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The Quality of Life

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

My job made me realize that my life actually isn't so bad. I work with three men who are developmentally disabled. Two of the men have Down's Syndrome and the other man is schizophrenic. I realized that these men do not have the freedom of choice. They have everything decided for them, from what they wear in the morning, to when they wake up, to what they eat all day. They have no say in what their lives will be like from day to day.

It really made me take a look at how I view my life when I got into work today. I have the choice to eat ice cream in the morning. I have the choice to wear sweats out of the house. I have the choice to do what I want, when I want. I think I take that for granted and I am glad that I stepped back today and thought about that.

It also affects my weight loss. These guys don't know that they are overweight and the staff feeds them fat-infested food. They don't have the choice to eat healthier versions of the food. The staff has to make that decision for them. They cannot verbalize what they actually like and what they want to eat. This changed my views. I can decide not to eat that ice cream sundae or that whole pizza. It is my decision to workout and live a healthy life. I need to think of that every time I want to eat something that won't benefit me or when I make that excuse not to go workout. I had an ah-ha moment today!

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MARINEMAMA 9/27/2009 7:34PM

    Wow....very true...thanks for sharing this with us.

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JULSISGOOD 9/9/2009 1:34PM

    What a great revelation! So many things in life are about perspective, and the choices we make based on what we perceive to be true!

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KPACE7 9/8/2009 9:16PM

    Very insightful blog. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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CANBDONE 9/8/2009 7:01PM

    My step-son is in a group home and is overweight. He has no say so or food at his disposal. Their menu is as you described. His grandfather also spoils him with food and allows him to overeat. He's an overgrown toddler headed for serious problems, aside from his current ones. We take for granted so many things. Thanks for the reminder to take the privilege of healthy choices seriously.

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SYNCHROSWIMR 9/8/2009 1:25PM

    Great point, and a great thing to think about.

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LISALYNN1960 9/8/2009 12:44PM

    Wow... great point. We really do have choices where others don't. Thanks for giving me something to think about today.

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I love to sweat!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Today was my offical day back in the gym and I feel great!!! I don't know why I ever thought I couldn't get back in shape because today I proved to myself that I could. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill, 1:30 walking and then 4:00 running with a resistance of 1.0. I burned over 400 calories for my whole workout!

I am so proud of myself! I don't know why I thought for 3 months that I could never get back in shape. I am capable of doing just about anything and I proved that to myself today. Now when I make excuses for not going to the gym, I am going to hop on Spark and read this blog. I feel amazing!! I know the endorphins are on overload at the moment, but this feeling is great! I will have my down days, but that's ok. I know that I am going to lose this weight. I can do it.

Tomorrow I am going to get in the pool. I was a competetive swimmer for 15 years, so this should be interesting!!!

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MARINEMAMA 9/5/2009 5:05PM

    YOU can DO IT!!!! emoticon

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CANBDONE 9/1/2009 6:31PM

    Way to go! You're pumped!

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JULSISGOOD 8/28/2009 11:31PM

    WOW - Congratulations!!
It's weird, when I'm not going to the gym, I find excuses not to, but when I go, I can't imagine why I didn't want to go! You keep going! And keep blogging to remind the rest of us how empowering and motivating it is!

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CANDYHEART 8/28/2009 10:31PM

    Wonderful!!!! You go girl!!!!

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KPACE7 8/28/2009 8:48PM

    You GO GIRL!!! I am proud of you too!!! emoticon emoticon

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KARSTASAURUS 8/28/2009 6:09PM

    Congratulations on getting on that treadmill and doing so well! emoticon

With exercise there always seems to be a weird mental block before a huge breakthrough and welcome to your breakthrough!!!

Good luck with going to the pool tomorrow! emoticon


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Hashimoto's vs. Hypothyroidism

Monday, August 24, 2009

When I was a senior in high school, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. My physician, in my opinion, wasn't very thorough because I just thought that I had the condition of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid. It can CAUSE Hashimoto's disease.

So, I thought it wasn't important to be taking my medication, Levothyroxine. I just thought if I didn't take it for a couple of days that I would be fine. However, I haven't been on my meds in a couple of months because of insurance switches, money and other reasons. I can feel myself slipping though.

I am lethargic, depressed, constipated. Well, when I was dog sitting, I found out that the dog I was sitting for took the same medication I was, so I was a little skeptical about what was going on in my body. I called my mom and started asking her some questions about hypothyroidism and she said, "Babe, you have Hashimoto's. It is an autoimmune disease where my antibodies react to proteins in the thyroid gland, causing gradual destruction of the gland itself, and making the gland unable to produce the thyroid hormones the body needs.

SO! What i am saying is, it is EXTREMELY important that I take my medication because there are some serious complications that can go wrong if I don't take my medication. Therefore, insurance or not, I need to find a way to pay for my medication. (One more reason to revamp the health care system. I don't want to go into debt because I need medication).

I guess I am just frustrated with myself for being so naive. I thought I was indestructible and I was one of those people who never needed to take medication. Well, I was completely wrong. I need to be taking it every single day in order for this weight loss/healthy lifestyle to even be feasible.

