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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This is just a list of the many supplements I like to take on a daily basis and why I take them...

Multi Vitamin & Mineral capsule
Calcium + minerals with vitamin D - good for my bones
81 mg aspirin - heart health
500 mg Vitamin C - immune health
1000 mg Cinnamon - metabolism support
Fish, Flaxseed, Borage Oil with Omega 3, 6, 9 - heart health
900 mg St. John's Wort - cheaper than Prozac, no prescription needed :)
200 mg Ginseng - energy support
400 iu vitamin E - heart & immune health
100 mg 5HTP - promotes positive mood & control appetite
400 mg magnesium with zinc - good for my bones
60 mg ginkgo biloba - memory support, and I need all the help I can get
100 mg CoQ10 - good for my heart
Acai - antioxidant
80,000 stu cayenne fruit - metabolism support
99 mg potassium - for heart & circulation
Super B Complex - for metabolism
800 mcg chromium picolinate - for metabolism
100 mg Niacin - metabolism and cholesterol (read somewhere that it can help)
20 mg lutein - good for my eyes

many are not only good for what I listed, but also various other things as well, like being antioxidants, good for circulation, heart health, mood health, appetite control, support of various body functions, etc... they say on the labels. I take them based on various articles, books, & online information I have read and a few were doctor recommended.

I keep all the bottles together in a cabinet. Once a day I put what I need in a small condiment cup and take them throughout the day. Often I have taken them when lying in bed watching a movie. I don't take a handful at once, I can't do that, but I can take 3 to 5 depending on size. :)

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 8/23/2009 11:58AM

    Good googa mooga, Renee... daily supplements alright...
i take kelp everyday, it's really helping with my allergies (to cats)...
I've been staying with friends... and they have two of them... what a challenge.

so how are things on the spark-side of life?

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ELVIRAKITTIES 8/13/2009 12:03PM

    Oh my, Renee, I don't take any of those, I should but I never remember to take my meds never mind all those. You are so disciplined in taking them, I am in awe

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CRUCIFIED1 8/12/2009 2:55PM

    I take a multi-vitamin and glucosamine-chondroitin....when I remember. I hate taking pills but I may need to take more based on what you've posted.

I'll have to pray about that.

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    I take a multivitamin and calcium with vitamin d most days, but that is it.

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MARIADALE 8/12/2009 8:25AM

    I take most of those too... I put a weeks supply into pill sorters and take some with each meal. i can swallow a handful no problem.

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HANNALA1 8/12/2009 8:16AM

    That's great! I take a few vitamins and herbs also. My doctor actually told me to take all of these when I complained of not being able to lose weight, my hair was falling out, and I was super stressed: My multi, B-15, E & Selenium, Milk Thistle, Rhodiola Rosea, and a blend called Stress Advantage which has Ginseng, Rhodiola, and a bunch of other things in it. I truly have noticed a difference since I've been taking them. Thanks for sharing your list!

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SPARKNMOM 8/11/2009 10:00PM

    Wow...good for you :)

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LIBRA73 8/11/2009 6:30PM

    Wowzer! Thats alot of pills girl! I take Acai, Biflex for joints, A multi vitamin, Flaxseed. You got me beat, chickie!

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NGCHILD 8/11/2009 4:28PM

    Wow...wow! I don't take anything but a multi vitamin. How in the world do you remember to take them all??? I would get all my water intake for the day trying to take all of those!

You are one healthy OHANAMAMA!


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Surreal past few days...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm sitting here realizing the past 4 days did happen, but wow, they went by so fast. At the time it didn't seem so fast... but slow ... but now I'm like, did all that really happen?

Friday night my husband went to the ER after calling family doc and he recommended we go... with what he/we believed to possibly be a hernia... but it was painful and red. the ER doc said it was an umbilical hernia, but not life threatening and gave him some scripts (pain med, meds for inflammation) & instructions to call our family doc Monday morning and sent him home. I filled the scripts Sat morning. He lay in bed all weekend, hurting, not getting any better, and the mass increased and got hard... Monday morning we were worked in to our doc... he was not happy that no antibiotics were given in ER and that hubby was just sent home... family doc called a surgeon and made appt for hubby as soon as he could see him that afternoon (surgeon was in surgery) We saw surgeon at 1:30, by the time paperwork was done and surgeon examined him, Surgeon sent hubby directly to hospital. He wanted to operate asap... we left surgeon office at 2:30 with him saying hubby would be in surgery by 3:30... I'd call that an emergency.

