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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hello and Happy Monday to you all,

I just realized that it will be one week tomorrow since I last blogged (where does the time go?) and that blog was about S.A.D. I hope my absence didn't cause any concern and have any of you worrying that the depression was worsening. Guess I really should have written a follow-up blog sooner! Oops!

I've had a good week actually despite my back flaring up several times. Funny thing is I can apparently walk emoticon, dance emoticon and exercise emoticon without any flare ups but getting up out of a chair downright kills me. Go figure. It is quite funny if you think about it and has made me laugh several times this week. Like the day my husband picked me up outside our local mall and when I got into the car the pain struck. I think I caused several shoppers to stop dead in their tracks with the YELP I made and then I had to haul my right leg into the car by grabbing on to my pant's leg. Then there was the small issue of closing the car door. Being the true rednecks that we are, I told John not to get out but to simply reverse the car quickly and then slam on the brakes! Worked like a charm and yet another life lesson gained from shows like "The Dukes of Hazard" emoticon

I exercised every day last week for at least 30 minutes so that was good. My weight went down .8 of a pound which was another plus. Still struggling with the nutrition tracker but I'm NOT giving up. No, siree, I am not giving up as that is the one thing I have yet to master and I am taking it on as a personal challenge.

We had our Christmas social with the college on Saturday night. The tables only seat 8 and it seemed like a lot of people wanted to sit with moi. Go figure. Apparently my husband and I keep people amused with our stories and our antics. emoticon Last year our table was voted the table that everybody wanted to sit with...even though of all of us only one person was drinking alcohol. I think I drank between six to eight glasses of water during the night and was the dancing fool (see, I told you my back only acts up when I sit!).

Oh, and guess who won the prize for the table AND the door prize!?!? ME!!!! You would have laughed at me because the door prize consisted of two bottles of wine, wine glasses, a gift certificate to a nice restaurant, two Christmas movies, a Christmas CD, and more candy and chocolates than one would think possible. So, what did Susan do with the latter - opened it all up and went around table to table and offered it up. And to think my co-workers now think I am so generous when in reality I just wanted it all gone!!!! I had two candies and a handful of cheesies but other than that nothing.

Which brings me to a question I have for all of you. As you probably know times are sort of tough right now with only my part-time salary keeping us going. We've made cutbacks and have notified our families that we would not be exchanging Christmas gifts this year. But we forgot to tell our next door neighbours who always come over to our house on Christmas Eve and we have a small meal together and we have gifts for the couple and their 28 year old daughter. I'm thinking it is kind of late to say "no presents' so what do you think about the policy of re-gifting? I was thinking the wine would make a nice gift for Wayne and Chris and I have a nice cosmetic bag my mom gave me last year (still with tags attached and it did cost $35 !) that I could give their daughter...oh, and Mom is fine with it!. Would that be really cheesy? I really would like to be able to afford gifts for everybody but we can't this year so I've made up my mind about it. What do you all think? I'm sure some of you must be in the same financial situation.

Well, if you are still reading I commend your dedication! We once had a neighbour who fought in World War 1 and he had an expression to let you know if you were talking too much...."Save a slice for tomorrow"

I must take his advice and sign off! Take care and have a wonderful week ahead.

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CALGARYNEWF 11/29/2011 6:50PM

    Good call on handing out the candy!!!!Smart!

I would've sat at your table as well!!!Given how much I laugh when reading your blogs, I can only imagine what it would be like to sit at your table and hear your about your antics.

I don't think re-gifting is a bad idea. They sound like great gifts and a great idea.

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ZIPCONTROL 11/29/2011 1:44AM

  You are the life of this party anyway Teddy Bear !! Keep going and all the aches and pain shall move too !

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KAYDE53 11/28/2011 11:48PM

    I agree with everyone else, re-gifting is fine! Thanks for the chuckle with the Dukes of Hazzard trick! Do hope your back gets better though! Good job on your exercising & weight loss too! Way to go! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/28/2011 10:45PM

    I am glad you are doing well. I LOVE the car door manuever!!!!

