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4/25/14 12:25 A

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What a good question, that's one area I haven't really researched. What will you be doing at Jillian Michaels'?

"Life is more than food. . ." Luke 12:23a


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4/23/14 6:34 A

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I started out small. Like walking on treadmill at 3.0mph for five minutes, then slowly built up to 100 minutes. HOWEVER, I am finding circuit training gets me more for my buck (or minute?) .

I am doing HIIT and it is making me wake up to better ways to burn calories. I am going to Jillian Michaels (spelling?) in May. CIRCUIT training!

DO you know of any other exercises that burns more calories per minute?

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1/27/14 10:05 P

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Woo hoo! I'm doing the same thing!


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1/27/14 9:47 P

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Late night me-time. I wanted ice cream but I came here to Spark. Think I'll stick with ice water. Thank you, Spark People. emoticon




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1/26/14 7:30 P

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It's hard to decide to delay the immediate gratification of snack or late-night 'me' time, for the longer term health benefits. Yet, it's a decision we need to make. We're worth it.

"Life is more than food. . ." Luke 12:23a


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1/25/14 9:54 P

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I can relate to the sleep deprivation issues. Like several of you mentioned, late night is me-time. And like you said, Judy, it's a bad habit. It has come back to bite me with health issues.




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1/16/14 7:34 P

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We appreciate you as well. We need each other for support, companionship, advice, and encouragement. All of us working together make us so much stronger than each of us apart and alone.

"Life is more than food. . ." Luke 12:23a


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1/16/14 12:53 A

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This board and you guys have been a blessing to me. I've really had a hard time lately, and it's been so good to talk with others who understand. Thank you.

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1/16/14 12:07 A

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I think that's where Spark helps. It gives us a support system to daily revitalize us. The bad things in life chip away at us all day. We need things that help us heal, and grow, and strengthen our resolve. Things that make us laugh, and find joy in life again. Things and people that encourage us, inspire us, lift us up and set us back on our way with new determination and vision.

We are so glad you are here to share this journey with us, I really appreciate you're being here. You're a blessing to us, and we're happy to help where we can.



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1/14/14 1:21 A

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Thank YOU! I really need the support because I don't really have anyone that truly understands what I deal with everyday. And it's not just the caregiving, it's the guilt, it's the worrying, it's trying to make the best out of everyday. Even though my "Me Day" didn't end quite like I had hoped, I still believe in taking some time out for me. I just hope I can stay on this same mindset, lol. ;-)

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1/13/14 4:08 P

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I just finished the blog, what a great job you've done in summarizing the difficulties of trying to balance your goals, work, and caregiving. So often, the caregiver's life gets shuffled off to the side, ignored. If we don't actively work to take care of ourselves, no one else is going to step in to do it for us. We need to actively plan for time to take care of our bodies, challenge our minds, and refresh our spirits.

It's so wonderful that you've joined us here our on journey to better health while caregiving, we appreciate your input and your company,

"Life is more than food. . ." Luke 12:23a


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1/13/14 2:10 P

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Judy, thank you for your post. I, too, fall into that "woe is me" pattern alot. I'm really trying to lift myself out of that funk. My latest blog "2014" kinda details how my year went, and how hard it has been with caregiving. I am taking care of 3 people (used to be 4), and it's hard, yet rewarding. I'm trying to make sure that I enjoy the present everyday. And to also try to find some me time everyday, and to remember that I'm not a doormat! Thank you, and everyone here, for all you do!

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1/13/14 11:27 A

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Welcome! What great resolutions! I especially love your last one, 'Enjoy the present." What an amazing thought. One we don't really think about much, but is so crucial to success. It's like that old proverb, "It's an ill wind that blows no good for anyone." Most things, despite their difficulty, still have a grain of positive in them, if we choose to look for it. I first found this idea in a Little House in the Prairie book, where Ma Ingalls chooses to look for the bright side through highly trying circumstances. Caregiving can be hard, but inside are found hidden gems--of hard-earned patience, appreciation of what you have, treasuring the little moments of life.

Caregivers can see the end coming, and learn to treasure each moment we still have. The touch of a hand, a gentle smile, a shared hug. . .these become priceless treasures stored away. Caregiving allows us to slow down, to see what we've been missing.

We've been so busy racing towards tomorrow, we've often forgotten to enjoy today--a calm moment, a brush of hands, a sunbeam dancing through the darkness. The intricacies of a snowflake, a rosy sunset awash with highlights of pure gold, the sound of laughter, bits and snatches of a favorite song. . .Hands that open and close, eyes that see, a mind that's clear, being able to stand on your own, tending to your own toilet needs, being able to desire food, taste food, and swallow it with having everything pureed and thickened. . .so many blessings we never noticed before.

