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i mean this from the bottom of my heart.thank you spark people.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

this is for you spark guy,all the staff,and all the people here especially my spark buddies who keep me going when i donīt always feel like it.thank you.



www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-T1h7JOR-Q

sorry for some reason the link doesnīt seem to work.it was the song wind beneath my wings.that is what you all are.

  
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SUSIEPH1 11/13/2010 5:22AM

    Karen My love .. you have it in you to reach your goal .. if you have the strength to go through that very serious op on your own!! .
Then you have the strength to lose that weight !!.
I am being very honest with you and I think for some reason you don't think you deserve to do this ... you really do my friend ...
Do you really want your children to grow up not knowing their mother ? because if you don't address this problem, you are not going to see them grow up and marry and have children of their own..
You need to look after yourself to be able to look after them...
Do you want them to be in the same position you were in ..?
Looking after your siblings because your mother lost her life?
Darling Girl, I love you and care for you and your family to much, to let that happen to you..
Life is to be lived . Please try to get fit and healthy if not for your sake, at least for your children sake .. If I can help in any way.. Please Please let me know ... much love to you all ... Susie xx

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TYEASLEY 11/9/2010 11:04PM

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JUDITH1654 11/9/2010 3:09AM

    We are very grateful for YOU!!! emoticon

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SABA_MALI 11/8/2010 1:50AM

    aaawww thanks alot:) i knoww it works wonders for everyone:)

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JAMALSCUTIE 11/7/2010 9:41PM

    Thank-you too! you made me feel very welcome on spark!

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MILLISMA 11/7/2010 2:04PM

    Karen, that's what friends are for!

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SUSIEPH1 11/7/2010 2:02PM

    Hi Sweetie , You are always here for us too..
This is what Sparks is all about ....
Sometimes it is hard to hear the truth but my dear friend.... you took it on the chin!! So very proud of you ... Now ...today is a new start for you ...lets get moving !!! I am with you all the way!!
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HIPPIE44 11/7/2010 12:30PM

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LADYIRISH317 11/7/2010 12:27PM

    Glad we could help -- that's what we're here for.

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DEE797 11/7/2010 12:11PM

    Right back at ya Karen. emoticon emoticon

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MOBAYGIRL 11/7/2010 11:25AM

    BIG HUGS and right back at ya Karen.

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POSITIVELY_EB 11/7/2010 9:44AM

    One of my most favorite songs! We love you, too, Karen!

Hugs! Beverly

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KEAMOM1510 11/7/2010 6:13AM

    Karen, You are so sweet. emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/7/2010 5:42AM

    Yes - SparkPeople is such a wonderful organization ! I am so thankful
to be a part of it ! Thanks, again, Chris Downie , and the rest of your Team !

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am i being really honest with myself or am i making excuses?

Saturday, November 06, 2010

how committed am i?
do i really want this?
if i am really committed why havenīt i got to goal yet?
why havenīt i lost more?
why do i loose and keep putting back on?
does that mean i really donīt want to loose the weight in the first place?
what are my reasons for coming to spark people?
why to i stay?
are those reasons still valid?
do i still want this?is it worth it?
are my reasons for going away from my healthy lifestyle on occasions?
are those reasond real or just excuses?
can i let stress get the better of me?
should i let stress get the better of me?
do i know how i got big in the first place?
do i still do the same things that made me big ?
when yes why?
have i any self control?
have i any self esteem?
do i even know what the last two are?
what do i want from life?what do i have to do to get what i want out of life?
am i doing them?
if not why not?

here are just a few questions i ask myself everynow and then and it is something i think we should all ask ourself now and then no matter how far we are on this journey or even if we are where we want to be.the trick is being honest when you answer.only you know weather you are being honest or not.i know i havenīt been as honest as i could be with my self.if i had been i am sure i would be further in on my journey than i am so all i have to say is

TIME TO START GETTING HONEST:TIME TO START KICKING BUTT:

thankls for taking time to read this blog for me.hope it helps you clarify some areas in your life liked it helped me and please feel free to kick butt every now and again,my butt too.

  
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GAIL461 11/8/2010 8:02AM

    Karen,

Thanks for reminding us all that we are worth it! HUGS. Gail

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DETERMINDCHICKY 11/7/2010 2:47PM

    You are right those are the very questions that I have to ask myself. Thank you Karen. Your friendship means so much to me. emoticon

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MOBAYGIRL 11/7/2010 11:27AM

    What a great list of questions to ask ourselves. Thank you Karen for blogging from your heart.

