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    RITAROSE   166,052
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A week of surprises, some bad some good

Sunday, March 07, 2010

What an emotional week this has been! The man that I care for suffered several TIA's last Monday. It has effected me in a powerful way and I spent many extra hours with him so that he would not be alone.

The thing that really pleases me is that even though I had many extra hours with him, I didn't throw the exercise out the window. Instead, I didn't go to my normal classes, but did vigorous walk/run intervals while listening to my ipod. Six months ago, I would have easily bagged the exercise, now it's a habit that I must say, I ENJOY!

Another shocking thing this past week has been that my scale has been surprising me! I went months either on a plateau or up one, down two, up, down, etc. The scale has shown me to lose either 3-4 pounds this week. I am very content with a pound loss weekly so this is a great bonus! I hit my 1/2 way mark of weight loss and because of the high emotional things going on it didn't register until the next day!!

I am so thankful that God has provided Spark People with all of it's tremendous tools and especially the great friendships and encouragements from others walking the same path! Thank you, fellow sparkies!! emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUST_TRI_IT 3/12/2010 10:12AM

    Congratulations on both the HALF WAY mark and sticking with the exercise during a tough time. I'm getting to that point where I am also enjoying the exercise.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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WHITEBULL1221 3/10/2010 8:40AM

    Congratulations on breaking that plateau. It is a great feeling when the scale starts moving again. I hope things continue for you. I am sorry to hear of the gentleman you care for health issue. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/8/2010 9:11AM

    You obviously have found something that WORKS for you. I too would be content with a pound a week or MONTH, but have been TURTLED for too long. Probably my own fault. But reading your blog is very encouraing to the rest of us emoticon 's!

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APRILLSCOTT 3/8/2010 12:21AM

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KITTY1970 3/7/2010 10:04PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work. emoticon on the 1/2 way point emoticon emoticon

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MONTANA_ED 3/7/2010 6:11PM

    Stress has a great way to de-rail us and I'm glad that you are doing ok! Great news on the 1/2 way mark. You are doing it!


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MT-MOONCHASER 3/7/2010 5:35PM

    Rita -- CONGRATULATIONS on reaching the halfway mark. It must be a marvelous feeling.
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Good Luck on your continuing journey to a healthier life.

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CARMEL466 3/7/2010 5:33PM

    WTG! I'm proud of you. Keep it going!

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HAPPY1049 3/7/2010 3:11PM

    It was nice of you to spend the extra time with that fellow you are caring for. I'm sure he is grateful for it.
I'm so glad you didn't stop exercising. Even better---now it's fun for you! That's great!
Congratulations for losing so much weight. You have been doing such a great job of keeping fit and really trying to do the right things. So keep it up!

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CGREEN717 3/7/2010 12:38PM

    Great job.

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PUBLIK0UTKRY 3/7/2010 11:55AM

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! :) Good luck with everything sorry to hear about the stressful week. Hang in there!

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DEBRITA01 3/7/2010 11:19AM

    emoticon Good for you, Rita! When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Although it was a difficult time for you, you persevered and made the best of it - and got a bonus for your efforts. I'll say a prayer for you and the gentleman you care for.

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LJCANNON 3/7/2010 10:21AM

    emoticon Rita, that is awesome!! I hope your Gentleman is doing better. Walking was a great idea, and Obviously it worked!!
I spent a lot of time in the Hospital walking the halls with a Client last week, too. I am glad that we both stayed on track.
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DEBRA_T 3/7/2010 10:19AM

    Hi Ritarose, I'm sorry you're going through such a difficult time with your patient and am offering prayers for both of you. It sounds like you're discovering that sticking to your program actually helps you deal which is a strengthening discovery. Best wishes for his continuing recovery and your continuing success.

Regards, Debra

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RHCOOKSON 3/7/2010 8:38AM

    Good for you for keeping up with exercise! It is easy for those who are caretakers for others to forget about taking care of themselves. I'm glad you're taking time to care for you too.

Also, having had some personal experience with caretakers when my husband nearly died this summer, I want to say thank you for what you do. People who care for the ill are angels on earth.

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PATHUMPHRIES 3/7/2010 8:29AM

    Life shows up, sometimes at unexpected times. I'm sorry about your friend. He is fortunate to have you in his life.

Congratulations on your progress.

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FITKAT2010 3/7/2010 8:04AM

    Wow! What a powerful week. You are walking the walk and getting results. How Sparkie is that? Fantastic!

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SUNNY332 3/7/2010 8:03AM

    Good for you Rita! Keep up the good work.


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