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I'd Call Myself Successful

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I'm happy to say that for the first time having guests in the house, I did very little emotional eating. I can't say I didn't have any binges, but there were only two in two weeks. This is astounding news. It has boosted my self-esteem to be successful in this way. And, I was diligent and able to get many workouts in while taking care of two little people and working part-time as well.

I am not worn out from company. I feel peaceful and happy. Hubby and I are getting back to our normal routine. It's nice to have each other all to ourselves again. Empty nest agrees with us.

I am so relaxed that I didn't even panic when I went to pick up a medicine at the pharmacy and had to start using my hubby's new insurance plan. I didn't realize the plan no longer had co-pays for meds. I got sticker shock. My main medicine (one of 5) costs $426 for 30 days, and this is the generic price! Deductible of $5000 means it will take most of a year of paying for it outright to get past it. We've always had coverage for meds, and I realize many people are in my shoes. It's just that we try to get to Hawaii to see our son, and my folks live in the midwest and I have to fly to see them. I'd like to see them twice a year, as they are aging.

As I said, I didn't panic. My hubby is reassuring me that we'll work it out. I'm going to see my doctor and see what we can do about finding an alternative med. I'd like to wean off of this very costly medicine. There are many potential side effects in going off of it, but I'm hopeful that it will work out. I'm a lot healthier now and I could potentially get along without it.

Prayers would be much appreciated!

  
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KANOE10 7/16/2013 8:23AM

    I am keeping you in my prayers. That is awful about your medicine costing 425 a month and not being covered by insurance, I hope you find a better alternative that is cheaper. I have the same thing..my children live far away and it is expensive to see them..but so worth it.

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BABY_GIRL69 7/15/2013 8:52PM

    I know exactly what you mean about enjoying time alone together. In a few years I am looking forward to it but then again, we will be on the road together. We might possible give up our house/home to get a condo & just travel. Company is good to have but I am overjoyed when they are gone. Sorry about your medicine. I did have a medicine that was $50 a month and that was with insurance. I spoke with my doctor who gave me something that even without insurance they are cost effective like $20 and under. I will be praying for you and that something changes and pray God changes your health situation.

God bless & walk in your healing....

Dee

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SHERIO5 7/14/2013 9:24PM

    You absolutely are successful!

I hope you can find an alternative to your costly med, or like others have said, maybe discounts from the manufacturer.

You are a winner!



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LARISSA238 7/14/2013 9:09PM

    *hugs* when I didn't have insurance, I would tell my doctor to get me the older meds that still work because if he gave me something expensive I wouldn't be able to take it. See if you can get help, like someone else said. Many insurance companies have cost sharing programs to help people out. *hugs* I will keep you in my thoughts!

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JULIAINLA 7/14/2013 4:45PM

    Sending prayers for everything to work out as it should.... emoticon

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_JODI404 7/14/2013 3:02PM

    emoticon Lori!! I would absolutely call that an impressive success!!!

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Oh my goodness, that is beyond sticker shock at the Pharmacy!!!

Did Hubby change jobs, or did the same employer change their plans?
I know every year the burden on the employee becomes higher and higher. It can be very costly, especially if it does take a long time to meet the ever-increasing deductible amounts.

Definitely work with your Doctor on this one! I hope you can find a solution that is both affordable and keeps you in good health.

Very proud of you for doing so well during a difficult and challenging time!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/14/2013 2:55PM

    I wonder if the pharmaceutical company that manufactures your prescription has a patient assistance program in place to help you continue receiving the medicine. If they offer it you will find a link off of their website. For example, I received my asthma medication through a similar program while my husband was unemployed for 2 years.

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DEBADEAU 7/14/2013 2:54PM

    Have you thought about opening a health savings account? The month is tax free so you are automatically saving money. With a deductible of 5000, you'd qualify to get one. Depending on the medication, look into half tab programs or mail order.

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HEALTHYFOREVER4 7/14/2013 2:22PM

    emoticon on your success! And you're absolutely right, it is definitely a success! It's all our little successes that add up to our overall success! You're doing a phenomenal job! I am sorry about the insurance thing though, but your hubby is right, you guys will work it out somehow.

