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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sorry for the unexplained sudden absence, but it has been unavoidable. A very close friend's husband passed away last week, and although it was after a long illness, it has hit us all very hard. Another friend and I have been with her as much as possible, and I've only been coming home briefly to make sure everything is ok, to walk the dogs and feed my cat.

Graham's funeral will be held tomorrow morning, so I won't be back online until his wife has had a chance to get used to not just living on her own again, but to not having to keep an eye on the time during the day so she can go to the nursing home to help feed him his meals.

I don't know when things will settle down enough to allow me to return home, but am badly in need of a good dose of Sparking. Healthy eating has not been high on our list of priorities just lately, and combined with sleepless nights and some very emotional days where so much has to be organized as soon as possible, I know I'm not the only one who is feeling tired and quite overwhelmed.

I'm also feeling bloated, and longing for some low fat, low carb, healthy food! I dread the thought of getting back on those scales, but still, I wouldn't wish to be anywhere else but by the side of a very courageous lady who has been such a wonderful friend to me and many others.

Looking forward to being back amongst you all soon, but for now, it's bye again.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PEGIGGLE 6/23/2013 11:30AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that you are going through a rough patch and so sorry for your loss of your friend's husband. She is blessed to have you giving her the best gift of all: the gift of your time and support at this most difficult time.
Sparking will still be here when you are ready.

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ARTJAC 6/15/2013 1:33AM

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/13/2013 11:13AM

    Oh Honey! I am sorry about your Friend's death! I am sorry about the hard time you and your friends are going through.
We are here, looking forward to Spark with you again.
Some things are more important than dieting. People in your life are.
Thank you for being there for her.
Bless you

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WENDYJM4 6/13/2013 3:35AM

    so sorry about your friend's husband. Was wondering what had happened

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SUSIEPH1 6/13/2013 3:32AM

    Thank you for letting us know ... Please convey our sympathy to your friend ..
Glad you are there for her .
Looking forward to seeing you posting soon .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Time for a new challenge!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

After browsing a Spark friend's page, I noticed she is a member of the Official Spark People 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program.

The name intrigued me, so I decided to check out the program, with the idea that maybe sometime in the future I too could aim for a 5km walk. Jogging/running is out of the question in my case, thanks to osteoarthritis in most joints below the waist, but I'm sure that so long as I take things slowly, I will be able to build up my endurance to walk 5km in one stretch.

The program, so far as I can see, is over three days per week, with a day in between, for 5 weeks. Day one consists of a 15 minute walk, and the final day of the program is a 5km walk. My cardiologist has told me to get back into exercising gradually, so surely I can cope with a 25 minute dog walk each morning, plus a gradual increase in exercise three afternoons each week.

After the past fortnight, I am feeling in need of something to keep my motivation levels high, and walking is something I always enjoy, no matter what the weather. As a little girl, there was always something almost magical about walking in the rain, hearing the rain bounce off my umbrella, and the effect is still just as enjoyable now I'm less than five months away from turning 60.

There is no point in trying to attempt to achieve this new walk with my two male dogs, who have to stop and sniff, and more than just occasionally, water every tree, blade of grass or fence post we encounter. This will be something just for me alone, something I can enjoy by myself, a kind of time out from the real world.

Thank you Maria emoticon You don't even have to post something on my page to motivate me to give something new a try - just a quick look at your Spark Page is enough to to it, lol.

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JACKIE542 5/26/2013 12:11PM

    I love walking. emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/26/2013 4:23AM

    Good challenge - just keep walking, I'm sure you can do this!

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SUSIEPH1 5/26/2013 4:19AM

    Love., that you feel you can walk .. I love walking .. and so does Bobby although he has to stop and anoint every tree .. Lol xx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Saturday May 25, 2013.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the unplanned absence, and believe me, it WAS unplanned. My visit to the cardiologist was ok - given meds to lower my blood pressure, have been scheduled for a cardiac stress test/ultrasound on June 7, and also a request has been sent to my own GP requesting he arrange for me to be tested for sleep apnoea as soon as possible.

Nothing was or is dramatically wrong, the reason I wasn't online all this time is because the bp meds have been making me so tired and I've been sleeping for around 14 hours per night, plus the occasional day time naps. I was warned that the first week would be a period of adjusting to having a far lower blood pressure level than my body has become accustomed to, told to expect a little dizziness (none of that, thankfully), weakness (lots of that for the first few days), and tiredness... I just wasn't expecting to be so very very tired, lol. Let's just say that after all those years of only maybe 5 hours of sleep per night, often less, I have well and truly made up my sleep debt!

