The Christmas tree is still up. I plan on taking it down tomorrow. I guess I need to go sit in front of one of those lights emoticon

I called my husband when we got home from the vet and he was not happy with the prednisone Rx. So he called the vet and spoke to her after he did some research online. Turns out prednisone can be harmful to older dogs, not to mention there are other ways this can be handled....Omega Fatty acids being one way. So for now, we are NOT giving him the prednisone and hopefully will hold off and be able to return the meds (expensive!) I am feeling a bit relieved about this since it is a big burden off of me emoticon


Quick Update

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hello Spark Friends! emoticon

I just wanted to stop by to tell you all that I have been spinning the wheel (when I remember) on SparkPeople, but that's about it. I've been so busy shopping for presents, wrapping presents, cleaning the house, laundry, throwing a surprise sleepover party for my daughter, cleaning up, then having a family birthday party for my daughter. The a dear friend and neighbor lost her 2 year battle with cancer on Saturday 12/11/10, so I will be attending her funeral on Wednesday morning. None of the Christmas gifts are wrapped and I still need to buy some more gifts for certain people. I am trying to take a breather, but it is difficult. I can't wait to get back to a more 'normal' routine that include exercise and eating properly. I miss SparkPeople, but right now there isn't a lot of time to squeeze it in. I will return soon though!

emoticonMerry Christmas friends! emoticon

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MRSMILLER777 1/1/2011 10:19PM

    emoticon It's a NEW YEAR, so, it's time to make time for YOU! emoticon You have to take time off sometimes, BUT, you need to also make time for you and put yourself first! Here's to a healthy happy new year!!!!!

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EGRAMMY 12/15/2010 12:51AM

    Dr. Oz Fans look forward to your return. But we understand dad to day living gets in the way sometimes

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SCAROUSEL1 12/14/2010 8:55PM

    Thanks for the update and Merry Christmas to you too! You can start your journey to the new you when the new year begins.

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/14/2010 6:43AM

    Thanks for the update, we miss you on the team. Good luck with everything and don't forget to breath!

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SMYLEERED 12/13/2010 10:50PM

    Good to hear from you...this is a busy time of year for sure. Will see you after all the busyness ends.

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8 Glasses Of Water Per Day?

Thursday, November 04, 2010

So, my husband has obviously taken notice to the pitcher of water I try to keep in the refrigerator daily to help me fulfill my eight 8 oz glasses of water. He thinks that is too much I guess because I seem to make too many trips to the potty. I received the following link from him in an e-mail:

Truth be told, eight 8 oz glasses does seem to be quite a bit for me, especially during the colder months. When it is hot out or I've done some tremendous exercising, it's obviously easier to drink more water. Six 8 oz. glasses seems to be a comfortable daily intake for me. Lately, I haven't been too hard on myself about it....just trying to get in the six glasses and I usually don't drink much else than the water.

So what is everyone's opinion on this and the link I provided above? Anxious to hear your thoughts! emoticon

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RCOMTE 1/15/2011 8:34AM

    I find it hard to drink that much water, so I put just a sprinkle of crystal light into it - it's very watered down, but some flavor makes me gulp it down easily.

I like the idea of that picture. I think I'm going to try that! Thanks!

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JUNEBUG160 11/9/2010 12:19PM

    I try to drink the 8 cups per day but I also will count my herbal teas in that total. Some days I just don't get there. I agree with the other comments of personal choice. I have to make lots of 'potty stops' no matter what I drink and how much, that's just how my kidneys work.As long as you're not washing out your necessary electrolytes ( I've seen people who have and they are sick) you'll be fine. emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/9/2010 8:21AM

    Personally my daily minimum in water is 12 cups a day. 15 when I work out. This is during the summer months. But I can still easily drink 9 a day even during the winter.
That is just me though. I do think it's individual based on size, geography, activity, etc.

