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Thursday, 8/5 Crazy Diet Fads to make you say

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Hi everyone,

I have been really busy at work--12 hours yesterday, most of them on my feet (ouch.) today, I worked a regular day, but couldn't go to thepool because of the bad weather. We have had intermitten thunderstorms since yesterday evening. Our internet and cable service went out while I was in the middle of posting on the Healthy Reflection thread. So what does that have to do with this blog? Hmm, I've had time to so dome reading which I don't often get. I have had some articles and emails saved up waiting for me to have time to read them. Oh my goodness.
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I read an article about fad diets that have been popular or at least used in the past and they shocked me. I don't know if I am naive, but my goodness... I'm sure I won't remember them all to run by you, but you will get the idea and I'll let you share share your thoughts of my naivete with me. Now don't get me wrong, I have done some dumb and ridiculous stuff int he name of losing weight (fast.) I worked as a nurse's aide and I had a nurse tell me that she was taking lasix dailya nd laxatives every other day--I tried that for about a week, but it made my tummy hurt. I have bought pills and a vibrating belt thing. I tried this diet where you substituted this nasty tasting red syrupy stuff for two meals a day. I did the "3 day diet" with the hotdogs, tuna, vanilla ice cream, beets, carrots, and so on... I tried a variety of pills and sprays and powders. I tried not eating. I also tried having ice cream once a day and nothing but celery the rest of the day. I also did the cabbage soup diet. YUCK, YUCK, YUCK to all of that.
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They also discussed some "dangerous" fad diets. Those included swallowing a tapeworm to prevent yourself from eating and digesting food. Another was the "Cigarette" diet which wasn't as gross as I as expecting after reading that title. The idea of that one was to smoke anytime you felt like eating (and to prevent yourself from taking in calories.) The "Sleep" diet was to simply sleep 24/7 so that you wouldn't want to eat anything.
However, that stuff seems pretty respectable compared to the things I read about. The title of the story mentioned the "Cotton Ball" diet. Yes, people ate cotton balls before a meal to feel full. Another choice was to eat paper for that full feeling. (I think having a glass of water is really a great improvement.) I am thinking if it isn't food or consumable beverages, it doesn't belong in your mouth.
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If you wanted real "food" for your diet, they had a few of those included in this story. There was the "Baby food" diet in which you had to each of your meals of baby food. that is some real portion control, but not much as for fiber or the like. If you'd rather partake of the "Twinkie" diet, you culd have over a dozen of them a day. That's pretty limiting on nutrients, I'd guess.
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There were others there that included a soap diet. (I couldn't figure out what you exactly did with this special soap. With some of the others, eating it or using it could be a possibility.) There was a diet in which you put a staple through the cartillage in your ear, guaranteed to be effective for about 2 weeks. I sat reading this stuff talking to myself and getting attention from my entire family. (I think they were thinking I had lost it a bit.)
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That is what brought me to where I had been and all of the crazy stuff I had tried before I learned better and to where I am now. I still hear the commercials on TV and the radio. I have grown to understand that there is no quick fix, no matter what. I have grown to learn that there are three parts to losing weight that are separate and intertwined: Nutritious eating, Healthy activity, and Quality information. All of these are major components here at SP. When you add in the support and the motivation that SP includes, we have a pretty nice package that is one you can LIVE with. It is far better than eating paper or stapling your ear or doing odd things with soap.

I'm glad that I am here. I'm glad that you are here too.
Life is good!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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CHEFAMANDA 8/7/2010 5:16PM

    Wow. Most of those I've never heard of, fortunately. Although I kind of like the Sleep diet... emoticon
And who knows, if you eat enough Twinkies, you may ingest enough preservatives that your body will last forever. (Of course, you wouldn't be around long to enjoy it...) emoticon

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ENUFF81020 8/7/2010 10:22AM

    Hi everyone,
There was mention of the very dangerous HCG diet in this article. It is currently being practiced and talked about here at SP and I didn't want to offend anybody. The crazy "fad" part of this plan is that people consume (in the article it was injections) some HCG collected from human placentas and then they follow a strict diet of no more than 500 calories a day. The reason this diet will work in the short term is that severe, unhealthy reduction in eating. There is no value to the HCG and like with all severely restrictive diets, guess what is likely to happen when you give it up? People generally gain weight back after such a diet and it is documented that you gain back MORE than you lost the first time.
I didn't mention it out of respect for others, but it dawned on me that the others I am trying to show respect for are most likely people I care about and I should take the initiative to help them take the best care of themselves as possible.

