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Monday, April 19, 2010

My doctor wants me to do 30 minutes of cardio every single day. Today I began to work on making that happen. I didn't do so good.

I did about 10 minutes of T'ai Chi. I used to be able to get 30 minutes of that in.
I did 11 minutes of a cardio walking dvd that I have... 11 MINUTES!!! Ok to be perfectly fair to myself I do have a pulled muscle on the right side of my back. So the reason I had to stop was my back. But still.. I feel just horrible that I could go longer.

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GINW1977 6/27/2010 10:50AM

    Don't beat yourself up about it. Just try to do more than the day before every day. Even if it is just 1 minute more that the day before until you reach your goal time.

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JEWITCH 4/21/2010 10:32PM

    I agree with TIGGERLILLY you should work up to the 30 minutes you don't want to mess yourself up again. Good luck.

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TIGGERLILLY1001 4/19/2010 8:03PM

    You should work your way up to 30 mins. You did some that is a start.

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NBJAGGAL 4/19/2010 8:02PM

    hey.some is better than proud!

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My Gratitude Journal

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I first heard about a gratitude journal when I was still working with TCFV during a Wellness Meeting. Now I have a few friends who do this. The basic idea seems to be that it helps you focus on the good things in your life and there-by giving you a motivational tool.

Now, I know my track record with journaling. I enjoy doing it. I want to do it. But I never remember to do it. So instead of making promises that I know I will fall short of I am simply going to state that I will try to remember to do this when I can. As with my blogging, I will do it when it is needed for me.

Here is my thankfulness for today.

Today I am thankful for the ability to build a world I can cherish. In the past year or so I have changed. Yes, I'm a vegetarian now. But I don't mean just in a nutritional or fitness way. I mean in a fundamental way that effects WHO I AM and not just how I look. I've allowed myself to go out and meet people and have fun. In doing so I have met some of the most unforgettable characters who have enriched my life and blessed me beyond words. Some have become dear and close friends. Some have become ships that have passed in the night, or conversations fondly remembered in a book shop. All adding to my life and to who I am becoming. All giving me insight into myself and the world around me. I feel more confident. I feel bold! I feel safe. I feel more beautiful than I ever have. I feel wanted. I feel loved. I feel accepted. For the first time in my life my weight is not the biggest thing on my mind. I no longer feel I have to be thin and perfect and beautiful to be wanted, needed, love, accepted and HAPPY. I am finally happy just being me. Yes the being healthy and losing weight is still very important to me. I am still striving to lose weight and work out. But it's not something that I fear being judged by anymore. I no longer feel the need to point out that I know I'm overweight and that I'm working on losing it. The people I have in my life now have shown me that if someone judges based on my body then I really don't want them in my life anyway. And that is a freeing concept that has eluded me for years. But not anymore! They've shown me that it's just not something to focus on because it's just not that important to be one of the skinnies of the world for the sake of acceptance and beauty. I feel good about that! I can now look at it as getting healthy for ME and not as getting skinny for outward reasons.




Monday, March 22, 2010

For those keeping my cousin's dog, Rex, in your thoughts and who have offered suggestions and advice. Thank you all so much! You have been a comfort and a help. They did finally do an x-ray this morning and they did find a soft mass in his stomach. They then did a sonogram and discovered the mass was actually his swollen kidneys. So the illness was diagnosed as acute renal failure. There was only a 10% chance of survival and he was in a lot of pain and misery. Danielle and her husband, Sammy, made the very hard decision to have him put to sleep. It's is done now and Rex is out of pain and at peace. Thank you all again for all you did to try and help. It was a comfort knowing you were all there!


June 6, 2007 - March 22, 2010

Rest In Peace sweet puppy. You will be very missed. You are very loved!

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IRISHRAVEN 3/26/2010 6:11PM

    Thank you so much everyone. I just love SP. I love knowing that I have a global village that is so kind.

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JEWITCH 3/23/2010 9:28AM

    emoticon No words can express the pain of the loss of a beloved friend and pet. I know that Rex will missed deeply. Blessings and warm hugs.

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ALLYINTEXAS 3/22/2010 11:54PM

    I'm really sorry to hear this; the loss of a beloved pet is never, ever easy! It's been more than a year since I lost my girl and I still miss her very, very much! She passed due to her renal failure and age.

I just saw your two posts and decided to read both before posting; when i had my dogs shots a couple months ago, they counseled me that they could cause serious reactions and I was given the option to have them given a pre-shot of something first. I don't recall what they cautioned me to watch for. I'm sad for your family, I know it's tough!

