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Life is fragile

Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's been a difficult week for me. I haven't lost any weight this week but I have been put on a new medication and that could be the reason. I haven't gone off my diet and have been really good about using the treadmill so I believe it will show up eventually. I still feel focused and determined (half the battle, no?)

I had some horrible news yesterday. A good friend of mine that lives clear across the country in San Francisco, husband had a heart attack yesterday. He didn't make it. He was 57 years old. I am truly stunned. I called her when I was out there in March but we just couldn't get together because of our schedules. She sounded so happy.

Her husband's major problem was that he was overweight. When I first met him many years ago he had a little weight problem. She laughed that they were so opposite because she runs marathons and does iron woman competitions. He struggled with his weight always.

My heart goes out to my friend Carol (we went to high school together) and this is a real wake up to maintain the work I am doing now.

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CELEST 9/11/2011 11:09AM

    This sounds like my story. My friends husband died a month ago at 57 from a heart attack. He had no weight issues what so ever, but was always a worrier. He leaves behind a wife Ann, and two sons. Tragic, so young.

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TRACSGOAL 7/11/2011 12:31PM

    So sorry to hear about your friend's loss. I will keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 7/11/2011 7:11AM

    So Sorry to hear about your friends husband. It's always a good reminder to take care of ourselves. Not just weight but to eat healthy and try to avoid health problems at all cost.
I feel your loss.

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    So sorry about your friends loss, but a very good reminder to take care of the weight issues.

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K8NJKSMOM 7/10/2011 12:25PM

    So sorry to hear about your friend's husband.

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DOROTHYBERO 7/10/2011 9:27AM

    So very hard when a good friend looses a loved one - it is a wake up call!! Condolanses!!

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NEELIXNKES 7/10/2011 9:23AM

    emoticon very sorry to hear about your friend's husband. That is a tough situation.

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Great Dessert

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

There are things I know that are triggers for me. Got some not so good news today and believe it or not, I lost my appetite. I know it will return and the first thing I will look for is something sweet.

I cannot keep ice cream in my house, ever. If it's there, I will eat it. I had this idea today. I got some fresh berries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. I sweetened them with some splenda and then mixed them with some cool whip free. Then....I froze the whole thing!

It's like I can have a big bowl of ice cream that is not only good for me, but has less than 100 calories (way less) in the whole thing!! Woohoo YUM!!

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K8NJKSMOM 6/24/2011 2:10PM

    MMM....sounds delish! Cool Whip Free is my favourite! It makes you think you are having a totally decadent dessert! I've never tried it frozen though. This will be a great treat for the summer!!!

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DOROTHYBERO 6/16/2011 4:05PM

    Sounds yummy - will have to try it!!

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ABISMITHY 6/16/2011 12:30PM

    Wow! That sounds awesome - I might have to try some of that!

(See how I was drawn to a blog called "Great Dessert!"


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GEMINI-SKY 6/16/2011 7:08AM

    What a Great Idea ! ! ! Enjoy ! ! !

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The Journey

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I guess we are never done. The journey is long and winding and never ending. I am pleased that I have lost almost all the weight I gained from the time of Passover through the shiva when my dad passed away. Almost, just a couple of lbs to go. Now of course, I need to lose the rest of the weight I gained over the past couple of years. It's going, it's going... I have been very steady and focused.

I have been once again battling the demon depression. I know I need to get a handle on it and I really am trying. Life has been so difficult of late with my entire air conditioning unit having to be replaced, a pipe breaking in the garage bringing the ceiling down with it etc.....Not an easy time.

On the bright side, I went for my yearly mammogram with the sonogram follow-up on the side I had the lumpectomy, and all was clear. I will go again next year. Whew! While I am one of the lucky ones whose lumpectomy was benign, I know I was that way because I caught it early. Make sure you all get your check ups!!

Have a great Sunday.

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MHNGJR 6/13/2011 4:52PM

    emoticon und emoticon for the mammo results!

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GEMINI-SKY 6/13/2011 6:59AM

    They Say..."He only gives us what we can handle" ! ! !
You must be one tough cookie ! ! !
Change what you can and leave the rest in God's Hands...He's got your back...

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RO2LOOSE 6/12/2011 9:27AM

    I;m sorry to learn of your recent well as the other trials you've faced recently. It seems so often that challenges come in clusters---I hope your cluster is complete now and things will begin on the upswing for you. Your weight loss despite facing those challenges is wonderful...with your determination you can do it! hope you have a wonderful week!~~Ro

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It clicked

Friday, May 20, 2011

I has been a very difficult couple of months. Between my dad going into hospice care, Passover with the family, my dad's passing and the shiva, I gained nearly 10 lbs. This is on top of the weight I had already gained back.

