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Enough for Bike

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I now have enough money to buy the terra trike Rover I've wanted since last year. Once the bike comes in I'll be able to ride and get more exercise. Eventually I'll be able to ride all 10 of the miles to the next town over. Rest then ride the 10 miles back.

Rumor has it my city is building another bike path. Yeah us!!!

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IM_POSSIBLE 7/28/2014 6:40PM

    Woohoo! Can't wait to see it!

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SONFLOWERGAMMY 7/26/2014 12:41PM

    That is exciting!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/26/2014 12:27PM

    Oh my goodness that is a recumbent bike! I am so jealous. We have a really nice bike trail running through my town which also hooks into the inner-city trail. I've only ridden part of the inner-city trail but I have done the entire bike trail which takes you 10 miles out to another town. Very nice. Smooth trail, a couple of port-a-johns too, lovely scenery. DH and I bike it each weekend and see loads of others on it too. Some walkers, bikers, people on rollerblades. Fun!

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MAINEALI 7/26/2014 11:08AM

    What awesome news! I hope you enjoy your bike!

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KAREN608 7/26/2014 10:26AM

    Love goals like this. I wish we had more bike paths! You are going to enjoy your trike, I know!

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LISA579 7/26/2014 10:15AM

    that is very exciting. How fast will the bike come?

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 7/26/2014 8:59AM

    When you buy it take a pic of you on the bike!

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Thankful for my team

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I am really thankful for my team.
We are an honest, supportive group of people.
Honest in that we share what bugs us and let others voice their opinions in support or opposition and still we care about one another.

Supportive in that we post in the forums and aren't letting our team die from lack of participation.

Thank you to all my teammates who make this journey a little lighter :)
you guys rock!!

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MOM2ACAT 7/23/2014 5:40PM

    I'm glad you found a good supportive team!
I love the teams I am on; they are so much more supportive, in my opinion, than the general message boards. With fewer people, you can get to know each other better.

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    emoticon Happy to hear you are happy! Support is very important.

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Weight Loss Surgery

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I'm planning on getting the sleeve done later this year and am "jumping through the hoops" so to speak, at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

This past Thursday I met with the nutritionist and Physician's Assistant for interviews. I was amazed at how digging the questions were that they asked me: "do I eat dessert" what's a typical day like for me", when do I eat, what do I eat, how much, do I exercise now, do I take vitamins, etc.

I would not consider having the surgery if I didn't have so many weight related health problems such as diabetes, back pain, leg pain, knee and ankle pain, breaking chairs, hating the way I look right now, having to wear size 6x, not finding enough clothing for my size, crying when a 32w bathing suit was too tight! Mainly I plan to have the surgery because weight loss has not happened. I'm not sure what the key is: move more, eat much less?

The nutritionist told me to start eating and exercising work up to 30 minutes a day now and then work up to 60 minutes of walking a day after surgery. I am to start eating like I already had the surgery now. I do fine during the day, but at night at home I eat sweets, which I did not mention during the interview because I thought I didn't eat that much. Well, I do.

I now have a plan to get this weight thing going in the right direction. I hurt my foot two days ago at work, so am hobbling around and not able to walk for exercise. Plus even when I felt better I wasn't able to walk for more than a couple of minutes at a time.

I can always back out of surgery even the day of if I want to, but I wanted to get the information in order to make an educated decision, which I encourage you to do too. It takes a long time to be approved for surgery. So even if you start now, it may be 6 months or more for you to be approved. Most insurances have a 6 month wait period.

Hope this helps those of you considering weight loss surgery.

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CHICAMIMI 7/23/2014 3:51PM

    Good luck with everything! You can do it!

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PLMITCH 7/21/2014 10:04PM

    Yes! Move more and eat less. Anyone tells you otherwise, and they are trying to sell you something!

My experience with my WLS surgeon was to give it your best shot prior to surgery. If honestly you could do it without the surgery then what's the point? I know I could not, but having the surgery made all the difference in the world!

Oh, and that nutritionist -- he/she is your best friend! They will give you the clues to success post surgery! Listen to them carefully! I still use what my nutritionist told me 3 years ago today!

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KAREN608 7/20/2014 9:06PM

    Learning to be honest with our eating behaviors is a good step in the right direction. Sweets turn on us and reprogramming ourselves to not want them is very hard to do. The thin people I know don't eat much of them so I know this is key to healthy living.

