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Happy November Sparkfriends! More updates

Thursday, November 01, 2012

November already!? Oh my! I definitely missed out on the last few days of October. We have to change the clocks this weekend!

Here is another quick update. Thank you for the support from my last few blogs. I really need it - especially since I am feeling so yucky. I will try to catch up with all of you soon!

I went to the hand Dr last Friday to get the results of my thumb tests. The Dr didn't see any tears or reasons as to why my thumb is giving me problems. She said I could keep wearing the brace, or I could get a bone fusion done. They would tie the two bones of the joint together, and they would eventually fuse together. It would take a month of recovery, and I wouldn't be able to use that joint anymore. It may not even fix the problem! So I don't know where to go from here. Sigh!

I woke up this morning feeling even worse. It is so hard to talk, and my head still hurts so much. I finally went to the Dr because I know I wasn't going to get any better on my own & got lots of meds. You know it isn't good when the Dr looks in my nasal passages and says "WOW" and then feels my neck glands and says "oh my gosh!" I have a sinus infection, throat infection & fever. The Dr said the bad headache is the sinus buildup. Yuck. At least my Drs office always gives me compliments every time I go. They say I am the happiest sick patient they get. I am friendly & still laugh even though I am in pain. They can tell I am hurting just from looking inside.

Even though I missed work Mon & Tues due to no power at work from Hurricane Sandy, I am out again tomorrow. Boo. I do need to rest and get better though. My work understands, so that is a plus.

I slept most of the afternoon, but I still woke up with another fever. I am eating some yogurt & a banana now and I will head back to bed soon! I am also trying to have a lot of liquids, even though my throat doesn't like the feeling. Oh well - I definitely need to stay hydrated!

To my teams: Even though I haven't been exercising much, I am still tracking my food. I will update my weight for the Firecrackers tomorrow. I am down another pound - go team! Sorry I haven't had a ton of time to post on the forums. Hopefully I have some more time tomorrow since I will be home all day. Mostly resting, but my back will start hurting if I am laying in bed ALL day! It will be fun re-starting my 5K training once I am better. I didn't sign up for a turkey trot yet because of everything going on. I don't know if I will now. I still have the one 5K on 12/8. I will see how long it takes for me to get better!

Have a wonderful weekend & keep Sparking!

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BKNOCK 11/8/2012 2:31PM

    emoticon Keep drinking!

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FAIRLIGHT914 11/4/2012 9:08AM

    Feel better, sweetie! Be kind to yourself!

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MCJULIEO 11/2/2012 5:59PM

    Hang in there! You know we're rooting for you!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/2/2012 5:49PM

    emoticon Take care of yourself so you can mend quickly.
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CEKNIGHT 11/2/2012 10:21AM

    Take good care of yourself. I hope you get to feeling better soon.
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ALICIALYNNE 11/2/2012 8:13AM

    Yikes, hope you feel better soon!!!!

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Glad to see you've got power back on at your place!!

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NEWNAC304 11/2/2012 6:38AM

    Feel better. Have you tried sugar free Popsicles? When I had a really bad sore throat they felt good and help keep you hydrated.

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TATTER3 11/2/2012 6:05AM

    Heal fast and keep Sparkin'!!!

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EATVEGAN 11/1/2012 11:49PM

    Hi, At least you are a happy sick person. I always feel I have to be "up" and "entertaining" at the doctor's office. It seems to run in my family. Anyway, I hope you are better soon. Maybe (just maybe now, I'm not giving advice) after you are better you might think about doing a cleanse of some sort. That is a lot of infection, and a lot of meds. I hope your thumb heals soon. God bless you. emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 11/1/2012 11:10PM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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FITBIZZZ 11/1/2012 10:28PM

    Godspeed on a healthy recovery. Sorry you're sick.

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LORIANNIE70 11/1/2012 10:23PM

    I sure hope you get better. I am so so sorry you are sick.

