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Thursday, December 18, 2014

My dad passed away in the middle of August. In some ways it feels like years and in others a moment ago. I wrote a heartfelt note of thanks to the staff at the LTC facility he lived at. They were angels with him. So I picked up the biggest box of Russell Stover chocolates I have ever seen and wrapped it and attached this note. My daughter and I took the box out today to drop it off. We didn't get away without being noticed. Lynda, a P'S who was there the night Dad died saw us and came over to give us a big hug. She had tears in her eyes. She hoped we were doing well it being the first Christmas without Dad. A sweet lady. I have not heard from my brother in a week. His son is in the last stages of diabetes. The doctors told him last week that he would have to go on dialysis three times a week or go into a nursing home and let nature take its course. He is 43. I don't want to bother my brother for information but I want him to know that I am thinking about him and his family. There is nothing I can do. What a horrible year.

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MOM2ACAT 12/19/2014 3:40PM

    emoticon Keeping you and your brother's family in my prayers.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/19/2014 8:27AM

    Oh, Sue, I didn't realize your dad passed this year. I'm so sorry. You were such a good daughter, the way you took care of his needs with so much love. And very sad about your nephew. Yes, difficult year. More losses for me as well. I don't remember when it hasn't been.

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SOOZIEQUE55 12/19/2014 2:41AM

    Sending positive thoughts your way as you deal with all these challenges.

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SUGARBABY60 12/19/2014 12:25AM

    I'm sorry I didn know your dad passed away, my sincere condolescences . I was sorry to hear about your nephew too. This deffinitely has been a bad couple years for your family. May the new year bring you much joy.

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Saturday at last

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Well the Workweek Hustle ended last night at midnight. I was worried that Robert was going to catch up and pass me so I did additional steps when I got home. The results came in this morning. Me 92 031 Robert 78 756 Cherie 69 688 Debbie 64 794 Stacy 63 150 Linda C. 61 263 Melanie H. 60 864 Stacy W. 47 693. So I did the week end challenge last week and the workweek challenge this week. That is 7 days trying to top these crazy Fitbitters!
Now I have made a few decisions based on this experience. I spent so much time being competitive that I didn't spend any time on my basic fitness routine. No weight bearing exercises except for my Silver sneakers class. I also discovered that the energy expenditure involved in the step competition didn't allow for more beneficial activities like strength work. So I will focus less on steps. I have decided that the 10 000 steps a day is all well and good but a more balanced approach is for me.
So for this week coming I am going to go to Silver Sneakers class for the cardio and the stretching on Tuesday and Thursday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be for strength and stretching. I know it sounds like a lot but I intend to go easy not like this past week!
This past week has been difficult emotionally as well. Our cancer support group met on Wednesday. We has a chance to sit and hear the story of our co-facilitator. She has been diagnosed with BC again. She finds out this week if she has to have chemo. Surgery is in a week and in January she has to do radiation. It makes it all so real again. It can happen again at any time. Trying to live life one day at a time doesn't take that little monkey from your shoulder who is whispering, "It could be you next week!" I know I sound like a wimp. Do I stay with the group and be reminded that there are no guarantees or go it on my own and hope that I can get through without being reminded so often that it can happen to me again? There doesn't seem to be any comfort to be found when I am thinking this way. It will pass.
On a lighter note. It is becoming colder and colder outside so most of my activity (except for puppy) will be indoors. It is 2 degrees and overcast here today. Not too bad. BUT I took a look at Grande Prairie where my son lives. -37!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/29/2014 7:53PM

    Congrats on your steps and realization toward what works better for you. As for the group, I personally felt, when I was part of a grief support group that there was a point of diminishing returns. I was leaving more sad than when I arrived.

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SUGARBABY60 11/29/2014 6:58PM

    I am impressed with your competitive spirit. At least you know you can do it if you choose to.
As for the group...we all need support but we also know our Mind has a lot to do with our outlook. Stay positive, enjoy each day as if you will live to 98 or 101! Don't go to the group so much to Draw from it as Give something To it. Never live in fear because that makes each day miserable. Live in joy and share that spirit with others.( fake it till you make it, find your joy)

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MOM2ACAT 11/29/2014 5:41PM

    I know what you mean about the support group; I belong to a couple of support groups on Facebook for women with metastatic breast cancer, and it's always sad and sobering to learn a member is at the end stages, or has passed. I had to stop visiting those groups on a daily basis because of that, now I visit only about once per week or sometimes once every 2 weeks.

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Fitbit invitation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yesterday I received an invitation from a Fitbit buddy to join a Work Week Hustle competition. There are 8 people in this competition. I joined on Monday evening. The competition had started on midnight Sunday night so I was a little behind. At noon today I checked the scores. I was at 7855 for the two days. The guy at the top of the list was at 19 305! What do these people do for work that they can get a score like that in 36 hours? And that includes a night of sleeping. I will have to get a hamster wheel big enough for me and set it up in the living room to keep up.
I went to the Silver Sneakers class this morning. I find the stretching difficult. The instructor says that it should feel pleasant and like a release. It actually feels like trying to stretch 20 year old rubber bands! I went home for lunch and to walk the dog and then went back to the gym because I am competitive. I walked on the treadmill for 105 minutes plus 5 minute cool down. My step count for today is 19 104 and my step count for the competition is 25 159. I thought I would be safe for the day but I checked the scoreboard and the next three scores behind me are 24 472, 24 379, 22 538. I have no idea where some of these folks live. They could have three more hours to pump up their score before bedtime!
There are 3 days 5 hours left. I am not so sure that I am destined to be this kind of competitor.
My appointment with my trainer has been cancelled for tomorrow so that leaves me with some time to get some steps in so I don' drop down the list too far.

