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Choosing my Hard Was Fun Today

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Last evening, I decided to give up on trying to get the other driver's insurance company to work with me. I decided to stop waiting for them to return my calls and talked to my carrier. Then I emailed my boss and told him that, if the workload permitted, I would take the afternoon off to deal with the car and to burn some of my vacation time. (I've been at the cap since October meaning that I don't earn any more until I use some time and get back under the cap.)

Of course, that means I am at least temporarily out my $500 deductible and can only hope I get that back some day from that horrid company. I will also be out of pocket for some of the rental charges because I always buy full coverage. I firmly believe that Murphy's Law would get me if I did not!

Turns out the repair shop is not far from work and they have the car rental place in the same building. I knew instantly that this was the right decision despite the out-of-pocket costs. The adjuster treated me like a human instead of the next item on an assembly line, the tech who came out to look at the damage obviously knew his stuff. My car is in very good hands. Not only that, because I am using a shop that my carrier works with, my carrier warranties the work for the entire time I own this car!

They had only 2 cars to choose from for my rental. One was a smallish SUV. Being short, I feared falling out of it or having trouble getting in and out of it, so I chose the other car. A 2014 BMW sedan!
Holy cow! I had no idea how fun those are to drive! As soon as I saw it, I was glad I opted for full coverage. Yikes! It is powerful and low to the ground with very unfamiliar sight lines. But WOW!

I digress. When I came home, I sat down for a few minutes and was on the internet. Then I thought about it. If I stayed on the couch at that point, I would waste the afternoon. Today was a rare afternoon off and it was a gorgeous day. I convinced BF that we needed to take a walk. We were going to walk to a mom n pop restaurant a few miles away, but partway there, we detoured. I stopped and sat for a minute or two at every opportunity on the way out. We walked through IKEA. We even had lunch. He had salmon lasagna (I had a tiny taste and, while it was yummy, I was glad I had not gotten it because the whole thing would have been too heavy for me.) I had a veggie wrap with sundried tomato hummus, pine nuts and all sorts of yummy veggies inside a spinach tortilla.

I stopped only once on the way home, but...had part of a $1 ice cream cone from McDonalds. While we were there, I saw so many very overweight adults and children. I was so sad!

When we got home, I looked at my pedometer and discovered I walked almost 14K steps and almost 5 miles! It was a perfect day for a walk, cool enough that I did not overheat during the walk, BF was in a funny, silly mood and I discovered that, it being a work day, walking around IKEA was actually a good walk. Nothing to trip over and, because it was not crowded, I could actually get some good tempo going!

So many people commented on my blog about learning to choose my hard and some sent Spark Goodies. You have no idea how powerful your comments and support are. Each time I received an email that someone had commented, I ended up reading the blog and all the comments again, as if each reading is deepening the lesson.

I loved reading that my observations really resonated for others. I am humbled. I have gained so much from my Spark community, it is nice to pay it back (and forward) in a small way.

You never know how a comment can just make someone's day! You all have made and continue to make mine! emoticon

  
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CATLADY52 4/23/2014 3:30PM

    Glad you were able to let the pros at the insurance companies duke it out. That will save your sanity for sure. Glad you & your boyfriend went for a walk.

I'm glad that your blog was picked as a Motivational Blog of the day.

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BYEFATNANNY 4/23/2014 11:25AM

    Sounds like the perfect day, well except dealing with insurance companies, but that went well.

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GARDENQE2 4/23/2014 10:22AM

    It was probably a good idea to quit trying to work with the other insurance company. I was in a similar situation a few years ago, and I saved a mountain of frustration by letting the professionals of my insurance company deal with them...and they finally succeeded!
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BOOERDEM 4/23/2014 9:21AM

    Sounds like you made the most of the day - glad it turned out fun plus a good walk!! I love walking through IKEA - inspiring!
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NHES220 4/23/2014 9:18AM

    It is not fun when dealing with a cut rate insurance company that does not want to pay. That happened to my husband and we did what you did. But in the end, our insurance company went after them and recouped our deductible - hopefully that will happen for you! Way to go on getting your steps in!

