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Today I'm feeling sorry for myself...

Friday, December 17, 2010

I had laser surgery yesterday, inside my mouth, right inside my lower lip, left and right. My entire inner lip is burned and very uncomfortable to say the least.
It was semi-okay yesterday but overnight it swelled up like a balloon. I can't eat, I drool when I drink, and I look like a freak. Lovely!

Okay, happy Friday to everyone. I'm off to work and hoping that the discomfort will subside a bit during the course of the day.

emoticon I will do this again soon...

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/23/2010 11:31AM

    I'm sorry I missed this. Did you take pictures? I mean, we can probably laugh at this now, right? emoticon

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MARLINDA5 12/22/2010 12:34AM

    I hope you are feeling better.

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FRAN0426 12/18/2010 12:47AM

    Did you try putting ice on the swelling Kricket? Sure hoping the swelling goes down soon and your feeling better each and every day.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 12/18/2010 12:05AM

    I really hope you are better in time to enjoy a good Christmas dinner. I hate to see anyone feeling poorly at this time of year.

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MALEXANDER4 12/17/2010 10:13PM

    I sure hope you weren't drooling while at work. Oh what a visual you have given to me. lol. Think of the great weigh in this week. lol. I hope you feel better soon.

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SPARKINGINMASS 12/17/2010 9:25PM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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HAZEL1983 12/17/2010 9:08PM

    Hope you are feeling better emoticon

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JULABELLE 12/17/2010 4:41PM

    Ouch! I hope you feel better very soon. so sorry that you have to do it again!! Make the most of it though, and drool away!

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IUHRYTR 12/17/2010 4:18PM

    It's too bad that so many procedures that are done to make us feel better actually make us feel worse first. Hope things improve quickly for you. -- Lou

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MYSTERYROSE74 12/17/2010 3:27PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon! It's OK to have a pity party every now and then. I hope the swelling goes down soon. I'm sure you'll be back to normal again very soon. emoticon In the meantime, take care of yourself. emoticon

Terrie emoticon

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KNITTABLES 12/17/2010 2:36PM

    I hope your feel better soon, emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 12/17/2010 1:04PM

    Oh, dear, that does NOT sound like fun!! I hope you feel better soon and wish you a rapid and complete recovery!!


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SPARKPIXIE 12/17/2010 11:51AM

    I hope the swelling goes down soon! emoticon

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ANGELICA254 12/17/2010 11:34AM

    Ach du armer Schelm! emoticon WŁnsche dir recht baldige gute Besserung! emoticon

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I'm in trouble now...

Monday, December 13, 2010

I've been in a snag with my workout program for a while now.

My aerobics class, which I've been doing for years, has gotten really boring. I can do the moves in my sleep and while it is a good hard workout, there is no more progress to be gained by taking this class exclusively.

I started doing yoga a couple of weeks ago, and I really like it. While this is not a hard physical workout, it greatly contributes to my well being, and helps me relieve tense muscles as well as tense thoughts.

Strength training is largely missing, and I've been trying to figure out for a while now, how I could best integrate strength training into my program and into my life. Problem is that I don't do well working out at home by myself.

So yesterday a lightbulb finally came on. I do have a gym membership at Bally's. It's paid for and since the monthly fees now are so low, I just kept it over the years - just in case. Probably haven't been there in six years.

Well I decided to check it out and met with a personal trainer today.
I like what they have to offer and I signed on for 24 training sessions. I'll meet with my trainer twice a week for a 60-minute workout, plus I will take some of their classes (they offer abs, step and spin classes, and I've never done either). Plus I will be utilizing their pool. Since I don't own a bathing suit currently and generally hate water this will be a stretch, but I am determined to do some lap swimming.

What convinced me that I really need to get into strength training NOW is the fact that, even though my weight is fine (I am 5'5" and I currently weigh in at 130 lbs), my body fat is at 27%, which is way too high. (Oh and for those who are wondering if the scales that measure body fat can be trusted - my scale put me at 27% and so did the test at Bally's.)