I am so glad that Linda brought it up!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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LOULOUBELLE2 8/6/2010 12:03AM

    What a walk down memory lane...I too have done most of those "stupid" diets.
I'm so glad that I found Sparks and for all the support I get from my Spark friends and teams.
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CHYRL_C 8/5/2010 5:28PM

    I think that these so called Dr's that prompt these thing should be strung up. These people are hurting and taking advantage of people that truly need help, to make a fast buck.

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SUNRISE14 8/5/2010 4:51PM

    Memories ! I been there done most of them . SPARKPEOPLE.COM Is the answer! Thanks for reminding us and sharing! emoticon

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VELMOOSE 8/5/2010 4:35PM

    Wow, the closest I've come to a really 'fad' diet was when I lost 60 pounds with Protein Power (low carb but not as severe as Atkins). I've tried some others but they all involved eating actual healthful food. Cotton balls? Ear staples? Now that's desperate.

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JRSWHIMSY 8/5/2010 1:25PM

    You forgot the ferret diet.... You'll have to find my old blog post ;o)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/5/2010 11:30AM

    Fascinating!! Though I have heard of some of them I would have never thought of others.I have never tried a fad diet. Thank goodness.

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JHADZHIA 8/5/2010 8:54AM

    Its astonishing what people will try. You forgot one that people are actively doing now, even being on Spark people. HCG drops. Testimonials are showing people losing weight rapidly with this hormone treatment -a lot faster then Sparks recommended. The person I saw on here did show fast weight loss. What the long term consequences will be should be interesting. It seems to be for all intents and purposes the magic bullet quick fix. This person didn't even have to exercise, so they are not learning any good habits and I suspect the weight will all come back on when they are done.
I also don't approve of surgery for weight loss. Some people who have had it actually regain it back also because they have not learned good habits and needed wanted a quick fix.
I prefer the natural, healthy way of losing weight. Thank you Sparks!!

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WOBBLES12 8/5/2010 8:33AM

    Oh my, those were some crazy diet fads!!! emoticon


Thanks for the great read!

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Sunday, 8/1 Pinch me--I'm in Onederland!!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Hi there my friends!!