But I also think that people have gotten out of the habit of drinking water and drink other liquids instead. 8 glasses isn't that difficult if we exchange the coffees and soft drinks for water.

I guess the already asked question comes back to - how do you feel?

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ROBYNROSE26 11/6/2010 1:51PM

    I try to drink 8-8oz glasses of water MINIMUM per day, but I am also on weight watchers and they recommend 6-8oz, so I think whatever works for you, I drink a lot because it really works for me!


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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 11/5/2010 9:43PM

    I "skimmed" the article from the link above; I had heard similar information before. I kind of think to each his own, but obviously water is a much better choice for obtaining fluids than say, soda.

I tend to drink around 12 8oz glasses of water a day, but on days where I am super active with workouts, I've been known to drink 18 glasses or more! It just depends on my thirst. Plus, I really don't drink much else, except for a coffee in the morning and maybe some unsweetened tea. Anything else is just too sweet for me.

But if six glasses is what you can manage, and it is working for you...keep it up!

(oh, and i LOVE your background! I have an unnatural obsession with turkeys!)

Comment edited on: 11/5/2010 9:45:01 PM

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SEAWAVE 11/5/2010 8:18AM

    I usually go by the colour of my urine. If it's clear or nearly so, I'm ok. If it starts going darker, I drink more water. Simple.

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EGRAMMY 11/4/2010 10:32PM

    I go to Dr. Oz or Spark People website and search for my topic. There is good info on water consumption. Mostly it is GOOD.
there is something on overconsumption by Dr.Dr. Michael Roizen Answered:" Water intoxication or sickness from drinking too much water occurs where you exceed your capacity to get rid of water. Your capacity to excrete water is normally about 1000 milliliters per hour (which is about 4 glasses), so if you drink more than this, you will dilute your body salts.

If the capacity to excrete water is impaired, then even lesser rates of consumption will result in low sodium concentration in your blood. Kidney failure is one reason for such an impaired capacity. The other, major reason for a failure to excrete a water load is the presence of a hormone vasopressin--the antidiuretic hormone. This last explains the frequency of low sodium concentration in the blood in marathon runners: marathon runners sweat and become volume depleted, vasopressin rises, thirst increases and due to the vasopressin, the water load cannot be adequately excreted and salt concentration falls. Michael Roizen on the Dr. Oz website,"

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CITYGIRL27 11/4/2010 9:28PM

    When I joined SP about a month and a half ago, 8 glasses of water seemed like sooooo much. But, I'm now drinking it daily and I feel so much better! I've cut out all but one Diet Coke a day (I used to drink it all day long), and still usually have a cup of milk or orange juice with breakfast, but the rest is water. Personally, I truly believe it's the best thing for you... even wrote a blog about it myself (see "Magic Potion" on my blog page) talking about all the advantages I've seen after just a short time. I'm with RONSIMPSONJR... you can find a web site to tell you whatever you want to hear. You just have to figure out what makes you feel the best!


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RONSIMPSONJR 11/4/2010 8:57PM

    well .. given that most blanket statements are meant to apply to the average, every person's personal needs will vary. However, that being said, 8 glasses of water a day is not a daunting task. I drink other things besides water and have heard the theories/arguments around them all. They include, but are not limited to:
1. It doesn't have to be water as long as it is liquid
2. It doesn't have to be water but caffeinated liquids don't count
3. Caffeinated drinks count, but only 2/3's (ie. a 24 oz soda counts as 16 oz)
4. The actual formula is 1 glass per stone of weight (stone is approx 20 pounds .. my weight 300 divided by 20 = 15 glasses .. uh no .. but I did hear this from my DR .. who upon doing the math decided it wasn't a good idea for me)

You can find a website to say whatever you want it to say .. put in in the search the way you want it to say it, and you will find sites that say it the way you want.

Someone (don't remember who) said, "Most people are not looking for the truth, just evidence of their own convictions."