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MISSY455 4/23/2014 2:12AM

    Sorry you had to spend part of your day dealing with car/insurance issues. Don't give up on the other carrier, some companies make it difficult hoping you give up. Be persistent. Amazing rental car!

So glad you got to spend some quality time with your BF, and a great walk in too!

Hope the rest of your week is great.

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KLONG8 4/23/2014 12:33AM

    What a day! A lot of walking, an adventure and a treat. Keep it up!

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_LINDA 4/22/2014 10:25PM

    emoticon emoticon on your fabulous day! Way to make lemonade out of lemons! Imagine driving a beamer as your rental!! That will be fun if a little hard on gas..
Hope you are not too sore after all that walking!
Keep up the great work!!

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What a Marvelous Monday!

Monday, April 21, 2014

I've never been voted for a popular blog post before and was quite stunned! THANK YOU! I appreciate the comments so much. Today was not a hard day!

But "Choose your hard" was in my head today and I made better choices today.

Feeling marvelous for many reasons!

  
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    Congratulations, well deserved

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CHANTENAY 4/21/2014 9:54PM

    I'm glad you're reveling in your success. :) I thought it was a great blog too. There were things I could relate to. I hate shopping and know I will love it when I can find things that 1. fit at all, 2. actually look okay, 3. actually make me look good. Right now, I might as shop at Goodwill for all the difference it makes. (Which isn't the worst place to shop anyway.)

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Beginning to Understand ďChoose Your HardĒ

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The other day, I read a Sparkfriendís blog that got me thinking. She has a cat named Houdini and she measures her weight loss in quantities equivalent to Houdiniís weight. Her blog shared the joyous news that she has lost four Houdinis!

Weíre down to one cat now. Juneau is a Maine Coon and weighs about 15 pounds. Thatís a daunting amount of weight for me to think about all at once. I used to have a Russian Blue named Bug and he was about 10-12 pounds, still too much all at once. (And who can think in terms of half a cat?! Not me!) In February, we buried our sweet Cilantro. She was a tiny cat! Like me, short legs and roundish body. As a kitten, she was probably 5-6 pounds. Iíll think about, at first, losing this tonnage in terms of kitten Cilantros.

Itís all the same, really, itís just how to look at it so it does not feel like a defeat before the challenge has begun. Head games, perspective. Like everything else, itís a matter of choosing the message. Similarly, some people classify food choices as ďgoodĒ or ďbadĒ. I no longer do that. The food choices I make are on a spectrum ranging from excellent to very poor. Semantics. Without the connotation of good or bad, I am somewhat freed from the emotional baggage or emotional judgment of those choices. Thus, it does not become yet another internal judgment about me.

Last Sunday, I was in a minor car accident. The other driver took off my rear bumper and gave me some lovely muscle strain. His insurance company is proving to be elusive, so my car has yet to be fixed. I went to the doctor and ruled out a pinched nerve or other damage. She barred me from doing any exercise for about 3 days. Yesterday was the first day I have walked in a long time. It was a gorgeous day and, other than the inevitable fall due to a crack in the sidewalk, I had a great walk. I have fallen so often lately that, for the first time in my life, I am afraid to walk.

This week, I also got a lovely spring cold and just have not felt ďrightĒ. Last night, I was afraid I would die in my sleep. I had a headache I could not quell and I felt burdened by the fact that I am once again at my highest weight. I know this tonnage is hard on my body in every way. I know the weight gain has changed my center of balance and that contributes to my falls.