Something has been funny with the computer again tonight--and last night. Mediacom sure gives us trouble--I guess it hasn't happened in just over a month, so I shouldn't fuss, lol
ANYWAY... I lost 3.2 pounds this week and I am now at 198.4. WOW. I wish that I would have done these things a lot earlier. I could have been healthier and had more energy way back then. BUT--I have done them now and I am here. NO LOOKING BACK!!
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Two years ago, I rode into school in a wheelchair with the scariest brace on that anyone has ever seen. It looked like a turtle shell and covered my upper torso. There were centimeter sized holes drilled into the back for some air and it was so hot to wear. It had steel bars that extended down the left side to fit a similar attachment around my thigh. I couldn't do much without help. The next day, I had a visit from the guys downtown and they told me that I had to move to another classroom. Yeah, right--and a lot of people who didn't really care about my things or what was coming next tossed my stuff into boxes. I got to the next school (per principal's request) and then somebody else who didn't care much about my stuff or my space unpacked some of my boxes. The rest were placed on the stage, up a flight of stairs that I also couldn't climb and that's where they remained. I struggled to get around and I struggled to do everything. I couldn't even go to the restroom without help because it took at least one person to manage the brace--and two were better. I was supposed to travel and work in another building, but since I couldn't drive or bend over, I stayed in the same place. It went on the entire year. I was stared at constantly and rude things were said to me about my size, my clothing, my smell, and so on.
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Last year, I started the school year in turmoil and was told that I had to travel between two school buildings. I had to pack up part of my belongings and move them to another school and even though other teachers had help, I had to get my family to do this work because quite honestly, I couldn't pack, lift or unpack. I was without the brace and with enormous pain. I had a nasty episode that turned out to be congestive heart failure. I was on meds for blood pressure, partially clogged arteries, aspirin, nitroglycerin patch, as well as my arthritis meds and asthma meds and fibromyalgia meds and depression meds. You have the idea. And it wasn't long before I was back in the wheelchair as well. But I started physical therapy in the pool and I worked and worked day after day until I was "too good" to stay in therapy. I walked in on my own power there my last day in March. (It wasn't easy, but I did it.)
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Now, it is a new school year and this teacher is confident with my walker. I have lost over 105 pounds and I am below not only 300 pounds, but below 200 pounds as well!! I am going back to school weighing less than I have weighed in so long. It is much easier to eat on my plan when I am working and on a schedule. I am going back with a cute little haircut (or so I've been convinced...I lost a lot of hair after my most recent surgeries--having had over 30 of them in the past 9 years has taken a toll on my body in many ways. I finally had a second trim to make it look better.) I have a new wardrobe so maybe the rude comments about my clothing and appearance won't happen. I couldn't possibly have an odor (not that I believe I ever did) but the worst I could smell like is chlorine since I spend so much time in the pool. I have a new room to go to, and I unpacked things with some help from my children who did things my way. I know what I have where and I am ready to do my very important job as a reading teacher for children who are having some problems as readers.
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LISTEN TO THIS WORLD: None of the things that caused me grief, pain or distraction in the past is going to get in my way. I am like Alice and I too am in Onederland. I feel full of energy and I feel confident in appearance and health. I have faith in myself because I know who I am, what I have done, and what I can do. Nothing is going to get in my way. If my pain rears up, I am entitled to take care of myself for the few minutes I'll need and I will be able to get right back on track.
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I am on track for myself and my family--and for the students who depend on me. I can certainly do what I need to because I have done this, I am in onederland. I am no longer taking meds for asthma or my heart or depression and my other meds have been cut way back. I have made it--and I will get where I am going before long as well. I am going to need another new wardrobe by the end of the year, if not sooner and I am going to be even more independent. I don't know if I'll be more sassy because that is one area where I may have arrived at my complete destination. emoticon emoticon
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So in the remaining part of 2010, I am going to get to my goal weight. I am going to take care of myself in every way possible. I am going to walk Lady without help. I am going to dance with my husband. I am going to be able to use my cane at least part of the time. I am going to renew my National Board Certification. I am going to go to the pool every night that I can. I am going to have a successful school year. I am going to help children who need me more than anyone else. I am going to start doing more in my home and for my family... and I am going to get a lot in return.
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BY THE WAY, I have been so overwhelmed by all of the kindnesses after my recent blog about losing 100 pounds. Thank you all for helping me to feel so good about what I have done. I am going to make each of you proud of me as you see how successful I will be in the other parts of my life as well. I feel good about more now than I have in a long time and I owe it to you and to my SP family.
Gentle hugs to you all,
Sylvia
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PS--I'll get a new "in progress" photo up soon that won't be quite as silly as the one of me at the water park giving my husband bunny ears. Wow, I can't believe I let that photo be taken!!

  
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MOLGRA2 8/9/2010 1:48AM

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THINWITHIN18 8/4/2010 12:06AM

    Powerful blog, powerful woman.
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Spark on!

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    You are emoticon. That says it all. emoticon emoticon

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GOODMAR 8/3/2010 4:05PM

    Wow. I am sooooo proud of you. I have never "met" you but was just randomly looking at spark and found this blog. I am a teacher too, so I totally sympathize with the moving things. My biggest move (after a renovation) was 253 boxes...I have to move to a new room next week.

You are doing GREAT. Be true to yourself and you will achieve your goals. Including that National Board renewal (did that in 2007-2008)! You can do ALL of it!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/3/2010 3:44PM

    Congratulations, Sylvia!! I am so happy to see you in onderland!!!!! AMAZING!!!

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MINNIMEE 8/2/2010 10:51PM

    What an inspiration you are. My injuries see so small and insignificant after reading your story. I applaud you for your success. Thank you so very much for sharing your story.

