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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I hit my 25 lb weight loss milestone today! Woo hoo!

I know if I had not been diagnosed with diabetes a couple of weeks ago, I would still be spinning my wheels. I was re-gaining and losing the same 10 pounds over and over. Now, I have just been at a happy deficit. True, I have OVERHAULED my eating habits and I have cut out most junk. I'm not prepared to cut it out for life, I just don't have it as frequently (read every day) and when I do have it, I just fit it into my carb count.

Truth be told, I am rocking it! I keep imagining myself in the lower quadrant and the next thing, I know, poof! I am there. I am sitting in the mid 370's. It feels so good to be on my way to the 360's. I am doing the happy dance! The 200's are in my sights! It's been years since I was down to where I am now and I am enjoying myself right where I am.

I will be at my MIL's on Saturday, helping my hubby to put up her tree. I have already started planning how I will pack some food to take with me. I had been trying to keep my diabetic news on the down low so I would not freak out my mother, but now that I have told her (go me!), I do not have to fret about keeping this "secret." I can be open about actively taking care of myself. It makes things easier about doing what I have to do for myself. There's no hurt feelings in "I am a diabetic, and I have to do certain things to keep myself healthy." I am really proud of myself! Woo hoo!

Here's to a healthy day for all.

What have you done to celebrate one of your milestones, sparkies?

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PARKERB2 12/15/2010 1:59PM

    emoticonon all you've accomplished. The 200's will get here as your determined they will! Keep the bubbling attitude and I wish you all the best. 2011 is to be your year! Have a good day and keep Sparking. My nest reward will be a pedicure.

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/15/2010 1:54PM

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So proud of you! You're just doing wonderful and GOOD FOR YOU letting everyone know about your diabetes...it does help me from getting too many goodies offered to me during the holidays!
Which can be a great thing....

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BAYBELIEVER 12/15/2010 1:24PM

    Amazing! Amazing! Your spirit is infectious!

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RIGBY31 12/15/2010 12:58PM

    What a milestone... you've turned the corner and WOW!

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LOOKN_UP 12/15/2010 11:23AM

    Way to go! Great outlook! Keep it up and I bet you will beat the diabetes. emoticon

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SUSANS111 12/15/2010 10:56AM

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 12/15/2010 9:33AM

    I am happy that you are spreading the news of your diabetes. I know for me, for so many years it was my secret and it kept me non accountable to those around me and in the end, it was only my healthy that suffered.

Congratulations on the 25 pound milestone!!!

Terri =)

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LARIJOY 12/15/2010 9:22AM

    Keep up this enthusiasm, it is awesome to read about your success. I am really proud of you for telling your mother! it really can be easier if the people around you know, it may help them to no offer you temptations, especially if you are planning to keep your own food handy. Again... emoticon

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TRAINER_T 12/15/2010 9:15AM

    emoticonenjoy your reward!

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DONNAEDA 12/15/2010 8:53AM

    I now do not have diabetes. I lost 75 pounds and no longer take any medication and my blood counts are normal. You will reach that goal too, if you stay the course.

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MEL_UNRAU 12/15/2010 8:11AM

    You are doing so amazing my friend! I am blessed to know you!
(and I bought myself a fancy cocktail ring for 100lbs lost!)

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CRROCKERGIRL 12/15/2010 8:10AM

    Congrats! Go you!

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My Sapphire Sparkbuddy - Larijoy

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Sapphire sister and sparkbuddy - Larijoy - is well named -- she is JOYFUL!

This Wisconsin-born cutie pie is ready to let her inner athlete shine! This girl has a great can do spirit and impressed me with her ability to change her own oil! Whoa! She has a great spirit, can get her groove on, likes Usher, The Killers and the Foo Fighters. Like me, she has a soft spot for cartoons, and even though, I like more old school, like Scooby Doo, Larijoy digs Phineas and Ferb.

Larijoy and I are going to dance our way through this meltdown challenge. I'm happy to visit her most every day to help keep us both on track. We each have our own programs that we are working - and hoping to get the same good results!

I love my sparkbuddy, Larijoy! emoticon

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MSHOPPER63 12/15/2010 7:51AM

    This was so cute, great job Mick emoticon

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SUSANS111 12/14/2010 10:07PM

    There's nothing like good friends!!

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DEBBIE_J 12/14/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon That is so awesome! You are both very blessed.

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/14/2010 11:22AM

    Wonderful blog and you are a great buddy!

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BLANCHE1254 12/14/2010 10:36AM

    Beautiful write-up! Have a great time dancing during the Meltdown.

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DONNAEDA 12/14/2010 9:57AM

    how lucky for you and her.

