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Ginny, just focus on the next bite that goes in your mouth, and then the next. You are doing great. Sorry to hear about your legs. Mine bother me with pain and swelling too, particularly the one on my dominant side. I have started to wear OTC light-weight compression stockings (just up to the knee) when I expect to be walking or sitting a lot. They seem to help a lot, especially when it gets hot, but I can't very well wear them with shorts or summer skirts and dresses now, can I? I guess I'll just sneak them in under whatever clothes I can when I need to. If the dr wants to do an MRI of your legs, what would he/she be looking for? Blood clots? Just curious, since my legs can really bother me too, but maybe not as much as yours do.

Health care in Canada? Well, the waits can be very long (I had to wait 13 months to get an appt to see a gastroenterologist, for instance, and am on a minimum 1 year waiting list to get an appt with an orthopedic surgeon, and family doctors can be very difficult to find, but I have one, luckily. However, whether or not I have the money, I can see my family dr, go to a walk-in clinic, or visit the ER without spending a dime, except for drugs and certain tests/meds that are not covered by various health care plans. Drugs are covered if administered in the hospital though. At one time, the drs thought I might have MS, but told me I would have to wait 2 years for an MRI, so I went to the states and paid a nice, tidy sum to have it done. I just didn't want to wait that long worrying about the possibility of MS, or ruling it out. Then, about 1 week after I returned, I was called from the MRI list where I live. I could have had it two months from the day that I was told I needed it! Sheesh! I was impressed with the efficiency of the US hospital (NY), but it seemed weird to have to go pay before any medical personnel saw me. Our system isn't perfect either, but am thankful that, once I am a patient of a specialist, I can see them whenever I need to without worrying about whether or not I can afford it. My 22 yo daughter has UC, and works as a veterinary technician. There is no way she could afford her care otherwise. On top of that, she has to take Remicaid, which is NOT covered on the provincial drug plan, so isn't reimbursable, AND it costs thousands of dollars for each infusion. She gets them every 2 months. However, there are special catch-all plans out there that try to fill the gaps, so she's covered under one of them. I honestly don't know what she would do without it. She's allergic to the Remicaid too, so the next step would have to be surgery, also covered by the national health care plan. There are differences between health care plans in each province, but we are still covered if we are visiting another province, using our home health care plan.

I guess I would summarize by saying that national health care has a lot of good things going for it. It isn't so much a have-have not system. There are ways to deal with the waits, such as a two-tier system (pay to be seen at private clinics or go to the states or another country), but they're not perfect either. However, for the most part, as far as I know, even in poor economic times, people here do not fret much about health care. They may be concerned more about the cost of drugs, but that's an issue you would have to deal with anyway. I'm not sure what the answer is, but I'm relatively happy with our system, although it definitely needs a big tune-up to deal with the new stresses that have been put on it.

Cathy, could you please come over and do reiki on me? I promise to be good. emoticon It sounds as if you have great neighbours.

Funny you should pick focus as our theme for today. I actually wrote down on my daily action plan (can't rely on the old memory much some days), "Focus on one activity at a time. Do not multi-task." The more I hurry to get things done, the more I mess up or take longer in the end, or get hurt. As for food, well I'm focusing there too.

Ummmm, Sanctuaria, what is IC (irritable colon)? Not sure, so thought I'd ask. I am so glad you got in to see the rheumatologist AND that he/she saw you when you were showing symptoms. Isn't is somewhat ironic that we often don't go to the dr because we feel "too sick" to make the trip? I do understand how it happens though. Been there. Bought the t-shirt. Oh yeah, another question, what brings on the no-fly zone? The Cellcept? I know some people take it, but I don't know all of the ins and outs of it. I think Rick takes it, but not sure about others. I suppose you feel a bit down, having to take new meds, but at least you were seen and have a potential solution to help alleviate some of your symptoms. Also, like I said in my previous post, you never know what you'll turn a corner and you can do what you previously thought would be an impossibility. Stay strong, kiddo.

K. Gotta go to bed. Had a good, but not great, Aikido practice today. Sigh. I am having a lot of trouble with this technique, and it is SO hard on the body.




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My train did derail today Cathy. DH & I were really craving pizza and I gave in. So proud of you Cathy for not eating it.

Right now I am re focusing and am back on the right track again. I am sorry that I ate the pizza emoticon It is behind me now.

Have a good Sunday everyone.