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BOBBIECANUK 11/26/2014 10:26AM

    You are doing good with your competition if for no other reason than it is motivating you so therefore keeping you moving. You should ask your trainer for some daily stretching exercises or check out Coach Nichol's videos - she has a couple of good ones. Just remember the Golden Rule: don't try to overdo it the first day.
Now, for myself..........just putting on my sneakers! Yeah!

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SAPHRAEL 11/26/2014 6:22AM

    You and I should "compete". My numbers would make you feel like a winner! emoticon Seriously, I'm in awe of people that can clear 15k. But like another Liz, said, if they're motivating you to give a little more, then the challenge is working.

Have a great holiday, if you celebrate!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2014 9:54PM

    I love my FB so much. (smiling) Good luck on your competition. You are doing great.

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SUGARBABY60 11/25/2014 9:15PM

    Ok does Obsessive Compulsive sound like a world that you are familiar with? Competitive is an Understatement! Lol. Listen, I am very proud of you, because you are what Winners are made of. Congrats on achieving your goals.....and wearing out your shoe leather!

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LIZMORGAN 11/25/2014 8:25PM

    Sounds like good motivation!! I know when I first got my fitbit, I was barely hitting 5000 steps a day if I was lucky. Now 7 months later, my daily goal is 12,500 steps and I hit it almost everyday. As soon as my step goal starts to get easy I like to kick it up a notch. It's good to keep challenging yourself and competing with people who force you out of your comfort zone! That's how we improve :)

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20 000!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Well I am happy to say that I am down to 173 pounds. only 20 to go to get back to where I was a year ago. I had my body fat % checked on Friday. It is a whopping 38.4%. Got to get on that.
I entered into a challenge for the weekend with a Fitbit buddy from Saskatoon. The challenge is to see who can get the most steps in from midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday.
So far I have 28 756 and my friend has 15 817. The challenge brought out the competitor in me. I went to the gym yesterday and spent 1 3/4 hours on the treadmill. By last night I had 21 886 steps. I am tired today and I see my trainer tomorrow so I had better get some rest in today.
I have had a rather indulgent weekend (food) and I plan to have one juice a day from the Jason Vale Super Juice Me program and use the hormone balancing diet that I got from my nutritionist starting tomorrow. (I think that is a run on sentence?) The Vale juices are a little sweet for me so I am going to reduce the amount of fruit and bump up the vege component.
I also am planning to go to the Silver Sneakers program on Tuesday and Thursday to help build up my flexibility.
On another note, I got an email from the coordinator of my cancer support group. She had cancer in her spine 15 years ago. Cutting edge then, she had a stem cell transplant and has been cancer free since then. Up until a little while ago she always seemed to feel that she was home free. In the past year two members have passed away from metastatic cancer. We have had two members with ongoing treatment issues. Her confidence was threatened. So, the rest of the email was about her latest mammogram and the tumor they found. She will not have to go through chemo but she will have to go for radiation. I am coming to the realization that it is not a matter of IF the cancer returns but WHEN. Life surely sucks sometimes.
Life goes on and I plan to do the best I can each day.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/24/2014 10:19AM

    My cousin was cancer-free for about 20 years or so. She (and I) thought it was home free time. Unfortunately, not. But none of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so best to live in the now and enjoy. Life is fragile. Thanks for your text, which was the final straw in calling me back home to SP, even though that wasn't the message. (smiling)

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Silver Sneakers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I got an email from Anytime Fitness saying that I qualify for the Silver Sneakers class. They sent the invite to everyone over 55. I definitely qualify. I spoke to my trainer (she is running the class) and she told me that the class wouldn't be challenging to me. I decided to give it a try. I discovered that I can bump it up for the cardio/ warm-up section. I can also bump it up for the weight bearing exercises. But when it came to the stretching I was hopeless. I need to stretch every day according to my daughter. I believe I need to look up some stretching routines and get into it.
After the class I decided to get more steps in. I am aiming for 10 000 steps a day. I got on the treadmill using the random program for 30 minutes plus 5 minutes cool down. Level 2 at 3.5mph. I would walk for 6-7 minutes and then run for a minute at 4.5 to build up some endurance.
My Fitbit has me at 13 000 steps today. I wear it everywhere. I have joined a weekend challenge with a Fitbit buddy to see who can get the most steps in. It starts at midnight on Friday and ends at midnight on Sunday. Not that I am competitive....
I am kickboxing tomorrow. I am also getting a reading for my bodyfat%. I will check in tomorrow with the results.

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SUGARBABY60 11/20/2014 11:57PM

    Woo hoo, you're diong great!

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GEORGE815 11/20/2014 8:39PM

    Keep up the good work!

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