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It's Not Supposed to Be That Way

Thursday, May 13, 2010

About a year ago I got an infection in my right leg, over the shin. The doctor called it cellulitis, and treated it with antibiotics. It went away, but came back again, more than once. My doctor sent me to a vascular specialist who said the veins in my right leg were insufficient and that I needed to wear compression stockings and elevate the foot of my bed on blocks to keep my legs above my heart at night. I asked him how long I needed to do that and he said, “Until you’ve lost 50 pounds.” Well, I’ve lost 50 pounds, or really close to it, and I quit wearing the stocking about 6 weeks ago, although I still have the blocks tilting the bed. And guess what – the infection in my right leg is back. It’s not supposed to be that way.

I saw the doctor today, to show him my leg, and to find out why I am suffering from heart palpitations. Sometimes it just feels like something is kicking me from inside my chest. They come in bunches at times and just drive me crazy. (I keep waiting for the Alien to burst out of my chest.) The doctor could feel one when he took my pulse, and described it as a “skipped heart beat”. He did an EKG and it was fine, so he hooked me up to a portable heart monitor that I am wearing for 24 hours to see how often I have this problem. He didn’t seem too concerned. Apparently a lot of people get this and it’s no big deal. He said he could treat it with beta blockers if it really bothered me. Meanwhile, he said to go back to the stockings, keep my leg elevated as much as possible, and try to reduce the stress in my life, since stress is a primary cause of “skipped heart beats”.

I did 2 miles on the treadmill this afternoon. I figured I would test the heart monitor, but I felt fine. Now that I’m back relaxing in my chair, my heart is kicking up again. It’s not supposed to be that way.

OK body, I have a message for you: I lost 50 pounds. I eat healthy foods and I exercise regularly. You have to do your part here. You’re supposed to function properly when I treat you well.

Here’s a funny little poem by Dorothy Parker. Maybe she had the right idea.


If I don't drive around the park,
I'm pretty sure to make my mark.
If I'm in bed each night by ten,
I may get back my looks again.
If I abstain from fun and such,
I'll probably amount to much;
But I shall stay the way I am,
Because I do not give a damn.

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LP2278 5/21/2010 9:58PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Wow! That's great! I hope the doctor is able to determine the cause of the infection in your leg and your pounding in your chest. Take care!

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RALINKA 5/21/2010 2:11PM

    Dorothy Parker's poem is great! Any word from the doctor yet? I should think that having a bus run over your ankle could definitely cause some long term damage to your in world did that happen if you don't mind sharing - it sounds horrible.

Sending you positive thoughts... emoticon

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ALIBROM 5/19/2010 6:44PM

    I hope your infection is getting better. Wearing those compression stockings must be annoying. You're right - it's not fair! But when our bodies grow up, they don't always cooperate, even when we treat them well. Uggh. But hopefully you will heal faster now that you are more fit. I 'm glad that your heart palpitations have lessened now. But in the long run, it is much better to be trim, healthy, and fit while fighting health problems than being overweight and unhealthy while fighting health problems. And you are doing SO WELL on getting trim. fit, and healthy!!!

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ASPENHUGGER 5/19/2010 12:08PM

    I hope they get it sorted about that infection soon! Do you think it's possible the doctor is one of those who think being overweight causes everything under the sun? Anyway, I assume you're back to the compressions stockings -- aren't they just a joy, and a regular fashion statement?!

I am so much calmer when I do Qi Gong or Tai Chi on a regular basis. There are videos you can get to lead you through routines. I should be doing them every morning. I'd be less stressed & my BP would be lower. Just sayin' ...

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KALISWALKER 5/17/2010 2:03AM

    I hope the doctor finds and answer and that you are enjoying life regardless.... Dorthy did have it right!

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WILLOWWEAVER 5/16/2010 6:33PM

    Congratulations on the 50 pounds weight loss. I hope your doctor will keep trying to find answers. Do you drink any caffeinated drinks? they can give you heart palpitations. You may want to see a cardiologist for your heart, not just a family doctor. Sometimes our veins once damaged do seem slower to work and we may have some pain or swelling. It is good to wear the support hose especially if you have a job where you are sitting alot. Best wishes on this journey.

