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Major Swelling-No Challenge???

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Dude, my feet have been swollen for days! To the point that I can't even put on my flip flops...no shoes at all. I iced my socks, put my feet in cold water, sit with them propped up for an hour at a time (sometimes 2) and the swelling is only easing up some. I wake up and they are still swollen after being up all night. They itch and burn due to the size. It's making my days crazy.

I slightly worry due to the possible loss of water (due to my house reaching mid 80's to the 90's) and the high sodium(4 out of past 7 days) but also because at my last appointment my blood pressure was a bit on the high side. I noticed my fingers are swelling too.

These are all signs of Pregnancy Induced Hypertention also known as Preeclampsia or Toxemia.

I won't know for sure for a while (doctors on the 10th). My hospital doesn't do urine test at every visit to check for protein to detect it and they won't do testing until my blood pressure is high for 5 visits in a row. Lovely huh...

With a mild case I'll be resting tons, will have to consume less salt and increase my water.
No, in no way does this mean, "No more Rocky Challenge for Kat." and if you thought it meant, "No more kicking your Butt" then you are more delusional than I could ever be.


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MTNMAMA~K 6/4/2009 12:58PM

    I am telling you...to tell them to do the test...
you are the consumer...they work for you
I know..I am an RN...I worked at a hospital..
if you tell them..do not ask...TELL them
you are so proactive in so many ways...
be that way about your health too.....OK???
as close as you are....girl take care of U!!
& oh..thanks for the comment...appreciate it!!
Now~get them feet up in the air & cut all salt outta u r diet!
Mama says!!!!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 6/4/2009 10:59AM

    If you think you may have PIH and your care provider isn't being proactive abotu checking for it, then you need to spend some money and get soem test strips for the home. You can purchase strips from pharmacy locations, but they can be pricey. http://www.drugstore.com/products/p
rod.asp?pid=37728&catid=11645 is an example of one o the boxes you can get. I hope this is not what you fear and that you can find some way to combat this. (insert promotion of brewer diet again here!) Love you hon. Keep Eleanor safe for me! emoticon

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SHELLREED 6/4/2009 12:52AM

    take care of yourself girlie .. and people are nuts if they count you out.. heck you will kick butt from the chair with your feet in ice water.. hahah.. please take care my friend and let me know if there is anything that i can for you if your computer is down and out.. heck I owe you one or two or three.. hahaah..


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JIBBIE49 6/4/2009 12:16AM

    I had Toxemia with two of my pregnancies, but I know I had gained way to much weight. With one I had gotten up to 218# and I know I should have NEVER have done that. I spent the last six weeks in bed on my side. Not smart.

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HARMONYBLUE 6/4/2009 12:04AM

    Swollen Feet are exactly what brought me to Spark People! I know they are so annoying, not to mention worrisome because they can mean so many things. I found compression socks helped to get the swelling down initially and drastically cutting my sodium intake did the rest. Good luck!

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Day 1 of the Rocky Challenge

Monday, June 01, 2009

First off, I have to say that my Red team rocks! They are not only completely supportive of their team mates but they also are supportive of the blue team. Everywhere I turn there's Red or a Rocky quote and it's just completely motivating.

Blue team also has their stuff together. They are stepping up to the plate, tracking their workouts and they get it done and they get it done fast. I was totally blown away to see how many of them already had their challenges in. Shell has been busy contacting members individually on their sparks pages, keeping the blue team in the know.

As for me, I'm totally excited. I freaked when I couldn't get my computer up and running this morning-no way was I going to miss day 1 of the Rocky Challenge! I got my strength training in right away, did it to my Rocky play list and found that it was easy for me and at times I was doing more than what was asked on the terms of reps. This of course concerned me. "Is it too easy?" I have to say maybe yes at the start and for those more advanced but don't fret, by week 4 those 12 crunches in set one become 50...YIKES!

As for my cardio, I did one mile of walking. I attempted the intervals because I love them. The cardio on the challenge is done the same way I did it back in the days. But, now that I'm pregnant and walking instead of doing the machines, I'm finding that it's hurting me around the belly and the up the hills and slopes of my neighborhood are making me strain more than I would like. About 5 mins into the interval training, I was holding belly and in pain. I slowed down my walking and the pain eased up. I think I'm gonna have to take it easy up hill and then up the walking on the flat surface and then take it easy down hill too.

