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There's a challenge waiting....

Friday, June 27, 2008

First off before I issue a challenge to anyone reading this blog, I want to thank those of you who have expressed concern and caring about my blood pressure issue.
I have never had an issue with blood pressure before, I don't even take meds of any kind as I am generally a healthy person. I just need to eliminate some excess weight and keep myself from developing any health related issues.
Because I have always had "normal" readings for my blood pressure(low 120's over 81) it never dawned on me that the reason I have been experiencing lightheadedness and when changing positions feeling a sensation of being unbalanced could or might relate to low blood pressure.
Not sure why my readings were low, especially after exercising, but I will have it checked out. Now more because I am curious than because I am worried. I would like to know what caused the drop and how I can keep it from happening again without resorting to any medications. I don't do meds, as I have a very low tolerance for medications. My body doesn't accept them well, so it's a good thing that I rarely ever need to take anything. I know that I am eating well and exercising sensibly, so who knows. Once again, thank you to those who left me notes of concern.

So, challenge time again. You have heard that Laughter is the world's best medicine. My challenge for all of you..."Silly Saturday". Everyone is capable of rising to meet this challenge. I thought hard about how to include you all.
Rules for "Silly Saturday"....tomorrow (being Saturday) you are challenged to blog a "silly" . It can be a joke, a silly story, or a silly picture. Let's have some fun and cause a ripple effect of humor and laughter. Remember, you can not feel a negative emotion at the same time you are feeling a positive one! It is impossible to feel both at the same time.

Have a great evening, looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. If you are new to reading this blog, please feel free to join in, just let me know you want to join and we'll all swing by your blog to see what you have in store for "Silly Saturday".


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DHARBBY 6/28/2008 12:58PM

    Have you ever noticed how you know all kinds of things until challenged to do it? I can't think of one joke, story or anything else funny right now!! LOL So, I'm going to NOT think about it and something will come. Good challenge again Wanda. What a better way to spend a lazy Saturday than laughing all day!! You are truly a wonder! Have a great weekend. Hugs.

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ALFREDIA 6/28/2008 12:43AM


I told my story one day too soon. LOL Do I have to do another one? whine whine whine.........LOL

A curious question. Do you have something to eat before walking or exercising? I thought I read on here somewhere if you are exercising on walking you needed to eat something light before doing it. As you lose weight your body needs fuel when exercising. Just curious. Can't remember where I read that though.


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KSNICKER 6/27/2008 10:55PM

    Good Luck on your BP... I'm sure it will all be just fine... I'm like that too... No problems in that department... But something may be happening... I'm glad that you are having it checked out...

Now as for this challenge... I'm not sure I can do this one... I never get silly EVER! LOL Oh OK maybe just a little... lol Oh No the pressure is on...

I'm up for it...

Have a great evening... I'm turning in soon... Goodnight...

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Inner tube journey

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Well, I made an appointment to see my doctor about my low blood pressure. I was hoping that I could get in fairly quickly but it's not until next Wednesday. On the other hand that is probably fairly quickly given the length of time is usually takes to get in! There is such a doctor shortage in our province, some people don't even have a family doctor. In the meantime, I spoke with the nurse about my concerns and she assured me that I have nothing to worry about, so I will not be concerned! Besides, I figure, why worry, I can't change anything anyway!
Hope you have all enjoyed your day....I know Marla did! This is such a wonderful group of sparkers. The caring and encouragement that flows through this group is beautiful. I thank God daily for all of you. Each of you in your own way it vital to this group.
A rather uneventful day today, just the usual busy work day, life in general things. Sometimes it's really nice to have a day like this, where you just kinda flow along in your inner tube. Enjoying where ever the river of life takes you. No unexpected waterfulls or rapids, just gentle flowing water carrying you down stream, first around this bend, then around that one. Enjoying the view and experience. Little bonuses to enjoy along the way, such as Marla's marvelous day, Kathy's beautifully constructed bird house which she paid forward, Donna's blogging again, Polly's cheerfulness, Alfredia's sharing of peace and the list goes on. Thanks for being a part of my inner tube journey today.

Have a wonderful evening, keep the ripple effect going.
Hugs, Wanda

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POLLY20 6/27/2008 12:36PM

    Wanda, Keep checking your BP.. Tom had some lows for awhile it was his BP med.. He always felt dizzy & light headed.. Just a few adjustments & he's fine now.. After all that weight loss, your body does create many changes to your system.. I don't know if I have told you lately, how much you mean to me & all of us here.. We started off together & it's almost a year that we have been together now.. Love every day of the time we have spent together.. You are the sparkle to Spark People.. Keep doing all that you are doing.. Love & Hugs Dearest Friend Always Polly

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DHARBBY 6/27/2008 9:24AM

    I'm glad you made that appt. and that the nurse reassured you that it's nothing to worry about. But it's still good to get it checked out.
I love your analogies. This one is particularly good. The inner tube journey of life!! That was really good and it gave me such a vivid visual. I really liked that. I had a good day today which I am thankful for. I've been in a bad funk as you well know for a while and it seems I'm coming out of it. We were out last night until rather late, so I didn't get a chance to blog, but I'll do it today. You have a wonderful day and weekend. Love and hugs.