I've been trying to be good so far as food is concerned, but admit to resorting to unhealthy choices almost continually the past four days. Good thing is that on Thursday of last week, I did weigh myself and thankfully hadn't gained anything. Not expecting this coming week will be as satisfactory a weigh in though. Exercise has been really limited, and on quite a few days there was next to none, again due to extreme tiredness.

Time to pick myself up, climb back on to the wagon, and get back to the healthy eating I was so enjoying, as well as gradually increasing my exercise. These past days are NOT going to make me give up. I just need to regain my focus and motivation.... and hopefully a few more hours of wakefulness in my days!

Hope everyone is ok, that tomorrow morning when I get back to catching up on all the news there will be lots to make me smile about. Stay well, and know I've been thinking of all of you and wishing you all well. Big hugs to all!

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JACKIE542 5/25/2013 9:24AM

    Take good care of yourself, and baby steps when you start up again. emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/25/2013 7:38AM

    I am so happy you are fine, just really really tired. But healthier. That is the important thing.
(I was thinking you had eloped to paradise island with a handsome stranger?
Glad you are back and hope you feel a whole lot better soon.

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WENDYJM4 5/25/2013 6:17AM

    hope you feel better soon

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SUSIEPH1 5/25/2013 3:44AM

Hope you start to feel better soon . It is very hard to adjust to a lower blood pressure.
I was like that for a few weeks after starting on the blood pressure meds.
Once you have got used to a lower blood pressure you will feel much better.
emoticon emoticon Thinking of you .. Hugs Susie

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Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

This week has been one of ups and downs.

First, the negatives -
- a few unmotivated Spark free days
- dining out with friends on Mothers Day and then having a calorie blow-out afterwards
- two totally exercise free days where I did virtually nothing.

Next, the positives -
- I discovered how much I need to stay in touch on Spark People in order to keep my focus on healthy eating and exercise.
- The realisation that one episode of weakness does not mean I'm a failure, that it just serves as a reminder that I need to put in if I'm to achieve results.
- I learned that it IS possible to ignore those cravings and appease them by eating something far healthier, such as a crisp, juicy apple.
- I now know from personal experience that when exercise is the last thing you feel like doing, the hardest part is actually getting started. After that it's a piece of cake.
- I have been taking my dogs for far longer walks lately, weather permitting. Instead of a 20 minute walk, we've been walking for 55 - 65 minutes per day, something I never imagined my arthritic body would ever be able to cope with, let alone enjoying!

Best of all, when I weighed in today, I discovered that instead of having gained weight this week, I had actually lost another kilogram, meaning that I have only 3kg. to go till I reach my goal weight!
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LOVINGAFRICA 5/21/2013 1:52PM

    You are such a champion! Good for you!
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I am so happy about the 1kg! And about what you are able to do with your body!
Spark on Girl Friend!

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WENDYJM4 5/15/2013 10:09PM

    more positives than negatives. emoticon m emoticon m emoticon mmmmm

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JACKIE542 5/15/2013 8:49PM

    Good for you for getting some extra exercise in and for losing some weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/15/2013 8:48PM

    Great blog and great achievement ... Well done... Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday May 15, 2013.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Just a short blog today...

My few days of only minimum Sparking has proven to me how important it is to stay connected to my Spark friends, team mates, and to take part in posting on the team boards. Why? Because they keep Spark People at the forefront of my thoughts. Because of that, the occasional vague thoughts of the unhealthy take away meals and just downright junk food are so much easier to dismiss, and those cravings are more easily satisfied by swapping the longing for a huge block of chocolate to enjoying biting into a crisp, juicy apple.

I would never have believed it had someone told me, but I've learned from experience. Maybe something to think about?

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WENDYJM4 5/14/2013 9:28PM

    I know exactly what you mean, My computer crashed in 2011 and it was a few months before I could buy another one, I put on about 5 or 6kgs in this time and it is taking me forever to lose that again. emoticon emoticon m m

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JACKIE542 5/14/2013 8:00PM

    Very wise to stay connected on spark all the help is wonderful. emoticon emoticon

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KNEWMETODAY 5/14/2013 5:43PM

    Staying connected is so important--regardless of whether I'm doing great or failing miserably. The fact is I really don't feel like I'm failing at all...thanks to those who lift me up when I need it.

This is a good place...I like the free part too!!


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GRAMMY_22 5/14/2013 5:37PM

    I know exactly what you mean. The time that you spend sparking is so worth it to keep things in prospective.


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SUSIEPH1 5/14/2013 5:36PM

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This is why we are so active on the friend feeds also.
Sparkpeople are the best encouragers and we just love to chat and learn from one another .. Have a awesome day ..Hugs Susie. emoticon emoticon

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