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Persistence . . . and Grace for Oklahoma.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013



I have always thought of myself as pretty persistent when it comes to some things. This problem with my foot has really knocked me for a loop. I know I'm going to get through this, it's just frustrating to have yet another setback.

Since Plan A is a no-go, well . . .



It's time to take the turn:



In the scheme of things, my problems are so small. Hubby & I watched the news last night & were shocked at the devastation in Oklahoma after that horrible tornado. My heart just goes out to them. My foot is no big deal -- it will heal in time.

One of my friends had this on her FaceBook page:



I am so thankful for God's grace!!

Today, please pray for Oklahoma.

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NASFKAB 7/24/2013 6:01AM

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    Great blog

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CJYOUCANDOIT 5/28/2013 11:21AM

    Continued Prayers for Oklahoma victims. Thank you for reminding me of the way I need to be thinking. Too much thinking about myself can skew my perspective on my issues. It is definitely a balance. If we do not think about ourselves we let ourselves go which is why I am on SparkPeople. Balance and moderation. AND Lots of prayers!

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    Great blog!

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JAMER123 5/22/2013 10:47PM

    I have been praying for those in Moore, OK. It was a beautiful city and again, can return to one.
Hoping and praying that your foot is improving! God bless!
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KARRENLYNN 5/22/2013 10:43PM

    Well said. And I hope you get better fast!

Karen

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COMEONMA 5/22/2013 10:39PM

    very well said, thank you

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    Great blog - thanks for sharing!

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MOMMY445 5/22/2013 7:55PM

    so well said. i'll pray for them all,too.

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    emoticon What an honor to have your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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    amen

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    Awesome!

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NEWTINK 5/22/2013 4:24PM

    If you have access to a pool try water walking or even aqua jogging ... That will keep your cardio up and build endurance also ... keep the same form as on land and try to keep the same pace and you will see your heart rate raise up and have an excellent workout. I have severe foot issues and have had numerous surgery and any thing you can do on land you can do in the water I hope your foot gets better soon for you. As far as Oklahoma goes that is the saddest thing and my prayers go out to them in this horrible time.

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  enjoyed your quotes

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    Thanks for the inspiration!

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SHANNONY84 5/22/2013 11:41AM

    Amen.... Great blog thank you~

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OFGREENGABLES 5/22/2013 11:40AM

    yes. keeping them in my prayers.

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SUSIEMT 5/22/2013 11:39AM

    Grace is a wonderful thing. I will pray for OK!

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    Praying!

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    I think I can.....

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    amen

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    What a wonderful quote from a great man.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/22/2013 10:14AM

    Fantastic blog. It's so true - we have to stay flexible and remember that things could always be so much worse, no matter what happens. God bless the people of Moore - how especially tragic that they had a huge tornado just a few years back, too. They must be strong people!

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JOANNHUNT 5/22/2013 10:13AM

    GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE OF MOORE, OKLAHOMA.

I HOPE YOUR FOOT HEALS SOON. HANG IN THERE.

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    Amen! Thank you!

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ABUFFKIN 5/22/2013 9:36AM

    Thanks for sharing. I am definitely keeping OK in my prayers and reminding myself how small my problems are in light of what these folks are going through.

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REGILIEH 5/22/2013 9:30AM

    AMEN!!! You said it so well! Tragedy's do put things in perspective.

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Ouchy wow wow!

Monday, May 20, 2013



I've been having some issues with my right foot for about a week. It's been really sore & by the end of the day after 10000+ steps, it's pretty sore & swollen.

When we came home from out of town yesterday, we went to the Urgent Care place so I could get an x-ray & make sure there wasn't a stress fracture.

No stress fracture, but there is severe arthritis in that foot & it is aggravated & inflamed. Doc recommended that I cut out walking/jogging, etc. for about a week or so.

Alternate exercise plans:

Core/abs
Arms
Non-impact lower body

I don't have access to a pool or a stationary bike, so I'll have to figure out something else for cardio. I welcome your suggestions.

Am I upset about this setback? A little. But this gives me an opportunity to try something new.



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BONNIEMARGAY 5/21/2013 3:26AM

    I found my recumbent exercise bike on Craigslist for just $50. Wishing you relief.

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    Get better soon!

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DARLY55 5/20/2013 8:00PM

    I am sorry about your pain - Arthur is the worst!
Coach Nicole has a seated barbell workout that will make you sweat. And I know there are other seated workouts - check them out!

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/20/2013 4:58PM

    Like GOLFGMA said, there are some sitting cardio videos...the trouble is you still have to use your foot in some way, so you would have to be very careful.