Shelly

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MAMMABEAR-THIRY 8/2/2010 9:16PM

    Congratulations, you have accomplished a lot and have the right to be very proud of yourself. I am not doing as well as you have with my weight loss and really need to get back on track. You are an inspiration. I am so glad that you are getting the weight off and getting to the point where you are able to walk and do some of the things you want and need to do so that you know what you have in your classroom. Keep up the good work.

Take care.
Thiry

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ALISSA_SAL 8/2/2010 5:00PM

    You are an inspiration!

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MILKYWAY515 8/2/2010 9:27AM

    Dear Sylvia,
In the past few days, you have made my life 100% better!! This year, in a wheelchair & a cast, with 100 pounds to lose, I too need to change rooms. My family will need to do most of the work...but I am lucky. I am able to stay in just 1 school & don't need to travel. God bless you as you continue on this school year. Now I know for certain I can do it too! Thanks, Sylvia, for sharing more of your story! ~Cathy (MilkyWay) emoticon

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VELMOOSE 8/2/2010 8:16AM

    Wow, I can't even tell you how powerful your words are for me. You are one strong, brave and inspirational woman. When I am feeling sorry for myself (I also have fibromyalgia) I will look back on your words, pick myself up and carry on.
Thank you.
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WANNABE751 8/2/2010 4:06AM

    A fantastic blog Sylvia, you are an amazing woman and such an inspiration. I was feeling pretty good when I got out of bed this morning but now I know what can be done Iam feeling absolutely marvellous. Whenever I 'hurt' I'm gonna think of you and your amazing achievements. I'm gonna tell myself " Sylvia was much worse than you and she got there and so can you".

I am in awe of your commitment and determination through pain and disability.
I am also so very proud to 'know' you.

Sheila x

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Friday, 7/30 A busy, busy week!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Good evening everybody,

I just accidentally deleted my entire blog--poof, it was gone. BooHoo and good bye. I will try again.

I spent a lot of hours in the early week moving into my classroom. It was a tricky job as moving is when finally, on Wednesday, our "new" speech therapist found my two missing book cases, safely tucked in his room. Yay--that saved me and then I was able to put all of my author sets onto those shelves--along with some manipulatives and we got the room mostly finished Thursday morning. (The reason I referred to our Speech therapist as "new" is because he is new to our building, taking the place of a good friend who retired last spring. I worked with him back in the 80's when I taught for Head Start, so I don't consider him "new." I am looking forward to working with him again. I often share the majority of my students with the speech and language person, so it is good to have someone to work with who I am comfortable with.

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That brings me to Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. I have spent countless hours on these 2 days chasing around with my soon to be 15 year old daughter running errands for her birthday party. That is where I am tonight--at a nice hotel suite with my daughter and several of her friends who are celebrating her birthday. Several of them changed their minds or had things that came up at the last minute so there aren't as many here as she expected, but it has been a fun time for them anyway. I have had the honorable duty of chaperoning which means staying in the room with them while staying out of their business. I'm great as long as I know what is expected of me. emoticon
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I just read a great blog on humility and it said that (my words) it really isn't right to fuss about our physical condition--but I am going to anyway. I am quite confused as to why my body is so sore and hateful. My arthritis is attacking new sites--my hands, fingers and hips in particular are lousy. My ankles swelled last night and that hasn't happened since I reacted to Celebrex and they took it away from me--they found out I had a heart issue then as well. I haven't needed any of that medication in months, but now I am worried. I wish my body would be have. I am working so hard to give it what it needs. I also know that I spent a lifetime mistreating it and I am guessing that that damage might not be reparable.

The girls are awake and I am going to give them a break and go check out the breakfast here. It has taken me all night to write this since I deleted everything the first time--I hope you realize that this is a labor of love. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am hoping that each of you continues to focus on your goals each day. If you haven't let yourself be overweight to the point that you damaged the body you were given, hooray. Take care of it--eat wisely, make healthy choices and stay active multiple times every day. If you have damage to that body, you need the same advice, plus a gentle reminder to "Hang in there." I believe that even the soreness and issues with my body will improve. they already have improved greatly and for that I am thankful. I am guilty of wanting more--and I know what I have to do to get it. I will be at the pool today and that will be just what this body ordered. I will take my meds and now that my classroom is within reason, I can take things at a pace that is what my body deserves. Finally, I am considering a doctor's appointment with someone--I just haven't decided which of my docs should see me for all of this. (I have routine checkups coming with my Primary doc and my rheumy in the next few months. I don't know if this is something for one of my orthopedists or my pain doc. I'll give it some thought.)

