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Update Sep 4th, 2014

Thursday, September 04, 2014

What a ride this year has been! I've just returned home from an appointment with the Chief of Rheumatology at the hospital. And I've now got the double thumbs-up on my current plan for treatment for what ails me.

I had to step back from a good deal earlier this year when, shortly after a big move, I fell extremely ill with "something" that went away for a period of days then came back with a vengeance. I say "something" because blood work revealed Mono, Walking Pneumonia, and a host of maladies. Which one happened to be plaguing me most I do not know!

Around here we called it the "if-this-were-the-1800s-I'd-be-on-my-death
bed" plague. Thank God for antibiotics in this instance. No amount of raw garlic and ginger and clove and greens and natural remedies were overcoming this Beast.

As a result of taking the antibiotics, I developed a rare post-infectious arthritis. Which never went away. Now I have arthritis in my whole body. Which means tennis shoes don't fit right because my toes have taken on a mind of their own and are headed in every which direction. Therefore, my beloved running is mostly a thing of the past. But I AM THANKFUL to be alive.

This summer was spent trying to overcome the respiratory aftermath of the aforementioned, in addition to a new diagnosis of painful and debilitating Fibromyalgia. Rotation diets helped me to identify some triggers, but the biggest needle mover was this

Shifting to a diet of mostly entirely vegetables and fruits, emphasizing lower oxalate choices as a treatment for Fibromyalgia.

I had NO idea that eating all of these leafy greens including supergreens spinach and kale could cause this much muscular pain in this condition. I've made the switch when possible to cabbage and cauliflower, both great low-oxalate choices. Now I live so many more "3 out of 10 on a pain scale" days versus "8 out of 10 on a pain scale days". Thanks be to God. I will never take mere walking for granted again, ever ever ever.

I am so grateful for LIFE, for healing with whole foods, and I'm finally starting to see progress after MONTHS of diligently staying the course!

  
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SUSIQZER 9/12/2014 9:59AM

    Hello!!! I'm so sorry to hear just how bad it's been this year. Oh my goodness!!

But how amazing is it that you're overcoming it thanks in large part to your knowledge of how food and nutrition really work? Anyone else wouldn't have known where to start! I am always in awe of your knowledge of such things, but now I'll just sit back and be thankful because it's made such a difference!

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IRP1114 9/5/2014 12:48PM

    Hello gorgeous! Long time no see. We have missed you around here so very happy to see you back again.

I am so sorry to hear what a rough year you have been having. Glad things are finally turning around for you. emoticon
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The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley on PBS

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I saw this over the weekend. This is a very interesting PBS video about High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), the science behind it, and the physiological results that arise from just a few very short sessions a week:

video.pbs.org/video/2364989581

(but if interested in viewing do hurry the free viewing period expires soon)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/10/2013 11:28AM

    Wish I could watch is but I don't have that kind of unlimited service.

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JOYFULGRATITUDE 5/9/2013 11:05PM

    Turbo Jam is based on HIIT. I guess I now know the "why" of how it works so well! emoticon emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 5/9/2013 3:05AM

    He's a great Doctor and Journalist. I love his material.

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OFFWITHHERBREAD 5/9/2013 12:17AM

    I too saw that special. It was interesting, but the whole time my head was just going, "Isn't that Tabata training?" I did a little searching afterwards and found that it is pretty much exactly the same thing. Tabata is HIIT, just much shorter intervals. SP actually has an article about it - http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/fitness_articles.asp?id=1720

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XNANNY 5/8/2013 10:06PM

    emoticon This was interesting. I am not doing enough right now.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/8/2013 9:39PM

    I love his PBS videos. emoticon

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IRP1114 5/8/2013 5:35PM

    It is a very cool video. Thanks for sharing. A lot of what we read in the four hour body right!?!
This is the kind of stuff that makes me feel like I am working out "smarter" now since I am not getting the kind of numbers I use to total a week... Still hard to feel proud of low numbers especially when they are even low in comparison to what I was pregnant. It all makes since but for those of us who really like working out sometime it is hard to just stick to the minimal effective dose isn't it!?!