I knew that I was eating badly but I just couldn't help myself. I didn't care. The stress was enormous and I had shut down.

A couple of weeks ago, it clicked. I had had enough of feeling awful and started to do something about it. I started walking again, eating right, tracking and best of all losing.

Today I realized it's two weeks since I started. I already feel better. I know I dropped a few pounds and know that I will continue on the right track. I had forgotten that this makes me feel better.

I know you all know what that moment is like when it "clicks" and you are ready. I'm angry at myself for gaining so much of my weight back but not so angry that I can't do something about it.

I so appreciate the encouragement I get from this wonderful place. Thanks everyone for your support. It's been fantastic.

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DOROTHYBERO 5/21/2011 8:26AM

    Love those aha moments emoticon

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PLPEEP 5/20/2011 10:31PM

    I think as long as we never give up we can conquer anything. So glad to hear you are back on the right track.

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MHNGJR 5/20/2011 12:21PM

    You had some issues that very understandably resulted in some weight gain, BUT. . you've recognized where you need to go and started on the way. emoticon emoticon

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    So glad you found that moment again where it all clicks. emoticon

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LSCHULER72 5/20/2011 10:26AM

    Super! We are glad you are here with us!

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PENNI68 5/20/2011 9:43AM

    That is is amazing when you eat better and exercise how much better you feel!! I had forgotten that myself this week. Time to get back at it!! Sorry about the loss of your dad, but good for you for putting things into perspective and getting back at it!! emoticon

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He's Gone

Monday, April 25, 2011

I can't believe that I am writing this but I am sorry to say we lost my dad this past weekend. He has been sick for so long and his health failing we knew this was going to happen.

What I have learned is that no matter how prepared you think you are for this, you just aren't prepared. I find myself just starting to cry because I was thinking of some wonderful times with my dad, or just because I miss him already.

My dad was the greatest dad ever. We were very, very close. In my family there were only lots of boys (I have lots of male cousins and an older brother) but I was not only the youngest but the only girl. A true princess and my dad adored me.

He was a remarkable man. My dad finished the house I grew up in. He did all the electrical work, paneled the den and painted my room every time I thought it should be a different color. You may not think this very remarkable but my dad was a WWII veteran. He proudly served his country and lost his right arm in the service. He told me there was nothing he couldn't do and that with only one arm. This meant there was nothing I couldn't do no matter what.

This Wednesday is the funeral. I say good-by for the final time. It is going to be so hard because selfishly I want him with me always but I know that he is at peace now, pain free and with my mom. I also know that I will miss him every day of my life.

I am so grateful I have a lifetime of memories to keep him with me always.

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COOKNKEL 5/9/2011 2:23PM

    No matter how old we are, losing our Daddy is rough. You were blessed to have such an honorable overcomer to set that example to get you through the storms of this life. The good news is we have a heavenly Father waiting to take over, who loves us and knows our pain and every tear. It will be a hard week. Blessings of peace to you.

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 4/29/2011 8:26AM

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Your dad sounds like a number 1 champion. Hope the funeral was lovely and reflectful for all those whom he touched.

So sorry for your lost.

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DOREENKNIGHT64 4/28/2011 10:38AM

    My sympathies are with you. Hold on to those memories and pass them down to the next generations, that way he will be with you and with your family too.

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PAWKETS 4/27/2011 10:45AM

    Very sorry for your loss

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MOMMABOF7 4/26/2011 8:11AM

    So sorry for your loss! What great memories to hold in your heart.

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BESEVEN 4/25/2011 11:26PM

    Your father sounds like he was a truly great man, and you couldn't have asked for a better dad. May you treasure your memories of him, and live the wisdom he instilled in you.
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    What a beautiful tribute to your father. Hugs & Prayers during this very sad time for you.

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MARTHAWILL 4/25/2011 8:45PM

    Sorry for your loss and pain. You are right. No matter how long you know you will lose someone, it is still difficult when that person is gone. There will forever be an empty spot.
At the same time, how wonderful that you will have such beautiful memories.

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2LABS2LOVE 4/25/2011 8:25PM

    emoticon emoticonYour Dad sounds like a wonderful Daddy. You are so blessed to have a Dad like him. Death is a journey we will all take...your separation is temporary...keep that in mind. Tears are healing and we are all here for you. emoticon

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    That's awful, I'm so sorry for your loss. But it sounds like you were pretty blessed to have him in your life. You're in my thoughts.

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JEBNURSE2000 4/25/2011 7:38PM

    Sorry for your loss, but he will always be with you in memories. Keep remembering all the good times. emoticon emoticon

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LADYRH 4/25/2011 7:12PM

    So sorry for your loss, enjoy your memories.

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