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Thursday, February 04, 2010

My husband is dealing with some serious health challenges, and since we'd pretty much played out what the medical community had to offer, decided to try some alternative therapies. Thanks to a suggestion from someone I met here on SparkPeople, he started receiving acupuncture and has been making real improvement. (Thank you, Victoria!) His acupuncturist is also certified in Chinese medicine and herbs (with something like 3200 hours training, some of it in China) and he was interested in trying that as well.

Misha Cohen is to the world of Chinese medicine in the US (particularly as pertains to hepatic problems) what, I dunno ... Dr. Phil is to the world of talk therapy. On a whim, the acupuncturist called Dr. Cohen, got through (a feat in itself), discovered that she would be interested in handling John's case and had a cancellation *next week*. We don't even have to go to San Francisco, thanks to fax machines, digital photography and tele-conferencing.

Sometimes the hand of God is subtle, and sometimes S/he really grabs you by the collar and sets you on your path.

Stay tuned for updates, and keep your fingers crossed!


What was I thinking?

Monday, February 01, 2010

when I agreed to do this Lose Ten Pounds in a Month! :D thing. Especially a month that is two or three days shorter than normal? Oy.

It's two degrees out. Fahrenheit. Don't I need my extra.. insulation? *sigh*

New week. New month. New start. All that positive thinking stuff. Yep, I'll get right on that.

*ten minutes pass while Cat and I watch the snow fall outside*

Okay, I guess I'm as ready as I'm going get. Now where's my other running shoe... ?

Moral of the story: doing it anyway.

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PAULA3420 2/1/2010 6:25PM

    1. emoticon 2. emoticon and 3. CHEERS emoticon for you!! I am not sure I would have done it. When the snow is flying here, I put in a Walk Away The Pounds tape and walk indoors or march in place. So Props TO YOU!!

emoticon Sending lots of thoughts of sun shine to arrive at your door tomorrow. This has been a tough winter.

I know you will reach your 10 pound goal with your determination! I'm so inspired. emoticon

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C11ELF16 2/1/2010 10:42AM

    I know how you feel. The cold is NOT very motivating. Great job for doing it anyways ! Keep up the good work !

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Baby steps, baby steps

Friday, January 22, 2010

I've tried so many times in my life to get up in the morning and just flat out be someone different - no bad habits or tired old vices, totally positive outlook, etc., etc - and it has never worked. Not one time (well, maybe for five minutes in 1973 - but a lot of things worked in 1973 that don't seem to any longer...)

So this time (to borrow a phrase, "I Swear To God, This Is The Last Effin Time Iím Going To Fool With This Crap" ) I'm going to try to do things, change things, a little at a time. Maybe if my Internal Overseer doesn't notice, I won't have to deal with her apparently inevitable rebellion.

Last night I didn't go so far as to skip the pre-dinner cocktail (I know Cosmopolitans are out of fashion, but I do so love them... especially in the tub while the snow falls outside) or my post-dinner pre-bed sherry, but I did limit myself to one cocktail and one small sherry. And dinner was baked turkey (no skin, no fat), brown rice (a little butter and salt on mine) and fruit salad - and no dessert for me. So that's an improvement, anyway, over my usual two cocktails/large sherry and dinner of less-healthy choices.

And I lugged John's queen-sized box spring and bed frame downstairs and assembled it all in the downstairs bedroom myself instead of waiting for The Men to do it - hey, it's not a 5K, but at least I wasn't just sitting around reading and stuffing my face.

And this morning I actually printed out the SparkPeople pledge card - laminated those pups, even - and stuck one on the refrigerator, one in my wallet, and one right here on my laptop.

I figure that since I'd applaud those changes if someone else made them, I can count them in my own favor as well.

Baby steps, baby.

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JJPILOTGIRL 1/25/2010 11:20AM

  I have heard of this audio book, Living an Empowered Life. A freind of mine who lives in New York told me to get a a couple of years ago, that everyone there was talking about it. Of course, I did not get it when I should have. LOL I did go to the Denise Lynch website, though. I will order it today and let you know how it goes.
I am new to the Spark community (real new) but I think it's going to be a good place to stay focused.
Let me know how you do with the meditations. I think we need to focus on going all the way through it and completing it, like Mary said.

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SCOOTER4263 1/22/2010 12:34PM

    You got me with the words, "I dare you..." I ordered it from Amazon just now. I'm doing a lot of renovation on my house and this seems like the perfect thing to listen to.

Thanks for your comment and suggestion!

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MARAYAPEARSON 1/22/2010 12:22PM

  I dare you to try "Living an Empowered Life" by Denise Lynch....get it on your iPod and really use it. You will start to wake up with everything strangely ok. Its a series of guided meditations that are life changing. I had issues with 20 years of nightmares almost every night. After this program, I have one maybe once a month. I don't remember the last one I had. Its a personal process - you choose the issue you want to deal with and take it through each meditation over a week or two. If it worked for me, it can work for you. I've suggested this to many seems that only the ones who "really" want to change actually do it. A lot of people get it but never get around to doing it. Its sad because they are missing out on their own breakthroughs. You can use it over an over for any issue you are wanting to get more insight and clarity on. Its really unique. Try it!


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get yourself a great day

Monday, January 18, 2010

I don't remember where this comes from...could be anything from local (Philadelphia, back when) news to some exercise program, but this quote is in my mind today, " get out there and make it a great day!"

I suspect we have pretty much the kind of day we set out to have - and if we don't set out purposefully to get ourselves a good day, chances are we *won't* get one. As I naturally run to pessimism and depression, this is a particular challenge for me, but I've been working at it for years, and I'm beginning to believe it.


If at first you don't succeed...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Okay, back to business.

Too many distractions in the last month - daughters home for the holidays, husband's serious health issues. But now kids are back to school and things should start to even out a little. I can make some positive changes instead of just being miserable about the way things are.

My first positive change? Coming back here.

Oh, and I bought a GOWEARFIT arm band - I love keeping track that way! emoticon

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KAYDE53 1/17/2010 6:11PM

    Last month was rough for me too! I say whatever it takes for us to succeed; the arm band sounds like a good thing! Wishing you a fit New Year! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 1/17/2010 1:38PM

    Tell me more, what is this armband you talk about. I hear you about all the things that go on in life that keep us from taking care of ourself and putting ME first. I visited my daughter and in the city for 2 weeks over Christmas and believe it or not did not gain any weight over the holidays, but it was frustrating.... the kids don't eat anything I like to start with. My biggest accomplishment was actually leaving behind a box of chocolates that they had given me for Christmas!

Nice to visit but nice when the visit is over too! We need our own space. Hope your husband's health is on the mend as well. Remember you have to take care of you no one else will and if you're not well, who will take care of everyone else?

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GLASSYJEN 1/17/2010 1:23PM

  That is a good change to start with....spark people! I have wondered about the arm bands and if they really work!Good luck with the positive changes they are definitely worth it and so are you!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

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