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A mantra fit for me

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kelly, the SparkPeople office manager says:
When life feels like it's out of control remember that you are the only one in control of your healthy habits!

  
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KAYDE53 11/24/2014 11:44PM

    Well said! I agree.

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EABL81 11/24/2014 9:43PM

    Good one!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/24/2014 1:37PM

    So true.

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TERRACOTTAGE 11/24/2014 10:32AM

    Good one to remember... emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 11/24/2014 7:59AM

    We really do need to remember that it's about choices. Choose wisely and own your choices.

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/24/2014 7:13AM

    Something a lot of us forget from time to time!
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GARDENCHRIS 11/24/2014 7:06AM

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GINIEMIE 11/24/2014 6:12AM

    Amen, and while I didn't do great yesterday, I was much more careful than in the past.
Now is a good time to remember this with Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the other holidays around the bend.
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APROMISE4ME 11/24/2014 5:52AM

    Very true indeed !! Thanks for posting this !


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Just another day in my house

Saturday, November 15, 2014



DH on the bed with Molly and Tony. Charlie is over on Molly's bed by the closet.

  
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MARBEALL 11/20/2014 9:45AM

    Looks comfy and warm. Reminds me of my dear departed kitty who would always keep me company in every room of the house. emoticon

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CLUMBOY 11/18/2014 6:13AM

    isn't it amazing how a cat or a dog can fill up an entire bed? I don't know how they do it! have a great day!

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MNTWINSGAL 11/17/2014 11:17AM

    There are days I'd trade places in a heartbeat!

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SCHECK5 11/17/2014 7:50AM

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EABL81 11/16/2014 12:54PM

    Who needs bed warmers when we have furry friends!

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DDHEART 11/16/2014 10:37AM

    In the hospital we had to wedge pillows to help support our patients when they lie on their sides but you've got that taken care of in a furry way! LOL

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CATANTIGO 11/16/2014 9:24AM

    That looks pretty cozy.

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WASCALLYWONE 11/16/2014 8:42AM

    Naptime! Love this scene. Hope you got some zzz's in, too.

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TERRACOTTAGE 11/15/2014 10:06PM

    Great photo... my DH takes a nap with our fur babies too. emoticon

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KAYDE53 11/15/2014 7:56PM

    Love it!! Love to snuggle with furbabies too!

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KABMPH 11/15/2014 6:23PM

    Sweet! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/15/2014 6:07PM

    Kitty cuddling here. Yay weekends!

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DEBPRE16 11/15/2014 3:22PM

    Did Molly and Tony make room so you could cuddle up too?

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GINIEMIE 11/15/2014 11:58AM

    Hey he's not cold, nor are they with all those warm bodies. emoticon emoticon
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Looking for some motivation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I have lost my motivation. I'm sure it is some where amidst the chaos of being a care giver for others. Unlike working at a job, the stress from care giving makes me feel that I am not in control. And that's exactly how I am behaving.

So...

I am planning to follow the ideas from the "30 Days and 30 Ways to Stay on Track" calendar here on Spark. Some of these are things I already do, but if that is the case for any given day, I will take the time to pat myself on the back for doing that. Yesterday I made sure I moved more. I already do 120 fitness minutes a day, mostly walking and biking but I tried to get up and move about the house often. I also added Spark videos back into the mix. Today I will eat mindfully.

I've gained 5 lbs. in the past 4-6 weeks which leaves me feeling very disappointed in myself. This new lifestyle could go on for years and years and I can't let myself get lost. I need to take better care of myself!

  
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ODAT1117 10/31/2014 8:18AM

    Hey there!

I'm really glad you shared your struggles, too. I wish I had seen it earlier, though, so I could have helped you more when you needed it. :-)

I think it's really impressive that you addressed it so quickly and already figured out a plan to get yourself back on track. You have an overwhelming amount of responsibility with all those you care for. It's amazing that you've been able to stay on track as much as you do!!!!

