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Revamping my exercise routine.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I got my blood work results today. I am the picture of perfect health. With two minor things I do not need to be concerned with at this time.

- My blood sugar level was a 5.5 and they start watching at 5.7. The PA said the numbers do not move fast and for me to not be worried about it now. We will compare numbers next year. In meantime, try to eat a smile snack with fiber and carbs to keep me from waking in the morning starved and causing my sugar to spike.
- My B12 was not low, but not in the middle either. Be said I should not be worried and does not see a need to add supplements to my lifestyle.

He said to keep doing what I am doing and NOT to gain weight. To maintain or lose the last few pounds.

With that being said. I am still limited to my physical,part of life.

I did got to the sports dr about my knee. He wants me to get an MRI looking for a meniscus tear in the cartilage. I do not want the MRI out of fear of the results. I also need to put the money towards ds's procedure he needs this summer.

Dh told me to call ask and we will go from there. Depending on the results it could be as simple as PT or more sever cases surgery...REALLY!!!

I need to exercise, so I have dusted off my stability ball and my hand weights. I might was well tone my arms and work on my inner thigh muscles and core at the same time.

I am trying not to get discouraged. I thought I found my motivation after hearing stories of the people who lost limbs in the Boston Bombing and of course the men and women in our armed forces. A hurt knee is NOT the same, but it is my current hurdle.

That is all the story wrote today for me. Besides my hormones are all over the place as my TOM is about three days late. It does NOT mean anything. You need to do something to worry about a late TOM. For me it just means the cramps are going to be TERRIBLE.

Plus, some how I got roped into Saturday Easter Vigil (2hr mass) and 9am Mass for Easter Sunday. I am going to be tired..LOL All because my dd1 wants to see and experience a special mass like Easter Vigil.

Off to find a snack and rest.

Hugs and Blessings

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SHELTER_PETS 4/17/2014 8:21PM

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DONNABRIGHT 4/17/2014 8:27AM

    It sounds like you have everything under control to keep yourself on track for a healthy lifestyle!

The Easter Vigil is so uplifting - I am sure you will all enjoy it!

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RHOOK20047 4/17/2014 7:41AM

    I have the Easter Vigil and 10:15 Mass on Easter. And our service on Saturday last year was almost 3 hours. This year our pastor is only doing 3 of the 7 readings. But I cantor tonight and tomorrow night, and only sing for the other two Masses. Will be a busy weekend. Plus my son and DIL are coming in town Friday night for Easter! Glad I took Monday off work! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/17/2014 2:49AM

    have you a mini trampoline,love.walking and doing exercises on that can be easier on the knee as the trampoline acts as like a shock absorber.swimming is also a good one or doing aqua arobics as the water like the trampoline also supports and acts as shock absorber.nordic walking (one that i do alot)is also good as i say where there is a will there is a way.i am waiting for a knee replacement as well as thig realignmentbut despite the pain i manage to get some exercise can do this love i have every faith in you.enjoy you easter. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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144AUTUMN 4/16/2014 9:54PM

  You can do it!!

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Looking for Easter Egg help

Friday, April 04, 2014

My kidswant to color eggs. I want them to do it naturally. Who has naturally colored eggs successfully? Please guide me.

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SHELTER_PETS 4/8/2014 8:58AM

    I never used natural ingredients! Lemme know how it turns out.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/4/2014 8:17PM

    What a great idea - I hope you post some pictures!

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ANDREWS_MOM 4/4/2014 7:14PM

    Can't wait to hear how they come out!! We've just used the store bought kits- Andrew got 2 kits yesterday; we're doing 1 tomorrow :)

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/4/2014 3:43PM

    Copy and paste this in your tool bar and it will bring up some great information for you.
I printed the information off here to use it again for me and my DD.


Natural Easter Egg Dyes

BR>Lavender.......Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice,
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice, or
Red Zinger Tea

Violet Blue.....Violet Blossoms,
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled),
Hibiscus Tea, or
Red Wine

Blue........Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled), or
Purple Grape Juice

Green.....Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll

Greenish Yellow.....Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)

Yellow.....Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled),
Carrot Tops (boiled),
Celery Seed (boiled),
Ground Cumin (boiled),
Ground Turmeric (boiled),
Chamomile Tea, or
Green Tea

Golden Brown.....Dill Seeds

Brown.....Strong Coffee,
Instant Coffee,
Black Walnut Shells (boiled), or
Black Tea

Orange.....Yellow Onion Skins (boiled),
Cooked Carrots,
Chili Powder, or

BR>Cranberries or Juice,
Red Grape Juice, or
Juice from Pickled Beets

Red........ Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled),
Canned Cherries with Juice,
Pomegranate Juice, or

Hope some of these ideas work for you. Adding the vinegar helps make the colors a deeper, richer color.
I used these last year and they worked great. Let me know how they turn out for you if you try them.
Have fun coloring your eggs and have a very Happy and Blessed Easter.
Blessings and hugs,

BTW: Sorry is this such a mess when I posted it. It looked really good and in a good format but posted in a messy form.

