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It's been a while and there is hope

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I know it's been a while since I last checked in. The baby is almost a month old now and I've been doing fine. She is growing like a weed. She is a bit cranky, pediatrician changed her formula and she seems to be a bit better.

On the weight loss front, I had gained up to 425 once again. I sometimes wonder when the madness is going to stop! I know that I am the one to blame for it but sometimes cannot seem to help myself. I realized that I was only hurting myself and have taken corrective measures already. I am pleased to note I am now back down to 416 as of this morning so what I'm doing is working.

What am I doing, you ask. Well, we are eating at home more which means I'm cooking on the grill a lot. I've discovered a yummy way to prepare potatoes and make sure that I only eat one! I slice them, spray them with a little butter flavored cooking spray, sprinkle with some sort of Mrs. Dash (I just love that stuff) and toss them on the grill before the meat. They come out nice and tender and very flavorful. Sometimes I add green or red bell pepper. Sometimes I add chives or onion. Whatever I'm in the mood for. I also am watching what I'm eating at work which has been a huge source of problems for me.

I was going down to the kitchen and grabbing a bag of chips (or two), some cookies, whatever and eating that in addition to the food I was taking. The problem with the foods I was taking is that I was taking too many calories. I would bring protein and a carb, but also several of those darn 100 calorie packs. Now, in theory, those packs are great but if you eat 2-3 each time you eat them, well ... there you go! LOL

I am also making a more concerted effort to eat three meals a day (I had dropped down to just one due to my work hours and just stress I guess) and drinking more and more water. Water has always been the key for me. I am going to order Nutrisystem and start that near the beginning of June for at least a couple months. It is what I did to start this whole journey over two years ago. I figure if it got me started last time, it can't fail this time around. I was the one who got lazy and was happy to just maintain for a year. Time to kick it back in gear and get the weight off once again. I so want to be down another 100 pounds.

It's never too late to start, so beginning once again is what I'm doing. God bless to those of you who make the time to stop by. Right now I'm down to only being able to log in when I go to the library. I hope to have an internet connection again soon, but until then, know that my heart is still in the right place and my mind is slowly getting there once again, too!

  
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BOOBERRY 6/5/2007 10:11PM

    Welcome back glad to hear from you ,I have let the exercise go too for 0ne and a half weeks now. busy with work and my daughters graduation of high school. But now I am off for the summer and hopefully get back on track and not get the summer laziness.... your grand baby is so cute I have a niece named Chloe lee. Will just wanted to say hello . just take one day at a time and do your best. Good Luck Take care, Brenda.

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MARGARET3 6/4/2007 6:23AM

  Hi Karon, It's nice to see you back in the swing of things. I know how easy it can be to just try to maintain where you are and find that you have gained some back.This maintaining isn't as easy as I thought it would be.lol. But I'm back to square one again also trying to get back into the swing of things.All we can do is take one day at a time and do the best we can. So hang in there girl and I'm sure you'll be down that extra hundred before you know it.
Hugs Margaret

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OVERSHOP 6/1/2007 9:31AM

    Glad to see you're back and trying again! I did pretty much the same thing, let a year slide by, and gained back most of what I'd lost. I started back seriously and I hope I can get through with no excuses.

The baby is adorable!

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MASLIN 5/31/2007 7:50PM

    Welcome Back! I sure did miss you! I am so glad that you are taking corrective measures and beginning your journey back to yourself again.

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TRACEY1123 5/27/2007 9:41PM

    I AM SOO PROUD OF YOU..I LOVE READING YOUR BLOG HERE...I KNOW ITS HARD..THIS JOURNEY OF WEIGHTLOSS...BUT THINK OF EVERYDAY WHEN U WAKE UP..ITS A NEW DAY..A NEW DAY TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES FOR YOU..YOU ALWAYS ANOTHER CHANCE!!! SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE BACK ON TRACK..AND I SOO KNOW HOW IT IS GOING UP AND DOWN..BUT AT LEAST THE SCALE IS MOVING FOR U...ITS NOT BUDGING FOR ME!!!..SIGH..BUT..IM WORKING ON IT...AND WHATEVER U ARE DOING..KEEP IT UP...UR LOSING..SOO THATS GOOD!

YUM ABOUT THE POTATOES ON THE GRILL...MRS DASH IS GOOD ON GRILLED VEGGIES TOO;-) TAKE CARE

TRACEY

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SHERRY528 5/26/2007 12:40AM

    YES, INDEED, there "is" hope, Karon. And gee, we've MISSED you! You're LOVED, ya know that???;-) You're sounding good, Friend. We soooo understand the struggle. Can't wait till you can get online regularly again. We're right here cheering you on all along whether we see you or not-we keep you CLOSE. Keep your courage, Karon-Love ya! Sherry

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KITT52 5/24/2007 5:02PM

    Hi Karon so glad your posting again. I have thought of you and wondered how your doing. Glad your back, and I wish you well. We are here to help support you when ever you need us.
Good luck with you start on nutri-system, I agree if it helped before it will help now.

