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An Odd Day

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thank you, SparkFriends, for your birthday wishes! Most of my family has been silent today.

I had a list of things to do today and did not complete all of them. What I did do was go to SportsAuthority to see about the running shoe sale. I have very short, very wide feet. That severely limits my shoe choices and, as was the case today, means the shoes I can wear are not on sale. But I found a pair of running shoes and, as I was testing them, was reminded that I dare not move without a sports bra! I found one in my size, no small feat (does that count as double entendre?!) and a pair of shorts. I am NOT happy about the shorts, but they were on sale and fit. The shorts are not what I'm unhappy about, it's seeing my legs! Don't think pants of any type will work. I am far too short and I am not about to hem something so I can run in it...As I looked at myself in the fitting room mirror, I had to remind myself that, when I see runners, fit or not so fit, I think "You go, girl!". I'm not saying anyone will say that as this turtle gets moving, but it does remind me that people are more concerned about their own lives than how I look as I continue my journey towards health and being physically fit. At the last minute, my boyfriend decided to get a pair of running shoes so we could run together! I was surprised. He'd said his knees were too bad, but then added, "You won't be running for a while. It will be more like walking fast." Hmmm.

I'm still not in balance with food, but that will change tomorrow. I don't expect the weigh in tomorrow to be wonderful. With my being below in food for 3 consecutive days, not getting my exercise in and today's surprise appearance of TOM, I don't know what to expect...

No matter what, I am not going to beat myself up about it. I'll just start a new week and I will probably do it breaking in my running gear!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/23/2010 11:18PM

    Enjoy being out there in you're new gear! you go girl! emoticon

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CARRAND 3/21/2010 7:54PM

    Congratulations on the new workout clothes. You I found after losing almost 40 pounds that my feet are not wide any more. I'm having to get new shoes because some of my old ones are too lose. I don't mind. I love shoe shopping. Good luck with the running. How nice that your boyfriend will go with you.

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LADYIRISH317 3/21/2010 12:22PM

    Sounds like you have a treasure of a boyfriend! Enjoy the new workout clothes.

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KEENTINA 3/21/2010 4:16AM

    GREAT attitude! What I've found with exercise is people are not concerned that you are larger and think that you are trying and making the effort and cheer you for it. The skinny ones are looked at and people think "No wonder she's skinny. She does that all the time." It's kind of a cutdown where recognizing the effort of a larger person is a compliment.

I also know what you mean about pants. I was telling Kat that it was one of the weird things about losing weight - my pants get longer. It becomes an issue of hemming them or buying new ones that actually fit.

Good luck with your running program!

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IXCHEL23 3/20/2010 11:15PM

    That's great you are all geared up to be ready to run! That's nice that your boyfriend said he'll join you. Yes, no matter what happens on your weigh-in there's always a new day and new week!


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JAKEANDNELLIE 3/20/2010 11:08PM

    I can't wait to hear about your running experiences! I'm sure the shorts look fine on you and I can totally relate to short, wide feet and shoe buying difficulties!
I hope you enjoyed your birthday, even with your family's silence. I can relate to that too - my sister-in-law called and apologized for forgetting my birthday earlier this month. It was hard to graciously accept her apology since her birthday is the same day, we've been family for 22 years, and I sent her a card.
Oh, well - family can be challenging!

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BABSRA302 3/20/2010 10:45PM

    Hang in there! If you don't think your weigh in will be good tomorrow then do it the next day and focus on drinking more water, exercise or getting your foods in, then weigh in the next day. I know the scale is important to give us a gage but for me it can also set me in a mood and sometimes it is better for me to put it off for a day. You know your self better than anyone so do what will bring you the most motivation. You are on the right track or you would be here!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/20/2010 10:38PM

    I can't miss your birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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My New Year's Eve

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Today was an excellent day! I am not 100% yet, but that does not matter. I didn't have a dedicated walk, but I did a lot of walking throughout the day and used the stairs at every opportunity. The fact that I got winded a little and my legs started to burn did not surprise me, but neither was I deterred.

