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YESTERDAY WAS DOC'S DAY

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hi Everyone,

Well yesterday, was my 6 months check up with my neurologist and all sorta went well. My coollid cyst hasn't grown emoticon Yea!!!! But the disk in my neck aren't doing so well so I am now required to wear a neck brace emoticon Then now I am on some pain meds , YUK all who have know me well know how I hate pain meds , because of my brothers experience with them.

Anyway I am very happy cuz then we went to my PCP. He's my favorite doc ever emoticon . I have seen him for 14 years and he was so proud of me and my weigh loss. all my blood work is normal, He says he tells other patients of the me and the way I have change my eating habits and thou I am still overweight , my test are always normal. It is so nice to have a doc that listens and laughs with you. emoticon He did change one of my meds, cuz he felt that the new medicine would even be a better one.

Well I need to eat something for lunch, and take the Yukky emoticon emoticon emoticon Pain Pill. So hope all my Spark friends are doing great************

My Team emoticon Champions in the Kitchen are doing great!!!! We are a new team on the 5% Summer Challenge. This week I think we have gotten to know each other and are learning . As CL I have made some Boo Boos!, emoticon but its a week of learning. I'm just happy that I have a lot of friends emoticon on the team that are great about helping me out! I know the second week of the challenge is going to be great emoticon cuz all the cookie crumbs emoticon are being cleaned up and there is no better way then to be contenders!!! WE ARE THE CHMPIONS!!!!

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Maryann

  
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REALTYLADYLISA 6/30/2014 5:00PM

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VTORIA3 6/27/2014 9:03PM

    So sorry you are dealing with pain. My goodness, I would never have guessed with your positive attitude, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness. And, you are a regular exercising machine! You make no excuses. You are such an inspiration.

You are doing a GREAT job leading our team. I'm excited everyday to check in to see what you have planned for us, things we might think about, and for encouraging us to think like winners. emoticon for all that you do, each and every day. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/27/2014 2:26PM

    It's okay...I've made some boo boos as a new EL too. LOL

we'll get it.

New team, new experiences...right? right.

Now, let's go fly to the GRAND CANYON BABY!!

(never been)

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LISA579 6/27/2014 8:29AM

    mistakes happen so dont worry. I a so happy you have such a great Dr.

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SNAPPER53 6/26/2014 8:54PM

    emoticon So glad you are doing better!!

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ICECUB 6/26/2014 7:00PM

    emoticon ON DOING SO WELL.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/26/2014 4:05PM

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JTREMBATH 6/26/2014 3:18PM

    Gee you sound great hop it all continues for you.

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Boc Choy = 0, Grandsons trying = 2

Friday, May 30, 2014

I have the most adorable two young men staying with me this weekend! My grandsons last day of school was yesterday and they were so excited to tell me what fabulous day they had! They wanted to cook dinner tonight and I love watching them when they are in the Kitchen, so they made pork chops, corn, a fruit salad and some bok choy . They never had bok choy before so it was a delight to see their faces when they tried it . Zeak doesn't like any thing that's green, but he said it was white so he took a bite and his reaction was emoticon Derek was is the vegi eater in the family and his reaction was emoticon. Then I took a bite and my reaction was one of YUK! I found a vegi I did not like!
I heard the sweet words, " grandma, do we have to eat all of it, I replied no you tried it, you don't like it so lets just not eat it, cuz grandma sure isn't going to.

Spark People and my Dawgie team in the 5% Challenge got me eating vegis I never tried, that I am thankful for. But the best thing is seeing my grandkids excited about trying a new Vegis!

If anyone has a recipe for Bok Choy let me know and I will give it another shot! Grilling it just wasn't to my taste!

Hugs,
Maryann

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 6/20/2014 1:42AM

    http://www.chow.com/recipes/30351-b
ok-choy-and-pineapple-salad-wit
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That is the link for a bok choy salad recipe that everyone likes at my house.

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LANCER1984 6/19/2014 4:22PM

    Hi, it's Karin from the 5% challenge. Loved your post - made me laugh! The cooks are all ready and we are set to go on Sat. Get ready for a wonderful adventure. emoticon

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LANCER1984 6/19/2014 4:21PM

    Hi, it's Karin from the 5% challenge. Loved your post - made me laugh! The cooks are all ready and we are set to go on Sat. Get ready for a wonderful adventure. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 5/30/2014 3:11PM

    I usually put it in stir fry. A good memory for you and your grandsons.

