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3/4/11 10:40 A

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"Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation", a SparkPeople article referenced in my e-mail today, is very helpful.

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2/10/11 10:50 A

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MyPyramid.gov

There is a lot more information than I expected to find here.

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There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly. - R. Buckminster Fuller
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1/26/11 10:21 A

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Saw the dr. recently. My blood pressure and cholesterol are higher than he wants them to be. BP borderline, 140. Cholesterol 207 - should be under 200. So, even though my weight is under control I still need to work on my health. Part of the problem is my age, and there is also family history. You younger people may not have those problems now but if you get the weight down to normal you will reduce your chances of getting certain health issues later. Things like the two I have, diabetes, etc.

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Orange Park, Florida

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly. - R. Buckminster Fuller
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1/17/11 12:04 A

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I never had the surgery but I struggle with carpal tunnel. I don't do a lot of bead-weaving, but I haven't really had a problem with carpal tunnel and beadwork in general, unless I over do it and do too much at once (beaded flowers is the only thing that has bothered it, and that was when I made 9 flowers in 3 days).

What has helped me:

1) Pay attention to how my hands feel and don't over do it. If they start bothering me, I stop and give them a rest (I have problems with tendinitis too, and ice and naproxyn help me when I have problems).

2) Take regular breaks in anything I do that is hand intensive and stretch out my hands.

3) my OT exercises (I haven't reached that point yet, but my brother found that strength training in general helped him; I'm hoping that will be the case for me. But in any case, my OT exercises help me.) I have a therapeutic putty that I roll with the palm of my hand into a snack, turn that snake into a circle and stick my fingers and thumb through and then stretch as I open up the hand, and then grip it in my hand and squeeze it into a ball. If I don't have my putty with me, a stress/squeeze ball and stretching can help, but the putty is better because it strengthens the little muscles that pull your hands open as well as the muscles that close them, balancing the muscles in my hands.

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1/13/11 10:04 P

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In 2001 and 2002, I had surgery on each wrist for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. As I am now wanting to work with a loom, and seed bead weaving. I am a little concerned with possible problems again.
So I am thinking 'prevention'. I think I will find my old wrist supports to wear.
So I was just wondering about troubles anyone else may have and the best 'cure' you have.
Believe me 10 years ago I tried copper, magnets, glucosamine, everything almost. Only after the surgery did I get any relief. Now without health insurance, I definately cannot afford to go through that again.
Thanks :)

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1/12/11 8:12 P

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Thank you for the ideas. I am printing them out.

The will of God will not take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk!


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1/12/11 12:06 P

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Ideas to motivate someone to exercise:

1) Bribery works for me. Seriously, I don't know how many times I've only been able to force myself to work out by saying "I can't do X until I get this work out in.

2) Don't over do it.

3) 10 minutes. Again, there have been days when I was sluggish that compromised and told myself to at least try for 10 minutes. 99% of the time, once I get started I finish my workout. Yes, on occasion, there are the rare times when I get started and really am too tired or whatever and then I have permission to stop--because I at least tried. But knowing that I have that option helps me get started on days when I really can do it but lack motivation.

4) Find activities that you like. I find the treadmill boring beyond belief and the elliptical isn't much better. I still use them because they are effective, but I mix things up a lot. I fence. Dance. Play tennis. Go roller blading, biking, canoeing, walking, hiking, play soccer.... you get the idea. Finding things you like to do helps keep it from being a chore.

5) start building up those spark streaks. 10 minutes every day starts to gain some momentum!

6) Join fitness challenges. For example, last summer I was highly motivated to workout because of a series of roll playing challenges that I was involved with on the Corinthium team--not only because I wanted to keep "playing" the story, but also because I didn't want to let the team down! Roll Playing not your thing? There are tons of teams with short, medium, and long running challenges. I'm doing the Official 28 bootcamp right now, for example. The Slowest Loser team also often has challenges.

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1/12/11 12:45 A

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Great idea Sharon. If anyone has ideas to motivate a poor exerciser to be more active, I am really interested.

The will of God will not take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk!


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1/11/11 11:55 A

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Let's talk about nutrition and exercise, healthy cooking, ask questions, and discuss anything else related to our health.

SHARON
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Orange Park, Florida

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly. - R. Buckminster Fuller
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