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Regaining my consistency

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Well I managed to do my workout yesterday and today for 25 minutes. Trying to rebuild my stamina and consistency. It is tough but I am trying to be determined to make some progress again.

I hope everyone is well. Love Joyce

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SUNRIZING 4/17/2012 5:20PM

    SWEET! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINA-MINI 4/13/2012 8:47PM

    I am in the same boat with you. I need to get back to regular workouts. I have been hit and miss.

I know you can do it!!


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JOYCEATH50 4/13/2012 7:13PM

    Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Love Joyce emoticon

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BONWIL2 4/13/2012 1:48PM

    I too am striving for consistancy. I have actually increased my time on the gazelle and also did it today and last wednesday. Exercise is my big downfall. Keep up the daily progress. One step and one day at a time. Think positive thoughts. emoticon

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LOVE2WALK1 4/13/2012 11:12AM

    excellent job! I am working on consistency myself, so I know where you are coming from. So, let's just muddle through one day at a time! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 4/12/2012 7:49PM

    Good Job!

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Trying Again

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hi everyone. After a few setbacks this winter I am finally trying to recoup and make some progress. I havent done much since my fall in the winter and after being sick all through Jan and Feb it has been rough regaining some ground.

I focused all my energies on the service in March and for the first time since my daughter was 5 I hit 35 hours. My Husband also hit 32 hours for March, his first time too. So even though I was not focusing on my health so much, I was focusing on something much more important.

At the beginning of March (just before the special Pioneer season) the pain in my body decided to reassert itself. It is like an evil entity. I told a friend of mine that if my pain was a fiddler, he was an expert player! LOL I had to break out the pain meds (which I hate) and had to take them every day for almost a whole month. Maybe the illness I had in Jan/Feb caused the extra pain? Maybe the unusual weather? Whatever the case, I saw my pain meds had expired in May of last year. That is how long it had been since I really took any. I used them anyway, they may have not been as potent, but they helped enough to get me out.

I made it through March on Prayer and the meds. Mostly prayer though. Jehovah carried me on his thermal vents, so to speak. I really enjoyed being out with the friends so much! The invitation work went well and we had many attend the memorial. I know the extra service sure helped my emotional needs. We were only able to do it cause my hubby was being sent home from work at noon every day, so instead of worrying about the bills, we decided to just go out in service. Things have been tight, but we have had everything we need. We would fill the car up with gas on Friday and when the gas ran out on about Tuesday we would just wait til Friday and fill up again. That way we were able to go out usually on Sat through Tuesday. We met with friends on Mon and Tues from 3-6 or 7. So actually him being off work so much turned into a wonderful blessing! Now things are picking up a little and he is at least getting 8 hours (thisweek) a day. I will miss the extra service with him.

Some of my best news came with a phone call last Tuesday night, two days before the Memorial. My daughter called to tell me she was reinstated at their meeting. I was so happy! During my Memorial I thought of her and was so happy that she was at her memorial in good standing and could get all the love her congregation had to share with her.

Today I finally worked out for the first time in a few months and it was tough, but felt a measure of satisfaction. I feel like I am starting over, could only do 20 minutes but I was happy I could. The pain seems (for the moment) to be subsiding.

I started taking a new supplement called Prickly Pear and I hope it will help with my inflamation issues. I have only been taking it since last Friday, but maybe it is the reason I could work out today? I hope so.

I have been trying to get more veggies and fruit into my diet and paying more attention to what I eat. When we work together, my hubby and I can throw a good salad together in 10 minutes or so. At least I didn't do too much damage in my absence, since when I weighed in today I had lost 2 pounds compared to Feburary 1st. So maybe I can just pick up where I left off and start making progress again.

I hope everyone is well and achieveing their goals. Missed you all. Love Joyce
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SUNRIZING 4/17/2012 5:19PM

    I love you Momma!!! Always remembr as long as there is life there is hope. Never give up! Also even though I'm workin and raising a family I'm still here for you! Sending you many hugs!

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CINA-MINI 4/14/2012 2:52PM

    Wonderful news on your daughter! Congratulations on your progress despite all the pain you have.

You are such a great example of putting Jehovah first and leaning on Him for support.


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BOOKWERME 4/14/2012 2:16PM

    How thrilling that your daughter was reinstated. What JOY! I am glad to see you posting even if you are/have been having a tough time. This whole system of things is a pain in one way or another, but you have made some good strides spiritually. My DH aux. last March for the very first time (we were bap. in 1975!) but we couldn't this year because of working for RBC project (65 hrs!) I KNOW Jehovah must be delighted with all your good news...and he also knows the hurdles you have had to overcome. Good Job!

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BEEBEE1936 4/14/2012 8:52AM

    Hi Joyce: Just read your blog and could identify with it so much. I haven't been on SP for a while. I sort of gave u p. I wasn't accomplishing much. And as for pain---it has been my companion for so long. I have a number of health issues, for instance, arthritis, fibromyalgia, which leaves me in pain most of the time. Also, Restless Leg Syndrome (Willis-Ekbom Disease) which helps give me more pain. I am considered sleep deprived and fall asleep driving. Now I drive very seldom. I could go on and on but iit is so boring to listen to all this.