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CMRAND54 5/16/2010 5:54PM

    I see the doctor again on Friday, and I'll keep you all posted. He is checking my thyroid, along with a host of other blood work. One of the things I like about my doctor is he doesn't just give me a pill and tell me to go away. He looks for causes, and he answers questions. I think the leg still swells a little bit, even with the weight loss. Maybe because of the bus running over that ankle when I was in high school. Or maybe the valves in the veins on that leg are shot and no amount of weight loss can fix them. My heart seems to have settled down again. It's probably good that I had a couple of days off work. I'm not giving up on my healthier lifestyle just because of a set back.

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JCORYCMA 5/16/2010 5:35PM

    Alas, I'm finding as I age that the body is betraying me a little too. My left foot and ankle are swelling again. I suppose I will have to troop to the doctor. Just when I thought I was done with 'em for the year! Maybe your diabetes plays a role in not healing as well? You work such a stressful job - maybe that's why the palpatations. You get your thyroid checked too don't you? Hang in there and keep us posted!

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MAUITN 5/15/2010 4:25PM

    emoticon Use these gloves to deal with the infection and the doctor. Fight for your health and demand that the doctors keep trying until they find the solution.

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COLEENCOLE 5/14/2010 11:16PM

    I am sorry the drop of 50 did not improve your leg, but overall I am sure you are better off with the lighter load.

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ROSALACEY2 5/14/2010 9:51PM

    Most of my family on my mother's side has heart palpitations, intermittent racing or pounding heartbeat, skipped beats etc. It doesn't seem to have caused any real harm in any of us though, thankfully, but it's scary sometimes.

I know how frustrating it is when you do what you're supposed to and still have a problem. But just consider how much worse your health issues could be right now if you hadn't lost that 50 lbs. Just keep taking care of yourself, like you have been doing, to the best of your ability, and work along with your doctor to find what helps.

Wishing you well on your continued journey to the best you you can be. emoticon emoticon

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    I'm sorry to hear you are struggling with these bothersome problems. It doesn't seem to be fair when you've been holding up your end of the bargain. Hang in there...maybe another doc can give you more insight?? emoticon Peg

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CAROLINE1000 5/14/2010 6:43PM

    I adore Dorothy Parker. Bodies are mysterious and sometimes feel like they are betraying us - I get it. I'm sorry.

I'm thrilled to see you still got on the treadmill to teach that body who is boss! As for the heart beats, beat blockers aren't so bad in an acute situation. I've had that before and it feels like a panic attack/impending doom with no readily apparent trigger.

Those are some intense things you are dealing with. I hope you feel well soon.

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I know how frustrating it is when our bodies don't "work" the way they're supposed to... and how irritating it is when the doctors don't seem to "get it" either!
I'll be thinking of you ~ emoticon

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MBREWTON35 5/13/2010 11:20PM

    Our darn bodies! I agree, it owe's you some pay back for all your hard work to make it healthy! You get lots of rest, keep your stockings on. Love You!

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FLUENTFROG 5/13/2010 11:14PM

    How frustrating to meet such a lofty goal and then not see the changes you were looking for (hopefully, just not yet?). Amid the understandable frustration, don't lose sight that all those healthy changes ARE helping your body in many ways and give yourself credit for a WONDERFUL success at 50 lbs!!

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ALLIEINSHAPE 5/13/2010 11:03PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! Sorry about your leg- I hope it heals up soon. My mother had a sore on her leg that she had trouble with and her doctor told her to use Penaten Cream which helped heal it up so maybe you could ask your doctor about that. I have to go back to the doctor about compression stockings as my feet and ankles are starting to swell, esp the left one. I also have had frequent heart palpitations for many years. Not as noticeable since I retired from a stressful job, which helped my health in so many ways. I also stay away from coffee. I had to wear that 24-hr heart monitor a couple of times and the doctors did not seem to think it is a problem, quite common, but still worrisome to get those bumptybump palpitations. My EKG and ultrasound tests were normal.

But meanwhile I had several arrythmia attacks, rapid and irregular beats that could only be slowed down in emerg with drugs, which happened in the middle of the night. I found they were caused by severe sleep apnea - I stopped breathing when asleep and threw off my heart rhythm. I now sleep with a C-pap machine to keep me breathing steady at night. Have you been checked for sleep apnea, do you snore, wake up suddenly many times during the night? I am sure your palpitations are nothing to worry about like your doctor said, but I always ask people to check about sleep apnea anyway, as it is more common than we know. I sleep like a baby now. I have the head of the bed raised for the apnea, and reflux issues - much less now, but I hope I don't need the foot of the bed raised too for my legs. I'll be like a sandwich!