At hospital, of course, they would not listen to us about needing to hurry and admissions delayed him getting back to prep... we finally got thru admissions... after over an hour in prep, (and a slightly irritated and impatient surgeon... he had OR scheduled for 3:30) they wheeled hubby back at 4:30. They were done by 5:40 and he went to recovery. The surgeon spoke with me... he said it was "really bad" there was dead tissue and he had to remove a lot of tissue along with repairing the hernia... it was incarcerated and infected. But surgery went well and all seemed well, so I went home to get all my kids. When I got back (less than an hour later) hubby was in a room. He spent one night and came home yesterday.

He still has a tube in for drainage and is very very sore and taking pain meds.

And now I'm like wow... did that happen for real? I'm so glad it's basically over. Just some healing now.

Anyhow, in all that, my eating has been horrible and I've not exercised at all. The only thing I have done right is to keep drinking plenty of water and taking my vitamins. I'm feeling a bit drained and in need of rest.

I have to work today, and I'm hoping to get back into a normal routine and back to my dieting today.

Anyhow, that's where I've been (in case I was missed :) and taking care of hubby and resting is what I'll be doing the next few days.

I'll catch up on posts and messages and all soon.
Hugs to you all!
~Renee' emoticon

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ELVIRAKITTIES 8/13/2009 12:01PM

    Wow Renee, I hope all is ok now?

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CRUCIFIED1 7/27/2009 9:50AM

    I'm late reading this, but I am so glad your husband is doing better. I'm sure you're back on track again by now.

Stay Blessed!

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    Glad your back! emoticon

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LIBRA73 7/20/2009 10:13AM

    I hate to hear that! I hope he is recovering well. Get some much needed rest!

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MADAM_MIM 7/16/2009 1:12PM

    I had wondered where you've been. Wow. I'm glad that DH is recovering, and normal routines are returning. Don't forget to do something stress relieving for yourself.


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MARIADALE 7/16/2009 11:44AM

    I am glad to hear that all went well.

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LACEEJO11 7/15/2009 2:00PM


Yes, you were missed my friend!! So sorry to hear you all went through that ordeal...yet I am happy that things were figured out "IN TIME".... I know how frustrating that must have been for you. I have seen that type of thing happen before!! PRAISE GOD for protecting us!!

I will keep you on my prayer list, and believe positively that things will now be fine for you two!!

LOVE & HUGS, LaceEjo11

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MERCYNGRACE 7/15/2009 12:34PM

    Sorry to hear about your dh but very thankful that he got the help he needed. Praying for a quick and full recovery!

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VEGANNEWBIE 7/15/2009 10:45AM

    As if you don't already have enough on your plate! I'm glad all is well, I'm praising God with you for His faithful loving care. I'm praying that your husband heals quickly and without complications. Sometimes when life gets so out of hand like this, it really makes me feel better to sweat it out in a major exercise session. It really relieves stress. Try it, then pamper yourself with some quiet relaxation. Peace!

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14JESUSGIRL 7/15/2009 10:22AM

    I thank our Heavenly Father that your husband got the help he needed in time! Our Lord is so faithful to watch over us! He understands about not being able to eat right and exercise. You are on the right track by getting right back on the "diet and exercise" horse and heading for that finish line.
Love in Christ,

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NGCHILD 7/15/2009 10:07AM

    What a scary situation. It's amazing how bad things can get and so quickly too! Glad that your hubby is safe and at home recovering. Things will get back on track -- just take one day at a time and one step at a time.


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SPARKNMOM 7/15/2009 10:01AM

    You were most certainly missed. I figured you were busy...but WOW...that's an understatement. Hugs to you and prayers for your hubby's recovery. Glad you posted and are getting right back on track. Life has a way of taking over at times. Take care, Renee!

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What a weekend.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Well, the reunion went well. I didn't low carb/diet, but I didn't eat like a pig either. The same with Father's Day. However, I look back now wishing I had tried to stay on plan. There were things there I could have eaten and not veered far off. But I woke Sat morning with the "no diet today" attitude and had cereal for breakfast, which set the entire weekend.

All I can say is lesson learned.

I did have a good time at the reunion and on Father's Day and didn't worry about food the whole time, made it a non-issue actually. Everything was good!

Thank you all who offered words of wisdom.

Back to Day 1 again!

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CRUCIFIED1 6/24/2009 9:30AM

    I'm glad you had a good weekend and I hope your week is going well thus far.

Stay Blessed!!!

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    Glad you had fun, and sounds like you made good choices!

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MARIADALE 6/22/2009 7:26PM

    i am glad your weekend was controlled and did not lead to a binge...

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SPARKNMOM 6/22/2009 3:43PM

    I'd say you did well. Often, when we don't follow plan, we end up really overindulging - and you didn't do that! We live life - which includes as many day 1's as we need : ) Thank goodness! I've used more than my share, too!!!!

