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Back to School & Metamucil

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I work at a prep school and we started our meetings yesterday. I don't teach. I am the Head's exec. assistant, so I have to prepare and/or review all of the stuff that we do to set up the new year. And then take minutes on 5 days of meetings. Boy, it's a lot of detail and my mind is shot today, but I know consistency at the gym is important no matter how tired I get and Idragged in there after work.

It was very helpful in calming down two things: my state of mind and my sore back & chest. All the working out has awakened old issues in my shoulders due to the long inactive period since my surgeries and PT. My muscles are simply not understanding what I would like them to do, lol. Today I did not do any shoulder or back stuff but merely walked and biked, hoping to avoid losing my interest in the gym as it has been incredibly energizing for me to go. If it starts to hurt and Pam sort of fades out...not this time, I hope. Baby-ing my shoulders is only smart if I want to hang in there.

Nice Metamucil surprise package in the mail from Spark today! A huge box of stuff to test out and comment on. Not a problem at all, since I have IBS and have to take fiber supplements sometimes. I will switch to this brand and get back to Spark with my feedback. Very nice to get free stuff that you can use and to be useful to SP, too.

All is well. No word from DD, my boss seems to be okay and happier, car is fine, cats are fine and the weather is delightful. Gratitude all over the place from me!

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_UMAMI_ 8/21/2014 12:38AM

    I think I have come to believe in healthy bowels, healthy mindset, at least with my DH as the guinea pig. I think it was via SP that I learned that seratonin is stored in the bowels? (forgive me, I'm very tired, on the road, and in a hotel room with my familyl who are trying to sleep, so trying to wrap up my computer time!)

Anyway, I think I've become a believer in the mind-gut connection, especially as it relates to depression and serotonin. My mom (NOT depressed) also had a lot of issues, and ended up doing kind of a gluten-free, fermented-friendly diet per her doctor's orders, and now can eat bread or pasta occasionally and is fine.

There is something to it, definitely!

So, I'll imagine you as your schools healthy internal flora.

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MEADSBAY 8/20/2014 10:10PM

    We have had amazingly delightful weather, haven't we?
How do you get free stuff from spark?
What's up with your DD? I know it's a touchy situation.
I am enjoying playing with the TENS unit on my neck/upper shoulder area and hip area.
My dear man has tried it but does not seem to be that interested in it.
His pain is too much at this point to try something new.
Have a fabulous school year.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/20/2014 6:47PM

    What a blog title that was! Made me wonder about the connection between the two, but I guess it's obvious.

Hugs, my friend!

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Me Like Gym!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Guess what? The gym is more fun if you know what you are doing. emoticon

Duh. I was embarrassed to ask anyone to show me the machines but then I finally got brave and had one of those introductory tours. I learned how the set-up works and what I should be doing. emoticon

Today was the second time I have gone since learning how to do this stuff. I did the 30-minute circuit and found that it sneaks up on you...you don't realize how hard you are working. Isn't that great? emoticon

emoticon Then I did 20, not 30, minutes of treadmill for cardio. I now know that I am aiming for a 134 on the heart thingie, and that I have to cool down. How smart!

And I came back to my house feeling more energetic than ever when I found that....

emoticon I have lost four pounds! emoticon

Pre-vacation I was 252. Today I am 248. emoticon


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MAGGIEBONGO 8/16/2014 1:29PM

    Flippin great!! What gym? We have an LA Fitness near here... GO PAM! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/14/2014 5:05PM

    I'm so proud of you!

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_UMAMI_ 8/14/2014 12:29AM

    OMG, I can't call you a Gym Rat.....although I know rats are smart.
I'm just glad something has "clicked" for you!
I just read your "feed" and thought the weight-loss was from your recent hiatus! Now I know....

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HIPPICHICK1 8/13/2014 10:08PM

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MEADSBAY 8/13/2014 7:56PM

    Way way way cool!
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BETHGILLIGAN 8/13/2014 2:44PM

    Hooray for you!! I always knew you were awesome! emoticon


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ROBBIEY 8/13/2014 1:42PM

  emoticon Keep on Moving!!!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/13/2014 1:40PM

    emoticon indeed!!

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Shopping & Sauntering

Monday, August 11, 2014

BF and I took a four hour drive to Provincetown. We stayed from Thursday till Sunday to get good hotel rates, although it is so expensive to stay on the Cape that there is no real savings on anything. You just throw all your money in your purse, drive up there, and spend it.

We did a lot of walking around the aptly-named Commercial Street and I was very happy to find an original watercolor at a bearable price. (On the way home I found the perfect frame for it at a Christmas Tree Shop.) We found shops for every kind of fun thing and lots of delicious food.

Each night my feet were killing me! Sauntering along at a snail's pace is not really exercise as you never get that cardio thing going. Hence, your feet hurt from pretty much standing around. Whereas, in the gym, you walk very fast, get your heart pumping and get outta there before your feet get tired. I can't think of all that walking/shopping/gawking as exercise. We even took a pedi-cab twice. Maybe my right hand got a workout from handing over my Visa!

We had good side trips to Orleans and to Marconi Beach. I am a pool person and hate that icky sand feeling, so I preferred the salt water pool at our hotel. We ate reasonably well, with not a single binge on my part. Lobster is too expensive for a binge anyway and we kept my weight-loss efforts in mind with each meal. Dear BF! Only two ice-cream cones the whole time. (Liz, one was at the old Dairy Queen in Johnston!)

Well, vacations end. We know this. Coming home and watching my cats rocket out the back door, emptying the litter box, and unpacking - it's all a little sad until next time.

I have three more days away from the office and will be back at my desk on Thursday. So I can hit the gym, clean the yard a little, and relax on my own. I will eventually get the pictures from my iPod.

