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Life after Emergency Mode

Wednesday, May 09, 2012      5 comments

For years I lived in emergency mode because of my fibromyalgia. Emergency mode meant managing somehow to feed the family (though not always healthily), have clean clothes even if at the last minute, get school done, and stay one step in front o... Read more

My husband - the human rack!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012      2 comments

OK kids, do not try this at home. Everything described in this blog entry is being done by professional stunt people. My body is connected by very tight rubber bands called muscles. My constant challenge is to stretch enough so that I won... Read more

The Sunday Scorecard

Monday, May 07, 2012      5 comments

Sunday is my day of pitfalls in the bloodsugar department. Yesterday was no exception. I'm going to type out the good, the bad and the ugly in hopes of making it better in the future. Good - my kids begged me for a green smoothie yesterda... Read more

All Tied up in Knots

Sunday, May 06, 2012      5 comments

Subtitle - Why I am stretching at 5 a.m. I am all tied up in knots. My muscles just like to clench up into little balls and not let go unless they get persuasion along the lines of the Costa Nostra. To give you an example of just how bad ... Read more

It's the little things

Saturday, May 05, 2012      3 comments

When I get discouraged, it's the little things that pick me up and keep me going. Today, it was the lady at the Y who came over and said, "You should get a gold medal for coming every day!" It was also the fasting blood sugar reading o... Read more

Trying to Maintain Tunnel Vision

Friday, May 04, 2012      4 comments

Did you know that I have been trying to lose weight and get healthy for 2 years and 37 weeks? This "baby" that I'm caring in front me in the form of belly fat is getting to be a bit overdue. At least all my new grey hair is starting to prevent... Read more

I'm 1/10 of the way to my goal weight!!!

Thursday, May 03, 2012      5 comments

OK - all you math fans. If I had to lose 70 pounds and have lost 1/10 of that, how much have I lost? You figure it out! This was my 10 year olds' special math problem of the day Read more

I'm starting to get it

Thursday, May 03, 2012      3 comments

I thought that I understood all there was to know about blood sugar. My husband has been diabetic for over 15 years. I've been tracking my own sugars for pre-diabetes for the 6 months. But in this last week I'm starting to really get it. And... Read more

I'm allergic to sugar

Thursday, April 26, 2012      4 comments

Now, it doesn't show up on an allergy test so it isn't a true allergy. It is more properly defined as an intolerance. I get really tired when I eat refined sugar - as in the kids are talking to me and I'm answering and falling asleep at ... Read more

Counting the cost

Saturday, April 21, 2012      2 comments

I'm starting to see the pattern when I do certain things that are unhealthy for me. If I eat dairy, my sinuses ache, and if I continue to eat dairy, I get an infection. If I don't stretch my muscles enough, I get injured or at least am in a lo... Read more

Frustration on one hand, Success on the other

Friday, January 27, 2012      2 comments

It's the old bad news, good news scenario. The bad news - I cannot lose weight. I track my food and I'm within Sparkspeople guidelines (on the lower end most of the time). I track my exercise and my food intake is tailored to that. I do... Read more

It's taken a long time, but I'm becoming "one of them"

Thursday, January 12, 2012      1 comments

I used to say that I was allergic to exercise. Then I did it because I had to and it was an exercise in willpower more than body. But last night as we finished our Wed. night swim I realized that I now like it. I'm starting to play with my exerc... Read more

The Same Old Ten

Monday, January 09, 2012      1 comments

I lost 4 pounds last week! Woo-hoo! The only problem is that this 4 pounds is part of the same ten pounds that I keep losing and regaining, losing and regaining for the past 2 years. But you've got to start somewhere, right? And for me, it s... Read more

My leaky bucket (New Year's resolution content)

Saturday, January 07, 2012      2 comments

This is my latest metaphor for my frustrations with my time and energy level. I feel like I have this bucket of time and energy. But there is a hole in the bucket, Dear Liza. I think that probably everyone has a bit of a leaky bucket or at least... Read more

Final Elimination Diet Results

Tuesday, February 12, 2008      1 comments

Our family's month long "science experiment" is officially over. We've identified many foods that have contributed to my 6 year old daughter's eczema - she's rash free for the first time since infancy! We've identified some things that have co... Read more


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