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Oh, pears!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Since I was a child I have been allergic to pears. Don't know why but if they are cooked I have no problem eating them but raw, the problem is bad.

Yesterday afternoon I took my kids out for an early dinner. I was good and had a salad with low fat dressing on the side. Last night I noticed my face was a bit puffy and thought that perhaps I had to much salt during the day.

By this morning I look distorted!! Apparently in the salad (which said it had apple bits) they had run out of apples and used pears. (yes, I called). My lips are swollen, my cheeks are swollen and I look like someone from another planet. Just typing this, if I look down, I can see my upper lip!!!

This is just a warning for those of you with allergies. If I had eaten more of the pear my throat could have closed and my tongue would have swelled. I called the Dr. and she said that by tomorrow I will be ok and that after I take the antihistamine my swelling will slowly go away. Whew!

I'm kind of angry that the restaurant didn't say anything. That was stupid on their part but I am going there today and showing them how they could have killed me!!!!

I'm really Ok, but I look rather silly. My kids have been making fun of me since yesterday *laugh*. Good thing it happened this weekend and not next because I have a date next Sat. night.

Wish me luck.

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L.I.L.MOMMY 11/10/2008 7:46AM

    Wow, although not alergic to anything, it's a great reminder to ask plenty of questions when eating out! Hope you're feeling better.

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MAUREEN19640824 11/9/2008 11:54AM

    Wow, so sorry for you. Feel better!!!

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CHASSIDY2 11/8/2008 12:48PM

  Hope you get well soon! emoticon

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JKPONYGIRL 11/8/2008 12:39PM

    I've never heard of anyone being allergic to pears before. That is really scary. Hope you are feeling better by now and have fun on your date!

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GIRLINMOTION 11/8/2008 10:40AM

    I never knew that pears could be such a problem for some people., but then I have a friend that is allergic to bananas. I am glad your going back to the restaurant and communicating the issue of food substitution, you ordered something that said nothing about pears. You should call your health board too, so more restaurants tell their servers these food allergy issues so if they have to substitute the patron is aware.

You are so lucky that it wasn't worse.

Hugs, Sonia

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I'm so sad

Saturday, November 01, 2008

This is a difficult blog to write. Over the past couple of months I have been taking care of a couple of stray cats. One of them Jesse has just stolen my heart and I have a box and towel in front of my house and he sleeps there and waits for me to feed him in the morning. He is adorable and I plan on trapping him and getting him neutered and vaccinated.

About a month or so ago a calico kitten appeared and started eating his food. He is such a sweetie he would let her eat and just look at me as if to say, "Hey, that was mine." I would always bring him an extra bowl full. I noticed she was getting really fat for the past couple of weeks and realized that even though she was maybe 6 months old, she was pregnant.

Yesterday I trapped her and brought her to the vet for spaying. He called me while she was under the anesthesia to tell me that she had FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) If I released her should would not only die in a short period of time, she would also infect every cat she came in contact with. She was very feral and there was no way to change that so we had to put her to sleep.

I have been crying all morning. I feel so badly that I had to make this decision but the vet told me that I have probably saved a lot of other cats by doing this. Of course, I'm now worried about Jesse and will trap him this week. If he is sick I will keep him in my garage (so he can't infect my cats) and see if I could tame him. (he's already so sweet). I might be able to place him in a home if I could and he could have a few good years.

I am just heart sick today. I know I did the right thing but I hate that I had to make such a tough decision. Thanks for listening.

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DORY.A 11/5/2008 9:04AM

    So sorry to read this blog. You must be heart broken....

But as the vet said, you've saved a lot of other cats by taking this action. It was meant to be.

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CJW359 11/4/2008 10:56AM

    I am so sorry that you have had to deal with this. I used to let my cats run in the neighborhood but stopped after one never came home and the other became ill. (I had to have him put down) Now it really bugs me when people let their animals run.

I applaud you for taking on the responsibility of taking care of animals that someone else has neglected. You are indeed a very caring person.

I hope you feel better soon about what had to be done. At least you spared that little kitten any future pain.



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GIRLINMOTION 11/2/2008 3:02PM

    Gayllyne I am sending out positive thoughts for Jesse. Hopefully he has not got the FIP. I am so glad there are people out there like you that care enough about the forgotten ones.

