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Trust the Process

Friday, May 25, 2012      3 comments

Trust the process. It has been 2 years, 40 weeks and 5 days and while I've only lost 7 pounds, I have lost and gained much more. I have lost my arm chair as a bed. Almost 3 years ago, I could not sleep lying down due to pain. I have ... Read more

Ready. . . Set. . . Work!

Thursday, May 24, 2012      1 comments

Yesterday I decided to take advantage of a break in bad weather and get yard work done instead of going to swim at the Y. I told the kids that they would be helping me. My son decided to mow the lawn. He’s highly allergic to grass, so he ... Read more

Having a Green Day

Wednesday, May 23, 2012      2 comments

One month ago, we started an experiment at our house. We revved up the Vita-Mix and made our first green smoothie. It’s a simple recipe – one orange, one banana, a cup or two of frozen fruit (we started with mixed berries), about ½ cup of wate... Read more

Kicking “You know What” in Kickboxing

Tuesday, May 22, 2012      3 comments

The first time I walked into cardio kickboxing, my instructors did a double-take. They took the time to stress that I should take things at my own pace and not overdo it. I don’t really blame them. I was one of the heaviest people in the room... Read more

With a Little Help from My Friends

Monday, May 21, 2012      4 comments

I'm so needy. The rigors of life often overwhelm me. But I'm getting by with a little help from my friends. Oh, they don't get in here and do it all for me (though that would be nice, hint, hint!). They help by keeping me accountable and by ... Read more

Extreme Gardening

Sunday, May 20, 2012      4 comments

I’ve had two doctors now prescribe “gardening” as an activity that would be functionally beneficial to me. My husband swears under oath that he did not bribe either of them or send them pictures of our yard. The funny thing is that I’ve ... Read more

Doing Things the Hard Way

Saturday, May 19, 2012      3 comments

I'm discovering that doing things the easy way is not always the best way. I'm used to using a lot of shortcuts in my life because of my limitations in stamina. But often those shortcuts aren't as healthy as they could be. A case in poi... Read more

Zumba - the "Gateway Drug" of Exercise

Friday, May 18, 2012      4 comments

There was a time when I hated exercise. I hated it so much that I didn't call it exercise, I called it "E". As in, "Ugh, I get I'd better go and do some 'E'." (And no, I wasn't thinking of ecstasy in any shape or form.) Two years ago I j... Read more

Becoming a Savvy Patient

Thursday, May 17, 2012      6 comments

I think that I'm finally learning how to be a good patient. I don't mean the kind that the doctor necessarily thinks is nice to have around, I mean the kind that gets the treatment that she needs! I recently had a doctor tell me: "Don't b... Read more

Drum roll, please!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012      5 comments

And streamers and confetti and wild applause. I have decided on a fun goal. Some of my nearest and dearest have rained on my parade by deeming my goal to be lame or not doable with my health. Well, bah humbug on them. This is what looks lik... Read more

Status Check

Tuesday, May 15, 2012      2 comments

Tracking food - check! Keeping blood sugar levels under 120 (2 hours post-prandial) - check 80% of the time, with most slip-ups on the weekends. Exercising 1 hour a day 6 days a week - check! Drinking 8 glasses a water - check ... Read more

I'm hot, hot, hot!

Monday, May 14, 2012      0 comments

I mean temperature wise! It is what passes for hot in our very temperate climate. My body doesn't do changes in temperature well. And it doesn't do heat well at all. My normal turtle pace has slowed down to snail pace I think!... Read more

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2012      1 comments

Random thoughts on health and being a mom, 1. I love that my 10 year old made her own green smoothie this morning when I was too busy to do it. She's seen for herself how yummy they are. 2. I love the extra special hugs from my kids... Read more

A social dilemma

Saturday, May 12, 2012      4 comments

I had a social dilemma today. I was meeting some people in what was basically a goodwill mission. They invited me out to dinner. I accepted and then found out that the venue was a local pizza place. This gave me a dilemma. I shouldn't eat d... Read more

Thankfulness

Friday, May 11, 2012      1 comments

Time to stop whining. 10 things I'm thankful for today - 1. I'm thankful that it is a beautiful sunny day in the mid 60's. 2. I'm thankful that I have fresh fruit and vegetables available even when none are growing yet in our a... Read more


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