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BURGUNDYBABE 5/30/2014 12:56PM

    I'm not the biggest fan of bok choy either, but good for you and the grandkids for giving it a chance! Now everyone has a great funny memory about it!

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POLYANNA2 5/30/2014 12:16PM

    Lots of fun in the kitchen at grandma's house. These are the kind of good memories that stay with children forever. Theirs will be, "Remember that time when we tried bok choy and we all hated it?"
I have only ever had bok choy in amongst other stuff in a stir fry so don't even know what it tastes like on its own or how else I would prepare it.

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GRANDMA1951 5/30/2014 12:12PM

    Funny. Grandchildren are so wonderful and never pull any punches. Glad you're enjoying them.

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MICKEYMAX 5/30/2014 8:03AM

    Adorable!

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ICECUB 5/30/2014 6:25AM

    I always eat bok choy in Chinese food. I have never made it. glad you enoyed visit with grandkids.

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LISA579 5/30/2014 5:58AM

    I love bok choy in stir frys. Your poor grandsons...lol.

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COOKING IS MY PASSION

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Today, I went grocery shopping for some new recipes that I found on the web! They seem easy to prepare and looking at the nutritional facts they seem to fit my journey to my healthier lifestyle.

I've always considered my journey a lifestyle change not a diet from day one of my journey. I first started it with the Biggest Loser cookbooks, in fact I have all the cook books that have come out. Then, I was looking for a recipe and found SparkPeople. My DH says that we are going to have to build on another room just so we can display all the cook books I have gotten over the past 21 years. Then when we were cleaning out my mom and dads home., there were all my moms cookbooks, I asked my sister Cathy if she would like some of them, and she replied, No, mom would love you to have them, your the cook in the family now.

I love cooking, and now since SparkPeople has taught me what to look for, I love to just open up the pantry and cook from what I have on hand. My mom taught me to cook from scratch , and that is my passion. There is so much healthier alternatives when you know what was put in your meals.

Well tomorrow I am going to try a new recipe for French toast, and chili and a lemon infused shrimp dish with spinach. Can't wait to get my heart into the Kitchen.

Hope all of you have a wonderful tomorrow!
Hugs,
MaryAnn

  
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GRANNY2B2 5/29/2014 7:55PM

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KALISWALKER 5/29/2014 7:11PM

    MaryAnn I collect cookbooks too. They are about the only books I keep now.

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/26/2014 1:54PM

    Good for you! I don't mind cooking, but I can't say it is my passion. On the other hand, I do love to "read" cookbooks. I don't have as many as I did...thinned some out when we moved this winter. Good luck on your new recipes and for finding the way to incorporate it all into your new and healthy lifestyle!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITTY_M 5/26/2014 11:07AM

  I love cooking too! I'm always so excited to try new recipes.

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LISA579 5/26/2014 6:20AM

    I wihs i had the cooking passion. I love trying new things m friend cooks

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/25/2014 10:58PM

    Maryann I love cooking tooI lioterally have thousands of cookbooks.I made swiss chard gnocci for dinner tonight out of an old weight watcher's cookbook, it is my daughter's favourite she asked for it for her birthday dinner ! Helthy can be delicious !

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LESLIELENORE 5/25/2014 10:50PM

    That is awesome! I like trying new recipes.

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NJGP1960 5/25/2014 10:24PM

    That's awesome, enjoy!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/25/2014 10:21PM

    Enjoy!!!

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5% Summer Challenge

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The 8th week of the 5% challenge has started today! The challenge has been a rewarding one in many ways. I've always loved Spark people because you are with many friends that are going thru a similar situation that you are. Learning how to start the journey to a healthier lifestyle can be hard or even boring, but with the your Spark Friends and the 5% challenge it brings a lot of becoming more at ease with the long journey you may have ahead of you.

It challenges you to help your team reach a fantastic destination by exercising each minute you exercise is a mile. Your team (this challenge I belong to the Spirited Underdogs) works together to reach maybe 7000miles then continue thru the week . The Living the Good Life points are different achievements to help you on your journey. Whether its drinking water, eating freggies, or tracking daily your food or exercise, its so wonderful to make those things a habit! Since I have joined Spark People I have lost 72 pounds. Yes, there have been hills and valleys. The Great Thing is there are friends out there in Spark Land that encourage you .

