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Happiness--Day 2

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

Unfortunately, I forgot to set my alarm clock last night, so my plan to get up this morning to work out--well, it didn't pan out. There's always tomorrow!

But, I did make many healthy choices today. I drank my eight glasses of water (and am still drinking more). I left work today to take a lunch hour and visited social spots so I would feel more connected. When I went to the restroom, I did some stretches. I stayed within calorie range (although I'm a little). I snacked on raspberries. And because the clutter in my house is stressing me out, I made a point to clean tonite before bed.

But, most importantly, I am blogging and talking to all of my friends. I have been way too antisocial lately, hiding because I am embarrassed about my weight, my appearance--well the list goes on. I have also been avoiding people because my migraine medicines make me groggy, forgetful, and out of touch. Its embarrassing.

I also signed up for a 5K for this Saturday. I did a lot of walking over the weekend and it was difficult. Having the 5K so close is intimidating but it also gives me a quick goal and quick motivation.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day! G'nite!

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BOO-SHAY 6/7/2012 5:49PM

    emoticon Its small steps that will help you move forward. Don't beat yourself up too much. Your taking the right steps

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TAMTAMM 9/7/2011 8:05AM

    5k....GOOD FOR YOU!!! I want to sign up for one but I just cant do it at this point. When is your 5k? Remember to update us.

Melissa you have nothing to be embarrassed about. Your very inspirational to me and I am sure to others in here. Dont you hide because we do need your motivation and support! You can get it in return too so dont lose out.

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SLIMLILA 9/7/2011 12:57AM

    Glad to see you again.. Be sure you're ready for that 5K and don't go in it unprepared and risk hurting yourself... Is it a run or walk?

I had something I was going to say and I forgot it... oh, ok, here's what it was. I left work on stress leave back in May and expect myself to be all better now... Anyway, I signed up for a part-time enumeration job, just had to go around and knock on doors and get people to confirm their voting information. Anyway, I never thought I wouldn't be able to do it... But, I just couldn't make myself.... So, finally, today I did call and quit. He was so understanding and still encouraging...I was so stressed over it and what a relief it was to be understood.... He just said, if you can't do it, then you can't!!!

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Happiness--Day 1

Monday, September 05, 2011

As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life -- delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay -- I hold this question as a guiding light: "What do I really need right now to be happy?" What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way."

- Sharon Salzberg

I'm on a quest to find happiness. Right now, what I really need is to be happy is my health. For the next week I am going to focus on drinking my water daily, staying within my calorie range, and getting some kind of physical movement for at least 30 minutes every day. (Aren't these some of the Spark principles?) Hopefully, after doing this for a week, I will feel just a smidge stronger, a smidge healthier, and a smidge happier.

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SLIMLILA 9/6/2011 1:36AM

    We need it all in balance, don't we? Good luck, If you check out my blog, you will see that I have been on track with exercise and diet for 5 days now... today I was even strong enough to avoid emotional eating..... Happiness, a distant dream, but a worthy goal..... have some serious stuff to deal with first.... but the exercise really does help, in more ways than one...You Can do it!!

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TAMTAMM 9/5/2011 9:45PM

    You will find your happiness...I believe it and you will believe it too : )


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BUNNY1965 9/5/2011 7:02PM

    You can do this! Remind yourself several times every day that




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2011 Goals (a little late)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My goals for 2011


To stop negative self talk
To treat myself like my best friend
To focus on the positive


Cut out postive quotes and pictures from magazines to keep adding to my positive board.


Force my husband to help keep things cleaned around the house
To tidy up before bed
To pick up after myself
To clean with music to keep things positive


Keep paying down debt
Saving money
Stop unnecessary spending
use coupons


30 minutes of cardio daily
strength training 3 days a week
daily stretching
adding Yoga and Pillates to my routine


I would like to lose at least 3lbs each month. I would love to lose 40lbs this year.


Blog more

Make monthly play dates
Call my friends regularly
Start a family

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WCATAP 2/22/2011 8:38AM

    Great goals and the title is funny....Because until dec 31, 2011 the goals are never too late. Good for you!!!

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OHSOCOOLLISA 2/21/2011 10:24PM

    Awesome goals! I may need to borrow some. Thanks!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/21/2011 8:09AM

    These are awesome goals!!!! You can accomplish them all!!!

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NHGRL68 2/20/2011 3:18PM

    You have some great goals there! I can tell you really put some thought into it. I'm sure you will make it all happen:-) emoticon emoticon

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JENJESS48 2/20/2011 9:04AM

    Good goals! emoticon

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FITMARY 2/20/2011 6:25AM

    Great goals! And it's NEVER too late. Go for it!

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KKP4673 2/20/2011 1:55AM

    Your goals sound really, really good AND realistic!!

I like it that you "would like" to lose 3 lbs a month or 4 lbs a month. I just would encourage you to NEVER let the scales control or discourage your behavior! Reward yourself for the incredible behavior you are doing!

