LASARRE's SparkPeople Blog LASARRE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Accountability and Updates As of last Friday, I began my walking again. As soon as I started doing my serious stepping, my neck stopped hurting. Then my sciatica was getting better. I did have really bad pain in my calfs over the weekend, but that went away by Monday. <BR> <BR> I am back up to 10,000 plus steps a day. I am doing my Fitbit challenges again and my exercise for the 5% challenge. I have been back on my treadmill or going to the Y. <BR> <BR> Today I rode a horse!!! Yes finally a real horse. Not my horse, ... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:09:43 EST Enough is Enough!!! I am at the point that I can not sit and heal anymore. I think the resting to heal is making me worse. My back and my neck are horrible. I know this is from sitting and "resting". Resting isn't good. Resting hurts. <BR> <BR> I am taking my health back!!! This morning I have walked over 7,000 steps so far and my neck feels so much better. I have to get back to my steps. <BR> <BR> I have been ignoring spark people because I know it is what I am supposed to do. I am supposed to be accountable... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:05:34 EST Healing Again Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. I hurt myself a couple weeks ago. I thought it was the hip. I finally got into the doctor yesterday. Of course his first question was, “did you fall off your horse?”. No I haven’t gotten on JC yet, just a lesson horse twice. My balance is completely off. So frustrating!!! <BR> <BR> He said my hip is fine. I have sciatica. He put me on a course of steroids for 6 days and told me to lay low for one more week ☹️ He did say I could do Pilates to get my core even stron... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:50:21 EST Getting Close I am now about 4 months past hip surgery and almost 2 months since shoulder surgery. Recovery has been slow, but I’m getting there. I am up to 7500 steps a day, back on Elliptical, Treadmill and bike. I go to PT twice a week and Pilates twice a week. Doctor said I should be cleared to ride Mid October. Both still hurt, but I guess that’s to be expected. I’ve been able t maintain my weight during this time which is good. Better than gaining! JC’s trainer got an offer to be an assistant barn ... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:39:57 EST Updates and such Wow, it has been a long time since I wrote a blog. Summer has just flown by. <BR> <BR> Both surgeries are now completed. I am in PT and also going to Pilates for rehab. The hip is getting better, but it is still a bit sore. I am working on my 10,000 steps a day again. I am grateful that I only gained 2 pounds during the months I couldn't exercise. My target date to get back on JC is October 15. My doc's target date is November 1. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Our refrigerator bit it on July 2... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 14:35:27 EST Recuperating slowwwllly!! The surgery went well. He said it was a good thing I did it and it should fix the problem. The tendon tear was about the size of a dime, but there was a lot of calcification he cleaned out. He said that that was probably causing more pain than the tear. <BR> <BR> I can stand on two legs, but he won't let me use the right leg to walk. He said I can undo what he did. <BR> <BR> In August, it wouldn't have bothered me at all to lay around all day. Now, it is driving me nuts!!! I am so used to ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:59:05 EST Weight Loss is so healthy!! I never realized the impact being excessively overweight could have on so many things not just on how I look or my clothes fit. I went to my doc yesterday for pre-op exam. <BR> <BR> I am down to 166.6. 29 lbs lost 👍🏻 <BR> <BR> I heard from my doc this morning regarding my blood work yesterday and everything is normal!!! This is the first time in 5 years that everything came back normal. She told me back then that I had a fatty liver. That is also normal now. She said to keep losing weigh... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:55:55 EST Feeling Pretty Strong :) Today was a great NSV!! My 21 yo daughter came with me to Pilates. She thought it was tough. She had no strength. We just did beginning stuff. I felt pretty good. I flew through the exercises. I know not fair as I have been doing it for almost 2 years and she is just starting, but I realized how far I have come. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It made me realize that I have accomplished a lot and become stronger. I began to think that Pilates was just tough for me because I am over weight and not... Wed, 10 May 2017 16:55:52 EST Trying to Keep Stepping The bathroom remodel is well underway and should be completed by next week. Once it is done, I am thinking I can move up my hip surgery. I might as well get it over with. The sooner it is done, the sooner I can recuperate, the sooner I can get back on JC. Since it will probably be a few months until I can ride again, I asked my trainer to let a young girl at the barn ride him. She is a very good rider and a very sweet girl. I think JC needs someone else on him aside from his trainer. The gir... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:10:06 EST My Shining Star JC won his qualifier and championship last week. He looked exquisite! I keep trying to post his win picture on here, but it isn't working. I posted it in my regular feed. How ironic that I did all this to be able to take in my riding suit and look good on him and I still can't show him :( I rode him Thursday for the first time in a while. He was great. Not so sure my hip was happy with my riding. I may have to move the surgery up. Before I have the surgery, we are replacing the tub with a l... