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Exactly Three Years Today...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

... I signed onto Sparkpeople. Woohoo. Hooray for me.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:11PM

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JULESRULES78 1/26/2012 7:59AM

    I am so glad you did. Congratulations!

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LIVINGFREE19 1/25/2012 5:13PM

    Good job!!
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    Happy Sparkaversary!

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JILLYBEAN25 1/25/2012 2:40PM

    HEY!!! Today is my 4 year SparkVersary!!! We're some awesome Sparkers right here, you and me!
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NATPLUMMER 1/25/2012 1:24PM

    emoticon YAY!!

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    emoticon Happy SparkBirthday! emoticon

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REGABA 1/25/2012 9:13AM

    I'm hopping I'll have a similar post in about two and a half years.



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Walking Saved Me From Back Pain

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Last week, I received bad news about my mom and the emotions instantly hit my lower back. I swear, you don't fully appreciate good health and painlessness until it's gone. The past week's back pain has been excruciating. (no prior trouble, nor injury)

It was very tempting to curl up and baby that area. Instead, I pushed myself to walkwalkwalk. Maybe slower than usual, but out there nonetheless.

Wow, what a difference a week makes! I'm not completely out of the woods, but I can tell that the exercise has been the doctor. Very thankful for recuperation.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SACHABEE 2/22/2012 7:09PM

    Walking is pretty much the only thing I can do when I have lower back pain. Great job in not letting it stop you!!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:17PM

    I'm really happy for you that walking has helped....it is really helping me too (with depression). Walking is such a powerful tool!

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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2012 12:58PM

    Hhhhhh, mom has the same issues about holding tension in her back... she went thru a lot taking care of my youngest sister as she was picked away by cancer. After 3 years of back tension, she developed problems in her lumbar, which the doctor attributed to this event.

I'm glad to know that you recognize this about yourself and have found a way to release it. Yoga, pilates, any exercise that stretches and lengthens the spine are another alternative.
Great going, girl!
: )
Mzzchief

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RYDERB 1/26/2012 11:16PM

    I'm sorry you got bad news about your mom. I'm glad you found a way to work through your pain and stay positive.
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LIVINGFREE19 1/25/2012 5:12PM

    Sorry to hear about your mom. I hope everything is ok.
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NANCY- 1/25/2012 11:01AM

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You are awesome. WTG on taking care of you.

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MEADSBAY 1/24/2012 11:03PM

    Way to take care of yourself, my friend!
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RUNCHOOSE 1/24/2012 8:38PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your mom, but am proud you were able to overcome your back pain! i went walking today, too. It feels good to move around.

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/24/2012 12:30PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better. Movement is supposed to be much better for back pain than trying to wait it out by lying in bed - the old doctor recommended way of dealing with it.

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LOVELYLILLADY 1/24/2012 12:16PM

    Good for you! Such a simple exercise can do so much! I love Walk Away the Pounds by Leslie Sansone on days when I can't get outside. (Your kitties are adorable by the way!)

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KAILIIA 1/24/2012 12:08PM

    I can relate to the walking helping with back pain despite the discomfort it may initially cause.

Sitting is one of the worst things we can do for out backs as it tend to put more pressure on various nerves, laying down or standing puts less, and moving puts the least amount of pressure on. Moving can help realign things and helps strengthen the supporting muscles.

I hope you are feeling stronger and are in less pain already.

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FLYER99 1/24/2012 11:53AM

    My chiropractor says that walking is one of the best things I can do for my back pain. And it does truly work!

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2012 11:04AM

    Walking can help a lot. Glad it's making the difference for you.

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HARRIET2 1/24/2012 11:00AM

    I have had some excruciating back and left leg pain. One doc said bursitis of the hip, another says sciatic nerve pain from spinal stenosis. I couldn't even dream of walking when it first started. 2 epidurals and 6 weeks later, I am embarking on low back strengthening and walking (slow and for shorter periods of time). I am hoping this is my answer to get rid of this pain. Good luck to you to and hope whatever is going on with your mom gets better. Keep movin!

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Freggies Don't Taste Good Anymore!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I have two big bags of what look like beautiful Fuji apples that taste absolutely awful. Honestly? For the longest time I have noticed how the taste of various fruit and veggies have changed. Yucky. Mega-yucky. GMO?