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JOFOR15 11/6/2010 11:07PM

  Being truthful to yourself is not always easy, but it is helpful.

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POSITIVELY_EB 11/6/2010 10:48PM

    Interesting questions! I'm just now starting into the answers myself! Keep us posted!!

Hugs! Beverly

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AFTERMYKIDS 11/6/2010 8:47PM

    So many great questions. Some of many I have asked myself. I always wonder why we would Lie to ourself. WHO are we hurting? It's not like it's HeLPING us if we lie to ourself emoticon Thanks for the emoticonWE all could use one ONCE in a while!
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SUSIEPH1 11/6/2010 5:45PM

    Wonderful Blog Karen .. Yes it is hard to hear the truth even from ones self..
I am so glad you are realising it is total commitment or why bother at all .
This is what I tell my self every day! When I wake up at 5.30 am and it is cold outside and just so lovely and snug in my bed..
Why would I want to get out and get dressed and head off to the Pool and Gym in the dark and the rain ?
.My answer to myself?
Because I want too .. I want to execise and eat well .. I want to be healthy and fit I want to see my children and grandchildren grow up and be successful in life ...and most of all I want to live!!
great Blog darling ... I love you !! Susie
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DEE797 11/6/2010 2:40PM

    Very good questions. You are right we do need to be honest with not only ourselves but also with our ability to attain the goals we have set. Very thought provoking. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and for being my friend. emoticon emoticon

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MINIDRIVER63 11/6/2010 2:22PM

    Good questions! The ones I ask are:

What am I doing today to help me meet my goals?

How does this action help me meet my goals?

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ACIMPEGGY 11/6/2010 2:19PM

    I think we all have moments of doubt...but I believe we need to figure our (small) treats in to our daily calorie (etc) ranges so as not to feel deprived and go off on a binge.

The greatest fears are the fear of failure and the fear of success! Are some people afraid to succeed thinking they won't need their Spark friends any more? Not true! I have seen lots of pages under Motivation ... pages of people at goal who say they are at goal for varying lengths of time because they DO stay on SP!

As to why we get big in the first place, there are probably many reasons. They usually involve just plain NOT living the lifestyle (balanced nutrition, fitness, water and sleep) that Spark People recommends!

For myself, just like Toastmasters and A Course in Miracles, I feel I'll be on Spark People FOREVER!

Here's wishing a wonderful friend an equally wonderful weekend! emoticon

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LISAWILLBEFIT 11/6/2010 1:42PM

    Those are extremely important questions that we all need to aks ourselves all the time.Thanks for remionding me.Lisa

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JCARDINAL 11/6/2010 1:22PM

    Thanks Karen! All good questions.

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HIPPIE44 11/6/2010 1:15PM

    All good things to think about.

There are times when I think i'm being too hard on myself and as soon as I do that I think, no, i'm not being hard enough! LOL!

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PAULA3420 11/6/2010 1:05PM

    Hello my friend, Karen,

You are always very thoughtful and on point. You hit the nail on the head!!! It is most important to be honest with ourselves so we can learn and grow and reach our goals. I also believe it is a process and it takes some meat longer to cook than others and that is OK.

I love having you for a friend and thanks for taking the time to visit with me as often as you do. YOU are a VERY GOOD FRIEND. emoticon emoticon

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BUTRFNGRZ 11/6/2010 12:20PM

    Oh yes, it is so easy to be dishonest with ourselves. We make excuses and justify our actions - or inactions! emoticon I think it's very good to ask ourselves these questions from time to time and get ourselves back on track!! emoticon

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SUNSHINE6859 11/6/2010 12:14PM

    Thanks for the blog! Have we met? Do you know me? Sure sounds like you do. These are question I ask myself almost daily but more often than not, I ignore the answer. It indeed is time to get honest with myself, clarify some areas in my life and kick some major butt.

Thanks for the swift kick in the butt, I needed it! emoticon

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UMMRANIA 11/6/2010 11:44AM

    Assalamu Aliakum

Yes, very valid questions we all need to ask ourselves sometimes. One question I need to always ask myself is, "do I really want to have this because it feels good to eat, or do I just feel that I am not worthy of taking care of myself?"

Thanks for the inspiration and the constant encouragement, I know I would probably have given up if I didnt have your support!

