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Exercise is tough right now

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm still working through a lot of issues...I'm fighting depression and anger.
And I cannot afford to hang on to either one.

My food pendulum finally stopped swinging between not eating anything and bingeing. But I'm having a rough time getting motivated to exercise again. My heart isn't into dancing, and walking let's me think too much and drags me down. I could use some help.

here's a smile for you

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/28/2010 12:21PM

    Your toes have been over ruled. Get your butt out there and exercise. Seriously, I wish I were there because I would come and get you and take you for a walk. Forget your troubles and just walk. The exercise will help the depression and anger. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Spring. Please do this for me. emoticon

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KATIEJO5 4/28/2010 11:47AM

    So many good suggestions, Sher. I know when you are depressed, it is tough to do anything.
Focus on the good job you are doing on eating.
I also crank up the music when my thoughts overwhelm me when I am working out.
You might try a new workout DVD. When I have to concentrate to learn a new routine, it keeps my mind from engaging in those dark thoughts.
We are all here for you. Wish we were closer so we could all come by and spend some time with you, laughing and talking!

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PATRICIAANN46 4/28/2010 11:44AM

  You have been given some great advice from the comments above. I would only add, that I think that your unbelievable sense of humor will also keep you strong. You normally tend to look at the humorous side of life, and this will slowly, but surely come back each day to make you stronger. Without my sense of humor, some of the issues I have had to endure would have beaten me. You will be fine. Time is definitely a healer. emoticon

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IMPROVINGME 4/28/2010 10:55AM

    How about some strength exercises while sitting in a chair watching some of your favorite movies? There are a lot of exercises listed on the fitness page. This may sound too passive for you, but don't beat yourself up right now. Do what you need to do at your own pace and don't set yourself up for thinking you've failed the exercise part. You haven't. You may just not be ready yet. Little by little you can get back into it. We're all wanting to help and make suggestions, but you've got to do it your way, which ever way you choose. Make it right for you.
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DOCYJK 4/28/2010 10:39AM

    Have you thought about taking a class in something? I find that getting out of the house and somewhere with people, particularly doing something I'm not used to, is a great distractor as well as improving my mood. Didn't you mention that there is a water aerobics place near you? Now might be the time to jump in the pool, so to speak! Time will heal - it just does take time! Hugs - Yvonne


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BROOKDOESLIFE 4/28/2010 9:51AM

    I know you've had a rough couple of weeks. Do you listen to musck while you walk? I don't know if that would help, but it helps me drown out my own thoughts while I'm working out if I don't want to hear them. You will get back into your dancing, it will just take some time. I definitely agree with going and trying a class at the gym, because that will help push you and take your mind off of things. Hang in there b/c we are here for you.
I'm glad that you are ready to get back on track with your eating and exercising! Just remember that you are worth it!!
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46SHADOW 4/28/2010 9:35AM

    what helps me is knowing that the first two minutes of a cardio is willpower. After that I get into it. When I'm dealing with difficult stuff and don't seem to have the energy todo it..I remember a phrase on of the spark friends said '98% is showing up' and then I plan just to show up. Of course if you can push the cardio, then you get the endorphins and feel better. And then over time,I have seen my endurance to increase etc and a positive cycle begins.So my recommendation is plan to show up for two minutes and then let momentum take over.if dancing isn't doing it and walking isn't good, try a class maybe with a friend and let the instructor and the music help push you.
So sorry to hear that your dealing with difficult stuff. Caring thoughts being sent your way. emoticon emoticon

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MEL_UNRAU 4/28/2010 9:30AM


I know you have been through so much lately and I am so glad that you are feeling in control of your eating again. Keep moving a little each day, and your heart will get into it.

You are a hero!

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Don't let yourself go

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

There are a million reasons why we let ourselves go,
But we can all relate to how it felt when we got there.
This is a tough time for me...
So I'm reaching for my antidote...humor.

Hope this puts a smile on your face
It is a clip from Shrek 4
Shrek meets Puss

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IMPROVINGME 4/28/2010 10:56AM

    Too funny! I think I did this BEFORE retirement!

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    Loved the video. LOL.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/27/2010 12:16PM

  HUMOR has ALWAYS served me best when circumstances tend to pull me down. I know it will work for you. You are STRONG.....

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KATIEJO5 4/27/2010 11:55AM

    Sher, you find the funniest clips for us! And yes, we will never go back!!!!!

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BROOKDOESLIFE 4/27/2010 10:38AM

    That is so funny!
You are NEVER going back. You can do this!


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FRENCHTOSD 4/27/2010 10:01AM

    Oh my goodness - that is too funny! Thanks for sharing!

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Until I See You Again

Friday, April 23, 2010

I love you Dad
See you on the other side.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/23/2010 9:00PM

  I hope he meets my Dad, who was/is a character and would be fun to get to know. emoticon

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46SHADOW 4/23/2010 4:44PM

    That sounds so peaceful to me. Sorry for your loss. emoticon

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    I am so sorry about your father!! emoticon

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FLUTTERFLI 4/23/2010 1:45PM

    I take it you lost your Dad. I'm soooooo..... sorry !!! I know how it is. I lost my Dad just about 18 yrs. ago. I can tell you it does get easier with time. You never get over missing them, he'll always be in your heart and mind. Try to focus on all the good memories, they help you get through. My Mom died 1 yr. before Daddy, and 3 months before that, my Father in law died. it was a yr. from Hell!!! But we got through it. If you ever need to talk, I'm here. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Take care, keep safe and God Bless!
Love ya' Flutterfli emoticon emoticon

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A Letter to My Body

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Dearest,

I know our relationship had reached a low point, not too long ago, when you really started to breakdown on me. You were hurting, and all I did was ignore you, and neglect your needs. I know you kept trying to tell me something was wrong, but I just wouldnít listen. Now I realize that the problem was all in my head, for not seeing in the mirror, what was right in front of me. You WERE speaking to me, but I refused to understand. I just kept putting immediate gratification before the things I should have taken care of; healthy eating, exercise, balancing work and play.

