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TABOO!! THE X FACTOR...

Saturday, February 04, 2012

TABOO! THE X FACTOR…

emoticon Ok, this can be a delicate subject and who else but abrasive me is going to dare broach the subject.

This is my question:

‘HOW HAS WEIGHT LOSS AFFECTED YOUR X FACTOR? OR HAS IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL?’

Now for those gentle, naïve fellow sparkers, the X factor I am referring to is S_X, or the Bedroom Bounce.

Now please, I am not intending offence with this subject. I truly want to know or have advice, and really WHO do you ask?

We (I have to say we right, I mean I implies alone which is not the case LOL!) have always been healthy and active. But lately instead of more it seems less and less.

Now I know that more is being done in the day as we are definitely more active with the gym, or in this case, I am more active in taking my health seriously and working out at the gym. So of course getting more tired, and I know my DH is stressed and suffers some depression, which compounds that.

Now I have more self-awareness in the fact that I think I am getting prettier rather than the other way around. There are some down falls to losing weight, especially in the abdominal area, but eventually that will lesson if not go away.

So are we alone in this? Is this normal? Or is it just a phase that will pass?

I am not expecting the energizer bunny! LOL!
Just wondering if you have noticed with your own weight loss journey if you have, more, less or no change.

Please answer in good taste.

Hugs,
Angela

  
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NEWKAREN43 2/18/2012 7:38PM

    I think weight loss has made me less inhibited, I feel like I finally look better...I even bought a lovely lingerie for a night out with my hubby last weekend. I was giddy/nervous and he was impressed that I finally had the self confidence to 'dress up' a little. Men are very visual creatures, it really makes a difference to them...and for me, I felt great! It's been a long time...since I felt that good about me.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 2/11/2012 5:15PM

    Take cover -- I've been thinking.
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Angela, dear, how about a little shopping trip? A few Valentine surprises to give your sweetie some ideas? Blindfold and handcuffs perhaps?. And there's nothing wrong with incorporating a few items you may already have..
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RONOSOF 2/11/2012 11:10AM

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 2/10/2012 11:30PM

    Angela, I'm revisiting the topic and just absorbed your saying that the topic is delicate. If you're being delilcate, you're doing it all wrong.

Little Teapot, draw some diagrams of those little moves you mentioned; refresh my memory.

Has anyone noticed that, having lost a significant amount of weight, you no longer worry that there may not be enough hardware holding the chandelier to the ceiling? Arise, frisky monkeys!
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Okay, the serious, sober stuff. If your husband is taking an antidepressant or a combination of things for depression, that may be affecting him. It never occurred to me before, but for you, perhaps you're experiencing hormonal changes related to weight loss? I think your chronological age puts you on the desire upswing, but the other may be offsetting it? Or your husband's depression is affecting you in more ways than one. That would be no surprise, I suppose. Maybe talk to your Gyn when you next have a routine checkup.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 2/10/2012 4:17PM

    You're a grown woman, Angela. Stop tiptoeing about an ordinary endeavor. Spell it: S - E - X. Now say it: SEX. What's the big deal? I know you spend time at the gym, but that doesn't mean you have to stick your head in the locker room. That's the province of the boys.

And who has told you that you are abrasive, I should like to know? You bend over backward to be gentle. You want abrasive? Come stay with me for a while.

To answer your question, I don't remember [sssh] s-e-x. At least not with another person in the room. Either way, who cares?

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LITTLETEAPOT17 2/10/2012 3:21PM

    Well you DID ask......lol!

I am ready to "go" like a rabbit all the time now since I started taking Black Cohosh 540mg!

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Not only has it helped with my mood swings and hot flashes, I am now a sex kitten!! I am all over my hubby!!lol and talk about the weight loss? Now I can do all those little movements like I used to do when we first got married!! Needless to say, all is well here and everyone is happy, fulfilled and burning calories (if you know what I mean) hahahahahaha!!!
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 2/7/2012 4:16PM

    Angela,

I don't have a lot of reliable information to pass along but I wanted to say thank you for bringing this topic up. I am wondering if the depression could be affecting your husband's sex drive? Have you talked about it with him?

