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Time to blog again... :)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Wow, can't believe how fast time passes!!! It's been a while since I have done this, but here goes...

First of all, everything is going pretty well. I went to the Dr. on Tuesday of last week to have a checkup and get blood drawn for checking cholesterol, insulin levels, thyroid levels... you name it. Just wanna be sure that I am not going in the wrong direction here. :) I have been diagnosed with Sciatica. For those of you who do not know what that is, here is my best discription... It hurts like H*LL. :( It has to do with your longest nerve in your body, your sciatic nerve. Some people experience numbness from your lower back to your feet, others PAIN. Well, unfortunately I am experiencing the pain. Workouts have been pretty much Nil. I want to workout, but why, when I know I'm going to be in pain the entire time I'm doing it??! So, on Tuesday I got put on a steroid for 10 days and a Physical Therapy session today. We will see how that goes. Hope it helps. The steroid has helped immensely, but you can't take it very long, or it will start causing problems for your liver... and DREADED WEIGHT GAIN! Go figure that something that helps the situation, can actually cause harm. :( This steroid gives me energy, makes me feel good, but I can already feel a difference since I take 2 for 5 days and then go down to 1 for the next 5 (which is what I started yesterday), dull pain is setting in. Not good. :(

On a positive note, I must be rubbing off on my hubby to want to lose weight. He quit smoking (after 31 years) and promptly put on 23lbs. So I told him that he needed to take time for himself and focus on losing it for himself. It doesn't bother me, but when I can see how frustrated he is with it, it does bother me. He's lost 2lbs so far and has only been working out for 2 weeks, so Yeah him!! I just want him to feel good about himself and to know that I'm not looking at his weight, but I am looking out for his health! I want him to be around for a long time. :)

Everyone is healthy and doing well. I got my eating pretty much down to a science and ready to incorporate my exercise into that equation. Hopefully this PT session will give me some pointers to stretch out my right side and get back into putting eating healthy and exercising regularly a necessity.

That's what's going on with me! Thanks so much for all of the support I get on here. I know that I can't do this without you! Hope you have a super week! Eat great, make good choices, and exercise!!! We can do this!!! :)

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PROVERBS31JULIA 2/10/2012 8:04AM

    Oh No!! I remember years ago, my sister kicked me off the bed and I landed on my tailbone and that hurt my sciatica for quite a long time! I thought it hurt VERY.BAD.INDEED back then!! So I can empathize with your pain. I hope the PT sessions can help get you some relief ASAP as you don't want to be on the steroid paradox (pain relief but weight gain!!) very long.
And Yay Yay Yay your husband stopping smoking and working in his weight! That is great news too!!!


Hope your weekend improves!!

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JESSIKA_56 2/8/2012 3:29PM

    Thanks for the update. Sorry about your diagnosis. I can imagine that must be frustrating for you. Hopefully, you can find a combination of pain management and weight loss that works. Hang in there!

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JANNEPERRY 2/7/2012 8:01AM

    Good to catch up with you! I need to blog too--lot's happening.
I hope you get some relief for the sciatica. That has got to be terrible. Kuddos to your hubby for quitting smoking and starting to exercise! You have been a great positive influence on your family!


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NOTHIN2IT 2/6/2012 10:44PM

    Oh man! I'm so sorry about the sciatica!! That's awful! I don't think you should be doing anything strenuous at all. Maybe just some walking if you can tolerate it. Don't make it worse!! I'm so sorry. Seems like when we are trying to be good....something bad happens. I sure hope you are feeling better soon. Hang in there!! If you have the eating thing down then you will be ok. That weight will still come off.

I am so glad your hubby is doing so great. Woo hoo for him! Tell him your sparkfriends are cheering him on too :)

Did the rest of your tests turn out ok? I sure hope so. I hope you have a great week. Keep in touch with how you are feeling. I'm worried about you! emoticon

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Wow! It's been 2 months since I blogged last???!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hi all!

Yep, it's been a while since I have sat down and let everyone know what's going on with me. 8 weeks?? Did it really go by that quickly?? Can't believe that Halloween is Monday, and then we will start planning for Thanksgiving! My how time flies when you have a sick hubby and then that sick hubby gets better and goes out of town for a whole week. I have been so crazy!!!

