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Living well

Sunday, June 30, 2013



Make today memorable so that when you come to the end of your life, you will have had a memorable life by stringing together all those memorable days.



Remember . . . we grow old because we stop playing.



Today, do something fun & memorable.

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    Great Blog. Have a great day. emoticon

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    Once today is gone, you don't have a chance to have a redo!! Make the best of each minute!!
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REGILIEH 6/30/2013 8:58PM

    Good advice!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 6/30/2013 7:37PM

    Thank you for your words of joy, delight and peace.

I will carry this feeling with me today and into the future.

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/30/2013 4:58PM

    Your blog fits wonderfully with the new Team goals I'm posting for July and August!...

Thanks. I'm trying to make every day as memorable...and as fun, as possible.

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KARENLEIGH32 6/30/2013 3:58PM

    Today's post was so delightful! Thank you!

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GEORGE815 6/30/2013 1:14PM

    Great sentiment. Something eventually makes us welcome death. Not there yet, but my Dad recently faced that.

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    Great blog! I will make today memorable!

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PEZCATHY 6/30/2013 10:16AM

    I would have loved to meet Benjamin Franklin. Such a wise man.

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    You are fantastic - love the blog!!

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    Have a most blessed day, sweet friend. emoticon

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    Some great thoughts to start the week. Thanks for sharing.

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Mammo'd & slammo'd 2

Saturday, June 29, 2013



Oh boy! I have had many, many mammograms over the last 2 years. Yesterday was the most uncomfortable I have ever been. I did all the things my doctor recommends: Schedule your mammogram within 5 days of finishing your cycle & take a some Iboprofen, Motrin, or Advil 1 hour before your scheduled appointment time -- generally, it works like a charm but I think I just had an overzealous mammo tech. Don't get me wrong, she was so very sweet & kind & I know she was just doing her job, but man oh man!!

Most of the techs will let you tell them when the machine is tight enough to be uncomfortable & she did this, but just as she would run to hit the "go" button, she'd crank the machine just a little tighter. Yowza!!! She kept saying "don't breathe!!" No worries honey, I wasn't breathing anyway because I think my lung was up in there, too. emoticon

This is the most sore I've been even after all the mammograms I've had. But, in the scheme of things, it was all worth it when the radiologist came to tell me I have the "ALL CLEAR!!" emoticon I wasn't really expecting any surprises because my blood work came back clear 2 months ago, but it's nice to to hear that you're good to go for another 6 months. I am fortunate that as a survivor, I get the results right away. Yay!!

So, I'm gonna strap "the girls" in tight this morning & go to the gym. Might not do a lot of jumping today. emoticon

I'll diligently go back in December for my next mammogram. It's all about saving the Masterpieces, right? emoticon



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CINDYAST 7/1/2013 6:58PM

    I've had the same tech for that past few mamos I've had and she ALWAYS says "How's that?" I squeak out, "okay", then she goes ahead and cranks it down a few notches! OUCH! I totally understand! So glad to hear though that you got the all clear! Fluff those puppies up and enjoy your exercise! lol!

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    Congratulations!!! Woo Hoo!

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    emoticon report! Too bad you had a tech that took a little more advantage of you and your position:)
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GODS_TEMPLE 6/29/2013 4:47PM

    The last time I had my Mammo, they had started something new. They put both 'girls' up there together to take a picture of the middle...That one was very uncomfortable!

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DAISYGIRLM2 6/29/2013 12:12PM

    Being a woman - a HEALTHY woman can be painful sometimes emoticon

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    emoticon for taking care of yourself!

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FELINEBETTER 6/29/2013 11:08AM

    Atta Girl, Nilla! Another one of those things that everyone dreads but must be done for our own best interests! emoticon

On another note - a little voice in the back of my head keeps asking why they haven't come up with something a little less barbaric than this! I don't see men going to have this same sort of "examination" testicular cancer! emoticon

I'm just saying....

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HOLLYM48 6/29/2013 9:18AM

    As a former mammo tech and a pt who has had many, I know what you mean. It is all worth it in the long run but you are right about when they say don't breathe, you couldn't even if you wanted to!
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    Happy to hear that all is well. Enjoy your weekend.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 6/29/2013 8:18AM

    So glad all is good. I have one scheduled next week. Will have to hope she is kind to my and mine.

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    Sorry about the "girl". But glad that everything came out emoticon !

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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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KONRAD695 6/29/2013 4:11AM

    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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GODS_TEMPLE 6/28/2013 6:10PM

    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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DAISYGIRLM2 6/28/2013 2:21PM

    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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BIGPAWSUP 6/28/2013 12:24PM

    Awesome! Best of luck on your continued good health!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/28/2013 12:18PM

    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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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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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/27/2013 8:28AM

    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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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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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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    Exercise is a great release.

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    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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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!
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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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DEEDEE1102 6/26/2013 4:54AM

    Well said! Exercising does improve my day!
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