I got to thinking. It is hard walking into a store and walking out empty handed because there are no clothes that fit, that are age-appropriate or business-appropriate, that are affordable. It is hard, humiliating, to fall when walking out in public, have my great big butt in the air and struggle to get my legs under me and upright again. It is hard being overlooked or invisible in social situations because there is always a younger, thinner, prettier woman around. It is hard not being taken seriously professionally because my weight advertises the fact that there is at least one area of my life that is out of control. The choices I have made in the past few weeks that allowed those pounds to return were not loving. They did not put me first. Wearing clothes that donít fit right is hard. Wearing clothes to mask the weight (who am I kidding?) is hard. Wearing clothes that donít make me feel wonderful is hard.

I hate to exercise. It is hard. I hate having to make time to work at losing weight. I tire of being careful about what I eat, when and how much. I hate the whole thing. Itís all hard. But. But. But. The destination is LIFE. The journey is life. I work with people who are runners and bicyclists. I may never be able to ride a bike, Iím not sure I want to subject my knees to the pain of running, but I sure like the way my athletic coworkers look.

So now what? Itís back to working on those balance exercises. How did I get out of that habit? I no longer have reason to go to other floors at work and miss that elevator interval where I would do those exercises (as long as I had the elevator to myself!). Itís back to doing what I know to be the right thing. Itís back to choosing my hard. I choose the journey of life. It might even mean I need to swallow my pride and pull out the ugly silver metal cane that I have for when my tendonitis flares up. I HATE advertising my minor handicap because I am so aware that there are many who have bigger struggles than I do.

Letís see how long it takes me to lose my first kitten Cilantro.
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BESSHAILE 4/24/2014 6:55AM

    You are so right. It's hard. One thing I did to help me choose my hard was to turn weight loss into my hobby. Himself calls them "Bess' Passions". When I take up something new, I like to immerse myself. It becomes my happy place. Then the hard shifts focus from p unishment to adventure.

I hope you can find the fun it all this soon.

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MOMMY445 4/23/2014 8:45PM

    i'm cheering for you!

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NEWTINK 4/23/2014 6:05PM

    I wont lie to you I went to check out your ticker ... of all the things you said in this blog i am most concerned with the word " tonnage". When i started my weight loss journey I was at 366 pounds and felt helpless. I was coming off a bad foot surgery and I promise you I felt that shame and embarrassment. I had fallen so many times i was scared to get out of bed in the morning. Take my advice dont even shoot for 5 pounds just go one pound one pain at a time. It will be hard and you will want to quit but I promise you everyday it gets a little easier and one day you will wake up a new person inside and out. I know because I have lost a hundred plus pounds . If you have access to a pool then use the pool that will help in your balance area. Remember the most important thing is people see what you show them so stop using that word to describe yourself love yourself right now at this minute enough to do what ever takes to become who you want to be .

Best of luck to you and find out what is up with the balance issue never stay in pain if you dont have to ..

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RIE567 4/23/2014 2:49PM

    So funny about the cats! We have had several cats over the years: Cassi: 6 lbs., Tauri: 8 lbs, Ceti: 10 lbs, Gemma: 11 lbs, and Pyxis: 16 lbs. Right now, Gemma and Pyxis are still with us. I, too, count my weight loss by cats. So far, I've lost two Cassis, which is almost one Gemma!
My condolences on the curves life is throwing you. I am just barely recovered from a major car accident 2 years ago, which was complicated by a foot injury 1 year ago. I am determined to get back to where I was before the car accident, when I had lost two Pyxis'! -- but it's slow going. We will get there, you and I, if we take it one day at a time. Which is boring and frustrating, but ultimately worth it. And it's the best way to go. Have you tried the SP Activity Tracker? I've just been wearing mine a week, but it's helped to be able to quantify how much walking I am capable of doing. I anticipate being able to see larger and larger numbers of steps as I go on, just like in physical therapy. You will, too! Best of luck to you--
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ANN5198 4/23/2014 1:01PM

    Thank you for this blog. It was so real and heartfelt. I love the kitty analogy - sweet. emoticon emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 4/23/2014 3:14AM

    Even though I didn't use exactly the same words, I have had all those very same thoughts. It is very discouraging, but we can't give up. We have to do what we can. We'll eventually be glad we did. emoticon

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KLONG8 4/23/2014 12:28AM

    You set the WORLD on fire with this one. We're with you aiming at the same goals, and we might as well accept the journey and try to make it as much fun as we can because this is it. Our lives, we're talking about here! Thanks!