Susan

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SLIMLILA 2/6/2012 10:07PM

    Since I haven't lost a lot, no report here either, and after over 30 years, there are many other changes here.

But wanted to mention that depending if dh is on meds for his medical condition, that may be causing some of the differences too.

Thanks for the education, I didn't know that's what X-Factor meant... Is it the same for that tv show or not?
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/6/2012 4:17PM

    Hmmmm! My husband also loved it then, and loves it now! Sheesh, you should hear him snicker at the Viagra type commercials as he voices his condolences to the guy in the ad! emoticon I say Hmmmm because my menopause issues sometimes make it less fun for me, but as far as my confidence with my much more fit body, I think that balances it out pretty good! Whew! Did THAT make SENSE? emoticon

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GRENADAGIRL73 2/6/2012 10:11AM

    It took me quite a while, hating the old body and freaked out by the new one, but when I was ready to get back on the scene I did so with more confidence than I ever had.

My X factor is more and it is better (less body and mental issues getting in the way).

I wish I could share what it was like when I got serious about my physical activity, but I was on my own then.

I appreciate your honesty and willingness to put this subject out there.

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BOVEY63 2/5/2012 11:29AM

    Being that I am currently single and not yet back in the dating scene, I'm not much help but am sending lots of positive passion vibes your way. I know you and your hubby will find your way back to a healthy physical relationship.

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MIZCATHI 2/5/2012 7:26AM

    Interesting question and I'm glad to see it. Fortunately my husband loved me both fat and smaller, and definitely pays me compliments almost daily. But we are older now and married for 35 years - and I am full on menopause. Our fun in bed has decreased, but the cuddling and affection has not. Personally, I do feel a bit "dried up like a prune" and need to do something about that - I do want to spice things up - but frankly I'm TIRED! lol

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BBAMMOM 2/4/2012 11:57PM

    You crack me up!

Honestly, I think it's more intense and creative now that I've lost weight but since I'm officially perimenopausal, I do notice that I'm a bit more hormonal. These hot flashes aren't fun!!

I am fortunate that my DH loved it then and loves it now. I say the same but my confidence is higher so I feel better about it now.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/4/2012 11:18PM

    I'm going on 37 and there is WAY more X-factor with the weight loss.
At first it was a challenge cuz hubs was insecure with all the extra energy and the changes and so was I.

Combo of self-confidence, but, largely it is more energy because I'm not carrying the 60lbs on my frame.

*CrAzY*

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/4/2012 7:30PM

    You are beautiful...

But... good tastin means No comment here honey!

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BE_PROUD 2/4/2012 6:47PM

    I find it's hormonal for me, sometimes its up, sometimes its down... no pun intended lol!

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MISSILENE 2/4/2012 4:18PM

    Short and sweet. It is the same as usual . emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 2/4/2012 4:15PM

    I'll be the first to jump in this sack!!

As for you beautiful Angela..... you are definitely hot and sexy in that new dress and I'm sure hubby notices. You wear your JOY in your face and smile, so I know you are feeling all the happiness you should having lost so much weight!

I personally do not think the problem is with the weight loss but with the age. You know you are pre-menopausal and hormones are jumping up and down all over the place. Your body is preparing itself for no more babies.... so guess what that means??? Now not to say that you will dry up into an old prune. You won't. Actually a lot of women say they have better sex lives after menopause. But now is a transition phase and your sex drive may be in a lower gear for a while.

I say to you and ALL women who are in their 40's to get educated about the changes our bodies are going to go through so you can be prepared and not go off the deep end when all hell breaks loose. And prepare DH too! I think they get the worst end of the deal!

Hope this helps with the anxiety.

xoxoxo Dr. Ruth

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PARTY!!! Say YES to the Dress!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Yes I am tooting my own horn!

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I am so happy that even though I bought a special outfit to wear in November...

... and had to lose some weigth before I can fit in it...

...and my scale has not moved!!! emoticon emoticon

I worked my butt off literally and rocked my new smaller size dress!

I have lost the inches and wore for the first time since my smallest ever in like at least 26 years!!!!

A size 12!!!

Say yes to the Dress!!!



