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Pain!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hi,

Not sure what I have done to myself but I haven't felt this uncomfortable since I cracked my spine about ten years ago. Yes, I actually had a hairline crack due to falling on the ice while trying the sport of curling for the very first time! And, no, alcohol was not involved!!! emoticon

I noticed my lower back getting stiff a few days ago and attributed it to driving over an extremely bumpy dirt road while looking for another place to walk the hounds. John was driving and I kept joking that I had to hold on to the handle above the door and the one on the dashboard to keep from bouncing right out the window. Imagine if we had been going faster than 30km an hour....even the seatbelt wouldn't have kept me in and I can only imagine the damage we would have done to the truck.

Anyway, I took two days off from walking but resumed it yesterday. Since I was only going for a leisurely stroll I left the dogs home but ended up walking a brisk 6 km all the while ignoring the little voice in my head that said "slow down you idiot". When I arrived home the pain was in my neck and my upper head. Being the stubborn cuss that I am I didn't take anything for the pain but spent a very restless night.

I went to work but my neck was getting worse so I opted to leave early. I think I might just cave and take a muscle relaxant and try to take it easy. I'm mad at myself because I shouldn't have walked as far yesterday and I ignored what my body was trying to tell me. If this keeps up I am going to have to see a doctor. AAAARRRGGGGHHHH

So sorry to complain as I know we all have our own problems.

The good news is I have planned and cooked AND tracked our meals for the past three days!!! I stopped at the store a few days ago for some tuna and ended up stocking up the fridge and cupboards with healthy foods. I even ate breakfast at home the past two mornings which is a HUGE deal for me. Keep those fingers crossed that each day I do this it is that much closer to becoming a habit!!!

Take care of yourselves my friends

~Susan~

  
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ZIPCONTROL 11/18/2011 9:58AM

  Dont ignore this. Take care. Be well soon. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 11/17/2011 11:27PM

    I hope you feel better Susan. If the pain persists please go to the Doctor.
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JOANNANOW 11/17/2011 9:01PM

    Hope you feel better soon. Woohoo on the cooking! emoticon

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YIWEN39 11/17/2011 7:37PM

    Hope you feel better soon! Well done for staying positive and tracking and getting breakfast even when you're not feeling great :-)
That care of that back!
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MARNIKENNEDY 11/17/2011 7:22PM

    When I hurt and get stiff in my back (which has been a lot in the last few months) I put some music on (easy listening and yet not too slow) and move my body in very gentle and sort of circular movements. I put my arms in the air and just gently move in which ever way feels best. I reach out in every way that feels good and try to keep all the movements graceful, flowing and in a kind of circular movement. I have found it stretches out the back amazingly well (better than anything else I have found).

I wish I could show you, but 10 to 20 mins of gentle swaying and moving in ways that feel good can get me from barely able to move to pretty normal. Hope you're feeling better very soon!

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/17/2011 5:23PM

    Sending healing wishes for your back. And kudos on the healthy eating and stocking the cupboards with good food and eating breakfast at home for the past few days!

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HEALTHYBARB1 11/17/2011 4:52PM

    Take care of you and get to that doctor if things don't improve soon. Great job with the tracking of everything!!! Hope you are better soon. Hugs Barb
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EJOY-EVELYN 11/17/2011 4:42PM

    Looking forward to hearing what your doctor has to say. The past is past and while you likely overdid it, you'll listen better and perhaps keep your walks (if they're even possible) with the pooches. Love the stocking up of healthy food . . . give yourself a goodie for this great effort! In the meantime, take good care of whatever it takes to bring improved health to your system. Once you follow the orders of your doctor, let your new attitude get you out of this funk so you can be ready to begin a new 5% challenge in a few weeks in tip-top shape. Prayers and {{hugs}} my dear friend!

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KAYDE53 11/17/2011 3:28PM

    Take care, friend!! emoticon

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CALGARYNEWF 11/17/2011 3:12PM

    I think you should go to the doctor as well! It's better to be safe than sorry!!!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/17/2011 2:50PM

    Take it easy girlfriend! Back pains need rest and ibuprofin, and no more strain.

