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It's No One's "Fault"!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I know the scale can seem so cruel (trust me on this). I decided to quit focusing on that 'big' picture of how much I had to loose and just focus on 1 pound a week. Sometimes I get there and sometimes I don't... but each day now I look at myself and say that I am doing this because I love myself... and I need to do this for me... and no one else.

It's no one's fault that I got here but mine. It's not my children’s fault, nor is it my husbands fault, it's not the place I worked, although all of these things may seem to have been extenuating circumstances, but it's all because of my choices.

Now I need to tell myself that I must make the choice to do this for me and make the right choices for me ... and just 1 pound a week is all I ask of myself, just 1 pound! If there is more, than I'm thankful. If there is less, then I will not beat myself up. I’m going to love myself for yesterday, today, and from this day forward.

Join me in this. We can do this!

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CATIATM 7/29/2014 8:57AM

    Wise words. I need to do some mental and emotional cleansing and try again.

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/28/2014 7:33PM

    Go! We can do this!


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COASTAL6 7/28/2014 7:14PM

    Your going the right direction.
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SANDYSHORES24 7/21/2014 2:13PM

    emoticon I needed to hear that! I like the picture at the end of your blog too! emoticon emoticon

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MAKING-PROGRESS 7/21/2014 1:55AM

    Excellent reality check. If we accept that we created our current situation, we empower ourselves to take the necessary steps to change it. If we choose not to make those is just that - Our Choice.

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SWEDE588 7/20/2014 7:28PM

    Becky, Just one day at a time and learn that you are changing your life for the better ,, Good Luck..

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    One pound sounds great to me. I am trying to lose weight but I don't like to depend on the scale. My clothes fit better and I have less bloating so I am happy.

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SHERYLP461 7/20/2014 3:11PM

    The realization that it our own fault is a major step towards healing.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 7/20/2014 2:53PM

    emoticon emoticon ATTITUDE

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GRACED777 7/20/2014 2:51PM

    Yes, doing it for ourselves is the only legitimate reason to change. If we try to change for others, then if they don't praise us, or even worse, try to sabotage us, we easily lose our motivation. But I have to live with myself, and I'd rather live with a smaller me. I feel better (no heartburn, lower blood pressure and diabetes back to pre-diabetes level), can do more, and as an added blessing look healthier.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/20/2014 2:44PM

    Losing slowly is good. You have a good plan. I like the pic in your blog. emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 7/20/2014 2:41PM

    I use fat caliper. emoticon

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By George, I think we've Got It!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Update for those who have been following my ‘coughing saga’.

I saw the doctor again on Thursday. He was throwing up his hands and wanting to send me to a pulmonary specialist. He said the infection was in my bronchial tubes. I asked him to try one more time since I was really unable to follow all his instructions last time on the inhaler therapy because of getting thrush after the first week. He agreed, but told me if my ‘cough doesn't clear up he’s sending me to a specialist!’ I agreed and I was sent home with a new more heavy duty 5 day antibiotic prescription, another inhaler, and a prescription for mouth rinse to prevent any thrush this time.

Day one on and a half on the new regime; I’m already feeling better! I haven't coughed since early this morning and that wasn't bad!! I feel like I can take deeper breaths, and I haven't had a cough drop in my mouth now for almost 5 hours!!

By George … I think we've Got It!!

Strange thing on this whole scenario; my doctor asked if I ever had acid reflux. “Hmmm” I said, “Yes, a few times right before all this started!” Then I told him my husband was having the same thing so I thought it must be something we were eating, or we were eating too late at night. Anyway, I told him that I made adjustments in our meals and also in the position of my head while sleeping in bed. That once I raised my head up all the problems with the acid stopped!!

(But then shortly thereafter the cough began.)

He told me that he feels possibly the acid reflux caused an irritation in my bronchial tube, and then with the added BP med which began causing my constant dry cough, it may have been just enough constant irritation on an already irritated bronchial area to bring on an infection. Thus, here I am today!

(And I thought to myself, "AND considering that I thought I could get over this with Vitamins and OTC meds... without the doctor's help... foolish me!")

Hmm… something to think about, and at any rate, it made sense to me while he was explaining it. He said it was just a theory, and we would never know for sure, but for me to be very careful about acid reflux and to let him know if it should return.

