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DIANNEMT Posts: 12,127
5/19/13 5:53 P

Melissa--I hope things will go well for your family!! Pack your own food when going to the hospital. You can take baby carrots and hummus, whatever is easy that you like. And then eat in the cafeteria if you can--and just make the best choices from the offerings. Your "slip-ups" are just that--a little bump in the road. You can help your mom figure better things to eat--and likely your dad, as well! Take a water bottle--refill as often as you can drain it! That will also help.

SDAILEY4 SparkPoints: (89,637)
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5/18/13 6:36 A

Melissa, I'm so glad that your parents have you to be at their sides in all situations. You were caught short when your Mom had her emergency. Don't beat yourself up for NOT expecting these catastrophes. Nobody wants to think about that stuff, believe me! As the others mentioned, and now is a great time to prepare, put some healthy snacks together to grab-n-go next time you get one of those "calls". It will even help with your stress level through any crisis and that helps your healthy lifestyle goals. Every step in the right direction is another step toward your goals. Try and be as prepared as possible.

We're all behind you every step of the way.


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5/18/13 5:57 A

Hi, Melissa !

I'm glad that your mom is alright now. I know that must have been a very stressful time for you. Don't beat yourself up if you find yourself turning to food for comfort. This is something every single member of Spark has done. You are not a bad person or an unhealthy one because you've been stress eating.

What to do ? Take baby steps, literally and figuratively. Set some simple weekly goals for yourself so that you don't feel so overwhelmed. If you haven't been eating your veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how you get your "spark" back. Be kind to yourself as you would to others. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. Every little bit really does add up.

You need to take care of yourself. We all do.

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5/17/13 9:07 P

I can totally see where you are coming from! Don't worry about what has happened - it was an emergency and you had to eat something. I also know that our energy generally ebbs considerably when under this sort of stress, as well.

The last couple years my husband was admitted to hospital many times for various emergencies - Crohn's, Heart AttackS, Pancreatitis, Bowel Resection, Accident, etc. etc. Apart from the surgery, all were totally out of the blue. I grabbed a couple quick healthy snacks that I keep in my pantry for emergencies, and ran, and then got what I could from the hospital - my selections were taste and comfort, with planned disregard to health. I allowed myself to enjoy it, because I sure needed something to enjoy. BUT, when I visited, I ALWAYS took my own lunch and snacks, and ate it there. Then of course, there were many outpatient appointments. Because we have a long way to travel to the hospital, it meant eating out, but I always took our own food for that, too! My husband died just before Xmas. My nutrition slipped a bit, and that is understandable, but I was able to pick up again. You can too. It was only ONE WEEK out of the rest of your life! You can do this - do it for your Mum AND for you!

Sending good thoughts your and your Mum's way!


TANGOKATE Posts: 662
5/17/13 8:28 P

I read a quip once about a woman who managed weight loss with job loss, son deathly ill etcetera. Now she did sound like super woman but, she said she packed her lunch through it all and stayed her course. And she said it was hard.

But doable.

Tonight, I am having my own challenges with living through the emotions of feeling unworthy and a desire to overeat.

I wish you well. Part of taking care of others is taking care of ourselves so we are stronger for them.

MELISSA25231 SparkPoints: (8,450)
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5/17/13 6:01 P

Last Thursday I received the phone call that a daughter doesnt want to receive... "Melissa, your mom passed out at work today she was taken by ambulance to the hospital" Of course I drop everything and rush there to see her, thats when we found out she had experienced a minor heart attack with no obvious symptoms , no pain no nothing except her enzymes were in the hospital a few days waiting on a transfer to a better more equipped hospital , she finally gets the pickup and we are off to a specialist, the dye goes in while i wait and find she had an 80% block on a front artery s they fix it with a graph..... and shes much better now and out of hospital after over a week in there.... i know this should be motivation and it is but im slipping, with being there day after day i slacked on exercise and food i found myself down at the coffee shop getting quick lunches and dinners without checking what i was eating in terms of calories ...has anyone else experienced a week long slip and come out okay? Ive done so well with weight loss 30lbs in total 26 lbs lost using spark ....and next month my dad goes in to have a major surgery on his abdomen and i again will be in the hospital with him day after day how can i prevent my slip this week and prepare for that ? thank you .... emoticon

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