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Getting Healthy Again

Monday, October 13, 2014

For months I've been eating horribly and not really exercising. I stopped checking my blood sugar and just buried my head in the sand. Due to life circumstances and the in-actions I just mentioned, I have also been sinking deeper and deeper into depression. I'm also sure I've been no joy to be around...and indeed I felt as if my own joy had been robbed. I couldn't have more purposely been putting myself in an early grave.

So, looking at 10 days off from work I knew I could put the nails in my coffin, sitting around and eating...or I could start fresh...which is what I finally decided it was time to do. The first step was to find out at least how bad my blood sugar was...So I took a deep breath and tested. It was as bad as I was afraid it would be...over 300 (for those who are unfamiliar with T2 diabetes, normal is well under 100). I didn't make drastic changes immediately. I prayed for strength and wisdom and the fortitude to not quit this time. I started formulating a plan. Clearly I could not be trusted to continue working out on my own. I needed help again. Time to stop talking about when I worked my way up to almost a black belt in TaeKwondo when I was in my 40's or how I used to do Yoga. Time to stop bragging about taking up Tai Chi and healing myself when the Drs wanted to do surgery on my rotated vertebrates and tilted hip from an accident. That was in my mid-20's and when I started studying health and nutrition and started eating right and lost 45 lbs and kept it off for 8 years.

But slowly, life beat me up and I kept waving the white flag, until I find myself in the worst shape of my life, and it's not due to age!

So...For 4 days now, I've been going to the gym, eating well...For me that means little to no sugar, very few carbs, very little if any wheat products. I've continued drinking my water.

I kept getting on the scale, wanting so badly to see it go down...But nothing... in fact...I actually gained a lb.!

But I had a thought...I'm doing this first and foremost for health...and for me, right now, that means getting my numbers down. So I tested, and lo and behold...I was at 100!!! WOW!!! What encouragement!

So my plan is to keep going...to ask for prayer from those that are inclined and believe in it...to not be so hard on myself anymore...to be as kind as I would want to be to someone else...to remember that with consistency comes success...and to always remember this life long challenge is not made up of one big war but of many battles.

Thank you all for your encouragement

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Nancy

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 10/15/2014 4:18AM

    The blood sugar level is a big encouragement. I know you can do this, and we will help you along the way. emoticon

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EABL81 10/14/2014 9:07PM

    That's fabulous, Nancy! You should be really proud of yourself! And don't worry about the pound. Weight fluctuations like that are temporary. It's not unusual to gain when you first get back to exercising. You've got your priorities straight. This is about a healthful life, not about a number on a scale.

Congratulations, girlfriend! You're doing this!

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PGHP31CK 10/14/2014 2:02PM

    Nancy -- that's a GREAT non-scale victory!!

I am inclined, and I believe, and I WILL be praying for you. Will you please pray the same for me?

You've got this!

Cheering you on!
Susan

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JANET552 10/14/2014 8:14AM

    Wow, Nancy -- that was a super change in blood sugars. emoticon
I'm sending prayers your way that you continue to believe in yourself and your ability to do healthy things. emoticon

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MARIWELL 10/13/2014 10:15PM

    Nancy,
It's wonderful that you were able to get your numbers down. Keep up the great work. We all have setbacks, but it sounds like you are motivated and on the right track now. I'm cheering you on.
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SDTOHIO 10/13/2014 10:02PM

    emoticon on taking control and embracing change! I willalways keep you in my thoughts and prayers! emoticon

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KAREN608 10/13/2014 9:18PM

    Restarts are so important, and your great blood sugar level proves you are helping yourself by the steps you are doing! May a new motivation sweep over you like gentle warm waves and you feel all of us with you, and cheering you on.

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KAYDE53 10/13/2014 8:40PM

    emoticon Great job getting your blood sugar down. Hopefully it will continue that trend and you'll be on your way to better health. As far as the weight, I'm sure it will follow. Never give up!! emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 10/13/2014 8:28PM

    Nancy, how amazing is that!!! What a great job you did getting you numbers down. I am so impressed. You will do this plus I am sending prayers and healthy vibes.

big hugs.....Mary Anne

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DEBBLO 10/13/2014 6:25PM

    Take it one step at a time, one day at a time.
Don't give up! If you should slip, pick yourself up and keep on trying.

When I joined SparkPeople years ago, I lost over 50 lbs. and was exercising 3x a week. Then the stress got to me the past 3 years. I didn't exercise and gained back 35! I am losing VERY slowly now and took small steps to get myself back to exercising (I joined the 10 minute a day challenge and increased little by little)

The best news is that in just a few days, your glucose numbers changed dramatically! Just keep that in mind!
Sending a TON of hugs and prayers to you Nancy!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/13/2014 5:33PM

    You have my prayers! I hope you continue to do well!!

