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Two weeks ago, big brick wall!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Ahhhhhhh and I was doing so well! Two weeks ago from yesterday, I bent over to pick something up at the store and felt a pulling in my back between my scapula and spine. I went to zumba that evening only to discover that the pain was more than annoying and I spent a good deal of the class modifying and massaging the area. At the end of class I gave up early! I have NEVER done that before! For a straight week it got worse and worse. I was using a TENS and icing everynight, but it only got more and more painful until I felt like I was having spasms. Bending and lifting even just knives to show customers made me cringe. I called last monday morning for an appointment with my chiro, who I hadn't need to go to for 5 years! He diagnosed me with a herniated disk which he said he would treat unless he determined I needed more that chiropractic manipulation, etc. I could tell a huge difference after only one appointment. My 3rd being today, I complained of that same pulling feeling when I try to bend to pick things up and how I immediately protect my left arm and lift only with my right now. He checked my rotator cuff and messed around my shoulder and arm until he found a very painful and huge knot of muscle. He sent me over to his PT who worked it out really good. Ten minutes on the TENS (stimulator) then 20 on some kind of roller thing that runs along your spine (sooooo nice!)

I haven't touched the scales! I have not been tracking because I couldn't sit, too painful! Could not zumba, way too painful. Could not walk (jarring painful!) Last week I was tore up with a cold or flu for 5 days straight! Never missed opening the store though, through all of this! My middle is looking and feeling a little heavy, but I am doing better on the eating front since I can actually sit for some time now! I am hoping by thursday I will feel more like zumba! I bought Dance of the inches Cardio Hip Hop at Walmart, will see how I do at it tomorrow and go from there!

Thanks for the goodies and concerned messages! I hate being away!! Love you all!

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KYMBERLEIGH_C 2/12/2011 12:20PM

    Be careful and don't push it!!

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JELLI-LEAN 2/9/2011 10:31AM

    Julie~ I was going to ask the same thing that G9Fire asked you....what does your Chiro think of you going to Zumba, is he in favor of that? {[Hugs]]

I know what you mean about being sick and not feeling well and still going to work. I am fighting a cold or some kind of head virus right now and I have been to work...urggghhh! But, can't afford missing the money at this time.

Is Steve still with the Sheriffs department or did he get laid off? I've been thinking of your too a lot lately! Hugs and Prayers!!

{{{Hugs}}} ~ Janel :)

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G9FIRE 2/9/2011 1:17AM

    I am so glad you went to your chiropractor instead of getting surgery or something like that. You are a wise woman and very blessed to have a good chiro. I love my chiropractor! Every once in a while I pull something out of place when working out and she puts it right back in place. Maybe you should stay away from working out a little longer. What does your chiro think about working out so soon? I don't want you to get re-injurred. I'll keep praying for you and am so glad that you are okay.

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IUHRYTR 2/8/2011 11:18PM

    That's happy news that you found out what was wrong and are responding to treatment. Hoping all gets better and that the business continues to prosper. -- Lou

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New glass cases and pics to follow..

Monday, January 17, 2011

I am not sure how, but I have already run out of room in my glass cases and as luck would have it we found 2 6 foot ones on craigs list for $150. Tonight we painted, tomorrow we will set up the displays and hopefully the whole thing will inspire sales! Friday and Saturday were good days so it certainly helped make up for a slow couple of days! Have a great week all!

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PACKY62 1/20/2011 7:19PM

    great i wish the best for you

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IUHRYTR 1/17/2011 7:47AM

    It took me a second to realize you were not talking about eyeglass cases. emoticon Glad business is steady and continuing prayers for ongoing success. -- Lou

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I finally feel in control!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yayyy! It is good to be back on track with my eating and my exercise! I have already zumba's and zumba toning 4 hours this week and plan to get in another hour this evening! I feels awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Now only if business hadn't almost come to a dead stop! I know it will pick back up though and I have some potential big orders coming too.

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RANGERRUNNER 1/14/2011 8:42AM

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IUHRYTR 1/12/2011 9:05PM

    Hang in there and keep making every day the best it can be. Never lose your positive attitude and have faith the business will pick up. The slowdown was expected but we always hope it doesn't happen. You've got a solid product line and established clients so the outlook seems good. You will succeed! -- Lou

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KYMBERLEIGH_C 1/12/2011 3:48PM

    emoticonI knew you would be! emoticonKeep up the great work Jewels!!

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G9FIRE 1/12/2011 2:47PM

    I am also working on getting back on track. It feels good! I'm glad I'm not on this journey alone : ) Go zumba girl!