The day is ending with me being within range for all nutrition except calcium. I have a hard time getting enough because the dairy fat scares me! I have dairy in my cereal and in my coffee, but not often elsewhere. Still striving for balance in nutrition. I was amazed how an apple threw me into "within range" when I was below before I added it to my tracker. Learning...

The medicine for shingles has to be a wonder drug, akin to sulfa drugs and the polio vaccine! I know I will be 100% on Monday.

I had lunch with a friend at KFC. She had a meal that she loves and, while it smelled good, my eyes looked at it and, internally, I was screaming "bad carbs! fat!" I had the grilled chicken caesar salad, skipped the croutons and had about half of the salad dressing packet. And a biscuit. It really sucked up a huge chunk of my nutritional allotment for the day! I think it was a good choice given where we were. Can you believe they don't have mustard? I asked about a grilled chicken sandwich, but it comes with mayo. Even in my unwise eating days, I did not like mayo!

I did a little with my free weights and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I could do 25 reps! I started with 10 and had gone to 15 before I got sick. I wasn't sure how this would go tonight and thought I would just try and see. Nice. Baby steps. I read about SparkFriends doing a LOT more than I am and I am envious, impressed and discouraged all at the same time.

I know there is a mental block in addition to the physical limitations for my exercise and I just need to find the key to break down that block! I heard a commercial yesterday from SportsAuthority saying all of their running shoes are on sale. There is one near my house. I am going to walk there (notice I didn't say "go there" which would imply driving) and see if they have something for short wide feet! I am not happy with the little bit that I've lost and I know I need to get more active. I hope my knees can handle running and I won't know until I try. My boyfriend doesn't think I can do it. He wrecked his knees through heavy weight lifting (why do guys think they must look as if their shirts will rip if they flex a muscle?) and running.

I made the mistake when I was a teen of allowing someone else's opinion influence my career decision and I have always wondered "what if?" I cannot allow his opinion to govern my fitness - my life is at stake. If I don't lose this tonnage, I face an unhealthy, unhappy and short future.

Trainer James has been booted off the SP site for violating the SP policies about offsite communications in a competitive manner. I did not fullly understand the email, but I am disappointed. I suspect there is more to the story. He has responded with a continued endorsement of SP. I am saddened because I sensed that he might be able to help me break down the mental barrier I have about exercise.

I have to write two papers this weekend but I also want to read The Spark. I set it aside and need to get back into it. It's right next to my computer, so I am reminded all the time! I want to start the 28 day thing and I would love to start that tomorrow.

Why tomorrow? Why the odd title for this blog? My personal new year starts tomorrow. Hard to believe!

I would be remiss if I didn't thank my SparkFriends for their compassion this week while I've been sick and unable to stay on plan in any way. I feel certain that my SP family's contact kept me from sliding into a journey-ending depression. I love you all and if we ever get to meet in person - hugs all around!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 3/21/2010 12:23AM

    I hope you get better really soon! I am sorry you haven't been well. Good for you for not letting someone else's opinion govern you! You never know what you can do until you try..just take small steps so as not to over do and hurt yourself. I think with your attitude you can achieve any goal you set for yourself...just remember they take time!
You will figure out what is behind your exercise "block" and you will move past it because you are determined!
Good luck on those papers and Happy New Year!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/20/2010 8:11PM

    You are such a fighter. Proud of ya ;) Cheers.


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CARRAND 3/20/2010 5:13PM

    Good for you for resisting temptation at KFC. And for not saying anything out loud to your friend! She'll come around when she's ready. I'm glad you're feeling better.


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MEGANC1988 3/20/2010 12:27PM

    Glad you're starting to feel better!

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VICD25 3/20/2010 11:23AM

    Happy New Year's!

If you want to run, you can run. I say take it one step at a time, though. I've heard a lot about the couch to 5K program. Maybe that's a place to get a start toward your goal.

Good luck to you, enjoy those new shoes!

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MUSIC66 3/20/2010 12:30AM

    hope you get better from shingles soon.

