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What MLH148 Didn't Tell You

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My sister MLH148 wrote an AWESOME blog about her weekend visit to Kansas City for the Waddell and Reed Marathon: "The Injustice of 'Just.'" If you haven't read it -- go read it now. I'll wait for you to get back.

And now here's something MLH148 didn't tell you about her weekend. The night before the race she participated in a crazy fun "Murder Mystery" dinner theatre. It was a wild and silly take on The Beatles visit to Kansas City in 1964. MLH148 was chosen to be one of the "suspects" and spent the next two and a half hours doing very clever improv with the professional actors. My husband and I were blown away by her quick wit. But we weren't really surprised.

She is a woman of many talents -- and a strong, fast walker, too!

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HIKING-4-ME 10/22/2014 4:20PM


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TERI-RIFIC 10/22/2014 6:43AM

    I'm back. It WAS a very good blog. Thanks for pointing it out. And it was a great race, too.

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MLH148 10/22/2014 6:36AM

    What? No mention of tne migraine? emoticon
I was really excited about you along the route-- a new calling for you

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Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Fall 5% Challenge has us tracking all our food and drink AND monitoring our calcium this week. This is good for me...writing it all down...seeing the numbers. YOWZA! On days like yesterday and today -- there are some big numbers (yesterday was Renaissance Festival; today I've just snacked-snacked-snacked since I got home). BUT -- I wrote it all down. Recorded it all in sparkpeople. I've never paid attention to my calcium intake before (it's pretty low!). I know keeping track of all these numbers is a step in the right direction.

Another number is 208. That was my weigh in on Saturday. I was under 200 briefly in late spring (being sick kind of helped that happen). But it went back up and has been hovering around 210 for a while now. I know I need EAT less and MOVE more if I want to get to onederland (let alone make my goal weight).

My blood pressure numbers are good. I've been on medicine for high blood pressure for years. Even with the medicine, my bp was high. I'm still on the meds, but my blood pressure is low-normal now. YAY.

I have my annual physical next Monday with fasting labs. We'll see what those numbers say.

66. That's how many minutes I walked this afternoon. Oh my! It was a beautiful fall day and walking along the Trolly Trail seemed "easy." The hour flew by.

And right now the Royals are beating the Angels 8-2 in the top of the eighth inning.

I know all these numbers are just INFORMATION. They are not weapons to beat myself up with. But information to use to make better choices.

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NHES220 10/10/2014 4:03PM

    Teri is right. Knowledge is power! I hope your lab numbers come back great! At least you will know what they are and what to do to get them there if they need improvement. Keep moving!

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MARYBETH4884 10/10/2014 12:06PM

    The numbers are proof that your doing what you need to for better health!! Onederland is around the corner and you will make it!! Then on to your Ultimate Goal! emoticon

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MLH148 10/6/2014 7:08AM

    Be sure what you track, especially if member entered, has Ca listed. My yogurt this AM said 0.
Keep tracking. It is good to be aware
Go Royals

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TERI-RIFIC 10/6/2014 6:59AM

    Knowledge is power. emoticon

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Muscles, Moving and Mood

Friday, September 26, 2014

I keep reading about how important exercise is for stress management.

Monday night I was at a support group and the leader said "moving muscles changes mood." I like that.

Twice this week something UPSETTING has happened at work...something crazy-making, incompetent, not-my-fault, and out of my control. Both times I took a break, left the building and just walked. It really helped me calm down. It helped me not make a bad situation worse. In the past I would have said or done something I would have regretted or just gone back to my office and fumed (or maybe eaten some junk!). This was a better choice. The situation is still the same (far from ideal!), but I'm different. I'm happier.

I'm really trying to learn to "let go." And part of that is to "get moving."

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SPARKNB 10/3/2014 12:07AM

    I have probs w letting go too, and don't usually move when stressed; will try this for October - moving out of the stress. Thanks!

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NHES220 9/29/2014 12:46PM

    Great way to handle it. That is pretty much what I do. You cannot control everything and it is not worth getting upset over.

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MLH148 9/27/2014 7:24PM

    What a great mind change. An NSV for sure!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 9/26/2014 7:10PM

    Repeat after me - "Not my circus, not my monkeys". I read this over the summer on someone's blog and it really hit home for me. On a really stressful day I will say this over and over to myself and it really helps keep things in perspective.

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NPR Story on Stress and Health

Monday, September 22, 2014

Well... Yesterday was a lonnggg day at work -- almost all of it on my feet, standing, walking or climbing up and down stairs. This is all good, right? BUT when I got home I DIDN'T take a walk -- so no exercise minutes yesterday. Sorry Tiger Monarchs! I want the exercise minutes, but I also NEED the stress relief a walk gives. Today will be different.

I just heard a story on NPR about stress and health and the report said that the stress of "everyday hassles" is just as detrimental to health as major life stresses (like losing a job or the death of a loved one). The reporter asked the doctor, "What's the magic bullet? Is there a 'pill' one can take to lower stress?" And the doctor replied: EXERCISE!

How many times do I need to hear this before I JUST DO IT!

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SPARKNB 10/5/2014 5:57AM

    Sounds like you might be getting exercise in - do you count steps? You might be getting a good amount in, and knowing that might reduce your stress about not exercising! emoticon

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NHES220 9/22/2014 3:00PM

    Good for you, get that walk in and get rid of the stress!

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PBAILEY06 9/22/2014 10:38AM

    I use walks as stress relief too. It also helps me think. Many times I come up with plans or solution while I'm out walking, it just helps me clear my mind. emoticon

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Summer 5% Challenge archive

Monday, September 08, 2014


I am glad to be part of the Summer 5% Challenge. I know that these challenges keep me "on track" toward building a happier, healthier life.

I am reading a book right now called, "The Diet Fix: Why Diets Don't Work" by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. The book reinforces what I am learning from sparkpeople.

One line I like: "The more weight you want to permanently lose, the more of your life you're going to have to permanently change." THIS IS A LIFESTYLE!!!

Another idea from the book I really like is about "what to do when things aren't going to plan?" Dr. Freedhoff suggests asking yourself two questions, "What can I do RIGHT NOW that I can be proud of?" and "What can I do RIGHT NOW that can help a little bit?"

There's a lot in my life right now not-going-according-to-my-plan. It's "Serenity Prayer" time. But with the help of sparkpeople I can make good choices that will build a healthy, happy life.

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