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Monday, February 10, 2014

Tonight I had a realization. I have one job right now, one job more important than losing weight, and that is getting my vitamin d back up and getting it up to a normal range of around 80.
Some of you may ask why this is such a big deal, well here are a few references and I hope you will take a minute to read them.
One simply does not know the importance of having vitamin d in their body, until they do not.
I was walking everyday, losing weight, happy, the stresses in my life had not peaked at that time, and then the day came I broke my foot and I found out just how much my body was lacking in Vitamin d. I felt nothing, I did not know I was in this state of poor health.
I was at the walking track, walking as normal, no real painful issues, no tripping over anything, no fall, no slipping on ice, just took a step as normal and heard and felt a loud crack, and months and months of pain, bone growth stimulators, trips to doctors, crutches and a boot and slow healing. Please find out what your number is and if its lower than 50, start today to increase it.



I have decided that I must increase my vitamin d. I am sore all the time, aching, and in pain and the winter is keeping me from walking, my foot aches where I broke it and I am worried the bone didnt properly heal, as the orthopeadist told me it might not.
So, for the next few months, during whats left of the cold winter and spring, I am going to solely focus on getting the vitamin d supplement my body needs to heal and to then be able to lose weight more easily.
To keep my blood pressure more regulated and prevent other serious health issues.
I am currently prescribed 1 50,000iu vitamin d, ergocalciferol. once a week and am taking 5 to 8,000iu d3 over the counter once a day.
I go back to my doctor on Wed and I am going to get a referral back to the ortho to have my foot xrayed again to see what progress or lack thereof.

But, I know this, this is the one thing I have to keep sight of.
I have to eat foods, such as fish and try to keep watch on this in order to prevent it from dropping any lower and go to the tanning bed to get as much of the ultraviolet light i can that will convert to vitamin d in my body, during these months of lack of sunshine.
I have lagged around long enough, worrying too much about my weight and not enough about my overall health in general.
The weight issue isnt going away, I have no plans to use this as an excuse to eat whatever I want, I still plan to eat healthy and track my food.
But I am not going to cry and dwell and beat myself up over the lack of weight loss, this health issue is much more important.
I know that my worsened depression lately is most likely a side effect of this deficiency and I need to focus on my mental, emotional health as well, this is probably why people who are outside in the sunshine so much seem to be more lively,
I hope everyone will take the time to read the articles, I know we have so much to do online that sometimes actually reading these articles seems boring or time consuming, but if you have a moment, please read at least the last article.
I hope everyone will consider asking their doctor to perform this simple blood test on them to see what their vitamin d level is.
So much can be prevented and explained if you do.
Some articles will say an adult needs about 600 iu daily, but this isnt what my ortho told me a healthier number is more like 5,000 daily, especially if you live in colder climates where sunshine is lacking.
So, for me, for right now, the next few months, this is going to be my main focus and I hope every other issues, such as my skin issues, caused by low vitamin d and high blood pressure, depression, aches, pains, cold skin, all other issues I am experiencing, but most especially lack of weight loss, will be cleared up once this back to a more normal level.
It felt good to finally come to the realization that nothing else is going to work for me until I do this,
A list of possible issues that a lack of vitamin d can lead to or worsen.....
Cancer Hypertension Heart disease
Autism Obesity Rheumatoid arthritis
Diabetes 1 and 2 Multiple Sclerosis Crohn's disease
Flu Colds Tuberculosis
Septicemia Aging Psoriasis
Eczema Insomnia Hearing lossex
Muscle pain Cavities Periodontal disease
Athletic performance Macular degeneration Myopia
Pre eclampsia Seizures Fertility
Asthma Cystic fibrosis Migraines
Depression Alzheimer's disease Schizophrenia

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GARDENQE2 3/28/2014 4:16PM

    Hi, Val!
I'm glad you posted these links and that I read them.
My vitamin D was was tested and found to be a little low, even though I live in a sunny area and go outside every day.
My nutritionist wanted me to take supplements, and those made of fish oil did not agree with me, but I finally found one made of --get this--lanolin from wool. So far, so good. I have been taking one a week, and the plan is to gradually increase.
An interesting side effect...excess energy on the day I take the vitamin..crazy!
Thank you for sharing this information.
Best wishes!