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From a 24 to a 12!

Hugs,
Angela
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 2/7/2012 4:07PM

    You look wonderful and the dress is only part of it..I think your beauty is coming from within! Glowing even!

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MELAINAMM 2/2/2012 9:10AM

    Mahvelous!

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MOSTMOM1 1/31/2012 11:14PM

    WOWZA!!!! You look amazing and what an awesome accomplishment. Size 12 is Wonder Woman size! Cue the confetti cannons and marching band!
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PURESTILLWATER 1/30/2012 10:37PM

    You look so fantastic. Such an inspiration.

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BE_PROUD 1/30/2012 7:18PM

    How amazing are you!?!!

That's great work, You look so good!

AND Still a pretty face! lol

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    Wow! You look amazing! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/30/2012 11:27AM

    ANGELA, I wish I could insert a huge party HORN BLOWING SOUND HERE! emoticon emoticon

and you look FANTASTIC! So very, very proud of you! The dress looks gorgeous on you! Hurray! emoticon emoticon

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GRENADAGIRL73 1/30/2012 10:43AM

    You rocked your healthy lifestyle program and now you are rockin' the dress. You look fabulous!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 1/30/2012 9:27AM

    Wow Angela, You are so beautiful and very sexy, I might add. You'll need to carry a big stick so you can fight off the boys!! heehee

Love the dress but love you more! You are such an inspiration to all of us!!
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SEDGEY 1/29/2012 9:38PM

    Cute dress on a hot bod! :)

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 1/29/2012 6:44PM

    Your beauty astounds. emoticon
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BOVEY63 1/29/2012 6:24PM

    You look totally awesome! Love the dress!
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TWILIGHTEYES 1/29/2012 6:05PM

    Beautiful!!!!! Yay for 12s!!!!
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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/29/2012 2:32PM

    OMG!!! Look how thin you look. (You are!) OMG! but hey! get one a little shorter so you can show off some leg even to your hubby! (and us of course)
You look 18 again!
Love it!
Debbie
the still chubby one)

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TEXASFILLY 1/29/2012 2:00PM

    emoticon indeed! You look MAH~velous, darlin'! YAY! emoticonBB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/29/2012 12:27PM

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Angela !!!!!

A size 12 is PERFECT !!!

Congratulations Angela..... you deserve to celebrate..... xoxoxo Marg

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PMAY0313 1/29/2012 12:04PM

    Congrats. I love the smaller sizes!
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GIGALENA 1/29/2012 10:49AM

    You are such a huge inspiration. You look fabulous!
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Angela

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LAURELSPARK 1/29/2012 10:14AM

    You look m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s!

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    emoticonYou looking amazing! emoticon emoticon

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SNOWMAIDEN 1/29/2012 8:52AM

    You look fantastic!!!

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MISSILENE 1/29/2012 8:40AM

    OMG I love that dress. You look gorgeous. I am so happy for you. Keep up all the good work. Size 12 I am jumping for you for you. Love ya so much emoticon

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CELEST 1/29/2012 8:35AM

    A W E S O M E.....you started out my size and I want to end up your size....by the end of this year.

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MIZCATHI 1/29/2012 8:07AM

    You look wonderful in that dress! It's such a treat to see your progress and know how wonderful you must feel! Congratulations!

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FITJOY1 1/29/2012 6:48AM

    Congrats - Great Job - The dress looks fantastic on you and I love your big confident, happy smile. It makes the dress look even better.

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 1/29/2012 2:48AM

    Truly an AWESOME looking dress--you look mahh-velous in it! Congrats on achieving your goal! Great job and a smokin' hot none-scale moment!!!



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SLIMLILA 1/29/2012 2:10AM

    Hey, love the dress!!!!
When you grow out of it next month, bring it up to me!!!!!! We can share,but I think you are making quicker headway that me...

Never thought of it at the time, but the financial workshop that I went to today will be doing a presentation in Calgary on Feb. 29, let me know if you are interested or want to talk more about it and I can fill you in... I was so impressed!!!!!

Keep up the great work!!!! WooHoo! 24 to a 12!!!!! Like I said, I gained 2 lb. this week, but I felt skinnier, so I checked my measurements and found I was down a total of 6 inches, so taking pride in turning my fat into muscles!!!!

