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Results (a numbers blog)

Friday, December 05, 2014

I had blood work done this week. It was the first full-panel blood work I've had since Feb 2012. (I had a finger-prick test in Dec 2012, but doc tells me that those numbers are wildly inaccurate, so I'm not counting them.) The blood work in 2012 was the first I'd had done since 2009 when I was morbidly obese. The improvements from 2009 to 2012 were mostly fantastic. The changes from 2012 to now are less clear-cut, but if I were to guess, they are still an improvement.

Weight:
In 2009, I weighed 255 lbs. In Feb 2012, I was at 182 lbs (73 lbs lighter). I am currently at 156 lbs, 99 lbs down total and 26 lbs down from 2012.

Glucose:
Normal range for glucose is 74-106. In 2009, I was very high at 95 - borderline diabetic per my doc. In 2012, it had dropped to 70 - BELOW the normal range. Currently, it is at 77, though when I had a smaller blood panel done three weeks ago, it was at 68, so I believe this fluctuates slightly. In any case, I'm at the low end. Yay!

Cholesterol:
Normal range for cholesterol is 140-200. This is one I really need to watch out for, as my family has a history of this going high. In 2009, I was at 214. This dropped to 173 in 2012. Currently it is at 189. This 9% increase worries me a little, even though it's still in normal range. Makes me think I should definitely watch it, though some of my worry is tempered by some of the following results.

Triglycerides:
These are the really bad fats. You want these to be as low as possible. You definitely want them to be under 150, but the lower the better. In 2009, I was at 197 (!!!) and in 2012 I'd dropped to 125 (whew!). Currently, I'm at 77 - yay!! So even if my cholesterol has gone up 9% since 2012, my triglycerides have dropped 38%. This is definitely good news.

LDL (bad cholesterol):
Normal is less than 130, but optimal is under 100. In 2009, I was at 141 (high). In 2012, I'd dropped to 114. This number is also up now, to 125. That's still normal, but like the cholesterol, it's a 9% increase. Which worries me. Except it's tempered by this:

HDL (good cholesterol):
Normal is above 40. In 2009, I was at 34 (low). Supposedly HDL increases with a good diet, lots of exercise, and weight loss. My doc in 2012 told me that it should go up one point for every six pounds you lose. So if I lost 73 lbs between 2009 and 2012, my HDL should have gone up 12 points, to 46 (normal). It didn't. In 2012, my HDL was STILL at 34. I know my finger-prick results aren't really accurate, but when I took the finger-prick test 10 months later and 22 lbs lighter, my HDL had DROPPED to 28 - almost critically low. I was completely baffled. I am very pleased to say that currently, my HDL has risen to 49! Normal for the first time in years and years and years! And that, from 2012, is a 44% increase! MUCH more than the 9% increases I saw in the LDL and total cholesterol levels.

My cholesterol to HDL ratio is also normal for the first time ever. Normal is under 4.5. I was at 6.3 in 2009, at 5.1 in 2012, and currently at 3.8.

So yes, I'm a little worried about my cholesterol and LDL counts going up, but considering their increase was MUCH lower than the increase in HDL and decrease in triglycerides, I'm counting these as positive results over all. I just need to make sure I keep an eye on the others, to make sure they don't go over into the "high" range. I really would like to get my LDL to optimal levels one day...

  
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MJ-SHE-BEAST 12/17/2014 12:12PM

    I agree with Greg. My doc and my research says listen to the HDL to LDL ratio, and yours seems to be pretty darn good! Those pesky triglycerides are lowering well for me, but still not as good as yours - Congrats on them being in such a good state!

Really good, Amanda. As always, truly interesting to read and very inspirational.

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AMBER281 12/14/2014 3:37PM

    Way to go!!
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RYDERB 12/8/2014 5:20PM

    emoticon Your cholesterol numbers are great! But emoticon on lowering your Triglycerides & raising your HDL! emoticon
When it comes to taking numbers at face value, your HDL numbers really matter. That 34 you had, put you in a high risk category, so getting your HDL number up to 49 is a FANTASTIC improvement! Your HDL to triglyceride ratio is now, 1.57! Under 2 is IDEAL! emoticon That slight increase in your LDL number is actually medically insignificant, since those numbers will have natural fluctuations. You're still in the near optimal range. Besides, LDL, cholesterol gets a bad rap. It's not really as black and white as saying good vs bad. Our bodies need BOTH HDL and LDL cholesterol to function properly, but I know that you're dedicated to achieving optimal health, and I bet that as you alleviate some of the stress in your life, your LDL levels will move from that near optimal range to optimal too. Congratulations again, on your amazing progress toward optimal health!
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    You've done a great job lowering those numbers. Keep up the great work.