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/14/2013 2:20PM

    emoticon Prayers for you Spark Friend! I know how much of a shock it can be when your insurance plans turns your life upside down! Ours didn't happen with medicine, but it happened when our doctor visits and other tests went from a copay to coinsurance, but only after we reach a yearly deductible of 1400 dollars. The only reason it's 1400 instead of 2400 is because we are able to do steps in the plan to lower the deductible, then we can take the money we save and use it on medical costs. However, process is a pain in the rumpus! Hang in there! I can definitely relate and I hope they work something out with your medicine! Don't worry and be happy! God loves you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Weight Lifting in the Water

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I hadn't been in a pool for months. Today I met my son and his girlfriend, my daughter and her two preschoolers, and I had my older grandchildren with me. We swam and played in the pool for the whole 2 hours we were there!

I did some actual swimming in the beginning when it was just my son and my two older grandkids who can swim and are tall enough to stand in the 3.5 foot deep water.

When the other two little ones arrived, it was a whole different ballgame. They take constant supervision. They had swimmies on their arms, but they are 2 and 4 and don't know how to really swim. They are very bold and you have to watch them. The two year old girl jumped in once when I hadn't gotten a chance to get right in front of her to catch her. No real problem, I was close enough to get her face out of the water quickly. She was a bit surprised at a full face of water, but it didn't cause her to shy away from jumping off the side into my arms. I repeatedly lifted her back up to stand on the side. The next turn was my grandsons, 4 years old and solid. I don't know how much he weighs, about 40 pounds. So lifting him up basically as far as my arms can reach above my head, over and over...well all I can say is that my arms feel like rubber. I am struggling to type! HaHa!

Now that's what I call getting exercise while playing with kids!

  
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AALLEY2 7/13/2013 1:03PM

    That sounds like fun for your family. I have tried weight training at the pool, but not with little kids in tow! That sounds even better! emoticon

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SINGINGLADY3 7/11/2013 9:34AM

    Hi, my name is Judi. I am new to maintenance. Just reached my goal on Monday. I love your blog. Aren't little ones a joy? And to enjoy yourself so much and be "lifting weights" at the same time. Priceless. Have a day full of blessings. emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 7/11/2013 6:15AM

    How fun. What a great way to get exercise!

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THOMASINA57 7/10/2013 8:34PM

    You'll sleep good tonight, that is if your aching arms don't keep you awake! Sounds like you had a ton of fun!

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/10/2013 7:31PM

    That sounds like a lovely afternoon to me!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/10/2013 7:22PM

    Exercising the fun way!

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_JODI404 7/10/2013 5:47PM

    emoticon That is an awesome way to get your workout and have family fun!!

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SHERIO5 7/10/2013 4:55PM

    Now that's what I call a fun way to get some strength training!

How much longer do you have the grandkids?

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LARISSA238 7/10/2013 4:30PM

    Talk about a fun workout! Sounds like you had a great time :)

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KNYAGENYA 7/10/2013 4:02PM

    Wow! You were busy.

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Anniversary and Wishful Thinking

Monday, July 08, 2013

I'm having a nice quiet day. Started the day with a 60 minute workout before the kids got up. Eli did get up in time to come watch me do my last 8 minutes on the bike. He and I talked and I stretched while we continued to make plans for the day.

The kids and I went out. I treated them to new Legos and books. We went out for fast food. I felt kinda bad about that as a choice. But while we were eating, Eli, 9, talked about having a workout room like us when he gets his own home. I liked hearing him talk like that!

I'm happy to say that it's 3:30 and we haven't turned on the tv at all today. Yesterday, my hubby and I weren't feeling too creative about entertaining them, so they mostly played on their Kindle Fires and watched some Netflix.

Today is our 36th anniversary and our 21 year old son is going to come watch the grandkids while we go out for dinner. I already planned what I will eat. I am allowing a bit of extra calories. I am celebrating. Normally we would celebrate by taking the 5 hour trip to the beach and walking along the water's edge for an hour or two, but with the grandkids staying with us, we are limited on how long we can spend away from the house. I wish we lived closer to the beach. And it's way to hot and humid for us to enjoy a hike together. Maybe I can plan something like that for when they leave. Two weekends from yesterday we will have freedom. I'd like to go canoeing or do something involving water. Though swimming is out. Hubby sinks!

I am not going to make it...losing the weight I'd hoped to lose by my daughter's wedding. It's on the 10th of August. I have one month. I lose at the rate of 0 pounds a week! I'm staying stable but I really can't say I'm totally content at this weight. I'd like to lose 6 pounds. Or find a dress that looks good on me at my present weight! Wish me luck!



  
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DIANNEMT 7/11/2013 4:02PM

    My daughter's wedding got me started on losing weight and Sparkpeople! I found a great dress (at the church rummage sale) for me but it was a LITTLE tight so I started to exercise--and dropped 10 pounds by the wedding (June to Nov) and then just kept going! You'll look great!

