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The Seeds of Change...

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm here...

I've had such trouble starting and restarting this blog. You know me -- I like to be eloquent with the words. Yet these days words are failing me. Not only can I not seem to write them, but I really can't speak them. I'm having one of my sinusitis/laryngitis episodes that is taking forever to clear up. It's particularly disparaging to me because just around a year ago I had the sinus surgery that held such great promise to end all this nonsense for me. I actually had a complete physical last March. Of course at the time I was feeling just peachy so I found it hard to whine about feeling chronically sick and basically got the clean bill of health. Yet...

I have made it in to work everyday because I have patients that have waited sometimes weeks to get an appointment with me and I can't disappointment them and besides, I have no room in my schedule to move them to anyway. I'm not complaining about the busy schedule. I like to be busy. But no one else can fill in for me. It's major job security which is a good thing but a real pain in the tush when I'm sick!

All the busyness and all the fatigue from being chronically stuffed up and hoarse is taking it's toll on my spark time -- not to mention my diet and exercise. I've gained a little weight but still within the top of my self-imposed comfort zone.

I've really had to do some self-inventory. Think hard about my priorities. Ask myself questions like why do I seem to feel chronically ill? Why the constant fatigue? I'm not depressed - truly! I have a kind and sympathetic spouse who lets me know that he loves me in so many ways. I have a job that I love and gives me the opportunity to meet so many interesting, enjoyable women for whom I can help them improve the quality of their lives.

When I want answers, I do two things first -- pray and head to Barnes & Noble -- in that order!
This past weekend I did just that. My hunt for a book on optimizing my health was no easy task. I wanted a book that would represent valid, proven, medical information -- with a holistic touch. What could I as an individual do to strengthen my immune system and improve my health and well being. My copy of "The Spark" is dog eared from how often I've gone back in and read and re-read for the value of inspiration and motivation for weight loss. I wanted another sort of book like that.

I think that I've found it -- or them rather, as I bought two both by the same guy: Andrew Weil, MD.
The books are: " Natural Health, Natural Medicine" and " 8 Weeks to Optimum Health".
This isn't a book review as I'm only one third into the first book, but so far I'm impressed and optimistic. If any of you in spark world has any experience with these books, please feel free to drop me a note. I'd appreciate it.

In the meantime, I'm trying to rest my voice when not working because next weekend I am headed to my nearest and dearest sister's house in Virginia for a relaxing vacation of girl stuff -- talking, shopping, working out together, spa pedicures, probably a movie, talking, sparking together (she lost 70 pounds!) and did I mention talking? Hopefully my voice will be back to normal by then.

So far, I've made one BIG commitment towards optimizing my health -- logging on to SparkPeople each and every day. Tracking my nutrition and exercise consistently. Staying in touch with all my wonderful spark friends.

I've been leading two spark teams and I'm going to relinquish those leadership roles. I've got too much to do to get my own house in order right now. When I eat right and exercise and get adequate sleep I feel better. My health is my first priority ahead of the numbers on the scale. They'll come down, of that I have no doubt. It's a natural consequence of eating like we should beeating, exercising like we should be exercising, and sleeping like we should be sleeping! Isn't it amazing how that works. We feel better AND lose weight!

I promise to keep you posted faithfully on my progress. Even if the words aren't so eloquent

To those who have taken the time to read this -- I say THANKS! It is such a tremendous comfort to me to know that I'm not trying to struggle on this journey alone. And to my special spark friend -- you know who you are -- THIS SEEDLING IS GOING TO GROW! Thanks for having my back...

Joanne

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/6/2011 11:52PM

    Read Weil's books a long time ago and they are wonderful. I do most things naturally, rather than medically. Prefer it that way. Sounds like you are on a good path. Big hug.

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LIGHTHOUSE23 6/2/2011 11:58PM

    You are never alone, Joanne, we are right here with you.

Have a wonderful visit with your sister!! emoticon

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MOMMYTO5CUTIES 5/26/2011 10:39PM

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DDOORN 5/24/2011 12:28PM

    Always a joy to hear from you Joanne!

Puzzling that this sinusitis/laryngitis thing should keep re-visiting you. One would think with all the healthy lifestyle changes you've made that this would have taken care of these symptoms!

Hoping the good doctor Weil will help you to turn the corner on this!

Don

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/24/2011 10:48AM

    Remember....you are NOT alone, we are with you on this journey
Carol

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KITTYF54 5/24/2011 8:13AM

    you probably already know this but in case you don't....

it really helps with hoarseness due to sinus if you get a spray bottle of saline solution at the cold section of walmart and use it liberally and often. I often have to use it every five minutes for a half hour or so, and then I'm clear, for a couple hours. this thins the mucus so that it doesn't hang in the throat and irritate the tissues and vocal chords.

Also i'm not saying it will work for everyone, but I've found that if I leave off of all dairy for the duration of the illness I'll get better quicker.

FWIW, Kitty


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DENRNAJ 5/23/2011 10:48PM

    Sending positive thoughts your way. I appreciate anything that you write.
Hugs,
Janice

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KITTYKITTEMMING 5/23/2011 9:37PM

    I've been wondering where you have been. Hope you feel better soon.

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CMRAND54 5/23/2011 9:24PM

    I can't wait for next week! We will have so much fun together, doing healthy things and getting lots of rest and relaxation.

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/23/2011 9:09PM

    So sorry to hear you are struggling with this again/still! Sounds like you're moving in the right direction. I find I really like being proactive! Trust God will guide you towards renewed health. Look forward to hearing how it goes! And, I commend you for stepping out of jobs that are draining rather than re-charging! You are SO Right about eating right, moving regularly, and sleeping enough! Why do we so often convince ourselves that everything/everyone else is more important than we are?! God bless you, friend!

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WISLNDR 5/23/2011 9:04PM

    You are never alone here! I understand the challenge when words don't come easily; I've come to realize that sometimes you just have to get started and before you know it, the word wall crumbles and all the words come tumbling out again!

All the best to you on this leg of the journey. There's a lot of caring people here who will be rooting for you!

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