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Friday, August 29, 2014

Today marked 90 days logging in, logging water, steps (from fitbit).
I also made my 5000 plus steps today.
It also marked completion of two full weeks of full time work.

I also did 5 minutes of back strengthening stretching this morning.

So, I got a much needed reward - shoes. Comfortable shoes I can wear to work with a dress, or pants (flats), slippers, and a pair of low boots for fall. It was a buy one get one half off, so my hubby got a pair of shoes too. Plus I had a 15% off coupon off each pair as well, and they were all on clearance.

Then when we went to the grocery store, I restocked my supply of healthy food for lunches and snacks for work.

I also made it a point of going to bed a little earlier yesterday, and it made a difference today. My energy level was much better.


Have a great weekend. I am looking forward to my first paid holiday in five years.

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NORASPAT 9/30/2014 7:41PM

    Now that sounds like a plan a paid vacation again. Getting older is not always wiser, HUGS Pat in Maine,
Enjoy your vacation. I hope your hubby is well again and how about PEACHES? Hugs Pat in Maine. Good to catch a friend feed--- Pat !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 9/3/2014 7:14AM

    Sounds like a perfect reward. Congratulations on such a great summer.

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JUDITH316 8/30/2014 7:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your accomplishments, keep up the great work, cheering you on as always

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LINTPICKER 8/30/2014 8:11AM

    excellent! I made it to 95 days logging in and then missed one day!! I am upset since I wanted to make it to 100! oh well, day one begins again!

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_LINDA 8/30/2014 1:35AM

    emoticon deal on the shoes -comfort is so very important for walking and support especially with a bad back. I will never wear anything less than thick soled shoes. Makes a huge difference.
Hope you can continue to get good sleep.
Enjoy your vacation!

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One step at a time

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On Sunday August 10, I developed a "floater" in my left eye, so I went to the ophthalmologist. He says no retinal detachment, so that is positive, but the darn floater is driving me nuts. It looks like a fruit fly following me everywhere.

So, I ordered prescription sunglasses to help cut it out of my vision while driving.

I go back for a recheck in late September.

This past Monday I began full time at work. First time working 40 hours since 2008.
My focus has been:
Stay hydrated.
Log in everyday.
Wear my fitbit, and walk as much as I can.
Eat sensibly.
Eat more adequately at lunch.
Get to bed earlier and aim for more sleep.
Rest my eyes.

That is my current plan. As much as I want to lose weight, I need to focus on better sleep, and staying healthy while tackling full time work. Balance is key.

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JUNIAATROME 8/25/2014 9:42PM

    So sorry for the frustration with the "bug". Good goals. All the best for keeping up with them! emoticon

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LINTPICKER 8/24/2014 5:45AM

    I hope that "fly" buzzes off!

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_LINDA 8/21/2014 4:39PM

    Having full time work actually makes it easier to stick to a plan. You will have no wasteful time to sit in front of the TV or read and snack the same hours as before. The longer you are idle, the more trouble you can yourself get into. Busyness has helped me a lot.
I just hope the long hours do not affect your back or any other area. If you can, take regular get up and walk and stretch breaks, it will make you feel better from all the sitting.
Wishing you all the best -you can do this!

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NSMRIDGEWAY 8/21/2014 1:20PM

    I hope your vision clears up. That sounds extremely annoying.

Great goals for going back to work! If you can manage it, my doctor gave me some great advice: Never eat your lunch at work. Pack your lunch, and when your lunch time arrives walk 10 minutes away from the building, sit and eat, then walk 10 minutes back. (I had a 30 minute lunch.) There's 20 minutes of walking logged right there! It's also great for stress levels.

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FROSTY99 8/20/2014 10:57PM

    It will all get easier as the days go by. At first it is overwhelming but it is like riding a bike-it will come back and you will find ways to make things easier for yourself.
I just worked for a month this summer and that was a challenge. I had not worked in over 10 years so just about the time I got into the routine, I was done but it was great to challenge myself and know that I could still do it!.
Praying the floater clears up soon.

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Counting my blessings: One year post

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A year ago, my husband was in a wild cyclone of health issues and drama, having suffered a cardiac arrest after his ankle surgery, followed by punctured lung, cracked ribs, blood clots, infections, fever and more. When he finally got home in September, we thought we were on the mend, only to have him develop encephalitis in late October, then he fell over his own feet in January and broke his arm.

I am blessed.
He is alive and well.
He is off the blood clot medication, off the antiseizure medicine from the encephalitis, and all the other sundry of things.
He is walking, talking, driving, arguing, debating (not with me), and I am blessed.
So is he.
I just wanted to devote this blog to this blessing.
I am grateful.