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KANOE10 7/9/2013 9:00AM

    Happy Anniversary! It sounds like a nice evening. I hope you find a lovely dress that you feel good in!

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POPSY190 7/9/2013 1:40AM

    emoticon Go for a dress that fits now. In the heat you are having if it gets looser in the next few weeks, so much the better. emoticon emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 7/9/2013 1:24AM

    emoticon Hope you had a lovely evening. A walk on the beach sounds lovely ans maybe you can do that soon.
It is great that the kids see you keeping active and lovely you can look after them for a time.
The wedding will soon be here so just find a dress you like that fits you now if you loose weight it will be a bonus

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_JODI404 7/8/2013 11:48PM

    emoticon Happy 36th Anniversary!!

Hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration dinner!

I am sure that you can find a dress that will look great on you! Allow some time to try different options. Wishing you good luck!

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SHERIO5 7/8/2013 8:09PM

    Lori,

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You are living healthier, and thinking healthier, all way more important than what the scale says! Go find yourself a beautiful outfit and enjoy your daughters special day!

Hope your evening was lovely!

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/8/2013 7:48PM

    Your daughter is getting married and the simple fact that you're able to be there on her special day means more to her, you, and the rest of the family - then whether you are lighter by six pounds.
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You will get there - you got this - you can do this - and you know in your heart of hearts it doesn't matter if it's in a month or not.
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Happy, happy 36th Anniversary to you!



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KNITTY_JESS 7/8/2013 7:35PM

    You're doing great. Happy Anniversary!

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NOWORNEVER1982 7/8/2013 6:41PM

    Happy Anniversary!! I say find a dress you fell GREAT in, whatever size you are. emoticon

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LARISSA238 7/8/2013 6:09PM

    Even if you can't lose the weight, you will still be beautiful! You have to accept your body at any size. Yes, we would all like to be thinner, but we have to be happy at our current weight as well as when we get skinny. Or else when we are thin we will still have the same weight baggage.

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KLMEIRING 7/8/2013 5:09PM

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KLMEIRING 7/8/2013 5:09PM

    emoticon I wish you well on finding a dress that you can enjoy for this special event!

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OOLALA53 7/8/2013 4:58PM

    It's so common for us to want to appear a certain way at public events, but the strategy of losing for them tends to backfire after the event is over. I'd bet there is a dress that will be very flattering right now! And if it starts to happen that your appetite decreases in the mean time, so much the better.

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Kids, Kids and More Kids!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

On the 4th was my 4 year old grandson's birthday party with lots of kids and fireworks! My daughter eats healthfully and provided lots of fruit and veggies. Even vegan gluten free desserts. I am not into the gluten free or vegan thing, but I know she picks all the best ingredients. She is a sous chef for a business called Nourish, and plans to open her own vegan GF bake shop.

The 8&9 year olds are still with us for another week. To add to the confusion, we had the 2 and 4 year old grands here for a sleepover. They came yesterday at 10 in the morning. I was at work and my hubby took the day off to watch them all. He is the best grandfather! He does an excellent job playing with them and feeding them. Four kids is a piece of cake for him. (Stresses me out!)

I got home from work by 3 and had to go chill in my room. I wasn't mentally prepared for the craziness. The kids were all well behaved though. My tension was there though. Duane sent me out for pizza. I saw that they had green olives as an option for their pizza. I hadn't had that in years. He suggested I get a thin crust small olive pizza for myself. I should've know better that in my frame of mind I wouldn't have much self-control. While I was eating it, I rationalized that it was a really small pizza and the crust was ultra-thin...I ate all but 2 small pieces. It was cut in little squares. Then I got into dessert, while everyone else had vacated the kitchen, I munched on cookies and more dessert. I had given myself permission to have a binge. I didn't freak out over the binge. I just decided to move on and learn from my mistakes. Not to have potential binge foods in the house. And to get out of the kitchen when the meal has finished.

You know hose kids who were well behaved? Well, they slept well. The 9 year old and 2 year old shared a room and the 8 and 4 year old shared a room. Amazingly they slept till 6:30. They were great again this morning but when the preschoolers' parents arrived they all got crazy. You see, my SIL is one to wrestle and throw his kids around, acrobatically, and it got all the kids in high gear. I hate when that happens. Ours is a quiet calm family. My SIL is so different from our family. Their kids are still very sweet. He just gets them going. I don't like it at all, but can't say anything. He is who he is. We got them to get going home by telling them we had some errands to do. They had thought they would hang out for a while, but my daughter saw that we wanted to go.

