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Sunday, August 11, 2013


I am so frustrated! I am here to try to get moving again. I had spinal surgery In January to remove a tumor and now am stiff, sore, and live in pain or discomfort. There is a lot of good information on here, but I need help and support with my physical issues, not my eating. Everywhere I go it talks about tracking my food, drinking my water It's summer harvest/farmers market time of year so I know I'm eating okay.... I have found some great work outs, I love, love, love Nicoles three minute upper body stretch. Where do I go on this gigantic site to find a group of people who's #1 goal is to get their body moving again? I was in physical therapy but my insurance only allows so many visits so I am on my own for the rest of the year. Once I accomplish the physical stuff that I am confident I will lose the weight I need to shed.

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 8/11/2013 11:17PM

    Hey, quick follow up - I found a few teams that might interest you. One is called Spine Injuries and General Back Pain, another is Head, Brain, or Spine Surgery, a third is Team Back Surgery, and Chronic Pain, and then there's a Back Care with Yoga. Give them a look-see!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 8/11/2013 11:11PM

    I'm not sure if there are specific teams, but try doing a search for "recovery," "back," or "rehabilitation" (or similar) on the SparkTeams page and see if any post-surgery sites come up. I understand your frustration. Not to direct you away from Spark, but if you're on Facebook, you might find some pages dedicated to people recovering from spinal surgery. I'm on one for people with the specific hip problem I had surgery for - it's a great resource!

Not knowing what your limitations might be from your surgery, I can't really give you movement advice. But I can tell you what happened with me. My physical therapy lasted about 7 months, and was a steady progression of range of motion and strength-related exercises, then when I could raise my leg without using my arms to help it, I got to start light cardio again. You probably have a list of exercises you were doing in physical therapy - those should be safe to continue with.

After my knee surgery, physical therapy didn't work. I got discharged to continue the exercises on my own, but I never improved. I nearly gave up hope of ever walking right again, and decided to try swimming and elliptical at the gym. Water exercise can be very therapeutic. Over time, I gained leg strength back and was able to move back onto dry land (took about 6 months). You have the right attitude! Just keep moving and progressing one day at a time and eventually you will regain your strength.

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I am so overwhelmed!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

This site is huge. It would take hours a day to get through everything.

I'm also frustrated. I joined some challenges and it feels like I need to enter things multiple times to have my streaks show. I'm missing things. For example, I'm in the Spark Solution right now, using SparkCoach, joined the 10 minutes of exercise a day challenge. I forget to go everywhere and click on everything. How come if I enter 10 minutes on my tracker it doesn't feed to all my challenges? Does anyone have any hints on how to keep things straight?

I had a spinal tumor removed in January. I was on leave for three months. I just need to get myself moving again. I finished physical therapy and feel like I have so far to go yet. My eating habits are good. I know there are a lot of great new recipes on here and am excited to try them. It just feels like everything is trying to change my eating habits. I just need to physically get myself motivated and moving. Don't hate me but I have lost 14 pounds without really trying, that's not my goal. I want to be able to move pain free and have some flexibility first. So I haven't been doing the food tracker on a regular basis. Once I get moving I can work on the food end. There's always room for improvement, right?

I returned to work full time and it takes everything I have to get through a shift. Most days I fall asleep in my chair with ten minutes of being home. I am a nurse and run a 150 ft hall for 8-10 hours everyday. It takes even more to convince myself to do an additional 10 minutes of exercise when I get home. I've been walking 10 minutes during my lunch break (when I get one) so I can at least say I did that much.

I need suggestions on ways to get myself motivated. I know how important this is. I work on a physical rehab unit. I'm telling people everyday about what they need to do to get back on their feet. But yet I struggle to myself motivated and doing what I need to do. What have you done that worked for you?

(I'm sorry this seems so scattered. I'm exhausted and it's hard to concentrate to type up something that makes more sense.)

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LIZBETHJAYNE 7/7/2013 8:45PM

    I'm still lost. I guess I have to figure out site navigation.

I ran across the Spark Points Page once, I couldn't find it when I looked again.

I have chosen not to use the nutrition tracker until I get the exercise thing down. I know I make good choices (and I consciously make other choices from time to time).

Spark America?

I made my 50 points today. Is that our limit?

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LALATIDAH 7/6/2013 11:02PM

    I use the SparkPoints page as my guide EVERYDAY!! I try to rack up at least 50 points. There are a few areas I don't participate in, but for the most part, I am finding it keeps my motivation high to stay on track and keep learning, gaining new friends (support) and not feeling overwhelmed.
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IS1GAR 7/6/2013 10:06PM

    My suggestion is: Don't get over whelmed, if you are running 150 ft long hall in your job I'm sure you are walking a lot more than you think you are, beside you are already putting that extra 10 minutes in at lunch (which is great for you....that walk is your time not any one else in the floor). When you track your fitness minutes in your tracker it automatically adds it to Spark America, if you look at the right hand side of your fitness tracker it should match your Total minutes in the middle of the page, you have today's total and right below you have the Total minutes for the week. They reset every Sunday.
I'm not sure I'm answering your question....
When you giving advise to your patients try to listen to your own easy to give advise but when it comes to us we either criticize or bring our self down. The best way to get motivated is by reinforcing the positive that is happening around you or to you not matter how small the changes are.
I recommend the nutrition really makes a big difference.
When you go to your teams look on the right hand side when the Blogs are running click on those that call your attention or the people that you already have something in common with you....that will save you time when you are short on time without browsing through all the pages.
Finally, congratulations, loosing 14 Lbs is a great achievement. You will start feeling better as your body gets stronger.
Good Luck!

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    Try using your Spark Points page for your daily map for doing things. I also use the Other Goals page. I have the goals I want on there from the ones that are team goals I have joined. Plus your quick start goals. It only takes a minute or 2 to go there and check what you have done and if you do it every day without fail, you can do for the whole week. It also has a link there on the streaks. Saves a lot of time.

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It starts today

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I know I can live a healthy lifestyle. I've done it before. I need to do it again.

I have become squishy and uncomfortable. While working my way through nursing school I ate on the run, stressed, didn't get enough sleep, and rarely exercised.

Now that school is completed I need to get into a routine. I need to find a job, get my excess weight off, get in shape, and look like a healthy person. If I'm going to expect patients to listen to me when I tell them what they need to do to take proper care of themselves I need to look the part.

So today it needs to start. I have purchased some motivational books and a journal, joined, and made the commitment to become the person I want to be.

For Christmas I am giving myself a new person. I think that is a gift my family will like too.

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    Welcome. I really hope you find this site to be as much of a help and boost as I have.

This is a great place to track, meet and hear from people who share their successes and challenges...and to find motivation and inspiration as well as good advice.

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LIZBETHJAYNE 8/1/2010 11:14PM

    I purchased a different book that I am reading right now. It is scripture based. I will definitely keep the Spark book in mind for my next reading. I'll put it on my perpetual wish list in the meantime in case my hubby wants to surprise me. Thanks for the recommendation.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/1/2010 10:54PM

    You really ought to get The Spark that SP put out, it is a tremendous book and takes you through the baby steps we all need. emoticon

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