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GOANNA2 11/17/2011 2:02PM

    Sorry to hear about your back pain. I suffer from that too
and just want to say that you should listen to your body.
If it persists, maybe you should go to the doctor.
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APIRLRAIN888 11/17/2011 1:47PM

    yikes back pains are the worst. my hubby has it.but refuse to see chiro

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TEMPEST272002 11/17/2011 1:26PM

    Sorry to hear of the back pain. You poor thing! Well done with the tracking over the last 3 days. I tend to overeat and overexercise when I'm injured or sick. It's hard for me to skip workouts & I'm always having to remind myself with the "healthiest choice" mantra. The overeating - I seem to believe that food can make the pain go away. It's never actually worked, so I'm trying to let go of it but it's a tenacious little belief... anyhow, my point to you - don't fall for it! Don't let the pain convince you a chocolate bar will make you feel better.

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JLITT62 11/17/2011 11:35AM

    Who are you & what have you done with our buddy Susan with all this healthy eating, exercise & tracking?

So sorry you're in pain. It's so easy to push too hard. Take it easy!

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BOVEY63 11/17/2011 10:51AM

    Hope your back is better soon - that really is an awful pain.
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/17/2011 10:29AM

    Susan please don't mess around with anything doing with your spine or head....see a doctor asap!!! I am proud of you for all your planning and tracking!!

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_LINDA 11/17/2011 9:20AM

    Second Red -you can't mess around with anything to do with the spine -get it checkd out!! I hope its not serious :((
Well done with the tracking!!! That is awesome! That is fabulous you avoided eating out!
You are rocking it! Keep up the great work!!
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Feel better soon!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/17/2011 8:53AM

    Susan, I sure hope this is something that will just go away on its own! I have a place on my foot that has been giving me grief and I have ignored it, myself. I hope it will just go away!

Great job on the food! I hope it gets to be a good habit for you, too! Have a great day, and take it easy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 11/17/2011 8:51AM

    Dear PCOH051610
The spine is like a domino game if it is out one place it acts like a domino and can go out other places- get to your doctor and know what your up against.. I hope it is nothing serious but be on the safe side..
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Red
(I thought my pain wasn't serious, I found out from running I gave myself stress fractors from long distance running many years and with the best shoes- result I am retired from running.. If I got to the doctor in time I may have had less pain now.)

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/17/2011 8:45AM

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Try some light stretches for your back. You might also try to ice the bad spots.

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Way to go, eating breakfast at home!!

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MOSTMOM1 11/17/2011 8:44AM

    Ouch, Susan! Sometimes it's okay to listen to the little voice in your head. Take care of yourself. Good for you for planning and tracking! I think that's a huge accomplishment,

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Two challenges at once? Am I crazy or determined?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Tuesday!

I'm sneaking this quick blog in while at work this morning so if I suddenly start typing in "due dates" it is because of that....oh, yeah...I work in a library and not on a maternity ward! emoticon

I've re-examined what has been working for me and what hasn't. I've kicked to the curb certain expectations of myself (like being perfect) and I'm moving on.

Since I need a daily poke in the ribcage (well, actually a stick of dynamite up my butt most days) I have signed up for not one but two challenges. I've learned from the current Fall 5% challenge team that I like daily and/or weekly challenges. Some of the things we have been encouraged to do have been to drink our water, exercise, get sufficient sleep, thank ourselves, eat our freggies and the one I have the most trouble with....TRACK OUR FOOD!!! Alas this challenge will be over at the end of this week - so a challenge-shopping I went!

We eat out a lot! There I confessed to it and if you have ever been to my neck of the woods the choices for eating out aren't the best with regards to nutrition. We have the chicken joints, McDonalds, Subway, Don Cherry's and a few local restaurants. Now this is trouble for me for a few reasons - our money is tight and there are very few healthy choices to be found on most of these menus. There is one place that I always order a hamburger and garden salad (which is yummy I might add!) so that is where I have tried to eat. The problem is we eat there too often! You want to know how often - the staff has our order of drinks ready for us (diet pepsi and water for me) and have our names written on the napkins with smiley faces! When it is time to order we say "the usual" and nothing else! Friends and family are always amazed at the service we get.......ha!

