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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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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI
4/21/2014 6:22:54 PM

Thanks for reading my assignment Charity's Key. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hope you are doing fantastic and ready for graduation, moving and then relaxing a little before starting on your new adventure.



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ZELLAZM
4/21/2014 12:22:25 PM

Thanks for the blog visit, Zanna! You've been on Spark since April 17, 2009 - it's over on the right under "Profile"! So congrats and a happy Spakiversary to you, too!



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CIPHER1971
4/20/2014 7:21:01 AM

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

I think computers are the worst for posture, and am working really hard at not hunching over my keyboard.

Have a great Easter



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WHITNEYTEACHER
4/18/2014 8:56:57 AM

I don't know if you've heard of them or not but when I was looking on Amazon for something else I found "stovetop cutting boards". They fit over your stovetop to give you extra prep space in a small kitchen. They also have ones that fit over the sink, my husband made one for me to use in our motor home because there is NO counter space there. You might want to check it out for your new apartment.
I agree, the only problem with fresh baked bread is avoiding the temptation to eat too much. Rod made a loaf yesterday and I managed to cut one fairly thin slice and stop there. It's also hard to slice it very thin, especially when it's warm (yum).



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WHITNEYTEACHER
4/17/2014 8:13:46 PM

Thanks for stopping by my page to read my blog and for your comments. I've thought all along that finding a doctor that was willing to really listen to me would be the key but wasn't able to find one in the little town we lived in before moving. I agree with you, it's difficult when you have more than your own dietary needs to consider. My husband is type 1 diabetic and is not even a little overweight. When he had his back surgery the surgeon discovered he has osteoporosis and told him to add more dairy to his diet because it was a good (easy) way to get more calcium. He had a breadmaker when we met and enjoys baking bread so that part isn't a problem other than the time it takes to do it (and how hard it is to resist fresh baked bread). I think I'll be trying to do as much as I realistically can and see what happens. Today is day 1 of change (again). I've had a lot of "day 1's" but hopefully this will be the start of a more successful journey.




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