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Hitting the Reset Button & I'm Back on Track!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hello Everyone!

It's been a long time, I know! And so much has happened! Let me just say that it's feels sooooo good to be back on track & feeling in control once again!

As many of you may know, this has been a very stressful year for me, & I'm just now getting to the point where I feel normal again! The one constant in my life, I have to say, has been the exercise...& it's been my saving grace! Even though I've maintained my activity level, my eating has been another matter! Um, let's just say for the record it's been...
OUT OF CONTROL!!! emoticon
And out of control it's been! Ahhhhh, but NO MORE, by golly! Cause, I'm back on track! I've had to recruit reinforcements this time, however....& I've joined Weight Watchers for the short term. I just felt I needed a little extra push to get me back on track, eating wise...& help w/getting back on that scale!
Honestly, I just did NOT want to get on it! emoticon
So, I joined WW's last week...& my weigh in yesterday reflected a loss of 7.8 lbs!
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Now, I've been tracking points, as well as calories on SP...& much prefer SP, in all honesty. Perhaps it's because I'm more familiar, but I think it's more than that! I like seeing the breakdown of carbs, proteins, fats, the tracking of calcium & fiber (my preferences). I'm going to maintain both trackings for a month...& see how it pans out! So far tho, I like SP better!

I will post more recent pics of myself as soon as I can. I'm in need of a new camera, so...soon, I promise!

I've missed you all, my friends! And I hope to drop by & say hi to each & every one of you! I hope you are well! EnJOY the day & be HAPPY!!! Let the games begin!!!

Hugs & Love!

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DONNACFIT 8/25/2012 10:31PM

    Glad to see you are back on track!! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 8/23/2012 6:33AM

    emoticon emoticon Hang in there my beautiful sparkfriend! emoticon You have been through a lot this year. Take time for you. One day at a time. hugs. T

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BLUEROSE 8/22/2012 10:37PM

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JUSTA123 8/21/2012 6:19AM

    Know the feeling, but you seem to have it under control, you know what to do now just do it! emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 8/19/2012 6:47PM

    Hi Rose,
Because I haven't been on SP much this year, I was unaware that you were "missing in action" as well! Glad you're back...and hopefully I'm back! I've had a stressful year as well, but for whatever reason, I've stayed at the exact same weight. Very, very, very fortunate because I have not been eating the way I should, and exercise is practically zilch except for heavy gardening (weeding giant weeds primarily) and other work.
I'm glad you took whatever "track" you need in order to get back to the Rose you want to be!!! You are an inspiration in all things, but particularly in your exercise regimen. I wish I could say the same for myself.
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BOMBCHELL23 8/16/2012 6:32AM


You continue to inspire and motivate me more than words can express. I now have hope to continue working on my exercise and eating healthy to continue on this journey. It has been a long year for me as well but I am trying to continue just as you have. your attitude is so great and wonderful to know you are my friend.

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DUSTYGIRL25 8/16/2012 1:43AM

    Yay Rose!! So glad to have you back. emoticon You know it, SP is the best. I love all the support and tracking all the food I eat along with the exercise I do definitely keeps me on top of it all.

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NORASPAT 8/15/2012 6:24PM

    I too have been totally off track As soon as i changed my fitness tracker to the new one there was a downhill slide. I could not handle it. Now i have the old tracker back I know we can pick up the pieces , HUGS Pat in Maine.
I cannot find the emoticons, I have missed you for certain HUGS Pat is glad you are back emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Over 10, 000 steps and 4 miles so far

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CHALLENGER15 8/15/2012 1:51PM

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Many hugs, my friend!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/15/2012 11:45AM

    Welcome back! Congrats on the loss.

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TUFFYBIRD 8/15/2012 11:43AM

    It's good to see you Rose! I was wondering how you were doing.


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LUBAML 8/15/2012 10:51AM

    Hi rose, hive to hear from you. I'm glag you are back and doing great! Not the same with me, but I'm here eating healthy and exercising daily.
Have a wonderful day my friend. I miss you so much. Hugs and kisses, smiles : luba

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WINFIELD28 8/15/2012 9:43AM

    Good for you, Rose!
Great to see your blog.
What a great re-start almost 8 pouds!
And Weight Watchers is a very good plan to help re-focus.
So wonderful that execise has become a part of your life, no matter what!

I am struggling with emotional eating and am in much need of a boost to keep me moving in the right direction again! So I look forward to reading about your success and how you have become re-focused! You are doing great! Keep up the good decisions! Please share what you learn at WW, if you can!

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MEADSBAY 8/15/2012 9:30AM

    emoticonback, Rose-
time to take care of yourself, now!

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BAKER1009 8/15/2012 8:10AM

    emoticon on the amazing loss in your 1st week on WW! I know what you mean about needing an extra push, and there is nothing wrong with that. Better to use multiple tools to help than nothing at all!
I'm proud of you. I know it's been a stressful year for you, and it's definitely you're time to shine lady!! Keep up the great work!!