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Focus ... do you ever find yourself getting too focused on the wrong thing? emoticon My focus this weekend will be on finding more solutions to keeping my home cool. It is going to be 95 today and tomorrow (aack!) and I usually have a meltdown at 80. This will be my summer trial run.

I ended up going to see my SF rheumy after all. Turns out she was going on vaca and wouldn't be able to see me for a couple of months if I didn't make it. I did a number on myself to get there - but in some sense it was good because I don't normally show symptoms in the doctors office and my shaking / wobbling / shuffling alter-ego came out to play. I am supposed to start on Cellcept next month. Which saddens me, and doesn't feel completely right. So what my real focus will be this weekend - between distracting myself with house-stuff - is figuring out how to get my body in the best shape it can be before entering into the no-fly zone. For me, that means getting the IC completely under control. Which means my diet needs to make a drastic change - no more breaded anything, salad dressings, peanut butter, preservatives or preserves, marinades, oy I could go on and on and on. Fruit is generally easy to keep out (I've gone so long without) but I tend to sneak in tomatoes here and there and pretend otherwise. Discouraging but it's time.

I am also supposed to see a local orthopedist and get a cortisone shot for my shoulder asap. But think I want to wait for my labs to come back first and in the meantime am trying a new nsaid gel. Hard to know what to focus on!!!!

Cathy, it sounds like you have great neighbors and support. So nice of you to do reiki for them. I bet they woke up today and want more! I'll include your nephew (?) in my meditations. I'll include everybody here as I truly want all of us to get well.

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Good morning all!

I was up late last night. The neighbors invited me and DH over. They served some wine and pizza. But we had just had a healthy dinner...fish, veggies...so neither of us ate the pizza, just had a glass of wine. We were all having serious discussions about all the hurts from our past. It was healing and sad and happy too! I did some Reiki on both my neighbors since they showed an interest in it. They were amazed at how good they felt afterwards. It helped us all feel better!
Tonight me and DH are having dinner at my brother and SIL and then going to see my sister sing in her gospel group. She has such an amazing voice. This is the same sister who's son was in the hospital for tests (seizures) He should be home today.

Ginny, hope the docs find out what's up with the leg and can fix it. I've been there too with vein problems and knee pain, swelling etc.

About the healthcare issue, right now we have Mega life, it seems the only insurance in Maine that will cover us, but because me and DH both have pre-existing conditions, our doc visits aren't covered till we've been on the plan for 1 year (Dec) Wish I knew that before I went to 3 doc visits because now I'm stuck paying the bills! Hope nothing happens between now and Dec! National Health care sounds good right now!

Weekend time! We are at our favorite place! So our train to better health has come to our next station! The name of the station is FOCUS!! FOLLOW ONE COURSE UNTIL SUCCESSFUL!! The weekend is everyones downfall. That is why it is extremely important to FOCUS this weekend. Do not think about jumping the rails and say you are going to get back to it on Monday! Why waste all of your hard work during the week?? You can do it and we are here on the train to help you! Let us know if you need support to FOCUS!

Have an enjoyable Saturday!
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Good evening all.

We went to a funeral for a friends mother today so we were out all day. I am glad to be back home again.

How are all of you doing? I hope all of your tests have turned out well for all of you.

I haven't been able to do much exercising lately. My legs (the whole leg) has been really hurting. I am going to have to make an apt. with my Dr. I think she is going to want to do an MRI. I sure do hope that they can find out what is wrong with me. I don't like feeling like this at all!

Tiger, I wanted to ask you something. What do you think of your national healthcare system in Canada! It seems that our new president is heading our nation in that direction. Just wondering how you feel about it.

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I knew I should have checked in earlier, but was trying to get a few things done to clear up my messy "sanctuary". A week of leaving things build up makes quite a disaster zone out of my usually very soothing room.

Sanctuaria, I'm glad you are going to be seen. My rheumatologist seems me every 3-4 months, with regular blood work. I live in Canada, so most everything is covered, with the exception of the some of the more odd blood tests, which are usually, but not always, covered by my health plan. Hope you get that momentum going that you're looking for. Don't give up hope! I remember actually mourning the fact that I might never practice Aikido again, let alone do a martial arts camp, so just when you think things can't worse, sometimes you just turn a corner and the world looks like a brighter place.

