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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Well, I have made the transition from 60mg of Cymbalta to 30mg of it. It took 3 weeks to gently transition.

a few things I've noticed...
#1 my appetite has increased. emoticon
#2 the all-over throbbing (not really pain pain, just a throbbing) all over my body has returned.
#3 my hands ache more
#4 my knees ache more
#5 my thigh muscles stiffen much up more easily
#6 no change in my mental/emotional state emoticon

But all of this is still manageable with my healthy nutrition, adequate rest, walking, and yoga. Well, the appetite thing has thrown me a bit for a loop this week, especially with the hormonal cycle increasing it as well this week. The new pudginess to my tummy is not making me happy AT ALL! When I did my measurements for my monthly weigh-in and measurement recordings yesterday morning, for the 1st time my tummy and thighs increased a bit from the measurements from 4 weeks ago.

Time to increase the cardio back to 4 days/week!

I thought with all the gardening I am doing, I could go down to just 3 days. My body is saying otherwise.

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ASOBFALLS 6/22/2012 12:55PM

    emoticon At least you have a plan! Find the energy to put it in place and let us know!
Joyce emoticonRejoice in Jesus

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2012 6:09PM

    Good luck handling your transition. Hope those symptoms you're having lessen.

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SARAHTAIT 6/21/2012 8:44AM

    May I ask why you are decreasing your cymbalta? Just wondering...I was on it for years but when I lost my pharmacy insurance I could no longer afford it. I have not really noticed much difference since I have been off of it except for maybe the appetite thing...I have been having a lot of cravings and more emotional eating. Good luck as you transition and I am so proud of you for the great job you are doing to manage your health!

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WENDYLEE15 6/21/2012 7:05AM

    I hope your pain gets better!! You have been doing so great!! We need to listen to our bodies and adapt to what it tells us.. That's for sure :) Thanks so much for your continued support and all the motivation you give to us all !!
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Made to Crave, chapter 18

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Things Lost, Better Things Gained"

Well, the title about says it all.....losing weight, losing food's control over my life, losing inches, losing the defeatism cycle but gaining soooooo much more! Health--mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. I've gained self-control. I've gained pain management. I've gained peace. I've gained joy. I've gained FUN! I've gained an active lifestyle. I've gained hiking. I've gained gardening. I've gained the power to say NO. I've gained walking a 5K. I've gained the power to wait for a sweet yummy. I've gained portion control. I've gained the ability to make healthy food choices. I've gained the ability to deal with stress in a healthy way. I've gained balance. I've gained new friends. I'VE GAINED MY LIFE BACK!!!!

BUT I must remain ever vigilant:
"Everything is permissible for me--but not everything is beneficial...I will not be mastered by anything. Food for the stomach and the stomach for food" --but God will destroy them both...The body... is meant for the Lord and the Lord for the body....Honor God with your body." (portions of I Corinthians 6:12-20)

Food is not sinful, but if I do not have the appropriate attitude and self-control with it, it can retake control of my life and again lead me away from God.

I like what I've gained a whole lot more than a bag of M&Ms or fudge or french fries!!
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LUCINDARW 6/14/2012 7:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You DID it!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/14/2012 1:31PM

    Fantastic blog.

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ASOBFALLS 6/14/2012 11:13AM

    emoticon Wow!! well said!

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GOPINTOS 6/13/2012 9:06PM

    You are doing fantastic!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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LDMCNIEL 6/13/2012 5:40PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon. I love it!

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Made to Crave, chapter 17

Thursday, June 07, 2012

"The Very Next Choice We Make" reflection

My favorite sentences in this chapter...

"...we're always just one choice away from reversing all the progress we've made. I'm not saying victory isn't possible But victory isn't a place we arrive at and the then relax. Victory is when we pick something healthy over something not beneficial for us. And we maintain our victories with each next choice."

Every next choice...what to eat or not eat, to exercise or not, to rest or not, what to drink or not to drink is my choice to make. That choice is important. It will determine my health, my fitness, whether I reach my goals or not. Whether I can join my family in their fun or not. Some choices will be easy. Some will be hard. Some I won't want to make, but will because I'm supposed to be an adult and make those hard adult choices.

I went grocery shopping hungry this week. I went grocery shopping 6 hours after eating breakfast with no snack in between and after being on my feet all morning. In every aisle, I had to make choices. On the way home I had to choose whether to open that bag of Doritos that are for my family and eat a few on the way home or wait until I got home and make a healthy late lunch. I chose to wait for that healthy lunch. I didn't do it on my own strength though...I had to call upon the Lord for help. I sooooo wanted something quick. I sooooo wanted something fast. I sooo wanted something available NOW!

