AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community We Have A Very Quiet House Once Again Our house has been a whirlwind of activity for the last six days. Thursday through Saturday, we had a revolving door of family and friends coming and going. Sunday, I bathed the dogs, did laundry, changed sheets and cleaned the house between rounds of company. I finished with only minutes to spare. We were on the go most of Sunday, Monday and today. I took my daughter and her beau to the airport late this afternoon. Since arriving back home from the airport, I have already done two more... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:01:15 EST We're Exhausted. But The Party Was A Blast! Last night was hubby's big 60th birthday party bash. We had such a good time! Hubby and I danced to our two songs, "Eternal Flame " and "Crazy". Later we dance several dances with our grandson. He just giggled and flirted the whole time. He is just a precious little boy. From the impish smile and dimples to the dark curls, he is handsome. Add in the fact that he is so well behaved and he appears almost angelic. <BR> <BR> We have a ton of food left over so we will not need to cook for ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:58:47 EST The Grand Is Visiting Our grandson is here visiting for hubby's 60th birthday. He is so big! When they are so young, a year makes a big difference! When we last saw him, he was 5.5 months old and just a little baby. Now he is 1.5 years old and he is a full fledged toddler. He walks and tries to talk. He loves to play too. The puppies aren't sure what to make of him! He has a big smile and a bunch of teeth. He has ringlets all over the back of his head and loves to play hide and seek. It should be fun bei... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:25:27 EST This And That...... Last Friday, I was given a new home program and released from physical therapy. This is a big relief because it takes up a lot of my time. On Monday, I saw the orthopedist and was released by him. He said when I can stand with all of my weight on the ball of my right foot, I can do what ever I want. This was good news! Of course I can't do this yet but I am getting there. <BR> <BR> This coming weekend is hubby's 60th birthday. We are having a big party at a small restaurant in our town... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:50:30 EST "Know When To Fold 'Em" I got up this morning, trying to decide if I should rest or do another deep water workout. I have already done four very vigorous workouts this week, so I decided to rest and only do my physical therapy at home program. <BR> <BR> This brings to mind the lyrics of the Kenny Rogers song, "The Gambler". To paraphrase part of the song, in order to be a success, <BR> <BR> "You gotta know when to hold 'em <BR> Know when to fold 'em. <BR> Know when to walk away, <BR> And know when to run."... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:18:54 EST Awesome Endurance Deep Water Class There were only three people who showed up for deep water class today and all of us were worker bees. Our instructor polled the class to see if we wanted to ramp things up since we have plenty of space to move around, whenever we have a small class. This morning we voted to do continuous aerobics with endurance training. In a word, it was awesome!!! All three of us pushed ourselves to perform to the best of our ability. We took off the flotation belts (since we could all swim) and stayed... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:57:00 EST Feeling Strong And Learning To Believe In The Program I ate a healthy breakfast this morning, followed by a very vigorous hour plus workout. I loved that I could move through the water so smoothly. I felt strong and beautiful. I had a healthy lunch after my workout. My weight was up after my workout, when I weighed in at Weight Watchers. Surprisingly, I still feel strong and beautiful! I am trying to focus on my positive non scale changes. <BR> <BR> I treated myself to some new shoes this afternoon. I feel that I need to do whatever it t... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:47:41 EST My Fatitude Was Showing And Then....... This morning I felt down and disgusted with myself. It didn't help matters any that I was off my game when I woke up either. I got on the scale and wasn't happy with the number. As Coach Dean would say, my Fatitude was showing! I wasn't being kind to myself either. To work out or not to work out was my next question. I decided to just go ahead and do a light workout even though I just didn't feel like it. Before I left the house, I decided to track my breakfast. Suddenly I began to fe... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:42:53 EST Frustration With Slow Healing Yesterday, when I woke up, my Achilles was very painful again. Sigh! Not again! I went to the Y and worked out. I could only do one set of physical therapy exercises afterward. I had a series of appointments so instead of being able to go home to rest after my workout, I had to plow forward. Thank goodness my last appointment was physical therapy! <BR> <BR> My therapist stopped my at home therapy program for a few days to let me rest. I am fine with that. I had trouble sleeping last nigh... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:12:05 EST Taking It Easy I felt okay when I got up this morning. I decided to ride along with hubby this morning as he delivered some printers to a client. We stopped at McDonald's and I had an egg white sandwich and some unsweetened tea for breakfast. I took a good book and read as we traveled along. <BR> <BR> We made two other quick stops on the way home. It was a nice day for a ride and I enjoyed it. When we returned home, I felt queasy from pain that I only half felt. It is a strange phenomena, getting the... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:17:08 EST Doing Fairly Well After My Ablation Yesterday, I had a radio frequency ablation in my lumbar spine. Some of my pain was dramatically reduced right away, which surprised me. The whole area is inflamed, which is normal for the procedure. Unlike my other ablations, I felt very sleepy afterward. I slept deeply yesterday afternoon and again last night. I have been very tired today too. I was close to falling asleep during physical therapy this morning too. My therapist found it quite amusing as did I. :) <BR> <BR> I am unab... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:02:11 EST Progress At Last This is my third week of physical therapy and I am finally starting to make progress! Yes! I woke up this morning and my bruise is fading after 4 weeks! This is indeed good news! I still have a lump where my Achilles tore and my therapist said that will take some time to heal. He has magic fingers because after he massaged and stretched my leg it felt better. This was the first time in about 3 months that my leg pain has been manageable. <BR> <BR> I was very active today. I did a vig... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:56:02 EST Life Marches On Through A Hot Summer Hubby and I had a nice, quiet 4th. It rained, so we stayed indoors. We could see fireworks from our front window. I guess they could shoot them off even though it was wet outside. We were tired from a busy day. <BR> <BR> Physical therapy is still quite painful. I found out that I was doing too many home exercises because I am working out in the pool too. The therapist told me that my pool workout counts as one or more sessions of my home therapy. Once I cut back, the pain reduced. Th... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:25:45 EST On A Lighter Note........ This morning, I had a dentist appointment at 8am. The dentist shot my gums with fast acting, short lasting, numbing medicine. He replaced 4 fillings that were 50+ years old each. This enabled him to check all 4 teeth for any additional decay, which is apparently common with very old fillings. I was happy to have this done because it will help my overall health in the long run. It took the dentist a little less than an hour to complete the whole process. When it was finished, I was happy... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:13:10 EST Who Wins? Me Or My Stress? Have you ever had a chore or series of chores that you have put off doing? Everyday that you put off completing these chores just adds to the size of that little black cloud (stress) that hangs over your head. Like we need more stress in our lives. Not! I don't know about you but I have enough stress from other things without making more myself and increasing my total amount. I find that lots of stress increases the chances of doing stress eating. <BR> <BR> I have an ongoing battle with... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:52:48 EST Make The Most Of Your Life Right Now! I received a note in the mail from an old friend yesterday. She was my mother's friend when they were both in the second grade, so she s getting up there in years. Two years ago, this sweet woman was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer and congestive heart failure. Her doctors expected her to pass away shortly after her diagnosis. She has refused treatment, preferring instead to make the most of her remaining years with a good quality of life. Up until late last year, she still gave pian... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:08:06 EST Starting Physical Therapy Today! I was going to try to go to water aerobics class this morning but woke up all stuffy and puffy this morning. It is just as well since I don't know what my therapist will want my routine to be. I am so relieved that the tear in my Achilles' tendon is very small. The bruise over top of the tear is a couple of inches, which makes it look worse than it is. Therapy is at 3pm so that gives me a while to clean up the mess left from my birthday yesterday and get ready. <BR> <BR> I decided to sen... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:04:44 EST Only A Small Tear In My Achilles - Good News! I spent what seemed like forever at the orthopedist's office this morning. My doctor and staff got slammed with patients this morning. After an initial exam by a nurse practitioner, I was sent to X-Ray for a series of pictures <em>198</em> Of my right foot and ankle. Then back to the waiting room for a while. <BR> <BR> Finally, I went back to the examining room. A resident doctor saw me there and reviewed my X-Rays. He said I have some condition where I was born with an extra bone i... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:25:37 EST Evaluating And Setting New Goals Today, I decided to assess my current weight loss goals and adjust them to be more realistic. I had to take into consideration my current health conditions and limitations. Much as I don't like to curtail my activity level, the reality is that for the near future, I can do some slow walking but that is about all. I miss my workouts and all of my workout buddies. I feel like I am off kilter and out of my social loop. <BR> <BR> Adjusting my weight loss goals wasn't all that difficult once ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:31:36 EST Not A Stellar Pain Day..... Today was not a stellar day for me. I think of today as a Bermuda Triangle day. I have three physical issues going on at the same time and I let my pain get out of control. Once my pain was out of control, my pain specialist had to step in and get it under control again. This took about 5 hours. I had to have intravenous medication because I needed four different medications. We found out that the fourth medicine is only available for patients who are "in-patient" at the hospital so I h... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:56:49 EST Off To See An Orthopedist I couldn't understand why my primary doctor still hadn't called me back this week. I called both Monday and Tuesday about my Achilles' tendon on my right leg. Hubby and I decided that I should give it one more try, so I called again today. Surprise! My doctor referred me to a podiatrist at the beginning of the week and the referral person never called me to tell me. I am so glad I called him! I would never have known about the referral without the call. The strange part is that the pod... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:44:08 EST Being Off My Feet Doesn't Mean That I'm Not Busy On Monday, I had my female wellness check up with our family doctor. My mammogram came back normal and I am waiting to hear back on a few other tests, my blood work is great and both my doctor and I were pleased with the results. My blood pressure was 122 over 73 which is great for an anxious patient. <BR> <BR> One of the things my doctor wanted to do was to give me a steroid shot in my Achilles' tendon area. I have been fighting with this area for about a year. It was way past time for ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 17:14:34 EST Thank You Doesn't Seem Like Enough To all of our military, thank you for your service to our great country. Some of you have given your lives for us, some of you have been wounded or permanently disfigured or have lost part of your body. Some of you fought for our great nation and returned to find that people were filled with scorn for the cause you held so dear. I can't even begin to imagine how you must have felt. I can only offer you apologies for those here at home who have made you question your service. Today, I wou... Mon, 26 May 2014 08:28:18 EST Down Another Pound! Great news! When I weighed in at Weight Watchers on Thursday, I was down another 1.4 pounds! I have allergy testing tomorrow and a test on my lumbar spine on Wednesday. I will exercise in water when I can and fill in with walks at home when I can't swim. The puppies will love it! I didn't think that 2.4 pounds was very much but a woman I'm friends with asked if I've lost a bunch more weight because my face looks thinner. My heart did a happy dance!!!!! My weight loss overall is current... Sun, 18 May 2014 13:36:26 EST Persistence Pays Off Since October 2013, my weight has gone up and down and slowly climbed and stayed up. This was mainly due to medical issues and a series of medications that are known to cause weight gain. I also had 2-3 periods when I made poor food choices due to bouts of stress and pain. Overall, I stayed with my program and my doctor assured me that the weight would eventually come off. Easy for him to say! This girl is hypothyroid. It is hard enough for me to lose under normal circumstances; introduc... Thu, 8 May 2014 16:17:10 EST Why Not Just Give Up? We've all been there. We hit a rough patch and everything seems to go wrong. We gain instead of losing. We hate ourselves and feel frustrated at the slow pace of our progress. We ask ourselves, "Why not just give up? It's so hard. Giving up is easier and I'm not making any progress anyway." <BR> <BR> As many of you may know, I have had numerous health issues since my lowest weight in October 2013. My weight has ballooned up 15 pounds and I felt like throwing in the towel. So why didn'... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:52:40 EST To All My Spark Friends, Happy Easter! Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> I am sending a wagon full of wishes to all of my Spark friends. May your cups overflow with great joy and plenty. May you be surrounded by love and those you love. Peace to you all! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Cyndi Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:52:28 EST Sodium Is Hidden In Many Places Yesterday, I was so proud of myself for a good drop in the scale. I wasn't as diligent in watching my sodium as I am normally. Sigh, when I got on the scale this morning, my weight was up 4 pounds! It is a good thing I realize what caused the gain or else I would really freak! Now it will be up to me to drink lots of water and wash the excess sodium out of my system. <BR> <BR> So where did the sodium hide? I ate a fried chicken breast, sans skin and fried coating, I have been told that... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:06:40 EST Doing Creative Things Makes Me Feel Good Today, I spent the day making greeting cards with a small group of women. We started the morning with coffee and mini muffins. We spent the next several hours learning how to make four different types of cards. We made two of every design. They turned out great! When we were finished, our hostess served a delicious lunch. I was proud of myself for making wise food choices and not having dessert because I gave up everything but sugar free Popsicles, for Lent. I didn't even feel deprived... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:57:20 EST One Body Part Heals, Another Is On The Fritz I had my 4 week check up on my radio frequency ablations yesterday. The back of my head is healing on schedule and my pain has decreased significantly. My doctor was pleased. However, avoiding the left side of my body has stressed the lower right side of my body. When I brought this up, my doctor smiled and said that this is a common occurrence. I developed a fist size knot on the right side of my lumbar spine over the weekend, because of tired muscles and laying on my right side. <BR>... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:18:01 EST Increasing Stamina Without Pain Or Injury After having had a rough start to 2014, I have been working on building up my stamina. It has been more difficult than I had anticipated because I had to build up my stamina and not rush the process. It has taken me almost a full month to get to the point where I can do two classes in the water, back to back. I am now to the point where I can do a full hour of deep water aerobics, maintain proper posture and not wear a flotation belt. I was a little wary of doing a deep water class without... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:59:40 EST Pool Heater Is Fixed And I Had A Good Workout! The Y finally fixed the heater and filter this week! Yes! Monday the water was a bit cool, at approximately 82 degrees. They tried to tell us it was 85.5 but today it was much warmer at around 83, so we knew that Monday's temperature was way off.. In all fairness, they got a new temperature gun and some of the guards still need to master using it. :) Three degrees may not seem like much in air temperature but it makes a huge difference in water. <BR> <BR> I was happy to see the new dir... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:45:58 EST We Got A New Car And A Great Deal! For 3-4 days, I wrestled with purchasing a new vehicle. If you have gone through this process, then you know how stressful it can be. By Wednesday afternoon, I was ready to pull my hair out. Couple that with hubby telling me that I was going about it the wrong way and I threw my hands up and told hubby that he could handle it from that point. I don't know why, when I can buy and sell real estate with ease, purchasing a car should be so difficult but it appears that if a person is a woman... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:20:02 EST Car Shopping Is Stressful! The one thing I find more stressful to my daily living, other than selling a house and moving, is shopping for a car. What should be a happy time that I can enjoy, 9 times out of 10, becomes a big headache, especially if you are trading in another vehicle. I have yet to have a situation where a dealership has told me anything but negative things about my vehicle! Yesterday, one dealership appraised my car and said that when it was gunned in reverse and stopped suddenly, there was a clunkin... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:16:22 EST A While Since My Last Blog...... It has been quite some time since my last blog. I have been working hard at gaining back my stamina with exercise, due to being sick for 6-7 weeks. Finally, I was successful this week! Hooray! I am proud of myself for taking my time and building up my strength slowly. <BR> <BR> I finally had the radio frequency ablation yesterday. I am excited because it decreases my neck and migraine pain significantly. I only have to stay out of the water until Monday, which isn't too bad. I have ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 03:08:50 EST Still Not 100% And Frustrated! I had anticipated that I would be feeling a lot better by now. This is so frustrating! Today, I am recommitting myself to tracking and doing a slow recovery. I had a Weight Watchers oatmeal and a banana for breakfast this morning. I will do a breathing treatment and a sinus rinse and see if I feel well enough to go to deep water aerobics. If I do, then great. If I don't, then I will strive to be more active with walking. I will prevail! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:37:39 EST Slowly Trying Exercise Again Yesterday marked 7 days since my breathing attack. I faithfully stayed on the very quiet side. I did venture out several times for short social gatherings but avoided all things strenuous. The medicine that the doctor gave me makes me very tired and I haven't felt very energetic. <BR> <BR> I decided to try walking yesterday. It was impossible for me to go very fast, so I just took my time and strolled around the neighborhood. I was exhausted when I got back home, so I rested until it wa... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:26:15 EST Better Attitude Today! I have slept much better the last couple of nights. When I get up in the morning, my whole attitude and outlook is more positive too. It is strange how sleeping fairly well affects everything you do. I don't feel cranky (I hate the way I act when I'm cranky!) either so I feel more at peace. I am so thankful that I am getting better after a whole month of being sick! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 06:25:08 EST Finally, Starting To Feel Better It seems like I have been sick forever! After my crises on Monday, I think I am cautiously finally starting to feel better. I don't want to jinx it at this point because I can't wait to get back to my normal routine! :) <BR> I am finding out that I really miss working out and I feel good when I do. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 06:12:47 EST Why Do I Put Myself Last? Yesterday was a disaster to say the very least. I was up with a dry, hacking cough at 3:30 - 4:00am and it got progressively worse as the morning went on. The cough was bad over the weekend too even though I called the doctor on Friday. It wasn't until a friend came over, to help me clean, and said she thought I sounded like I was having a huge asthma attack, that something clicked in my brain. Of course she was right - why wasn't I thinking about it myself? I guess the answer is that I ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:12:21 EST Still Hacking Away This Morning At 4am Well the good news is that I most likely am not contagious. The bad news is that I am up once again with this terrible cough. I have taken my last antibiotic but am afraid that I may have to have another round if this keeps up. I have had very little activity as being active brings on bouts of coughing. I have also been on steroids for my asthma which doesn't help my weight at all. I thought that I did very well this week; losing .5 pound when I weighed in at Weight Watchers. I got on t... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 05:34:01 EST No Sleep But Less Coughing - I'll Take It! Well, here I am, up at 4am and Sparking. I changed some of my medication last night to reduce the amount of coughing and it worked! The biggest side effect is that the medication interfered with my sleep. However, it did reduce the pain in my chest and back from all of my coughing. I consider that a big plus. It was so bad yesterday that it forced me to call my doctor, which is something I rarely ever do. Perhaps I am starting to get better after all! :) Sat, 1 Feb 2014 05:00:22 EST Okay, Enough Of Illness Already! I am 10 days into being sick and still feel awful. I called my primary doctor again today. I sure hope he doesn't think I'm a pest. After 8 days on antibiotics, I would hope to be feeling better. I am frustrated and becoming cranky. I don't like myself when I'm cranky so I sure hope the doctor calls me back with some good advice. I want to feel good enough to workout without fits of coughing and fatigue! I want my life back! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:23:54 EST Sorry That I'm MIA, I'm Still Sick Sorry that I have not been around very much but I am still sick. This is getting old really quickly! I would like to feel better so I can get back to my regular schedule. I keep telling myself that this too will pass and I'm sure it will. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:46:40 EST I Am Delighted With My Popular Blog Award I signed onto SparkPeople this morning and much to my surprise, my blog was given the most popular blog award! Wow! I was stunned. Thank you Spark friends! If you haven't taken a look at it yet, please read my blog and use the link to look at the special offer that is offered for SparkPoints and a chance to win a gift card to Walmart. You will enjoy the "28 Day Boot Camp" DVD. Coach Nicole does such a great job! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:51:35 EST Review Of Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp DVD I received this DVD for free from Spark People and did not receive any form of payment for my review. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed doing this review and enjoyed the parts of the DVD that I personally completed. I did review the entire DVD, including the Bonus sections and the additional hints for success by Coach Nicole. The DVD is broken down into three parts. Everything is listed on a menu so that you can pick and choose the workout that best suits you. I loved this feature! Included on the me... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:59:48 EST Still Sticking With My Plan Here it is, the 19th of January and I am still basically sticking with my plan. The scale if finally going in the right direction and I am feeling better every day. Success breeds success! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:34:46 EST Day Six Of Sticking With My Eating Plan Today is day six of sticking strictly with my eating plan. I must be doing something correct because my success has been making me feel good about myself. I feel that I am eating for health and that I am taking care of my body. Success breeds success and I expect to continue to stay on track. The best part is that I currently don't even feel unusually hungry! I can do this and be successful! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:10:15 EST I Am Back On Track! I am back on track and feeling good! I know that 2014 will be a successful year for me because I am determined to be successful. I may face some bumps in the road, I may even make some errors in judgment but if I focus on the big picture, I will be successful. My one resolution is to keep my focus on the big picture and not sweat the small stuff. Believe me, most of what bothers me is small stuff. For 2014, I plan to give up stressing about the little things. That means that 2014 will ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:07:11 EST Time To Get Back On Plan I feel disgusted with my eating choices this week! I have eaten sugary and fatty foods for the first time in about 18 months. I feel blah and bloated. I didn't do as good a job with watching my sodium either. Enough said. Starting now, I will get right back on my plan. I will not beat myself up over my past poor choices. I will simply move forward from right now. I feel better already! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:15:35 EST