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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I have come to the realization that I need new shoes for working out. The pair I have had since last summer are literally falling apart. That is no good!

Now comes the hard part- what brand, style, color, etc?

Buying shoes is a tad difficult for me since I have high arches and wider feet. Buying shoes has never been fun and I typically end up with an Adidas running shoe of some sort, but I am really interested in other brands as well.

Can you share your shoe experiences with me? Both the good and the bad!!


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CJADERUN 7/17/2012 6:18PM

    I also have Asics--both a real running pair and a more casual pair for every day stuff and not-running purposes.

If you're worried, and if walking/running is a part of your exercise regime, then I'd recommend going to a running store. They'll look at your feet and how you walk and give you a specific type of shoe that you should wear, and from there you pick which one is the most comfortable. It's on the pricey side, but I LOVE wearing my running shoes!

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BRAVENEWGRL 7/17/2012 4:27PM

    I love my Asics - but you really need to get something that works for your foot! I overpronate and have flat feet! If you have the time you might want to go to a specialty running or foot store and get them to fit you!

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FRACKTHATNOISE 7/17/2012 12:29PM

    I have a wide foot as well and I have found that Saucony makes a pretty good shoe that seems to be supportive. I also have had them last for about a year (non-running.)

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GINGERLY4 7/17/2012 9:57AM

    Go to a running store and discuss shoes with them. I buy running shoes, but I'm not running right now. I found that the information I got from them translated into other shoes pretty well.

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    New Balance are known for being good for wide feet, while Nike are way too narrow. I don't know about high arches because I have the opposite problem...arches so low as to be almost nonexistent! LOL! I think your best bet is to visit a shoe store and try on as many as possible to fit your width. You can always get inserts to support your arches.

Good luck!

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Focus on Wellness

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I had a breakdown last week. Not the "I am so stressed, life sucks" type of breakdown, but the type where you realize that you CANNOT do anymore, you cannot add one more thing to your plate or that crack is going to cause a deafening shatter.

As some of you know, I lead a chaotic life. Work, school, kids, husband, kid's activities, etc... I have taken the back burner for far too long. What has this accomplished? Nothing. I am tired, crabby, look horrible and I have made horrible choices nutrition wise. I managed to gain back all of the weight I fought to lose. As if that isn't bad enough, the feeling of defeat has taken over. I know it's time for some serious re-vamping.

I am still up in the air about my fall semester. I am currently enrolled for 12 credits. I am debating whether or not to take the semester off. With work and a family, school has been pretty stressful. I think my body has had it! I have permanent dark circles under my eyes and let me tell you how sick I am of hearing "you look tired today! " from at least one co-worker during the day...I know I look tired, I FEEL tired too!

I have started to work out again. NOT crazy like I was....but my goal is SOMETHING every day. I still have summer semester to finish up, so time is limited, but I have to start somewhere.

My mini goals (goals that should be easy to instill, at least I hope!)

emoticon emoticon Fit in Fitness

emoticon Get more sleep

emoticonSet a better example for my children

emoticonTry to avoid the pressures of losing weight quickly and remember slow and steady wins the race!

I think my biggest problem is I am 150% dedicated at first and then I fizzle out...maybe I need to just be 90% dedicated consistantly. I don't know, but I DO KNOW that I have to keep trying.

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JLSPARKLES 7/17/2012 9:23AM

    Thank you Deanna!

My mom is encouraging a break from school, she sees that the stress has caused major issues with my health, like hair loss, chronic fatigue, etc...

I may have to listen to her for once emoticon

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NANA2JONEMIMAT 7/11/2012 10:27AM

    Sometimes we have to step back and see what we have on our "plate", literally and figuratively. You can't function properly for long periods of time with little sleep, it does affect you and others around you.

I looked back over your previous blogs and you had good insight on what you were doing at that time. Only YOU know what is best for YOU.

The last 12 credits vs taking a semester off is a hard decision. My DD worked full-time, did 12 credits and planned a wedding. Was a tough time for her. What if you only did only part of that? Stress wouldn't be as much.

Your mini-goals sound like a good plan. We all have to keep on trying or the alternative is giving up and that is not an option.

Good Luck with your plan. emoticon

Deanna in Dacula, GA

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How many people do the

Friday, May 04, 2012

So, here I am yet again. Sometimes I think I like the drama of failing! I seem to let myself do it way too often.

BUT. I am back, and I will do my best yet again. I hope these blogs begin to resonate wtih me...they are somewhat therapeutic but I fear I am on a teeter totter.

