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On a slow train to nowhere

Monday, October 20, 2014

I've been sparking for about 6 years now. One of the things that I've been proud of is losing 50 lbs in one year. However, the scale has started to creep upward, and I've gained back almost 20 lbs of that 50 back. I'm stuck in a rut and I don't know how to get out of it.

Sure, fitness has fallen by the wayside as a myriad of issues had crept up: cancer, endometrial ablation, and other today's knee injury. But it doesn't answer the rest of the days I've been healthy. I live in walking distance of the gym. I don't know why I don't just get my butt over there on a regular basis like I used to. Or get out the XBox Zumba game again. I need to regroup and get myself back on track.

And today...I'm taking the pledge...a 28 day get myself back on target.

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JUSTME29 10/21/2014 8:48AM

    i think I'm on the same slow train you have been, and the scenery just really isn't all that great. Good for you getting off the train, and back to your life.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/21/2014 12:09AM

    YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!

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WIZKEY 10/20/2014 10:34PM

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JAMBABY0 10/20/2014 9:23PM

    you can this

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106 flights of pain

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Saturday morning, I met my coworkers for what was supposed to be a 3 1/2 hour 7 mile hike through the beautiful hills of southern Indiana. What we didn't expect was what our fitbits claimed to be 106 floors climbed in one day. Today, 3 days later, my calves are still screaming at me.

But that wasn't just it. I felt fine as I met my coworkers. I wasn't even 1/2 way up the first hill and I started suffering what I thought was an asthma attack. I didn't even have my inhaler. In honesty...I don't even have asthma, so that kind of freaked me out a bit (I have an inhaler for when I get chest colds/bronchitis). I had shortness of breath, constriction of the chest and got really dizzy. When we reached the summit and began to walk along the ridge, I felt better, but still was wheezing and coughing.

When I returned home after what turned into a long afternoon of more climbing and hiking, I took a steamy bath and used my inhaler. I was frustrated the next morning when I still was coughing and having a hard time breathing. In fact, I started losing my voice.

To top it off, I went to the Colts game on Sunday afternoon, where the roof was open on a 50 degree day. It was cold in there! They finally closed the roof at half time. Something they've never done before. But it was too late. The coughing became worse, as did the chest pain.

When it didn't seem to subside by Monday morning, I went to the doctor. What I had thought had been a prolonged asthma attack turned out to be a full-blown bout of bronchitis. The only way I felt bad before the hike was a nasty headache on Friday afternoon, but nothing else. I'm still skeptical.

But another inhaler later, some mucinex, and antibiotics, I'm still at home trying to recuperate. My legs still hurt, but not as bad, and my chest is starting to not feel like a 100 lb weight is on it. Hopefully this chicken noodle soup my mom dropped by will help well as the hot tea with honey.

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LYNCHD05 10/10/2014 7:44PM

    Bronchitis is very serious and I am surprised that you could do all that exercise. You must be very strong!!!!
Glad you are on the mend!!! Take good care of yourself!

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CATIATM 10/9/2014 7:06AM

    Oh! I'm so sorry to hear about the bronchitis. I got pneumonia a few years ago, and now I seem to ahve a wimpy system that contracts bronchial infections at every opportunity, so I sympathize. I hope you're feeling tip top again soon! emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/8/2014 1:09PM

    A suggestion from my repertoire of bronchial/cold remedies. Get a can of frozen lemonade or pink lemonade. Put a tablespoon or so at a time of the contents directly into your hot tea with honey. It adds sweetness, a citrus flavor and helps break up congestion.

Feel better and gets plenty of sleep. emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/7/2014 10:36PM

    I hope you feel better soon emoticon

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WARRIORWOMAN14 10/7/2014 4:21PM

    Feel better! I tell people Mucinex is the nectar of the gods.

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WIZKEY 10/7/2014 3:26PM

    So sorry you are sick. Get lots of rest and listen to your body!!

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PICKIE98 10/7/2014 3:01PM

    You are lucky they did not lose you on that hike.You can die from that.
Drink chamomile tea..It has many flavors now, but it will help too. Pamper that hiker !!

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This is getting old

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gaining weight that is.

I started out the year at 191. Now I'm at 210. This is not the direction I wanted to go. This is definitely not what I wanted. But it is my fault. I've not been as diligent. But maybe not so much my fault. My doctor did change my medication. But I'm still floored that I'm this far above 200 again.