Take care and big kiss for the new baby.

Have a happy and healthy day.

Kitt

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Golly Gee Whiz

Sunday, April 29, 2007

I take a couple days off for the birth of my new granddaughter and look what has happened! I go to my email this morning and had over 100 to open. The majority of them were notification of comments on my Sparkpage from new friends and old alike. My Sparkpage was featured as a 'page of the day' or some such stuff. What an honor and on my baby's birthday, too.

It was a rough birth for momma. She started in stage one labor on Friday morning. By late that evening, she was really hurting. Her blood pressure was high. Her obstetrician was contacted and she had two options. One was to have a C-section. She really didn't want to do that. The other was to have an epidural to relax her and bring her blood pressure down. That would enable her to sleep thru the contractions and her cervix to dilate more. She opted for the epidural and once she was comfortable for the night, I returned home. (Her husband who is a US Marine still in training arrived about 4 PM and stayed with her at the hospital the entire time.)

She called me at 5:30 Saturday morning telling me she was now nine centimeters dilated and I better come back. She started second stage labor (pushing) at 8:00 AM. It was a difficult labor and she wanted to give up several times. At 9:55 AM, Chloe Jayne made her entrance into this world. Mandi got one stitch, one!

The baby weighed 7 lbs 15 oz. She was 20 1/2 inches long. She has a full head of dark curly hair. Her eyes are a dark blue grey right now. She is beautiful to me and pictures of her are now here in my photo gallery. She and momma came home this morning at 11 AM. She is such a good baby. She rarely cries. She eats well and often. Her daddy has already left to return to Fort Knox and his schooling until late June. After that, she and momma will likely join him where ever he ends up.

I am getting back on the weight loss wagon and careening downward instead of continuing my upward spiral. Enough is enough. I have two gorgeous granddaughters now and a third one coming in August. I want to still be here on this earth with my health in tact when they are young adults. Won't be doing that if I don't get myself leaner and healty.

  
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MARGARET3 5/21/2007 9:11PM

  CONGRADULATIONS on the birth of your granddaughter.You must be very proud of her.I'm glad to hear that mom and baby are both fine.
I'm glad your on the downward road again. Now you really have a reason to dropping those pounds. It was my reason for doing so as well.
Keep up the good work Karen and stop by when you have a chance.
Hugs Margaret

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TIME4ANEW_ME 5/16/2007 1:54PM

    Congrats, she is gorgeous!!

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KITT52 5/2/2007 10:17AM

    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Karon the baby is finally here. She is so beautiful. Sounds like things went well. So happy for you and Mandi and her husband too. I hope to see you posting again I miss your encouragement.

God bless you all.

Kitt

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TRACEY1123 5/1/2007 12:30AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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LAURIE5658 4/29/2007 10:29PM

    Karon, i LOVE Chloe's name! Congratulations! Like you, after a few days of a family celebration and going completely off base, I am ready to take on tomorrow. We shall do it together!

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REDIS279 4/29/2007 9:57PM

    Congratulations to you, Mandi and Chloe! What an amazing thing, eh? Never thot I'd be the mother who pesters her daughter about more grandbabies, but I have...lol. Karon, good to hear you are taking care of yourself. We'll both reach our goals and be there for our grandchildren just as we were for our daughters.

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Oh wow!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

I can't believe I've let so much time go by without posting something here. Gosh, no wonder my friends keep having to come looking for me. Sheesh!

My daughter Mandi goes into the hospital today (4/26) to start the induction of labor process. She will be admitted late this evening and they will try to get her cervix "ripened". In the morning, they'll start her on induction medication, if she isn't in labor on her own by then. Sounds like maybe by evening tomorrow, we'll have that fresh new baby bundle here to snuggle with.

Life has been pretty hectic. Preparing for the baby, dealing with childish behaviors of the other adults in my home, working, etc have kept me busy. I haven't had much time to spend online. I'm working on figuring it all out.

Weight loss wise, nothing new. Gained some weight but am working on turning this all around. I don't want to undo what I've already accomplished.

Went to the doctor a couple weeks ago. My thyroid was totally not working. Increase in medication for that. Added another blood pressure med as that was a little bit high. And lastly, she said my blood glucose levels appeared a bit high so I have to have another fasting test in June to see what's going on there. Oh goody!

Hope all is well with my dear friends here. Thanks for always checking in with me. You guys are the best!

