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the last couple of weeks.

Friday, September 14, 2012

so much has happened in the last couple of weeks, some are good and some not so good.

I will start with the not so good, I really was letting exercise take over my life, I was constantly thinking what more can I do. In one week I did 3 or 4 days of 180 minutes but by the time I got to Friday afternoon I was completely worn out and couldn't do much on the weekend. The funny thing this did really surprise me because I have never been the one to exercise and I think I was starting to burn out.

I decided this was defeating the purpose of trying to lose weight. I was also running out of energy and time to do anything else that i needed to do. Not good. So now I am trying to put the balance in my life. I am putting the fun back in my life.

Yes I am still exercising but not quite as much but I am doing it because I am enjoying it and not because i feel as though I have to do this.

I also hurt my knee earlier this week so I have had to look after that and adjust what I am doing at the gym. But even I have learnt a valuble lesson here because I am doing other things at the gym, riding the bike for longer and not using the treadmill as long and doing some of the circuit.

So big changes in how I am thinking so even this has turned into a positive.

I weighed at the gym on Tuesday and in 3 weeks of going I have lost over 2 kgs.
I am pleased with that.

in short this week, I have been out to lunch for a friend's birthday. Lovely day.

It was 100 years yesterday that they turned the first sod to start the rail system here, so we had 2 trains come through here, the old (steam train) and the new. Looked really great. I am glad I went down and saw this as I was thinking about not going but it did look great and ever so pleased about making the effect and going down.

Now for the grandkids news, they were deeemed to be in no danger so they would not be removed from their mother. But the funny thing is that the case worker noted in the notes that the G/C were scared. Not good.
Jason has now put in a formal complaint about this and it has to be investigated at a higher level.

He also goes to court on the 24th Sept for visitation rights. One thing this has happened really quickly, even the lawyer was surprised by the shortness of time. So I hope he wins and gets visitation rights and we can see the children. It has been a long time, nearly 5 months.

So now I will have to keep my fingers crossed that Jason gets to have the kids. Miss them so much.

Have a great weekend. I am going out this afternoon to my great nieces birthday.




  
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TRUCKERWIFE2 9/17/2012 10:25AM

    It is so hard to keep balance in your life with so much going on. I hope things will turn around for your son and the g/c will be in a safer enviroment soon! The fact the social worker noted they were scared may be the turning point of all this. I'm glad they noted it.
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I.M.MAGIC 9/15/2012 7:56PM

    I have the same problem with maintaining balance in my life... though for me exercise isn't the issue! LOL

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GOPINTOS 9/15/2012 7:37PM

    Glad you are finding your balance :)

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2012 9:05AM

  Oh Wendy, it is sometimes really difficult to get that balance right, but you're doing it. I clearly remember having the initial mindset that if I didn't exercise that I'd gain back my weight, but it doesn't work that way! It takes time to learn balance. One thing that helps me is I have a timer. Once that dinging bell goes off, it's onto other things that need to be done. Helped a lot. An audible cue that "It's done for now."

Steam engines! They are awesome, aren't they! I remember where we used to live there was a steam engine that went thru on it's way to a museum. It was just the most fun thing. The kids really, really enjoyed it as did I.

Court systems, no matter where they are, never cease to amaze me in situations like this. Incredible that your G/C could state they're afraid but the court finds they're in no danger. ::SIGH:: Hugs and prayers for those beautiful children. And I say lots of prayers that your son wins his proper visitation rights. I cannot begin to imagine how utterly stressful this must be for him. I know it is for you too. HUGS and know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Have fun @ your great niece's birthday party.

We WERE going to see him in October, but things are ALWAYS changing. He is supposed to go to California, but hasn't been given a timeframe yet. So have to wait for that. But the good news is he will be given a bit of leave in December, so holding onto that! Hope it happens, but have learned NOT to count on anything till it actually happens. But he is doing very well. Taking classes, has a desk job, doing his physical therapy and walking with no assistance at all! HOOOZA to him. Just coming along so much better than I would have even hoped for, honestly. And thanks for asking.

HUGS!!

Barb

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FITTAN1 9/15/2012 9:04AM

    Keep pushing forward Wendy, you are doing so well! Once you find the right balance there will be no stopping you...

There will be much excitement when you finally get to see those grandies, both from them and you! Hopefully it wont be long now :) You will have to have a little celebration party with them.

