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Happiness Starts With Me

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I have decided that I am not going to let other people determine my level of happiness anymore. I used to be a very happy person. I don't think I complained too much, but lately I feel like all I do is complain about something. So starting now I am going to work harder to look on the bright side of life and appreciate all of the wonderful things I do have. With that I am going to work on being less judgemental. Unless it is directly effecting the health and safety of my loved ones or me, why should I care what you're doing, right?

My goals for August:

-Let things go. Once a day I will read an uplifting quote, and when something irritating happens I will stop and reflect on my quote of the day and decide if this "problem" is really worth my time and energy.

-Track my food. I haven't been very consistent in my tracking. If I get back to tracking everything I hope to break this plateau I've been stuck on for about a year.

-Start (and hopefully finish) remodeling the extra bathroom. I don't know if I can finish it in a month since I will only have weekends, but I will really try. Plus, ripping out a shower and replacing flooring counts as a workout, right?!

These are my goals for the month. I am really going to work hard on them. I think my most important goal is to reduce the stress. I am so tired of stress and irritation in my life. I'll let you know how I do!

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BLUEJAY1969 8/8/2014 8:33AM

    emoticon emoticon With not letting others get your good mood all garbled!

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EVIE4NOW 8/5/2014 9:35AM

  Love your goals. I've got goals too. We shall see how I do. Best of luck to you.

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JKPONYGIRL 8/5/2014 9:27AM


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    In the end the only one who matters is you so be good to yourself

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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May Goals

Saturday, May 03, 2014

It's been quite awhile since I've posted my goals. This month I joined the Get Movin' Colorado Challenge through LiveWell Colorado and MapMyFitness to get 30 minutes of activity for 30 days in May. So far I'm off to a good start, I've done 40 minutes or more all three days. I think I can keep this streak going!

I'm trying to get people in my office on board with going for a 30 minute walk everyday. Since we always eat our lunches at our desks anyway it's not like we have to take an extra break! I'm feeling very positive that I can do this. I'm hoping that this challenge will make 30 minutes of activity a habit for me. Since normally I'm pretty good with the nutrition part of my healthier lifestyle, and my biggest challenge is finding the motivation to exercise.

So here are my three goals for May:

*Get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
*Actually wear my pedometer everyday.
*Get at least 50% of my house mother-in-law approved clean and organized.

For the past few months I've had a hard time remembering to wear my pedometer. Once I get back into the habit of wearing it everyday I will set a daily step goal.

I have to admit, I am an extremely lazy person when it comes to house work. Most of the time I have clutter and dust everywhere. I am very, very, very embarrassed my the state of my house, so much so that I rarely have company and even my mother-in-law hasn't been invited to my house in over a year (and she only lives about 2 miles away). Don't get me wrong, I love my mother-in-law and she isn't one of those people that comes through with a white glove or anything, in fact, she probably doesn't even care. I am just tired of living in a dirty house.

I think I can do it. Besides, we're hoping to sell our house sometime between now and next summer so I better get on the cleaning!


Going Back to School

Friday, March 21, 2014

I have decided that I will go back to school this year. I'm done waiting for the right time. I wanted to go back last year, but my husband talked me out of it because we were planning on moving out of state within the last year. He convinced me that it would be too difficult to go to school, work full time, and move all at the same time. Here we are a year later and we aren't any closer to moving than we were last year. I've decided that there will never be a right time. I just have to make it the right time.

I am tired of dreading going to work everyday. I feel like if I go to college I will have more opportunities available to me. I am kind of scared. It's been 11 years since I was in high school. I have never applied for scholarships or colleges before. I'm 29 years old, and I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. All I know is that I want to go to school, and I want a job where I can make a difference. So today I will start my search. Wish me luck!

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SUZLOOZ 3/21/2014 1:44PM

    Go for it! 29 is still very young. You can do it! emoticon

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What to do

Monday, February 10, 2014

Like always my test results came back showing nothing wrong. I'm starting to wonder if I am really an alien or super human that magically heals myself when I go to the doctor. I'm getting tired of going to the doctor and having all of my test results come back normal when I really feel sick. I swear I'm not a hypochondirac! I am continuing my medication and if I don't start feeling better I have to call back to get a referal to a GI for an endoscopy. We'll see how it goes. On the bright side, I've started to get used to the pain in my belly and have expanded my food choices since last month.

I think I found a new goal. I am going to take at least 10 minutes out of each day and read for pleasure. I read a book last week for the first time since Owen finished football in October. I forgot how much I enjoy getting lost in a book. I think that's part of why I don't read that often anymore though. I get lost in it and then before I know it the clock says 8:32pm, Owen should have been in bed 32 minutes ago and hasn't even brushed his teeth yet! Maybe I will have a timer and only let myself read for 10-15 minutes. Then again, Spring football starts again in March so I will need something to do during football practice.

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LJOYCE55 2/10/2014 2:54PM

  Just because you do not have a measureable result on a test does not mean something is not wrong. I have IBS which is only diagnosed once they exhaust other possibilities - so all my tests came back negative. I do not know your symptoms or medication, but I found that low fat/ high fiber / reduced stress keeps my worst symptoms at bay. Hope you find your solution soon.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

I feel like my SP journey has been paused for the past couple of weeks. I haven't been feeling very well so I haven't been keeping up with my plan. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and had a whole bunch of lab work done so hopefully she will call today with some answers.

I know people will say that not feeling well isn't an excuse to stop eating right and exercising, but when eating is causing physical pain maybe it is time to pause the program. I don't know what it is, but as of yesterday the only thing that I've found so far that I can eat without too much pain is plain white bread and chicken broth. I've tried applesauce, bananas, avocado, even smoothies. Whole vegetables are out. I tried eating some steamed broccoli that I made for my family's dinner the other night, and I felt like a had an alien trying to escape from my stomach.

On top of that I've been so dizzy and lightheaded that I don't feel like I can exercise safely. Every time I exert myself it gets so much worse. I figured it was time to stop when I almost fell off of my elliptical.

I am thinking of this as a pause. I am still logging on everyday so I can keep my motivation up. Hopefully my doctor and I can figure this out soon and I can hit play again. Right now she is running tests to see if it is a bleeding ulcer, which would explain so much! Is it bad that at this point I am hoping I have an ulcer? Oh well. What ever is going on I will make the best of it. I just want to get whatever it is fixed so I can drink coffee again. I feel like a zombie without my coffee. I'll keep you posted.

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SUSANBEAMON 1/25/2014 2:24PM

  it does sound like an ulcer. hope the test results come back soon. it's no fun to feel like food is trying to get you. the dizziness is possibly from not eating.

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ICEDEMETER 1/24/2014 4:21PM

Honestly, I wouldn't consider this a "pause in the program" at all. If the "program" is to learn to listen to your body, and do the best things that you can to make / keep it healthy, then I would say that you are right on the mark!

A couple of other foods that you might want to try are rice pudding, poached eggs (easier if they're dropped in to your chicken broth), and white pasta with a bit of butter or olive oil. These are all considered "low residue", and might be able to work with your system right now.

I hate to admit it on this site, but when my body was doing similar things, the only foods that I could eat without pain were Corn Pops cereal (I comforted myself that at least they added vitamins) and Kraft Dinner (original), which had no redeeming qualities other than it didn't hurt!

Strong thoughts that your doc calls you soon, and that it's a problem that can easily be resolved!

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/24/2014 3:48PM

I hope you get answers soon and feel better. Eat what you can.

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