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JULSISGOOD 8/25/2009 9:19PM

    I'm on Levothyroxine, and I don't know where you live, but it's on the Walgreen's plan, which is something like $12.99 for 3 months worth (I'm sure it's on other plans as well. You have to pay a small membership fee, but it works great for me. Sparkmail me if you want more information - I can look it up. I know medication is one of the first things to go when money is tight, but it can be so important. I'm sorry you're having to go through this.

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DANCINGCAROL 8/24/2009 9:58PM

    Oy. That's a hard lesson. I think nobody wants to be on meds. I should stock up on some Wellbutrin to help me avoid winter depression. Do I want to do it? No, no, no. I want to live in denial that winter exists and that it brings me down. And then the darn healthcare thing in this country. Don't know if you saw this headline from The Onion: Congress Deadlocked Over How To Not Provide Health Care.

Part of being our best is certainly being as healthy as we can be. Thanks for sharing your story. It was a good thing for me to read.

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CALGALFOX 8/24/2009 6:22PM

    I have two siblings with Hashimoto's. They test me every year because I have a "non-specific" autoimmune disease and it's expected that I would end up with Hashimoto's also. I'm nearing 50 and now hopeful that I never develop it. I have other autoimmune issues and just don't want to add to my list - LOL!

I understand perfectly about the cost of meds. For me, even more importantly than the cost, is the toll many of the meds can take on your body.

In case you're interested, you can read on about Hashimoto's and supplements to help with your thyroid issues. I can't begin to tell you how much it's helped me to get my blood/chemical levels tested every year and supplement for what is deficient.

Best of luck to you,


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Hitting Bottom- Looking Up

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I am looking up this mountain
And all I can see is blue,
I am looking up this mouring ntain
And I want to be true to you.

I am looking up this mountain
With a rope in my hand.
I am looking up this mountain
Making sure I can stand.

I am looking up this mountain
and I feel a tear fall,
Because I know that this moutaing,
isn't really that tall.

I have been away from Spark for too long. I sit on my computer, checking my e-mail and Facebook, but I never come to back to Spark. Maybe it's because I am afraid of being accountable to myself for my weight loss or maybe it's because I know I need to change. I am at my highest weight ever- 190. That's not even what I am the most upset about. I am the most upset with myself for allowing this self-destructive behavior to continue. There is no proof that I am a bad person, a person who deserves negative talks and slams every single day that I look in the mirror.

I deserve to be happy and to live a long, healthy life. I am not sure if there was one "ah-ha" moment that made me realize I was slowly killing myself with each and every dorito that I was putting in my mouth, but I know now that I need to change. Change is not a bad things. But I am ready to climb this mountain. Not Miley Cyrus style, a 16 year old who has not even begun to live life, but my style. I know it will be hard and grueling. I will want to give up almost every day. I will make up excuse after excuse, but I owe it to myself to try and I am going to try.

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ 8/17/2009 6:50PM

    Welcome back, Spark is here to help!

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JULSISGOOD 8/17/2009 6:38PM

    I think you are right, you are going to feel like giving up, maybe even every day, but that doesn't mean you have to. You are worth the effort it takes, and we will be here to share your struggles and celebrate your success!

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TIGGER1992 8/11/2009 11:52AM

    Looks like you are where I was in January - at the top, time to come down now and not go higher - for me it was potato chips, now believe it or not it is exercise! We can do it! emoticon emoticon

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JANEYINMADTOWN 8/11/2009 10:05AM

    Welcome back! We're here to support you!


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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/11/2009 7:21AM

    Never give up, each step you make is one more to a healthier you. I have a daughter that weighs more than 300 pounds. She gets winded walking to the bus stop, she broke her ankle and she has not given up, each day she gets one step closer to her goal.
Look up that mountain and tell yourself you are taking one more step closer to the summit. If you slip, then pick yourself up and remind yourself it is going to be a great view at the top. You are the only one that can make a difference in your life.
Take one moment at a time, those moments add up to hours, days and then years of health.
Take the first step and remember we all had to fall when we learned to walk, but soon we can run.

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JANLEEW 8/11/2009 2:27AM

    Stop the negative self talk. Make some small achievable changes. Break things down into manageble amounts, goals, walking etc.
I met a friend who told me she could not walk 10 feet without getting short of breath. I told her to walk 5. She did and now walks much more than that.

This place, the tools and I will help you do this. You can do whatever you choose. You just have to make the choice.

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Day 3- Shoulders and Arms

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Today wasn't extremely bad, but that was because I only have 5 lb weights. I definitely need something heavier. Tony talks about making your muscles go to fatigue and mine were not doing that. I also have swimming shoulders haha, so I have strong shoulders already. My biceps and triceps different story... On my to do list is buying some new weights. That's a good thing though! I need something heavier to fatigue my muscles. Goals, everyone needs goals!

Ab ripper was still hard for me today. I think once my other muscles get stronger this may become easier. Tomorrow = yoga extreme. Dun dun dunnn. Ha... I make myself giggle.


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