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A little of this and that tonight~

Friday, April 18, 2014

I'm feeling so much better today and will continue to improve as time goes on. I did go to the Doctor this morning and he said no lasting after effects. I am happy to hear it I don't need any drama in life right now. He did some tests just to be sure, took a vial of blood and should get the results within a week but he said beyond that I am all clear and I'm starting work again tonight.

I did my hair earlier and I am sporting a pixie like cut now and some blonde in my colour. Had coffee (a coffee misto) with my sandwich for breakfast this morning and went out to do my hair. The parents went over to the hotel and saw my sister and family and they are fine staying at the hotel for a few days. They are heading back home tomorrow so that they can attend a service with their church people in the evening. Plus it will give them a few days before they get back to their regular routine Monday with the girls.

Yesterday we had pizza and salad for dinner and I had a cup of salad and 3 small slices of pizza and didn't eat any leftovers. We had BBQ for dinner tonight and I had carrots for a vegetables, no chips or anything high calorie or meats. I had a veg burger I made from extra firm tofu and ate it with vegetables and a thin pickle, so good. Just a little bit of ranch dressing on the bun.

This week I have been very active without dedicated exercise but I have been able to get back to 30 minutes of exercise a day. I am restricted until Sunday and then I'll restart the program I was starting this week which is so nice. We're working to add some cabinets in certain areas of the house to have more storage because this house was too much of a shell when I bought it. I like the house and the bills are pretty low except the energy bills in the summer since it gets so frakkin hot lol. We're tearing up the carpets upstairs room by room and we should be done in a few months with the rooms and doing hardwood. By the time we are done we'll be satisfied with the outcome of this house and have it much more functional.

I've been using a squeeze ball for my stress this week and its been helping so much. A fright like mine was no joke and its the last time I shall mention that since the psych said don't obsess and it has happened to others so no worries and move on in life.

Tomorrow my mom is giving my two nieces bags she made for them and we bought them shirts they would like and just a small amount of candy. Sort of like an Easter Gift. Something that isn't technology related. My Aunt will be here Sunday and Monday and have Easter with us which will be nice enough. At the end of next week I have a delivery coming so I need to have everything ready in an upstairs bedroom by then. It shall be done indeed.

Watched Dancing With the Stars last night, loved it so much. We just finished week 5 and I DVR it so I can speed through what I don't want to deal with. I like watching how the teams rehearse but the stupid drama I can live without it. I couldn't sleep last night so I watched Craig Ferguson and Robin Williams and they are insanely funny together and quite suggestive. Not for the young ones definitely...

So food, water and most things are going well. Stress is going down and sleep is getting better thankfully. Exercise will be good tomorrow certainly!


Happy Friday and be well heading into Easter weekend~

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SHERYLP461 4/18/2014 8:55AM

    So happy to hear you are better. Your hair sounds cute, post a pic.

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EDLEAR 4/18/2014 2:25AM

    good to hear that things are getting back to normal for you, exercise-food-drama wise. Enjoy your weekend with family! emoticon

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IGNITEME101 4/18/2014 2:18AM

    Thank you for the update! Della

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Visiting with family~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

they arrived today staying at a hotel, hooray! Tomorrow getting hair done with my mom and will have dinner afterwards likely!

Tonight we had salad and a bit of pasta. I'm about to hit the shower in a little bit since I like evening showers honestly. It was warm today 88 degrees and it should be in the 80-90's this week and next!

Happy Favourite Day Thursday~

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SETTIMIA 4/18/2014 1:21AM

    Morning wonderful inspirng lady. Wishing you a beautiful day ahead with your loved Únes. ☺ emoticon

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GENRE009 4/17/2014 8:16PM

    It's nice getting away, and I bet the weather helps too. Enjoy yourself. eva

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BARBANNA 4/17/2014 6:08PM

    Have a great visit with your family! emoticon emoticon

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    May I ask where you live? We are still in Spring-like temps. Anywhere from mid 70's one day to 60's the next. I live in Boise, Idaho.

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EDLEAR 4/17/2014 1:54AM

    How nice for you! I usually stay at a hotel when I visit certain family members also, it's easier. emoticon
Here it was in the low 30's, but sunny, so some of the snow was able to melt. The daffodils are peeking up out of the snow cover.

