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21st august 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I have had a pretty incredible month, with my Nephrolgist appointment, then my parent's 60th wedding anniversary, I just seem to be busy.

I have also been going to exercise class 2 times per week and increasing the amount of exercises I do at home. I have also started to go to the gym today but these will only be for 30 minute sessions for cardio.

I am stilll learning as I go along with this journey. I do alway track my food and exercise on here but I have started recording in a journal everything I do with calories, exercise, calories burnt. Everything that I am doing per day. Then I am adding them up weekly, then dividing by the amount of days that I tracked. I must say that it has shown me some patterns and where I need to increase over the week.

As I have said I do this on Sparks but after the week, it is gone and out of mind LOL.

Another thing I have realised that when exercising I am not hufing and puffing as much as I was before because I have built my fitness up to where I am now. I was exercising in my comfort zone. I was coasting along, merrily on my way and not losing any weight but saying to myself "I am doing so much more now so I should be losing weight". But obviously just doing enough not to put on weight.

I have now increased the intensity of the exercises and cardio. Yesterday and today I did raise my heart rate and I was puffing a bit and today when I was on the treadmill the pulse got up to 120+. So I know I did work it.

I had to take a food diary today to the gym and was told not to eat carbs at night. I was hungry last night so I had a couple pces of toast and tracked it like I should. I was told that I must eat carbs earlier in the day and not at night. I was really hungry because I think it was the intenstity of the exercises.

Otherwise food has been really good. No other problems with that side.

So that all said the goal I am making is to huff and puff more and raise the heart rate when I am exercising. Raise the intensity Wendy.

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No news on the grandchildren issue, I think this is going take some time for this to be sorted. Hopefully one day but I neeed to be fitter, stronger and healthier by this time.

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NEDDLES 8/23/2012 6:22PM

    Hi, I'm Chris, and am only a Spark newbie.

I was scrolling through updates, noticed a fellow Spark friend of mine had commented on your blog, so decided to take a read of it too. Wow, you are certainly progressing! Great work - shows how dedicated you are to making sure you are as healthy and fit as possible.

You really inspired me, and brought something to my attention, something that I'd noticed but not actually thought about in my own life - I walk my dogs every morning, rain, hail or shine, and generally 3 or 4 times per week we go for a super fast, long walk to a friend's house. She and her dog then share a more leisurely walk with us in a more undeveloped area, back to her place, then I walk home as quicklyas possible with my dogs.

At first I was almost breathless by the time we arrived at my friend's front door, and again after our walk home. I've noticed the past two weeks that I've been enjoying the faster pace, that my heart rate is no longer so high as it was... Maybe it's time I too upped the pace a little, or even dared to find another form of exercise that would lift the bar just a little higher...

Definitely something to think about, all thanks to your blog! Thank you so much - I am so glad I discovered it. emoticon emoticon

Chris (Stawell, Vic.)

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ASHENPOND 8/22/2012 9:09PM

    emoticon Wendy. Keep up the good work!

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OPALMOON 8/22/2012 7:06AM

    You are doing great, Wendy! Well done on all the exercises, too. I keep praying that the issues with the grandchildren are resolved for you all.

Take care - love and hugs, Nattacia

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WENDYJM4 8/22/2012 1:08AM

    Thank you all for your comments, it really is a bit of a juggling act with me bacause of the kidney disease. I have to limit my protein so I cannot fill up on this. I also need to limit my fruit intake because of pottasium.

A few years ago I used to make a heap fo fruit salad and have a spoonful throughout the day unfortunately I cannot do this anymore as I would send my pottasium levels through the roof. Then the doctors would not be very happy with me again.

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    You are doing so well Wendy - there is so much conflicting information out there. Maybe some protein like a boiled egg ( I boil about six at a time and have them in the fridge for snacks) would stop you from feeling hungry at night.
Cheers Ros

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INNER-ME 8/21/2012 3:49PM

    Great news Wendy, all positive emoticon

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POPSY190 8/21/2012 3:42PM

    Keeping your journal will tell you what works for you. Great idea. You are not being distracted by your family situation. Good for you, doing what will help everyone in the long run.

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TRYINGHARD1948 8/21/2012 3:26PM

    Well done Wendy. emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 8/21/2012 11:22AM

    I'm glad things are going so well for you... even though the grandkids are still an issue, at least you have SOME things in your life going right!

Are you keeping your journal here on SP? The planner has a place for that, and it can be as private as you want it to be... I don't use it much any more, because my blogs have kind of taken over that function for most of things I journal about, but it's there and readily available whenever I feel the need. I should do that more... LOL

You are such an inspiration to me, sweet friend!

Keep up the good work!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2012 8:16AM

    It's true! Try to get the bulk of your carbs in, actually, by noon. IN other words, eat the most carbs @ breakfast, less @ lunch and minor amts. @ night. I find pairing it with a protein really helps (i.e. something like peanutbutter on a whole wheat cracker). It keeps you full.

