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An Inauspicious Start....

Monday, April 02, 2012

Weekend of trying to recoup from too much work/stress ended with very little sleep last know the drill, tossing and turning, getting up, going back to bed...Today will be a long day with work, then teaching a semi-private class, then a 2-hour troupe practice. Definitely no time for the gym today - and that's why I usually try to do it on Tue/Thursday - less commitments!

Why the sleep issues? Hard to tell...maybe I took too long of a nap in the afternoon, but I'm also having some stress-related stuff, anxiety etc going on. You know, worrying about things you can't control!

1) Put on a little makeup. Too often, I go to work straight out of the shower. I like makeup, I like feeling a bit more put together than wet hair and no makeup at all. Why don't I make the time for it then? Good question.
2) Eat healthy for lunch, whether that's coming home to do so or hitting Whole Foods for a bowl of soup....
3) Water - not diet soda or other calorie-filled beverages. Water!

Update on doggie: My doxie, Bijou. We took him to a different vet for a 2nd opinion. We'd gotten him into the clinic where we usually take him for the first appointment about his back, and were not satisfied with the result. They didn't want to give him any pain relief, and were pretty brusque and quick to be done, oh, except for scheduling more appointments for x-rays etc. So I spoke to a doctor I work with who actually used to be a vet herself and had her own practice before she went back to school to become a pathologist, and she suggested a down-to-earth local vet she really trusts and took her own pets to. So we saw them and were really impressed with the care in examination he took, he really checked Bijou out for neurological deficits (found none), and then gave us lots of options, starting with conservative measures and moved up from there. He said he doesn't honestly believe Bijou has ruptured a disc - he thinks it was more a back strain, and gave us a pain reliever/anti-inflammatory, suggested 10 days of rest, crating when necessary to keep him from jumping on/off the furniture or chasing squirrels out of the yard, etc. Exactly as he said, Bijou has gotten better and better through the weekend. We'll be making ramps for the places he tends to jump to help protect his back, and not allowing him to sit up for treats any more. He's only 4..and has likely another 14 years of life ahead of him, we want him to be healthy and strong!

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TERRYT55 4/4/2012 5:54PM

    Happy you found a vet you like who will take a conservative approach to Bijou's care. How is he doing? I think ramps are such a great idea! I wish your pooch a long and healthy life

Make-up! I always feel better with a little mascara and lip color too but don't often take the time to wear it.

Hope you are sleeping better and are a little less stressed.

Take care

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IAMFRANSGIRL 4/2/2012 9:44AM

    It's great to hear Bijou (love the name) is feeling better.

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Good Riddance March...Hello April!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

March was one sucky month! A minor car accident, ill health, my little doxie hurt his back, more illness, partner has concussion from aforementioned accident, and...more illness.


1. Find some balance. It's either been work like a dog or collapse from exhaustion. Not much in between.
2. Continue to work on purchasing healthy food that has not been "tampered with"....Watched Food Inc a couple weeks ago, need I say more?
3. Take my meds every day. Every day, take my meds. I'm 48 years old, why is this so stinking hard for me?

There was some good news in all the muck that was March. My son, after 6 months of treatment/observation was proclaimed...not to have a schizophrenic disorder (at this time at least). He was part of a special county mental health program doing intensive work to diagnose psychotic disorders, which a therapist or two had bandied about with him. This program worked with him a couple times a week, did a lot of testing and therapy...and they said: No psychosis. This is a relief beyond relief. What they did say? Intense of them said probably the highest anxiety they had ever seen in anyone, child or adult.

So, transferred care to a doc who specializes in teens with anxiety/issues...a medication was started and...

Wow. Change is happening. Good, good change. Not only here at home, but the school called (usually means there's a problem) to say, wow, Mike is....talking. Mike is .... pleasant. Mike is doing work. Mike is being social...Whatever you're doing, keep doing it!

So - one very, very wonderful thing is coming out of March. Other than that, hel-lo April! Glad to see ya!

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TERRYT55 4/4/2012 5:43PM

    WOW, Lisa.......March was a sucky month for you. Praying the April treats you better.

Such good news about your son, I hope he continues to improve.

Take care, Terry

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KELLYDRESCHER 4/2/2012 12:35PM

    I'm sorry that March wasn't so good to you, but the start of April sounds amazing! I'm so happy for you... and for your son. I know what a struggle it's been. I am just so happy that things are really seeming to go in his direction!

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SHAR140 4/2/2012 8:40AM

    Glad to hear some good news about your son!