My last REAL work out was on Thanksgiving Day. I remember going to the gym and getting a good run in and I felt prepared to handle any food situation that came my way. Boy was I wrong. What I didn't know was that Thanksgiving Day would mark the beginning of a downward spiral for me. This particular downward spiral has lasted about 5 months during which time I gained back about 12 pounds.

12 pounds that I cried for, sweat for, said no for so many times prior to Thanksgiving. If that doesn't make you feel defeated ....

What will be different this time? I honeslty do not know. I do know that I will not push myself so hard like I did last time. I was working out 6-7 days a week, but come on, let's be realistic here. YES I want to lose weight fast! BUT, I also want it to stay gone. I am a fulltime student , wife and mother and I have to accept that somedays just won't work for gym time. Instead of beating myself up over this, I need to realize that I should take what I can get for gym days and make the most of them-right?

I know that some will make comments like, "Get up earlier", "make time", etc....well let me just break down a typical day for you:

4am- wake up, get ready for work
5am- commute begins
6am- work is well under way
12 -noon- lunch time!
4:30-5pm- work is done for the day- back on the road
6pm- Get home, make dinner
7pm- Spend time with my kids, clean up messes, do laundry, get everyone cleaned up, read stories, do tuck ins and say good night to my kids.
9pm- time to try to do my homework
11pm or 12 am- time to try and get some sleep! (yes I only get 4-5 hours of sleep M-F)

This isn't exaggerated at all...this is my typical Monday through Friday. Kinda sucks :)

So, new goals. I have to figure out how to make losing weight and getting healthy manageable in my schedule. Does anyone have advice or ideas?

I only have about one year left and my schooling will be complete ( finally!!) Until then I do have homework (I am also taking summer courses), I do have three lovely children and a husband (who works second shift, so I kind of feel like a single parent) and I have a full time job that I am at about 50 hours a week or more. Oh how I wish we had family near to help!!

How can I stop doing the teeter totter and get healthy once and for all?? emoticon

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JENVAMPVEGAS 5/4/2012 11:14AM

    I feel you... I have a similiar battle. I haven't consistently tracked since around Thanksgiving. I gained back a little, but luckily didn't go nuts. Still, I had planned on being closer to my goal than I am. But, we can only move forward, right? I have no great wisdom on this subject, because I'm right there with you. All I know is that as long as we don't give up, we are in a better spot than most people out there. We just need to keep hanging on. Glad to see you back.

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KIRSTAB 5/4/2012 10:58AM

    My philosophy is that I want to keep this off and I know myself well enough to know that if I'm going to make permanent lifestyle changes, killing myself for an hour a day working out can't be part of the equation. I walk at lunch. Sometimes. I did the Couch to 5k program and so now I know I can go out and run a mile and it only takes 15 minutes of my already crammed schedule and I can do 15 minutes. I only work out a few days a week and I'm totally fine with this, because every day, I track calories and that makes the big difference.

Maybe you could spend some time really focusing on the food for awhile and forget about working out. If you can't fit workouts in, it's easy to abandon the whole endeavor. But just eating better without exercise will make a difference!

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    I feel your pain. Sometimes while I make dinner I am working out at the same time lol. It's hard juggling so many things at the same time. Try to fit in little workouts ever few days at first, that's what I did. Even if it's for 10 mintues. It's hard but somehow you have to try to squeeze in workouts inbetween all the hub-bub.

Also like another commenter said about your health, you are important so you need to take care of yourself. For me I have a few health issues on top of family health issues that I can also get, I don't really have a choice anymore. You might want to take care of yourself now so later you won't have to deal with health issues when they could have been prevented.

Good luck, I know you can do it!

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CHEETARA79 5/4/2012 10:12AM

    Good gravy that is a tough schedule! I don't know if I could function with so little sleep.

Weight loss, as you know, is really more about nutrition than exercise. Even if you can't make the healthiest choices all the time, you can choose smaller portions of caloric foods if you need to. I think that's what you should focus on rather than exercise, which may be impossible to fit into your super busy schedule!

I'm glad to see you back on Spark. You were missed!

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REDSHOES2011 5/4/2012 8:47AM

    Think about what your family will do if your health cracks-and what a disablity will do to that freedom you so much enjoy..
A little advice from a freelance resthome helper whom listens to people regrets when it is too late and still keep eating the very junk that is killing them off..

