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I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely ...
I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely for me for once.

I am a married graduate student in the process of trying to reclaim my health. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help me get closer to where I want to be.
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Member Since: 4/17/2009

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My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthier. I want to have more energy, less stress, less pain, and to be able to live the active life I used to have.

Sub goals:
1) Preferably, lose 30-50 lbs
2) Gain back muscle mass and improve cardio fitness
3) Eliminate hip pain
4) Eliminate headaches
5) Eliminate carpal tunnel and tendinitis problems
6) Better manage allergies and asthma

My Program:
1) Eat a relatively healthy diet without obsessing about food. I refuse to stress about whether or not I eat another slice of meat or treat myself to a bit of chocolate. I aim for moderation when it comes to food.

2) Try to work out 5 times a week, both strengthening and aerobic exercises, preferably for at least 30 minutes a work out session. These work out sessions include exercises and stretches specifically assigned by my doctor for reducing hip and hand/forearm pain.

3) Drink plenty of water, take the prescribed medications, and try to live responsibly in regards to my allergies.

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I am from Michigan.

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RAIN454
3/2/2015 3:52:14 PM

Thanks for the comments on my food blog. You are so right. I really really need to up my freggie count. Its so hard though but I know its something that has to be done. Will try better today. Hope youre having a good mOnday and had a great weekend. I hope you find a cake recipe that your husband can enjoy too.



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WHITNEYTEACHER
2/23/2015 7:00:51 PM

Thank you for your thoughts. I decided on Sunday morning I shouldn't wait until Monday to see the doctor and went to Urgent Care instead. I do have shingles, they gave me a cortisone shot and sent me home with 5 different prescriptions and instructions to return if the pain became unbearable. So far I don't have much pain, just a pretty big rash covering most of the right side of my trunk that itches like crazy. Two of the pills I'm taking are supposed to help with that but they don't seem to be doing much so far. I ordered a couple of things from Amazon that got good reviews and they should arrive Wednesday. I'm doing OK though, glad I didn't wait another day to get it checked out because the sooner you start taking anti-virals the better.



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FITNHEALTHYKAL
2/23/2015 10:58:09 AM

Hey sweetie; I am here. Just very busy with the puppy and training and such. Brian's retirement ceremony is 17 April which is coming FAST. Briana will be home for 10 days from Japan and other family here from all over.

Are you settled in and loving life?

Hugs, Me



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WHITNEYTEACHER
2/21/2015 7:20:07 PM

Thanks for stopping by my page to read my blog. Your comments are appreciated emoticon I hope you've been surviving the winter OK, I know it's been colder than usual in your part of the world too. I think we're all ready for spring!
I developed hives a few days ago and they've been driving me crazy. I guess I'll call the doctor on Monday, mainly to make sure it's hives and not shingles. Either way though I think I just have to wait it out. This has been a truly awful winter for me health-wise.



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RAIN454
2/12/2015 5:03:06 PM

emoticon on the new house!! thats so exciting esp since I remember your stories of planting little pots on your balcony. Now you have a whole yard! That must be so fun! You get to now deal with annoying cats and squirrels who pull off all your hard-earned fruit. Oh wait, thats my life lolol!
Enjoy!!!



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