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Roller Coaster Yikes!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'm so up and down in my healthy/not so healthy routines that I feel like I'm on a roller coaster. I go from a great exercise day to a couch potato day. I go from a healthy eating day to a terrible binge day. I mix and match these ups and downs over and over and over again. The only way I can get myself on a truly exceptional track is to look to those healthy times, figure out what was going on to encourage my good choices, and then try really hard to replicate the good stuff. So, that is my goal for the next week. I will think about how I made the good choices and do that again. Hopefully, by this time next week I will be in a much better place. It is time to get off this ride once and for all!

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PENNI68 4/15/2011 2:11PM

    Great plan and good luck with it!!! You can do it!! I need to do the same thing myself!! I do great for a few days and then eat pizza!!! will get it right!!

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JBETTERID 4/15/2011 7:33AM

    Hi my name is Julie and i have only been on here a few weeks. I am still going really well at the moment but remember those roler coaster rides in my past.
You sound like you have already found a good way to deal with the roller coaster. No use looking at the bad days because you sure don't want to repeat them. Focus on the good stuff, those things you did right and smile because you did them right. Just think if it is like a roller coaster, the views from the top are amazing so I hope you are able to stick those breaks on up the top and get a really good look around. All the best to you for today and tomoorrow and the day after that and.... Wow what a wonderful view... cheers....Julie emoticon

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Sunny with a chance of weight loss!

Monday, April 11, 2011

After much snow, rain, and lots of cloudy weather, the sun is out and the forecast is for a pretty pleasant week. So, knowing I'm not likely to get caught in a storm, I so look forward to getting outdoors every day this week. Just getting me away from the kitchen temptations is an amazing way to eliminate a lot of those extra calories. So, I'm making my lists and figuring out which errands I can walk to, which I can hop on light rail for and which I will need to drive to. Andy for each outing I'm writing in some extra exercise. So, I'm very eager to see if this tact actually leads to weight loss. I've been stuck for a long time fluctuating up and down a few of the same pounds over and over and over again. Hmmm....we'll see! Have a great week!

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PENNI68 4/13/2011 9:41AM

    Good luck, it is nice to be able to get outside and get a little more active! You can do it!!

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TRIGFROST 4/11/2011 4:45PM

    You have a "Wonderful Week"... emoticon

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123...Balance and Jump

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

emoticonFor many years I could do neither. I taught my oldest grandson to play hop scotch and had to explain the hopping part as I was unable to actually do in. My balance has been awful for a long time, too. I know I have some limitations due to ms, fibromyalgia and arthritis, but it occurred to me that maybe if I just tried to do better I could become stronger and better balanced. So, I started standing on one foot most days for a time challenge. I actually managed to balance for one minute finally on my right foot. emoticon I'm still not there on the left. And, I started doing jumping jacks as one of my commercial activities. At first I really couldn't get off the ground. But, now I can do 25 at a time. What a thrill to see that progress. I think I'll buy a jump rope to see if I can do that as well. emoticon I still can't hop on one foot, but I'm working on that, too. Little by little I'm getting stronger and better coordinated. I know this has helped me avoid some falls. When I've lost my balance recently I was able to catch myself before hitting the floor or trail or pavement. That has been so awesome. emoticon So, I'm learning to try more and more. SP has really helped and encouraged me along the way. emoticon So, a big thank you friends, pros and fellow travelers out there in SP land. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNE-ELIZ 4/8/2011 12:56AM

    That's great news! So much of the time, once we have difficulty, we drop the activity from our repertoire. emoticon on finding safe ways to try some of these things out!

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Sleepless nights

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Every week or two I seem to have a sleepless night. This night has been one of those. After laying there for a few hours I decided it was time to just get up and do something useful. I blame this night on fibromyalgia and ms exacerbations possibly from a lot more walking/hiking than I'm used to doing. So, time to change it up a bit. No walk today for me. I may hit the elliptical this afternoon, but this morning I'm going to babysit two of my little grandchildren. Rocky, age 6, wants me to play board games, hide and seek and Wii. Ziva, age 16 months, wants me to help her play with her toys and take many pairs of her shoes on and off. So, I know there will be exercise involved in my morning and I'm hoping the change from past several days will be welcomed by this groaning body. Have a great day....and a peaceful night tonight!

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RURAL3 4/6/2011 10:36AM

    Hope your day was great and you did get some rest with those 2. emoticon My mom and my sister both had MS so I can identify with your struggle.

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NURSNANA 4/5/2011 5:49PM

    Hey Barbara, I feel the same way today! It wasn't my fibro or arthritis that kept me awake. We had a storm moving through with high winds, thunder and lightening and heavy rain! We have in the past had 2 trees fall on our home! So, I get nervous when we have a big storm with high winds. My hubby slept through the storm! I plan to get to bed early tonight!

I understand what you are going through my friend. I have to pace myself with exercise, and sometimes I just way over do it. If I have an energy spurt, I just get on a roll and clean everything in sight almost. This can cause me several days of pain and exhaustion and difficulty sleeping.

Hope you get some good sleep tonight.


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GRAMLORI 4/5/2011 11:20AM

    Boy, do I hear you on this one! When I don't get sleep--for any reason--the fibro kicks my behind! Those are the days we need to just take a step back and listen to our bodies. There are some pains that it is not good to work through...and learning to tell the difference is the worst! Hope you feel better, and enjoy those precious grandkids!!

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Hiking in a snow storm

Monday, April 04, 2011

Sunday afternoon the weather turned from stormy to sunny, hooray! emoticon emoticon So, we decided to take a little hike up a nearby paved trail. We read many of the dedications in Memory Grove, but then we started in earnest up the trail beside a little river. It was beautiful with the snow covered trees bordering our path. The sunshine disappeared early on and soon we found ourselves in a snowstorm. emoticon Wind caused the snow to really blast our faces and clothing. Though we turned around a bit sooner than we'd planned, my pedometer assured me I had more than 12,000 steps emoticon and my watch reminded me we had been out for more than two hours emoticon (thanks in part to our exploring the various war memorials). We were cold and tired when we got back to our little condo, emoticon emoticonbut we were elated to have spent the time outdoors and getting a bit of fresh air and exercise. It was a glorious beginning to what I pray will be a very active week. We'll see. Hope your week has gotten off to a great beginning, too. Blessings. emoticon emoticon


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