Okay, to get to the point of this blog - I joined the Spark Healthy cooking challenge which I wrote about the other day. I cooked at home last night and have tonight's supper planned out. I even tracked my food! Yipee!

The second challenge I joined is not related to Spark but one which a fellow Sparker happened to mention on my SparkPage or one of my blogs. It is called "100 Days Challenge" and I signed up for the e-mails. Apparently there is a book to go with it but I am just going to use the online resources and I have printed off the journal for recording the daily assignments.

I need to find something that works for me! Be it stickers and small rewards! A daily incentive! I was even thinking about paying myself a small amount of money for using the nutrition tracker. As it is now I spend about $3.50 a day at Tim Hortons - maybe I could eat at home for breakfast and save part of that money? Have you figured out that I'm talking to myself here? Jeepers, $3.50 a day x 7 days a week = $24.50!!! So, I guess it is tea at home tomorrow morning! emoticon

I read an interesting article on Chatelaine's website this morning (hey, I get to do this kind of "research" as part of my job!) and it was all about whether or not we should be weighing ourselves. It said that the number on the scale is not what we should be concentrating on....surprise, surprise. But for me I need to concentrate on that number for awhile because it isn't moving! I'm going to continue to weigh in once a week (just to make sure things are moving in the right direction) while continuing to exercise, drink my water, sleep, track my food, cook at home, and did I mention track my food!

Sorry to "talk your ears off"! I hope you are all doing well! I really am going to try to catch up with you all because I miss you!

Susan

www.chatelaine.com/en/article/33519-
-should-you-weigh-yourself

  
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IMIN2GENES 11/16/2011 6:56PM

    You're not crazy! I think these challenges will all blend together nicely and give you a great plan. I'm willing to be that you're going to rock the Winter Challenge with us!

Good luck and happy cooking!
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ZIPCONTROL 11/16/2011 1:45AM

  These are two challenges that are actually complementary. One will help with the other. You will definitely lose weight faster cooking at home,because apart from the added sugar and salt in everything you can also control portion sizes which are often the main culprit. You can do this !!

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MARNIKENNEDY 11/16/2011 1:21AM

    I love that your finding new ways to move toward your goals!

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ERIKO1908 11/16/2011 12:09AM

    you've got the challenges going on!! you can do it!! both of those challenges concern very important parts of this journey...so if you take even just a bit from each of them you will be better off... :)

Happy Sparking!!

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_LINDA 11/15/2011 11:48PM

    Eating out does expose you to a lot of sodium and water retention you don't need.. I hope the healthy cooking challenge helps you realize you can eat interesting, nutritious meals at home! I couldn't imagine living without tracking my food. Its going to be especially vital now..
Good luck with them!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/15/2011 9:28PM

    I think tracking is such a valuable tool. And it is so much easier when you eat at home; you know exactly what was consumed without guess work. Nonetheless, it's a lot of work and, at the moment, I'm disinclined to do it. Here's hoping you maintain the enthusiasm.

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YIWEN39 11/15/2011 5:37PM

    emoticon Susan ;-) emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 11/15/2011 4:22PM

    Great cghallenges. Good luck, you are doing so well. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 11/15/2011 2:54PM

    You are doing so great Susan! And 2 challenges! WTG!!!
Hugs,
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BOVEY63 11/15/2011 1:47PM

    Best of luck with both challenges!
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BRIGHTPENNY 11/15/2011 1:43PM

    Susan, I think you are really doing a great job at challenging your self in so many ways! Congratulations!
I personally like weighing myself every day, same tome, same station. It helps to desensitize you to the number and combined with the nutrient feedback from my daily tracker I can see trends that I wouldn't otherwise see. For example, if I have Chinese food, and the next day I weigh myself, and I'm up a pound or more, I look at my tracker from the day before and note the sodium content that I consumed from the Chinese meal. so in this way i understand the nature of trends versus a real weight change. i think whatever works for you is the key. For me, the daily weigh in holds me accountable and I don't get emotionally involved with the number.

