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Monday, March 08, 2010

Back to thoughts on consistency for my birthday month of March.

With the recent trauma/drama, I've not had the time I wanted to think about this.

I've looked back at my fitness reports. I had a huge improvement in my cardio minutes over this last term of school, thanks to water aerobics. Because i was so freaking busy all the time, it really felt like I was working out several times a week...but in reality, my consistency was 3x a week. Now, i'm going to take a moment and savor that success. it WAS a success - Consistent, 60 minutes a pop, toning and resistance built right in since it was in the pool...and super soft on my arthritic knees. I have to slam in another 7 classes in the next two weeks for a decent grade, and then it's done, but all in all? A great success.

Now that i've savored that moment - on to what i'd like to do differently. Water aerobics was easy on my joints, i did it with my partner and that was relationship building, and I feel good about those things. I don't think it helped my stamina per se for dance, as it's not weight bearing and I suspect it didn't get my heart rate up enough for me to have weight loss benefits from it. Doesn't mean it was a bad or useless thing, just an awareness that for ME, it wasn't enough to truly burn calories much OR help me to dance stronger, longer.

Once March 19 rolls past and I've completed the class requirments, i've decided to do zumba. It's fun and dance oriented AND I have friends who go. It will be easier to stay on track and committed when friends are meeting me there, etc. I am quite positive it will help with stamina for dance, since the little intro class I took kicked my heinie, LOL. Thus, calories will be burned. The struggle with this will be cost - when I took water aerobics, I could use financial aid to fund my 10 weeks of water aerobics AND get a grade. Sweet, eh? Now, since I am taking spring and summer term off, there will be no financial aid. Classes run $7 a pop or I can buy a prepaid punch card...or a month at a time for the community rec center. none of those are freakishly high, but it will be money i have to pull from somewhere.

that leads me into my next consistency item, breakfast. How are breakfast and paying for my Zumba related? Well, I've gotten into the very bad habit of convenience - going through drive through for an oatmeal at Starbucks or getting one at jamba. Now, the oatmeal is a great choice - but it's pretty ridiculous to pay $2.49 to $2.99 for a little cup of oatmeal. I had a gift card I used at Jamba, but that's all gone now. So, I went to the store and purchased my favorite brand of steel cut oats and some dried fruit. I'll fix my breakfast before I go and save myself that $2.50-$3 a day and that will go into my zumba fund. By the time I'm able to start zumba, I'll have around $30 saved and will not feel guilty about doing the Zumba thing, AND I will have had a great start to the day with my oatmeal.

Lastly, the most immediate thing I am working on is WATER. I am sooo bad about that. so, chug a lug my friends, drink that water!

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WORKINGSTIFF 3/9/2010 6:46PM

    Sounds like some good plans. I kinda laughed about the oatmeal at Starbuck's. I shamed my poor husband into not buying coffee there, but make it and take it with him in the car on his way to work. He has a coffee mug that plugs in to keep it hot in the car. He said it's burning hot after a few minutes. I told him that he could thank me as he now has a weapon at hand in case someone tries to carjack him! Take that! Burning hot coffee in the would be robber's face!

And I do give him a Starbuck's card on special occasions (Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc.).

Good looking out for yourself. I hope you have a good month!

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JULIEIRENE 3/9/2010 3:18PM

    I love this plan for making your oatmeal at home and putting the moolah toward your zumba! What a great plan - you have extra incentive & get double the rewards! emoticon

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SHEALUNA 3/9/2010 4:37AM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan! Zumba looks like so much fun, can't wait to hear what you think of it!

Me, I've got my water bottle here at work and I'm chugging away! emoticon

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PRYDEQUEEN 3/8/2010 9:51AM

    Sounds like you have some great plans for fitness and breakfast.

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Family Ties

Thursday, March 04, 2010

This is probably a little intense for the causal reader who wants to hear about weight loss only. This relates to my weight as an underlying cause, but it concerns family problems and unpleasantness. Stop now if you prefer not to read it. That simple. I've kept it pretty PC - but there are issues touched on that could make the casual reader uncomfortable. if that's you, click away and have a nice day.

I did not come from a healthy home. My mom was mentally ill and untreated and it just wasn't a pretty picture.

The exposure to that made me want to do things very differently in my own adult life and as a parent.