I hope November is a better month for you and that you find the support and encouragement that is just waiting for you here on SP and elsewhere. :-)

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MARBEALL 10/31/2014 5:35AM

    Janet thank you for sharing. emoticon My motivation comes and goes too. You are not alone. emoticon

You are an awesome caregiver. I understand how caregiving consumes a tremendous amount of time, energy and resources. Your recent postings mention driving to tons of appointments. I really get how the intense emotional stress can suck the life out of our wellness bank. I too struggle with caregiving for my brother. emoticon

You are doing a phenomenal job with 120 daily min exercise. emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your exercise success. You are helping motivate me to get even more daily exercise minutes to decrease my stress. emoticon

Fortunately we have SP resources and help each other with encouragement and support and learning to build our motivation. Congratulations on finding a resource to focus on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERRACOTTAGE 10/27/2014 8:16AM

    I'm in the same boat as you, but with different reasons... it comes and goes in waves (motivation). I'm taking it one day at a time... how are you doing? emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 10/23/2014 10:24PM

    Janet, I could have written this blog myself -- I too fell into the caregiver trap and totally let myself and my own needs go. Good for you finding something to rekindle the Spark! I hope it works for you -- keep us posted!

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DDHEART 10/22/2014 9:25AM

    No....can't get lost....we've got our GPS though don't we? I love that you have found something to provide focus.

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CATANTIGO 10/22/2014 8:09AM

    I know it's so hard to find time to be good to yourself, but you deserve it. You're doing a great job in all of the caregiving. And don't forget about a good nights sleep.
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EABL81 10/21/2014 11:42PM

    I've been struggling, too, and I don't even have a reason other then self-indulgence for letting extra pounds slip back on. The fact that you're already addressing it means that you're on your way to reversing it. When I allowed myself to become obese, I did it largely by letting myself ignore it and live in denial. Now that I've gotten back to a healthy size, I'm determined not to let myself ignore my slip-ups anymore. By acknowledging that we're human and we slip up sometimes, we take the steps we need to in order to turn it around. You're already doing that, and that's half the battle. Good for you for those pats on the back, too! You've got this!

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KAYDE53 10/21/2014 4:52PM

    Know how you feel, I haven't been back on track very well since my surgery & rehab last winter; it's just been hit & miss! And care giving is hard; I have that with my dad too. But I know you can do it & I need to get with it too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 10/21/2014 4:21PM

    "Today I will eat mindfully. " -- that's it. You've got it! xoxo, Deb

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LOUIE-LILY 10/21/2014 2:55PM

    2 hours a day of fitness is awesome! I know you can just tweak your diet a bit and turn it around. I wish I had your motivation!
Don't quit - You're an inspiration to me!
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TIME-4-TINA 10/21/2014 12:30PM

    the fact that you do 120 mins. a day of exercise sounds motivating to me!


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MOM2ACAT 10/21/2014 10:59AM

    It sounds like a good plan!

I know it's often easier said than done, but I believe that when we are taking care of ourselves too, we are better equipped to help others to the best of our abilities.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/21/2014 10:36AM

    I agree, care giving can be hard. It has it bright moments as well, but you need time for you. I like your plans. Let us know how it is going. emoticon

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KABMPH 10/21/2014 9:36AM

    Sounds like you have a plan in place and I hope that you can stick to it and give care to yourself as you care for others!

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GINIEMIE 10/21/2014 9:05AM

    Yes the trials of constant care giving is worse for self care than a demanding job. I know that I put the bulk of my weight back on in July when we had no caregiver at all. Of course the stress of looking for one did not help my self control. I'm glad you found something that may help you get back on track. I'm in a challenge with Gaye and another woman to do better. Do better for each of us is a bit different, but for my it is accountability in tracking food, water, freggies and moving more.
Now I need to get back n the realm of reality on portions and skip the candy,
I'm cheering for you and struggling along side of you. I hope that you can use some of the pointers you learned to help you.
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Healing Myself

Friday, October 03, 2014

On August 22nd, I had surgery to reduce the length of my ulna and to release the trigger thumb on my right hand. I spent 5 days in the post surgery wrap and, then on August 27th, I got a cast.

On October 1, the cast was removed. Hooray!!! I was thrilled to get rid of it. As I was able to do more, I found the bar across the palm of my hand to be irritating in more ways than one. So this is what I look like now --

The surgical tape still covers most of the incision and will come off the more I soak. So far, two pieces have come off. I have a splint to wear but I can leave it off more and more as the month and healing progress. I plan to make my rehab my job so three times a day, I soak for ten minutes, roll therapy putty for 5 minutes, lotion and massage for 5 minutes, and do 10 of each of the two stretches I've been advised to do. At the end of the month, I will have another set of x-rays and the doctor expects I will be fully healed by then. At that point, I will be good to go as long as the screws in the plate stay in place. I am so looking forward to crocheting and being able to independently cook and bake (cutting is difficult and I can't do a can opener yet). Meanwhile, I am practicing my patience.