I can give you 2 websites .. one says diet drinks help you lose weight .. the other says diet drinks impeded weight loss .. you just need to do what works for you .. and if 6 glasses of water a day works for you .. then so be it

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Airing Some Laundry

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hi All! WoW, I haven't blogged since last Tuesday! Bad Me! (LOL!)
Last week I had to go through my almost 4 yr old's closet and drawers because she didn't have any Fall clothes to wear. Well, I ended up getting 3 bins of 4T clothes from the attic and washing it all/hanging it out on the line to dry. Then, I had to box up all the 3T clothes to save for either my niece or my sister's friend. That box has yet to make it to the attic. Then, I had to go through my closet and exchange the summer clothes for Fall ones, as well as swap out the shoes. And then the other day I had my 7 year old try on a bunch of pants because I had a feeling there was a lot she has outgrown....yes I was correct. So then a bin for size 7/8 clothes was created to save for my almost 4 year old. The vicious cycle of clothes, I tell ya!

So, all of that took up a good chunk of my week. I haven't stepped on the elliptical since 10/4. I need to get back on there and soon! I've been really good about getting in my daily eight glasses of water. Except for yesterday, which broke my streak, darn it! I've also been trying to turn to fruits and veggies as snack alternatives, which does not always work for me. Case in point, I tool a container of baby carrots, my water and a fruit & grain bar with me this morning while shopping-left it in the car. I bought 2 bags of Kit Kats as a back-up for trick or treat (I already bought individual pretzel bags for trick or treat). Anyway, I ate all my carrots and drank 1/2 my water in the car before heading to the next store to order my daughter's birthday cake. Of course, I opened that darn bag of Kit Kats! So, I am MAD at myself for falling into that trap, but will hide the bags so that I don't go back there again!

As I mentioned, my youngest daughter's birthday is next week. We are having her party (just family) this Sunday. I'm anxious about it just because I feel like there is still so much to do. On top of all the laundry, cleaning the house this past week, I had to buy my other daughter's Brownie uniform and iron on all the patched. She had her first meeting last night and they came home with a brochure of to sell nuts, chocolate covered pretzels (etc.) and magazines. Yeah. Tonight she is going to a bring-a-friend-night at her friends dance class. I am allowing her to try it out, but have already informed her that we do not have the extra money for dance class, so she understands. She is already in Brownies and church choir and wants to take piano lessons. I often wonder how work outside the home Mom's juggle all of this stuff! I am a SAHM (stay at home Mom) and I have trouble handling it all. My husband doesn't understand at all how I can't get it all done. And then we argue and, well....stress!

All I know is that I am doing the best I can. I am always trying to keep things clean around here (and losing the battle most days) and somehow trying to get healthy. I feel really bad that I haven't fit in my elliptical this past week. However, I had a follow-up Dr. appointment today and their scale confirmed a 2lb loss since a different Dr. visit last week. So maybe the housework is considered exercise after all? I never know how to track that here on SP? I am currently waiting for the Dr's office to call me back about my blood test results (cholesterol levels), which they never received from the place I had my blood drawn last Tuesday. I'm hoping I don't have to get my blood drawn again because I hate it!

Well, I've jibber-jabbered enough for today. I just wanted to let all my Spark friends know that I am still trying to move forward, even though I feel like I've sliiped backwards this past week. I hope to have some more computer time soon and get back to visiting the teams and blogging regularly.

Have a great week all!

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SMYLEERED 10/13/2010 10:07PM

    Moms are great at what they do, sounds like you're doing just fine juggling all the activities. It's good too that you can find time to fit yourself into the picture.

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LILIVW 10/12/2010 2:46PM

    Sounds like you had a very busy week! Cleaning is found in cardio under heavy cleaning. Housework certainly can count towards your exercise. Congrats on the 2 lb loss! Keep your head up, you are doing great. Eating a couple of fun size candy is not going to hurt on ocassion. I eat a small amount of dark chocolate/almond every day and it satisfies my sweet tooth so I don't feel deprived.