Have a great weekend! tell us about where you got all dressed up to go....Hope all is well with dh too.
Lila

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BBAMMOM 1/29/2012 1:16AM

    Angela,
You're rockin' that dress, girlfriend!! I am SO happy for you! What an awesome feeling. You can do anything!!

Lots of Hugs and Aloha,
~Phyllis

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LYNMEINDERS 1/29/2012 1:15AM

    Woohoo...go you....thats awesome...so proud of you and your achievement....
Love the dress

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Fat does not make you LOOK YOUNGER!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fat does not make you LOOK YOUNGER!

Yes you heard me right.

I cannot tell you how many times I was told that I looked so young!

Had such beautiful eyes!

That My inner beauty shone so brightly!


Me in 2003.

Well, what else could people tell me?

In trying to be kind they let me hide from the facts...

...I WAS FAT!

....I still am....

...BUT I AM STILL WORKING ON THAT!

The reason I supposedly looked so young was my skin was so tightly stretched over my cheeks, there was NO ROOM FOR WRINKLES!
There was no room for wrinkles ANYWHERE ON MY BODY!

I have such awful scarring from stretch marks that I don't know if it will ever go away, or get to a point when I am no longer self conscious of it.

Even my Knees have stretch marks!

The reason they would say my eyes were so beautiful was because they were magnified behind glasses! And hey if you don't like staring at the package pick a place more tolerable and look at it...the eyes were probably the best part after all.



As for letting my inner beauty shine through....

I can accept that to a point.

I do believe that the goodness inside of ourselves does overflow and shine through our exterior.

That good or bad people FEEL your 'aura' so to speak and accept you based on that, again to a degree.

As long as those people are not hung up on 'First Glance' and take the time to learn who YOU ARE and not what the package is about.

I am still on my journey and the scale is not moving as I would like it to be.

BUT I BELIEVE I AM MAKING PROGRESS.

I AM LOSING INCHES.

I AM GAINING CONFIDENCE.

I BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND MY INNER BEAUTY IS COMING THROUGH MORE EACH DAY.

And that is in part to the support and friends I have in all aspects of my life.

Love you!
Angela
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 2/7/2012 4:09PM

    I really thought I had responded to this way before now! Oops! You hit hit the nail on the head with this awesome blog.

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PURESTILLWATER 1/27/2012 8:56PM

    What a fantastic blog. You are a gifted writer my friend.

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ELLIE381 1/25/2012 6:11PM

    Great blog Angela! You are a beautiful person inside and out and don't let anyone tell you any different. You are doing so well. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/25/2012 2:47PM

    YOU, my dear friend, are AMAZING! This blog really touched a nerve with me, that's for sure! I think I've been told that a hundred times, and although people mean well, it's rather an empty compliment, isn't it? You are just looking SO fantastic! I keep thinking, though, as I type along, that you WERE beautiful, as far as that glow, but I DO know what you mean about all of this! Now that I've babbled away, I'll say goodbye! LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOE4LIFE 1/25/2012 7:52AM

    You are an awesome lady. I consider it a plus in my life to be around you. Have an awesome day.

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TEXASFILLY 1/25/2012 6:55AM

    Angela~ hands down, you are beautiful inside and out. Keep up your AWE~some success! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMYNYNJ 1/25/2012 12:26AM

    Awesome blog!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 1/24/2012 8:42PM

    BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BY A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN!

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HPLANDER 1/24/2012 8:09PM

    I know what you mean. Fat does not make us look younger. I look at pictures of myself 10 years ago that I look older and I definitely felt older as well. You look awesome.

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BE_PROUD 1/24/2012 1:24PM

    I think you're beautiful!
It's unfortunate that we're judge by first impressions, so we just have to roll with it.

