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Restarting My Journey

Friday, October 31, 2014

I mentioned before that I hated to have to admit that I was restarting...again. I knew I needed to...I really wanted to. But what got me back here, back on the road to health and wellness was the greatest tragedy I've had to face so far in life.

On February 4, 2014, I lost my Mom to a sudden heart attack. Three months shy of her 72nd birthday. We knew that my Mom had very bad arthritis in her knees (just one other thing I have in common with my Mom!)...we knew she was struggling to regulate her asthma...we never knew she had any heart issues. On her death certificate, they listed "atherosclerosis" as the cause of death and for duration they wrote "years."

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Yeah...that was me when I read that. My sister always accompanied my Mom to her doctor's appointments and she would always tell me everything the doctor said...whether my Mom wanted her to or not. This was not something that was disclosed at any appointment.

You know I wanted to go find her doctor...right? I didn't. I'm too cute for prison. emoticon

But the fact that there was a problem and nobody knew scared me...a lot. I went to my doctor to share my concerns about my health. She assumed I was only worried...and slightly depressed...because my Mom had passed away.

Um...no...I'm concerned about my health! Have you SEEN my BMI, lady?! emoticon

So I went to a local hospital that offers a battery of cardiac testing for $99 to assess my risk. Overall, my risk is very low...my cholesterol numbers are great, I'm young-ish, and I had just started a medically supervised weight loss program and was seeing some positive results.

Who knew that one of the test would find a tiny blockage starting to form in my right carotid artery? emoticon


My overall risk is still very low...my numbers are still very good...I'm sticking to the diet plan fairly well...(what's a few Mellowcreme Pumkins here and there?). My weight is the only real risk factor I have to deal with...and I'd have to say, besides a misstep or two, I'm doing well.

Losing my Mom was the beginning of this very difficult year. I miss her like crazy! But I think I can wait 40 or 50 years to see her again!

(Love you, Mommy!)

Smooches!

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PATTYKLAVER 10/31/2014 6:16PM

    I'm so sorry that you lost your Mom so suddenly that way. Mine was sick all winter last winter and we almost lost her. She does have heart issues, arthritis, etc. and I have learned a great deal from last winter's experiences. I'm more aggressive about taking care of myself now. I wish for you health and peace.

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COOP9002 10/31/2014 2:15PM

    Blessings to you on this renewed journey. You can do this.

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JUSGETTENBY42 10/31/2014 12:59PM

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Randomness

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I spent my entire workday yesterday on SparkPeople.com.

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Yeah. I know. I felt like a slug, but it was what it was. I wasn't feeling the best yesterday, and I started to stay home from work, but I need to save up some sick/vacation days in order to extend my holiday breaks...so I came to work. Do worry...I didn't have any contagious issues, just a migraine. I know better than to spread my cooties around the office. emoticon

But I spent the day reminiscing about the time I'd spent on SP...the things I'd learned...the Spark friends I'd made ( and sadly lost touch with since I've been gone)...the weight I'd lost (and sadly found again...along with some of its friends). It was a bittersweet stroll down memory lane...but as I read back over my old blogs (ALL 19 pages worth...yup...), I kinda cracked myself up, so I felt a bit better.

One of the things I learned from that trip through the past was how much support I got...and even sometimes gave...during those first few months of Sparking. And you know what? I really think that made a lot of difference! (No, that wasn't really an epiphany for me.) But whether is was a diet thing, or an exercise thing, or an emotional thing, or something to do with kamikaze squirrels (you'll have to read back through those blogs to make sense of that one... emoticon )...but whatever was going on in my life or in the lives of my SparkFriends, there was ALWAYS goo-gobs of support. (No, I don't know exactly how much a "goo-gob" is...I'm not even sure how I know that term...)

So as I whine and cry about school, and my job, and my family, and a plethora of other issues as I begin again on this journey, I know I can expect some great support from some great people.

And you can expect the same from me.

Smooches!

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UMBILICAL 10/30/2014 3:05PM

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It's Been Sooooo Long....

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

...since I've been active on SP. Looking back over my SparkPage, I see that it's been over 2 years since I've written a blog entry.

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I've been back here and there...using the trackers every now and again. But I haven't been consistent...in anything...for a while. {SIGH} emoticon

They say confession is good for the soul, right? So here goes...I may have lost 30 or so pounds with SP originally, but I've gained it all back...and then some. It's almost embarrassing...not that anyone really cares, but me...but I hate to have to admit that...even to myself. It feels like an admission of failure or something...Darn my pride!