First of all, in my last blog I told you all that my oldest daughter was going on her first school campout for 3 days. We had a blast! We took a 3.5 mile hike (most of it uphill), which was outstanding to get to the top and look over at the beautiful city of Manhattan, Ks. It was extraordinary! Plus, just getting the exercise was bonus enough for me! :)

My husband and I celebrated 12 years of marriage the day after I got back. I colored my hair (only because I wanted him to know that I actually was younger than him, and he wasn't taking out his granny! lol Had a beautiful evening of dinner and mini golf (without the kiddos) and just had fun reconnecting. He had been working so much overtime, that I had barely seen him the month of September!

I then celebrated my 38th birthday 2 weeks later, all the while taking care of a husband that had gotten Strep Throat, only to almost have to be hospitalized, because we couldn't get the fevers to go down, or away. Not fun for either of us. Luckily, my kids didn't get it. He was out of work for 5.5 days. Ugh! I got a minor sinus infection, which I will take over Strep anyday! :) He then went back to work the following week of my birthday, but was not completely 100%, till Thursday of that week, so a total of 11 days being sick!

2 weeks after my birthday, he left for Tennessee! Lauren, Abigail, and Kyle...oh my!!!! lol I had to work from home, which I dispise, but was lucky to be able to do so. My kids did well for me, so that helped. They liked that I was home with them, when they woke for school. :) So was I.

In the meantime, things are finally starting to get back to semi-normal. :) I am getting back into my routine, starting next Monday (I like to have a fresh start at the beginning of a week). I have not "gained" any weight, but I'm totally not feeling very toned, or fit! So, I will do what I need to do, to get back on it! I have missed all of my friends on here, but don't give up on me, please! I need you all!

Hope all has been well with everyone! I love my SparkBuddies, and wouldn't have made it this far without you! Thank you, everyone. Thanks for reading my "catch up" blog.

Take care! :)

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JANNEPERRY 10/29/2011 7:44AM

    Thanks for checking in! I'm glad you all are healthy now! We missed you, but glad you are active with family and NOT gaining weight. That's to celebrate along with the anniversary and birthday! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/28/2011 10:06PM

    emoticon on your anniversary, your birthday, AND maintaining your weight during your time off!

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Getting genuinely excited! :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hi all!

We have so much going on this next month, I don't even know where to start! With this new school that my daughters are going to, it is all based around Environmental Education. My youngest daughter has her first "day camp" on September 9th. No tent setting up, or anything like that, so that should be a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to it!

My oldest daughter has her first 3 day campout on September 21st-23rd at Tuttle Creek State Park, which is in Manhattan, Ks. She is so excited, I can't calm her down, and she's even more excited that dear old mom is going with her and staying the 2 nights overnight. She thought I was just going to drive the 2.25 hours, stay with her during the day, and come back. hahahaha! The really cool part about this campout is they learn how to set up their tents, learn how to cook their own meals, and even have a 3 mile hike! YES! A way to get in my exercise, too! emoticon It should be a really fun time!

Right after I get back, the very next day on September 24th, it will be my 12th anniversary with my husband! Wow! 12 years??! Where did all the rest of them go??! lol :) I am looking forward to hopefully going somewhere overnight(for the first time ever, since we've had children), where the kiddos can stay with grandparents (just one night), and enjoy why we married in the first place.

Yep, it's going to be a very busy month! TurboFire is going well, I am working my way back in with 3 days a week, and hopefully by next week, will work it in 5 days of my week! I know I feel so much better, now that I have gotten back into it and set myself hopefully up for success!

Thanks for visiting my blog! I can't do this without all of you! You are all SUPERSTARS in my book! emoticon emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 9/1/2011 10:30AM

    You are doing great! You should be excited with all the great stuff going on in your life. Your enthusiasm is very contagious! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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NOTHIN2IT 9/1/2011 1:03AM

    That sounds like so much fun! No wonder you are all excited. Good for you for going with the kids on their camps. You are such an awesome mom!
You need to go somewhere fun and romantic for your anniversary. After 12 years you definitely need to let Grandparents watch the kids for a little get away time! Congrats on the 12 years together!
I'm so proud of you! You are doing great with your workouts! Keep it up! emoticon

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YIWEN39 8/31/2011 4:34PM

    Hi :-)
All this sounds great emoticon

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I am jumping in head first...!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Well, this weekend was good, other than my hubby being gone pretty much both days. I got the BEST compliment in a long time!

