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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Today is one of rare days that I read through blogs. And boy did I learn some awesome things.

I learned that looking at the big picture can make things seem bigger than they are. Member STEPH-KNEE said she needs to lose 32 pounds. But instead of that number staring her in the face she said "I just have to lose 1 pound, 32 times!"

Another member's blog made me realize that what I see and feel inside is so much more important than what I (and other's) see outside. That I will never be a certain size, and I would never look healthy at what some people think I should weigh. Can you imagine a 56 year-old, 5'6.5" woman weighing 130 pounds?? I would like someone on drugs!! I have had 2 children, enjoyed them and the things they brought into my life. The weight is just a number, and the number MUST be something I am comfortable and healthy with.

I learned that it's ok to start over and what ate the why's I am working for.

All this from reading the blogs of 3 amazing Spark members

Thank you all for sharing such important things.

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68ANNE 10/10/2014 5:39PM

    I so agree with you. Let's let others help us by reading blogs!

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JUJUH51 10/9/2014 4:48PM

    Great blog! I am inspired each time I log into spark people. After doing many diets and being on other websites, I finally feel like I found a "home" on Spark!

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IRON_RESOLVE 10/9/2014 12:34PM

    Yes MaryAnn, Spark has some amazing people, and I count you as one of them. I agree, it's great to have member blogs posted. I have learned so much from them. I am at the stage of 32 pounds to go, and love the idea to just love one pound 32 times,
Thanks for posting this.

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    I totally agree and am happy to see that you have realistic weight expectations. As we age we look better with a few extra pounds on us and we live longer according to studies. I don't want to be obese but I don't want to be emaciated either.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/9/2014 12:28AM

    I find it fascinating reading blogs so many Spark members have faced so much with courage and they live the world over I get to experience fascinating places all from the comfort of my computer room !

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KNEEMAKER 10/8/2014 11:34PM

  Awesome so let's just keep on keeping on. It is a Life Journey so let's enjoy every second of every minute of every day. After all we get a total of 86,400 daily to use however we so desire. Why not make those seconds wonderful for ourselves and all those we love! Good luck on your journey. emoticon

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

OK, seizures dealt with, I have been working on my 4 very important life changes. Had my levels checked and only 1 needs to be tweaked.

Now I am having to deal with some strange side effects to my new meds. I go from wanting to cry, to very angry, or wanting to sleep sometimes 12 hours a day. I am really hoping that these things even themselves out soon. Some of the things I was angry about were justifiable, but they were extreme to the max.

I have started walking every other day and feel awesome that I am up to just over a mile. As long as I take my time and don't rush I will be fine. Still need to work in strength training, but that will come with time.

I just have to remember to take one day at a time and that will be VERY difficult for me. There are things I am having trouble with and I am hoping that time is all I need.

One Step at a Time, One Day at a Time. My new goals to add to the other four.

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68ANNE 9/28/2014 10:38PM

    I hope the side effects aren't worse than the problem

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/28/2014 12:27AM

    Everyone has given you excellent advice so I will just say you are in my thoughts and prayers Take care MaryAnn ! emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/27/2014 11:51PM

    emoticon emoticon That's me walking right along beside you MaryAnn! emoticon emoticon

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DBEAU57 9/27/2014 11:45PM

    If things don't level out on that new med, let your doctor know. I had those same issues with an antidepressant and when, after a week of it, I called my doctor about it, he lowered my dosage and then I was fine.

Let me know if there is anything I can help you with!


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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/27/2014 10:21PM

    I hope everything works out for you. It often takes a while to get used to meds.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 9/27/2014 7:05PM

    emoticon I wish you the very best!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This entry has taken a while to figure out how to write what I wanted to say. So here I go and I hope it comes out making sense.

Many of you may not know that I am an epileptic and have 2 types of seizures. It's not something I generally share because is has cost me jobs, friendships and relationships. I actually had 1 gentleman friend tell me if I had another seizure, he would leave me. Needless to say, I left him!

Occasionally stress or lack of sleep might trigger a seizure, but I always have an aura (a type of warning) before a seizure. But boy did I have a duzzy of a seizure on September 5th. My family had never seen anything like this seizure and it was nothing like anyother seizure I had ever had. There had been quite a bit of stress during the 3 previous days, I was fighting a serious infection as well as taking an antibiotic. Any of these things could have triggered that major seizure

By the end of that Friday, I ended up at Dartmoth-Hitchcock Medical Center. I was unconsicous for over 30 hours. That doesn't even count the time I was in the local ER. After I regained consciousness, I was in the hospital for another 3 days. I had a lot of time to think during those days. Needless to say, I won't be driving for at least 6 months which is fine by me. When I stop and think that 10 minutes before the seizure I had been driving, it scares the living daylights out of me! Especially since I had been seizure free for more than 5 years.