I thiink the regifting idea is a good one!! Hope your back feels better soon

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HEALTHYBARB1 11/28/2011 5:23PM

    Glad you are doing well!! I think regifting is great idea...just don't give the gift back to the same person who gave it to you or pass it on in their presence...we are cutting way back this year too and with this economy everyone seems to feel the same way in our family or at least understands. Everyone appreciates baked goodies too or a gift certificate for dinner at your home for a quiet after the holidays evening. Take care of you! Hugs Barb

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CHUBRUB3 11/28/2011 4:17PM

    GReat job Susan!
Yes re-gifting is just fine. THe only thing is remember who gave it to you, cause returning it may be tricky.

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/28/2011 2:34PM

    I agree with everyone else spreading the love by regifting is fine and dandy. Sorry your back has been bothering you. I had a back injury earlier this year and also find that moving is fine, it is sitting for too long that causes problems (or not lifting properly). Glad you had such a great time at the social and that you spread your prizes far and wide and had a grand time dancing.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/28/2011 1:52PM

    Your Dukes of Hazard maneuver is too funny! Albeit, a bit sad (pardon the pun). No wonder you and your significant other are so popular at parties!

I so believe in regifting! The principle behind it is so practical, I often tell people when they open my gift, they’re welcome to give it away, if they like. Just avoid regifting to the person who gave it to you . . . and yes, after awhile, this can be tricky (when I saved a basket of bath products having forgotten exactly where they came from). Besides, with wine . . . who’s to say that you didn’t love the wine so much that you didn’t go buy another bottle.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/28/2011 1:23PM

    Secret Santa ? One person

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_LINDA 11/28/2011 1:18PM

    Sorry about your back being a bother :( My back never feels better when its moving too. All this sitting and laying around isn't doing much for my diposition.
I agree with regifting. If its brand new and you have never used it and don't need it, why not see if someone else can use it. Great idea really.
I can easily see you being the life of the party. Every time I see your sweet profile photo, I see a fun girl :) It was sad to find out you are dealing with depression..
You will always be a ray of sunshine to me! Enjoy readiing your blogs!

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BOVEY63 11/28/2011 12:43PM

    Just saying, I would want to sit at your table too!
Handing out the candy was a great idea, and I am all for re-gifting especially when it is something you won't use and due the financial situation your are in. I recently did the same for a recent wedding - with my cut in hours I really couldn't afford to buy a gift. The couple will use the gift and it would have just stayed in the box never being used at my house.

Hope your back feels better real soon.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/28/2011 11:31AM

    Susan, NObody would know it is a re-gift but you. It's a nice, NEW gift to them, and that is all that matters! I think they are perfect, and if you were gifting them to me, I would not care to wonder whether you paid for it or re-gifted it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOANNANOW 11/28/2011 11:14AM

    Hi Susan I'm happy to hear that you were not sinking into SAD. I think the gifts sound lovely... don't worry about how they came to you.

I hope your back settles down. Pretty good to be walking and dancing when your back hurts! Hope your back is on the mend.

I had a good chuckle over your Dukes of Hazzard move. LOL emoticon

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GOANNA2 11/28/2011 10:04AM

    Go for it. Times are tough and I have regifted many times
so I don't think there is a problem.
Also I hope you feel better soon.

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/28/2011 9:56AM

    I just read one of the advice columnists yesterday about re-gifting. She said if it's not used or used-looking, and if you are not re-gifting in the same universe (like giving something from a relative to another relative, or a co-worker to another...i.e. situations where you can get "caught") that it's fine and dandy!

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LORENVER 11/28/2011 9:34AM

    Found your blog from the 5% challenge page and thought I'd drop a line.
I think the regifting is a great idea, especially if you don't need or want the items. Kinda like passing the chocolates, spread the love!


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JLITT62 11/28/2011 8:39AM

    I have absolutely no problem with regifting & those sound like truly lovely gifts.

I know I'd want to be at your table if I were there!