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BOVEY63 1/24/2012 11:28AM

    I think you look awesome ~ and young! The goodness in you does show through and I can feel the warmth of your friendship from all those miles away!
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Have a wonderful day Angela!
Leanne


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L*I*T*A* 1/24/2012 10:31AM

    you look fabulousssssssssssss
great blog........
blessings and hugs................lita

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MELAINAMM 1/24/2012 9:23AM

    oh my goodness,do I ever GET IT! for so many years I have been told "you have such a pretty face"...

it's nice to hear, and meant well, but I want to FEEL all over 100% certified pretty. excellent post, thanks for sharing!

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PLMITCH 1/24/2012 8:43AM

    Well stated!

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JEWELRYLOVER 1/24/2012 8:19AM

    You look fabulous. And you forgot the part about what a great personality you have. LOL That is the one that always killed, still does, me! emoticon

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YICHE12 1/24/2012 6:43AM

    Very well said indeed! You are speaking for a lot of us out there. emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/24/2012 5:16AM

    You look like a different person, AND you look young! But I do know what you mean, of course, and I think it's more about the aging process (besides the skin that is). In 2003 you were YOUNGER, but were you BETTER? You are an amazing person and doing such a good job in making healthy changes.

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LYNMEINDERS 1/24/2012 2:55AM

    You so are amazing....love the latest pic that you have added...it is awesome.....

Maybe Bio Oil would help with your stretchmarks....don't know whether you can buy it where you are but we get it here and it is supposed to be very good....could be worth a try.....

keep going my friend...you are making progress....woohoo

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BBAMMOM 1/24/2012 2:05AM

    Very eloquently said! You're just amazing, my friend!

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NASFKAB 1/24/2012 1:41AM

  AWESOME

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SLIMLILA 1/24/2012 12:34AM

    And even more beautiful is you can tell from your blog that you love you too...That 's a HUGE BIGGIE!!!

Sorry to hear the pounds aren't coming off as fast as you'd like (or as fast as any of us would like!!) but you know how much your confidence has grown and how can you not feel good about yourself after the day you had planned!!!

Keep up the good work and your muscles are growing , and unlike fat, they do look good.. and weigh more than fat!!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/24/2012 12:10AM

    You look simply beautiful now. But are loved no matter what your weight is. Be healthy.
Debbie

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CENSORED!! Spark censorship

Monday, January 16, 2012

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First off there has always been the potential to Share our and others blogs here on spark with others out in the world.

Right next to 'leave a comment' is the button 'share this post with others' this allows anyone to post it wherever their heart desires.

The recent hoopla is that SparkPeople have added a FB bar directly on our blogs that is so anyone who likes it clicks. I don't know where this information goes and if there are so many likes if it is automatically posted to sparks facebook page. I dont know.

I personally like to have my blog posted at my discretion not unknown blog hijackers.

I have written things personally important to me and I hope not, but potentially hurtful for others in my life.

I am here to heal myself with out hurting loved ones at any time.

I hope spark continues to allow me to do so, if not I cannot heal myself, as I won't be able to post what is in my heart.

Censored!

Hugs,
Angela

Share and Save Options on Member Blogs Removed today...
see link below......
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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This helps, but unless your page is set to private, all it takes is a copy and paste of the link and you are where you may not want to be.

  
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PURESTILLWATER 1/25/2012 11:06PM

    fantastic post and so good to be aware of. Thanks

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BOE4LIFE 1/19/2012 11:26AM

    This is a very valid point. Thank you for sharing.

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MNJONES2 1/18/2012 9:35PM

    Thanks for the heads up Angela. You are right - our spark people blogs are private.


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MISSILENE 1/17/2012 7:58PM

    I agree sweetie pie. What goes on in Sparkpeople should stay in sparkpeople.

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LIVINGFREE19 1/17/2012 11:37AM

    I totally agree and I am glad they changed this so our blogs can't be put on facebook.
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LYNMEINDERS 1/17/2012 5:00AM

    Thanks for this my friend....nothing is safe these days

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AMYNYNJ 1/16/2012 11:17PM

    I didn't link up my SP and FB accounts for a long time because I was afraid this might happen. Most of my Facebook friends don't know about my weigh loss journey and I agree it is a personal issue that I only want to share anonymously with SP friends, and a few close friends. emoticon blog.

