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3 weeks in..

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I started my return journey on Sparkpeople the beginning of this month. I have stayed true for the past 3 weeks. While only seeing a small change on the scale I am happy with the changes I have made.

My eating has been much healthier. I am cooking and eating regular meals again. I had slipped back into the old habit of just munching whenever, wherever, and whatever I felt like. Mostly just because it was there. I am now getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in my daily nutrition.

While I had been trying to get 8000 steps a day in I never pushed to get the numbers. My week-end numbers used to be horrible! Now I get to 8000 steps most days and many days I am over 10000. That is my new goal number. This also includes the week-ends now! No more vegging my week-end away!

I enjoy visiting Sparkpeople and tracking what I have accomplished. I also like making new friends. We can journey the path together and it becomes more fun and even seems a little easier.

Keep moving my friends; We can do this!

  
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BETHLOVESBIKING 10/20/2013 8:34AM

    Good for you! I've also just recently returned to SP and find it really keeps me on-track. I'm also counting my steps every day (fitbit) but have only gotten to 10,000 3 times in 2 weeks. But it keeps me motivated and thinking about it. Gradually getting better.
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Strength starts in the mind.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I have tried and failed more than once to get back into my good habits for a healthy lifestyle. I know this is what I want to do, but it seems so hard to get started again! This time I am going to make a good start of it because I know that I must get my mind totally behind my strategy as a first step!

As I sit and visualize myself being more active I know how many benefits I can reap from this lifestyle. I can not only lose weight and gain strength, but I can also gain energy and stamina. A stronger body can handle stress and pain better.

I will succeed this time because I have thought it through and know what I want, and what I want is to succeed!

  


Cancer Survivor

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I am more fortunate than many as I did not know about the cancer until after it was already removed from my body. Tests on my removed thyroid found cancer. Not an aggressive form; from what they tell me it is one that generally stays in the thyroid. That is good news. I had my thyroid out so I am cancer free. I will have to take a radioactive pill to kill any bits of the thyroid they may have missed.

I will admit I am a bit nervous about the pill. I have heard I will have to avoid contact with other people and pets for a couple of days. Not completely, but no prolonged contact. I can avoid people, but my kitties are not going to like me hiding from them.

I believe when this is all finished there is really no chance of this cancer returning. That in itself is a blessing.

  
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SKAYT77 9/9/2011 11:08PM

    Vicki I didn't run 2 miles.. but I walked it.. only 18 minute miles, but I will be able to go farther & faster again someday. My thyroid was enlarged.. the size of a fist the surgeon said, and really needed to come out. The needle biopsy prior to surgery did not show cancer, but they were able to examine it completely after removal. I am going to just keep pushing myself along until I get where I want to be! Thanks for being there for me!

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PUTTITAT 9/9/2011 1:47AM

    WOW! Did they have any reason to think you might have cancer in your thyroid? I am so happy for you that it was all contained in the thyroid, which is now gone. You are now in the same boat as me--a cancer survivor! We are now partners of a different kind! They said that the moment you are diagnosed, you are a survivor, because you are working to survive--even when you didn't know you were! And you are healing up from the surgery so well--I saw you ran 2 miles--GREAT JOB for a cancer survivor!
Take care of yourself!
Vicki
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Am I ready yet?

Friday, September 02, 2011

It seems I keep trying to get motivated and I force myself to think I am ready. I have tried starting over many times in the past year. Is it real this time?

The past year has been a rough one for me. A hip injury that made it impossible to get any type of exercise in and caused chronic pain and depression sidelined me. I was not able to walk even a block without my pain level shooting up. So I sat, got more depressed, ate horribly, and gained weight.

My weight is not higher than it was when I first started SP and then lost 45 pounds. I now need to lose those 45 plus another 17 to get back where I had been. At that point I will be within 25 pounds of my goal. It seems daunting, but I know that taking it one step at a time and not expecting it to happen over night will get me there.