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Quick Update - Happy Halloween! and no power still!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween! It definitely doesn't feel like Halloween. I heard some townships are postponing trick-or-treating until next Wednesday because of so many trees down & power outages.

We lost power at home at 5pm on Monday. It is still out! We lost one tree & a lot of limbs. At least we didn't have the tree branches hit our house/fence/anything! I am not sure when we will get power again. I feel bad because my parents had to throw out a lot of food already. We don't have a generator at home. My Mom works from home, so she can't do that either! It was weird driving through town last night with no street lights & most of the traffic lights were out too! It is definitely dark in my county! Everyone at work still has no power except one lucky person who didn't lose it at all!

I am back at work today, although we didn't get internet until 30 minutes ago. At least I have some work to do now that the web is back up! I just wanted to get a quick update in! I won't really get a chance to read other blogs or status updates until tomorrow probably. Hopefully everyone is doing well!

Sorry to my teams - I haven't had the chance to update much because I had no internet& no phone! I will try to update when I can. I haven't exercised too much because of the sickness and how cold it has been in the house with no heat!

The wedding was pretty good over the weekend. I got sad during some spots, and I was sick - but I still managed to have a good time. I am still sick today. I keep clearing my throat & losing my voice. Yuck! I posted one pic of me & my parents from the wedding.

Hopefully everyone is doing well who is affected by Hurricane Sandy!

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EATVEGAN 10/31/2012 10:06PM

    Hope you have power soon. Are the stores able to keep their food cold?

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LIVINGFREE19 10/31/2012 9:44PM

    Sorry to hear about your power being out.
I hope it gets restored soon.
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JAXMOMMY 10/31/2012 7:35PM

    I don't remember where you live! Anyhow, thanks for checking in! Hang in there! Do stay warm and take care of yourself with being sick. It was a horrible storm! Glad you are OK and that you enjoyed the wedding despite everything! Happy Halloween my friend! Take it easy!

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2HAMSDIET 10/31/2012 5:08PM

    You are quite the beauty! Love your dress. Sorry about losing your power and hope it is back on soon.

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BRENDABUNNY 10/31/2012 4:12PM

    Hope they get it up and going soon and this is a wonderful family picture emoticon

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FRAN0426 10/31/2012 3:56PM

    So sorry for all on the east coast dealing with this tragic weather. Hope you have electricity back real soon, but since you are withot phone or internet your teams will be undestanding and waiting to hear from you when they work once again. A very lovely picture of the three of you.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/31/2012 2:14PM

    I'm glad you're okay and that you had minimal damage. I hope your power gets restored soon. That's a great picture of you!

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BCARSON11 10/31/2012 2:07PM

    Sorry for your hurricane problems. We got it with Irene last year. We were able to keep our food ok by buying dry ice. It lasts pretty long. You just had to get to the store when they got a shipment because it sold out fast!

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NEWNAC304 10/31/2012 1:29PM

    I'm sorry you're without power but glad to hear you're okay. Feel better soon.

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ALICIALYNNE 10/31/2012 1:23PM

    Yikes! Hope the power comes back soon!

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SABLENESS 10/31/2012 1:06PM

    You look great! Stay warm and well. emoticon

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FITBIZZZ 10/31/2012 1:02PM

    Ugh, I feel your pain. We had some tornadoes come through 2 springs ago and we were out of power for 9 days. Stay strong, and keep warm and dry!.

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Running Groups - do they exist? Any advice?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Some of my Co-workers know I run 5Ks. They ask about it semi-frequently & asked if I train with a group. I just run by myself. They keep asking if I joined a running group yet. My Mom also has suggested I find a group of people to run with....Does this exist?

I will do some research, but I am curious about this now. Does anyone happen to know if there are groups like this? How do they work? How can I find one?

Well, I don't really know if I want to join a new group. When I do exercise, I try to stick to my plan... but I wouldn't want to disappoint a group if I couldn't make it one day. I guess I will look into it & see if I find anything. I have one person I train with sometimes, but he doesn't do the 5K runs or anything like that. Plus, he only goes sometimes when I ask. He doesn't ever suggest it, so I don't get the extra push to train harder/more often.

