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What will I wear?

Friday, March 08, 2013

I have lots of socks I can wear. While my shoe size is down 1/2, my socks still fit. Can't say the same for my clothes. I've lost 49.5 pounds. After donating 8 large garbage bags of clothes to the women's shelter, I still have a few pieces that fit. But nothing goes together. Maybe I can sew a few pairs of socks together to make a workout shirt.

I am going to have to work on a purchase plan for the next 50 pounds, because I don't think I'll get very far walking in my community with only socks and shoes.

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CHRISTINASP 3/9/2013 4:10PM

    I TOO WANT PICS!!! lol

Whatever you wear be sure to wear a smile.

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SHARJOPAUL 3/9/2013 9:26AM

    LOL You would probably get a lot of attention wearing just socks and shoes

Since you seem to be on a roll with your weight loss, any thing you buy now won't fit for more than a few months so buy cheap stuff mostly. Second hand stores or Wal-mart sales racks. You may not be wearing the latest fashion but it does the trick until you get down near your goal weight.


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SAGELADY2 3/9/2013 8:35AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss!!!! Resale shops are the best bet. I've got clothes all the way down the loss for me from them or friends who lost weight as well.

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ANGEL1066 3/8/2013 9:48PM

    Great problem to have! Resale shops have kept me decent for a while now, as I have passed down my Big clothes and am still transitioning to w hopefully smaller size. I'm still pretty round by most standards, so I can wear someonelse's Big clothes, lol! That is a victory for me - I was never able to find anything that fit me at such places before, as I was the biggest one around. Our church helps keep our doors open with such a shop, which has been a godsend. A few bright purchases off the rack at WalMart or such are my rewards to myself for meeting goals, and complete my transition wardrobe. Enjoy the challenge!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/8/2013 6:28PM

    But in many ways it's a great problem to have. Far better than the weight.

Think of your socks as an elite squad providing the underpinnings of a new wardrobe. It you cannot afford to buy more, then look into patterns for up-cycled or repurposed socks. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 3/8/2013 5:40PM

    emoticon Yeah, that might be frowned upon! I can just picture it...

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BUDDHA33 3/8/2013 5:11PM

    You have accomplished an awesome thing, Bravelute! I've spent the last 2 1/2 years trying to lose the same one pound -- and working my butt off in the process (yeah the butt is as hard as a bowling ball but the abdomen still LOOKS like one). YOU ROCK!

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PHEBESS 3/8/2013 4:44PM

    LOL - I can just imagine!!!!!

But what a wonderful "problem" to have, isn't it?

(Just a note - buy a few tops and bottoms in solid neutral colors, so the items you do have will match them - all my skirts/slacks/shorts are in the black/grey/navy/brown/khaki range, so all my tops coordinate with them. Then I just have to keep on eye on shape and proportion, so I look put together.)

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NGCHILD 3/8/2013 2:43PM

    Wearing just socks might attract the wrong kind of attention.... or not. LOL

Good luck with your plan for new clothes. I hope to be in the same boat soon!

CONGRATS on your progress!!


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POPSY190 3/8/2013 2:40PM

    How satisfying to have reached this point! emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 3/8/2013 2:23PM

    IF you do manage to sew a dress made of socks, I definitely want to see a picture of you in it1 LOL! emoticon In any case, not having clothes to fit the slimmer you is one of those problems you WANT to face cuz it means you are succeeding! It took me months to fill in my wardrobe gaps after I lost 60 pounds! Keep your Spark bright!

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MATTEROFHEART 3/8/2013 12:50PM

    You are SO funny! If you do sew your socks together, I'd like to see a picture of that!!! LOL! I like to shop at at resale shops! We have lots of good ones here!

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LVSHOPE 3/8/2013 11:50AM

    Nice problem to have, Sue. Perhaps staggered shopping will help.

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ASTRA58 3/8/2013 11:17AM

    That's awesome! I actually have the same issue right now. I gave all my clothes away to a friend who was happy to get them.

I figure I will shop at Value Village or Salvation Army to get cheap clothes until I reach my goal.

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TIG123GER 3/8/2013 10:34AM

    Must say that's a great problem to have!!! Congrats on the tremendous weight loss. Maybe check out a goodwill store where the clothes are lightly used and relatively cheap so you don't invest a bunch in clothes that soon won't fit again!

