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aging and exercise

Friday, December 27, 2013

I have been working out since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue over 20 yrs ago.
I started out walking a mile a day and just kept building up from there. On days I was to uncomfortable to move, I just parked myself in the bath tub or hot tub. Slowly but surly not only did I lose weight, but I felt myself getting emotionally stronger as well.

Now. I'm 20 lbs lighter (I did actually lose 30 but I packed on almost 5 over Christmas).
I also started strength training. ME?? Strength training?That is just hilarious! It's true. I strength
train 2-3 times a week. I mix things up. Sometimes I do The Firm. Sometimes I do Jessica Smith. Sometimes I do Leslie Sansone. Most of the time nowadays I use youtube.

I have found that metabolic conditioning is what best worked for me. I'm 54 years old. I actually have definition in my arms and tummy. I hear comments frequently about that.
I automatically assumed that since i'm older now it wouldn't be safe for me to try metabolic conditioning or any kind of weight training. That is utter non sense! I can do whatever I darn
well please! As long as i'm able to do it...i'm going to. I will not be held back by the number of years i've lived. but by " living" the years i'm given.

Fibromyalgia has presented problems quite often. I have struggled for many years. Cried a lot too. I just knew if I kept my wits about myself and not let the pain control me, I can live a productive life. Most of the time I do rather well. Diet and exercise is the most important part of life regardless if you have a chronic condition or not. If you don't...that's wonderful. If you do...get up and MOVE!!

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KBELANGER1 12/27/2013 5:19PM

    Cindy.....great advice....and what an inspiration you are.....you rock girl!!!!

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2JUSTME 12/27/2013 2:19PM

    Cindy, you are such an inspiration to me.

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FIRECOM 12/27/2013 2:17PM

    great advice. I have been a member of SP for going on 3 years and made my goal weight this year and was doing good on the walking stuff then Dxd with terminal Lymphoma in July. Life takes strange twists along the way, eh?

I have accepted the diagnosis but refuse to surrender the battle.

Your post is inspiring, something I need right now. Thank You.

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Dementia...no respecter of person!

Friday, August 16, 2013

The face of dementia...
Look at her. My mother in law. No one could know she has dementia just by a photo. You'll know right away when she speaks. Dementia is a thief! It steals your memory. It steals your personality. It steals everything that once was an actual human being.
Odd. Back in the day when Gramma was who we knew her to be, she was...well, difficult. She just wasn't a people person. She didn't like to babysit the grandkids or spend much time with them. But all of that is behind us now. Today, gramma is very sweet, pleasant, and yet a chore at the same time. LOL! Who knew things would turn out like this. I have learned a lot of life lessons just by being her care giver alone. My children ask me how I could be so sensitive and patient with her. They seem so bitter. I tell them it is the Lord that helps me do what I have to do to take care of gramma. It's called agape love. Loving someone who doesn't return love. Make no mistake, it is very difficult...or WAS for me in the beginning. Nowadays gramma is no longer the gramma we once knew. Forgiveness is key to any relationship. Life lessons are endless. I can hide behind the door of anger, resentment, or whatever else goes along with negative feelings. What good would it do now? Today, I just trust the Lord to help us do what needs done. My friends have told me I'll get thru this. I tell them I don't want to "just get thru this"! I want to be better! My husband tells me all the time...I don't know how you do it, but I appreciate it! Dementia steals the memory of people, but it also teaches us a host of lessons as well. I try not to dwell on what was or what might be. Instead, even though I cry sometimes, I know for sure God is in it and I believe He knows my heart, and will take care of us...no matter what!

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FANTASM01 9/9/2013 4:38PM

    Hi Cindy, I came across your post via community posts in the over 50's section. I then read your post requesting prayers. I came over to your blog post about dementia. I also see your a member of a fibromyalgia group. I have fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed in 1995. I'm 56 now. For my adult life career I chose geriatrics. I have worked an Alzheimer's wing. I know how very difficult it is to care for those with dementia and I only had to do it 8 hours at a time. Bless your heart for loving your mother in law and caring for her. Anytime you need an ear or shoulder please drop me a message. Feel free to add me as a spark friend if you'd like. emoticon

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KBELANGER1 8/17/2013 8:43AM

    Cindy...you are beautiful....inside and out.....God will bless you for your goodness....thank you for sharing the beautiful picture of Gramma....

