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And All Is Well With My World!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My daughter and her three little ones arrived yesterday and they are settling in. What a blessing it is to hug those little ones and hear their voices. They make me get up and out to play with them. I know they are very good for getting fitter and healthier. If I survive us all being together day and night I know it will make me so much stronger. Hopefully, my DH and I will soon select a condo to buy and the kids will have the house to themselves. That will be awhile though as we intend to buy something to have remodeled and will live here mostly until finished. Still, even when we're not living under the same roof we will be living in the same general area. I can reach out to hug those kids whenever I want. I will be babysitting a fair amount in the next three years and will cherish every moment. I know they will be helpful in the weight loss category, too if I pay attention and keep to a decent eating plan. When I stepped on the scale this morning I was delighted to see the number showed a one pound loss. I've not been at this weight in a very long time. Part of this is due to getting my thyroid medicine adjusted so my metabolism is working better again. Partly it is that I'm trying to be more active. I know I can't blame it on the kids moving in late yesterday afternoon, but what a delight to see the change today. Yes, it is a great morning. And all is well with my world. Have a great day!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 8/11/2010 12:06PM

    Wonderful. Sounds like you are very blessed.


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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

As I write this I'm awaiting the arrival of my daughter and her three little ones (7, 5, 8 months). They will live here for the next three years. My son-in-law will close his practice next spring and begin a critical care fellowship here. It will be wonderful to have the little ones near. They've lived with us twice before while they were in transition. The difference is that this time my DH and I are looking to downsize to a condo. I'm hoping to find something this week. But, then more fun begins as we intend to remodel whatever we buy and I'll be babysitting grandkids a good part of the time while my daughter either goes back to school or takes a teaching job at the community college. So much is so unsettled. So, here I wait. One of my biggest personal challenges is that in the midst of all the change and turmoil I intend to keep on track with SP. We'll see. Hope all my spark friends are having a great week! emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 8/10/2010 5:47PM

    Aren't Grandparents wonderful! Your daughter is very lucky to have you. Enjoy the little ones!

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Too Low to Go

Monday, August 09, 2010

I made a long list of things I must do today and so far I've accomplished almost none of them. I woke up later than usual and began the day with overwhelming fatigue and nerve pain thanks to MS and fibromyalgia. I even fell asleep just sitting in my chair after eating some cantaloupe and triscuits for breakfast. Something startled me awake and I actually got myself going for the second time in one day. I started making my way through the to do list. It feels like I'm slogging through deep mud and taking clothes from the dryer feels like I'm lifting a ton of bricks. But, again, the good news is that I am accomplishing some things and with each task behind me I get a bit more lift to my psyche. Slowly, step by step, task by task the overwhelming discouragement gives way to encouragement. Next I will actually leave the house to run a few errands. I still dread going out there and definitely am dragging, but I will go. I will get through some more of that list. It may feel like I'm walking through mud and it may feel like I'm carrying a ton of bricks. But, I know I'm just walking through sunshine and carrying myself along. I can do it. I will do it. I am more powerful than the sum of my aches and pains. I have confidence that this low, low day cannot keep me from soaring where I determine I must go. I also have confidence that this won't last. I know there is a good chance that tomorrow will me a much better day. Hooray!

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SARAHTAIT 8/9/2010 8:30PM

    I can totally relate to you....I have these grand ideas that I am going to get all these things done and then my body totally lets me down. Some days I will push myself to get it done and then end up paying for it the next day. This fibro is nothing to play with-it is totally awful isn't it. If it isn't the debilitating pain then the meds conk you out and you are a zombie. It is hard to find a happy middle. I am so glad that you were able to get some things done-it gives us such a great sense of accomplishment when we are able to do things. We ARE more powerful than our aches and pains!! We have to stay positive and not let it rule our lives. I love your positve attitude.

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Renewed possibilities?

Friday, August 06, 2010

emoticonI've been discouraged the past several months that I've been so stuck in my weight loss journey. Despite tracking everything, getting in a fair amount of exercise and activity and drinking lots of water, I still am stuck. emoticon I made an appointment with my doctor for a physical. emoticon He rescheduled because of his own schedule changes. So, about four months later I finally got in and hand some blood work done. I don't have the reports in hand yet -- it's been nearly three weeks. emoticon So, I called yesterday to find out what was going on. emoticon The nurse advised me that my thyroid is indeed in need of help again. Eventually my doctor will prescribe a boost to my medication, but until then I've decided to boost it a bit myself. I should have insisted on the blood work months ago, but I kept thinking I could lose weight even if thyroid was not cooperating. Now, I'm very hopeful that energy will increase, I won't be so cold all the time and most of all I expect to see the number on the scale get unstuck. emoticon We'll see. I know I must be my own health care advocate, but sometimes I seem to forget that these docs work for me! emoticon My health matters. So does yours. Have you had to be your own advocate for your health concerns? Have a great weekend everyone! emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 8/6/2010 11:02PM

    Yes I have to advocate for myself. I went to er totally paralyzed, in pain, nausated, very ill. They sent me home without any treatment for pain and nausea. I haden't eaten or drank for days and was dehydrated. Went to gp for meds to help. He finally gave me some after a week of begging. I couldn't keep anything in. Then he told me never to come back. I don't like doctors. It is hard to find one who will really treat my illness.

Best of luck to you. emoticon

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One Choice at a Time

Thursday, August 05, 2010

So, I ate some baked chips, yum. Not too bad on the evil scale considering I was very sad and a bit depressed at the time. but, that was this morning. Since then I've gotten back on track and made some deliciously spicy chile and reduced fat corn bread with corn and salsa baked in. Add to that an organic mixed greens salad and I think I will feel I've redeemed the chips. I also snacked on a few chocolate covered coffee beans - good pick me up and very few calories for the small amount I downed. The fresh fruit smoothie full of raspberries and blueberries with a touch of banana and sugar free apple juice filled out the day. yum, yum
I've decided that I can make one choice at a time. If it's a good one, I can pat myself on the back. If it is a not so good one or a really bad one I don't let it derail me for the rest of the day. I just pick myself up and figure out what better choice I can make next. This alleviates the habitual condemnation I have flirted with or wallowed in before. Hopefully, this recently acquired outlook will take me where I hope to go. Have a great day everyone. emoticon

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SARAHTAIT 8/6/2010 4:32AM

    Wonderful!!! That is how you will lose your weight and keep it off-one pound at a time and one choice at a time. Great job!! Keep up the good work.

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ETWOLIE 8/5/2010 6:48PM

    Yes, it's all about the good choices we make as often as possible. They add up to a healthier body and a slimmer one too. FYI I once read the ingredients on a bag of baked chips and chicken fat was one of the listed ingredients - ick!

May all your days be wonderful and your journey enjoyable!

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