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The Re-start

Friday, May 09, 2014

As I feel better after some Rx changes by my doctor, I've been transitioning from hopeful o excited to make changes towards living the life I've been hoping for. Dr. visit yesterday was positive and she is referring me to orthopedics for continued hip pain. New health plan covers counseling so I can finally go for recurring depression. Still broke, but much more positive about finding a work position. Yay!!!

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1BEACHWALKER 6/8/2014 4:50PM

    I hope all works out for you! Keep up with what you are doing!! emoticon

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JILL313 5/9/2014 11:06PM

    I'm glad your Dr. made some RX changes and that you're feeling better. It's great and will be helpful to have a therapist to talk to soon as talking about things that you sometimes don't want to share with family or friends you'll feel comfortable talking to someone who is well trained and knowledgeable. The Therapist is trained to be objective and although they don't tell you want to do they'll ask you questions that you never gave much thought to and will give you the direction you need to make changes, if necessary. I'm happy for You.


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4/28/14 Back to the Future

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I'm now back to creating my future. Still in a transition period, but my depression is lifting thanks to my new, smart & caring, female doctor. She is changing doses on some of my meds and I am definitely feeling better, more energy, and have a more hopeful outlook. I was struggling for awhile.

I ran out of money to live on and was unable to do much towards looking for a job, so I'm now on food stamps and gov health care. I donate plasma 2X/wk for a little cash, but not enough to pay my few bills. BUT, since I'm feeling much better, I'm actively looking and applying for a job as a counselor. I do have hopes of finding something soon. I haven't worked for a long time, so this will be a challenge, but then that's life, isn't it? emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 5/5/2014 1:04AM

    emoticon Sorry life has been challenging for you. Hang in there! Good luck in finding your job! Glad you are feeling better.

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GAYLLYNNE 4/26/2014 10:48AM

    Good luck job hunting and I'm so happy you are feeling better!

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MAGGIEVAN 4/24/2014 2:31PM

    I am glad you are feeling better. All the best for finding a good job!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

5/10/11- Whew! My 2nd semester of grad school was a doozy, but I got thru it. I'm now beginning my 3rd semester which will run thru the beginning of August. During our second semester in the Community Counseling Program we began seeing "real" clients. (Of course we have a lot of supervision.) I'm really enjoying my new career choice. For the first time I feel like I'm doing the work G-d made me to do. What an awesome feeling!

I'm still looking for a part-time job as well as an internship site to work at starting in September. My finances are still worse than "tight." However, I'm feeling so much better about where I'm at in life that I'm also feeling more positive about my ability to take care of my needs.

I'm in the process of eliminating a huge stressor from my home situation, and just doing that has raised my spirits. I've also gotten better acquainted with the other students in my program, which helps me feel less alone and more like I belong to the group.

So, I'm at a place where I'm refocusing on weight loss. I had gained 5 lbs back and have already lost one of those. The goal I've set is to lose 26 lbs by the time Fall Semester 2011 starts in late September. That gives me about 4 1/2 months yet. Sounds very doable even though I'm a slow loser. I will really have to focus on eating the right foods in the right amount and boosting my exercise in order to do it.

This Summer Semester is pretty much a continuation of last Semester, which I've gotten pretty well adjusted to now. Our first class is Research and Statistics, though, which I HATE and have avoided taking before, but I have a couple of classmates who have offered to help me if I need it. So, I just have to get through the 5 weeks by keeping up with reading and doing my best on each week's assignment, and then it'll be over with!

I've also gotten a new doctor who I think will be very helpful with my health issues. She is my former doctor's wife! (It's a small world after all!) She is more directive than he is, which I could probably use. Besides the physical issues, I'm in the process of getting a mental health provider to review my medications and for some therapy.

I know that I will have some difficult terrain and bumps in the road still. I just want to keep working at getting my life closer in alignment with my true self and healthier in all aspects. I wish the same for everyone else here on Sparkpeople. This is an awesome site!

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1BEACHWALKER 7/4/2011 3:06AM

    Good to see things doing so well for you in your schooling and otherwise. it takes work to get it all to work out and you are doing great! Admire you for going back to school to better yourself! Keep in touch. Nice that you blogged what is going on with you. Thought you had given up on SP! emoticon

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MARY1313 5/10/2011 11:55PM

    Great! Things are falling into place and with a little hard work and help from friends, they will make for a great result of your effort through out the summer.

You can't get any better than that!