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It's All Good!!!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Hello Everyone! emoticon

I hope you're all well! I just have to share!

My annual bloodwork was FANTASTIC, including...

HgA1C - 5.4!
Cholesterol - 174
HDL - 65
LDL - 94

BONE DENSITY was very good & NORMAL!

Blood pressure is ALWAYS good!

My weight is up but.....I still exercise 90-120 min every day! I continue to eat healthy & nutritious foods! I get LOTS of Omega 3 into my diet by eating tuna, sardines, anchovies, salmon, & walnuts & almonds! Most importantly... I feel GREAT!

Let me take a moment to remind all you ladies (& gents!) to get your routine checkups!

* annual PAP (see your GYN every year)
* see you PCP (personal care physician) regularly!
* MAMMOGRAM's (suck it up & just do it ladies!)
* Dental exam (do you know that gum disease can make you sick, literally?!)
* Colonoscopy (yeah, I know.....still, just do it!!!)
* Eye exam (not just for glasses, but to check for diseases!)
* Dermatologist (to check for skin abnormalities & cancer!)

Sorry! emoticon Can't take the nurse out of the Sparker!

Update on my MIL: She's being released from the nursing home & returning back to her home on Wednesday. She's holding her own, although she's lost a significant amount of weight, we've been told. Family is keeping us posted on her status...& we're gonna see how she manages on her own. Hubby speaks w/her almost daily & she's in very good spirits! If need be, we'll be heading to Ohio to assist her in any way we can! It's a "wait & see" proposition! Only time will tell!!!

Oh, and I've found a new LOVE!!! It's Mah Jongg! For those of you unfamiliar, Mah Jongg is an ancient Chinese game played with tiles (like small dominoes)...& played much like a card game (similar rules & such). The ladies & I are playing every Monday afternoon!
I'm LOVIN' it ...& can't get enough! emoticon
Again, I hope you're all well! We're entering our SUMMER mode here in SW Florida! It's HOT!!!!
And honestly, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it here!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Take special care guys! And keep Sparkin'!!!

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BIGMAMAT 5/20/2012 8:15AM

    Rose!!! It''s so good to hear what's going on with you! Sounds like a big emoticon is necessary for the blood work and healthy life style you have adapted!!! You go girl! emoticon

Glad to hear your MIL is doing better. xoxoxo emoticon emoticon

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GEEKSMEGGLY 5/11/2012 8:48AM

    emoticon Rose!

You are an example to follow here on Spark. emoticon


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LUBAML 5/8/2012 11:25AM

    Great News Rose! I'm happy for you.Keep it healthy! I'm so proud if you!
I love Mahjong too, play it on the computer now. Some times with the grand kids.
Have a wonderful week. Hugs and kisses to you and your lovely family! Love: Luba

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MEADSBAY 5/8/2012 10:22AM

    Great news, Rose!
TNX for all the reminders-
now that I am home from my trip I plan on hitting the gym long and hard.


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DUSTYGIRL25 5/8/2012 5:10AM

    Good for you Nurse Rose! I'm glad you passed all your tests with flying colors. And, so glad you're keeping everyone else on track also. I don't know how your weight could possibly be up with all the excercise you get in everyday.
I recoginize many of the shells on your background. I have a huge collection from florida and have many of these. My favorites are from Isla Morida down in the keys where we found a great snorkle area, & I found so many tiny white, shiney shells.
Very nice that your MIL is doing so much better & able to go home.

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CHALLENGER15 5/7/2012 6:56PM

    Hi, friend! Glad to read about you doing so well! And I may just have to check out Mah Jong!

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BLUEROSE 5/7/2012 12:55PM

    GREAT NEWS, ROSE! I like playing mah jong on the puter!

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MISHAMW 5/7/2012 11:10AM

    Great numbers!!!! I have to really watch a couple myself with having IR and PCOS, plus being on Metformin (a new drug for me).

I just wanted to say I love Mahjong! I also got my mother addicted to it too!

Good luck with the rest of your journey!

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TWEETYS 5/7/2012 9:20AM

    Those are fantastic numbers, congratulations Rose!! All that hard work is paying off. I'm also glad to hear your MIL is doing so much better!
Love and Hugs! emoticon

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WINFIELD28 5/7/2012 9:19AM

    Wonderful news! Good to hear that you got such good news at your annual checkup.
Healthy Living does make a difference, doesn't it?
Nice to hear that your MIL is going home and in good spirits.
I know very little about Mah Jongg - it sounds like fun, enjoy it today!
Thanks for the annual check-up reminders - I have mine scheduled for June 18th. Always nice to get it done and over with! LOL! Have a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 5/7/2012 9:11AM

    It's good to hear from you Rose. I'm glad all is well.


