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Today's Challenge

Friday, June 14, 2013

Today's challenge? Get those unhealthy snacks out of sight, out of the house, out of mind. So I ate the rest of the chips and threw the bag away. Done! Yeah, I know, that wasn't the idea. But I did it right away, thus removing temptation from my path for a while. At least until I succumb and buy a bag of chips again. But that won't be for a while.

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SARALEIGHM 6/14/2013 4:37PM

    To be honest, there wasn't much left in the bag. And I just got back from a 5.5-mile walk on the bike trail. So I know I didn't do too much damage.

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JAMBABY0 6/14/2013 4:35PM

    Not good, not at all, hope you better tomorrow

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Three things

Friday, June 07, 2013

Three things I've accomplished today? Let's see.

1. I cooked a healthy breakfast this morning.
2. I made a contribution to a fund to help a friend with cancer get an air vest so that she can ride her horse again without fear of shattering her bones if she falls.
3. I did 45 minutes on the treadmill.

Not much, but it's something.

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ZBMORGAN 6/7/2013 6:33PM

    All excellent things!

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Mixed Bag

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's been a long time since I wrote anything, almost a year and a half. In that time, I've had a lot of ups and downs, but mostly ups. Yesterday was a giant downer that I'm struggling to come to terms with. My manfriend informed me that our relationship, whatever it was, just wasn't going to work out. We're finished. He called to chat, very bright and chipper to start out, but boy what a switch he pulled on me. I didn't get much sleep, my eyes are so puffy I hesitate to go anywhere today, and I couldn't eat dinner last night for fear of making myself ill. Not that missing a meal was necessarily a bad thing.

So I'm picking myself up this morning. My family has me booked tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, to make up for the weekend I was planning to be spending away with my MF. Being out in public will force me to suck it up and not wallow in my misery. I'm just feeling sorry for myself, I know.

Otherwise, things have been going much better. I have my UC pretty much under control and can eat anything but 100% whole wheat products. I'm getting my weight down to where I want it (my current state of not feeling like eating is a bonus here) and trying to keep it there. Over the past several weeks, I've gotten back into daily exercise, at least 15-45 minutes a day.

On the business front, things have improved significantly over the course of the summer. Order volume has about doubled. Now to keep the momentum going. There's another advantage of not having the distraction of a MF. I can throw myself into my partner and my goal of global domination of the needlework market. Hahaha.

So there you go. Time heals all wounds, no matter how deep.

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MELLABELLAS 10/25/2011 4:42PM

    Well I am very glad that you wrote a blog again (Finally!) emoticon but I am also sorry about your MF.

I agree with MO-WALK, people come into our lives for a reason, and they leave for a reason, too. You are a very pretty, smart, motivated woman who is her own boss and has a wonderful family. You will most likely find someone else very soon! I know that you will need time alone for awhile,and I don't know if you will continue to talk to your MF during this time.
Here's a weird story that somehow fits your situation a little.
In April, my cat ran away. It was very hard on me because I didn't know what happened to him. Every night I cried. I asked God why he did this to me and I didn't understand why this happened.
While I was looking for my cat at the SPCA, I saw a little puppy all alone in a big cage. She had been dumped on the street downtown. She waddled right up to me and licked my hand. Even in my depression of missing my cat I smiled.
I adopted Clover and 6 months later I have a sense of clarity. It was a shame that my cat left me, but without that happening I would not have found Clover. You never know what's around the corner. Keep your head up Sara!
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MO-WALK 10/20/2011 3:14PM

    I am so sorry to read of the end of your relationship with your friend. But remember that "People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime." Reflect on it and move on. Don't let it get you down!

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  I'm sorry :( Breakups hurt so badly. I am sorry you are hurting.


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How am I doing so far?

Monday, May 17, 2010

In January I wrote about what I hoped to achieve this year, not resolutions but goals to work toward. I think now is a good time to see whether I've made any progress at all.

First, the UC issue. Up until last week, I was feeling pretty good about it. I was in remission and able to eat a larger variety of foods, almost back to where I was before this disease reared its ugly head a few years ago. The only things I hadn't tried were raw vegetables, nuts in significant quantities, berries, and very spicy food. I'm not sure exactly what triggered it (but have my suspicions), but the other day I had a flare that's continued now for a few days. I'm really bummed out about this. I feel like such a failure. I mean, how hard should it be to keep UC under control when you're watching your diet, exercising, and taking your medication? One bad day shouldn't throw it all out the window, but evidently it has. Anyway, I had made great progress and am now starting over. I just hope I can get this flare under control quickly and get back on track soon. Without resorting to Prednisone.

