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Reclaiming My Life

Saturday, May 18, 2013

It's been more than 3 weeks since I've been able to spend any significant time at Spark...........I injured my back so badly my daily life has been plagued with unbelivably painful back spasms and nonending pain. My life has literally been put on walking my dog, only occasional riding in cars (and then, only to go to the doctor), minimal time at the computer, no dancing..........even daily household chores have been difficult........Luckily for me, I hae an unbelievably supportive husband.

This time has made me extremely reflective and thankful for all the blessings in my life .

This back injury followed many months of extreme stress in dealing with issues for my 95 year old mother and my brother who has early onset Alzheimer's.

Now the time has come to reclaim my own life. I'm thankful to Sparkpeople for instilling in me what has turned out to be a a way of healthy living that has become second nature to me. It was a privelage to be a Team Leader for the New Haven Sparkers, but the time has come for me to have less committments and to turn in a different direction as my back situation improves and I re=examine everything in my life.

My husband and I will be traveling more in the future (a mix of business and pleasure) and I can no longer do justice to my leadership role at Spark........

I'll check in from time to time, but the time has come to move on............I wish you all the best in your quest for weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. I know I could not have achieved what I did without Spark and it will remain a part of my life always although more in the background....... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOLFGMA 5/18/2013 8:15AM

    So sorry regarding your back problems. Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery. emoticon

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Sanity in the Midst of Chaos

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

These days as I spend most of my waking hours trying to move my 94 year old mom into an assisted living facility---- and --- find a nursing home for my 59 year old brother who has early onset Alzheimer's..........

I find Sparkpeople to be a calming force in an otherwise chaotic chapter in my life...........The message boards, the tracking, the motivational and educational articles all help...........

I know this shall pass, too, but at this time it is extremely intense. I have to make an extra effort to exercise as much as usual ---- and I'm very careful about what I eat, but still it's not easy and I just don't feel like myself. I'm hoping both my mom and brother will be settled in their new homes by the holidays and that would really help get things back to "normal".....whatever that is..........

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A Birthday, a Wedding & a Funeral and No "Forbidden Foods"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's been an emotional roller coaster this past weeek as we celebrated my mom's 94th birthday, attended a neighbor's funeral and joined in the festivities of our nephew's wedding..........And everywhere we went there were tempting foods that years ago would have put me into an eating frenzy.

The wedding was the most amazing of all with endless appetizers being thrust at us at every turn.....I eagerly sampled a few foods I normally avoid eating including 1 coconut shrimp, 1 crab wonton and a small amount of a cannoli and then it occurred to me........I was totally happy just to taste a small amount of some of the foods offered and never once overdid it or felt deprived. I've been at this healthy eating thing for so long now it just comes automatically to make the right decisions..........And of course, I did allow myself a few things I normally would have turned away --- just knowing I'd be dancing some of it off later. I guess there really are no "forbidden foods" --- just everything in moderation. Thank you Sparkpeople for arming me with the tools needed to maneuver in this world of seemingly endless temptations.......... emoticon


Don't Fear Those Picnics & Cookouts

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I've been reading a number of posts dealing with aprehension as the season for cookouts and picnics gets off to a roaring start this weekend.............This is a good time of year to really start understanding how this healthy thinking needs to be a part of our every day living.

Just like any other time of year, it comes down to making the best choices and always remembering portion control.

Granted, at someone else's home you can't control the menu, but you can offer to bring something to contribute ---- and make it a healthy option. That can be in the form of fresh fruits or a low calories salad or dessert. No dessert says summer quite like a juicy watermelon !

I bring "something green" to every picic, potluck and cookout I attend --- either a tossed salad or sometimes cut up fresh veggies with maybe some hummus.

Sure there'll be temptations..........but that is always going to be the case in real life, so now is the time to maybe let yourself have that one brownie ---- or maybe a burger......but keep it within your daily caloric range so you're not beating yourself up for it later on........

One last tip ----- fill up on the healthy stuff first and drink lots of water ---- That way you won't be as hungry and less likely to misstep.

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Exercise Routine in the Midst of Chaos

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I have a brother with early onset Alzeimer's and a 93 year old mother on Dialysis who has other medical issues as well.......They live near eachother, but 75 miles away from me. I have frequent, regularly scheduled visits with both of them, but many times additional visits or long distance intervention is required due to one emergency or another. It's a virtual roller coaster ride and I almost dread the phone ringing when I see their area code on the caller ID.........afraid of what new catastrophe has hit one or the other.

Throughout all this chaos, I have come to appreciate the value of an exercise routine....... Not only does it help fortify my body for the sometimes rocky road ahead, but it's the one time in the day when I can stop for awhile and reflect on what needs to be done --- on that particular day --- for that particular crisis. The exercise that works best for me is a brisk, long walk with my Black Lab Lily and during these cool spring mornings it's about as good as it gets.

I realize how important it is for me to keep my body and mind in top condition for the challenges ahead --- for both my brother and my mother --- and myself. Eating healthy meals and keeping my body in top operating condition works hand in hand with the mental health as well in deflecting some of that stress.

It's challenging when some of your world seems to be crumbling around you, but instead of making excuses for why you can't exercise --- make it a routine that pays off in a way that makes you feel better so ultimately your challenges don't seem so insurmountable.......


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