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i guess it is time for another update.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

sorry it has been so long since my last blog.it was not as if i had nothing to say but more the case i didnīt have the time.alot has happened since my last blog.first i was still putting on weight but the last 2weeks that has done a turn around and i lost 5 lbs.i hope this turn around will be around for a while and doesnīt decide to make another u turn.i guess that is down to me though lol.just altered one of my mini goals and that is to reach one-der-land by my 2nd spark anniversary(23lbs)which is 8 weeks away which will be an average of 3lbs a week.must just pull my socks up and my pants in i guess.also just noticed that i am only 2.5lbs away from my other mini goal and that is to loose enough weight to use the kids trampoline.plan to do that this week all being well but i wont be able to use it because of the op but at least i would know i could use it.this will be a big biggy for me.will keep you all informed.since the last blog my husband and the kids are all back home .ayman has been in hospital for 4 days .he is still ill though.zakariya is also ill.talking of zakariya we have been fighting to keep him in main stream school which had involved lots of meetings with schools,social workers,drīs etc.i am afraid to say we lost that fight and zakariya must go to a special school.which means now sorting out cancelling fees,sorting out new school fees seeing about getting help with the school fees etc.also have a lot more drīs visit test etc for the new school for his accessment etc.so will also be buzy with that for a while.have been buzy baking and organising things for zakariya to have a leaving party at his after school club and his school.baking cakes and doing goodie bags for 50 kids in total anbd i didnīt eat a single cake or sweet.hope this is a sign for the coming up halloween.re me.i am still having a lot of back pain(upper right shoulder blades region)with the lung embolies and still going twicw a week for the quick/IRN worth for my tablets amount.but with the iron injections i only have to go once a week now.woo hoo.i am still having a lot of pain in my right ankle bone ,the dr thinks it is athrose i have an appointment with the orthopedic on the 3rd of november but have to cancel it now as aymans lung specialist appointment is on the same day and time(the earliest the lung specialist could fit him in)and that is more important.who knows how long i will have tó wait for my next orthopedic appointment i waited 5 weeks for this one.so is life when you have kids i guess.hubby is also not well he has toothache and his dentist is on holiday till tuesday where he has an appointment.hands up who can tell me how my husband is acting(yes you guessed it like a big baby and that it is theend of the world.)so thatīs it up to know that is the total update i donīt think i missed anything out except this.

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PATJ7084 11/4/2010 6:09PM

    sounds a really hectic time, dont suppose you get much ME time emoticon

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ADORNED2 11/4/2010 12:49PM

    Sounds like to me you are doing Great under the circumstances - with sickness in the family - that creates Stress and stress plays havoc with weight loss (moreso in women than men I think )
Glad to hear your baby is doing better
Sorry to hear Hubby is having tooth problems and that you have to put off your appt - is it arthritis that is causing the discomfort?

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/31/2010 3:03AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss !
One-der-land is getting closer and closer !
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family !
Best Wishes to you all !
Have a nice, safe Halloween !

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JUDITH1654 10/30/2010 9:28PM

    You are doing great! I really don't know how you keep going like you do and maintain such a terrific attitude but you sure motivate so many of us! Will be praying for your entire family. Thank God for modern medicine, eh? emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 10/30/2010 4:46PM

    emoticon You need a computer or a secretary just to keep track of appointments!!
Here's hoping you keep heading in the right direction and that all turns out well for your family!
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TYEASLEY 10/30/2010 3:11PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. emoticon HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! emoticon

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JCARDINAL 10/30/2010 2:42PM

    Way to go on the 5 lbs Karen! With all that's going on in your life that is a real accomplishment. Men are such babies when they don't feel well, my husband acts like he's the only one who's ever been sick. Take care!

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SLOLOSER 10/30/2010 2:05PM

    It sounds tough. Just hang in there.

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ERNURSERN 10/30/2010 12:13PM

    Karen HOW THE HECK do you keep going??? YOU are amazing!! I have said it before and I will say it again I sure wish I was closer so I could help you!!! Well I will just keep praying for you and the kids...and now for your husband's tooth!!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/30/2010 9:09AM

    emoticon back at ya, Karen! So glad to hear that everyone is home again. I know you missed them like crazy!!

Hugs! Beverly

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MUSIC66 10/30/2010 4:48AM

    my orthepedic appointment was postphoned to the twenty 29th of november due to an over book clinic i know how frustrating it can be.

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SUSIEPH1 10/30/2010 4:48AM

    Congratulations on the 5lb loss Karen,, doing well my dear.
Sorry to hear all your Boys are still unwell .It must be such a trying time for you.
You did really well cooking all those lovely yummies and not eating any ..