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DIAMORROW1 3/22/2010 7:14PM

    So sorry for the loss. I so do understand. Have had to make that very painfull decision. The only comfort is knowing your best friend is out of pain.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

My cousin has a 3 yr old Boxer. He went in for shot a week ago. Since then he has been extremely ill and doesn't respond to anything the Vet has tried. Below I am going to list the symptoms he has followed by what they have already tested for and tried. The Vet says she has exhausted everything she can think of to test for and try. I know that in medicine there are times a doctor can become so involved that they may overlook something. I am praying that this is the case with sweet dog. I am also praying that with all the people out there that we can brainstorm and come up with something. She is just emotionally and physically exhausted. This is her baby and she is really distraught over this whole thing. Animals lovers can understand this sentiment I am sure. I know I sure do.

dramatic weight loss
loss of coordination
sluggish movement
loss of appetite
body temp of 96 degrees that will not go higher than 98 even with a heater
eye drainage
dry nose
That's all she can remember right now, again she is exhausted. I'll update this if she thinks of anything else.

rhumetoid arthritis
tape worm
heart worm
all tick born diseases
lupus (they thought this was it. But they treated him and he was utterly non-responsive to treatment.)
This is all that she can think of right off.

PLEASE repost this to your own pages. Or put in your status for your friends and family to see. I just know there is something that we are overlooking here. I just know that someone out there must recognize this, or has been through this with their own pet. Spread the word and any and all forums you feel may help.

Thank Your in advance for any and all help! Hopefully we can find out what is wrong with him ASAP so we can get this sweet doggy treated and back on the road to health.


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JEWITCH 3/22/2010 9:25AM

    Mikki, so sorry to hear about your cousin's boxer. I will repost on a couple of other sites and see if I can find anything else out. I will pray and mediate that this sweet animal gets well soon. Blessings and warm hugs.

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My Rant For The Day

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Ok so there have been some interesting, fun, scary, things going on in my world. I've been in the ER once with sinus tachycardia and a blood pressure of 210/183. They called it a stress reaction due to PTSD. Ok I can buy that under the circumstances. Then I have to call 911 again due to weird light headedness and shortness of breath. Looks like a vertigo issue brought on by allergies causing fluid in my ears. Ok. I'll buy that. Boils down to needing to go see a doctor and figure out exactly what is going on. FINE! I found myself a doctor. Not one in a clinic group. I hate clinic groups. I feel like nothing more than a number to be rushed in and rushed out. So I sought out, and found, a private doctor. I went to see him this morning. O-M-G HE SUCKED! He didn't even take a proper family history. Said he didn't need the details! He never once asked if I was a smoker!! Which I'm not but that isn't the point! He didn't ask about alcohol intake. He didn't ask about previous surgeries. He ASSUMED that my gall bladder was removed due to gall stones... WRONG! And he wouldn't listen when I was attempting to tell him why it was removed. He didn't ask about my migraines. He didn't care why kind of allergic reaction I have to compazine. It'll kill me if it's given to me but he didn't want to take the time to hear me. He didn't ask about my diet or weight or even mention that I needed to lose weight (ok that part isn't a bad thing in my opinion since I already know I do). He made me feel like I was wasting his time! Dr. George Martinez from Austin Texas. Not good! NOT GOOD!

Here is what I want. I want the small town doctor. The doctor who cares about you as a PERSON first and a payment later. A doctor who doesn't walk in with his Rx pad at the ready and a list of people to refer you to for other care. The doctor who takes his time and doesn't rush through anything. The doctor who says "How are you doing this morning?" and means it! Not just your illness or injury, but how YOU as a PERSON are doing. I want a doctor with cold hands who might just take the time to warm them up a bit before touching you and a warm heart. You do not necessarily need to be sick to go to a doctor. You may just want to get a clean bill of heath from a yearly check up. Or maybe you want to go in a discuss your current weight loss efforts with him and get his opinion on it. Or maybe you can't really describe what or how your feeling and need someone with a good bedside manner who can help you articulate what you are feeling. For instance, I have been experiencing symptoms of what might be called fibromyalgia. However, and please I beg you don't be offended, I never felt that to be a real illness. I'm not saying it isn't. I'm sure there are those who truly do have this and live full happy lives. BUT, Every single person I have ever had to deal with in a professional manner has used this diagnosis as a platform for laziness and a way to gain sympathy, a way to get out of living and doing things that must be done. Most of them don't have a single symptom other than being tired all the time and refuse to listen when I suggest it might be depression due to the situation they are in or whatever the case may be. Now I am faced with the real possibility that I may have it. I refuse to be like the people I've counseled who use it for other reasons. And I'm nervous to even discuss these symptoms with a doctor and it's very hard to articulate this to anyone. I want a doctor that will help me relay this without making me feel stupid or lazy or crazy. I want a doctor who remembers the Hippocratic Oath and understands what it REALLY means. I want a doctor who remembers the Human Factor of being a care giver...emphasis on the word CARE!... I do not want to feel like a cog in a machine or a number on some generic chart. I want to feel like a person.


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RAVENFAIR 3/2/2010 3:55PM

    I'm so sorry you had to go through this. It's bad enough when you get that kind of doctor when you're feeling just fine, but to have that type of doctor when you are not feeling well... well it's just a million times worse. I have been to a few doctors in my time and have too run into dr's who make you feel like you are just wasting their time and that it is such an inconvenience that you are in their office. I wish I had more options for you, but it just might be a trial and error for you to find a dr that fits you. Have you asked friends or family members if they could recommend any doctors to you? Ask them what they think of their dr. Does s/he ask questions, do they respond with answers when you ask them, do they have a good bedside manner, etc. I hope that you find a good dr soon!

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