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Pushing through the pain

Friday, July 27, 2012      2 comments

My limitations are humbling. I hate that while others can get a good eight hours of work out of their bodies or more, I can barely eke out 4 hours. And if I do even that much for too many days I end up where I am today - in a lot of pain. ... Read more

Putting My House in Order

Thursday, July 26, 2012      3 comments

Yes, it is another housecleaning thread! We had another Team Housecleaning effort. Over 50% of this is decluttering and organizing. My hope, as it has been for years, is that we can get the house in order and then continue on with a maintenan... Read more

Functional Stamina

Wednesday, July 25, 2012      3 comments

How can an hour of housecleaning wear me out almost as much as an hour of Zumba or kickboxing? Now sweat isn't pouring off of me like it does with the intense exercise and I can still talk and breathe normally but I'm in pain from just one hour... Read more

Fight or Flight

Tuesday, July 24, 2012      1 comments

Last night was a bad one. I had taken my melatonin and my 5-HTP before bedtime as usual. I drank my magnesium drink which is supposed to calm the central nervous system. Then I heard some stuff which brought back flashbacks from my years in b... Read more

Cooking Enchiladas for Multiple Food Needs

Monday, July 23, 2012      1 comments

My 15 year old son requested that I make chicken enchiladas tonight. Since he's back from having been gone for an entire week, I indulged him. The thing is, making enchiladas in this house is not easy. If you are a purist, look away now becau... Read more

10 Secrets of Zumba Instructors

Sunday, July 22, 2012      2 comments

Ive been hanging out with a lot more Zumba instructors, asking questions and making observations in my own quest to improve my health and fitness enough to join their ranks. I think Im starting to discover some of their secrets at least of ... Read more

Too Tired and Overwhelmed

Saturday, July 21, 2012      2 comments

Nothing has changed in my life. My routines are the same. My workload is the same. I just got 8 hours of good sleep. But I'm exhausted - in body and soul. Suddenly everything just seems overwhelming. (That doesn't mean that I won't go to... Read more

People are Talking

Friday, July 20, 2012      1 comments

I had two ladies come up to me after Zumba to compliment me on working so consistently and so hard. They asked "are you losing weight or tightening up?" Well, other than a one pound loss at the start of the month that scale has been "broken", ... Read more

Explaining Obesity to Others

Thursday, July 19, 2012      1 comments

On an online forum I belong to (not weight related), there have been a lot of threads lately on the obesity problem in the U.S. and other developed nations. One thread in particular asked people Why are You Overweight? I read a little bit of... Read more

Two steps forward and one step back is still progress

Wednesday, July 18, 2012      4 comments

My weight is fine. It fluctuates 2 or 3 pounds but I"m used to that. It's the rest of my health that is rocky right now. I burned myself 9 days ago. I am now on antibiotics for cellulitis. This morning I noticed that I now have thrush from ... Read more

Rah Rah Rah!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012      5 comments

Some days I have to cheer myself on. I figure if there is going to be a running commentary in my head it should at least be a positive one. So. . . You can do it! Baby steps lead to big steps. One thing at a time. It's... Read more

That's Life

Monday, July 16, 2012      5 comments

I was watching "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" last night. I was struck at how the person losing weight kept wanting conditions to be perfect and used imperfect conditions to be an excuse for not making good choices. I've been there. ... Read more

My burn

Sunday, July 15, 2012      3 comments

Six days ago, on Tuesday, I burned my forearm while removing a cookie sheet from a very hot oven. It was a 2nd degree burn - white in the middle. It seemed to be healing just fine. Then yesterday it suddenly swelled up and was red in about a... Read more

My heart has two holes in it (my emotional heart, not the cardiac one)

Saturday, July 14, 2012      4 comments

My husband and 15 year old son left yesterday for camp in Colorado. They'll be gone for 10 days. My husband has been working 10 hour plus days so it's not like I'm used to having him around all the time. And my son is quite independent too so he... Read more

Frustrating Frustration

Friday, July 13, 2012      1 comments

Frustration is the feeling you get when you cannot achieve a goal easily or your path is impeded. We experience frustration all our lives. And I doubt that it ever gets so easy to deal with that it isn't frustrating anymore. So how do you... Read more


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