I'm not a perfect person, or a perfect parent. No one is. We hopefully do our best, learn from our mistakes and grow.

Often people say "well, your parents did their best, you have to forgive them and move on". I believe to a high extent that's true. For me, my mom refused treatment for her schizophrenia and refused to take responsibility for her mistakes - her response to literally everything is "it's not my fault". There can't be much reconciliation when someone refuses all responsibility for their actions.

I realized a long time ago, what I needed from my mom was for her to just say "Look I blew it - I made mistakes. I'm sorry". She was never capable of saying that. I didn't need her to make it up to me, or do some radical thing...I just needed her to admit she'd blown it and say she was sorry. Because she refused treatment for her mental illness, she could never come to that place and later succumbed to dementia.

I'll never hear it from her - I'll never hear she's sorry, and while I won't go into detail here, I'm not sweating the small stuff here, I suffered horrific physical, mental and sexual abuse at her hands. I'm not angry because she didn't get me the equivalent of a cell phone in the 70s. I'm angry because she abused me, she allowed others to abuse me, and she never acknowledged her responsibilty for that. Unfortunately, in trying to not be my mother, in some respects i swung too far in the other direction - taking responsibility for everyone and everything - can you say "codependant"? It's only through a lot of work that I've come to a more realistic center - understanding I'm not responsible for everyone, that they make their own decisions and suffer their own consequences. i can't rescue them. I can give them a hand if they ask for it, but they have to be responsible for their own choices and actions.

So I wanted to be a very differnt mom than the one I had. I've tried hard to be the best parent I could, I've done a lot of therapy, and I've never hesitated to say what I never heard from my own mom "I blew it, I'm sorry".

My oldest daughter and I have had a rocky relationship since she hit puberty. Strong willed in the extreme - she took a path of drugs/alcohol and sex in her teens, caused a lot of discord in the home where I had three other children to raise, took off in her middle teens and never looked back really. Did I make mistakes? yes I did. I also did the best i could to change the problems that were coming from me and when she came home I got her into inpatient rehab, and have stood firmly behind her whether she had the time of day for me or not. She calls me when she needs something, usually money, but that's about it. she comes on the holidays and eats and leaves.

This week, she interfered in a pretty destructive way in my parenting of the two children left in the home. I'm pretty done with her. I can't express how painful that is - this is my child, and yet, I'm so angry and hurt, I don't want to even try to have relationship with her. The ball is in her court. If she wants relationship with me, she'll have to do the work of it - because i can't hold up the bridge by myself any more. I need to step back and let her go, and hope that she decides she wants relationship with me.

I've cried and I've ranted and raved to my therapist...but i haven't eaten over this. It's not over by a long shot, but so far, I've kept sane through the pain and not turned to my drug - food.

Life is about relationship. Our relationship with our parents is a key factor in our development. I'm only just learning how the relationship with our adult children affects us. There are no perfect families, no perfect moms - but there is still room to grow, eh? Hopefully for me and for my daughter.

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JULIEIRENE 3/4/2010 11:00AM

    This is a really beautifully vulnerable and strong entry. I am so proud of you for all the work you have done and continue to do, and I am especially proud of you for still managing to find some positives in terms of your own progress and some room for self-love and forgiveness. Having loved ones who are addicts is incredibly difficult and the hurt that can result is immense. Just know that you are loved and cared for. emoticon emoticon

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A_BELLE 3/4/2010 10:46AM

    That is VERY powerful stuff and I thank you for sharing. I don't have any advice, and i don't think you are looking for any, but it sounds like you truly are doing a great job and are doing your very best for all involved. Good for you for taking care of yourself as well, because you deserve it! I will keep you and your daughter in my thoughts and prayers.

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MOONWILLOW1010 3/4/2010 9:48AM

    That was powerful. You obviously must be in a lot of pain, but I hope that you continue to heal from your past and continue to be strong in resisting your drug of choice; food! Don't give up on yourself!

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PRYDEQUEEN 3/4/2010 9:44AM

    Take of care of you as well!

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For this you gave me stretch marks?

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I have four children. Four bright, beautiful amazing children, 24- 14.