I got some good pics of the trains at Footner Road Crossing, they looked brilliant coming in from Stirling North!

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OPALMOON 9/15/2012 8:29AM

    Hi Wendy,

I know how enthusiastic you were about all the exercise you were getting, so it is great that you are seeing the adjustments as a positive. Well done on shedding another 2 kilos - that is more great progress! I am sending positive vibes for Jason to get visitation rights. I sure hope you get to see your dear grandchildren soon! Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have fun at your great niece's birthday.

Love and hugs, Nattacia

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/15/2012 7:48AM

    Balance and consistency is definitely the key and it does take time to recognise where the balance lies.

Hope everything works put with the grandchildren.

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POPSY190 9/15/2012 12:54AM

    The exercise perhaps took your mind off other things? But you are wise to cut back on it when you feel fatigued and that it is taking all your time. Thoughts with you for the court hearing.

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ASHENPOND 9/15/2012 12:30AM

    The others before me have said it all. I am sure you will workout what is right for you re your exercise.

Good luck with the grandkids.

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MOTLEM 9/14/2012 11:40PM

    The perfect balance for you... hard to find and a lot of trial and error before you settle on what suits you.

I found that I was overdoing it too and also getting fanatical about it all plus too many injuries, so I've cut back (started today as a matter of fact) my exercise. I am rather excited about this as I have a whole new setup coming up and sharing with a Sparkfriend from Seattle.

Stay positive about seeing the grandies. Imagine being with them and playing with them, and before you know it, it will be happening.



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ROSGETSSERIOUS 9/14/2012 10:42PM

    Wendy - glad you are listening to your body and doing what feels right - no sense in overdoing it and getting injuries and running out of energy.
I am pleased for you and Jason that he may be able to get his visitation rights back - I shake my head at some of the decisions these lawyers make. I have my finger, toes, legs, arms and eyes crossed for you both - the children will be so happy when they finally get to see you - so hard for them when they don't have any say.
Have agreat weekend - you are an awesome inspirational leader.
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SUSIEPH1 9/14/2012 10:38PM

    Hi Wendy Dear,
Glad you are finding a middle road with Exercise ..
In my opinion many of us do this to start off with .. It takes time to lose weight .. Think of all the time it took to put it on so it stands to reason, it won't come off over night ..
I have also found that we lose the urge to exercise if we do too much and that should'nt happen .

Glad Jason is getting somewhere at last with the situation with his children.
It is always sad, when not only the parents but also the grandparents are unable to keep the relationship going with the children ..
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SONITA34 9/14/2012 9:43PM

    I can definitely relate to that cause I did the same with exercising and now my back hurts

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10th Sept 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

thank you for all your comments on my last blog about the Paralympics. They are all finished now and Australia came in 4th on the table. Not bad for 161 Aust. athletes. On the medal table China was 1st, Russia 2nd, Great Britain 3rd, Aust 4th, USA 5th. (by memory).

Thank you to everyone who commented that I am an inspiration, I don't feel like it. I am still trying to get the equation right. Last week I did so much exercises that by the time the weekend came I was completely worn out. I did a total of over 78,000 steps for the week. Too many. I need to find the balance so that I can exercise 7 days per week, not the 4 to 5 I am doing.I been having 2 or 3 really easy days. I go to the gym 3 days per week plus my 2 exercise classes.

It would be nice to be more in control of what I am doing. I am actually loving the exercises I am doing and feeling really positive doing them but I really need to find the balance.


So my goals are to only do 50,000 to 60,000 steps per week.

My 3 gym sessions and my 2 exercise classes.

Do no more 2 hours per day. I think 3 hours is too much at this stage. I did 180 minutes 3 times last week.

To be in control of what I am doing and start using my head.

Now we will see if this works out for me.

I wonderful thing is I feel fit, well and on top of the world and have been told that I look really well, have colour in my skin and look healthy.

But then I had a lovely comment from my oldest son, I bent over to put something away and he said "you have lost weight because my 'bum' is smaller" then he said "it has some shape to it now". It made me feel good and that it is all worth it.

I also had another comment from a girlfriend that I have lost weight. So I must measure myself again, It has been just over a month since I last did this.






