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Friday, April 25, 2014

emoticon Need to get back on SparkPeople for encouragement on my journey to better health and weight loss. I had some physical and emotional setbacks last Nov and Dec and am still recovering from the emotional ones. It will happen. I will make it happen!

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SHAPNUP 5/2/2014 8:15PM

    Welcome back. We've got some great challenges going on the Lose to Win Team. Check it out! emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 4/25/2014 11:25AM

    Hey - welcome back!!! We missed your sparkle! We all have those setbacks, it's what we do after them that is so important! Glad you are here with us again!

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MAESTROSHASHA 4/25/2014 11:22AM

    May I be the first to welcome you back!

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I need to take control of my life again.

Monday, July 01, 2013

I have been through an emotional rollercoaster most of this year. I am going through a severe depression due to a tragedy that has happened with one of my children. As a parent, we want to fix everything for our kids and this is something I can't fix. I need to get a new focus on something I can control again and that is my health. I need the support of SparkPeople to do this. Even just using my daily trackers will get my mind off my problems.

I normally hide my emotions for the most part and have been through many tragedies in my life, but I always came out looking like nothing ever bothered me. It's harder this time, but I have to worry about my declining health and take control again. After all, I'm worth it!

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KSW1963 7/1/2013 11:31PM

    While I don't know the specifics of your situation....I could have written this blog because it describes my life this year. I too am trying to refocus on myself, my health, the things that I can control and let go of my adult children...and hopefully come out healthier and happier. July is going to be a better month for us :). emoticon

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THOMS1 7/1/2013 5:32PM

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MAGGIE101857 7/1/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon to start with! This has been a rough year for me as well, and it has taken more of a toll on me than I wanted to admit. I'm sorry for whatever your child is going through; we love them so much but yes, we can't always fix their mistakes. That doesn't keep us from trying, does it? I was having a massage over the weekend and talking to my therapist, and she said "those things are out of your control, stop trying to control them! Stop internalizing; you are only hurting yourself". She was 100% right, of course, and I let those thoughts go and relaxed for an hour.

We are here for you! You took the hardest step - vocalizing that you can't fix the one situation and it's time for change. Now for the next step! emoticon emoticon

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She's Back!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ok, I've been lax with posting and entering on my trackers lately. Not anymore! I'm back with a vengeance! I had my Diabetes A1C's checked in early March and it was not good! So, 1 month later, my doctor had me come back after increasing my metformin to check my blood sugar readings and my kidneys. April appointment was great and she even took me off 1 of my blood pressure meds because I was running too low. After being naughty and not checking my blood sugars for awhile (Doc said I didn't have to anymore because I was under 6 on my A1C), I'm back to checking and watching my diet better again. There is something psychological for me about checking my glucose levels, I think.
Lost 6 pounds since my Doctor appointment in March, as of last week. Now that Wisconsin may finally be getting spring, I'll be starting to walk more each week. I already work out 4 times/week, so with the added exercise, that should help. Lost 11 pounds total since January 14th, but it should be more....Here I go!

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HEREKTEKTE 5/5/2013 10:04AM

    Keep at it hun! You can do it!

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INDIGOCAVE 4/23/2013 2:24PM

    Great job!! I hope I can post some great A1C numbers soon too!

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Need to jump start my nutrition goals

Friday, March 22, 2013

Only 8 pounds down since mid-January. I need to jump start my nutrition goals again. I really am watching what I eat, but still having slight problem with portion control. Any good tricks out there for keeping portions in line? emoticon

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HEREKTEKTE 3/25/2013 1:09PM

    Dinner is my hardest time for portion control. Now I weigh/measure my dinner and either put away the rest right away, or have my husband do it. (Most of our guys (and families) REALLY want to help - LET THEM.) Don't be afraid to ask them for small things, I start with, "I'm really having trouble with such-and-such, could you help me by doing this-or-that?"

So basically, once dinner is on my plate, I'm done in the kitchen for the night. Off limits. Slowing down when I eat is a struggle for me as well, even with a big glass of water in my hand through out dinner. I'm not very dexterous so I eat slower, and if I want to use both hands, then I had better have that glass empty so I can put it down. Both ways, I'm slowing down (but getting better at eating with one hand! uh-oh).

I hope you find something that works for you, asking is an excellent start.

You can do this!!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/23/2013 10:05AM

    When I'm tracking like I should be, I weigh or measure everything. There are some good articles on here about portion control. They give examples of what a portion is so you don't have to actually measure. Like, one ounce of cheese is the same as two dice. Congrats on the loss, I've only lost 6 since the end of January. I need to do better at tracking.

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Sad Day, but need to have faith

Friday, February 22, 2013

We put our dog to sleep last night. She had a rough day and I just couldn't watch her suffer any longer. Today I am reminiscing by looking at her puppy pictures and trying to decide which one to have my niece do a sketching from for us. Didn't sleep well and just not hungry, but forcing myself to eat something, as I know that is important for my mental and physical health also.
Going for lunch today to get out of the house with my daughter. I'm sure I'll be good today with the meal, as the appetite just isn't there today.
I know my Lily is at peace now and am so glad her pain is gone. She was the best family friend ever. RIP Lil.

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PJZIELIN 2/27/2013 8:00AM

    Thanks for all your condolences Spark friends. Still feeling the loss, but each day gets a little better. emoticon

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NEWCHICK 2/25/2013 10:49PM

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs!!!

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ILLINICHEERS 2/24/2013 9:53AM

    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. We had to make that decision with our last 2 goldens. Max after a long illness and Cheers on a decision we had to make in 10 minutes. I'm not really sure which was harder. I do know that both times it was the right decision to make. Their quality of life was not what it should be. We didn't want them to suffer or loose the dignity they lived their lives with. As Bescats said she is a rainbow bridge now running and playing and waiting to meet up with you much later.

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BESCATS 2/24/2013 9:41AM

    You know you made the right decision to end her suffering, It doesn't make it easy for us, because we love them so much,and wonder why they can't live as long as we do. She is over the "rainbow bridge", and some day you will see her again. Until then, keep her close to your heart, she'll know. emoticon

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BEFIT014 2/22/2013 2:00PM

    I am emoticon! We bond with our 'fur children', don't we? A sketch would be a wonderful memorial to her. emoticon

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LRB444 2/22/2013 1:53PM

    Oh my gosh...I'm so sorry. I'm so bonded with my dog. It's almost like she's an appendage of mine.

I hope you can find peace.

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AKATHLEEN54 2/22/2013 10:32AM

    So sorry about your pup. It brought tears to my eyes just reading your blog. Last fall I lost my "best friend" of 14 years. He grew up with my children and it broke my heart to have to put him down but I know it was the best thing as he was suffering as well. Give yourself time to heal. You know he will always be in your heart and will always be a part of your family. Now I have a new pup, who again is the light of my life and in time you will too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SISSIE21 2/22/2013 10:23AM

    I am so sorry to read about your dog Lily. Only a pet owner understands that they are our babies! You must really miss her. Take care, I'm sending you warm hugs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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