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Mammo'd & slammo'd

Friday, June 28, 2013



I'm off this morning to get my 6 month mammogram. Yep, you heard me right -- 6 months. That's my new timeline for a bit. Every 6 months I get the left one (Thelma) done (the one that threatened to kill me). At the 12 month mark, I get the other one (Louise) done, too. emoticon

It's really not so bad. That one mammogram I had in October 2012 saved my life. If I had waited even just 3 to 6 months longer, it could have been worse. Of course I'll never know that for sure, but I'm glad I don't know for sure. emoticon

Ladies & Gents: I just want to urge you to make sure you keep your doctor's appointments for preventative health screenings. No, it's not fun. It can be a pain (very literally), but it can save your life. I was able to avoid having chemo because the breast cancer was caught so early. That's the way it should be. It's so much less hassle that way.

Promise me that you'll call TODAY if there's an appointment you've been putting off.

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    Thank you for the heartfelt reminder.

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    Mine don't hurt, but they help you find a new pitch when singing Moon River!

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ANHELIC 6/28/2013 10:06PM

    I have mine every two years, but one of my first cousins just was diagnosed with breast cancer so I eill probably be going more often now. Have a blessed weekend.
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JAMER123 6/28/2013 9:10PM

    Too early to schedule mine but I do keep it right on schedule. Blessings to you!!
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    My appointment is scheduled for next month. One thing I am good about doing. Bless you, emoticon

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    Just got my reminder yesterday. I promise to get it done!

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/28/2013 5:45PM

    I'm up to date! And I couldn't agree more..... gotta keep up on those exams . . .
as if our life depends on it . . . cos it does.



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NHES220 6/28/2013 3:21PM

    Had mine done in December and had my colonoscopy done too. I have to have one every 5 years due to colon cancer runs in my family - my younger brother, aunt and great aunt all died from it. You have to take these things very seriously. Glad you caught yours early!


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    Good luck to you and I hope Thelma and Louise behave themselves emoticon
I am so glad you are being pro-active in your care!! emoticon

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    Awesome! Best of luck on your continued good health!

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    Thank you for sharing such important information!

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SWINKIE57 6/28/2013 11:53AM

    I too feel my mammogram in December 2012 saved my life as well. My Breast Cancer at the time it was found was only the size of grains of salt. Both my medical and radiation oncologist have said 3-6 months made a HUGE difference in my treatment. They feel if I had waited instead of a lumpectomy and radiation I would have more than likely required a mastectomy, chemo and radiation!

PLEASE FOLKS~ DO NOT POSTPONE CHECK UP APPOINTMENTS!!!

Next week I have follow up lab work followed up with an appt with the Medical oncologist the following week and am also meeting with the Dr that will schedule my colonoscopy. Have my first follow up mammogram at the end of August.

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MATTEROFHEART 6/28/2013 10:38AM

    ok, ok, ok!!! How do always know!? I will call as soon as I get back home from vacation to schedule mine! (I went for my yearly visit, but didn't schedule the mammo yet)

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    emoticon I hope that your mammo comes back clear!!

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FRANKI46 6/28/2013 9:54AM

  Wonderful advice!! Just went for mine. Crossing my fingers. Congratulations to you for catching it in time. Saying a prayer that it comes out clear. Good luck.

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AKELAZ 6/28/2013 9:30AM

    Great advice that needed to be shared. I - along with so many others - have been through the self-same process and like you was fortunate enough to have my problem caught early enough to avoid chemo too. These appts. are no fun at all but far, far better than the alternative. Great that you shared the experience you've had with everyone.
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    Great advice!! emoticon

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    It's all part & parcel: self-care! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon Had my annual mammo done in May. It's an appt. I'm faithful to keep. Believing yours will come back clear. emoticon


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Good things are coming, don't stop walking.

Thursday, June 27, 2013



My goal every day is just to keep on walking. I have my kitchen stocked with healthy foods, lean proteins, healthy fats & whole grains. I have healthy snacks in my desk at work. I pack my breakfast & lunch most every day so that I don't get side-tracked. I aim for 5 servings of veggies & 3 servings of fruit every day (in case you didn't know, that's a LOT of food -- I rarely get hungry). I exercise at least 5 days a week -- I have 2 built in rest days & on those days, I still try to get 5000 to 8000 steps.