Off to the gym.

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IDEBORAH 8/12/2014 7:51AM

    Sounds like a fabulous time. And you so deserve it Glad you enjoyed and hooray for the ice cream moderation!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/11/2014 10:40PM

    Sounds like a marvelous time! :-D

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_UMAMI_ 8/11/2014 9:31PM

    Sounds like so much fun! Is this your *male* BF?

My brother and his wife took an impromptu trip to P-town in MARCH, not realizing it was SHUT DOWN. They had a blast, though---had the place to themselves. Kind of romantic, actually.

Nice to hear you feeling so dang happy!

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/11/2014 8:45PM

    Sounds like a good time. The end of a vacation is always bittersweet for me.

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MEADSBAY 8/11/2014 1:59PM

    I love Provincetown...in May and September.
I know what you mean about your feet hurting when you walk slowly...gotta be blood pooling down there...also, those sidewalks and streets are so uneven you have to watch every single step you take.

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/11/2014 1:46PM

    A good adventure!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/11/2014 9:58AM

    What a wonderful weekend. Does this also mean that you're on again (as in "off again and")? emoticon

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Tried it All

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I have been back at the gym for a few days and feel great. I did 22 minutes on the treadmill today. Then - this is big! I did a walk-thru and training session. It took over an hour to design my exercise plan, then I tried every machine that was suggested.

I have been too easy on myself, trying to avoid re-injuring my shoulders. It was surprising to feel muscles again! I think I can do what my plan says except much more gradually than planned. Especially my right biceps and shoulder will need some care.

But I did it. I overcame my shyness and my fear. I was afraid people would notice (NOT) and that I would get hurt.


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BONNIEMARGAY 8/6/2014 2:11PM

    I am so proud of you for being brave!

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_UMAMI_ 8/6/2014 12:10AM

    I can't resist:

Dang, don't bring all those stray animals home though!

(you're doing GREAT!)

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MEADSBAY 8/5/2014 9:37PM

    Sososososo proud of you and happy for you.
My DD (who moved out last summer and quit the gym) is slinking down into the depths so I suggested a walk- even 10-15 minutes- which she balked at-but she did it and felt a bit better afterwards.

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IDEBORAH 8/5/2014 8:27PM

    Way to be. You have no stop in you!
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BETHGILLIGAN 8/5/2014 8:02PM

    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! You are an amazing woman!! Way to go!!!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/5/2014 7:19PM

    You go, woman!! This is all one can ask!

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Back at it

Friday, August 01, 2014

Thank you, friends, for reading and replying to my Blog of Sorrow a few days ago. All the replies made me a little embarrassed that I had let things go and gotten myself terribly down in the deepest of dumps. Your suggestions and support encouraged me and helped me get moving again. I had to admit how awful I felt to get it over with and out the way so that I could feel better. And I do, hooray!

Yesterday I made a sticky note and stuck it to my purse that said GO TO THE GYM. The note on the purse must be obeyed, and I did go to the gym. I pledged ten minutes then did exactly that time on the treadmill. Overdoing it is not a good way to start.

Today I went again and did fifteen minutes. It wasn't a big deal to go back. Nobody pointed at me and called me a quitter ... in fact, no one even noticed me. Great! Anonymity! the Unknown Tread Miller!

Some good cleansing work on my inner anger was done by listening to the Clash at an unhealthily loud volume, with a few rounds of Fallout Boy. Angry music for this depressed lady reminds me that depression is only anger turned inside out. I guess I AM angry and being miserable about my health is no solution.

Whether online or in person, good friends make life just that little bit more livable by offering support, humor and affection. Thank you, and you have all that from me in return.

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/3/2014 8:02PM

    so glad things are looking up a bit for you. I read your "sad" blog but was out of town with limited Wi-Fi access so I did not respond. However, my response would have been the same as many of the others: I have been waaaay down there, too. As a matter of fact, I feel like I'm holding on by a thread many days to keep at it. Actually, I've let go of that thread many times this summer and am not in a good place myself.
So, to see this more positive post also lifts my spirits and makes me feel more motivated and upbeat. Thank you!! This is not an easy journey, as we all know, and it often seems that it would be easier to ditch it all. But, in fact, we're here to save ourselves and each other. Thanks for all the times you have saved me with your words of support, words of frustration, and words of success!! Love you! Hang in there!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/2/2014 2:53PM

    Keep going, beauty. You deserve relief!

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JOANNANOW 8/2/2014 11:16AM

    Good to hear you are feeling better. Out of the shadows and into the light again. We move through our lives taking in experience and making change. Hoping for those exquisite moments of perfection. We are all so different but in our hopes and dreams we seem to be so alike. I hope things keep on getting better for you. Enjoy the flowers and sunshine. Sending hugs emoticon

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MEADSBAY 8/2/2014 9:03AM

    Just catching up in the sparkworld and I am so sorry you have slumped down into the dark valley again but you and I know that it will not last forever~
I know, I know- doesn't help in the moment, but still...
You (we) do have some amazing friends here
(you are one of the best~ I adore your way with words)
and I am so glad you reached out for some spark lpve.
I'm afraid I see a valley ahead in my life as well~
a combination of post-vacation blues,
hip pain returning
and a possible medical crisis looming for my dear man.
The black clouds are gathering between my ears.

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IDEBORAH 8/2/2014 8:08AM

    We're all just happy you're feeling better and "back at it". This journey to health is not a straight line. I really appreciate your sharing the detours and switchbacks you encounter. It helps me know I am not terminally unique.

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ARNETTELEE 8/1/2014 8:34PM

  You're welcome! Happy sparking!

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