Comment edited on: 4/4/2014 3:50:07 PM

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SLENDERELLA61 4/4/2014 3:03PM

    Let us know how it turns out. I've always used the Paas tablets and vinegar. Would be interesting to use berries or tea or veggies like beets.

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KANSASROSE67 4/4/2014 2:35PM

    When I was a kid we used beet pickle juice for pink..

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AQUAGIRL08 4/4/2014 1:52PM

    There is a new Spark article that gives suggestion for natural egg dying. It was recent so it shouldn't be too hard to find.

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My first physical

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Yes, my first in about 10, 13, maybe 15 yrs. I am great about my ob/gyn appts, but a regular physical why bother. Well, I got called out by my kids. I make them go ever year it is about time I go.

I went and it was not like I excepted. The only current concerns the PA has is my obvious knee issue. My knee cap is sitting to the right. Plus, I have a tender lymph gland in my throat. I have had the discomfort for over a year. He will recheck and then more than likely send me to a ENT.

I go back in about a week and a half to results on my bloodwork.

I asked about what would be ideal for a goal weight. He said to get my BMI to 24.5 and that would be good. Which is about 130-135 (5-10lbs).

He also questioned a pocket of fat or something on my calves. I told him it might be lose skin from the 60+lbs. He goes okay that makes since. He was impressed I was 60lbs heavier.

In the short, I need to get my knee looked at and drop about 10lbs for my age, height, having had 3 kids, and no plans on getting lose skin removed.

Time to rest I am really tired and trying to eat smart as I have to fast from 9PM - after 10AM. I think after my bloodwork I will treat myself to Panera for brunch.

Gos bless y'all

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SHELTER_PETS 4/8/2014 9:05AM

    Bless you. AND good for you for going;-) I know a LOT of ladies that just put themselves last and not go to the dr. Good for you!!!!

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EBETH13 4/8/2014 8:42AM

    yup, we need to take care of ourselves, too! We seem to always be running this way and that way for everybody else in the house.

Good for you. I just had my female yearly and all is well.....Dr. was impressed that I was the same weight this year as last...down 25 lbs. WHOOP!!

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ANDREWS_MOM 4/4/2014 7:13PM

    Congrats on the good report! Sounds like you had a great appt :) You have accomplished so much! Look at how far you have come. I am so very proud of you!! Hope the bloodwork is awesome, too!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/4/2014 3:56PM

    that is great love.let us know how the test results go and keep us updated on the knee replacement is scheduled for the 14th april lol.not long to go now. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/4/2014 1:49PM

    I am so glad you are taking care of yourself! I think as mothers, we get in the habit of putting ourselves last. I think it's great that you have taken the bull by the horns and pursued taking care of yourself. Good job Becky!

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    Good for you!!

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RORYLYONS 4/3/2014 10:20PM

    emoticon on your 60 lb loss... emoticon ...Always beneficial to have a physical that way whatever we may think is no matter may be needed to be looked into...I'm due to go in for a checkup sooon. Happy to hear yours went well...

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DONNABRIGHT 4/3/2014 4:21PM

    Awesome news on the physical and Panera is a great treat - one of my favorite places. Enjoy!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/3/2014 4:10PM

    That's great that you are keeping off 60 pounds! I either didn't know that or had forgotten. I just didn't realize it was that much. Very, very good for you.

Glad you went and had your physical. Hope that knee and that gland get the treatment they need. Best wishes for improving health! You've done so much to get there, you deserve it!!! -Marsha

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XFITSTRONG 4/3/2014 3:32PM

    Good for you, Becky! When I went in for mine for the first time in 20 yrs (I went in last yr when I turned 40), the Dr was like.... "uhhhh.... why are you here? why do you feel you need a physical?" Like I was dumb for wanting one. He didn't really even do anything or ask me any questions. I felt like I wasted my time. Good luck on those last 10 lbs! You can do it! That's where I am struggling!

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VALIENDRA 4/3/2014 2:09PM

    I think I didn't have any... or maybe when I was a kid when my parents were the one making that kind of decision. But I see my doctor a lot (depression-related issues and thyoroid gland, that one is a new one). Each time I see her she tells me I need to lose weight. Duh, really? =)
I didn't know you had loose 60+ lbs.. WOW ! Congrats! And if you can, maybe a power nap would do the trick?
Have a good week ☼

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KKKAREN 4/3/2014 2:00PM

    I haven't had a physical in 30 years. I get a nasty note from my insurance carrier every couple of months that I need one. So far I'm going to hold out.