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Tuesday, after 2 days of crazy...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

& getting some semblance of normalcy back. I'm feeling better and everyone here is alright except for me really lol. Just certain things give you the nervous shakes and I had one yesterday. My dad took care of things for the most part and my Mom and I are doing all the aftercare. I'm lucky I didn't get very sick and I am grateful for that. No matter how much you stay on top of things is shows life can be unexpected in many ways and I'll have to stay on top of things for a long while now!

The less I think about it the better so I'm not discussing it here but its been a bit of a nightmare honestly. I just came out of the shower after finishing work for the day and I feel clean and proper now.

I need to eat my lunch since I had breakfast & dinner already. I ate breakfast for dinner and dinner at breakfast. I had stress going on so I couldn't sleep last night until about 4am. I've only ever felt that once before so it was a serious thing. Paolo wants me to head to the regular doctor and I made an appointment for Thursday at 9am just to make sure I am alright physically. My parents said I should as well so I figured if 4 different people think its a swell idea then I'll listen to my instincts and intuition.

I didn't get in any dedicated exercise again but I was even more active than yesterday so I know I'll be okay tomorrow when I get back to regular. I decided to take tonight and tomorrow off as well and I'll get back to work Thursday night. I will have taken 3 sick days to deal with this but I have never ever taken any sick time. I explained to my boss what happened and he was just glad I am alright with what occurred.

Thanks for respecting my privacy about not explaining what it is but it was pretty serious! I feel fine but will hit the Doctor Thursday just to be certain there aren't any after effects!

Apparently my sister and her husband are at The Grand Canyon now so they are coming for easter I think. According to her texts they are and they are staying at a hotel thankfully. I am no mood for houseguests or to have to explain what went on.

Have a good Wednesday, be safe, be good, be alive~

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EDLEAR 4/17/2014 1:56AM

    Just take care of yourself, all else will follow emoticon

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BARBANNA 4/16/2014 4:40PM

    Sorry for the mishap and hope all goes well. Glad you are back in the swing of things. Thanks goodness you have Paolo to help you through this event. emoticon emoticon

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FAERIEBERT1986 4/16/2014 4:17PM

    Wow, I hope everything is ok and that the checkup comes back A-OK. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 4/16/2014 2:56PM

    I hope all is well with you. You are a very strong person, I know you will be ok.

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BOBINVA 4/16/2014 10:57AM

    Take good care of yourself.

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ROCKPORT9 4/16/2014 8:58AM

    I hope all turns out well. Sending hugs and prayers, Laurel emoticon emoticon

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SETTIMIA 4/16/2014 2:19AM

    Hi hun, try not to focus on it and choosing not write about it is very wise. I am learning this more and more





Sempre ti penso!

ciao bella emoticon

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A Hard Day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today was spent mostly cleaning and dealing with a serious home issue. I was very active but no dedicated exercise today, will be back at it tomorrow and feeling better about things. I took the night off work since it was all so much to deal with today!

Will be back at full steam tomorrow since today will somewhat count as my rest day!

Have a lovely Tuesday~

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IAM_HIS 4/15/2014 10:31AM

    Hope things have been worked out. emoticon

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    That sounds serious! Hope everything turns around and you are back to normal.


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IGNITEME101 4/15/2014 2:40AM

    If you're awake, watch the lunar eclipse or the 'blood moon' with me! emoticon
PS I hope nothing serious happened today. Praying!

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It is SUNday early morning, Vampira is here~

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I belong to a group "Working Out at Home" and I use it because I am a germ-o-phobic sort in a pretty big way. (One reason I won't go to a gym) Its not an obsession mind you but I need to be very careful since I have always had a compromised immunity from being ill frequently (& having 8 operations & plenty of artery digs fun times!) from the time I was born until my mid-20's or so. Now, I wish I would have been educated earlier in life about eliminating dairy and most meat so I could have been in better health but it is what it is. I am doing so much better in life since I have been eating better, exercising, getting enough sleep and relaxation time that I almost need a shirt that has a Black Panther on it. (I was going to say a rabbit but I chose my alma matters mascot instead :)~

Anyhow, that was kind of a sidetrack from the first sentence. I am giving full credit to Spark Member MISSESKAVANAUGHS right here because her ideas are so crucial to getting yourself on the right track for proper health.