Well done my friend.
I hope you get to see your Orthopaedic doctor very soon about your foot , it must be very sore.
Thanks for such a long newsy blog .. it is good to catch up ..
Take Care Love to all .. Susie

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re-evalueating my steps.

Monday, September 27, 2010

for along time i have not been wearing my pedometer while i was on exercise ban i did what the dr said and did no exercise even though i was still walking to and from school etc. i didnīt see it as exercise but part of normal day to day life.i have a couple of spark friends who said i should have tracked it as exercise but i never did as i didnīt see it as that.now i am sorry i didnīt. i have missed 1000īs and 1000īs exercise minutes because of it,well today i put on my pedometer just going back and forth from the school 3 times ,going to my drs and going shopping.nothing extra,no extra exercise or anything have i done18,919 steps so far.(so much for gentle exercise.i per posed with another sparker who is having problems getting her walking in that we can do it together and we could both try and get 5,000 steps in.looks like that will have to be re evaluate.shall i now go for the 10,000steps per day instead of 5,000 or be more adventerous and go for 15,000 steps a day.before my op and exercise ban etc i always tried for over 20,000 steps a day but more often than not it was over 25,000steps a day.i still have a long way to go to get back there but at least i know why i get tired doing what i see as nothing when really it was the exercise that is making me tired and that what i have been doing on a daily basis was not nothing. emoticon

  
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JEAN524 10/25/2010 5:43PM

    Wow! I think I'm doing great if I manage 10,000 steps a day. You should be getting fit doing that amount. emoticon emoticonLove, Jean

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LEEZAHYO 10/23/2010 3:19PM

    I think u just inspired me to get one!!!!

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TYEASLEY 10/23/2010 1:23PM

    I'm addicted to wearing my pedometer. My goal is 10,000 steps a day. I don't always do that many but at least I'm tracking what I do. That makes me feel accomplished.

Good job and keep the good work up. emoticon

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ERNURSERN 10/5/2010 7:27AM

    Wow you go girl...walking is great exercise and if you are doing ANY walking I would count it!! I started wearing my pedometer at work this weekend..I got in 4 miles on Sunday night...I wish I had worn it on Saturday....I bet I walked 6 miles...it was SO BUSY!!! You are doing wonderful! I am proud of you for just getting out and walking!!! KEEP IT UP!!!!

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DEE797 10/3/2010 5:47PM

    WHOA Karen, that is so cool. Glad your SparkFriend suggested using your pedometer again. That's a lot of steps, sure hope you are tracking them on here as well. YOU GO GIRL! emoticon

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PAULA3420 10/3/2010 10:30AM

    I think you are a SUPER STAR!! I'm so happy a Spark Friend suggested you put your pedometer on again. Keeping track of your steps and seeing how much you are doing will make you feel so good about yourself.

I am so PROUD of you, walking keeps you strong. Keep on Keeping On my Sister.

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LADYSNOWFALL 10/1/2010 4:03PM

    Walking is good exercise! It's much gentler than many others. You will get built back up in endurance. No worries there.

Keep up the good work!

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MOBAYGIRL 9/30/2010 9:27AM

    That is wonderful! Yes do now set yourself a goal since you see what is the norm. emoticon

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KHADEEJAH1 9/29/2010 6:38PM

    KEEP ON STEPPIN'! emoticon

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TOTRIED 9/27/2010 9:24PM

    Go for the goal! All the way!!!!!!!

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B-N-ME 9/27/2010 8:24PM

    emoticonKaren!
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MUSIC66 9/27/2010 7:56PM

    that great.

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SUSIEPH1 9/27/2010 5:48PM

    Thats Wonderful Karen ... keep the Pedometor on all day ! you will be amazed at what steps you can build up .. also my love .. when you are doing the house work that counts as extra. that can go down as Aerobic exercise.. you will soon see your fitness build up again and that will give you confidence as well as helping to keep fit! love Susie and Bobby emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JCARDINAL 9/27/2010 4:22PM

    See Karen you have been exercising and you didn't even know it!:) That's a lot of steps, they say 10000 is active, you must be super active. Keep it up!

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STRANGELILJEN 9/27/2010 3:48PM

    Wow, that is a lot of steps! I have a hard time getting in 5,000. Do what you can and keep on moving!

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AMANDAMNORRIS 9/27/2010 3:40PM

    That is a LOT of steps! Super cool, keep it up!