You are doing great on your weight loss and exercise! Hope you get good reports from your doctor so you can just concentrate on that again.

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JUNEAU2010 5/13/2010 9:45PM

    I hate those compression stockings! They really hurt! Genetically and fatwise, I have thick legs and ankles. Even with the soft band at the top, they eat into my leg, but the ankle feels better when I wear them if I can handle the pain at the top! UGH!

I have not been able to find something to prop up my feet at night. Everything gets kicked off the bed in a short period of time.

GOOD LUCK! Glad to see you're not picking up your tinker toys and going home (LOL!)

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SHOSHANADP 5/13/2010 8:54PM

    You're right. It is not supposed to be that way. I hope that this all goes away soon or at least that they can treat it. I sort of feel the same way about my teeth. Now that they cleaned all the stuff away, they have been hurting far more than when my gums were a mess. It's not supposed to be that way! Congratulations on the 50 lb loss.

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VTCRICKET84 5/13/2010 7:46PM

    definitely congrats on the 50 pound loss and making those great lifestyle changes. i hope that your next doctor's appointment will reveal what is the cause and what steps to take...thinkin' about you starfish!

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TRIGFROST 5/13/2010 7:30PM

    emoticon on that 50-pounds loss,
and my mom had Heart didn't go anywhere....
Maybe if you focus on something else.... emoticon

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/13/2010 6:49PM

    Dorothy Parker ROCKS! I can spout reams of her poems at the drop of a hat (people who know me have learned to avoid the subject). But I had forgotten all about that one.

Thanks for reminding me of it.

I very much hope your leg is better.


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    I LOVE Dorothy Parker!! I have "Resume" hanging on the door - it's the last thing I see on the way out every day.

Ouch, cellulitis is serious, intense stuff! I can completely understand your frustration. You are absolutely doing all the right things for your body, and congrats on the 50 lbs.! It's hard to understand why that infection is back. You've been doing fabulously on exercise amd eating healthfully, so it's hard to work out why your body is doimng this. Thank goodness you've been leading a healthy lifestyle, as I can't imagine how much worse this could be. Hang in there!

Keeping you in my thoughts and meditations for a speedy healing, and some proper helpful answers to literally get you back on your feet.

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Small Things

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Have any of you read the series of books about The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith? If you haven't, you should, because they are really lovely stories, and there is a lot of wisdom in them. I think it was HBO that made them into a television series. My kids got it for me for Christmas because I'd read and loved the books, and the series was very well done.

I copied a quote from one of the books and I'm including it here because I found it inspirational. I love the idea that small acts of kindness make a difference in the world. It also fits in with the Spark philosophy that small steps can change your life.

We seem to read or hear about one tragedy after another these days, from earthquakes to oil spills to terrorist bombers, and there isn't a lot we can do about any of them. But we can be responsible for our own behavior. We can change our lives one act at a time, and we can make a difference in the world.

From "The Good Husband of Zebra Drive"

"The world, Mma Ramotswe believed, was composed of big things and small things. The big things were written large, and one could not but be aware of them –wars, oppression, the familiar theft by the rich and the strong of those simple things that the poor needed, those scraps which would make their life more bearable; this happened, and could make even the reading of a newspaper an exercise in sorrow. There were all those unkindnesses, palpable, daily, so easily avoidable; but one could not think just of those, thought Mma Ramotswe, or one would spend one’s time in tears—and the unkindnesses would continue. So the small things came into their own: small acts of helping others, if one could; small ways of making one’s own life better: acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter. Clever people might laugh at such simplicity, but, she asked herself, what was their own solution?"

-- From Book 8 of the "No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" series by Alexander McCall Smith.

I don't have a link to the rest of the book. They are available at the library, or book stores, or by ordering on line.

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KALISWALKER 5/12/2010 3:59PM

    I saw the TV shows and listened to the audio books when I walked. Very soothing and interesting.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/12/2010 6:27AM

    It's important to remember how significant small acts can be. Thank you for reminding me.

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ASPENHUGGER 5/10/2010 10:39PM

    There's a new one out in this series! Looks good, I've got it in my TBR pile!

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ALIBROM 5/10/2010 1:27AM

    Oh, thanks for reminding me about this series! I heard about these books some time ago and wanted to check them out at the library, but I promptly forgot about them again. I recently started reading enjoyable books again after many years of being too busy with the kids. My Mom recommended the detective books written by Rhys Bowen, and I gobbled them up! I needed to read that quote today because the constant bad news happening all the time is truly making me rather depressed.