These apples taste like mega-pesticides; plus, not even remotely like an apple. I was going to chuck them out since they were so cheap. But I'll bring them back to the store tomorrow just for the principle of the thing.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2012 12:52PM

    Had to read this because I don't know what a Freggie is... fresh fruit or veggie?

Ya, apples are high on the dirty dozen list... its one of the fruits I pay extra to buy.
That said, organic apples (and produce in general) aren't easy to find here in most grocery stores, so I find myself eating apples less frequently than I have in the past.

Sorry you had to go thru that... its so disappointing to bite into a fruit (or open an avocado) and find its nasty inside or off tasting.

: )
Mzzchief

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NANCY- 1/24/2012 10:16AM

    Season and source do make a difference.
Perhaps frozen may work for you?

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/24/2012 9:33AM

    This happens to me regularly. And beef - unless it's grass fed - doesn't taste good either. So sad.

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JLITT62 1/24/2012 5:03AM

    I love apples, but they are one of the most heavily sprayed fruits. And they're also not in season now.

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MEADSBAY 1/23/2012 9:36PM

    Good for you- don't let them get away with it!
Luckily- we have a smallish market in our town with good produce and because we have two big chain stores, too, they have to keep their prices reasonable.
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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2012 7:37PM

    emoticon Hope this one tastes better...and it even has a sandwich with it.

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RUNCHOOSE 1/23/2012 7:17PM

    Weird, thanks for sharing. I haven't had Fuji apples in a while. Years ago, they used to be my favorites.

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Does Caffeine Help Make Us Fat? (new book)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I got this free book for Kindle yesterday and have just started reading it. Even though I only drink a very small amt of coffee daily, it has been on my goal list for the longest time to eliminate.

This book claims that caffeine reduces muscle mass, slows metabolism, elevates stress levels, elevates insulin levels, and negatively impacts thyroid function. YIKES!

Wishing all a fun day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:18PM

    Very interesting! I need to look into that.

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SUNNYAUTUMN812 1/24/2012 8:04AM

    I''ve cut back on coffee but don't think I will cut it out. It's one of the few vices I have left!LOL

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IAM_HIS2 1/24/2012 7:32AM

    I am getting to the point where I feel if man made it, don't eat it. Eat clean.

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NANCY- 1/23/2012 8:01AM

    Wait... tomorrow's studies will say coffee is good for you.
I still do not believe that saccharin is good for you.
Who really knows what to believe.

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NATPLUMMER 1/22/2012 6:31PM

    I guess I'm in trouble then.

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ERIKGN 1/22/2012 10:39AM

  Well I don't believe that. I think coffee actually helps to lose weight. I was just reading in Readers Digest that drinking coffee is beneficial. I guess you can't believe everything you read. I don't know what to believe anymore.

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LUXITTA 1/22/2012 10:36AM

    Hmm I didn't know that... I to need to cut back on my coffee intake :)
~Amanda~

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The Mind-Body Connection Is Oh-So-Strongly Linked

Saturday, January 21, 2012

On Monday afternoon, I received a phone call from my estranged brother telling me my mother is dying. I've been awaiting the other shoe to inevitably drop. Meanwhile, with no prior history of back problems, nor physical activity that caused injury, I began to have an excruciating pain in my lower back.

I understand it as my emotions pooled there. The sadness. The reluctance of letting go of yet another family member. (even though we've not been together for a long time)

Taking care of myself and so glad I've been off sugar for weeks now. Otherwise, my emotions would have helped my sadness to plummet even more.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2012 1:00PM

    Something else to consider is EFT or tapping at times like these.
Its not magic, but it does help.

You have my sympathies...

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MARGIE100%PURE 1/21/2012 12:12PM

    a split second of love surrounding that hot spot in a few deep breaths can assist with immediate control of mind over matters that matter. emoticon open the flow to let the love in.

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NANCY- 1/21/2012 11:59AM

    Taking care of yourself is so important.
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MEADSBAY 1/21/2012 10:25AM

    Rock yourself in the cradle of lovingkindness, my friend.
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