I do not expect this journey to be easy. I am still fighting pain in my hip, but I can at least walk again. I am ready for the beginning. Last week I had surgery (thyroid) and weighed in at 235.. ouch! I came home from the hospital and for some reason I had no pain in my hip. It gave me added hope. I don't know why the pain was gone (anesthesia? or maybe those leg massage things to move the blood?), for whatever reason it gave me the motivation to try to walk. I walked .7 miles the day after I got home. The pain started coming back, but was minimal. The next day I walk 1 mile. After a rest day I made it 1.5.

Yes, the pain is there, but not nearly as severe. We are pretty sure it is caused by inflammation, but not sure what is causing it. I am trying to keep the inflammation down with pills/ice so I can keep walking. With the hope that eventually my body will realize this is what it is supposed to do and the inflammation will subside permanently.

The past week I have been working on my diet and drinking plenty of water. I have lost almost 7 pounds since that weigh in before surgery. Yes, I am ready to take the journey and I will never quit.

  
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COUNTRYBARB05 9/6/2011 12:22PM

    Sue I agree with Vicki and Laura, just take it on step at a time, one day at a time. That is what I am having to do myself.

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PUTTITAT 9/4/2011 2:07AM

    You will get your spark back--I know it! Keep it up and like Princess said--take one step at a time. If you find you need a rest day, then take it--just try to stick to the meal plan while you do it. See you on BLC...
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PRINCESSNURSE 9/3/2011 8:01AM

    One day at a time girl...if that is too hard just make it one meal at a time...brak it down into the smallest of baby steps until you find the one you can hold onto and complete with consistency and then start there

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Gearing Up.. I am ready to get started!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The last year has been a long, hard road. I honestly didn't care about anything. I didn't care about me, eating right, or even living. Seems like once depression sets in it is so hard to come out of. But I am coming out of it. I still have days when I feel myself sliding back, but the good days are coming more often. I have a little more energy and a little more will to live. I have not really gotten to the point where I care about enjoying life. But my friends keep me going and that too will soon turn around.

Now I face the daunting task of getting myself back into a healthy lifestyle routine. I have to start making the right choices as I go through my day. Choosing healthy foods over the junk that had taken over my life once again, and choosing to move more and get more activity in my day. I have been working on this for a few weeks now, and I am indeed starting to see myself making those changes.

I am thankful for my Spark friends who have kept me coming back to this site even when I didn't really care. It gave me the opportunity to see why I wanted to come back to the life of the living instead of hiding myself away in the dark.

  
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PUTTITAT 1/24/2011 3:10PM

    Welcome Back sue! We all have our times of sliding back and although the climb back up is difficult, we CAN do it! The good thing is, that we made it happen once (even if we didn't get all the way up), and we know how to get back up there. The trick is to not look back and keep pressing on. I'm not saying I have the answers, because I don't--I have struggled right along with the rest of us. I do know that coming for that encouragement here at SP makes a HUGE difference. Come back and join the team--even if you don't feel ready to join in on the WI's you can always STILL join in on the threads where you can give and receive encouragement. Your friends are always here for you!
Vicki
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PRINCESSNURSE 1/23/2011 2:53PM

    You can do it Sue! 2010 was not the best year for either of us---but we are going to kick 2011's you-know-what!

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MEINPROGRESS 1/23/2011 2:21PM

    emoticon and all your Spark friends are here to support you!

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DANCNGRL 1/23/2011 1:40PM

    Sending you lots of hugs and oodles of support! You are making progress and gains and as we so often say, even just checking in here makes for a success. Please continue to lean on all of us and know that we want to help! Maybe try picking one thing to focus on whether it is eating breakfast or getting your liquids in, or sticking with the stuff that is making your back feel better. Whatever it is, know that together we can do this! You are a support to me and I only hope I can support you the same way!

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SHANNYBEAR13 1/23/2011 12:25PM

    the first step is the longest..you can do it!

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