  
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ILOVEMALI 10/20/2014 1:17AM

    How are you feeling? xoxo emoticon

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TODDERICKV 10/13/2014 5:15PM

    Keep it up and I hope that you feel better soon.

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MARBEALL 10/11/2014 10:08AM

    Janet I am impressed with your commitment to your at home rehab routine!!! emoticon

I had a silimilar experience. I understand how depending on others to do what you used to and want to do for yourself requires soooooo much patience. This is In addition to physical pain and lack of freedom of movement. emoticon

There is light at the end of the tunnel!
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MNTWINSGAL 10/6/2014 12:00PM

    Yea Janet! I'm getting caught up with the team little by little, and I'm so happy to hear that your recovery is so far along!

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SCHECK5 10/6/2014 6:15AM

    Glad your recovering well


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EABL81 10/5/2014 8:56PM

    Congratulations at getting your cast off!! So glad that you're making such good progress.

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KABMPH 10/4/2014 6:06PM

    It's awesome you're taking the healing part so seriously! Keep up with the exercises as long as they tell you to, even if you are feeling better!

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MOM2ACAT 10/4/2014 1:43PM

    I'm glad you are making such good progress! It must be frustrating to not being able to use your hands as you normally do. I think it's something we take for granted until something goes wrong.

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DDHEART 10/4/2014 9:50AM

    Nice to see the progress! Now...patience? LOL that is as hard as losing weight! LOL

Sounds like a very sensible plan and as you work through that rehab you will see your progress which will add smiles.

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CATANTIGO 10/4/2014 9:44AM

    Glad the recovery is going good so far. And best wishes for a swift and complete healing. You sound like you've got this thing handled perfectly.

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CATANTIGO 10/4/2014 9:43AM

    Glad the recovery is going good so far. And best wishes for a swift and complete healing. You sound like you've got this thing handled perfectly.

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GINIEMIE 10/4/2014 5:10AM

    Sounds like a plan and I'm sure you are motivated. I pray you don't overdo in your zeal to be healed. Step by Step, isn't that how the song went?
I'm praying for you Janet, I know you can get over this obstacle too.
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AJB121299 10/3/2014 12:27PM

    nice job, keep up the healing

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My bad

Monday, August 11, 2014

I have been so, so achy lately and it has seemed more muscular achy than skeletal achy. I think I know why.


This is what my walking shoes look like. It's no wonder I hurt. I knew I needed new shoes for quite a while. I did buy some earlier this week and today I finally switched out. This is what the new shoes look like. Lots more bottom to them!



I should know better!

  
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TODDERICKV 10/13/2014 5:16PM

    Good shoes are so important when we are working out.

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CLUMBOY 8/27/2014 6:54AM

    hey--great that you figured it out! its amazing what a fresh pair of shoes can do for your body mechanics.

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GINIEMIE 8/12/2014 10:23AM

    As soon as I get rid of the painters I'll go through my fitflops-it's what I wear the most of, and I tend to hang on to them for too long. My knee has been bothering me-I think you've pointed me in the right direction. That and I can't walk on our slanty sidewalks anymore-I need to walk on the road, which is less strain on me.
Thanks my friend.
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EABL81 8/11/2014 10:47PM

    Enjoy them!

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DDHEART 8/11/2014 7:16PM

    Been there done that...I know you know better and this just proves that when you're busy you're human! Keep this in mind...Janet first then, dad, mom, husband etc. LOL

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CATANTIGO 8/11/2014 6:59PM

    Wow, I think the new shoes were overdue. Sure glad you switched over. Now no more achy legs.

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MOM2ACAT 8/11/2014 4:22PM

    I'm bad about hanging on to old shoes when I should throw them away, even when I get new ones to replace them!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 8/11/2014 3:56PM

    I didn't realize that worn out shoes could make you achy. Thanks for learning the lesson for me! Feel better soon!

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MNTWINSGAL 8/11/2014 3:51PM

    I'm so achy all the time too. But I do a lot of walking in flip-flops. Oops -- I KNOW that's no good for me! Maybe I need to learn a lesson from you! Hope the new shoes make you feel 100% better!

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WOLFRUNNERONE 8/11/2014 11:01AM

    I'd say you were do for a new pair ! I agree , new walking shoes make a huge difference. emoticon

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ODAT1117 8/11/2014 10:29AM

    Isn't it funny when we don't even listen to ourselves?!!

I'm glad you switched out your shoes, you crazy suponator, you!! ;-)

I hope you feel better soon!



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