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Sometimes You Have to Have Super Human Strength

Monday, November 03, 2014

When have I used super human strength? Mine was mental strength.

When Jim had his cerebral haemorrhage. I knew something wasn’t right soon after his surgery to open up the carotid artery in his neck. He would be talking and suddenly get sudden and sever pain in his head. I begged the young resident not to release him from the hospital even though Jim was anxious to get home. However the arrogant young resident thought I was an over reacting wife and released him to go home. Knowing that I was going to be driving 100 miles home with a medically unstable man was a nerve wracking experience to say the least.

Once we got home Jim just progressively got worse. The Toronto surgeon had given me an appt for six weeks but I knew Jim would be seeing them long before that. He was home for 24 hours when his blood pressure started fluctuating drastically. I tried getting hold of his internal specialist but to no avail. By 48 hours he was drifting in and out of consciousness. Enough was enough. I had always been in awe of the medical profession and never questioned them. That ended that day. No more laying down and accepting that I couldn’t speak to the doctor. No more watching my husband writhe with pain. No more being told that there is often blood pressure fluctuations with this type of surgery. I knew something was wrong and darn it all they were going to listen to me.

I called the internal specialist in Orillia and insisted that he order a CAT SCAN for Jim immediately. He argued that I was over-reacting - I asked him how he would know that he hadn’t seen Jim and I had been living this nightmare for over 48 hours. I told him I was taking Jim to the hospital and there had better be an order for a CAT Scan when I got there. He told me fine he would order the CAT Scan to show me that there was nothing wrong because I was sure he had a bleed. I remember thinking what arrogance and then I thought “what am I doing” this man is a specialist and I am telling him what is wrong.

90 minutes later Jim was in an ambulance on his way to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto with a brain bleed. The Orillia specialist said that my insistence that he be seen and a cat scan done had probably saved his life. I remember him saying what a strong woman I was to stand up to him to get the proper care for my husband. I told him that you go to any lengths to get the proper care for those you love. That was my moment of super human mental strength to go against what everyone was telling and going with my gut instinct.

  
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BKWERM 11/4/2014 12:01PM

    Jim is so lucky to have you and Thank God, you didn't acquiesce to the doctor. emoticon

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SEATTLE58 11/3/2014 9:32PM

    Oh my, what an experience of love you went through. Wow, I can just feel it in my bones. I've gone through being an advocate too, for the ones I love and that's just what you did too. It just goes to show that we have that strength within us, it's just a matter of finding it for the right time, like right now, when we need it to lose weight. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Hugs to you,
Karen

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The 4 Day Food Plan

Monday, May 12, 2014

Each morning I have planned a smoothie.I always have Greek Yogurt first thing in the morning but I will round it out with a smoothie when i get to work. I have my fruit - bananas, raspberries, blueberries, I have my potted kale garden with 4 types of kale to choose from, I have my pumpkin protein and I have my PB2 for variety.

Lunch will be raw veggies with low fat dip, protein will be hard boiled eggs, tuna or salmon.

Dinner will be garden salad & BBQ chicken or fish.
For snacks I have planned almonds, a banana, apple slices dipped in PB2.

Now the big job will be to remember to take the meat out of the freezer in the morning so it will be thawed in time for supper and to take the smoothie to work that I make

  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/13/2014 2:27AM

    Planning makes such a difference Smoothies sound great. emoticon

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Getting back on track

Sunday, May 11, 2014

We all get off track, it's a fact of life, because life just sometimes gets in the way.

I tend to get off track when I don't take the time for myself, for my exercise and for my meals. When I get off track the thing I will do is take some time to get myself organized so that I will find it easy to have good meals. I will also take the time to get the exercise I need to keep my body healthy.

  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/13/2014 2:52AM

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SEATTLE58 5/11/2014 10:37PM

    emoticon emoticon I'm rooting for you!! emoticon

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The Fitness Test

Monday, May 05, 2014

It was the perfect time to do my fitness test. I haven't been able to do as much walking this winter as the ice has made it hard to get my speed back up. I wasn't sure when I started the mile where my speed would be. I find it hard to really push myself really hard when I'm not in a competitive situation so I wasn't sure where my time would end up. As well I have not had the same speed since breaking my ankle last May. I did my mile in 16:30 which I was fine with. Not a record breaker but respectable going into the nicer weather where I can improve my time with practice.

The step up test was good. I was pleased with my heart rate at the end of the three minutes. I did have to adapt my step to a 9 inch instead of a 12 inch. I knew my knees would not take 3 minutes of up and down a 12 inch step. Besides that I am short and the 12 inches was up to my knees - how the heck was I supposed to do that!lol

The crunch was better than I expected but will definitely we something to work on. Not something I enjoy doing but I will work on improving it.

Then my nemesis. THE PUSHUP!! I knew it would be hateful. To start with I was mega sore from a brutal Full Body Workout my trainer had put me through the day before. I swear she stays awake nights trying to come up with new tortures for me and Saturday she had all new exercise, upped my weights and put me through my paces. I knew I should have done the fitness test before seeing her however I digress. THE PUSHUP I tried to do one without modifying it to my knees but alas no success. I was able to do 11 modified push-up which isn't great but was better than I was expecting.

So now for the next 6 weeks I work toward improving the results. It was a good wake-up call that I have been slacking during the winter and it is time to get back on track with consistent exercise and to push myself harder with the ST.

  
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JMOUSE99 5/6/2014 3:56PM

    Pushups! emoticon

And Jan, you're just evil!

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/6/2014 3:50PM

    I love your trainer!! emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/6/2014 12:18AM

    emoticon, you completed the test. Great attitude to use this experience to push yourself so your next test in 6 weeks will show improvement. emoticon

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Goals for BLC 25

Monday, May 05, 2014

Wow, what are my goals for this round?

Goal #1
This round is a little different for me as I am co-captaining for the first time, and I have really big shoes to fill coming into the position behind Karen and Linda. So definitely one of my goals is to find balance between my job as co-captain and not letting Jan and the team down and taking the time I need to work the challenge for myself.

Goal #2
My other goal is to get more consistent with my eating healthy – taking the time to make smoothies, proper meals and eating out less. This is a big one for me as I work in a bakery/café so there is always a whole raft of food that really isn’t good for me. This means I really need to work on is getting myself organized so that I’m not hungry when I am around a whole bunch of tempting foods. Work can be stressful and if I am hungry, stress just multiplies my hunger and there are way too many temptations in my workplace for me to resist. That means if I am full of good food I won't be tempted to go nutty on the goodies. The other part of the consistent eating healthy is tracking what I eat. That is probably my #1 goal – write before it goes into the mouth – make it a habit – do it however many days I need to, to make it a habit so that it is just second nature for me to write down what I am eating.

Goal #3
My other goal is to consistently get in my exercise and put more emphasis on the ST. I love cardio but the more I read the more I realize I have to find something that I love in ST so that I get consistent in doing ST at least 3 times a week.

These goals are tall orders for someone who isn’t in the habit of putting her needs first. However I am a work in progress and I will keep working toward these goals. I am going to make this my best round yet.

  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/6/2014 12:30AM

    emoticon on becoming co-captain this round.
emoticon goals. Oh it must be so difficult when surrounded by so much scrumptious food. You're wise to ensure you're filled up on good food so you're less tempted.
I go to a strength class which is how I learned to enjoy strength training. Not sure I'd be too disciplined to do it at home on my own. But love the classes. Hope you do find something in strength which you can enjoy.
Maria

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NEED2LOSEN2010 5/5/2014 5:58PM

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Sunny

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