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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

So I've been talking about revamping my program/routine for months, have I done it yet? Not completely. But I'm much more inspired and aware and willing to really put in the work now than I've been in a while.

Have I worked as hard at this as I should? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Have I seen the results I want? No--not yet.

What am I doing about it? Re-reading books, SP articles, listening to books on audiobooks, etc. I'm relearning things. Clearly what I've done before hasn't gotten the results I hoped for and as such, I feel a need to really sit and look at what I've done, what's helped or worked and what hasn't.

After watching yesterday's motivational and inspirational video, I'm more "on fire" than ever.

I know what to do, know how to do most of it--it's sticking with it and really working at it that I slack off on.

I'm currently listening to and reading Dr. Phil's book on weight loss (Ultimate weight loss solution) and I think my hubby is getting me his upcoming weight loss book (I think it's called 20/20). I've realized that my issues with losing and not losing lie in what goes on in my head and may be deeper issues than I thought before. That's why I chose to go with his book first, hope it was a good call!

I'm also rereading SP articles, looking at new recipes, and trying a tip I got from one of those articles. That is hold myself accountable by making a journal entry/blog every day. It's not my nature to share a lot and I've been known to be insanely private. so public blogs are hard for me--but I'm giving it a shot.

I also started carrying a small journal in my purse so I can jot down thoughts, food intake, etc during the day.

I just read an email which gave this great healthy tip for spaghetti: Grate zucchini lengthwise and cook with onions, garlic, and a little broth until tender. Add to spaghetti pasta and serve.

Sounds yummy to me! What a great way to sneak in another veggie!

I say if at first you don't succeed, keep trying! Everything will fall into place. You will learn from your mistakes and eventually you will succeed. It's also good to realize that things aren't working and reevaluate periodically.

Oh and my big win for today----as much as I wanted a candy bar, specifically a Reese's, when I stopped for gas today---I didn't get it. I dealt with my anger at some work related stress. I'm so happy I didn't cave in to the urge to eat candy or other comfort foods.

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LESLIELENORE 12/10/2014 5:13PM

    I think we need to reevaluate periodically no matter what. I am glad you resisted the chocolate!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/10/2014 6:49AM

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Inspired, motivated and moved

Monday, December 08, 2014

I just watched the most amazing video. These things happen to me when it seems like I need to hear the message. I dare you to watch this video and not be moved or inspired:

I have some chronic pain issues and sometimes it flares up making it really difficult and painful to work out. however, I realize that I also use this as an EXCUSE to not work out far too often. Arthritic pain is painful...anyone who has it knows. But does that mean I can't work out--no. This video proved what a load of crap my excuses are.

So, I'm committed to at least my daily 10 minute workouts. Plus I'm challenging myself to work out for at least 5 minutes longer and to complete at least 1 more rep of each exercise. My ultimate goal by the end of December is to complete 30 minutes of cardio DAILY, 6 days per week, with strength training added in as well.

And in case I needed more motivation. I read a great article:

Within that article are the top 10 reasons to drop 10% of your weight right now:

10. Better blood pressure
9. Improved heart health and lower cholesterol levels
8. Decreased risk for diabetes
7. Enhanced sex life
6. A better night’s sleep for those with obstructive sleep apnea
5. Less pain associated with arthritis, joint disease, and lower back pain.
4. Better breathing
3. Decreased risk for colon and breast cancer
2. A healthier gallbladder
1. More energy

Let's do this!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/8/2014 8:28PM

    Way to go.

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LESLIELENORE 12/8/2014 6:00PM

    I am glad you are finding inspiration and motivation to move. I have some chronic pain as well, but I can't let it stop me. Exercise is good for my mental health!

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Time for changes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving!?! The holidays are officially upon us. Where did the year go?

Once again, it's time for me to reevaluate my progress and make some changes.

One thing I definitely know, I do not work out as hard or as often as I want/should. I say should because I read an article that said to lose weight I should be working out to the tune of 300 minutes, minimum, per week. I do about half that right now. It's more when I'm attending pilates regularly--but I haven't gone in about a month. Took care of that this evening--I'm scheduled for Friday after my audit. Whoohoo! And I even booked classes until December. I have a class scheduled for the 29th, hopefully, I can burn off some of that turkey.

Another thing I'm working on is mindful eating. I know I eat too fast and I am terrible at the distracted eating thing--mostly because I'm always in front of my computers. I just read a great article on Fitbie plus I'm rereading Intuitive Eating. Not only reading it--but listening to the book as well. I'm hoping the info really sinks in by reading and listening.

The article on Fitbie is a pretty good reminder to slow down and really enjoy/taste the food. They list 9 steps and of course provide much more information than I'm including (which is why I posted the link)

1. Eliminate Distractions

2. Pay Attention to Portions

3. Put Your Food on Display

4. Appreciate Your Food

5. Start Off Eating Slowly

6. Observe Your Inner Experience

7. Pretend You’re a Food Critic

8. Eat How Much You Need -- Not How Much You Think You Should

9. Try to Be Mindful Every Time You Eat

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LESLIELENORE 11/12/2014 11:30PM

    It is good to reevaluate occasionally.

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Time has flown by

Monday, September 29, 2014

I can't believe it's fall already. Time has just flown by lately. As usual for me this time of year is extremely busy with work. One thing I'm doing differently--I REFUSE to not be a priority. The only way I can keep up with work and all the other responsibilities is to carve out time for me.