Cathy, sorry to hear about your nephew (?). He and your sister's family (and yours) will be in my thoughts and prayers. Will work on the planning ... something that's especially important this weekend, since it's a 3-day one in Canada.

The rheumatologist was really happy with my progress (and he noticed my weight loss!) yesterday. I've been having a lot of trouble with my left hip and was worried that it was the bone. I was told that it was bursitis near the hip bone, so I got a depomedrol injection (basically cortisone with a few other things mixed in).

I asked if I should be taking any special precautions re the H1N1 flu, other than religiously washing hands and such, frequently. He told me that I absolutely must stay away from anyone who has recently returned from Mexico. Darn it!

One of my Senseis, who normally teaches the Mon/Wed noon classes, just came back last weekend from 2 weeks in Mexico. Because there are so many people at our Tues/Thurs practices, and one of our senseis is busy trying to deal with ill parents and parents-in-law, the Sensei who just came back from Mexico will be assisting with the teaching.

He was supposed to be there last night, since I called the dojo first. The rheumatologist doesn't like me to do heavy exercise (or any, really) for 48 hours after a cortisone shot, but I was calling to ask the Sensei if I could work with the white belt group that night, and ask them not to throw me. That wasn't a problem, but then I found out that the Sensei who had just returned from Mexico has been asked to assist with my normal Tues/Thurs classes. So I couldn't even go to watch!

He's busy on Saturday mornings, so I'll get that practice in, but I'll never master the techniques I need to know if I only practice once a week! I was told to call before each Tues/Thurs practice, in case that Sensei was busy and wouldn't be there that night. So, next Tues/Thurs may or may not be a possibility for me, but I don't think so. I just received an email from the Sensei who returned from Mexico, and he is thrilled to have been asked to assist-teach our Tue/Thu classes, so I'm pretty sure he'll be there.

I will have to call the rheumatologist's office on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday) to ask how long I need to stay away from this Sensei.

I did ask if it were really necessary, especially if I found out the Sensei and his family were feeling fine. The rheumatologist stressed that the family could be feeling fine, but still be a carrier and, with a suppressed immune system, it was too dangerous for me. He was particularly concerned, because lupus tends to attack my lungs (and kidneys), and this is a respiratory bug, so he stressed that I have to extra-careful.

I'm kinda upset, since I definitely won't be able to test if I can't practice. I was a "maybe" for testing, as it was.

Oh well. What is, is. I will ask for clarification next Tuesday.

For now, it's Friday night, so DH and I are going to watch my tape of "Dancing with the Stars" and then go to bed early.

Have a great weekend everyone. I'll continue to try to check in regularly.

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Good morning all
How are you all this morning? I am awake early even though I didn't get to sleep till 11:30. I feel tired but can't go back to sleep.

We are closing in on another weekend. Have you planned for it yet? That brings us to the next station, PLANNING! Do you make plans for your lifestyle change or do you just wing it? "If you fail to plan, then plan to fail" How true is that statement? That's my DH's quote. That is even more true for the weekends and just in the nick of time as we have another one coming up. Have a plan in effect for any situations that you see hitting you this weekend. Set your plan and keep it visible where it will be a reminder to stay on track.

Have a great Friday! Choo Choo
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Hello all
Momentum seems to be something we're all having a hard time with mostly because our Lupus interferes so much with our efforts. We get thrown off track with pain, lack of energy etc. but it doesn't seem to stop our efforts. We are all getting good at just getting back on that train and continuing!

Today's stop is CHALLENGES. We all have normal challenges in our life plus more with Lupus. This CHALLENGE is different. Diana has posted some challenges on the General forum board. They are fun challenges but good ones that will help keep you on track with fruits, veggies, water and exercise. They will help you stay the course and help keep up that momentum!

I will be babysitting tonight till late for my sister and BIL. He has to work and my sis is at the hospital with her 10 yo son. He has been having seizures for about a year. Meds are just not working and he had 3 last week. So they're doing a 3 day test and hopefully will be able to figure out what's causing them and what meds will work. Although tests don't always determine that. The whole family could use some prayers.

Have a great night all
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Hi Everybody. Thanks for the article Ginny - it was a great reminder. I am finding it's easy on SP (prob any diet-focused site) to get sucked into the *less fat & cal = better* mentality rather than a healthy well-rounded balanced lifestyle. Though as a newcomer I am pleased to see that there IS a lot of emphasis on lifestyle and questioning of all the artificial elements.

