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She's Baaaaaaack...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Yikes, rough month! Financially, we are wiped out after emergency dental work on my oldest son. Plus ER visits, medication, and 'procedures' for a gi-normous kidney stone in my right kidney.
Having to have stents in for over three weeks really did a number on my exercise minutes for the month! I think I can catch up, and still make 500...I hope, at least!
As much as the past four weeks have sucked, they really should be an eye-opener for me. I am overweight, have back problems, and my knees have been hurting lates. Clearly my eating habits are not great, and as a result I have had to deal with kidney stones as well as other stomach problems. How much more can my body/mind take? I don't want to wait until I have diabetes to really take charge of my life!
I'm on it a bonus, I have some cute clothes that are just out of reach...

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BOVEY63 5/21/2010 11:20AM

    Hope you and your son are doing better.
Best of luck in your journey to a healthy lifestyle and getting into those cute clothes.

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Feeling Nervous!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

So, after having spent the past few days in and out of the hospital, I am more determined than ever before to change my lifestyle. Absolutely NO WAY will I keep myself on track for more kidney stones. Apparently I should wait and see what kind of stone the doctors decide I have (aka, strain my urine until the stone comes out, or wait till after they blast it on Thursday), but at this point I would like to be pro-active!
Having honestly answered all of the questions that each nurse and doctor asked, I can see that my eating choices are still not the best. There is definitely much room for improvement! I have been diet coke free (again) for three days now, and added 'sodium' to my nutrition tracker. In doing so, I noticed the crazy amount of sodium in Lean Cuisines and Rice-a-roni. This wouldn't be surprising to most people, who read the entire nutrition label instead of just the calories and fat....
So, my new goals for the week include finding healthier side dishes for dinners (more veggies probably) and better choices for lunch (that are also fairly cheap). I am more than willing to hear any suggestions for healthy/easy/quick lunches-that's the time of day that is hardest for me to portion control, for some reason.


Things that make me go :-)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Just random things that make me no particular order, of course!

1. Bubble baths
2. Walks with my kids
3. Playing with my kids
4. Hiking (when the weather is nice...)
5. Sweating to exercise videos
6. A good book
7. Having a clean house
8. Finishing projects
9. Crafts
10. Baking
11. Watching movies with my husband
12. Shopping
13. Long drives
14. The beach
15. Vacations :-0

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ROTTMOM71 1/22/2010 10:20AM

    Great list! I should make one of these and refer to it when I'm having a bad day. :o)

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Stressed OUUUUUUUT!!!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This past year has been pretty intense for our family, and it's really been taking it's toll on our lives recently.

It's been about one year since my husband headed off for boot camp, and I started my journey here on SparkePeople. He's been gone a lot since then, with 16 weeks of boot camp, monthly NG duties, and weeks at annual training. Each passing month brings us closer to the likely date of his unit's pending deployment, and each passing month I become a little more stressed out emoticon

I know, I know, I should be talking to someone-get things off my chest. Instead I've been eating more, and shoving all these bad feelings back down so I won't have to deal with them yet. Unfortunately that isn't working anymore. This past weekend I had two full-on, tightening of the chest, freak out, cry and rant, can't breath, panic attacks. One was just because my husband returned a movie, and I couldn't find him in the house! #2 happened because I sent all the boys to Bend for dentist appointments while I went to work-for some reason I think I should control every detail of our lives right now...

So. Here is my new plan:
1. Use the awesome resources at, including free stress management courses and counselors. (I find it easier to talk to people I don't know. My friends and family have enough of their own crap to deal with, they don't need mine to top it off!)
2. Blog-another easy way to get things off my chest. Plus, I'm a nerd, and I love to type. Oh, I also love to earn Sparkpoints.
3. Leave work at work. It's just a job-quit worrying about what's going to happen, and do my own stuff!
4. Continue to track exercise, since I actually like to do it emoticon
5. Tackle my to-do list, one project and one weekend at a time.
6. Lay out my fears for R's deployment and see what I can do to make them better...maybe including my husband in this step...hehe

I think step 5 will be the hardest, I certainly don't want R to worry about us at all. However, he is the calm force in our family and he always knows how to make me feel better. Actually, he might feel good knowing he is taking care of me-who knows...

#3 is actually tough, too. Everyone at work seems to bring their problems to me, and I always try to help them! Then I am burdened, not only with my own silly issues, but everyone else's as well. hmmmm

Speaking of work, I suppose I should get dressed and ready to go. I feel better already, though, and plan to continue my journey here with strength and a better frame of mind

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GPAALVIN 1/23/2010 3:00AM

  I could let you come in the back to tear around on the hyster for a while if that would You could even run into stuff if you wanted to!! As far as #3 goes, DEF. leave it where it belongs!! My stress got lots better when I figured that one out.

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ANDREAKYOUNG 1/21/2010 5:21PM

    Oh Shana.... I can tell how fast you typed that and how you are holding your breath too. You are faced with a lot right now. All I can say is breathe, you are doing a great job and being the best you, you can be....I'm proud of you! emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 1/20/2010 10:04AM

    We all deal with different types of stress. For me this week I've been dealing with stress at work, which effects my sleep. My son is career Navy and he's been deployed to the gulf and other parts of the world, and I always worry and stress. Right now he's back home again.

Just work at developing a good support system for when he's gone, and know that others care and will be there to help. It won't help how much you miss him, but every little bit helps. Write lots, and if your lucky you may be able to e-mail him at times. But most importantly take care of yourself.

I also know that when your stressed you crave more comfort food, I'm guilty of this also. Try have have lots of veggies around and try to find some low calorie alternatives available. I've actually indulged this week and gave into temptation. But you've started a journey, and there are many challenges and potholes along the way. Seek out your support system, and stay strong.

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Another Fresh Start

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ooops, apparently I am easily distracted! I have not been keeping track of my food and exercise recently, and it shows. 10 pounds have slowly crept back on as I played computer games and ate in front of the t.v. Now it's time to start from the beginning...again!
Today I logged in my time from the core rhythms videos that I have been doing with a group of girls, and seeing the calories burned is pretty motivating. We do that video twice a week, and this week I will add 60 minutes on the eliptical. This way I can do 60 all in one day, or two 30's, or thre 20's, etc. No excuse to not fit in a little extra exercise!
Today is also the day that I track ALL food in my food journal...again! That is such a huge part of my problem, and the easiest thing for me to mess up on.
Wish me luck friends, and good luck with your goals :-)

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LDY_ALI_79 10/19/2009 12:27PM

    Good luck, I suffer from the same thing too!

Take care~

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