  
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DAWNDEE4321 4/28/2007 11:35PM

    You are certainly an amazing person. What a fabulous job your doing.
Your humor is great! Keep up the good work!
I'm new to SP, I'm only at phase 2, but I'm having good results so far. I hope I can do as good as you have.

You are an inspiration!

Also: I hope all goes well with your daughter and grandchild.

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SPINDERELLA1 4/28/2007 4:02PM

    Saw your page in the spotlight and I love your page and your journal, it's so inspiring. How exciting for you that a Grandchild is on the way!! How wonderful.


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LARAINE 4/28/2007 12:23PM

    Karon tell Mandi I send my best and How about an update on what she had weight that kind of stuff. I know in times of lifes stress we all tend to gain after things settle down at home I know you'll be right back on track Good luck with the new med and I don't pitty your test in June I hate them things too.

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LAURA95368 4/28/2007 3:55AM

    Congratualtions on your new bundle of joy! I had to do the same as your daughter, went in the night before at 6pm, induced the next day at 4pm, my baby girl finally showed her face at 10pm. How exciting for you...getting a grandbaby and Spotlight on the same day :) Good luck with your Sparking.

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TRACEY1123 4/28/2007 12:25AM

    IT SOUNDS LIKE U JUGGLE ALOT IN UR LIFE..AND IM PROUD OF YOU THAT U ARE TAKING TIME FOR U. IM GOING TO SUBSCRIBE TO UR BLOG..IVE NEVER SUBSCRIBED TO ANYONES BLOG BEFORE JUST USUALLY KEEP UP WITH PPL WHEN I CAN..BUT ID LIKE TO BE HERE FOR U IF I CAN..

HOPE MANDI DOES WELL...YOU SOUND LIKE A GOOD MOM...IS THIS UR FIRST GRANDCHILD?

TAKE CARE
TRACEY

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REDIS279 4/26/2007 9:10PM

    Karon, I am praying for a safe delivery for both mom and baby. Hope you get to snuggle up soon. Sorry to hear about the new meds and medical concerns, but glad to know you are okay. Sending you blessings of peace and serenity.

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Moving Downward Again

Monday, March 05, 2007

The scale has oddly enough decided to move downward for me once again. I am finally under the 400 pound mark and it seems I'm going to stay there this time. I don't quite know how I've managed it but to say that I have been attempting to eat better. This is a mystery though as I had two Cadbury carmel eggs and a small box of Whopper robin eggs. Both are my favorite Easter candy and on a weak day last week, I caved. All's well that ends well though. Being at 389 means that I have somehow managed to drop about 16 pounds over the last two weeks or so as I was up to 405 at one point. Now if I can just pull my head out of the clouds I'm guessing I can see a continued improvement.

Life is busy. I don't have as much time to check in on my favorite threads as I used to. One is extremely busy and I seem to be lost in the shuffle and just don't really want to post there as much. It's my own fault for not posting as often as I used to and not being as serious as I should be about losing weight. I have my core group of Sparkfriends who keep in touch, but that's about it. Another thread, I just don't have much to say so am silent. Ah well ... I'm here and plugging away and that's what counts most.

Wishing everyone a happy day filled with the love and support of your family and friends.

  
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KITT52 3/28/2007 3:26PM

    Hi Karon, have not seen you on the threads latley so was wondering how your doing. We all miss you. Hows Teresa doing too.

Take care

Kitt

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TIME4ANEW_ME 3/27/2007 4:47PM

    Good for you on your weight loss. I have told you already how much you inspire me. I just joined Curves in hopes to get me moving some more. It is going well. I hope you continue to do well, have a great week!!!

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EGERANTON 3/23/2007 11:09PM

    Love you sista!! I'm SOOOOOOOOO proud of you!

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ATRANSFORMATION 3/10/2007 2:14PM

    Good to see you are hanging on...and again beginning to move forward on your weight loss journey. It feels good when we are back on track...even the slightest change makes a difference. And we all have our own individual demons to fight. There is no rule that says you have to post all the time here, is there? Isn't support (albiet through boards, or private emails) what this site is all about? You know what to do...stay in touch with those that you can relate to. We all have kindred spirits here....and sometimes we spend too much time posting when we could be doing something physical! Just good to see you once in a while! How's the leg doin, by the way?

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REDIS279 3/5/2007 2:55PM

    Yay, Karon!!! Left the "4's" behind! That's fantastic! Don't worry about the one day you caved, think about the other days that you didn't...there's your consistency and perseverance...and the reward is a new low weight!

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Tick, tick, tick ...