It's all about momentum for me. Need to grab it and go with it and pace wisely to keep it. Brought a smile to my face to see that as the topic.

Well, I can't get to my dr's appts so am going to tryt o do some labs locally today. This is the first appt in ... maybe ever (but year and a half for rheumy) ... that I've just been too incapacitated to get to. So today is all about taking things a step at a time and staying positive through it. I have so many things to be grateful for and need to keep those thoughts close.

Tiger - really inspiring stuff. Hope after the dust settles and I finally find the right meds (or supplements) to work that life can be full again!

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Hey, Diana. Nice to have you dropping in.

Cathy, my day in nature was nothing extraordinary in that I didn't go hiking or anything, but I did get out in the fresh air and enjoyed it immensely. It's a good thing too, since it's a very blustery day out there and we're expecting rain. Not a bad day for that anyway, since I'll be cooling my heels at the rheumatologist's office all afternoon. Last time I got there for my 1 pm appt, he was on his second appointment of the MORNING! And the chairs in this office are crippling after you've sat in them, even with stretch breaks, for 3-4 hours.

Momentum! I like that idea, particularly since I seem to have found some. I realized the other day, when posting, that I hadn't changed my weight to 157.5, but decided to see how my WI today went. Down 4.5 to 153.0, which now reflects my after-camp weight. Last week, I showed a STS on my own records, since I was weighing-in 3 hours after I went to bed. So far, I'm exceeding, by just a bit, my goal of one-pound-a-week, started January 1st of this year, so I'm definitely getting the hang of that momentum thing. Now just to hang onto it.

Aikido tonight, although DH and I had an argument last night that went until 4 am. Things are ok now, or will be, once we've dealt with this stuff over the long weekend, but we're both zonked. With all afternoon being spent at the specialist's office and virtually no time to rest upon arriving home (even dinner will have to happen fast), I'm not sure I have the energy for an intensive Aikido practice. Will have to play things by ear in that regard.
Rick, thinking about you and hoping your hand heals quickly.
Ginny, Sanctuaria, and anyone else I missed, how are you all doing today.

Have a great day, filled with Momentum. If you don't seem to have any at the moment, perhaps a strategy to figure out how to get that momentum going? Thanks for keeping us motivated and focused, Cathy. You're a peach.

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5/13/09 11:27 P

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Hi all, Ginny I read a book several years ago that taught me about butter, I finally convinced my parents to only use real butter, and told them to throw away the margarine. No good for us. That is what clogs arteries.
So it is the real thing or nothing. I use extra virgin olive oil as well.
Thank you for posting this, it is a good reminder!!!1

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Hello all
Ginny, thanks for the article on fats. It was eye opening!
Rick, wishing you a great recovery with your surgery. I'm sure you will be back to playing in no time. You crack me up! Oh, the smell of manure. You enjoy your work, chores, classes all with the same positiveness and gusto, you're amazing!

Tiger, how was your day in nature? Hope you're not too sore after your Aikido practice.

Todays train stop is MOMENTUM. What are you going to do to make the rest of the week the best? I hope you have not derailed and are waiting till Monday to get started again! It's time to step up and finish strong going into the weekend. Let the great momentum you've built up carry you forward. Remenber you have to FOCUS on what you want out of this train ride to better health.

Have a great night!
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Checking in before bed. Too bad I didn't read Cathy's train stop for today earlier. I did get out, but pretty much to do some errands and to check the mail. It was a lovely day too.
Sanctuaria, you are where you are, and maybe right now, the best thing you can do for yourself is just take care of your body, not stressing it too much, so that you don't make your flare worse. Hope things improve for you.
Cathy, sounds as if you're going to enjoy your bigger, brighter new office more, even if it was a lot of work to set it up. I will try to get out into the sunshine and nice weather more tomorrow to make up for today. Thanks for the daily reminders. I understand how it feels when your body doesn't "co-operate". Mornings are the worst, by far, and sometimes the day just doesn't get any better than that. But you never know when you'll turn a corner, so it's important to try to keep your mindset as positive as possible, admittedly difficult, to say the least, when you're going through a really bad spell.
Ginny, thanks for that information. I actually found it quite interesting to read. Is Slim Body Health a magazine or an online site? I've never heard of it before. Is it fairly reputable?
Rick, you are such a sweetie. We all love you too. I hope your pre-op goes well tomorrow and that your left hand is back to its old tricks in no time. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Sounds as if you're back-to-nature time was ... shall we say ... aromatic?

