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Country Songs

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Well, I did it. I finally sat down at the computer with my i-pod shuffle and had my husband talk me through updating it. I've had the silly thing for a few years now. Brian somehow loaded it with songs from the internet (mostly not the iTunes store) and from CDs. All good songs, many too slow to workout to. Complaining about it for months, I finally started clicking around the iTunes site to fix the problem.

Boy, has it helped my workouts!! I just can't go slow with songs like:

"It Happens" by Sugarland
"What Was I Thinking" & "How am I Doing?" by Dierks Bentley
"19 Something" by Mark Wills
"That's What I Like About You" by Trisha Yearwood

I have over 40 great country songs on my ipod now. Each one keeps me moving. I plan to add more playlists, so I would LOVE suggestions. I listen to country from every decade, George Jones to Taylor Swift.

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ASMPP1 2/28/2010 6:28PM

    emoticon I do not have an Ipod oranything like that.

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ETWBOK 2/25/2010 1:40PM

    Here's a few from my ipod:

Brooks and Dunn-Boot Scootin' Boogie
Alan Jackson-Who's Cheatin' Who
Clint Black-Nothin' But the Taillights
Glenn Campbell-Southern Nights
Gretchen Wilson-Here for the Party
Keith Urban-Days Go By
Kenny Chesney- How Forever Feels
Montgomery Gentry-Gone
Shania Twain-Man I feel Like A Woman!

Congrats on getting the ipod set up! I just updated mine last night with a new playlist and now I need to put it to use!

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MTNCLIMBER88 2/25/2010 1:38PM

    All great songs! Also, I happen to think Leann Rimes' "Nothing Better To Do" is awesome for working out :)

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    I'm not much of a country person but my fiance has turned me on to it. I LOVE Carrie Underwood and that new song "I thought I loved you then".

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My First 1000 Spark Points!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Woo Hoo!! I just passed 1000 Spark Points!! It's so funny how these points keep me at my goals. I guess the whole point thing appeals to the video game lover in all of us. Thank you everyone for supporting and encouraging me. I really feel like this year will be my year to shed some of this weight.

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ASMPP1 2/26/2010 7:14PM

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TLROYER 2/25/2010 8:46AM

    I didn't pay any attention to my points for almost the whole first year on SP. Then something clicked and now I am totally into it. Have a great day!

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SHELLKAYE 2/24/2010 4:07PM

    Way to go. Keep up on the great work.

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/24/2010 3:31PM

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VELVETCATT 2/24/2010 2:50PM

    That's great - just wait until you get like 10,000!!

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RDEEEEEEEEE 2/24/2010 2:46PM

    The points are very motivating. I never have figured out exactly why, lol.

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Feels Like Day 1 Again

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Well, I survived last week's migraine. It sure took it's toll on me. My brain felt "bruised" through the weekend. It's been a week since I exercised, but I got through the elliptical, weights and stretching. Moving a little slower than last week seemed to help.

I'm really hopeful SparkPeople will help me stick to my guns, even if the weight comes off extremely slowly.

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TLROYER 2/24/2010 9:38AM

    You did great! You got back to exercising...that's big. Keep at it!

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/24/2010 8:03AM

    Great job! You can do this!! We're all here for you if you need us.

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CHUBBYMUMMY09 2/23/2010 2:28PM

    I look at every day as day one, hoping to get through the night with as much dedication and determination and positive thinking as I had on my real day one. It's impressive that you're back on it. I don't know that I would have jumped back in so easily or readily. Well Done!!!!

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Nerf Guns-One Weapon Against Childhood Obesity

Thursday, February 18, 2010

With bitter cold temperatures and more snow than I can remember as an adult, this winter has been a tough one on kids. Blizzard condition snow days mean the kids are getting cooped up and re-addicted to video games. This week, however, things have changed a little. High temps have been around 25-30. As the kids come home from school, I grab their backpacks and send the kids back outside.

Three simple rules:
1. Play with the twins. I have six kids, the oldest is 13, taller than me, and has a voice deeper than his dad's. The youngest two are four-year old twins, a boy and a girl, both getting extremely bored this winter. The middle three are 11, 10, and 8.
2. Everyone outside. They can invite friends over, which increases the excitement, but everyone must stay OUTSIDE.
3. Watch out for kids smaller than you. I can have anywhere from just my six kids in the yard, to about 15 kids total running around. They all need to watch out for the smaller ones.

In the summertime, we frequently have Nerf battles raging on our property. My oldest convinced some friends to come over with the promise of a winter Nerf battle. It's fun to watch kids of all ages plotting, ambushing, hiding, and just plain running around. Yesterday, one of the twins was on the same team as my oldest. I think the older kids love hamming it up for the twins, especially with their "death scenes." They'll let the twins shoot a dart at them, then comes the melodramatic falling to the ground, gripping their injuries. They even let the twins capture them and take them prisoner.

I dread the spring thaw. The yard will be too soggy then to let the kids run around. For now, they can have all the Nerf battles they want, unknowingly getting the exercise they need. Who knows? Maybe even their dad will get up from his computer and join the fun.

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/18/2010 6:06PM

    Sounds like a fun time! Today was such a nice day too.

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Thyroid Labs

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Many doctors will base a hypothyroid diagnosis on one lab, the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Unfortunately, patients have found that the TSH is unreliable at diagnosing and with helping to get the correct dose of medication. The so-called normal range can be 0.5-5 or more recently some follow 0.3-3. Hypothyroid symptoms appear long before the TSH goes out of these ranges, and many patients FEEL best when their TSH is suppressed (close to 0).

Here's a list of labs I found helpful in diagnosing my thyroid problem:

Free T3
Free T4
anti-TPO (antibody test)
TgAb (antibody test)
Reverse T3
Vitamin D

The free T3 & free T4 tests measure the amount of unbound T3 & T4 in your system. The antibody tests tell if you have Hashimoto's, autoimmune thyroid disease. Reverse T3 when compared to free T3 in a ratio can tell if you have a reverse T3 problem. The reverse T3 will make it difficult for a patient to increase their dessicated thyroid medication to the level they need to eliminate hypothyroid symptoms. Low ferritin (storage iron) and low Vitamin D levels can also cause problems with tolerating dessicated thyroid.

These are the labs I have found helpful in treating my hypothyroidism. I have Hashimoto's. My ferritin level used to be extremely low as well as my vitamin D level.

Here's a link for more info on labwork:

I hope my journey in treating my hypothyroidism can help others identify and treat their thyroid problems.

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SUZIAND 2/17/2010 12:41PM

    I think it's awesome that you are so informed!!! Way to go!


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YESITSDEB 2/17/2010 11:40AM

    Interesting..........thank you. Something to talk to my Dr. about. Just had my TSH tested a few weeks ago because I felt that my levels were not under control. Hair is falling out and I can't loose any wait regardless of what I'm eating and exercise I'm getting. He said my levels were in range and no need to change my level from the current 175 micrograms. I think a 2nd opinion may be in order

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/17/2010 11:36AM

    This is great information to share with others. Thanks!

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MAMA_CD 2/17/2010 11:33AM

    Very interesting, I learned something today. Thats good! emoticon

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