I went to a friend's house on Saturday for a jewelery party. Now mind you, I haven't seen my 2 dear friends in over 4 years, before I started my weight loss journey. I walked up the driveway to my friend's house, and she came out and did a triple take! She said, "Oh My Goodness!!" "You have lost SO much weight, you look absolutely FANTASTIC!!" What a sweet compliment! I was thrilled that she even noticed. That was a really great part of my weekend. Oh, and my husband, that same day, asked if there were going to be "men" at this party, because I looked awesome. lol Gosh, it sure is nice to get so many nice things said to you. :)

My kiddos went back to school last Wednesday. I did really good, till I got my girls on the bus for the first time. I had to walk away, because I was starting to cry and I didn't want them to see me. Gosh they are getting so big! I am enjoying my "me" time. I used the first 3 days of school to catch up on my sleep. I actually felt human! Hahaha! When my girls got home from school that day, they absolutely LOVED their new school. I was/am happy to hear that! :)

So, I just worked out to my TurboFire for the first time in 3 weeks. I have to do this, I have to get back into it and get motivated! I have lots of personal and financial goals, but now it's time to get back to my fitness goals!

I felt so good when I got done. I WANT to keep this up, because I got a glimpse of how good I felt. I have so much further to go, so I am making a pact to myself to stay on this. I am going to schedule it like and appointment, so I don't give up on myself!

Thank you for letting me ramble on! I love all of you guys, and I am ready to hit that big OneDerland very soon!!! :) Have a super day!

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JESSIKA_56 8/24/2011 7:11PM

    Congratulations on your compliments! What a nice boost!

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JANNEPERRY 8/23/2011 8:09AM

    I remember turning so they wouldn't see me cry too! My how time flies. Enjoy your new routine and keep taking good care of yourself like you are! emoticon

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NOTHIN2IT 8/22/2011 2:23PM

    I''m so glad you had a great weekend. Those compliments sure make a different, huh?! You deserved them. You should be so proud of yourself. You have done an amazing job. I KNOWA you will achieve all of your goals!!! emoticon

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Well, school is coming really quickly for my children. It has been a really fun summer with them, now that they are getting a little older. We spent countless times at the pool, and doing things pretty close to home. My daughters will be starting a brand new school this year that focuses on Environmental Education, so they get to go on campouts (something that I did with that very same school as a child), so they are super geared up for this year!

I am ready, but not so ready for the routine that we about to get into next week. My stomach has butterflies for my girls, as I am just as excited for them, as they are about going. I don't think that my son has realized that by next Wednesday, we will be going from sleeping till 9, to getting up at 7. That's going to be quite the rude awakening! Haha!

There are things that I am ready for, as we jump back into our school year and they are as follows...

-Starting my projects around the home (that are better done when there aren't little hands getting in the middle, like painting).

-Getting back into my workout routine (since I won't have to fight over my tv that I am doing it on).

-Getting more sleep, and making it more of a priority (as I know that the lack there of, can have a wicked effect on weight loss).

-Taking in more "me" time, and doing things that I love (and hate, like going to the grocery store without 3 kiddos in tow).

I am looking forward to just getting back into things...I am sooo close to OneDerland that I can taste it, I just need to push myself and not let any excuses get into the way.

Thanks to all of my SparkBuddies that are helping me along in my journey. I couldn't have made it this far (21.5lbs lost since I started all of this in 2008), without you! Glad we are all on this "ride" together! Makes it all that much more enjoyable and interesting! emoticon

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NOTHIN2IT 8/12/2011 1:41PM

    I understand completely! For me it is bittersweet every year. I'm ready for them to go back...but yet, I'm not.
I am glad you will be able to start getting more sleep though. I worry about you!!
Sounds like the new school will be great. I'm sure they will have a fun year!
I know it won't be long until you reach one-derland! You can do it!!! emoticon

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BACKINNB 8/12/2011 8:31AM

    emoticonI completely understand the whole love-hate relationship with back to school. I want some of the routine back, exercise definitely easier, but don't really want the early morning need to get moving back......
emoticonI am happy to have met you and that we can encourage each other here on Spark. It truly is a great tool for our journey to health and weightloss. Last night I read a blog that compared pounds lost to chickens.....Her theory was based on chickens weigh about 2lbs.....going with that, imagine yourself almost with 11 chickens (total weightloss almost 22lbs). Pretty crazy ain't it? Keep up the great work, we will be celebrating your arrival in ONE-derland VERY soon!

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