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11th April 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hi everyone, home safe and sound from Adelaide, another long day. Of course it was hot for travelling and my air conditioner in the car does not work.

All went well. One of my appointments was with a exercise physio and she is going to send me a heap of information about exercising. Gave me lots of suggestions.

All the information I have gained from all of you has helped a great deal also. I now realise that I was aiming too high and would have burnt myself out.

The exercise physio did tell me to use heavier weights as I have only been using 2kg (4 lb) for a while. She recommended 3kgs weights and also to use more of the bands.

When you use your brains there is such a range of different exercises that you can do. I do wall push ups quite a bit, she suggested trying to do these from a kitchen cupboard as these are a little harder. So tomorrow I will start at 5 and build up.

Will keep you posted.

Nearly time for bed.

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    Yes, variety is the spice of life. Try to always mix n'match your exercises to keep the body guessing. Sure beats the dreaded plateau.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/11/2013 8:30PM

    Good job! Glad that you are back safe & sound.



Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

"Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"

Again, Congratulations Beautiful!

Thanks for spreading a little beauty, love, friendship, and support into my life!

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    Seems to me that long, hot drive was definitely worthwhile. I'm sure you were glad you saw the exercise physio.

As for wall pushups, I find if I'm not up to doing any other form of exercise, I can always manage to do at least a few of those. I always imagined they would only help strengthen my arms and shoulders, but I was having a really good day a few days ago, and managed to do 100! I expected my arms and maybe shoulders to be feeling a little sore next day, but it was my abs which reminded me what I'd done!

I've found a lot of simple exercises online, some from Spark People, some from Youtube. I loved the exercises for seniors, it was the first time I've been able to manage to find a full body exercise routine which I could cope with - and it was all done from a standing position. That in itself was a first.
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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/11/2013 10:54AM

    Sounds like you got some great information and you can start exercising smartly and hopefully with better results. Can't wait to hear how it goes. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 4/11/2013 9:47AM

    Glad to hear you got some extra help!


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POSITIVEPAULA8 4/11/2013 7:43AM

    Sounds good Wendy! emoticon

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10th April 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

hi everyone, thank you for your comments on my last blog. Yes I do think I was aiming to high.

The good news just keeps on coming I had a blood test yesterday and rang today to get the kidney levels for the creatinine and it has improved again. So happy about this. I am now further away from dialysis again. Back to were I was in October last year.

In the next couple of days I am going to sit down and work out some harder workouts for variety so I can mix this all up. I am going down to Adelaide tomorrow for some appointments at the hospital and hope to get a chance to see if I can get some heavier weights.

I really need to do quality not quantity. I still plan on a total of 2 hours per day. Again today did too much walking as it was shopping day. Over 9000 steps. Plus strength exercises.

Did you see this daily blog about how much exercises you really need to do per day.


Be back on tomorrow night. Talk to you then.


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POPSY190 4/11/2013 4:17AM

    I hadn't seen the blog so thank you. Take care on the drive and keep those good test results coming!

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    Great news on keeping the dialysis at bay Wendy. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 4/11/2013 2:03AM

    Great to hear kidneys are doing good again .. That is proof that you are doing the right thing and eating well and healthy.
Now you just have to concentrate on working out a exercise regime that isn't going to tire you to much..
I reckon 10 mins intervals twice a day of cardio just to get the heart rate up is plenty .. The Strength can come from walking or your bike maybe even exercise bands,
Love you and hope the trip to Adelaide go's well .. Safe Journey love ..
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MOTLEM 4/10/2013 8:36PM

    Great news about the improved kidneys. emoticon

SharlotteJ's comments on 'that' blog are interesting and she weighs 280 lbs. But I still think it's too much exercise every day for everyone. So I'm one who does not agree with what I call 'over doing it'. Just my tuppence worth here.

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POSITIVEPAULA8 4/10/2013 8:02PM

    That is great news for you all round! Keep it up Wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon to you.

Take care,

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1CRAZYDOG 4/10/2013 4:44PM

    WooHoooooooOOooo on the improved kidney values! Way to go. HUGS and have a safe trip to Adelaide.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 4/10/2013 1:35PM

    Wendy, I'm so glad you are loving your kidneys! You have remained focused on your goals at a consistent rate - back sliding doesn't seem to defeat you. I have a lot to learn from your example.

