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11/1/16 3:01 P

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Good luck to you both on your goals!

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10/31/16 10:22 P

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Sounds like a good plan! I'm doing a specialty strengthening program through my work right now, kicked up the Fitbitand am taking a break from sugar, so I hope to see good results too!

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10/31/16 9:32 P

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I am going to exercise 3,000 minutes a month starting November 1, to avoid Holiday weight gain this year. I start a new exercise program in a week.

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10/24/16 6:48 P

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UPDATE ON HEALTH PROBLEMS

I have lost 48 pounds since Feb. 1 after being taken off of blood thinners in January for a blood clot in my lung that stopped me from exercising and eating properly for 8 months while I gained weight. I was 10 pounds over weight before I gained the extra.I was on oxygen in the hospital for 3 weeks and on a walker for 6 weeks.
My kidneys are not producing the hormone to make red blood cells and I was given a hormone replacement shot and Iron pills with hemoglobin to replace what my body is not making. I have 59% red blood cells,too low and 50% kidney function.
I now have the same clot problem but with my improved health my muscle strength blood test is 570 and athletes are 500,mine is better. This has made my heart stronger with my exercise.I do not have to go to the hospital this time. Your red blood cells replace every 4 months and blood clots take 6 months to go away. I must exercise daily and drink lots of water to get in extra oxygen I do not have much off.

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8/31/16 8:58 A

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Thank you for reminding me about meditation. Our toys (iPads, Smart phones, TV) have drowned out this in our lives.

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8/26/16 11:43 A

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In a way, but I think of it more like they share knowledge of what things change physical processes - for good and for bad - so you can make positive changes to help your body.

Meditation is a good example. It's been shown to make significant biochemical/neurotransmitter changes which increase healthy sleep, reduce pain, increase natural endorphins, lower inflammation, and increase healing, even enhance neurogenesis - people who meditate a lot don't lose brain cells to aging, for instance, which we do naturally. And all the healing enhancement helps repair the pain system as well as the body. And yes, it feels good, but that's because its making physical changes. But if we don't know this, why would we do it? And most people don't know how, even if they did discover that it's so powerful physically.

Lots of other choices that change physical function - yes, even how we think changes biochemical washes that damage or heal! So it's a matter of knowing places where you can make physical changes to help, and knowing which ones make it worse. And sometimes knowing how devastating some of the experiences we've had are to our physical function at least lets us understand more where we are - and no wonder! And also what we can do about it now.

Doctors can and should do a lot - but ultimately it's our body that does the healing! And we can make changes to give our body more power to do that.

Thanks for offering me the chance to talk about this - I love this stuff! :) And I'm glad you've heard of pain psychologists--most people have not!


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8/26/16 11:10 A

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I did know about pain psychologists. Do they help you use your mind to manage pain?

I appreciate your comments.

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8/24/16 9:55 A

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I am awed and humbled with the issues you both are overcoming. And they reveal my own overeating choices for what they are - simple bad choices!

Good work joining Spark and working to find ways to work with these issues. It is a long road, perhaps, but every step toward self-directed change has been shown to have positive physical impact, and each positive change, whether it's more exercise, lowered inflammatory response because of reduced numbers of fat cells, or reduced psychosocial stress because of greater social interactions - any and all of these have positive impacts on health.

I am so glad for both of you, that you are walking the path that makes a difference. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Incidentally, in my every day life I'm a health psychologist, with a specialty in chronic pain, so these issues are especially meaningful to me. And I'd encourage you each to ask your PCP for a referral to a pain psychologist or general health psychologist - lots of good strategies available!

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8/24/16 9:04 A

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When I first retired almost 5 years ago I was very active and lost 8 pounds without really trying. Then I had to have double knee replacements last summer and this summer I fainted and broke my clavicle in a bad spot. I want to get back to healthy habits but I have lost my motivation.

Help!

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8/24/16 6:25 A

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I have lost 44 pounds since Feb.1 after gaining 30 pounds about 16 months ago with a Blood clot in my lung for 8 months when I could not walk 2 blocks a day because of constant pain and had to go to the hospital 3 times a week for I.V. therapy.I could not cook proper meals because the pain was extreme when I got up to do anything. I was in the hospital 2 times. The first time was a week when I called 911 with the pain and they found the clot. I was out of hospital in a week. 2 days later called 911 and back in hospital for 2 weeks and put on blood thinners for 8 months. When I called 911 both times I was taken to the hospital by ambulance because both times I was close to having a heart attack with my one lung completely blocked. I am now back on a healthy diet and do a lot of walking and going to the gym when I can.