My neighbourhood is a big dumping ground for unwanted/unloved cats. I have great neighbours that have continued to feed many of them (I help by donating some food), but as they are ferral, they are very hard to trap and get them to the vet for some needed TLC.

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JEWEL-LEE 11/2/2008 6:42AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your feline. I know what it's like to make the decision to euthanize a loved pet. I had to do this in Dec of 2007. It's very hard to get through but each day gets better with time. Grieving is an important process so try to take time to do this so you can relieve some stress that is caused by your emotions. I hope Jesse is healthy. You sound like you have a huge heart for cats. I do too. They are so wonderful! Very theraputic. Maybe spending time with your other cats will help with your grief. You are in my thoughts. **Hugs**

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L.I.L.MOMMY 11/2/2008 4:46AM

    Unfortunately making the right decision isn't always easy, but you did do the right thing and perhaps spared many other cats in the process. It takes a big heart to do what you do for these strays and I hope Jesse is ok.

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JKPONYGIRL 11/1/2008 7:35PM

    I'm so sorry you had to make that decision. It is such a hard thing to do, but I'm sure you did what was best. emoticon

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TRICIA39 11/1/2008 3:40PM

    That is a sad story. something good is coming Looks like you are getting very close to achieving your goals Keep up the good work

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Fear.....that time again

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's been a rough year for me to say the least. I started off this year wondering if I had breast cancer. Having had two questionable mammograms, then a sterotactic biopsy that came back inconclusive and then in January a lumpectomy. What a way to start the year. Lucky, LUCKY for me, it turned out to be benign.

In June of this year my mother passed away. It wasn't unexpected but one is never, ever really prepared to lose a parent.

A couple of months ago my boyfriend "dumped" me. We had been together since my divorce and it was he that picked me up from the hospital after my surgery and it was he that waited with me while I got those results. I miss him but I know that life goes on.

I just got a notice in the mail that it is time for me to have another mammogram. I am gripped with fear. I don't want to go through that horrible time again. I am now so alone. I cannot burden my children but what if????? It is very hard for me to feel vulnerable. I am so strong in every way I just don't know what to do.

Please don't feel anyone has to comment on this. I am just venting a little. The best part of this year was losing over 30 lbs. I need to focus on that I know.

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DORY.A 11/5/2008 9:08AM

    I, too, just went through a scare but luckily, they were able to determine it was a cyst and not anything serious. I know what you mean about feeling alone and not knowing what to do "if". I went through all of those thoughts too in the past month or so.... and I do have a partner to share everything with.

Focus on all your good stuff and remember that positivity is a healing factor in our lives so instead of worrying about the bad results of this next mammogram, focus on the "it's going to be clear and okay". It truly does make people better.

And as noted by CRBDELL, vent away girlfriend... we're here to listen and share our experience with you.

Stay strong and positive... and remember how GREAT you look!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CRBEDELL 10/31/2008 2:23PM

    Vent all you want and feel free to talk to any of us fellow moms... being afraid of what might result this time is perfectly natural - just don't let the fear keep you from having that mammogram.
Sending you lots of hugs and shoulders to cry on.

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L.I.L.MOMMY 10/31/2008 6:56AM

    I completely understand the mammogram scare, I had mine at the age of 24 but remember early detection and treatment are key. HOMEBODY, did a great post on our team regarding her own experience with breast cancer, I'm sure she would be more than willing to discuss any questions or issues you may have.

Also the healthier the body is, the better equipped it is to deal with what comes....I'm sending a prayer your way. HUGS Tracy

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The frustration persists....

Friday, October 24, 2008

It's been a while since I wrote a blog entry. It's not because there isn't a lot going on in my life (as usual), it's just that I'm still frustrated about not losing like I was. Yesterday I was 130.8. Yes, that's the lowest I've been but, I've been between that and 134 for about 2 months!!! It seems that my body likes it here and isn't going to budge. I have kind of come to terms with it and I know that I need to up my exercise but with the cold weather, it's hard. I know, I know, I will!!!