Survived Aikido practice tonight, but it was tough. We have gone immediately from camp mode into belt testing mode. There is only one other green belt for me to practice with (we also tested for our green belts together) and the series that we need to know for our blue belt is tough on the body. For instance, shoulder throws are a technique that we need to be tested on, and and even more difficult one, where you essentially throw a person over your shoulder in a wheel-like motion. It's called kata garuma and I probably did a lousy job of describing it. Anyway, we managed to practically knock the you-know-what out of one another, but we rarely get to practice those more advanced techniques, so we wouldn't quit. I managed to hurt my big toe on my left foot, next to the one I dislocated previously. Naturally, this had to be the practice that I didn't bother to buddy tape those two toes together. I may be a cripple tomorrow. emoticon

Thankfully, I have absolutely NO appointments outside the house tomorrow, so I plan to get a handle on some paperwork in my "sanctuary", so it will look more like a real sanctuary than a royal mess.

I will make time to get outside and maybe play with my two Japanese Spaniels. They'll be 12 on Thursday. I still miss my german shep/black lab that we had to have euthanised last month. She didn't quite make it to 11 years. Animals can be so good at reading people's moods. Dogs, especially working dogs, will often stay by your side if they know you're not feeling well and it can be comforting. Those are the days I miss my April dog the most.

Still taking heavy-duty narcotics and medical marijuana (Cesamet) for pain, but using it less now that the camp is over. I'll have to discuss all my meds and make a list of questions for the rheumatologist, since I'll be seeing him on Thursday. I'm going to ask him for a scrip for an Obus Forme back support, since I bought one Sunday and it is already helping. I can claim it on my health insurance plan. For now, I am using it at my desk chair, but I plan to put it in the Miata when we take part in the car club tours. They can be a bit brutal, with all of that sitting. Oh yeah, and it's a convertible, so all of the sun gear comes out. I'm starting to feel like Lady Godiva with all of my different hats. I've also got a couple of Sun Veil tops to throw on for sun protection.

Must get to bed. Here I am rambling on and on. Sheesh. It's all of that adrenaline from practice. Should've jumped into a nice bath instead of a quick shower at the dojo. Maybe tomorrow, a nice soak ...

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just read this on Slim Body Health. I thought y'all would be interested in it.

Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 8:07 am
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Why Butter Is Better

Let us say first that I don’t mean you should stuff yourself with pecan pie, cinnamon rolls, and banana pudding. And you’ll learn in a minute why butter, in moderation, may actually be better for you (than other oils, I mean)!

Today, I’d like to talk about a confusing subject to many people—the truth about fats and oils we use in cooking. You see, we’ve been told so much information over the years about what was good and what was bad, and much of this information was incorrect to begin with.

I’d like to expose a few myths about these ingredients, so hopefully you will be more informed when choosing how to cook your food.

Myth #1: Vegetable Oils Are Always Best.

A lot of people seem to think that anything labeled as "vegetable oil" is good for you. This is not true, and I’ll explain:

Most of what is labeled as "vegetable oil" is simply heavily refined soybean oil (processed with high heat, pressure, and industrial chemicals)... sometimes perhaps it may also be heavily refined cottonseed, safflower, grapeseed, or other oils too.

In most instances, almost all of these processed oils are NOT GOOD for you.

If you’re buying commercially deep-fried or processed food, you can be reasonably sure these oils have been used. Or even worse, hydrogenated versions of these oils, otherwise known as trans fats.

Like many unsuspecting consumers, you may have even bought these to use at home.

The problem with cottonseed oil, grapeseed oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, and other similar oils is that they are mostly composed of polyunsaturated fats, which causes them to degrade when exposed to heat and light.

According to scientists, processed polyunsaturated oils can cause inflammation inside our bodies because of their high reactivity to heat and light. This inflammation can make heart disease, diabetes, and other degenerative diseases worse.

Question: Are nuts and seeds also bad, since they contain polyunsaturated fats?

Answer: NO! Nuts and seeds have not been processed and treated with chemicals, the same way most vegetable oil is. Actually, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are both polyunsaturated fats.

Here's the actual order of stability of a type of fat under heat and light (from least stable to most stable):

1. polyunsaturated
2. monounsaturated
3. saturated

This brings me to the part about butter... Myth #2.

