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Saturday, March 29, 2014

I haven’t Sparked for a while. I have been having some major issues with my knees, especially my left knee. It’s been pretty bad, I actually had to stay home from work and I am a secretary.

It started just before my last blog post (February 16). I tried to see my doctor, but he was on vacation and wouldn't be back until March 10. I figured I would just wait, as it wasn't that bad. I stopped my walk/jog and stuck with just walking and the bike. I finished out the week of over-time, and the knee started getting worse. Monday I went to the beach and collected sea-glass. While I was there I found a dead cowrie shell in a small pocket and squatted down to get it. I thought I was going to start crying, it hurt so bad, and for a moment I wasn't sure I would be able to stand back up. Then on Wednesday I had to do something in town, pay bills, I think, so I decided to walk to each place, maybe a total of 3 miles. I was at a pace of about 19-20 minutes per mile, so that is more of a stroll for me. Thursday, I was very stiff, and walking was uncomfortable. Getting up and down from a seated position was torture. Friday, the left knee was 2 inches bigger than the right one, and even walking was very painful. I was taking prescription doses of Advil and not getting a whole lot of relief. My mom borrowed a car on Saturday and took me to an Urgent Care clinic. They took X-rays, and recommended R.I.C.E. and told me to stay off it as much as possible for the next week. I was also told not to do any lower body exercises, especially squats and lunges, for at least two weeks or until I can follow up with my PCP and he okays it. I managed to get an appointment with My PCP on the 13th. I told him what had happened and he said “Well, you’re getting old.” For the most part, I really like my PCP, but I really wanted to smack him for that comment. He told me to keep doing what I was doing and not to over work it. I have been frustrated and upset because I haven’t been able to exercise; I have been eating more because I am upset; I have been gaining weight because I am eating more; I am upset because I am gaining weight. It’s a nasty down-ward cycle. Because I have been on this cycle, I haven’t been Sparking. I have gained back all the weight I lost plus a pound.

My employer has a “Wellness at Work” program and at the beginning of the year, they announced a Fitbit steps challenge. You order the Fitbit model of your choice at a 30% discount, the cost is deducted in two payments directly from your paycheck, and if you are one of the first 400 people to sign up, you could get an addition 50% off if you complete the challenge (50,000 steps a week x4 weeks). I ordered a Flex and picked it up on Tuesday. I have been using it since then, and I am rather surprised in the number of steps I actually take in an average day. I should have no problem completing the Challenge, if my knee doesn't give out on me. I went for a “power” walk after work yesterday, and I don’t think my knee is going to tolerate that yet. TANJAT88 has shared some really great chair exercise videos on YouTube, I need to go and bookmark them. I need to modify as necessary, and not let what I CAN’T do be the focus of my attention.

So I am going to make a big effort to stop feeling sorry for myself. I know there are people who are dealing with worse pain issues who manage. If ~INDYGIRL can lose over 200 lbs, I can lose 51 lbs; I just have to be patient and consistent.

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TANJAT88 3/30/2014 4:37PM

    I completely understand how pain plays in the game!!! While I want to say "I am so sorry you are struggling", I think letting you know how much you have encouraged me PERSONALLY would be better!!!

I know you can do this!!! When my rheumatoid arthritis kicks up, I try to look at it as a doorway to finding new ways to do old things -- including fitness :)

I really hope you join us in our April Challenge (once we find our leaders)... I know you would be such a great addition -- it is amazing how much not only being supported, but being able to BE support to others has impacted the folks that have been engaged in our March Fitness Challenge. :)

I am SO glad that you didn't just fold up shop and walk away -- you are STILL HERE and STILL fighting!!! That is what makes change happen!! :)

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KOFFEENUT 3/30/2014 1:03PM

    Good for you for stepping back from feeling sorry for yourself and instead focusing on what you CAN do. Doing SOMETHING that is healthy for you and keeps you moving in the right direction is powerful. I figure on this healthy lifestyle journey it doesn't matter how fast we're traveling - what matters is that we're headed in the right direction. It sounds like you're pointed in the right direction and determined to make progress!