Oh! Yea he has another good video on fasting and life expectancy too! Have you seen that one with the 101 year old mad completing the London marathon?

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SOKKERNUT 5/8/2013 3:29PM

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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SNAPDRAGON1231 5/8/2013 9:27AM

  I found that very interesting thank you for posting.

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FLAMENM 5/8/2013 1:03AM

    Interesting,,,

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ANASARI 5/7/2013 10:28PM

    Thank you for this - I was clueless!

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PASTAFARIAN 5/7/2013 4:03PM

    What the hell was the "transcranial stimulation"? No way would I allow that device on my head!

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ROSEWAND 5/7/2013 1:45PM

    It works! I have been doing high-intensity-interval
training for five years. It had a major effect on
both losing and maintaining my weight.

It takes only a little time, but a lot of effort. I only
workout for 35 minutes three times a week. Only
15 minutes of that time are high intensity, broken
into the intervals with walking between.

My fitness levels are significantly improved.
All I can say is, it works! emoticon

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STONECOT 5/7/2013 1:16PM

    I saw that on BBC TV, when he first did it. It is very interesting.

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Interesting Go-or-Pay-up Bootcamp Strategy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm going to my first Bootcamp tonight, of five.

Here's what I find interesting about it: it's free.

BUT, if you miss a class, you pay $20. Genius. It's at my gym, they have my credit card number, and I signed a contract.

So if I haven't *firmed up* after five sessions, I'll be poorer in terms of cash flow and health!

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KAREN_NY 1/31/2013 10:38AM

    GREAT IDEA!!!!

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IRP1114 1/30/2013 5:54PM

    That IS interesting. Wonder if it will work for everyone who signed up! Let us know how it goes :-)

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KAYOTIC 1/30/2013 10:01AM

    Hope you get through for free! What a great idea....I do a small group fitness twice a week that is circuit training, and love it!

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SUSIQZER 1/30/2013 7:20AM

    Oh, that's brilliant!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/29/2013 11:31PM

    I love that idea too!

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WOUBBIE 1/29/2013 7:14PM

    Love this idea!

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MIATIA1 1/29/2013 2:52PM

    Great idea for accountability does not come cheap! emoticon

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Fit into my first goal dress!

Friday, December 14, 2012



Tried on my goal dress yesterday, which I bought on a trip last year to the "happiest town in the U.S.," San Luis Obispo in Central-Southern California along the coast, nestled between the ocean and a gem of a wine country. The dress is by Shelli Segal and normally I wouldn't shell out the dollars Shelli asks for, but I found it on super sale at a cute little French boutique (Anthropologie-esque). So it was my souvenir to myself! It's a very snug size 4 and I couldn't believe it actually fit. Total shock.

Soooooo... I wore it out for a fun night last night!

Dearest husband and I had date night. Sadly we won't have Christmas together this year, as he departed early this morning on a business trip for two months. December 13th was our December 24th + 25th this year.

I had a pumpkin cream ravioli indulgence last night, which followed a delicious field greens salad with herbed goat cheese. Oh my! It was a dainty portion worth every golden bite. Coincidentally, the restaurant was offering a $25 gift card last night for all who came and spent $75 on dinner. Random luck. What a gift!

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I seriously love this time of year! What a perfect night out with DH!

Rock your Friday and weekends, Sparkies!

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DOROELLIS 12/15/2012 8:55AM

    Wow. Size 4! It sounds like you had a lovely night out with your DH. Hope everything continues to go well for you.

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SUSIQZER 12/15/2012 7:23AM

    Fantastic!!! Love the dress, and I'm so glad that you and DH had a great night out together!


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FLAMENM 12/14/2012 10:53PM

    Rock that dress!

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XNANNY 12/14/2012 9:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon size 4 is just a dream for me!

