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Six Year Sparkiversary

Thursday, February 07, 2013

How is it even possible that I have been here for six years?

Um, that's insane!

Especially because I didn't even think about it this year. The news totally sprung up on me with an e-mail from SparkPeople.

I have my Sparkiversary saved as a yearly appointment, otherwise I wouldn't have even thought about it. SparkPeople is just a part of my life now. It would feel wrong to not check in.

Although, if you want a much better Sparkiversary post, please check out mine from last year:


I also include links on that one to my previous Sparkiversary posts.

Because I really don't have much to say this year.

SparkPeople is who I am!

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IMEMINE1 10/14/2013 7:50PM

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MDTWEETY 2/10/2013 7:11AM

    Awesome! :)

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EBURGITE 2/8/2013 11:01AM


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SEPPIESUSAN 2/7/2013 8:21PM

    Congrats! I didn't know you could get Sparkiversary emails...I would be on my 8th year of SP now!!

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BANKER-CHUCK 2/7/2013 7:25PM

    Happy 6 year SparkAversary!! I had my 3 year Anniversary Last January. Like you I feel I must check in all the time. I have only missed 1 day in the 3 years. In those 3 years I have fallen off the SparkNutrition wagon a few times but have always kept the wagon in sight.
I am back on the wagon again as of 1-2-13 heading for new goals. Good luck to you.

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WORTHEYMOM 2/7/2013 5:56PM

    Happy Anniversary Chickie! I am going to set my reminder/appointment for my anniversary now!

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(benign) Brain Tumor

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

A lot has changed since I last posted on here!

I have been to gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, general doctors and have now had a brain MRI.

I'm falling apart y'all!

Okay...I'm not from the South, so that probably sounds completely ridiculous from me.

But here's what's up:

I had a brain MRI last week and they found a small brain cyst as well as a tumor on my pituitary gland. You can visit my other blog for what this all means.


Thankfully, both are small enough that they won't require surgery. The bad part is the tumor could be affecting the hormones the pituitary gland controls.

My thyroid medication keeps changing, which really hasn't helped me lose weight. In fact, I've put on about 6 pounds since I last updated my SparkPeople, but I really don't want to change my weight!

To be honest, I think it's because it will show up in my SparkPeople feed and I don't need people feeling bad for me or thinking that I'm eating everything in sight.

Yes, I've been giving in to some emotional eating lately, but I was gaining weight before that.

I don't mean to post this for sympathy or pity. But I figured I should update my Spark friends!

I hope you've all been well.

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MDTWEETY 2/10/2013 7:12AM

    Oh my gosh, how scary! Hugs.

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/26/2012 3:53PM

    I'm sorry to hear.. I had something similar happen to me a few years ago...had an MRI and found that my pineal gland has some sort of odd shape to it that might be some sort of benign thing. It really caused me a ton of anxiety even though it was harmless!

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*AMBER512 12/11/2012 7:17PM

    Thanks everyone for your kind words :)

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MOMMYOF2RN 12/8/2012 10:16PM

    Stay STrong emoticon emoticon

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LYNNWILK2 12/6/2012 1:55AM

    I know this must be a terrifying time for you, but now that you understand what the problem, you can work to educate yourself on all the options and all the effects of the issues you are dealing with. I have an adrenal problem, and I know that the endocrine system can be tricky when something presents itself that will interfere with the proper working of your hormones.
But it is workable, and close monitoring. Be thankful it is a benign and you can move forward from here, knowing what you are up against. The best advice is educate yourself ... ask a lot of questions and do what you are doing, by getting another opinion.

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    I know a couple of people who have had pituitary gland tumors. One woman gained tons of weight because of it and when she had it removed the weight just melted off of her. Hope they can figure out what to do! Good luck!

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Thanksgiving Recovery

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Is anyone else struggling to get back on track after Thanksgiving?

I ate a ton of really awesome food and I really wish I could go back to the days of eating ALL.THE.FOOD.

