SAM60SUMTHINK's SparkPeople Blog SAM60SUMTHINK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Must somehow push past ! my limits. Invisible disabilities are frustrating, y'know. I have three of them. The pain issue is what I can hide, what even a few of my docs don't really understand. One of these, unfortunately, is my very nice General Practice doctor; I started seeing her about a month before my cancer surgery in 2006. So she's never known the active and thinner me, just the fibro me. Four or six times a year I see her: she checks bloodwork to be sure my kidney's working well, the iron's up, the sodium's high ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:21:26 EST Stay-on-Track Calendar: have you seen yours? To stay on top of specific tracking and planning, we have several tools. The planner will send us email reminders if we want reminders of appointments or perhaps challenge reminders; the nutrition and fitness trackers help us look at exactly how much activity we are doing, how many calories we burn. The reports generated by tracking are absolutely wonderful. Yup, you know of several ways to keep an eye on your progress. At midnight every night your SparkPoints Page switches to the next ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:49:17 EST April 2 = the day to take a walk Why? <BR> April 2nd is the day the American Heart Association declared "National Walking Day". <BR> <BR> So. <BR> You gonna? <BR> Hey, it's for your health. <BR> No glitz. No glammor. Just... for... you. <BR> Go for it. <BR> I'm gonna. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>walking_day.jsp </link> <em>362</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:03:23 EST time flies I've been on SP actively since joining seven years ago... today. Never a 'pointaholic', my SparkPoints don't reflect all I do here. I do only those things that help me and don't always bother getting points. Yet those points add up even when we ignore them. Maybe if I'd clicked for points each time I did something, or if I'd tracked online instead of on paper for a few years the numbers would be higher. Frankly,I don't care: every point I have had (until we got that 'give bonus points' t... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:48:40 EST My Goal Board Check-In Items The relatively new feature on our Spark Pages - the Goal Board Check-In - seemed rather trite to me at first. Couldn't see collecting 'points' that had no meaning. (I'm truly not a pointaholic; use that button for points just as a checkmark that tells me 'done' on my to-do site list!) One day I decided to turn this goal board into a sort of daily re-affirmation of goals. I tweaked it a bit and now really zoom in and think about the items selected/personalized on it! It helps. <BR> <B... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:39:09 EST Water Exercise - worth considering for everyone! Many people will say, "oh I can't exercise" or "well, I walk a little bit but can't do much more" and they truly do have physical limitations. Limitations are not roadblocks; we almost always can find detours when it comes to exercise as well as other goals; we can lower hurdles so that we can still move forward. Yet of those who view physical limits as stop signs in life, many often don't realize that if they have access to a pool of water, they can in fact move so much better with low-imp... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:56:53 EST Positive and peppy tune I love music. <BR> Some people use prerecorded exercise music when exercising, but I would rather pick and choose my own tunes. Am always open to new ideas for anything from slow and relaxing to tempest tempo. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Music can lift a sad mood or make a glad one even more joy-filled. <BR> <em>335</em> Music can sooth nerves on a stressful day, give reprieve from the chaos. <BR> <em>335</em> Music can ... do so much! <BR> Very powerful. <BR> <BR> Being open to the n... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:28:39 EST Using my down-time I'm in Day Two of one miserable cold. <BR> <BR> When I have to relax for health reasons or when in flare I call it 'down time'. That doesn't mean I feel 'down'. It means that I'm not up and active, just taking it easy so that I will be myself again sooner. Down Time. So that's what I'm doing today: making use of my down time. I don't just stare at the walls. But I fill my hours with enjoyable, relaxing passtimes! Turn what could be a negative into an 'opportunity'!! Feeling under t... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 16:40:40 EST Think Outside the Box for Solutions! Sometimes we slip or what we plan is hard because we just do not ENJOY what we plan to do to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> When staying on track gets hard, it's time to think outside the box. <BR> I constantly revitalize this long journey of mine. Otherwise, I might keep trying what is not working! And what works last month does not necessary work THIS month as the many goals and components of the journey interact. <BR> <BR> Think of the dog that is trying to fetch a ball... that fell into a ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:02:13 EST Going for my own kind of gold medal Today I didn't really want to do my usual exercises, but turned on the radio station and got going. Sundays are loaded with lots of peppy oldies and little dialog, so my attitude changed and I loved just plain moving my parts. <BR> <BR> Then, I took a few minutes to think forward while looking through my book of exercises geared to my fms/mps (fibromyalgia and myofacial pain syndrom). This is a looseleaf binder of exercises -- intended as a sort of lifelong exercise bible full of curren... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:45:50 EST Back in Phys Therapy and Pool Went to the Physical Therapy pool yesterday afternoon.... Before going into the pool for the 3x week pool use via a sort of medical exercise-membership (money-saving for people with chronic issues), there was the usual p.t. intake session. So much for using JUST the pool. <BR> <BR> She finds my 'case' to be 'interesting'. Her eyes actually lit up as she asked questions, got answers! She feels that there is, of course?!?, one more avenue to be checked in spite of all the years of tests a... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:20:46 EST Being 'cableless' has evolved into an exercise routine! Ditching the cable tv has freed my time! Maybe I'll want it back someday, but for now? Nope! I've been LIVING more! <BR> <BR> And an unexpected bi-product of the switch to whatever comes to me over the airwaves is that using the indoor antenna has turned out to be a new form of exercise! How's that for surprising?! <BR> <BR> Unlike the 'rabbit ear' types, this antenna looks like an iPad sitting on its own little stand; it seems happiest - or at least is its most effective - when it s... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 01:08:29 EST Pyramid for Success: a SP system resource. Have you seen it? I often refer to the SP site as a maze... and rightly so: it's huge! Dig into this site through searches on various words and terms, especially using the word 'article' after the word/s searched. You will find things you had not seen before! Why? It's mostly about space and just how much can be put out in front of us at any given time. But so much is HERE! <BR> <BR> Among the items that I like are the basics. <BR> The Fuel for Improvement System <link> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:28:00 EST All movement is exercise Refering to 'activity' or 'movement' instead of using the work 'exercise' emphazes that all movement IS exercise. We don't have to plan it, don't have to buy anything to move. And moving our parts is important for health. <BR> <BR> Never hesitate to move... in whatever way you can that you like. And never downgrade your own activities because your friends are incredibly and energetically involved in multiple sports. We do what we can, we put our soul into enjoying it... and should take p... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:07:34 EST 'Found a Local p.t. pool'!!! plus 'Shoulders Need Exercise, too'!!! 1. <BR> MY POOL TIME - resuming near home!! <BR> <BR> Pool exercise in warm water was my lifeline to normalcy from August, 1994 til September, 2012. If you've known me a while, you've read previous frustrations over losing 'my pool time' when my p.t. died and her offices with the p.t. warm-water pool closed 1.5 years ago. <BR> <BR> I called local p.t.'s with therapy pools; at that time, none had a monthly plan for people needing regular pool therapy for 'health maintenance' to keep chronic... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:10:34 EST Ditch cable? You are kidding, right?!? Yes! I did it!! <BR> <BR> For well over 2 months I considered ditching cable tv, going back and forth with thoughts like "I waste so much time watching tv shows that don't even really interest me!" to "...oh, but how I love this and that show/channel that is only available on cable..." <BR> <BR> Last week I disconnected the cable, then ordered the service to be turned off. Why in that order? Because I first assured that with my new indoor antenna I can receive a few - and I mean a FEW! -... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:38:22 EST Music moves me Do you use a tape sold with the music already gathered for your walking or exercise? Or do you prefer to assemble your own collections... and then completely rearrange or switch things around so that you listen and think about it first at leisure and then while exercising? I'm the latter type of music-for-exercise fan. <BR> <BR> My tastes are politely referred to as ecclectic, or maybe some people would claim disfunctional. I like many classical pieces (love War of 1812!), was even nick... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:05:50 EST The Price of a T-Shirt We - ah, yes, the generic "we"! - take so much for granted. <BR> Even when we try to not do so, this happens. <BR> Let's face it, there are so many issuesand concerns in this crazy world that one simply cannot simultaneously dwell on all the important matters. We subconsciously filter through the maze of facts of this life to focus on the few that touch our lives and/or our hearts. <BR> <BR> The T-Shirt. <BR> <BR> I have of course - haven't you? - thought of the simple everyday items in... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:46:28 EST Exercise Talk I am doing what I can do. <BR> And (grrrr...!) that is not nearly what I coul do 1.5 years ago. <BR> "Things" keep getting in the way: my physical therapist dying was a biggie, but the fibromyalgia pain (worse now that I don't have pool time 3 days a week!) has a companion that's hard to work through: migraines. For the past 1.5-2 weeks I've felt lucky on the days when I 'only had a headache'. Don't remember having had this long a string of migraines, so I'll blame it on the weather! Yes, ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:14:11 EST How to get a GOOD/GREAT photo of yourself! Don't know aout you, but I sure need the name of this photograper and staff; once I have the right folks, I'll gladly post my picture! Meanwhile, I'm still avoiding cameras; they really do not like me much, y'know. Here's an example of how good photography really works! <BR> <link><BR>absolutely-ridiculous-standard-of-beau<BR>ty-in-just-37-seconds?g=2&c=reccon1 </link> <BR> <em>388</em> <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> OK, I'll admit it: thinking edits c... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:11:21 EST My Review of Coach Nicole's "28 Day BootCamp" DVD <img src=""> <BR> Coach Nicole’s “28 Day BootCamp DVD” (focus is on both cardio and strength) is a winner in my book. Now, that is Big Stuff coming from me. No, I’m not a super athlete in great shape needing Tough Challenges! Perish the thought! Yikes! In fact, my physical limits are downright frustrating to me because I want to do things that just are not possible anymore. Most exercise classes, plans and DVD's remind me of what I ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:44:47 EST Spring... 77 days away on the calendar Not in the mood to be serious or discuss nutrition, goals or anything except... <BR> <BR> Well, does't EVERYone like to talk about the weather when it's weathering outdoors?!? <BR> <BR> There is a reason that I decided to be born on GroundHog Day, and that reason is right outside my window right now! Brr it is so... JANUARY outside! Subzero temps (including the double-digit windchill) and this ridiculous "Hercules" snow storm have me thinking about... spring, summer, flowers, robins and h... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:45:09 EST 2014 - fireworks in Dubai If you didn't get a chance to celebrate 2014's being greeted by Dubai's fireworks, here's a link to the show!! Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bais-new-years-fireworks-display-set-t<BR>o-break-record/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:06:19 EST Idea for a snow sport? As I looked at the pictures on the site below, I wondered.... <BR> How many steps did the guy rack up on his pedometer doing these things!? <BR> <BR> Guess my mind reall zeroes in on activity in a different way these days, huh? lol <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link><BR>t/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy. <BR> <BR> And.... oh yes, please DO let me know whether this inspires you to duplicate his wintry step activity!! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:53:58 EST Shed Emotional Roadblocks in Stage 3 of Diet Stages Emotional roadblocks litter pathways leading toward our Lifestyle goals - in losing pounds, in making any drastic changes. Habits aren't broken/replaced by merely snapping our fingers or making wishes. Focus and work are required. Why we developed bad habits or 'allowed ourselves' to live with the negative impact/results is often the answer to why we struggle so hard to reverse the process and achieve goals. <BR> <BR> In other words: for all change, look at the habits. <BR> <BR> One SP... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:54:38 EST This is beyond mere 'exercise' Coach Nicole does many videos of exercises that are beyond my ability these days. <BR> <BR> But here's one routine that she might have to work hard to do! <BR> <BR> Imagine... 1944... singing and.. beyond. <BR> <BR> ENJOY: <BR> <link><BR>l=0&autoplay=1 </link> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:42:28 EST Doing my best; turtle pace takes patience but is ideal for me! Last week I had my second visit with my 'new' dietician. Yup, a year after my healthy dietician died suddenly and unexpectedly of a massive coronary... I am checking in with another. Asevidenced by last year's deaths of both my dietician and physical therapist, doing what is healthy and following sensible lifestyle plans does not necessary prevent ALL the bad or terminal issues. However, we must do our BEST... and be comfortable knowing that 'Que Sera, Sera' is more than a song when we hav... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:05:42 EST Podcasts that I like Ray Hanish hosts fantastic podcasts. Some of them are on my iPod; I sometimes listen to them on longer drives. And I can just go online to select one of interest and listen online while doing other activities. I highly recommend them ... especially for times when you don't want to sit and read, but do want to keep your mind thinking in the right - healthy! -direction. Here's a link to his site; just click to hear blogs or check out written blogs etc!! ENJOY: <BR> <link>cutthefatpodcast... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 14:08:14 EST Progress: Week 1 of December plans Progress on my December plans: <BR> 1. Exercise: <em>311</em> <BR> Am making the goal 5,000 steps/day minimum. <BR> Slow on using the wellness center; they changed their 'open' hours for non-therapy members! Hey, I'll adjust. ;) <BR> Stretch and exercise program in good stnding. <BR> <BR> 2. Nutrition: <em>550</em> <BR> Still forgetting to eat, so several days I've already been under 1000 calories. Have to work harder on this... <BR> Content of food on plate once I remember to eat... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 14:34:22 EST End-of-2013 Projects (December) My "Project Me" is multifacited. <BR> It started with the Number One Priority: good internal health. <BR> These days the quality of what goes into my kitchen is vastly improved, and I'm now almost always eating enought... so the food part's doing pretty nicely. <BR> Exercise keeps hitting snags, and I keep developing strategies to keep moving... so that ongoing challenge is rolling well along its rollercoaster path. <BR> <BR> This fall, for six weeks I went through a nutrition and exercise ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:25:45 EST USE slips and setbacks as learning tools! Do you ever read the quotes of SP personnel that appear near the bottom of the "Best of SP" emails? <BR> <BR> I love them! <BR> <BR> Today's was excellent (which is not unusual... but I wanted to post it!), so in case you didn't notice it, here it is: <BR> <BR> "Coach Nancy says: <BR> The number of times you fall down is irrelevant. <BR> The number of times you have the courage to get back up is what matters." <BR> <BR> SO TRUE!! <BR> I truly believe that so-called "failures" have the po... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:40:00 EST Thanksgiving - the first for son Mike since 2000 This will be the first Thanksgiving I have shared with my son stateside since November 2000. He was last here for a holiday Christmas 2006, but I was ill from one surgery and about to have a second one (12/28/06). The first surgery was just after Thanksgiving and I barely remember seeing Mike because I was ill. Thankfully, I am a survivor. And my son and his wife are now both out of the Army, living relatively near me, not states or an ocean away. So you see: This Thanksgiving meal HAS... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:59:08 EST Time Management: for all areas of life Due to a nonfunctioning monitor I was offline for about 1.5 weeks until yesterday afternoon. Being without my link to family who live at a distance, to SP, and to personal business sites was frustrating! But a strange and perhaps positive outcome rode along with that frustration: I found that my pedometer accumulated more steps each computerless day and that I accomplished more little projects each day! <BR> <BR> What does this mean? <BR> <BR> It means that being computerless made me a... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:25:42 EST Brain scans show fms patients process pain differently I have been disabled with low back pain, fibromyalgia and a few other details since 11/20/1992 though officially since March of 1993. My focus on a healthy lifestyle has gone through many phases during the years, and the definitions of what I can and canNOT do varies with flares and other unavoidable hurdles. Oneof my favorite mantras is "this too shall pass". And one way or another, 'it' does! ;) <BR> <BR> SP's health news addresses a long-known fact in this article: <BR> "Brain Scans Sh... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:15:29 EST New Motivation Every journey evolves over time when we stick to it! We start with one set of goals and hurdles and others emerge. <BR> <BR> Mine started out simply (?) to ditch the malnourished label and bolster myself against cancer recurrence. I now have a vastly different way of eating, because my focus on nutritional density is habit... and I'm targetting the pounds with exercise. <BR> <BR> OK, I still am not gung-ho about wanting to be thinner; health will surely always be my priority. But now t... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:14:58 EST Did you notice your new Start Page?? SP makes site changes regularly, and as a result the ease of using the site has improved dramatically since I joined in March of 2007. The latest of significant changes is the revision of our Start Page. <BR> <BR> A blog containng a video link describes the new structure, so if you haven't yet seen it, do consider taking a moment to view it at: <BR> <link><BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> <BR> <BR> This is about th... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:34:46 EST Putting my own needs first Had another hectic day of errands that are obligations without real substance. Totally worn out. Second to last item on the agenda was going down to the pool after picking up a neighbor who said she wanted to go to the arthritis class at the pool; the class is only conducted on Thursdays, so I'd rearranged ALL my Thursday plans to accommodate her being able to have instruction on which exercises are best for her. <BR> <BR> So I left home, spent an hour at the oncology weight/healthy-life... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:03:45 EST My Exercise Might develop a snag... The Orthopaedic doc said that after all these months the 'land' and pool exercises that I've been doing should have reduced arm pain and difficulty moving my arm... IF surgery were not indicated. So, after an MRI I'm facing some decisions. Not sure what to do, because I want no surgery in the winter months and yet the doc said if the MRI confirms his suspicions I should not delay until Spring. Apparently rotator cuff impingement would be likely to worsen. <BR> <BR> Have no idea how thi... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:41:30 EST Happy Columbus Day! That's right: TODAY is the real Columbus Day. <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> on to today's thoughts: <BR> <BR> --- <BR> <BR> Been very busy the past week with this that and the other thing. Son Mike is moving into a house this weekend, and it's quite a process. Today I cooked a lasagna-like meal for 16 people (Used rotini pasta and lots of meats and veggies... and two huge salads of veggies). Cooking, packing and delivering food pretty much sums up today's activity! My son, several of his fr... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 23:36:36 EST My grocery store now has a Registered Dietician on staff! Tonight I stopped for milk and assorted veggies at the store. While I was checking out the cashier INTRODUCED me to the gal that I thought was the bagger; she was standing there to meet customers, and is the recently hired registered dietician hired by two local Hannaford stores to mingle with and help customers! Wild and wonderful concept, yes?? <BR> <BR> She gave me printouts (enough for not just me but also for all the people in my oncology healthy lifestyle group!) of specific topics s... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:56:18 EST Every positive change is worth the effort We have assorted goals and approach them from different life circumstances, with varied hopes and expectations. But everyone who truly takes advantage of this site is a winner. Yes, it can "hurt" to make these changes, in that changing these ingrained old 'bad' habits takes lots of mind-exploration and then replacements of this for that. Every positive change we make through this site is worthy of celebration.... no matter how trivial the change may seem to some impartial second party. <B... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 18:25:06 EST My Changed (Meal) Proportions and Balances Ever notice that whether you're in a chain storefront type of eatery or a better quality restaurant: proportions are heavy on the starches, proteins, and fats (usually in that order, not always); skimpy on the veggies and unsugared fruits? <BR> <BR> Something just made me think about how much my view of what a meal IS has changed! <BR> <BR> What started this train of thought is that I just finished reading a friend's blog. She described meal options at a restaurant; the smallest steak w... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:20:04 EST Their names won't be on The Wall Two nights ago a man I knew died. He as more my elder son's friend than mine - a fellow Harley rider in the same motorcycle club as my son. But C 'alway had MY back' too: the brotherhood of riders includes moms, you see. When my son decided he'd enlist, C talked to him many times and at length about the military and even went with him for the actual signing for enlistment. He was aware of lots of little 'problems' tucked between the pages. You see, he was among the many Viet Nam Vets who... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:27:28 EST Individuality We talk a lot about support here on SP, but the fact is that while support is incredibly effective, we are individuals and when push comes to shove each individual discovers within his or her self that support is inside ourselves as well... and the input from others merely kindles the fires. <BR> <BR> Support helps... yes! ... but we will not fall apart if support disappears. <BR> Instead, we move onward stronger for the contact. <BR> We are individuals. Interactions strengthen us. But w... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:03:37 EST Nutrition - Beyond The Basics One of the keys toward achieving balance is understanding just WHAT we are trying to balance! Balance food with activity. Balance cardio with strength. Balance nutrients with nutritional needs. And that is what I focus on with this blog. <BR> <BR> Counting calories without paying heed to balance of nutrients may overlook our actual needs. That is why SP not only breaks down our tracked items into the usual (calories/protein/fat/carbs), but also allows us to view the food items in terms ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:25:02 EST Site Talk Many people benefit from this site. <BR> Some stick mostly to the true substance: the wondrous maze of resources and tools. <BR> Some are motivated, inspired, and nourished by interactions with others in message boards and teams. <BR> <BR> What amazes me is how so many people join and dive right into teams without really digging - digging! - into those resources, without truly experimenting with ALL that is available to each of us. For free. <BR> <BR> Recently I spoke with a woman who is... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:44:25 EST Balloonfest weekend in the Adirondacks :) Once a year, wonderful balloons of various shapes and sizes and wondrous hues float up into our sky and thousands of people enjoy watching them and indulging in many activities. <BR> <BR> One of my back-burner dreams is to someday ride in a balloon. No, on on the Big Weekend, but on one of the other weekends when local balloon owners are for hire... without the long lines of cars that chase baloons. How I love the very idea of being up there in the silence (ok, that's overlooking the who... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:01:32 EST Use this site FULLY; dig into the resources! I am a strong advocate of SP, of the solid approach SP creates solid resources. Ok, not all of these suggestions can work for me for my personal needs, but I consider everything I can, because I know that solutions exist here for me -and my journey has proved that!- if I take the time to be serious... especially when encountering issues that seem 'old hat'; those are the very ideas that 'we all know' and still overlook at being true of us individually. Look at someone who has had a problem ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:56:18 EST Balance living with reaching toward goals Do you ever read the staff quotes that appear on SparkPeople emails to us? <BR> <BR> They appear just at the end of the email content, right before that little click-to-get-a-point button. <BR> <BR> Today I looked at one that addressed an issue that I think many people overlook. <BR> See what you think: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "SparkPeople's Coach Tanya says: <BR> 'Pursuing your health and fitness <BR> should be in balance <BR> with time spent in other areas of life (family, friends, wor... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:01:13 EST You know you like your exercise when put to a test! Lots of 'tests' can try our commitment... and even the weather can present what to some is a challenge of commitment and to others and excuse to give up. <BR> <BR> Maybe my experience yesterday was a sort of test. If so? I learned something about my commitment. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I enjoyed two hours in the pool exercising then drove home under a wretched storm with booming thunder and lightning striking on ALL sides of me all the way! Ok. Where's the test? The test is in knowing tha... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:19:11 EST