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It's back - My life with Seasonal Affectivedness Disorder

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


November and March have always been hard months for me to deal with because along with dliniccal depression I also have another form of depression called Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder. On their own they are hard enough to deal with but when the two unite - well lets just say it can be unpleasant!

So, what am I going to do? Well, I've decided to embrace who I am lumps, bumps and mood disorders. I'm tired of fighting and I am going to welcome S.A.D. into my life just as you would a stranger. But here is the catch - I am making ground rules and have let this little evil friend of depression know that I am stronger now and it won't be so easy to bring me to my knees. I've already given it "the talk".

It went something like this:

I don't like you anymore than you probably don't like me. I am putting up with you because I have to and simply ignoring you won't make you go away. But when you are living under my roof you are going to live by my rules. Yes, you can throw a pity party but it will not be a regular occurrance. Yes, you can make me feel tired but I am not going to eat out of boredom. I will still exercise and if I feel I need a nap, I will take one. I am in control and you are along, well, because I really can't toss you to the wolves....the poor wolves wouldn't want you anymore than I do! I will turn on every light in the house if I have to and I will use my light therapy box. And don't think I'm above telling my SparkFriends about you and your behaviour!!!! emoticon If you get too much for me to handle I will seek help!

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/19/2011 5:51PM

    I love this, as somebody with SAD, this blog rocks.

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BRIGHTPENNY 12/3/2011 9:41PM

    Susan, as I was reading your blog, I was saying to myself "light therapy", and then towards the end, there it was. I agree that diet can help but also exercise, so as much as you can, walk those dogs of yours and do what you find is comforting to your spirit. I know you won't hesitate to seek medical help as needed for you have done so in the past, so I won't worry. Take care, my SP friend. Dark times can be fertile ground for personal growth. I'm trying to put a positive spin on your situation: you can gain from this time, it's just not so pleasant while moving through it, as you likely know too well. Life is about just that, personal growth and from that movement within and towards others. i believe you are demonstrating just that. Give me a shout if you need to "talk".
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ERIKO1908 11/26/2011 2:50PM

    you are awesome!! i love how you took this battle public...now that we all know about it that SAD best be on guard!! hugs & prayers to you...

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KAYDE53 11/23/2011 11:44PM

    My hubby has SAD too!! He has one of those lights and takes vitamin D. Sounds like you're being proactive, and attacking this thing head-on; good for you!!! emoticonWe're here for you too!! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 11/23/2011 6:55PM

    Stay strong! Put up lots of christmas lights inside! They always make the dark seem warmer. emoticon

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GLORYANDME 11/23/2011 3:20PM

    Way to let your S.A.D. know who is in charge! Glad you gave it boundaries! You rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 11/23/2011 1:40PM

    You've really become so much healthier this past year. You know it's coming & you've developed great strategies to mitigate the damage. This year, I think you'll find is much easier than last year.

Have you thought about ways to combat the depression with food? You want to make sure that you are eating foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, Vit C & Vit B12: flaxseed, olive oil, walnuts, salmon, tuna, eggs, fortified cereals & grains, fresh colourful fruits & veg.

We're here for you. You need extra support, just let us know & you know we'll all come running. Hugs.

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BOVEY63 11/23/2011 12:55PM

    I love your attitude ~ kick that S.A.D. to the curb!
Here's a little sunshine for your day!
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ZIPCONTROL 11/23/2011 9:53AM

  Crookedletter took the words out of my mouth !! Yeah ! Show SAD who the boss is !!

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GOANNA2 11/23/2011 8:13AM

    Susan, you are in control and I'm glad you know
that you are not alone as Lori says. Just keep
telling SAD to take a hike whenever 'he' approaches.
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/23/2011 1:54AM

    YOU ROCK!!!! Way to control your life!!! I love your strength and determination!!!

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CCCARTER3 11/23/2011 12:22AM

    Susan,I am so proud of you ,you are a strong person.
I have SAD also and I got a therpy light lamp,and I love it and yes if I feel I need to I turn on all my lights in the house.
Stay strong you will win.