During the time that I did that serious thinking, I decided to make some changes - very important ones - in my life. Here they are:

1. No more putting myself last. I make sure everyone else in my family is OK, but tend to take care of me last. My health needs have to come first!

2. Work with neurologist, primary care and the surgeon who will replace my hip (yes I decided to have it done) to become the healthiest me I can be. I know that running is no longer an option, but I can walk, hike, ride a bike and another very large list of the things I CAN DO to become a very healthy me.

3. Create a daily ME time. I haven't done any type of crafts in a very long time and these have always been my stress busters or ways to relax and wind down.

4. Keep my life as stress-free as possible. This may sound strange as part of a slife-style change, but it's what I need to do the most for me. If this means cutting back on certain things, or staying away from certain people for a bit, then it's what I will do.

I hope that this all makes sense. I am not usually a blogger, but I needed a way to put my thoughts in print.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DBEAU57 9/27/2014 11:50PM

    I'm not glad you had the seizure. But I am glad you had an opportunity to really think about what you want your life to be like. That is so important and you have done very well at it. You have strong goals set that will make you a happier person. Go for it!

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STONE815 9/20/2014 10:38AM


You are a brave lady. You need to take care of yourself and enjoy life, I find doing anything I enjoy reduces my stress. Surround yourself with positive friends and family and live the life you love.

All the best.


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68ANNE 9/18/2014 6:00PM

    You did a wonderful way of saying it exactly. I hope you are seizure free for years to come!

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MSGRANNYMAE 9/17/2014 11:26PM

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RUFFIT 9/17/2014 9:49PM

    Thanks for posting! You are important and dont ever forget it. Be self caring because without yourself you have nothing. Major hugs. emoticon emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/17/2014 2:04PM

    MaryAnn - I am so grateful for your presence to write such an important blog. Be strong and stay true to yourself. You have all the skills to put this list in action. You are so worth it! Woo HOO to being alive and being the best you can be! Make your home exactly what you need to stay positive and focused on your goals. Tranquility Now!!! Awesome, friend. We are all here for you. Reminds me of the saying I heard Oprah had on the wall in her office, "You are responsible for the energy you bring to this space". I think that is close, you get it. So glad you are getting better. emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 9/17/2014 11:06AM

    Oh Dear Lady,
I am sorry you had to go through that. But putting yourself first is a great idea. It is about time, too! emoticon
You can do it!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Huge Hugs.
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    I agree with the others, you deserve and should be number one in your life. The changes sound like great ones to me. Doing crafts or games, reading whatever you like is a great way to de-stress. Doing whatever it takes to keep stress out of your life is extremely important. Don't be ashamed or afraid to share your epilepsy with friends. The knowledge can save your life. If it bothers them then they aren't really friends. Hugs, take care. I for one would love to be your friend and have added you as my friend.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/16/2014 10:57PM

    This was a wonderful blog.You are worth being put first.All I have to say about friends who would discard you because you are epileptic is you are better off without them,for no real friend would do that. I too am having my hips replaced so perhaps we can share that part of the journey.You are a strong person and I think we are lucky to know someone as resilient as you. Take care of yourself and if we can help you in any way do not hesitate to let us know. I am so glad you are back and feeling better and that you escaped serious injury when you had your seizure. (Driving at the time would have been horrid !) hugs,Cheri

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    Ahh yes, my dear friend,, you DO need to make YOU #1 ,,,, I had pointed this out b4, not just because of health, but LOL What little bit of "Sanity" you have left (oh yeah, and watch out for the TYPES of friends you make ! LOL)

I love the changes above,,, esp the doing crafts,,, that I had 'planned on during my recovery, but never did it, its been 11 weeks,,, almost 3 months ! So yes my friend,, we both need to encourage each other, and others on the team to do so.