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SLIMLILA 1/16/2012 10:37PM

    Everyone is so upset, guess I was just being niave too, I don't go on Facebook, so I wasn't worried about it.... I'd hate to set everything to Private cuz I've met some very nice people here, but now I'd say the damage has been done, little do I know how far things may have gone....

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BOVEY63 1/16/2012 7:50PM

    I agree with you Angela ~ well said.

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TEXASFILLY 1/16/2012 6:01PM

    Another reason I went private a long time ago. Apparently, SP cannot be trusted. It's all about marketing for the almighty dollar. Truly pathetic. *hugs* BB~

P.S. I just did an Internet search for my SP page, which is set to private, and it is NOT private! ACK! I'm all over the Internet! ACK!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 1/16/2012 5:44PM

    Angela, no doubt you know now that Spark has capitulated. I took part in some of the many Community message boards opposing the anyone-can-put-my-blog-anywhere feature and commented on the SP_STAFF blog that announced that move after the fact. Quite a notable head-count of SP members had much to say, including many good suggestions for altering the feature's options so that each member might enjoy his preferences. A great many of us switched our pages to private (I'd love to know how many will reset to public; I've yet to decide).

I say this in case you didn't have time to browse around. The episode, brief though intense, has been large and significant in its small, insignificant in a scheme-of-the-world way. Interesting to me, who had an inkling of recalling the Watergate cases, presided over by the honorable and faithful Judge John J. Sirica, of the 1970's, leading to Nixon's resignation. A friend and co-worker marveled, feeling renewed, "The system works." Occupy, Arab Spring, Velvet Revolution... It's probably batty to draw the analogy. Maybe because this SP business cuts the concept down to more manageable size. I can see it from all angles and choose my approach, as with a sculpture placed at the center of the gallery.

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TEXASCATFOOD 1/16/2012 5:03PM

    I'm Facebook friends with a lot of my son's friends. I don't want to embarrass myself or him or any of his friends spilling my guts unbeknownst to me. I only really want to share with people who are Spark people, not just anyone who can get on the internet!

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MIZCATHI 1/16/2012 4:56PM

    I hope I just changed my page to private - the only option I saw was allow only your spark friends to see your page. My blogs are often quite personal, too, so yikes! Thanks for the warning!

Like anyone, I find social networking an adventure, but like anything, it's gone too far.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/16/2012 4:38PM

    Yes, I did some looking and unless we're set to private, it's all over the world, Angela. I had to go private anyway, for other reasons, so this just makes me feel better knowing my blogs aren't publicly accessible! emoticonblog!

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GIGALENA 1/16/2012 4:26PM

    I have made change to mine so that button is not there. I really did not like that option. I know that people can copy and paste it but it does not lead them right to me.



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ELLIE381 1/16/2012 4:16PM

    Not a blogger for many of these reasons. I have not heard of anyone who likes the new addition either.

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TEXASLYNN 1/16/2012 3:28PM

    I haven't read anyone who was for sharing; it seems we are 100% against so where on earth did this come from?

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IOEINC 1/16/2012 2:41PM

    I agree with you. I think it should be at the discretion of the blogger whether it gets posted to Facebook. Many blogs deal with personal issues and are written to invite encouragement and advice with many health issues so I believe it should be kept in the forum for which it was intended.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/16/2012 2:09PM

    I saw that this morning on Spark Guys blog. Isn't that amazing???

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L*I*T*A* 1/16/2012 1:37PM

    Share and Save Options on Member Blogs Removed today...
see link below......
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal.asp?id=SP_STA
FF
hope this helps.....
blessings and hugs............lita

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/16/2012 1:32PM

    Great blog and it would be interesting to get to the bottom of this, wouldn't it?

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Under Pressure...LapBand Volcano...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Finally had my appointment for my signogram x-ray (dye insertion), to find my suspected leak in my lap band.
Ended up with more questions than answers.
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First off I was waiting what felt like forever, but wasn't too long really, when the Technician comes out to pull me aside and ask me...Yes ASK ME what procedure I am having and if I know anything about how it is done. No this is not to see what I know, it is because they didn't know what was to happen! Go figure.
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I was nervous before, now I am getting more nervous as they go to consult other doctors on how to do this.... can you spell F.R.U.S.T.R.A.T.I.O.N.?
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Anyhow they finally figured it out and I was on the x-ray table with the needle inserted into my port (they used the x-ray to guide it in, but it still hurt). The Doctor goes to remove the fluid and NO FLUID. He can remove nothing!