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    Your check up was great - whatever you're doing, it's working! I have to schedule my annual check up. We arrived home from AZ last Friday. We're still settling in but now I hope to spend a little more time sparking and catching up with my Spark Friends. You were one of the first I thought of!

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NORASPAT 5/7/2012 7:24AM

    Hi Rose I am doing great. enjoying the Sparing Challenge and waiting for the rainy season to end. Today we have reprieve then it will be wet off and on all week
I am happy to read your great results. Mine were still good last time A1c 5.5 other numbers good triglycerides still a bit over more B/W in a month. Waiting for results of Brain scan tomorrow.
I too miss your b logs but I know where you are if I miss you too bad. I thought you might be in OHIO and busy but now I read your MIL is doing OK and still able to enjoy her independence that is nice.
Take care Stay as sweets as you are. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAKER1009 5/7/2012 6:56AM

    I just love it when you blog Rose!!
So good to hear about your're doing an amazing job! Keep up the great work!

I have my annual PAP later this month, and my annual dental cleaning next month. Eye doctor is in September. Trying to keep up with it! The mammogram and colonoscopy, I don't think I can get those yet (health insurance and age...I'm 32). But I'll be on those when I need to! Keep taking such good care of yourself!

Glad to hear you MIL is going to be able to go home. I hope she continues to recover and regain her strength.

Oh, and as far as Mah Jongg, I've played it on the computer (the touch screen ones at the bar) and it's highly addictive. Sounds like fun!
Glad you're enjoying Florida so much.
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MARISABELLES 5/7/2012 6:19AM

    It's always a pleasure to hear from you emoticon
I use to play Mah Jong on the computer and I can relate to the addiction emoticon
Have fun today

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DGFOWLER 5/7/2012 6:14AM

    So good to see this blog from you as I miss those daily pieces of wisdom. I just had a yearly check up and everything was down including my weight.. WooHoo... Lovin life is so sweet. Bless you Rose.. Hugs.. Donna

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COOKWITHME65 5/7/2012 6:11AM

    Thanks for the reminders Rose. Nice to hear your MIL is being released and in good spirits.

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The Time Has Come....

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Hello My Friends...

I know I haven't been very active on here, & I apologize for not being there to support you all on your weight loss journey. I promise to do better...

I'm in Ohio, staying with my oldest daughter & her family. My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed w/ovarian cancer & is currently in the hospital being treated for pneumonia & an infection. I don't know what's going to happen... She's been referred to Hospice..she's 83 & lives on her own (as her husband passed last year) & it's likely she'll be unable to care for herself. Ya see, she make a pact w/her husband that they would care for each other so that neither would ever end up in a nursing home. When I learned of this pact, I promised my mother in law that she didn't need to worry...that Jim & I would care for her in her home when the time came. Well, the time has come.

I most likely will be staying here for the time being. We shall see...

Please keep my mother-in-law, Virginia, on your prayer list. Thank you all.

Love you,

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KARRYB1 6/13/2012 4:19PM

    Rose , so sorry for your M.i.L.'s decline. I know what it's like to care for the elderly, my Mother didn't want to go to a nursing home either and I promised to care for her. She was a sweet woman and very easy to care for.I loved her company and miss her dearly. As I am not very competent in medical matters, It was not easy to watch as she slipped away, the feeling of helplessnes is overwhelming and the doubt as to whether my caregiving was adequite always lingered. Thanks God for the help of Hospice. I wish you both well and send my prayers. emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/29/2012 5:27PM

    Hope all is going well for everyone! Please take care.

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JUSTA123 4/16/2012 9:18AM

    emoticon my friend and God bless you, this is a very nice thing for you to do..

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KILLERANGEL47 4/10/2012 2:03AM

    I'm sorry about what's happening with mother-in-law! I hope sure gets the treatment she needs and that her condition improves! emoticon

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DGFOWLER 4/9/2012 5:43AM

    I remember my uncle Donnie and his wife Vernie doing the same thing not once but twice when my grandparents were alive. They lived next door to them, but moved in to care for them. The last time when grandma (Nana) was ill they lived there 3 years. But what a blessing it was to have family there 24/7 especially when all of us live here in Ohio and they lived in KY.. You are the best Rose.. Love and hugs. Donna

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BIGMAMAT 4/8/2012 7:27PM

    Big hugs to you Rose. love you. Tricia emoticon

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BECCABOO127 4/6/2012 3:18PM

    Prayers and hugs being sent your way Rose. You are such a kind person to be tending to your MIL. Of course, you show your kindness all the time through SP, so this is no surprise to me.


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HEALTHY1JESS 4/6/2012 3:07PM

    Hang in there! You are loved a supported from across the miles!