In all, I got one mile of walking in 22:34.75 I'm happy and not too happy since I was down to about 15 mins a mile (before preg) but I have to figure in that it was on flat surface and I wasn't preg and had been working at it. Tomorrow I'm gonna set a goal for the week.


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AMALIA8 6/3/2009 9:32AM

    That sounds awesome. I think it's a good idea to ease off a little bit on the hills. Especially if it's giving you pain. :) It sounds like you have a good strategy to counter it though. :) Keep up the good work.

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JIBBIE49 6/2/2009 6:51PM

    emoticonI FINALLY got on the scale this morning and it read 179.4# which is back to where I HAD been as a Sparker before I regained so much over the Holidays and my son getting sick. OMG, I am SO happy that I got it back off, but it was SO hard to do. I just know now, that I can get the rest of my pounds off and get to my goal weight!


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DMAURICE1 6/2/2009 6:16PM

    Hey Kat!! Oh man--thanks for the warning about the 50 rep sets to come....ya'll are trying to kill us!! Haha!! Take it easy on that baby, hear?? You're walking for two!! Good luck Team Red but Team Blue is gonna take this one ALL THE WAY!!!!!
My Name Is ROCKY BALBOA!!!!! emoticon

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VICIOUS421 6/2/2009 3:12AM

    LOL The Challenge Team Rocks! Well written blog, I enjoyed reading it. 50 crunches Yikes is right I had to struggle through today's work out finally put on some music I like and that seemed to help. I joined the Challenge team in part because I seem to respond better to being Challenged when I am doing something I find hard to do and the Challenges seemed fun too. I will admit this one feels harder but I am liking that it challenges me to push myself just a little harder and I really need that push sometimes.
Good luck to all the members taking the Rocky Challenge LOL I think we are going to need it!

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Rocky Balboa-An American Icon

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rocky Balboa-An American Icon

Last year on sparks I challenged 30 members to take the Rocky Challenge. I knew back then how much the challenge meant to me but I never knew that it would be the turning point for so many. Iíve brought back the challenge at the request of many of those same members who have stated that this was the challenge that got them working towards their weight loss goals. Do I believe them, yes. Rocky just screams "American Icon" and there is something about the character and the story itself that continues to move me and many others.

The story is inspirational, motivational, which is why 30 years after the original you can still find people from around the world who still don't realize that yes, Rocky is nothing but a hero drawn out of the mind of Sylvester Stallone. But not all is fictional.

Rocky is based off of the 1975 fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner. While everyone knows Ali as one of the greatest boxers of all time, many do not know the story of Chuck Wepner, the man who went the distance with one of the greatest boxers of all time. Wepner, also known as the Bayonne Bleeder due to the constant facial stitches and injuries he incurred during his bouts, would be the underdog who would fight Ali for the heavy weight title, going 15 rounds with two bloody eyes and a broken nose, knocking Ali to the ground in the 9th round and making a huge point come back before losing by TKO to Ali. It was a fight that no one expected-the Bayonne Bleeder goes the distance with the Champion.

This was the true life inspiration for young Stallone. He would later write Rocky, a movie that would continue to inspire millions across the world. Everyone in their own way is the underdog looking to go the distance which is why the story of the young Rocky Balboa from Philly, who had nothing to start with and therefore nothing to lose, continues to bring thousands to the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and to the Rocky statue that sits in the yard.

Without a trainer for most of his training, without equipment and with nothing but his own determination, Rocky Balboa climbed, step by step, to the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art leaving many of his fans in tears as they cheered him on.

It wasn't the fight, the battle for the title but his own personal battle, the one he had been fighting for that made our hearts race because, as he stood there at the top, arms in the air, we all knew that this battle won would lead to the final win at the end.

We all knew that Rocky would continue to train, would continue to fall and would continue to get back up. We knew that he knew that he was just another kid from Philly with faults of his own and for the many who watched his struggles, it was this knowledge that inspired and motivated us. It is Rocky's ability to admit to his faults and keep pushing through, to never give up and to go the distance that has made him a hero. 30 years later the story is still inspirational and motivating, and the character Rocky Balboa is still a fixture in American history- A true American Icon.


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PAULA3420 7/10/2009 8:39PM

    Thanks Kat!!
Your blog makes our Challenge personal meaning. And, I also did not know the movie was based on a real person.

Cool, Paula

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KPACE7 7/10/2009 5:36PM

    I didn't know Rocky was based on a true story. Thank you for sharing this blog.