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/17/2013 12:09AM

  That's a gracious God hono emoticon ring attitude.

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SUTERSPACE 8/16/2013 8:08PM

    How exciting for you that your eyes have been opened to actually see what is going on. Not just see but learn from it. Way to go girl. I guess there is a reason why you aren't working outside the home. God had plans for you INSIDE the home. Just don't forget your limits (we ALL have them) and give yourself time for God to recharge those batteries that you are using endlessly!! God Bless you Cindy!

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BERTAS_JOURNEY 8/16/2013 11:52AM

    I can relate to you my MIL had dementia too and it's hard to take her care of her.
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PJ2222 8/16/2013 11:32AM

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Best new born baby workout

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I loved bringing home our new baby from the hospital. We were all settled in and cozy. UNTIL, the baby seemed to have a set of grown folk lungs. I remember those days very well. Sleepless nights, pacing the floors for hours, colic...yep it was all there. Back then I couldn't pretend to care what I looked like after giving birth. I didn't think about having nice tight abs or having arms that don't jiggle when I wave good bye. All I cared about was taking care of my sweet newborn.

By the time I had my next baby, I had a different perspective. All I could think about was how much weight I gained. I just couldn't feel comfortable in my own skin. Then, wouldn't you know it; here comes baby #3 and he was huge! He was almost 10 lbs. at birth. I gained 50 lbs with that baby. I completely felt like a heffer! Hmm, what to do what to do! My eureka moment came when I leaned over to pick him up. He was a very poor sleeper and had childhood asthma. I swear the kid was allergic to sleep. I'd lean over his little bassinet and scoop him in to my arms. Carried him around for hours on end. My arms eventually got really strong. I had some awesome biceps.

Next came the challenge of tightening up my tushie. When I sat down to nurse him, sometimes I would just squeeze my butt while sitting. Don't laugh! It works. That poor baby was in and out of the hospital so often...I can't say for sure, but I think the hospital just kept a room available to us. I eventually lost interest in losing weight or strengthening muscle.

OH OH...Here comes baby #4! I was 36 when I had my last child. Baby #3 finally started sleeping thru the night. After all, he is 6 yrs old. I'd say it's about time! I started using my baby as weights. Pacing the floors for what i'm sure felt like miles and miles! Holding, kissing, lifting...sweating! Now their all grown. I will never EVER have six pack abs, or have arms that don't jiggle. I do however have a tight family. All that lifting and pacing and holding paid off very well.

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KBELANGER1 5/2/2013 9:07AM

    Oh Cindy....reminds me of my days of having 5 small children....within 4 years....the twins really did a toll on my body.....and yes...I still have the jiggle under the arms.....oh well....the Lord blessed me with wonderful children....and now........wonderful grandchildren to carry around.....

You made my day...my dear friend....brings back lots of old memories...and good ones at that....


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SUTERSPACE 5/1/2013 12:04PM

    Now it is time for grandbabies to use as weights, LOL. Grandkids really don't care about jiggly arms, they just care about love and you got PLENTY of that!! Bring it on!! I can use some of that grandbaby work too!! emoticon

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Turning 54 with attitude!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Seriously!! 54 is kind've creeping me out. It's scary to think about getting older. What does that mean....older? It's just a number. It doesn't reflect how I act or behave. It's attitude! I have a blast. Raising children is behind me. I sure do miss the kids being home though. I have sooo much to be thankful for.

My children are very successful...Daughter...cancer survivor, medical assistant, pharmacist technician, Oldest boy has been in the service for almost 12 yrs, middle boy is studying for his psychologist degree, youngest boy is also in the service. I am really proud of them!

