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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I am feeling very lazy, unmotivated and frustrated.

No, wait. That is not entirely true.

I am motivated. I am tired of feeling sluggish. I am tired of having difficult breathing (what's up with this asthma like sensation?). I am not happy with the way I look in my clothing. I am exhausted and out of breath when I walk up the three flights of stairs daily.

When I had my foot surgery in 2012, I was irritated that I couldn't run. Now I am irritated because although I WANT to run, I don't. I make excuses-too late, too much construction dust, too heavy of a flow this week, too iron deficient. How can I do cardio and strength training if I feel uncomfortable?

Bleh. Bleh. Bleh.

I look at my husband. He needs to get in shape. Between coaching kid's volleyball and work, settling into our new house, and family obligations his health club membership is going unused. I have a FREE membership and am not going as well due to excuses. Why can't we be each other's example? We are both in the same mindset...

We will go out for walks either before or after dinner on the rare weekdays that we are home together with no obligations calling our names for 30 minutes. Weekends as well-but who would have thought being a "weekend warrior" means going for a stroll???

I need to dump the Blehs. I can do leg lifts and squats while brushing my teeth-that's twice a day! I can continue to make healthy food choices in order to stop my waist from growing. I can start to work back to jogging and running by actually DOING it when we are walking-he'll be willing, I'm sure.
I am already in the process in making sure I am medically able to proceed. It is very unusual for me to feel as lethargic as I have been. My stress levels are back to normal, we will check my thyroid and I am supplementing my iron levels as they are in the toilet. If I find out it's just that I'm getting "old and lazy" that's fixable. Any medical issue is fixab le as well if I know what I'm treating.

In the meantime, guess I'll just get moving. Don't know if I'll be on often as I find I spend more time online browsing and reading than exercising and logging (although I am standing and doing leg lifts while typing this). But I'm back. Again. The plan is every time I get down, get back up.

Hope all are well!!

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DDOORN 10/2/2013 8:39AM

    Sometimes it helps me to turn being sick & tired of being sick & tired into enough anger to motivate myself. Take the initiative and be the SPARK that ignites both your life and inspires DH to do the same! Remember how fired up you felt when you were moving more? Go grab some more of that! :-)

Great to hear from you!


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SMITTY4RL 10/2/2013 7:50AM

    The main thing is you get back up again. Hope everything checks out medically, you seem to have a good plan of 'attack' here. You can do it! emoticon

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SPERRIN2012 10/1/2013 10:33PM

    I have been up and down with my workouts as of late. 1 wks good and the next is bad. Stay positive and things will turn for the better. emoticon

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RYELLIE 10/1/2013 10:29PM

  I feel pretty similar to this posting! I know how great I look and feel when I go for the healthier choices. That, in turn, will motivate me to keep going. But I keep falling off track! So, I decided to force myself into a 30 day journey following healthier habits. Enough sleep, water, move at least 10 mins/day, better food choices and following a home workout program. I am now 5 days in a row (not eating perfect or drinking enough water yet but doing much better) but I'm moving at least 10 mins/day!! And I am starting to feel better. So I can definitely relate. CHIN UP, GOOD LUCK and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! emoticon

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all clear-now to get my head in the game.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I have been very MIA. The last posting I blogged was after my foot surgery in March, and here it is September already. But honestly, I had not much good to say in that time. I have spent countless months of frustration with the lack of quick healing and bounce back that I expected after foot surgery with visions of fitting back into my cute booties in fall. No such luck.
I have not been able to run, I would get winded with walking and my foot ached; my job has been taking up longer hours during the day and my attention is to the family and house when I get home. My "days off" never have been; there is always something else to turn my attention to so I've been "running"-from appointment to appointment.
No more-something's gotta give and it can't be my health.
I'm walking with my hubby and attempting to get back to running-albeit on the treadmill. I have not weighed myself, but I have not changed clothing size or watched my intake. I will try to get back on track, now that I have the all clear to get back out there.
Now, it's up to me. Hope to see you soon. I'll try to "keep in touch" more. Hope you are all on track!!

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DDOORN 9/17/2012 10:02AM

    It can be SO TOUGH when our bodies don't cooperate! Walking is a good place to start. And of course watching our food choices ALWAYS trumps EVERYTHING when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Do you have a swimming outlet...? One of the kindest, gentlest forms of cardio around!


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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/16/2012 8:57PM

    Welcome back!! Sorry that the foot didn't heal as expected and that life has just plain been hectic. Glad you are back and hope that things can improve from this point out :).

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change my focus...