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:24:44 EST Lessons I've Learned I weighed this morning and I was 168. That is huge for me. I haven't been in the 160's since 2010. <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot this past 8 months. I learned that you don't have to kill yourself to lose weight. You don't have to spend hours at the gym. <BR> <BR> I learned that it just takes moving your body. I have made walking part of my daily life. I have learned that I don't have to walk at a runner's pace. It is just important to move. If my hip is bad, I walk slower. That is ok. <BR>... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:37:36 EST Wow, Time Flies! I can't believe it is already April. What happened to March? <BR> <BR> Things have been up and down lately. Work is really busy. The Spring market started very early this year. That is good because show season starts next week. Caitlin, JC's trainer, will be showing him the first part of the season. Due to all the injections in my neck and issues with shoulder and hip, I haven't been able to ride him much. Not sure how much that will change. <BR> <BR> I finally had enough of my other doc a... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:58:56 EST NSV I am an Active Person I certainly wouldn't have made that statement 6 months ago. I used to lounge around until around 10 when I would start work for the day. Then, I would spend a lot of my day at the computer. Once in a while, I would get myself to the gym, do Leslie Sansone, Walk it Out or get on the treadmill. My exercise was about 45 minutes a day. I would get about 4 - 6,000 steps a day on the days I went to the Y. <BR> <BR> I did ride once or twice a week, but I had absolutely no stamina and my balance was... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:22:53 EST 60's in February In Wisconsin??? It has been absolutely amazing here with the temps at or just above 60 for the last couple of days. That weather has certainly helped the real estate market. I think the Spring buying season has already begun. It's been a very busy couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I did get the FITFLOP (NOT FLIP FLOP) tennis shoes and they are awesome. I used to get cortisone shots in my heels every 3 months or so for heel spurs. Then my pilates instructor told me about Fitflops. They are absolutely awesome!! That... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:23:24 EST Still Going Strong So far I have walked 8 miles today. Took me almost two hours. It was beautiful out so my daughter and I were able to walk along the parkway. I just have to find some walking shoes that support my heels. I always wear Fitflops as they are the only shoes that don't leave me with heel problems. I haven't gotten a shot in my heels in almost 2 years since I started wearing them. I have them for winter and summer, but I don't really have walking shoes. They make them and maybe I will try them. <BR... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:48:43 EST NSV and Update So Excited!!! The epidural worked well. I goofed up last year when I didn't do the series. I only did one. If this keeps up, I will do one more instead of two more. I am definitely a ways from the time I will agree to neck surgery. I can endure 15 minutes of uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> On another note, I tried on my riding suit today. A year ago, it was really tight and I couldn't sit down in it. I love seeing the results!! It's been a long time <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Here it is today: <BR> This tailored ... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:10:57 EST Good and Not So Good I am now down 23 lbs. So close to the 160's again. I have gotten in the habit of walking at least 2 hours a day and try for 15,000 steps. All my clothes are big and I can fit into petite clothes again. <BR> <BR> However, it seems every time I get in a rhythm with my exercise something goes cablooey. Tuesday, I had a cortisone injection in my shoulder just to find out the pain is from my neck. I have to go today for an epidural injection in my neck. If that doesn't work, they are talking abou... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 11:31:06 EST NSV's and other things Yesterday, I made myself go shopping. I tried before Thanksgiving and I wasn't Womens anymore, but I wasn't petites yet either. I actually got jeans in a 16 petite. I was a women's 20 for a while there. <BR> <BR> I also bought some workout pants that I had previously gotten in an extra large. I bought a large and they are too big. <BR> <BR> I walk 10 - 15,000 steps a day. Of course, fitbit keeps track of all of it. Good thing my backyard has hills :) I do go to Pilates twice a week. I ha... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:01:26 EST Hello 2017! The beginning of a New Year is always so exciting. You never know what is going to happen in the upcoming year. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Now it is time to get back to it. <BR> <BR> I am pretty proud of myself. Kept up with the steps all but Sunday. I didn't put on any weight which is a miracle!!!! <BR> <BR> For now, my goal is just to have that riding suit taken in. I am so much looking forward to showing JC in 2017, but I want to look good on him. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:00:42 EST December in Review This month has been good and bad. <BR> <BR> I am keeping up with my walking everyday. I have a goal of 10,000 - 15,000 steps a day. I am close to losing 20lbs total. I even walked outside in the snow HA! If I can't walk outside, I get on the treadmill or just walk in the house. I still do my first 30 minute walk first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> The trip to Vegas was wonderful!!! Tim McGraw put on a great show. They weren't overly rehearsed and it was really good. The rest of th... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:39:25 EST You Can Walk Away the Pounds I am increasing my walking every day. Yesterday was an all time high of 17,000 + steps. This week I have lost two pounds. <BR> <BR> It has been beautiful out so I just keep walking as I know this weather will end soon and I will be stuck back on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I learned that I can lose weight. 15lbs so far. I realize that I did not put it on in one day and it won't come off in one day. Patience is the key. If I had realized this when I started spark, maybe I wouldn't have had my... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:07:59 EST Just Rolling Along One of the challenges for the 5% challenge this week was to blog everyday. I am finding it difficult which is surprising to me. For a few years, I did blog every day because my life was in a lot of turmoil. I had quit my job teaching, had to take JC out of training, lost my mom (and along with that my siblings), began a new career in real estate. It was a lot to deal with at the time. <BR> <BR> Having to do this blog everyday has helped me realize that life is good right now. Since that tim... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:40:11 EST My Motivator I think my fitbit has become my motivator to reach my JC goals. It gets me up in the morning and has gotten me in the habit of walking 20 - 30 minutes and 1 -2 miles before I do anything else. <BR> <BR> Each hour it tells me that it is time for me to move again. It tells me how many calories I have burned and how long I have been moving. I'm not sure how accurate the calories are, but it is on my wrist so I'm thinking it knows what my heartrate is at all times. <BR> <BR> It has made my l... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:55:45 EST Declutter Challenge Ugh! One of the challenges for the 5% challenge was to declutter. I hate any type of cleaning..that's why I have my daughter <em>334</em> However, I am competitive and I do like to do what the challenges ask if I can. I had to start thinking about what I can declutter and I have been hard at it. <BR> <BR> First off, I decided to declutter the backyard by picking up after the dogs. That was a whole bag full of decluttering. Then I decluttered my drawers by moving summer stuff into the chest an... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:53:12 EST Another Generation of horse lover :) My daughter has finally become a horse person. She used to take riding lessons when she was little, but didn't like it. She decided she wanted to take driving lessons a few months ago and she is very good at it. <BR> <BR> About 2 weeks ago, the cart broke so she has been riding. She is a natural. On Thursday, we got to ride together. It was so much fun. I rode another lesson horse with her. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying riding more now than I have in 20 years. I don't have to listen to my siste... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:17:16 EST Still Keeping at it I have gotten myself into a routine of being outside by 8am and walking 1 -2 miles. I walk for at least 30 minutes to start the day. My fitbit is now synced to SP so it keeps track of all my active time and I don't have to worry about starting a heart rate monitor all the time. That is really nice. <BR> <BR> I am still eating really good portions, but I do allow myself a treat here or there as long as I have burned enough calories to do it. <BR> <BR> I am exactly where I should be according... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:39:51 EST Learning I have learned so much these last couple of months. I learned the important steps to losing weight and being healthy. I don't know why it took me so long or if I was just not serious until recently. I think watching JC and being excited about him and showing him has given me back the motivation I need to be successful. <BR> <BR> I have reached the 10lb loss mark. 12 lbs according to my doctor. Some of the things I have learned are so simple. <BR> <BR> I learned to eat just lean meat and s... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 10:42:35 EST Starting Over After 30 years of smoking, I quit on January 1, 2010 after reading Alan Carr's The Easy Way to Quit Smoking. I never really thought about it again. It became a bit harder when my son started smoking as he introduced it back in the house. (I should mention my mom was a lifetime smoker with a 4 pack a day habit). <BR> <BR> About 6 weeks ago, I caved. My husband caved a couple days after me. I knew it was horrible and stupid and I can't figure out why we did it. I saw my doctor and she wasn't... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:35:05 EST Monday Fun Quiz USING ONLY ONE WORD! It's not as easy as you think! <BR> 1. Where is your cell phone? counter <BR> 2. Your hair? head <BR> 3. Your dad? Heaven <BR> 4. Your other half? work <BR> 5. Your favorite food? french <BR> 6. Your dream last night? none <BR> 7. Your favorite drink? Cosmopolitan <BR> 8. Your dream/goal? Happy <BR> 9. What room you are in? Office <BR> 10. Your hobby? horsebackriding <BR> 11. Your fear? coma <BR> 12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? showing <BR> 13. Where were you last... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:44:48 EST NSV's I am so happy. I am able to zip jackets I haven't been able to wear for a while and they are actually getting too big. <BR> <BR> I used to be able to do about 4,000 steps in a workout. Now, I can easily do 7 or 8,000. I think the one thing that really keeps me going are the fitbit challenges. I am never one to say no to a challenge. When I met my husband, I was 60 lbs overweight. This was in 1984. I kept complaining about my weight and he challenged me to do something about it. I lost the w... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:45:32 EST Still Going Strong 10/13 I'm still getting in my 7 - 10,000 steps a day. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My workouts are consistent and I haven't missed a day in I don't know how long. I make sure my workouts are at least 3 miles (I usually do some sort of walking workout). If I am at the barn, I make sure to walk a lot along with riding. I do Pilates 1 - 2 times a week and JC 1-2 times per week. I am still doing the Fitbit challenges every day. I usually exceed my daily goal steps. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I got my bl... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:59:43 EST Accountability 10/7 I fell off a bit with my eating this week. We did go out for dinner a couple of times. I didn't eat anything horrible just very difficult to track. I will get it together again. <BR> <BR> I haven't missed a day of exercise and I am still getting in my daily steps. I haven't been able to get to the barn or pilates this week due to a sinus infection. Hoping to get to see my boy tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Work has also been crazy this week. I have some buyers who I don't completely trust. They backed... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:01:48 EST Update I m still exercising regularly and tracking. I have increased my daily goal for steps to 7000. I started at 6000. Before I got my fitbit, I was barely clearing 2000 steps a day. I'm still doing the fitbit challenges and generally do over 10,000 steps. <BR> <BR> I went to the doc today and she said I have lost 8 lbs since I was there the end of August. She was happy. I'm happy to just lose 1/2 lb a week. My clothes are getting looser. <BR> <BR> I will keep going. My next short term goal is ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:11:12 EST Still Going Strong I am still meeting my step goal each day. I am working out each day. I am working to get out to the barn at least 2 days a week. I do Pilates 2 days a week and get to the Y or treadmill at home when I don't get to the barn. <BR> <BR> I am determined to get my blood work back to where it was. Again, I'm not sure that I trust the last blood work as it was not a fasting test, but I am getting it done again in October. <BR> <BR> I have kept up with my fitbit challenge each day and I am so ready... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:13:05 EST Still Trucking I am still exercising every day and hitting my step goals. I participate daily in the fitbit step goal and I still hit it or get higher than my goal. If I can't get to the gym or the barn, I do my treadmill at home. <BR> <BR> I have been more mindful of what I am eating and trying to be diligent about tracking my food. <BR> <BR> The scale isn't coming down as fast as I would like, but my clothes are getting bigger :) I know the scale is just a number and at least I am on the right track. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:43:36 EST Great Beginning to September! I am still on point with my exercise and steps. Those daily fitbit challenges keep me going. It feels like you are walking with your friends who you usually only get to interact with on internet sites :) I put my goal for 6,000 steps a day because that is very doable. I work from home so I don't get in a lot of extra steps each day walking to my car etc. My steps have to be intentional unless I am showings properties, but I have found that most houses don't require a lot of steps. The only ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:27:12 EST I wonder why... Why is it that people lose their common decency on social media. It is like they have the only opinion that matters and you are not allowed to have one. They say stupid things they would never say to your face. <BR> <BR> I do not post any real political stuff. I do post some stuff that I care about. There is one person in particular, who used to be my student teacher by the way, who attacks me on whatever opinion I have. She will even post stuff and tag me in it to show how wrong my opinion ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:00:12 EST Today's Accountability I am still on my exercise streak. I did manage to go over 10,000 steps each day on the weekend. <BR> <BR> I am working on my food. I went over calories yesterday, but I still tracked them all. I'm still struggling a bit with the smoking. Don't know how I got back into that. Haven't gone over 3 cigarettes in a day. I quit before and I will do it again. <BR> <BR> Shoulder is fine. Last shot must have worked. Back to Pilates tomorrow and back on the horse on Thursday :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:59:25 EST Accountability So far, this has been a very good week for exercise and eating. I am working really hard at tracking everything. I have exercised for 10 consecutive days. I have gotten in between 8 and 10,000 steps each day. I have been doing the daily fitbit challenges and it is really motivating. I have always been competitive. I did discover that the zip and Charge HR do sync together which is great. I made my step goal 6000 steps which is very doable for me but I was too lazy to get to. Now, I ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:18:12 EST 8/20 Accountability I am doing the weekend warrior challenge on Fitbit. I have done 15,000 steps today and 105 minutes of exercise and burned over 500 calories. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I have been doing really well with my eating. It has been helpful that we are eating at home more. <BR> <BR> Whatever we did in Pilates and the exercises she told me to do at home are working. My shoulder feels good. I still think I will go to the doctor on Monday at see what the MRI says or maybe I should wait to make sure th... