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Thursday, June 20, 2013

I met with my boss yesterday afternoon for my annual performance evaluation. I've reported to this individual for 2 years (she's newer to our organization) but I've worked for the same employer for 20 years. In her summary comments, she described me as "exemplary."

That's my goal when it comes to my efforts with regard to healthy living. I would like to know in my heart that I'm doing all that I can do to take care of myself and in the process be able to help others.

I have so many fine examples here at SP. I have some of the most motivating, knowledgeable, kind hearted and caring friends.

Thank you for helping me to become better!


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MIRAGE727 7/2/2013 7:23AM

    I am definitely not surprised...just proud of you!
You're in alignment and this just strengthens you to take it to another level! Go strong but be safe, Warrior!

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SRIDGWAY38 6/25/2013 10:38AM

    emoticon Yeah, congratulations.

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BLUENOSE63 6/21/2013 7:55PM

  It all starts with you.....we all know you are exemplary and now you have it in writing

Congrats as you deserve the accolade!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/20/2013 8:30PM

    Absolutely wonderful job! Keep it up.

And yes, that the spirit we need when sparking too.

HUGS and smiles.

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/20/2013 4:31PM

    You ARE exemplary!!!!! Now get sparking!

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KARENKANDO 6/20/2013 6:48AM

    It's a wonderful thing, I think, when others see us for what we are "exemplary"! But - at least for me - I think what matters most is that we see ourselves that way. First and foremost. I have spent many years of my life beating up on myself - telling myself, "I'm not good enough - or I'm no good". Finally, I am learning that I am good enough. I am good. I am "exemplary". Thanks for the reminder! Much continued success to you on your journey. Oh, and I sooooooo agree - the SP members are the best! emoticon

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Clawing my way back!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

There will be bumps.
And some bumps are larger than others.
But the only way to get back on track
is to well, get back on track.

I'm doing it!

I'm proud of the fact I tracked every bite yesterday.
I made healthy choices.
I went to bed early last night
which helped me to get up early this morning
and hit the gym at 5 a.m.

It felt wonderful!

I'm drinking more water.
I'm exercising portion control.

Did you ever notice how there are times when someone is there for you at precisely the moment you need someone to be there for you?
That happened yesterday -- and today, I'm stronger than yesterday.
BUT! not as strong as I will be tomorrow.


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MIRAGE727 6/28/2013 2:53PM

    Yeah, Baby! Be the Warrior!

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WEBEZE 6/20/2013 1:33AM

    Glad to see the bump didn't knock you out. Good to see you back.
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VELVET_01 6/19/2013 3:58PM

    emoticon Love the positive attitude! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 6/19/2013 1:44PM

    What a great blog! Let's make this a great day.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 6/19/2013 11:54AM

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/19/2013 11:47AM

    We all have bumps. (some of mine are in places I don't want LOL) But we are all in this together!

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RLEEGIRL 6/19/2013 9:08AM

    Love it keep up the positive attitude!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/19/2013 7:50AM

    good job! Day-by-day . . . we can make things happen!! HUGS and smiles.

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BLUENOSE63 6/19/2013 6:54AM

  With your positive attitude, you will be back on top sooner rather than later! Keep up with those great habits!

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REFUSE to give in

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Life isn't a perfect path
We WILL struggle at times
and if we allow them
the struggles will make us stronger
REFUSE to give in

It's not about getting it right EVERY day
It's about getting it right more days than wrong
and building from that point
to get it right most days
REFUSE to give in

Healthy living is a choice
It will make your life better and possibly longer
and it's contagious
by helping yourself
you may find you're helping those around you
REFUSE to give in


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MIRAGE727 4/21/2013 4:30PM

    Thanks for sharing, Warrior!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/21/2013 12:35PM

    Bravo! HUGS

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

I have been battling sickness since March 9th. Two weeks before getting sick I was feeling pretty happy that I had "almost" made it through the winter without getting sick. In fact, I couldn't remember the last time I was sick. I spoke too soon.

It started with a virus -- sore throat, body aches, headache, fatigue. Then the head cold moved in, followed by the cough. For 7-10 days, it was nasty business. I saw the CRNP at my primary care provider's office. She diagnosed me with bronchitis and a sinus infection. I went through 10 days of a 14 day prescription of Clarithromycin (NASTY antibiotic) and Albuterol. I'm allergic to penicillin, so it's always a struggle. After 7 days, she tossed Nasonex into the mix. I had to stop the antibiotic after 10 days due to major stomach distress and other unpleasantness.