Take care of yourselves, no matter what. You are important and deserve that much.
It is still summer even if we are returning to school on Monday.
Life is good!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/3/2010 3:46PM

    I always love your blogs. They are so inspiring!!

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ACIMPEGGY 8/1/2010 11:44AM

    Dear Sylvia! You WILL do it - the congratulations I'm am giving you on your wonderful loss is proof!

We just got take care of ourselves while serving others, remember we are much more than these recalcitrant bodies...and Keep on Sparking!

I am glad you have it all together at work - hope you enjoyed your swim!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/1/2010 2:08AM

    Excellent blog. Thanks for sharing the journey with us. Love ya, Dawn

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NPA4LOSS 7/31/2010 9:31PM

    You have been doing a lot lately and your body is probably yelling enough already! emoticon I so enjoyed my extra activity this week but today I am ready to scream. I need to keep trying to increase gently. emoticon on your DD birthday and getting everything in order for you class. NOW RELAX for 5 min. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 7/31/2010 5:38PM

    Never give up on a healthy lifestyle, it will always make you feel better no matter how much your body keeps betraying you. I have some terrible pain I have been fighting, in my hip, my right arm and right hand. It gets to the point where I have to stop what I am doing and rest/and or splint them. This is okay. I can be patient. As soon as I feel better, I will get back to it. Rest where possible, work it when you feel good. This is hard when you start back to work, of course. But off work, listen to your body. If you are not feeling well at school, ask one of your students to fetch something or bring something. Students always love to help the teacher!
Minding a bunch of kids isn't so bad if you are just to stay out of their way lol.
Hope you enjoyed yourself.
Enjoy your last weekend of freedom! make it as restful one as you can!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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2RICKIE 7/31/2010 11:46AM

    Busy is right! But, even fun activities can put stress on your body. Maybe that was just a way of saying put your feet up and take it easy for a while!

I miss the time of getting my room ready! I am helping some friends do theirs and so it helps.

Take care and enjoy the weekend!

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KKKAREN 7/31/2010 9:01AM

    Busy is good but too busy can be bad. Take care of yourself.

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Monday, 7/26 WOO HOO!! What it's like to lose 100 pounds...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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I have lost over 100 pounds now. What is it like to be 100 pounds lighter? (I have seen this in other blogs, but I am willing to bet that my answers are a bit different than others...)

emoticon I went to the country's biggest water park last week and wore my bathing suit around everyone without covering up or hiding. emoticon
emoticon I actually rode on some of the water rides at the same water park--and I fit in the seats and wasn't embarrassed to be there. emoticon
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emoticon Today, my newest shorts almost fell off of me when I got in the car after exercising at the pool. emoticon
emoticon I go to exercise at the pool every day that it is available. emoticon
emoticon I walk with my walker almost all of the time--my wheel chair sits quietly being unused for the most part. emoticon
emoticon I can stop after eating 2 chocolate chip cookies, I really don't need to finish the entire package. emoticon
emoticon I track my food and activity every day--even when we were out of town and I had no computer access. emoticon
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emoticon I play sometimes and have fun with what I do. emoticon
emoticon I always get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in each day. emoticon
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emoticon I no longer take medicine for high blood pressure. emoticon
emoticon I no longer take medication for my heart, stomach, or depression any more. emoticon
emoticon I can walk 3 out of 4 of our dogs on my own. emoticon
emoticon I know that I have a lot to offer my students and I am going to keep working while I am sure of that. emoticon
emoticon I know that I have a lot to offer my family and friends as well. emoticon
emoticon I don't have to look at the biggest clothing when I am shopping. emoticon
emoticon I can wear yellow and red and magenta as well as black and navy. emoticon
emoticon It's okay for me to laugh and even act silly. emoticon
emoticon I am sleeping better more and more often. emoticon
emoticon I wear makeup sometimes and jewelry most of the time. emoticon
emoticon I have more energy than ever. emoticon
emoticon I work in the garden, the yard, and at other outside chores. emoticon

