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Exercise . . . Help or Hindrance?

Friday, September 28, 2012

This weekís RTC for Biggest Loser is a tough one for me, because in reality, I donít find that exercise is helping me at all. Let me re-phrase that . . . I think that it would help if I could some answers and get past the pain.

Now most people would say . . . sheís kidding herself. She just doesnít get it . . . but I promise you that I do. At some point over the last year, I developed some muscular pain that is so far ďundiagnosed.Ē For me personally, on a day I feel great I will exercise and pay for it the next two days. Itís not the regular pain that you should feel with exercise. My best description is that it is ďflu-like.Ē And it is not limited to the body part that was exercised. It is something I have to be very careful to balance. When I exercise, it has to be in very small doses. If I do a little exercise, my symptoms are shorter. If I do a lot of exercise, the symptoms are on a larger scale, more intense and last much longer. My recent trip to New York City, which was on a Saturday and included hours and hours of walking did not come without punishment. I paid for it with flu-like symptoms the next two days . . . achy, headache, all over pain for two solid days. This was followed by lighter pain on Tuesday and Wednesday. But were I to exercise again during that time, those symptoms would only hang on longer.

So itís been discouraging. This is still something that Iím pursuing with my doctor . . . and to be honest, Iíve taken a bit of a break of pushing the pursuit just out of frustration and to take care of some other things. Is it fibromyalgia? Arthritis? MS? What are we talking about here?

The hard thing is that I need to try to come up with a schedule that doesnít take me out of the game for a day or two . . . and thatís been tough. It definitely holds my weight loss numbers back, so I wonít give it up completely. I just have to balance it better, that that is tough with a full time and part time job. You tend to have to fit the exercise in where you can.

So this week I will try to do things a bit differently. I am going to try to find some segments of time to space things out in the hope it wonít take me out of the game. Iím going to attempt to push through some of the pain, and if I feel it is getting worse, I will take a break. I also have decided to document what Iím doing and the results on a pain level to see if I can pinpoint some trends.

Quite a challenge . . . more daunting then the actual exercise itself, thatís for sure. The reality is that right now it's more of a hindrance than a help, so perhaps a better balance would help. Worth a try.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHANGING-VICKI 9/28/2012 6:17PM

  It really sounds like you might have a low iron count ( anemia). I was that way and after a lot of blood work it was determined I had anemia and needed to up my iron. So now I take a multi with extra iron in it, and I try to eat more foods with iron in it. Espeically omega 3 rich foods. I've been doing better the past month than in the previous 3 months as far as energy levels and feeling like crap after exercise. You might mention it to your doctor. It couldn't hurt. emoticon

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REDELAINE1990 9/28/2012 4:58PM

    Debbie, I suffer from fibromyalgia, there are some great low impact exercises that work great for me. I do these regularly, and I find now that I'm sorer when I don't do them. Hope these help, just copy and paste links. The first one is a 12 min cardio, the other 2 are strength training ones. all from spark people. Start at your own ability, I started by doing 10 mins cardio and 10 min st training , now I'm up to 20 mins cardio and 20 mins st training 6 days a week. It is possible. If I can do it anyone can.

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AMARILYNH 9/28/2012 4:38PM

    I'm going to give you a suggestion that you aren't going to like and most likely won't be willing to try. I had a 4 years battle with chronic fatigue syndrome about 15 years ago. What finally brought me slowly out of it was a whole food eating program - lots of fruits and non-starchy veggies, much of it raw, ONLY whole grains (nothing white) and not too many of them. For me it was something I stumbled on after a ton of online research but that sort of diet is similar to what I'm hearing a lot about now - Wheat Belly, Paleo, Eat to Live.... It might at least be worth some research on your part?? You are most likely dealing with inflammation - the question is how to stop it. Best of luck to you - I TRULY feel your pain!!

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Hello, Debbie . . . Where are you?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hello, Debbie?


Where are you?

I'm here . . . I've just been so ridiculously busy. My crazy trip to New york this past weekend . . . stalking all things "You've Got Mail, Upper West Side" left me tired and behind. In fact . . . here is a picture of the restaurant where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan filmed the scene where NY152 and "shopgirl" go to meet for the first time, and he discovers that she is Kathleen Kelly. This restaurant is adorable and it has not changed. We had lunch there and it was amazing.

So . . . this week I am making a commitment to really try to post more often. Not that it will help my weight loss . . . I've only lost one pound in the last two weeks . . . that's a 1/2 pound per week. Really?

Whatever! I'll take it.

So, where am I? I'm here. I'm sticking with my plan each and every day. I'm not eating over my calories . . . and today will mark 128 days of successful eating, and a 35 pound loss!

So, yes. I'll take it.

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LIVELAUFLUV 10/2/2012 5:33AM

    Glad you had a nice time in New York. I've only been there once and loved it. I'd like to go back some time.

emoticon on your successful 35 pound loss. Keep up the GREAT work!

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CHANGING-VICKI 9/28/2012 12:41PM

  You're doing great!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIFE-FAITH 9/28/2012 12:13PM

    How FUN!