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Turning Point

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I can't help but think a conversation with my mother is behind my recent weight loss. On a trip home during Thanksgiving weekend, my mom had a few mins alone with me. Initially she was pumping me for info about a rough time I had with my DH. I did not really want to tell her the specifics even though the episode was behind me. But I did give her the reader's digest condensed version. In that same convo, we talked about how being fat wasn't really about the food. (My mother is a rail). It was the first time in a long time, it seemed to me, that my mom understood...me.

Then she asked me if I was happy.

That's a biggie.

The she said she just wanted me to to be happy.

Whoa bigger one.

I've waited and wanted this acceptance from her my whole life. Who is this woman and what have you done with my mother?

And since then, I have been dropping the pounds.

I have a lot more on my plate (so to speak) since then. Chief among these, kidney issues and diabetes. I was also told yesterday that I have gall bladder disease. WTF! I did start crying when I hung up the phone from the doc's yesterday. It's been one thing after another these last few days. Honestly, it's been a lot to take in, but it is better than hearing you have cancer or something else. So I will just go to the specialist and hear what he has to say in a couple of weeks.

So for now, I am focusing on maintaining my blood sugar in an appropriate range and learning to make my body more receptive (instead of resistant) to insulin. I went to the diabetes nutrition specialist last night and she was helpful in learning to put all of the pieces together. Basically, it's just "good eating" - along with monitoring your sugar to make sure you are not ingesting too many carbs at one time. I can do this. My body is giving me a reason to do this.

I'm off work for the rest of the month. This rachets down my stress level enormously. I am taking advantage of this time by focusing on myself for a change. It's freezing cold here but I am going to go get my hair cut today. I am excited about that. :) I'm going to go to the supermarket and pick up a few items that will fit into my plan. I have the luxury of putting myself first these days.

What can you do for yourself that keeps you at the front of the line?

Happy sparking, sparkies!

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GIBBLES5 12/19/2010 10:22PM

    Wow... is all I can say!

Hugs to you!


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DJS-DEBBIE 12/14/2010 3:20PM

    I had the gall bladder laproscopic surgery too this year. It isn't too bad but if you have to have it, make sure you get rest. I definitely went back to work, etc, too quickly.

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TERRIJ_1 12/14/2010 11:25AM

    You Rock !!! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/14/2010 11:24AM

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DONNAEDA 12/14/2010 10:13AM

    our loved ones can really surprise us. As for gall bladder disease, I had mine out laproscoply and it was a breeze. Easier to deal with that surgery than the symptoms and discomfort. Take one step at a time. I got rid of all diabetic medicine when I lost 75 pounds. Now my blood sugar is normal. So all is good at the end of the tunnel. Just hang in there and be good to yourself.

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SLFRISBEY 12/14/2010 10:04AM

    Reading about getting the acceptance from your mom that you needed made me tear up. I am so happy for you! I wish I could know what that feels like but all I have to go on are memories. Maybe one day, if I ever decide to have children, I will be able to share that with my child. :)

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GAYLE-G-63 12/14/2010 9:55AM


My mother is diabetic, also. And at first it seemed like the end of the world. When she told me, she cried. This is a woman who has always been my rock.

That was in 1996. But she learned how to control it and lives a very normal life. You can, too. Even with all the other issues you have having. You're going to live a long and healthy life!


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KOBER9999 12/14/2010 9:28AM

    I'm so happy for you.
You Go, Girl! You Go!!!
Keep Sparkin'!
Spark On!

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/14/2010 9:20AM

    I admire you and am thankful that God is showing you the blessings in your life. Glad you have the time off and glad for the info you got from nutritionist. And VERY glad that Mom's comments were so freeing ... at last! Have a very blessed Christmas!

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ANIKA34 12/14/2010 8:32AM

    Glad to hear that you got what you needed from your mom! I know how much that means to get the reinforcement we crave so much. My dad is on insulin, and he has to check his sugar 6 times a day, but with eating properly he is able to maintain it most days. He has never been one to eat more than once or twice a day, so that is the big adjustment for him to eat more frequently and smaller portions. You can do this! Try to relax some while you are off work for the rest of the month!

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SARAWALKS 12/14/2010 8:25AM

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Thanks for stopping by my page! I hate it that spark stops blog notifications if you miss clicking on one link...so now I've caught up.
Wow, double wow. I'm so happy that your mom has finally displayed some warmth and caring toward you and that she wants you to be happy! What a thrill!
You're gonna be a calorie arsonist yet! emoticon
and I just know that you'll wrestle those health issues to the ground.
Glad you have some time off to be good to you! emoticon

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MKT-PLAN 12/14/2010 8:16AM

    I'm happy for you! Go girl, go!