It scares the wahhhhh woooo hoooo outta , that you had been just driving 10 mins b4. Remember that Weds night (ur seizure was on Fri) you said you didn't feel right,,,, I asked you specifically if it felt like "you might have a seizure"? You stated no, next time, my ears will be DAWGGIE UP ! I will be paying morah attention to how U are feeling,,, I do so carah.
Lets start to LAUGH more ,,, we both need this.

HUGS Sweet friend.

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MM11113 9/16/2014 9:08PM

    When I figure out that I need to truly de-stress, I like a cup of fragrant hot tea. And, I like your craft idea.

I waited 30 years to elevate myself toward the top of the list. Don't make that mistake, the family needs to learn to be supportive, caring, and independent. Balance.

Good luck. I would be terrified of driving, too!

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    After a seizure like this you are fortunate to be alive. I hope they can find the reason for this and prevent it from happening again. i think you are on the right track and need to tke very good care of yourself. I am sending a prayer for you!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ok Diane, I know that this will be a shock to your system. I am blogging!! This is so unusual for me.

Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment:

Minimum of 20 minutes of cardio daily. This will probably mean that I will be doing 2 10-minute walks at first, but I will get there and more. I am also rejoining the gym.

Strength training every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. I will find exercise videos that work for me

Check List:
Gym clothes - check
Exercise plan - check

Fall 5% Challenge Nutrition Commitment:

Tracking and measuring will be my main nutrition tools. Due to a health issue, some of my daily requirements are set higher than normal. I typically stay within a specific calorie that works for me.

My Fall 5% Challenge Commitment to Me:

I MaryAnn will follow through with exercise, tracking and team participation. I have come to far to slip back. When I need help, I will ask. When family members attempt to sabotage, I will stand firm.

MaryAnn Gilbert
Spirited Underdawgs EL and 5 year Spark Member

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68ANNE 9/7/2014 1:48AM

    Loving the plan!

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STEVEN2GO2 9/1/2014 8:23PM

    Hey my Mom's name is Mary Ann! Good luck with your goals. You may find coach Nicole's fitness videos useful. Her seated exercise videos are about 10 minutes long and she offers modifications and includes information about prper breathing breathing and stretching after you strength train.


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    MaryAnn - Great Blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great goals! Good luck with them!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/1/2014 12:18AM

    Sounds like a great plan.Don't let anyone sabotage your success !

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I had my first cortisone shot on Monday and I almost danced out of the Orthopedic clinic!

What a huge difference. No pain when I walk, go up the stairs, and even when I tie my emoticon! I couldn't do the sneakers before.

I went for my first real walk in almost 4 months today and it felt wonderful. It was a short walk - 15 minutes - because I don't want to start to quickly and mess things back up, but it was the best walk in a long time. I felt so energized when I got back and my mood since I got home yesterday is 100% better. I don't feel discouraged and am getting back on track.

I want to thank everyone who supported me with comments during this difficult time. All of your comments helped and were truly appreciated.

emoticon To You All!!

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ANNESYLVIA 4/27/2014 8:31AM

    Awesome! Next walk 20-30 minutes, I'm sure!
Best of luck with back issues!

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68ANNE 4/23/2014 9:55PM

so happy for you!

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GOULDSGRANITE 4/23/2014 12:50PM

    AWesome report! So Happy to hear about your good news. Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/23/2014 12:00PM

    I'm so glad you got some relief!! My mother used to have those injections and she got great relief from them too. You are prudent to be careful though because they are not a cure and as the pain is less people have a tendency to push too hard and incur further damage. The relief from the injections is usually not permanent but many doctors will repeat them every few months. Good job on the exercise!!!!

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glad to hear the shot helped

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/22/2014 11:55PM

    Oh I am so pleased to hear the good news .I feel happy for you!!!!

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MARYANNSQUEST 4/22/2014 10:27PM

    emoticon Penelope! Glad your taking it easy at first! Now you can SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE! Better yet fly like a SUPER SPIRITED UNDERDAWG!


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    VERY WELL Missy Penelope !! SO HAPPY things are working out for ya !!

Now imagine "YOU CAN FLY" and you can TOUCH THE SKY !! NOTHING WILL be out of ur limit,,, IN CAUTION of course,,,, but you can RUN THRU THAT EMPTY DOOR,,,, only YOU can now hold urself back,,, with the memories of NOT being able to do things you couldn't do.

I'll see YOU IN YOGA !! There's a few to help with SLEEP !! They are VERY EASY !!! WISHING U MY FRIEND,, THE BERRY BEST you OLD DAWG YOU !!!!

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