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LP2278 5/9/2010 3:32PM

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing. I agree with GRAMMAELLEN--I don't watch the news unless my husband turns it on before going to bed at night, and even then, I try to read or something. My dad and his mom have the news on all day, and they are both people with enough anxiety of their own without the news!

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GRAMMAELLEN 5/9/2010 2:00PM

    Thank you for the information about the books. I am always a fan of well written detective stories. And thank you for the quote, for it was so beautifully phrased! I am one of those people who cry at the news (and movies, and books like Harry Potter, etc.) Anyway, I find I cry much less when I don't watch the news. I read an article in SP about stress. It said to only view/read the news once a week. If something really important happens, you will find out about it. If not, you have saved yourself alot of stress over things you cannot change. All we can ever do is the small things, one after another, day after day. Now that will make a difference! Keep on Sparking! Ellen emoticon

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JCORYCMA 5/8/2010 11:08PM

    Simple but very powerful words. I am a huge believer in karma - what goes around comes around.
In my specific field of work -- female incontinence -- I don't get to save lives, but the simple act of being able to improve a patient's quality of life or ease their suffering a little gives me immeasurable personal satisfaction. I feel privileged...
Thanks for sharing!

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MBREWTON35 5/8/2010 10:37PM

    Very Good! Thank you for sharing. I have always believed that a tiny drop of kindness can cause a ripple, or a wave!

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COLEENCOLE 5/8/2010 8:04PM

    I read them. I found them beautifully simple.

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Being Boring

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I wanted to blog today because it's been more than a week since I had anything to say, but I still don't have anything in particular to talk about. I had a rough week at work, but I can't really talk about it. I'm sticking to my food tracking and exercise routine. I need to up my exercise, but I'm not quite ready. I bought new jeans in a size 12, and that was kind of exciting.

Then I found the perfect poem for the way I feel today:

Wendy Cope
Being Boring

“May you live in interesting times.”
--Chinese curse

If you ask me “What’s new?”, I have nothing to say
Except that the garden is growing.
I had a slight cold but it’s better today.
I’m content with the way things are going.
Yes, he is the same as he usually is.
Still eating and sleeping and snoring.
I get on with my work. He gets on with his.
I know this is all very boring.

There was drama enough in my turbulent past;
Tears and passion – I’ve used up a tankful.
No news is good news, and long may it last,
If nothing much happens, I’m thankful.
A happier cabbage you never did see,
My vegetable spirits are soaring.
If you’re after excitement, steer well clear of me.
I want to go on being boring.

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JUSTKARON 5/3/2010 6:08AM

    Bring on the boring. And the size 12 pants too! Note the exclamation point? Those wouldn't be boring.

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WILLOWWEAVER 5/2/2010 10:05PM

    you do not seem boring to me! you are so supportive and Congratulations!! on size 12... i hope to reach that soon! You are doing amazing! Cute poem..
I am so excited about life now that i am feeling better, losing weight and inches and being healthy! You are doing an awesome job!
Thank you again for all your support! emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 4/28/2010 8:20PM


I love it! I found if things are stressful at work, eating well and exercising makes me feel like I am in control of my life.

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COLEENCOLE 4/28/2010 8:13AM

    I think I am basically a boring person also and often have trouble blogging.

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ASPENHUGGER 4/27/2010 1:01PM

    Kind of exciting?! I haven't been able to wear a size 12 since I was 12 -- I would be so over the moon if I ever fit in a size 12 again! And I won't -- I'm too large framed. Even at my very most sveltest I can only wear a size 14.

Love that tribute to boring! And we need to reframe it: not boring, but stability, and the comfort of a sold foundation under your feet. What I wouldn't give ...!

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MBREWTON35 4/27/2010 11:22AM

    Amen to that. I've had all the excitement I can handle in one life time! I'm only 31 and I'd spend more on a heating pad and memory foam than I would an outfit! Hang in there at work, this too shall pass. emoticon

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SUDEAUX 4/27/2010 10:25AM

    I get it. Absolutely. My youth (and then some) was wildly spent so over the past decade or so I've always said that "uneventful is good".

Congrats on the size 12s!!