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CRABADA 12/5/2014 11:31PM

    Great numbers, Amanda!

Do you have any ideas about things that might make those numbers fluctuate? And how long to they take to change? I don't know enough to know if these are things that could be wonky one day and fine the next, so just wondering.

So glad you're healthy and feeling good!

xoxo,
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GHK1962 12/5/2014 1:44PM

    Except for the little rise in cholesterol those seem like excellent #'s. (Even then, the cholesterol is within normal range. Maybe this is where your body will normalize at your diet/exercise regime.

As for the LDL - yeah, lower the better ... but I have always heard that it's the LDL to HDL ration that's really the true indicator? Not sure though ... I get mixed up with the lipoproten info.

As for the blood glucose, it can fluctuate some - since your doc said you were in the per-diabetic range back in 2009, did they do an A1c for that? (It's a 3 month average of your blood glucose level and tends to be a bit more accurate test. Yeah, I'm diabetic so I know about this part of the numbers.) As for the finger prick thing...it can be a source of good info as to what's going on with your blood sugar at that moment - but it also has to be done so that the info is a accurate as possible. Clean the finger. Warm it up too. The finger has less blood vessels that circulate, so if it's cold, that means there's not enough circulation to tell you what the main part of your body is experiencing with regards to blood sugar.

Aieeee...I have written far too much here.

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Grateful for 5 Years on this Adventure!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Things have been very rough on me for the last 7-8 months, yes. Even still, I have a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving, a lot to be thankful for. Five years ago, I began my weight loss journey. It hasn't always been fun or easy, but it has DEFINITELY been worth it.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  
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    This was a very motivating video. Your honesty is so appreciated and makes even me believe success is possible if I just hang in there.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 12/17/2014 12:17PM

    I'm so far behind on reading and commenting on blogs. Can't believe I missed the best of them all - this one! Even though I know your journey, have seen many moments of your journey first hand, and have seen nearly every one of these pictures, this was so worth watching and being amazed by all over again. Excellent job, Amanda!

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    I know I'm a couple of weeks late seeing your vblog BUT I am so GLAD I saw it! Very inspirational! Thank you for reminding us that it isn't always easy but we must persevere! emoticon

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SBEAR5 12/10/2014 11:19AM

    sorry, I know I'm late on commenting on this. I can't watch these dang video's on my phone or tablet. I broke down and watched it at work today... *don't tell anyone* :)

SO immensely proud of you Amanda. I LOVE your smile at Onederland. Beautiful, Beautiful!

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    What an amazing journey, transformation, and I love the video! You are an inspiration!!

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    Awesome!

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  good blog

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    Awesome

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BEATLETOT 11/29/2014 9:07AM

    TOO AWESOME!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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BABYBARNEY 11/29/2014 7:09AM

    I LOVED your video blog...what a fabulous 5 year journey you've had...every obstacle you've tackled & BEAT...I've been travelling this path for 4 years & am now in MAINTENANCE which is as hard as the journey but WE CAN LIVE HEALTHY...we have the proof...you keep goin, GIRL!!!

You are a REAL warrior!

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  THank you so much for your terrific video and accomplishment!! This is so fitting for Thanksgiving Day. You look fabulous and I know you feel great too. Love it!!

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    All I can say is, "Wow...Wow...WOW! A great testimony.
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    Awesome longevity

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    All that mattered was you didn't quit.

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    FANTASTIC journey...despite all the obstacles life threw at you! emoticon emoticon

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SEATTLE58 11/28/2014 6:53PM

    I loved your vlog and it sounds and looks so good to hear you roar!!! I've lost 67# and went from a 3XL down to a large so far and now with me gaining back 22# because of plateauing forever and having a bad knee which will be getting a total new knee coming up on Dec. 15th! I definitely will be picking myself back up and go forward with all my power because I'll be able to walk again like I used to! Thanks for the inspiration! I joined SP in Sept. of 2011, so I've been doing this for 3 years plus too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Totally awesome!!! What a transformation!! You look amazing!

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  What an emoticon video and journey!!!!! It gave me chills and is such a motivator.

