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Exercise... Where to begin!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sparkpeople (SP) is full of exercise pages and tips, ideas for strength training and cardiac workouts. You get points for accomplishing these exercises and your progress. It is kind of amazing to me to think when I started this I said to myself, I am NEVER going to look at these exercise pages. They have nothing to do with me and what I am doing. But here I am, and I am looking at the pages and I have to admit that it is kind of fun.

A little background on me, morbidly obese, have been since the sixth grade. Because of a wide variety of chronic medical problems along with my weight, I have a limited walking ability and use a scooter in my home. I track my food intake on SP and enjoy reading the blogs and boards. So you have the picture, but where do I begin with exercise?

Well this morning, I decided I could do what the doctor suggested... DUH. I could start with arm lifts. Cool, I did 15 and pushed to 20. Now I know that is not much but for me it is a step. To think I used to do sit and be fit exercises everyday... well I do not have that stamina now, but I can WORK towards that. Then maybe eventually get to where I can give myself points for those leg lifts and such! Bottom line, I began. So join me, lets start at the very beginning, it IS a very good place to start!

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TXSPLA 7/27/2009 4:52PM

    You go girl! The best thing is to start small and work your way up. When I started pulmonary rehab I could barely do 5 minutes on the treadmill. It took me 10 minutes to get from the car to the work out room. That was 3 years ago. Now I can do 20 minutes on the treadmill. I have to take pit stops, but it's still counts.

Start slow and work your way up. With the support of your spark friends you will accomplish your goal.

Just remember the tortoise beat the hare. You will complete your journey.

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Six weeks and counting...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I have been closely tracking my Blood Sugars and food for about six weeks. I feel good about what I have accomplished. I have actually AVOIDED Chocolate impulses several times. Which is a thrilling change for me. Another positive is that I have decided NOT to be so dang rigid with myself. Before it was more all or nothing thinking. Like, I cannot have ANY bread or I can only eat Tomatoes, this is NOT living. allowing myself a whole selection of fresh vegetables and fruits and high fiber breads is wonderful. Giving ME permission to enjoy what I am making and learning when works and what does not.

Sugar-free Jello has been a real helper for me. Low carbs, low calorie and quite fun when you mix fresh fruits and greek yogurt into it. I always have it in the house. It has saved me from the Chocolate impulses. I know that jello might not sound great to some people. but experiment with it and make it yours!

Two things were said to me that really helped me gain prospective on what I eat.
1. In April I saw the doctor and she said that she felt I had given up. Which was true. She then went on to say, that everyone can improve their life. Even if you have two days left to live, doctors can do something to improve those two days. I do not know if this makes sense to you, but it helped me realize, I am never going to be the perfect size, weight, health but I can do small things in my life to improve the life I am living.

2. Another doctor told me, that I should go to the farmers markets and buy the fresh meats, fish, fruits and vegetables I want. I told her, no, they were too expensive. She said, how much are you spending on the junk food you are eating? DUH! If I do not spend it on junk food, I can get the foods I love, or experiment with new food. WOW was that a revaluation. I would think nothing of spending money on a $10 box of Sees candy but spend $10 on fresh raspberries was a waste of money. NO LONGER! WOW was that freeing. Giving myself permission to buy healthy things I wanted! What an amazing concept!

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SUSAN134 7/26/2009 1:36PM

    It often takes someone else to point out some very apparent truths to us. Thank you for your post and helping put several things in perspective (especially the cost of 'good' food and buying junk food).

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    Great revelation! I bought a bag of apples and 6 pears and it was close to $11.00. Before Spark I would never spent that much money and apples and pears. I could get 2 half gallons of ice cream instead!

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CECINOAKLAND 7/26/2009 11:54AM

    those are some really great points you make. nice perspective

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Quilters Can Feed America

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The president of Kona Bay Fabrics announced today: “Quilters Feed America is our campaign to rally to the quilting community-truly the most giving and caring people around. Kona Bay’s goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000 without delay for “Feeding America” (aka Second Harvest), the national organization affiliated with hundreds of food banks across the country that do such great work and help so many.

Food banks all across the nation are putting out the “call to arms” to replenish their dangerously low supplies and Kona Bay wants to do its part to help. In addition to uncertain economic times throughout the United States, families are also struggling as storms again wreak havoc on their lives. It’s crucial we help when we can-especially with providing food.”

