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How is it Christmas Already?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wow! 2013 has just flown by and here it is almost Christmas. I swear the older I get the faster time flies. I've had a very interesting year with more downs than ups but that's OK...I KNOW 2014 will be better.

We are spending Christmas at my daughter and son-in-laws. I love being with my grandbabies during the holidays. They come to Nana and Papa's for part of their Christmas vacation and we have fun playing games, doing crafts and going on adventures. But first I had to let Molly (our Beagle) stay with them for a week. Last year they taught her a new trick and she gained about 3 lbs. She still remembers the trick and I'm sure it's because they emptied the whole box of treats while training her. I finally got the 3 lbs off so I hope she's not gaining it back.

Now for me. I did not fare as well. Of course I gained what I lost so I am now starting over. I did lose a little from August to October but not enough to say I put in more than minimum effort towards losing. When I logged in today and saw my last weight which was in August, I really wanted to kick myself. I was in a really good place. At my lowest in a long time and I gained it back. Seems I can ONLY lose 35 lbs and that's it!

I know I need to do some exercising but I just can't seem to get past the pain in my back, knees and thighs. I'm sure it's the key to getting past the 35 lbs.

I did very well with Thanksgiving only eating what I really love and only having one serving. I even had dessert and lost a few pounds. I didn't deny myself anything so I didn't feel slighted. So that's my plan for Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

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CHERIJ16 12/22/2013 1:45PM

    Your plan sounds a lot like my plan for letting myself enjoy those goodies I really love during the holidays. If I deprive myself too much I will just eat more "stuff" that I don't need to compensate! My mindset says I can do it starting in January 2014!

emoticon Happy Holidays emoticon

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LINDAK25 12/22/2013 10:54AM

    Merry Christmas! Sounds like a good plan for Christmas. Have a wonderful time.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/21/2013 4:27PM

    Well here is to 2014 being a better year. I need to step it up a notch I the losing department. As we age this darn areas hurt a lot. I know if I lose weight my back, knees and feet will feel better, but you are right it is getting the exercise in that will help. Best of luck.

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ARNETTELEE 12/21/2013 4:26PM

  Yep, the older we get, it seems that time flies faster. That means less time to do what we need or want to do...because we're just slowing down a little.

Happy sparking!

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Trying It Again

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My diet buddy, my dog Molly, and I are jumping back in the saddle again. She needs to lose about 8 lbs and me? Well...let's just say I am almost starting over. I have managed to keep off most of what I've lost but I haven't lost a whole lot to begin with. I just seem to yo-yo the same 10 lbs.

I posted this saying because I do believe I can do it. I seem to lose 35 lbs every time I try then gain a few pounds back only to plateau for years. I lose interest when the scale isn't going down. It's good that I pretty much stay the same instead of gaining every thing back plus more but then again I'm not reaching my goal. So, we are trying it again. I KNOW we can do this!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/26/2013 11:45AM

    That is good that you don't gain it back. I on the other hand gained mine all back, I will not give up though and I will accomplish this healthier lifestyle goal!

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CAPECODLIGHT 8/26/2013 7:44AM

    I think it is like trying to quit smoking - we just need to keep trying until we succeed. I'm refocusing too and trying to get to a weight that is healthier and that I can maintain. We can do this!

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LINDAK25 8/25/2013 11:59PM

    You can do it! Well, I've lost 35 pounds and have been sitting here at the same weight since November. Granted I had surgery, but that was at the end of December, so not a valid excuse. I started a "new" exercise routine. Sort of like walking the dog. After each meal, I go for a walk. Anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. I've been doing this for three weeks now. The point is to help your body digest the food you've eaten and maintain your blood sugar level. You could just do dishes and stay busy--no sitting in front of the TV or the computer, but I wanted it to count as exercise, so I walk. I'm sleeping much better. Now I've got to bring my calorie count back down and I'll be back in the swing of things. So, grab Molly and go for a walk! We can do this!

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GENRE009 8/25/2013 8:49PM

    I can really relate to exercising with my dog. It's like having a buddy with you. Please remember he or she needs water during this walk or what ever too. Please be careful on your pet's food supply: don't switch into some vet recommended diet food, or crash down your pet's eating supply! Believe me that can cause your pet to become a diabetic, or have kidney failure. Just cut out the cookies for every reward. It can cause your pet to get glaucoma. If your pet is used to snacking too, just give him a piece of apple, or a carrot.
Have patience with your self about loosing weight. It is a battle that goes on for all your life. If you just like food, or just have bad habits it will catch up with you as far as health. So, what is it ? You want to always feel bad about yourself, or how people think you look, or do you want to get serious! And ignore that, and realize you want to look good and feel good to live longer! Cause that's what will happen if you start taking care of yourself.