So here it is, my new workout program for the next 3 months.
My goal: Get body fat down to 20%. I'm not attaching any weight goal to this, since this might be counter productive.

My first full session is tomorrow afternoon. I will report back.

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KRICHA 12/31/2010 2:20PM


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KNITTABLES 12/16/2010 2:11AM

    That's great, emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 12/14/2010 9:01AM

    Great goals and plan. Variety is the key!!! You can do it!!!

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/14/2010 7:55AM

    Great idea. I'm always on about ST because I made the mistake of forgoing it and still regret it. Let us know how it goes with the trainer!

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ELYMWX 12/14/2010 1:45AM

    Good luck!

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SPARKINGINMASS 12/13/2010 11:28PM

    emoticon Sounds like a good plan!!

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FRAN0426 12/13/2010 11:26PM

    Good schedule, hope it works out to your liking. When I went to the gym today I walked past the pool and thought---no way right now; with temps running around 0 or below I'm not getting into the pool. Maybe when we go to Ks. for Christmas I'll feel more like some pool exercise.

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PONYFARMER 12/13/2010 10:50PM

    This is a great plan!

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FABN50S 12/13/2010 10:43PM

    Wow this sounds great. You will acheive your goals at this rate!

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LALASLAND 12/13/2010 10:37PM

    Great that you're staying on top of your health like this! I do the strength training a lot more than the yoga; I wish I could get a better balance, too! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 12/13/2010 10:32PM

    Good initiative and determination. Best of success to you. emoticon -- Lou

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Yay, the US will have a new diet drug soon

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ladies & Gentlemen:

Here we go again. Being fat is now officially a disease.

Maybe someday, somebody will find a way to cure the lack of common sense that keeps spreading like wildfire. Hmm, must be a virus; maybe antibiotics will help here.

Go Big Pharma! The almighty Dollar rules! Ultimately, greed will kill us all.

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BOVEY63 12/9/2010 1:12PM

    I heard about this on Good Morning America and Dr. Besser didn't sound overly impressed - little weight loss and some scary side effects. I'll keep doing the SP way - besides this way I get the side effect of some wonderful friends too!
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MOTIVATED-ME 12/9/2010 9:38AM

    "Study data showed a slight increase blood pressure and pulse rates for Contrave patients versus those given a placebo.

The pill met FDA effectiveness guidelines, in that at least 35 percent of patients studied lost at least 5 percent of their weight."

What is the point or risking heart trouble for a 35% chance of losing 5% of your weight??

This doesn't even qualify as a shortcut, unless its a shortcut to an early grave.

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MOTIVATED-ME 12/9/2010 9:30AM

    No thanks - I'll take the slow and steady route. No shortcuts for me.

When will tell us what the side effects are???????

The side effects are worse than the weight problem!!

All these diet products that come with a warning that they are "only effective as part of a calorie controlled diet"

If we were all on "calorie controlled diets" we would have a weight problem in the first place!!

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FRAN0426 12/9/2010 12:40AM

    Now theres a whole new set of problems waiting to begin when that happens. How long will it take to find out all the damage it will be causing those who decide to think that this is what they have been waiting for( an answer to their problems with weight--- NOT.

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    Ahh ... they'll make a drug to fix that!

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GRACEFULIFE 12/8/2010 6:40PM

    Yay, pop a pill to cure your problems, just like everything else.

And they wonder why there's a "drug problem"??

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KNITTABLES 12/8/2010 3:49PM

    There are no quick fixes and easy fixes. It takes time and determination to win the fight of weight loss. I will be sticking with the sparks plan. emoticon

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OKBRIAN 12/8/2010 12:08PM

    Soon there will be drive thru diet stores and pay per diet channels. Instant gratification does not work with your health, unless you instant gratifying yourself with fruits and veggies.

