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I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can....

Monday, June 27, 2011

I stepped on the scale this morning. Up again. Not so much from overeating as it is from under-exercising. My shoulder and wrist sprain are much better, as is the tendonitis. I go in tomorrow for the follow-up appointment on the sprains.

The tape measure also gave unhappy numbers but there were some surprises.

I did not eat a balanced plate today despite better intentions. Good thing I get to try again tomorrow!

My pedometer's battery is dying and I won't be able to replace that before tomorrow's walk at the VA. I'll probably use the numbers I did last time I went there plus more because of the trip to the doctor and some other errands.

Still, I end the day in an upbeat fashion and will build on the foundation tomorrow.

Thanks for the SparkGoodies, the comments and all the support!

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MYSTERY4EVER 6/27/2011 11:38PM

    Your attitude is so much better. You can weather this too. Have a good walk tomorrow.

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_LINDA 6/27/2011 9:40PM

    Glad to hear you are on the mend!! Falls can so trigger many bad things, so its nice to be on the back side of it. Mali, there is no thinking you can, only doing. Push, push, push and don't let our bodies get away with anything. Give them an inch, they will take a yard. This is the one thing I have learned. If I slack off my exercise, or take a break, I am much weaker and in more pain. I feel the difference. My exercise keeps me going. Its too easy to give up and stay in bed or on the couch. You CAN do this!!
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CARRAND 6/27/2011 9:11PM

    You CAN do it! I love your positive attitude.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/27/2011 12:56PM

    emoticonYou have the determination to push through this!

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DAWNGW 6/27/2011 10:19AM


Keep trying to do your best! I know you can, too!!


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JAKEANDNELLIE 6/27/2011 10:11AM

Stay positive!

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"Limited Duty" - a Simple Fall's Result

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I tripped at work today. It was actually at the cafe next door. There was an uncovered outlet in the floor that did not have the proper cover plate. My shoe caught an edge and I fell. My cup of coffee, my apple and my breakfast went flying. I landed on my left arm and knee, wrenching my right wrist and shoulder as I fell. I was so empbarrassed! It did not seem that bad at first, but the shoulder started hurting, my wrist was quite swollen.

HR and Facilities sent me to the workers comp clinic. What a fun way to waste several hours - not! I had so many x rays, I am surprised I don't glow! Inflammation galore! I have ice packs, a splint and anti-inflammatory and pain killer. I am to be on limited duty for a while. Not sure what that means since I spend all day in front of the computer!

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WONDEROONA 6/25/2011 4:36PM

    As we get older, we are constantly reminded that our bodies take longer to heal than they did 20 years ago. UGH!!!! And falling is one of the things I'm really glad that nothing is broken. I hope you can recover and feel better soon.

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MYSTERY4EVER 6/23/2011 10:26PM

    Oh No - that is not what you needed. Take it easy and feel better soon.

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CATLADY52 6/23/2011 4:33PM

    At least nothing was broken. 'Limited Duty' means you won't be expected to do some activities that involve lifting or carrying anything over a certain weight or size. You may find out that your body will say 'No' to some things it used to say 'Yeah! Do it!' before.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/23/2011 9:43AM

    emoticonSo sorry to read that you had a fall! Hope you heal up as quickly as possible. Lots of healthy food to encourage the body to heal. Yes, "limited duty" is an interesting one. Maybe not be able to sit at the computer as much as usual due to the inflamed swollen wrist?

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    I will be keeping you in my thoughts an prayers for a speedy recovery!


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_LINDA 6/22/2011 11:14PM

    Oh no :(( So very sorry :(( And falls are never simple and can cause great, lasting damage -just see what happened to poor Lunadragon. Still can't get over all that damage she had from a fall. Be very careful and keep this closely monitored to make sure nothing else crops up for you.. I would especially be concerned for your neck and back, sometimes those don't show themselves until later :((
Sending healing and comforting thoughts your way,
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JAKEANDNELLIE 6/22/2011 10:54PM

    Please take some time to rest and relax your body. I hope you are soon feeling better. I'm sending healthy vibes and thoughts your way!

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2KITTIES 6/22/2011 10:04PM

    Ouch! Glad nothing is broken! Feel better soon! emoticon

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All Righty Then! Time to Get to Work!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My goal this week was small and achievable. I wanted to lose half a pound and my reward for doing so was going to be a home spa day. Not only did I not meet that goal, but I set myself back pretty hard. I am now just a shade under 170!

