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It is better

Sunday, April 12, 2009

to live on day as a lion than a thousand days as a lamb.

--Roman proverb

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BARBARA_G 4/13/2009 1:58PM

    I'll have to think about this one.

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The birthday.......

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Today is the 9th anniversary of my 35th birthday.

We celebrated last night because my hubby has to work today and the rest of this week. Hospitals never close and those who work there have wacky schedules... My husband and kids took me out to Macayo for the birthday dinner. Had enchiladas b/c the gum was swollen and sore, so soft foods for me. Also had a nice pomegranate margarita.

Then we came home and the kids put a big 3 and big 5 in a giant chocolate chip cookie and Bill lit them up. I made some wishes and blew out the candles while my family sang to me.

My husband got me a new weight bench with an adjustable squat rack that I can put my barbell across and do pullups with (yes, I'm going to use it for squats, too). My old bench was REALLY old (20+) and I had pretty much worn it out - it was covered in duct tape & I had actually glued a couple of the screws in b/c they kept working out of place. Course, the sentimental side says "look what we've been through together" a billion years ago, I benched my own weight on that thing - at that time, I weighed 156. Now, I can't even bench half that & weigh a LOT more than 156. still.....

My children got me new Pyrex mixing bowls so we can put what is left of my grandmother's set into semi-retirement. I broke the big green one a few months ago and just cried. I know the memories of cooking with her when I was a kid didn't break with the bowl, but did realize just how precious these bowls are. So the new ones will get used more often and Nana's bowls will be put on the table as serving bowls to honor her.

All in all, a very nice birthday.

But today has been a time for reflection. Looking back, looking forward, assessing where I am right now. In some ways, I'm so thrilled that I've actually made some progress in my weight loss and fitness. At the same time, I know that it's pathetically slow. Other people with my disease started AFTER I did, had more to lose and are running way past me at an alarming pace. Makes me hang my head a little. It's hard to keep a positive attitude when something feels almost entirely out of my hands. I've decided to go see a naturopath that's been recommended to me and try something completely different.

Just knowing I have other options has brightened my day today.

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BOBBI1968 4/8/2009 5:11PM

    Happy Belated Birthday Julee!

It sounds like you had a fabulous day with your family!!

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BARBARA_G 4/8/2009 12:48PM

    Your birthday sounded very special with some thoughtful gifts! You must have a loving family!

I think it's a downfall to compare yourself to others. What matters is where you are and what you are comfortable with. And what you can sustain over the long term.

Belatedly Happy Birthday,

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SALINA78 4/8/2009 12:19PM

    Happy Birthday - Yesterday!
I'm SO glad your family treated you so well! What GREAT thoughtful/useful gifts!

Also, I called my grandma Nana, too. LOVE IT!

You are doing GREAT and on to a healthier you!!!
Sorry that your disease can make it even that much more difficult but you are an inspiration to keep on going! You can beat it!

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~YOLYTA~ 4/8/2009 12:20AM

    Felicidades!!! Congratulations. I love your committment and the support you are receiving from your family, that is a real blessing. emoticon

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_JULEE_ 4/7/2009 9:29PM

    Of course, you're right - thank you for the perspective! :)


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LADYROSE 4/7/2009 6:51PM

    Happy birthanniversary!

And it just goes to show what geeks we are cuz I'm mad jealous of your new weight/squat bench! Your hubby rocks!

In terms of your struggle with Hashi, there is no race with anyone else, your running it with yourself, and sometimes we have to have setbacks to really solidify our goals and determination. If you didn't, you wouldn't be ready to take total control of your health like you are.

A toast the start of your new journey!


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Sunday, April 05, 2009

is like a muscle; it is strengthened by use.

-- Ruth Gordon

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SONGS415 4/7/2009 11:58AM

    GOOD ONE!!! I really like that! Thx for sharing!

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BARBARA_G 4/6/2009 1:06PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BOBBI1968 4/6/2009 11:24AM

    You sure have been developing a lot of "courage" lately!!

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Teasers - met a goal!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

whee!! A year ago, I couldn't even do ONE teaser. A few months ago, I was able to do a single teaser for a few seconds.

Today, I can hold a teaser for a minute AND lower my legs nearly to the floor & raise them back up. More than once.

This is a killer ab exercise - basically your straight legs are up off the ground about 45 degrees and then you sit your upper body up and reach for your feet! No grabbing the feet or ankles - this is a hold (I know some people grab their legs or ankles and that's OK - part of my goal was NOT to hold on to anything).

This was a personal goal that I set some time ago - to be able to hold a teaser for a minute AND lower my legs and raise them back up during the movement at least ONCE. I can do it TWICE.


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LADYROSE 4/6/2009 12:20PM


I'm jealous - sooo wanna do Cathe's program... need to save up a bit of money first, but will soon make it part of my routine!

You're kickin' butt!!!

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    YAY!! That is fantastic!! Great Job! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARA_G 4/3/2009 9:09PM

    emoticonWoohoo for progress!!!

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STARSHINE47804 4/3/2009 9:07PM

    emoticon That's great! it hurts me just looking at it!! You are such an inspiration! I'm giving you a big pat on the back!

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SALINA78 4/3/2009 12:36PM

    Oh wow!
That looks TOUGH!
I need to try it but I'm not expecting to be able to do it for long if even at all. Looks like it takes some balance. LOL!

emoticon That's AWESOME!!!!

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BOBBI1968 4/3/2009 11:34AM

    WOW - that is incredible - Good for you - TWICE?! You are my hero!! You are going to have the nicest abs around!!

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20 Tons

Monday, March 30, 2009

This pic is 20 tons MINUS 3 wheel barrow loads. Had it delivered way long time ago (January?). Had big plans for the back yard - since we made the yard larger in the late fall, there are some places that need filling in, etc. Had this top soil dropped outside the fence so I would have to work harder moving it. The nice man who delivered it laughed at me when I told him that I would be moving this dirt. I planned for it to take about 2 months, which means I'm more than one month behind already.

I made three full wheel barrow loads on Saturday and I can feel all the muscles in my back and the backs of my legs right up to the glutes. Not sore, just feeling the cords.

So much for having a veggy garden going by Easter. So much for having certain things at all this year. So disappointed. But who can predict things like dental surgery??? dangit.

On the bright side...... The dill we planted last year came up on it's own this year. My lilac is blooming already. In fact, everything is coming back to life beautifully.

Didn't get as much done as fast as I wanted to, but I'm also really grateful that we didn't lose any thing to frost. The hummingbirds, butterflies and hummingbird moths are already visiting, which the kids enjoy.

Got my HRM on and am on my way out the door to move a mountain..... LOL

Got 10 loads today. This is what it looks like after those 10 loads. A dent. :)

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KRYANPRINCESS 3/31/2009 2:01AM

    Wow!! That's a lot of work! Good job getting it moving!! emoticon

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SALINA78 3/30/2009 2:02PM

That's a lot of work!
Good job on making a dent though!!!

Sounds like you are going to have a lovely yard, garden and body after it's all done!

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BARBARA_G 3/30/2009 1:19PM

    I know you'll get the mountain of dirt moved. It's just taking a bit longer. As you said no one can predict incidents as dental surgery. Evenually your back yard and veggie garden will look grate. Just keep at it...


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