All these little things add up. It all counts.



Day after day, it gets easier. I still have some rebellious days, but I think we all will. Most of the time, I do what is heading me toward my goals. I may have an off day here & there, but overall, I'm still walking toward those good things.

I want to be unstoppable!!



The progress may be slow, but slow is still progress. emoticon

I want to enjoy the ride on the way to my destination.



Let's go!!

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/27/2013 6:34PM

    I'm with MLH148. I think part of enjoying the roller coaster ride is the screaming!

We just finished VBS, and our theme was Colossal Coaster World. The songs included the screaming as part of the fun of the ride...

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MLH148 6/27/2013 3:10PM

    Can I scream AND enjoy the ride?
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    Love your energy!!! Such a great inspiration!!!!

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    Your dedication and enthusiasm is so wonderful...thank you so much for sharing not only these, but your wisdom!

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MATTEROFHEART 6/27/2013 11:53AM

    emoticon I have learned so much from you on how to stay positive and enjoy the journey! Thank you for being such a great mentor!
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BAMAJAM 6/27/2013 11:04AM

  Congrats to you for your healthy lifestyle--- And a big THANK YOU for the wonderful blogs!!


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    That's right!! We can do it as long as we keep moving forward!! emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 6/27/2013 10:05AM

    After years of not really exercising or being conscious of what my body really needs, I never would have believed what a difference regular exercise makes! And as you say - it doesn't have to be anything strenuous -- just MOVE!

You always write a very inspiring blog! Thank you! Spark on, Girl!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/27/2013 10:04AM

    I choose to enjoy the ride!

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    Wonderful and inspirational.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 6/27/2013 8:44AM

    I have found at certain times when I am exercising (I walk with Leslie Sansone 3 miles every day) I tend to feel more tired or a little bit achy. I get past it by completing my exercise. I also found it depends on the time of the day. I do better around 10 am in the morning, if I wait until late afternoon 4 or 5 I tend to have those feelings. I think being able to accomplish this I need to look at 10am every morning.

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    I'm with you!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 6/27/2013 8:23AM

    You're doing great! One day at a time. Enjoy the journey!

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    Keep it up, you doing well! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 6/27/2013 7:41AM

  Great blog! All we can do is take one step at a time.

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    Love it....thank you!

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Benefits of exercise

Wednesday, June 26, 2013



I have found all of these things to be true. I remember when I first started exercising -- I really didn't have any energy, but I have to say . . . exercise gives you an amazing energy boost. Your body was made for movement & it craves movement (even when your mind doesn't). Once you get started & are consistent, you'll be hooked for life!! emoticon



When I do a bit of exercise at lunch time, I don't get that afternoon "sleepy" feeling. I get the boost that I need to make it through the rest of the day. My concentration is also better.

There are other benefits as well: Improved blood pressure, improved circulation, improved concentration & heart/lung function. I could go on & on, but you get the picture.

Strength training is key. Would you like to burn more calories even while you're at rest? Strength training is your friend, then. Muscle burns more calories than fat.



Need to add a little boost to your workouts? Awesome music is key!! I've noticed that the better I like the music, the harder & longer I work out.



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  Great blog, enjoyed reading thanks

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/26/2013 7:53PM

    Since I've started exercising I've given up my afternoon nap. Don't need it!

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GEORGE815 6/26/2013 7:00PM

    Exercise is a great release.

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JAMER123 6/26/2013 5:16PM

    Great blog. I agree with the music makes your day when exercising!!
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JESS0107 6/26/2013 10:32AM

    It's amazing how much a body can respond to a healthy lifestyle!! Thank you for posting this!!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/26/2013 10:12AM

    It is amazing how one feels even after a simple walk through your neighbourhood (maybe talking to the neighbours is an added boost too).

