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Thoughts on a cold winter day

Saturday, December 10, 2011



So as winter settles in, here are some thoughts on cold winter days:

1. If penguins like it, it can't be too bad
2. Snow falling is one of nature's most beautiful things
3. Every snowflake, like each one of us is individual, and beautiful
4. There are just as many winter sports as summer sports
5. Children love winter, snow and don't mind the cold
6. It is never too cold, you just aren't wearing enough warm layers
7. In a word....SKIING!
8. Winter makes us appreciate spring
9. Hot chocolate is not as inviting in July
10. It is 3-4 months of the year - make sure you enjoy it while it is here!

Cheers!
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/12/2011 8:47AM

    Great attitude and way of looking at yet another beautiful season we are privy to!

Happy Winter!!

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JEANNETTE59 12/11/2011 3:10PM

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LETMEBME 12/11/2011 12:12PM

    Although it is not as cold here just yet (well, it's cold but not snowing...), I needed to read it :) Thanks for posting!

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DANA564 12/10/2011 5:55PM

    I'll try to remember that when I'm shivering. I still prefer summer! emoticon

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MICHSTATE 12/10/2011 5:35PM

    I couldn't agree more!!!! I love the winter!!!!!:-)

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JSTCHLIN 12/10/2011 4:45PM

    Although I can appreciate some of those facts. I still cannot wait until warmer weather, BBQS and the beach!

Take care and stay healthy

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7 Down 70 to Go!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011



Today is a "WHOOOO-HOOOOO" day!

After 8 days of the painful (but oh, so important) process of calorie logging and exercise I stepped on the scale today and reaped the rewards - 7 lbs

I got on it again -seriously! I started jumping up and down like I was a contestant on the Biggest Loser. 7 its? I mean really, wow! I have never lost 7 lbs in a week before (6 was my prior most in a single week - in the very first week on the spark).

Talk about lighting a spark. After being down to 190, being up at 226 last week was a new (renewed?) all time high. I resolved to start over, and make good choices. I felt so much better all week - more energy and happier with myself for doing something positive. Even if I wasn't perfect, I was putting in a lot of effort, something I always respect, regardless of results

So 7 down...70 to go

I go back and forth between thinking - wow, 70 -that is a LOT and remember that I lost 98 lbs in a week just one year ago -makes 70 not look so bad.

So from here on I will be happy for 1-2 lbs a week. I recognize that there will be plateaus and even rotten weeks when the scale goes up, but I am here on the journey

Wanna join me?

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DESTINYSCHOICE 11/13/2011 9:24AM

    I'm right back here with you!!! I have not been logging for a while, thinking I can do it on my own. That doesn't work so well, lol. So, you have inspired me to start logging and keep logging. You and I have similar journeys and body types...so I am hoping I can have similar success the 1st week. Keep at it, you look amazing! emoticon

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AUNTC321 10/30/2011 7:31PM

    Great job on the loss. You are inspiring. I have also needed to get back on track.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/30/2011 5:23AM

    I'm on board with you... No looking back - only pushing forward.

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PSHANKEY 10/27/2011 9:32PM

    I'm in. And I'm back.

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NANASAMM 10/26/2011 7:55PM

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LOOZINITNOW 10/26/2011 5:31PM

    Great job! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 10/26/2011 11:56AM

  emoticon is right! So happy to celebrate your success. Lead on emoticon

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DMB0174 10/26/2011 7:12AM

    I followed you before and will continue to follow you again. It definitely is a journey and not a race... GOOD FOR YOU!

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FAIITHH 10/25/2011 11:36PM

    Sooo great to hear! You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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WATCH_HER_GO 10/25/2011 2:41PM

    I'm so happy to hear this. You've given me some much needed umph!

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LIZZABETH1986 10/25/2011 2:13PM

    i'm here with you too! congrats! emoticon

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CARM1401 10/25/2011 1:07PM

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POOHLA711 10/25/2011 12:42PM

    I'm here with you, girl! Great job!

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BALDWINJ_03 10/25/2011 12:41PM

    That is AWESOME news!!! emoticon And keep up the hard work!

