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9/27/09 8:35 A

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There is nothing like having a heart attack to keep you "motivated". I had by-pass surgery in 1995, & didn't take good care of myself, so I had a heart attack in 2005. Now, I watch what I eat & I work out at least 4 or 5 days a week. I am slowly but surely getting the excess weight off. It also helps to have my little "bedroom turned home gym" so I have no excuses for not doing it!

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9/22/09 3:51 P

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Nice to get new things...even a blood pressure monitor is a gift... emoticon

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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
8/20/09 12:59 P

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I got a new toy in the mail a couple days ago, a new, state-of-the-art blood pressure monitor with software and I'm going to town with it. I just brought it into Excel and averaged all the readings I've taken and am going to do that for this whole week (a week's worth of readings) and then the week when I go to the doctor's again, see if I can see a reduction. Meanwhile, I'm going to work with the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and continue with my Beck Workbook and get a regular exercise regime going, etc.

The recording is fun/interesting to me and I'm sure I can do this for the 3 months between now and November when I go to the doctor's again and I'm extremely curious as to what the result will be. I'm having fun inventing a "routine" to follow.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
8/9/09 2:01 P

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LOL, meant 149. I keep getting the 1's and 2's mixed up.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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8/8/09 6:45 P

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Margo -- did you read what you just wrote?

YOU said you are at 239 NOW and want to GET TO 249!

SO YOU WANT TO GAIN WEIGHT????!!

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
8/8/09 8:53 A

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I'm starting with what I have left to lose :-) I'm around 239 now and want to get to 249 (at least; that's where I'll no longer be overweight at all). I'm still working toward getting there by the day before my birthday, 2010 (October 25, my birthday's the 26th) so I can maintain for a year and then join the National Weight Control Registry before I turn 61 :-)

I told the nurse practitioner the other day that I was going to work nutritionally on getting my husband's good cholesterol up. I haven't worked out all the details of that yet :-) My husband fixes his own breakfast, usually a 2 egg, cheese, and ham sandwich, the eggs fried in lots of nice butter. I think I'm going to fix his breakfast a couple times a week, make it something he'd like but that I can eat too (sometimes I let him fix me a sandwich on "my" bread, but he doesn't care for my double omega bread) and bought some egg beaters to make us an omelet (I'm thinking tomorrow) or fritatta. Neither of us eat a formal "lunch" really but we do have dinner and, when we're home, I'm in charge of that and bought Promise margarine instead of butter to get him started on that. Just small changes so far, I found a recipe for tuna salad I want to try, see if I can get some "fish" into him, he doesn't care for fish generally but if I can just do small changes, maybe that will help.

But I had to remind myself yesterday that my own eating and health is my #1 concern and I shouldn't fret over how well I do with my husband project :-) that that isn't my primary concern, he's a grown man and if he wants cake for breakfast, I'm not buying it but it's not my job to fix his eating.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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7/29/09 5:00 P

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Hi Margo -- I've been lonesome for you, but at least I know you've been busy (and having fun) with your games and tracing your family background. Lots of friends are really into that.

Unfortunately I will NOT be going to Coronado. I am very familiar with the weather there, as I lived in the San Diego area for a good number of years -- only reason I don't live in California now is that it is beyond my budget. Still beautiful though.

Why is your tracker back to zero? Did you reset it? Or what's going on?

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
7/29/09 12:48 P

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Did you go/are you going to Coronado? I lived there 4 years and the weather is marvelous but I didn't like that there weren't any seasons/trees.

I've been spending a lot of time on Facebook, have games I play there and they have me thinking about possible "games"/ways to make life a bit more interesting. I have thought of a couple genealogy projects I am working on; one I just thought of in the shower a couple weeks ago when I realized there is no cancer in my family in any direction back 150+ years. I decided that I don't really have to think too much about it, but strokes and heart. . . now THEY are what we die of. But I decided I want to make a medical genealogy record for my three brothers and myself, back through all eight great grandparents. I already got a couple of their death certificates and I pretty much know what my grandparents died of and/or can get death certificates for them I imagine (mostly 1960's) without too much hassle since no one is alive who would care/protest/whatever. I'll have to look at the online rules.

