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"Juicing" incredible results!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My weight gain over 12 months was "out of control"! It hit me so hard and suddenly...I gained 50lbs before I realized just how bad it was. I told myself "its from being inside over the winter" and "I just need to limit my calorie intake". In truth....I found out after consulting with my pharmacist that it wasmore likely due to the additional meds I was taking for serious medical conditions and antidepressants due to a horrible divorce. The "timing" was the key. My weight gain started at the onset of these additional medications. Last March I unknowingly came down with "Shingles"! By the time I was admitted to the hospital...it was 3 wks too late...the nerve damage in my left leg was so severe..I couldn't walk or workout at all. I have since tried simple walking, moving, lite aerobics, and finally...just over a moth ago...returned to my love...cycling. I can only do a mile or two at a time.
My weight would not budge...so....I stopped 2 of the "culprit" meds..and when I recieved my propery from my divorce...I finally was given my old "juicer". I started 3wks ago....I juice everthing I can...apples, oranges, grapes, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, celery, spinach, and other veggies. I usually add some V8 veg. Juice to improve taste. I drink it for lunch and then later before a simple dinner of protein and limited carbs. I'm controlling my calorie intake, infusing my body with natural vitamins and minerals and the energy I'm getting is unbelievable! My hair and skin are recovering...and....Yes..I'm finally losing weight! My workouts are improved and my appetite is so much more improved and controlled! I Highly recommend everyone just try this...you will be amazed!I guarentee it! If you can get by the taste...youll notice immediate results! I finally found the answer to my weight loss dilema! Let me know if you have a similar experience..and Thank You to all for your support. I turn a very "young" 61 Oct. 1st! Scott

  
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BUGSLEYGIRL1 9/1/2013 3:11AM

    You just reminded me, I have a juicer at this house also. Loads of tomatoes, swiss chard and cucumbers in the garden. That's doable.

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LOUIE-LILY 8/28/2013 8:47PM

    Sounds like you're doing great, Scott! Good for you for turning it all around. I use a NutriBullet and make a protein/berry/kale/almond milk/flax seed . . . smoothie every morning - I LOVE it! But I think my problem is in the evening cause I've been at a standstill weightwise for over 2 months now. I keep saying I'm going to try the smoothie for dinner also, but so far I haven't. Maybe I'll give it a try . . .
Congratulations on all progress!
Blessings!
Nancy>

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ISPARKLE77 8/27/2013 10:13PM

    You sound very happy. emoticon I am very happy for you. My husband just started making smoothies with all kinds of fruit, veggies, and yogurt. They are pretty tasty.
Have a good rest of the week,
Pam emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 8/27/2013 3:05PM

    I was just thinking about juicing this week. Maybe I will do this!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/27/2013 11:39AM

    Incredible!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/27/2013 9:18AM

    emoticon I am so happy that things are going so well for you! Best wishes in reaching all of your goals.

HUGS
Pam

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My Rx Revelation!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Over 15 months ago my life changed. I was faced with an unwanted divorce and even worse unfairly separated from my children. The result was anxiety and depression treated with antidepressants combined with steroids for my asthma and other medications used to treat other medical issues I was experiencing due to a severe Motor Vehicle accident. My physician meant well. And the antidepressant improved my mood significantly however, I started gaining weight even though I had been tracking my nutrition and excersise here on sparkpeople. I tried everything I could to lose weight, cutting fat, calories, water, low carbs, I was starving myself and still gaining weight. Then, all hell broke loose! I came down with shingles! At first I was suffering from excruciating leg and hip pain. It became so bad that I could not get out of bed, a chair, or even walk.After 3 weeks I decided to go to the Emergency room. I took a shower and when I got out I noticed a rash on my leg and back! After all the "publicity" on TV about shingles, I got on the internet and....sure enough I knew! When I got to the Emergency Room, it was full of people! But once I showed them the rash and told about the "unbearable pain"....they rushed me into a quarentined area and had an IV with Acyclovir to kill the virus. But it was way too late...the nerve damage to my leg had been done because I waited too long to be treated. For those who are reading this...I implore you all to get the shingles vaccine!! You do not want this. The significance of this long drawn out story is that I was then treated with more medications which after researching them I was shocked to learn that individually and collectively are nototorious for uncontrollable weight gain. So many comments from patients taking only one of the four meds I am now on have ssid they cannot stop gaining weight no matter what they do!! I met wit a Pain Mgmnt Dr. Today....I am changing to other meds and stopping others. Had I known this was going to happen I would have changed long ago. In 6 months I gained almost 59lbs!! My back is killing me because of the extra weight. My face and stomach are so swollen I had to buy new clothes. My waist increased by 7" !!!! Tomorow is Day 1 !! I will always research my meds and NEVER let this happen again. Now I can lose the weight! Please....be very careful when you are prescibed new Meds! And always talk to the Pharmacists. They are WAY more informed about side effects that could change your life! Wish me Luck! I start my New Journey today! I will keep you all up to date on my challenge!! And Thank You All for your support and help!