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Pictures I wanted to share.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This is my test from God for the Lenten Season.

Some people stash fabric, others yarn, scrapbook supplies, and other various stuff. I have a stash of coffee!!! Yes, I love coffee. I drink all kinds in all forms. Drip, percolators, k-cups, espresso forms....I love it all. I am not ashamed of my stash. For thise who are worried 90% of the coffee is decaf.

Big thanks to my hubby for helping me build my stash. Only sad part is I have coffee up for Lent along with candy. I could not pass up a good deal when each cup of coffee is under $.50 a cup...dude!!!

Plus, if you look you will see a gold box on the upper left hand side. It is a box of Lindt truffles I am saving for after Easter Mass when I can enjoy a cup of coffee and a truffle with my kids. Off to the far right corner are mini boxes of flavored coffees dh and ds found for my drip coffee maker.
Please do not judge...LOL

Dh's truck we picked it up 12/31/13 and I have enjoyed being a 2 car family. I just hope we continue to be a 2 car family for many years to come.

Dh hung my new curtains. I tried, but with my knee I could not brace myself on the ladder and twist to use the drill and stuff. Plus, he is batter at this stuff than I am. emoticon

kids having fun making cupcakes with daddy

I updated my backslash in the kitchen. Sorry I did not put away the meds from this morning. emoticon I wanted tile, but lets face it really pricey and time consuming. I found these last week at my Target for $12.99. Some read Jave, Mocha, Latte, Coffee, Joe, I heart and a coffee bean and others just have designs. When the kids they thought I painted the coffee cups on the wall. Dh, who knows my skills, thought I stenciled them on...NOPE!!! Just a few stickers and a rulers and well I did not want to do housework. LOL

Hope you like the pictures. I was suppose to be resting away a headache, but I am afraid I would fall asleep and miss the kids at the bus. Off to get the kitchen table ready for homework.

Love and Blessings

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SHELTER_PETS 4/10/2014 10:19AM

    I love your kitchen;-)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/4/2014 3:51PM

    great love.don´t know why but for some reason i wasn´t getting notification of your blogs,lol.have resubscribed.forgive me. emoticon

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VALIENDRA 4/3/2014 2:13PM

    I love your coffee wall! Target you say, right? We have some here now, I might just go & check. And I love your coffee stash, it sounds like you're never out of option when you have people at home =)
Have a good week ☼

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AQUAGIRL08 3/12/2014 9:24PM

    I have a collection of K cups too. Mine isn't anywhere near as neat as yours. I have recently discovered Chi Tea! Yummy! Love the new stickers. You are so creative!

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SPARKNMOM 3/12/2014 8:35PM

    Love the pics :)

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EBETH13 3/12/2014 9:12AM

    Your pics are great!! I love your sense of humor, you are funny!!

Have a wonderful day. The truck!! Oh how these guys love their trucks!! My hubby got a truck last year and we literally have to race to see who gets it for the day!! hahaha

The curtains, coffee, its all YOU!!!!

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ANDREWS_MOM 3/12/2014 8:10AM

    What a great looking truck! Dh must be pumped! I bet you're loving the 2 car situation! It must make things alot easier, esp with all the hours he's been working & school and all of the tings you as a busy mom need to get done. :)

Love your coffee backsplash! So cute! And definately fits you perfectly! Your curtains are really pretty, too!

Fun pic of dh & the kids- looks like they were having a good time!! :)

Hope you have a good afternoon!!

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DEB62BIE62 3/11/2014 8:30PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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DONNABRIGHT 3/11/2014 7:16PM

    No judgment here - your coffee is organized and you should enjoy it when you can. For Lent I have decided that I will have no salty snacks (my "coffee") and I will attend church every Sunday - no missing any services.


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LINOVER 3/11/2014 6:44PM

    I wish you luck with giving up both coffee and candy for Lent! Hope it goes well for you!

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PICKIE98 3/11/2014 5:33PM

    Terriffic!! Good luck throughout Lent.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/11/2014 3:22PM

    Best wishes for a meaningful Lent. Giving up coffee is really tough. I'm impressed, too. I need to cut back on caffeine myself and I know for me that means headaches. Hang tough. You can do it. Your stash, including the truffles, will be there waiting for you. Love all the pictures. Your kitchen décor is great!! Good going. Attractive and economical.

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FIRECOM 3/11/2014 2:45PM

    WOW - Giving up coffee for lent is doubly tough when one is a dedicated coffee lover. I am impressed.

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Wake up call

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Today I got a wake up call. Well, actually all weekend. I did not make it to church this morning, but I did watch it online. It makes life easier than fighting with ds and dd2. Anywho, the homily really hit home today. The Fr. was comparing cheating on homework, flirting, cheating on our diets.... are all examples of Satan tempting us like he tempted Jesus in the dessert.