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KEAMOM1510 9/27/2010 3:20PM

    Good for you, Karen!!! Keep moving!


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thanks for response to last blog and update.

Friday, September 24, 2010

firat i would like to thank you all for the response and suggestions to my last blog,you are all great and i thank you all for your friendship from the bottom of my heart.you all rock.
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i had a word again with the dr and though for the tablets it is better if i avoid the listed foods in my last blog she said if i normally eat them i should do so and they would alter the tablets accordingly.i.e will need more tablets than if i donīt est them.

vitamin k is what the boody uses to thicken the blood and as i have 7 lung embolies my blood needs to be thinner which is why i should avoid foods with vitamin k.the tablets they used to help thin the blood are based on a substance used as a rat poisen.so i would rather take less than more of them if you know what i mean.so i plan to carry on eating the low calorie things i really love,i.e spinat and tomatoes but in moderation and make the use of all the other foods that are not on the list.it will mean that losing weight might be a bit slower as most of the things on the list are what i normally eat when trying to lose weight but the thought of taking more tablets to me is not a good option also the thought of my blood getting thinner quicker is a priority to me as many of you know my father died from a lung embolie and the thought really scares me.so though it is not as bad as i oritginally thought as the dr said if i eat the food on the list they can alter the medication accordingly the option if is there for me.so look forward not backwards and start everyday with a smile wheather you feel like it or not. emoticon

  
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YOSOYLINDA 9/25/2010 10:38AM

    Slow and steady always wins the race anyway, and many of us have proved that again and again. Every time I try something "quick and dirty," I end up worse off than I started.

As for foods, I could make a long list, but I'm trying to balance it all out.

Hang in there!

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MRS_HBE 9/25/2010 8:18AM

    I have wanted a "fast" weight loss for so long, but my thyroid condition gets in the way of that. It's taken a while for me to be satisfied with slower progress toward my goal.

Stay healthy, eat what you can, find alternatives to your old favorites, but most of all, don't stress or think negative thoughts when you're losing slower than you would like. Look at this as a chance to discover new favorite foods that are low in Vitamin K.

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CHOCOLAT-A 9/24/2010 10:03PM

    It is good to know you clarified the matter with your doctor.


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MUSIC66 9/24/2010 7:17PM

    glad you spoke to your doctor.

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SUSIEPH1 9/24/2010 7:03PM

    Hi Darling . So glad you had another chat to your doc .. and she was able to clarify your condition .. There have been leaps and bounds in medication and treatment in the last few years so please do not worry that what happened to you father will happen to you it is highly unlikely.. Most men wait until it is too late to go for treatment ..
You are seeing your doctor quite often and she will keep a check on you ..
I hope you will feel better soon my love .. Love always Susie and Bobby emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/24/2010 5:17PM

    Sounds like Coumadin? There are plenty of "diet" foods not mentioned in your list. But it would make it easier for you if you put your list into alphabetical order.

I agree with you - better to avoid the foods than to take extra blood thinner.

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JCARDINAL 9/24/2010 2:02PM

    Great to hear your diet won't be as restrictive as you thought! Take care of yourself Karen and follow Doctors orders.

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HALLALUYAH 9/24/2010 1:02PM

    "I'm smiling Everhopeful"
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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/24/2010 12:45PM

    thats funny ladysnow fall i had chicken breat with rice for dinner.

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LADYSNOWFALL 9/24/2010 12:23PM

    I noticed that proteins weren't on your list. Some people do well with a higher protein diet. Notice I said Higher protein, not Atkins. I feel better when I am eating a higher protein diet. Lean proteins don't really have all that many calories, so enjoy a chicken breast!

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HIPPIE44 9/24/2010 9:31AM

    glad the doctor gave you more feedback :)

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REAL_FOOD 9/24/2010 8:48AM

    Starting today with a smile...cause you said to emoticon

It's good that you have the option to try to control some of it with your diet rather than medications. That sounds like a good idea!

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POSITIVELY_EB 9/24/2010 8:25AM

    Great attitude! Keep it up!

Hugs! Beverly

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B-N-ME 9/24/2010 7:20AM

    Karen, it is good to hear your doctor took the time to further explain things to you. I've not heard of this before, but I agree as well, I would rather find a way to alter my diet than take more meds then I had to.
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DEE797 9/24/2010 6:54AM

    I am glad the doctor cleared up a few things for you. I am with you though on not eating the foods instead of taking more medication. Thoughts and prayers coming your way to help you through this transition. emoticon

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