Anyway, great work!
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KAYDE53 11/15/2011 1:39PM

    Sure, why not? emoticon

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LUVPOETESS 11/15/2011 1:25PM

    Susan, I've joined several challenges because they all work together. I joined the Better Sleeping challenge because if I don't get enough sleep, my body doesn't get its proper "healing" time. I joined the Healthy Cooking challenge to learn how to not spend 100 hours in the kitchen. I never liked cooking, so I need to learn ways to do what I need to do in the supermarket and kitchen, then get out. I joined the Working Out At Home and Working Out After Work teams to keep me on track with doing that. There are others I've joined, but you get the idea. I joined teams that reflect the lifestyle I have and want.

If you look at the Other Goals section of My Trackers, you'll find Saving $1 per day as one possibility. You can increase that amount if you want, and use that to see how much you're saving by eating in instead of eating out. Your budget will be a whole lot better if you cook in more than you eat out. A slow cooker is a great tool as is the George Foreman grill. Between those, my microwave and my toaster ovens, I'm learning to cut down my time in the kitchen.

Oh! Have you looked at the FAST BREAKS? They are EXCELLENT for helping you develop healthier habits one at a time. It's the first thing SP introduced me to when I joined here and I printed out a copy to keep in my binder.

I'm actually learning to enjoy cooking, and I'm saving money doing it. I was once a fast food queen. (KFC's original dark chicken was my favorite.) Now I'm learning how to cook what I like, the way I need it to be. Now I love grilled chicken breast.

Lastly, in the Wellness section here there's a series of articles in Mind Over Body. One is about the scale. The article teaches that the scale is only one of our tools, and it only tells you what's going on at that moment. Using it too often (as I was) only stresses us when today we weigh one thing and tomorrow we weigh more. I've learned to focus more on how I feel and how my clothes fit. Those are the real determinants. You'll know what's going on when suddenly you can fasten something easier or you wake up feeling like you own the whole world. That's what not getting on the scale often does for me and many others here on SP. I highly recommend reading the Mind Over Body articles. I saved them, copied them, sent them to friends, and printed out a copy to look over now and again to remind me that this is a journey I want to take for life. It's not a temporary, definitely-won't-last-because-it'll
-fail diet.

I commend and congratulate you for your accomplishments thus far, and your determination by joining more than one challenge is noteworthy. You've been sparked!!! See ya along our journey..................

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APIRLRAIN888 11/15/2011 12:53PM

    U can do it

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/15/2011 11:34AM

    Great ideas!!! I did the cooking challenge and it really did help, and yep I cook all my food now.

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JOANNANOW 11/15/2011 10:44AM

    Gee Susan you are going to be healthy wealthy and wise! emoticon

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ANNCHER 11/15/2011 10:17AM

    I always bring lunch from home. I am guilty of weighing myself everyday. I'm surprise how my weight can change after going out or eating too much on the weekends. Then I have more incentive to watch what I eat. Hugs! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/15/2011 9:28AM

    I think that's a great idea! I've really cut back my eating out by thinking about things before I leave the house. Will I be gone long enough to be covering a meal time? What can I do so I don't have to eat out? So maybe I delay my departure a half hour and eat before I leave. Or I bring food with me for snacks and make my meal later.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/15/2011 9:16AM

    You are determined for sure!!!!!! I just want to lwet you know that I think you are doing wonderfully!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/15/2011 8:46AM

    Susan, your energy is enviable! emoticon I think you're doing such a great job of holding yourself accountable! emoticon

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Health scare with my mom and my mother-in-law all in one weekend!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hi,

First of all, despite having had a four day weekend I really feel like I could use another four days to recoup! Oh dear - I think I will do my mind and my body a big favour tonight and go to bed early!

Anyway, the emotional turmoil started on Friday when my husband's mother (age 72) had a partial hysterectomy. John is the only child living in this province but his family has never been close so they figured they wouldn't tell him anything about it. He was worried because like he said she could have cancer and they would never tell him. So, although I'm not really close with his parents I went to their house last night to have a talk with his mom. I sat next to her bed (she is home from the hospital) and asked her what she had done. I explained that keeping John in the dark was really causing him to worry (and I guess in turn was stressing me). Thankfully she saw the the "light" and told me what she can done and promised to keep us informed.