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ROCKMAN6797 10/25/2011 11:43AM

    Excellent start Hollynn!
Keep it going!

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KITHKINCAID 10/25/2011 11:14AM

    I SO need to do this again too. Back to my old GOOD habits again. I swear. I really want that scale to start moving again in the right direction.

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KARVY09 10/25/2011 10:23AM

    Great work!!!!

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PLUMSWEET1 10/25/2011 9:27AM

    That is AWESOME!! I need another good jump start like that!~ HOw many calories do you do a day? Are you working out every day? I need to really start tracking everythying again!

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MICHSTATE 10/25/2011 9:22AM

    Good for you!!!!!!:-)

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DELARADANCE 10/25/2011 9:13AM

    SO AWESOME! Isn't it the greatest feeling in the world to look down at the scale and have to look again 'cuz you're so darn happy to see the numbers go down? Every little bit counts and ever effort is well worth it! Keep up the awesome work and keep us posted on your wonderful progress!!

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ANNE7X7 10/25/2011 8:38AM

    Woohoo!! Take that momemtum and run with it! It means you are doing the right thing and treating your body good! Like you said, there will be weeks where it's harder, but you'll push through and lose every single one of those 70 pounds!

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ROXIT22222 10/25/2011 8:29AM

    Welcome back! Great job on you first new week.

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 10/25/2011 3:44AM

    Well done and good luck with staying focused and reaching your goal.

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1DRWOMAN 10/25/2011 3:28AM

    WOW! Well done!!! Keep going! Enjoy your new journey!!! :)
Patty

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L3DESIGNS 10/25/2011 1:43AM

    Great job! Keep up the good work

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Wishing and Resisting

Saturday, October 22, 2011

So here I am after a full year of backpedaling, still trying to figure out where I went wrong so I can try to not make the same mistakes in the future...

So here it is: too much resistance and wishing

After losing 98 lbs and feeling like I had it all figured out, I started to resent my new lifestyle. Bizarre right? In retrospect, it seems so foolish, but I thought writing it will help me come to terms with it. I actually resented that I felt like I had to exercise every day and eat so healthy. I was like a rebellious teenager that just wanted to be like everyone else. I envied my thin, fit friends who were able to indulge and I wished I could be that way too. So I started to indulge - I felt invincible in many ways, like I was somehow immune to gaining weight back. I had seen others on Spark regain weight, but I didn't think it would happen to me...

So yeah, I wish I had a great metabolism
I wish that I didn't have to track my calories - I hate doing it
I wish I didn't have to exercise everyday (even though I love doing it)
I wish I was naturally thin
I wish it wasn't so hard
I wish it wasn't always going to be a temptation

Now that I am done with my pity party - here is reality
I DON'T have a great metabolism
I MUST track my calories for my own accountability
I DO have to exercise regularly, and honestly every day is just easier for me
I have NEVER been naturally thin, and who cares, I will appreciate it more when I do get there
It is HARD, but it is important, and it is valuable to me
There will always be temptations

It is what it is
And what it is - it's ok
I don't have to fight it or wish for something else
I have to accept me how I am and work each day for how I want to be

Sounds so easy, right?

So yeah, I am back on track, swallowed my pride
Today is day 6 of continuous exercise and calorie logging
Cheers to regaining lost ground

  
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/30/2011 5:27AM

    I've been on SP for over 5 years and have pedalled back and forth for some time... it doesn't happen overnight for some of us (like my page now says - Success Story in Progress).

Sometimes you have to take care of 'other' aspects in your life before you can totally commit to the resolve of being healthy. I just recently had a 'flip the switch' moment and on a good momentum - but we're not invincible and we do have to take care to stay on track (while I do allow myself one cheat day per week) - it keeps me sane.

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KEIRASMAMA 10/25/2011 9:45AM

    Way to go on returning to your journey!! I can totally relate to where you are because I've been backsliding the past few months too. The key is recognizing it and putting a stop to it before the old way completely takes over again. Thanks for sharing your insights! Good luck!