I've been attending pilates classes at least 2 times per week for the last 2 months. Sometimes these are regular pilates classes and sometimes they are Lagree pilates, which is a higher paced, cardio and strength training pilates. I think the workout calculators for pilates are a bit off. They don't take into account the higher intensity classes or moves and they don't really seem like they give us enough credit for working out when we choose pilates. I break a sweat with every class. I get sore muscles nearly every class. I think the workouts I'm getting are a great strength training workout. The more resistance we use (typically I'm 2 reds and a yellow, sometimes a blue) the more we are working.

Anyway--I'm not posting a whole lot on here--but I am reading and learning and I am active. Most importantly, I am physically active. Whoohoo!

As the holidays come closer and closer, I hope to finally lose 15-20 pounds. I'm working on it all the time. And no matter what--I know that by being more physically active, I'm doing a world of good for myself.

Keep sparking everyone!


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NOLABUG79 10/1/2014 9:32AM

    Congrats on the pilates, keep it up.

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Recovering yet again

Monday, July 14, 2014

2 weeks ago, I underwent an extraction of the tooth that has been problematic for the past year. I underwent a complex root canal and had a cap placed after a complex cleaning, several rounds of antibiotics for an infection at the root level that had also entered the bone. All of these treatments failed and during the complex cleaning (use of laser treatment included), my cap came off. This was a permanent cap, so it wasn't supposed to do that. After more x-rays and much discussion, it appeared the infection had come back. It was decided the best thing to do now to heal this once and for all was to pull the tooth.

I was informed it would take about 15 minutes to pull the tooth, I'd be on antibiotics again for another couple of weeks and I'd be in some discomfort. All sounded ok to me.

I showed up for my appointment, finally ready after a year of repeated infections and problems, to get this tooth out of me. Clearly it's been causing me problems and I just wanted to be well. Now, please know that I do brush my teeth regularly, use mouth wash, floss all those good things. Somehow, this tooth just basically started dying and we don't know why.

They numbed me up pretty good that morning and explained again that it should only take about 15 minutes to extract the tooth. After 15 minutes of pulling and tugging and pushing on my jaw, the doc said, hang on we need to stop. Great, I thought...what now? At the same time, my TMJ flared up badly and I could no longer keep my jaw open. So they started massing my jaws for me and got a bite block. The doc came back in and said, this tooth will not come out as simply or easily as we thought. You appear to have 2 roots that are joined making it impossible to just wiggle the tooth out. The plan--drilling down the tooth to expose the roots so they could be cut.

After more numbing and lots of prayers on my end. The drilling began and for the next hour, I felt like I was in my own personal hell. The drilling, that high pitched squealing whine was insane. The smell of burnt tooth was disgusting. The pressure on my jaw was nearly unbearable.

1 hour and 15 minutes later, that problem tooth came out. The doctor flushed the pocket with antibiotics and said, it's out now and hopefully you'll heal with minimal problems. You will be in pain and so we'll help with that.

I thought--ok....I can handle all of this! It's over. I'm going to be well and I'm going to be healthier than I've been in the past year.

Sadly, that night as everything wore off---the pain became excrutiatingly unbearable. I was in tears. Now crying when your head already feels like it's been drilled to nothing and squeezed in a vice grip is not recommended. The pressure that builds up when you cry just added to the throbbing and pulsating pain in my jaw. My husband nearly took me to the ER.

Mercifully, I somehow passed out and was able to sleep for a couple of hours. What followed was 2 weeks of the worst nerve pain I've ever had. I have DDD in my entire spine and lots of issues with that so I'm not a stranger to pain. This facial nerve pain was the worst ever. Seriously...unbearable.

Whenever I bend over, my tooth begins to thump and throb. If I sneeze or bear down or do anything that even slightly raises my blood pressure--my tooth begins to thumb and throb.

I cannot even exercise right now. I've tried and it just makes the pain go through the roof. And there are only so many pain pills I'm willing to take. And once you realize, those pain pills aren't touching the pain---why take them?

It's been a year of hell with repeated infections and just feeling worn out. I think I hoped that after the tooth was gone, I'd somehow magically be well again and feeling great.

That hasn't been the case. I hope today, at the follow up, they can give me an idea of when this throbbing will stop.

I'm also going to try walking again today. Perhaps I'll be able to walk a short bit without the throbbing.

I know that no matter what, I'll get through everything thrown my way. I may not be achieving the results I wanted in the time line I wanted---but I'm not about to give up. I know that the pain is temporary and that I'll be able to work out again soon. I know I can eat healthy meals and at least keep the diet clean until then.

No matter what---I'll persevere.

My blog isn't about wanting or needing sympathy. Although, I'll admit the first few days after the procedure, I wanted to be babied and cuddled and I wanted my mommy like I've never wanted her before.

My blog is about reminding myself that challenges come in all sizes, shapes and in a variety of ways. My challenge this past year has been my health. And what I've realized is that unless i take charge and make changes and put my foot down on getting healthy--I will forever struggle with my weight.

It isn't about making anyone but me happy. It's about me. I've struggled, but no more than other people I know. I have pain--but it's nothing compared to what others deal with.

I'm going to do this. It's going to take longer than I wanted...but that's ok. As long as I keep moving forward, I'm happy.

Keep moving forward matter what!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/14/2014 3:32PM

    You are amazing. You can do all of this and you will be awesome on the other side.

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