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ELRIDDICK 5/4/2012 8:46AM

  Thanks for sharing

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MELLISOND 5/4/2012 8:46AM

    I feel for you! And I had a job that ate my life and contributed to the development of morbod obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure by the time I was 50. This year I have been determined to turn it around with a lot of help. The first thing I had to change was my work patterns. I had to find time to exercise and to shop for and prepare healthy food.

Is there any way you could take a walk at lunch? Can you do some physical activity in the evening and encourage your children to help or join in?

I applaud your intentions and your outreach to the Spark community.

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Vit. D deficiency + PCOS

Monday, January 02, 2012

I had my labs run last week again since I have PCOS. I hadn't really had any symptoms of PCOS since 2010, so in February 2011, I took myself off of Metformin. I felt I did well, and was able to lose a little bit of weight.
When I met with my doctor again in December 2011, I found that I should have lost much more weight then I did. So, more bloodwork! Yay!

Well, the labs came back. I am extremely deficient in Vitamin D, so I got a prescription for that as well as being put back on Metformin to try and help with the insulin resistance issues that arise from PCOS.

My doc also said that this may be a reason to my recent gain even when I was trying to watch my calories. PCOS really stinks! It's so tempermental :)

I guess time will tell! Hopefully the Vitamin D will help with my energy levels too- they have been pretty non-existant for the last month or more. I guess I am just happy that maybe there really was a reason for my lack of weight loss and now hopefully it can be regulated again!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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LAPISWITCH 1/2/2012 12:27PM

    Thank goodness you've found the source and there is a resolution! I sure hope that the meds kick in and you start kicking butt!


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FRENCHIFAL 1/2/2012 11:31AM

    Ugh!! I'm sorry you're having so many issues!!

Vitamin D deficiencies definitely contribute to energy levels, so it's good that you're getting that resolved! I hope the supplements help!

Happy new year, I hope 2012 is better than 2011!

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It's been too long...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

This blog is not in a negative tone..I just need to put that out there since some of what I may say may come off a bit negative.

Well, I fell off the train. COMPLETELY> for approximately three weeks. The three weeks prior to that I was very hit and miss with tracking and working out. So basically for the last six weeks I have done pretty much whatever I wanted, I have eaten whatever I wanted and I have worked out very minimally.

Here is a reminder that six weeks can DRASTICALLY undo all of your hard work! I have gained back about eight to ten pounds. Depressing-right? But I have no one else to blame. I chose to do whatever, and now I have to face those consequences.

I am torn between "starting over" or just picking up where I left off....I do know that this is not who I want to be. I don't want to just give up when life has me run down and stressed out. I want to be the person that chooses to work out harder on those days...not the person that curls up on the couch.

It's amazing how different I feel...I am exhausted. I have ZERO energy. I feel bloated. My skin has broken out so bad in the last few weeks. I look and feel haggard. More proof that what we put into our bodies is extremely important and matters!

Time to face reality (and my demons) once more. Today is a new day. I have proven to myself that you must work hard to obtain your goals. I have also proven to myself that things you work so hard for can come unglued in the matter of days.

Time to treat myself like I am WORTH it.

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SCRIVIE 12/28/2011 10:44AM

    I went through exactly what you went through. I felt exhausted and in a fog. For me, it turned out to be seasonal depression. I have been getting some light therapy and am doing better, but it is so discouraging to gain all your weight back!!! I am so sorry you also had this experience. I am starting over like it is day one, and am so sad about that, but am choosing to move forward. I am here for you!

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BROWN64 12/28/2011 5:46AM

    I agree. The holiday times are very difficult. I have over indulged too much and I am looking forward to January 3rd when I go back to work and really get serious again. I know you will get back on the train because it is a good ride! Good luck!

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CHEETARA79 12/27/2011 12:11PM

    You ARE WORTH IT!!!

I'm glad to hear from you even though you are struggling. This is the time to reach out for help. I know you can get back on track. You'll make 2012 the best year ever!

The holidays are a tough time for many of us. For me, I made a goal to maintain my weight between Thanksgiving and NYE. The idea of trying to lose weight during this time was too daunting to me. I hope I make my goal. But if I don't I will probably go back to basics, making small changes and celebrating each healthy choice I make.

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LAPISWITCH 12/27/2011 9:50AM

    I am with Jenn on this!

You are worth it!


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FITFABJENN 12/27/2011 9:22AM

    You ARE worth it. Kudos for getting back up and moving forward. You can do this.

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