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Pulling Up My Big Girl Panties....

Friday, August 29, 2014

and getting out of my funk!

Just because I can't do everything doesn't mean I can't do SOMETHING!

So I'm going to stop eating my frustration and pain and do the things I can do.

* I made an appointment with the physical therapy office.
* I can do some upper-body work with weights.
* I will stretch gently.
* I will clean my office.
* I will work on whittling down my list.

Thanks to everyone whose blogs and comments have inspired me to cut my Pity Party short.

Let's make this August 29, 2014 the best August 29, 2014 there ever was, or ever will be!

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BUNERGIRL 8/31/2014 9:24AM

    Hey... it's incredibly easy to let external influences... your Mom, your injury... bring us down. You wouldn't be human if that stuff didn't affect you. Good for you though, for deciding to stand up to it all and pummel through! I applaud you! Every time I let myself slide... and it's happened umpteen times over the years... I keep reminding myself that there is still 'time' to make the changes I want to make. The slow downs are just that... they're not stoppers.

Have a great day girl!!!

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NANCY- 8/30/2014 11:42AM

    Yes life can rot big time sometimes.
Taking care of you, like you are. will get you through it.

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ALIIDA 8/30/2014 5:45AM

    I'm so sorry about your mother. Whatever decision she makes will probably be best for her but may be hard for you. *Hugs* at this difficult time.

Kudos to you for pulling yourself out of the pity party, but you do have a lot of stuff going on. I hope your pain gets sorted out quickly so you can get ready for Nepal.

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SUGAR0814 8/29/2014 10:20PM

    Love your positive attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/29/2014 9:56PM

    There is a lot that can be accomplished from the waist up -- your brain is up there for one thing!

Keep thinking good thoughts!


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WATERMELLEN 8/29/2014 5:09PM

    Yup, we only get ONE August 29 2014 issued -- no dress rehearsal!!

Great to focus on what we can do . . . I need that reminder too.

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AJDOVER1 8/29/2014 4:43PM

    you are awesome!

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FORMYDARLINGS 8/29/2014 3:49PM


I LIKE your attitude!!! From my back to yours, Lets get moving as we can and get better!


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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/29/2014 1:18PM

    Hang in there!!! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 8/29/2014 1:12PM

    Wonderful attitude! I'm sorry to hear about your injury. You will overcome this.

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GABY1948 8/29/2014 12:11PM

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144AUTUMN 8/29/2014 11:34AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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LESLIESENIOR 8/29/2014 11:28AM

    Great Blog! I've been in a funk too. This helped me "set the timer" on my grey cloud.
I have much to be grateful for every day. I'm sure you feel the same. I'm glad you listed all the things you CAN do. Such a great way to turn things around. You've been so active and so inspirational. Now you have continued to inspire as you hurdle bumps in the road.
Thank you so much!

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KANOE10 8/29/2014 11:27AM

    You go girl. Do what you can do and go for it. Hang in there and get Physical Therapy!


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Still in Tremendous Pain

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Yesterday I walked up to the mailbox twice (total mileage: 0.6 miles) and I was in a world of hurt. TC saw me walking back and said, "You are really in pain, aren't you??" YES, I was!

Today I saw the chiropractor again for Session #2. Did exactly the same thing as Session #1. I don't think my problem is the spine. The pain is in my right butt cheek/glute. I can't walk one step without feeling pain. I walk like an old woman. (OK, an OLDER woman!)

I asked the chiro what I should be doing on my own: stretching? walking? heating pad?

He said YES! Stretch gently and walk until I feel pain. Which, HAVEN'T YOU BEEN LISTENING? PAIN IS WITH ME THE FIRST STEP OF THE DAY UNTIL THE LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Watermellen suggest physical therapy, specifically the GRASTON method. Can you believe I found a physical therapy clinic in my town of 23,000 that has a therapist trained in this method of soft-tissue therapy? Woo hoo!

So tomorrow I will make an appointment. Only 6 weeks until we leave for hiking in Nepal and today I can't walk the distance from my bedroom to the den without tremendous pain.

At least I have plenty of documentation for the trip insurance company that I am trying to get better.

Ps - eating hasn't been great; just sort of wandering between boredom and stress. NEED to get active!!!!!!!!!!

