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11-17-2013 Tornado hits Washington, IL

Monday, December 02, 2013

My town the blink of an eye.

I was in church as the sirens went off. Everyone crowded the safer hallway.
The tornado pass us by.

As people emerged from their places of safety...they couldn't believe the scene:

In a moment, precious things were obliterated.
In a moment, people were homeless.
In a moment, life was taken.

My friends lost their home that day. They were in church, praise God!
When we arrived...this is what we saw:

Many have responded: Salvation Army, fellow churches, Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse, countless hearts.

Three years ago I moved to Washington, IL from Monticello, IL. The church I attended there sent a team of about 25 this past weekend. We worked hard. We shed tears. We laughed and tried to look for the little joys amongst the rubble:

Amazing to me...three years ago we were planning to move to Malawi, Africa to be missionaries. I looked forward to working where I was needed, hosting mission teams, loving on others... Instead, God placed us in Washington, IL where I got to host my first mission team, work where I am needed and love on others. So humbled to see my plans are not God's plans...and His are always far better.

Please...take a moment today...right now...pray for the people of Washington. Pray they will stay strong...push through the difficult...hold onto Jesus...and rise above the rubble.

To Him be the glory,

per Sparkpeople rules, following links are for first and last photo. The others are my own.

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LOVE_UTOPIA 12/3/2013 8:05AM

    I will pray for the Washington, Ill people...Bless you Michelle.

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MAMISHELI53 12/3/2013 6:25AM

    Glad my Spark Buddy is safe. Prayers for all the victims.

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CAROLYN0107 12/2/2013 10:58PM

    WOW, I was on a trip during this event and not on TV. Otherwise I would have already known about your tornado. I'm glad you could help out.

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Thyroid struggles...hairloss

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Any other hypothyroid sufferers continually struggle with hair loss? I see fluctuations of how much I lose, but today was ridiculous! If I have many days like this I won't have much hair left! This is what came out in my morning shower:

That does not include what came out when I put some leave in conditioner in it, nor what came out as I blow dried. I have two spots that are thinning on my scalp, but so far I can cover them easily.

Any suggestions, hints, helps....anything?

I take 75mg Synthroid daily. I watch my diet closely to make sure I am getting all my vitamins and minerals. I don't return to the doctor until November 8th.

Feeling a little desperate...

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MZZCHIEF 9/7/2014 2:45PM

    You're at the age where many women start perimenopause.
Changes in estrogen levels can also contribute to hair loss.
Be sure to get adequate protein!
You may need to add a bit of T3 to your T4?

This blog is a year old so I'm wondering if this problem resolved?
I'm hoping the answer to that is "YES"!
Be well!
: )

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MAMISHELI53 8/23/2013 3:26PM

    That's interesting - my hair has been thinning over the years, and I hadn't thought of thyroid. I'm due for a checkup next month so I'll ask my doctor about it. Sorry I haven't any advice! Shel

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AQUAGIRL08 8/22/2013 9:17PM

    I am right there with you on this one. Since March, I've lost between 1/2 and 1/3 (depending on the location on my head) of my hair. I've had to cut it much shorter and wear it in layers to cover the spots where you can see my scalp. Yikes! My doctor started me on 5,000 mcg of Biotin. I am 3 weeks into taking it and already my fingernails and the hair on my legs are both growing like crazy. The hair on my head has slowed it's fallout (thank goodness!). I've read that it can take as much as 6 months for the Biotin to help the hair on your head. I'll try anything at this point! My doctor said women can take Biotin but he doesn't recommend it for men because men tend to start growing hair in strange places. Example - in their ears and on their back. He said men usually have to use Rogaine but women can start with Biotin. I hope this helps you. Good luck!

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ROMANTILLY 8/22/2013 6:09PM

    Hair loss is one of the side effects of Synthroid. You may need to switch to another medication. I had the same side effect when I took Synthroid and my doc switched me to Levothyroxine. The generic for Levo is on back order, so your doc would have to write for the Mylan brand of Levothyroxine. It is the only thing available.

