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Carpe diem - seize the day!!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013



For what are you exchanging a day of your life? For me, it used to be sitting in my easy chair eating unhealthy/processed/fast foods.

These days, I exchange a day of my life for exercise, frequent movement & healthy foods. It's a much better deal. emoticon I feel so much better!! I can't even describe to you how much better my body "runs" when I give it the correct fuel. I feel stronger, have more energy, I'm happier & it's pretty rare these days that I get sick, thankfully.

So I have a question for you: "Why crawl when you can fly?"



Crawling to me is eating junk & then feeling like junk. Flying is eating great-for-you foods & getting your body moving. I didn't see that before, but after changing my habits, I can clearly see it now.

There are so much better things ahead for you & me if we take care of our bodies now.



Never lose hope! We CAN do this!!! Even when it gets hard . . . we can do this!!



So . . . who wants to go on a journey with me? emoticon emoticon

For those of you who accepted my challenge, WAY.TO.GO!!!

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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JAMER123 7/2/2013 10:48PM

    Walking your way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Excellent blog! Loved it! :)
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CINDYAST 7/2/2013 9:22PM

    I'll take that trip! It's gonna be amazing! Great blog, again! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 7/2/2013 8:27PM

    emoticon I'm in!!! emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 7/2/2013 8:22PM

    I love that C.S. Lewis quote. Great blog! emoticon

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 7/2/2013 6:54PM

    I'm still in! Thanks for the encouragement.

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SPOONGIRLDEB 7/2/2013 5:32PM

    Love all the inspiring quotes!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/2/2013 4:57PM

    I'm on it!!!! Let's go . . . .
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CATHYGETSFIT 7/2/2013 3:57PM

    emoticon I'm flying right there alongside of you! emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 7/2/2013 3:12PM

    I'm with you, sistah!
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LIVINGFREE19 7/2/2013 1:35PM

    Love the quotes!

That is a great idea to keep in your head, Seize the day! Making every day count is so important.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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ANHELIC 7/2/2013 1:25PM

    Great inspiring blog. Thanks for sharing.

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FELINEBETTER 7/2/2013 12:22PM

    Fantastic blog! I just love your perspective! You are very, very inspiring. I'll have to remember that question..... "Is this worth exchanging a day of life for?" emoticon emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 7/2/2013 11:46AM

    Carpe' Diem ~ my favorite expression!

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MLH148 7/2/2013 10:36AM

    but if I fly, will my pedometer give me those 10,000 steps I need?? emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/2/2013 8:50AM

    emoticon I want to fly too!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/2/2013 8:48AM

    I'm in!

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MARYJOANNA 7/2/2013 6:03AM

  Good thoughts! I have a sweat shirt that says carpe diem.

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DEEDEE1102 7/2/2013 5:10AM

    Okay, so my new question is: Is this worth exchanging a day of my life for?


That's a great perspective! Thanks for starting my day in such a positive way!

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MFBUTTERFLY 7/2/2013 4:58AM

    NEVER losing hope!! :) I am sooooo seizing THIS day!! emoticon for a GREAT blog!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/2/2013 4:50AM

    Beautiful!

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Do you accept the challenge?

Monday, July 01, 2013



You can eat an elephant - one bite at a time. ~Unknown~

How can you reach your goals? One healthy choice at a time, one workout at a time.

It's an overwhelming task when you think about the big picture, but break it down into smaller goals to reach, along the way to your large goal.

It's so easy to sit back & do nothing, but anyone can do that, right? Let's be different. emoticon



Just keep moving -- keep stepping -- keep trying.



You CAN do this! I CAN do this! Yes, it will take some work. Which path are you going to take? The path to your dream? Or the path of least resistance?



Today's challenge: Eat at least 4 veggie servings & 2 fruit servings. Exercise for at least 20 minutes (break it into two 10-minute segments if you need to). If you have a pedometer or a way to track your steps, shoot for 8000-10000 steps today.

Do you accept the challenge?

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 7/1/2013 10:51PM

    Great challenge! I may not be able to do the 8-10 thousand steps, but the rest is done!

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JAMER123 7/1/2013 10:26PM

    Couldn't accept your challenges but I continue to work at my pace of one step at a time.
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KARENLEIGH32 7/1/2013 8:23PM

    I have already accepted 2 challenges for this week, what the hell what's 1 more! P.S. I got cold chills thinking about eating that elephant!

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DARLY55 7/1/2013 8:09PM

    Sounds like a good challenge, today I did it!

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2BDYNAMIC 7/1/2013 8:02PM

    Yeah ........ So glad I got those things done ......... and have been juicing all day ...... w/ tons of veggies, and good things .......... emoticon ........... it always brings the best feeling when you make those steps daily .............. emoticon

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ANHELIC 7/1/2013 7:57PM

    Great suggestions.!!!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/1/2013 3:37PM

    Wonderful!

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PEZCATHY 7/1/2013 1:50PM

    I will definitely try! Taking my dogs out at least 6 times a day, tackling my street which is a small mountain (not a joke), I bet I get in that many each day! I made it to the top of the street today! Woohoo! Fruit is easy, vegies are harder, but already half way there!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 7/1/2013 11:17AM

    Challenge accepted emoticon

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CRAZY_DIET_MOM 7/1/2013 10:56AM

    I'm in. The exercise might be tough... NO! I will exercise for 20 minutes, even if it is modified to account for my leg issues. Same with the steps, they're tough right now but I WILL push through. Thank you for the motivation this morning!!

Traci
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HELEN_BRU 7/1/2013 10:11AM

    The more you do, the more you want to do! Hey, that's my new motto! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/1/2013 9:33AM

    I'm in! You got it!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/1/2013 9:20AM

    How about a partial? I will definitely do the 2 x 10 minutes and the freggies . . . .
not sure I'll be able to get in the steps, however . . . .

Love the 'one step at a time' motivator . . . . I really needed that today.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/1/2013 8:20AM

    Challenge accepted! Great pics!

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    I'm with yo for today's challenge. Let's go !! emoticon

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    I do....

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    Step by Step! emoticon

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EMMACORY 7/1/2013 7:06AM

    Yes,I will eat veggies and fruit. I do the 10K challenge every day. Hope to get to the pool for exercise. Blessings on your journey! emoticon

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MLH148 7/1/2013 6:52AM

    Challenge accepted! Veggies are a huge challenge for me.
Happy July

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MOTHEPRO 7/1/2013 6:17AM

    I accept!

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    I do! emoticon

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    I am soooooo doing my plan today!! emoticon

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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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ANHELIC 6/30/2013 11:01PM

    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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    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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MATTEROFHEART 6/30/2013 12:19PM

    Great blog! I will make today memorable!

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    Very good!

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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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BIGPAWSUP 6/30/2013 9:35AM

    You are fantastic - love the blog!!

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    Love your attitude! emoticon

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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



Blessings to you!! emoticon 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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BIGPAWSUP 6/30/2013 12:27AM

    Congratulations!!! Woo Hoo!

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JAMER123 6/29/2013 8:55PM

    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

I love your humor emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 6/29/2013 11:46AM

    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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JOANNEO5 6/29/2013 8:31AM

    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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BECKYSFRIEND 6/29/2013 9:38AM

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/29/2013 5:12AM

    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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ROCKPORT9 6/28/2013 7:48PM

    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
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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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JESS0107 6/28/2013 10:35AM

    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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    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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