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Surgical Suspense!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tomorrow I find out when I am having my knee surgery. The suspense is killing me, lol! I have been waiting a year for this, I just want it over with and move on. Most of you who have followed me on my Spark journey, know that I have had ongoing injuries for the last 4 years. it has been a rollercoaster emotionally, mentally and most of all physically!

I had a good thing going in my gym pool, treading water, for quite a while. I was able to do cardio and strength training at the same time! In January I tore a tendon in my shoulder, coupled with the tearing my knee, treading and swimming have been out of the question. I tried walking with a crutch, but my knee was too unstable. So, for the last few months, I have only done what is absolutely necessary, for work and raising my kids.

Although, my shoulder has not been fixed, my hope is that after I heal from my knee surgery I can get back into the pool and tread. It does not just benefit me physically but it also does wonders emotionally and mentally.

It almost feels like Christmas Eve, knowing that tomorrow the suspense will be overand I can begin to prepare for surgery and be one step closer to getting my lif:e back! I want to thank all of my Spark friends for being such a huge support system, being so far away from family, you have no idea how important you are to me! Thank you all!


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LOOZINITNOW 9/29/2013 5:40PM

    Hope you get the answers and the results that you need and have been waiting for. emoticon

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JTREMBATH 9/29/2013 3:44PM

    Hope all goes well with your surgery God bless.

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Lessons from the Couch...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

They say that when it rains, it pours.... I have YEARS of anecdotal proof of that! emoticon

I have been limited in my exercise since I found Spark People nearly 3 years ago; it's ok, I learned to adapt and adjusted my pre-injury workout into the pool and made a lot of progress. I was able to returned to work which set SP on the back burner (I am ashamed to say) because I was soooo spent trying to deal with the day to day of my pain, being a mom and pushing myself beyond my limits at work.

Just when I realized that I had done it again...put MYSELF on the same burner with SP, I sat down, made a plan on how I was going to do it ALL just how I needed (and wanted) to! I even joined the Spark Coach program so that I would be more than just emotionally invested in my program! Anyway to keep myself accountable...I have decided to do it. This was not a whim, I mulled over why and how I would do it before I jumped back onto my Health Wagon! I came back and reconnected with my Spark Friends in December warming up to my Premiere in 2013 emoticon

As soon as the New Year did the flu! It was ok, I rested when I needed to...pushed the fluids and took walks as soon as my fever broke. I never quite hit my nutritional goals because I really didn't want to push my luck so just as I had gotten over it and planned my trip to the gym. My bag was packed, had the kids taken care of so that I could go straight from work to the gym (I even made it an appt. on my phone calendar!) and then B-O-O-M!!! I was on my way to my car for a break about halfway thru my workday and what happens....DOWN I go! My knee gave way and the next thing I knew I was on my way to the ER!

The best laid plans emoticon

Anyway, so I have been up all night and day since it is impossible to find a spot that is comfortable for any length of time and I have been thinking....and thinking....and SPARKING!

I have made notes of recipes that my teens can make in the crockpot, drinking LOTS of water so that I make sure that I get up and move at least once an hour emoticon and have been reading inspiring blogs all day.

I may not be able to work my program the way that I intended but I realized that I have to do what I can and not take the easy way out by doing NOTHING.

As much as I enjoy a good Party, I am tired of the Pity Parties...there is so much that I have to be grateful for and Spark People and my Sparked Friends are a large part of that!! emoticon

I may be down for the moment but I am not out (as the Theme from Rocky plays in my Head emoticon) SP is more than just diet and exercise, it is a FAMILY sharing a lifestyle, offering motivation and support and love. I knew this before but my time on the couch has not only reaffirmed that but has opened my eyes to a whole lot more!

Now, I can also say that I am also grateful for my emoticon on the was not wasted!

Thank you all emoticon

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CINDYHEN 1/10/2013 12:07AM

    I'm sorry that you hurt yourself again but it sounds like you are making good use of your time on the couch.

Your kids are definitely old enough to cook and/or make crockpot meals so let them. If they like oatmeal, have them make it in the crockpot at night to eat in the morning. Steelcut oats work well that way. I make mine plain and then we each add our own toppings individually in the morning.

Take care...learn a lot while you're off and you'll be able to use it when you can get going again.
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SDUNGAN 1/9/2013 10:24PM

    I appreciate your positive view towards resting and taking care of yourself. In American culture we do not seem to value taking the time to take care of ourselves (when sometimes that is what we really need). Just because we are resting does not mean we are doing nothing. Good for you for keeping a great perspective! :)

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Starting Over

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Making a fresh start for the year...

Making new goals each week!
I am de-cluttering my life (not just belongings but thoughts as well)
I am going to focus on gratitude and focus on the things I can change, not wallow about things that are out of my control!

It is the start of a brand new week in a brand new Year...

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CORNERKICK 1/16/2013 1:56AM

  Good luck

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LOOZINITNOW 1/8/2013 6:25PM

    emoticon You can accomplish anything you put your mind to! emoticon

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CALGALFOX 1/7/2013 9:34AM

    I am de-cluttering too! From your home page and this, I would invite you to join us on the daily thread on our Swimming for Cardio page. It takes a little to get used to it, but I think you'd find good support there.