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HIPPICHICK1 10/24/2011 5:29PM

    Glad to hear that you are back at it.
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ANNE7X7 10/24/2011 10:26AM

    This was a great blog and just what I wanted to hear.. That motivation/determination I had just a few months ago has vanished and I'm left not wanting to eat well or move my body. I think I need to do what you did in this blog: sit down and figure out why. Then make a plan to change it, because I want that feeling back SO BAD.

You can do it!! Keep us posted on your success!!!

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KITTYKITTEMMING 10/24/2011 8:22AM

    Been there, done that. You put the thoughts I had at the time into words.

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LOOZINITNOW 10/24/2011 8:00AM

    I have been right there with you for the last year and felt the same way. Really writing it down and coming to terms with the reality of it is great. It's onward and forward from here.

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KITHKINCAID 10/24/2011 1:50AM

    Just to let you know - I came home tonight, devoured 3 mini Halloween candy bars, and I am stopping right now because I read this blog. You can do this. And so can I! :)

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NANASAMM 10/24/2011 12:48AM

    I can see how this can happen...heck, I've done it myself. Just keep hanging in there.

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CAROLDEDOO 10/23/2011 6:47AM

    I asked my Pastor once...if we/I do everything right, am good all the time, isn't it BORING? Well, that brought the house down (I was in a class with other parishioners).

Today, I'm thinking that's life...the ups and downs or, as I'm calling it today, the meandering line of life. I mean we start along our road, maybe being very good. That gets boring and we step out a little bit (or a lot, depending...LOL). Then, we go to far out and we veer back in line. Until the next time we venture off the beaten path.

I wax philosophical here, it (life) is a constant adjustment. Knowing this you don't let the mistakes/upsets/bad choices get you down. You just get up, dust yourself off, and start all over again!

Oh, boy, ENOUGH! (LOL) Have a Super Sunday. Keep the Lord's day and Keep on Sparking! emoticon emoticon

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MEEBELO 10/23/2011 12:41AM

    I really admire your honesty and transparency. I know I've been through the same struggle you have and the important thing is you've gien that struggle a voice and can now move on at pace that does not overcompensate. It sounds ver cliche, but take it one day at a time and change one thing at a time. You've had awesome success before and you can definitely have that same success again. I have yet to duplicate your 300-day workout streak. You're an inspiration to me.

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ROCKMAN6797 10/23/2011 12:35AM

    Glad you are back Hollynn!
You know what you need to do and you have the tools to get it done!
You can and will do it!

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AMY_1217 10/23/2011 12:32AM

    I fell back into that dark place as well. I'm back on track now and feeling much better about it again.

I'm glad you're back in a positive space now. You deserve to have a long, happy, HEALTHY life! Even if its a struggle, you are absolutely right! Its worth every bit of the battle.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/22/2011 10:56PM

    Get knocked down, stand up again strong with your head up. I am totally envious of my friends who seem to just about indulge in all things bad, don't exercise, drink, smoke and maintain a normal body weight. Meanwhile if I even look at food I gain weight. Alas that's life. We gotta keep fighting though. It makes the prize even better. Best wishes!

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MICHSTATE 10/22/2011 6:13PM

    I wish all those things too!!!!! It's too bad that they aren't try for me either!!!!!
You can do this!!!!!!:-)

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WELSIE1 10/22/2011 3:06PM

  Wow, you have shown and inspired me by admitting that you are human. You are truly adjusting to the ins and outs of a new life that somehow you have truthfully admitted is uncertain and taking you to new unfamiliar territory. However you seem to have embraced it and said it's okay to be and feel like the new me. Congrats.

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GEMINIGEM6 10/22/2011 3:02PM

    I feel you!! Best wishes on your continued journey. You are def not alone!! :)

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Help Me Get Back on Track! Calling for suggestions!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Me in Olympic National Park at the beginning of the month, still smiling - but ready for some help!