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SHELLEY147 12/14/2010 8:12AM

    So happy you got such a weight lifted off your shoulders! I'm glad you got what you've been needing from yor mom....emotional issues can really stop weight loss...and now yours has been lifted! YAY! ~hugs~

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/14/2010 8:08AM

    So glad you got that reinforcement from your Mom! Not everyone is given the gift, and it's so good that you got it.

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Keep on Sparking! emoticon

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Mobilizing the Troops

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I'm still dealing with Cap'n Kidney Stone and will go today for ultrasounds (one for kidney, one for gallbladder) and tomorrow I will meet with a urologist.

I thought Mother Nature was being a little b*tchy when she sent me "shark week" this week as well. I have not had that sucker in MONTHS,...but when I am down and vulnerable, you send it? HA! I seem to be all kinds of bloated one minute and nearly drained the next. Fluid intake is your friend.

I feel like I am mobilizing to come to my defense with all my medical issues. A few days on the bp meds, my bp has dropped to normal/excellent. I am either not hungry or not as focused on food. I will say I am a whole lot less ANXIOUS. I was always fretting about work issues (many of them internally) and my people pleaser mode put me on edge, but I am much more chill these days. I am letting work take care of itself (actually one of my staff members and my boss are splitting my workload).

My portion control is happening naturally. I am taking smaller bites, eating when I am hungry and drinking tons of water. My body is undergoing a lot of changes on its own. I am just here as the caretaker, and I am finally getting a little better at my job.

I weighed in today at 379.4. I have not been at this weight since before 2008. Good things are happening, and more on the way.

What do you do to take good care of yourselves, Sparkies?

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SARAWALKS 12/14/2010 8:26AM

    This is great news, Mickey! You go girl! emoticon emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 12/10/2010 10:59AM

    I love reading your blogs! You go girl!!!! Keep it up!!! Hope you're feeling better soon!

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BAYBELIEVER 12/9/2010 10:29PM

    I read your blogs to take care of myself! All those wonderful things you are doing just help keep me going too!

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FRAN_CVLRN 12/9/2010 4:15PM

    Some great thoughts, Mickie

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/9/2010 11:27AM

    emoticon on your new low weight! WOOHOO!
I loved the term 'shark week' but honestly, I'd just sit down and cry now if I had one! It is the ONE great thing about being OLD...oh that, and you know everything...LOL.
Glad you are working on YOU and your BP is better. You are WONDERFUL and I'm happy to have you as my sapphire sister.

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LARIJOY 12/9/2010 11:12AM

    I'm happy to hear that you are doing better, keeping going with this enthusiasm! Good things will keep happening.

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SLFRISBEY 12/9/2010 11:06AM

    Love that "shark week". :) Way to go on the portion control and eating when you're hungry... I need to get better about that!

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DONNAEDA 12/9/2010 10:56AM

    you go girl. Sometimes life gets in the way of our successes, but it seems like you are handling them. Congratulations

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RIGBY31 12/9/2010 10:35AM

    You are making huge strides on so many levels. And what a perk... the weight loss is terrific!! Things will settle soon for you, just ride it out. When I get into a bundle, I take myself out of the chaos (physically, emotionally or both!) and take it slower. Have a great rest of the week.

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CONTENTCHRIS 12/9/2010 10:16AM

    Your doing great . The Main thing is consistancy and sticking with it. I hope you have a better week and a happy day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LALASLAND 12/9/2010 10:15AM

    Good blog, Mickie! I'm glad you're moving forward and doing so well! emoticon

I take good care of myself by doing all the health prevention that I can! emoticon

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Friday, December 03, 2010

Ring, Ring.

Pick up telephone.

Nurse calling from the Doctor's office.

We got your blood work back.

Do you have diabetes?


Response: Oh yeah,...you do.

I did a good job of not going "aaaaaah" into the phone. Apparently there were no notes on my chart that said, "break news to patient gently."

Am I kind of freaked out by it? Yes. But, it's the best thing that has happened to me recently. I could not kick my own booty into gear. I was spinning my wheels and not putting a great effort into my health. This bit of news and a few other tidbits has turned me into the poster child of wellness.

1. I have left work after 8 hours most days, instead of 12+ hrs,
2. I am eating fruit instead of juices, scones or other things.
3. I've lost 3 lbs this week.
4. I've taken all my meds.
5. I told my hubby I need some downtime this weekend. (he does, too.)
6. I made an appt with a nutritionist (Dec 13).
7. I have to work an event tonight, so I am not going to go into work until later.
8. I am setting parameters with clients at work. I'm working things out according to my schedule.
9. I am delegating like crazy. Us control freaks sometimes have a hard time w/ that.
10. I laughed at my own antics this morning. This tells me more than anything, I am going to be just fine. I'm back to normal.