A week later, it was back with a vengeance. I saw the Physician Assistant at my workplace (because I couldn't see my doctor or the CRNP). He prescribed Doxycline, recommended I also take a probiotic, and for me to continue with the Nasonex & Albuterol. Four days later, it was even WORSE. So I called the doctor's office. Neither my doctor or the CRNP were available but I saw another doctor in the practice.

She suggested the only thing holding off pneumonia at that point was the Doxycycline. She prescribed to continue with the probiotic, doxy, mucinex, albuterol, nasonex,and she added a 5-day prescription of prednisone. That upset me, but today will be day 3 of that (I take 2 20mg pills with dinner) and I have to admit, I'm feeling some better. I've also been using my Nasopure (modern day neti pot) in the shower every day.

HOWEVER, I woke up early this morning and took my blood sugar ... AND IT WAS 258 !!!!!!!!!!!!!! That totally stresses me out. The doctor warned me the prednisone would elevate my blood sugar, but this is scary.

I was terminated from the 10 week student trainer program (with only 2 weeks remaining) because I'm not fit to exercise. For the past month, the workouts have been pretty ineffective because of my ongoing sickness and sporadic at best. I know, I have to be patient and kick this thing. That also means I'll have to start all over with my couch to 5k training and won't make the 5k on June 8. All very disappointing to me.

So I've basically been miserable for over a month, I'm gaining weight, I'm on all of the meds described above PLUS my regular meds (metformin, pravastatin, lisinopril).

I am feeling very discouraged, losing my patience with this whole sickness thing, and I very much dislike taking all these meds. I also don't want to end up in the hospital. DD is moving in less than 2 weeks and I really can't be sick. It's my busiest time of the year at work. It's spring and I want to be outside moving around.

I feel like I'm going lose my mind!


Thanks for allowing me to vent, friends. I could really use some encouragement. I know many of you have experienced struggles far greater than mine.

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MIRAGE727 4/22/2013 10:18PM

    You got through it, Girl! You just got stronger! Be well!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 4/20/2013 10:19PM

    I'm sorry you've been so ill, but glad you are feeling better. I had that for about 2 months Jan-Feb, and just couldn't do anything. I was always out of breath, and it was exhausting with the constant cough, and hard enough to just to get through the work day. I had a hard time just getting in 10 min walking each day. But, my body healed, and it took a long time to be able to get back into a routine, and the deep cough lasted through March. Very frustrating, but with baby steps, and many shots and meds, I'm feeling much stronger. It just takes time, rest, and patience.

You can do this!! Be patient!

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SPARKABELLA13 4/20/2013 7:12AM

    Thanks for your support, friends. I'm feeling much better than earlier in the week and today is my last dosage of Prednisone. Not ready to start working on the 5k again yet, but my plan is to get out for a walk and maybe some gentle strength and core training for today. I will start VERY slow and build back up. I appreciate your comments and well wishes!


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AJDOVER1 4/18/2013 5:20PM

    If venting help, VENT AWAY!
You're in my prayers. I was down for a few weeks in February/March: flu,sinus infection,cough,etc. I'm also allergic to penicillin and all its cousins. It took time to recover. Don't try to rush it, in spite of your frustration. My patience paid off, I had to start my running all over, but I'm back to where I was before. You can do it!

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CINDYSDAY 4/18/2013 3:41PM

    I pray that you are feeling better soon. My son had the same thing right before Thanksgiving and started to feel better in February after I put my foot down and told him he had to see a different doctor since the one he was seeing wasn't helping. After a shot and some different meds he finally got over it!

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HFAYE81 4/18/2013 10:30AM

    It's okay!! You have to be patient, give your body time to heal...I know it feels like a step back but you've taken SO many steps forward, you'll regain your momentum in no time!!
You're in my thoughts! emoticon

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BEFIT014 4/18/2013 9:38AM

    Oh, my! I hope you emoticon!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/18/2013 8:12AM

    so sorry this has been such a miserable month for you! HUGS and prayers for a speedy recovery.

Yes, unfortunately Predisone really sky rockets the blood sugar . . . so does Nasonex!

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NANNABLACK 4/18/2013 7:29AM

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IONA72 4/18/2013 7:29AM

    So sorry to hear your sickness has been so awful. I do hope you shake it off soon.
There is still a chance you could make that 5k there are still at least 6 weeks to go. If not, there will be others where you will be better prepared.

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BLUENOSE63 4/18/2013 6:56AM

  Well that really bites...being sick is not only tough on the body but I think it is worse on the emotions. Vent away as it is better to say it than eat it! Hopefully this new regime will work more effectively than previous treatments. Did you get a lung xray? Also a pic of your sinuses would be helpful.