Greetings to any readers still hanging with me.
Yes, I have been struggling this spring & summer
It is much LESS fun to write inspirational blogs when things are going in the wrong direction
I went from 205-->224 in 6months
I did not give up though
I am here in the background, plugging away

So what happened?
I was over confident and enjoyed more food than I should have
I developed plantar fasciitis (for the first time in my life) and have struggled as to what to do (really open to suggestions here). I tried to exercise through, I bought new shoes, I rested. Now I haven't run or been on the elliptical for 2 months and still having a lot of pain. I bought a rowing machine that arrived this week to break up the monotony of biking all the time. Anyone with other ideas that wouldn't hurt my foot or slow down healing - bring it on!

So there it is - I can't remember asking for help much here but hitting 224 was eye-opening. I am back to 221 after working hard last week, and looking forward to fighting my way back to 205 and lower.

Thanks for the help!

  
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LUCYLIN101 10/30/2011 10:18PM

    I just saw this and enjoyed your blog. I sent you an e-mail too!
You can do this!!
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INKYWAG 10/21/2011 6:46PM

    I know how you feel I messed up the tendon in my foot 5 months ago and have been restricted on alot of stuff too,I still walk just not as much as before,I use weights to work out some,swimming is good too.I usually put on a brace just suffer through it.
I gained 10 pounds back and was able to drop 3 of them already,I still do things that I shouldnt I just do in moderation now a days.
Come on girl you and I will get are mojo back!!LOL emoticon

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LAKEGIRL76 10/17/2011 3:23PM

    I bought shoe inserts from a shoe store. I asked the salesman what he recommended for planters fascitis and it has helped a ton. I cannot wear any sandals, not even my Keens :-( I cut back on walking for awhile, but the inserts made a huge difference. I also had my chiropractor adjust my feet! Hope this helps!

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MORETHENAMOM39 10/3/2011 1:07PM

    I dont really have any suggestions for you, but I thought that you would like some suport.. I think that you should focus on getting better. Now, keep in mind you should still watch what you eat.. If you cant be as active as before cut calories and maybe doing some exercises from a chair would take pressure of you foot. I think bands work best. And good luck with healing and your fitness goals.

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MYSHERIANN 10/1/2011 10:24AM

    HI Friend!!! You are SO amazing and have accomplished so much. We can't dwell on yesterday but have to make the BEST of today. You've learned SO much that I am confident you have all the answers you need to accomplish any goal. I admire your intelligence.

By chance do you have access to a pool? That could help lift the pressure off your foot. I'm on day-2 of the challenge lol....LET'S PULL THROUGH TOGETHER!!! emoticon

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MURPHY1978 9/27/2011 2:46PM

    I have a friend with PF and he swears by the Skeletoes shoes, the ones that have individual spots for your toes. I don't know if there is really anything to it but he says they help.

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CLALIZ 9/27/2011 2:20PM

    My husband was also prescribed the Green insoles that other sparkies suggest here - although he had trouble starting at slower/shorter runs I kept reminding him that he had been out of the running game for a while and 3 miles was a prefect way to get back to running. I would also recommend Strength training. I really enjoy the rowing machine as well, let me know how you like that, definitely nice to have a change on cardio. If you can, maybe do other activites that don't really involve your feet such as kayak or canoeing - can you rent some where you are? I really like those ;-)
Also, the best way to get back on track is just keeping at it every day, plan meals ahead and enter them in spark. I find that this way if all my meals are planned and entered I don't have to think about "what am I going to eat" when hunger strikes, also it makes it harder to eat other things that you didn't plan for because for me is "well I will need to remove what i said I was going to eat and enter all this other stuff, I rather stick with my planned chicken and rice for lunch" emoticon it does take time, but I think is time well spent!
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APIRLRAIN888 9/26/2011 7:22PM

    pls chk out my start and restart blog! i too took 2 months off and 20! I really really hope it will help!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/26/2011 1:26PM

    I know the feeling. It took me three months of staying off of it, biking, rolling it over ice bottles several times a day and ibuprofen before it healed. Once in a while, if I do too much it will hurt just a little. Take care that foot!

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JEANNETTE59 9/25/2011 3:18PM

  You have already received a lot of good advice for the PF, I would echo swimming and water exercises in addition to stretching and ice.

As to falling off the healthy eating wagon, you've got a lot of company. The good news is we know what we need to do and we know we have SparkFriends emoticon, who will be there to encourage us when we slip.