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MARIENOW 2/11/2014 8:57PM

    I also had low Vit D. So they put me on supplements. I have also been sitting out in the sun on my patio a little bit every day and I REALLY notice a difference in my mood when I do that. Good luck with it!

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CAROL_31649731 2/11/2014 12:44PM

    Very interesting . . . thanks for sharing. emoticon

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YAGERMONSTER 2/11/2014 5:03AM

    Thanks for sharing, I learned many things today! emoticon

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CETANISTAWI 2/11/2014 1:20AM

Moving to alaska has really brought this to the forefront of my mind: thanks for keeping it there!!!

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_CYNDY55_ 2/10/2014 11:31PM

    emoticon for sharing
emoticon emoticon Excellent Info about Vitamin D emoticon

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SALAM4545 2/10/2014 11:00PM

    I had no idea this contributed to depression! Thank you for the info. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 2/10/2014 10:52PM

    I didn't realize just how important emoticon

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SEDDLEMAN823 2/10/2014 10:38PM

    I too have low vit D. Remember to take your calcium each day so that the Vit D can process in your body. My doctor said to split my calcium to 2 doses per day as it would help my body absorb the Vit D even better. People do not realize how important that this is. I barely moved my arm and broke my collar bone!! No one would have believed me if my son would not have seen it! Stressing out will keep you from losing weight even if you are doing everything correctly, so maybe just giving yourself the permission to relax over losing weight will help you acheive your goals :)

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i wish my back didnt hurt.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Walking Dead, yeahhhahahahahahaaaa!!!
Cant get any better than this!!!
And I got me some coffee, my mom had an extra coffee maker, one that incidentally, I had given her for Christmas a few years back, so she gave it to me.
I am excited, despite the fact I go back to the doctor Wednesday and I know the scale isnt going to show in my favor.
I honestly dont think I have gained, at least on my scale I havent.
But I am pretty much right where I was when I seen her in December.
No fun!!!
I counted the number of days I walked in January, for a grand total of 4!!!
I really need to stop making excuses and stop letting the cold windy damp dark dreary days keep me from walking.
And theres always other workouts.
My friend wants me to go to Zumba with her. I want to, but theres the factor of me, being the fattest one there, out of breath, huffing and puffing and passing out within the first 5 minutes.
And, then theres the clothes issue, well not so much JUST clothes, but pain and not being supported. namely, I am having bra issues again.
I know Zumba would be great for me, to help me get in shape, but my back hurts, its a double edged sword of sorts. Go go exercise class to lose weight and help ease pain, but, you are in so much pain from your weight and non-supportive bra, that exercise is the last thing you feel like doing.
The Enell sports bras I have been wearing for the last 6 or 8 years, and ONLY bra I will ever wear, dont seem to be as supportive during workouts now.
I just dont know where to turn, I have ordered bras people have told me about, to no success for me.
I am going to discuss the surgery issue with my doctor again and ask for some PT and maybe a referral for a chiropractor.
To get the ball rolling.
But insurance issues, and I need to lose more weight, my BMI is still above their requirements for surgery, I know these issues will prevent me from being approved.
But I have to try, I cant stand the back pain anymore.
My mom calls and asked if I have spoken to my sister or neice, she has it in her mind they are at the hospital having the baby and she wasnt told.
I dont really think that is the case and I surely hope it isnt, because I would be hard pressed to choose between attending the birth and staying home to watch the Walking Dead, lol.