You can read my Thanksgiving recaps here: www.foundmyspark.com/2012/11/23/than

And here: www.foundmyspark.com/2012/11/26/than

Okay, I don't really wish I could overeat like I used to. But some foods are so delicious that I wish I could eat them all of the time.

This is why maintaining weight loss is a continuous journey.

How is everyone else doing during this holiday season??

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TEENY2BEE 12/1/2012 9:07AM

    Glad that you can keep up with getting back on track... prevents the struggles of gaining and relosing and all of the struggles that comes with that...not fun!! emoticon

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Anatomy of a Panic Attack

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I wanted to share my latest blog entry with you all in case you haven't seen it yet. I was really hesitant to actually post about my anxiety and panic attacks. But I finally did it. If you want to read it you can find it here: www.foundmyspark.com/2012/05/30/anat

While I wouldn't wish that feeling on anyone else, I sort of also hope that I'm not alone in dealing with anxiety.

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EMMA2727272 5/31/2012 12:44PM

    Hey.. Just wanted to let you know youre not alone in the whole anxiety thing. I too suffer from it... Although its different situations that bring it on. What i fouif nd helped for me the most in the beginning is going to see someone to talk to.. But mostly taking medication. It was yhe scariest thing ive ever had to do, but it was able to put me in the right state of mind to even be able to begin to think about how to get better. If you have any questions or just want to talk let me know. im not an expert but have done a lot of research trying to find my own peace.

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I Am Good At Injuring Myself

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hi Spark friends! How is everyone? I haven't been so great. If you don't read my blog Found My Spark www.foundmyspark.com then you don't know what I recently did.

Isn't that pretty? I am apparently so uncoordinated that I can't even get up off of a couch without tripping and going headfirst into a coffee table. I'm classy like that.

But besides injuring myself in ridiculous ways... (Let's pretend that it isn't true that I STILL don't know how I bruised my foot in January. Or why it's still sore from time to time).

I guess I haven't been up to much besides that! I've still been going to the gym on a regular basis. But I'm sliding a bit back into old habits. I always thought maintaining my weight would be so much easier than losing it. If my weight goes up a bit, I could just cut back and everything would level itself out. Right?

I've found that it's been harder than I thought! I was so careful about what I ate for so long that sometimes I just don't want to pay attention to what I'm eating. Sometimes, I want to be able to just eat and not worry about calories.

I know that I will always have to be careful about my portion sizes, because I have a huge appetite. But if I ever fall off, I know I can hop on the healthy train again. I can do anything. Because I am worth it!

What do you tell yourself when you're lacking motivation?

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MDTWEETY 4/27/2012 6:30PM

    Ouch! That had to hurt! I am late with this comment, so hopefully all has healed by now! :)
I feel the same way sometimes about tracking calories. It's not that hard to do but for the past few months, I have been "rebelling" and not so careful with eating.
Hope you're well, Amber!

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DNJEN471 4/18/2012 11:52AM

    Wow! Sorry to hear that you've had a rough go... I'm sure you got a few looks and had to retell that story more than once :)
Babies have been my side track and excuse for a long time. Now the excuse seems to be lack of sleep. Regardless of the excuse- staying motivated to keep going is key. I jump back on here and catch up with my buddies... it seems that when I do this- I stay on the healthy track... obviously I need to do this more :)

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SPARKLISE 3/19/2012 11:42AM

Well,could've been worse.
I'm clumsy also-my husband is always nervous when i use sharp knives. emoticon
Maintaining weight loss is so much harder then losing because we have no outside motivation anymore.
People have no comments(or very few) and we can't plan our next goal on the scale.
But some are able to maintain and I have confidence that you can do it!
Don't give up!
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SEPPIESUSAN 3/15/2012 9:44PM

    Ouch! Looks like you were in a nasty fight!

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*AMBER512 3/14/2012 4:14PM

    Yeah, I really got myself good! Although it looks more like I burned myself with a curling iron than did a header into a coffee table, lol.

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MARSCK 3/14/2012 4:11PM

    Ouchy you did do a number :-(

Hope you are feeling better soon.

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