Friday, July 25, 2014
I've been reading "The Spark" book and wanted to blog about my purpose, goals, etc.
I could have a different experience than most people starting out with this book. I've been on this site for 8 years. I've already used the tools, changed my lifestyle and reached my goal weight. However, I let life get in the way and stopped "Sparking". So all the weight came back and more. I decided to dust off that book I bought years ago and never read.
One thing I've discovered, is that I need the daily reminder of Sparkpeople.com I've discovered that in my work and home life I need written reminders, a running "to do" list. I'm successful when I follow my list for home and work, so why should my healthy lifestyle be any different.
* as a wife/mother- to create a happy, calm home environment. I do this by decluttering, organizing and using routines to create order.
* as a nurse- to take the best care of my patients while not increasing stress for myself. I do this by not engaging in useless or damaging conversations, and staying focused on my tasks and charting.
My Long Term Goals:
* I want to feel fit and be healthy with minimal stress
* I want to create a happy, calm, organized, orderly home
My Medium Term Goals:
* I will consistently do my home routines
* I will consistently exercise 10 minutes every day with a goal of more on my days off work
My Short Term Goals:
* I will pack my lunch on work days
* I will eat at least 5 fruits/vegetables every day
* I will exercise a minimum of 70 minutes a week
* I will drink at least 6 glasses of water every day.
** feel better**
** less stress and anxiety**
** avoid preventable medical conditions**
** have a calm, beautiful home**
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Well, after my last swimming experience, I was hoarse for 5 days. That's the same length of time I was hoarse after the original throat surgery. I will give it another month or two before I go back into that chlorine filled room at the gym.
Possibilities for return to the pool:
1) just sit on the bench for 15 minutes and see if breathing the air does any damage
2) water walking for 15-30 minutes
3) water aerobics class (an entire hour)
My problem is I don't know which caused my hoarseness, the increased force of breathing across my vocal cords or just the chlorine itself.
Actions before I can get in the pool again:
At least 10 minutes of activity each day, hopefully more on my days off.
I'm not a sedentary person. I'm on my feet 12 hours at work and spend time cleaning , working around the house on my days off. I sit to eat . I sit to chart at work. But my activities don't get my heart rate up, so this 10 minutes is better than nothing.
I'm on streak day 3.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Well, I had a great time in the pool yesterday swimming my laps. But 6 hours later I became hoarse and developed a sore throat. I had these symptoms for about 5 days after the surgery on my vocal cord/trachea , but have not had any problems for 3 weeks. I didn't even have problems yesterday until 6 hours after I got home from the pool. My DH thinks the chlorine irritated the surgery site, or it could be the force and speed of breathing in the pool, or a combination of both. I just know that I'm not happy.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The main thing going on in my life these days is that my husband lost his job. Actually, his plant is closing...so about 40 people lost their jobs. Our second daughter will be a senior in high school, so we've decided that I will remain in Jackson, TN until she graduates next May. DH has a consulting position with his current company that will take him through the end of the year/Jan 2015. After that we'll decide if he looks for work with another company so we can stay here, or stay with the parent company and we relocate....again.
On June 9, I had surgery. I had been having symptoms of asthma, but they didn't get better with treatment, so the doctors went looking down my throat to see what was going on. It turns out, I had subglottic stenosis ( a narrowing of the area between the vocal cords and trachea). This was causing my shortness of breath, cough and wheezing. So, I had that taken care of. I went for my follow up a few days ago and was given the "all clear" to get back in the water....
So, today I went swimming for the first time in almost 4 months. I had no expectations, I just wanted to make myself get in the pool again. Any time away from that exercise makes it harder to go back. So, I took it easy with a calm gentle pace the entire time and my breath came easier, I didn't cough or wheeze. I would say that was a success.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Deja Vu means the illusion of having previously experienced something that you are actually encountering for the first time.
What's the word for feeling like you've done something before, then realizing you have? Oh yeah, INSANITY..... Doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.
I restarted my SparkPeople Stress Busting Challenge today. I wrote in a journal about the things that stress me and possible ways I could deal with them. Then I decided to blog about it. I reviewed my last few blogs and found one I wrote on Jan 12, 2012 when I first joined this challenge. I found that I had previously blogged about the exact same list of stressors. THE EXACT SAME LIST!!!!! Obviously, I didn't learn to deal with my stress. I don't know whether to laugh or cry about my discovery. At least I learned my life is consistent, and that's probably not a good thing.
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