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SEDDLEMAN823 2/10/2014 10:41PM

    I walk in place front of the TV and dance around during the commercials lol. When I am waiting on something in the kitchen while I am cooking, I walk in place then also. This is the only exercise I do and it adds up :)

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SWEETTOOTH10 2/10/2014 9:27AM

    I wish you the best in getting your insurance and back issues Straightened out. It's GOT to be frustrating for you! I DON'T like going out in the cold either to exercise, either But I realized thanks to my pedometer, I REALLY don't get in as 1/2 as many steps as I thought I WAS... So I THINK it's bundle up time, to get a quick walk in before work.(Even if it's just around the block )I 've been dancing around a bit today, and I'm going to run up and down the stairs a few more times to up my steps. We have a step up to the challenge at work that starts today, maybe this is the boot in the butt I NEED to get me started again... Sorry for the ramble, keep the positive attitude ,and keep on pushing to get the help u need!:)

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GUNNSGIRL91303 2/9/2014 3:59PM

    Why not start small and walk during The Walking Dead? I exercise in front of the tube often. It really makes a difference!

I also suffer back pain so I know how hard it can be. Hang in there! emoticon

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the saga of the broken coffee maker!!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

I got up Thursday morning, did my morning routine, got dressed, groomed, got the dog fed and walked, and sat down to Facebook, while awaiting my pot of coffee to brew.
Friday, repeat. Only, something was differerent, I kept waiting for the beeeeep beeeep beeeep of the coffee maker.
It never came, So, I went to the kitchen to check and all the water from my coffee maker had leaked out of the bottom and the back and was all over the counter-top.
I unplugged and sat it in the sink and began the task of cleaning up water, which seemed to be EVERYWHERE.
What had befallen my beloved coffee maker???
I have had it, oh, maybe 4 years or so.
It has never failed me.
But alas, coffeemaker, gone astray!!!
Then my plan was to go to the store and purchase a new one. But, I was offered a job recently, part time, trial basis type deal, and the lady just happened to call wanting me to work.
Which by the time I was done working, ON NOOOO COFFEE, I was way too tired to go shopping and too grungy.
So, today I guess I will go to the local dollar store and buy an el cheapie cheapo.
I had a fall back coffee maker, but honey saw fit to give it to his brother.
Why oh why.
So, day two, no coffee.
I am going to go for a cup or two today, maybe three.
I have been having some tasty orange juice.
I tried to make myself a cup using the old timey method of straining, but it didnt work too well, and ended up with grounds in my coffee and that is a pet peeve of mine, that and HAVING NOOO COOFEEEEEFFFEEEE!!!!
Help me!!!

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CAROLMAID 2/12/2014 3:51PM

    No COFFEE!!!!!!!!!! now that's a dilemma! BIG dilemma! Run, run (if you can without coffee darn it), and buy the el cheapo model. They work better and last way longer. I found this out while having a very similar NO Coffee morning! LOL twas not pretty! emoticon

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TINY67 2/12/2014 8:15AM

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    Haha - oh dear! I hope your coffee problem gets fixed very soon!!

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    OHHH NOOOO what a dilemma! Here, let me help! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYAST 2/8/2014 12:38PM

    Oh my! I'm sitting here laughing because I can relate! NEED my a.m. coffee! You can make coffee in a sauce pan, after if boils and brews, turn off the heat, let it sit, the grounds will settle to the bottom, pour CAREFULLY and you'll be ground free. We've even made it in an old metal coffee can when camping, can be done, but a coffee maker is sooooo much easier! Good luck on finding you next cup 'o joe!

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AUNTRENEE 2/8/2014 11:46AM

    I hate those days of a broken coffee makers. A cat that I had broke one that my brother bought us and now we have one that I can't figure out how much grounds to put in. If I put in too less, too weak. Too much, too strong. It's a 4 cup type coffee maker that my dad's oldest brother gave us and it has to be a cheap on. So we get it when we get breakfast somewhere or at Target getting it.

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BOB5148 2/8/2014 11:41AM

  It was just one of those days.

