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Week Two is Done

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I am still here and kicking. Have been working strange hours lately (sometimes day shift, sometimes evening, and other times overnight). Since I generally have to go to the library (which is crowded with teenagers online at and or go to Panera Bread (which offers free wi-fi) my online time has been seriously diminished!

My second week has resulted in two more pounds gone so that makes a total of fifteen in two weeks. I was a little wigged out about it, but as Tim said, "It's a loss and that's a good thing." I have since decided that I'm okay with two pounds down. That's still well over the average of two pounds per week I'm ultimately shooting for.

LIfe continues to click on. Tim ordered new glasses Friday morning. Sheesh, but why do they have to be so darned expensive?! My sleep study is scheduled for the end of July. I go back to see my regular doctor before that. Still no word from the pulmonary doctor about my pulmonary function test or the CAT scan of my lung. I figure if it was going to be bad news, I would have heard from him by now. All appears to be well.

I'll try to check in again before the weekend, but no promises.

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    Down is down....2 pounds or 20. The scale is headed in the right direction! Good for you. Sounds like your life continues on at a hectic pace. Glad to see you taking time to check in.

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SUN_CLAY 6/27/2007 5:38PM

    Wooohoooo! 2 pounds is awesome! I would take 2 pounds any week. ~melissa

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Drumroll please ...

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Okay! I re-started eating the NutriSystem way one week ago tomorrow. I couldn't wait any longer to step on the scale. Wow! I am shocked and amazed at the loss of weight this past week. I knew it would be a better than average loss as I hadn't really be making an effort of late, but the number blows me away. It's the best weight loss I've ever had, EVER!

Are you ready for the number? I went down from 425 to 412 in a week. Yes, that's right. I lost 13 pounds this past week! I am so psyched and so excited and so darned motivated to keep the momentum going. I am proud of myself and thrilled that what I knew would get me going again has definitely done that and more!

Woo hoo for me! And it hasn't been difficult. I haven't felt punished. I haven't felt like I was missing out on anything. I ate what I was supposed to eat. I managed to still go out with Tim, make the right choices, and do what I needed to do.

Now I need to get off my big butt and move it more. I really have to start walking. I promised the doctor I would. It's been so hot and work hours have been weird and I just can't seem to make myself do that one little thing. The doctor isn't asking much. She's asking me to walk at least five minutes three times a day and build to 30 minutes at least five days a week. Why am I struggling so with getting it done? I honestly must just be a lazy person. I continue to tell myself I have to move more if I seriously want to keep the weight off in the long run, and I do. Oh yes, I do! So what is my issue? How do I get started? How do I make myself just do it? That is the issue I will try to deal with this week and I'll keep you updated on the progress.

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MARGARET3 7/6/2007 9:13PM

    WOOHOO KAREN,I'm so proud of you. your on the way again . You've worked so hard to get where you are,now it's to get the walking going.
Your advice to us was to get up and march in place everytime there was a commericial on tv. So now it time to take your own advice.
Hugs margaret

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REDIS279 6/22/2007 4:23PM

    Woo hoo! Karon, doing the Snoopy happy feet dance for you. Congrats!

As far as the walking, I think it's a physics know, objects at rest tend to stay at rest...LOL So I need a catalyst. I have to commit to walking with a friend to get off my butt bones. It's a "doing with" thing for me right now. Hopefully as I go along and build up my time, I'll make the attitude adjustment so that I'll be "doing it for me" instead. Or that physics thing, an object in motion tends to stay in motion.

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    Hey, Lady....glad to hear the program is working for you! I LOVE the first few weeks of eating right! The weight drops so quickly. What great motivation to keep going. Thanks for your ongoing support and comments on my blogs, by the way...

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JUDYSPOSITIVE 6/20/2007 8:47PM

    Way to go Karon, you seem to have found what works for you. Keep up the good work. I'm like you, just to hot and to tired after work to go for a walk, even if I know it would be a good idea. Sounds like you know what you have to do, so I'll be looking for the next great report.

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JOHNA629 6/19/2007 9:43PM

    I am enjoying reading through your blogs. Whether or not you know it, you're a very inspiring person. Thank you for sharing yourself on this page. You're doing fantastic, and I hope to be able to share in some great results eventually, myself. Great job!

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OVERSHOP 6/19/2007 6:35PM

    Wow! That is super progress! I'm glad your food plan is working out well for you. I'm struggling with the lack of motivation to exercise too. I really have a hard time doing a long stretch. I keep telling myself to just do ANYTHING, even if it's only two minutes, but some days I don't even manage that much!

I'm glad to see you on your way!

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WATERJEN 6/18/2007 5:03PM

  Wow, Karon, congrats!

I've been increasing my activity with stairs, weights, and yoga. Last week I decided to add a new focus: going for a walk every day. I got a box of gold stars at the drugstore and made a 6- week calendar. Every day I go for a walk gets a gold star. This is how I built my everyday flossing habit some years ago - when you get to 4-5 weeks of a gold star Every Single Day, it's a habit. Don't know if that would work for you but it might :)

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KITT52 6/16/2007 6:12PM

    Karon wow 13 pounds, that is amazing. I'm so happy for you. You were right that was the best way to get started again.

Why not just concentrate on hte 5 minutes of walking, you know you can get up and walk for 5 minutes. When your doing that on a regular schedule than add 5 more minutes. Your not lazy, sometimes it take you to just do it. So dear women just do it. You will be so happy that you did. You can have many more big losses if you do.
Good luck and I'm so happy for you that your back on track, you have worked so hard.

