Monday, June 23, 2014
When I blogged last I was having problems with body aches that would sometimes leave me sitting in a chair, or on the bed, all day. It didn't happen everyday but it was happening often enough to send me to the doctor. Three visits later, and several visit to get my blood drawn, we are still not positive what the problem is, but we did discover that I have very low levels of B-12 and very low levels of Vitamin D. We are still testing to find out why my levels are so low ( can my body absorb them) , but I now take 5000 unit of each everyday and I am to get outside without sunscreen for 30 to 60 minutes a day. I feel better and hope this solves the problem . My levels will be retested at the end of July and I will know more then.
I am still riding my and enjoying it very much. Sense I am feeling better I try to do about 12 miles a day, five or more days a week. I frequently go off the rail trail onto the roads now to work on doing steeper, longer hills and that seems to be working for me. If my body tells me to back off a bit I take a day to rest. I love getting off the trail onto some side loops. It breaks up the sameness of riding the trail everyday. Yesterday I rode by a horse farm (beautiful) and saw a baby fawn ( really new) running along the fence. Priceless.
I am very glad the Summer 5% Challenge has started ( Go Casual Travelers). I doing the challenges and I the way they keep me accountable. I am hoping for a good week - love that we are "traveling" to Rio for the world cup. USA! USA! USA!
Friday, May 30, 2014
Tomorrow is our last weigh-in for our Spring Challenge 2014, and have I lost weight….yup! - but, not my 5% . I am okay with that because I have really tried hard to get the weight off and I will keep trying. It is going down, not up - so I think if I continue on eventually I will see the results that I want.
The Spring Challenge hasn't just been about weight loss…..it has encouraged me to up my exercise program track my food drink my water eat off a 9" plate eat more freggies do my wellness points and, blog and give feedback to other members and much more. All of the challenges will help me lead a healthier life, help me lose weight, and help me be an active and supportive Sparkpeople member. I couldn't ask for anything more and I am looking forward for the SummerChallenge…
For those of you that would like to join the Summer 5% Challenge 2014 or just see what it is all about, click in the link below. The summer challenge is starting soon and the time to sign up is now while there are still places available on the teams.
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Today I got back on my bike and did an afternoon ride, but I stopped at eight miles to see how my body handles it before I take a longer ride, I felt really good, but I will see how I feel in the morning. Also, today was the day I went to get my blood drawn for the doctor who is looking to see if there is a medical reason for the amount of aches and pains that I have been experiencing over the last few months. It was like searching for gold to find my veins , but they finally got blood out of my hand so now it is a matter of waiting for the results to come in. Since I was at the hospital I took time to schedule my mammogram. It is a nice feeling to know that I am getting my life in order and taking care of my body.
And, a thought for the day…..
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Anyone who has read my spark page will see that I love quotes. Today Maya Angelou author, poet and civil rights activist died at 86. Years ago I took one of my daughters to hear her speak and we, along with the entire audience, were very moved by her words, wisdom, and sense of humanity. I want to honor her today by including some of her quotes in my blog.
1. "I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.
2. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
3. "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
4. "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
5. "I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."
6. "We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."
7. "One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
8. "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
9. "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
If you take time to read her quotes, you will see that her message has no boundaries - it applies to all of us regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation. All she asked is that we be the best we can be, treat all with respect, and do not just take from the world but give back to those in need. The world is a better place because she existed.
Other than a certain sadness that the world had lost such a "phenomenal Woman", my day went on pretty much as expected. It rain here last night and into the early morning, and the temperature dropped from yesterday's 87 degrees to today's 55 degrees. That of course left me with the dilemma or what to do for exercise. I want to finish my Spring 5% Challenge strong, but do I really want to go out and ride my bike in the cold and damp………..Yes I do! With several layers of clothing on, I made my way to the bike trail for a somewhat shortened ride (6 miles). It is only about half of what I did yesterday but I did it, and I learned if it doesn't warm up tomorrow gloves might be added to the clothing!
Also, I want to comment on how much I am enjoying the blogging challenge. Not only do I enjoy reading everyone's blogs, but I also like to take time to read the member pages when I go there to leave a thank you. Getting to know something about our team members makes us feel more like a "real"team.
And, a thought for today………
"I am a Woman
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