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FELINEBETTER 4/10/2013 11:48AM

    Your commitment is paying off! Good for you that you've managed to change your "numbers." emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/10/2013 10:21AM

    Congrats on your ever improving kidney numbers. You might check into getting adjustable weights. My kids bought me some and I find them easy to change.

Working on quality work-outs vs quantity will be a good change. Good luck to you and emoticon

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APED7969 4/10/2013 9:21AM

    Enjoy your exercise! I'm sure if you listen to your body and are flexible with your workouts you won't overdo it.

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9th April 2013

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

HI everyone,

I have had a day off today only because I woke up at 4am and could not go back to sleep. This means that I then have the wobbles all day, this is from the problem I had over 3 years concerning my brain which needed a major operation.

I am not going to let this upset me and actually I must be taking note of me as I usually still try to do some things. Really is not worth it as I came close to having a fall again this morning.

So yesterday was a really good day with my exercises in the morning then the walk to school to get the kids. I again did over 10,000 steps. Did not ride my bike last night as I knew I did enough.

I am still doing my approx. 2 hours of exercises (except today) but probably only 60 minutes of it is harder than before. So I am very happy with that.

I am still going to play around with my exercises to find the right combination for me to do everyday. I enjoyed doing the 25 minutes of hard exercises yesterday morning.

I might try some of these 10 minutes blocks of exercises and see how that goes. I would rather not be doing so much walking. Also when I walk further is when I get more problems with my legs at night time, as in swelling and cramps. I am very aware of not wearing myself out to the point that I get tired again. Which is no good for the kidneys.

So this is what I am wondering 2 hours of exercising per day.
20 to 30 minutes of hard exercises in morning to get the heart pumping.
then 10 minutes every hour but one block easier and then one block heart pumping.

The plan is to do a maximum of 60 minutes of heart pumping exercises per day
approx. 40 minutes of easier exercises Total for both 100 minutes.
Then just smaller amount of steps. Which would only be 20 to 30 minutes per day.

By doing the other exercises not the walking as much gives me more choices as there are the sit down videos on Sparks that I could do.

Is this being realistic? Love to hear some suggestions.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/9/2013 10:30AM

    Great advice you've been given! I have to say dividing it into increments has worked for me for sure. Keeps the metabolism revved too.

Listen to your body as you've been doing . . . that's KEY!


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WENDYJM4 4/9/2013 8:24AM

    some very good suggestions here. You right I think I am aiming to0 high. Okay different format. I did handle the 17 minutes of cardio yesterday but can I do this everyday? Need a better plan. keep the suggestions coming.

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SUSIEPH1 4/9/2013 8:01AM

    Darling, to be honest I think you are doing to much exercise ..
You need to pace yourself.
Trying to do to much Cardio can be dangerous.
Try to relax a bit and look after your body ..
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POSITIVEPAULA8 4/9/2013 6:27AM

    In my honest opinion I think you are trying to do too much in one day. for me with my slight Osteo Arthritis in both my hips if I did more than 10 minutes cardio in one day I would be sitting down for a few days unable to walk without lots and lots and lots of agonising pain. So I know 10 minutes a day is all I can do for cardio per day.

I can do strength exercises e.g. Tai Chi QiGong for up to 40 minutes no more. So I try to do cardio one day strength exercises e.g. Tai Chi or spark people DVD or some such the other day so as not to over do it.

What I have come to truly understand and I now get it is this: We are aiming to live a healthy lifestyle not be on a diet for the rest of our lives. So we have to do things that we feel we can manage to do long term for the rest of our life.

The type of exercise has to be something you will enjoy if you do not enjoy it you won't continue with it for the long haul. You also have to have variety so it does not become mundane and or boring or you will not want to continue with it.

I have stopped calorie counting and tracking as I just knew long term I could never continue with it and that it was probably something that would put me off track with my weight loss healthy lifestyle goals. But I do watch my portion sizes and I don't drink any soft drink and hardly ever have anything with sugar any more and to tell you the truth now having been likes this for ages I don't miss it and if I do have it on the rare occasion while out at a friends or to lunch or some such I just don't enjoy it any more.