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NONNAOF2 11/28/2014 4:27PM

  You rock girl!! What a fabulous journey and the end results show that it can be done with perseverance!! :-)

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FUNLOVEN 11/28/2014 10:12AM

    THAT was the best video I have every seen! You are a warrior, a winner, an inspiration. Keep up the great work!

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    You are fantastic!!!!!!!! You should be sooo proud! Wonderful blog! emoticon

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    Such a beautiful video

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BESSHAILE 11/28/2014 6:39AM

    I hope your struggles ease up and you have some gentle peace. Congratulations on your tremendous victory.

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    You have come so far, keep on going strong!

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    totally awesome

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STEPH-KNEE 11/28/2014 3:57AM

    5 years of success and determination, what an inspiration to us all! I love that you were very REAL about your journey, which is even more inspiring! It isn't always puppies and rainbows, but you still got it done and continue to do it each day!! emoticon emoticon

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A Preview of What's to Come

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My five year weight loss anniversary is a week from today. I've had ups and downs, sure, and I may not be to my ultimate goal, but these last five years have been a HUGE success, and I wanted to give you guys a preview of what's to come when I CELEBRATE that anniversary next week!



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    Woo Hoo you!!!

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    Wow, you have done so well!

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JSEATTLE 11/21/2014 7:25PM

  WOW, great before and after and Congratulations on your anniversary! I know you love your lifestyle and I'm loving it too with you. Terrific story for a rainy, TGIF day!

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  Congratulations!! Wow!! It's amazing what "before" and "after" pictures can do to remind us of where we first started our journey!! :-)

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    It's most definitely been a HUGE success!!! You rock!

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  Celebrate, girl - you deserve it!


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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/21/2014 12:05PM

    emoticon Feel great doesn't it. I just bought all new clothes. Size small. from XL

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JIBBIE49 11/21/2014 10:42AM

    I had my Seventh Sparkversary this last month, and I'm not at my goal, but like you, I'm so much better off. I have never been back up to that horrible 214# I was when I started in '07. You will get to your goal. We just have to stay with it. From today it is 100 days to March 1st, 2015, so I'm going to work on that.

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WENDYANNE61 11/21/2014 10:23AM

    What a fab way to show how much weight you have ditched! Thank you for sharing....

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BBORDEN86 11/21/2014 8:19AM

    That's definitely something to celebrate!!!

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SHERYLP461 11/21/2014 6:56AM

    Wow!! Your are awesome!

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  Way to go! Congratulations! I'm sending you a goodie!

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    Way to go!

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    Fabulous!!!

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    Thanks for sharing!

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1STBUCKETITEM 11/21/2014 5:23AM

  emoticon Wonderful accomplishment Amanda! You deserve to be proud of yourself. We all celebrate your success. You are an inspiration for all of us on the weight-loss journey. and proof that we can change and enjoy a new healthy lifestyle! emoticon emoticon


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ELEXEY 11/21/2014 12:48AM

    Look at you Amanda!!! Absolutely amazing accomplishment. I know that this has not been an easy journey for you, and I am so very proud of how far you have come!!!

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CRABADA 11/20/2014 7:30PM

    I just wrote this on your picture, but this is AWESOME! And your smile is fantastic -- says it all! Plus, your hair is ADORABLE.

So happy and excited and thrilled and inspired for / by you!

xoxox,
C.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/20/2014 6:38PM

    WOW amazing. And so inspiring.

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Not dwelling on What Could Be

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This morning, my scale says 157.4 lbs. Y'all, I haven't seen a number lower than 158 since June 6th. I am ecstatic. Over the moon. I am SO CLOSE to being back at that 100 lbs lost line and a healthy BMI.

Sure, a month ago, when I finished my Whole30, I was at 158.4 lbs - only one pound higher. Sure, if I'd've kept going the way things were then, I might have seen the 157s a lot sooner than this, and might even be at a healthy weight again by now. But you know what? I'm NOT going to dwell on where I COULD have been if I'd only done X or Y or Z.

Because here's the thing. Life has been very rough for a long time, and I took a LOT of body blows over the last month. Sometimes I ate too much. Sometimes I ate doughnuts and chips and ice cream. Sometimes I also got my act together and ate well, exercised regularly. Sometimes I kept my pain-eating in check. Through trial and error over the last month, I've managed to find a good balance between eating a fairly strict paleo diet AND giving myself periodic off-plan foods without going crazy about it. And I'm proud of that.

Over the last month, I've seen my weight fluctuate a lot, but it never got completely out of hand. The highest it reached was 163 lbs, and today I'm LOWER than where I was a month ago. It may only be a pound lower, but considering the month I've had? Well, being lower by ANY amount is an achievement.