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JELLI-LEAN 1/12/2011 1:16PM

    Julie~ Retail is always slow in January for some reason! It will pick up again.

Good for you getting back on track, I've had a rough patch during the holidays and going away for 5 days. I am working on getting back on track.

{{Hugs}}~ Janel :)

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The dreaded weigh!

Friday, December 31, 2010

With the holidays behind I find myself being accountable to the scales and back into swift action! A 10 lb gain! Yup, time to get back in the saddle. Last night zumba, tonight some more, MAYBE, they are having a New Years Eve party, I am not dressed for zumba, but may go home and change and see. I plan to stop in, but Steve had an idea to open the store tonight during the downtown festivities (music, ball dropping at midnight, etc) since we are only 1/2 a block away and our store front will be wholely visible. With as slow as it is right now that is not a terrible idea! I have plenty of leftover cookies from last week as well! I had originally planned on being closed tomorrow, but think I will open. Can't sell anything with the door closed and the lights off.

I had to tell my employee I didn't need her the rest of the week, I just can't see paying her when we are just not busy. She waited until I left and told Steve she told her daughter she would have to move to Texas with her if she didn't get anymore pay. I think she is just manipulating. She works under the table, cleans houses as well, recieves government assistance, housing and foodstamps, etc. She had the oppertunity to work more last week and quite honestly she forgot and shot herself in the foot. I have been giving her a little extra, only a couple of dollars, every week, gave her $50 in gift cards. She smokes cigarettes and pot, I just can't feel guilty for not giving her the hours when I know where the money goes! I kept her because we knew so little coming in and I needed someone who knew about this stuff. Now I feel like we are confident enough to go it on our own. The only reason I keep her now is so that I can go to zumba. Maybe I will switch up her hours if I keep her. 3 afternoons during the week, instead of tues, thurs sat. Ok now I am just thinking with my fingers, lol!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

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G9FIRE 1/1/2011 2:31AM

    Hey There! I'm so excited to start a new year and glad that I have inspirational people like you on Spark to help me get back into super healthy eating habits again. I've really been eating way too many sweets these past few weeks. And my tummy is paying for it! Agh! I'm not sure what my weight gain is but I love your honesty. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm up several pounds. Everything is fitting soooo tight.

I wish you many happy days in 2011 and lots of success in the new business. I know the slow time in your sales right now is just temporary.

Welcome 2011!

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ANG14FAN 12/31/2010 10:31PM

    Hey dear- darn holiday food. SO good but so bad :-) I am sure that you will have it back off in no time. Bummer with the employee struggles but I would let her know that you understand if she needs to make a job change since you cant afford to pay more or offer more hours at this point. If she leaves then I am sure you could easily find another person looking for part time work. I know there are so many who would love to pick up a few hours out there. :-)

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IUHRYTR 12/31/2010 5:58PM

    I'd rather have a drug-free employee than the one you describe. With the economy as it is, people need to be grateful for what work they get. If she's not happy, then she can find another job. Life is too short, especially as a boss, to waste time on a complaining worker who does not appreciate her job. Wishing you great success in 2011. -- Lou

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Busy times and glad for the lull!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Well we survived the Christmas rush at the store and did really well! I am still extremely exhausted, but I am back on track with my eating. I did so enjoy the splurging and so did my waistline! It will make reaching goal by my 2 year lifechangerversary difficult, but I will still try!

Today I am going to zumba, it has been almost 2 weeks! I am going to be crazy sore, but I have to go, they are having a new years eve party tomorrow and I need to get the floors cleaned, so I will do that, then stay for 1-2 classes and then hopefully get to go to the party tomorrow!

They say January is the slowest month of the year in retail! I can already see it and it is not even here yet! Please pray that we survive and that the stress doesn't get the best of me, I have been struggling with anxiety so much with this store, but I am also having the time of my life!

Sorry for my absense of late! Miss you guys! Happy New Year!

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IUHRYTR 12/30/2010 8:35PM

    It may seem difficult to do but if you can, mentally separate the business from your health and treat each of them as equally important. emoticon -- Lou

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PLAYBLUES22 12/30/2010 4:08PM

    Sweetie, happy to hear all is well with you and that you will be back in the swing of things, keep your head up, smile and everything will work out, it always does emoticon

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JELLI-LEAN 12/30/2010 12:56PM

    Julie~ I am so glad that business has been good for you $$ wise, owing a business can be very stressful! WOW Zumba classes in one are going to be sore!

Don't feel so bad about not making it to your goal, I won't either, and I am only 1.1 pound away, my deadline is tomorrow, that is why I already know.

Loves ya and missed you, glad you are back!

{{Hugs}} ~ Janel :) Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!

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