How did this happen? I have been exercising only minimally for a while. I am still trying to get in to see my new doctor about this chronic tendonitis. In compensating for that, I have created other aches and pains. So that's one element.

I have been eating as if there is no consequence for carbs and I have not been in balance across the nutrition panel. Water has suddenly become less attactive.

I feel bloated. I feel huge. I feel unmotivated. I do care about what is happening, but seem to lack the drive to change anything.

What this means = work. Just as I don't like every task that I do during my workweek, so, too, there are things about my SP journey that I would rather not do. The bottom line is that I have no choice. I must continue to move forward, literally and figuratively. If I don't, I am asking for heart trouble, a shortened life, reduced quality of life, even less ability to move and all kinds of unhappiness. It does not matter that I hate to exercise, it does not matter that I am bored with measuring and being accountable. I must just perform.

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MYSTERY4EVER 6/20/2011 5:56PM

    Look forward and figure out what you can do to exercise. Certainly you can exercise restraint of what you put into your body. You can do this! We are here for you.

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  If you can make your exercise fun, something that you like doing, even something like dancing in your living room, it might make it easier to exercise. Also, maybe try adding a slice of lemon, lime, orange or berries to your water to make it more interesting. Hope these suggestions help. Hang in there. You can do it! And we're all here to help!

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CARRAND 6/19/2011 2:40PM

    It's not easy. Maybe instead of setting a goal to lose a certain amount of weight, you need to set a goal to do 10 minutes of exercise every day for a week, and a goal to eat at least 5 fruits and/or vegetables every day. In other words, set goals for specific behaviors rather than specific goals, because the goals should follow the behavior.

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/19/2011 2:20PM

    There is absolutely NO NEED to beat on yourself because you didn't make your goal for the week. Give yourself some credit for all the positive things you did this week. Were you perfect ? Probably not, but you don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

If you're feeling bloated, some of that weight gain is probably a result of the water retention. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day ! Is that a fat gain ? That too is nothing more than a water weight fluctuation that passes in a few days.

So, don't beat on yourself because the scale went up. It really may well be related to water retention. What to do ? You do your best to eat a little more mindfully for this week. You don't starve yourself and you don't kill yourself in the gym. You try to be kind to yourself as you would to others.

Also, don't put your body on a schedule, because you'll make yourself miserable if you don't achieve that goal. Like I said, give yourself credit for positive behaviors instead. Give yourself praise when you drink your 8 glasses of water. Give yourself praise when you take a morning walk.

Ever little bit does add up.

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MISSY455 6/19/2011 1:42PM

    Setbacks happen, it's what you do about them that counts. This blog is the first step in getting back on track. You know what you need to do, I know you can get back on track and make the progress you deserve.
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CONICONSTANCE 6/19/2011 1:01PM

  And Perform you will!!! Nice post, sorry your goal was not reached, but with this outlook it soon will be!

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SPY 2, Day 146: This Turtle Has Been Plodding (Updated)

Monday, June 13, 2011

I am back up to 167.5. There, I said it. I have been wanting to EAT, EAT, EAT and be a couch potato at the same time. Some of it is discouragement over the slowness of my progress, some of it has been depression over some unrelenting chaos in my life (!). I have also been coping with intermittent left Achilles tendonitis and, today, back pain.

Yes, I am disappointed that I weigh about what I did at the end of June last year, but....my clothes fit more loosely, albeit only slightly. I have been plodding along, walking, some strength training. Nothing consistent and not much that is aerobic, but it is still movement.

I would dearly love to lose two pounds a week, or one pound a week, or even half a pound a week (note, my order does not include plateaus! LOL!). With nearly 58 pounds to lose, wow, is that discouraging to think about. I can only focus on a much smaller number. First, that half pound! My reward for doing so will be a spa-at-home day on Saturday or Sunday: facial, wonderful shower gel, a hand-cial (facial for hands),,,

I have been superhydrating - tomorrow, I am donating blood at a Red Cross blood drive at work. Nothing more motivating for drinking water than the thought that I have the opportunity to save a life tomorrow! (I'm ignoring my needle phobia)

UPDATE: I was "deferred" by the blood bank. They could not feel the big vein in the crook of my arm, only the smaller feeder vessels. I never knew that was why it's so hard for me to have a blood test! I was crushed! I had been so excited about having the chance to possibly save a life! I wonder if it's because I have so FAT that they could not find my vein! I was more than disappointed...