I didn't know you had a doxie, too - sorry to hear about the back problems! emoticon

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IAMFRANSGIRL 4/1/2012 11:32AM

    I'm sorry your month was so sucky, but that's so great about your son! Wow!!
I home schooled my nephew ( now 17) from fourth grade until he graduated high school in 2010 because school caused him so much anxiety.His school's therapist thought he might be a borderline autistic at one point. He'd totally "turn off" and break out in red spots every Sunday night, developed an eye tic and a head tic that never seemed to get better. By third grade he'd say yes, no and pretty much nothing else. His first day of fourth grade he had a full blown anxiety attack at school and had to be hospitalized. Four weeks later after not attending school and knowing he didn't have to return he was a totally different child.

I hope you're all feeling better soon and your son continues to improve!

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GONEWLIFE 4/1/2012 9:22AM

    Sounds great !! Good luck with April :)

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Mission Accomplished!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

2nd place winner, Grand Diva (over 45) category, La Danse Oriental!

We are never too old, or too heavy, to make our dreams real!

This week: BACK TO THE GYM!

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TERRYT55 3/21/2012 12:49AM

    Oh, Lisa. I am SO happy I stopped by your page. Congrats. You look terrific. I am so proud of you! Great pictures too.........

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MINIDRIVER63 3/20/2012 9:47AM

    WOO HOO! What an amazing accomplishment. That outfit is gorgeous and looks like it fits perfectly!

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JLPEASE 3/6/2012 1:21PM

    Wow, congratulations! I love your outfit!

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Day in and day out

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I continue on, tho change (and results) is certainly coming slowly.

My troupe is getting ready for a dance competition in Tacoma next weekend, so there have been 3 troupe practices a week...I've had to do major alteration on my costume, because the vendor said "yes, I have your size!" then sent me a too small costume. No time to send it all back and say "you were dishonest we'll take our business elsewhere" - so I've had to modify.

When I send you my hip measurement as 53 inches (ouch that hurts to type) and you send me a belt 49" inches long - how does that fit? There has to be overlap to attach hooks so the belt stays on, so I needed at LEAST a 54" long belt. The top does not fit well at all either. The other three gals (all a "normal" size) costumes look nice and fit reasonably well. The only conclusion I can come to is they made these "plus" size costumes with no plus size woman around and they just made everything bigger rather than in proportion.

So I'm hitting the stage my costume doesn't fit well, because it DOESN'T, and while I've worked on it, there isn't much I can do about it.

The joys of being plus size. Sigh. I plan on posting pics sometime this week, to share the journey. It will be what it will be.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 2/27/2012 3:14AM

    I agree with MINIDRIVER63.

Take a deep breath and enjoy yourself. It should be fun after all.

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MINIDRIVER63 2/26/2012 7:28PM

    I bet nobody but you will notice the alterations. I'm always very conscious of my own imperfections, but I rarely notice other people's.

Have fun at the competition!

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Monday Weigh in

Monday, February 13, 2012

No change from last week, in either measurements or weight.

Troupe practices are ramped up - 3x a week instead of 2x. Because of the extra time/fatigue factor, I made it to the gym 2x instead of 3.

With working 6 days this week, I was/am tired.

Besides no measureable change, I am noticing my abdomen is getting really soft and flabby. Used to be quite firm. So, change is happening.

At the gym, I was able to extend my intervals of jogging on the treadmill from 1 min each to 1.5 min each. That's a first, so I can tell my cardiovascular strength is increasing.

Had to have a heart to heart with myself this a.m., as I've been procrastinating on my own competition routine. My troupe is competing, and I've put all my energy into that routine - I don't want to be the "weak link" you know? But that means I've completely ignored my own solo competition routine.


So this a.m, I ran through it 3x and have made a committment to myself to continue doing so every morning.

As in, STOP putting myself last. Whew. I can't wait til that is an automatic thing rather than something i have to continually battle.

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KATCHAGIRL 2/15/2012 11:32AM

    No change is better than bad change! ;) HANG IN THERE!!

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IRISHCATHY1957 2/13/2012 12:30PM

  Sounds like you are making the right decisions and doing the right stuff so I'm sure that you will keep your commitment to yourself and to your troupe.

It's hard putting yourself first after a lifetime of not doing it - so give yourself a break!! At least you remember that you are suppose to come first!!

Happy Monday and good job with the exercise. emoticon

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VEUVEGIRL 2/13/2012 12:19PM

    Hey it happens to all of us. You have hit a plateau. Change up your routine and eating habits!

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