Go Blue!!

I'm going the distance with the Blue Team!!

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AAQUWAA 7/10/2009 4:26PM

    Great blog, Go Blue!

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KOOLBREEZE113 7/10/2009 11:42AM

    Good rewind on the story

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    I never knew it was based on a real story, either. I'm not a boxing fan, but the underdog story resonates with all of us!

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LEWISCANDACE 7/10/2009 9:47AM

  Thank you Kat-that is interesting!

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PJOY17 6/16/2009 1:22PM

    Hi Kat,
great blog!
Thank you for coming over to Blue team to spark us up!
I have been on this journey of getting healthier every day for 4 years now. Every day my thought is this ' ok what are you doing today what is the plan?" I put on my crosstrainers and I go out the door, each day there is a plan, some days are better than others but they all are better than the day before I chose to take this journey , with determination.

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MTKRITTER 6/3/2009 11:21PM

    I had no idea that it was based on a real story. Very inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing!


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HYJEAN 6/3/2009 10:09PM

    Chuck is a real life inspiration. As many times as we have failed at a healthier lifestyle, he gives us hope to not give up.

Thanks for the wonderful reminder of a great individual. We need to stand on our own two feet and keep training.


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ANICKY81 6/3/2009 6:36PM

    Hey Kat,

I am really glad that you posted this. I remember seeing the Rocky movies when I was younger, my dad was a big fan but not for the same reasons as you!! I have not seen them recently and I should go rent them!! I think that all of us can somehow relate to him, and for me it is when I get down on myself because I have not eaten well or did not exercise, I need to think about Rocky Balboa and know that I can do it, just keep going!!

Hey I am Rocky Balboa!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POPTART44 6/3/2009 6:10PM

    Well Kat, I'm gonna show my age here - I saw Rocky when it first came out in the theatres in the late 70's. After all this time, I find out that it was based on a true story! It was a great movie, but I have to be honest, what I remember most was the cute guy who took me to see it! Ha-Ha!! Everytime I see your avatar, the theme song starts running through my head! Thanks for sharing the background on the movie~

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RUNGIRL4LIFE 6/3/2009 5:04PM

    Hey I have seen all the movies but I never the story behind them...that is really cool.
Tanks for the inspiration!

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 6/3/2009 11:06AM

    Wow! I had NO idea! So inspiring!!! emoticon

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TLAIR0468 6/3/2009 11:03AM

    I also didn't know Rocky was based on a true story. I'm a big fan of boxing, so I may have to see if I can find the Ali/Wepner fight..sounds like it might be worth watching.

Thanks for setting this challenge up and keeping us all motivated! You are awesome!!

Hey! My name is Rocky Balboa!!
Go RED TEAM!!! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 6/3/2009 10:20AM

    Wow, I didn't know Rocky was historical fiction or based on a true life story! And now he's motivating us to keep going, work hard to achieve our goals. Go Red Team! We can do it! emoticon

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    I didn't know that it was based on a true story either. It has been quite some time since I saw the movie and I may have only saw bits and pieces of it. I will add this to my Netflix queue.

Thanks Kat!!!


Hey, I'm Rocky Balboa!!!


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GONNABEFIT27 6/3/2009 9:23AM

    Thanks for this. I have never seen the movie...So thanks for filling us in. You know it sounds like all of us can find a way to realte to this story and pull inspiration from it. I also think I may try to rent the movie this weekend! Thanks for being our team leader you rock!

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IOWAGAL1957 6/3/2009 8:46AM

    dare i admit, i have not watched any of the rocky's?? can i still be on your team?

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MOM2AJAS 6/3/2009 8:46AM

    I had no idea Rocky was based on a true story. What an inspiration.
We all have the ability to be a Rocky. Make today count!!
Go Red team!!!
Hey, I am Rocky Balboa!

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SEEMAINE 6/3/2009 12:37AM

    I saw the first Rocky movie in the theatre! What a thrill but I've never delved deep into the meaning of the movie until recently! Thank you for bringing this true underdog hero to the forefront! ~Ann

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VICIOUS421 6/2/2009 3:19AM

    I've seen most of the Rocky movies but I had no idea it was based on a real person. Now I understand where the Rocky Challenge come from it intrigues me even more and gives me more motivation to do well in this challenge. Thanks for the inspiration!