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A Few Speed Bumps

Monday, July 29, 2013

I was hoping that 2013 might be our lucky year. I had hope that things would change for the better. My mom had a stroke in February with minimal complications. Thank God. We lost our health insurance April 1st and got it back in June but had to pick out all new doctors which is really hard since I have been with the same doctor (PCP) since 1986. She is the same age as me and you might say we grew up together. I am comfortable with her and she is a great doctor. I had to give her up since I live in MA and she is in NH and I now have MA insurance. ALL my doctors, and I had many, were in NH.

I did the research and picked new doctors and so far I like my PCP and my Dermatologist but I really miss my old doctors. When we were about to lose our insurance my Endocrinologist offered to counsel me for free just to make sure I was ok until we got our insurance back.

It's really important when you have as many health issues as I do to have doctors you trust with your life, literally. Doctors that really care for you and your health rather than collect your co-pays and don't really listen to you or take time to know you or your health issues. It's been a long time since I've had doctors like that which is why I'm having a hard time with the unknown. Hopefully whoever I choose will be as compassionate and caring too.

Now, as far as Dentists...don't get me started. I haven't met one I like yet. But that's a story for another day.

On a better note. I have lost a few pounds. YAY! Of course being with my mom so much has helped. I always lose weight when visit my mom. She weighs all of 125 lbs so I eat differently. I watch what I eat a little more.

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CAPECODLIGHT 8/3/2013 8:26AM

    Changing doctors is always tough. I dread the day I have to change my endocrinologist. Glad your mom is better and the silver lining is weight loss for you!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/1/2013 5:50AM

    I am glad your mom is doing ok and great job getting rid of some weight. I had to recently find a new primary doctor and I wish there was an easier way. It would really suck to have to replace all my doctors. I'm glad it is going fairly well.

Glad to here from you! emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/30/2013 8:57PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Glad your mom is doing okay. Changing doctors is so difficult. How frustrating! You'll just have to shop around until you find someone you really like.

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It's March already?!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I can't believe it's already the middle of March. Time is sure is passing at lightning speed these days. Isn't that supposed to happen when you have little ones in the house? I always thought that once the kids are grown things slow down a bit and life is a little less hectic. Not!

A little update from the last time I was in here...
As far as my weight goes, I keep losing and regaining the same 10 lbs. Which is good I guess. At least I'm not gaining with no losses at all.

My mom had a stroke which is a good reason why I haven't been in to post. Thank God it wasn't worse. She has no paralysis at all. She does have some peripheral vision loss in her left eye and will have to learn to compensate for that. As of now she cannot drive and she really hates that. It's hard to lose your independence in the blink of an eye. But we are all very grateful for her stroke not being as bad as it could be. My brothers have been wonderful. At the moment my brother here has been switching weeks with me so my mom has someone with her at all times and my brother in California has offered to come back if needed to help out. She is such a good patient her doctor has given her the OK to travel to Aruba at the end of the month. Of course, she has to have someone with her. They said that her eyesight could resolve itself but of course we don't know. She does have an appointment in April so hopefully they can tell us more.

So, that's what I've been up to. And now to get back in the saddle again. It seems I'm always falling off and getting back on. I wish I could just stay on and keep riding.

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DIETSAFARI 3/19/2013 11:11AM

    I am so sorry that your mom had a stroke. Will you tell her that we at Spark are rooting for her? The brain is a wonderful thing, it compensates in the most astounding ways.
Don't worry to much about your weight, just do things that give you energy and keep you healthy.
All the best!

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    Prayers going out for your Mom. Welcome back to the saddle (it's always there waiting for us)

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LINDAK25 3/17/2013 10:50PM

    Yes, time does really fly! Sorry to hear about your mom. Glad to hear from you again, though.

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/16/2013 8:23PM

    Good to see your post. So sorry about your mom, but I am glad she is doing better and can go to Aruba.
Don't worry about the up and down 10 lbs. I think you are doing well considering all the stresses. Once your mom is fully recovered, then focus on yourself. In the meantime, try to get your exercise in for stress reduction and eat as healthily as possible so you will have the extra energy you need now.

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LHLADY517 3/16/2013 8:20PM

    Time does fly, It's good that your mom has such a great support system.

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Insurance Games or How to Pay Off Your Deductible

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Oh yeah! It's that time again. Normally I don't fret about things like this but lately I am. It's all about the money! We do have insurance but it seems like they don't pay out like they used to. We have a $1,000. deductible for both my husband and myself, that's $2,000. I don't mind telling you it takes a whole year to pay that off to where they start paying for something. Not sure if we had a deductible before (when my husband was employed with a company who shall remain nameless) but as a member of the self-employed club I am learning a LOT about the insurance business and I have to say I DON'T like it! Anyway, enough about that except to say I have my insurance company's member service number on speed dial and am wondering why they still ask me for my name, birthdate and member number. They should know me by now. I call them to find out why something wasn't covered, what will be covered and why did they coded something the way they did cause now it's not covered. (Another story, for another blog).