I am now angry! So what did I do after that disappointment? Emotional eating, of course. It's funny in a very sad way - I brought leftovers but did not touch them. I walked to the cafe to get the free fruit and frozen yogurt. Usually they don't have a flavor I like, so it's easy to walk away. Today - chocolate! So I got a dish and filled it to the brim. I brought it back to my desk, dumped it in my cereal bowl, added some peanuts, some craisins, sliced the small banana and threw some granola on it. That was yummy and filling, but I still feel guilty for the fat free chocolate yogurt...I am right back in that emotional zone and that is a surprise...

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MYSTERY4EVER 6/18/2011 4:47PM

    You have a lot hitting you at once. Try to deal with it one step at a time. Even if you can't do your walking, there are a lot of chair exercises you can do. We are here to support you.

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WONDEROONA 6/15/2011 9:06AM

    Don't beat yourself up so much!!! GEEZ!!!! Do I have to remind you of that all the time....LOL. You can only do what you can do. You act like strength training is nothing. It may not melt away the pounds like cardio does, but it raises your metabolism to help you lose weight once you start gaining muscle.
As far as getting deffered from the blood drive, it's NOT cuz you are "too fat". I'm heavier than you are and I give blood. The first couple of times I was deferred for the same reason. But, maybe you didn't have enough water in you. Sometimes with the heat and everything, that happens. You can try again. When I first started giving blood at 18, I was deferred all the time-except that isn't what they called it back then-for low iron. I just kept going every time mom would remind me to go. Now, since mom is gone I feel it is important to try again and again. I haven't been deferred for 2 years now.
Keep your chin up. You will do this. Don't become too discouraged. We are all here for you. You will NOT fail with us watching and helping you!!!

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CARRAND 6/14/2011 8:48PM

    When I started SP I had a broken ankle and couldn't even get off the couch by myself. I counted my calories carefully and by the time I could stand on the scale again I had lost 25 pounds. Of course, not being able to get to the refrigerator by myself probably helped! I'm hoping you can get through the chaos and depression and look out for yourself. You're such a worthy person. You deserve to have the healthy body you want.


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LIBBYFITZ 6/14/2011 3:23PM

    emoticonDonating blood is a wonderful way to lift your spirits. As long as you are still trying and have the mind set to get moving when you feel better. I have been on a plateau now since last August. I find it VERY frustrating, but I know my body shape is changing so I just keep on keeping on as there is NO choice! emoticon

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_LINDA 6/14/2011 2:28PM

    Good for you donating blood! There is just one thing to look at here. In spite of all the things going on in your life, you don't weigh ANY more than you did last year. This means you aren't at least gaining everything back you lost from emotional eating! That is an accomplishment!! Not to be taken lightly! So you can't consider yourself a failure in any way. You need to solve the issues keeping you from reaching goal before it is attainable. That is, the physical ailments and the mental stress your work places you in. Until those things are more normal, the best you can do is to stem the tide. Do what you can to eat healthy, always. If you can't exercise, that is fine, you can't. Just move how ever you are able to and do it throughout the day..
Remember the one thing you always have control over is what you eat..
You can do this!!
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/13/2011 10:30PM

  the reward you want to give yourself sounds fabulous! you can do it.


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Copied from ACIMPEGGY

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

You are ( not ) allowed to use my answers ... you must use different ones!!!

Remember, you can't use the same answers as the person who sent it to you....

1. Name something you use in the shower?...luxurous shouwer gel
2. Something people hate to find on their windshield?....a flyer
3. Name something a man might buy before a date? ....breath mints

4. What is something you cook in the microwave?....my
easured leftovers

5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving?....freezer
6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? ... intelligent conversation

7. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner?....act as if he does not understand the command to stay down.
8. Name a kind of test you cannot study for?....questions from children on a car ride
9. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for?....saving a life
10. Name a phrase with the word 'home' in it?.... home is where the heart is
11. Name a sport where players lose teeth? ....boxing
12. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a good day?....treat a student unfairly
13. Name something that can brighten your day? ....Spark Community!

14. Name a bird you wouldn't want to eat? ....any raptor
15. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? ....socks
16. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? ....pencil eraser

Remember...NO copying!!

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    That is a switch on the usual chain questions, interesting!

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