I am a SAHM too and it can sure get hectic sometimes! I joined the clutter free group because it helps me break down the BIG tasks into smaller more manageable tasks and helps me feel more successful.

It sounds like you have some fun activities going on! Have a great week!

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Holiday Weight Gain Strategies

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

So I went to get blood drawn this morning to have my cholesterol checked, among some other things. As I was sitting in the waiting room I read an article in Woman's Day magazine about avoiding holiday weight gain. I knew I had to share this with my fellow team mates doing the 12 Weeks 'til Christmas Challenge! Here is the link, tell me what you all think!

Here is bonus article I found online:

Halloween has always been a rough time for me because I am a chocoholic. (especially near that T.O.M.) A few weeks ago I bought individual packages of pretzels to hand out and decided that closer to trick-or-treat night I will buy a bag or two of candy to add to what I will hand out. That's all great and fine, but I have a 3 and 7 year old who will be trick or treating and bringing the candy home. And my 7 year old is allergic to peanuts, so all those yummy Reese's peanut butter cups usually end up in my tummy (or my husband's). So, this year I need a plan to stay away from the candy!

As for Thanksgiving, we usually have dinner at my parents house, so we don't have any leftovers around my house. Christmas, well, I just might not make cookies this year and try to find a healthier alternative. I've got to come up with a plan now, or by December 31st I will either be the same weight I am now, or gained more!
Let's all try to stay away from this holiday Bermuda Triangle!

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***LISA*** 10/6/2010 8:38AM

    LOL!! Love the triangle!! I am a chocoholic too and all the houses I clean have baskets of candy sitting out!! Even though I know NOONE would mind if I ate some, I tell myself over and over and over "That is theirs, NOT MINE!" LOL!!

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SMYLEERED 10/5/2010 9:30PM

    Great information about coping with holidays. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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EGRAMMY 10/5/2010 5:15PM

    Thank you for sharing the information

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GETFITNLEAN 10/5/2010 2:15PM

    I cannot take credit for the 'Holiday Bermuda Triangle'. Here is the original article:


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JAS1990 10/5/2010 1:45PM

    Love your Bermuda Triangle analogy! Too funny! Good luck avoiding it! :D

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JAVALOVERTOO 10/5/2010 12:30PM

    emoticon I love your Bermuda Triangle! That's hysterical!!!

Best wishes with your strategies. I need to start thinking about this!

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MRSMILLER777 10/5/2010 12:06PM

    I loved your blog and the burmuda triangle is perfect. I think you are right on track with making a plan NOW before it's too late. I have a difficult time around the holidays too and look forward to "Sparking" to keep myself on track!

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LILIVW 10/5/2010 11:50AM

    I love your Bermuda Triangle; that's exactly what it can be! I am also a chocoholic and can relate. I have 1 to 2 oz of dark chocolate with almonds every day. It totally satisfy's my cravings. Christmas is the hardest for me because of all the parties, treat plates shared, etc. I liked Joy's article referencing eating healthy "unlimited foods" and continuing to exercise during this busy time. I think that will really help to keep me focused during this difficult time. We can all help each other avoid that Bermuda Triangle. Thanks for sharing!

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ANITA012 10/5/2010 11:26AM

    Yes...Holiday weight gain is always on our minds. I like the suggestion that one member came up with and that was to come up with an alternative to candies for the kids. She likes to hand out something like stickers, small rubber stamps, pencils, etc.
The kids enjoy the fact that it is something different, and you are doing something good for them by not giving them more sugar. Another good alternative is handing out something apple, perhaps wrapped in pretty halloween paper or wrap. It will make that healthy apple more appealing.
Thanks for sharing your articles.

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KARBRUCE 10/5/2010 11:17AM

    Man- I don't buy my halloween treats until the 30th or the 31st at lunch! I just know that they can't be in my house.

Love that image of the holiday bermuda triangle!

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