The joy of reading, even if it's only for five minutes; the lilt of music, even if it's not your favorite style. The joy of motion, even if exercise isn't your favorite thing. There is good in the most mundane of tasks, if only we see them that way. If we simply change our perspective, we discover we are so awash in miracles that you can't help but smile.

For the person who was crippled in an auto accident, finally taking a few steps after months of rehab is a miracle. Is it no less a miracle for us, even if we don't realize it? For those who have been unable to speak, what kind of miracle would piecing a few whispered words together? For those who couldn't keep food down, what would a few simple bites of food that actually digested be? Miracles! Miracles filled with hope and love and laughter and delight. Yet we have those miracles in our lives everyday, and never see them.

"Enjoy the present", what an amazing goal. Think how our relationships would change, our attitudes, if we simply learned to appreciate what we have, instead of dwelling on what we do not have. I'd like to adopt your goal. Thanks so much for sharing, for helping me adjust my paradigms. I keep getting sucked back into the 'poor me' syndrome, when in reality, I am blessed beyond measure. Thank you.

"Life is more than food. . ." Luke 12:23a


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1/12/14 3:37 P

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Hello, everyone. I'm new! :-)

Just wanna say that I can totally relate about the "need more sleep" thing. I, too, would stay up late online, using it as my "me time" to unwind, and then I'd be so tired the next day. I'm happy to say that I've been able to go to bed earlier and get more rest. :-) I hope I can keep it up!

My resolutions for the year are:

1. Try to keep the stress down to a minimum, and find ways of stress relief.
2. Eat healthier, so that I feel better.
3. Make sure to take some Real Me Time, and Enjoy the Present.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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1/8/14 11:46 P

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You've also found another really important issue for many of us, finding a way to fit exercise into the caregiving schedule, especially when we tend to avoid things we consider 'unpleasant'. It's really tough when the unpleasant thing is the person we're giving care to!

Late life issues often include unpleasantness. It's one of the dementia symptoms. Even normally pleasant parents can become difficult. And difficult parents can become almost impossible. Knowing it's part of the disease process does help some, but it's still hard to be nice when they're nasty and we're tired.

So, we've got three resolutions so far that I think work for most of us: getting adequate rest, adequate exercise, and patience dealing with our patients.

"Life is more than food. . ." Luke 12:23a


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1/7/14 6:15 P

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I need to commit once again to at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. Sounds like a small amount but keeping it small and manageable has kept me on track for most of the past 2 months. Previously would just put it off completely. Need to exercise BEFORE I sit down at this computer!!!! emoticon

Adding more patience to my list too. Dealing with my parents has not always been a pleasant experience (as I have mentioned in the past what a pain my mother can be). Trying to let things slide a little and ignoring negativity! emoticon

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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1/7/14 3:11 P

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It's really my own habits. I stay longer on the computer than I should, catching up with SP and doing research, and even playing Solitaire, in order to unwind. I need more discipline and mindfulness to read in bed instead. When I sit on the couch, I fall asleep there before I get to bed!

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1/7/14 10:45 A

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I think that's something that most caregivers would agree with, lack of sleep. Sometimes, I'd use the late night hours as my 'me' time, a time when I'd finally be alone and able to enjoy a little peace and quiet, and do what I wanted, instead of what someone else needed. Unfortunately, it's a very destructive habit. Lack of regular sleep is one of the worst causes of cortisol attacks on the body, resulting in weight gain even when the diet is within calorie limits. It also causes carb cravings, which give us even more grief.

Even when the sleep loss isn't under your control, due to work hours, caregiving issues, pain issues, etc., the effects are the same. It makes getting enough sleep something that should be a priority. I've also read that not only is the amount of sleep important, but the keeping of a regular schedule is as well. That can be really tough sometimes.

What's your biggest threat to getting enough sleep?

"Life is more than food. . ." Luke 12:23a


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1/7/14 10:02 A

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I'm trying to go to bed earlier. I might be a caregiver aunt as well as child, so I need to rest.

"Your inner athlete is dying to play!" - Cory Everson

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1/7/14 2:22 A

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Time for a new game plan to go with the new year. Caregiving can be very draining, and it's easy to rely on food for comfort instead of just sustenance. It's also hard sometimes to keep to a schedule, get enough sleep, or get regular exercise when you're caring for others, especially if you're dealing with dementia patients.

But there is hope, and help, if we all work together. Stop in and share your goals, difficulties and hopes for the coming year. Together, we can make a difference.



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