Friday, January 15, 2010
I am writing this blog because I want to remember how great I'm feeling right this very second. I did my first Zumba class today and between it, the Jacob's Ladder and the treadmill, I scorched over 1000 calories today! I have made fantastic eating choices, am already (as of 2:45 this afternoon) at 72 oz of water and I just feel like I could conquer the world.
Here's the part I want to take away from this: in a few weeks (months? days?) I am sure there will be a day where I will NOT feel like exercising. A good book will be calling my name. Or I will not feel like eating healthy--DH loves to bring home "goodies". But I'm hoping that by writing down how terrific I feel, it'll give me motivation enough to make the right choices anyway.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Our Labrador Retriever, Daisy has been a member of our family since my husband and my first anniversary. We adopted her from the pound as an anniversary gift to each other. It took a few weeks of searching, but as soon as I saw her, I knew she was the one for us. My husband was a couple of cages down, hadn't made it to her yet. I had glanced at the dogs before her, and although they were cute and sweet, that weren't the one for us. Then I came to Daisy's cage. As soon as she saw me, she had the whole body, from head to tail, wag going. A big smile came over me as I stopped to watch her. She came up to the gate and tried to lick me through the cage. I called to my husband, "Honey, I've found our dog." Three days later she was ours. She was so skinny, flea and tick ridden, but also very happy to be "home".
She's been with us since 2002, a true family member. Last week, my husband took her to the vet to have a mole on her snout looked at. I asked him to also have them check out a weird growth on her side. The vet aspirated the growth, which was a tumor, and said that it needed to be removed. They biopsied tumor and the vet called last night to tell us that the tumor was, in fact, cancerous. He said that the good news is the edges were clean and it didn't have a lot of division so they feel confident that they got it all. He told us there were two options, the aggressive, oncologist route and the wait and watch route. He said that if Daisy were his dog and the tumor had as little division and as clean edges that hers did, that he would wait and watch. I believe that is the course we are going to take, at least for now.
Through this all, she is our same Daisy. When the vet called yesterday and my husband wasn't home yet and the kids were running around, she somehow knew. She came over and put her head in my lap and looked at me with eyes that said, "It's going to be okay, Mommy." She alone saw my tears, as Mom has to be the strong tough one. Even now, as I write this blog, she is resting her head on my feet, comforting me.
I want to say thank you to all of the captains from BLC12, for your thoughts, prayers and warm wishes. They were felt and appreciated.
One more thing, I've posted this in a blog before, but seems appropriate to re-post it now:
This was on our vet's website and I liked it so much I wanted to share it with all of the dog lovers out there...
Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion.
We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Just read this great blog from Jillian Michaels...I had to share with all my Spark friends:
This Holiday Season
Put Yourself First
Health + Fitness
By Jillian Michaels
The holiday season is upon us, and this time EVERY year I write diet, fitness, and motivational tips (and now blogs) about how to not gain weight and let your health spiral out of control. In fact, I just had to write two others on this same topic.
Itís ironic that during a time when we should be celebrating the blessings in our lives, we are most prone to depression and dysfunction. The holidays bring out our co-dependency in spades: doing, buying, being for everyone except ourselves. And the symptoms of this behavior are obvious: Eating becomes gluttonous. Family issues become magnified. The gym becomes a distant memory. Stress levels go through the roof, and so on.
So I ask youÖ Are the standard tips about white meat instead of dark meat, or going for a walk before your Thanksgiving meal the answers to these problems? Isnít it obvious that if you consume healthy foods in moderation and move your body more you wonít gain weight? And since it is that simple, the real question becomes, Why arenít people doing it? The solution isnít reiterating self-evident information, but rather discussing ways of remedying the problem's origin Ė lack of self-worth.
This issue is a major one and not something we can fix overnight, but by taking small steps like redefining our holiday experience we are moving in the right direction. Letís start by shifting our thinking, behavior, and overall attitude to one of self-preservation instead of self-sacrifice so we are heading into 2010, and subsequently, many new years to come, with our bodies healthy, hearts happy, and minds centered.