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IUHRYTR 12/8/2010 11:38AM

    A person does not become an accomplished pianist, doctor, bodybuilder, swimmer, carpenter or anything else overnight. There are no quick fixes! -- Lou

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LALASLAND 12/8/2010 9:23AM

    Wow. I'll never take another diet pill. I have found that living the lifestyle that SparkPeople promotes, I'll never NEED a diet pill! My body loves living healthy, and that's all I need! emoticon

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 12/8/2010 8:24AM

    This is typical of a major problems with the U.S.A. Our government and non-government policy makers, bosses, even teachers and parents, are more concerned with finding a quick and easy "fix" for our problems than they are with PREVENTION. Until the great majority of people in the U.S. start taking prevention (of health issues, but also crime, school drop-out rates, national and personal debt, of environmental problems, etc...) seriously, we will continue to be a nation that is desperately struggling to remain number one, and slowly but surely failing.

Here's a healthy way to "fix" the nation's obesity problem. We can prevent our children from becoming obese by educating them well. By cutting out the fats and sugars in their diets (which would include making laws that regulate how much fat and sugar could be in the foods at restaurants and in frozen and other "quick" meal foods). By promoting regular exercise (more exercise in schools, more work-related exercise incentives, like free gym memberships). By banning commercials and other advertising of unhealthy foods toward children (yes, that should include toys in the Happy Meals, unless the Happy Meals conform to healthy food guidelines). But it's up to us adults to change the way we think and act regarding food and exercise, otherwise our children will fall into the same unhealthy habits.

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JULABELLE 12/8/2010 7:57AM

    It is so disheartening to think that people feel that overweight is a "disease". Why don't people spend time researching diseases that really need cures? Pulmonary fibrosis? AIDS? Pharmacutical companies are out for a quick buck, because they realize that so many people will purchase the pill - quick fixes + quick bucks = pain and heartache.

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SPARKPIXIE 12/8/2010 6:07AM

    I never pay attention to the new diet pills when they come out, because I know that six months or six years down the road they will discover some horrible side effect and then take it off the market.

I used to wish there was a miracle pill that would make me lose weight. Now I realize that the miracle is in me, I just have to work it!

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KKP4673 12/8/2010 2:51AM

    I read about the new diet pill, too. It made me sad really. How long will it be before we realize that the side effects, etc. just aren't worth it?

I KNOW it is a hard thing to relearn what I was living 15 years ago prior to these 35 pounds I have gained.... The aspect of "a pill" won't teach me what I need to learn. It will just help Big Pharma to get rich!


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Thanksgiving at the Beach

Friday, November 26, 2010

First time for everything. We usually celebrate Thanksgiving with our neighbors. This year they rented a beach cottage, right on the sand. Temps were in the high 60s and it was a marvelous day. I had brought my camera, but had forgotten to charge the battery so I walked away with only some terrible cellphone pictures. I'll share them anyway.

Shot from the parking lot across Pacific Coast Highway - Pacific in the distance. From there we walked down to the sand. You actually cross under PCH through a tunnel.

At sunset

Actually I had such a great time that I quit work early today and went back to the beach again. Neighbors are staying for a couple more days. Felt like I was on vacation. Good times.

So day after tomorrow is the 1st Sunday of Advent. Somehow Christmas is far from my mind. :) I'll have to decorate with snowflakes, maybe that will help.
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OKBRIAN 12/1/2010 10:37PM

    Awesome, great pics.

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IUHRYTR 11/27/2010 6:53PM

    I remember riding PCH. Magnificent views of the ocean. I miss it. -- Lou

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FRAN0426 11/27/2010 6:16PM

    Theres nothing wrong with the pictures you took, they are beautiful Lricket. It brought bace memories of the times wwe have been to Ca and by the Pacific ocean. Thanks for a trip down memory lane of beautiful sunset and ocean views. Sounds like you had a marvelous time, like being on a mini vacation for sure.

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NIMNIX 11/27/2010 12:58PM

    This is exactly why I'm always going to live in California.