  
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I.M.MAGIC 9/13/2012 11:32PM

    emoticon Nice comments ALWAYS feel good, and I'm happy that others are noticing the results of all your hard work! Makes ME feel good too! LOL

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WENDYJM4 9/11/2012 6:04AM

    thank you everyone, it was pointed out that we came in 5th, I did say this was done by memory and it proves my memory is not perfect. LOL.
I am going to take all of the advice I have been given and try to use my exercise time effectively. I would rather endurance than burning out all the time.


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MRSBENNETT2 9/10/2012 9:59PM

    Good for you!

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MOTLEM 9/10/2012 9:20PM

    Australia came 5th and USA came 6th in Paralympics, Wendy. Ukraine came 4th even tho' our medal count was the same, they had 1 more gold than us. OZ certainly did well.

Yes, always got to have a good balance...not overdo, but not underdo either. So glad that you feel so good. It DOES make all the difference to your living and your life when you feel good.

Encouraging comments from your son and girlfriend. How that makes you feel on top of the world. Wonderful!

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POPSY190 9/10/2012 4:22PM

    Your spirit shines through; it is wonderful.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/10/2012 2:29PM

  That was sweet of your son to say! And yes, it really is hard to find the balance sometimes, but you will do it!

HUGS and keep on sparking.

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BREW99 9/10/2012 12:45PM

    So glad you are finding your position in your journey and taking control. emoticon

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OPALMOON 9/10/2012 8:29AM

    Hi Wendy,

This new plan sounds good! It can be a trial and error process to find the right balance - I think Susie's comments say it all. It's so encouraging when others notice positive changes, so those comments from your son and friend would have been a wonderful boost - that'a great to hear.

Love and hugs, Nattacia

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ORCHIDLADY56 9/10/2012 7:15AM

    Wonderful compliments! It is so nice that you feel better and the weight loss is noticed!

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MENNOLY 9/10/2012 7:03AM

    You are making wise decisions. I personally feel that a rest day each week is necessary. I find for myself that waling 10000 or more steps 7 days a week results in less energy. We need to find the balance between pushing ourselves to the max and not burning out. Have a great day!

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SUSIEPH1 9/10/2012 7:02AM

    Hi Wendy Dear.
I totally agree that you should not try to do too much ..
It is better to even it out over 7 days than try do it over 3 days ..
This is what burns you out!!.
Try to change the exercise you do frequently, otherwise your body gets used to the same routine.
I have found that works for me .. But having said that, we are all different .. so it is trial and error .
So very proud of you my friend ..
You have come a long way!! .
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JILL313 9/10/2012 6:41AM

    You plan to exercise a little less maybe healthier as overdoing it can zap our energy levels, also. It's great to hear sincere compliments from your son and friend--WOO HOO!. I am really proud of you Wyndy and glad you feel better for moving it!!

Hugs,

Jill

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no excuses

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I have been watching the paralympics on TV, so amazing and one thing I have notice that these athletes do not use excuses. They are doing an amazing job competing in their chosen fields.

There is no such word as can't, these athletes have proven that they can. On Australian TV, they are having highlights of their stories and many of these have made me cry but they are so positive about what they are doing.

So next time I get tired or think I can't do this, I am going to think about this and know I can do this. I still have my whole body, yes I know I have a few health problems but there is no such thing as I can't.

These are the people that are the heroes, they do not let their disabilities control their lives, they are living their lives. What a amazing group of people they are. So many inspirational people from many countries that are competing in these games.

Even the ones that are not winning are still getting cheered because they are competing. There has been so many memorable moments to these games. Well done to them all.

So next time we think we can't, know we can, it has been proven.

  
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WENDYJM4 9/10/2012 6:08AM

    what a lot of wonderful messages that I received after blogging about this. It was an very inspirational Paralympics games. So many fantastic stories.

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OPALMOON 9/9/2012 12:26PM

    Hi Wendy,

Yes, the Paralympians certainly are inspirational. It is amazing to see their achievements and determination! As MENNOLY said, you are a huge inspiration to others too!

Love and hugs, Nattacia

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CHINAGAL 9/9/2012 12:43AM

    Thanks for the gentle reminder that I need to stop whining and just DO IT!
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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 9/8/2012 11:53PM

    It helps to be reminded of how good we have it.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/8/2012 11:27PM

  Couldn't agree more! HUGS

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MOTLEM 9/8/2012 10:46PM

    Yes Wendy, these heroes are a rare breed. Gotta respect their guts.
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JILL313 9/8/2012 8:36PM

    Hi Wendy, I rarely watch TV so didn't even know they were on. Are they over now? Yes, you are so right they are the real heroes to me also. I know they inspire me with a no excuse attitude in spite of many obstacles. I enjoyed reading your blog.