Welcome to Misses Kavanagh's Hard Earned Tips For Success!

Tip # 1: Sort out your Head Before Anything Else

I know you've all heard this before "Set up your goals!", but it's more than that, and it's more important than that. Why do you want to loose weight? Is it to feel healthy? Is it to 'look better'? Is it because you want to appeal more to someone else? Is it from self-loathing? If you want to loose weight because you are angry or hate yourself, your chances of success are significantly reduced... Simply because your rate of weight loss will not match your want to loose it. If you're focusing on /feeling healthier/ that will be an almost immediate gratification.

Sorting out your head also means getting other stresses out of your life, or at least learning to come to terms with them. If you are miserable, if you are loosing sleep at night, if you are in a state of stress or conflict, finding the time, energy and will to exercise and eat healthy will be an overwhelming task.

Tip # 2: Start out Small and Grow

If you feel determined, and anxious for results, then good, channel that energy- but /don't do everything at once/. Make small changes. start cutting out certain foods (like eating out) first, then slowly add to the list of foods that don't make the 'healthy cut'. You'll be amazed how much easier it is when you ease into something and allow yourself to slowly adjust rather than put yourself into shock.

The same goes for exercise. If you're doing an hour of exercise a day from nothing- you're going to burn yourself out. Your body just isn't /used to it/, and I'd wager a guess your schedule isn't either.

Tip # 3: Excuses are just that

Figure out how important feeling healthier is to you. What are you willing to give up or dedicate to get there? You can find the time, you can find the budget, you can find the energy if it's important enough to you to sacrifice other things. Nothing is more torturous then 'wanting to loose weight' but in a moment of weakness 'wanting to eat junk food' and then going back to 'wanting to loose weight'. You have to decide which outweighs the other then /commit/ to it. If you make peace with one or the other (which ever you choose!) you'll ultimately be much happier, instead of doing both, and feeling anxious for doing both.

Tip # 4: Educate yourself

This should really be Tip #1. You can't be healthy if you don't know what healthy is. If you're reading this on Spark People then you already have a tool to help you out here! Understand how foods impact you, how exercise impacts you, and make decisions based off of your own goals.


It's far too easy to see someone who is fit, and you want to cookie cutter follow their diet/exercise routine. Your body is your own. It will react differently then others. How do various foods impact you? How do various exercises impact you? Amounts? Times? Your body will try to indicate to you if you are doing something right, or very wrong. Don't ignore it.

Tip # 6: Don't starve Yourself fat!

Eat when you're hungry- just eat healthy food. Restricting yourself to a certain number of calories, but eating unhealthy for those calories will be incredibly damaging. It DOESN'T COUNT if you stay between 1,200 cals and 1,500 cals, but 900 of those was from a hamburger.

Tip # 7: Be Accountable

Don't hide the fact that you're making a life change. Gently inform friends, family, co-workers, anyone that might be eating with you or expecting a portion of your time. Let them know that some foods you will politely decline or avoid, and you may have to slip away to exercise for a bit (Or better yet involve them :D ). Hiding it leads to shame, anxiety, and a lack of accountability. It's not something you're sneakily doing it's something you're wholeheartedly embracing!

Tip # 8: Treat Yourself

Does this mean "break your eating healthy"? No. Healthy treats exist, you just need to find them! Treating yourself should not involve serious guilt or regret afterwards. Snoop at your local health food store and try something new. Personally my newly discovered treats are dried Goji berries, Nori snacks, Roasted edemame, and ginger chews! Yum!

Tip # 9: There is no secret

Getting healthy and losing weight is HARD! There's no miracle pill, miracle diet, miracle exercise. It will require discipline, hard work, self-realization, and sacrifice. Decide if it's worth it to you, and proceed head strong :)

Again thanks to MISSESKAVANAUGHS for these tips and comments because I needed a refresher course and wake up call in some respects. I needed to figure out how to get back on the right path, continuing on the journey here!

