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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Uh-Oh! Doctor visit. She's going to talk about my weight, my high blood pressure, sugar, elevated cholesterol,etc, Right? Was I in for a surprise!

When I saw my endocrinologist today, she surprised me! Even though my blood sugar is inconsistent (high at night, low in the morning, swinging like a pendulum from 50 to 300), my BP was high, and my cholesterol is not where it should be, she said: "you're doing great, keep it up".

What a shock! I told her about the exercise and Spark diet and she was thrilled. It's great to have my physician's official seal of approval to add to the support I get here on SP.

Today hubby and I went to the gym and I spent 30 minutes on the stationary bike imagining that I was a kid again peddling uphill and coasting down! It felt more like fun than exercise,I believe I'll just have to do it again soon. Feeling that loose and relaxed is wonderful and different for me. Between lupus and diabetes I don't often feel that young and free, and there are many days when I can't get everything moving in the same direction at all.

Change is so difficult, but I read a motivational quote by Will Rogers today and it made me think about taking one day at a time and just letting yesterday go. Let it drop. Live in the moment. I think I can do that if I go slowly, trust God and lean on all the supportive people He has put in my life.

One of the things I have had difficulty with in the past is--THE PAST. Putting it behind me and not obsessing over what I should have said/done/not done/eaten/thought/etc. I can go round and round in the land of What Should Be Over And Done With (have you ever been there?) until I get dizzy.

But who does it help? What does it accomplish? Noone and Nothing. So for today I'll just repeat my doctor's words to myself.

"You're doing great; keep it up."

I can do that....one day--no, one moment--at a time.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/19/2010 4:51AM

    What wonderful news!!! "You're doing great; keep it up."

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    Great Job, just going to the doctor and being on top of your health is an A++ in itself.
The would of, should of, could of game is what got me here also. And the famous quote: "I'll start tomorrow". Hang in there and don't be so hard on yourself. Your already head of the game. Your tomorrow was yesterday.

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Pray, sing and dance with life. Turn up that music.

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SHERRYJVP 6/17/2010 7:28PM

    I just wrote you a long response, but my computer acted up..so the shortened version is..You sound awesome...keep up the good work. emoticon

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SLEEKKITTY 6/17/2010 7:27PM

    WooHoo, congrats on wonderful news

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I have never blogged before, and I am not really sure how it’s done or if there is a right or wrong way to do it. But there is something I want to share, and I hope no one minds if it seems unimportant. In a way, I guess it is.

But it seemed so big to me when it happened.

For a moment, I was a child again, and I just want more moments like that on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. So---

I spent hours in the swimming pool yesterday, but I didn’t swim. I know, I know—it’s great exercise and all that. But that’s not what I was after. In fact, I didn’t know what I was after until I felt it.


I wanted that feeling I used to have when I was a little girl. Twirling in the leaves in the fall; running through the sprinklers on a steamy summer day; jumping up and down on a mattress with my sisters, higher and higher, giggling. I wanted to be—


And I experienced that again in the pool. The aches and pains of arthritis were gone. The heaviness of steroid-induced fat was no more. The pressures of diabetes and lupus and obesity and depression and hypertension all disappeared in hours of floating, paddling, bobbing, twirling, in cool, non-judgmental, supportive water.



You know what I felt like? Like the vapor trail of a jet—you can’t see the plane, just the long pale tail of a high flying silver bird. When the airplane is on the ground it weighs several tons, but in the air it’s a different story. Or like a cruise ship that displaces tons of water. You only see the graceful part that’s above the water and not the acres and acres that are undersea. The plane, the boat, they just seem—weightless…

And I felt like I did before I knew I was fat, like I did when I was a child, just ‘chubby’. When it was ‘baby fat’ and ‘she’ll grow out of it!’


I don’t know if I’m saying this the way I want, if it’s clear how I felt. The experience of weightlessness was incredible, indescribable, and I wanted to stay that way forever. Like I was back in the womb, before societal expectations, when it was okay to float and suck your thumb and everyone was delighted with you before you even appeared in time and other-space and began to care about the size of your butt in a bathing suit.

So I floated and floated and floated.

And I realized something. Every day has cares and worries and responsibilities that weigh me down. There is always something to do or someone to answer to or someplace to be…that will never go away.

But ---for a few moments I was---


And I believe now that I only need to close my eyes and feel that cool blue water holding me, cradling me, and I can be that way again in my heart.

I have pounds and pounds to go before I reach my goal weight, before I am healthier than l have been in decades. And I know it’s going to take time. And that’s okay. It’s hard to be hard on yourself when you can spend a few moments of your life….

Weightless. Again. And so very blessed.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/19/2010 4:50AM

    What a wonderful blog....so very inspirational!!! Thank you for sharing this with us.
Congratulations on your very first blog. You did a great job!!! Keep up the great work!!

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DEBNICU 6/16/2010 7:59PM

    How very inspirational. How wonderful you must have felt with no pain. I known that swimming is great exercise just no access to it.
I hope you go in the pool again and again.
Everyone deserves to feel pain free.
Good luck on your journey, and let us know how you are doing.

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CHERIEW218 6/16/2010 7:46PM

    What a wonderful way to put it! You have an amazing way of describing it that makes you feel right there. It sounds like a great experience and I am so glad you had the day to play and be free and have fun.
I felt the same way riding a bike a week ago. That childhood joy, and fun, and wonder. And to think, we were actually getting exercise! And enjoying it! That really is amazing.
You are my inspiration. You are a blessing to me as well.
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