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yes i went over and it might be good in the long run

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

So, today, I went over my calories, by around 300. Now, normally I would be angry with myself for this and I would be beating myself up.
Today, I checked my food tracker, and my vitamin d was still too low.
I had thought that my milk intake would be enough to put me up but it hadnt.
So, I had added some more milk, and calcium/vit.d fortified orange juice, and then I had a second cup of oj,
I had tuna yesterday, which is also supposed to be high in vitamin d.
But I am finding it very hard to reach my vitamin d level thru food.
I do take vitamin d3 daily, in a dose of 6,000iu.
And once a week I take a 50,000iu tablet.
I just find that I need to push and push the food intake in order to get it.
One of my main goals is to raise my vitamin d by the time I have labs done again in May. And I am sure not getting it from the sun.
So, today was one of those days when I just couldnt get there with food.
I dont feel too bad about it because everything I ate today was pretty much in line.
I will try harder tomorrow.
Who caught the biggest loser finale last night?
Is it just me, or is it just not that exciting anymore?
I feel like we are being duped.
I know that more time has to pass in order for these people to lose that much weight and whats up with the no saggy skin deal?
Yes, they wear tight fitted spandex under their tight spandex clothes.
But other than a little sagginess of the upper arms on a few, I have to wonder.
For me personally, one place I really noticed the weight loss first and foremost was my chin, and the saggy skin that began on my neck.
You seen none of that on the contestants.
I have said for some time that they are chosen based on body type, age and skin.
Oh well, conspiracy theories.
Its getting cold here again and no walking, I drove up to the track today and it began raining almost as soon as I pulled into the parking lot.
This seemed almost like it was timed, lol.
So, I will stay in and stay warm and eat no more tonight.

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SWEETTOOTH10 2/6/2014 8:06AM

    I Used watch Biggest Loser, but its been at least a couple years since I watched it all the way through. I never thought about the skin thing, but you're right... I went severely over my limits yesterday... and I don't know why.... today is another day... AND WILL be better, much better! I hope you get your Vit. D Figured out, I know that can cause really bad body aches/ pains. emoticon Wish you the best!

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CAPECODBABE 2/5/2014 7:56PM

    Sorry about your vitamin D problems. I walk (my dog) every day, through rain and sleet and snow, sort of like the mailman. I've never had a problem that I know of...

I don't watch Biggest Loser (Jillian's screaming at the contestants years ago turned my off) but I saw the winner and controversy that she lost too much weight. I wondered the same thing about her skin. She looks great.

Have a great night!

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NAESREALITY 2/5/2014 6:33PM

    emoticon I will be glad when it warms up too!

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the rambling feb 4 blog

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

My dad had to undergo outpatient surgery today to replace his pacemaker.
He is resting at the hospital and doing well so far. Will be released to come home as soon as hes cleared.
A few days ago, I once again decided to reduce my friends list on Facebook.
I had 353 friends, and of course, who really has that many friends?
So, I reduced down to 289.
I have one REAL LIFE friend who did the radical and just deleted everyone on his list but a few relatives and a few real life friends.
He went from over 300 to 40.
I have decided to do the same here at SP, again, I have done this before.
So, its nothing personal, its just, if I have added someone spur of the moment, and then never see their blogs or have a team in common, or ever talk to them.
Just to keep my page from getting too full.
I have eaten healthy, so far, today and am hoping to keep up today.
I am going walking a little later, but have decided to forgo driving to the track and just walk up my road and back.
This will be about a 30 minute walk, and I probably wont be able to wear my earbuds and listen to music, due to traffic.
But I am going to give it a try, I used to walk around here alot, but the track got me addicted and I just dont know how I feel about trying to walk on this small one lane road where I have to watch for traffic.
And probably have people stopping to say hello.
I just like to WALK.
So, anyway, that is the rambling for the day.
The pic on my background, someone asked about, is from the balcony of my hotel room last July at Myrtle Beach, SC.
Have been discussing with my son the possiblity of going back again this summer.
I hope we can afford it and can arrange everyone to be off work at the same time and be able to take the little girl, his girlfriends daugher, with us.
Dont forget to exercise, eat healthy, get sleep and take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/4/2014 5:44PM

    emoticon on eating healthy today. I hope your summer plans go well with everyone. emoticon

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    Hope dad feels better and heals up well. What an ordeal to go through!

emoticon on eating healthy today. I've been sticking to my eating less plan and the weight is starting to drop off me. I'm looking forward to feeling better so I can enjoy the summer.

Your summer plans sound like a ton of fun! Little ones really make the day more adventurous and enjoyable, that is for sure!

You brighten up my day! emoticon emoticon

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