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TLTHOMPSON69 4/26/2010 5:36PM

    Congrats on the 12's... that is great news in itself!! The poem is great too.... I kinda like boring. I don't get worn out so easily lol


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TURQUOISELOTUS 4/26/2010 10:07AM

    Congrats on the size 12 jeans! That is fabulous!

This is a great poem. Ahhhh yes, I do recall reading that Chinese curse somewhere.... sometimes "interesting" is too "interesting" indeed!

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ALIBROM 4/26/2010 12:36AM

    Congrats on the size 12 pants!!! I like boring, it's peaceful.

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SHOSHANADP 4/24/2010 11:13PM

    Congrats on the size 12 jeans. That must feel good!

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JCORYCMA 4/24/2010 11:03PM

    I can totally identify! I always tell patients that in the medical field boring is good! The traumas make make for TV excitement, but they are not so common and there is far less to cleam up when the day is boring! As for me, I work, I exercise, I spark, I sleep. emoticon We get excited when we hear a fire truck in our little suburb emoticon
emoticon on the size 12s!! I love the poem too.

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JUNEAU2010 4/24/2010 9:05PM

    It's all part of life. There are weeks when boring would be a reprieve! Thanks for sharing the poem! I hope you enjoy those 12s! It may be a while before I get there, so I understand the excitement!

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Let Nothing Disturb Thee

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I didn't post my weight last week because I hadn't lost anything. No gain, just no loss. So yesterday morning I woke up feeling, well, thinner, and decided to weigh myself. I stepped on the scale and "Yikes" I'd gained 5 pounds. It couldn't be. I was meeting my calorie goals. I was minimizing the off track eating. I was sticking to my exercise routine. I went to the bathroom, took a shower, and went back to the scale wearing nothing at all. The scale now said I'd gained 6 pounds! Have you ever seen a stark naked fat woman hyper-ventilating? Well that was me.

"Ok," I said to my self, "Slow down. What would your Spark friends say?"

Maybe I lost inches and not pounds. I grabbed the tape measure and found my waist was an inch smaller. That's progress. My clothes felt fine. My wedding ring was still lose. I decided to focus on that and not the scale.

As soon as I got home from work yesterday evening I asked my husband, "Do you think the scale weighed heavy this morning?" (He weighs every day.) "Not really," he answers, but he goes to check. "Oh yeah, the battery is low," he says, "I'll change it."

I was afraid to get on the scale again last night, but this morning I weighed a pound and a half less than last week. Whew!

So next time you can't believe your digital scale, check the battery before you panic.

Here's a little poem that seems to fit. It was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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ASPENHUGGER 4/21/2010 3:55PM


And I LOVE the visual emoticon

Thanks for the tip about the batteries -- who knew? Not me, that's for sure!

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KALISWALKER 4/21/2010 12:10AM

    I would have been wild! Good weigh in though with the new batteries!
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MBREWTON35 4/18/2010 10:24AM

    LOL! That was a scary and funny story, thanks for the visual! I do not own a scale, but good new is that I have to drive to the gym just weigh myself and I feel to guilty to just weigh and leave if I'm already there. The bad news is that if I'm being lazy I won't go and weigh at all, and then I'm not holding myself accountable for that week.
That's good that you took your measurements and payed attention to how your clothes are feeling, that the real scale! Keep up the Good work!
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SUDEAUX 4/17/2010 10:40PM

    Good for you for handling the scales that way. I've been at a standstill the past few weeks but I did just what you did. I got out the tape measure and I had also lost another inch in my waist.

So as long as I stay around 1200 calories a day, one day I'll get to my goal. One sweet day...!

(Add me to the club of those not knowing about a battery in her digital scales.)

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JUNEAU2010 4/16/2010 11:40PM

    I feel like an idiot! I didn't even think about the digital scale having a battery! wow!

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ALIBROM 4/16/2010 10:45PM

    That's weird! I didn't even know that I had to change batteries on my digital scale. It's a good thing you and your husband figured it out, though. Congrats on the 1.5 pound weight loss, and congrats on not losing your cool about the false 5, then 6 pound gain! Very sweet little poem, too.

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BLAMEDOROTHY 4/16/2010 11:29AM

    Technology betrays you again :) Have faith in the way your body feels. If you feel thinner, you probably are.

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BRIARROSE30 4/16/2010 8:32AM

    Great job! Glad to hear it was the batteries! I too always ask myself, "What would my spark friends say?" when I think I've gained weight or feel down.