You have to find though what will work for you. what works for me or someone else may not work for you. but definately don't over do it too much or you may be sorry and then not able to do any exercise for ages is my suggestion. Hope this helps in some small way perhaps.

Good luck I am sure you will work it out and succeed with all your weight loss goals. Let us know what you decide to do Wendy.

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    Wow, you certainly do expect a lot of your body! If you feel better for doing so much, then go for it - you obviously know how much suits you. I like the idea of small exercise sessions scattered throughout the day. Much easier to recover from, as I discovered myself.

I know I haven't been Sparking long, but I'm pleased with my efforts if I can manage to cope with 45 minutes of exercising on a good day. Most of mine is made up of a variety of seated workouts, no longer than 15 minutes each. I may focus on the one video each day, but the video usually works most areas of the body in those 15 minutes.

Like you, I can't do much walking, unless I'm prepared to cope with a sleepless night thanks to very painful knees. I'm gradually adding some gentle standing exercises to my routine, and finding if I don't try doing too much at once, I can do them with no ill effects.

Hoping tomorrow is a much better day for you Wendy.
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GOANNA2 4/9/2013 6:08AM

    Don't push yourself so hard. Muscles need time to
recover and so just ease up one day and do harder
exercises the next. You are doing great but don't
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/9/2013 5:19AM

    I, too, need exercise but not to the point of exhaustion. I need to mix things up too. Today I'm trying some yoga. It may not burn calories as some exercises do, but it strengthens and relaxes.


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MOTLEM 4/9/2013 4:14AM

    Wow Wendy, be careful and take care. emoticon

To me, that seems an awful lot of exercise every day. Just my thoughts. I do 30 - 45 minutes every day and make sure I never do the same exercises 2 days in a row. I think mixing and matching is the key and never let the body get too familiar with an exercise before changing it. emoticon emoticon

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8 April 2013

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Hi everyone, I have had so many amazing comments on my last 2 blogs from yesterday, thank you all so very much.

I think I forgot all the achievements that I have made in the last 2 1/2 years and for a little while just was focusing on the weight loss. However, I have improved so many other things in my life. I do have a life now.

The most important one is I am still not on DIALYSIS. which is amazing, even the Nephrologist has faith in me.

As I said I started doing the Australian Biggest Loser DVD yesterday which lasted 62 minutes. Today I only did bits and pieces of it today, some of the strength (8minutes)and the cardio (17 minutes). I actually sat down and worked out all the times of the different segments. Also I plan to ride my exercise bike tonight.

I have walking planned for this afternoon. I have to walk to the school to pick up the grandchildren from school and then look after them for a few hours.

So, I have had my heart pumping the last 2 days now and feels good.

I have also realised by doing this DVD how I can increase the cardio at the exercise class I go to. As I do not huff and puff at the class anymore I was thinking that most of this class was strength but a lot of what we do is cardio, just need to put more effort into it.

Talk about a light bulb moment. I can do this.

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POPSY190 4/9/2013 3:36AM

    You have worked hard for all your success. So pleased to hear about the lack of dialysis.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/8/2013 5:56PM

    That is wonderful news about not being on dialysis. You deserve to be very proud of that for sure! Keep up the phenomenal work.

HUGS! Hope your journey continues as well.

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FELINEBETTER 4/8/2013 10:25AM

    Never, & I mean NEVER underestimate the greatness & power of Wendy!

You go girl!

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GOANNA2 4/8/2013 7:58AM

    You put me to shame Wendy. Good on you! emoticon

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    You are amazing and a phenomenal role model in affirmative action. emoticon

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    Yes, you can! emoticon

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POSITIVEPAULA8 4/8/2013 1:04AM

    Wow you are doing so good Wendy! You want to be able to make sure though that you do some sort of exercise everyday without over doing it and getting burnt out or too sore that you are unable to do any exercise the next day! But I'm sure you're well aware of this!

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SUSIEPH1 4/8/2013 12:36AM

    emoticon Hi Darling ..
Of course you can do it!! .
Just try not to do much at once. Lol ! .