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    SO true emoticon emoticon

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MRSP90X 6/26/2013 9:13AM

    You definately got that right and strength traning is key!! I cringe when I see women esp do to much cardio knowing they are wasting their muscle away! Great pic with the woman and the barbell! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 6/26/2013 9:10AM

    The first part of the post struck me as so true,Thanks!

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MATTEROFHEART 6/26/2013 9:05AM

    That's something I need to add in! Music! You would think, being such a big music person, I would have done that by now! I'm going to start working on that today!
Thanks for "my" blog this morning!
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BIGPAWSUP 6/26/2013 8:47AM

    Thanks - needed this today!

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MLH148 6/26/2013 8:40AM

    Can you remember a time when you DIDN'T exercise? It seems hard to recall!
I especially find if I CAN get out of bed early (not usually emoticon ) and exercise before work, the whole day goes better -- and coming home with that not still on the too do list makes everything less stressful! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (why is she going the wrong way??)

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    Not long ago, I never would have believed you... but you're right on! emoticon

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    Promise??? Just kidding!

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MARYJOANNA 6/26/2013 5:39AM

  Exercise awakens the total you! What benefits we receive!

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    Thank you.

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    Well said! Exercising does improve my day!
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Life is too short to wait!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013



Start living your best life now. You never know what tomorrow is going to bring. I'm done sitting on the sidelines watching life just pass me by. I want to enjoy life now. I can already do so many things that I couldn't do before. I can't wait to put my "tiny little butt" into an airplane seat!! emoticon



Isn't that an exciting thought?

We need to roll up our sleeves & get to work!!! We've got some LIVING to do!!!!

Only you can stop you, so don't stop yourself!!!



Keep trying day after day.



And don't forget your sense of humor along the way. emoticon



Let's roll!!!

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    Great messages to hang on to and remember.

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    Love it! So true! emoticon

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    Love the pictures!! Thanks for sharing!!
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    Love the babies!

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    Cute! Awesome sayings and photos. You find the awesomeist things!

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    Great, loved it!

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MARYJOANNA 6/25/2013 2:08PM

  Great blog!

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CINDYAST 6/25/2013 1:59PM

    Awesome! And I loved the comment about putting your "tiny little butt into an airplane seat"! We're taking a trip to Alaska the last week in August, and I can't wait for that experience myself! Woo hoo!
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GODS_TEMPLE 6/25/2013 1:32PM

    emoticon Thanks.

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/25/2013 12:15PM

    Absolutely! And to think that 15 years ago, I thought my life was over . . . .
I was done . . . that was it . . . doomed to be frumpy for the rest of my life. . . . .
hahahahahahahaha! guess I sure showed them!
I'm having the time of my life!!!

It's NEVER too late to live happily ever after!
So why wait . . . let's start TODAY!
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BAMAJAM 6/25/2013 11:39AM

  Thank you so very much! You cheer us on to reach our goals . . .
Hugs!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/25/2013 11:37AM

    Darling, great blog. Simple yet it is worth a lifetime of meaning.

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JESS0107 6/25/2013 10:50AM

    We need to live for today because that is all that is promised for us!!

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    Love the morning pep talks! (since I know you write these just for me, right?) emoticon

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If you never try, you'll never know.

Monday, June 24, 2013



I'm in a quiet mood today, so my blog will be mostly pictures. Pictures can be worth a thousand words.











If you never try, you'll never know.

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KARENLEIGH32 6/24/2013 11:47PM

    Very quiet, but well said!

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    Great blog. Thanks for reminding us of what we can do. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Dynamite visuals! I want to shrink too!!! I'm trying emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/24/2013 3:36PM

    I really like the 'Don't believe everything you think' sign. I know some people who have that problem! They also believe everything they say!

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    great visuals . . . keep 'em coming!

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MATTEROFHEART 6/24/2013 8:25AM

    Even when you're quiet, you're inspiring! Love all of the pictures!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/24/2013 7:13AM

    Life is a series for falling down and picking yourself back up. If you never fall, you will never know what you can achieve..

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MLH148 6/24/2013 6:53AM

    Love " don't believe everything you think!"
Have a great week!

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MARYJOANNA 6/24/2013 5:18AM

  We can control what we think and life's downers build us up to be a better person!

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