Speaking of groups and getting to know people... I always had a tough time keeping friends. Who knows why. I think that is part of why I don't really want to look for a GROUP. I am a great listener, and I try to be a good friend. I am silly at times, but maybe that puts people off? Who knows? Oh well - it doesn't really matter. I am trying to embrace how I am instead of complaining and trying to change things I am not too worried about. Over the years I gained and lost many friends. I still have a select few people who are really awesome. Even if we don't get to talk all the time, I know they are there for me! I am not really looking for new friends. I don't go to bars.. I am 27 and single. I like board games, movies, music, and cute things haha. It isn't like I have a ton to talk about with married people who have children! If someone asked what the hi-light of my night was last night.. it would have been spending 30 minutes in a pet store looking at all of the cats, dogs, mousies, ferrets, and bunnies! =)

Oh well - I am definitely off topic with all of that jazz! On another note, hopefully I decide soon which 5K to do! Eep! Zumba tomorrow night! Woohoo!

Have a wonderful rest of the week! My weekend is coming & will be here so soon! My cousin is getting married on Saturday. I still have funky feelings about weddings (because I was supposed to get married on the 13th and I didn't). BUT I won't let that stop me from having a nice time. Hard situations happen all the time - how I act and react is the most important part. Life will always have crazy times!

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RACEWELLWON 10/26/2012 9:54AM

    I am sure that there are plenty of groups by you that you can get involved with if you choose. No hurry , in your time - I would choose the pet store over a bar. Just not my thing. I think you are very brave for sharing the wedding with us , and that must be very difficult. Sometimes we just have to move forward and attending your cousins wedding although may seem awkward now but, I believe later in life you will realize it was a good thing you attended with no regrets. Still need to hook up with you - I have been very busy taking care of my dad and DH has to have another open heart surgery - do not know when - will keep you posted- Hugs

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BISCO_ 10/26/2012 1:44AM

    Can't add to any info on running groups.. but can say I know where you're coming from with the rest - single, never married, no kids... and when I was your age - I didn't seem to "fit" with others my age because I wasn't married with kids... so I kinda know... But you got it!! Keep striving for who you are.......

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HERE2BME 10/25/2012 4:01PM

  I am married with children and even I don't want to hear about everyones families all the time. Mine is the most interesting (hahahaha). I keep few friends, but they are friends for life. No we don't talk everyday, not even every month some times, but they are there when it counts and vise versa! Keep being you, you derserve it!

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2HAMSDIET 10/25/2012 10:28AM

    I am married with kids and grand kids and one day one of my single friends said she was so thankful that I don't talk all the time about them. I never thought about it but I guess I do talk about lots of other things with her. So don't give up the right friend is some where out there.

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USMAWIFE 10/25/2012 9:40AM

    If you can't find them any other way, contact the groups who set up the big races in your area and they will refer you to all them. also look on meet dot com where you can find teams in your area

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TATTER3 10/25/2012 6:50AM

    Several of my co-workers run marathons..not a club..but all go together and have a blast.

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KAPELAKIN 10/24/2012 9:55PM

    Here we have Boise Run/Walk, which is more of a training club, with a coach. I am thinking about joining their marathon group in January, and it's very reasonable. $55 for the 5-month marathon program. They do 5k, 10k and half marathon programs too. Maybe there is a Run/Walk club near you?

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SHRINK_U 10/24/2012 8:27PM

    I don't have any information on running groups but I see that others have given you some great info! I have never been big on bars and I love movies, music, board games.. etc .. :) Have a nice time at the wedding.


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JAXMOMMY 10/24/2012 7:34PM

    AS others mentioned, check with your local running or sports store. A group can help motivate you like you said..... But, try to step away from the mentality of letting them down and think of missing a run as letting yourself down! I think, in what I've read from you that you may give too much of yourself! Good luck with whatever you decide about running with a group! Whatever you do, you will rock it!