Hugs,

Jill

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/8/2012 4:46PM

    You are so right.

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    Wonderful blog ~ thank you for the inspiration! emoticon

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MENNOLY 9/8/2012 10:39AM

    emoticon However you too are very inspirational! With all the difficulties you have you are mostly upbeat and positive! emoticon

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FITTAN1 9/8/2012 9:45AM

    Great post Wendy!

So true, these people/athletes are inspirational! They really could teach us a thing or two about attitude I am sure :)

x

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POPSY190 9/8/2012 5:36AM

    Your coverage of these events sounds much better than ours. They are truly amazing people.

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SUSIEPH1 9/8/2012 5:35AM

    You are so right my friend !.
The only one who is stopping us, is ourselves .
We can always do something.
I too, have been watching these wonderful Paralympians ...
They are so dedicated and determined ..
We can do it !!
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28th Aug 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

feeling a lot better today, at least I have lost my headache and faceache. Slept most of the day away yesterday but it did help.
As soon as I got out of bed this morning I hopped on my exercise bike and rode this for 10 minutes. I thought I would do that now incase I got tired again this afternoon.
Hope to get back to the gym tomorrow with any luck.
Thank you all for all your get well messages and for all your support and care you have given me.

  
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BREW99 9/5/2012 7:36PM

    Sounds like you are taking it slow after a hard yesterday, smart move. emoticon

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INNER-ME 9/3/2012 4:16PM

    Good news that you are improving, exercising in the morning is great, it gets you off to a good start. Hope the sun is shinning there.

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ORCHIDLADY56 9/1/2012 7:42AM

    Good to hear you are feeling better.

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LIFE-FAITH 8/29/2012 10:09AM

    Wendy sorry you have not been feeling well - take care of yourself. I hope you are on the mend!
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    Take care, dear friend!
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ROSGETSSERIOUS 8/28/2012 4:01PM

    Hi Wendy so glad you are feeling better - listen to your body and take it easy. Cheers xxx
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POPSY190 8/28/2012 3:26AM

    Good to hear you are improving. A good idea to do your exercise early to avoid being too tired for it later - but don't overdo it, will you?

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OPALMOON 8/28/2012 2:26AM

    HI Wendy,

I hope you continue to improve and can get rid of that flu! I am glad you are feeling a bit better and can manage some exercise.

Sorry if I only post replies to your blogs every now and again. It looks like the fibro has hit my stomach as well now...I seem to be battling with nausea and abdominal pain as well as assorted fibro pain, and I have very little energy so I am only getting to read a Spark blog very occasionally at the moment. I was supposed to go for a CT scan today but had to re-schedule as there is no way I could keep down the barium meal or get out of the house. Just trying to battle on...

Thinking of you and sending big hugs, Nattacia

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I.M.MAGIC 8/28/2012 2:19AM

    Glad you're feeling a bit better... emoticon

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 8/27/2012 10:55PM

    S glad you're feeling better!

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SUSIEPH1 8/27/2012 9:05PM

    Hi Wendy dear , Glad you are feeling better ... just take it easy till you feel better .. Love and hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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27th Aug 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

thank you for all your get well wishes from yesterday's blog. Going back to bed now, it is only 11.15 on Monday morning but I do intend to get up this afternoon and do 10 minutes on my exercise bake.
be back later on.

  
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EFFIEANNIE 8/27/2012 8:57PM

    Feel better fast.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 8/27/2012 5:07AM

    Hope you are feeling better!! Take all the rest you need.
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WENDYJM4 8/27/2012 1:42AM

    I had over 3 hours of sleep and then the phone rang. So now it is 3.15 pm and going to have some lunch. Bit late so it will be dinner.

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SUSIEPH1 8/26/2012 10:33PM

    Glad you are resting my friend ! Take care of you ...
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MOTLEM 8/26/2012 10:22PM

    One thing about sleeping (if you can) is you can't feel anything and it gives the body a bit of time to get better. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/26/2012 9:55PM

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