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Having to be Adaptable

Saturday, May 08, 2021

I'm a member of the 2021 Spring 5% Challenge where there are 12 teams within it, that "race each other to fascinating places." We do this by each member on the team reports theri exercise they've done for the day. For one minute of exercise, our "plane" moves 1 mile across the sky. Whichever team reaches 6,000 miles first is the team that LANDS first earning more points, the top 3 teams do earn extra points. Some teams are very competitive, others not as much so there's a wide variety for anyone who's interested on being on a very supportive team. (We'll be ending this challenge in 3 weeks and taking on new members, if you are interested please below put so and we'll invite you!). I'm on the Spirited Under Dawg team (Dawggie team).

I'm also a leader on the Dawggie team. I LOVE Supporting my team, with doing as much exercise as my body will tolerate. During the weekend many push a little bit harder than they may on other days (it ALL adds up!) including myself.

But this weekend to my teammates the emoticon IE's I am able to do some exercise, but not to my normal. My foolish body is rebelling reminding me that indeed my heart is not healthy. It's not as bad as it can, but it's not healthy.

So this weekend my feet are swollen and I just don't feel up to my new normal (Which is far below where it was before January) so I did call my cardiologist today. TY Cheri, for that urge. Cheri is also a leader on the Dawggie team. Cheri has recently had a massive heart attack, and knows ever so well how horrible this can feel to not have the energy we once did, but we know MANY on Sparks can relate for various illnesses.

SIDE NOTE: If you are fairly new to SPARKS or you've been around, but not really fully committed to your health for any reason this could perhaps help you think of things as reality. Back in October this past year I felt so AWESOME I went and got a job as a cashier at a local grocery store which is quite busy. AND I LOVED IT!! I am not young, but I sure could keep up easily enough. And I LOVED waiting on my customers. In Jan I didn't feel good, long and short I am in heart failure (DOES NOT MEAN death is to follow anytime soon. There's so MUCH they can do for us now, than even 4 years ago) and my energy is lower, quite a bit lower. But, if I hadn't of taken my weight loss seriously and was still at 288 or more (Even if I were 200) would my heart be able to handle this? I had asked my Dr who said "It's quite possible it would not of." And Cheri who's our weigh in leader, there's no doubt if she were still around 200 she very likely would not of made it. Our team has been hurt enough by losing Maryanngi (MaryAnn) to a car accident in July. So be guaranteed Cheri and I are so THRILLED we've taken our health very seriously.

So It seems that DAILY I am having to ADAPT to new things. Now I found things right off I could do instead, painting , reading, games, video's (I am not really a movie person). But what I could NOT do well was to really relax. And admittedly it's STILL NOT EASY to just be at ease with nothing to do and just relax being peaceful. I'm working on that.

Izzy is struggling too (She has an enlarged heart ,, found out about Izzy on Feb 17th, myself on Feb 19th, how WEIRD IS THAT???). It seems like we are bonding even more thru this. Oh Izzy is my 10 1/2 year old cat.


With my feet being swollen when I called the cardiologist I didn't get them. Instead the referral went to the local hospital (It is a heart hospital YEAH!) where the ER Dr. has me up the Lasix pill,, that should do it!! I HOPE SO!!

Somedays though we have things planned out, we may suddenly need to be adaptable. I STILL was able to get in 35 mins of exercise though. WOOHOO TO THAT!!

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  • _WARRIOR4LIFE
    Diane-- you continue to amaze me with your positive outlook. You're teaching me so much. Thank you for sharing your life with us, and your reaction to what happens to you. emoticon
    43 days ago
  • FELINEBETTER
    You are SO inspiring! You have jumped so many hurdles and continue to with such grace! I wish you and your cat well & look forward to following you. Take care and please continue to share your positive energy. emoticon emoticon
    44 days ago
  • NANANANA
    Maybe I should get a part-time job just to get out of the house. Fast food places are offering up to $12/hour. Can you imagine telling the interviewer, 'I'd like to work about 15 hours a week, not on Sundays and take a week off in June. Oh, I don't need to be retrained after a week off.' I'm not sure if that is enough to be worth the paper work.
    45 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    As long as you are movin ..you are groovin!! emoticon
    45 days ago
  • IOWAGRAMMA
    It's kind of like the old adage that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right?? Glad you checked in about the swelling and that you were able to talk with someone about it. Be well, my friend!! emoticon (I don't know if it is or not, but that emoji is the closest I could find to a lemon!!! LOL)
    45 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    I "followed the breadcrumbs" over here after I read your comment on Cheri's blog.
    "Adaptable," yes that is the operative word to continuing to find and focus on what we CAN do and not what we CAN'T.

    "heart failure DOES NOT MEAN death is to follow anytime soon"
    I learned this over 10 years ago when it happened to a 30 something friend of my DD. Dropping the weight and as much exercise as the body could tolerate was the key to her continuing to enjoy life.

    After my husband's brain surgery in 2016 we 3 walked a 5K together as a "team" We were the Dorothy's friends from the Wizard of Oz. Heart, brain, and me - who needed "courage"
    Spark people like you provide great reminders of the importance of physical and mental exercise to support of hearts and brains and also the support and encouragement to nourish our spirits.
    Thank you.

    45 days ago
  • ITS_MY_TURN_NOW
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    45 days ago
  • 75HEALTHYME
    You may be forced to slow down...
    but
    you are still an "ENERGIZER BUNNY" in all that you do.

    Keep on, keeping on.

    46 days ago
  • DARLENEK04
    Hope you are having a good day Diane, and do check with your Cardiologist Monday anyway.

    Blessings n hugs,

    DarleneK


    46 days ago
  • CATWMNCAT
    If anyone can turn a not so good situation into something wonderful it's YOU!!! You always bounce back and show us all how to do it with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face! Thank you for not only sharing with us, but most importantly, showing us how to do it... leading by example!!!
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    46 days ago
  • CATWMNCAT
    If anyone can turn a not so good situation into something wonderful it's YOU!!! You always bounce back and show us all how to do it with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face! Thank you for not only sharing with us, but most importantly, showing us how to do it... leading by example!!!
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    46 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    Gosh, so thankful for Cheri! Glad you got referred to the Heart Hospital. Is Lasix working? I hope so. What more inspiration the Dawg Team can have with Cheri and you onboard as leaders??? Even if you cannot report exercise, your lives are a constant motivation to everybody surrounding you. We are so lucky to have you! And Cheri, and all the leaders!
    With much emoticon and admiration emoticon
    46 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    Knowing you and Cheri, I really feel you both are here not only because of weight loss (alot of weight loss) but because you are both so positive about living life to the fullest. If fullest is less active, neither of you let new health events get the best of you, you accept it for now and have hope that you'll be able to do more again later!!! We are so lucky as Dawgs to have you both I can't even express that in words.
    46 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Take good care, Diane! Thinking of you as you adjust to your “new normal.” emoticon
    46 days ago
  • LESLIELENORE
    Thank you Diane, for guiding and encouraging us dawggies. Your enthusiasm helps propel us to the top.
    47 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
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    47 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    LOL at that Cheri we SURE ARE!! Out of the 6 leaders on the Dawggie team, 3 of us are dealing with heart issues, and yet ours is thus far the #1 team!! WOOHOO!!

    47 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    Yes Diane you and I have had to adapt but we are still a force to be reckoned with !
    47 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    thanks
    47 days ago
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