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Another Day on Hold

Thursday, March 18, 2010

As I was stepping out of the shower this morning, I remembered I sit on the same floor, only a few cubes away, from a young woman expecting twins. I called my boss in our Knoxville office and asked what he thought I should do. I don't have the shingle blisters, but I have the nerve pain and the sickness, and I am on the antiviral. Two doctors and a nurse in phone consults yesterday said I am not contagious, but my boss and I were not comfortable with risking Kelly and her babies' health. So I stayed home. I watched the two movies for school and slept a lot. I still have to write the two papers.

I'm chafing because I am afraid that I'll lose my tenuous hold on the exercise habit. I am once again way below in the nutrition, but I am feeling better. Tomorrow should be better.

Thank you, Spark Friends, for your well wishes and kind comments!

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MEGANC1988 3/19/2010 2:10PM

    Aw feel better soon! One thing that may help to keep your exercise routine up while you're feeling so sick if you're worried about it is just moving slightly. If you're completely stuck to the couch/bed - try just doing some slow hammercurls with no weight. If you can, try and go for a short (and slow) 10 minute walk, just to keep yourself moving slightly.

Feel better!

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JANLEEW 3/19/2010 12:51PM

    Staying home is a good thing! A day or two is a good time to do some simple strength exercises at home. The woman with twins may end up on bed rest for longer than a few days! Take care hope all is well soon.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 3/19/2010 12:14AM

    My mom had shingles and it was quite an ordeal. Her doctor told her to avoid all contact with the elderly and children as long as she had the blisters.
Did you get medication?

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/18/2010 11:36PM

    Is it too late to get the shingles vaccination? Is it worth it to discuss the possibility with your doctors? Just wondering. I can't even begin to imagine the pain you must go through. I have had severe back pain different times in my life where I was unable to move around at all without being racked with pain in my back.
Good that your boss encouraged you do remain at home and you made good use of your extra free time doing school work and all that.
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2BHEALTHY46 3/18/2010 10:01PM

    Oh, I feel for you!
I stayed home for a week when the docs thought I had shingles.
It was really hives, but I was covered.
Hope you will feel better very quickly.

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The 10% Experiment - Day Three (Experiment on Hold)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

For the second day in a row, I am way below on food. Nothing sounded edible. I called the advice nurse and eventually got to do a phone consult with a doctor (my primary was not available). I told the doctor that I've had shingles 3 times and that I had 2 of the 3 primary symptoms (feeling lousy, burning itch, but not the blisters). He decided to err on the side of caution and gave me a couple of prescriptions. I've had Acyclovir before and it truly is a wonder drug. That will take care of the virus. The other is something I've never had, something that will deal with the nerve end pain. I'm so glad I went! But this is playing havoc with eating and exercise.

I got something over 7,000 steps today, but, if I remember right, I need to avoid light with Acyclovir and I know for sure I'm going to want to avoid any kind of friction (clothes rubbing). Without the blisters, I am not contagious, so I'll be watching that closely.

My 10% experiment is on hold until this is over!

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CARRAND 3/18/2010 9:26PM

    Shingles is nasty for sure. Do your best to get better and don't worry about the calories for now. You can drink juice or tea with honey to stay hydrated. Hope you feel better soon.

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VXWALL1942 3/18/2010 12:14AM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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The 10% Experiment - Day Two

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Today should not count on the experiment. The only exercise I got today was hurrying from the bedroom to the facilities. I've eaten almost nothing today and only one 10 oz cup of hot tea (no caffeine in it). Later in the day, I got a headache and drank a diet soda thinking it was a caffeine headache, but it was not.

I'll probably drag into work tomorrow, but I am not looking forward to it, not for the work, but the 8 hours of still not feeling great. But I don't want to burn through my sick time this early in the year. Sigh.

On the positive side, I did not write the day off and start stuffing myself in a vain effort to feel better. I have logged in what little I did eat and, other than exercise, have gotten as many Sparkpoints as I could today. It's going to be an early night and I have the glorious opportunity of having a fresh start tomorrow! Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope everyone has fun and celebrates in such a way that no one gets hurt...

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MEGANC1988 3/17/2010 12:48PM

    Aw feel better!

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MOMGABE 3/17/2010 8:24AM

    Hope you are feeling better. Don't try to overdo. emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 3/16/2010 11:30PM

    I hope you feel better tomorrow.
I'm sending healthy thoughts your way!
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