At the same time this was going on, my own mom was preparing to have a colonscopy done this morning. She finds the preparation much worse than the actual test and has been worried sick about it. I took the day off work to accompany her and thankfully the news is great! No more suspicious growths! Yeah!

I guess that is why I'm tired? Although I didn't do any actual exercise today (other than loads of housework) I am thinking that I'm tired from the mental stress of "not knowing"

I did log my food in today's nutrition tracker as promised - I'm about 1000 calories UNDER but today is another day and I will try to improve tomorrow. I'm giving myself a pat on the back for using the nutrition tool because you all know how much I dread it!!!

Wishing you all a wonderful evening and a great week ahead!

  
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BOVEY63 11/15/2011 1:44PM

    Praying all is well with you MIL; and happy to hear your mom's tests came out so good.
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ZIPCONTROL 11/15/2011 1:48AM

  Thankful that all is well.

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Q8PRINCESS 11/15/2011 1:02AM

    emoticon What a weekend! Glad things are okay. Hard having both Mom's ill at the same time.

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JOANNANOW 11/15/2011 12:43AM

    Well done! You survived a difficult time and stuck to your goal. emoticon

Good to hear that your mother and mother in law are alright.

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CODEMAULER 11/14/2011 10:21PM

    You were an angel to help out both women; so glad that the news is good!

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KAYDE53 11/14/2011 9:04PM

    Glad everyone is okay! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/14/2011 7:56PM

    You really deserve applause. You dealt with stressful situations, didn't use food to do that, and helped two important women in your life...and your husband.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/14/2011 7:53PM

    That is alot to worry about!!! I am glad things worked out with both Moms. Get some rest and destress

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HEALTHYBARB1 11/14/2011 6:51PM

    Glad everyone is doing well health wise and now you just need to take care of you and rest when you can!!! Smiles Barb

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CHUBRUB3 11/14/2011 6:41PM

    Hugs to you and to both your Moms.
Stress is so tiring!
Hugs,
Angela


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APIRLRAIN888 11/14/2011 6:31PM

    phew on good news

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/14/2011 5:39PM

    Susan, bless your heart! I was really upset the other day when I found out the day AFTER my mom had to go to the hospital for "bleeding" somewhere... ok, you guessed it. Anyway, my brother told me later that they didn't call me because she was having hemorrhoid problems and the reason she was kept overnight was because she pitched a fit because they wanted to take her "feel good" drugs away! Agggh! Guess I'll trust my dear brother to call me when I need to know stuff, huh? LOL

OH! And I hope both the moms are doing ok now! *hugs* Lori

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JUDITH316 11/14/2011 5:09PM

    I want you to know I'll be praying for you and your family, good that your Mother-in-law agreed to keep the family informed on how she is doing, great news on your Mom, I'm rejoicing with you.. good job on logging your food, I know it will get better for you, keep on sparking and keep on tracking, emoticon

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I joined a new challenge

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hi,

This is going to have to be short and sweet and to the point. I need help with meals and using the nutrition tracker so I joined the Official Healthy Cooking Challenge. I am pretty confident that I have the exercise and water consumption entrenched as habits so now it is to tackle my biggest fear....the nutrition tracker. It has to be done so I'm about to do it! Wish me luck!

Susan

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 11/15/2011 1:48PM

    Great idea! Like others have said, tracking nutrition and exercise every day key to weight loss!!
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MAMAPOSTIE 11/15/2011 2:21AM

    What a coincidence I joined the same team on Sunday. We can work on it together. I get my shopping delivered once a week and have tried to only include healthy choices. I'm hoping it will give me that extra spurt I need.

Would be great to hear if you pick up any great new recipies

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ZIPCONTROL 11/15/2011 1:52AM

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GLORYANDME 11/14/2011 7:00PM

    emoticon Best of luck emoticon New challenges are great because they mix things up . . . help us to keep from getting bored. Enjoy your new challenge!

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MOMGABE 11/14/2011 1:33PM

    Today I decided it was time to recommit to logging my food and I happened to see your blog. Talk about divine intervention. I could have written what you wrote word for word. Thanks for sharing.