Peace and many prayers to all, Scott

  
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LOUIE-LILY 8/21/2013 3:16PM

    Hi Scott! Thanks for "coming to visit" my SPage. I just read your blog which you posted after my last comment to you. It's just heartbreaking! Sounds like you've been through the ringer - I hope you're doing and feeling better by now. I did get the Shingles Vac, BTW, a good friend had it, and so is now more prone to get it, and due to the meds he's on . . . he can't get the vaccine! It's a horrible thing to go through!

It's also unbearable to think of not being able to see your cats or, of course . . . your children.

I wish the best for you and will keep you in prayer.

Take care -
Nancy

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KIMPY225 7/23/2013 11:30AM

    Hopefully the new medication works out for you! Good luck!

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HAPPYMENOW58 7/12/2013 7:12AM

    I am sorry you had to go through all of this.....Try to stay strong and remain focused.I have heard that shingles will show up after a stressful period in a person's life...This was certainly true in your case....Take care of yourself, try to relax, and seek positives. You can do it! I am wishing the best for you. emoticon emoticon

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POUTINGPEGGY 7/12/2013 4:56AM

    That is an awful story. I know people who have had shingles and the pain they went through. Is shingles contagious? It sounds like it is if they put you into quarantine, but when you ask health professionals they always edge their bets. Glad you sorted out your medication and I will certainly heed your warning. I suffer from depression too, but I won't take medication. You must miss your children terribly. Good luck on your new journey,you sound a very determined person after all you've been through

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Level 9! Looking Back

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hi Sparkfriends!
I made it to Level 9! This has a special meaning to me for a few good reasons. This year and especially the last few months were physically the toughest times...but I was focused mostly because of the inspiration, motivation and unbelievable support I received from all of you, my Sparkfriends. I have not met my weight goal but I feel healthy and focused because of the special relationship with all of you. My Spark Teams members have made me feel like part of a real "family". I have been fortunate to have been able to achieve these milestones by tracking my nutrition and fitness. The articles and blogs I've read from my Sparkfriends not only inform me but inspire me to never give up. So thank you...I owe you all so much for keeping me on track.
Thanks, Scott

  
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 6/29/2013 6:11AM

    emoticon and BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.

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Never Forget the Victims..Moore OK, West, Texas, Boston Marathon

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It seems like every time you turn on the news its another unbeleivable disaster/Crime/ Terrorist attack. And the residual attrition are the victims, their family and friends. And if I am correct, it also includes you and me and our fellow countrymen. Yes...its because we have either a deeply religious faith, moral concern, or most importantly...a conscience. I just rode a charity cycling event for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. We raised over $7, 000 for the victims and their families. I'm working with the Organizers of that event to do a combined charity event for the victims of the Tornado in Oklahoma and the horrendous explosion in West, Texas. Nothing we can do will ever bring back those who lost their family members, their children, wives, husbands, parents, or other loved ones. Nothing will bring back their missing limbs, lost eyesight or other life altering injuries.

But just for a minute...please, imagine yourself in their place, helpless, afraid, and wondering how you're going to face another day without a child or other family member who used to grace your life with their beautiful spirit. You see people...strangers from all across our country, the world, who you'll probably never meet, who cared enough to not only raise money, no matter how poor or rich, and who also were emotionally tied to you and your loss by breaking down and sharing tears and prayers to help you get back on your feet and live again.

Well...that's who we are...We are a proud, caring society who shares the burden of disasters and terrorist attacks and we selflessly look at the victims and see ourselves. Because...someday...it may be us laying on the pavement in Boston. It may be us looking for our loved ones in a crater where a fertilizer plant once stood in West, Texas. And it may be us blanklessly staring at our home, our memories, our family members swept away, demolished, gone because a monstrous tornado chose our neighborhood, our kids elementary school to wreak its path of total dstruction. God bless the victims. They will be in our prayers....but do for those as they would do for you. Take a day off if necedsary, organize a fundraiser, have your kids draw a picture and send it to the school district or victims to let them know we care. Its these seemingly insignificant jestures sll combinef that give these folks....our fellow countrymen, a reason to go on living. Their loss is OUR burden...our cross to bear. God bless all of those out there that have or plan to help. And God bless all my sparkfriends for reading this and caring deeply about others. You are all in the hearts of the victims.

As always....Peace, Prayers, and Good Health to all, Scott.

  
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POUTINGPEGGY 7/12/2013 4:58AM

    Amen to all you have said

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My Heart's in Boston.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

When I was 20 I decided to take a year off from the University of Rhode Island and move to Boston. Several of my friends from Rochester NY decided to do the same. Yes we were young and crazy but we all had jobs and LOVED the area of Boston knownas "Back Bay". When I turned on my TV today all I saw were reruns of the Terrorist bombs blowing up at the Boston Marathon. The same streets I recognised from my youth were now a crime scene. The victims..innocent people cheering on there loved ones who worked so long and hard to compete in this classic event, were now injured or dead. The eight year old boy, the young woman and another we will grieve their deaths as if they were our own. The others who lived are scarred physically and emotionally forever. I'm praying for the victims and their famillies. I recognise all the streets and landmarks and it hurts deeply to see my old home descicrated in this way. Please pray with me for the victims, their families, friends, and all those affected. I also pray that whoever's responsible be found and brought to justice. God bless Boston and the heroes who ran toward the victims to help.

Peace, Scott

  
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KIMPY225 4/16/2013 9:41AM

    This is definitely a tragedy

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