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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/23/2011 12:13AM

    Susan, I am so glad that you know that you are NOT ALONE! emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 11/22/2011 10:31PM

    Great blog and a great fight you are beginning!! I am a SAD person too. I learned a long time ago that specific lighting can be very beneficial to a brain. I got and OttLite and it is wonderful. I use it for all evening activities, reading, crafts, etc. A Daylite is another good light. Also, Vit. D is the sunshine vitamin and also does wonders for a person. We use sunscreen when we are out in the summer and them in the cold climates, we are indoors a lot so there is little Vit. D absorbed into our systems. I can tell you that I rarely have any problems with SAD any longer. As you are talking yourself out of SAD, you may want to look into either or both of these thoughts. Good luck and thanks for a good blog for discussions.

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_LINDA 11/22/2011 10:13PM

    So sorry you have another weight around your neck :(( But I feel the new Susan is going to beat back these monsters and show them who is boss!
It is a problem we don't get much sun in the winter :(( I have a Spark friend who has SAD and uses a lamp that replaces the light of the sun and she loves the way it works. I was thinking of looking into it as I never see the sun in my dark little north facing apartment and I know that can't be good for me..
You may think I have energy to burn all the time, but it isn't so. By mid afternoon, I could collapse :( I am wondering if this lamp would do something to help my rhythms and aid me in sleeping better too.
All the best, and I will be here for you backing you up when the blues and energy drains hit..

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CODEMAULER 11/22/2011 7:11PM

    I think this is an empowering blog - review as needed, because your words are saturated with wisdom!!


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JOANNANOW 11/22/2011 7:08PM

    I think that was a good approach. Positive self talk is something you seem to be good at. I have that problem too. We have a full spectrum light in the kitchen so when I work in there I am subjected to the right light. Nov. and March are my worst times too. I just came back from a snowy walk ... the sun shone and hopefully those rays made it to my brain! I am trying not to let SAD interfere with healthy eating ... time to go to the tracker now.... so far so good for today.
We can do this... emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/22/2011 6:48PM

    You tell SAD who's boss!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/22/2011 6:37PM

    AWESOME blog Susan!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/22/2011 6:11PM

    What a wonderful power you have taken back as your very own. I love your enthusiasm to get rid of the stinkin' thinkin' that can all too often lead us to substance abuse. Stay strong and you'll be the ultimate winner. WooHoo!

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Why I'm happy today~

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Well, truth be told I'm happy most days which is kind of odd since I have depression. I think that is why most people I know cannot believe that I have been suicidal in my life but I tell them I'm a really good actress. Anyway, this is not to preach about mental illness nor my acting abilities (or lack thereof!) but to share some good news.

If you've been reading my blogs you know that a) I'm been walking the Newfoundland T'Railway, b) I've been involved in the Fall 5% Challenge and c) I'm slightly crazy....snuck (a Newfoundland term for the past-tense of sneak) that one in just in case you thought this was going to be a dry blog! Oh, and please, don't tell me I shouldn't call myself crazy!!! It is not meant as a slight to my "mental illness" but an acknowledgement that once you accept that deep down we are all slightly mad life really does start to make more sense! emoticon

So, why am I happy? Isn't it obvious - I found Spark, I have made some fantastic SparkFriends, I'm changing my life for the better, I have a wonderful husband, my depression is under control, I have two hilarious dogs, I have a roof over my head, and nobody is shooting at us!

WHAT? You want more?! emoticonWell, lets see, in my virtual walk across our island I'm 3/4 the way there! I don't know the actual km check but it is over 650 under my belt. And, I finished my very first challenge and although I didn't lose the 5% I did lose 9 pounds. I think 10.5 would have been my official 5% but the point is I lost 9 pounds. emoticon

I am trying my hardest now to work on my toughest challenge - to use the nutrition tracker. I have done it faithfully for the past few days and each day I fill in that information it is that much closer to becoming a habit. I might not get my quotas in each day but at least by tracking I can see what areas I need to improve on. So far, I've saved $10 from eating breakfast at home and that money will be my spending money when I go to St. John's shopping in mid-December! That is my incentive not to eat my breakfast out.....I get to take what I would have spent and can reward myself later on with a new piece of clothing or whatever! That was my husband's idea and I think it is great!

