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Bladder Leakage Fix

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I read a posting by someone who has a urinary incontinence issue when doing certain exercises. I had the same challenge, and a couple of years ago I had a very simple, painless 10 minute out patient procedure performed under an epideral. It immediately remedied the condition.

It is known as Monarc transobturator sling procedures, where a synthetic material is placed under the uretha to lift it up and stop bladder leakage.


Now that I think of it, that is what got me started exercising and being active again.

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MRSGOFARR 12/7/2008 10:05PM

    How cool is that. You turned a problem into a whole lifestyle change toward health. So there is good that can come for bad - its just how we decide make choices!

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CAREWREN 12/7/2008 8:29PM

    Thanks for this information. I don't have this particular problem but knowing there is an easy solution for this one encourages me to find out what the specific condition I have.

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LESLIECOY 12/6/2008 8:13PM

    always great when procedures work out so wonderfully!
Hopefully the person that needed the information finds it with your help and can check into the procedure to see if it can help them.

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Countdown to Year End

Monday, December 01, 2008

December is the countdown to the end of the year. Soon I will be weighing for the last time this year and recording that number. I have lost 23 pounds this year, but with a little effort it could be 25 or more, so my goal is to lose 1% of my weight. I am going to exercise daily for a total of 900 minutes and record my food in SP, it could be that easy.

I have another interview on the weekend. I will continue reading to prepare.

Last week we put up the tree and decorated the house. It looks great, so we can relax and enjoy it.

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 12/2/2008 11:46AM

    That's funny...I've also lost 23 pounds since the beginning of the year. (12 more to go) Even if I don't lose any between now and Christmas, I will look at it as success. Successful to get thru the holidays by not GAINING any!! LOL My goal is to stay at that 23 pounds...and then do my other 12 next year. This is a lifetime commitment so I am in no rush...

Good for you though for giving it that extra UMPH... the difference between TRY and TRIUMPH is that extra little UMPH! You go girl!


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SIMPLEJOYS 12/1/2008 7:08PM

  Hey Lynn -
I should have read your blog before I posted a comment on your page! You already have a plan - and that is FANTASTIC!!

23 pounds is a wonderful accomplishment - and if more comes off before the end of the year, that's great too. Either way, WELL DONE!

I wish our tree was up...but we have this family tradition of the girls going with their Dad to cut one down - only we have to wait until they are out of school. Boo! (but YAY for traditions!)

Have a great evening!

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DREAMS2COMPLETE 12/1/2008 6:41PM

  23 lbs is great! I know 25 lbs by years end! You can do it!! = )

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MRSGOFARR 12/1/2008 5:38PM

    That is wonderful about getting your xmas stuff done. we did as well- the tree and decorated the house. DH will do some lights this week outside.

I love haivng the start of a new year. I am happy to end the year at 40 pounds down and will look for the next 30 in 2009. I love your attitude!

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JIBBIE49 12/1/2008 5:20PM

    Isn't it great to have release 23# and KNOW you can do this!!! I just love it.

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LESLIECOY 12/1/2008 3:22PM

    emoticonsounds like a plan!
Now - Relax and Enjoy! emoticon

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The Perfect Job - Exercise at Work!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I have been busy since I got back from The Dominican Republic on Friday, so I haven't blogged, put on pics, unpacked, caught up on household chores, etc. I was planning on getting caught up with things at home, and start looking for a job to start January 1st.

Sunday night I applied for a job online, got an answer Monday morning, had a phone interview on Tuesday and I am flying out for a job interview tomorrow (not Thanksgiving in Canada).

I thought the best job for me would be one where I could maintain a balance in my life, have fun, and continue to work on weight loss and improving my health. I didn't think it would be a job where I could work in a professional capacity, so likely I would get a job that required some amount of manual labour (exercise). However, this one would be in a professional capacity and the exercise facilities are all around me.