I have been endlessly tempted and playing with food. Today I realized it has been Satan making me feel like I have been and turning to my old habits. Now, I have turned to food for comfort since I started this journey of a healthy lifestyle. I have always been strong enough to pull myself out. This time I have been drowning in pain, sadness, SELF PITY is more like it. I have felt worthless, unwanted, unloved by people, but I know it is not true.

Yes, my kids really test me.

Yes, I am lonely some days.

Yes, my housework is endless and there are days I have no idea where or evennhow to tackle my list.

Yes, I had a crappie birthday, but at least I had a birthday. I could always be pushing up roses.

Yes, dh messed up and he was been doing his best to make right. I have to forgive him. I have mentally and I now I have to verbally.

My mom made up for my bad day leaps and bounds. I can not wait for her bday and show her how much I love her and appreciate her making me feel worth while.

My bday was 2/18 and it is 3/9....too many days of self pity. I have never been like this in my LIFE. My mom would be ashamed of me. I am ashamed of me.

I have learned I am not alone.

I am not the only mom who struggles with their kids, knee issues, endless housework, and simply LIFE.

Best of all I have an amazing husband. I have three pretty healthy kids. I am never without important things. ie money for doctors, food on the table, a roof over my head....tou get the picture.

I have kids who in their way do,love me I just need to open my eyes more. I need to stop being the mom I am not meant to be. I need to slow down and taking life and enjoy my kids more. i appreciate and love how hard my husband works. I just need to be more vocal and not let things bottle up.

I am to the point food makes me ill after I eat. What is worse...I have not enjoy all of the foods I consumed. If I one more cookie that is not from Kashi. or on more pizza with a thick crust, or one more day without my 10glasses of water I am going to scream!

I am pushing the reset button tomorrow morning and I need help. I need to be held accountable. My goal will never be reached if I do not stop this self pity party. I need to start making sure the food I eat will be what is best for my health. I will step on the scale and I know I have put on more weight. I can tell with my jeans and I am mad at myself. In four years of this journey I have never taken this many steps back.

I feel this is the best time to really focus on my lifestyle and my health. Lent is in full swing and if Jesus can fast for 40days and night, then I can clean up my eating this season.

I never thought giving up coffee would be so hard. I have done it before, but now when I need it for comfort it is gone. I have not turned to coffee, but I have turned to the amazing cookies I made the family, I have turned, to nasty cup cakes (they were gross but I ate them and hated myself afterwards).

My wake up call. I have used my endless knee pain as a crutch and I am tried of it. I am calling the dr tomorrow and asking if I should be concerned. I do not think I do, but after doing yoga back to back for 4 days I have spent most of Friday and this weekend rest my knee in endless pain. I need to figure out what is going on and move on from this pain.

I thank you for reading my confession. My wake up call of some sort. I was meant to hear the homily today. The Fr., though not mine, really spoke to me through the TV and I am grateful for the call.

Praised to God for forgiving me and my many MANY faults. Now I must forgive my husband and myself and get back on track.

Love and Blessing to all.

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SPARKNMOM 3/10/2014 8:40PM

    Life is just complicated!! Sometimes it's hard to look behind all the faults...of ourselves and others. Good for you for blogging your feelings and keeping along your path to a healthier you.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/10/2014 4:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon When I read the blogs of successful Spark members, they all have experienced times that are similar to what you have described in your blog. Yet, they hung on and were ultimately successful. This has both amazed me and given me hope. Apparently, the struggle is part of a successful journey. I will try to continue to keep it in mind. I am just recently back on track after about 3-4 months of struggling. We will prevail!!!

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MAC4902 3/10/2014 2:56PM

    This is a good place to unload the anger, aggravation, anxiety, and... ! Then fill up on encouragement, empathy, enlightenment, etc...!!

Do get the knee checked out. I wish I'd paid more attention and done something about it earlier. Instead I blew it off, until after adding 20 lbs. back, I could no longer ignore it. With luck rest and rehab will be all it needs, but if more is needed, the sooner the better. Will say a prayer for your health and well being.

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ANDREWS_MOM 3/10/2014 8:07AM

    I could've written alot of this post myself. Going through many, many of the same struggles as you are right now. You are spot on with this Lenten season, right now, is the time to make the necessary changes and pull ourselves out of this funk.
We'll get through this!
love and hugs

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DONNABRIGHT 3/10/2014 6:49AM

    You are so right - forgive yourself and move on.

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EBETH13 3/9/2014 10:09PM

    Nearly cried, I know what you mean.....being in a human relationship isn't always easy, but it is the gift we are given. We become stronger and peacemakers as we learn our way through the tips and turns of being human, being married to another human.

Forgive quickly and love always, that is the lesson I have been taught this year...not an easy one, but a VERY important one

Love and hugs!!

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