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Taking Time to Re-Evaluate

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Our challenge for this weekend with the Red Hot Heart Breakers Done Girl team was to re-evaluate where we are. What is working and what is not and what do I need to change?
First is my fitness. I am doing great. Thanks to the Christmas Melt of 2012 team I have daily challenges that have me pushing myself to try new adjustments to some regular standbys. Nix, our Heart Breaker Leader, keeps us challenged with unbelievable moves each weekend. I am riding my recumbent bike almost every day for 25-30 min. I do arm exercises in my recliner while watching TV or watching my BBC DVD's I have checked out from the library.

Nutrition is my big problem at this time. I do well on the South Beach plan but have been trying to figure what is best for me with my new advanced problems with acid reflux and and swallowing disorder. I read today that protein will actually help keep the reflux controlled better. emoticon I have to have soft food in very small amounts and very low fat. I am working on the problem with some success. I will get it figured out and will tell myself emoticon

Serenity and Rest is my final area of contemplation. I am dealing with low B/P and low heart rate at times. I am having to learn to relax. It is not easy as I feel that I am being lazy. I am beginning to take time for myself each afternoon to just relax either Sparking or sitting with my feet up and watching something soothing in TV. I do not allow myself to worry during this time. Stress is too high a price to pay right now.
Thank you for reading my blog. I hope that the pictures came out right Nix!
emoticon my friends!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUSIEPH1 10/9/2012 1:10AM

    Hi Nola !!.
Love that you are looking after you! I have also had to learn to rest ...and I too have had to learn to eat smaller meals and more often ...
Thank you so much my dear friend for being there for Colin and I ..
We so appreciate your lovely comments, support and friendship .
emoticon Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/7/2012 5:13PM

    You are very smart to reevaluate you Spark plan! I know it is working! Keep up the good work It looks great on you!
linda emoticon

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JINLYNN 9/11/2012 7:52PM

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BELDONDOG1 9/11/2012 1:52PM

    Good for you, Nola! It sounds like you have gotten a lot of things under control. Don't feel like you're lazy-you need some 'me' time so you can forget the stress and just meditate. Continue the good work!! (hugs) noel

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BRENSJOURNEY 9/11/2012 1:19PM

    It seems like you're doing awesome!!! Way to go. I hope you can find more "me" time, we all deserve it and forget how important it is. I like to read and relax with a cup of hot herbal tea.

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WATREKKIE 9/10/2012 7:58PM

    Nola, we ALL need some "me" time, whether you're reading for fun, soaking in a tub, or just watching the grass grow....if we don't take some breaks for ourselves, I think we 'pop' or meltdown or something.

GOOD for you for taking some relaxing time!!!! I had the same sort of feeling you do that I was being lazy if I wasn't doing SOMEthing. I think it was Amanda who said to me "doing nothing or relaxing does NOT equal lazy!!!" So I pass her words of wisdom to you....use them in good health!

Lots of love, Mary emoticon

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JILL313 9/10/2012 1:34PM

    I'm really so glad you're feeling better. . .I was getting worried about you. I'm glad you like your Team Challenge and are doing well with it. I'm loving the Beach more all the time as a result of watching my carbs my blood sugar has gone down significantly. Thank you so much for sending me the book as that was such a caring and kind thing for you to do for me. Happy Monday and have a terrific great week!



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VAMANOS 9/10/2012 12:54PM

    You poor dear, it seems that re-evaluation and tweaking your plan are a constant with all your health issues and the adjustments they require. It's an inspiration that you do it all with good grace and a refusal to just give up and quit.

emoticon , you will find your answers and your best choices. I just know it!

Tell Keeper hi for me. We haven't had any wind that will blow me in for a visit, but I'm having some serious kitty withdrawal symptoms, lol.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/10/2012 10:04AM

    I have GERD and swallowing problems so I have to modify South Beach as well. My main problems involve things like bread and I do fine with protein. So I am trying to work on that too.

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POPSY190 9/10/2012 3:09AM

    Not a bad idea to do a bit of self-examination now and again. Identifying problem areas helps to decide how to deal with them. As far as soft protein goes - are you able to eat eggs? Egg nog springs to mind. Mashed beans? Cottage cheese?

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NEW-CAZ 9/10/2012 2:55AM

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BECCABOO127 9/10/2012 12:43AM

    The pics came out great!


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FLEMIDG 9/10/2012 12:36AM

    Wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/9/2012 11:27PM

    I've been trying to learn to relax more too, so I sympathize with feeling like you're being lazy! It's hard! LOL

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SUSIEPH1 9/9/2012 10:57PM

    Hi Nola !
Loved your blog my friend.
Yes we need to listen to our bodies .. If you need rest, then rest my friend ..
I know it is hard trying to slow down,
I myself are trying to slow down too .
We need to take time out from exercise ...
I have decided to do less cardio, as in weights and resistance bands ..
I find that my walking Bobby for twice a day is enough ..
I am still walking on my tready for 10 mins and I do my bike for 10 mins.
I am using the Stability ball also .. but gone are the days of excessive tready and bike .
I am still unable to go to the pool but I am coming to terms with that!!
We need to just do what we can, and continue to eat well ...
and be content with that ...
We have much the same heart problems my friend .. and we need to look after ourselves ..
Love and Hugs Susie

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XPHOENIX 9/9/2012 10:47PM

    Look at you putting in pics, babe! NICE!!!

The protein soft foods... do you like Greek yogurt? I don't really like it, BUT if I put it on cooked apple YUMMMMM and it has a lot of protein and is super good for you :) Just a thought! I'm so proud of you!! Majorly kicking butt!! WooHoo!!!

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LALMEIDA 9/9/2012 10:39PM


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