That was the end of that. Things have calmed down. I plan to go work out in a minute. I need my second ST workout for the week.


Did I tell you all that the last time we picked blueberries, we got 8 cups? This was off of 5 bushes. We'd had rain off and on for a couple of days and weren't able to pick them those days, so we had lots of ripe berries that day. Today we are trying to pick again, but it started raining by the time we got 1.5 cups. We have to let them dry, it's not good to pick them wet.

I think I'm stalling...not too eager to go work out. I guess I should remember what I want for myself in the long run. I want to be stronger and the ST workout will help with my strength and metabolism. Working out with the Jillian DVD I'm going to use is circuit style and I will feel energized after the workout. I consider it me time, which I really need.

Sorry for rambling. I needed to let off a little steam.

  
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DIANNEMT 7/11/2013 4:04PM

    What Jillian do you do? I am doing 30 Day Shred whenever I don't get to the gym. Provides incentive to go out! LOL

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_JODI404 7/7/2013 1:39PM

    Oh my goodness -- that is a LOT of kiddos at once!!

I can imagine how trying that must have been! So glad to hear that you had such a healthy perspective after your binge. Progress!!!

Way to go on getting those workouts in -- I know how important that is, and definitely a great stress reliever!!

Hang in there... your peaceful home will be back in short time.

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SHERIO5 7/7/2013 8:46AM

    Wow! You have a lot of challenges! It sounds like you are handling things really well! Exercise is a great way to relieve tension, and giving yourself permission to binge was probably good idea. It helped you cope with difficulty. But, now you can move on, and its only for a week, and you will be back to normal. emoticon

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KANOE10 7/6/2013 5:28PM

    Hang in there with all of those kids and noise. It is hard to have disruptions. Good for you finding time to st and to exercise. You are doing a great job of staying on track.

I have an older son staying with me who loves to cook.I have to watch that I am not eating too many high fat wonderful dishes.

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It's All Falling into Place

Monday, July 01, 2013

Before I went to bed last night, the reality hit me that for the next three days I wouldn't have my hubby's help with the grandkids until 5 when he gets home. I don't usually work out after supper, so I was puzzling how I was going to get a workout in the next three days. I wasn't really stressing about it since others have reminded me to make this next two weeks while they are with us a time to focus on my relationship with them. I took that to heart and relaxed about it a bit, with the plan to take any opportunity I find to get 10 minutes exercise in.

I figured out, as I described in my last blog, that I can get some cardio in with the kids. But I like variety, so this morning when I woke up earlier than they did, I had a quick bite of cereal to help me not burn out and did my Jillian No More Trouble Zones workout dvd, which does tons of strength moves in a circuit style. It's not a pretty sight to see me doing that, so I don't want to do it with their little eyes on me, so I was thrilled to get through it without anyone coming knocking on my door. When I peeked out into the living room, my almost 10-yr-old grandson was happily occupied with his Kindle Fire on the couch. I was so proud of him! He's so grown up to just get up and occupy himself.

I think these next two weeks are going to work out just fine. I never thought I'd be able to do what I did yesterday (with working out with them) and this morning. In fact, just this morning I realized my 21 year old son invited us to his pool whenever we want. I bet I'll get some splashing around done today! I hadn't even counted on swimming as a way to get exercise these days.

I feel like a big WooHoo! today!

  
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SCRAPBECCA 7/1/2013 11:40PM

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_JODI404 7/1/2013 9:42PM

    That is an AWESOME emoticon !!!!

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KANOE10 7/1/2013 1:38PM

    Celebrate. You are figuring out how to keep exercising while watching the kids. Have a great swim.



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SHERIO5 7/1/2013 12:36PM

    There you go! Isn't it great that you have the energy to keep up with your grandkids?!!

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THOMASINA57 7/1/2013 11:28AM

    Way to go.. everything is working out well and you sound like you are enjoying yourself.. swimming is good fun and good exercise!!

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OOLALA53 7/1/2013 11:24AM

    Let it all hang out, exercise wise! And even 15 minutes of vigorous work or a DVD is still valuable. My mentor has maintained his loss walking back and forth to work and doing resistance work with a sledgehammer for 14 minutes 5 days a week for years while working full time, marrying, and having three children. Admittedly, he's not the one keeping house, but he does his 15 minutes in the morning while his wife does yoga before the day goes crazy.

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EMILY0724 7/1/2013 9:54AM

    Isn't it wonderful when things work out for the good? It's a good opportunity for you to try some new things. It's also a GREAT example to set for your grandchildren. Let them see the real you!

Have fun!!
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