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FIGERO 4/22/2014 9:55PM

    Let's see, it would be 4 Figeros to my goal weight. 14 years ago I started falling quite easily. I was 56 and at 175 pounds. A friend of mine showed me a video of her doing a tango in a beautiful bugle bead dress. I loved to do East Coast Swing in my teens, so I started going to Salsa classes and eventually lost 25 pounds and made some friends. Unbelievably, I also gained an inch and a half in height. I, do to an unexpected divorce, gained back 40 pounds, but lost 20 after a diabetes diagnosis. I'm still dancing and think most of my extra pounds are muscles in my legs, but I no longer fall at all and I spend at least 3 hours a week in someone's arms during dance classes.
All of this is to say, find something you like to do for your exercise. Or, find someone to walk with. I don't do any exercise successfully alone. I even started squaredancing, because I can get 10,000 steps in during square dance class.


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JIM12490 4/22/2014 7:34PM

    It's true that life is all about choices. I have to admit I took an entire year off of fitness due to a new job. Then last week I luckily ran into someone from my old life who cared enough to look at what I was having for lunch and remind me of the damage I was doing to myself. I gave them all the excuses and they countered with "that's wrong, that's an excuse for a bad choice and that is all it is just a bad choice" His words echoed in my ears for a week and finally today I hit the road for 30 min of cardio. I wanted to stop at 5 min, then at 12 and 15 and so on but his words still echoed in my ears and I kept telling myself "I will not choose to give up, I choose to continue" I hope you continue to choose what is right for you. emoticon

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SWEETRACHEL313 4/22/2014 6:07PM

    Thank you for your perspective on choosing which hard. I have heard it before, and this really hit home for me. I find the same things in my life that I no longer find tolerable, and though I hate exercise, it seems a reasonable trade-off to banish those symptoms.

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MARTHASKI 4/22/2014 3:50PM

    emoticon you are a rock star, and you deserve all the good in the world no mater what your weight. Setbacks aside, you got this.

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BECCA315 4/22/2014 3:10PM

    You have a some good points made ~ I wish you luck in 'losing your kitties'!!

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MULTIMOM 4/22/2014 2:55PM

    I enjoyed your blog. You did a great job of writing about what is HARD for most of us.
I realize that I have been going through the motions from day to day. Logging my food and fitness, but not really sparking 100%. How many times have I lost and gained the same 5 pounds in the last 4 months?
I don't have a cat, but from now on each and every kitty I see along the way, will be another symbol for me. Thanks for sharing! Wishing you the best on your journey!
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BEATLETOT 4/22/2014 2:39PM

    This blog is absolutely wonderful. I like the name Cilantro for a cat. Very sweet. I'm adding you as a friend. I am feeling the hard of clothes not fitting well right now, as well. I'm quite down about it today. Your blog lifted me up.

Brenda

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JONEC14333 4/22/2014 1:23PM

    The cat metaphor is funny, and I think that you have hit on something: make it fun. Make life fun, make losing weight fun. I pack my lunch every day in a bright pink lunch box (who cares if anything is business "appropriate", anyway?). I make what I call my Five Babies Salads three at a time. Five babies: five different little veggies on a bed of lettuce or baby spinach. I treat myself every day and all the time. Treats? Chocolate chip rice cakes! Weight watcher frozen treats! The best damn 4 oz steak I can find with a little potato, fat free sour cream, smart balance lite butter, and all the cooked fresh vegetables I want! Pickles, pickles and more pickles! SPICES!! I say YUM YUM YUM as much as I possibly can and convince myself of the fabulousness of my life and me! When it comes to exercise?? DANCE! Put on that favorite music, kick everyone out of your way and take the cane with you as you rock out and twirl. Make it fun! Forty pounds later (a couple of cats, I believe) and I am still having fun. WOO HOO!!