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PATRICIA4472 4/5/2012 8:25AM

    You and your mother-in-law are in my prayers. emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 4/4/2012 9:22PM

I am sorry to hear about this sad turn of events. I understand your need to care for your MIL and totally respect it. I moved home four 5 years ago to care for my parents and so I can relate. You are strong enough to get through this difficult time and we shall be here for you. If you need anything let me know I am off all next week and can drive that way if need be. Or if you just need to vent I am here for you.

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TWEETYS 4/4/2012 9:38AM

    I'm so sorry you have to go through this! It's a wonderful, loving gift you're giving. We'll keep praying for you and your mother-in-law.
Love and hugs to you and your hubby! emoticon

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    We are here for you! Sorry to hear you are going through this. If you need an ear, just let us know. Find ways to exercise to keep your stress at bay. ((((Hugs))))

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ROSEWCI 4/4/2012 7:50AM

    Love you all!!! I hope you are well, my friends! emoticon

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LUBAML 4/3/2012 10:02PM

    Hugs and kisses Rose. My prayers are with you and your mother in low. Take care of yourself too. Love you.

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NORASPAT 4/3/2012 4:17PM

    You are doing what is necessary and I love you for it.
I know taking care of her might be hard but I know how it feels to support someone who desperately needs it.
It is hard work but TRUE love .
HUGS, great choice. Pat in Maine.
Stay well and keep smiling. You are a truly great person in my book. Pat ! emoticon emoticonYOU ARE THE VERY emoticon

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BLUEROSE 4/3/2012 3:07PM

    You have my prayers, Rose. Wishing you all the best!

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TURTLETALK 4/3/2012 2:12PM

    Hugs to you and your family. I was with both my parents when they passed and it was a very sad but fullfilling time. Don't forget to take care of your own needs while helping her.

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WINFIELD28 4/3/2012 2:09PM

    Rose, your mother-in-law is in my prayers.
I will hold you and your family in my heart, as well.

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BAKER1009 4/3/2012 2:08PM

Praying for you all!

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SJKENT1 4/3/2012 1:31PM

    What a precious gift you are giving. I am sure her fear was great as she looked at her future.

I am praying for all of you. May the Lord give you the love, peace and strength you will need. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 4/3/2012 1:12PM

    My thoughts are with you, Rose.
This is a priceless gift you are giving your mil.
Take care of yourself, too.

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ALLIEALLIE2 4/3/2012 1:03PM

    emoticonWarm wishes going your way emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 4/3/2012 1:02PM

    What a wonderful thing you are doing for your mother-in-law. Thoughts and prayers headed your way. Please keep in touch when you can. emoticon

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The Way It Is & What's REALLY important!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I've lost the Spark mojo, my friends...& I've been mulling it over & over in my head, trying to make some sense of it all! You all know I've worked so hard on this journey to be where I'm at in life! And I have no just cause for why I'm at this juncture! No reason at all! So here's the way it is!

My original plan was to get my weight down before my 40th high school reunion (June 2011) & get off the diabetes medication I started on February 2010. I accomplished both! I just completed my annual blood work w/my doctor a couple of weeks ago...& from a health perspective, all is well!

HgA1C is 5.1! (NON DIABETIC level!)
Cholesterol is 188
Triglycerides are 62
HDL is 72! (excellent!!!)
LDL is 104 (could be a little better, but not bad!)
Thyroid levels are perfect!

I've not reached my goal weight...but I don't seem to care much! And even though my BMI says I'm still overweight...I'm not feeling it! Could I be thinner? Absolutely! Do I want to? NOPE! I'm just not there! I have NO desire to be in teeny-tiny sizes! Not my thing! I feel physically fit & clothing fits fine! So, no problem!

I exercise 120 mins a day...6 days a week! I do it because I need to keep my body in good working order! I do ZUMBA twice a week & DRUMS ALIVE once a week! I run 2-3 times a week & walk daily! I train w/kettlebells 3 times weekly! I do cardio/strength classes a couple times a week, when I feel like it. I occasionally use the elliptical or treadmill at the Y, but prefer the outdoors when weather permits! And well, let's face it! I live in SW weather permits often! emoticon

I eat healthy MOST days! I cook low fat meals & try new recipes ALL the time! I've incorporated healthy desserts into my meal plans so I don't feel deprived! I've enJOYed peach crisps/cobblers, baked apples, & pumpkin pudding most recently! I fear trying things like pastries yet...'cause I know me! Portion control is a BIG problem I want to avoid w/these goodies! I still struggle w/staying in range w/the carbs...& I know it's my cross to bear! I've increased fiber in my diet & consume plenty of fruits & veggies! I'm still drinking the water daily & plan to continue! It's important when you live in a tropical climate, to stay well hydrated! So all is well!