Myth #2: Saturated Fats Are Bad.

Actually, saturated fats are some of the healthiest oils to cook with!

Why? Because they are much more stable and less inflammatory than polyunsaturated oils.

In 1994, the Center For Science in the Public Interest “exposed” movie theaters for using coconut oil to pop popcorn. “Saturated fat!” they cried. “Boo!” True, the serving sizes of movie popcorn are enormous, and nobody should eat that much popcorn at a time. But coconut oil is actually healthy for you.

Why? Palm and coconut oils have very little polyunsaturates and are mostly made up of natural saturated fats, which are the least reactive to heat/light and therefore the least inflammatory in your body from cooking use.

(Sadly, some movie theaters switched to using partially hydrogenated canola oil (full of trans fat) after this famous report.)

That's also why natural butter is one of the best fats for cooking. This all goes directly against what you hear from the “party line” held by many health professionals. These people don't truly understand the biochemistry of fats, and incorrectly believe that saturated fats are bad for you.

In fact, saturated fats from tropical oils (like palm and coconut oil) are good for you. They contain medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are lacking in most people's diets.

Lauric acid, one of the MCTs in tropical oils, is believed to strengthen the immune system. Lauric acid is even being studied as a possible agent to control contagious diseases.

Here’s your new cooking oil “cheat sheet”:

Best for cooking or baking: butter or tropical oils (palm, coconut)

Okay: Olive Oil is okay for lower cooking temperatures and for salad dressings, as it's mostly monounsaturated.

Least Healthy: Polyunsaturated oils like soybean, grapeseed, cottonseed, safflower, etc, are the least healthy for cooking.

What I try to use:

• Virgin Coconut Oil
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Real Butter (from grass fed cows if possible, because it contains more natural CLA)

(CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, is a healthy type of trans fat found in nature that has been shown in several scientific studies to help people slim down. To learn more about this fat-fighting fat, click this link: www.slimbodycoach.com/news/cla)

Of course, with all of that said... if you try to cook less with oils in general, you will reduce your overall calories and lose fat faster. But it’s good to know which oils provide health benefits and which ones can be downright harmful!



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Afternoon all,
Thank you all for the nice comments, if I could I would buy you all "chocolate" because you are all special to me.

I fortunately have pretty much maintained my current weight for the past year or so. But unfortunately it is not what I wanted to do. I still feel I need to lose another 20 or so lbs.(especially after looking at so very recent photos of myself) Maybe now that my wife is on board with me I'll get closer to my goal.

I go in for pre-op tomorrow so I probably will not be posting tomorrow. Friday the 22nd I go in for surgery on my left hand. I hope and pray I'll be able to go back to playing guitar, drums etc. and have full use of my hand and arm again. Later in the summer I will have me right hand done.

Cathy I was out enjoying nature this morning, raking grass, cleaning horse troughs and shoveling manure. What was that quote on Apocalypse Now(you younger people probably don't know this movie)"I love the smell of Horse sh*t in the morning. " Oh wait,I think that was napalm(LOL)

anyway, hope you are all well this beautiful day!

Talk at ya later!

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Hello all
Getting here late today. Hubby and I decided we wanted to switch our office with the guest room because the guest room is bigger and brighter and we were feeling cramped in the smaller room. I had to buy a longer phone cord and a power strip with a longer cord in order to fit everything the way we wanted. So it took us almost all day!

I've gained weight the last couple years as well and I'm still eating healthy, exercise when I can but the joints hurt a lot, the thyroid acts up...I'm not doing anything wrong either, the body just won't cooperate!

Todays stop is an easy one. Get out and enjoy nature! Now, how is that going to help me stay on the train ride to better health? By enjoying what you have around you, you can de-stress, soothe your soul, breath deeply, close your eyes and listen to what's around you. I hear birds singing, the wind, turkeys gobbling, peeper frogs, feel the sun on my face. It's very calming and energizing as well! It's a nice start to the day!

Have a great one!
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Hi - continuing the train ride. Good to know we can still make the next stop. What wonderful Mother's Day stories you all have!
Admit. I'll admit that I've gained weight since starting SP. But I don't think I'm doing anything particularly wrong - eating more consciously and balanced than I have in yrs. Drinking more water. Stretching regularly which has always been a challenge in the consistency dept. So I've just got to be ok somehow with it as I started into a flare last week and can barely drive never mind do "more". I have an ego and am stubborn so have still clung to some small sense of vanity. I admit to that too.

