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Thursday, November 25, 2010

I walked for 55 min this morning with Pat and it pushed me over the edge to earn a new Trophy! Last year, when I started my Spark journey, I vowed to do 3600 fitness min for the year. I am at 2622 because I have sluffed off the last couple of months. If I want to achieve that goal, I have 36 days left to do 978 minutes. That is only 27.16 min per day. I could do that. Notice I said I could do that, leaving me a way out not to do it. But if I change that to I CAN do that, I will more than likely accomplish that goal.

So I can do that, 27.16 min per day. I can do that, it's simple. So here it is, I'm committing to achieve 978 fitness minutes for the rest of the year.

A friend at church has lost a lot of weight and I asked her how. She said Exercise so you see, I need it. Tuesday is the intro of the new WW plan so I'll have something new to learn as well to help me get through the dozen or so parties we are attending. Have a great Thanksgiving@!

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/27/2010 9:32AM

    as you said: emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/27/2010 4:46AM

    Congratulations on your new Trophy !
I'm glad that you are getting fit , through lots of exercise !
Good for you !

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DONNAEDA 11/25/2010 11:57AM

    congratulations. I love your attitude. I can do that. It is a given not a hope.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 11/25/2010 10:51AM

    I have always loved the background on your page. I used to write to you as FOUNDAGAIN1 but have a new username for a new start. And you are right - you CAN do this. If I can and have to use a walker, you can do this too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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MKELLY72 11/25/2010 10:30AM

    Congratulations! You definitely CAN do that. I'm on my way out the door right now to do my own pre-dinner walk. Great job on getting a new trophy! That is always fun to do.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm just plain old thankful today for just about everything! Life is good! I'm off for the weekend, TG tomorrow, Chili Supper tonight, shopping on Friday and FSU/Florida game on Saturday! Ought to be an exciting game! I have to go grocery shopping and then declutter a few things and then just basically take the day off!

Our church has the annual chili supper tonight where we bring potluck chili and anything else we might want to bring and then a TG Eve service. A fun tradition for our church. Back to WW yesterday and gained 1.6 lbs. Go figure. So yesterday I carefully counted my points and came up with less than I was supposed to eat. Couldn't possibly have eaten anything else. Counting again today and really making an effort. Then next Tuesday, starts the new WW program. Should be interesting. Later.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/24/2010 3:46PM

    Happy Thanksgiving !

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/24/2010 10:46AM

  I am thankful for hot water today - my hot water heater was just repaired! Tomorrow I will be thankful to see my son and his fiance'.
I like how your church has a pot luck before their TG service. Our community service is at a different church tonight. No pot luck but it will be good none-the-less.
Happy Thanksgiving.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I have truly learned how to be calm in spite of challenges. That is a good feeling as I've experienced a lot of anxiety in my life and succumbed to it. It was just about a year ago that I first checked into Sparkpeople. And I've learned a lot! Done a lot! Lived a lot! Made a lot of friends! Eked through the oil spill, thank God that is over! We were fortunate where we live in that the oil did not flood our beaches like in La.

Yesterday I vegged out. After my minor procedure, had a good excuse just to lay around. I had a headache all day and blamed it on the happy juice they gave me at the surgery. Then this morning when I got up, I realized I never had a cup of coffee yesterday. CAFFEINE WITHDRAWAL HEADACHE! This morning had my two cups and already perky.

Going to WW this a.m. but I didn't really count any points last week so hope I stayed the same. This acid reflux thing has my mind mulling over the situation. The surgery I am considering having is called TIF which is a non-invasive, no incision type where they staple the esophagus to narrow the hole to the stomach, thus keeping the stomach acid in the stomach. I'm taking prilosec and I'm not having pain from indigestion but I have other symptoms that are driving my husband crazy. I clear my throat constantly as I feel like I have a lump in there all the time. I cough a lot and I choke on fluid in my throat. All of this I can live with but it would be nice not to have those symptoms. In addition, I think that I eat and drink a lot because I am trying to push the lump away and back to the stomach. I know this is true, may be why I drink so much water, to thin it out.

After I have the surgery, I have to be on a liquid diet for 2 weeks so I need to plan when I want to do that around this holiday schedule. Since we are having a party at our house on Dec 14th, I want to wait until after that. And I would like to have it at least a week before Christmas as I have to stay in the hospital overnight. I talked to my husband about this as we won't be able to go out and have dinner and shop like we usually do. But I want to do it soon because business traditionally slows down around Christmas and I dont' want to have to try and see clients during that time.