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SHOSHANADP 4/16/2010 7:08AM

    Heehee. I was able to blame the batteries one time before too. I realized that there was no way that I could have gained weight overnight (literally! I had weighed myself the night before to see how much it could differ from night to morning), especially with all the things that I do before weighing in (like using the bathroom).

As others have said, losing the inches is a good indication of weight loss. You can be holding onto some extra water or have eaten later in the day but inches are pretty standard (yeah, yeah, there is the occasional bloating but we're going to ignore that).

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JCORYCMA 4/15/2010 11:11PM

    I always say that if you are doing what you should be doing, the scale will apologize to you -- staying within calorie range, excercising, AND changing the batteries!

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SANDKARMA 4/15/2010 10:21PM

    If you're doing strength training it's entirely possible to be getting smaller and gaining weight as you discovered by measuring your waist. Great tip about the scale, too - I never thought of that!

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FIERCE_FABULOUS 4/15/2010 9:39PM

    LOL that is funny, i haven't changed the battery in my scale for over a year... and the other day i gained 7lbs!! lol i changed it, but it still didn't change. dumb digital scales, but i also am at that time during the month, so i am HOPING that that is the reason for my gain, ::crossing fingers:: That is awesome on the 1.5lb loss, good for you, you are so close to goal, that is great!!

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SWIMBIKE21 4/15/2010 9:17PM

    PHEW!! Great to focus on the inches! And good job on the 1.5lbs!

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April Rain

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I read somewhere that a writer should never start a novel or short story with the weather, but sometimes the weather is so absolutely perfect you can't start with anything else.

I was going to do the treadmill today, but after going outside I decided to enjoy the gorgeous spring sunshine by working in the yard. An hour of trimming, weeding and raking left me sweaty, but feeling great. I had almost given up yard work the last couple of summers because I just didn't have the energy for it. Now, after 6 months of Spark People, and 40 pounds lost, I can enjoy yard work again.

And, I was wearing my size 14 jeans and cute ocean blue polo shirt from LL Bean that I bought at the mall yesterday. Life is indeed good.

The following poem is by Langston Hughes, who is a favorite poet of mine. I enjoy this poem because it sounds almost like a benediction to me.

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night—

And I love the rain.

Langston Hughes

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ASPENHUGGER 4/15/2010 11:34AM

    Thanks for sharing that poem -- it's lovely~!

And congratulations to you on the 40# gone! (Not lost -- lost means possibly found again). You're a real inspiration!

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MBREWTON35 4/14/2010 10:04PM

    I am so amazed by your progress! Wow! 40lb is huge! It is so inspirational, it is stories like yours that truly keeps me going when I feel like giving up forever. Yard work is hard work! I'm glad you have more energy.
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CHANCELUND 4/14/2010 4:44PM

    Great poem ! Even better that you got a new outfit. Isn't it wonderful when your old clothing doesn't fit because it is too big?? It is a dream come true. Thanks for always being so positive and such an inspiration. emoticon

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    Glad to hear you had a great day and were able to get out to the great outdoors! A beautiful day can really perk up a mood can't it? Especially when you are healthy enough to enjoy it-good for you!
Thanks as always for stopping by my page!

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SHOSHANADP 4/12/2010 7:11AM

    Glad to hear that you are able to enjoy gardening again. I awed and proud at your 40 lb weight loss. What a great accomplishment!

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JCORYCMA 4/11/2010 11:54PM

    Life is truly good! I am so pleased that you are back out in the yard - you used to love to garden and work in the yard. 40 lbs. does make a HUGE difference in the energy level. Just imagine - you were carrying around TWO 20 lb. sacks of potatoes with you day in and day out. No more! AND don't you love getting to shop for new cute smaller clothes?
Great poem too!
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ALIBROM 4/11/2010 11:30PM

    I love Langston Hughes' poetry, too. That one is beautiful. So is the fact that you lost 40 pounds and are walking around in size 14 jeans!!!

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KALISWALKER 4/11/2010 6:03PM

    It's nice to think of spring, it should return here soon. I am looking forward to wearing size 14 in June.

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COLEENCOLE 4/11/2010 5:56PM

    Congrats. 40 pounds is huge. You can really appreciate it if you carry around 40 lbs of mulch.

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ROBNDOM 4/11/2010 5:22PM

    Sounds like you had a great time working in your yard!! Thank you for sharing.

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    I love walking in the rain - and love this poem! Great choice. So pleased for you that you can enjoy great activity, and in cute clothes, no less.

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