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I'm angry

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I got the results of my MRI and I have degenerative arthritis in my spine. Lots of folks over 50 get it. The thing that made me angry is the General Practioner wants to refer me to a Pain Specialist. Not once did he mention me being 50 lbs overweight. Not once did he indicate that losing some of that weight might alleviate some of the pain. No, just throw drugs at it and run up medical income for a pain specialist.

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CINDYSLIMS 12/17/2014 11:52PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I also suffer from DDD. I hope you can find some alternative therapies. Good Luck!

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PHATPAT18 12/17/2014 9:51PM

    My husband had to see a pain specialist and the guy was a real jerk. Second pain specialist has his assistant work with my husband and never even examined him. Pain specialists are shady characters, in my opinion. I wish you well. emoticon


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December mid-point

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Only 600 points to the next Spark trophy, it's fun to chase them and keeps me motivated. I'm at 21,117 fitness points today, reaching 24K by YE is still within reach, I've got to make every day count. It's really helping me focus on doing something toward my goals every day.

My back is still giving me fits, had MRI, hoping they'll be some treatment forthcoming

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NORWOODGIRL 12/15/2014 5:38PM

    I've been wondering about your progress toward the year end deadline. Glad to hear you're moving full speed ahead toward your goal despite your back problem. Hope that you get some relief from it soon!

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End of November

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's soooo easy to "say" I'm going to do something than it is to actually do it! I am trying to reach my yearly goal of 24,000 fitness minutes. Today, I finally broke 20,000. 4K in 31 days would be a big stretch, but I do know I can reach 2K more and finish the year 90% of my goal. We'll see shere I end up.

My big fitness minute activity is walking, usually on my treadmill. Problem is, it seems to irritate my back. I'm going to wear a back support if that happens and elevate the TM a little more. Turkey day aftermath brought my weight up and I would like to at least end the year where I was at the beginning of the year!

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NORWOODGIRL 12/1/2014 11:57PM

    I don't "say" I'm going to do something. I buy the book or video and somehow, magically, the content is supposed to change me. Darn! Guess I have to "do" something.

You are doing something - and I admire you for it! Way to go, Alice!

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ARNETTELEE 11/30/2014 5:31PM

  Happy sparking!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/30/2014 4:59PM

    My brother found the treadmill hurt his back but then he switched to an elliptical and was fine. Maybe that would work for you??

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MIZPAM25 11/30/2014 4:53PM

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Friday, November 21, 2014

The past couple of days I've been paying attention to how I feel when I want to eat. I know I'm an emotional eater but I didn't realize how ingrained a habit it is! Even the tinest annoyance and I start thinking about eating something to "feel better". It is truly like an addiction. It's a real struggle to feel my feelings and sit with them, think about them, let them rise up and wash over me. Ugh!

Yesterday I was sad about my Yoga studio closing and driving home I thought about stopping at Starbucks for a treat. I successfully passed it by but went ahead with driving through McDonald's for their $1.04 vanilla ice cream cone. Less calories but the same "soothing with sweets" reaction to emotional pain. It turns out the studio found a place to relocate and I can still enjoy all the benefits of yoga and the people I know there.

I realize in trying to deal with my emotions that its going to be harder than exercising or diet.

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NORWOODGIRL 11/22/2014 7:44PM

    Go, Alice! Great insight.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/22/2014 1:07PM

    Baby steps! I think you had a very successful NSV -- you recognized your emotion, you recognized your first impulse to deal with it, and you chose the lesser of two evils. That's a win!

Sometimes when I feel that way, I'll find myself down the snack or cookie aisle of the grocery store, just "trolling..." but as long as I don't buy anything, what harm does it do? I have learned it doesn't help, so I just say "oh well" and move on. You will get to this point too!


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Road trip lessons

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My weight is up, thanks to 1) not enough moving and 2) eating whatever is available.
What works when travelling is 1) taking snacks (for the airplane) and not buying more.
2) knowing what is good (healthy, calorie appropriate) at fast food restaurants we stop at.
3) breaking up driving long distances with walks/hikes.

The hardest thing, in retrospect, is getting quiet, uninterrupted "me" time. I need to plan and DO at least 10 minutes of meditation alone, in quiet to stay on track.

Now that I'm home, I need to get 85 minutes a day of fitness to reach my 2014 yearly goal. Guess I'm going to wear out the treadmill and a couple pair of sneakers!

One positive note, we pretty much emptied the pantry and frig before we left so I'm not putting any grains or sugar back into it!

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NORWOODGIRL 10/26/2014 9:30PM

    What strategies do you have planned to survive the two big eating holidays before the end of the year?

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