Well, now that Iíve come to terms with what IS important, I think youíll admit that things are improving. The girls are happier. There is less of a WEIGHT issue and we are enjoying better results. What's BEHIND us is less important than it was before. The MIDDLE ground is becoming more defined. And to top things off, our relationship is FIRMING UP nicely.

I promise to keep working at making you happy. I want us to be together in a healthy relationship for a very long time. If I push you too hard, Iím sure youíll let me know.


P.S. Please don't be mad if I flirt with a piece of chocolate every now and then

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KATIEJO5 4/27/2010 11:56AM

    See what I miss when I go away for a few days?

Love your humor and insight, as always!

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BROOKDOESLIFE 4/19/2010 5:54PM

    Loved this blog. Love your attitude!


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DAVESTOOK1913 4/18/2010 11:42PM

    awww, very cute. I think we all need to write that letter to ourselves and realize how much we ARE worth the love

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BARBIE66 4/17/2010 1:48PM

    Your post has given me an idea to make a me letter that is so cute .. love the idea keep it up emoticon

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GRANDMAMAOF3 4/17/2010 1:14PM

    That's great! I need to write me a letter! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/17/2010 12:39PM

  YOU are the BEST!!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/17/2010 11:07AM

    Chocolate is good for you. Flirt away.

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FRENCHTOSD 4/17/2010 11:06AM

    Excellent post - and a great attitude!

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LUVINRONI2DAY 4/17/2010 9:55AM

    I loved it! My body has been sending me SOS messages for quite some time, and I need to send it some love by eating right, exercising, and livng healthy.
Keep up the good work!
Roni emoticon

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STRINGS58 4/17/2010 8:23AM

    Nice! Keep up the good dialogue!!! emoticon

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Skipping Meals

Friday, April 16, 2010

On a serious note:
I really really don't do well when I wait too long to eat. I can barely think straight and my mood swings...WELL, let's not go there.

I think I'm going to start carrying some nuts with me, so if I get one of these crazy episodes...I don't attack someone. Believe it or not, lately I've started getting so involved in things...I have to remind myself it's time to eat.
But at that point, when I do get something to eat ...WHOA!!! Stand back.

Trust me...that's a new one on me.
It's either really low blood sugar or Alzheimer's.

But, it's still a nice feeling, my life doesn't revolve around food anymore.

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SCOOTER4263 4/17/2010 8:16AM

    Yeah, I've learned the same thing. When my husband looks at me oddly and says, "Scooter, do you think maybe you should eat something?" I know I"m being unreasonably crabby, and he wants to feed me before, like the lion, I bite his head off!

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SOCKS117 4/16/2010 5:38PM

  Best snacks to regulate blood sugar are ones that have both simple carbs (like orange juice) and protein (like cheese or nuts) so you are on the right track.

Try adding some orange juice to give you quick energy - so that your body doesn't keep thinking it needs food. This in addition to a snack with protein to keep blood sugar stable should keep you from a crash.

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BROOKDOESLIFE 4/16/2010 3:40PM

    I'm the same way! If I don't eat on time, I get so cranky! I'm glad I"m not the only one who is like this.


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KATIEJO5 4/16/2010 12:00PM

    Oh, yeah. I sprout horns and a tail if I go too long between eats! I had some severe hypoglycemic episodes in college- you would think I would learn my lesson!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/16/2010 10:42AM

    I always carry nuts with me and sometimes keep a Slim Jim in the car.

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46SHADOW 4/16/2010 10:42AM

    Wow! i've always admired people who can do that-miss a meal that is. sounds like some planned intake is indicated so the lion isn't woken up.

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/16/2010 10:26AM

    How come you can't eat earlier? By the way, I agree with what PATRICIAANN46 said about it kicking you off a plateau.. :-)

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PATRICIAANN46 4/16/2010 9:26AM

  If you can eat 6 small meals a day, it should keep your blood sugar level and might even speed up your metabolism to rock you off your plateau. Couldn't hurt to try.....
I carry small bags of trail mix and fruit so I'm not tempted by the "OTHERS"!

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DREENAMT 4/16/2010 8:44AM

    SOOO true. I woke up this morning resolving to EAT -- there was a little episode with three fun-size TWIX yesterday I'd like to avoid rerunning! Have a happy weekend.

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SAMMYLYNNE 4/16/2010 8:17AM

    It is imperative that you don't allow yourself to become really hungry because your body will go into storage mode. It will think it isn't going to get another meal for say 8hrs. so it stores what you ate as fat. 3 meals and 2 snack or 3 small meals and 3 snack. Don't let your body become hungry or your scale my go up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YAYAMEMA 4/16/2010 7:41AM

  I understand, I am so use to eating 3 squares that I can tell the difference too emoticon

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SRFRGRL7163 4/16/2010 7:39AM

    My daughter has the same problem. It's absolutely horrible if she doesn't eat on a regular basis. I've had her checked for hypoglycemia, but it isn't that. I can't remember the huge name they called it. When she was in first grade, her teacher noticed this, called it to my attention, and she started feeding her a small snack before lunch. At 12, she still has this problem. I keep small healthy snacks about, and when she starts getting nasty, she'll grab something, within minutes she's fine, lol. Nuts, crackers, whatever, just keep something on hand for the in-between and you'll be fine. Good luck to you!

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