I've heard it said that if you're tired of starting over, then quit quitting. I need to embrace this. I'm really tired of making progress and having to start over. I think I'm finally done quitting.

I've had a pretty tough year, but it's time to put it all behind me as best I can and put my health back at priority #1. I know that my success (or lack thereof) is not about luck...it's about effort and ability.

So starting today, I'm pushing toward success...amping up the effort and tapping into the ability!

Smooches!

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JSPIN74 10/29/2014 10:53AM

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Hi-Dee Ho, Neighbors!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Yes, I just had a "Home Improvement" flashback. Did they ever show Wilson's face on that show?



I digress...



I finally made it to ONEderland!



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Yay, Me!!


I've actually been about 3 weeks in ONEderland...and it's great! I have summer clothes from last year that I have to give away because they're too big on me... emoticon...*giggle, giggle*


Yeah...I was almost indecently exposed twice last week at work! emoticon Guess that means I have to go shopping... emoticon


Just when I get to a really good point in my weight loss journey, and all is going well....I get sick.


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Not "seriously" ill...but I've had a few bouts with stomach trouble...mainly acid reflux. The scenario about 2 weeks ago went something like this:

Me: I think I'll have the spicy chicken bites.
Son: Ma...you know you can't eat that stuff...it makes you sick.
Me: Come on. I haven't gotten sick eating spicy stuff in over a year.
Son: Ma...DON'T DO IT!
Me: Butt out, whippesnapper!


...A few hours later...

Me: (moan) I don't feel so well.
Son: Didn't I TELL you not to eat that?!
Me: Don't yell at me...I'm sick...(insert additional whining here)



So I've been back & forth with stomach issues & migraines for about two weeks...and when I don't feel well, I eat junk.


I don't really understand that about me. I mean, common sense would seem to steer me away from things that would make me feel worse...but common sense isn't all too common...especially when I don't feel well. Come on...what sense does it make to buy a ginger ale for an upset stomach and buy a bag of potato chips to go with it?!


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In spite of my bad eating habits over the past 3 weeks...and they have been HORRIBLE, y'all...and the fact that I seriously slacked in my exercising...I've managed to remain in ONEderland.


I am kinda psyched about my progress and I'm determined to get back on track ASAP! I have even talked myself into going to the gym this afternoon.



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Just 1 1/2 hours until I'm outta here! I suppose I could pretend to be work for that long...



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Smooches!


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VAMANOS 7/23/2012 12:29PM

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We've been on vacation, and I ate horribly, resulting in my old heartburn nemesis. Makes it easier for me to go back to better choices. Hope you're feeling better by now, I'm a little late to the party.



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TEENY_BIKINI 7/22/2012 9:17PM

    Congrats on all of your hard work getting to ONEderland. You are rocking it!!

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CAROLIAN 7/12/2012 4:10PM

    emoticon for staying in onederland i too have issues at times with spicy food but i will still give in and eat it.
Hope you manage the gym.We dont need crisps with our ginger ale really DO WE emoticon xxx

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Race for the Cure

Wednesday, May 30, 2012





This past Saturday, I walked in my 3rd Race for the Cure.



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I walked the 3 miles...IN THE RAIN...in 52 minutes. A sista was pickin' 'em up and puttin' 'em down!



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I didn't think I was gonna make the walk. I was totally feeling like crap all week long and barely got any exercise in. But I was determined to get out there!



I really love the Race they do here. The sea of people...survivors, co-survivors, other supporters, family & friends...it's awesome. It's something else to see...all of those people who have gone through this devastating disease...all those people who have lost someone to this devastating disease...



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This year, I walked for the 3rd time...




Next year...



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I'm planning to run!



Smooches!



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TEENY_BIKINI 7/10/2012 10:49AM

    Congrats!!

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VAMANOS 5/30/2012 12:49PM

    I LOVE the punch line! You go, girl!!! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 5/30/2012 10:37AM

    Great job!

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CHEFMOM1199 5/30/2012 10:20AM

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JESSICAWALKS 5/30/2012 10:10AM

    Wonderful!!! emoticon

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CAROLIAN 5/30/2012 9:05AM

    Well done such a worthwile cause.I missed ours this year but hoping to take part next year emoticon

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