Now let me just say that I applaud all whom have strived to achieve goal weight! You're an inspiration to many! I'm not advocating that it's not important to set goals or attempt to reach goals! They're important! I guess what I'm saying here is that achieving my goal weight just isn't important enough for me, at this moment! My lab work tells me I'm healthy! I feel physically fit! It's enough for me! What's important is that I've changed my life for the better by having lost the weight & have begun a journey of weight management & physical fitness to remain healthy & fit! I have well-being! Now, that is what's important!

My weight's been fluctuating within a 6 lb range...& although I prefer it be a bit more confined to a 2-3 lb range, I'm not complaining! I'm concerned that we're entering the holiday season...& I'll be visiting up north for Christmas & New Year! I know my exercise routine will be disturbed & cut in half for about 2 weeks! Now that's NOT a good combo...less exercise & more eating! Yikes! I'm working on a game plan, as we speak! Gotta be prepared, by golly!

I'm giving myself permission to just be, for the moment! I'm hoping that after the holidays, I'll be reSparked & ready to tackle a challenge! I hope you're all well, my friends & preparing for the upcoming holidays, as I! You're all very important to me & I want to continue supporting & encouraging each & every one of you to do your very best! I thank you kindly for always being here...& you can count on me to be there for you too!

I love you all!!! emoticon emoticon


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DLSHANKS 11/28/2011 6:21AM

    Four months ago I was feeling exactly as you are now. However, things went from bad to worse! As of to date I have gained a total of 25lbs. and I am feeling completely defeated. You have done a fabulous job! You are right there is no need for you to continue to loose weight! But, maintaining is an even more difficult task. I know HOW to loose but, I can't seem to get a grasp on HOW to maintain. I hope you find your spark soon as I hope to do too! You are in my prayers.

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COMPUCATHY 11/25/2011 7:55PM

    I think as we go along, we have to re-evaluate our game plan. There's no way that, when we are so far away from goal, we can know what is going to come our way on the journey. You have found good health along the way! I totally understand how you feel. I was asking myself questions about my goal I am happy with where I am and am still overweight as well. But, as I look at body profiles, I can see that I do want to continue on. The weight that I will lose is not as "in my face" as the weight that I have lost to this point. But I still want to lose it. I want to get to "normal." But I totally support you in your goals. Have you checked out the other trackers available for your ticker? SP has a lot of options now. You might want to work toward something other than weight loss at this point. Whatever you decide, we are SO glad you are here. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! TGIF! Have a great weekend! Spark on! emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 11/20/2011 9:00AM


I too completely understand this because I never thought I could lose weight and here I am 65 pounds lighter. Would I like to lose more, yes but if I don't I am more comfortable with who I am today. I would really like to be able to say I could lose 100 pounds but God may not have that in my plans. I need to learn to accept what I have accomplished and be comfortable with it.
You continue to inspire me and are such an encouraging friend I cannot thank you ever enough.

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KILLERANGEL47 11/19/2011 1:50AM

    Awesome!! emoticonYou totally rock!! emoticon emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 11/17/2011 5:18PM

    Great job Rose! Youre my hero!!! Relax and just be your beautiful self. love you. xoxoxo Tricia emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 11/17/2011 7:00AM

    Rose you have done so well and are an inspiration to so many beyond myself. What I loved hearing from this blog is that you have a true sense of self. You know your body well and are comfortable in it. You have done wonders my friend. Kudos to you!

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INTHELOOP 11/16/2011 7:41PM

    Inner Peace...
to you and all your spark kids out there!!
You do good work here!

Please Pass the Sweet Potatoes Hold the Marshmallows


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GEEKSMEGGLY 11/16/2011 6:40PM

    HI Rose,

Sounds like you are where your mind and body want to be for a healthy, relaxed YOU.

You have accomplished so much change and now appreciate a healthy lifestyle, not just temporary dieting goals. The example you set is priceless. I'm inspired each time you post your daily activities and wonder how you get it all done.

Enjoy your holidays and everyday! emoticon emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 11/16/2011 9:24AM

    Rose, Rose, my sweet Rose!
The key is: listen to your body,,,, and it speaks highly for all you have done! You are one amazing woman and I'm very proud of you on your journey! You have given inspiration and motivated many. Myself top on that list. With everything I've gone through and am still going through I get on spark people to give as much support and be motivated. You my friend have done just that. I'm not totally on plan but,,, it's in my head and I'm just at a stand still but holding my own! So, if your happy and your body is telling you to be happy! That's Wonderful..... Sounds like your planning for the Holidays,,,, you have learned so much. I have know doubt that you will do great. Hugs & Love, Karol emoticon emoticon emoticon
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PATRICIA4472 11/16/2011 8:21AM

    What a good and thoughtful reflection on where you are, and it's obvious that you are physically in a very healthy place...taking care of yourself and being VERY active! It sounds like your motivator is that internal monitor of health and not some external number on a scale....a good and healthy thing all around!

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DFROMTX 11/16/2011 6:40AM

    Congrats on the job you have done this past year (weight loss, healthy eating, exercising, good doctor reports etc.)!!! You are an inspiration to us all! I think you are wise to listen to your body at this time.