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LIVEDAILY 3/29/2014 10:50PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your knee issue. I just read an article here on SP about using ice consistently, especially with chronic conditions. A large bag of frozen peas seems to do the trick rather nicely. Have you thought about using Celebrex? I know not everyone can use it, but I don't think I'd be able to function without it as I have osteoarthritis practically everywhere. I can also recommend a product called "Move Free". That helps somewhat. Also topical pain relievers. I use one called "Bio-Freeze" that I get from my chiropractor. You have to find out which things help YOU, and then use them consistently. Hope you're feeling better soon! I didn't know you find sea glass in Hawai'i too. I thought that was just a East coast thing. Interesting!!

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NJGP1960 3/29/2014 10:45PM

    I also am having a left knee problem. However I have 150 to lose. I have tried the sitting aerobic/strength/yoga video I found on Spark, but can't extend as much as they want you to nor have I built enough stamina to make as many repetitions needed emoticon , so I figure it's a work in progress. I do not have friends, because all I can afford is to work and go home, but my staff knows how much pain I have been in and have been behind me the past 3 weeks supporting my diet/exercise plan through Spark. I have one reminding to drink my water and another reminding me to walk at break. My point is if you can find someone to boost you, maybe it will help. Or, I can be your encouragement if you like. I know you can do it cause you have before. Let's do it together!

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Making Adjustments

Sunday, February 16, 2014

So once again, I have set up a work-out calendar with the best of intentions, and once again, those intentions are going buh-bye. I have missed 2 cardio sessions and I have only done 1 strength training day. I know I need to do ST, but getting in the mindset for it… I won’t beat myself up. No negative self talk allowed. I am beginning to think I was a little too ambitious when I set up the ST part of my calendar. Four days a week may be more than I can mentally deal with right now. I have a work out DVD by Gold’s that uses resistance tubes with short cardio bursts. It is a full body work out and takes about 40 minutes to complete. I am going to try and use that instead of my original plan to do sets of spot exercises. I am going to focus on 2 days a week. If I can do more great, but 2 days will have me doing at least 1 type of exercise 6 days a week with 1 rest day.

This will also make it easier to not make excuses in the upcoming week. I am halfway through my 4th day of work and I have seven more to go. I normally work 30 hours a week Friday thru Sunday, but I picked up hours to cover for the regular Week day secretary while she is on vacation. I will have 1 paycheck with an extra 10 hours and another paycheck with the extra 10 plus 30 hours of OT. Trying to get in a total of 2 hours of exercise after work plus having to work the next day is not feasible.

That’s about it for me, I hope everyone is have a good week.

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TANJAT88 2/18/2014 1:54PM

    It is actually really good to see that you are adjusting your goals instead of beating yourself up and throwing in the towel. You just inspired me to make sure I give myself permission to do the same.

I will be sweating it out with you, my friend :)

Thank you for your honesty, accountability, and flexibility. Sometimes, after we have been at something for a while, we forget to take "baby steps" - so this is a great reminder.

One step, one rep, one healthy choice, one day at a time


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KRICKET4 2/18/2014 1:43PM

    It's good to be flexible 'cause life happens - unexpectedly.
As long as you don't mis-define 'flexibility' as backing out just because you don't feel like working out...
Diversify your workouts, find something that you really love. That'll take the "work" out of workout and make it just plain fun.
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RECREATING_ME 2/18/2014 12:01AM

    I know what you mean about the frustration that accompanies trying to set up a schedule, but then it just seems to fall apart at the slightest challenge.

I think I need to adopt the mindset that my husband brings to his work. He is a production supervisor in a machine shop, and this is what he says about planning:

"I make a plan every day, knowing that things will not go perfect. So I don't have a problem when something goes wrong and messes up my plan because I expect something like that to happen."

Life tends to interrupt a lot of good intentions, so maybe it will help to embrace that instead of fighting against it when it occurs for the umpteenth time.

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LIVEDAILY 2/17/2014 8:25PM

    A schedule, ANY schedule, is just begging to be "tweaked" at some point, and you are wise to make the adjustments necessary so that your schedule works for YOU. Sometimes I find that short burts of exercise, 5 minutes at a time, can quickly add up throughout the day.

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NYARAMULA 2/17/2014 2:03AM

    Sometimes it is important to be flexible with our plans and goals. If things are not working out as originally planned, tweak your plans until you get what works for you. You can do it.

