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Friday, February 28, 2014


I had foot surgery Nov 4, 2013. I should have been back in regular shoes and walking by Christmas.

That did not happen. My wound would not heal. Why? I experienced first hand what diabetes can do to you. When I could wear shoes they had to be 2 sizes larger. As of last week I can wear most of my former shoes and have just started becoming active again.

I am back with Spark to reaffirm my commitment to becoming healthy.

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    My recommendation would be to look into green smoothies on Youtube. Knocks out diabetic symptoms fast.

I use to be pre-diabetic II, there is a big difference between that and REAL diabetes of course. I started consuming green smoothies and it started turning my life around. From fasting blood sugar of 105 it went down to fasting blood sugar 75. Amazing!

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KATYDID412 2/28/2014 10:16PM

    Welcome back! Take things slow and steady.

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JLPEASE 2/28/2014 2:12PM

    Welcome back!!!

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MJEFFERSON23 2/28/2014 1:38PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/28/2014 1:15PM

    emoticon back! emoticon to hear about your setbacks but so glad to hear you're ready to move forward again.

emoticon one step at a time. emoticon

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TANYA602 2/28/2014 1:11PM

    Welcome back! I am so sorry to hear that your recovery has been so hard for you. Hopefully being back here feels right and helps you get where you want to be physically and mentally.

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Could be worse.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

I've had a bad week. I have had a migraine/sinus headache for 1 whole week. Not debilitating but bad enough that the only exercise I did was walk the dog. Now for the last two days I wake with a headache but it does go away (almost).

At least I still lost .2 lb. I didn't gain. I did not eat right, but again, I could have done so much worse.

It is frustrating that the source of headaches is not easily determined. Can't blame it on hormones at my age. The weather gets the rap often. Oh, well, I just have to keep working through it.

I have been getting a little depressed lately. I backed off working out so much because I think I was working out too much. I was starting to feel more tired and sore than I should be. I hope now that the headaches are going away, I'll get beck into the swing of things.

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_LINDA 8/9/2013 8:21AM

    Can't imagine suffering for a week like that!! Hope they have finally cleared up!. You did well to lose two pounds in spite of feeling so bad.
I tend to have a problem over exercising too as I love going to a variety of fitness classes. One thing that is vital is to make sure you have a good stretch at the end of a session. I find classes don't do enough and I do my own at home after. It can take as many as 20 minutes, but its so worth it to stave off unnecessary soreness.
Sleep is important too, one thing I struggle with, as is making sure you take one day off from exercising a week. I use it to walk or hike easy trails, so I am still moving, just not intensely.
Hope you have a good weekend! Find something fun to do!

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IOEINC 8/4/2013 12:19AM

    emoticon Hope you are feel better soon!! I suffer from migraines too and they can be so debilitating!!

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SH9719 8/3/2013 5:59PM

    We all know that bad days, weeks even months happen. As long as they do not cause you to lose focus those days are always yesterday. Keep it up!

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  there has to be a reason for those headaches.

Check out what you are eating and do some research on the internet about headaches and what kinds of foods or spices that cause them.

Other wise it seems as if you are doing very good.

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SHOOPETTE 8/3/2013 10:36AM

    you are keeping a positive attitude in a rough period, it's great, keep it up!

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MIMIDOT 8/3/2013 10:18AM

    Sorry you're not feeling well. You're right! It could have been worse. At least you lost .2. Don't give up. Remember, "one step at a time." You can do it!!!!

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2013 Summer 5% Challenge Commitment

Monday, July 15, 2013

5% Challenge Commitment

My first step is to make sure I am supporting my team. When I do all the assignments that are required, there will be a trickle down effect to benefit me. My last challenge was all about me and I failed. I will take responsibility to follow through on what I said I'd do. I will record my daily exercise and Living the Good Life Points, and on Saturdays I will weigh in and record it. I will check in with my team daily and leave a comments as I have time.

My Diet.... I do not like to say I am on a diet. I have been on many diets. I want to be able to eat what I want but control the portions.
Explanation on "eating what I want" ; I do not mean KFC and Taco Bell. I am referring to the occasional desert and h'ordeurves. My goal is to adapt healthier eating habits, ie more veggies. I have signed up for the local CSA and get a bushel of vegetables every other week. I expose my family to a large array of ethnic and diverse foods. Nothing is off limits. Okay, maybe no alligator or horse.