Thank you for being my friend & helping & encouraging me along this Spark journey. Your enthusiasm has been invaluable.

Have a great time with relatives during the holidays up North.

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DGFOWLER 11/16/2011 6:16AM

    Rose the truth will set you free. You have realized that there is more important things in you life. If you continue to do what you are doing right now you will continue to lose weight & inches and you will also continue to see results with you doctor. I love the fact that you will be able to with family & friends.. so good for you. Make them exercise with you.. lol.. that way you will still get in what you need to.

You mean the world to me. You have been an inspiration of mine since day one when we found each other and proclaimed buddy hood. lol.

You keep at it, you'll come around again someday. And when you do, we'll all be here waiting on our friend. emoticon Love you bunches, Donna

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KAREN_NY 11/15/2011 10:20PM

    You're amazing. You set your own goals and start & stop points and live your life like an adventure. Perfect!

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SMILEYBEE 11/15/2011 7:09PM

    Rose, thank you for all the encouragement you send my way. I truly appreciate your positive, upbeat, constant presence on SP. I hear what you're saying here and agree that you've reached a good place. Contentment is a blessing. I don't hear you forsaking your new healthy lifestyle; it's more like you've reached a new plane ... a healthy way of life. I'm so happy for you! Keep it up girl ... you ROCK! emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 11/15/2011 3:07PM

    I look at it as turning the burner on low and keeping the flame on...and that's GREAT! Those all-consuming flames don't stand the test of time, I don't think.

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STRIVER57 11/15/2011 11:44AM

    if the lab tests are good, you feel good, and you're moving: why should you lose more? just pay attention to maintaining so all those things stay true. those are the important goals. congratulations.

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HEALTHY1JESS 11/15/2011 10:47AM

    Hey, Rose! I think you're in a perfect spot right now and you really HAVEN'T lost your "spark mojo," it's just shifted focus. You've moved BEYOND weight as a number and have looked at more important aspects of health...daily activity, how you look and feel, how you are fueling your body, etc. You are doing what we should ALL be doing!

I think the recommended "goal weight" from SP is just that, a recommendation. A couple of months ago, I changed my goal weight on SP to 140 instead of the recommended 135, and I'm happy with 140 right now. I might change the goal weight to be 135 at some point, but for me, I'm happy where I am.

Keep up the awesome, inspiring work! You'll get through the holidays by BEING in the moment and enjoying all that this season has to offer, and then you'll get back into your exercise groove. Just go with it! :-D I'm so proud of you!

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WINFIELD28 11/15/2011 10:33AM

    Success in getting healthier and staying that way is so much more than just a number on the scale. Your medical test results confirm what you are feeling. You feel and live a healthy lifestyle. I totally agree with you! I want to feel good and continue to do so by living the healthier life style I have strived for. I will never be a 'skinny mini' and that's okay!
I applaud you Rose for all you have done to make your life a healthy, happy one. Those are goals that are worth working for and achieving! You are an excellent example for all of us! To EnJoy your day - each and every day! You sound comfortable in your own skin! Way to go!
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TUFFYBIRD 11/15/2011 9:18AM

    Sometimes a rest is in order; you've done so well you deserve one. And I'm not talking about going back to bad habits (and neither are you, I know) but more about taking the pressure of "meeting goals" off for a while.

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LUBAML 11/15/2011 9:00AM

    Hi Rose! I'm so proud of your success! You lost a lot of weight, you are healthy, you are happy , you are strong and fit. Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family . Thank you for being my friend. Hugs from NY. emoticon emoticon emoticonLuba

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MEADSBAY 11/15/2011 8:18AM

    Dear Rose,
You have lost 60 pounds in the past year- your body is seeking balance by staying the same for a while.
You are wise to honor your body's wishes and just let it be.
You know exactly what to do and you are doing all the right things (and then some!) to stay healthy and you will.
You're my hero!

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BAKER1009 11/15/2011 7:52AM

    Wonderful blog! You are right, we are not defined by a number on the scale, nor should we be. When I hit 160 at the beginning of summer I was so ecstatic!! I went out and bought that bikini I wanted and I thought I looked pretty dang good! That had always been my goal weight, even though I've been told that 150 is more like it. I didn't care. I was happy, healthy, and in great shape.
Do what feels right to you. You're obviously in good health, and that is most important. You're active every day and that is way more than I can say for myself! Just keep doing what you're doing and remember to LIVE!
Hugs Rose!

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NORASPAT 11/15/2011 7:38AM

    Rose thoseare my sentiments exactly and I mention it in my blogs often. HUGS Life is too short to stress the small stuff, like clothes sizes its the big stuff like High Blood sugars , BP and cholesterol we need to be aware of. HUGS Pat in Maine.