Another stressor is that my mother's first 2 rounds of chemo have NOT shrunk the tumor in her lungs. She will submit to radiation, albeit reluctantly. I think she's trying to let her five children know that she's going to be refusing treatment pretty soon. She's terminal, they've told her so, the best they can do is buy her time. But at what cost? She's not interested in buying NON-QUALITY time, so...????

Have a great day, Sparkfriends! We soldier on no matter what the obstacles, do we not??

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LESLIESENIOR 8/29/2014 12:39PM

    Keep on Keepin' on. I know you will. You will be in my prayers.
I'm so sorry about your mom. I am helping a 91 year old friend who has been a mother figure to me. She has lung cancer and has opted for chemo. There are many of us helping her as she has no biological family and has been a mom to so many of us. She is opting for chemo, but we all have the same life question...........At what cost to the quality of her life. She is making the decisions and we all respect that. God Bless your mom.
Big Hug!!!!!

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BUNERGIRL 8/29/2014 8:51AM

    Oh my goodness... you have soo much to deal with right now. My heart goes out to you! My mother died from a malignant melanoma 3 years ago, Sept. 8th. It was so hard to lose her, but she was suffering and was looking forward to reuniting with my father, he died from brain cancer about 29 years ago. I can't imagine how hard it is for you to be dealing with that, the pain in your body, and the pressure of all those things right before your trip. So much at once. I don't know what else to say other than I hope your body co-operates with you soon, so that you can focus on your mom and your trip... both are important for so many different reasons... Hang in there girl!

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KABMPH 8/29/2014 8:39AM

    I am so sorry the pain is not subsiding. emoticon

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KANOE10 8/29/2014 8:14AM

    I am glad you have found physical therapy. I really hope it will help your pain.

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It may be so hard, but I respect any decision she makes. emoticon

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NANCY- 8/29/2014 7:44AM

    Movement is a problem, what about building arm strength? Ankle circles?
Glad you found a therapist to work with your soft tissue.
Hope you heal soon.

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SANDICANE 8/29/2014 4:53AM

    Hope your new therapy works!!

And, about your mom, there are some non-traditional therapies out there that are having some excellent results. Maybe if she doesn't want radiation, she may opt for something a little "off the beaten path".


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SUGAR0814 8/28/2014 11:45PM

    Praying that the treatments get better for your mom! Also, praying that you get better!! Start looking for a plan B just in case therapy doesn't work as you expected. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/28/2014 8:57PM

    I'll be keeping me fingers crossed that the Graston treatment helps you as much as it helped me . . .

And so sorry about your mum. The radiation treatment has some pretty significant side effects (or at least it did in my case, and for my sister) and I can well understand why she might not want to follow up with it if the results aren't there . . . but hard to accept her decision if that's what she prefers.

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KELLIEBEAN 8/28/2014 8:51PM

    I'm so sorry you are still in pain. I hope that eases in time for your hiking trip.

I am really sorry to hear about your mom. I feel your pain. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


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KNEEMAKER 8/28/2014 8:32PM

  Keep on keeping on! You'll reach your destination for certain step by step. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 8/28/2014 7:11PM

    Hiking in Nepal, I am sure your butt will be better before then. Sorry to hear about your mother.

How did you decide on that trip? I am going to start reading a travel book. I don't have a burning desire to travel right now, but it is important to see my DD in China before she moves back here.

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MEADSBAY 8/28/2014 6:58PM

    Oh, my.
I hope you find relief soon.
So very sad about your mother, too.

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MYTHMYTH 8/28/2014 6:48PM

    So very sorry to hear about your mother and your continuing pain. Have you thought about seeing your Dr?

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Sidelined & Spaghetti Pie Pix

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I am sorry to say I am still in pain after my fall off the ladder on August 16th. Actually, everything is better from the ladder fall, but apparently I altered my gait and my slow miles on the treadmill and on our city trail have caused a huge pain & strain in my right glute.

The chiropractor said my pelvis isn't "even" so he did an adjustment that about killed me. I don't feel any better today. I walked the 1/10 mile to our mailbox and my right hip is absolutely throbbing. This is SO not good!

In the old days I would have welcomed an excuse to avoid exercise, but not anymore! Now I feel totally punished!! So it looks like a day with my book and television. Hopefully It won't take long for this to heal, I've got a lot of working out to do to prepare for hiking in the Annapurna mountains in 6 weeks!