That's my story today and I'm sticking to it. Later.

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/24/2010 10:49AM

  Have you ever tried to eliminate dairy or gluten from your diet to see if that makes any difference with the reflux? I hope you can find what works to make life more comfortable. (I used to make "throat noises" that would drive my father crazy. Now I know it was due to dairy and gluten because it doesn't happen any more.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/23/2010 2:26PM

    I hope that all will go smoothly , and you will sail into 2011
in fine form ! You can do it ! We're all behind you, in spirit !

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MJMONE 11/23/2010 9:27AM

    wow, a lot on your 'plate'


one step, one day at a time.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Well I had an endoscopy today to see what's up with my esophagus and acid reflux. I have a small hiatal hernia where the stomach meets the esophagus and I had a polyp removed. I am constantly swallowing and clearing my throat and coughing and choking. Doc says I am a candidate for the TIF procedure which makes the opening smaller and helps the gastric juices stay in the stomach instead of flushing back into the esophagus. Afterwards, I can only eat liquids for 2 weeks! That ought to make me lose some weight, the hard way.

A lot of times I think that when I think I am hungry, it is actually the acid reflux at work. I will also eat so that the food pushes down and clears my throat. So maybe this will help. I am waiting until after all the holiday parties. If I can hold my own on the eating, I'll be fine. Around the 16th of Dec maybe for surgery and then can't have Christmas dinner. There is never a good time so might as well get it over with at the end of the year. Later.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/23/2010 3:06AM

    All the best, with your TIF procedure !
I hope that all will go well !

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PMFISH 11/22/2010 2:54PM

    My Mom and a friend had a hiatal hernia. Know they slept propped up until they found out about an aloe drink. Don't remember where they got it, but sure it would not take much research to find it. I remember both saying some were better than others, but they both got a lot of relief drinking that in their water.

Healing vibes coming at up.


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Saturday, November 20, 2010


Today, I am attending what is called a quilting pig out where everyone who attends brings their machine and stuff they are working on to finish up and just help each other. I figured I would be doing some sewing today anyone so I paid the $15 to attend and to do a few projects. We are supposed to bring pot luck food to share so I am stopping and getting a subway sandwich for $5 that I know what is in it and take that. Can't imagine staying all day from 10 to 4:00 but you never know.
With all the parties ahead, I appreciate all the help and comments I get. And Donna said it best, there won't be anything at those parties that I can't get any day in the week so I don't have to eat it all. I think I just need to be sensible and do my best. May not lose weight in the next few weeks but if I can keep from gaining that is a bonus.
Have a great Saturday! We will be watching the FSU Maryland game tonight.

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/24/2010 10:51AM

  Way to go! Progress and fun at the same time!

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4DOGNIGHT 11/20/2010 6:32PM

    The Pig Out was a lot of fun, lots of women with their quilting projects, fun to see what they were doing. I was able to finish 3 tops and get them ready for quilting! Cut out 2 backs and didn't eat much.

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/20/2010 6:01PM

  Hope you had a great day sewing. I was wondering if the P-I-G out was referring to Projects in Grocery Sacks. Some people around here call UFOS (Unfinished Objects) PIGS. Let us know how it was.

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COLEENCOLE 11/20/2010 4:47PM

    What a cool idea. As long as you are quilting you are not eating.

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SUNNYDAZE9 11/20/2010 12:47PM

    It sounds like a wonderful day with your friends. I always enjoy those days when I can stay with one task without interruptions--laundry, telephone, etc. Enjoy your day.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/20/2010 11:39AM

    I hope that you'll all have a wonderful day !

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DONNAEDA 11/20/2010 10:27AM

    have fun. You will probably stay til 4 p.m. times goes quickly when you are chatting and doing with friends. Sounds like a great choice for lunch. Have fun.

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NANCYRUBIO 11/20/2010 10:19AM

    How about wearing a sign that says-if you see me eating pinch me. I really like what Donna said. It is so true.
A Quilting party sounds like a good idea with just down to earth people. They will understand if you are honest about wanting to eat nutritional meals.
Slowest Eater Team

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BEVPRESLEY 11/20/2010 9:34AM

    The Quilting Pig Out sounds great. Wish we had one around here. I may have to check into starting one at the rec. Bringing your own lunch is a great idea too. Enjoy your game.

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