Now over the past year, I've been doing quite well the majority of the time. That's cool but when I slide off the path I seem to jump outta the plane without the parachute in a few areas. Yes, I stayed on Spark People and kept going until I got my mojo back, BUT IT SHOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN SO LONG TO GET BACK TO FULL COMMITMENT!

So Exercise was the big one and my walking at some points went down way too much. Somehow, my lazy kicked in too nicely and I made excuses for myself. See tip above, excuses are not necessary. There isn't an excuse to be lazy and not care about your health and well-being. If you are making excuses then why are you here, depart until you are ready to take ACTION AGAIN. (Yes, I'm talking about myself, to myself, anyhow.) The Biggest Loser Coaches would of kicked my tail up and down the block for such debauchery and carelessness. Not that I would of cared about Jillian kicking my tail but Bob Harper yeah. His personality is the right type for me. The screamers and yellers don't even move me to care but the silent disappointment breaks me down.

I was paying lip service to the reducing Salt. I wasn't putting in the work required to get that bad boy under control. I was consuming too much boxed and canned foods and you can't get your sodium under control like that. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN! There is just too much salt in bread, boxed and canned foods. So I am buying frozen vegetables, no more boxed or canned foods unless its absolutely necessary. I don't foresee when that will occur but you never know.

I was way too inactive in March, not making 300,000 steps is being lazy for me. Not getting in a minimum of at least 2 miles a day is just sitting on my duff and not moving around. This isn't respect for myself. I have no defense just a wake up call. Okay now, I was thinking about readjusting my walking and other exercise to make myself more active in a day. So I am going to post my exercise here every day just to be accountable for myself, as I used to do so. When I stay on track like this then I stay motivated and get it done. Its not boring, work or a chore and I enjoy it. I'm getting back on the horse and she's pulling the wagon!

This is my tentative exercise plan going forward. I reserve the right to adjust as necessary but not getting in the exercise is not an option. I want to have this in place before the really gnarly hotter than Sin City weather becomes a normality. (May-mid September for those who don't know it.)

Sunday Walking 90 min; Yoga 20 min; Cardio 20 min= 130 minutes
Monday Walking 90 min; Strength Train 30 minutes Upper Body= 120 min
Tuesday Walking 90 min; Yoga 30 min= 120 minutes

Wednes Cardio 30 minutes; ST 30 minutes Lower Body= 60 minutes
*Rest day from walking but doing 2 15 minute sessions on the treadmill to warm up for ST & Cardio! ST in morning Cardio in Evening!

Thursday Walking 90 min; Yoga 30 min= 120 minutes

Friday Cardio 30 minutes; ST 30 minutes Core= 60 minutes
*Rest Day from walking but doing 2 15 minute sessions on the treadmill to warm up for ST & Cardio! ST in morning Cardio in Evening!

Saturday Walking 90 min; Yoga 30 min= 120 minutes!

Now I get this sounds a little ambitious for some but Walking is 5 days; Yoga is 4 days; Cardio is 3 days & Strength is 3 Days! Some days are a little more active than others but its why I have Wednesday and Friday for ST & Cardio and pretty much walking rest days with just warm up for doing ST and Cardio work. I am going to stick with this plan from Sunday April 13th-Saturday May 10th and keep detailed notes and see where I am at. I will figure out if this plan is doable for the long term or if its an experiment gone bad lol. I don't see that happening but real life gets in the way of plans. The walking and yoga will always stay and so will the ST. Cardio is the ringer here, may need to adjust that and the different parts of it.

I enjoy the elliptical a lot and I jump on that for 10 minute bursts at a time through my waking hours so that usually adds up to round 20-30 minutes and I like not feeling tied to having to do it but I get on there and I feel like my stamina has improved a lot with it. I'm also committed to Fitness Blender Videos because on many days I find it fun to put together a Cardio Jam session which is about 20-30 minutes; it gives me energy and burning calories is not a bad thing. I haven't really gotten into regular Pilates and Boot Camp because my balance and strength isn't where I want it to be yet. The motivation isn't totally there for regular Pilates and Boot Camp yet. Zumba is usually a 2 times a week thing because 1-2 days a week I'm just not in the mood for Cardio work because I haven't gotten decent rest and those days Yoga and Walking are about what I can manage properly.