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KOFFEENUT 2/16/2014 11:56PM

    Sometimes where we THINK we can start is different from where we actually NEED to start. Strength training isn't working for you? You're doing exactly what you need to - adjusting and continuing to move forward!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/16/2014 9:02PM

    emoticon It is wise and TERRIFIC to make adjustments as we go along, if our plans are not proving to be do-able or realistic.

emoticon With the new plan, and all you have decided upon sounds VERY good!
emoticon And don't forget the water intake!!

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HOpe yo can do something really worthwhile with the extra $$.

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Well I have completed the first 5 weeks for 2014, and I have had some success. I am down 5.6 pounds, so about 1 pound per week. I am happy with that. I did have some problems sticking with my work-out calendar, and my GI issues reappeared for about a week and a half, so my eating wasn’t so great, not necessarily going over calories, but definitely not the healthiest food choices.

I have set up my calendar for the next 5 weeks (2/2/14-3/8/14)
Monday-Core and Lower Body
Tuesday-Cardio and Upper Body
Wednesday- Core and Lower Body
Thursday- Cardio and Upper Body

I need to mix up my cardio. Between the weather and The Rice Crispy Guys taking a vacation in my left knee, doing the 5k your way wasn’t working. I dusted off my bike two weeks ago, and I could tell it’s been quite a while since I have ridden. I plan to either Walk/Jog for 40 minutes, Bike for at least 50 minutes, or, if the weather won’t let me do either, Leslie Sansone’s WAP 3 mile walk.

Oh, another bit of progress; last Saturday, I managed to jog for 4 straight minutes. Pretty awesome, for me.

I have kinda messed up the first week. Had some things come up that put me in a funk. I didn’t eat very well and didn’t track what I did eat, plus no exercise except for Sunday. I am working on getting back to it.

I downloaded the free RunKeeper app when the SP site went down for awhile last month. I like using GSP to keep track of my miles. I am really loving it. I can access my playlists without switching back and forth between apps, I can choose the type of workout from running to biking to crossfit, and there are audio cues. This is especially helpful when I walk/jog.

This is a kind of babbling blog, but just wanted to share and check in.

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JMC155 2/15/2014 12:36PM

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LIVEDAILY 2/13/2014 4:37PM

    5 pounds in 5 weeks is emoticon
It sounds like you have a great plan in place!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/12/2014 4:10AM

    emoticon job on the 5.6 lb loss!!
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That Runkeeper app sounds pretty cool... where do I find it? I assume it is on your phone? Do you need an i-phone?
And I LOVE your plan for the week!
Most of all... so cool about jogging for 4 mons straight. That would be huge for me, too!!!! emoticon emoticon

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RECREATING_ME 2/9/2014 1:47PM

    5.6 lbs down is great! Keep up all your hard work!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

I am an avid reader. I have been known to go through a book a day, and my Kindle is my best friend. Have you ever read a sentence or phrase that just sticks with you? “Don’t fail until you fail.” is one for me. I read it in a fantasy novel. The main female character has made a decision that could lead to war if her opposition chooses to not honor it. She is afraid she will fail the people who have put their faith and trust in her. One of her male court members and friend passes on the advice given to him by his mentor before a battle, “Don’t fail until you fail.” I have always interpreted that phrase this way; until you decide you have failed, you haven’t.

I did not follow my work out program most of the week, did not work out at all for the most part. I could look at that as a fail, get all disgusted with myself and continue with a downward spiral. Instead, I choose to look back at what kept me from working out and strategize ways to keep it from happening again. I didn't fail because I am still moving forward and learning what really works for me.

Just like I need to drink my entire daily water intake before I drink other liquids, I need to stay off the computer, even for Sparkpeople, until I have finished my daily “to do” list (other than Laundry, I can go on the computer while waiting) and exercising is on that list. Once I get on the computer, I tend to lose all track of time, not good at all. So, that is my goal for this week.

Keep Sparking.
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RECREATING_ME 2/7/2014 12:19PM

    That's an interesting phrase. I took it as "Don't psych yourself out."