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HSIPES24 4/22/2014 12:47PM

    It is HARD. Especially after an injury. I had a fall down some steps myself that left my wrist a tangled swollen mess. 6 weeks later I still have consistent pain and an inability to bear weight. It completely destroyed my workout routine as well as my gusto to keep moving forward. I found the tip: "anything" can be exercise very helpful. I grab a few cans from my cupboard and pump my arms while sitting in front of the tv- hey it's working out right? A silly compromise with myself but justified by the thought that it is better than nothing. Hope things get better and keep moving forward!
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RITAVALENTA 4/22/2014 12:24PM

    I have lost 10 pounds since I started working towards a healthier me. I was thinking about how hard it was to lose those 10 pounds and the many more I need to lose.... then I picked up a 8 lb kettleball and I thought 'Boy I wouldn't want to carry this around all day', then I realized I had been carrying it around. It was definitely an Ah Hah moment. I love that we are all in this together and have blogs like yours to inspire us to keep going.

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JESVARNER 4/22/2014 11:34AM

    I love the idea of using a kitty-weight scale! That's an adorable idea! :-)

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WHYNOTJ1 4/22/2014 10:56AM

    I chuckled when I saw this because I think we share the same Spark friend!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/22/2014 9:37AM

    Well said

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ISHIIGIRL 4/22/2014 8:47AM

    Great blog and you are so right. You have to choose your hard. Which is harder trying to be healthy or not trying?

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RADIOACTIVEGN 4/22/2014 8:41AM

  It's really nice to hear someone admitting that this is hard. It's worth it, but it's certainly not easy!

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NEWLITTLE1 4/22/2014 7:56AM

    emoticon I love how you are breaking your goals down into smaller sections!

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/22/2014 3:39AM

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MARYJEANSL 4/21/2014 11:47PM

  You write very well. There is nothing about weight loss that is easy. It seems to me to be all about keeping motivated, staying strong...not easy. But the only way to fail is to quit. You will get there! Many blessings to you on the journey.

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JSEATTLE 4/21/2014 8:39PM

  Love it!! I guess I need to find me some kittens.

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DENISENTEXAS 4/21/2014 8:38PM

    I really like this blog entry. The honesty of it is wonderful. Thank you!

My cat Sammy weighs about 12 lbs. He's part Maine Coon and is a tall and somewhat hefty (but very healthy) boy. I think I'll start thinking of my weight loss in terms of Sammys. ;)

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MAYBER 4/21/2014 8:36PM

    Thank you for sharing your plan to lose the kitties it is a very novel way to look at weight losses best wishes as you continue on your journey one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless emoticon

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EEKAMIGHTY 4/21/2014 7:58PM

  Great Blog. Your falls are concerning. I love the thoughts of honoring our beloved cats as increments of weight loss. That is creative. I'm glad you have the tenacity to continue with the hard. I hope I can pull myself back together to go the hard path. It will be so worth it late in the journey.

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BOREDA 4/21/2014 5:51PM

  My cat Henry (now sadly deceased) weighed in at around 12lbs, and I remember the huge, massive burst of joy I got when weighing him for veterinary purposes one time: the easiest way to weigh him is to hold him in your arms and step on the scales, and then step on the scales again without him. One minus t'other equals Henry's weight. And this time, the combined weight of me plus Henry was less than my weight used to be on my own. It was such a massive boost in motivation, self-confidence and self-esteem. I have now lost over five Henrys and reached my goal, but I still remember that weigh-in at the vet's surgery -- and I still count my weight loss in Henrys.

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I had a knee replaced after an accident. I found that cycling IS my favorite exercise. I don't run. I also love my running co-workers forms - but then again, I don't eat the diet they eat either! It's all about choices! Do the best you can, that's all you can ask of yourself! You can do it!