Also important to be sure you get the good fats (olive oil, safflower oil, avacado) as that also is vital for carbohydrate metabolism.

HUGS and you're doing fantastically. Proud of you!

Prayers and hope things are moving along for your son and family.

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BLUEKITTYJAN 8/21/2012 6:50AM

    Wendy, Eat the way sparks people suggest. It doesn't matter when you eat. Use your trackers plan It tells you how many carbs, fat, Protein to eat for each meal and snack. I have been given totally different advise by my doctors and a nutritionist and a weight consular: all different. It makes more sense what SP teaches. You are doing great. You must be getting very muscular with all that exercise. Muscles burn more calories. Try not to compensate by increasing your calories. That would be non-productive in your plans to lose weight. Stay healthy. emoticon

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MOTLEM 8/21/2012 4:49AM

    You are going great as usual Wendy. Well done and stay motivated. emoticon

I really hope that all your family troubles get sorted soon and things can get back to some sort of normality. I really feel for you, girlfriend. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/21/2012 3:30AM

    You my friend are doing so well ..
I am glad you are upping your intensity and you will soon reap the rewards on the scale ..
Always remember that muscle weights more that fat and you could be losing fat without really knowing it .. so my friend go by your measurements, or the fit of your clothes.
I am glad the journal is helping ..
Having a journal and recording on there as well as on Spark Peoples Trackers is a double check in .. and as you say, being on your journal too... it is in your face every single day ..

I am sure all will be resolved as far as the children are concerned ,will happen soon There is no way the authorities will allow children to be in the danger they are in .
Take care my friend and congratulations on your tenacity to succeed
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CBEVNOW 8/21/2012 3:26AM

    Doing very good Wendy, keep it up. Hope it will be good news on the grand children. emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 8/21/2012 3:26AM

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ASHENPOND 8/21/2012 3:16AM

    You are going so well Wendy. I hope that the appointment with your nephrologist went well. emoticon my friend.

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12th Aug 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Never Quit Pledge

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

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(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

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Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?

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LIFE-FAITH 8/15/2012 9:22AM

    Wendy! I am so proud of you - you keep going for you! Great pledge. Jean

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MOTLEM 8/12/2012 11:44PM

    Very good pledge. I have seen this a few times now and signed by entirely different people each time. Good to see there's lots going around the traps.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2012 5:35PM

    signed before as well. Renewing the pledge!!

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KITT52 8/12/2012 7:25AM

    I signed this way back I'm still here and still doing my best....it's not always easy but it can be done

good luck

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WELLNESSME09 8/12/2012 6:43AM

    Great plenge! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/12/2012 6:26AM

    Wendy! This pledge is a good one! Never never never!!!!!!


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10th Aug 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

I am so happy. I had an appointment with the Nephrologist (kidney doctor) today and had really good news. I am now stable with the renal function. 4 months ago I was told I would be going on dialysis before the of the year, now this has been put off. He was very happy with my blood tests and the fistula is fantastic. He actually thought that it might be good enough to go without the second operation but I did have a ultrasound scan on it but it is still too deep. So this will have to done at some point. I was told to keep doing what I am doing as it is obviously working (he said this twice).

My eGFR is now 14% which is higher than it has been for a while. This is about how much kidney function I have left.

What a relief this news has been. I have been under so much stress lately due to the family issues we are having that I did not expect this news.

I am doing a happy dance. What a week, first the anniversary lunch with my parents, then spoke to my oldest grandson on Wednesday, then this news today.
Lunch again on Sunday to celebrate my parent's anniversary with the rest of the family.

It has been so long since I spoke to my grandson and it was so lovely to hear his precious voice.

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SUSIEPH1 8/12/2012 2:09AM

    So So happy with your news my friend ..
I am convinced it is the way and how we eat and exercise that helps to stay healthy ...
I am also so happy you were able to speak to your grandson!!
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TRUCKERWIFE2 8/11/2012 10:59AM

    Glad things are going better! emoticon

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POPSY190 8/11/2012 12:59AM

    You brought this good news on yourself with your own determination to do what you could for yourself. Congratulations are in order!

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INNER-ME 8/11/2012 12:04AM

    We all need these good news weeks, even a good news day is great. You are obviously doing something right, keep it up, someone has to be a medical marvel, why not you.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2012 11:58PM

    So happy for you! I am so glad that you are able to put off dialysis ! That's great news.

And am sooooo glad that you got to talk w/your oldest grandson.

HUGS to you and keep up the good work. Enjoy the anniversary celebration.

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MOTLEM 8/10/2012 10:51PM

    Awesome news!!!!!! Awesome times!!!!!! emoticon
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MOTIVATEMUMMY 8/10/2012 9:44PM

    Wendy, that makes me so happy! Yay for you!