The oldest has always been headstrong. Thinks she knows it all, pretty much. Our relationship has been rocky since the day she turned 12. Tonight, she hurt me so deeply i don't know how it can be fixed.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/3/2010 3:22PM

    I could have written that first sentence, JULIREIRENE! Maybe it's just daughters and mothers, I don't know. In the last six months of her life, my mother inadvertently hurt me time and again.

Even terrible hurt can be overcome in time. Be patient, and be open, once the hurt has faded a bit. I'm so sorry you are experiencing this. emoticon emoticon

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JULIEIRENE 3/3/2010 2:53PM

    I am an oldest child and my mom & I have had a rocky relationship for years. I recently hurt her badly but I don't know how else we could have had the conversation we needed to have. Ironically, she is also an oldest daughter and struggles with her own mother. It took my grandmother nearly dying for them to find a way to resolve some things. I don't know what it is about oldest daughters and our mothers, but I think it's a tough relationship. Either way, I wish you much healing and wish I had something more to offer. emoticon emoticon

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Ohhhh yeah. Now I remember!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

you know, overall, my experience has been that the internet does not necessarily bring out the best in people. The ability to be snarky and mean and have little consequence is just often not a good thing.

I've been on a number of message boards - everything from knitters to lesbians to bellydancers and most recent, a cosmetics fan kind of message board. Until Sparkpeople...I was usually flat annoyed right off them by rudenss, generally unnecessary unkindness and ugliness.

I like makeup! I have since I was 13. It's art to me, it's fun, etc. I don't take it terribly serious, but I enjoy it so I thought the cosmetics thing would be a great fit.

not so. Can you remember those snarky, mean girls from junior high? they apparently all subscribe to makeup alley now, LOL. Wow the general meaness, cliquish attitudes and rudeness are incredible.

I thought You know this just isn't worth it. These things never work for me.

Except for spark people. Yes, I've had a few snarky remarks made, but overall, this site has been a shining beacon of kind, funny, smart, caring people reaching out and being there when you need them.

Thank you. Every single one of you. Thank you. So, so what if the makeup girls are mean to me, LOL. I don't need them. I got you. And you're better. So there.

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JUST_TRI_IT 3/4/2010 12:08PM

    I completely agree with you about SP! Every once in a while I see a comment that perhaps is not very nice, but really, this place is filled with people who support, encourage, understand, listen etc... We are fortunate, no??

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A_BELLE 3/2/2010 2:29PM

    We ARE better! :) Hehehehe. We love you too!

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JULIEIRENE 3/2/2010 11:22AM

    That's right, girl! :) I love make-up too, but I stay away from a lot of social sites just for that reason. I love the positive energy overall at SP! Glad you're here!

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March - A month dedicated to consistency

Monday, March 01, 2010

March is my birthday. I'll be 46. I thought, what can I do to celebrate my birthday month in a way geared toward health? I decided it would be working on consistency - my biggest (well, one of) struggle in health.

I reviewed my exercise logs/reports and while I've added a huge amount of exercise since january compared to the months before, consistency isn't always seen there. I've done better in caring for my skin...but consistency would be an improvement there too....along with taking my vitamins and meds...eating 5 fruits/veggies etc.

Just came up with this plan this a.m, so it's not fully formed yet, but I'll be blogging about consistency (ahem, and making consistent blogging a priority too, LOL) this month.

What are YOU working on this month, eh??

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POOHBELLY 3/1/2010 1:43PM

    Happy March Bday (my daughter's gonna be 14 this March...ouch!) Consistancy is a GREAT thing to work on. I know, cause I'm working on that too. I've chosen two "MUST DO" goals that are challenging, but doable, but consistancy is required. Wishing you much success! emoticon

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JULIEIRENE 3/1/2010 10:38AM

    Happy B'Earthday Month! How exciting!

I think a month dedicated to consistency is a great gift to give yourself. I look forward to hearing your progress!

For March, I am re-starting the C25K program in hopes of meeting my goal of jogging a 5K sometime this year. Wish me luck!

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PRYDEQUEEN 3/1/2010 9:52AM

    Sounds like a perfect birthday gift! One that will keep on giving!

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PRYDEQUEEN 3/1/2010 9:52AM

    Sounds like a perfect birthday gift! One that will keep on giving!

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SATURDAY63 3/1/2010 9:10AM

    What a great birthday goal!! I'm working on consistency also..being consistent at staying in calorie range and consistent in exercising. Good luck!!!

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