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Cupid 5K

Sunday, February 05, 2012

We've got a 5K this coming Saturaday (Feb 11th) and my 10 year old son is taking part in it with me! I believe I'm more looking forward to it because he's going to be with me than the 5K itself. I told him he didn't have to hang back with me and could go for it to do the best he can. He's a fast monkey and I'm hoping he places well. No matter the outcome, he's planning for this just to be the start of us doing these together. So if I didn't have motivation before to get back on track exercise-wise as well as food-wise I sure do now!

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PEPPYPATTI 2/6/2012 7:23AM

    That sounds awesome getting your child involved. It will teach them a lifetime of good habits!

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Blog #1 of 7 in a Row

Saturday, January 14, 2012

As part of this week's challenge - Blogging 7 days straight. So today addresses my first high stress reaction. In my previous blog I mentioned we're getting ready to to deal with major health issues with my husband. Well, we met with the oncologist yesterday and we start the chemo a week from Monday and radiation the same day for the next 7 weeks 5 days a week. I say "We" because although I realize it's his body that's going to have to endure the treatment, it also affects us as a couple.

With that said, last night I did something I haven't done in a long time and that was turn to food for comfort. But, I did stop before unrepairable damage was done. But I was so mad at myself since that is something I'd really worked hard on and pretty well had a handle on (so I thought). Slip-ups happen I know and I did stop and not go overboard, so I'm going to concentrate on that.

Keep us in your prayers!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/17/2012 7:29PM

    I pray things go well for your husband. It's really hard having a loved one sick. You are right how it affects everyone.

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KAYELENE 1/14/2012 8:19PM

    Sorry to hear about your husband. You will be in my prayers. emoticon

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SARAWALKS 1/14/2012 8:07PM

    Oh my, do take care...of both of you. It's very hard. My friend and neighbor was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and starts her radiation on Monday. I will fold you into my prayers for her...
Good for you for catching that old habit before it really got going...

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JEANUT 1/14/2012 7:43PM

    hugs and prayers for both of you
don't beat yourself up be proud you stopped before it went too far

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MAIDAMONTREAL 1/14/2012 7:04PM

    Sorry to hear about your husband. I wish the best for both of you and I pray for you both. That being said my hats off to you for realizing what you were doing and catching yourself before it got out of hand. Pick yourself up and start afresh. Keep up the support for your husband too. I am sure with all the treatments he will pull through and be a survivor.

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DANA564 1/14/2012 6:15PM

    Praying for you and your husband. One day at a time just like our Spark journey. emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 1/14/2012 5:20PM

    I have said a prayer for the both of you! We all have occasional slip ups. Just consider it a hiccup on the road! I would probably have done the same! Hugs!

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CELIAMINER 1/14/2012 2:45PM

    I agree...cut yourself some slack. You are going through some incredible stress and uncertainty, so be kind to you. Will keep you and your husband in my prayers.

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2BEEFIT 1/14/2012 12:28PM

    Hey give yourself a break.

My husband was DX with cancer, Prostate Cancer...6 years survivor at this point and DX at a very young age..39! I know what you mean when you say WE are going through this.

It is scary and I let myself go completely. Looking back, that should have been the healthiest time of my life and I was so shell shocked and depressed and frankly had some anger as well..I was also so scared as my kids were 3 and 9 and I was afraid. I was afraid to lose him and what losing him would mean for my kids, for our home, for our life. I froze, stopped taking care of myself, which had been such a wonderful escape for me, I just stopped. Paralyzed I think.

If you are able to recognize a stress eating behavior, you are miles ahead of me. I realize now I should have used loud music and exercise to help me through. It really was as if I did not want to be healthy until he was, it felt like a betrayal. Silly huh? Now I realize I should have been the warrior in the family and showed him how strong I could be. I don't know though...we all get through the best we can don't we. Prayers to You, and your family.

Comment edited on: 1/14/2012 12:31:49 PM

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/14/2012 12:27PM

    Will be prayer for you both, and for your husband at this diffiult time.

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New Year With Lots of Challenges & Opportunities Ahead

Sunday, January 01, 2012

WOW, it's been a year since I last posted a blog. I've visited and left messages here and there on other Sparksters' pages, but no blogs. Well, I know from experience, blogging does help me stay not only accountable but also sane at times.