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KSNICKER 6/27/2008 8:26AM

    I'm glad that you talked to that nurse and have some reassurance that your BP is not an emergency. That's a relief...
Thanks for that calming ride down the river... I'm still recovering from all the excitement yesterday and that helped to calm me... I was flying high from all the excitement... lol
I agree with the others... I enjoy your blogs and the way you see things... I'm learning so much from you... Thank you for sharing with me my dear friend...
Have a wonderful day...



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MARLA7 6/27/2008 5:10AM

    Wanda - Yes, even though life throws us into some turbulance some days or rough seas....it's the calming waters that make this journey all the more worthwhile. I agree with Marie. I enjoy your reflections along with your challenges... well, most of them anyway! LOL
))) Marla

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ALFREDIA 6/27/2008 12:05AM


We appreciate you too. I always love reading your blogs and the insights you share with us. You sometimes create challenges for us. Having to look at ourselves and share why we were fabulous was rather thought provoking. Still smiling about that.

You sounded at peace today loved floating along with you.


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Corporate Wellness report...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I had my corporate wellness program final assessment tonight. WOO HOO!
I have gone down in everything that I should have, and up in everything I should have. I will get a final print out in a couple of weeks, but Jeff was very pleased with my hard work and great results. Only thing he was concerned about was my blood pressure was on the low side...106/78. That would probably explain why I've been feeling kinda off balance the past few days. Head rush feeling when I move too fast! Not sure what low blood pressure is all about so will have to go on the net to see what I can find out. Hopefully it corrects itself.
Anyway just wanted to share my great report with you all. I even cycled for 12 minutes at 50rpm's and my heart rate was a respectable 149 ( at least Jeff was pleased with it) At my first assessment, I couldn't even go the 12 minutes as my knee gave out and I do recall my heart rate being higher, but can't remember how much higher. I am so pleased with my results, it's such a great confirmation that slow and steady gets me where I want to be...HEALTHY!

Well I'm off to check up on everyone, I haven't had a chance yet today. I'll wish you all a great evening, keep moving forward, the results are worth it.


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POLLY20 6/26/2008 8:15PM

    Wellness for sure.. It's such a great feeling to be feeling so much stronger & healthier.. You have worked very hard for this to happen.. I can't tell you how great I am feeling for you right now Wanda.. Keep making it a positive possibility.. You definitely deserve a Gold Star put up where everyone can notice all of your accomplishments.. Thanks for inspiring all of us here Wanda
Dearest.. Love & Hugs Always Polly

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MARLA7 6/26/2008 6:21AM

    Wanda - Wow. Not only are you much healthier but it's all documented for you! You are proof that this can be done. Patience, healthy choices & moving your body sure has payed off. I'm so proud of you! What an example you set for us all. You are doing an awesome job of being as healthy as you can be!
)))))) Marla

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ALFREDIA 6/26/2008 12:09AM

  Congratulations on your improved health. Slow and steady wins the race. Sure hope the blood pressure gets corrected.

Wanda I would love to share pictures but I don't have Kathy's talent. I haven't learned how to do that. That's another adventure I may eventually try. I am excited about the things I learned.


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KSNICKER 6/25/2008 9:31PM

    Hope you get that low BP figured out... Let us know what you find out in your search for answers... Mine will get real low too, but that's usually in the morning when I'm totally relaxed... Good Luck with that...

Congratulations on your assessment. You are doing all the right things... slow and steady wins the race... to being healthy... lol so there's hope for me...

Have a great evening...



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DHARBBY 6/25/2008 9:23PM

    Congratulations Wanda, good for you!! Be careful with that low blood pressure, you'll be picking yourself up off the floor! If it continues, please get it checked out. Thank you for your e-mail this morning. I hope you got my response. If not my e-mail address is dharbby@yahoo.com and I'd be glad to hear from you any time!!
Have a wonderful night and get some rest! Hugs.

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My time...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I love getting up before anyone else in the morning. I'm up at 5am and really enjoy that quiet time to wake up quietly and gently. Time to talk with God and ask His protection and guidence for the day. It's my time! I gather my thoughts and prepare for the day ahead. Open to receiving the blessings that God brings my way. When I start my day out in an attitude of thankfulness and joy, my day rarely is anything but wonderful. Even on those days where there seems to be more stress or negativeness around, I now find it much easier to stay or at least refocus my thoughts on to the positive. This hasn't come easy to me, I have not always been this way. I have had days of utter darkness and feelings of total hopelessness. Times where I have just wanted to give up. Through it all though, God has always been there for me, I have not always been there for God. This is the freedom of will (choice) that God allows us. God knows that He can not force someone to do what is best, just as any loving parent knows they can not force a child. The action without the heart only builds resentment. Sometimes we have to get to the very bottom of the pit before we finally acknowledge we need God's help. It has been a long process of learning and being willing to acknowledge that I am the one responsible for my choices. I am the only one who can change the direction of my life. I am the creator of my own reality through the choices I make. It's the reason I cherish my time in the morning, it's my opportunity to start my day off on the right foot and to make the choice to be glad that this is the day that the Lord has made. This day has been given to me, an opportunity to be the best that I can be. To make good choices, to be open to receiving blessings and to sharing blessings. It's a new canvas every day, and I get to be the artist! What a priviledge!
Yes my day was great, because I chose to make it great. How was your day?