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    Wendy, I am also doing the happy dance with you - what fabulous news - you are obviously doing everything right in caring for your body and it is paying off for you - way to go!
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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 8/10/2012 12:01PM

    Wendy, that is fabulous news! You have been working so hard to keep those Kidneys finctioning. I'm so glad you had a chance to chat with your grandson, too!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/10/2012 8:25AM

    Oh Wendy that is great news. I'm so happy for you. I bet you are just flying high now! Have a great week-end with your family.

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MENNOLY 8/10/2012 7:05AM

    Wonderful news! Good luck on staying in a good place.

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IMEMINE1 8/10/2012 6:22AM

    emoticon news. emoticon I hope you have continued success.

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7th August 2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

My parents have been married 60 years today. Happy anniversary to them. Going out for lunch today then having a lunch on Sunday for them. I also have a doctors appointment (local doctor) for the results of my last blood test and urine test.

So I am having a rest day today, no exercises whatsoever, be a few steps but no intentions of doing the amount I have been doing. Definately a rest day for me, really do need it as I am so sore.

NO cooking for me either. I must say I have a few really healthy meals made for now.

Made a half a dozen cakes yesterday but my son took them all. When I am stressed I have always cooked but tended to eat them. Now I cooked them and got rid of the temptation of eating them. I did have 1 piece of banana cake. So I am very happy with myself for only having this 1 piece.

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INNER-ME 8/9/2012 3:37PM

    We all need a rest day, hope you enjoy yours

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I.M.MAGIC 8/8/2012 4:21AM

    I guess you're proving that old adage in a new way...

Absence makes the heart grow healthier? and the kidneys too! LOL


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EFFIEANNIE 8/7/2012 7:40AM

    Congratulations to your parents. Hope you enjoy the day!

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POPSY190 8/7/2012 4:16AM

    Hope the test results are ok. What a wonderful day for your parents. You are so disciplined with your food and exercise - you deserve a rest from both now and again!

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CBEVNOW 8/6/2012 11:29PM

    Glad to hear this about your parents, emoticonto them. We all need a day off once in a while. You are doing so good. emoticon emoticon At least the cake had banana in it. (Fruit) emoticon emoticon.
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MOTLEM 8/6/2012 10:38PM

    Wow, 60 years together is quite an achievement! Congrats to your parents, Wendy and enjoy your time with them. emoticon

A rest day every now and again is mandatory, especially when they feel sore. Over-doing is probably almost as bad as under-doing. emoticon

One cake eaten. How's that for a mindset! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/6/2012 8:50PM

    Yikes! With 1/2 a dozen cakes it's a good thing your son took them!

Hugs and prayers.

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SUSIEPH1 8/6/2012 8:44PM

    Happy Anniversary to your parents my love !!.
Glad you are having a rest day I am so very proud of you my friend and I hope all your test come back really well ..
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    temptations are everywhere,
especially with other people around.
good on you for just having one piece of cake.
that takes willpower !!

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5th Aug 2012

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Gee, it has been a long 2 weeks since I last blogged. Nothing new on the grandchildren as yet. Haven't seen them for about over 10 weeks now. So, so long.

I think I am starting to fret but I have been keeping myself very busy and occupied. Lots of fitness, steps and healthy cooking, I am also burning lots of calories. LOL. In the last 2 weeks my steps have improved and I am now doing over 10,000 steps most days.

I have been going to bed aching and very tired but I know my fitness has improved.

I am going to have a good August. Then we will be into spring.

Good night my friends.

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MOTLEM 8/5/2012 10:01PM

    Such a long time without seeing the grandies, Wendy. emoticon
Your attitude, as always, is to be commended. emoticon
Yes, I can't too wait for Winter to end. Bring on Spring time. emoticon

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POPSY190 8/5/2012 6:26PM

    Waiting for news is not good but you are using the time positively. Good for you. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/5/2012 5:53PM

    Love that you are doing well with exercise Don't worry... everything will be sorted out soon with your grandies ..
Yes we will have a good spring !!
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    You are doing so well!
The wheels of the legal system turn so slowly but they don't consider the impact on the real people involved- sending you lots of hugs and prayers.
You have a great attitude - keep your chin up.
Hugs my friend xxxx
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1CRAZYDOG 8/5/2012 1:37PM

    Awww honey . . . big HUGS! And prayers.

Glad you're keeping busy though. I'm in the same boat of having to keep busy. It mostly works.

HUGS and keep you head above water . . . Spring is almost there for you!

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MENNOLY 8/5/2012 1:37PM

    You are doing great! Hope you can see the grandies soon!

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JILL313 8/5/2012 8:24AM

    Doing over 10,000 steps a day is awesome and it's great you're making progress! I know you miss your Grandies & they miss you. I hope in the near future you can see them again. . .I will say a prayer for you.



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