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CHANEL_BABE 9/24/2011 10:18PM

  You are not alone at the bump in your road! since last october I've gained 7 lbs and have slacked off exercising. I want nothing more than sitting in front of the tv, eating a 1/2-gal of butter pecan ice cream.

Reading your blog is helping me find my motivation again! Thank you -- as always -- for your candor and commitment.

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SBHPATRICK 9/24/2011 4:39PM

    A lot of great suggestions here. Looks like a lot of us are still hanging in with you. :)

I've had a number of ups and downs since I've been on SparkPeople, but have been going strong again since the beginning of August. One of the things that helped me get my spark back was watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, a documentary that's currently streaming on Netflix. It inspired me to do a 15 day 'reboot' of eating only fruits and vegetables and drinking freshly juiced fruits/veggies. Those 15 days went so well, I've continued it and plan to for another month. I feel great, I'm exercising again and I'm seeing results.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 9/22/2011 4:24PM

    Just becasue you might not be able to run doesn't mean that you can't do strength training, especially on your core and upper body.

I'm sorry to hear about the PF and wish you a speedy recovery. Since I've never had it, I can't be much help there, but am glad to hear you are still able to spin/ride and row your way to health.

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CALLIKIA 9/22/2011 3:51PM

    I stand by the stretching. I had PF once and I got through with a brace I wore now and again and then stretches. I love that you're still pushing through. It's hard not to get stuck when we get sidelined, but keeping our goals in the forefront and trying new things/alternatives can lead to success as we try to heal. Miss you! :)

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GLENNYB 9/22/2011 3:36PM

    I agree w/ kithkincaid about the superfeet. I had PF for like 2 years and the superfeet insoles really helped.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/22/2011 2:02PM

    It appears you've gotten a lot of great feedback from others and I'd have to agree.
Personally, I stretch my feet nightly by using a tennis ball. I do this after my Chiro instructed me to do so, it feels great.


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KITHKINCAID 9/22/2011 1:41PM

    Hey girl - happens to the best of us. I'm just so glad you haven't given up and are still kicking around.

I had pretty bad plantar fasciitis when I started running. Here's how I fixed mine: chiropractor to keep my legs and feet aligned while I was running, new shoes with GREEN Superfeet insoles which provide the most support for the arch and the part of your foot that's hurting, whenever I got back from a run or a walk you have to submerge your foot/feet immediately in icewater for 10-15 minutes. This SUCKS, especially in the winter, but it's the only way to really ice that part of your foot (I'm sure you know since you're in the medical field anyway). In between icy foot baths I used a frozen water bottle to roll my foot on - stretches out the bottom of the foot and ices at the same time. And finally - NO flats. I know you probably don't wear them during the day anyway since you're on your feet, but flip flops and cute fall flats are from the devil. Supportive shoes all the time.

Hope that helps. Rooting for you!

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CYNDERROSE 9/22/2011 11:52AM

    I agree with the others. Stretch your foot and calf and ice the heal.

I have flair ups from time to time, and it is so next to impossible to work out with tht feeling.

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KARVY09 9/22/2011 11:47AM

    I found a frozen golf ball and running through my PF helped even if it was just intervals. My PT told me she sees better results from those who walk/run it off, though it can be painful. Are you in the market for some new shoes?

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BALDWINJ_03 9/22/2011 11:22AM

    One day at a time girl. I've dealt w/ a lot of ups and downs too and just remember that YOU CAN DO WHATEVER you put your mind too! To handle the pain you have, I see my chiropractor and had orthotics made for my shoes.

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SARAHJ19 9/22/2011 9:54AM

    I am right here with you except for the plantar fasciitis. I went from 189 to 215 in 6 months. It really stinks, big time. I am taking it one step at a time. One good choice is going to lead to many other great choices. You know you can do it. Like you said, you haven't given up! Good luck reaching your goals, I am right here with you!
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POOHLA711 9/22/2011 7:55AM

    Some tips for the plantar faciitis: ICE and stretch. Freeze a water bottle and roll it along the arch of your foot 5 times a day for 5 minutes. Also, make sure you are doing lots of stretches for your hamstrings and calves, as I've read that plantar faciitis is related to those muscles. And do a lot of foot stretches where you flex your foot.