Have a great day and tell Tim Happy Fathers Day.


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Three Days Later

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

So I've now been following the NutriSystem program for three days and it's going well. I've not even had problems resisting some of my usual temptations which is a good thing for me. I did peek on the scales this morning and think I'll be happy with the loss I log this week. I won't make an official announcement of that or change my ticker until Sunday or Monday, though. Then it will be official.

I had a very good entree for dinner last night. It was something they didn't have before but I'm sure it will be quite popular. It sure was a hit with me! It's their Chicken with Dumplings and boy was it ever yummy!

So on I go on this new leg of my journey. I have a doctor appointment in the morning. No surprises there. My CAT scan is Thursday morning. Gonna be a busy weekend as I work. Woo hoo I am on my way!

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SHANTODD420 6/15/2007 1:48PM

    Hey Karon,
Way to go on keeping up with the nutri system plan. I wish you good luck with your weight loss. I have stalled right now but I am not worried it will kick back in soon. I hope you have a good weekend.


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BILLYS_SILLY 6/13/2007 2:11PM


I'm so proud of you for getting back with Nutrasystem. Good for you. I think of you and all the girls often. I miss you all, and wish I had never left. I think of you often, and am wishing all great things for you and your scan. If there's anything I can do for you, please, let me know.

Love Lisa

Tell everyone I said HI

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    Congratulations on your new found motivation. It's sure a jouney, huh? One thing about NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, and the other programs, they provide the structure and are really great for kickstarting a long term weight loss program. Glad to see you are getting through the first few days! ~~~~ And please, keep everyone posted regarding the scan. It is a frightening thing, every time you go in for something like that. You will be in my prayers.

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Tomorrow is "THE" Day

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Tomorrow is the day I will re-start NutriSystems. Already I feel motivated and excited to beging anew the journey I started over two years ago. I have put my ticker back on so that my friends can watch my progress and I WILL have progress. I refuse to accept anything else!

The foods are sorted and on the shelves. I'm off to the grocery store shortly to get my fruits, veggies, proteins, etc. I have my list and my determination and I will not be deterred. I will not give up on me and I will get to the end of this journey and continue living happy and healthy.

I got the results of my bloodwork and my blood glucose levels were fine. No worries about diabetes for me and I'm happy about that. I have enough to deal with for Tim and that. My thyroid test was a totally different matter. Even after an increase two months ago, it is not working up to par. So yet another increase and we'll see where we are in two months.

I had another kick in the pants this week as well. I had to schedule a CAT scan to have my lungs checked. They found a nodule last fall and it's taken me this long to have it checked out. Anyway ... calling to set it all up and what do you know? The imaging centers the doctor told me to contact couldn't help me because of my weight. (Yet one more discrimination against morbidly obese people is equipment not able to handle our girth and weight.) I ended up in tears and couldn't go any further. My dear sweet hubby got on the phone and called the doctor. They referred me to the hospital and voila! I will go for that test next week at the hospital. Whew!

It was yet another kick in the arse to get me moving in the right direction, though, so it's all good.

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SUN_CLAY 6/27/2007 5:37PM

    Karon, I too have Thyroid issues. It just makes this road we are on more difficult. I am glad your doctor is being agressive! (((hugs)))) ~melissa

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JUANITA053 6/12/2007 4:39PM


It sounds like you are ready to forge ahead!! I'll say my prayers for your CAT scan. We started at the same place on our weights. Let's give it a run for our money and hit our goals!!

Thanks for the encouragement. I re read your SP and I see we do have alot in common. Hang in there my friend, we are moving on!!


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TIME4ANEW_ME 6/12/2007 11:23AM

    Glad you are not giving up! I have given up many times and I just slacked off really bad the past few weeks. I got a bad case of ciatica and had to go to the hospital for drugs to help. I am too going to try and get back on the wagon, so to speak! Good Luck to you.....I am routing for you cause I know you can do it!!

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Starting Anew

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Yesterday I placed my order for Nutrisystem. It got me going well last time and I know that it will again. The program here at Sparkpeople is wonderful, but to get going again, I need more structure. I know that paying all that money for NS will make me stick to the program as I hate to waste money. It will be here in 4-10 days. Until then, I'm drinking my water, making healthier eating choices and will go all out when the food arrives. I'm excited to get back at it and see the numbers going down and continuing down on my scale.

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SHANTODD420 6/12/2007 4:20PM

Good for you and good luck with getting going again. I know deep down you can do this. You have done so much already. Anything you put your mind to you are able to do. Keep up the great work and see ya around on Spark.


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REDIS279 6/6/2007 4:37PM

Good for you! So glad you're back and doing what you need to do. I agree with the structure part of it. I'm the same way. Just consider that the recent past was just a rest stop and now you are ready to start your trip again.

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ROSEMARIE1965 6/6/2007 3:35PM

    hi i am new to sparks, started on may 2oth, i seen your post on one of the boards that i have going too, let me add great people in there! but any way i seen your post and came to your page, wow you have come such a long way! you and any one who knows you should be very very proud of you, i don't even know you ad i am very proud of you. hold your head up and keep moving, you are such a great person and a true inspiration to me. rosemarie

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KITT52 6/6/2007 10:19AM

    Good for you Karon , so glad to see your fighting to get back on track. as always we are here for you.

Have a happy and healthy day.


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