What can I do? Change my habits? I already eat healthy. Change my workout? Maybe. I had been slacking a little. So, why did this happen. I have no idea...but I'm ready to reverse the pattern.

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LYNCHD05 9/28/2014 2:33AM

    The change in medication is a biggie for sure. Talk to you doc as already suggested and maybe there is another medication that would agree with you better. We just have to keep working at this. Anything worth having is worth working for. We know you can do it!!!!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/28/2014 12:14AM

    Brenda, don't be discouraged. It is a journey and it can be frustrating at times but I know you will find a solution.

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/27/2014 10:55PM

    Check with you physician re: side efffects of your medication. There may be a way to combat fluid retention or weight gain, but you'll need to ask. The other side - this weight loss is not easy and the older you get, the harder it seems to get to remove weight and to keep it off. It also seems to me that once I get to a current goal weight, I get off track a bit, feeling I've got some leeway even though I know that's bunk.

You know you can do this because you've done it before. Believe in yourself! We believe in you!!

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GAILSMAILS 9/27/2014 8:37PM


Totally understand your frustration. This weight loss thing is hard! I hope you find a solution and some encouragement!

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And so it begins...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 1, week 1. The challenge begins. So, what will become of this all important challenge? Will I lose 10 of the 15 I gained this summer? Will I finally win the battle? Will the 5% be my true goal? We shall see. But I'm already starting off on the right foot. I got in a good workout today, ate a healthy breakfast and dinner (lunch not so much...went over for the day). But tomorrow is also a new day with a new purpose.

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FLORIDASUN 9/23/2014 10:32AM

    New day new purpose...this is you new mantra. You CAN and WILL do this...I just know it! emoticon emoticon Let's REALLY push each other this challenge...K? emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/21/2014 10:21PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

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EMMACORY 9/20/2014 10:03PM

    Good luck with the 5% challenge. This is my first time to give it a try. Let's make everyday count! emoticon

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 9/20/2014 9:56PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Gr8 start!

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Renewing My Commitment - 2014 Fall 5% Challenge

Thursday, September 11, 2014

With the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge looming in just a little over a week, I'm finding that I have a renewed spirit in regards to getting healthy once again. In the Summer of 2013, I reached ONEderland, but since then, I've gained back nearly 18 lbs. Yuck!

So, with this new challenge in my sites, I need to renew my commitment to a healthier me. Which means I need to answer a few questions:

What do I want to change?
I want to change how I feel. What does that mean? It means I don't want to feel out of breath anymore. No more racing heart beat after 1 flight of stairs, or just a mile walk (if that). I don't want that bunching feeling when my skirts or pants want to slip below my belly. (No one wants to see that) I no longer want to feel my flabby arms chaffe against my sides.

How do I want to look?
I'm not asking for super model status here. Not even a Hollywood look. No, I just want to look and feel healthy. You know those plus sized models that look healthier and more fit than the super models...yeah, that's what I want to look like. Healthy, fit, and a size 10 or 12.

How do I want to feel?
I just want to feel "healthy". My emotions are tied to my overall wellbeing. I want to break the cycle of anxiety and depression that is spurred on by my being uncomfortable in my own skin, per se.

What things will I be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
Walk a 5K without feeling winded. Walk 5 flights of stairs with barely having to catch my breath. Play with my nephews without having to stop every few minutes to catch my breath. Wear smaller clothes. To look "Hot"! To embrace the curves God gave me!

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FLORIDASUN 9/23/2014 10:30AM

    Brenda...I SO know you can do did it before and you'll do it again! I'll be cheering (madly waving arms) you on to complete victory! I've started my early a.m. walks outside and I'm on day 4 of hopefully a LONG streak.

We can do this girlfriend we SO deserve to feel and look great! Don't forget just how important and beautiful you are to ALL of us! emoticon emoticon

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MTRACHEL 9/18/2014 10:02PM

    These are great goals and you CAN SO DO it! One day at time, one step at a time. Rachel

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PCOH051610 9/17/2014 5:34PM

    Awesome! Let's do this! emoticon

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BBONET 9/16/2014 3:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon The important thing is determination! Good luck and lots of success on your goals! emoticon m emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/13/2014 12:03AM

    Seems quite reasonable to me! I know you can do it!!! I will be cheering you on.

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MAINEALI 9/11/2014 1:06PM

    Great post! I second everything you said. Good luck to you in the Fall 5% Challenge. I love the 5% challenges!


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