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LEANNAW4 10/13/2014 5:11PM

    Ya-HOOO! I'm so happy to read this, Nancy! I'm so glad you're taking these steps for your health and to get those pesky B.S. numbers down. Definitely keep going! Consistency is the key to every successful endeavor and your numbers will all get back in line if you keep practicing these healthy habits.

The furry Louie and Lily are your cheering squad, as are the Moo and me!

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JEANNETTE59 10/13/2014 4:50PM

  Of course you have my prayers.

That old demon called Slippery Slope gets the better of us sometimes and when it does we end up hurting ourselves most of all. emoticon emoticon

Please check your blood sugar regularly and take your emoticon

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SUE5007 10/13/2014 4:30PM

    Good for you! emoticon emoticon back.

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WBV - Whole Body Vibration

Friday, June 20, 2014

Back on 9/4/2013 I wrote a blog called “Does the Easy Way Out Ever Work?” It was about how I had gotten suckered into a weight loss scam – They wrap you up in gauze and leave you that way for a period of time. They promise you will lose inches from all over your body in one session… of course, if you do lose anything it will be water weight . . . but more likely your dignity.
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Anyway, when a co-worker came in talking about how she had joined a “Vibology Studio” for weight loss, where she said you stand on a platform that shakes you up .. . I thought to myself, “Oh, no – you did not fall for that, and I’m sure not going to fall for a stupid scam again.” I had visions of I Love Lucy, with Lucy stuck on one of those things with a belt around her waist while she got shook up like crazy.
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But then I did my research – WOW! Not particularly beneficial for weight loss, although they’ll try to make you think it is and tell you you’ll lose lots of inches, however, I started reading the reviews on the medical sites about how beneficial this “new” vibration platform is good for Bone Density, reversing Osteoporosis, and more.

“They started researching this in the 60’s to help astronauts maintain muscle mass. They’ve since found it helps strength and balance, and decreases sway in the elderly, and found it especially beneficial in rehab to increase circulation. It has also been shown to improve and maintain bone mineral density in postmenopausal women and the tactic is being studied for its therapeutic potential, such as increasing older women's bone mass – a far better alternative than the dangerous osteoporosis drugs currently on the market.” I took the excerpts in the preceding paragraph from Dr. Mercola’s website. I’ll try to attach the link below.

I starting researching how much the platforms cost, and of course they can be costly. Well, at the Dr. yesterday I asked her if she knew about them and what her opinion was . . . and to my surprise she said, “yes, I go myself 4-5x a week for osteoporosis,” and she recommended it to me for my osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis). She suggested I try it for a month first, at the studio - like a small gym, to see how I felt about it before making the investment in a machine. So I joined for a month – found a coupon on line to bring the $60/month cost down to $27/month trial for unlimited visits and went today for the first time. Pretty neat . . . I had it on the lowest setting and I could really see how it can work to strengthen bones. They say 10 minutes is equal to 1 hour of exercise . . . uhhh, not sure about that, but it definitely gave me some kind of workout. As I said, I'm not expecting anything on the weight loss side, but I do believe it can help reverse bone density issues, and that's a good thing!

Below is a link of a funny demonstration a few years ago, on The Doctors with Fran Drescher of what it looks like – it’s much better than me trying to explain it!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KviOYEGpkmg

articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/
archive/2008/07/01/whole-body-vibratio
n-does-your-bones-and-muscles-good.aspx


Hugs,
Nancy
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LEW0213 6/25/2014 8:26PM

    I'm late, so what else is new? This was very interesting. I have pain every day due to my osteoporosis. I'm going to ask my doctor about using this when I go to see him. I've got to do something and you can take just so much meds. Thanks for posting this, hon. Hugs, Linda

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/23/2014 6:54PM

    That's interesting. I haven't heard about that machine for years, and like you, thought it was a scam. Let us know how it goes!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/22/2014 10:42PM

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KAREN608 6/21/2014 4:37PM

    Maybe I can just strap myself to the washing machine on spin cycle. Hope it helps you.

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JEANNETTE59 6/21/2014 4:18PM

  Going to check it out. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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SIOL55 6/21/2014 10:38AM

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KAYDE53 6/20/2014 10:58PM

    Wow, that's something else! Never heard of that one; thanks for sharing, don't know of any place around here with that machine, will have to Google it!! Have fun shaking!! emoticon

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Grateful pups

Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Nancy

www.godvine.com/next-time-my-dog-gob
bles-up-his-dinner-i-m-showing-him-thi
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LEW0213 5/14/2014 11:26AM

    This was just adorable. Especially when they bring their dishes around the table to the lady. We feed all 9(use to be 12)of our dogs in the kitchen and they are all very polite but they don't bring their dish to us when they finish. Another rule is that they can't bother another dog if that dog is still eating. They have to wait until that dog walks away from his dish before they can lick the dish clean. It's really cute to see how good they all are.

