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Getting back to living

Monday, September 08, 2014

The last time I sat down here was almost one year ago. I had just undergone major surgery and was trying to cope with the whole recovery thing. I have made great progress, but no where near the stamina I have had in the past.

We are still trying to get moved and living like minimalists in our home. We know our physical limitations with the whole packing and moving thing so everything is ready to go. We just need a buyer!! I am sure that will come in time.

Work schedule has increased once again to three part time jobs and ebay. I get plenty of exercise on my Now, to just get some better eating habits. I am actually eating without tremendous pain or pain of any type for the first time since a teen and I have over enjoyed. For instance, I haven't been able to eat either eggs or peanut butter in years. Need I say how many I have eaten since this surgery? So now that I have gained a little back, I am ready to get it and more off.

Hope to meet more friends and lose my weight. My goal is 25 pounds by Christmas!!

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Now, I have a lot of spark time on my hands

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Just a few weeks ago, I was working about 80 hours a week. It was grueling and heavy, but I got lots of exercise and was losing weight. The downside was I felt so bad all the time. Physically, I was healthier in one way and not in another way. My meds were keeping my stomach torn up and I really didn't get all the benefits of the meds.

Prices have been going up and we can't keep up so we were planning a move to Florida. Warmer climate and lower property values. I had about 60% of the house packed when it happened. Of course, it had happened before, however, I had no idea what it was. Thought it was viral.

About a month ago, I became very ill and couldn't work. Three days later I ended up in the er via med center. That tiny little umbilical hernia ended up being incarcerated and I lost a wee bit of my colon (1/3), my gallbladder and hernia (so long belly button) during emergency surgery. Exercise at this point is getting out of bed and walking around the house or going to the doctor's office. Even with all the surgery, I knew in ICU, I was feeling better.

My stomach issues are better as I decided I was going on insulin for my diabetes instead of the pills that covered this other problem up. Or rather problems.

I am glad to be back and still want to continue to lose weight. It is going to be harder since I am physically not able to do as much. I really get tired easily. I am doing leg exercises in bed and resuming some house hold chores like cooking and some light cleaning. I think they are estimating four months before I start to feel normal. One month down and three to

One hard this is having the PICC line as the stuff affects my tastes. Don't want to eat anything with salt, no cheese, ham, etc. Sweet things taste the best....not good! Oh, well, glad this happened before we got on the road to leave. We travel backroads so this would not have been good off the beaten track!

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BAREFOOTN 11/18/2013 9:52AM

    Thank you all for your well wishes. I am looking forward to beginning of my sparking today. I thought I was ready before, but I found I needed a bit more time for myself and to heal. Lately, I have been feeling great. I think my gallbladder has been bad since childhood, so you can imagine what an improvement this has made in my life and my ability to enjoy food (not so great)

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IMHISTORY1 11/3/2013 9:28PM

    Oh wow...sounds like you went through it bad! I have a tiny umbilical hernia and the doctor never says anything about it. Had yours ever given you any trouble?

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IOEINC 11/3/2013 7:46PM


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FENWAYGIRL18 11/3/2013 7:37PM

    emoticon sorry to hear you had to go through this!

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LUANN7 11/3/2013 1:16PM

    emoticon hope your back on track soon and that your ok!!!

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Uplift part 3

Thursday, August 01, 2013

This weekend, I will be recuping from this last hard week at work. I will then start to spark again on Monday. I haven't been cooking and have been doing all the no no's from being too tired to cook or even shop. Looking forward to getting back in the program and seeing positive physical changes!!!


Uplift Step 2

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I am definitely feeling better. Part of my feeling better is realizing I am pushing myself too hard. I work a lot....two of the jobs are very physical and the other isn't, but very time consuming so most weeks I am working well over 50 hours. I have been doing this for about a year and am really tired. I am so tired, I am no longer performing where I should be on these jobs. Taking a big step to feeling better, I gave up part of one of my jobs. I will no longer be working as many hours on the physical end. Physical exercise is important, however, too much of a great thing isn't great. I believe a couple of more days of rest and relaxation and getting my attitude where it needs to be, I will be ready to jump back on the healthy eating train. I am looking forward to losing the rest of the weight. It is time to take care of myself in all ways, not just financially.

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4EVERNESS 7/26/2013 2:23PM

    And you will save financially by not having to worry about medical bills from overdoing it. :) Take care of yourself. Nice to hear you're getting it together...

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My Outlook Uplift

Monday, July 22, 2013

Many may say this is the same as an attitude adjustment, however, when attitude adjustment is mentioned I picture someone surly and quite beasty. I am neither of these, however, I lost all motivation for most of, taking care of myself, diabetes, spark, losing weight...and the list goes on and on and on. I didn't have a horrible attitude...just no attitude.

I took this last few days to review the last decade of my life to see where this came from: daughter harassed, bullied and stalked for ten years; hubby underpaid no job and I had to prepare EEOC case for him; financial troubles; church alienation; major home improvement scammed; ill for 2 1/2 years; lost a business; car vandalized to the point of having to be replaced; granddaughter and possibly grandson - Muscular Dystrophy and probably more I can't even remember. All I can say is my plate has been full for a while. My outlook on life has suffered greatly.

It dawned on me I needed a outlook uplift. For me, I have to do those things that give me comfort and encouragement. So far, I have read a good book, enlisted some positive thinking tools, attended a jobs seminar, started light journaling again, and reading my scriptures. I am not ready to jump full force into spark, but I am on the right path. I feel more positive than I have in ages. Some of these things are so trivial that it is hard to believe I have let this weight sit on my shoulders for so long.

Today is a new day and it is time for my nap. I have to sleep a little between jobs so I feel good during the day. I hope everyone has a great day!!!

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JESS0107 7/22/2013 10:16AM

    You are right. Today is a new day and always remember that God promised us that he would nither leave us nor forsake us!! He is with you always and I will keep you on my prayers list!!

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