Maybe just some shadow boxing from a chair?

Praying you'll be much improved by the time your week of rest is over.



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CINDYAST 5/20/2013 3:48PM

    Oh! Sorry about the pain you're having in your foot!
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I know it's hard to stop doing what you've always done, but you've got a GREAT attitude about trying something new! That's awesome!
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CAT-IN-CJ 5/20/2013 1:26PM

    Sorry about your owie . . . . but you're on the right track! Focusing on your core is always a beneficial option.
Hope you can soak your foot in warm epson salts baths while you're letting it rest

Great attitude! You ROCK!
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NANCYRUBIO 5/20/2013 10:35AM

    Get to close to me and your other foot will also hurt. I am CLUMSY!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/20/2013 8:37AM

    O yuck! I'm so sorry to hear this. Cardio without weight on the foot? The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is bicycles: lay on the floor, legs up (90 hips and knees), and then pretend to ride. It really works the abs too.

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GOLFGMA 5/20/2013 8:37AM

    I have had to skip a few workouts lately due to eye surgeries. Two weeks without upper body strengths. I found some lower body exercises and seated workouts here on SP. Sure hope everything improves speedily for you! emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 5/20/2013 8:37AM

    Ouch! I'm sorry! I know you won't let it slow you down, though! You are awesome and you can do this!!!
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BLUENOSE63 5/20/2013 8:18AM

  If you have access to a pool, I would highly recommend water running.

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LAC936 5/20/2013 8:15AM

    Know what arthritis feels like and the pain can be debilitating. Hope you feel better soon. Did they give you a foot splint?
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Stress busting tips.

Friday, May 17, 2013



One of my assignments on SparkCoach today was to come up with a plan for busting stress. I've been doing this for awhile now & I decided to share my tips with you. Next time you're stressed, give one or two of these a try.

You know I'm a visual person, so you get photos, too. emoticon emoticon

Drink a cup of tea (chamomile tea is very calming).



Take a bath.



Read a book or the Bible (this is one of my faves).



Listen to music (another fave).



Put on your favorite dance music & DANCE (this one's just down-right FUN).



Go get some exercise (another fave).



If you're stressed today -- try one of these & let me know how it worked for you.

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HIKINGFIT 5/18/2013 12:38PM

    I love the picture-list! great job!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 5/17/2013 10:37PM

    Love it thanks for sharing meditation works well for me

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2BDYNAMIC 5/17/2013 10:07PM

    P.S. ........... I did EVERYTHING you said, bath, danced 45 min to the Temptations (rocked it out and all sweaty) .......... Now to find the tea! .............. great blog!!! Now happy weekend!! emoticon

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EVASTANKIEWICZ 5/17/2013 7:49PM

    Those are some really good suggestions. It really makes me miss having a bath.

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COCK-ROBIN 5/17/2013 7:42PM

    A wondeful blog!

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2BDYNAMIC 5/17/2013 6:42PM

    emoticon .......... I was just heading for a nice hot bath! ........ love it and emoticon

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BAMAJAM 5/17/2013 5:43PM

  Oh--- Loved that first picture and it really expresses the emotion of stress! LOL

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FELINEBETTER 5/17/2013 4:00PM

    Great tips! Great advice!

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CAT-IN-CJ 5/17/2013 11:35AM

    Yes, so true. Great ways to get those good endorphins flowing!

Don't you just love SparkCoach!!!!

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CASEYSAUER 5/17/2013 9:27AM

    So True!

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SIMONEKP 5/17/2013 9:16AM

    too bad those don't fit in at the office well

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KELLIEBEAN 5/17/2013 8:48AM

    Excellent. Right after my stressful meeting, I'm taking my iPod on the walking trail for a quick walk break!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/17/2013 8:05AM

    Great pictures! Music keeps me from going off on people! I live with music.

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/17/2013 8:05AM

    emoticon I'm a visual person, so this is a terrific list for me too! THANKS!

Have a wonderful weekend, Sheila!

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STHAX10 5/17/2013 8:00AM

    Love the first pic!!!!

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KITT52 5/17/2013 7:58AM

    good tips
I also say go to spark people find a healthy article or a blog ..find friends....

breath deeply helps as well

have a healthy week end

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There is nothing you cannot achieve.

Thursday, May 16, 2013



Most days it seems I'll never get there. The scale isn't moving, I'm exercising like a crazy woman, I eat freggies until they're practically coming out of my nose (sorry, bad visual). emoticon I still have so far to go & right now, it seems like nothing is happening. Grrrrr!

