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Haven't done a blog in a while…...

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 emoticon and enjoying it very much. emoticon 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 ( emoticon Go Casual Travelers). I emoticon doing the challenges and I emoticon the way they keep me accountable. I am hoping for a good week - love that we are "traveling" to Rio for the world cup. emoticon USA! USA! USA! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 6/28/2014 6:11AM

    Have a good weekend...hope the new week goes well for you! Go, 5%ers!

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IONA72 6/24/2014 2:16PM

    I have just started a Vit D supplement too, hope we both feel better on it! emoticon emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 6/24/2014 11:32AM

I'm happy for you that you have some partial answers on your recent medical issues and I hear many people on spark mention that they need injections of B-12 every month. I hope they find out the underling cause of the ACHES and PAINS, because my mind is trying to grasp how low levels of B-12 and D could lead to pain. So, even though you are feeling somewhat better, I hope you'll continue seeking the underlying cause and how it relates to pain. Best wishes!!!!!

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WHYTEBROWN 6/24/2014 10:08AM

    I'm happy that you're feeling better with the supplements but I hope that they'll soon find out for sure what's wrong. emoticon on KILLING it with your workouts nonetheless!! emoticon also on listening to your body and giving it rest when it needs it. I'm happy that you're enjoying variety in your riding as well. emoticon to the Summer Challenge and Rio!! emoticon emoticon

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NEWTINK 6/24/2014 6:05AM

    I hope they find the answers for you soon .... You are doing so good I am proud of you emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 6/24/2014 2:59AM

    I hope they can find out what it is soon. You and your 12 mile bike rides are amazing!! emoticon emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 6/23/2014 8:00PM

    I can't see if you are still able to ride a bike 12 miles a day, 5 days a week , that you have a very big problem. Maybe just a little rest once in awhile would help.

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Tomorrow is our last weigh-in…..

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tomorrow is our last weigh-in for our Spring Challenge 2014, and have I lost weight….yup! emoticon - but, not my 5% emoticon . 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… has encouraged me to up my exercise program emoticon track my food emoticon drink my water emoticon eat off a 9" plate emoticon eat more freggies emoticondo my wellness points emoticon and, blog and give feedback to other members emoticonand 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 emoticon 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 emoticon , 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

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ZELLAZM 5/31/2014 8:28AM

    Congratulations on your progress - I'll be along for the 5% ride this summer, too!

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WIZKEY 5/31/2014 1:21AM

    Congratulations on losing!!! And you are an awesome bike rider!! Glad you are enjoying the challenge as much as I do!!

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WHYTEBROWN 5/30/2014 11:23PM

    emoticon on your emoticon progress!! So, you didn't make the 5%, your body unfortunately isn't a machine that follows calculations. You did your best and that is the TRUE victory so emoticon I'm happy that the Spring Challenge has been do beneficial and I'm happy that you were able to ride today albeit cautiously!! emoticon to getting our lives together and taking care of our bodies!! emoticon emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 5/30/2014 10:53PM

    You are doing so great, very proud of you! emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/30/2014 10:41PM

    Doing exercise in measured steps is a wise move. The body will rebel and pieces will break if you push too soon.

Sorry about your pains. It is so frustrating and finding the answers is not always easy. Doctors like to hand out a pill to fix the symptom without making sure about the cause. Doing the tests is a good thing.

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FITMARY 5/30/2014 9:47PM

    Sounds like you've made some wonderful adjustments and those will stick with you!

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WATERONE 5/30/2014 8:22PM

    An 8 mile bike ride is emoticon . You are doing great and your positive attitude is infectious.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 5/30/2014 5:41PM

    You are doing great. Just don't over do on the bike.

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SUSANSLIFE 5/30/2014 5:19PM

    Hooray! Hooray! HOORAY!!!!!! You're doing great, and with a positive attitude like that, you will succeed......

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Today my body is……..

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Today my body is telling me something I don'y want to hear, and I am getting the message loud and clear. I have been riding my bike emoticon almost everyday for the last week or so, and most days I ride between 8 and 10 miles and sometimes a little more. I have loved even minute of it, but today I realized that my entire body was tired and achey and there was no way I was going to be able to ride. I didn't even want to drag myself out of bed this morning emoticon . I was very disappointed, but felt that I needed to use good judgement and heed what my body was saying. Today became a rest day - no bike riding - but I did do a little walking so I wouldn't totally let my team down with zero exercise points and this evening I am feeling a little better. Am I going to ride tomorrow - I'm not sure, but I am sure I will be back riding this week end. Going forward I think I will plan to ride about four days a week and build in rest days at least until I build up more endurance. At my age my body is taking longer to recover and that is just a reality that is not going away. Time to initiate a new the new plan…….

and, a thought for the day……

He who conquers others is strong;
He who conquers himself is mighty.

Lao Tzu

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SHELTER-PETS 5/30/2014 6:04AM


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WHYTEBROWN 5/29/2014 10:14PM

    Wendy I UNDERSTAND!! Boy have I had days like that. It's good listening to your body because a little rest is all you need to get stronger. I think biking only 4 days out of the week might be a good idea though you can probably make it 5. The other days will be time that your body can use to recover and get stronger. emoticon to walking for your team (and yourself of course)!! I hope you'll be back in tip top shape tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 5/29/2014 10:00PM

    Very smart! Listening to your body limits injuries.....

