AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 I Am Ready For Christmas! My daughter is here, the packages are wrapped, food is in the refrigerator , the tree is up and decorated, the puppies are groomed and dinner is in the crock pot. I walked today too. Life is good! Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:24:02 EST Busy Day Today Today, I am doing all sorts of chores in an effort to get ready for company. I am very excited because my daughter is coming to spend Christmas with us. :). I changed sheets, washed comforters, washed towels, folded clothes, groomed and bathed the puppies and decorated for Christmas. I can't wait! <em>446</em> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:48:47 EST Keeping My Focus Equals Progress I have planned out what I need to do this week. Mapping out a plan for myself has enabled me to use my time more constructively. This applies to diet and exercise as well as daily activities. One of my goals for the next two weeks is to eat healthy meals, do some sort of daily workout and occupy myself with activities or projects that keep me away from food. This doesn't mean that I won't eat when I am truly hungry but rather, I will eat when I am hungry and not let myself get famished. ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:02:52 EST A New Week, A New Start Today is Sunday. The great thing about today is that it starts a new week. Gone is yesterday along with all the mistakes we made. Hello to a new week. A new week means a fresh start and a fresh start has endless possibilities! Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:03:45 EST Believe In The Program As many of you may be aware, I have had a rather difficult 3-4 months due to health issues. For most of that time I was unable to do any vigorous exercise. I was also put on a medication that had the side effect of quick weight gain. I am off the medication now but the doctor informed me that it may take a good month or more for it to get out of my system. Translation, don't get too discouraged, the weight will eventually come off. The medication also took my hypothyroid metabolism and r... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:32:49 EST I Was Able To Workout Today was day three of doing workouts! It was the second day that I've done water aerobics. I became aware that I did need to take some medication per my doctor's orders and it kept my neck and head pain tolerable. That is good news! I will continue to be aware of my pain level, daily, and adjust my activities accordingly. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:35:20 EST Cleared To Go Back To Exercising! Even though I still have a large lump on my leg, I've been cleared to return to working out again. I walked 2 miles today - broken up into three parts just to be safe. It felt good and the dogs have really enjoyed it (and so did I!). <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will go to water aerobics for the first time in weeks. I can't wait to see all of my friends! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 17:58:37 EST Tips For Starting A Local Spark Team I have done several blogs in which I have talked about doing activities with our local Spark team. Several people have asked me questions about how to start a local team. Let me explain how EDNABP and I went about starting our local team. (I am only describing the steps that I took, I can't speak for her) <BR> <BR> First, join your state team. <BR> <BR> Second, go to the Community heading and click on Spark Teams. When you get to that page, right under the words Spark Teams, you will f... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:45:29 EST The Advantage Of Having A Local Spark Team Last night our local Spark team had a team party. Our hosts were team member JANEWATKINS and hubby. We had a wonderful time and want to give a shout out to Jane and hubby to just say thank you! <BR> <BR> One of the great things about starting a local team is the actual meetings between team members. This journey is so much easier when you have the support of friends. Over the last few years I have made some great friends in our local team. A few are also occasional workout buddies and... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:31:48 EST Doing Okay I had my radio frequency ablation yesterday morning. This time the procedure itself was very uncomfortable but didn't hurt too much while it was happening. However, about fifteen minutes later, I was in so much pain that I felt sick to my stomach. This is supposedly normal and the nurses had pain medication ready for me. I really appreciated that! :) When I got home afterward, I used ice on my neck, elbow and knee. I felt like one of the walking wounded! <BR> <BR> Today, I felt marg... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:27:32 EST