The program that Kona Bay started is only for quilt shop owners who are buying bolts of fabric directly from Kona Bay. However, I would like to take this a step further and turn it over to you our customers. I just went through my pantry to reorganize it a bit and found 3 giant bags of food to pass on to the local food bank. Not giving old or outdated things, I found cans of food where I bought too much at a sale or for a cooking project that I no longer even remember what the recipe was for. I am sure that you too can look through your pantry and find similar items.

Here is my challenge. Between now and November 1st, I would like to see if you, our friends and customers, can donate 10,000 cans of food across the world.

How to do it:

1. Go through your pantry and pull out products you can share with others.

2. Find a local food bank to donate food to. If you do not know one in your area click here, and enter your zip code to find the closest one.

3. Count your donation items.

4. Go to the food bank and donate your products.

5. Send me an email: Wendy@hearttohandonline.com and let me know how many food products you donated, where in the country or the world you live, and your email address. I will update the donation thermometer on the website every week, sooner, if the response is outstanding.

6. If you live near the shop, you can drop your food donations off at shop Food buckets and we will get them to the Oregon Food Bank.

7. When you come, be sure to give us your name, number of items donated and a phone number or email address.

8. We are on the honor system here folks. Be truthful about what and how you donate.

Most Wanted Foods:

Canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)

Canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)

Peanut butter

Canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)

Pasta, rice, cereal

Canned fruits

100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).

Things that cannot be used:

To ensure food safety, Food Banks cannot use:

Rusty or unlabeled cans

Perishable items

Homemade items

Noncommercial canned or packaged items

Alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda

Open or used items

Gifts and Prizes:

We are going to offer an assortment of free prizes. For every person who makes a food donation your name will go into a drawing for an assortment of free gifts and prizes. We will let you know what they are as we go along.

Other Donations:

If you want to do more than donate food, there are is a giant listing of activities you can do here. From Donating funds and time so check those options out as well!

I whole heartedly agree with the Kona Bay President that quilters are the most giving and caring people around. So get out there and show the world what we can do!

Happy Day!



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QUILTEDCAT52 11/20/2008 11:37AM

    I didn't make it by the shop before Nov. 1st. Are you still collecting?

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Open Letter of Gratitude

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, a flashbulb memory is a memory that was laid down in great detail during a personally significant event, often a shocking event of national or international importance. These memories are usually highly emotional memories often vividly recalled, even some time after the event. For example, a great many people can remember where they were when they heard of the death of Princess Diana. But do you remember where you were eleven years a go today, just hours after the death of Princess Di? I do. It was the day that I had the opportunity to be given new life. It was the day I received my liver transplant for a genetic liver disease called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
It is poignant to think to think that someone died, too young and in a tragic event, in order for me to receive their liver, and find new life; that because of this tragedy, a family had to make the decision to give me life during the dawn of their greatest grief and sadness. I am ever grateful for my donor, and the loved ones in their life who made those priceless decisions. I had seen my brother go through his liver transplant, just three years before mine, and expected him to be there when I had my transplant; sadly, he died about three months before.
I am forever grateful to my family and friends, the doctors, nurses and medical staff that helped me get through the year and a half of waiting for my liver transplant, the 70 days of hospitalization post transplant, and the subsequent years that have followed. I am so blessed by God to have received this gift of life. Despite what the day may hold, I am thankful for life. I am thankful for people like you who have crossed my path, on this journey and whose lives have enriched my life in many unbelievable ways. Thank you for the gifts you have given me gifts of joy, laughter, smiles and tears.
Finally, blessings to each of you walk on your own journey, while it may not be a transplant; you are on a journey that will have its own ups and downs. Remember; do not give up in the dark days, because there is soon to be a bright day, a day where you will realize that life IS worth living. You have a purpose here on earth.
Happy Day

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KATHY:) 9/19/2008 5:54PM

    Beautiful Wendy.. Thanks for sharing with the world.
I also have been through a liver transplant and feel many of the same emotions going through my heart. God Bless the donors and thanks so much God for taking care of us.
Kathy:) emoticon

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Emotional Eating!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Emotional Smotional. I hate the thought of emotional eating, but I am certainly an emotional eater. I woke up this morning feeling like I did not want to track this stuff anymore. Likely because I thought I cheated last night but in looking at the final score, I see I did not. But still I was bummed out that I even had to do this! But I do not, I am the person in charge of myself. I can do it if I want to, and I can do it if I do not want to. But, Good news, the day is almost over, I made it through the day tracking what I ate and being mindful of my body. emoticon One day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time. Lord get me through the next hour!


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