I did as Lysa suggested in this chapter, "Moment by moment we have the choice to live in our strength and risk failure or to reach across the gap and grab hold of God's unwavering strength."

I came sooooo close to risking failure. My own strength was weak at the moment. But it was just strong enough to call on God for His strength. His was enough. Victory. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/8/2012 11:14AM

    thanks for sharing!!

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  I read this book awhile ago (obviously nothing in it stuck to me), so I was curious to see what you were doing with it. And emoticon

Your second paragraph really struck me. Right now I'm having difficulty with "being an adult" and making the "Adult choices." But they are my choices and I have to take responsibility for them.

emoticon for the gentle reminder today.

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GOPINTOS 6/7/2012 9:41PM

    Loved this. Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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    Oh that's sooooo true. All things are possible with God - even giving us the strength to make the right choices with His help. Pat yourself on the back for toughing it out, battling the hunger and waiting until you could eat something healthy. Ahhhh, the sweet taste of victory!!!! That's great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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June 5, 2012 Doctor appointment

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I am OFFICIALLY OFF ALL blood pressure medicines!!!!!! emoticon

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My doctor was very happy with all my progress. emoticon

My thyroid numbers are so good, I only need to be tested once a year now! emoticon

He agreed to let me try a reduced dosage of Cymbalta which I take for my fibromyalgia to see if my weight loss, healthier eating, fitness, and better sleep can help me better manage my pain levels instead of relying on Cymbalta. I have even been given permission to wean completely off to see how I do. emoticon

Thank-you, dearest SparkFriends and to my family for all your encouragement and support during my journey so far! emoticon

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ELISADENK 6/9/2012 11:24PM

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Must feel W O N D E R F U L!!!!!

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MIPALADY23 6/9/2012 12:49PM

    I'm so flippin proud of you!! I have loved ones that won't lift a finger to get better unless it's to take meds!! Makes me sad to watch, your loved ones will be so proud of you. Keep living a healthy lifestyle - you are awesome!

Sweet success!!

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_JULEE_ 6/6/2012 7:41PM

    WAY TO GO!

Remember that Cherries (yep, the fruit) are great for pain! I take capsules and they're awesome for my pain.

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PATTYV77 6/6/2012 12:10PM

    emoticon emoticon That's great!! Congrats!

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PALIZ81 6/6/2012 7:11AM

    Wonderful news! I hope things go well when you try to decrease the cymbalta

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RUNNINGOMA 6/6/2012 6:38AM

    Great victory!! emoticonYou did it~!

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DAYHIKER 6/6/2012 5:58AM

    What wonderful good news! Congratulations on doing the hard work that won you this accomplishment!!! emoticon


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LDMCNIEL 6/6/2012 5:32AM

    emoticon. Gotta love being able to be healthy because of what you have accomplished. emoticon

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DRAWNTHISWAY 6/6/2012 12:26AM

    Sounds like a great appt!

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PATTOMMC3 6/5/2012 9:26PM

    emoticon That is amazing.....you must feel great!

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Made to Crave, chapter 16

Saturday, June 02, 2012

"Why Diets Don't Work" reflection

"Diets don't work for me. I seem to be able to sacrifice for a season and then I get tired of sacrificing....Then (I) slowly slip back into old habits. The weight creeps back on..."

I could have written that sentence. That is soooo me. Not only does the weight creep back on, but I usually gain another 15-20 NEW pounds on top of what I had lost and regained!

"So I'm not on a diet. I'm on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline..."

THAT is why this time is different! It's not ME ALONE doing it- on my own, under my own power, with my own will.

"Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!" These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining indulgence." Colossians 2:20-23

I will NEVER go on the latest fad diet, the latest "scientific" breakthrough diet, or on diet pills, potions, and liquids.

Those aren't for real people living real lives in a real world.

Portion control.
Whole foods
Natural foods
Minimally processed foods
Balance (no food group banned)
All done to the glory of God and with thanksgiving (Colossians 3:17--the end of that topic)

That is what has given me success in my weight loss and what will now bring me success in maintaining what I've lost and keep it off until I am ready to do battle again and go for the goal.


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MIPALADY23 6/3/2012 7:55PM

    Completely agree, it's the only type of dieting I have tried.

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LDMCNIEL 6/2/2012 9:52PM

    I agree with you 100%. I have yo yo dieted so much and have tried everyone of the fad diets only to be heavier in the end. I am so with you and God is with us both.

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