This year is the year I will reinforce my lifestyle changes into permanent changes. This translates into not letting life give me an excuse to go to food for comfort and chucking exercise.

This year my husband and I will be dealing with a health issue (the big C) from the get-go. He has his biopsy this coming week with surgery scheduled later in the month. We know whatever the outcome of this, God is in control and will take care of us.

Also, my mom is having health issues that are still stumping the doctors. Needless to say keeping myself healthy and sane is a must.

So challenges/opportunities for 2012

1- Keep myself and family healthy
2- Provide ample me time
3- Spend time on what's important - prayer, family, friends
4- Say no (politely) to extra responsibility when it will add more stress rather than happiness
5- Stay positive and keep positive people in my circle

OK that's my start for this year. emoticon

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DONNA2238 1/3/2012 4:00PM

    So sorry to read about your husband and mom. Sent up a prayer for peace in all things :0) thing I did last spring when my hubby was in the hospital (13 days and then 2 weeks home--he has a chronic illness) was that even small things can help big time. I was actually able to go to the gym while he was there---long story, but it was the first time i did not gain weight during a very stressful time! Also I MADE myself eat fruits and veggies even if I was eating cruddy hospital fast food choices. Usually i gain 5 pounds but not this is so hard to think of ourselves when those we love are suffering :0(...but truly it is not selfish so hang in there!

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FUNKY5RED 1/2/2012 11:19AM

    You and your family have a lot on your plate. Your goals for this time are very good. Remember to take care of yourself so you can care for your DH and mom. I will say prayers for you all.

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Got To Take My Own Advice

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Just posted to another Sparkster's blog, and I thought, hey lady you need to make sure you take your own advice. It is so easy to get overwhelmed when we have so many things to work on to make for a healthier lifestyle. So, stressing out over it is sorta' counter-productive don't you think? That being said, I promise to take my own advice as follows:

1. I will not think everything has to be accomplished all at once.

2. I don't have to be 100% on target, just consistent.

3. I will celebrate the victory however small it may appear.

4. I will break up the improvements needed into smaller more manageable pieces.

There, now I've had the talk with myself and have no excuse not to follow this wonderful advice. emoticon We can accomplish our goals.

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CATHYHASSPARK 4/25/2011 11:20AM

    Thank you!! I need to do the same I have been so discouraged lately , so this encourages me .

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JASTOLT 1/3/2011 10:03PM

    It is really hard to not take the all or nothing attitude. It is something I have been working on for a very long time. Here is to finding the balance!

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    Awesome advice. I've come to the same conclusion myself!

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RUN2BEFREE 1/2/2011 7:14PM

    Like this! What a great attitude! I need to learn to be more like this myself.

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Different Outlook This New Year Than Last's

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Last year at this time, I was miserable both emotionally and physically. Had just lost my job due to plant closing (first time unemployed in more than 30 years) and my health and self-esteem was not the best in the world. Fast forward to today. Recently employed, and a bonus it's close to home. As for my health and self-esteem, I've lost 50 lbs +/- and off my blood pressure and cholesterol medication.

Although, I've not kept up my healthier lifestyle practices in place the last couple of months, I'm ready to re-initiate and get the next 50 lbs off. One of the many things I've learned is how important it is to keep moving. I don't care if it's just 10 or 15 minutes a day, move! The other, track your food. When you see what it amounts to in numbers it hits home a little more.

So, for all those starting out on this journey for the first time, hang in there, you can do it and YES you may have setbacks, but don't let that deter you from getting right back up and moving on!!!

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JASTOLT 1/3/2011 10:01PM

    Welcome back! Here's to a fabulous and positive 2011!

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    2011 will be a great year!

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WICCANCHICK73 1/1/2011 9:27PM

    I have stepped off of my path in the past month as well.....
However, I haven't stepped so far off that I can't see it....
I'm stepping back on....right now.
Apparently, we both are.

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STEPHENHE1 1/1/2011 8:16PM

  Great message. Remember if we learn from the set backs then they are worth it. If we don't change from them, then same on us for letting them take control.

Happy New Year.


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