Monday, March 26, 2012

So, this is why I have to change my focus. Don't know why my picture posted upside down :)

For the last few weeks after making the appointment for my "elective" bunion surgery and repositioning of my second toe (which was dislocated due to the bunion) I have been pushing myself to get out and run. I would see people running outside in our very unusual 70 degree March weather, and decide "I need to go before I can't do that anymore!" Unfortunately, I realized that every time I ran outside even a short distance, my foot began to hurt worse than normal. It became painful to even stand after a 12 hour shift at work; I realized that my "elective" surgery just became "necessary". I reluctantly stopped running about one week prior to Friday in order to decrease pain and swelling. I actually felt jealous when I would see someone running by,wishing I could go. I'm not proud, but I stuck my tongue out at my husband when he took off for our usual neigborhood 5K route and came back and told me "only 30 minutes!".
The surgery went well; I had some extra bleeding but little pain. I do have swelling, I do have to sleep in this stupid boot, and I am tired of sitting (I swear I can hear my behind spreading as I type this). I have to go back to work in three more days and I'm not looking forward to attempting to maneuver, perform physical exams and explain to my walk in clinic patients why I'm at work. But this boot and I need to make friends because we're gonna be attached for the next 3 to 3 1/2 weeks. We don't have to like each other, we just have to tolerate each other.
Now I have to change my focus. I am cognizant of my desire to get out and run. I need to celebrate that my husband is still getting out and exercising. I still can do upper body, and if I'm careful I can do full range of leg lifts with this 10 lb. weight on my left foot. Now I have to figure out how to adjust my eating habits so I don't gain, and pump up the exercise with the upper body and I'll be back to the trails in no time.
Hope all my Sparkfriends are moving it-I'm still cheering you on albeit from the sidelines!!

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NORAB52GOOD 4/8/2012 1:02PM

    To everything there is a season. Now is your season of rest and healing. Enjoy it. emoticon

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DDOORN 3/27/2012 8:57AM

    Oof! HATE when the spirit is willing but the body? She sez "STOP!"

Sending healing wishes for a speedy recovery!


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WYO_CASEY 3/27/2012 8:47AM

    Yikes! I hope you get better soon! You'll be back and better than ever in no time!

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CBAILEYC 3/26/2012 5:30PM

    Cute piggies!

You're right, you and the boot don't have to be besties right now, but I'm glad you're figuring out how to live with it. It's a good sign that you're eager to get back pounding the pavement again. I don't blame you for the stuck out tongue to your hubby about his run LOL Soon you'll be back out there with him.

It's good to hear from you! Heal well and keep up the Spark any way you can, honey.
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on and off track

Monday, January 23, 2012

I realized it has been more than one month since I last blogged. So much has happened since then, but so much feels the same. I haven't changed one inch for better or worse; haven't lost or gained more than the same five pounds despite holiday eating and having flu AND stomach flu in the last month. Where do I begin?
First, I haven't been tracking. Mostly because there's not much to track. My workouts have been sporadic, with most of them being major housecleaning in order to keep the rest of the family contracting what we're calling "the Hollywood cleanse" at work. That's how I lost 5 lbs. and got a flat stomach, but not in a good way. Luckily nobody else caught it. The downside is that since I had the flu in November, it has seriously affected my energy level and my ability to run. I feel like I need to start back on week one of Couch to 5K as my endurance (which was not good to start with) is even worse. The gastro last weekend did not help either. My food intake was minimal, but now is back to healthy. My water intake stinks. My exercise output is sporadic. But I'm working on it.
Second, I've been experiencing life. Just started a new job right before the holidays; and I feel VERY blessed that I have not just one but two jobs lined up. I took this job knowing what it entailed and that it wasn't what I wanted, but didn't expect to have the second job which is EXACTLY what I was looking for fall into my lap quite so quickly. The current job is still 12 hour days, which I didn't want, and every other weekend. The duties are what I expected (but knew I wouldn't be happy with for long). The new job will start in March, with stable hours, no weekends or holidays and a great teaching/learning environment which will allow me to practice the skill set I went to school for. Until then, I have days where my exercise is standing/sitting/walking continuously for 4-5 hours at a time and come home mentally exhausted and starving. Not much to track, not much to say. But, I'm making the most of it-it's a blessing to get paid for this work and my coworkers are very supportive and friendly.
Third, I think this is the first time in about a month that I've been on an actual laptop computer instead of on my dumbphone. I refuse to blog from there; the most I can do from that screen is "like" someone's friend feed status. It does make me feel disconnected from my spark family and I've tried to keep up with blogs but it's just too difficult. Trying to learn things to prepare for my new NEW job, trying to finish orientation from my first new job and keeping up with paperwork is too much for me. Something's gotta give and if I have a choice between getting 10 minutes in for exercise or reading rather than typing, I will.
Hope all my Spark Friends are getting to their goals. I hope to read all about it soon. I am 50/50 with my resolutions about journaling daily on paper before bed, getting my reading for work equal to my reading for pleasure, and getting my water in (worst at goal EVER!!). I'll get there.
Miss you all!