Enjoy and spend time with your spouse and children, family and good friends. Life is short, and you never know when things can change.
Aim for better health, better eating, exercise.

Getting healthy is my job.
It needs to be more than a job, it needs to be a way of life.

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BESSHAILE 8/16/2014 8:02AM

    Oh how blessed you are. I'm so glad you came out on the other side of that deep valley together!

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LINTPICKER 8/8/2014 8:05AM

    A blessing for sure!

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_LINDA 8/6/2014 2:28PM

    So glad your husband is finally over his trials! LOVE that photo -great one!
Will be spending a whole eight days with my sister and her adult child, the first time I will have spent any time with her since she got married. I am grateful for the opportunity!

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FROSTY99 8/6/2014 2:11PM

    Amen to that. Tomorrow is promised to no one so we should all be sure to let our loved ones know how much we love and appreciate them.

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    G-d is Good! emoticon

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
~ Blessed Mother Teresa ~

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ALICIA214 8/6/2014 12:05PM


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BLUECAFE 8/6/2014 11:53AM

    emoticon God is good indeed!

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Fleece and Streaks and Goals (63 Day Streak!)

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Since God answered the prayer regarding the job fleece, and I have about 2 weeks to get used to getting to bed earlier, and up earlier, I figure God must know I can handle it.

I have logged on SparkPeople every day for 63 days! That is my first huge streak since before my back surgery. It is a beginning. Now I need to add to to that goals.

Earlier to bed.
Earlier to rise.
More sleep.
Add better exercise besides walking to the mix.
Increase walking.
Aim for better health and well-being, and weight loss should result.

There. It has been said.
Now to do it.

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_LINDA 8/3/2014 1:51AM

    emoticon on the job and streak! One success in one goal quite often leads to another!
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CIERAPOET 8/3/2014 1:37AM

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emoticon on the new job. Great goals. You can do it. You have that strength in you. May you enjoy a wonderful and satisfying August!

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    Great job on the streak! Weight loss will follow.

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LINTPICKER 8/2/2014 3:11PM

    the hard part, putting the plan into action! but I know you can do this!! God walks with you!

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FROSTY99 8/2/2014 1:22PM

    emoticon I had to do that when I filled in for a month-I had not worked in several years, but I got up at 6 am to walk so I could be at work by 8 and I went to bed no later than 10 so I could get up by 6. It actually felt good doing it so I know you can make these changes.

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So Excited!

Monday, July 28, 2014

That is all I can say.
I went to a meeting of minds with Christian women about the retreat up north in Maine in September yesterday. It was long, I was tired, and my back still is not very happy. I endured, but it went well. I will be leading two hour long discussion groups, speaking for a five minute devotional, and leading a fireside prayer in commemoration of 9-11.
I am looking forward to it, as I haven't gone up to camp since before my back injury in 2009.

Second Wow.

I GOT the JOB!
I begin Monday August 18 full time in my department as an audio proofer, AND will be allowed work with the acquisitions part time during my work day when they have need of my skills.
and benefits.
health insurance.
vacation days.
God is good.
This is a challenge. I prayed for God to not open the door if it was not right.
Here I go!

Third Wow!!!
This is the week, last year, that I nearly lost my dear sweet husband when he suffered a cardiac arrest following his ankle fusion on 7-31-13. He is doing well. He is driving, even without me, and has had some medications reduced. He is retired now (he is 13 years my senior), so he is doing a great job picking up the slack around the house since we traded working. He makes supper and loves to cook, he makes sure I get up, and will work at getting me to bed on time, and coerce me to get better sleep I am sure.
I am grateful for Ron, his life, his healing, his ability to walk, talk and be with me.
I give thanks in all things.

I have also had a good week at increasing my walking.
Time to relax for the night.

Me trying on hats for the fun of it a few weeks ago.

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BESSHAILE 8/2/2014 8:27AM

    Oh what a happy blog. How well I know the joy of having a post-heart attack husband thriving in the house. Sigh. Yes. God is so good it's staggering.

I'm so happy too - about the job! woo woo. oh yes. and the vacation. :D

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TUBLADY 7/29/2014 4:31AM

    Wonderful GOOD news all around.
Glad all is well with Ron,
have fun on your retreat.
Good luck in the fab new job.
God is good. we just need to be positive and have faith.
Take care.
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_LINDA 7/28/2014 11:33PM

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Loved, loved, LOVED to hear all this wonderful, inspiring news! So glad you have your normal life back! Great Ron is doing so well! May you both get healthy and fit together!
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FROSTY99 7/28/2014 9:28PM

    Prayers answered. I am so thrilled for you. All comes to those who are patient and wait on the Lord's time!

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GEORGE815 7/28/2014 8:14PM

    Great bunch of Wows. Wow!

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