This whole journey is one big mind game. I can be pretty determined (stubborn?) when I want to be & I can tell you that even though things don't appear to be moving right now, I'm not throwing in the towel. I feel so much better, look better, have more energy, etc. Those are awesome reasons to continue. I have a long way to go, but I've come so far. This is the least I've weighed in probably about 8 years. That's pretty significant. So right now, I'll be content at practicing maintenance. emoticon

I'm going to continue, even when it appears that nothing is happening, because I know that inside my body all kinds of cool healthy things are happening.



Even if you mess up, don't give up.



Strive for a few sore muscles -- it means you're getting leaner & meaner . . . well, maybe not meaner, but it rhymed. emoticon



There is nothing you cannot achieve. The possibilities are limitless.

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2BDYNAMIC 5/17/2013 6:44PM

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CINDYAST 5/16/2013 1:20PM

    Hang in there! You can do this!!! I saw my doctor two weeks ago and whined about how slowly the weight was coming off, she told me as I get closer to my goal weight, it will come off much more slowly and to not give up. You're lighter than you have been in years, take pride in that! That's awesome!!!
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BIGPAWSUP 5/16/2013 10:19AM

    Wonderful! You are a success - no doubt about it!

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GIRLINMOTION 5/16/2013 9:53AM

    Fresh vegetables are the best! But, coming out of your ears, LOL.

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HELEN_BRU 5/16/2013 9:09AM

    Ah, success!

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MATTEROFHEART 5/16/2013 8:52AM

    Love the success baby!!! So cute! So proud of you for not giving up even when it seems you are not getting anywhere!!!
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CIRANDELLA 5/16/2013 8:25AM

    Freggies out the nose, huh? Now THERE'S a VISUAL!! LOL, NILLA!! Here's my take on spending some time maintaining your weight prior to reaching goal. It was my experience that doing this prepared me for maintaining my weight AFTER I got to goal. It's a good "practice practice" to try out! I salute you for your wisdom, as always, and wish you an endless supply of the lovely freggies you feature on your page's wallpaper here :) All the best, Susan emoticon

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MINDY502 5/16/2013 8:23AM

    Thanks for the motivation. I kind of feel like you right now just spinning my wheels. I exercise and I admit I could do so much better on the eating thing and I would see better results. I have thought about quiting too but like you I refuse to throw in the towel. Good luck on your success!! Have a great week!

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DARLY55 5/16/2013 7:37AM

    It all has a cumulative effect, it is weird. Sometimes the scale doesn't move but the tape measure does. Other times the reverse is true. emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 5/16/2013 5:37AM

  If we keep on plugging along, we will eventually get there!

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COCK-ROBIN 5/16/2013 5:16AM

    I have to remember that too, when I'm in the midst of a five month plateau.

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BONNIEMARGAY 5/16/2013 4:55AM

    Yes, my scale has been stuck in the same spot since March no matter how hard I work, so I just have to keep remembering that every healthy choice matters, every time! It is tough. May we find great success.

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/16/2013 4:45AM

    Repetition! That's the ticket!! Thanks for the motivation!!

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You are worth more than you realize.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013



You are worth so much more than the number on that scale!! You are worth the effort -- every drop of sweat -- every healthy meal -- it's all worth it as you make a better YOU.

Be positive, be patient, be persistent. You CAN do this!!



There will be some difficult days as you work on YOU, but you'll get there!! You may get some battle scars along the way -- wear them proudly!



Please don't give up!! You are so much closer to your miracle with each healthy choice!!



You are worth more than you realize.

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HELEN_BRU 5/16/2013 9:08AM

   
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    Thank you for the inspiration!

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1EMMA2011 5/15/2013 11:21AM

    Thank you so much for this inspiration!

BEAUTIFUL!!

Well Done!!

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NEEDBU66 5/15/2013 10:47AM

    exercise to be fit, not healthy. That alone is enough to think on.

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GIRLINMOTION 5/15/2013 9:59AM

    Right on!

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    Awesome - thank you!

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MATTEROFHEART 5/15/2013 8:45AM

    Thank you so much for your encouragement! You are a gift!

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NANCYRUBIO 5/15/2013 6:43AM

    How you work to keep each of us up--to care more about ourselves.

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MLH148 5/15/2013 6:08AM

    Thanks.

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COCK-ROBIN 5/15/2013 5:27AM

    A wonderful start for the day.

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/15/2013 5:05AM

    Thanks for the positive start to the day ... I LOVE coming to your blog in the mornings!

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    Great attitude

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    Thanks for the encouragement. Glenn

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