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"Who IS that?"

Thursday, June 03, 2010

I decided to treat myself to a lunch out today, which really means I got to have my all time favorite salad. When I pulled into the parking lot my eyes were drawn to a full figured woman and all I could ask was "who IS that?" She had amazing curves and she dressed them right with a form fitting shirt and pair of jeans. WOW!

We all ended up at the same place - they were dinning in and I was taking my to go. I found that I couldn't take my eyes off of her, her body, to me, was perfect. Her body type is what I want to be!!!

When she walked by me I caught her attention and announced to her that I thought she had the perfect figure and that she was absolutely stunning. I also told her she looked amazing in the outfit she had on and that she knew how to dress the curves in a way that would stop traffic. She paused, looked me dead in the eye and that's when it happened - tears. She got a little teary eyed and told me thank you. I had made her day because she doubts everyday and works at it so hard.

She continued on with her family and found a table as I waited for my order to come up. I noticed before I walked out that she was still smiling and that her young teenage daughter couldn't help put peak over the top of the booth to see who had made her mom's day.

I still don't know who she is but I know she inspires me to flaunt my curves and dress so my curves make someone ask, "Who IS that?"

Give someone you don't know a compliment today . . . you'll both benefit from it.

  
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HAYHON 6/5/2010 2:05PM

  That's awesome!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/4/2010 12:54AM

    You really made her day!! What a great thing you did!

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SINCEKINDER 6/3/2010 11:07PM

    Oh...what a touching blog! You are amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon You will be that "Who IS that?

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LISALIVING1980 6/3/2010 5:59PM

    aww that's the sweetest thing you could have done for her!! It's one thing for a family member or friend to comment you but when a perfect stranger does it, that really really means something!!! your awesome!! :)

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/3/2010 5:51PM

    KT..this made me so happy to read, and imagine how she felt! Kudos to you!!

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Mama said there'd be days like this

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

My mom shoots straight from the hip and tells it like it is. She's warned me at an early age that life isn't always fair and one must learn to suck up and deal. This my friends is one of the best things my mom taught me.

Today has been a battle but you know what, I sucked it up and dealt with it.

Fatigue drug me to the depths of despair this morning but I kept fighting. I anticipated a rough day due to many indicators from yesterday and boy was I right. Finally at 11:00 a.m. something inside of me brightened and the fatigue monster was finally at rest.

I have learned over the course of 8 years that I must plan ahead due to others in my office pushing deadlines, good thing too. Today I was to pick up my race packet for the 5K on Saturday morning but I had to postpone that until tomorrow due to others. I was disappointed with the change in scheduling but I planned ahead so I let it go. Tomorrow, I won't be side tracked!

Yesterday I was a bit distracted and down by the news that I won't have any supporters at the race on Saturday. I've come to terms with it and it really is okay. I signed up for the race to prove something to myself. I imagine I'll feel the energy of everyone else and bask in the joy of knowing I did it and I did it for me!

Mama was right, there are days like this and I've learned they come when we least expect them. I can either break when they come about or I can bend a bit and deal. Today I'm bendy.

What's left of my day will be fabulous, I may struggle at times but I'm determined.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 6/3/2010 9:49AM

    "I can either break when they come about or I can bend a bit and deal. Today I'm bendy.
What's left of my day will be fabulous, I may struggle at times but I'm determined. "

* Good attitude and best of fortune to you at the race Saturday. Sorry to hear that you won't have people there cheering you on. I'm rootin for you. emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/2/2010 9:19PM

    love your attitude, KT! can't wait to hear about the joy you reap from your victory on satuday!

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SINCEKINDER 6/2/2010 8:31PM

    Good Job! Good Luck in your race Saturday.

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LISALIVING1980 6/2/2010 8:03PM

    way to go!! good luck with the race!! let us know how it went! :)

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Health Insurance Drama Update

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The news came across the wire today . . . APPROVED!

Our insurance broker phoned today to let me know that the new health coverage I was working so hard to obtain for my husband and me was approved today. I met the news with reserved happiness and a question, "what's the bottom line." I'm always skeptical, I recognize this about myself.

Here's the insurance counter offer, yup you read that right, counter offer.
* My husband was approved without a problem BUT his portion of the monthly premium went up slightly due to never having health coverage before. Crazy right?! Hmph. He's Jamaican - health coverage there is even more difficult to get than in America. So anyway, his premium is higher because he couldn't afford health coverage prior to entering the U.S.
* When I was reading the counter offer I asked my broker what the rating percent 50% meant under my name. He didn't really know. I smiled ... I did, meant they would increase my base premium by 50% - clearly my broker has never worked to get medical coverage for a fattie before. I told him I'd investigate.
* My assumption was correct. They approved me, no problem, I have no health issues but I'm a bit heavier than they would like. Hmph. The rep I spoke to had no problem putting the truth on the table, I respected her for that. Yes, my premium would be increased by 50% due to my height and weight. Oh by the way, that rate increase equates to $100-US if anyone wonders. Yup, I am paying $100 more a month for medical coverage because I am a mere 39 pounds over the weight limit the insurance company has self set.
* What's the deal I asked? If I loose 21 pounds, keep it off for a year and document it with a doctor my premium will go down by 25%. If I loose 39 pounds, keep it off for a year and document it with a doctor my premium will be the standard insurance rate.
* Yeah, I was a bit grumpy but I smiled, again, and told the nice lady on the other end of the line that at least I have a solid goal of losing 39 pounds so "they" would be forced to lower my premium.