Every day this season I want you to wake up and think about how the actions you take throughout your day will make you a happier healthier person. If holiday parties create temptation for you, avoid them. Find a healthier way to celebrate with your friends like a night on the town dancing. If stressful family reunions throw you off track, set boundaries and stay away. Take a healthy vacation with close friends instead. If the memories of holiday seasons past cause you to feel lonely, channel those feelings constructively instead of destructively. Take them as a sign that itís time to form new connections. Join a club, support group, or online community where you meet new people and make new friends. If buying presents for everyone and their mother crushes you financially and puts you behind the eight ball, offer the ongoing gift of your love and friendship instead.
These things might seem impossible at first. You might be plagued with concerns about what people will think. Will they be angry or disappointed with you? Stop talking to you and so on? Honestly, who cares? If someone doesnít love or appreciate you for putting yourself first they have done you a favor and identified themselves as someone you donít need in your life.
So stop wasting time and start putting your health first, physically and emotionally. Make the holidays a time of inspiration and possibility, one empowered step at a time. And remember, taking care of yourself is a gift to everyone else because everyone ends up having a happier and healthier holiday.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Ok, so we are getting to that time of year when our schedules become jam packed with shopping, parties, decorating, family get-togethers (or in my case, extra bell choir rehearsals at church, lol).
And you know that old saying that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail? Well, I'm putting a strategy out here in black and white to help me remember what to do if I mess up.
So let me paint a scene for you...see if it sounds familiar. You are planning to go to the gym on Monday morning. You've got your gear ready, you have your nutritious breakfasst planned, water bottle filled, etc. And then, you get up Monday morning only to find that you have a massive headache. You can't possibly workout. You crawl to the medicine cabinet, take some medication and try to function as best you can. Tuesday comes and you have to do the grocery shopping or your family won't have anything for dinner. You get up on Wednesday and say, eh, I've missed Monday and Tuesday, I'm not going to worry about this week. I'll start fresh next Monday. Only when the next Monday comes, something else happens and the next thing you know, it's been a month since you went to the gym.
Ok, so that's a true story. That was me last December. A crazy series of events kept preventing me from getting that fresh Monday start and I missed the entire month of December.
However, I now have a different mindset. I know, it seems simple, obvious really. But now, when I miss a day, for whatever the reason, I don't feel like I've blown the week so I might as well not do anything. Now, I just make sure I go the next day. On top of that, some days, events keep me from the gym, but I've also realized that doesn't mean I have to miss working out. I've got some DVD's, jump rope, medicine ball, etc and I can fashion a pretty good workout for myself.
So that's the first part. What to do when you miss a day. But what about when you mess up a day. Oh boy. Have I been there! I never have a problem with a healthy breakfast. I love oatmeal and bananas and that's been a staple of mine for a while. And lunch, usually not a problem either. But boy oh boy, the afternoon snack munchies are just awful on me some days. I've tried the, "don't have it in the house" strategy. Yeah, doesn't really work for me, because I WILL find something some way. Usually it has something to do with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon...so I've got other strategies that I use...I chew gum, I come on and Spark, I sew, etc. But some days...it doesn't seem to matter what I do, I find myself mindlessly grazing. Here's the thing though, I no longer say oh, well I've blown today, I might as well gorge myself the rest of the day.
One of my fellow BLC Spies put forward this analogy...if you've run a red light, you don't say to yourself, oh well, I've messed that up today, I might as well run all the red lights today. No! You say, wow, I've got to be more careful and you go about your day.
So this coming holiday season, I am not going to let any setbacks deter me from reaching my goal. If I miss a day, I'll just work harder the next day (or the next day after that). If I slip up and find myself with that peanut butter and spoon, I'll just make sure that I have a healthy dinner and work harder the next day (or the day after that). I will forgive myself the mistakes I make and I will learn from them.
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