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KANSASROSE67 11/14/2011 1:09PM

    The nutrition tracker is what made all the difference for me. You can do this!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/14/2011 10:52AM

    You will do it!!! You really are doing great!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/14/2011 10:24AM

    I know you can do it! I'll enjoy reading your updates! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 11/14/2011 6:51AM

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NEWMAC2011 11/13/2011 11:19PM

    Once you get into entering your food you'll see how easy it is! Once you've entered the foods into your favorites, it's simple to click & add them to the tracker. It'll make a big difference!

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Q8PRINCESS 11/13/2011 10:43PM

    Come on over here and do your challenge! Hey, if you are going to cook you might as well cook for me at the same time.
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BOVEY63 11/13/2011 10:33PM

    Good luck!
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KAYDE53 11/13/2011 10:04PM

    emoticon emoticon Good luck!

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CHUBRUB3 11/13/2011 8:46PM

    YOu will do great Susan!
Hugs,
Angela
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THETURTLEBEAR 11/13/2011 8:13PM

    Woo hoo - you will be GREAT!!

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JOANNANOW 11/13/2011 7:55PM

    The nutrition tracker takes a little time but once you have a good favorites list it takes less time and lately I've been adding recipes that I use a lot to the groups and that makes it easier too. Today I just copied all the things we ate on Oct 1st to Nov. 13th and that made it so easy! The more you use it the less time consuming it becomes. Go for it! emoticon emoticon

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CODEMAULER 11/13/2011 7:52PM

    I can't wait to read more about what you are learning / accomplishing!

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_LINDA 11/13/2011 7:18PM

    Good for you! The only way to tackle it is jumping in with both feet -enjoy yourself!
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CROOKEDLETTER 11/13/2011 6:35PM

    Good luck!

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YIWEN39 11/13/2011 6:15PM

    Good luck! Great move :-) emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 11/13/2011 5:08PM

    Good luck!
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HLOCHRIDGE 11/13/2011 3:34PM

    Good luck!!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/13/2011 3:29PM

    Awesome!!!

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You have to be one to know one - an online friend that is!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hi,

So, I'm calling this past week my week of self-discovery and I've had several watershed moments. As some of you will realize, I've really struggled this week to keep up with my commitment to a healthy lifestyle and I'm feeling the effects ever so bad.

I won't rehash the "bad" things I did but I will pat myself on the back for a) not giving up and b) for walking 6 km each the past two days. I can only go forward and I can't take back this week so there is no point in letting it get to me.

Monday is my start over day (I know there is always tomorrow but I feel better starting fresh on Mondays) and I am making plans already to get myself back into the loop. I know that within a few days of eating healthier and making time for exercise that I will start to feel better both physically and mentally! Who knew that it could be so easy!

Which brings up the whole point of my blog - I've been a terrible online friend to most of you. I've written blogs and eagerly look to see how many of you have responded yet I haven't taken the time to read your blogs or to be as supportive to you as I know I can be!



I feel like I've taken advantage of you and I would like to apologize for being a one-sided SparkFriend! That is my vow this upcoming week - to renew my SparkFriendships! I am so looking forward to catching up!

Susan

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 11/15/2011 1:56PM

    I agree with what every one has said! Life moves us along and we also make it happen. Priorities change as they should, keep your eye on the prize dear Susan, for the friendships are here, are supportive, but it's that equation of what goes in minus exercise expenditure = weight loss.
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/14/2011 11:14AM

    I am glad you decided to move forward and not beat yourself up!!! I have also been a so so Sparkfriend. Life gets in the way and I tend to fall behind. Right now you need to concentrate on your journey.....I am here if you need me.

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 11/14/2011 3:55AM

    Always felt your presence since sparking together. I think everyone contributes when it is right for them to do so. Life needs time to happen.

Look after yourself first so that you can look after others.

Scootergirl in Oz
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/13/2011 9:00AM

    No worries!! Life happens to us all. emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 11/13/2011 8:56AM

    No worries! I'm glad you're making plans and will be ready to tackle the new week. I don't think any of us can really keep up with everybody, we'd have to be chained to the website. Spark on!
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 11/13/2011 4:23AM

   
Life gets in the way!!!