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emoticonWhat will I do when I lose the next 1.6 pounds and get to onederland? emoticon
emoticonWhat will my rowdy basset hound, Lady do when I can handle her? emoticon
emoticonWhen I reach my goals of weight loss and activity, will the world be able to stand me? emoticon
emoticonIs there any end to what I can accomplish as a mother and a teacher and a child of God? emoticon

Actually, I'm going to be a bit more serious now...I am so thankful for all of the gifts I have been given. My health had improved in so many ways--which is what brought me here. The arthritis, fibromyalgia, and damage to my back are permanent fixtures, but having less weight for those joints to carry is a major improvement. Getting rid of some 15 prescriptions daily is a blessing that I never imagined, I feel as if a big cloud has been lifted from my brain without all of that stuff. Added energy is such a wonderful thing and allows me pleasure at so many little things. Things like clothing and appearance are a wonderful side item that I am enjoying but weren't my original focus. I have a lot to do yet, but I now know that I CAN do it--that is the biggest gift.

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ANDYLIN90 11/13/2010 12:13AM

    Your confidence and positive attitude actually radiate out of this blog. Good for you!!!

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MLAURA5 8/31/2010 11:52PM

    WOW you are amazing. Way to go!

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GRENEYEDBLOND 8/13/2010 11:39PM

    You have done wonderful. We all are proud of you.

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POPCORNGURL 8/10/2010 12:24AM

    Congrats!! way to go !! I am so proud of you...

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SUE-Z-QUE 8/9/2010 2:03AM

  Loved your blog. You must be a special person.

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UMUCGRAD 8/7/2010 11:21PM

    FANTASTIC!

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COMPUCATHY 8/7/2010 7:51PM

    What an inspirational post! Thank you for sharing! Bless you and keep on sparking! One-der-land awaits (if you're not already there). emoticon emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 8/7/2010 5:36PM

    emoticon what an amazing story

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COLDCUT 8/7/2010 1:35PM

    What an accomplishment!

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RUNNINMOMMA10 8/6/2010 10:32PM

    Congrats! That is absolutely amazing! Keep it up! Such an inspiration! emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 8/6/2010 7:20PM

    Hooray! You are a ROCK STAR! Keep on keeping on!

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/6/2010 12:47AM

    emoticon emoticonCongratulations!!

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BDRFLI-TREKS 8/5/2010 7:42PM

    Congrats to you!!!

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TIARAG03 8/5/2010 10:06AM

    You Rock!!!!! So Amazing!!!!! Keep up the good Work!!!!! You deserve all the Joy this life has to offer!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!

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JUBEESH 8/5/2010 1:38AM

    Awesome! congratulations!

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KAREN8WORCESTER 8/4/2010 11:25PM

  emoticonGood for you! Getting off so many medications, wearing jewelry and make-up, and not having to shop for the largest sizes. These are all things I dream of doing someday. I never heard the term "onederland" before. I'm new to SP this week. Does it mean under 200 lbs? If so, I LOVE IT! May we all reach that destination someday. emoticon

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RANDOM00B 8/4/2010 1:05PM

    Woo-Hoo! Good for you!!!

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GOHUSKERS2 8/4/2010 9:58AM

    When I saw this blog I had to read it! You are awesome!

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JRDIAMOND4 8/4/2010 9:39AM

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MZDOLPHIN 8/3/2010 10:42PM

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you inspired me

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CATHRINE2010 8/3/2010 9:14PM

    sweetest littlle post,nice to know you are doing such a great job.Keep it up!!! emoticon

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SHANTODD420 8/3/2010 7:31PM

    Way to go and the beagles on your page are so cute.

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ANUSCHKA9 8/3/2010 7:07PM

    Congratulations!

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ALICIAYOUNG1127 8/3/2010 5:02PM

    WOW!!!!Great job and thank you from the bottom of my heart!When you get to oneder land, picture everyone on this site jumping for joy just for you! emoticon

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EDWARDS1411 8/3/2010 1:28PM

    Totally emoticon!!! BIG CONGRATS on your amazing losses -you are such an inspiration!!!