PS - Hard? when I first started, I could barely walk a quarter mile without being winded. After walking EVERY day that silly little quarter mile, feeling pretty small when looking at the distances and speeds others were walking, I soon found myself walking longer and faster. Now a 5k is not a problem. It took about a year to get there for me. Don't give up, hard will get easier with persistence!



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FANNYMANSON 4/21/2014 3:51PM

    Funny! I love thinking of it in cat terms. I have lost 3 Cherise's.
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ALICEART2010 4/21/2014 3:15PM

    Choose life! Thanks for the blog post.

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My Youngest Nephew Emailed Me Today!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

My youngest nephew turned 9 this week and emailed me to thank me for his present. We don't live in the same time zone, so I hardly ever get to see him. This was the first email he has ever sent and it was to me! (Mama was over his shoulder).

Yes, it is the little things in life! I love that little boy!

  
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    Yes, it definitely is the little things!!!!! How sweet!!!!

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BRADMILL2922 4/11/2014 4:05AM

    That is awesome!

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This Week (Walking for Jack & Other Life Elements)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Since I decided to do everything I could to improve my chances of being Jack's bone marrow donor, I have logged about 22 miles on my pedometer and started deliberately choosing foods that are said to improve bone marrow production.

The changes seem to have had a positive impact on my energy level, which is great! I have not been sleeping well, both because of insomnia and getting used to a new neighbor's schedule and noise.

My walking buddy at work is a few years older than I am and told me that she has brittle bones. She knows she needs to do load-bearing exercises but doesn't (her doc said she should). After some thought, since she lets me pick the routes we walk, I started going up and down the hills on and around our campus. At first, I did not tell her why. Of course, I was winded, but that did not matter to me. Later, about the 2nd or 3rd day, I told her why. The last couple of days, we have done the load-bearing shorter walks (usually one or three a circuit in the hilly upper parking lot) and, to get distance and steps in, our longer walk in the afternoon. We will have to switch that up as summer comes on. It already feels as if it is here. It is unseasonably warm, but this blog is not about the serious drought.

As we walk, she talks. I now know that she doesn't walk alone and will not walk without me. I'm going to an offsite seminar for Monday and Tuesday, so I challenged her to do the same walking I did when she took a day off on Wednesday. That day, I reported my walks and step count to her and she has promised to do the same with me. Accountability...

It was somewhat gratifying to hear her breathing hard on the hills and for her to say that she feels the extra exertion. She has been trying to get me to walk regularly for a while so it feels good to do something that gives her a needed benefit as well!

The scale was up 3/10ths a few days ago. Not happy. But it may be water retention or not enough fiber. Working on both. I also know I need to be more careful about portion control. BF thinks we can eat anything when it's all veggies! Me? I can look at food or think about it and gain weight - or so it seems!

In summary, tired, but I am not letting that be an excuse for not walking. Amazing that being focused on Jack seems to have flipped a switch. I love the movement, but I would give anything for him not to have this cancer!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/15/2014 7:19PM

    emoticon You are an inspriation!

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MAC4902 3/15/2014 4:57PM

    Just got back from a very short walk with Missy ( would not have gone at all but she really loves the outdoors as do I most days) The cough and congestion are hanging in but I know a little encouragement goes a long way. Keep up the good work and don't let the scale discourage you. Praying for you as we walk (even the short ones)

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_LINDA 3/15/2014 4:01PM

    Sometimes you need motivation outside yourself. You seem to care more for others than yourself and feel lots of empathy for other's plights, even ones not related to you. So it would seem the thought of helping someone else is motivating you to try be healthier so that you can be of help. Its great to see something is finally working for you! You can eat more veggies for sure, but you have to be careful what you are eating them with like high fat dips or sauces (I use Greek yogurt for my dip) Tracking everything is still essential to make sure your calories are in range.
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ALICIA214 3/15/2014 3:03PM

 


I hope all goes in your quest to be a bone marrow match...

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