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Fessin' UP, Pick me UP

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

My apologies to all of you who sent me goodies in Februrary. and March.

I just noticed.

In my defense, I had turned off e-mail notification for everything while I was in NC. At first I was sitting in the cold at a WIFI spot and ONLY doing the SP Login and tracking business. Then after I got internet at the house, Hughesnet charged my account with every page that was opened in my browser. So every time I opened an e-mail notification and clicked the link to go see goodies and blogs and status entries, I was charged, over and over.

The only reason I didn't have to pay extra money in January was because I left January 28.

Well, when I got back to Florida, I didn't turn those notifications back on. I continued with the habit of login, track, do spark coach, manage my team, check in the friend feed on the side bar, and check in with friends as I had extra time when I wasn't in the pool.

Well, today, I was out of sync because I had lost another 1.5 pounds and wanted to change my status. I went to my page and somehow noticed a mess of spark goodies. That I had never seen. With notes that should have been read . . .

Well, I will spend time today. Evidently the weather is supposed to be nasty. I'll have no excuse for this type of behavior in the future.

But you know, there is something to be said for reading all those nice comments all at once.

I have read from 1/28 - 2/13 so far, and I'm feeling rather overwhelmed and misty. So, reading a few spark goody notes might be in order when you need a pick me up!!

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CHRISTINASP 3/9/2013 9:38AM

    I used to keep a file in my computer with compliments, notes, nice things people said to or about me. I'd read it on bad days and it always helped. I should maybe take up the habit again.

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LESLIELENORE 3/6/2013 3:13PM

    Well deserved! Woohoo on the weight loss.

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BUDDHA33 3/6/2013 3:09PM

    Think you have shown your interest and concern well enough in other ways, Brave-one! Ergo, the stockpile of new goodies...

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POPSY190 3/6/2013 1:50PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss; enjoy your Sparky catch-up!

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Where Have All the Fat Cells Gone?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

A parody on Where Have All the Flowers Gone? with apologies to Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul, and Mary, though I believe this battle is taking as many people as the war for which the original was written.

where have all the flowers gone peter paul and mary

I am a child of the sixties, the hootenannies, the protests and marches. There is a constant yearning for those good old days, and I think I've found my cause. If you have a gathering of a bunch of friends and someone has a simple guitar (or ukelele) you might want to sing this version and then go eat some carrot sticks and apples, and have a glass of water with a twist of lime.

Where are all the processed foods,
Long time researching,
Where are all the processed foods,
We want to know
Where are all the processed foods?
Paid big settlements every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn.

Where have all the drive thrus gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the drive thrus gone?
Long time ago?
Where have all the drive thrus gone?
They're repurposed every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn.

Where have all the sodas gone?
Long Time passing
Where have all the fried chips gone,
Long time ago
Where have all the donut shops gone
Fruits and Veggies every one
Maybe we have finally learned
Maybe we have finally learned.

Where has all the obesity gone?
Long time melting
Where have all the fat clothes gone?
We want to know
Where have all the fat cells gone?
They are melting every one
When will they all be burned?
When we have finally learned!

-words by Bravelute

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SHARJOPAUL 3/6/2013 9:38AM

I don't think you need to apologize for that rewrite its great!

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BUDDHA33 3/5/2013 7:03PM

    Insane! HA!

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LESLIELENORE 3/5/2013 6:41PM

    emoticon Love it!

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POPSY190 3/5/2013 1:15PM

    If only!! Great idea and parody. I remember P, P and M well. emoticon

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LVSHOPE 3/5/2013 11:16AM

    Love it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Assignment: The Saboteur

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

We have met the enemy and it is us.

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BUDDHA33 3/6/2013 6:08AM

    I think you have been very strong and committed to fighting back. ROAR!

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CHRISTINASP 3/5/2013 3:41PM

    Nope. I refuse to believe there is an enemy. Anywhere. Just ignorance and mistakes.

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POPSY190 3/5/2013 1:19PM

    One of the shortest blogs I have read; and one of the best! emoticon

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BRERRABBIT1 3/5/2013 12:04PM

:) Absolutely! We are our own worst enemy, and in *so* many ways.


**Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let him sleep.**

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Fecal screening test is NOT effective

Monday, March 04, 2013

The health news article here at SP that I just read seems to be making a case to have fecal screening tests instead of colonoscopies. And it tries to make me think the fecal screening is just as effective as the colonoscopy.