My exercise plan... I was working out 6 days a week and at a pretty high intensity. But, I was also eating to accommodate all that activity. Guess what. I have put on 10 pds. I want more than anything to be truly "fit" but I felt I was backsliding on my overall health. New plan... walk the dog every day 1 mile. Spin class once a week. Racquetball once a week. Step aerobics once a week. Formal strength class once a week. For fun I have two apps on my iphone for alternative strength workouts , 100 Pushups and 200 Situps. You can also do it from your PC www.hundredpushups.com and www.twohundredsitups.com/

Other promises that I will keep...
I will track my food daily, it truly keeps me honest.
I will track my sleep and make sure I am getting enough.
I will blog when I am having a bad day as well as when things are going well.
I will ask for help when I need it and I will be honest and truthful in these above promises.
I will not drop out.

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CHARLIE-B 7/15/2013 9:36AM

    Great Plans!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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St. Jude's Spin for Kids

Monday, April 08, 2013

My Spark Coach assignment today encouraged us to shake up our workouts so they do not become monotonous. I actually tried something way out of my comfort zone yesterday. My health club helped sponsor an event to raise money for St. Jude's Research.

They had a Spin For The Kids event. It was a 2 hour spin class. We went out and solicited donations and had an opportunity to help out in the local St Jude's Research Hospital fundraising.

I made it the WHOLE 2 HOURS. When I started spinning last September my biggest goal was to make it through a 45 min class. Not only did I last the full 2 hrs. but I also was a part of a relay team and we had mini races against one another and I won, TWICE!

In total I biked 32.9 miles. And afterward, while I was tired, I was not totally wasted.

It was a real stretch for me to participate in this event and I am so glad I did. I also feel very good about doing something for the kids at St. Jude's. I also came in 3rd place for donations collected. I can't wait to do it again next year!

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VICTORY2XS 4/11/2013 9:13AM

    What a great way to give back to your community by helping St. Jude's. Way to go not only lasting the two hours, winning races twice, but also for donations collected! What a wonderful way to combine exercise, fun, and community service! Congratulations to you! Sounds like you had a lot of fun along the way, too!


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Finding Motivation Beyond the Scale

Friday, March 15, 2013

Finding Motivation Beyond the Scale

This was the title of my SP Coach program today.

Chris suggested we make a list of the changes noticed since the beginning of this journey.
Make sure to look for the intangibles.

I enjoy getting on the scale to note my progress . But, I recognize it is only one way to measure my success. I do not let it derail my efforts when it does not go the way I want. Each small step I have made over the last couple years has added up and I always have something to look back at to motivate me to either stay on track or get back into things the swing of things.

So here is a list of my achievements that come to mind this morning, some small, some big:

*No more diet soda Ė the taste no longer appeals to me at all, and I love water.
*I am stronger. So, so much stronger.
*I can do 3 REAL push ups
*Walking briskly is not a chore
*I look better in my clothes
*Friends and family comment on how much better I am looking
*I look forward to healthy meals and not salt saturated, processed ones.
*Food actually tastes better now. I appreciate what Iím putting in my mouth
*I sleep better
*I no longer snore (so Iím told)
*I can reach down and pick up something Iíve dropped while sitting in an airplane seat, and the fold down tray no longer sits on my belly, LOL.
*l donít cringe when I sit at the hairdresser and look at my reflection
*Intimacy is more pleasurable.
*I may eat a bit over the calorie limit but I have not binged in quite a while.
*My family is proud of me. WOW, that is definitely a motivator for me.

I still have a ways to go but I donít plan on slowing down. I also realize that when I reach a point where I am happy with my weight I still have not completely met my goal. At that point comes the job of maintaining , which will be no easy task. Iím in it for the long haul!

Go SP!!

I would love to read about other member's achievements. Inspiration is often there but we sometimes fail to recognize it until someone else points it out.

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S-N-I-P 3/18/2013 5:17AM

    Wow GREAT !!!
Well done !!!

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TANYA602 3/16/2013 2:36PM

    I love how you've found so many ways to recognize that your health and happiness levels have improved! Kudos to you!

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STEVIEBEE569 3/16/2013 1:36PM

    Absolutely don't slow down! Keep up the good work! Strive for progress, not perfection!

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VICTORY2XS 3/16/2013 1:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your accomplishments - that is quite a list! Congratulations on so much progress. Keep up the terrific changes you are making!


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BABY_GIRL69 3/15/2013 7:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon God bless, Dee

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DIET_FRIEND 3/15/2013 1:54PM

    Love your list. I share some of those non-scale victories.

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