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LALASLAND 11/27/2010 11:47AM

    Wow, thanks for sharing the sunset! I love the Pacific Coast! My cousins live in Simi Valley and we had such a great time last year when I took my son with me to see them! We sat on the beach in Malibu and watched the most amazing sky ever blend into the ocean! emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/27/2010 10:17AM

    Now that's my idea of a thanksgiving!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/27/2010 8:41AM

    I agree with Michelle the cell did a great job. Made me wanna leave Georgia(that is not hard to do for this Midwestern and wanna be by water girl) It is nice to try something different. WTG on going back! Have a great weekend!

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MALEXANDER4 11/27/2010 7:14AM

    I hear ya about christmas.....I'm thinking it need more another year! the pics are awesome by the way, your cell didn't do a bad job.

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ELYMWX 11/27/2010 2:46AM

    By any chance is that near Torrey Pines? It looks so familiar...

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KKP4673 11/27/2010 1:44AM

    Such a wonderful post, Kricket!! So glad you got away and truly had a peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Hope you have the greatest of weekends!

Here's some inspiration for you!!

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KNITTABLES 11/27/2010 1:12AM

    Great picutes and thanks for sharing, glad you were able to get away and enjoy the day.

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LILABE11 11/26/2010 11:49PM

    What a beautiful place to enjoy your vacation! I hope you got to really relax and celebrate. I am thankful for your encouraging, supportive presence here on SparkPeople. Thank you!

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Consistency - Is it a good thing?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

One of my Saturday morning pleasures is drooling into my coffee while messing around on the computer. I've been thinking about consistency, as it pertains to our quest for a healthy and fit lifestyle.

What, really, is consistency?

In my mind it's having a plan and following this plan in order to achieve my desired outcome.

The dictionary says:
* Steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.
* Conformity with previous attitudes, behaviour, practice, etc.
So, striving to be consistent sounds like a good thing.

Then I went ahead and looked up quotes:
* Consistency is the foundation of virtue.
-Francis Bacon
* Without consistency there is no moral strength.

And as I was reading on, I came across these:
* Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
-Oscar Wilde
* Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
-Bernard Berenson
* Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
-Aldous Huxley

So now what? There is some truth to this as well.

Maybe this one sums it up:
* But change must always be balanced with some degree of consistency.
-Ron D. Burton

So, have a plan, but don't be so stuck with it that it impairs your flexibility.
Isn't this what often happens when life throws us a curve? Variations to our plan must be allowed. Like everything in life, this health and fitness thing needs fine-tuning as we go.

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MOTIVATED-ME 12/9/2010 9:32AM

    Thanks - I've been working on being consistent, but now I see I need to be flexible as well


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JULABELLE 11/15/2010 7:50AM

    Consistency is great - but if that doesn't work, you must change things up!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/14/2010 7:56PM

    High Five!!!! Love reading this!

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SPARKPIXIE 11/13/2010 9:46PM


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ANGELICA254 11/13/2010 7:46PM

    Great blog! As always. emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 11/13/2010 7:35PM

    OH yes, this is what i'm trying to work on. I want consistancy most days, but I want to be able to have my cake on one day and walk away the next. I'm still working on this....I want it

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IUHRYTR 11/13/2010 7:34PM

    Yes, we need to be flexible. Reminds me of the guy who said he was all in favor of change -- as long as he could keep doing everything as he always had done it. emoticon --Lou

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KKP4673 11/13/2010 5:14PM

    I LIKE this blog!! Way to inspire the rest of us who are shooting for consistency and still swerving at what life throws at us!! Staying ON THE ROAD is the point of it all, isn't it?

Thank you so much for your consistency, Kricket! emoticon emoticon

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LALASLAND 11/13/2010 3:16PM

    This is one of the BEST blogs I have EVER read! I never thought of it this way! I am a creature of habit, as they say, and you're RIGHT! If I don't balance that with stepping out of my comfort zone, life just isn't full! Thank you for a great blog! I'm voting for this one, that's for sure!

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