Sure hope you are all fine! It is sunny but chilly here today - when I was out for my walk I had to wear my wool hat and mittens but it was sunny!


P.S. I just tallied my fitness minutes for the 5% Fall Challenge and I managed to get in 3902 minutes since September 24th.

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GLORYANDME 11/20/2011 5:15PM

    Thanks for sharing your happiness! I enjoyed participating in
the fall challenge with you. Great job on the 9 pound loss! I agree with you lots of good friends on SP. Its nice we can be there for each other on our weight loss/healthy lifestyle journeys. I'm sure your two hilarious dogs keep you laughing! Prayers and cares! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZIPCONTROL 11/20/2011 12:51PM

  Happiness.... is .....well..cool !! emoticon

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JOANNANOW 11/20/2011 10:26AM

    You are my inspiration this morning. Your happiness is contagious! Your weight loss is terrific and I'm so happy for you!
I'm sending you some virtual fruit ... hope the real thing starts rolling onto the rock soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 11/19/2011 11:37PM

    Great job

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YIWEN39 11/19/2011 8:26PM

    That's awesome Susan :-) Glad to be a fellow Teddy of such a happy Teddy :-)
See you in winter for more fun and adventure :-)

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/19/2011 8:08PM

    Susan you are so inspiring!!!! Awesome job on losing 9 pounds!!

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BOVEY63 11/19/2011 7:49PM

    You are doing so awesome! Stay happy Sweetie!
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    Oh, I am so so so so SO happy that you are happy! emoticonI do understand depression (as you well know!), and it is miserable the way it gets a hold and doesn't let go! I firmly believe that our depression has lessened a lot because of the physical activity we do, don't you? I still get depressed (even this week), but I am not taking meds, either. I'll go back on them if it gets unbearable, but I seem to find that fitness keeps the demons at bay enough to have peace of mind.

Love ya! Keep Sparking and keep Smiling! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 11/19/2011 6:53PM

    That's a lot of reasons to be happy! Congrats on your 9 pound loss. That is awesome! Way to go on the trackers... that's been a godsend to me!

Keep up the great work!

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/19/2011 5:23PM

    Wonderful work. Yay for weight loss, yay for feeling good, yay for being 3/4ths of the way across the island, yay for eating breakfast at home, yay for delightfully smart husband's idea of saving up for a shopping trip.

There's quite a few of us that have a naturally sunny disposition and depression. It is such a strange mix and confuses the heck out of others. Glad you enjoy your happiness.

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CHUBRUB3 11/19/2011 3:36PM

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So proud of you Susan! You are doing so well, and we are all crazy in one way or another.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/19/2011 3:13PM

    Nine pounds is big WooHoo! That's 36 sticks of butter that you never want to see again.

Less eating out means you will undoubtedly also get a few less processed foods and less sodium. Another big WooHoo . . . as well as the benefit of shopping later as a great reward. Love that hubby of yours for such a great suggestion.

This can be a rough time of year . . . even with family around a level of loneliness can set in. Continue to reach out to those around you who truly care for your well being. You're doing that! WooHoo!

With three great hits (WooHoo's) you're due now for a home run . . . the Winter 5% Challenge! . . . just one more way you can instill healthy habits well into your core being.

You are on fire, girlfriend!

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TEMPEST272002 11/19/2011 2:56PM

    What a great idea with breakfast. My favourite breakfast is oatmeal with a small diced apple & walnuts with just a dash of maple syrup. Can't wait to see what you end up buying with your breakfast money.

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/19/2011 1:22PM

    You're a rock star Susan!!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011


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


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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.
That is great about your food tracking, fantastic- keep
it up. emoticon

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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.
Great job on the meal planning!

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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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    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..
(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


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


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!



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

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