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LIVINGFREE19 10/24/2012 4:42PM

    Sorry, I wish I could be of help, but you don't need my help. You have gotten lots of information from the other posters ahead of me. How awesome. I hope you find a group.

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PEPPYPATTI 10/24/2012 4:38PM

    Yes life will always have crazy times. But there are the good times too. Love your attitude!
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KIMPY225 10/24/2012 4:23PM

    Wow thank you for all of the responses so far! I will definitely look into it. I can't think of any Running Stores around here, so I will look into that too. I didn't mean to rip on Married Couples - I just had some Blah experience lately with new people "bragging" about their family. I know most people aren't like this - it just really bugged me! I am getting over it now. =)

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KBARRY23 10/24/2012 3:26PM

    I joined my local community running club (Evanston, IL) and it was $25 for the year. Honestly, I prefer to run mostly by myself or with 1 other person. I joined when I decided to train for a marathon, so I had them as a back up on my long runs (so I wasn't along). I've only run with them twice since the beginning of summer, but it's nice to have the option to run with a group of people. They have plenty of evening, morning and weekend runs. Good luck!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/24/2012 3:21PM

    I was in a running group for a little while, and it was AWESOME! I had to stop due to job craziness, and then they changed locations to over a half hour away (NOT willing to do that, since they met at like 7 a.m.). We ran around a small lake, in small groups of 2s or 3s. Basically, you went to the start of the session and told everyone how fast you are, how far you can go by yourself... and people who were similar to you came up and started chatting with you. It was organized by a church group, but they didn't care that I didn't go to their church. They invited me to go, I said "no thanks, we're catholic" and life moved on. Some were really slow like myself and only ran a couple miles; others were much faster who would run around the 7 mile lake.
I ran MUCH further with them than I did on my own. Now I can't find a group like that close enough to my house. I'd join it in a heartbeat if I found one.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/24/2012 3:18PM

    Here ya go:


Also check out your local running store, as they usually have lots of good information about groups, or may even have their own group runs.

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FITBIZZZ 10/24/2012 2:53PM

    Give married people with or without kids a chance. There's plenty to talk about. When I'm with friends (variety of married, single, divorced, etc), we talk a little about the husband and kids but that's a very small percentage of topics. is a great way to meet other people for any activities from running, hiking, to drinking beer. You can even start your own group there. Most friends happen in seasons. Don't fret whether it's "you." It's not. Hardly anything in this life is personal.

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CANES4EVER63 10/24/2012 2:52PM

    Does your city/town have a prominent running store? I recently found one in my area (where I got fitted for new running shoes!) and they have running groups/training programs that you can sign up for. You can also try googling "running groups in _____" (city/town). Maybe there is something on craigs list (sketch, I know). Or your neighborhood might have something if they have a group somewhere (my apartment complex just created an online community and one of the interests is "fitness". I can communicate with all those people and ask if they know of or want to create a running group). I hope these ideas help!

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Which 5K race to do for Turkey Day?!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Tuesday!

I never thought I would be troubled on which 5K to do! I decided I want to do one around Thanksgiving - either the Sat before, on turkey day, or the Saturday after. I have been throwing around the Turkey Trot in my head for months now. I finally decided today - I WILL BE DOING ONE! WOOHOO! =)

There are three races 20 minutes from me which are actually on Thanksgiving. One is at a YMCA closer to Philadelphia. Their website has a lot of information, and it seems like it will be a pretty big race. It goes through a neighborhood which may be a bit city like and it ends on a track. The other two seem smaller. There isn't a lot of information about those two. They both don't have a separate website dedicated to the cause. I wanted to read up more about what the money will be going towards. One is for a local sports team. The other doesn't really say, so I emailed the coordinator to get a better idea about what the cause is. Hopefully I get a response so I can decide soon!