When I suspected a problem in May of 2007, I had the fecal screening test. It was negative. My doctor at the time insisted it was a hemorrhoid. In September, I switched doctors. He did a colonoscopy. It was a tumor 10 cm long. It required removal and resection, radiation, and 6 months of chemotherapy, 5 days at a time, every 5 weeks. PET scan in April showed cancer free. We celebrated and went on with life.

In November it was back, requiring irreversible colostomy, 6 months of chemotherapy 5 days at a time every 5 weeks. Then we switched to 1 day every week for 28 months. During that time I needed a 2nd colostomy because the 1st closed. I also had to quit teaching in 2011 because of fatigue.

So, please don't be lulled into thinking the fecal screening test is foolproof.

I know the prep for the colonoscopy is NOT pleasant. I slept through the procedure itself. Twice. And if they find a small polyp or other nasty looking spot, they can quite often snip it then, and that's then end of it.

Do we really want to trade one test for everything I had to go through because the fecal test did not identify the cancer? or because the fecal test is cheaper? or because the prep is just plain yucky?

I can tell you the prep was nothing compared with the 6 weeks of radiation, 5 days in a row of chemotherapy over and over again, or the weekly maintenance, to say nothing of the neulasta shot which I came to call the Monday after. It's job was to jumpstart my body into growing the white blood cells to regrow after the chemotherpy had killed of my supply. Very painful when those new cells line up and try to get out of your bones and back into the blood stream.

And while I'm doing pretty well managing the pouching system now, the little bit of grief you go through to prepare for your colonoscopy is NOTHING compared to the new life style an ostomate must put up with.

I would like to have the author or proponent of just doing fecal screenings show me the proof that it is just as effective.

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ANGEL1066 3/5/2013 10:25PM

    thank you for the valuable information. i too am sorry you had to go thru all that, but glad you are doing so much better now.Cancer is beatable, if we refuse to feed it.

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BUDDHA33 3/5/2013 5:35AM

    I am so sorry to hear about all the horrible treatment you had to endure, Bravelute. It seems they take cancer patients to the brink of death with the chemo, radiation.

But I am so glad you seem to be doing very well now and helping others avoid the pain you went through. I appreciate you stating so strongly your position on the worthlessness of this fecal test. We are all so at the mercy of doctors and what they tell us.

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POPSY190 3/5/2013 2:21AM

    Yes, I agree. I had to have a colonoscopy and the whole thing was horrible (I came to with the pain during it and they were holding me down ) but I would do it again without a second thought if there were a need. It's far better to endure one or two embarrassing or unpleasant procedures than to have on-going illness and even more unpleasant treatments.

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BRAVELUTE 3/4/2013 9:19PM

    Houndlover, agreed about the prevention. That's why I started the team, Eat to Defeat Fat Cells, Cancer Cells, and More . . .

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HOUNDLOVER1 3/4/2013 9:02PM

    I'm doing research on this issue as I am turning 50 this year and know that I need some kind of test to check for colon cancer. I just wanted to add that there is lots of evidence that sugar (and all foods that turn into them, meaning all carbs) will help cancer cells survive. Most other cells in the body can use other fuels, but not most cancer cells. Prevention is even better than early detection. I know because I've had cancer treatment too in the past.

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NELLIEC 3/4/2013 8:03PM

    I had not heard of fecal screenings. I do know that 20 years before I had my emergency surgery that gave me a colostomy, I had a colonoscopy where the doctor gave me scopalamine, a horrible medication which was supposed to calm my innards down while he did the scope. I had unbelievable pain. The student nurse commented that I seemed to be having too much pain. He said, don't worry, she won't remember a thing! Ha, to this day, I remember it. I swore never to have another colonoscopy. Fast forward those 20 years, and I suddenly started losing weight and then had horrible pain daily. I asked my regular doctor for a referral and hoped to get a merciful doctor. Well, the merciful doctor was unable to do the procedure (and she said she would never use scopalamine) because I was totally blocked. As it turns out, I am one of those peculiar people who innards get more active with that medication.

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JOYOUS1917 3/4/2013 7:29PM

    Gee, what a fun topic I thought. But, thanks to you I have learned some important information. Thank you!

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