Good luck on Friday Diana.
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Ginny, sorry you didn't get to be with your grandchild. I can only imagine how difficult it is, being that far away. I have no idea what that stage of my life will be like, but I know my kids are nowhere near mature enough to have kids of their own (they are 22 and 21). I don't usually get the full deal on Mother's Day either, so I certainly cherish the ones where all the stars seem to have aligned ...
Cathy, sounds like you had an awesome Mother's Day too. I sure can't blame you for wanting to cuddle your grandchild. Your hubby sounds like a sweetheart, too. As for fessing up, I can actually say that I have been journaling everything, so am still technically on program. My WI will tell all this Thursday though.
Diana, sorry to hear you're still suffering. Hope your neck and the crohn's improve. With your hubby being laid off, it must be tough, but there's no reason you can't spend a nice day together without spending a penny, and I imagine he would appreciate the distraction. Hope you have a good time at the car show.

Worked up a real sweat a ballroom dance with DH tonight. We added a few new Tango steps and then, just for a break (kidding), we reviewed the QuickStep. Man, we were moving. They are both really fast, strong dances! We had a super time though, and love it, and really enjoy the other couples in the class who, after about 4 years, have become good friends too.

We've got a 3-day weekend coming up this weekend, due to Victoria Day Monday. DH was supposed to go out of town to see his kids, but one wasn't available and the other didn't respond to either emails or phone messages. DH is rather upset, to put it mildly. I guess the upside is that we have an unexpected 3-day weekend to spend together. I have all of these household projects (inside and out) that we need to get at, but we'll have to work in some fun. That shouldn't be too difficult.

Kinda tired today, suffering from aftereffects of the camp and the weekend, but I am overjoyed that I was actually able to participate, and that I seem to have made it without too much to deal with in the aftermath. Lots of soreness (read: narcotic-required pain here), major fatigue (read: exhaustion), and some low-grade fevers and mouth sores, to remind me that I have to tend to things before the lupus gets out of control. So far, so good.

Alrighty. Time for me to call things quits for the night. Have a great Tuesday, all. Think positive. You never know what could happen!

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Hello all, well things have been difficult and I am praying for some relief. I will be having injections this friday on my spine in several places. My neck is particularily hurting. But have been battling with my crohn's disease it doesn't want to let go.
Had an ok mothers day. I talked with both of my kids. I recieved two hanging baskets, and we took my mil out for dinner. But it was nice.
Take care. and Rick you are a gem! Blessings, Diana
p.s. my dh birthday is on wed.
he is in the wings of being laid off so it is really hard to celebrate with this looming over us. But tomorrow I am driving to Detroit to see him and go to a car show put on by GM, so that will be fun.
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Rick, I bet your wife was really surprised with the "fat free" choclate. you are a great husband.

My DH took me to breakfast and then fixed dinner too. I didn't have any desert so stayed in calorie range. I hope this week is as good as last week.

Diana, I pray that all is well with you and you are feeling much better.

Tiger, sounds like you really had a great day with your kids. Mine all called me.

Cathy I am so glad that you were able to hold your grandson so much. I really am missing mine.

Have a great day y'all.

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Nice to hear everyone had a nice Mother's Day. I did too! My mom stayed over Saturday night and came to church with us on Sunday. Then we all came back here to cook and get things ready for the family. DH helped a lot with preparations and clean up. We had everything done when they showed up and it was a nice afternoon, lots of conversations, laughing, the kids had fun. I held my new grandson a lot, he's so precious! DH took over with serving and getting the food out. He wanted me to relax and enjoy Mother's Day...he's such a sweetie!

I know we all enjoyed our Mother's Day and the weekend but the question is how good was it?? Today's station on this train ride is called ADMIT. If you have jumped the rails or jumped the train, now is the time to get your Spark back! You need to admit to the jumping. You can not get back on plan till you admit you have fallen off. We're all here to help. Don't give up or abandon your plan, just come here for support. Getting back is only one meal away, or one day away!

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Ginny, congrats on being down one pound. Baby steps add up ...
Rick, what a nice thing to do, giving your wife fat-free, probably calorie-free chocolate. LOL. You are a Sweetie. Hope you get in that rest you've tentatively planned before work. I think those "rests" are the things that keep me going most days.