So Sparky Friends, this might be the last time you read about me and my dang cough!

I even felt well enough to do some exercises today with Coach Nicole! Bless her!

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MISSY455 7/19/2014 2:08AM

    Hope you continue to mend, and the cough becomes a distant memory.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/18/2014 10:12PM

    It sounds almost like acid reflux induced asthma. I have it. I don't eat after 7 and have the head of my bed elevated. It helps.

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KAYTIE22 7/18/2014 9:41PM

    It would be wonderful if this was the answer but sorry it has taken so long. Hope you will be feeling better.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/18/2014 9:04PM

    That is so interesting. Acid reflex and coughing. Glad your feeling better. emoticon
Love the picture!

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COASTAL6 7/18/2014 6:49PM

    I'm happy your feeling better emoticon

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Staying Safe!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The morning began normal. 6 am Buddy woke me up to take him out and we went down to get the morning paper.

While Buddy was taking his morning constitution I picked up the morning newspaper from the driveway and began to peruse the events the day.

Front page; ‘Charlene (last name withheld) was found in her back yard as a victim of a homicide!’

What??? She and I were friends for more than 30 years!!

I had to read it over…meanwhile thinking maybe this isn’t the same person! Then I saw the address. I tried to wrap my head around this. How could this sweet, loving person end up being murdered?? She didn’t have anything of worth to be stolen!! She was a mother of 4 grown children living alone. She was a devout Mormon mother who helped everyone in need!! How could this be?? Then the reality began to sink in… someone she knew… someone she knew! But who could it be?

An autopsy is going to be preformed this week to determine her cause of death because they don’t know for sure, and there is a plea for anyone who might know any information. I wish I knew for sure something to help.

Needless to say this has rocked my world! I know this world is not a safe like it was when I was growing up in the 1950’s… sometimes it’s hard for me to remember that! I’m fortunate that I don’t live alone… but there are many of my friends who no longer have their partners and they need to stay safe.

Ten Tips for Women Who Live Alone!

1. Always lock up!
2. Get Curtains!
3. Regularly check in with safety Buddy!
4. Get motion sensitive outdoor lights!
5. Install home security system!
6. Meet your neighbors!
7. Get a dog or cat!
8. Monitor neighborhood patterns!
9. Watch those keys!
10. Use common sense!

Stay safe Sparky’s

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COASTAL6 7/18/2014 6:27PM


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SANDYSHORES24 7/18/2014 1:09PM

    Sorry for your loss! Thanks for the tips on staying safe. emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 7/17/2014 11:45AM

    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, my prayers and throughts are with you. I too live alone and I'm always on guard to anyone or anything around me. Thank you for posting the great safety tips, I have written them down.


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ODAT1117 7/16/2014 1:43PM

    Whoa. What a horrific shock. :-( I am so sorry for your loss and for all her family and friends. I will never understand tragedies like this.

I am glad, though, that you are using it as an opportunity to share wisdom about how to stay safe. Horrific way to be reminded of how precious life truly is.

Be well. Be safe.

Hang in there........


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MISSY455 7/16/2014 2:20AM

    So sorry about your friend. Thank you for sharing the list.

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MEADSBAY 7/15/2014 10:23PM

    Very sad.
It is important to be careful at all times.
My grandkids other grandmother just got pick-pocketed in Paris..lost her passport, a lot of cash and her credit card.
How frightening!
She didn't even know it until she went to pay for her lunch.
I'm so sorry about your old friend.

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    I'm so sorry about your friend.

No where is safe any more. I am from a very small town. My Sunday school teacher was murdered by a homeless man she tried to help. She was the sweetest person I've ever known. And my cousin's best friend was murdered too and her story was featured on I.D.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/15/2014 8:35PM

    emoticon that is so sad. Hope they find who done that horrible deed. And that is good advice even for those who are not alone. The world definitely is a different place. I don't even know if your house that I grew up in had a lock on the door, if it did we never used it, even if we were gone for a couple days, and we had a party line telephone and there were 8 other homes that could listen to our conversations and never had any trouble with break ins, and they always knew who was gone and for how long and where they went.

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JAMBABY0 7/15/2014 8:11PM

    thanks for sharing

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Monday Still Feels Like Monday!