PS - the Spaghetti Pie recipe (from Sunday's blog) was AWESOME! It made a 9x11 pan's worth and I added nutritional yeast to the top. Six large pieces, about 125/calories per piece.

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AJDOVER1 8/28/2014 4:25PM

    I feel for you! I can't imagine the punishment of not being allowed to walk!

Hope you feel better SOON!

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ID_VANDAL 8/28/2014 1:30PM

    Damn - sorry to hear how hobbled you are. No fun at all but you have it right - get it healed!

I'm going to check out that recipe and hopefully give it a try. I've been in such a rut lately and have been looking for something new like that.

Take care!!



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JPANNELL0 8/28/2014 11:49AM

    Ackkkkk! No fun to be in pain. Hope that you heal quickly and can be ready for your next adventure and hike. Sure is great to be dreading not exercising than dreading to exercise! Yay!!! The spaghetti looks great!

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NANCY- 8/28/2014 8:15AM

    Pain does have a tendency to rule.

Have you though of doing some gentle stretches. I know you are healing, but perhaps a massage and a bit of movement to increase blood flow will help you to heal. That said do take the time to heal fully, the last thing you would want is to start all over with the healing process.

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KALISWALKER 8/27/2014 10:14PM

    I hope you are feeling better soon. I checked out the recipe, sounds good.

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SUGAR0814 8/27/2014 9:33PM

    I hope you get back soon! The spaghetti pie looks so good!i don't think I could get my family to try it though. emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/27/2014 3:53PM

    Isn't it funny how we do a complete 180 on exercise. From being unwilling to get out of the chair to being unwilling to sit in it is an interesting journey. Having said that, I am SO SORRY that this fall has done you in. Been there, didn't like it either. I discovered with my last fall (which was November 2013) that it took about 6 months for me to feel completely right again. You will probably heal much more quickly than that, but try to be patient and kind with yourself.


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GABY1948 8/27/2014 2:19PM

    Listen to your body! And I hope you feel better SOON!

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WATERMELLEN 8/27/2014 12:51PM

    YOu may recall I put in about 2 months with a sore left leg (doing everything I could figure out myself) and then saw a physio trained in Graston technique. Two session, miracle cure . . . might be worth a try??

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KABMPH 8/27/2014 12:29PM

    I would also find not being able to exercise very difficult! But healing is priority #1!

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KENDRACARROLL 8/27/2014 11:27AM

    Oh, I'm so sorry about that. I can totally understand that being sidelined like that makes you feel like you're being punished. Maybe not today, but going forward did the chiropractor suggest gentle movement, like some very easy stretches, maybe yoga. Not the pretzel-twisting kind, just basic yoga maybe? I'm using yoga to aid me with my neck (beginning arthritis and slipped disks from a lifetime doing desk work) and it's doing wonders for me. Maybe your messed up hip would like that too :)
Be well, SparkFriend.

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CHARITYAK 8/27/2014 11:22AM

    I am so sorry. This sounds terrible. I hope you find relief soon!

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Sunday Plans

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Good morning, Fellow Sparklers!

Today should be a quiet but enjoyable day. I am going to do 2 slow miles on my treadmill both in the morning and afternoon. I'm going to call my sister in Michigan for a long chat. I plan to take pictures of things I want to sell on Craigslist, catch up on my filing and paperwork, and make a new recipe:

Almost 5-ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie!

I will NOT use a pound of sausage -- I have 4 oz. of good quality kielbasa left over from another recipe and I will use that, and add mushrooms and green peppers to up flavor and veggie content. I will spice up crushed tomatoes rather than use pizza sauce so I can control the sodium. I may add some nutritional yeast for the cheese taste.

So that's my day! Hope yours is low-key and peaceful as well!


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ALIIDA 8/26/2014 11:36AM

    It sounds like a wonderful day, and your food choices are so healthy and delicious sounding. emoticon

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BUNERGIRL 8/26/2014 7:47AM

    what is this nutritional yeast you speak of?? I am curious!

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BA5454 8/25/2014 7:50PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe--sounds delish!

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ID_VANDAL 8/25/2014 5:45PM

    Hope your day was a success!



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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/25/2014 12:25PM

    Sounds like a nice peaceful day emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 8/24/2014 9:57PM

    Low-key and peaceful over here too. Little bit of this, little bit of that...
Hope your new recipe was yummy.

