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HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My mood is surprisingly emoticon considering my weight gain! I have been working the spark for several months in the area of fitness, but the food area has been sketchy at best. It's not that I am not trying, because I am trying very hard!

I went to a chiropractor 6 weeks ago to use his biomat for pain management. He forgot to have it there so he talked to me about my health. I told him that my doctor could not help me with the pain stemming from arthritis except to prescribe Celebrex. He told me that HE could help me and I've been going to him ever since. He has indeed helped me so very much! He told me to go grain free. It's been hard, but I've made great progress except for my weekly popcorn. It has helped so much!! Plus I'm not eating those calories! All that grain causes inflammation in my body which causes pain. I am hopeful that I will continue to improve! That is amazing to me at age 57 to have so much hope when the pain has been such a big issue for me in the last 5 years! emoticon emoticon emoticon With God's help, all is possible! Have a great day everyone!

  
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KATHI214 7/10/2014 9:35AM

    That is great your doctor found a solution for you! Slow and steady gets there, so enjoy the journey along the way. You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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DEBRITA01 5/14/2014 6:31AM

    It is difficult to live with pain. Boy, do I know. I'm glad you found relief and are able to manage it successfully. Good luck with the grain-free diet and hope it helps out. emoticon emoticon

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THINAGIN2 5/13/2014 5:50PM

    Praise Him!

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Getting food in check again

Friday, January 24, 2014

Time to get some things written down. I have struggled, struggled to get the weight off that I put back on. My exercise is excellent, but still the weight has hung on. The joy of getting older!!

I have realized that my food must be in order too in order to lose so finally I am back on tracking my food which does help tremendously. There's nothing like the second thought before eating something about how it will look and add up on my food diary!! Good accountability!!

I am praying that the small weight loss I've had will continue as I eat wisely. It's almost time for me to bike ride again after the ice melt and I know it will be harder with the extra poundage I have so I best get serious about losing!!
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GREENGENES 1/25/2014 10:27PM

    Well done! Tracking is definitely the key to success for many of us.

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YOYONOMORE1 1/25/2014 10:30AM

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IMLOCOLINDA 1/24/2014 5:02PM

    Yup!! Measuring and monitoring is the solution for me. I use my trackers faithfully because it's what works for me!!
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We're back to the single digits on Tuesday. I'm so tired of this icky dirty gray snow and all the ice. I need to head for some place green and growing...a nice covering of pristine white will freshen up my perspective!!

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DEBRITA01 1/24/2014 2:46PM

    emoticon ...Getting back to tracking will help you meet your goal. It's interesting to see how much we are REALLY eating once it's all down on paper. Measuring foods is always good for me, too, b/c I can be the Queen of Portion Distortion. It would be nice if we could out-exercise our diet, but diet is a key part of the equation. emoticon

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MADEIT3 1/24/2014 2:10PM

    I share your pain. It's difficult to know that despite eating less and less while exercising more and more, I struggle to maintain a healthy weight. Old age isn't for sissies!

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Back on Track, Day Two

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I haven't blogged since January! I have been busy at home since then. My dear, dear client died in January and I have needed to take time off from elder care to grieve her loss. In the mean time, my middle son's family moved from Seattle to Montana where he is able to work remotely. They lived with us for 3 months while they sold their house and bought one a mile from us. It was a good time, but a very difficult time too. Now that it is over as of last Friday, I can breathe and get my house back to where I want it. My next phase is to get ready for our youngest daughter who is driving her two tots from VA to MT in October for two months while her husband is away on work. She's pregnant with their third child. I am praying that it will be a safe and uneventful trip! Did I mention that she's bringing her golden retriever too? (I ADORE that dog!)

I still don't know if I will return to work. We now have two sons with their 2 kids each living in the same city with us. What a joy that is!

This blog is too long already, I will have to save the story of my weight loss journey for another time. So thankful to be active on spark people, not just going thru the motions!
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ROSEWCI 9/6/2013 6:40AM

    How wonderful that you've got your family back in town! You must be elated! I love living in SW Florida but I do miss my girls & grandchildren! I miss having them nearby...Sorry to hear about the loss of your client.

And please share your weight loss success, when you get the chance! I would love to hear all about it!!! Keep up the good work!!!



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JACKSGRAN 9/5/2013 5:03AM

    Life does take over, doesn't it. You are sounding so positive, and with your lovely family close by you will have lots to do. So good to have you on the team.

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IMLOCOLINDA 9/4/2013 10:33PM

    This is NOT a long blog. Good one though. Glad your kids are returning to MT. Seems like it's in our blood. You've certainly had your hands full and with another new grandchild on the way you will have enough work to do!!

I'm glad you're "back" and have found your way to the 12 Weeks team. I decided to think of the walking and tracking as "my job" for now. It's enough and time to take care of yourself. I have been having food cravings the last few days. I try to just leave the house and go for a walk but last night came home and ate anyway. I tracked it all...and felt better about being honest than I did about feeling bad for caving to the craving. It could have been worse but I cleaned out all the cupboards and hiding spots so there was really nothing to cheat with. I told myself if I would walk back to the Holiday I could have the butterfinger that I wanted. Didn't want it that bad because it wasn't worth a 3 mile walk!! Small victories and baby steps!
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NOCALORIES 9/4/2013 12:03PM

    Glad your back. Looking forward to your visiting and sharing yourself.