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4/27/16 9:25 P

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Hi Martha! You look great! And I really appreciate your post. Many times we hear about folks who made their goal, only to slide back...and even at times gaining more. It's good to know there are others who will NOT go back!!

Congratulations - and thank you for the encouragement and inspiration!

And it's still true for me as well - I will not go back! :) emoticon

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4/27/16 7:52 A

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I am with you 100%. I've maintained for over 3 years and have a range that works for me. But got back from a Floria vacation where I ate more than usual.....and enjoyed my wine as well. Even though I worked out every day, my weight was 3 lbs over my comfort zone. This time I got right back to it: paying attention to what I eat, making sure my workouts are what they need to be and putting the wine away for a while.

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2/24/16 8:13 P

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Thanks for the info, Lysylou, and welcome! I'm doing pretty well - we just got back from a week in Florida, and I didn't gain anything, which delighted me. I'm at that 'hovering' spot, where you're so close your body just doesn't want to go over the edge! :)

I'll check out "20 Simple Changes". And I'm goigin to go exercise, despite my cold, because my daughter and I now "follow" each other on our Fitbits, and I don't want to look bad! emoticon

Take care, and good choices to you!
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2/24/16 12:45 P

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I'm right there with ya! I reached my goal weight in 2011, but now have 10 # to lose. There is a good challenge team, called '20 Simple Changes.' I like challenge teams to help motivate me. DH has now joined me in food/exercise tracking, which has helped me as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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1/24/16 2:21 P

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I believe I will start doing this as a blog instead - but I will keep doing it! :) One change every day, one focus, makes a difference.

Incidentally, if you didn't read SparkGuy's blog for this weekend, it's excellent:
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1/23/16 11:38 P

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Made it through the day with only one bad choice. And several good ones - no making cookies, and a good workout.

Veena, I hope you are warm and have power.

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1/21/16 7:40 P

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Hi Veena! That sounds like a really good plan - I would do it myself, but I feel a need to do different things for my husband...or at least I give myself that excuse! And of course we go out too much. That's a difficulty.

Today's "I will not go back!" was that I didn't make cookies, a long cherished favorite thing on a "snow day" like today, when I was home unexpectedly. That was my best behavior change today. And I was encouraged by a better "scale score" this morning.

Laurie, our "big snow storm" would make you laugh! But patients called and cancelled, so I took the day off! Veena, sounds like you may have some weather coming your way soon. Hope you're snug and cozy!

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1/21/16 6:32 P

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Deb good to see you posting!

I don't track food because I usually eat the same things during week unless there is an occasion/event I go to. Those times I try to be careful

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1/20/16 1:53 P

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Tracking our evening meal is always the hardest for me because that's when we have the most variation. And those meals are usually dishes that are hard to figure out how to track. Family recipes that don't measure ingredients but that you put in "some" are the hardest. And I tend to cook that way even when I have a recipe.

I usually track the rest of my day's meals in the morning because those are pretty standard and are either in my Favorites or Recent lists. I suppose I could plug in suppers on Saturday morning when we make our menus for the week. I have a bit more time, not racing off to work. Hmm, I'll have to give that some thought.



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Thanks Laurie - you're better at the tech stuff than I am, and I appreciate it.

Creeping is exactly what I've done, mostly since Christmas. I crept past an absolute limit. Moving is good - I'm working on that as well. Went over 30 minutes last night on my elliptical, though still under 40. I do think you have serious exercise challenges there in the frozen north. But you're resourceful, so I will be interested in hearing what you do with it!

My big change for today was paying more attention to healthy snacks. And I had a lower calorie lunch.

But doggone it, I forgot to track the rest of the day after lunch yesterday. That's the hardest time for me! I need to come up with a plan on that too...

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Creeping up...that's where I am now, too. And I have GOT to reverse the process! After 8 months of upheaval and non-discipline I feel like I have to start from the beginning again.

I joined the monthly Pedometer challenge and can see in objective terms that I am sitting on my duff way too much. I've restarted tracking my steps, and now it's time to do something about that. I've gone back to exercising 30 minutes most days, now I need to see how I can build more steps into my activities of daily living. Here...in Wisconsin...in winter. Heaven help me!

Deb, the links didn't work.

Try these:

www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/losing-we
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www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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a couple of good articles for those of us qho are dealing with long-term success:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
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http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/losing
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1/19/16 10:00 A

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Many of us have met our goals, and maintained for a long time...only to find ourselves creeping back up to where we started.

I refuse! I hope you'll join me in focusing every day on what I'm doing NOW to make healthy choices and create new habits to carry me into a healthy future!

For today, my healthy move to a healthy future is in tracking. I am not worrying today about meeting my calorie goals - today I am just tracking!

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