Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I've been watching that little number in the right hand corner of my page as it tells me how many more points I have to go before reaching the next award! It's at about 20 or so right now, so I know that first thing in the morning I'll have reached that coveted 40,000!
And to think I reached it just a couple of days after my 2-year anniversary! When I first joined SP I had no idea that I was collecting points. I just went on my merry way posting, reading and making friends, sometimes joining a team (or starting one myself). But little by little I became aware of the numbers under my name as I would enter a post. Back in those days I am not sure I even knew about clicking on Spark Points to see where I was or how I could earn more. But even a computer newbie like me eventually learns -- and once I discovered it, I made it a personal goal to get 50 points each and every day!
And now I just read on one of the articles that people who post and participate on Teams and with Goals are more likely to lose the weight they want to lose than those who don't. So, yes, I'm going to jump right in and get my feet wet. Hey! It's like joining a gym and then 6 months later saying "I haven't lost any weight. I guess you have to actually GO!"
This is a new way of life for me, and it's one I like!
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Two years ago today I cam across this wonderful site called Spark People. I don't know exactly HOW I found it, but the important thing is that I did. As usual when I find a new interest, I jumped in head first! I logged all my food, I decided almost immediately that my goal should be for a minimum of 50 Spark Points each day. As I read the tips and articles I learned how important short term goals are and how you should reward yourself instead of beating yourself up. (besides do you know how hard it is to "beat yourself up?" -- it's not easy and it's hard to tell who wins) OK, so I've got a sarcastic sense of humor!
My pounds are coming off slower than I'd like, but I'm basically an impatient person. If I could have lost it all in a month, I probably would have wanted it to be in a week. On top of all that, I am a procrastinator. So although I haven't shed all my unnecessary pounds, I'm creeping up on my goal, and most importantly, it's staying off. I still yo-yo a bit, but I think that is just human nature. The only ones who stay consistent in their weight are dogs 'cause they eat the same meal each and every day! BORING!
I have not deprived myself of anything, I just limit the quantity of those "forbidden" items that I know I need from time to time. Creme Brulee is a favorite dessert. I save that treat for a very special occasion, making me appreciate it all the more. Or I share with someone and do us both a favor!
My life has changed. My outlook has changed. My whole perspective has changed. I'm pretty much a happy person, and with my weight staying stable I'm getting happy with the way I feel and look.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Some years ago I was vain enough to think I'd try Lasik surgery so I wouldn't have to wear glasses! Do I regret that decision? Oh Ya! I can't believe all that I went through and although for me the outcome was successful, it could have gone so very differently.
I had my surgery and went home with the dark, dark glasses in place. Returned the next day and was assured that my vision was great and I felt good. That night, somewhere in the early morning hours my right eye began to feel like there was ground up razor blades in it....not a good feeling at all. By 6:00 a.m. I was frantically calling the emergency number every 15 min. I finally reached someone (a real person) by 11:00 a.m. who told me to come right in.
The doctor acted like this was routine and proceeded to lift my flap and rinse my eye, telling me it was most like "an inflammation." Several days and several visits went by when they again lifted the flap and did more rinsing. Finally after 3 weeks the doctor announced that I had a serious problem and I was referred to a specialist.
Upon checking in with the specialist I found that the doctor performing the Lasik surgery had pulled my flap off as he was removing the protective lens from the last lifting of the flap. Of course he didn't bother to tell me -- I was only the "patient." The specialist, someone I was to become very well acquainted with over the next 4-1/2 years told me he wanted to see me every day -- and he MEANT every day -- Sunday, Memorial Day -- every day! Of course his office was 30 to 40 miles one-way from where I lived, and I soon found my days revolving around the visit to the doctor. The rest of my time was spent taking pain pills and sleeping!
I won't go into details about all that I went through. It ranged from having my eye sewn shut for a short period of time, putting more medicine in my eye than I care to remember, and culminating in a cornea transplant. Then after a year, when all the stitches were finally out from the transplant, I was told to be able to see I would have to have a special contact lens.
Yes, I sued the doctor for malpractice and today I signed the insurance check made out to me and to my attorney. It was not nearly what I thought I was entitled to for all that I went through, but sometimes that's how life goes. I'm happy it's over, I'm very thankful that thanks to the excellent cornea specialist I've worked with I can see perfectly again (I think of him as my ANGEL in disguise!)
Surely there is a moral to this story, but perhaps it will be a different one for different people. I'm just happy that it's over and that I can see!
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