Drink fluids, rest and visualize yourself strong and healthy. It will come sooner than later. Your body is telling you to stop, so at this point I think that is the only thing that will work for your recovery......

Sending positive thoughts your way


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Results - Resting Metabolic Rate Testing (RMR)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Almost a week ago I blogged about my testing. This is a follow up blog to share my results. We've heard it time and time again, but the bottom line seems to be I haven't been eating enough calories.

"There is one basic truth to weight loss (and I believe we all agree on it): You need to burn more than you eat. Target Metabolic Zones tell you exactly how to do that. The following results of your test show you precisely how many calories your body actually burns, and calculates how many calories you should eat to lose or maintain your weight.

There are 3 categories under "What you burn" --

* Exercise - This is an estimate of the number of calories you would burn with 30 minutes at a moderate exercise level

* Lifestyle & Activity - This is the number of calories you burn performing your daily activities...working, playing, eating, etc. Activity accounts for a significant portion of the calories you burn each day.

* Resting Metabolic Rate - Today we measured your Metabolic Rate. This is the number of calories your body burns everyday at rest.

So my TOTAL ENERGY OUTPUT is a combination of the 3 categories above (RMR + LIfestyle + Exercise) = 3,549 calories

The next section indicates how much to eat and explains I need to burn more calories than I eat.

* Maintenance Zone / 2491 to 3238. Once you reach your goal weight, this is how many calories your body needs to maintain your weight.

* Weight Loss Zone / 1993 to 2491. Comfortable weight loss comes from eating slightly less calories than your body needs. By eating healthy foods throughout the day you should not feel hungry.

* Medically Supervised Zone / 0 to 1993. Very low calorie diets should only be done under medical supervision. Supervision is required to ensure adequate nutrition, and to monitor and treat the potential slowing of metabolic rate.

NOTE: These ranges are unique because my metabolic rate was compared to what is "normal" for my age, height, weight, and sex. The test determined my metabolic rate is normal.

Prior to the test, I was aiming for a caloric range of 1500 to 1800 calories per day and what I've learned from this test is that based on my stats, I wasn't consuming ENOUGH calories. It becomes further complicated by the fact that I'm a T2 Diabetic, and as a result my carb intake is strictly limited. I do not use insulin but I do take 2 Metformin 500mg ER per day, so it's important to balance my carb intake with respect to blood sugar control. I also have to monitor my blood sugar before and after exercise and base my food intake on those numbers.

I'm still processing this information. I'm going to fax it to my endocrinologist and ask for her input and share it with the nurse who coaches me from my insurance provider. I'm determined and I'm not going to let this plateau I've been on get the best of me!


P.S. We had to defer my Vo2 Sub Max Test to this week due to a problem with the equipment.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 2/14/2013 6:47AM

    Happy Valentine's day, friend! Glad you are getting the tools you need to meet your spark goals

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GOLDENRODGIRL 2/11/2013 12:04PM

    Very interesting! I'd love to hear what your endocrinologist has to say, too, if you're willing to share.

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WEBEZE 2/10/2013 11:22PM

    Quite a bit of information from one test. I would say my daily activity is higher than average (my job is very physical) add in exercise and I might not be eating enough to lose. I don't have access to such testing, but have been using trial and error to find what works. Have been on a plateau for 3 months so experimenting right now to see what I can do get it going down again. Here's to this helping you get unstuck.
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LAHUDSONCHEF 2/10/2013 4:04PM

    I was thinking the same thing as Debby... According to SP, my BMR estimate (for my age/weight/height) is just under 1700 cal/day, this is what it takes for me to maintain if I was a complete couch potato. Add in work, and it's nearer to 1900. Add in that my exercise is usually less than 200/day, sometimes as low as 30-40 these days, and that brings my total usage to 2100/day max. My calorie range right now (well, I've been way off for a week due to injury and emo eating) is 1200-1550. and it's been good for me, losing slowly & steadily.

In your description, it lists the "lifestyle & activity"as one factor...I guess your activity level is MUCH higher than mine.

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AJDOVER1 2/10/2013 3:56PM

    Thanks for sharing this interesting information! There just can't be a one-size-fits-all solution to weight loss. I wish you all the best

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DEBBYFROMMT 2/10/2013 2:34PM

    3500 Calories? Seriously? That seems awful high to me. But this is really interesting!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/10/2013 9:35AM

    Well, now you've got the information to fashion your continued plan. good job!


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