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CAROLYN0107 8/22/2013 3:35PM

    I have hyperthyroidism due to a goiter and nodules. I have not had problems with hair loss though. I think you should call the Dr. office and check with his or her nurse. Explain that you're having lots of hair loss and ask if you need to have your bloodwork done again to see if the dose of Synthroid that you're taking is the correct one. The nurse can check with the Dr. You might not need to make a trip to the Dr except for the bloodraw. I think if you are really well regulated on the medicine that you should not have symptoms.
Here's an article to check out:
Also, I believe you're taking 75 mcg (micrograms) not 75 mg.

I pray you'll get this resolved.

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ANGIE121 8/22/2013 1:59PM

    Hi there! I do not have hypothyroid so i do not know about that...I do know I was completely bald at 1 time (Breast Cancer) from the chemo...I took Biotin eveyday when i was finally done w/ the chemo...It helped my hair growth alot! Of course check w/ your DR. to ensure it will not infere w/ any of your other medication....You can buy it anywhere, Im in California not sure what state your in bu Walmart, and place that sells vitamins...Hope that helps! God bless

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Wrapping things up...

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Fall is here. Sunday it was 75 and sunny...but Monday (October 1st) is was grey, 62 and a breezy. Talk about an over-night change of a season! I decided I need a change of season.

For two years now my weight has steadily risen, my motivation consistently plummeted...and what is even worse... I have no excuse...well, not a good one, anyway!

So, fall always feels to me like things are wrapping up...birds are flying south, trees are shedding their leaves, neighbors are staying inside more...all in preparation for winter.

Now, winter...that is a whole other season! One that I only enjoy from the window. I do not like cold at all. And only grandkids can get me out the door into the snow...and it must be followed up by hot coffee and a warm bath...but I digress.

I feel a bit like fall. I spent the last week "withdrawing" from a medicine. Today...I feel like a new person. I am thinking more clearly, feeling more deeply...and I have decided to wrap some things up.

Junk food binging is flying south. emoticon

I will be shedding the bad attitudes and bad habits. emoticon

I will be retreating indoors more faithfully to my prayer closet. emoticon

I am preparing to live life on purpose! emoticon

Yet...winter is coming. The hard part. When I want to lay on the couch instead of walk on the treadmill. When I want to stay in a warm bed rather than plan my menu. When I would rather eat a burger than make a healthier meal at home. Yep...winter is coming. I know this. I can prepare for this. I can survive this!

And then...I will be rewarded with Spring!!!!!!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 10/5/2012 9:37AM

    Yes, Good thoughts. Glad to stop by today and get caught up. Wishing you a fine fall!

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CAROLYN0107 10/3/2012 9:37PM

    Good blog with good thoughts!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 10/2/2012 4:26PM

    Fall is my favorite time of year!!

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Is Muscle Really Heavier than Fat?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Last month I posted a picture of 5 pounds of fat. Pretty disgusting, really.

I went to the doctor for a routine check up. I complained that I had been faithfully exercising but not seeing the scale move quick enough. She explained that my body is building it's muscle mass back up through the exercise, and losing the fat. For a while, I may not see the scale move but I should notice a change in my body. I have!! My clothes are looser, and I can see a little bit of change in the visual.

I had heard this before....I wanted to roll my eyes. But didn't...after all, she is the doctor who went to medical school!! When I got home, I decided to see if I could find a comparison of fat to muscle. Sure enough!! Check this out!!

Both weigh the same, but the muscle takes up less space! It is true!! No more eye-rolling for me!

I am happy to say that I have now lost 6 pounds since January first...and it is coming off because I added exercise. I really have not improved my diet much...and if I would be more consistent there, I would reach my ideal weight much quicker!