Older and so much wiser and happier am I !! WTG Pat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHLOE453 11/15/2011 7:24AM

    Rose, you are such an inspiration to everyone here on Sparks. I look forward every morning to see what exercise activity you are doing for the day, along with your absolutely fantastic upbeat attitude. I feel very fortunate to have found you as a SP friend. Hugs~~~Kelly

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JUSTA123 11/15/2011 7:20AM

    Lord I know the feeling, you are doing awesome, while I want to reach goal it is not that important, I am no spring chicken and I will never be a model I am happy where I am, but I to worry about the up coming Holiday, fluctuate 2 lbs up and down, but lets face it that could very well be more. So Sparks keeps me focused someday I might actually reach goal..Have a beautiful day!

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WOMANCHEF 11/15/2011 7:17AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing really well. The number on the scale doesn't matter but how you feel. Congratulation on all your successes!!!

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Status Update on Hubby!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hello My Friends!

Well, so much has happened! I'll keep it brief...just want to keep you all in the loop!

First of all! Hubby had surgery yesterday & is doing okay, although it wasn't without complications. Let me give you a quick history run down...

He had stomach discomfort which started last Monday. On Thursday, he tells me about it...cause it's really bad & cause he started having chest pain. So, off to the ER we go & they admit him for observation overnight. The pain subsides & they rule out a heart attack & send him on his way to follow up outpatient with doctor & tests. Well, he remained in discomfort & was unable to eat w/out pain. So, he stops eating... was miserable all weekend, as was I! I took him to a walk-in urgent clinic near our home on Monday...& they saw him right away! The doctor orders a CT Scan w/contrast & they identify the problem! He had numerous gallstones...& his liver & pancreas & gallbladder were all inflamed & he's got an infection & is jaundiced, & labs are a mess (as you can imagine)! So, he was immediately admitted to the hospital! They had to tend to the infection first, then remove the stones, & then the gallbladder! They removed the stones on Wednesday & he was supposed to have a laproscopy procedure to remove the gallbladder yesterday. Well, they had to cut him open to remove it cause doctor said his gallbladder was in horrific shape...very swollen & they had to go in & retrieve it! He's gonna be in the hospital for a few days now...& recovery will be slow. He wasn't a happy camper last night, let me just say! He's okay though.....thank God!

I'm doing okay! I've not been eating, not exercising, not sleeping ...& I've been a bit worried. I'm also keeping everyone back home apprised of what's been happening & it's been exhausting. I need to take care of myself so I don't get sick! I plan to do better beginning today. I'm gonna go for a short walk before I get to the hospital this morning & have a good breakfast...

I hope you're all well! EnJOY the day in good health, my friends!
And THANK YOU for keeping hubby & me in your thoughts & prayers!
You are loved!

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NORASPAT 10/4/2011 7:40AM

    Rose take care of yourself, take it easier while DH is being taken care of by hospital staff(under your watchful eye I am certain) If you take it easy now you will be better able for the time he gets home. If you are rested you will do better for both of you.
My cholecystectomy was in 1985, no laporascopes back then, I felt weak for a while due to anesthesia but I have been able to eat and stay healthy ever since. Hugs Pat in Maine. I know you know all of this but sometimes we need a reminder at these times. You are loved and greatly appreciated by me. You are my GEM!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 9/24/2011 7:02PM

    Dear Rose,
I'm so sorry both you and hubby (especially hubby) are going through so much! BUT I'm happy that everything was FINALLY diagnosed and he'll be on the road to recovery.

All I can say is: You'd better watch out Rose...he'll be feeling better now and he might be faster on those walks than you now!! But won't that be great??

Now take care of yourself sweetie.
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LENKA763 9/23/2011 10:09PM

    Wow..that is a lot of stuff to deal with.
I'm glad to hear that is doing better.

make sure that you take care of yourself as well.

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COMPUCATHY 9/23/2011 9:28PM

    Wow...what an ordeal...for him and for you! Bless his heart! I wish they would have discovered the problem when you were at the hospital on the first visit...that irks me. Poor guy. Sending prayers and love your way. Hope he has a speedy recovery...and please, take care of you. I know it's hard when you are so concerned about someone else. But you will be a better help to him if you are in good health. So, hope you get some good eats, good movement, and good rest, too. Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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KILLERANGEL47 9/23/2011 6:44PM

    The poor thing! emoticonI'm glad it's all being sorted now, though. emoticon I'm sure he will feel much better without his gall bladder giving him problems! emoticonI wish him a speedy recovery!! emoticon emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 9/23/2011 5:16PM

    Oh Rose, my friend!!!! You and hubby are in my thought and prayers! I'm so can feel for the pain. My knee isn't fun either! Walking with crutches is not fun! But I keep looking on the brighter side. I am walking. Hugs & love my dear friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Just for you! emoticon

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JUSTA123 9/23/2011 10:26AM

    So glad all is well, even with a slow recovery at least it looks like he will be fine, which means you of all people know to be a good care giver you have to take care of your self. Have a good day my friend, and I'll keep those prayers coming!