Anyway, I was really surprised and happy to find out I didn't have to shell out the $20 co-pay for my physical yesterday, which put me in a great mood. Oh, and I lost 4 lbs since my last visit, grew a 1/2 inch in height, my BP was good and my BS was not! Want the good news or bad news first? Here's the bad. I've been having some pain in my URQ (that's Upper Right Quadrant for you lucky people who don't have to scrutinize every little paper that comes from the insurance company). She thinks it might be my gallbladder so she wants me to have an ultrasound. They scheduled it for this Friday...I had to change it because I already have a doctors appointment. Got it changed to 12/27. This is good because my insurance renews Feb 4th and I know you have already figured this means I have to get this in so the insurance will pay for a it after the $140.59 left on my deductible is fulfilled. THEN I can have the sleep study she wants me to have AFTER they have OK'd it but hopefully BEFORE Feb 4th. I learned all this from the wonderful, patient people in member services who have given me a degree in "INSURANCE STRATEGIES AND GAMES". Seriously though, they have been very patient with me and all my questions and tears of frustration. Other than physical went well except I HAVE to lose the weight!

Thank you for letting me vent...usually my friend and I take a nice long drive to the beach and do some therapy along the way. Cheaper than a therapist and no hassles with the insurance company with the exception of possibly fulfilling my deductible sooner.

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/12/2013 10:50AM

    We really do have to self-advocate both with the insurers and the healthcare providers. It's a pain, but no way to get around it. They are both businesses trying to maximize profit - and - we directly or indirectly provide the profit. Sigh....

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/22/2012 8:56AM

    Insurance is not for the weary of heart. I maxed out of pocket in my insurnace this year having had three surgeries. My last was covered 100%. I'm on the winning end this year as far as insurance, but not so much for health. I'm striving for the health this coming year. Best of luck

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BROADBRUSH 12/21/2012 8:49AM

    good morning - see my blog - ALL INSURANCE IS A SCAM. i have been very vocal about this for the past 15 yrs.
here is what i personally have done to be proactive and put some money in my pocket. for years we paid 'house insurance' we had the 'comprehensive' with a $1000. deductible. - two years ago i moved but had not sold the other house. i was 'WARNED' it should be kept insured - i went often and had the neighbors watching so i thought 'baloney' - it took a year to sell - i saved over $1000. by utilizing my own vigilance and that of my friends there.
i thought about all the years i have insured my houses - all that money - with no claims - so this year i raised my deductible to $5000. and saved another $290. off the previous premium amount.
LIFE INSURANCE, is a scam - just save your money towards a funeral etc.
you DO NOT NEED to have the very expensive services of a funeral home - it is not unlawful to have immediately cremate or bury - then hold your own memorial for the family.
CAR INSURANCE is a necessity because you can't have your license if you are not insured - but there are many ways to shave costs from that too - you have to have a heart to heart with your agent and cover every single scenario.
DO NOT GET SCAMMED ON FLOATERS INSURANCE which is on 'movable assets'. it is a total waste of money - same goes for paintings - i am sure you do not own a PICASSO worth millions!!!
the money you save can be put aside and you can replace pretty much whatever.
i really could write on and on about this - sufficient to say - be cautious, be smart, ask questions - but before anything - think long and hard about what is hype to get into your pocket and what is really necessity. we have bought into all the mallarky and that is why insurance companies never go BROKE.
they also DO NOT PAY - and find ways to nickel and dime us to death.
HEALTH INSURANCE - is an entirely different animal and of course we like to have peace of mind - but no one can be turned away for treatment because of not being covered. i pray for good health - i am grateful for government social coverage and i take real responsibility for my own health-
good luck on shaving down expenses - merry Christmas

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LINDAK25 12/20/2012 10:35PM

    I feel that paying for insurance is the same as paying protection to the mob!
I'm not sure you actually grew half an inch! :-) I've always wondered how accurate that nurse is when she takes my height. (I've shrunk a half an inch!)
I'm hoping you can get your blood sugar where you want it! The ultrasound is a breeze! I just had it done. Yes, it hurts, but that doesn't last long. Well, they are poking you. It's just not that bad. My gallbladder surgery is scheduled for Dec. 26th! I can't wait to feel better, so that's good.

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LHLADY517 12/20/2012 7:25PM

    I so feel your pain in dealing with insurance companies.

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