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:11:11 EST Update 8/19 Went to Pilates today and she worked out a whole routine that did not hurt my shoulder, but helped it. She thinks if we work at it and stretch it enough, it will take down the inflammation and the bone won't rub against the tendons. I'm good with that. <BR> <BR> Had the MRI yesterday. I meet with the doc on Monday to see what it showed. If he wants to do surgery, I am not going to do it until I know if we can get it under control with Pilates. <BR> <BR> My exercise has been good. My steps a... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:54:58 EST Shoulder Update 2 The shot in my shoulder didn't work. I haven't been able to sleep the last few nights due to my shoulder hitting the pillow. <BR> <BR> I am upset as the doc said pilates was not good for it because I keep having to put my arms over my head. I don't want to give up Pilates, but I think maybe I should stop for a while. Not to mention it is pretty expensive. It is hard on the pocket book. <BR> <BR> It is like a catch 22 as it helps my neck, but hurts my shoulder. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:31:07 EST Light Bulb!!! Finally, the light bulb went off in my head last night. I have been putting on weight and I couldn't figure out why. I have been exercising more and eating the same as I always have. Yet, the weight keeps rising and not by a little, but by a lot. <BR> <BR> Then it dawned on me. Steroids. Let's see I have had 2 cervical steroid injections since June. I have had 4 regular steroid shots since May. I think that is a lot of steroids. <BR> <BR> Last night I started researching steroid shots and ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:57:47 EST Shoulder Update Doc said I re-injured the rotator cuff. For now, he gave me a steroid shot. He said if it is no better in 2 weeks, then I get to have another MRI and if it shows that there is another impingement on the tendons, he will have to go in and remove more bone. He said over time you can get calcium deposits that will impinge on the tendons again. He is hoping the shot will work. <BR> <BR> He was also very explicit once again that I was not to do any strength training with my shoulders due to my f... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:08:59 EST Accountability I paid the $29.99 one time fee to get the "enhanced" sparkpeople. I figured for all Spark does, it is worth it. Also, I use to pay that just for the coaching which is now included. Doing this made me realize that I truly need to make myself accountable. I did pretty well this week. <BR> Sunday: 50 minutes treadmill at the Y <BR> Wednesday: 65 minutes at the Y <BR> Thursday: 50 minutes Pilates <BR> Friday: 30 minutes riding and 20 minutes walking <BR> Today: 50 minutes at the Y 45 minutes trea... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:59:46 EST Recommitting Myself Ok, enough of the pity party of my stressful life. Things have actually worked out well. I got my raise plus cash to pay for our expenses. My husband is now able to show houses on his own and they will give him his own zip codes for the lead program. Many agents won't go into certain parts of Milwaukee because they are afraid, but Brian is there all day for his other job. So, he will take those leads. We have 4 new buyers this week. I am hoping to be able to convert them all, but that isn't a... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:13:03 EST Manager Dinner and decision updates Had the dinner with my manager last night. Of course, her first thing was to trash the other brokerage. Recruiting 101--don't trash another place show me what makes yours so much better. I didn't tell her where I was thinking of going. She figured it out as a lot of big named agents have moved there. <BR> <BR> She then proceeded to make it seem like she was going to do us a really big favor and it took a lot for her to get our vice president to agree to it. It sounded like she was going to p... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:23:53 EST Updates JC was awesome at the show last week. The judge didn't like him, but that was ok. He was there for me to get ready to show him and he was a perfect gentleman. I practiced 3 times with him. <BR> <BR> Had a meeting with a new brokerage on Monday. I really like their philosophy and it doesn't seem like they are just after the almighty buck. You can actually take new agents on your team and train them and get part of their commission. It is all set up for you. This is what I have wanted to do fo... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:45:36 EST Blah Day I just can't get myself motivated today. It is hot outside. Got in a big fight with Hubby last night. I am trying to figure out what to do with him in our real estate group. I can't afford to pay the same amount for him that I do for me as he is only part time and he doesn't do any negotiations. <BR> <BR> The horse show starts Thursday. I hope it cools down. <BR> <BR> Back to pilates tomorrow. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:56:36 EST Decisions, Decisions I have been at my current brokerage since 2010 when I left a different brokerage. I have always loved it here, but they have made many changes without considering the effects those changes are having on the agents. <BR> <BR> I moved from one of our offices to another in about 2012 after my mother passed away. There was no longer any need for me to be on that side of town and my current office is by my husband's office so it works out well. <BR> <BR> When we first started here, they suggest... 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