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60SIXTY 8/3/2010 7:14AM

    I haven't been on line much for several days & am finally reading this.
Wonderful success & fantastic writing.
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MYASHA 8/3/2010 12:51AM

  Wow! Congratulations.

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MOMFAN 8/3/2010 12:45AM

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FRENCHMARKET 8/3/2010 12:19AM

    emoticonon your success!!! What an inspiration you are!!!

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GRACEISENUF 8/2/2010 10:54PM

    So happy for you!!!!!!
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AML05030 8/2/2010 9:16PM

    DANG! Go girl go! down more then 10 perscriptions? that's truly incredible!

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NOEL711 8/2/2010 8:24PM

    Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes...

many of the issues you have overcome I face;
and to know that the challenges can be faced,
conquered, and life can get better..
is like light in the darkness.

Thank you for your honesty,
thank you for your inspiration,
thank you for you grit,
thank you for your grace!

Yes.. you could, and you did it.
And Yes, I can too! emoticon

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LOSE4LIFE10 8/2/2010 4:03PM

  well done on all the weight loss I need some of your inspiration send it my way :)

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SPOOKYTHECAT 8/2/2010 3:46PM

    Woo Hoo!!

What a great post! Keep singing & walking into Onederland :)

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ALISSA_SAL 8/2/2010 3:18PM

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You are an inspiration!

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WATERMELLEN 8/2/2010 2:58PM

    Weight to go!! What an accomplishment!

And: give your basset a pat from me (love bassets . . had two!! yes they ARE rowdy and stubborn bur so cute!!)

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QUEENMAEVE1285 8/2/2010 12:42PM

    Great job! Your words are an inspiration for me. I haven't worn shorts in 10 years, much less a bathing suit. Even when I was thin (size 10)I was worried about stretch marks and vericose veins. This time I am getting thin for me. Can't wait to go to a waterpark! Fun fun!

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LWINTER 8/2/2010 11:42AM

    Congratulations! Good for you! I know what that means (have lost 120 lbs myself) and you should be very proud of yourself.
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HAPPYNSMILING 8/2/2010 9:05AM

    Your blog is so inspirational! You are doing sensational!! Keep it up!!
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MSWEEZER 8/2/2010 8:23AM

    What a way to focus on all you've gained by losing the weight. Congratulations to you!!! Just goes to show what can be done with the right attitude. You are a true inspiration.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/2/2010 8:04AM

    Sylvia - Wow! Words can't describe what I am feeling for your awesome success right now. Thank you for sharing and for caring for me along your journey! Trish

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MESEATURTLE 8/2/2010 2:26AM

    i can definitely feel your energy!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

with a few lbs down ..i have started singing tooo!!!!

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ANASONIC 8/2/2010 12:05AM

    What an amazing accomplishment! And what an inspiration to me! I give you a emoticon emoticonand a high five! You enjoy everyone of those perks...you have earned them.

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EMRANA 8/1/2010 11:30PM

  Wow! You have accomplished so much! Thank you for your kind words on my page and for posting this for us all to share! You deserve all these congratulations you have here!!

I also need to thank you for celebrating that you're using your walker and not your wheelchair. Here I have been worrying because my cane has been nearly insufficient for me and I've been lamenting whether I might need a walker soon. Look at how perspective can make all the difference. It's a joy for you. If I have a walker in my life I am going to remember your beautiful face!

You are truly an inspiration!!

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SHOSHANADP 8/1/2010 11:12PM

    What great accomplishments! Congratulations on your success!

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LIZZYMITCH 8/1/2010 7:42PM

    Whenever I see stories on here of people who've accomplished these amazing things, it makes me tear up! Haha I'm such a sap =P Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!

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GEOMOSGIRL 8/1/2010 6:24PM

    Kudos on your success! That is such an amazing accomplishment and your story is very inspiring. I hope I can follow in your footsteps!