In regard to the weight loss stuff. All I can say is-- control what you can control. Isn't the statistic like 80% nutrition and 20% exercise? Take this time where you can't do much hard core cardio and really focus on cleanining up your diet. Try new healthy recipes, make sure you track everything and stay in your calorie range. And focus on doing some strength training that does not aggravate your foot. Even if you can't do cardio, those muscles you build will increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day.

I just have to put a disclaimer on this and say that I don't always practice what I preach... I'm taking this info from things that I've read. I've still got a LOT of work to do to implement these things into my own life! Especially the nutrition part.

Best of luck and sending you healing vibes. You can overcome anything!

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PLUMSWEET1 9/22/2011 12:40AM

    I have been watching your progress since you joined the Red Hots and I was always wanting to catch up to you and I got so close and then I to went in the wrong direction:(! I did so well for so long and wanted to be 199 by Feb. and it did not happen I got down to 208 and I felt so good and I felt slimmer then ever and then we took our trip to Vegas and I pretty much stoppped do everything I know I need to do I think I just started eating whatever I wanted and stoppped working out and so I went from 208 back up to 220-225 and today I'm at 222 I have only been back to 219 haven't been any lower then that:(!

I'm sorry to hear you are having pain and that it makes it difficult to workout I don't have any Good excuses but plum lazy! I hope you find something that makes it easier and not painful to workout and that I will be seeing you go back down that scale to Onederland with me! emoticon emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/21/2011 11:07PM

    I'm looking for suggestions to keep my spark burning. A good friend of mine said the best exercise is the exercise that works for you. Good luck with finding something that's pain free and gets the scale moving down. Best wishes

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LIVIN_THE_LIFE 9/21/2011 10:40PM

    My mom has plantar fascitis and she has had success with a split thing that keeps her foot flexed while she sleeps. I have achilles tendonitis (likely caused by overpronation). At first it was impossible for me to work out, but now I am able to tell when my foot is sore, and when I am risking injury. I am able to run, but know that I need to ice my foot almost immediately. I also try to pick softer surfaces, such as a track or trail so that my body doesn't absorb all of the shock from running.

Also, have you considered swimming or some water aerobics? The water should greatly reduce the impact. When I first got back into exercise, I would attend an aqua zumba class with some friends which was amazing.

Good luck!!! You can do this!

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TATYPREZ 9/21/2011 10:25PM

    I just had a moment like this and the best thing I have done so far is make DAILY rewards (non food). Every night I pick my reward for the next day. These rewards are some thing small that I can do for free. My 2 favorite rewards are a bath and being able to watch project runway online. :) These are just little things that make me think before I do something stupid. If I make it though the day eating right, tracking, and exercising if it's scheduled that day, then I get my reward. It's just something special to do that reminds me that all the little things add up! Every day is a battle and it doesn't matter if the scale reads, it really depends on how you handle each and every day.
You can do this! You really can! If you ever need help just send me a message. :)

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MANDABEAR11 9/21/2011 10:18PM

    It`s okay hun I went frm 175 back to 190 and it was a rough pill to swallow but I`m getting back to where I need to be. I haven`t grasped the excercise part of things again but I am on day 3 of tracking food and eating within my ranges, so I hope after enough of this the motivation to workout will come back. We take 2 steps forward and one step back; you are HERE and that`s the biggest step you need to take, along with asking for help!
Unfortunately I don`t know anything about foot pain or swelling, but don`t let it sidetrack you from the great habits you have started to form again.
Lots of sparkling love!

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ASSILEMA 9/21/2011 10:10PM

    Have you tried "stretching" your your calf and foot before you get out of bed? My doctor told me to take a belt or something of the sort and hook it under the bottom part of my foot to help stretch, I pull my toes up toward me if that makes sense. I have that as well and if I do alot of walking or such it can aggrivate it. Doing these stretches does help me to ease the pain a bit and maybe it would help for you too. Good luck!