I agree with the other post on Chair Exercise... there is a team on Spark for it and type in chair exercise on youtube as well. It is MUCH more of a work out than you think!!! It whips my butt! No kidding so DO look into it. I have some DVDs also I use.
Insurance: I have a 10 thousand dollar deductible for operations! And I pay $350 a month. Thanks for the info very interesting.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/20/2014 1:32PM

    There are a lot of chair exercises you can do while your foot is healing. Look here on SP for some. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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TWIRLNYC 7/20/2014 8:10AM

  I have the most incredible sweet tooth. I build it into my plan because I couldn't make it without them. I know everyday I get my sweets after dinner- a set amount but I look forward and enjoy every bite. Last week I made blueberry honey yogurt pound cake. 1 slice for dessert every night. In the past I would have eaten half the loaf so I have to make sure I eat just one slice. Gummy candy is my other downfall- but 1 serving usually fixes it for me. I can't do all or nothing. Good luck!

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LWILKINS60 7/20/2014 7:25AM

    Sweets were my trouble spot too. I'm like an alcoholic around sweets. It's all or none for me! Tracking really helps, doesn't it!

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Hurt: how to get walking again

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Okay, don't shoot me down on this one.
I walk for exercise, but yesterday I hurt my right foot at work. I'm staying off it as much as possible, wearing a boot, etc. It hurts terribly, but is not broken. I need to stay off it, but met with a nutritionist and physician's assistant for pre op counseling for getting the sleeve.

I was told to start living the post op life now which includes plenty of walking and eating a lot less than I am right now. Ugh!! Now I hurt myself and cannot walk. Just wanted to complain about it.

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DLYNN1113 7/22/2014 11:51PM

    Karen, I know what you mean. I think getting down the eating now is really important. I had 2 friends who had weight loss surgery one lost 100 lbs with it and 3 years later gained 150 back. The other lost over 200 lbs and now has gained so much back he is unable to walk and is wheelchair bound. Very sad. But they never really learned to eat "real food". They were on liquid diets prior to the surgery and right afterwards with only small snacks or meals. My friend that gained the 150 lbs tried for surgery again and the surgeons refused her. She wants to lose the weight but be able to eat what she wants to, which has always included some kind of dessert at every meal. We went out to lunch and I was showing her my spark people tracking app and she looked at my calorie limit and said "I can't live on that, my dessert is more than that!!" Some think surgery is an easy out, but it's not... it's just as much work as any diet is to maintain.
Greta... so sorry about your foot. Will be praying for rapid healing for it so you can get back to your walking, I'm sure it is discouraging wanting to and not being able to.

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LITHOM 7/22/2014 7:05PM

    Hope your foot is feeling much better SOON! :-)

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ROBBIEY 7/19/2014 5:58PM

  It will get better, just hang in there. emoticon

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KAREN608 7/19/2014 5:57PM

    Sorry about your foot being hurt. Well walking is out but arm exercises can be helpful ... do faster to get heart going! Just an idea. And if you stay in calorie range you will do okay. Staying in range IS a real mind bending thing. I've had struggles this summer as hubby is bringing in so much junk food. He doesn't want me healthier since he doesn't want to be. He is 72 and you'd think he would want to be more fit.

I know a few people that had stomach operations and then over ate and they are not thin today, so heed the advice to learn to eat small. That way you will be successful.

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ELECTRA7D 7/19/2014 5:24PM

    Hope you feel better soon! I broke my leg and ended up in a wheelchair for months, another time I broke my foot and it took about a month to heal, and a third time I had a stress fracture and that one took about three weeks. If you just watch your calories (especially if you're on pain meds for the injury, it's easy to eat a lot more and not really notice), then going without exercise for the weeks it takes to heal will not do you any lasting harm. In the meantime you could do seated workouts. I've done them when I couldn't do other exercise, and you'd be surprised how much of a workout you really get.

Be careful trying to walk a lot with the boot, you have to pick it up higher than you usually pick up your foot, and you can end up with a sore hip to go with your hurt foot.

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MJRVIC2000 7/19/2014 5:04PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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More WEight Lost and I refuse to find it

Monday, July 07, 2014

Yesterday, I ended the day on track caloriewise. It felt so good to know I had accomplished what I set out to do.

This morning I felt lighter. I stepped on the scale and was surprised to find I'd lost 4 pounds!! Following an eating plan and logging my foods is working.

I'm losing weight and refuse to go find it. Yeah me!!
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_BABE_ 7/19/2014 2:23PM

    Keep it going!!! emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 7/11/2014 5:14PM

    Go girl and keep going! WOO HOO!

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ECHOJULIET 7/7/2014 2:59PM

    Right on!

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KAREN608 7/7/2014 1:56PM

    You are doing so well on your journey to better health!!!

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LINDA! 7/7/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon Great news. Make it a good day.

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LMGMILLER 7/7/2014 10:25AM

    emoticon I found some weight over the weekend but I'm hoping to work hard and lose it again by the time I officially weigh in. Tracking really helps I didn't track or measure at all this weekend and I feel much better knowing I can jump back in today.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/7/2014 10:23AM

    emoticon So proud of you!

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