I think would rather run in a park, but I don't know! All I know is I want to decide soon! I think I am a little scared to do the HUGE race - I feel like I would be lost in the crowd. If I start wearing headphones, I don't think the other people would bother me as much.. I will decide soon. I asked my Mom, and she said I should pick the closest one haha.

I didn't do Zumba last night & didn't feel like jogging either because of my ears & throat still being sore. I almost didn't work out at all - but then I changed my mind and wanted to get in 60 minutes. I spent the hour watching & doing different Spark workout videos. I got some ab work, legs, butt, hips & thigh work in. It felt good to do that before bed.

This is a long week for me at work. I am working through lunches Mon-Thurs this week because I have to leave early on Friday for my hand specialist appt. I get the result of the 3 tests Friday afternoon. Hopefully the specialist figures out what is wrong with my thumb! Work is slow this week, so working through lunch makes it even slllllllower. I am not complaining though, because I know it will pick up again in a few months! I am using my spare time to look up 5K races & other research!

Hopefully everyone has a good rest of the day! Keep Sparking!!!!!

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CAMELSAMBA 11/7/2012 1:05PM

    We don't know each other but I was reading your blog posts b/c of the one that was featured in the emails...

My thoughts on race size: if you like having other people around to help you keep up a pace, or to motivate yourself (e.g. "i'm going to pass that red shirt" or "i'm going to keep that pink hat in view"), it helps to be in a bigger race. In the smaller ones, the pack tends to thin out more quickly. I usually don't run with a friend, but I've found that I like having other people around.

Enjoy whatever race you ended up choosing! My whole family is going to be in a 5K this weekend, but they'll all leave me in the dust...

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RACEWELLWON 10/26/2012 9:43AM

    Hmmm - I picked the one that had the best T-shirt - I know its sounds silly but , for me its my first real 5k and its close to my parents house. So I will get turkey in the oven then head over to the race. Keep us posted - Hot water , lemon , honey and pinch of cayenne pepper should do the trick . Hugs emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 10/24/2012 7:39PM

    Whatever you choose you will do great and love it! Maybe Thanksgiving is a time to step out of your comfort zone? Give thanks for the problem of deciding which 5K to do! Hope you get some answers on Friday!

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FAIRLIGHT914 10/24/2012 10:44AM

    Wow! You and Patti really inspire me to want to run again! I love it...although my run is quite slow. My doctor has encouraged me to walk for awhile, something about burning fat rather than carb stores...ever heard of that before?I am giving it a whirl! We'll see....

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/24/2012 7:52AM

    One of the things I enjoy about the Turkey Trot I do is the larger size...not huge, like the one in Buffalo, where my family is--that race is limited to 12,500 runners...yikes! The one I'm doing in the city of Saratoga Springs, is around 2,000 people. And it starts in the city, which is really pretty cool, and then winds through the campus of a local university. And it benefits a fund in memory of a little boy who died in 2001. I always consider the cause of a race before I sign up--it has to be a good cause.

Good for you for deciding to do one. I know you'll have so much fun! And the upside of running the race on Thanksgiving Day is no guilt about having a slice of pie for dessert! emoticon

What's going on with your thumb? I have thumb problems too, with both thumbs. I need surgery, but I'm putting it off until I can't stand it anymore.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/23/2012 11:17PM

    Wow. You are really committed to your running. I am impressed with your dedication and diligence. emoticon emoticon
Look forward to hearing which race you choose. Of course, I look forward to another post race photo.
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BRENDABUNNY 10/23/2012 8:54PM

    I agree whatever race you choose you will give it your best! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/23/2012 5:16PM

    That is great to be able to pick which one you want to go to. I never hear of them until after the fact. How do you find out about them?

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KAI_ZEN 10/23/2012 3:04PM

    "I never thought I would be troubled on which 5K to do!"

I love this! It's the NEW YOU!