I LOVE it that your first goal is to treat yourself well and start controlling your thoughts!!


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TAMTAMM 2/20/2011 1:30AM

    Wow I love your goals!!!!!! Yes you can do everyone of them!!!!
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Thanking God--we received good news yesterday!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support!

Yesterday after calling around (sometimes the squeaky wheel does get the grease) I finally heard back from the doctor about my husband. My husband's last test does say that there are no more signs of cancer (THANK GOD!) emoticon but because there were signs of activity of something he has to have another test within the next few months.

We are so happy though to have received this blessed and wonderful news. Its another reason for us to keep healthy and to keep making healthy decisions.

I wouldnt be able to stay positive without all of you, my sparkfriends. I love you and thank you all! emoticon

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360NOMORE 2/11/2011 12:39PM


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NASCARGIRL3 2/9/2011 3:54PM

    emoticon News! I worked for a Surgeon for years and if something is not right the Dr's usually call ASAP so keep in mind no news is good news emoticon

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SWEETONE111 2/9/2011 12:23PM

    Wonderful news for you and your family. emoticon

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PICTURELADY3 2/9/2011 12:07PM

    Grrrrrrrrrreat News

Affirmation:" I Can Take It One Moment At A time"

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MADDIE10281 2/9/2011 10:25AM

  Good news. God bless you both

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TAMTAMM 2/9/2011 10:06AM

    I am so glad to hear the good news!!! Keep the positive energy going!

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    What wonderful news! emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 2/9/2011 9:56AM

    God is awesome!!

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    Praise God!

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Needing Support. Frightened and Stressed.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Several weeks ago, my husband had a second PET scan to ensure that he is truly cancer free (this is now a year after the first PET scan). Since the test, we have been fighting to get the results since the Dr. cannot bother to call us to inform us of the results.

Today I called everyone I could get on the phone until I got the written results faxed to me. Unfortunately, the written results contain vague sentences that indicate that something could be going on. This is very scary--especially since the Drs. still will not call us back! I have left more messages (increasing in nastiness, I must admit) and we need answers.

My husband and I are getting more scared and frustrated. He has a doc appt scheduled for several weeks out and we just want to know what is going on. I am very worried that this means that he will have to have chemo or another surgery. I am barely keeping it together myself right now (with work and my health and the day to day) and I do not know what I would do if he needed another surgery and follow up.

Please pray for my husband and I.

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NUTMEG101 2/8/2011 4:55PM

    Positive Energy! Keep it positive!! I agree that it is awful that they can't be bothered to contact you, but i also agree that in these cases "no news is good news" Thoughts and prayers are with you!

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RWETHAIRYET 2/8/2011 4:19PM

    Melissa, sometimes those reports are fairly vaguely worded, because the doctor reading it doesn't really think it's something....but is going to cover his butt and not outright say that. One of our doctors here always jokes that a Radiologists favorite landscape element is, well, a hedge, for that very reason.
And sometimes "normal" medical words can sound pretty terrible.
I'm betting the Doctors are seeing nothing to be alarmed about, otherwise I'm sure you would have heard something by now. Quite often, no news is good news, it's when they call you right up that you should worry.
Any friends or family with medical/nursing backgrounds that can perhaps go over the report with you. They might be able to explain it a little better for you.
In the meantime, my prayers are with you.

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RD03875 2/8/2011 3:47PM

    I will keep you and your DH in my prayers and thoughts.
I would drive to the office and sit and wait. Good luck!

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PICTURELADY3 2/8/2011 3:34PM

    Here is my thoughts. Sounds like you have done everything (but going to Doc office and corning him in the hallway) If you have done all you can for today than you need to let it go and put it in God's hands. You worring about this will not do anyone any good. Don't take on tomorrow anxiety today. Cancer is not back until they tell you otherwise. You will be given just what you need to handle the todays issues. Try and relax and remember to breath.
Wishing all the best. emoticon

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NHGRL68 2/8/2011 3:26PM

    I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully the reason that they haven't called you is because the results are really OK. I'm surprised they would send you the results without your DR going over them with you. Try not to stress too much about it til you can find out what's really going on. emoticon emoticon

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TAMTAMM 2/8/2011 3:07PM and your husband are in my prayers.
Our healthcare system is soo messed up. I would keep calling them until you get what you want....its your right to have that information. Remember to take care of yourself...stop and take some deep breaths.

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OVERBURDEND 2/8/2011 3:02PM

    I don't understand how they can be okay with themselves giving you the run around like that. Their lack of compassion is very inconsiderate.
emoticon My thoughts and prays are with you both. emoticon

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SADIESUE09 2/8/2011 2:35PM

    My prayers are with you both. emoticon

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360NOMORE 2/8/2011 2:05PM

    i am totally sending you my good thoughts. I worked in healthcare for years, and this stinks. STINKS, horrible manner.

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