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LIBRA73 6/22/2009 1:54PM

    The best thing about it is...it's over! YEAH!

Starting new...with you! Yep, me too! Here's to day 1! emoticon

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LACEEJO11 6/22/2009 12:42PM

    I am proud of you!! It isn't as hard as it used to be, for me, to stay on track at events and holidays. I have learned to plan ahead for these occasions, and that is really all it takes. If I go with the idea that I am going to "blow it" then that is what will happen...on the other hand...if I plan ahead to prevent blowing it...I walk away a winner, and feeling proud!! It is a win win then!! GOD BLESS!! LOVE & HUGS, LaceEjo11

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Too much today...reunion tomorrow.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Well, I have done really well this week... until today. While my carbs are ok (37 total 18 net) my calories are sky high! This is really bothering me, too. I didn't binge, but I ate several really high calorie foods, just look at my tracker and see. Over 2000 calories for today. That is way too much. And this is on the eve of a day coming up that will be full of eating opportunities!

We are going to a family reunion tomorrow. There is expected to be tons of food. I'm already worried about eating too much tomorrow. It's hard to make a plan because I don't know what all will be there or how things will be prepared. It would be very rude of me to bring my own food. I am bringing a dish that I can eat, but enough for everyone.

I'm horrible in buffet situations and this will be just like that. I'm hoping for some major willpower tomorrow, but I can already imagine what wonderful things to eat will be there. I PLAN on doing well. Carbs may go high, but perhaps on something like Watermelon... there's supposed to be lots of that tomorrow... but also homemade ice cream which I've not had any of in years.

I reckon I'm typing all this to decide on whether or not to TRY tomorrow to stick with my plan, or to give myself a day off, or if I PLAN to cheat a little is it still on my plan? I don't know........

I really wish I wasn't obsessing over this already because I'd like to just enjoy the day and not worry about food at all. But when I'm dieting and situations like this come up... I stress out. Maybe I'll just skip dieting tomorrow, enjoy the foods and company, and pick up again Sunday.


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MARIADALE 6/20/2009 4:26PM

    i have the same situation comimg up on tuesday...and still undecided about how I will handle it.

Good luck tomorrow

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    Just hang in there, fill up on fruit and water prior, and enjoy the reuinion!

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SUNNYGAL2011 6/20/2009 7:58AM

    Hey there ~
well I honestly 'think' that you worrying about the situation of the reunion and all the 'food' causes the 'high calorie intakes'... i know becuz when i 'stress' over things.. this happens to me too.. its a viscous cycle... BUT it CAN be broken...
As far as 'today'... I would just try to relax and ENJOY the reunion and the time you get to spend with your precious family.
Try to just eat a small portion of the things you want to eat and then tomorrow.. start fresh and dont forget.. Drink LOTS of water emoticon
again I hope you have a wonderful day!!!
God bless
your friend

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NGCHILD 6/19/2009 11:43PM

    I agree with both Libra and ROBLAINE1 -- why not drink lots of water before you get there and then by the time you get there -- you might not feel like grazing quite so much!

Anyway you look at it -- each day is a new start!

Many hugs and have a fabulous weekend!!

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SPARKNMOM 6/19/2009 11:42PM

    We had my hubby's reunion last weekend. I took a yummy strawberry salad. I ate some meat, cheeses, salads, and fruits/veggies. I was full and stayed pretty much on plan. There were lots of desserts on the dessert table, which I didn't even venture by.

I typically go into those situations with the intention of doing the best I can with what's available. I enjoy the company and if I falter, then I know I can come here, fess up, and start anew - AGAIN : ) Enjoy the family. Enjoy the food. And then report back to us!!!!!! Good luck, Renee'!!

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ROBLAINE1 6/19/2009 10:28PM

  Why not drink a bottle of water just before you get to your reunion, then you will be kind of full, and not eat as much. My DH and I were on vacation this week, and on Tuesday, we stopped at a nice homestyle restaurant...all I had was a hamburger and some french fries and cole slaw...equaled about 900 calories...I went WAY over my limit that day, but just put it behind me and did better the rest of the week. If you really want something, just take a little bit of it, just to get the taste. That way you will still be able to try everything, but not be eating a lot.
Enjoy your day tomorrow, and don't fret over the food, that will make you too edgy all day.

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LIBRA73 6/19/2009 9:12PM

    If I were in your shoes, I would enjoy the day. You don't have to binge. Just snack on alittle of everything. You won't be in that situation again for a long while. Hit the exercise and diet hard the week after!