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HDHAWK 12/14/2012 5:11PM

    The dress is adorable! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 12/14/2012 3:23PM

    What a beautiful way to spend Christmas with your sweetheart!

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JSTETSER 12/14/2012 3:12PM

    beautiful!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 12/14/2012 2:53PM

    Cute dress!! And congratulations -- there is nothing like that feeling!

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IRP1114 12/14/2012 1:53PM

    Aww :-) Such a cute dress! Perfect for xmas celebration. So happy it fit in time for you to wear it last night! Wooohoooo to that! Keep up the positive attitude and amazing discipline you have going chica ;-)
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X5X52000 12/14/2012 1:47PM

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MERETONI 12/14/2012 1:36PM

    Congrats on the NSV!

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3016DEBRA 12/14/2012 12:48PM

  You look radiant! I can only imagine your hubby's delight, LOL! Merry Christmas to you! (Love your attitude, no pity party at your place) emoticon emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 12/14/2012 11:41AM

    What a beautiful dress! So glad you were able to wear it out for your night with your hubby. How special!

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JACKIE542 12/14/2012 10:24AM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/14/2012 9:29AM

    You were looking beautiful for your early Christmas dinner! emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 12/14/2012 9:09AM

    emoticon Dress looks GREAT emoticon

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LADYJ6942 12/14/2012 8:52AM

    Gratz!!!

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KKKAREN 12/14/2012 8:47AM

    You look great! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas even without your hubby!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 12/14/2012 8:46AM

    WOW!!! You must be flying high

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Buzz Goes My Metabolism

Wednesday, June 20, 2012



My body is still buzzing from yesterday's lift session!

I am scorching some mad calories... I'm sore, but still functioning. I FULLY exhausted myself with an hour of lifting and bodyweight and core exercises... then I ran a 5K. I have no idea how I did it but I'm just glad I put myself into a zone and JUST DID. Utilized some momentum. It was only guys at the gym in the weights room and they were thumbs-upping me from the weight room - HA! As if to say, I'm crazy... or I'm crazy! I think they were mildly jealous. I will have to tell them to work harder next time :)

I pulled off 100 chin-ups too! YAY! Working on my long-term goal to be able to jump up onto the bar and do two 100% unassisted. Not there yet, but I put the machine at 60 and 70 lb and did 100... I was happy with that. Can't wait to see that number go down, meaning I'm getting less help from the machine! Soon enough!!!

Hope all my spark friends are having a FIT day!

Sara




  
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MYOWNHERO 6/24/2012 10:44AM

    All I can say is wow! I can feel your positive energy just pouring out of my computer screen. Thanks!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 6/22/2012 8:53AM

    I really want to achieve my chin-up goal of one. That will be one more than I have ever (including when I was a teenie-tiny rake of a child) done. I figure when I find a place to test my newfound strength, I might be there or nearly there now!

*inspired to get a guest pass to my sis' gym to giver a go!*

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CRYSTALJEM 6/22/2012 12:35AM

    Wow!

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NEWCATA 6/21/2012 5:54PM

    Awesome...you are doing so great crazy girl :) So happy for you!!

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MEADSBAY 6/20/2012 8:21PM

    Yoowza!!!
I'm often the only woman on weights- and def. the oldest!
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IRP1114 6/20/2012 2:43PM

    Way to go getting an awesome workout in!!! Yay us! We are really going to rock this challenge! So happy you got us started again!!! You really need to start taking progress pics so we can all watch you get CUT!!!
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SIONED40 6/20/2012 2:42PM

  Totally fabulous. If we could just hold onto that feeling of accomplishment all the time because then we would practically run to get our workouts in. Congrats on a great session.

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MOMASAURUS 6/20/2012 2:08PM

    Crazy-Awesome!!! emoticon

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MERETONI 6/20/2012 12:04PM

    You are crazy, but that can be a good thing... 100 chin ups?!?? damn.. I can't do one.. and when I did the P90X DVD I used resistance bands.. You are awesome for doing those.

Crazy.

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