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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/7/2013 12:42AM

    Brand new week, Brand new year and NO END in sight to what we can accomplish!

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CINDYHEN 1/7/2013 12:04AM

    Great idea!

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WOUBBIE 1/6/2013 11:55PM

    Ahhhhhh. De-Cluttering is the best!

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SLIMINDOWN31 1/6/2013 11:26PM

    Love it! De-clutter my thoughts not just my house! Awesome! I'm on it!

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JUDYAMK 1/6/2013 11:01PM

    I agree I have already started decluttering material things,household items closet 's full of beautiful clothes, books even some very outdated college books. However the one most awarding one is my thoughts & attitudes on all kinds of situations, & ideas that need to be dropped by the wayside. Just like my flowers that I dead head in my flower gardens , I am picking those unwanted thoughts so knew fresh ideas can sprout ,we need to keep focused.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 1/6/2013 10:47PM

    You have a great vision as the essence of your Spark plan for the week! Wishing you the best of luck!

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Weigh in- the aftermath of Sugar Shock

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I went for my weigh in at the Doc's, I did not want to face the scale after last week! I told the nurse what I did then I begged to go one more week before a weigh in! NO GO!
I stepped on with both eyes closed and didn't open until I heard her say, "Half pound up"

I said, "HOW MANY?"
Just half a pound???? The nurse told me I got lucky....

I don't THINK so! Yes, I am happy that I did not do too much damage BUT since I have gone to the every two week weigh ins it makes me wonder....How much had I lost that first week that I gained back PLUS another half pound!?!


Well, I am not gonna beat myself up over it, it's done and I am over it...
I have been on track and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I stay on track!

emoticon for all the kind words and support...


Well, gotta go crack the whip! Spring cleaning again today! I am guessing that my kids are not gonna nominate me for Mommy of the Year LOL!

Wishing everyone a Terrific Tuesday! emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 4/20/2011 3:42PM

    Good Job! Just keep trying.

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Sugar shock!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

OMG...I cannot believe how stressed out I was this week.

It's not like I was dealing with life or death situations BUT I was wound so tight I thought my head was gonna pop off!


I totally abused my body by not getting my "good" workouts in, ya know the ones that get the endorphins surging. No, they were mediocre at best! I shoveled more sugar into my body this week than I have in 2011!!!

The same girl who bought more than a dozen boxes of Girl Scout cookies (and never ate one) literally only ate oreos and milk (non~fat milk, like it makes a difference!) for 3 days straight! One day I had doughnuts and another twinkies for a change of pace. I had sugary sodas and sobbed through a Godiva bar.


It was nuts, I ate once a day and it was always junk....I had a taste for nothing else. The more stressed I felt the more I craved SUGAR!

I had been doing sooooo well up until this week. I gained two pounds but I am not gonna beat myself up for it, today was the least stressful day and although I started the day off with doughnuts and choco milk, by lunch time I was able to start to relax, no more crying jags, no more feeling hopeless....there was a light at the end of the tunnel and wouldn't you know it, in that light was some greek yogurt and fresh berries!

I got the lingering frustration out at the little league game where I screamed myself hoarse! I was able to resist the snack bar and the ice cream that celebrated our victory!

I took my emoticon with me and was perfectly content! Although I was disappointed to find that I would be without my pool for the next week, I took advantage of the nice night and walked around the outside of the mall. Better than nothing right? It was too late to walk IN the mall but I got a workout in AND I was not tempted to buy anything LOL So it all worked out.

At least I am able to re~evaluate this past hell week and identify that I turn to sweets when under a lot of stress. If I am going to make changes, I have to know my triggers, right?

Sooooo, good bye emoticon, farewell emoticon, adios emoticon

Hello emoticon , welcome back emoticon... I am back on track!

Here is to a wonderful, active weekend... emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon CHEERS!

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TENISWHIZ 4/16/2011 2:18PM

    There is actually a book called, "Sugar Shock". I want to buy it. It's about the horrors of the shock to your system that ingesting sugar does! I've been reading more and more about this and trying to really reduce the amount of refined sugar I eat. It really stresses the body.

I've been in those vicious circles before. Glad to see you are getting out of it and moving on. Keep up the positive attitude. WE fall...we get up again! Never give up.

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SHERRYLHBB 4/16/2011 2:09PM

    I'm so glad that your stressful week is over and brighter days are ahead. Sometimes we need to do what we need to do to get through the day. You got right back on track, so kudos to you for listening to what you need from moment to moment.

I hope the upcoming week is MUCH better than the last.

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BRITCHES82 4/16/2011 12:26PM

    Good job getting back on track. I know how difficult that can be! I am a sugar addict currently in recovery ;) Stay strong! emoticon

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CINDYHEN 4/16/2011 10:40AM

    It sounds like you're back on track! Stress really is hard on us. See you at bowling tomorrow.

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EOWYN2424 4/16/2011 4:45AM

    Sugar doesn't really get me, but potato chips are my great weakness.
I haven't had potato chips in a while now, but I did have french fries at McD's yesterday.

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