Had a nice Mother's Day with my kids -- brunch and a movie, which my son paid for. My daughter gave me a gold heart pendant, engraved with "Love You Mom" on the back. The really cool thing is that Sunday, Mother's Day, was also World Lupus Day. She knows that I've made peace with the lupus symbol, the butterfly, and have them subtly and not-so-subtly displayed all around my "sanctuary" (the room we created just for me out of my daughter's old bedroom). She also knows that I like two-tone jewelry, so she found a gold, heart-shaped locket with a white-gold butterfly on it! I just love it.

They were both great to be with, and had obviously made an effort, even though my daughter had a pretty bad cold and my son had an oral presentation to make today for 40% of his marks on a course he started last week. My daughter is having difficulty fighting off the bugs that are going around, since she is on Remicaid which drastically suppresses her immune system (for ulcerative colitis). I could tell she was fighting sleep and would rather have been in bed, but we still all had a good time.

I love my kids!

Hope the rest of you had a great Mother's Day as well.

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Morning everyone!

I hope you all had a nice Mothers Day and you were pampered. I took my wife out to dinner and bought hr flowers and some chocolate diamond earrings. I told her it was fat free chocolate.

Nice today and going to be in the 80's I have my Pastors meeting and then TOPS a few errands afterward. Then try to take a nap before heading to work.

Going to hit the stationary bike and watch a movie. Ya'll have a great Monday!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Mothers Day all you MOMS!

Thank you Rick for the wishes. Congrats to you and your wife. I would love to have my DH hike with me.

Good to see you here Tiger.

Cathy, I am still on the train. Today I am finally down 1#. Better than nothing. I am on the right track.

Have a great day!

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Thanks for keeping things going here, Cathy. Sorry I haven't posted that much lately. When it comes to these martial arts camps, at 3 hours a day, my goal is essentially survival -- eat, sleep, breathe, practice Aikido. LOL.

Happy Mother's Day to you too, Cathy, and all of the other Moms out there. Rick, thanks for the Mother's Day wishes. You're so thoughtful.

Congrats to you and your wife for your respective recent accomplishments. Exercising together sounds wonderful. My DH takes ballroom dance with me, but that's about it, in terms of exercising together.

Will stay focused today, Cathy, as per the train ride. I've been reading to catch up, but not always feeling up to posting.

My 21 yo DS called yesterday to arrange for he and my 22 yo DD to take me out to brunch and a movie today for Mother's Day. They're picking me up at 11 am.

Due to the camp and burning zillions of calories a day (I'm not sure how little an exaggeration that really is, lol), my weight is under control and my body fat is going down. Just have to keep moving in the same direction.

Cathy, I too, lost 100 pounds, then had a lupus attack that took months to diagnose as lupus, but by then, I'd been laid up in bed for months in pain and exhausted. My back muscles were weakened from lack of strengthening, so then I had trouble walking or standing or even sitting for long. With the pain and fatigue, I didn't feel up to fixing nourishing food, and salads and things didn't go down well with the nausea, so I gained about 45 pounds back. Yikes!

The hardest part has been the long, excruciatingly slow, return back to regular activity. I'm about 21 pounds from goal today, although Thursday is my weigh-in day. I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, in terms of my weight and my health.

Well, gotta get ready to go. Have a fantastic Mother's Day and a great weekend, no matter what the weather is.

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Morning Everyone!
Weather has been in the 80's here. Friday my wife and I went to Yosemite and went hiking in an area called Hetch Hetchy. It is an area owned by San Francisco, also known as Little Yosemite. It is where S.F. gets their water. Anyway, beautiful place. We hiked for about 4 hours. Boy was I tired at the end of the day. In fact, towards the end I was at a crawl I was in some pain and it was getting hard to walk. But I had a great time. I so enjoy doing stuff like this with my wife. Which BTW we haven't been able to do in the past 18 months due ti her intensive studying. And also BTW, she passed her exam and is now a SBB (Specialist in Blood Bank Technology) WE also started an exercise program together we started this week.

Well I better run. You know, feed get ready for church tune the guitar etc,,,

Have a great Mothers day. and a Blessed Sunday!

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you moms!!
Have a wonderful day!

I know it's the weekend and Mother's Day but please remember to FOCUS! Don't let everything derail! You can still celebrate the day and enjoy yourself just remember to FOCUS and make wise choices. This has been a fun week on board our train. Don't jump off now, you're doing awesome!

Enjoy your day!
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