At this point we are definitely suspecting a leak.

The dye would not go in, so he figures it is too thick and thins it with saline, that seems to work. It shows on the screen as going through the proper tubing into the band, all looks good and nothing is leaking out that he can see.

The fluid (dye) is then removed and he is stumped, as more fluid is coming out than he put in. emoticon
Remember nothing came out before, why is there extra now? Ok, more questions...
He double checks for kinks and can see none in the tubing of the band.
He withdraws everything, so the band is empty.

I am supposed to have 7.2 cc's of saline in my band, but it has slowly been disappearing, last exam I only had 6 cc's and NO restriction.
So he decides to leave 6 cc's in my band and leave it at that.
I inform him that I usually drink water before I leave so I am sure all is good and I can swallow. He thanks me and leaves.
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His helper gets me a glass of water, which after changing out of my hospital gown, I sit to drink.
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It is not going down!
And as I sit there I am having tremendous pain in my chest; feeling faint; and nauseous.
I make it to the bathroom in time and my DH is trying to get some assistance.

I can no longer even swallow my saliva. emoticon

Now some of you whom have had the lapband may have experienced an over fill. This was my first time and it was not pleasant.

All I can say is I am so glad I was feet away from Doctors. Of course mine had gone and fortunately was able to come back. He had to consult with my Surgeon and after the consult was told to remove 1 cc from the band.

No gown and quickly on the table to reinsert the needle.

UNDER PRESSURE! emoticon

LAP BAND VOLCANO! emoticon

The saline solution shoots out of the needle all over the place, the Dr manages to cap it and withdraw even more. He is astounded at what is happening.

Remember he was sure it was empty, but there is a hidden reserve somewhere and it has reached it's limit.

He is possibly even more stumped than I.

There is no visible link.

There is no visible kink.

There is something in there that isn't right, and that is all we know at this point.

Oh well, have to wait until the surgeon can decipher the x-rays and see if he can figure out what is going on.

Even with the excess saline removed or (cough) ejected via volcano, I am tight. Tighter than I have been in a while.

We will see how long this lasts and what happens. emoticon
Will keep a journal on how I am feeling and if any thing more comes to light. emoticon

I had many of you my friends asking what is happening, and here it is. Sorry for the long blog and all the details, but it is out there now.

Love you.
Hugs,
Angela
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PS. Hope this means my plateau is now over.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MAMACITADEBI 2/29/2012 4:28PM

    Just read your blog about the problems you were having. How are you doing?

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BE_PROUD 1/31/2012 1:41PM

    Any updates?

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PMAY0313 1/22/2012 2:38PM

    Holy cow! That is interesting (as a nurse). Keep us updated. I hope it gets straightened out soon. I had a bypass several years ago. It has been a great tool for weight loss...but it is only a tool (as I am sure you know). I am sure they will figure it out and you can get back to normal (what ever that is).
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BE_PROUD 1/17/2012 1:21PM

    WOW! That isn't pleasant at all! All that and still able to be positive!

Keep us updated!


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MAMAWLINDALOU 1/17/2012 10:12AM

    emoticonHope they find the problem soon, this has to make you feel miserable. Keep me posted.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/16/2012 1:35PM

    Have you heard back anything about what happened? What a weird experience! I was especially taken aback when the technician asked you what you were there for and you had to explain it to them!

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THISISPRIVATE 1/16/2012 9:50AM

    Wow what an ordeal...must say it sounds like you handled it very well but are still left wondering. Take care. I hope they figure out things soon and that you are no longer left wondering.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 1/15/2012 8:48PM

    Oh dear, I hope there has been some resolution. That's crazy making stuff. How frightening. Hang in there.
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SLIMLILA 1/15/2012 6:04PM

    And we think we have such a great medical system here in Canada - do we really? That was a very scarey procedure

Do they have the answers yet or do you need to revisit the surgeon, you think he or another surgeon would have been in to see you when all this happened....
I remember having a dye inserted looking for a missing IUD that wasn't missing, but I almost passed out getting dressed, and my dh was out in the waiting room and when I got there, slumped into the chair, he went to the desk. So they put me in an exam room and dr. checked me, but left me there with dh watching.... Makes me really wonder!!!