I still might not make it to the 100 lbs lost line again by my five year weight anniversary next week (on Thanksgiving this year!). But you know what? I'm pretty darn close, and I'm FIGHTING for my health and my body. When that five year anniversary rolls around on the 27th, you better believe I'm going to be CELEBRATING all the hard-earned triumphs and rewards of the last five years.

  
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MARYJEANSL 11/28/2014 9:06PM

  Congratulations! You have a lot to celebrate, 100 pounds or 99 pounds. :-)

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    And you should celebrate! You look amazing!!

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CRABADA 11/19/2014 5:58PM

    Amanda, this blog makes me so happy! You are one of the most amazing women I know, and I am impressed and inspired by you every day. Congratulations!
xoxox,
C.

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FALLINTOFLIGHT 11/19/2014 1:06PM

    I love your attitude. You are being accountable while staying encouraged and that is success! Congratulations on your upcoming 5 year anniversary! Keep your head up your doing amazing!

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RYDERB 11/19/2014 11:52AM

    I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

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THELILEA 11/19/2014 11:52AM

    Awesome, congrats on the scale victory!! And HECK yeah, FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY coming up! You sure as heck deserve to celebrate all those battles and victories.

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SBEAR5 11/19/2014 10:02AM

    Great attitude Amanda, and I'm certainly proud with how far you've come... even in the last month. You're doing very well with all the life has given you!

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    I love the balance you have found. Congrats on your 5-year anniversary - you have worked very hard and you deserve it!

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BBORDEN86 11/19/2014 7:56AM

    How exciting!!! Glad you have reached a place amongst the not-so-good stuff to be proud of the # you saw. :)

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General Life Updates

Friday, November 14, 2014

1. No tooth news yet. Appointment is scheduled for Monday.

2. For those of you who have been concerned about my mental health, rest assured. I was finally able to see a doctor and am now on an anti-depressant. I am working to find a nearby therapist as well. (Also note: despite all the stress, my blood pressure is at 100/65, the lowest it's been in years. Awesome.)

3. Speaking of therapists, my husband and I are now seeing a marriage counselor. Too early to tell if it will make a difference, but we're trying.

4. Sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, our hot water stopped working. Landlords had plumbers out quickly, but they had to order a part, and it didn't come in until Thursday evening. That left us with no hot water - and therefore no heater - for three days. It got pretty cold, especially on the bottom floor (around 60!) but thankfully two of those three days were warmer, so we didn't have to go stay in a hotel or anything. Also: showering has never felt better.

5. It is snowing. Before Thanksgiving. Y'all, I like snow, I like winter, but this is WAY too early. Definitely not in Texas anymore.



6. After a week of a lot of emotional eating and high stress and Girl Stuff, my weight is up a pound since last week. $%#*$*&%! But it's only a pound. I'll take it back off again. I'm honestly not too worried about it despite the swearing. It's just that I wanted to be back to 100 lbs lost by my 5 year anniversary on the 27th, and it's not looking like it's going to happen.

7. The boys got their first term report cards. They were all-A students in Texas, and things are MUCH harder academically here, so I'm pleased that they ended up with mostly As and Bs.

8. I'm over 33,000 words into my novel for NaNoWriMo. It's a terrible draft, absolutely horribly written, but I'm having fun exploring the bare basics of the world I'm writing in, and I have hope that this will help me to get a fuller grip on the story so that I can plan better later and write a much better draft.

9. My eleven-year-old half-sister has been doing NaNo these last few years, and this year she's attempting 50,000. She's already over 42,000 words in. !!! I can't express just how excited for her and proud of her I am!

10. I don't really have a tenth update. I just liked the round number.

  
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    All the best for your dentistīs appointment on Monday. Wishing you lots of positive energy to tackle all the other hard stuff. Hope the writing helps you feel good!

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BBORDEN86 11/15/2014 6:12AM

    Glad you made an appointment, and I hope all goes well at the dentist. I also think it's great you guys are attempting to salvage your marriage.

Most importantly at least the kids aren't suffering at school with everything going on and all the changes!

Definitely sending positive thoughts for all!

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CRABADA 11/14/2014 4:17PM

    I love this blog. It is full of hope and plans and good news and progress (Plus snow. Bleh.). I'm sure you're probably still feeling down and stressed, but I can see a difference in what you've written.

Sending you all the emoticon!

xoxo,
C.