Second, exercise. I'm pretty happy on this point. I've been doing well at regular exercise, other than a two-week lapse into spotty exercising while working on my business. I try to get at least 30-45 minutes of cardio in every day and strength training three times a week. I've also been trying to get in 10,000 steps a day, but with limited success. It's much harder than I anticipated, since my work means I have to sit at the computer for much of the day. But I'm working on it. I feel pretty good about this goal. And I managed to lose an inch around my waist! No significant weight loss, maybe a pound or two, but the waistline is a great boost and incentive to keep at it.

Third, my business. Dawn and I launched our Web store on May 1. Yay! It's off to a slow start, but that's the nature of a startup. Until the search engines find us, we're dependent on free publicity and links from businesses we do business with, blogs, and friends, a very important source as it turns out. I'm optimistic for our eventual success. We just need more seed money, a constant problem for small businesses.

Fourth, my relationship, such as it is. Still obsessing, still not sure, wondering if now is the time to just flat-out ask and accept whatever the answer may be. That's a hard thing to contemplate because it may not be what I want to hear. Sigh.

So all in all, two out of four isn't bad. Not great, but not bad.

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GINW1977 6/26/2010 1:52PM

    I found out after 17 years of UC that flare ups can just happen. I would eat just right. No fiber, no dairy, no caffiene, take all my meds, and a flare would just happen. You are not a failure. Keeping UC under control is not always within your control unfortunately. I hope your flare up was gone quickly. I never could get mine under control, so as you know, I had my colon removed. Still brought a whole new batch of problems. I wish you the best in your efforts to stay in remission.

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MNNURSEKATIE 6/2/2010 1:07PM

    Ugh.....I have been in a flare since all the chaos. It stinks. I just take it as a part of my life now though....with major stress comes the flare. I think the worst part for me is the horrible joint pain I get with my flares. I am stubborn though.....I will take mesalamine in any form (oral,enema,suppository etc) but I WILL NOT do prednisone. I REFUSE. Too many side effects. Thankfully my doc knows that & doesn't push it on me. I wish it were easier to control UC. I wish stress didn't cause flares. I wish you many well days.

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ZBMORGAN 5/17/2010 11:43AM

    I think you're doing as well as any person can. I find that with all the aspects of my life, I can only prioritize/focus on so many, and somethings just have to slip. I bet the UC feels like a pot of spaghetti right now, doing great if you watch it, but take your eyes off, and it boils over and creates havoc that takes a while to clean up. That may just be how it is with this disease.

As for the excercise - go you! WHATEVER you can squeeze in is great - and I am the same way - it's lose pounds, or lose inches....rarely both. Muscles must be nice and tight from lifting all those boxes!

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CRAZYLIZZIE 5/17/2010 10:42AM

    So reading this blog is like reading the story of my life right now! I've had a slight flare up (I had a fiber one bar and I bet that's what caused it, stupid me should have known better but I've been obsessed with getting within all my ranges). So yea, I have my fingers crossed too that I can avoid the prednisone. I've been doing so great lately and I'd hate to see it all go away because of a flare. Ugh.

It sounds like you are doing really great though. Try to keep your head up through this flare and aim for at least a little exercise each day, even if it is just a walk around the block.

Good luck, hope you feel better :)

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Better today

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I didn't have to shovel any snow, even though we did get 4-6". It was so warm and sunny this morning that it melted everything on the roads and sidewalks. It helps that I have a southern exposure. The people on the opposite side of the street don't get as much help with melting. So I did my 3-mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD and later my Balance Ball for Beginners DVD, for a total of 90 minutes of cardio. I didn't do any strength training, but I'm really more concerned with cardio and core workouts. I have some other DVDs that include strength with the core workout that I'll get to another day.

I feel much better having exercised. I need to remember this.

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SARALEIGHM 3/1/2010 2:32PM

    I like to do the 3-mile Walk Away the Pounds whenever I can, unless, of course, I can walk outdoors. The Sansone "walks" are good for adding variety to my cardio. The 2-mile one is fine when I'm pressed for time. I just think I get a better workout with the 3-mile one because it takes longer and I try for at least 45 minutes of cardio every day (a goal that I haven't achieved every day).

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1NCEN4ALL 3/1/2010 7:55AM

    I impressed with your 90 minutes. I am waiting for the arrival of the DVD's from Netflix. Is there a favorite one that you have or have used?
BTW I love your artwork. :)

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ZBMORGAN 2/4/2010 7:46AM

    Well the ball workout was probably strengthening and stretching all in one more than cardio - I get the feeling anything on the ball works those core muscles. (Those being the ones that keep us from falling OFF the ball).

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    That's the nice thing we snow this time of year... usually doesn't stay around as long. Glad you had a good workout today. I did make it to my treadmill today...haven't done that since last Thursday. Oops!

Keep it up! You're doing great!


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