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Saturday, 7/24 Staying positive (against my will!)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello,

What is a mom to do when it is important to stay positive, but she isn't feeling that way? We talked about a number of things last evening and my kids were all "with me" on today being chore day. (Tomorrow, after a big Dixieland Service at church in conjunction with the community "Bix" weekend, we get to fo to a local waterpark to enjoy my daughter's work picnic for families. She, of course, has to work at this.) After I slept in until after 8, I did a bit of this and that and waited--but by 10:30, I knew I had to run errands and get going. All of thos promises went "poof." It was quite frustrating, because as much as I'd like to be independent, I am not there yet. I think this crazy week caught up with me a bit because I am swollen and achy. I read an SP article yesterday, thanks to my dear friends at OA of the Lower Back that mentioned we shouldn't think about our pain so much. Arghhhh, I don't think about it, I can't seem to escape it. Part of my issue is that I try to avoid my meds because they frequently make me sleepy when I on't want to be sleepy, but if I don't take them proactively, I end up suffering. That is the life of someone with chronic pain. When I am pushing myself at the pool to do my warm-up laps and to get started, there is something a bit off. emoticon

One week from tomorrow, is the first day back to work. Our first day professional development session is on the second floor of a building without an elevator and I will have to figure out how to drag myself and my walker up a trecherous flight of stairs that I have seen numerous people stumble and fall on. Prior to that, I have to finish preparing my room and I still have a lot to do. It isn't getting done very quickly, bu I know me and if it takes 15 hour work days, I will get it finished. I am like that. I have children who will help me, Mitchell leaves for Chicago and then Alaska at 6 Monday morning and I will miss him, but I am excited for him to get to go on this trip with his friends for his best friend's wedding. emoticon

There are many exciting things going on in my life, without a doubt, but I now feel as if my body is defying me and not cooperating when I need it the most. Staying positive is a wonderful thing as is not focusing on pain. Sometimes these special things get away from me and I guess today is the day.

I don't like relying on others. I don't like feeling pain. I don't like having things that seem to be "looming" without an escape route nearby. I know and have learned over and over again that I need to rely upon others at this stage in my life. I know that I will do what needs to be done and that I will do it well. I know and expect arthritis and fibromyalgia flares when I need them the least.

I can do whatever comes my way. I wish it would be easier, at least sometimes. I hate seeing our summer break come to an end so soon. It is nice to know that I'll be able to leave work and still go to the pool and play with my kids and have some fun around the duties that await.

I want to be positive and I can. It is just hard right at this moment. Tomorrow will be better--life is good!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia
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SHELLPRO 7/26/2010 11:16AM

    I've had much the same dread and forced positive attitude for my weekend too. Not that it helped much. Hang in there- emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/25/2010 9:47PM

    I hate that you have to go back so soon too but you are tough and I know you will make it. After last spring I know you can handle anything.

Have a wonderful week.

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NPA4LOSS 7/25/2010 8:13PM

    Sending emoticon and emoticon your way.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/25/2010 12:46PM

    I think that the excessive heat plays havoc on our bodies and causes a lot of pain and swelling. I know that it does for me. I am sorry that your children have let you down again but glad that you're embracing a positive attitude. Love ya, Dawn

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JHADZHIA 7/25/2010 10:39AM

    Wow! You really have a very short summer vacation!! School round here starts early, the first week of August, but your start time is taking away half the summer!! No wonder you are feeling down!! As our summers are so very short, I feel sorry for the kids going back that early. Can't remember why they brought that in.
Dealing with chronic pain is awful. My left hip and right hand have been really bothering me. I have been told by my Dr.'s there is no pain medication strong enough to control it, that they hope the disease modifying drugs will do the job, but they don't. I agree with Linda find more and better treatments with a new Dr. if you have to. If they have a chronic pain clinic in your city, that should be something you ought to consider investing in..
Try find someone to accompany you up those stairs. Do not attempt it alone. A physiotherapist once showed me the proper way to get up and down stairs using a walker. I found it a scary idea.
Sorry your summer is ending so very soon :(( I really feel for you.
gentle hugs,
Linda

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LMSTRAW 7/25/2010 12:54AM

    I live a very similar life. I do all sorts of things to help ease my pain, from guided relaxation to meditation, to screaming and cussing! (THE LATTER DOESN'T HELP AT ALL, i PROMISE) There are things besides medication that help. Get a good doctor, go over everything with him. I recently got a brace that came with an electrical unit that does e-stim and tens, both help so very much. Good luck to you.
Here is a chronic pain blog that I go to and enjoy and lot, find it very helpful.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/blog/
life-with-chronic-pain/
Linda

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