My goals for March:

emoticon emoticon See the scale move from 171.2 to 168.

emoticon emoticon Track my foods Mon-Fri.

emoticon emoticon emoticon On the weekends, I will use just the quick track to log my water, fruits/veggies, and exercise that I get in.

emoticon Walk on my treadmill AT LEAST 30 min/day Mon-Fri.

emoticon No "solo" eating out!!! No drive through meals...healthy or not.

I am feeling good and thrilled to be seeing the scale move as well as feel my clothes not as tight! Join me in this quest for healthier living!!

Happy March to all!

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    Great plans!Happy March backatcha, girlfriend!

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SENKYOUSHI 3/2/2011 1:45PM

    WOW!! That picture was enlightening. I have heard this before, but seeing is believing.

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ZIVAGOLDMAN 2/28/2011 12:26PM

    This is great! Everyone always has the example of 5 lbs of fat, but nobody shows what a 5 lb muscle looks like.

Keep up the good work! You are on the right track!

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TLMCDANIEL0978 2/28/2011 12:21PM

  I absolutely love this. Keep up the great work. You can do it!! Tracy emoticon

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What does 5 Pounds of Fat Look Like?

Monday, February 07, 2011

The treadmill work paid off the month of January when I finished the month with a 5.6# loss! I found myself curious as to what that really amounts to, so I went on a picture search. Glad that THAT thing is gone from my body!! Now, there are about 4 more of those "fat balls" I would like to be rid of!

Now it is February and my weigh in today had me UP 2#'s! Yikes! So, today I revisited my 2011 SP goals and am evaluating.

emoticon emoticon See the scale move from 177.2 to 165 by my birthday, Feb. 27.
**Well, I am now at 173.6...closer, but may not make that goal...but that won't stop me from pressing onward!

emoticon emoticon Track my foods Mon-Fri.
** I have been faithfully tracking (but not staying within my calorie range..time to work on that)

emoticon emoticon emoticon On the weekends, I will use just the quick track to log my water, fruits/veggies, and exercise that I may get in.
**Good here, but portion control still an issue

emoticon Walk on my treadmill AT LEAST 15 min/day Mon-Fri.
**CHECK!! I will keep this up!

emoticon No more "solo" eating out!!! No drive through meals...healthy or not.

emoticon I will spin the SP wheel daily in order to participate in the fun log-in point thread...but I will stop focusing on getting SP points. I was wasting way to much time. I believe SP wants me moving...not sitting at the computer.
** CHECK!!

emoticon I will update my SparkPage monthly: this will keep things fresh and it will remind me of my goals each time I do! That will also be a good time to blog how my last month went and any plans for the next month. (Basically having a New Years Day every month!)
** CHECK!!

emoticon Get creative!!! Find varying ways to encourage, motivate and keep the ladies involved on the team. Some ideas are to add a daily conversation question at the end of my morning check in, post weekly challenges, post some fun inter-active games and try to post helpful links to the tips and ideas forum.
**I think this is better...though always room for improvement! (Suggestions always accepted!)

So, in a nutshell, I am happy with my progress, but now need to focus on watching the calorie intake.

Happy February to all!

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MARLIZG 2/14/2011 10:50AM

    oh, yuk!

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DIDMIS 2/11/2011 7:33AM

    WOW 5 # of fat. Wish I knew how to download that to show to my TOPS group and other SPARK teams.
That looks horrible.
Thanks for the blog. emoticon

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GIRLINBRAZIL 2/7/2011 2:47PM

    Your daily questions are great! I sure love our Christian Missionary Women's Spark team. You and Julie do a great job!


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TACONES 2/7/2011 2:25PM

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MPARRIMAN 2/7/2011 2:16PM


I love your post! I was shocked to see what 5 lbs. of fat looks like. I will be watching more closely the choices that I make in my diet. I am carrying around 10 times the amount of that fat example and I am sick and tired of being sick and tired(literally)! I have a disability that is complicated by my weight. Thank you for the picture and the info following it! It has been helpful!

mparriman emoticon

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