Monday, July 14, 2014

It’s Monday. I haven’t worked in 7 years and it still feels like Monday! The weekend just flew by and was spent lazing around while the weather gave us a rest from the exhausting heat. Now the heat is back. No one wants to do anything except lay down and be quiet.

Everyone is as tired of hearing this as I am of telling this, but I am still coughing! NOT as much, but that damn cough is still persisting! I see the doc on Thursday, and not sure what more can be done that hasn’t already been done. Maybe it is just something that has become a part of me, like a tick. Enough talk about this cough.

This morning was weigh in day for the ‘1 Pound a Week Challenge’ and my weight is the same. I guess that is OK. It might just be water weight since the weather has been so dang hot. I actually have until Thursday to lose this before I see doctor since he has been helping me with this weight loss process I want to be successful. So I’ll drink more water, take some potassium, and see if that won’t help get this bloat down.

Buddy has been lazy too. I can’t even get him off the front porch in this heat! I can only imagine how hot the ground must feel to his little pads… so I don’t press him. He quickly gets on the lawn … does his business and then wants back into the house! Some exercise partner he is!!

And to answer the question that I know you are dying to ask… “No I haven’t been exercising in this heat either!”

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MISSY455 7/15/2014 2:32AM

    Hope it cools down enough for you to get your exercise in soon.

Love the picture of your dog :-)

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    Same here. Suffocating sweltering heat.

I wish they would find out what is causing that cough!!!

I feel just like Buddy does. Call me when it cools off! LOL.

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DISNEY4537 7/14/2014 6:44PM

    It has been rainy here! We could use some sunshine! emoticon I love the photo of Buddy! So Cute! I hope it cools down a little so you can enjoy being outside! emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/14/2014 6:20PM

    It has been a little warm here, so I try to get my walks done early or after supper. But tonight it is suppose to get down to 48. BRRRR, this morning I wore a sweater on my walk and it felt go, out here in the country your out in the wide open, and in the breeze. Suppose to be cool all week, so no excuse not to walk.

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My Week Flew By!

Friday, July 11, 2014

My life as it’s been flying by:

The cough has subsided, but the treatment left me with thrush! Yes, I said… Thrush! I had to do 1-2xday and 1-3xday… by the time the week was up I woke up Saturday morning with the strangest feeling in my throat!! When I took a look I cringed!!! Being a RDA for over 37 years I knew instantly what I was looking at! My throat looked like it was coated with cottage cheese… I had a good case of THRUSH!

OK! So, this can be overcome! I rinsed with warm saltwater, and then ate pure Fage yogurt and made sure to smear it on the back of my throat. It’s just another roadblock to becoming 100% well! But I am on the road to becoming well! And yes, I am finally sleeping again!!

On Monday ‘cottage cheese’ was gone but the throat is sore like someone threw acid on it! Still rinsing with warm saltwater and eating my yogurt. Today is Friday and my whole mouth feels like it has been bathed in acid, and is bright red, but there are not splotches and it is getting better. I see the doctor again next week, but mainly for my weight checkup. There is a positive side to having a sore mouth… YOU DON’T EAT!

Thursday was a scorcher day so I got the Ice Cream Machine down from the pantry and the kiddos and I made vanilla ice cream. They had fun learning how to make it and then eating it... and my mouth enjoyed the cool refreshment. That was a fun time for us and relief from the heat.

I started a challenge with my West Highland White Terrier Fans Team to lose 1 pound a week. I found for myself that it has been much easier to focus on losing 1 pound a week than it was to focus on the big picture of losing ‘say 50 pounds’ that we might have to lose. I’m sure it is going to be really successful! Anyone want to join me? It’s just 1 pound a week!

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    I hate thrush. I only had it once and that was enough. I hope you kick that to the curb soon.

I love ice cream. It's my favorite dessert.

Good luck on the challenge. It sounds very doable.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/11/2014 6:44PM

    Glad you are feeling better with the cough, but sorry to hear you have Thrush. I have an inhaler for my asthma that I have to remember to rinse my mouth out after a use it cause it can cause Thrush. He said many older people end up in nursing home because of untreated Thrush, cause they quit eating and start to go down hill, and just never get over it, so I rinse, rinse, rinse. So take care of your mouth and throat.

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