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THEEXERCISER 9/4/2013 11:44AM

    Welcome back!

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/4/2013 10:24AM

    It's really good to see you back!

I had been wondering how things were going for you.

Have a good day!

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Grief

Sunday, January 20, 2013

For the past 24 hours I've been dealing with grief from losing the 90 year old client I cared for and loved for the past 2 years. Yes, we knew she was dying, yes, it wasn't a surprise, but it still hurts. She was the kindest person I ever knew. Her two kids (66, 62) and their families took me in as one of the family. The past two weeks they've included me in the bedside vigil at the hospital and told me how much she loved me.
Less than a week ago when I went to her hospital room she greeted me as she often did, "Am I ever glad to see you!" She was interested in my life, my family, what I was doing and appreciated every little thing I did for her. The other day there was talk of her moving to a transitional care facility and she asked if I would cook for her as she hated the food they were giving her.

I am thanking God for the friend of the person I used to work for part time telling the friend of my client, Pat about me. She and her daughter called me and asked if I had any time where I could come and interview for a full time position with Pat. We had a wonderful visit and I remember walking down the hall thinking, "surely they can't be that wonderful!" But, they were and even more! My life was so enriched and I think I may be a more understanding person because I've known and loved Pat. I am so very thankful for the past few weeks in which I told her how much I loved her and was thankful for her daily lessons in life.

I also am facing unemployment for the first time. I've only been active in the workforce for the past 7 or 8 years as I was at home with my 5 kids before that. Taking care of the elderly has been a particular joy. I have worked for some cruel people, but had a few that changed my life forever--Gene and Pat specifically. I plan to take some time off and recover and recharge before I look for a position again.

  
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ROSEWCI 5/23/2013 4:40AM

    I'm sorry for your loss...she sounds like such a beautiful person! And so do you! Take all the time you need to heal & move on...hugs for a friend!

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SUNNY332 1/20/2013 5:43PM

    Oh, Don't stay away from your work too long. The people you serve need someone as loving and kind as you are. Not everyone can work with older people but you have a gift. Do take time to heal but know that moving on can be healing too.

I am so sorry you lost your sweet friend but how wonderful that God brought her into your life and visa versa.

Take care and know I will be thinking of you. Let me know about your new client when you get one.

Hugs, Sunny



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JUSTA123 1/20/2013 11:30AM

    So sorry for your loss, what a wonderful gift to be able to bring joy to the elderly, and be loved by them. Hugs dear friend.

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DEBRITA01 1/20/2013 7:55AM

    emoticon So sorry for the loss of Pat in your life.God brings people into our lives to enrich it and teach us many lessons. You were blessed to learn so much from Pat and feel her love. The loss of her presence in your life will be made bearable by happy memories and the comfort of knowing she is in God's loving arms. God bless you, Rita...wish I could be there to give you a hug! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 1/20/2013 7:51AM

    See You In Church! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Official Streak in Process!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Today begins day 3 of my streak of 1) staying within my calorie range and 2) not eating at night to satisfy emotional deficit. It doesn't sound like anything, but I've been trying and trying to get myself back to not falling into the snacking at night for a long, long time. Someone suggested saving some calories for a snack and that's a great idea if I have any calories left. Meal planning is next on my to do list to refine my eating plan even more. Have a great day Spark Friends! emoticon emoticon

  
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JUSTA123 1/19/2013 10:17AM

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ROSEWCI 1/16/2013 3:37PM

    You're doing a fine job!!! WooHoo on that streak!!! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/12/2013 5:55AM

    Baby steps, Rita, one choice at a time - it all makes a difference!
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GREENGENES 1/11/2013 4:57PM

    You're off to a good start. Way to go. You can do it.

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DEBRITA01 1/11/2013 4:20PM

    Each step is like a building block. You're implementing positive behavioral changes that will be sustainable over time and will create a healthy lifestyle for you. WTG on your streak...keep working your spark! emoticon

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SUNNY332 1/11/2013 3:19PM

    Awesome. I do so much better if I plan my meals including snacks. Some times in the evening, I will have some nuts which seem to satisfy and stick with me a little longer.

Best wishes and do keep up the GREAT work!

Sunny

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MT-MOONCHASER 1/11/2013 1:04PM

    Congratulations on your streak!! Especially the not eating at night part. Sometimes that is the hardest thing to conquer.

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DIANN111 1/11/2013 11:36AM

    That's fantastic! You are doing great! Tracking your food and making positive changes is a Big Deal! Doesn't it feel wonderful to take control!
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WEIMSX3 1/11/2013 9:32AM

    Keep up the good work and remember making small changes in what you do often makes it easier to maintain that changed behavior.

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