It can be tough to stay in the game mentally, and if a person loses that battle, usually whatever is trying to be achieved will fall flat, too. But really, it can be said that the mental failing is what caused the actual failing. But we shouldn't let the mind games hold us back from achievement.

"Don't fail until you fail." Definitely applies to what we all are doing on SP since so much of this journey is about our mental/emotional state.


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KOFFEENUT 1/13/2014 8:38PM

    What an AWESOME motivational mantra - "Don't fail until you fail"! You're right. The important thing is strategizing on how to improve going forward, not beating yourself up over what's already past. (And I may have to adopt your goal of not getting on the computer until my other "to do's" are done - the time DOES fly in ways my to do list doesn't!).

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/13/2014 12:18AM

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Proud of you, Spark Friend!!
Keep up the great work - attitude is SO important!

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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year for those not from Hawaii) emoticon

What a Year it has been, especially the last quarter. The good news is I didn’t gain back every pound I had lost in 2013, the bad news is I nearly did. I know it is mainly due to my own inconsistency with exercise and not tracking my food. I tend to be a very visual person, and actually seeing what I am eating and how it adds up through the day, will always help me make better choices. Something has to give, because I can almost wear my mom’s clothes, and she needs to lose about 70lbs.
I started to do the Dec. #SparkTheSeason challenge on Instagram, but between getting sick, holiday stress, and two family members in the hospital, I did not complete it. I did find it motivating, though, so I am doing something similar for #RockYourResolution. I know this one isn’t an Instagram photo challenge, but putting together pictures of how I am working towards my goals is pretty uplifting, and since I share on FB, a lot of my friends have been giving me encouragement.
(If you have an Instagram account and want to check them out, my user name is Marnums and you can search #rockyourresolution.)
I have set up a 5 week calendar with my daily workout schedule, and I just finished week 1. I have combined the 5K your way walk/jog program with Coach Nicole’s beginner work out from the Total Body Sculpting DVD. I alternate between them with 1 rest day. Let me tell you, it is kicking my butt! I have been so inconsistent with any exercise the last 3 months that I have not been able to keep up with the DVD. Oatmeal has more tone than I do! I am determined to stick it out, I know it will get better, and with persistence and luck, I just may be able to advance to the intermediate at the end of five weeks (groan)! My goal to do each day’s workout as scheduled, but to be flexible as needed. I actually switched my rest day and one of my WO days because of some repairs that took me a lot longer than anticipated.
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I am not so much focused on staying in my calorie goal as I am on being HONEST and recording EVERYTHING! I go through phases where I’m hungry, so I eat something that is not really appropriate (ie white bread toast with grape jelly) and it tastes soooo good, I have another, and another. I usually stop after the third, but depending on what it is, the calories can really add up, and I have had a “head in the sand” mentality; if I don’t record it, I can pretend I didn’t really eat it. Gee, any wonder how I managed to put back on 20 lbs.
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Water!!!! I am usually good, but lately I had been drinking way too much soda and not enough water. I know better! So I count the water used to make my Nurtiblast and any unsweetened herbal (caffeine free) tea towards my goal. I can have my morning coffee, but nothing else caffeinated until after my water goal is met.
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So that is my plan for the next 4 weeks. Hopefully I will see results in areas other than the scale. Keep Sparking.
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1DERLAND14 1/11/2014 9:54PM

    I've gone through those "head in the sand" phases...I think we all have... It sounds like you have a plan in place to get back on track! I know you can do it! emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/8/2014 1:41AM

    Love your plan! I can tell you are going to find success!! I can hear it in your words!!!
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And my dear, you sure did have a stressful year - especially with your son's accident and all!! Actually, I think that 20 lbs will be gone soon... as soon as you get back in your groove.

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!!
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RECREATING_ME 1/6/2014 12:39AM

    You did have quite a stressful year! Sometimes you have to rearrange priorities -- it happens. But at the same time, it's important to remember that when we don't take care of ourselves, we aren't able to give our best to those around us (something I need to keep in mind for myself, too!)

You've got a good plan, so now it's a matter of executing it and realizing the results at the end. Then you can do it all over again! emoticon

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JUJUMILLER 1/5/2014 7:34PM

    You've got a great plan.
You can do it!


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