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DGFOWLER 9/23/2011 7:11AM

    Thanks for the update sis..So glad everything is going better and that you can get some normalcy back in your life. Tell hubby I'm glad he's doing better as well. Have a great day Hugs.. love you,, Donna

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MEGA_MILES 9/22/2011 9:51PM

    Hang in there Rose, you've been through the worst. Your husband will need time to recover since they had to do an open access. He will be fine and you will too. My thoughts are with the both of you.

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GEEKSMEGGLY 9/22/2011 8:31PM

    Take care of yourself Rose. emoticon
And a speedy recovery to your husband. emoticon

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HEALTHY1JESS 9/22/2011 7:26PM

    Oh, I'm so happy you gave us an update. Please do take care of yourself, too!

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/22/2011 6:46PM

    Oh Dear Rose - it's been one thing after another for you the last few months. I am so angry the first overnight stay did not reveal the issues and your DH suffered additional because of it. I thank God it was not his heart. Being as I went through the heart attack and Quad rupble bypass surgery with my DH just a little over a year ago and it wasn't pretty. Thankfully (whether he likes it or not) your hubby is in the hospital getting good care and that's where he needs to be right now. And you, little lady, need to take care of yourself as he will be needing you when he first comes home and you will need to be strong. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

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MEADSBAY 9/22/2011 5:26PM

    Dear Lord-
they kept him overnight for observation and didn't pick up on all these major issues!?!
Does not inspire confidence in the health care system!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your dear husband.


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TUFFYBIRD 9/22/2011 11:29AM

    I sure hope your husband recovers quickly. I'll be thinking of you. emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 9/22/2011 11:14AM

    My goodness Rose this is so much like what Bob went thru back in August with his gall bladder, liver and pancreas. He too was jaundice. They did,t take out his gallbladder and is still showing a very low white blood count. We are waiting to see a specialist. So glad that the second Dr fiqured out what was wrong. I'd be a little mad the hospital ER did not catch it the first time. Very scary. You must be exhausted. I feel your pain as I just went thru this. Wishing him a speedy recovery and you some stress free days.

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CORKYTHEMOM 9/22/2011 10:55AM

    Rose, I'm so glad that your husband is doing better. Please be sure to take care of yourself. Sending continuing prayers to you and your husband.

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WINFIELD28 9/22/2011 10:53AM

    Good to hear that your husband's surgery went well.
Glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself too!
You both have been through alot in a short period of time.
I will continue to keep both of you in my prayers.

(My husband also had chest pains that turned out to be gallbladder issues - but not with out complications too - so I can understand your concern and not being able to eat or exercise - we all lost weight at our house because of my husband's illness and various heart medical testings & procedures that finally led up to the removal of his gallbladder over Christmas time a few years ago. It was scary stuff until it was all figured out.)


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SMILEYBEE 9/22/2011 10:33AM

    Goodness Rose, you've had a lot to deal with lately! Thank God your husband is getting the care he needs. I'm lifting both of you in prayer right now. Hang in there! Better days are coming!

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LUBAML 9/22/2011 10:00AM

    Take care of yourself and hubby my dear friend! I'm glad that all is done on time, speed recovery and you both are in my prayers! Hugs and kisses. Life is beautiful!!!

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CHLOE453 9/22/2011 9:45AM

    So sorry that you and your husband had to go through this. Sure hope that he recovers quickly for both your sakes. Take care of yourself Rose, he does not need you to get sick by not eating and sleeping. Sending healthy vibes to both of you!!! Kelly

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WOMANCHEF 9/22/2011 7:58AM

    I'm glad he is doing better and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 9/22/2011 7:54AM

    I'm so glad your hubby is doing OK after the surgery. But you do need to take care of yourself. I know it's hard because you are so worried about him. But you know that you won't be much good to him if you are sick also.
I'm sure if you walk and eat healthy you will feel better and things will look much brighter.
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LILYGAL 9/22/2011 7:47AM

    Sorry to hear that your DH is in the hospital. I'm sure that he will be much better now. You must take care of yourself too. Prayers are heading your way!

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MARISABELLES 9/22/2011 7:44AM

    Hang on, sister

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PUDLECRAZY 9/22/2011 6:50AM

    Sorry to hear how much your DH (and you) have been suffering. It took months for the medical experts to diagnose my gallbladder problems and I was in pain 24/7 until it was removed. Your DH should be feeling MUCH better once he recuperates from the surgery. Wishing him a rapid recovery,

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DFROMTX 9/22/2011 6:36AM

    Glad to hear your DH is better! Take care of yourself because if you get down you will be unable to care for him (I speak from experience). Keep us posted. Prayers are still ongoing for you both.

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