On a different front, the playoffs have started for my son. He is in a fall ball (baseball) league. His team came in third in the county. The two teams ahead of him are good, really, really good and while I do think they will make it to the last rounds, I doubt they will beat these guys. My son's team is very young and not as experienced as these two teams and that does make a difference. Doesn't matter to me, I'm so proud of him no matter what. It's amazing that he has grown 4 inches in the past year and now is almost a head taller than me. So much for 12!!! What's going to happen when he's 13????

My daughter is applying to colleges. We haven't picked a "really want to get into" one yet but I think that one is going to be Northeastern in Boston. She is very bright and I believe she will get into wherever she applies. Keep your fingers crossed. She has been in "teenzilla" mode today so it makes it easier for me to think about her leaving LOL!!!

Hope all my spark buddies are well!!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 10/25/2008 4:03AM

    Fun stuff first.....way to go to your sons team! Woo Hoo It's a good thing we raise our children right, for once those boys gets bigger than us, it's only the fear factor that keeps them in line! tee hee

It's funny, there are very few mamals that don't push their young ones from the nest, we're one of the crazy few! LOLOLOL

How exciting for your daughter, I'm sending wishes for great things for her future!

Now, the not so fun stuff.....plateaus....yuck! A few things to check if you haven't already.
1. portion sizes, estimating or measuring, if estimating portions they may have crept up a bit.
2. re-evaluate your weight/calorie/exercsie goals from your start page. Lower weight, more calories burned creates an imbalance in the basic formula spark uses to set daily calories so keep those updated every 10-15 pounds lost.
3. kick up the cardio, the body is very good at adapting to a cardio routine, may be time to push yourself.
4. kick up the ST (more reps, sets or weights). See above, applies to ST too.
5. calorie cycling (never been able to stick to this one myself). See above, applies to eating the same calorie range dail.

Shake it up, keep your body guessing and I bet you see that weight start to come off again.

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GIRLINMOTION 10/24/2008 6:17PM

    I want a date update, lol.

Hugs, Sonia

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CRBEDELL 10/24/2008 4:03PM

    The dreaded plateau is extremely frustrating! Try not to let it get to you (I know, easy to say). Sounds like your kids are doing very well - something to be very proud of!

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JKPONYGIRL 10/24/2008 9:33AM

    You have come so far. A plateau here and there is to be expected, and maybe you can change your excercise just a little bit to give you that little push that you need to get over the edge.

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PERKYDEBI 10/24/2008 9:19AM

    I'm so sorry that you are frustrated with your weight loss, or lack of at the moment. But you have done fantastic so far and even though the scales might not be showing the numbers that you want, what do the clothes and inches show? So some of that weight may be muscle mass. But try not to get so frustrated about it. Keep the faith.

Congrats on your son's baseball team! And I know about those Teenzillas! I have a daughter that's 14 going on 24!! I'm counting down the years until she graduates! But I really do love her!!

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hmmmm, that was easy????

Saturday, October 04, 2008

So, Rosh Hashana was very difficult. I made all kinds of great food and had lots of people over. My girlfriends daughter made a honey cake that was the size of a football field and the most delicious thing I've ever tasted! I really was not good for at least three days and gained about a pound a day!!

I finally threw everything out that no one else but me ate and went back to eating properly. This morning I was back to the weight I started with before the holiday. I didn't lose anything but I didn't gain either. I'm shocked that it came off so easily but so pleased I was able to get back on track after the "blip". It made me believe that I have changed and will not go back to the before attitude of "if I blew it then I will binge".

Yay me!!! Now to lose that last 10 lbs!! BTW, my size 6 jeans are a little baggy emoticon

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BLINDBETH 10/12/2008 6:04PM

    But the honey cake is always so good... and it makes for a sweet new year! Glad the weight came right back off!

You go, girl!

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GIRLINMOTION 10/6/2008 9:49AM

    If you don't let the weight gain get a chance to stay attached, it is easier to lose the "quick' gain. Way to go on getting back on track and not letting that 3 pound gain stay attached to you, lol.

Hugs, Sonia

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L.I.L.MOMMY 10/6/2008 4:43AM

    Great job getting back on track! WOO HOO

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 10/5/2008 10:58PM

    When I read your title, I thought "hmm...she needs a Staple's "easy" button" lol

Isn't it amazing how our bodies bounce back? It just goes to show that we can splurge here and there and be just fine as long as we stay on track the majority of time. Everything in moderation, right?


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