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ALFREDIA 6/24/2008 10:11PM


I loved your blog. I too love the peace and quiet of the morning and I am the only one up. It too is my time. Prayers and meditation. Maybe we have to live and learn before we come to understand how much God loves us and wants to be with us. If Eve had just left that apple alone. LOL

By the way I'd love to have you move into my neighborhood. Most of the people here are very friendly.


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MARLA7 6/24/2008 10:08PM

    Wanda - Well put! Very well put! I like how you told us about your quiet time & your talks with God. I also do that daily. I ask for His guidance all along the way, too. I thank you for sharing this blog with us. Your faith is wonderful. Your blog was beautiful. You are unique. Thank you for being you.
))) Marla

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DHARBBY 6/24/2008 9:28PM

    Ihave to say that I totally agree with Kathy, this was a beautiful blog and a lesson to learn. I too wish I had your faith, but I, too am on a journey and maybe along the way I'll find that again. I had it once, but chose to let it go. Too many very bad, dark days were life (daily), no matter how much faith I had or prayers I said. So right now, my faith is basically only in myself. Like I told you the other day, I want to be you when I grow up. I really struggle with the subject of God and it's a very hard struggle indeed. Hopefully one day I'll have it all back again and will be able to cherish what you have and believe that brings you such joy and contentment.
You have a wonderful night. Hugs.

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KSNICKER 6/24/2008 8:59PM

That was beautiful... Thank you for sharing that...
I don't know what to say except my day was good too... Not sure it was as good as yours but there wasn't anything wrong with it... So that is good... You have such faith... That is so wonderful... I look forward to the day that I chose that for myself again... I guess I'm still on that road headed towards it... But I will catch up to you someday... lol


Oh Bubble fish on the way... lol Enjoy!

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A lazy day....

Monday, June 23, 2008

Started my morning off with my strength training routine, then logged on to the computer to catch up with SP friends and do my posting. As I had today off work, there was no rush to get things accomplished. Grabbed all the comforts off the beds and set them outside to get a good airing. Did a load of laundry.
Then the really fun part of my day began. Kaeli had today off also, we headed into the city to Whyte Avenue (it's an area of the city with lots of little shops). We had never been on the High Level Bridge trolley. We decided to purchase a couple of round trip tickets, hopped on the trolley and enjoyed the 20 minutes excursion. Back at Whyte avenue, we strolled up and down the street and little side streets looking in all the little shops. Giggled over silly things and generally enjoyed ourselves. Stopped for lunch, shared a plate of nachos and had our concession to health by drinking glasses of water. Kaeli tried on several dresses as she has been on the hunt for a dress to wear to a wedding in August. She found a really cute one....on Sale! She is very thrilled with her purchase. Headed home about 3:30pm so we would be in time to pick Shy up from work. All and all a very enjoyable lazy day!
Guess it wasn't really that lazy, as we did a lot of walking, just didn't feel like we had done much.
Tomorrow is back to work. I've had a great weekend, active and busy and most of all very enjoyable.

Hope you all take the time to enjoy the little things in life and at the same time continue to be active.

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ALFREDIA 6/24/2008 3:41PM


It didn't sound lazy at all to me it sounded relaxing and wonderful to spend time with Kaeli. Lots of walking and a bargain too.

I've said it before I love bedding hanging out in the fresh air. It's always nice to have a long and enjoyable weekend.


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DHARBBY 6/24/2008 8:25AM

    Sounds like a lovely day. Those are the types of days I dream about having. Just doing nothing in particular, just enjoying what is right there for you to enjoy. I think I need to move! LOL It's always nice to have that extra day to just sit back and do whatever you want to do. Glad you had such a nice day and got in some exercise to boot.

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REDCHICK5 6/24/2008 6:54AM

    woah, i am jealous of your daughter - when i go shopping for something particular i never find it, and if I do its never in the sale! So well done!!
Glad you had a lovely day off! :) and you got lots of walking in, which is always a SP bonus! :)

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KSNICKER 6/23/2008 9:44PM

    What a fun day... shopping with Kaeli... I always love it when I fine something that I'm looking for too... It usually doesn't work that way... lol
We have an area about an hour from me that sounds like where you went... It has a lot of little specialty and antiques shops... I loved going through all those little shops... I bet it was really special with your daughter... It's so nice that your daughter actually enjoys doing things with mom... lol

I'm glad that you enjoyed your weekend... Don't work to hard tomorrow...

Have a nice evening...



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