Yes, I certainly do hope you are over your plateau, but even more that they know what's going on... Keep us posted...


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TEENY_BIKINI 1/14/2012 9:03PM

    Wow. You are one tough cookie.
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SUSIEWHITE1109 1/14/2012 6:08PM

    Oh Angela - I am so sorry! emoticon That sounds REALLY awful!! I honestly can't imagine how horrible it was to not be able to swallow the water - I'm majorly annoyed with that Doctor! What the heck??

Please take it easy - I'm so glad your husband was there. This is just upsetting. Keep us posted on how you're feeling, if you feel up to posting, and for sure keep us posted on what the Dr decides to do next. Will be saying prayers for a quick solution!

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MISSILENE 1/14/2012 5:23PM

    Oh goodness gracious, I am so sorry this happened to you. What a time you had. Praying that things will get better for you.

I cant believe about the tech, what a joke that is. I would have gone nuts if that happened to me.

Heres hoping that things are ok now.

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MIZCATHI 1/14/2012 11:50AM

    Wow, I don't know what to say. You sound incredulous and not sure what to think. I will be glad when you find out what is happening. Please keep us informed.

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ELLIE381 1/14/2012 8:41AM

    Wow - now more questions! I sure hope they and you get some answers soon. Always thinking of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWMAIDEN 1/14/2012 3:50AM

    Oh my! I'm so sorry you're going through this! - I can't imagine it! Hopefully they'll work out what's going on and get it sorted for you. Sending you positive thoughts honey.

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BBAMMOM 1/13/2012 11:49PM

    Angela, I am wide eyed and sitting at the edge of my seat! I've never heard of such a thing! I'm sure you're eager to get your surgeons take on all of this! Just try to take things slow (especially eating) and keep us updated!! Sending hugs and Aloha! ~Phyllis

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MNJONES2 1/13/2012 11:09PM

    You are so brave - I would have wet my pants!! I am saying some prayers that everything will be made right and that it happens soon! You have so much courage and resilience. Take care dear friend!
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BOVEY63 1/13/2012 10:47PM

    I am so sorry you are going through this Angela. I will be hoping and praying that answers and a solution come quickly.
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MDGARDENGIRL 1/13/2012 8:59PM

    Wow Angela.... what an ordeal! All this time you have been so anxious and worried and now you still don't know what is going on! Well at least you have some restriction. Keep us posted.

Sorry you had to go through all this :(

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TEXASLYNN 1/13/2012 8:44PM

    Weird!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/13/2012 8:42PM

    Oh Angela. I'm so very sorry you had to go through with this. Me and you both too many needles this week.
I hope you get thi resolved and taken care of soon.

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L*I*T*A* 1/13/2012 8:23PM

    am sure the surgeon will figure things out.....
so glad to hear you are fine now....
keep us posted...
blessings and hugs............lita

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LITTLETEAPOT17 1/13/2012 8:16PM

    Very strange and scary ordeal, so glad DH went with you and you drank your water!! I've been thinking about you all day. Thanks for the update.
Hugs and love...

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/13/2012 8:08PM

    Wow, Angela! I can't believe what you're having to go through! I hope you're journalling all of this! Well, of course you are! I am so sorry this is happening, and I HOPE the doctors can get their acts together! I don't like the idea of you being some kind of guinea pig! emoticonKeep us posted and take good care of yourself! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 1/13/2012 8:07PM

    OMGosh...you poor dear....
am praying for you that they sort this sooner rather than later

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HDHAWK 1/13/2012 7:58PM

    That sounds scary. I hope they figure it out so you can get back to normal. emoticon

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RESULTS361AP09 1/13/2012 7:43PM

    Angela-I am so sorry to hear about all of this. I hope they figure out what is going on soon. I will keep you in my prayers. Keep us posted on how you are doing!

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