In the end, we have been approved and a new goal of 39 pounds has been set.
Tomorrow I submit my approval for the new insurance and tell my old insurance company good-bye.

Insert a sigh here and a happy dance. I did it!

  
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MANLEYSANDY 6/2/2010 4:43PM

    Don't even get me started about the state of healthcare in this country...but kudos on your victory and your new goal!! You can do it! I know it!!

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WETPTARMIGAN 6/2/2010 11:11AM

    I'm really happy for your win in the insurance wars. Because I am overweight and my spouse & I are old, the only insurance we can get has a monthly bill the size of a house payment. No consideration for how healthy we actually are. I'm working on the weight, but there's nothing you can do about OLD! And every year the charge goes up because we're OLDER! What an insane system! emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/2/2010 9:45AM

    Congrats KT! I have been following this saga with great interest. As I mentioned before, I was born and raised in Canada and so health insurance was never an issue for me. When I moved to the USA, the weird quirks of the insurance system took some geting used to, but at least I was covered under my (then) husband's plan. Now that I am divorced, and unemployed, I have no coverage, and couldnt afford coverage even if I could qualify, which I couldn't because of my weight. And this weekend I blew out my knee and the reality of no health insurance really hit home. I am just so disturbed by the state of health care coverage in this country that it makes me speechless. Anyway, I am happy that you finally got what you were hoping for. A nice bit of light in a generally dark subject area.

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DIVALOUNGER 6/1/2010 10:26PM

    I know that it is a 100 extra--but congrats! emoticon

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Testing almost finished

Monday, May 31, 2010

Friday night it was decided, the testing would begin on Saturday. With a three day weekend it was perfect timing. The test is a GI Pathogen Screen w/ Helicobacter Pylori test; in short, it's a poop test - for 4 days. SERIOUSLY! Doc needs it to be completed so we have a snap shot of the Big Picture. I completed the same test in 2008 so I knew what was involved - plastic wrap, tubes, and some alone time in the bathroom.

Tomorrow will be the final day and I'm hoping my body cooperates, the faster I can obtain the samples the faster I can get the specimens off to the labs.

My husband understood I was to take a new test for the doctor and he saw the kit when I brought it home. He's not big on questions and I wasn't really ready to explain the process so it all went without decision. However, on Sunday it was all disclosed after he watched me walk into the bathroom with a bit of plastic wrap and locked the door. This is what I heard this from the other side of the door, "Babe, why are you in the bathroom with plastic wrap." LMAO

I'm looking forward to the test results, which will take at least 2 weeks after I send in the specimens. By that time I should have the blood and urine test results back too. Learning about my body - inside and out - has been fantastic. Knowledge is power!

EDIT since posting this last night: I finished the test this morning before I left for work. When I go home for lunch I'll get everything packed up and ready for shipping late today. We'll be happy to have it out of the house - LOL!

  


+2.5 lbs = I've got a theory

Friday, May 28, 2010

It is weigh-in day for me and it wasn't pretty, I'm up 2.5 lbs. Usually I would be all scrunchy face, irritated beyond pleasant and irrationally angry at the world but not today. Today I have a theory.

After a quick review of the week AND last weekends food and other recreational escapades I know I haven't been an angel. I quickly came to terms with that - no going back now. BUT, I found these extra little pounds overnight (literally, I weighed 2.5 less yesterday morning) which makes me think there's some trickery up with my body.

My theory is this . . . this week without effort I increased my fiber intake from an average of 25 grams a day to an average of 45 grams a day but I did not increase my water intake. WHAT?! I know, I know 45 grams a day of fiber is just crazy but those are numbers. What's even crazier is the fact that I'm only averaging 8 glasses of water a day. You see where I'm going with this right? I think, I found the 2.5 lbs because my body doesn't have enough water to process out all the fiber I've been consuming which would equal a weight gain in small proportions.

To see if my theory is correct I'm pounding down the water. So far, 7 glasses of water before 10:30 a.m. is a good start. Of course, I should add I've had 20 grams of fiber already too. I'll need to find a good balance because I don't intend to decrease the fiber unless Doc tells me to slow it way down.

Goals for now:

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DESERTFLOWER8 5/28/2010 2:00PM

    makes perfect sense to me! sometimes a good poop emoticon or two, is all it takes! in any event, it is the moving forward that counts!

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