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For my daughter

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

My daughter is nearly 15, a Christian, an honor student, loves to draw, plays piano, is kinda shy, is currently learning to drive a stick shift.... and has scoliosis. She has been wearing two different braces since the summer between 5th and 6th grade. One she wears daytime, the other while she sleeps... A brace on 24 hours a day... She will be in 10th grade this fall.

For some time, it appeared the braces were doing what they were supposed to do... halt the progress of the scoliosis and prevent need for surgery. Yesterday my heart sank. Her curve is worse. We don't know why. She has been diligent about wearing her braces with very few breaks. Surgery may be in her future afterall, which is heartbreaking after having to endure wearing the braces for so long.

This whole ordeal has been hard on her. She doesn't know anyone willing to talk to her who has scoliosis, no one to relate to. She's been alone in this in that manner. People think she is strong, and all in all, she is strong and brave and patient. But I have seen her downcast expressions, sadness in her eyes, and many nights of tears.

So here I am again, asking for prayers, specifically for my daughter. Her name is Melanie. I know God can work miracles. Please ask Him to lessen the curve, even heal the curve, eliminating the need for surgery. Her next appt. is in 4 months.

6/16/09 update:
She is now 15 :)
Her appointment is October 22.

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    I did find my previous post... hope she's doing better these days.

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TWIGORIA 6/15/2009 4:22PM

    Hi Renee,

I was so sorry to read this. Melanie will be in my thoughts and in my prayers. Don't worry, she will be O.K. She has been blessed already with a loving mother like you. Keep in touch and let us know what happens. If you ever want to talk I am here, feel free to message me.

Lots of love, hugs, prayers and support.

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CRUCIFIED1 6/9/2009 5:56PM

    I am praying for Melanie. And may God continue to bless you for being the strength she needs. God's will be done in your lives and I'm just going to be a little bold and request that His will be for Melanie to be healed.

Stay Blessed!!!

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WEN@TBAY 6/9/2009 11:32AM

    Just wanted to let you know that I have lifted Melanie up to the Lord along with these dear ladies. I also wanted to encourage you to seek out the elders of the church to lay hands on her and to fast and pray for her. And to seek out a well respected chiropractor to ease and stretch her spine and to do visualizations and prayer with her, seeing her spine stretch out and straighten as you pray. The mind and body and prayer are all extremely powerful and God can touch us through all three for His glory. Standing in faith with you for a total and miraculous healing for precious Melanie! May God raise her up as a faithful witness to His power and mercy!

In His love,


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    Renee, I will pray. I will message you a personal message... but know that I will pray. God is good!

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SHERRILOU47 6/2/2009 7:05PM

    I will add Melanie to my prayer list..there is absolutely nothing too hard for the Lord..He cares about every one of our needs.. It is so hard to see our kids hurting, and the best thing we can do is place them in the hands of the Lord..

Hugs and Prayers,

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LACEEJO11 6/2/2009 5:42PM

    May I place Melanie on our team forums pray request thread at WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER GROUP? I know the members there would love to pray for her. We see miracles all the time...never give up hope as HE can and does move mountains!! LOVE & HUGS, LaceEjo11 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARIADALE 6/2/2009 2:23PM

    I will pray for Melanie...May God see her through this no matter what the course.

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VEGANNEWBIE 6/2/2009 11:32AM

    My best friend from childhood had scoliosis. I remember well her struggles. I will pray for Melanie, and I believe that God's power is more than enough to straighten that back! Tell her again how much God loves her, and we love her too! She sounds like a wonderful daughter.

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GLREADY 6/2/2009 11:31AM

    You and your daughter are in my prayers. We as Mom's have hearts that always breaks when see our children have no choose than to go through some trails. Keep keeping the faith. God will provide.

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HANNALA1 6/2/2009 11:20AM

    I will pray for your daughter. I truly feel for her. I was diagnosed with dextroscoliosis as a child. However, other than the pain and one of my shoulders being higher than the other, my case is mild. I never had to wear a brace but I was 'observed' for years and can relate to the fear of it possibly getting worse and the frustration of it all. Please let your daughter know that she is not alone and I will be praying for her.

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SPARKNMOM 6/2/2009 11:18AM

    I will definitely lift her in prayer...

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NGCHILD 6/2/2009 11:05AM

    I added you over the weekend to our prayer list at church. It's a small but MIGHTY prayer chain and they work wonders. The ladies of the Piasa Methodist Church are all over it!! Many hugs to you and your family.

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LOOKATUSNOW 6/2/2009 10:48AM

  I am putting you on my prayer list with my prayer partners. I would like to ask your permission to share this with them. God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask or think according to the power (of the Holy Spirit) that works within us.

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