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SUEFROMRI 5/29/2014 9:54PM

    Listen to your body and rest.... but not for too long. emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 5/29/2014 9:50PM

    Glad to here that you are taking some off days, your body needs time to recoup.

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/29/2014 8:43PM

    One of the many things I like about SparkPeople is learning to be more aware of what my body needs instead of just operating on automatic pilot. That's awesome that you took the time to allow your body to recuperate and rest. :)

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I love quotes that make me think…...

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
Phenomenal Woman,
that's me."
Maya Angelou

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GRANNY2B2 5/29/2014 7:51PM

    RIP--- Dear Maya Angelou .

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WIZKEY 5/29/2014 1:00AM

    Thank you for sharing Ms. Angelou's quotes. There were a few I hadn't heard before.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/28/2014 11:08PM

    She will be missed but her words will stay with us.

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SUSANSLIFE 5/28/2014 9:40PM

    I was also saddened to hear of her passing. I admired her greatly and had wondered that we hadn't heard anything from her lately. I was afraid she was no longer well and so I was both surprised and not surprised at the news this morning. Thank you for giving us this loving tribute.

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/28/2014 9:32PM

    I really enjoy the quotes you leave on the 100 day challenge! Thank you for sharing these from Maya Angelou. What an amazing and lovely woman.

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SMG1963 5/28/2014 8:50PM

    I was saddened to hear that she had past, but I was thrilled to find this on sparkpeople. She was an amazing woman and I am so happy you have a shared this today. Her quotes should be shared and remembered.

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JOFINDSHEALTH 5/28/2014 8:36PM

  Those are some great quotes! Words to live by for sure!

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SIRIUS2014 5/28/2014 7:57PM

    Thank you so much for letting us know. I enjoyed her books about her life in Africa. Great quotes. Thanks for spreading so much sunshine.

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SPARKYFLOWER 5/28/2014 7:29PM

    Maya Angelou was a great woman and she will be missed by many. Thank you for sharing some of her wisdom with us. I really enjoyed your blog.

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Blog challenge - Day 4…….

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It has been another great day here with warm weather and lots of sunshine emoticon . I really wanted to take advantage of today because tomorrow is suppose to bring emoticon rain and lots of it then we will have a few cooler days. Even rain has an upside…..I won't need to water the plants which is always a good thing.

Keeping the 5% challenge in mind…….one of my favorite topics on the challenge page and on my team page is where we list three things we are thankful for and three things we need to do that day. It is like having a gratitude journal and a daily planner right there for me. I do the majority of my spark people work in the morning when I first wake up and I love that each day I take time to think about the day before to find small things that brought me joy. Even when I have to work hard to find something, I feel so much more positive when it is done. Then I organize my thoughts to list three things that are "must to" before the day is done. It is a perfect way to start my day!

Today I did my longest bike ride so far emoticon - 12 plus miles - not that I have become a long distance traveler, but enough to leave me thinking I might have over done it a bit while proud that I challenged myself. I started earlier this morning because it was suppose to get very warm as the day went on and riding in the heat really drains me. I headed up the rail trail as usual, but then went off to try riding on the roads to get some experience on the big hills that surround where we live. It was not a pretty sight and I didn't get too far before returning to the rail trail for the remainder of my ride. I am disappointed I didn't goes as far as I wanted but I know if I go off the trail and work on the hills a little bit each time I ride I will be able to get farther and it will get easier. So that is my plan. emoticon just not yet!

and, a thought for today………

"No one can choose your mountain or tell you when to climb.... it's yours alone to challenge at your own pace and time." Patrick J. Hacker-Harber

I thought this quote nailed it today on several levels. emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 5/28/2014 8:19AM

    WOW Wonder Wendy!! 12 plus miles!!! That's just emoticon I don't know if I could do that. It's emoticon that you challenged yourself and more importantly you saw where you can get better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/27/2014 11:22PM

    Definitely keep the thought that you can do it just not YET. Something to work at and strive for until you are there.

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SPLADYDJ 5/27/2014 5:41PM

    emoticon It's an awesome feeling while out there riding, and sometimes I can go on and on and on! I've overdone it quite a bit too, so I feel ya! LOL emoticon emoticon

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ZELLAZM 5/27/2014 5:40PM

    Great post! I just recently got back into bike-riding myself and am looking forward to the weekend to get in some nice long rides! Enjoy!

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WIZKEY 5/27/2014 5:32PM

    12 miles is so great!!! You should be so proud of yousrelf!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/27/2014 5:23PM

    What a great attitude you have! It's contagious. Wishing you wonderful days ahead! :)

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NEWTINK 5/27/2014 4:28PM

    I think 12 miles is emoticon I am really enjoying your blogs. They are very uplifting and positive . emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 5/27/2014 3:53PM

    Wow! 12 miles! That's impressive... and I think doing the hills as a separate part of your bike ride is like cross-training! Put that on your resume!

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