Sometimes time is not on your side and you just can't do what you want to.

We all have those times and nobody worries if you don't contact them for a couple of weeks or so.

True friends are always together in spirit

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_LINDA 11/12/2011 11:54PM

    Way to go starting fresh with no regrets but just keeping your eyes on the prize.
Everyone here understands real life gets hectic and makes it hard to keep up with a lot of online friends. I know when I go into the hospital and out of internet service, I will be missing all my buddies' activities and blogs and will struggle trying to catch up using my Step dad's slow connection. But everyone will understand. I will set my feed to blogs only again to give myself a fighting chance not to take a week to catch up lol. It does seem like when I am away for a bit, I miss someone's crisis or difficult day and I hate that, but life is life. We can't be on here 24/7..
We all know you are a supportive friend Susan,,
Have a Super Sunday!
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KAYDE53 11/12/2011 11:21PM

    I enjoy reading your blogs, don't worry about it! I don't write blogs myself very often, I get more out of reading others. We all do what we can, when we can!! Have a great week! emoticon

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BOVEY63 11/12/2011 11:09PM

    Don't worry - you have had a lot going on, and your friends understand. Take care sweetie!
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JOANNANOW 11/12/2011 11:03PM

    I love your blogs and haven't felt neglected so stop beating yourself up!! I'm still so impressed with the number of km you walk! I hope you are having a happy healthy weekend.
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Q8PRINCESS 11/12/2011 10:29PM

    I think that everyone does that. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with everyone especially when your real life days get busy.

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CHLOE453 11/12/2011 9:54PM

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APIRLRAIN888 11/12/2011 9:25PM

    you got SP the way you SP... but giving some support back is never a bad thing ;p
i just happen to like reading all my friends blog, I don't go looking for other blogs, unless the title jumps out at me... I have a hard time keeping up with my listed friends

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CHUBRUB3 11/12/2011 9:01PM

    Susan, we all lead busy lives and do what we can. You don't hear us complaining! We are here regardless.
Hugs,
Angela
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GOOZLEBEAR 11/12/2011 8:29PM

    You are just fine as a Spark Friend, I don't feel like you haven't been as good a friend as you think you should!!!! We all get busy and it is hard to keep up!!! I saw that you added me as a friend. Thank you for that add. I had added you to my friend's list awhile back!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday and I enjoyed reading your blog!!!

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IMIN2GENES 11/12/2011 8:27PM

    Nobody is keeping count! We all have times when we can spend more time on SP and times when we can't. We're friends! That's what really counts.
Chris

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YIWEN39 11/12/2011 8:12PM

    Cheering you on for your start over emoticon emoticon

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STEINERMOM 11/12/2011 7:42PM

  Glad that I read your blog. We are all doing the best we can in moving forward on our own path and supporting others as well. Sounds like you need support and we are glad to be here to offer it. I am sure that you support many others as well.

I have been reading "100 days of weight loss motivation" and it is really helping me to stay on focus. You can go to www.100dayschallenge.com to print out free materials if you are interested.

Take care.

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ERIKO1908 11/12/2011 7:21PM

    I'm gonna second THETURTLEBEAR's comment that it is never a balance sheet!! (and if it is with some those friendships should really have a closer look taken at them!! (IMHO)) We all need different stuff at different times...and we all have different amounts of energy and time to give...period!!

I'm happy to hear you are taking it forward...that is the only way to go, my dear Spark Friend!!

Happy Sparking!! I hope your week is wonderful!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 11/12/2011 7:00PM

    We all have weeks that require us to start over...thank God for Mondays!!! I am blessed to have you as a sparkfriend! Thanks for the Blog and the reminder that we all need to look at the right things we do and count our blessings! Have a great weekend! Hugs Barb
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THETURTLEBEAR 11/12/2011 6:37PM

    It is never a balance sheet. Instead it's more like a teeter-totter with friends, and I for one consider you a fabulous friend.

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GOANNA2 11/12/2011 5:29PM

    I feel the same and just look forward to catching up from time to to time.
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