I applied for a job, at what will be the largest recreational complex in Western Canada. It seems like a dream job to work at a place where there will be the state of the art exercise equipment, Olympic swimming pool, golf course, river walk trails, etc.

Here is what it says on the website.


“My Big Spirit Playground”

Island Park is currently undergoing an extensive redevelopment project. Surrounded by the picturesque Miskanaw golf course, this state-of-the-art facility will encompass many unique features, including a range of sporting and recreational amenities. As a family oriented organization we strive to enhance a sense of pride, identity and spirit in our community. It will be an affordable and accessible gathering place for culture, leisure and recreational activities that will enrich the quality of life for our residents.

Our inclusive facility will accommodate the growing population. In addition to our already existing facility, we will be enhancing our services to the community with a number of special features. The community will be able to take advantage of a new ice arena, curling rinks, and leisure ice surfaces. A 200 meter running track will surround two indoor-field houses. Our 10,000 square foot fitness centre and child mind area, will allow for optimum health and wellness. As the only water facility of its kind, we will feature an eight-lane Olympic size pool, diving boards, hot tubs, an inner-tube river, water slides and Splash Park. Other exciting features such as squash and racquet ball courts are sure to please everyone. Our hospitality department will include a lounge, conference & meeting facilities and banquet room. As the host to many exciting events and programs, Island Park is the place to be.


I am happy to have an interview, but didn't expect to have a job prospect on my first try. This may not be the job for me, but it's a start in the process of getting back to work.

Here so many people fly home at Christmas, so party season starts early. On Friday night we are going to a big bash and Saturday night we are hosting my husband's work team, about 50-60 people. Last night we put up the Christmas tree and today I am decorating it and preparing for the interview. Whew, I really should unpack.

I was feeling a little overwhelmed when I started writing this, but it has put things in perspective. I have started my job search and am looking forward to parties on the weekend and I need to relax about the interview tomorrow. I can do it.

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 12/2/2008 7:43AM

    Wow! that does sound like a neat job. Way to think out of the box on the job search thing...I like how you combined your personal goals of weight loss with a job that moves you in that direction.

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LESLIECOY 12/1/2008 12:05PM

    Hope you find what you are seeking and what your heart desires!
Sending wishes your way for the very best - ALWAYS!
Stay Safe - and remember to always take extra special care of you!
Your SparkFriend,

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SIMPLEJOYS 11/30/2008 5:05PM

  Wow, Lynn! I hope things went well. Your life sounds amazingly busy right now - but in good and positive ways. How far away will your new job be? The description of the place sounds fantastic!

Keep us updated please!

Karen emoticon

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MRSGOFARR 11/28/2008 1:40PM

    wow! congratulations on getting an interview. with the economy right now jobs are hard to find. and what a steal this would be for work/life balance. i am so happy for you. i am driving back to MI as I write and we spent DH birthday in Canada on Wed. Love it there! Dont feel anxiety about it if you can help it. Things are exactly the way they are suppose to be right now so just hold on to faith. emoticon

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BUGLET- 11/26/2008 7:50PM

    I know it's true to take a job that you're less than enthusiastic about just to get your foot in the door. My daughter took a job with the state that was part time trainee and now in a year or two is at a much higher step than that. They promote from within as does the post office where I worked. Good luck with the interview..sounds like a dream job! emoticon emoticon

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CAREWREN 11/26/2008 2:12PM

    Congratulations! I know things will work out just fine! emoticon

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No 3 X

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I was trying on the clothes I am packing. One of my sweaters looked lumpy so I put on a midriff body shaper and it didn't do much. Grrrrr... then I looked at the size of it, 3X. No wonder it was too big! I should have a 1X LOL.