Friday, February 16, 2007

Time seems to just continue to tick on by. It's been a busy time and things don't seem to be letting up. Went to San Diego and had a wonderful time at our future son-in-law's boot camp graduation. He came home for ten days and goes back on Tuesday. At least as of today, that's the plan. His time home may be extended due to some family issues but it won't really affect us. He's been down with his family the whole time. Mandi took time off work to be with him but she's got to be back at work on Weds and has a doctor visit on Tues.

Work is same old same old. The girls (at work) seem to be more and more mentally ill of late. In and out the psych hospital like I don't know what. I wish they would take the time while they are in the hospital to really come up with a plan to get them stable and functioning before they are dumped right back on us! It's really frustrating for all of us, the girls included.

On the fat front, I'm not doing well. I'm still maintaining and that disappoints me. I've been in tears a lot lately over it. I don't know what happened to the determination and motivation I had. I want it back so badly, yet it eludes me, dangling just out of my grasp. I've not posted to many of the threads here at Spark I was posting on for the simple fact, I really haven't had anything to say. I'm not losing weight and feel like a farce right now. I continue to go through the motions, which is probably why I'm able to maintain, but that's about it. I dunno if it's because I have so much more to lose or what. Most people who lose 100 plus pounds are at their goal weight, yet I have at least twice that to go.

And still time continues to march on by ...

  
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MASLIN 3/3/2007 11:16AM

    Karon, I miss you.

I am sorry for the hard times you've gone through lately. I do have some advice, free of charge, of course. Post on the boards. That will give you back your motivation. It did it for me and I gave up on the whole weight loss thing for the entire summer and fall. I started posting on the boards again and have found new energy. So, Keep Going!

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BOOBERRY 2/20/2007 10:12PM

    Hello Nora , I hope work gets better for you. I know what you mean I work in a school and it seems the more you try to teach the children manners and good behavior the less they listen to you or look at you like your nuts. this world is so fast for them now days they don;t have time to grasp everything they need to. The weather is getting better with alot of sunshine. maybe the better weather will help you not feel so disappointed, just take one day at a time. Motivation is just inches away grab it with all your might and let it pull you in. You have done a wonderful job on you weight loss so far. Think positive and have faith. Glad you had a nice time in San Diego. My husband was stationed in NAS Lemoore Calif. for 3yrs back in 1980 Our son was born there on base we call him our California baby.. Will going to go take care Talk later.

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BRANDI_79 2/20/2007 5:39PM

    Karon.... I know all too well what you mean about having such a long way to go. I often look at the scale and think 'I weigh as much as my boyfriend and his mom put together' and it makes me want to cry. It IS hard when you think that you've still got such a long way to go. Sometimes we forget to look back and realise how far we've come already. You have done such an amazing job! You have lost so much and have managed to maintain where you're at. Really, that's an accomplishment that I one day hope that I'm able to say I've done. When things on the job front go nutty, it doesn't help with the motivation to do much else. When things on the homefront aren't all tickety boo, it makes it tougher to 'get up and go'. I've been there with the horrible unhappy work moments, and I totally understand where you're coming from. When I first started on this site, yours was the first page I came across. Seeing your pictures gave me such an incredible burst of motivation - knowing that you've come so far despite everything.. that it helped push me a bit further. When I got to know you on the 400+ thread, and found out what a truly remarkable person you are, I realised that knowing how much you've already done was going to help push me a bit harder. When I lost all motivation and felt like I was drowning, I thought of how far you've already come. And today, with the pledge you made to the excercise, it made me so proud. I don't really know if this at all makes sense, but I want you to know that you help give me that extra push. Just seeing the transformation in you is what I keep in my mind through all this, because I want to see that same change in me. I hope that you know how much strength you give others, and I hope in some way we can give you that strength back and help you take those steps forward to continue on. You can do this, and I want to be right there with you the whole way.

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JUDYSPOSITIVE 2/16/2007 8:50PM

    Karon,
I'm glad you had a great trip and a nice time at your future son-in-laws graduation. It must be tough though to watch him go through all this.
Sounds like your work is getting tough lately. You'd think they would be able to come up with a better plan about putting the girls back into the group before they really know what they want for them. Makes your job a lot harder, I'm sure. It's probably already hard enough on the girls let alone having people just putting them somewhere for now. I hope things settle down for you.
I'm so sorry to hear that your weight loss is causing you tears. Karon you have come such a long way, and yes, you do have more to loose than most of us, but remember how much support you have been to me and others. This maybe just a down time for you. You have done it before and you can do it again. Maybe go back to when you first started and think about what you did back then and why it worked. Things will start to move again, once you figure out what will get it going again. I remember when I first started on here and you told me to hang in there and one day I will look back and say, look what I've done. Take the time to look back and see what you have accomplished.
Judy

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