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My 2012 Summer Exercise Routine

Monday, June 25, 2012

Midwest heat and humidity are here. emoticon
I've tried, but I just can't power-walk outside with the humidity. It makes me feel sick for the rest of the day. I thought when I got off bp meds, that sick feeling would go away, but maybe they just compounded an issue I have with heat and humidity because of a different health issue (hypothyroid or fibromyalgia or perimenopausal) or maybe it is just aging and not tolerating it as well anymore.

So my exercise routine for this summer is....
*gardening in early am and after 7pm when temps and humidity are easier to handle.
*Walking DVDs with Leslie Sansone in the airconditioning.
Mon- 2mile, Tues- 1 mile, Thurs- 3 miles, Fri-1 mile
(different distances to keep my body guessing)
*Coach Nicole DVD for strength training Tuesdays and Fridays
*Yoga DVD- at least 3x week, more would be better.
*Grab some extra fitness whenever possible (family hike ,family projects on weekend, etc) I do still have all that "spring cleaning" yet to do............but that's another story. emoticon emoticon

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MARZIPAN22 7/2/2012 11:33AM

    Adapting instead of "excuse"ing ! Great !!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/25/2012 11:54PM

    As one with thyroid problems, too, I identify! Hot (or cold) intolerance is a hall mark. You just do the best you can! And that's exactly what you're doing.

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WENDYLEE15 6/25/2012 11:19AM

    Sounds like a great plan. The heat makes it tough !! We don't have air conditioning..and the humidity gets nearly unbearable at times. Working on finishing fixing up the basement so we can go down there to cool off.
Great job at not letting the heat interfere with your fitness :)
Have a wonderful week !!
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SARAHTAIT 6/25/2012 11:00AM

    Wonderful.......you go gal! I am so proud of you!

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YULLABELLE 6/25/2012 10:06AM

    Sounds like a great plan to a healthier you. emoticon

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DENNISWIFE 6/25/2012 10:02AM

    ...great plan! Happy summer

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Made to Crave, chapter 19 (last chapter)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Live as an Overcomer" reflection

"Jesus girls aren't made to get stuck in a state of defeat.
We aren't.
We were made to walk in paths headed toward victory. This doesn't mean these paths won't be riddled with struggles we'll need to learn to overcome. They will. For lessons on overcoming are some of God's greatest gifts."

"Revelation 2:7: 'To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."

I am on the path headed toward victory! I am overcoming! Having the right to eat from the tree of life will be sooooo worth any struggle I have here on earth...even my struggles with overeating, poor food choices, laziness, pain, health issues, emotional eating.

Victory is possible.....as long as I depend on God, not on myself.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 6/24/2012 10:42AM

    That's a wonderful reflection. Love it. Through God all things are possible. emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/23/2012 6:51PM

    Thanks for a beautiful lesson! I can almost hear you preaching it even though I don't know you. Must be a great book. and the Bible is the greatest book of all.

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Changes and Adjustments

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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