We need to pace ourselves and listen to our bodies..
So very proud of you and your determination to look after yourself.
You will be amazed at just how you are helping yourself be well.
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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/8/2013 12:08AM

    I'm glad to see that you are seeing the bigger picture. Still no dialysis, instead of being worn out by the Grandies on a short visit you are walking with them and caring for them on a regular basis. Doing more and more on your exercises. It's amazing on how much you ARE doing and I'm sure the scale will follow suit. Keep up the good work Wendygirl and you'll see more and more of your life happen in a positive light. emoticon

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MOTLEM 4/7/2013 11:30PM

    Yes, no dialysis is the greatest news, Wendy. Keep up the good work and say NEVER dialysis!!

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second blog for today LOL

Sunday, April 07, 2013


Been doing a lot of thinking since I blogged this earlier.

This is what I decided. I don't know how many times I have answered other people's blogs saying "that we are only human".

I need to accept that yes I also am only human. I also can make mistakes.

I was saying before I had lost my motivation but now I really don't know. Yes I put obstacles in front of me but I was still exercising.

I do need to lift the intensity of my exercising. But really I can not blame lack of motivation for this.

Because of health problems I did lead a sedentary life before Sparks. I am doing so much more than I have for many years. Who would have thought I would have gone over my niece's and cook for hours on end. Look after my grandchildren for hours. Plus all the other things I am now doing.

I have realised that I have a life and I am now living it. I can dream and have goals.

Yes my weight loss is slow but I have lost 21 kgs. or 46 lbs since I have been a member. Which I am determined never to find again.

I was also blaming being on the puter for too long, I really just need to be more creative in what I am doing. Time management. LOL

So that is what I am going to do lift the intensity of my exercising and increase the of combination of exercises to include cardio, strength and stretching.

Yes I do still get tired and achy but hey get over it as I am always going to have these problems because of my health issues. But by losing weight these may improve. I can only hope that it improves the kidney disease.

Goals at the moment is;
increase exercising

increase the type of exercises to include cardio, strength and stretching.

to lose 5 kgs by the last day of May. 48 days or just over 7 weeks. works out about 900 grams per week.

I know I can do this.

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/7/2013 4:32PM

    There are people out there who wish they could accomplish all that you have - so please realize your glass is half full, not half empty. Just keep plugging away!

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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/7/2013 12:33PM

    Your progress may be slow but it's there. You give more encouragement to people like me who have health issues no where near as severe as yours. I see I don't have the excuses I thought I did. There are several spark people I look up to to inspire me to keep trying and you are one of them. If you can keep trying with all your health and family issues so can I. You are doing this for you. You are making yourself a priority and helping your family as well. I can do the same. I know you will make another goal soon because you are that sort of a person. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/7/2013 8:36AM

    Atta girl!!! Sometimes we are our own sabateurs! You have a good plan in place, and stick with it. You CAN! You've done so well. HUGS

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GOANNA2 4/7/2013 8:20AM

    You have done so well and you keep on keeping on.
You can do this and your goal is achieavable. emoticon
Thanks for commenting on my blog. Remember,
one day at a time. emoticon emoticon

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RDEE22 4/7/2013 7:00AM

    Go Girl emoticon

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POSITIVEPAULA8 4/7/2013 6:58AM

    I am sure with this winning attitude you can do anything you set your mind to! It is not easy having medical problems and issues as they can something get in the way of exercising.

I know this as my slight Arthritis plays up sometimes and I really do not feel like exercising some days but if you know to still exercise on those days just go easy maybe do only 10 minutes once or twice a day and that is it and select an easier exercise routine for that day you should be fine!

good on you for the excellent efforts you have made so far with all your weight loss goals!

Remember you have to enjoy for the long haul what you do as this is not a diet but your healthy lifestyle so you need to be able to maintain it for the long haul.

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Take care,

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SUSIEPH1 4/7/2013 5:45AM

    emoticon Hurrah!.
Well said Wendy!
Glad you realised that you are doing really well.
Yes it is doable.... because you have been doing it !!
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/7/2013 5:12AM

    I'm cheering for you! emoticon

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POPSY190 4/7/2013 4:26AM

    I like the emphasis you are putting on being fit and healthy; weight loss isn't everything, and I personally think the other two are the most important things to aim towards. Good luck in carrying out your exercise plans, Wendy.

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MOTLEM 4/7/2013 1:36AM

    Good on you ! Yes, that's very do-able !

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