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SDTOHIO 5/12/2014 8:35AM

    Oh my how cute! emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 5/12/2014 3:47AM

    Such adorable doggies - thank you for sharing!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/12/2014 12:33AM

    emoticon Happy Mother's Day, Nancy!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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KAYDE53 5/11/2014 11:13PM

    How adorable; makes me embarrassed about my poorly trained dogs, no manners or prayers. emoticon emoticon

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EABL81 5/11/2014 9:30PM

    How cute!!

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JEANNETTE59 5/11/2014 12:26PM

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JOHNMARTINMILES 5/11/2014 9:41AM

    Make today a great day!

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ELRIDDICK 5/11/2014 9:38AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Allergic reaction

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The last couple of days I've been a bit under the weather...and the weather has been beautiful, so I have to go pretty deep to get under it emoticon
Thursday night I woke up a few times with mildly itchy palms. It wasn't bad though so didn't think much of it.

By Friday afternoon though, I had chills and the itching had gone from mild to wild, spread up the inside of my arms and I was scratching like crazy and icing the areas alternately. emoticon
I took a Benedryl and went to sleep. I've been racking my brains to figure out what I had done differently. Clearly this was a reaction to something. I kept thinking of two things... shampoo, it wasn't new but my head had started itching...and the other thing was an organic lavender hand sanitizer that I used on Thursday for the first time and then again on Friday.

Here is one side reaction pulled from a med site:
"Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills have also been reported in some people after inhaling or absorbing lavender through the skin. Lavender applied to skin may cause irritation in some people."

So, I'm pretty certain it was the lavender. Hoping after the detox tea and lots of water it will work it's way out of my system.

Lesson: remember not all things organic are good for all of us...cyanide, poison ivy, and countless poison plants are organic...but not necessarily beneficial.
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Hugs,
Nancy emoticon

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 4/13/2014 5:36PM

    Maybe look at the list of ingredients in that product...I doubt it will say 100% lavender.
Wishing you better real soon.

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LEW0213 4/13/2014 9:57AM

    I'm so glad you've figured it out before it really knocked you out. You just never know what things can affect you, even "organic" products.

Hugs to you and L&L, Linda

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STARTINGINLIMBO 4/13/2014 9:06AM

    Ugh, I feel so bad for you. It sounds awful. Sounds like God is giving you some good wisdom on what to do. I'm praying that the itchiness will go away quickly now.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/13/2014 8:21AM

    I used to get hives bad, when I discovered it was from a medication I was on. I had taken it for a few years, but for some reason my system said no more. Odd how that can happen. Hope your feeling better.

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JANET552 4/13/2014 7:33AM

    I hope you're feeling better. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 4/13/2014 6:13AM

    lI am really sorry that lavender and you are a no, no. I think one of my granddaughters may have that problem.

Jane

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EABL81 4/12/2014 10:45PM

    Poor thing! Contact allergies are NOT pleasant! I'm glad you figured it out. Feel better soon!

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SDTOHIO 4/12/2014 10:44PM

    Hope you feel better real soon! emoticon emoticon

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MARIWELL 4/12/2014 7:07PM

    Wow Nancy,
That sounds like some nasty reaction. I hope you've gotten some relief.
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LEANNAW4 4/12/2014 5:47PM

    Great reminder, Nancy! Just because it's natural, doesn't mean it's good for us. I'm so sorry you had to experience this first hand (no pun intended!) and hope you feel better ASAP! Hugs from me and Moosie.

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DEBBLO 4/12/2014 4:25PM

    Glad you found out what caused the reaction. You never know what can trigger reactions. I've had reactions to things I have used or eaten for years. Suddenly one day, my body is sensitive to it. Hope you don't itch too much longer.
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KAREN608 4/12/2014 4:16PM

    Oh my! Glad you figured it out. Allergies can start at any time, too. This is a good head's up for us to pay attention to what we are using.

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JEANNETTE59 4/12/2014 4:09PM

  emoticon Feel better soon.

I have contact allergies that bring on severe asthma attacks.

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Can You See Friday Yet?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Happy Hump Day everyone!
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Nancy

  
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PCOH051610 4/11/2014 6:23PM

    Yay, it's Friday!

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MARIWELL 4/9/2014 8:05PM

    Good one!!!
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KAYDE53 4/9/2014 4:22PM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/9/2014 2:56PM

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I can see it better today than yesterday!
Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JEANNETTE59 4/9/2014 11:39AM

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NHES220 4/9/2014 11:36AM

    Too funny, I can almost see it!

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RHOOK20047 4/9/2014 9:35AM

    That was good! I like that!

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LEW0213 4/9/2014 9:01AM

    Just 2.5 days to go!

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