I hope all that read this and has never been a part of the 5% Challenge will join the team this Summer. Just go to the 5% Summer Challenge Community Page and become a team mate ready to go on a journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Here's the Link to the Page:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=63123


Come join the fun!
Hugs
Maryann

  
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IOWAGRAMMA 5/25/2014 2:36PM

    Awesome! The SUDs are the best at support and encouragement! Hope I make it back for the summer. In the meantime, we have the Spring challenge to finish up. Wishing you all the best! Jeannie

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POLYANNA2 5/25/2014 11:44AM

    We haven't even finished the spring challenge and I'm already raring to go for the summer one. This means it has to be fun because that's pretty much what I'm about these days, And, oh, what fun I have had meeting new friends and being a part of a healthy lifestyle that this 5% Challenge has given to me!!! It keeps me "up" all the time!!! emoticon
Great blog!!!

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LISA579 5/25/2014 9:29AM

    It is alot of fun

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/25/2014 8:34AM

    emoticon You have been a great friend during the 5% challenges. I loved the spirited underdogs as well. But I have made many friends across different challenge groups. Some wonderful people to meet that share similar goals is awesome.

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KALISWALKER 5/25/2014 12:55AM

    It's members like you who make the challenge teams so much fun. All the best in the summer challenge.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/25/2014 12:31AM

    I love the Spirited Underdogs such an encouraging team!

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Maxie visit to the Vet

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Yesterday my puppy Maxie ( she is really almost 15 years old) went to the vet because she wasn't feeling well. Blood work done. Her Awesome Pawesome Vet said the count showed a possible of two things. One: a very low immune system or Two: Liver Cancer. The second one is scary. Dr C said that also cataracts are forming over her eyes. He said, she is doing super good for a 90 year old women. LOL. Maxie will always be my puppy. So Maxi is now on two meds., prednesone for her low count and a Liver supplement for her Liver. She will be retested in a month to see how well all is working.

Please pray for my Maxie,

Hugs to All
Maryann

  
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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/1/2014 8:45AM

    Sending prayers and positive thoughts for Maxie and you!

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EDENZMOM 4/28/2014 9:08AM

    Maryann, my "puppy" is 9 years old, and I am taking pride in watching him mature with my kids and family. I am so thankful for every day that i have with him. I'm sure you are enjoying every minute with your puppy as well.
We are staying positive, and so wonderful to hear that you have an amazing vet.
it was Vet appreciation day this weekend... Here is to your fantastic vet and to more wonderful healthy years with your puppy!
xoxo

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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/28/2014 2:11AM

    OH Sweetie,, it gets SO HARD when or animals grow older,, and we "begin" to realize that they do not last forever,,, just wish it weren't so FASt !!!

You were here when I lost Wincey (Princess) my 9 yr old ME COON Cat. It StiLL hurts at times,, of course I went RIGHT out and bought me a new kitty THAT DAY !! For if I do NOT do this,, my heart will hurt an I may cry forever and ever,, this way the "newer" one,, for they are Never A "replacement" NOThING can replace one we have loved for it's own personaility,, but with Izzy,, she RIGHt off created some giggles which at once started my own healing with Wincey just being gone that day,, and it was such a SHOCK !! I had taken Wincey in (long black fur,, which just SHINED so mch !),,,, to the vets,,, for a regular check up for her breathing, which was ALWAYS very bad,, from the moment I had gotten her,,,,,,,,, and the vet looked down her throat,, you could EASILY see she was in mch danger,, so they did surg,, but it wasn't good,,, so we mercifully let her to sleep,,, after I came back up with hugs and kisses.

Izzy is clear a BALL to have hon, but shes NOT EVER going to be Wincey, who was NOT little Dah, who was NOT Sissah, who was NOT Angie,,, all of these cats,, and NONE of them are "alike".

I know you have other animals at home,,, jst something to think about though it IS NOT POSSIBLE to replace her should she ever so sadly not make it,,, or makei tfor 2 or 3 yrs longah,, one CAN HOPE !!

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LISA579 4/27/2014 6:42PM

    I am praying for your puppy

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LESLIELENORE 4/27/2014 4:14PM

    Awww, sweet Maxie! Praying for a good recheck.

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RASPBERRY56 4/27/2014 7:26AM

    From one "Mary Ann" to another (spelling not withstanding).........here' to you and your sweet Maxie!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/27/2014 3:35AM

    Prayers for Maxie .Fingers crossed too.

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