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SUGAR0814 8/24/2014 9:37PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sounds yummy! I haven't made pizza in such a long time. Enjoy your Sunday! emoticon

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IMAVISION 8/24/2014 7:35PM

    Sounds like your Sunday was both laid back & productive --- just the sort of day this gal enjoys.

God bless!


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WATERMELLEN 8/24/2014 6:38PM

    Your version sounds better!!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/24/2014 5:39PM

    Low key and peaceful sounds right over this way too.


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KANOE10 8/24/2014 11:45AM

    Good luck with that recipe. It sounds great! I like the gluten free aspect.Thanks for sharing. I might use ground turkey with it,

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AJDOVER1 8/24/2014 10:40AM

    emoticon Let's have a peaceful day!

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NANCY- 8/24/2014 10:35AM

    Thanks for the recipe, I do have a spaghetti squash available. Hmmm! Sounds like you have a lovely day ahead. I'm still paying catch-up from my day trip to the shore. Today is meal planning for the week. And catching up on Ton of Fun. Then check out ~INDYGIRL's challenge. Ah it's a dazzling day..

Take it easy on that treadmill. Hope you are feeling less sore.

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KABMPH 8/24/2014 9:31AM

    I've never bought nutritional yeast to cook with at home, though I've had it in restaurants. Is it easy to use?

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MEADSBAY 8/24/2014 9:22AM

    The recipe looks good...let me know how it turns out as my dh hates anything that seems 'eggy'.
How are you feeling after your fall?

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MYTHMYTH 8/24/2014 9:00AM

    Sounds like a plan for a very satisfying and peaceful day.

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TRYINGHARD54 8/24/2014 8:15AM

    hope you have a good day.. my grandson is 7 he has a football game today, so ill go and watch him play.

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Catching Up

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Good morning, Sparkpeople!

I have been getting on my treadmill for a mile each morning and a mile in the afternoon. My back still hurts but I can do short slow stints. Today we went into town and did 3.5 slow miles on our city trail.

I am still cooking a lot of new Whole30/Paleo recipes and enjoying them immensely. I am learning so much! I haven't bought full-fat mayo in 30 years, yet I discovered I am WAY more satisfied with 1 tbl. of my homemade mayonnaise than I ever was with 3 tablespoons of the low calorie "fake" stuff.

Last night I made tuna cakes with mashed sweet potato as the binder rather than bread crumbs. What a nutritional boost! The flecks of sweet potato looked like cheese so TC loved them, said they were very flavorful, and never knew he was eating freshly mashed sweet potato. I'm going to try that recipe again but substitute canned pumpkin to see if that's just as good.

So that's it from here! Enjoy the summer produce, and keep cool! emoticon

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BUNERGIRL 8/26/2014 7:48AM

    Now I'm craving sweet potato! Guess that will be on my dinner menu... Thanks!

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NANCY- 8/24/2014 12:27PM

    Sounds great!

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AJDOVER1 8/24/2014 10:38AM

    We are what we eat -- let's be REAL!

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GABY1948 8/24/2014 8:23AM

    This is a GREAT idea! I just joined the Beck team and am just starting it so glad to learn such tips! emoticon


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SUGAR0814 8/23/2014 10:49PM

    Glad you're taking it slow with the treadmill! I've never heard of using sweet potato to bind tuna cakes. I'll have to give that a try! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 8/23/2014 10:10PM

    So glad you are getting better.

Great job on the city trail. I like hearing about the foods you are trying!

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ID_VANDAL 8/23/2014 5:46PM

    I guess I missed your back being hurt - take care and be sure you don't over do it!!

I like that idea of a sweet potato as a binder. I'll have to remember that the next time I need bread crumbs.



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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/23/2014 4:14PM

    Glad you're on the mend!

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WIFE48 8/23/2014 1:35PM

    The tuna with sweet potatoes sounds yummy. I might have to give it a try.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/23/2014 1:00PM

    I'm happy that you're on the mend. I love sweet potatoes. The more uses I find for them, all the better.

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MNABOY 8/23/2014 12:57PM

    Thanks for the recipe hints

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/23/2014 12:24PM

    Take care withe those miles and allow for healing. Playing with the food sounds fun.

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TIFFFIT 8/23/2014 12:19PM

    Great job!

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