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SBEAR5 11/14/2014 1:52PM

    1.Hope it's a good appt! I've been worried about your toother!

2. a. glad you have meds, hoping they work well for you. b. Yeah! I've been in the past it's always been helpful. c. YEAH!

3. Hoping you find the help you need here as well.

4. ooof. I do not envy you.

5. haha, no. Not in Texas anymore. Aren't you glad you're not from KS. You'd get all these stupid Dorothy jokes. ugh. ;)

6. You'll get there. And we'll be here to celebrate with you!

7. Yeah!

8. 33,000 words. How many pages is that? That seems insane.

9. again... insane to me. haha

10. Woohoo!

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KAMINEKO 11/14/2014 1:20PM

    1. Glad you got this scheduled!

2. Also glad you are on an antidepressant. I just got put on one 2 months ago finally, after fighting against it, and it has made a world of difference. It's hard to take care of yourself when you feel horribly awful about everything. I hope your meds and therapist are both a good match for you!

3. I think the marriage therapist is a good, proactive move. I wish my ex hub and I had done this. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. Kudos to you both for giving it a shot.

4. Whew! I bet it does feel good

5. " but this is WAY too early." Word. It snowed here yesterday and I freely admit my emotional response was anger.

7. Good to hear the boys are handling the transition adeptly. I have no doubt they are sharp as tacks.

8. and 9. I sure do admire people who do NaNoWriMo. I'd rather get a tooth pulled than have to write. I love reading, but writing...I am far too "tight" and things don't flow easily for me using that medium. Good on you AND your 11 year old sister. AN 11 year old---that's simply phenomenal.



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KAMINEKO 11/14/2014 1:16PM

    1. Glad you got this scheduled!

2. Also glad you are on an antidepressant. I just got put on one 2 months ago finally, after fighting against it, and it has made a world of difference. It's hard to take care of yourself when you feel bloody awful about everything. I hope your meds and therapist are both a good match for you!

3. I think the marriage therapist is a good, proactive move. I wish my ex hub and I had done this. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. Kudos to you both for giving it a shot.

4. Whew! I bet it does feel good

5. " but this is WAY too early." Word. It snowed here yesterday and I freely admit my emotional response was anger.

7. Good to hear the boys are handling the transition adeptly. I have no doubt they are sharp as tacks.

8. and 9. I sure do admire people who do NaNoWriMo. I'd rather get a tooth pulled than have to write. I love reading, but writing...I am far too "tight" and things don't flow easily for me using that medium. Good on you AND your 11 year old sister. AN 11 year old---that's simply phenomenal.



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ARUNNINGKAT 11/14/2014 12:54PM

    You never truly appreciate the simple things like heat and hot water until you don't have them. emoticon So glad that it wasn't too terribly cold!

We got our first big snow yesterday. It is SO beautiful! But I will admit I wasn't quite ready for it... my deck furniture was definitely still out. Oy!

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ANDSHEEWAS 11/14/2014 11:38AM

    I'm glad you were able to see a doctor and a therapist. We've been living the path to mental well-being for the past two months as my husband was hospitalized and is wrapping up his outpatient work today. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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NSCARNEY 11/14/2014 9:06AM

    Good to read that you're taking care of yourself as well as those around you. Keep on truckin'!

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PJMX18 11/14/2014 7:53AM

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GHK1962 11/14/2014 7:43AM

    1. Good on the tooth appt. at least. I read the previous blogs (even though I have not responded to them ... stoopid work) ... and good you have the appt.

2. Nods. That is good. And both will go hand in hand.

3. Nods on this too.

4. I'm glad that the water got fixed! To a point, heat can be dealt with using extra blankets and stuff (well...there is a point where it does get too cold) .... but not having water ... that is a killer! Glad its back on.

5. It snowed here too. And freezing rain. And heh ... too hot...too cold. Sooo...there's this story that I know, 'bout a little girl called Goldilocks and .... (I should hide before you toss an internet whap my way.)

6. You may not get to the 100 ... but it's a goal to strive for. Sometimes we make them, sometimes we don't. And even though you know you can make it ... hell, things come into play at times. By the way, I think this is the first time I have seen you cussing (yeah symbols were used...but you got that across haha.)

7. emoticon

8. I have been stalking your word count. I would win that "when are you going to get to 50K" bet.

9. NICE! I got Spark friend Loren doing it ...she is keeping up too. Not as wordly awesome as your niece, but yeah...exciting to see others killing it!

10. Isn't this my damn trick?!?!?

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