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WYO_CASEY 1/23/2012 2:17PM

    Welcome back! We missed you!

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CBAILEYC 1/23/2012 11:58AM

    Whew what a whirlwind! Glad to hear from you, honey, and that you're mostly doing well. So so sorry about the bouts of flu emoticon not the way to release the lbs at all. Hang in there until the new NEW job starts - it'll be great for you to get things reined back in again.
Hang in there doll. I'll keep bringing you along on my runs.
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DDOORN 1/23/2012 11:48AM

    Wonderful to hear from you, but so sorry to hear of the "bug" onslaughts! Knock on wood I seem to have dodged the bullet thus far!

Great to hear of promising job changes ahead!

Hang in there and keep Sparking when you can!


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why I've been too busy to blog.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Looking at my page on my computer today instead of on my dumbphone, I realized it had been OVER one month since I blogged. So, to keep current and explain myself, here it is.
In the last month (since the week before Thanksgiving) I have: quit my staff nursing job, gotten the flu despite my flu shot, started orientation on my new nurse practitioner job, have set up multiple interviews for the job I REALLY want, and taken care of my DH after his surgery. Notice there's not a lot in there about running or strength training. emoticon
I have run a total of twice. I do pushups or situps when I actually get to sit in front of the television for 1/2 hour to decompress before bed. At my current new job, I am standing or walking for 9-10 hours a day which my poor foot is not used to unless it's exercising. One downside is that it's very dry in the office and we can't have food or drink there, so every day I fight to get my water in (not winning that one!) and it takes a day or two for my skin to recover. The only thing that's kept on track is that I can track my food from my phone.

I am blessed to have the opportunity for two jobs with my new career. The job I have was one that I was not exited to take, but it is a good way to ease into my new career and gives me confidence in my practice. The job that is kinda falling into my lap is a primary care office in an independent group that I will be forging the way for with a great doctor. It is close to home, flexible hours, good staff and company and a great learning experience that I can see myself growing with until retirement. I was very conflicted about the timing, but am an advocate of "whatever is meant to happen will work out". So, hopefully my next update will be before February when I will start the next chapter of my career.

Hope all my sparkfriends are doing well. I do check my Friend Feed and can read some blogs, but it's tough to comment sometimes due to phone limitations. I miss you all and hope you are on track this holiday! (ps no shopping done yet either-gotta get running!)

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BAM-MA 1/13/2012 6:22AM

    I can relate to the time stuff. Since my schedule changed back in the fall, I have really struggled to find a new routine that fits everything in. When I can get my wellness activities in, there isn't much time left for the community stuff. I have even been having a hard time keeping up with my friends!

Congrats on the job growth!

AS for the rest, as long as we keep trying, we are better off, right!

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IMIN2GENES 12/27/2011 9:07AM

    Congrats to you! I'm so happy to hear from you and to hear that things are going well. You really have been busy. Hope DH is recovering well.

Good luck with the new job!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/17/2011 1:41PM

    Good that you finally blogging! God bless & enjoy everyday!


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CBAILEYC 12/16/2011 11:53AM

    It's great to hear from you, and to hear how well your career is going! Major congrats, girlie!
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Life will settle out in such a way that you'll be able to find the balance again. Until then, you're doing well and I'm happy for you.

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OUTDOORGIRL70 12/15/2011 7:41PM

    Good luck on the new venture. Try to get your water in.

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DDOORN 12/15/2011 3:16PM

    Whoa! Sounds like you are living that ancient Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times!"

Sending wishes for a little "boredom" in your life right now and time out for the very BEST of holidays for you and yours!

Don't lose your OWN self-care in the mix of all those pressing concerns! :-)


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WYO_CASEY 12/15/2011 3:13PM

    Busy lady! Congrats on getting a new job!

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MILLIE-MILOU 12/15/2011 12:53PM

    Wow, you have been busy!
You seem to be squeezing tracking and exercise in there, which I would never have fitted in there! You are a marvel.

Good luck with the new job

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APIRLRAIN888 12/15/2011 12:46PM

    Good luck!!!! Thx for chking in

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