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Way To GO!

Keep doing healthy things for your body!

Congrats on your weight loss!


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My Latest Drinking Habit - Read Carefully

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

For those doing the Biggest Loser Challenge on SparkPeople, it is "Weigh-in Eve." I've been careful all week, and today is Day 119 of me being healthy and on track!

Now . . . let me preface this by saying that things are not always as they seem. Remember that as you read this . . . THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM.

I sit here on "Weigh-in Eve" in front of my computer with a 3/4 liter vodka bottle, drinking directly from the bottle . . . drinking . . . typing . . . surfing the net . . . drinking . . . typing . . . you get the idea. I make it a goal to chug the entire bottle within about 20 minutes after picking it up. I do this every so often . . . sometimes in front of the television. My family catches me and they do a double-take.

In reality it is a beautiful etched vodka bottle that was emptied a few months ago on a camping trip with friends. It has a glass cork; it fits perfectly into my refrigerator door; and the water is so amazingly nice and cold! I can chug 3/4 liter at a time, fill it back up and be ready for more in a couple of hours.

So the bottle is my friend, and It is what's inside that counts! But I do hope the neighbors don't catch a glimpse through my windows.


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JJEFFREY8 9/21/2012 6:30AM

    emoticon LOVED IT!

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NESSAGIRL67 9/20/2012 1:08PM

    Hi Girlie603! I absolutely loved your Blog! Awesome idea and very creative. Happy weigh in today!

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REDELAINE1990 9/20/2012 4:02AM

    hilarious, loved your blog, i know what you mean when you find the perfect container for your water. emoticon

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IMREITE 9/20/2012 1:02AM

    It is good to find things that help us drink enough water.

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LADYFIANYTH 9/19/2012 7:34PM there's a conversation starter. What a terrific way to get in that daily intake of fluids--and make it fun! Have a fantastic week!


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DIET_FRIEND 9/19/2012 7:21PM

    Glad you have a nifty water bottle! Good luck with you BLC!

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LIFE-FAITH 9/19/2012 6:55PM

    emoticon Love your blog! I figured it was water! I had a wine bottle I loved to drink out of..did much like the wine - kept the bottle for water.

Keep drinking!

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ZZYYGGY3 9/19/2012 6:45PM

    Great way to get your water in. Cheers.

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NANCYPAT1 9/19/2012 6:44PM

    I LOVE it . . . the image is priceless. I recognized immediately that you would be drinking WATER, because I have done the same thing with bottles I loved. Let the neighbors think what they will . . . if they KNOW you and/or are important to you, they will laugh, if not, who cares? LMAO

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My Spark Discovery

Saturday, September 15, 2012

My Spark story began over three years ago. I became a member on July 22, 2009. It's hard to believe, but I actually remember the precise moment when I found SparkPeople. I was at my wits end disgusted with how successful I felt I was with life, and yet how unsuccessful I was with weight loss. I was married, had two beautiful children, had been with my company for just over 28 years, had a successful part-time job being super creative. And yet I was an overweight child, overweight teen, overweight bride, overweight mom . . . and over the years the weight had just kept piling up.

I was miserable. I was sitting right here at this computer cabinet, although it was about eight feet away in another corner of the room, and I was facing east as I found it, where today I am facing north. I spent several months being very successful.

I cannot pinpoint why I left. I think that life had a way of ganging up on me. In the time since joining Spark, I've had sibling loss times two. With that came failure at the scale, and failure at being healthy. And somehow, it felt like failure at Spark. And so I did not go back to Spark. When I made the decision to go back and do something, I chose Weight Watchers for that avenue.

Here is some reality . . . they may have a great program, but their website and sense of community are no where near SparkPeople.

If I had to list the top three things that SparkPeople has given me, it would be the tools for success, the continuous learning and education of healthy ways, and the incredible sense of community and spirit of it's members.

I came back to SparkPeople only recently to be a part of the Biggest Loser Challenge and the Rockin' Red team. Being back is like home. But this time, I hope to stay.

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BUFFYSMOM2 9/16/2012 12:36PM

    You're gonna do it this time. emoticon

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REDELAINE1990 9/16/2012 12:33PM

    ANd it is so great having you on the red team. Stick with us we're in this together I've been fat all my life too and I'm done with the fat girl, she has to leave my life forever. Keep on pushing.
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DEEJON123 9/15/2012 9:12PM

    Welcome 'Home' !

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AUDISP 9/15/2012 8:45PM

    Sorry for your loss, but glad you came back. May God grant you the peace and comfort you need to succeed at your goals.

Mary emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/15/2012 8:36PM

    emoticon welcome back

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Rockin' Red Challenge

Thursday, September 13, 2012

So I've changed my team page color to red in honor of the Rockin' Red Biggest Loser Team. Today marked the end of Week 1 (weigh-in) and the start of Week 2.

One of the team challenges is to sparkle myself and other team pages with our team color, so I can't do that without sparkling my own.

Go red. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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