Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wow...I hadn't realized just how much time had passed since I last logged on or posted a blog...until now. I originally joined SparkPeople in November 2008 and instantly felt accepted; I received a tremendous amount of support and began gaining confidence.
Less than a year later, I felt as if I were contributing more than I was receiving; where was the heartfelt acceptance and support? It may sound selfish, but I was tired, stressed and disappointed...disappointed in myself and those who claimed to support me. I didn't make a conscience decision to leave the site, I just slowly let it (and my hard work) to slip away.
But guess what? I'm BACK and as soon as I'm able, I'll be back on track...I just have to get past Thursday!
After numerous doctor appointments and tests, Thursday (Feb 18th) is surgery day! Call me crazy, but I'm BEYOND ready to put this procedure behind me and get on with my life; I'm not looking forward to the recovery time, but...it'll be taking a huge weight off my shoulders. Although the tumor (in my left breast) is benign (thank God!), it's size has increased and become uncomfortable.
I'll be sure to post an update and look forward to getting back to ME! Wish me luck: )
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Today's Weight: 179 lbs (11 lbs Loss)
Today's Measurements (Inches Lost Since 01/20/09):
Neck--13.5 inches (loss of 0.5 inches)
Upper Arm--12 inches (loss of 2 inches)
Forearm--9.5 inches (loss of 1.5 inches)
Thigh--23.5 inches (loss of 4 inches)
Calf--15 inches (loss of 1.5 inches)
Rib Cage--33.5 inches (loss of 2 inches)
Hips--43 inches (loss of 3 inches)
Waist--38 inches (loss of 2 inches)
Just had to brag a bit about my progress...things have really taken off since my hubby got on board! Much easier to lose weight and stay on track when the lifestyle change is for the entire family : )
Best wishes to all throughout your journey and to my Spark pals...know that you are always in my thoughts!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Okay...Thursday was a very frustrating day for me! As previously mentioned, my youngest daughter has been ill (read previous blog) and that morning, she looked extremely pale & lethargic; I called her pediatrician and was scheduled to bring her in for a follow-up that afternoon. As soon as I hang up the phone, my husband calls me--my niece was taken to the ER due to a temperature of 104.9! As if the high temp wasn't enough for concern, my niece (age 2.5 yrs) only has one kidney!! The ER sent her home after with the diagnosis of a double ear infection (with a virus) after her temp lowered (with a peds follow-up later that day...we use the same peds doctor).
My hubby makes it home in time (he works nights) to keep the girls while I rush out the door--my dreaded mammogram appointment has arrived! Since my medical care is provided by the VA (due to being medically retired from the Army), my appointment is scheduled at a low-cost clinic; a mobile mammogram company travels to this clinic every few months. As I begin going over my paperwork with a representative, the woman informs me they are unable to perform my exam--I must make an appointment with the main mammogram office (quite a drive from here)!
I'm beyond "heated" by this point...why can't they examine me? The lady informs me because of my age (I'm under 35) and the lump in my breast (the mobile only does diagnostic exams), the mobile company can not examine me; if a woman is under the age of 35, her breast tissue is too dense and must be examined by a special machine. She then contacts the main office and the soonest available appointment is July 29th--can you believe it?!
I rush home to check on my daughter, muttering to myself the entire way....upon returning home, my husband informs me the ER misdiagnosed my niece; she doesn't have an ear infection, but has hand, foot & mouth virus! Am I the only one that finds this information disturbing?! So I grab some lunch and head back to the pediatrician office to find my daughter has TWO different viruses--combined they can keep her ill for up to a week & a half! Prescription: extra TLC with motrin!!!
And now I have a sore throat: (
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