Their growing up years went by very quickly! They sure grew up in a much different environment than me. I grew up with alcoholic parents. I hated my childhood. I knew when I was in my teens things were gonna be different when I grew up. I sure got off to a slow start, but wow! When God gets involved with life changes, He sure knows what He's doing! He's able to turn the ugly side of life in to something beautiful...as long as we cooperate with Him of course. We all have a choice. You want to see change? Then get busy and change it. It's all about attitude!

Look at the beauty of nature!

get plenty of rest!

Eat right!

and SMILE!

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SOKKERNUT 6/19/2013 4:04PM

    Love the pics! Omgosh no way are you going to be 54! YOU LOOK emoticon

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God Bless you doll.

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WACFIT 4/30/2013 10:01PM

    Great blog! Welcome to Club 54! haha! God is good. You are a blessing and I am happy to have 'met' you here. Happy birthday, dear friend!
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CARMRUN 4/30/2013 10:10AM

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. Great attitude, may it spread Spark to everyone around you. Blessings, CC

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2JUSTME 4/30/2013 10:09AM

    You are so right on! Attitude is everything!!! Good job!

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SUTERSPACE 4/30/2013 9:59AM

    Woo hoo LOVE your attitude, lol. Preach it sister!!

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KESTRYLL 4/30/2013 9:33AM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful life. I am also coming up on 54. I love being able to spoil my grandkids and send them home! Take care, my friend

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Facing cancer...mom style.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My daughter is 2 yrs out from being diagnosed with cancer. What was supposed to be a migraine was actually brain cancer. So rare is her cancer that the Dr.'s at Cleveland Clinic had never seen it before. Finally, a physician was found in California that was familiar with her cancer. Donna was diagnosed with Plasma cytoma. Ugliest words to hear....EVER! Typical this cancer has been found in elderly black men. The Dr's couldn't offer an explanation how a young white female got it.

This can't be happening. Jim just left for overseas. I can't have a terminally ill child at the same time!! No way is this happening!
So many up's and down's, fear, confusion, and a host of other terrifying emotions when I heard those awful words in the same sentence as my daughter's name. I've always been a praying mom, but somehow...prayer couldn't be said. I felt like God let me down. All I had in me was anger and frustration. I told the dr's I have anything she needs...liver, kidneys, lungs, heart. It didn't matter to me. Whatever she needs please take. What I heard was, "i'm sorry Mrs. Warner. It isn't that type of cancer.
My sweet child was terminal and I had nothing in my power to help her. Not even God! Oh I did not respond well after her treatments. All I wanted to do was out bad my bad, but I couldn't even do that. Life can be so unfair!

In the end, finally, I had a spiritual break through. It seemed like the Lord just picked me up with both hands, drew me to His side, and whispered in my ear "don't be afraid, I'm here"! WHAT?? After everything I said and did? Well now, there it is. Just what I needed to hear. "I am with you"! 4 little words that packed a powerful hug, right to my broken heart and changed my anger and fear to hope and faith. I'm so thankful God is faithful even when I'm not!

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the surgery. Today, she's still recovering from continued treatments. A 2nd "blip' has been found. But the good news is NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE!
This is my account of my child's diagnosis. Her's is very different from mine. I should've followed the leader. She taught me how to be strong and fight. don't lose faith and don't blame God...He's God. We're not.

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BRAVELUTE 4/27/2013 10:13PM

    Prayers. We MUST pray for the answers to preventing this disease from taking hold of us, our loved ones, the world.

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KBELANGER1 4/26/2013 9:38AM

    Cindy.....God is by your side....and Donna's side....Continued prayers for all of you......you are one special lady....


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SUTERSPACE 4/26/2013 9:26AM

    God wants us to be real and honest with him. He understands our frustration and anger and confusion. He knows our heart! Can anything be any more awesome than that? Praises sent up regarding you and your family and prayers for further growth in him. I just LOVED reading your post!!

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WINNIE-POOH 4/25/2013 9:48PM

    God knows our weaknesses, that's why he sent us a Savior. emoticon

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SISTERPRETTY 4/25/2013 9:17PM

    emoticon emoticon your daughter and your family is in my prayers. Remember that God is our healer and He's the best doctor that you could ever have. Be encouraged!

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