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SHRINK_U 10/23/2012 1:48PM

    I bet you will have fun at any race you choose :)


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LYNSEY723 10/23/2012 12:48PM

    Can't wait to hear which race you choose! Good luck with your research!

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DABLUECAT 10/23/2012 12:26PM

    What ever race you choose I'm sure you'll be great!
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Zumba Shoes, Renn Faire & some Outlook Changes

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a Spark-tacular weekend! I finally found a mesasuring tape & measured my body!

Unfortunately the Zumba Shoes I bought are a size too big. My feet kept sliding around in them. So I need to mail them back. I didn't decide yet if I want the same pair in a size smaller, or if I want to keep looking. So for now, I have to use my walking shoes again for classes! I am also still debating if I want to do Zumba twice a week or not. All of the classes are drop-in at the place I go to, so if I can't make it I won't lose any money. I could just find a video to do at home, but I haven't found one yet. I don't have a TV in the area I hang out in most of the time, so I would have to watch it on my computer screen or go upstairs to the living room with my parents. I need to stop putting off this decision so I can workout more!

I could do Zumba and/or Yoga at the Y if I join. I have to pay for a year program Membership. Then I would have to pay for each 8 week class. If I can't make it to the classes, too bad! I missed out. I wouldn't sign up until tax season anyway so.. I have some time to figure that part out.

I did a lot of walking this weekend. I went to a hayride last night & walked around Walmart a lot before that. I went to the Renn Faire, and I walked a lot! I saw a few shoes, but it was nice to walk around the whole faire without feeling rushed. Yesterday, I went to a local art fair. It was really refreshing to be outside for that as well. Seeing all of the amazing art made me want to draw and take photos again. So I busted out my old drawing bag & my camera. I went to Walmart last night to get the CR2 batteries for the 35mm camera. They were expensive! but hey - everything is expensive now so.. oh well.

So I lost 2 lbs so far in this fall challenge. I don't know how well I will do for the final weigh-in. I do want to do the best I can - but if I don't make it I know I won't be disappointed in myself. I have so much going on OUTSIDE of my healthy journey. There are so many changes I am making in my life outside of Spark. It is definitely tough, but I am doing the best I can right now. It is difficult for me to be single even though I feel it is the best for me right now. I have my family and a few friends supporting me, but it is still tough doing certain things on my own.

I did slack off a bit over the weekend with my calories - I went over 200 calories on Sat & Sun. But I am not upset. I still made some healthy choices. Unfortunately, I ate a bit too much one day and the other day I had hot apple cider. It was definitely worth it & hopefully I will still be the same weight or a bit less for the weigh-in this week. If I gained, then I know why! I am hoping I can keep pushing my exercise a bit harder this week. I feel a little bit sick - my ears and throat have been hurting me since Friday night. They don't feel any worse or better. I keep drinking a lot of water and tea. I hope to flush this out before it gets me really sick. I can still smell and breathe normally - so I am trying to enjoy that while I can! My cousin's wedding is this weekend, and I don't want to be blowing my nose because of a sinus infection!

I am starting to see myself differently yet again. When I make healthy choices in my diet, I feel better about myself instead of feeling stressed. If I don't feel like I ate enough in a meal - I analyze what about it could make me still hungry. Did I have enough veggies? Did I not eat enough earlier in the day? I try not to be upset & discouraged when I go to a restaurant that doesn't have a lot of healthy choices. The other day I went to a tavern famous for their roast beef. Obviously it wasn't my choice, but I didn't want to mope about it and make a big scene. I just joked around saying I would eat three roast beef sandwiches, two orders of fries, and six beers. There was nothing on the menu "I could have" except for the house salad. Instead of pouting, I just told myself I would eat something else when I got home. That is what I did!