OK, here is what appears to be an easy way to do a 24 fast. You eat finish eating by 6 PM and then eat the next day after 6 PM. I have Muslim friends that are fasting during Ramadan which is October. They eat at night after sunset. They say they feel better after they've had a few days of fasting and as expected they do lose some weight. Masood loses about 8 pounds, and Mona about 10 pounds. Hmmm.... don't know how long they do this for. They don't consider it the same as eating one meal a day, but fasting. They feel better while they are fasting which of course they attribute to their spirituality. They say there is not credible medical information that there are any ill effects of doing the annual fasting, however there are people who are exempt from it - kids, pregnant and nursing women, old, ill and insane people.

I did it yesterday and today I am down a pound today. So today is a regular day for me. I had triscuits with melted aged Cheddar on top for breakfast, a little Cheddar goes a long way. Yesterday I kept busy working around here, had lots of energy, walked with Kali, drank lots of water, had 2 coffees and didn't feel hungry. I felt good yesterday and I feel good today. Surprisingly I wasn't at any hungrier at dinner or at breakfast. I have been desperate to get the scale moving again so maybe this is the answer for me.

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 10/13/2008 11:09AM

    AWESOME! emoticon I bet that was a wonderful feeling when you looked and saw it was a 3X and realized "well, heck...no wonder...it's too BIG!!" way cool!

The fasting sounds interesting. You'll have to find out more about it and let me know how it works. My luck it would backfire though and i'd pig out the next day. lol Sometimes I think that some of these old customs have a lot of validity to them. There's got to be a reason why they've done it for generations. Something to explore anyway.


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OLIVEJUICE2 10/12/2008 7:35PM

    emoticon CONGATS on your loss!!!!

Keep up the good work!!

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JIBBIE49 10/9/2008 8:11PM

    I hope you give away that 3X because you WON'T be going back to wear that size ever again! emoticon

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LESLIECOY 10/9/2008 5:00PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
A Lumpy Sweater is WAY better than a LUMPY KALISWALKER!
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CAREWREN 10/9/2008 4:08PM

    I congratulate you on finding a way that works for you and gets that scale moving in the right direction again, especially if you are not hungry and feel good--and don't do it for a long time!

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My Best Tip

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

My weight hadn't changed for 6 months, but this week I just broke 210. it had been a yoyo, and I was really struggling in Sept. Then I started walking 4 miles daily and stopped strength training for awhile to make the time to walk. At this time I looking at doing the Alternate Day Diet for a couple of weeks, but still reading online about it.

My best tip - when you are doing well, take the time to write down your routine, exercise, menu and grocery list. These are your success factors. Keep the list where you will see it often, and you won't have to look for it when you really need it.

Here is a great tip from someone on my SP team.

make a plan, for success and one for failure... when you go off the "wagon" make sure you have a plan in place to get right back on track so you won't get discouraged and will continue on.

I am still checking out the Alternate Day Diet.


I am also looking at Simply Raw - Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

gE www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzdhBo4pbgE

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 10/13/2008 12:15PM

    I like this quote too:

"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."

sparkpeople translation:
For most of us, things don’t just happen overnight. With as many blessings as you might possess, you still have to work to make progress. This might not be an easy path to follow. More likely than not, you may not be able to take shortcuts, may not be able to skip steps. Don’t give up. Keep climbing towards your goals. Hard work is the key. Do you want a raise at work? You’re going to have to prove yourself; it probably is not going to be handed to you. Be consistent, and try rewarding yourself for each successful step you take towards your goal. That will keep you motivated. Take one small victory at a time, and keep climbing.

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JIBBIE49 10/8/2008 9:31PM

    I'm reading more about the A.D.D. as I also found it called the "Up Day/Down Day Diet." I know it has good points. emoticon

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MRSGOFARR 10/8/2008 9:08PM

    Wow - great advice. I really just learned that when I got back from Mexico in September. I spent all of September spinning my wheels trying to get back in the flow. It was SOOOOO hard but I have had 15 days of back on track for recording food, excercise and water!!! Great advice and keep up the good work. Any "emotional" advice on how to get through a plateau?

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