But I'm having my great great great grandfather researched by a good professional New England society and that's exciting because they can't find anything and that's bugging them as much as it does me :-) His mother was living with his family in the 1850 Census and she's listed as being born in New Jersey but he is listed as being born in Virginia and there's no trace of the father either place. But it's exciting that it's back that far, into the 1700's. Odd that she would have gone to Virginia too and then come back up to New Jersey, that's the "wrong" direction. There's a love story there somewhere :-) Lots of my maiden name in Philadelphia, which is just across the river, a day's walk away from Allentown, NJ; I'm thinking both had family there and met that way.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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7/10/09 1:54 P

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I know exactly what you are talking about, Margo. It just makes you wish there was something new and exciting going on in life, doesn't it? I suppose we could create our own excitement, but how does one go about it (at our age?)-- but because of that, it's also hard to complain about our lot in life.

On the up side, your weather sounds fantastic. It makes me long for that 2 week vacation on Coronado that was described to me not long ago. I just hope that it wasn't a pipe dream, and that I actually get to go!

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

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7/10/09 8:00 A

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It's the same old same, old and not "interesting" enough is why I keep procrastinating. I've started a list of all the things I "could" do :-) We don't have any heat or humidity yet; stays just around 90, quite bearable but I don't get out in it until evening and then wish I'd been out in the day :-)

I have pretty much kept up with the yard work, other than the darn thistles. Haven't been cooking though, need to get back into that and summer eating, I'm still eating too heavy/out too much.

I am gradually getting away from this computer I think. The games and things I've been doing on it have gotten routine also so I'm looking for my next interest fix.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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GOODMEMORIES's Photo GOODMEMORIES Posts: 30,455
5/14/09 10:16 A

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Now that we're faced with the summer's HOT weather here in the Phoenix area I'm having a very hard time staying motivated. So what to do? I know that right now I can still walk my dog if I get up before 6:00 a.m. -- after that, here comes the heat!
And of course I can drive to the gym and swimming pool. Can anyone tell me why I keep procrastinating?

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

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5/13/09 11:56 A

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My question is: Did you make any money? Besides what you took from your hubby?

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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
5/12/09 11:21 A

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I haven't been losing a whole lot lately but my body is changing and it was nice to put my husband's wallet in my back pocket when I was working my yard sale on Saturday and have it cause my pants to keep falling down :-)

I couldn't decide if I should take some of his money so the wallet wouldn't be so heavy or buy new pants emoticon emoticon


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5/5/09 12:11 P

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There is nothing like stepping on the scale and seeing that you've lost another pound to spark up your motivation! Of course it works the other way too when you step on and you've gained.

I was just thinking this morning that my body does feel a little different to me as I ran my hand over my rib cage and across my stomach -- so the 14 or 15 pounds that I've lost really is making a difference. It doesn't seem like much because it's come off so slow, but now that it's off, what a difference -- and more to come!

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

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4/18/09 2:19 P

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I think you're doing great picking out a few things you think you'll like. That's what I do, look for things that make it easier for me to move. I play games (right, Jack!) in the grocery store, wear my pedometer and "measure" the distance if I walk all the aisles, etc. Use your curiosity and imagination to help you stay motivated?


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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4/7/09 9:36 A

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Eve is right. Some days are harder than others. I have my exercise laid out each week and I do it. The whole thing is a mind game. There has to be a good reason to diet and exercise, something that tells you I must do this. Maybe it's health, or family, or looks, or feeling good about yourself, whatever it is it must be strong enough to motivate you through those hard days. I don't take any meds and I would like to keep it that way. So I diet and exercise. I get on these teams where everyone is going through similar problems and we encourage one another through those times.

Blessings from Georgia,
Jack

It's all about God's grace...

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4/5/09 1:30 P

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I wrote a blog on staying motivated a few days ago, but as I can't remember exactly when, just go to my Spark Page and it will be listed. I hope it will help, it usually does the trick for me -- after maybe a day of self-pity (or whatever).

Just remember, we are all human, and there will be some days when you just can't do it all. That's one of the many small joys of retirement. You don't HAVE to get up and go to work. And if you want a lazy day, by all means TAKE one!

Retirement is what you make it.

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4/5/09 11:41 A

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I officially retire, early retirement on April 9th. I want to exercise,but I know the aches and pains I have from fibromyalgia,back pain,and a torn acl, sometimes makes it very difficult to stay motivated. Does anyone have any ideas to help me get going, and stay with it? I do some walking on good days, and I want to join a warm water pool exercise class very soon. I have great intentions,but cant push myself to work thru those bad days. Any ideas would be helpful.

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