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AMALIA8 5/31/2009 7:06AM

    Wow! I've never seen the movie though of course I've heard of Rocky before. I will have to watch it now to see if it's just as inspirational for us Canadian's LOL. :) Thanks for getting me interested in it. :)

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KATRINIA17 5/31/2009 12:51AM

    Unique...remember...that's the nice term we use when referring to me...Completely nutty, obsessive and stalker like...those we try to stay away from...At least when your on my team and I happen to be the team leader...

BR> emoticon

Or should I use this emoticon...


Hahaha- Kat

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MYSTERIOUSGRL25 5/31/2009 12:48AM


Haha when you started this Rocky stuff last year, I figured you would finish it and be done with it. LOL Oh well GO RED TEAM! GO BLUE TEAM!

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I'm dying of heat!

Friday, May 29, 2009

OMG, it's only the end of May and I'm dying of heat already. I have all window's open and 2 window fans going and it's so darn hot that even the air coming through the fans is reading 80+ degrees.

Why people in WA insist that it doesn't get hot enough to warrant air in their two story houses is beyond me.

When we moved here in June of 2005, I found myself butt nakid, spread eagle in my own salty sweat and that was at the start of that pregnancy. I can only imagine what I'll end up like at the end of this one. Most likely delusional from the heat, nude, glistening round belly standing on the edge of my 2nd story window with thoughts of flying to colder weather.

I bet instead I'll find myself a$$ up in the back yard hedges with the neighbors calling mental services as I bat off sheets and blankets that dh and the kids will be throwing on top of me in order to save what's left of my dignity.


Even that thought, the thought of a cool breeze on my bare bottom, sounds refreshing...How ill is that...

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VICIOUS421 6/2/2009 3:32AM

    I would suggest maybe buying an air conditioning window unit at least for the bed room! I grew up with AC and cannot even imagine life without it. LOL well I can imagine it but don't want to ever have to live that way again. I did one summer when I ran away from home (I was a bratty teenager) and traveled with a small carnival, it was an adventure then but most definitely would not want to do it now. LOL

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JIBBIE49 5/30/2009 8:40PM

    Monday is JUNE 1st. Yes, the first of the month and a MONDAY. The best day to begin emoticonso let's set some NEW goals and START fresh. I know we can makes some goals for the month. Just think, in 7 months it will be 2010, so Monday is a GOOD day to start. emoticon

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MOM2AJAS 5/30/2009 3:45PM

    LOL!! Kat, you are so funny! I do hope you get some relief from the heat. Congratulations on the 0 weight gain with your pregnancy. That is amazing! I put on about 60 lbs with my first & about 30 with each of the next 3.
Stay cool!!

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AMALIA8 5/30/2009 8:12AM

    I'm glad it's not that hot here yet LOL. :) I do hope that you can find some relief somewhere though. Maybe you can go shopping in an air conditioned mall? Keep cool and keep up the great work!

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Rocky Summer Challenge!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

For those who don't know, I'm opening up the Rocky challenge this summer. I did this last year on my sparks page and had so many spark friends join it was amazing. I started a team, The Challenge, and have been issuing challenges ever since then. But, many of my team leaders and spark buddies have been asking me to bring the Rocky Challenge back so I did.

It's a 4 week challenge with a few differences to it this time. Instead of a circuit it will be cardio and strength done separate. We won't be knocking people down and kicking them out unless they don't take part. And, this challenge combines the "biggest loser" aspect to it with weight tracking and team vs team fun.

One thing that stays the same... this challenge keeps moving. The cardio increases each week along with the strength training. Just when you thought it was hard enough, it gets harder. I've set this up to keep the body jumpin and droppin those pounds!

I'm totally excited about this challenge since I know that many lost so much weight (I lost 8lbs last time!).

Sign ups are still going! Join me!


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AMALIA8 5/27/2009 10:08PM

    I unfortunately will not be able to join this challenge as I'm going to be starting a June Challenge for the team I'm leading but I wish you all the best and hope that you get a lot of people to join!

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PRIDETAN 5/27/2009 4:36PM

    my first time, what is it? and how do i join? emoticon

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DODDIEBIRD 5/27/2009 3:32PM

  how do I sign up?

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PEGGYSUE264 5/27/2009 11:13AM

    I would like to join the challenge - not sure where to do that though - Katrina HELP - Where do I sign up and what do I need to do?

I'm ready!!!

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JIBBIE49 5/27/2009 2:12AM


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    Wishing you luck, the first challenge was so great and so much fun!

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