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People are the Power on the Spark

Wednesday, July 20, 2011



This past week I was out of town and had the chance to catch up with a fellow sparkie, Kristina (Karvy09). We went to dinner and I was surprised by how easy it was to fall into a rhythm talking, like old friends. One of the things we talked about how important it is for all of us to not go through this process alone. It is a strange journey in many ways because it is impossible to always be where you want to be (how many times have I wanted to be just 5lbs less!) I can't tell you how good it feels to know that others struggle, plateau, gain (oh no! - but yes it happens to ALL of us), feel tired and cranky, or exuberant and joyful. We are a group with a common experience. In fact we are a tribe. All of us know what it is like to look in the mirror and not like what we see or to feel like our bodies have betrayed us. When any of us succeed it feels like all of us have, or at least like all of us could. For me that is the strength of this site, when I am having a rough week - I depend on all of you to help lift me up and similarly when I achieve something hopefully it inspires others. Check on a few of your friends on this journey today. Wherever they are - you have been or will be.

Love my sparkies!
Hollynn

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SCHENPOSSIBLE 7/31/2011 8:32PM

    We all need to lean on each other for support. Lovely blog!

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KARVY09 7/24/2011 11:26AM

    I had so much fun, Hollyn. I hope you get up here again next month so the hubsters can meet! Love ya.

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NANASAMM 7/23/2011 10:00PM

    You both look great! emoticon

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ANNE7X7 7/21/2011 8:57AM

    So awesome to see two of my favourite Sparkers together! You guys look faaaabulous!!!

Wonderful blog! If it weren't for the amazing support of people on SP, I don't think I would be where I am today! While it is not perfect, it's an AMAZING community that I'm very proud of being a part of!


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BESTMEICANBE51 7/21/2011 6:50AM

    That's right, one of the best things on SP are the people. If you need a hug or a big WOO HOO ! you can count on your SparkFriends to be there with one. Even if you don't have that anywhere else in your life, you know it's always here.
Great blog and nice pic.

Keep on Sparking !

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MAMADELIGHT 7/21/2011 6:34AM

    Isn't Kristina great?

Community is the major sticking point of this site. I was a member before the pages and I left after a few weeks. It wasn't motivating to sign in and track. Now, I have my teams and some of my imaginary friends have become real. It is the community that keeps me here.

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MESEATURTLE 7/21/2011 2:20AM

    so true!!!!

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NZGODDESS 7/21/2011 12:22AM

    I totally agree! That's what keeps me keeping on and why I keep coming back and trying again. Thank you for the wise words Hollynn and inspiration as always emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 7/20/2011 11:34PM

    You both look wonderful. Jealous that you had a meet-up! I'd love to meet both of you!

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SMOKINGUN 7/20/2011 9:35PM

    as always , you have a knack of saying what we all think and experience emoticon

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HOLLYSOTEROS 7/20/2011 7:43PM

    So True.
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ROCKMAN6797 7/20/2011 7:43PM

    So true!
I especially love sharing the joy of fellow sparkie's success, so inspiring!
But also understand that you need to be there to help pick up the pieces.
Yes, you are right "People are the Power on the Spark!"

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LOOZINITNOW 7/20/2011 7:41PM

    Love this blog! It helps so much knowing that we have all been or will be in the same places. Sparkfriends should always have each others backs.

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NEED2LOSEN2010 7/20/2011 7:40PM

    AMEN!! Great Blog! I LOVE my emoticon

Sunny

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KEL_MB 7/20/2011 7:30PM

    Right on sister!

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JSTCHLIN 7/20/2011 7:13PM

    Couldn't have said it better myself!
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FRENCHTOSD 7/20/2011 7:12PM

    So true! Reminds me of a nice dinner I had recently....

I'm so glad to see you posting, Hollynn. I would never be where I am without the 100 Day Challenge and your friendship.

We are all so lucky to be here Sparking.

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JEANNETTE59 7/20/2011 6:59PM

  Here's to the Tribe emoticon emoticon

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SARAHJ19 7/20/2011 6:52PM

    Great blog! Love it!!! emoticon I couldn't agree with you more!

How fun getting to meet up with a sparkie!

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