Sometimes I wish I didn't have the gall-bladder-gone issues. I wish I could just go over calories sometimes. I wish I could have bacon, soup, red meat, fried foods, etc without it causing problems with my stomach. I see other people say "I ate a doughnut, and I am ok with it." I wish I could do that. If I ate a doughnut I would not be ok with it! Not because of the fat/calories... but because my stomach would hate me for eating that. I am still trying to be OK with my diet restrictions. For all I know, I will have to restrict my diet forever. Instead of being super upset about it, I am trying to embrace it. Many people in my real life don't understand why I say NO to cake and egg salad and pancakes. I don't say No because eating too much of that could make me fat. I say no because the rest of the day will cause me actual stomach pain!

I am still learning ME. Hopefully one day I will be more comfortable with all of my body quirks. Everyone has them - it has been a little under a year since I had my gall bladder out. Although I am still not 100% ok with my diet restrictions, in time it will get better for me. As long as I don't let it bother me, I will feel better about it!

Instead of looking at the negative aspects all of the time, I try to remind myself of the things I have accomplished so far.

-I am learning more about myself everyday
-I am a stronger person mentally & emotionally
-I am becoming a more Fit person
-I am dedicated to my weight loss journey
-I have lost 81 lbs so far and I will lose more
-I have support in many ways
-I am a happy, healthier 27 year old
-I will be at a healthy weight sooner than I know it
-I ran two 5K so far
-I am a generous, caring person

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! Let me know if you need any help or support. Hopefully I can give you some!

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/23/2012 1:49PM

    There are also Zumba games for the Nintendo Wii (and it might be for other consoles too). I have the first one, but I have to say, the intensity of that game does not compare to the actual classes. I feel like I work 300 times harder in the class for some reason. Plus, my instructor mixes up the dances each time, whereas the video/game is the same thing.

You must have some pretty severe restrictions from having your gallbladder removed. I had mine removed a few years ago, but my surgeon never really suggested any diet restrictions other than to avoid super-fatty and spicy foods whenever possible. I do have a lot of restrictions with PCOS though and my body loves to remind me when I've overdone it on empty carbs again. One night of extra carbs and sugar can make me tired, run down, irritable, and lazy. It's almost like a hangover. And I know I'll likely have to monitor that for the rest of my life. My mother just rolls her eyes when I refuse bread or potatoes with a meal because she just doesn't get it. It stinks, but just think of how much better you feel when you eat the better foods and let that help you. There are days I want something "bready" so bad but I can usually avoid it when I consider the cost financially and how I'm going to feel afterwards.

The single thing is tough. I'm in a relationship, but we live so far apart from each other that I really am on my own in terms of making any big decisions during the week, working on the house, etc. There are days where it stinks and I get stressed, down, overwhelmed, and really wish I had someone else around to shoulder some of it. But learning how to take life on your own is a skill that so few people really learn, and I know I am happier for it. I was very dependent until my last divorce, and while B and I are supportive of each other, I also know it's my life, my decisions, and the only thing stopping me from achieving my goals are my own choices.

Hope you are having a good week too!

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RACEWELLWON 10/23/2012 9:56AM

    Well , sounds to me like you have a healthy outlook on the situation- glad you took out your drawing utensils - creating is such a great release of energy to good use. SO , you went over a little , no problem - actually apple cider is probably one of the better choices you could have picked for your intestines. (Really) confirmed by Ty Bollinger - writer - Thinking Outside The Box - I understand that Gallbladder Diet is strick regiment ,same over here for kidneys but , like you said its better than being in pain everyday- Do they have a pool at the Y ? Water Aerobic -you'd be surprised how much you lose ! Hugs - Off to the Doctor today ? Keep your fingers crossed !

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LYNSEY723 10/22/2012 3:11PM

    Great blog!! Awesome reflections. You are doing great - and you will continue to do so!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/22/2012 1:42PM

    Great blog!

As someone with IBS, I know what you mean about your stomach hating you if you eat something it really doesn't want you to! emoticon

Good luck figuring out what your workouts will be. Any idea if the Y there does an income-based sliding scale? All the ones here do; maybe that is something to look into.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/22/2012 1:29PM

    Zuma Zumba Zumba have a dancing fun time Kimpy!!!


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