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Awesome Christmas!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Not only did I get to have my daughter and her sweetie here for Christmas, but Santa brought me a Wii!!!! And my son gave me a Wii Fit!! I am all set for a new routine. Now all I have to do is work on the schedule. (Oh, and according to the Wii Fit, my age is only 1 year older than my actual age. Teeheehee)

I hope everyone had a great holiday, whether it was Christmas, Kwanzaa, Channukah, or whatever. This is a blessed time of year and I love it!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/27/2009 6:10PM

    Have a great day

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Not going to make it the first time

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Well, there's no way for this arthritic body to lose 22 pounds before the 31st, so I am not going to make my goal the first time around. However - having said that - I have already lost 20 pounds! So I will continue to lose what I can this year and add a little more to next year's goal.

This year the goal was to get to 199. Next year the goal is 175. We'll see what I weigh on January 1st, but today it was 222.2. Not bad for someone who has rheumatoid arthritis, severe fibromyalgia, and a whole laundry list of other problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. I have managed to back WAY off on the amount of Pepsi I drink each day and will continue it through the new year. The hardest part is getting others to honor my journey. "Oh, just one isn't going to ruin you!" is only one of the cries I've had to counter.

How do you handle situations like that?

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1888MICHELLE 12/2/2009 7:54AM

    Good for you!! Keep at it!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/2/2009 12:44AM

    You have done a great job with having to deal with all the health problems. The FMS alone makes things difficult so even being able to get weight off and keep it off is an accomplishment. One we really need to be proud of. Do your best as you can.

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GDY2SHUZ 12/1/2009 11:29PM

    Little do they know!!! You know your body and how it reacts.

Self defence is needed. You might try "no thanks"; "I'm not hungry just now"; "I'm still stuffed from lunch"; "A glass of water would be wonderful"; "it looks delicious but Dr's orders".

You have done really well. I know you will succeed. Stick to your guns. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Reaching Milestones

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Today I reached the first 20 pound weight loss for the year AND the first time I've weighed below 225 for over 30 years! I got on the scale and it said 222.4. I couldn't believe it, so I stepped off, pushed the calibrate key, then got back on....222.4. Yep, below 225 and a full 20 pounds since January 1st. WooooooHoooooo!!! That's about 1-3 pounds a month, but with rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's Syndrome (look it up) and Fibromyalgia - it's a major step. Exercise is really hard for me but I try to get some in every week. Lately there's been more than there should be because I sent myself into a major flare up of pain. It'll take a couple of weeks (Please God, not months this time!) for the flare to die down. Luckily, I see my rheumatologist on the 15th and am hoping he'll give me stronger medicine for the pain.

20 pounds!

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_MAOMAO_ 9/10/2009 12:21AM

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You just achieved a HUGE milestone, that is SO neat. Hope your pain improves and your dr appt goes well, bet your dr will be excited, too. Keep up the great work!
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  What a marvelous double achievement!
Too bad about the flare-up, hope it doesn't last long.

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BKWERM 9/9/2009 6:07PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your weight loss! That's great!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Fantastic job! Keep it up and hope the flare doesn't last at all.

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Crossed Over

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Well, I just crossed over the 15,000 point mark. ROFL!! That means I got a pretty colored star on top of my silver trophy. Now, after another 9,999 points, my trophy will change to a gold colored one. LOL It's fun to watch the points accumulate as I learn things in the articles and track my exercise, sleep, and food intake. I love SparkPeople!!

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    emoticon keep up the great work. Now don't forget to do everything on the lower part of your Spark Points Page.

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AMOSLA 4/7/2009 10:20PM

    You go girl! Means you are really active on the sight. Could really use your input for the team. Let me know if you have any suggestions for me to help out the members of the Columbus team. emoticon

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EUGENERUGOSA 4/7/2009 7:55PM

    Congrats! I didn't even know that would happen. Just another incentive!


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Monthly Update

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Okay - I know all of you have been waiting for the monthly weigh in, so here we go....drumroll.....235.4. Still trickling but still going in the right direction.

We had a minor scare yesterday. Bob spent Monday night working in the basement crawl space, moving boxes and other items. In the crawl space you cannot stand up, so he was bent over lifting things off the shelves and moving them around. That, of course, stressed his back there where he had the bulging disk. Then, yesterday morning, he went to do something on the computer but, since he was going to be quick, he just stood there and bent over to the screen and keyboard instead of sitting down. When he stood up, he got the proverbial sledge hammer in the spine feeling. He was in such pain that I thought it had ruptured. I took him in to our doctor and she did a few manual tests and diagnosed a pulled muscle. She prescribed heat and rest. So he stayed home from work and kept heat on his back all day. When he woke up this morning, he was nearly healed. I am so happy. It could have been much worse.

I am doing okay but I don't think the new medicine is working very well yet. Although I am sleeping better, I am still not waking up rested. I did the increase in strength starting last night and will go for two weeks on this strength. Then, if I'm still not rested, I am to increase it again. I still have a long way to go to the maximum dosage so it'll be awhile with it just creeping up 300 mg every two weeks until it works.

Tomorrow is my TWO YEAR SURVIVAL ANNIVERSARY!! It will have been two full years since they operated and removed the 8 pound cancerous ovarian tumor. It doesn't seem that long but it is. Friday I see the oncologist for my regular checkup. Then I go every six months for the next three years. If I am still cancer free then, they'll declare me cured and release me back into the wild.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/1/2009 11:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon that kind of anniversary is the most exciting awesome kind!

I'm so glad you are still trickling. And I hope you start getting more restful sleep soon. I can just imaging how thankful you were that Bob didn't need back surgery. Been there done that. I still have the back pain but I'm not in a wheel chair. Had I waited any longer to go to a specialist, I would have so I feel it was well worth it.

Have a great week!

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