So if I need to eliminate or change around anything but walking I am going to do so. If I can't do anything I can walk and that is what I feel the best in. I mean I always feel like a billion dollars after I walk. I can't say the same for my other exercise all the time so I have that to mind!

The point is I have a pretty sedentary job so I need to get my duff moving more when I am awake and not working. Also, I can add in periods of walking or doing exercise when I am working because I have my own schedule so I work from about 10pm-7am and I take an hour for break. I can do a 15 minute walk on the treadmill and get those steps and calories burning then. Keep the metabolism in shape. I can walk outdoors in the morning before the sun blares. I can do that round 7-8am no worries.

I just need to pay attention and keep notes to see what works and what doesn't and adjust as I go & at the end of the period~

P.S. I am going to take one full rest day a week but not sure about the day. I try not to take it on the scheduled day for Strength Training. Maybe since my favourite day is Thursday? I think Friday is probably the best since I can use that for a laundry & chores day. I usually take a rest day when I am dead tired though. I'll have to work that part out but everything else is staying the same~

Happy Sunday, I may watch the end of The Masters and catch a baseball game~

EDIT-Sunday evening-I changed Sunday's exercise a little. I did my walking of course. I did a Leslie Sansone 3 mile video which felt like aerobic walking. I am going to put yoga in the morning on Monday since I seem to do better with yoga in the mornings instead of the evenings. So I'll practise yoga in the mornings on the days I do it!

So I've done walking and cardio today which is a good start!

Active Minutes-95
Calories Burned-2033

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    Wow, thanks for sharing about your germ-a-thons! I don't like the look of the stains on the gym equipment either! YUK. It's a hard thing to get through. Missed you greatly. Love Karen xx emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 4/14/2014 7:43PM

    Good blog - your in well good reason to be phobic about your immune system . I do not see ypu as lazy at all - sometimes we keep pushing and pushing and chasing our tails cause we have not found the right formula that works for us , individually. I fully agree with a day of rest , see I did not do that (rest) I keep pushing - more activities and fueling correctly hence - system crash toppled by non stop stress from DH 's transplant - by not being prepared in my pantry and a good plan I too overloaded on certain foods that blew my cortisol way out of proportion - you see me here right , I have not been able to relax and visit for a while cause I was over taxed - long and short of it - it did not work - so today was the first day of 14 day plan to rebalance my adrenal however the past couple days I rested , sleep well and meditated , just breathe - today I am down two - Just breathe - you know what to do ! Hugs K

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GENRE009 4/13/2014 11:01PM

    You have learned a lot of the things I had to go to weight watchers to learn. Great work outs. Some people aren't this ambitious, or don't put this much into it. But I remember being like this. I am just now after 20 years being injured, getting myself back into getting my stamina up again. Setting myself up to reach at a certain point the same or similar type of goals. Your a great motivator, and role model. great blogs as usual. eva

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BARBANNA 4/13/2014 5:42PM

    YOU GO GIRL, YOU ARE DOING GREAT! Thanks for all the amazing advice. It does make a difference. I want to be like you when I grow up. emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 4/13/2014 7:34AM

    You are to be commended for your dedication, commitment to and passion for your journey to better health! This is challenging enough without having to deal with issues such as germophobia.......

Thank you for sharing!

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    You by far are more committed to your fitness program than many here on Spark. Your food program also. I think it is a matter of staying focused, sometimes going with the flow of life, and maintaining equilibrium during the twists and turns of life. Putting ourselves as priority and taking care of ourselves is not something that is normally taught by our parental units.

I'd say give yourself credit, lighten up a bit, and do what you do.

For me I am physically active like being in a gym almost every day. Different ballpark, different thinking process for off-work extracurricular exercise. I have to watch what I do and reign myself in. If I don't I get sick. And, yes, I feel lazy if I'm not going, going, going 24/7. I acknowledge those thoughts with a gentle smile and continue on.

I think you are wonderful and committed. Spark wouldn't be the same without the wonderful you.

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