What blessings in disguise have you had, sparkies? And have I told you how awesome you guys are? You ROCK!!!

Have a great and healthy Friday. Woot! Woot!

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1STARVINGARTIST 12/7/2010 1:58AM

    Your attitude is amazingly positive. With that kind of outlook you will have it beat in no time. You can do it! You are the awesome sparkie!
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LOOKN_UP 12/6/2010 12:48PM

    Yeah, I wonder why some professionals in the health field are so rude... sorry about that, and for the diagnosis.
But it sounds like your on the right path and with a great attitude! You're an inspiration to me and I'm sure to others as well. Keep in touch.
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BAYBELIEVER 12/3/2010 11:51PM

    You keep showing your awesome attitude this week! Good for you! You can overcome this! And you already know that because you are working so hard at it. Keep moving. Exercise helps not only keep your metabolism running but also helps your insulin to work properly and longer. Sedentary is out. We are some movin' women!

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SUSANS111 12/3/2010 5:32PM

    Yeay!! Good for you!

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BJWESTON70 12/3/2010 2:39PM

    Way to take charge! Good Luck and take care of yourself!

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MSHOPPER63 12/3/2010 1:40PM

    Wow girl I wish you would talk to my husband. He does not take care of his diabetes and he's only 140 pounds. He eats all the wrongs foods, way too many carbs !!

I am so proud of you. With that attitude I bet in 6 to 12 months you will no longer have diabetes listed on your chart.

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ADIPOSEROSE 12/3/2010 9:55AM

    Hey--of all the medical "bad news" we can get, kid, this is not the worst. (I've been diabetic for 12 years.) Make sure you get 6-8 hours' sleep (I got this way doing 4.5 and thinking I was accomplishing so much more than everyone else--talk about your classic Type A!); use the nutrition tracker to monitor your carbohydrate and fat intake (ask your doctor to tell you how many grams/day are right for you, then put those numbers into the tracker); and go for WHOLE (not "multi") grain bread and pasta over anything white (for which "multigrain" is just another euphemism). Exercise, exercise, exercise! You don't have to run a marathon, just MOVE. And drink plenty of water, especially if your glucose is high. (Picture molasses running around in your veins . . . it crowds out the oxygen, and that's what makes you feel so draggy all the time.) I eat a bowl of Quaker Old-Fashioned oatmeal with a small banana every morning--good for cholesterol and diabetes, too. And the bonus is that if you lose enough weight, chances are you will stop being diabetic. That's my goal. (For years, I wouldn't say the "d" word--I was "glucose challenged.") Just be careful, especially at the beginning, about "spiking" yourself into hypoglycemia. When your sugar is high, you feel the way you do after Thanksgiving dinner--sleepy, a little goofy, and somewhat cranky. When it's low, you feel shaky the way you do when you have the 'flu--not shivering, just weak in the knees, like you're about to pass out. Make sure you carry a small piece of candy around with you, in case that happens--or drink a small glass of orange juice or even a shot-glass gulp of regular Coke, if you have to. It can take a while for the doctor to get your meds just right, so you need to watch out for both. emoticon emoticon Let me know if I can help in any way!

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AFTERMYKIDS 12/3/2010 9:45AM

    First off AMEN to #9. I have a time with that one still. Congrats on taking control of you LIFE and NOTABOUTHEFACE's profile picture says it ALL. It is what YOU MAKE IT!! YOU are making it! emoticon

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TINARENA2 12/3/2010 9:43AM

    You're doing great. I've found that when you give companies your extra time, they expect it. I don't give them a second over my normal schedule. We have imporant lives to live and it's not at the office!

Good for you!!
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DIFROMWYOMING 12/3/2010 9:31AM

    Glad you're being proactive about your diabetes...I wish I could say my diagnosis got me here, but I spiraled more out of control for a couple years first! You CAN control it with diet and exercise...so work with that nutritionist and get going!

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LAURA9021 12/3/2010 9:21AM

  My husband has Type II Diabetes, it is so important to take care of yourself! Your plan sounds great - keep the stress low. The nutritionist should be very helpful too. Good luck! emoticon

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    Congrats on the loss and the delegating things at work. Stress makes us hold on to weight and I definitely notice a difference on the scale when we're going through more stress than normal so kick it to the curb, keep on your current track and know you'll send "the big D" packing soon!

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