You have done so well handling your spiritual life. which I haven't. My service suffers, I am still able to report time but very little. And I miss some meetings. Sometimes it hurts just to shower and try to get ready for the meetings. I don't seem to have whatever it takes to just go on in spite of the pain. As some are able to do. What I want to do is to serve Jehovah better than I am.

My husband is not one of JW;s but he in no way discourages me. In fact, because of my being sleep deprived he would drive me to the meetings and pick me up. It helped that we only live 2 minutes from the Hall.

I just wanted to let you know that your blog was encouraging to me. And I hope your pain lessens. Keep up the good work and may Jehovah continure to bless you.


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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/10/2012 8:42PM

    Joyce, that is awesome for your time and doing it with all your pain. Pain really does a nasty number on you. So glad you came through the month triumphant!

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I have finally lost a few pounds after the "water" incident and being sick for a month! I am so happy. It is the first time I have seen a loss since my December 1st weigh in. It was so discouraging to see it go up on January 1st. Now I lost the pounds I gained and a couple extra too.

I managed to bump my first workout today back up to 20 minutes. I feel like I can get back on track now. Thanks for all the encouragement from my spark friends.

Hopefully, my daughter will be reinstated soon and then we will be able to encourage each other also. She has lost all the weight she need to and is looking great. I only see her when she dropps off the girls which is very rare indeed. I miss her alot.

I hope all you sparkers are having a great day! Love to you all! Joyce

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CINA-MINI 2/1/2012 11:17PM

    I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. Great that you lost the weight with some of it's "friends"!

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    How awesome on both counts emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/1/2012 3:49PM

    So glad you're feeling better. And when your DD is back, you will feel great! Hope that happens soon! emoticon

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Good to be out.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I managed to get in two hours out in service. We usually have to use one service day (sometimes up to four hours) to make all of our calls each month. We hardly found anyone at home, none of mine were home, but Paul found a few.

We decided to go to Applebees for lunch before coming home and that is where I finally found one of my calls. I leave magazines with a couple of the young women who work there. Bridget was working and we got her table, so I was able to talk with her and give her the magazines for both herself and the other girl Emily.

Bridget is very sweet and talkative. She is going to have a baby boy around the time of my anniversary in May. So while talking to her, I was finally able to get her address. I want to send a card when it is closer to the time for her to have the baby and a gift card. But I hope to eventually visit her. Especially while she is on leave after having the baby. I have many hopes of eventually starting a study with her. But as we all know, people need to get to know and trust us usually before we can really teach them anything. They have to get to know we are honest and trustworthy. It made me feel good that she trusted me with her address. We have only ever talked in Applebees, when they aren't too busy.

It was very tiring being out though. After I got home I took some meds and went to bed around 2-3 pm and woke up at 2 am. So I slept about 12 hours. I decided to get up for a little while and I need to study my Watchtower this am. I also managed to fold two loads of laundry that my hubby had been working on while I slept. I feel tired but ok right now. So I decided to post about my day.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday. I hope to make it to the meeting today if I don't tire out before time to go. But I will have to make sure not to let anyone hug me yet. I surely would not want to pass on whatever this bug is I caught.

Love to all....Joyce

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/29/2012 4:18PM

    We had an awsome meeting today!

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BOOKWERME 1/29/2012 11:07AM

    So pleased for you that you found your call and made some headway...hopefully it will bear good fruitage! You sure did need the sleep afterward, didn't you? Good that you were able to do that. Hope you continue to feel better and better. emoticon

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CELEST 1/29/2012 8:48AM

    That is wonderful to hear Joyce. I went out this morning and it was 34C (93.2F) saying to my partner "I'll go for as long as I can handle the heat unless *chuckle* Jeh gives us a leafy lane to work in" Well as it turned out, we had a leafy lane to work in with 20 houses. We had another couple with us. We did all the houses on our side with no one home except the very last house IN THE SUN. We rang her bell, she answered and said "I cant believe you came out in the heat to give me your message, go ahead". We ended up having such a lovely interactive conversation, she took some literature and said we could return. Yay!

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Still not up to par.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I am still not feeling so good and am taking 2,000 mg of antibiotics a day. I have until Monday night to finish. I can still feel the infection in my left ear isn't completely gone. But I do feel better than last week, for sure.

I am gonna go out this am and try and make as many calls as I can. I will just stuff cotton in my left ear to keep out the draft! I have to get out and do something. I have only left the house once in over 2 weeks to go to the hospital to get the meds. I think I need some fresh air and to talk to a few of my calls, make sure everyone is doing ok.

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend. Stay well...Love to all...Joyce

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JOYCEATH50 1/29/2012 2:36AM

    Yes, I wanted to let everyone know I started eating yogurt the day after starting the antibiotics. I always have trouble with the antibiotics doing their job too well and have to put healthy bacteria back. But I make sure to time it about half way between doses so the calcium in the yogurt does not prevent the antibiotics from doing their work. Thanks for mentioning that. Love to all. Joyce

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/28/2012 5:50PM

    emoticon tske care.

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BOOKWERME 1/28/2012 4:08PM

    Hope things continue to improve to the point where you feel good again. Hope your calls were home and receptive today. Thinking of you. emoticon

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CELEST 1/28/2012 3:09PM

    Dont forget to eat yogurt to counteract the antibiotics. Hope you feel better soon.

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GAMOMMY3 1/28/2012 10:43AM

Hopefully it won't be much longer. Hang in there.

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