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Saturday, January 08, 2011

The past few months were especially stressful for me as I went through my first semester of grad school. So, even though I'd just begun working at losing weight, I thought it best to just try to maintain.

But I'm happy to say, I actually lost weight during this time! Not a lot, but enough to feel like I made a little progress.

My health problems have improved during the past 6 months also, so I'm hoping to start a regular walking schedule to help me keep losing, even if it happens slowly.

Oh, and I was finally able to buy a battery for my scale and it still works - so I'll be weighing on a more regular basis.

This is so encouraging to me! Well, I'll let you know how I do during this next four month semester. I'm looking forward to reporting more progress!

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MAMASHAWN 1/12/2011 2:55PM

    What a great thing you're doing. I have a dear friend with that degree from NWCU.

Where you are is such a beautiful place to walk. I didn't appreciate the rich vegetation (and even the rain) until we'd moved away. I'm so looking forward to going back to my hometown. Maybe I'll see you around! :)

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BUGSMOM211 1/8/2011 12:08PM

    emoticon Keep on Keeping on!!

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MARY1313 1/8/2011 10:50AM

    Alright! that is awesome! Glad you are going to be able to walk, and yes do take it show! GREAT!!!!


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JEANUT 1/8/2011 6:28AM

    emoticon Congrats on the weight loss.
Glad to hear your health is improving

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1BEACHWALKER 1/8/2011 4:39AM

    Good to hear from you! Great that you are losing the weight! Walking Is the best exercise! That is what has been the best for me! Check in more often- miss you! Connie

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Who knows?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I had decided to weigh myself every other Tue on my school's weight room scale. But after getting caught in a downpour on my way there, I found the door locked. I could have checked with somebody. I SHOULD have checked with somebody. But I reasoned that because I needed to study more before my class, I didn't have time.

So, it's been two weeks since I last weighed and I don't know what my current weight is. I think I didn't really want to know. I have mixed feelings about having that knowledge. If I thought I had been doing really well on my food plan and getting good, frequent exercise, maybe I would have been more excited to find out my weight. But I've been struggling with stressful situations and so haven't been doing as well as I would like. The pants I wore yesterday seemer tighter than last time, and I just noticed that the zipper had pulled its stitching out right at the biggest part of my tummy - did that just happen, or was it that way before?

I love to find out when I've lost weight, but then I find it harder to keep the momentum going. So, maybe my original plan to weigh about once a month may have been a good idea. I don't know.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/11/2010 11:23PM

    Sometimes I weight myself everyday, just to keep myself in check! Espcially if I go over my calorie limit...I just want to see the damage. Weighing is a thing I like to do even if I gain, that way if I do-- it inspires me to get back at it! Plus keeping track of your inches really helps. That way if the scale hasn't budged in a little while the inches lost will tell you! I had that happen last month, while on vacation I gained a 4 lb., then it took two weeks to lose another pound, plus the weight I'd gained...then I took my measurements and had lost 4 1/2 inches-so that made me feel really great!! So, keep going, your body is going to lose as long as you keep it up and don't give up!!! Connie
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MIMULUSBUG 11/10/2010 5:29PM

    I've not been good about weighing myself. My main focus has been tracking my foods to become more conscious about where all my caloric intake is coming from; and tracking my exercise with becoming more conscious about what exercise I've been avoiding and developing schedule of exercise that works best for me.

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THINAGAIN66 10/28/2010 6:30PM

    I need to weigh myself every day to stay on track. If I see I have gained then I try to correct right away. If I didn't weight myself for a month I probably wouldn't do as well. I can also tell by the way my clothes fit. If your pants are feeling tighter, then you probably have gained.

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MARY1313 10/28/2010 10:51AM

    I always say Scales are of the DEVIL!! LOL having said that, you know when you are doing good and bad so you kind of know what your weight will be. Also, it's a full moon, I never weigh in a full moon because of the water weight that occurs during that time. We are the same percent solids and liquids that the earth is and the moon does that to the earth too.

Anyway, hope things go ok this next week for you!


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BAKERICLISA 10/28/2010 5:29AM

    Seems as if you already know your answer about if you did or did not lose weight. Ask yourself WHY you lose momentum? Is the idea that your not losing weight what causes you to slack off, or does it push you to exercise as scheduled and eat clean?

You say it is harder to keep momentum if your not losing, but if your not following the plan by not eating right and not exercising then you need to get the motivation to do what is necessary!


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SASKATIA 10/28/2010 2:51AM

  Sounds crazy.

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