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Discouraged Yet Trying to Stay Focused

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I weighed in last night at TOPS. I had a 3.25 lb gain. I know I just had surgery and haven't been able to exercise like I wanted, but it is still discouraging. Mainly because I am now almost to what I was at the beginning of the year. I do so well, then WHAM something happens that knocks me back.

Plus, today a good friend was told that her husband probably has only 48 hours left. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a month ago. It brings back so many memories of my mom who died of pancreatic cancer 2 1/2 years ago.

So since I have been fighting the urge to snack all day, I stayed upstairs (away from the kitchen) most of the day and worked on my husband's kilt.

I am not going to quit.
I will stay focused.
I will get this weight off.

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JULIE@FOURWINDS 9/1/2010 11:35AM

    Carrie remember Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

And Julia is correct, you have many folks here on SP that are with you on this weight loss journey. emoticon

I will be praying for your friend's hubby.

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LADYANDREA2012 8/28/2010 10:07AM


"Wishing you a Dandy Day Don't forget to R.O.A.R, CARMEN emoticon

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SMILESRME 8/26/2010 11:12PM have a team of women here on Spark who are praying and cheering you on to continue to take each day and make those choices wisely. Here is what you did today:

*was brave and bold enough to get weighed at TOPS after being laid up with surgery.
*was brave enough to blog about it to others
*is a good friend and is trusted to be there for them, even if you are hurting yourself
*made a choice to stay away from the kitchen and emotional eating.
*did something you are good at (sewing)
*love your husband enough to bless him with a kilt.
*said you will stay focused and not quit.

You are a winner in my eyes; and God's too.

Love ya! Julia


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LOOKY-LOU 8/26/2010 11:10AM

    Tough day... emoticon

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COACHKRYSTIE 8/26/2010 10:45AM

    Sending you hugs honey....Dont give into the temptation to snack.. Start over and make today (tomorrow) day 1.... You can do this hon

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FLUTTERBY4JC 8/26/2010 10:43AM

    You have a great attitude and made some awesome choices! I hope you see all the positive through this. It is hard when the scale is saying something we dont want, but as I often have to remind myself to do, you have to look at all the good you are doing and the scale cant measure those things!!!
Keep up the good work!
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GOOZLEBEAR 8/26/2010 7:26AM

    I am so sorry for your gain but you are doing awesome with the attitude!!! You can do this Carrie, just take one day at a time.

Sorry too about your friend's husband and the thoughts of sorrow it brings back for you.

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JULIAOAK 8/26/2010 3:52AM

    Hi there sending emoticon your way - hope you are feeling better soon and well done on keeping away from the kitchen! emoticon
thanks for your support and comments on my blog! emoticon

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BORGQUEEN 8/26/2010 1:33AM

    Carrie, you can't really get discouraged by 3 pounds! Not after a surgery like yours. I understand it bites to see the scale, but this is one of those things where you just have to allow yourself some leeway. You are doing great, and like Jodi said, imagine how much easier it will be to burn those 3 pounds back off with your knee all better!

I'm sorry about your friend, and about the pain it brings back for you. ((((HUGS)))) Keep your chin up.


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ILOVEPEOPLE 8/25/2010 11:42PM

    Yes you will. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/25/2010 11:09PM

    Oh, Carrie -- sounds like a rough day! but you're making good choices, and soon enough the knee pain will be behind you and you can get moving again. Keep tracking, keep eating those Freggies, and above all, keep praying and trusting Jesus! He is with you and loves you -- and he will accomplish the good work he has begun in you!!

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CELLOPLAYER1 8/25/2010 10:07PM

    Don't get discouraged.

I can relate with starting to make progress and something happens and you end up back where you started. Just keep moving forward and you will achieve your goal.

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EVRY1SING 8/25/2010 9:43PM

    You are exactly right. You will do it. You can do it. Don't give up!!! Just look at the lifestyle strategy you employed today!

Stand firm and keep your spirits up!
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JODIRICHARDS 8/25/2010 9:21PM

    Carrie don't let the past control you, learn from it and move forward. Seeing how distracted you get when things out of your control hit you is something to think about, it will always happen, so how can you respond in a more healthy manner? Make a plan now so when it happens again you can respond in a healthier way.
I would think having new knees you have a much better chance to burn more calories in the future so those pounds will drop off in good time, just keep recouping in a steady pace so you can maximize those new joints!
I'm sorry about your friend and your loss but it sounds like you made a wise choice to stay away from temptation.
We are all proud of you and cheering you on, you ARE DOING IT!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PERIWINKLE52 8/25/2010 8:31PM

    Don't beat yourself!! You made good decisions today to keep busy and away from temptation!! Look ahead - and let God tell you when/what to eat. Feast on Him!!

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KIGGANSJ 8/25/2010 8:06PM

    WOW!!!! That is very powerful EBPOOKIE.....I will only add Carrie, that between Aug 09 and Mar 10 I had two knee surgery's. Hang in there, the post-op meds really mess with your system, but it is only temporary. I'll keep your friends family in my prayers. emoticon

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TAFFIN2000 8/25/2010 8:06PM

    I know it's tough, but I know you won't quit! Stayed focused on the Lord.

Praying for the friend and his loved ones.

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EBPOOKIE 8/25/2010 7:40PM

Do not get discourage I am going to share with you a little something that was given to me by a TOPS AREA COORDINATOR from Southern California her name is Rhoddie Ludwig, I was able to meet her and correspond with her via email and her is her words!!
Itís not an annoying feeling that settles in the pit of our stomach. Nor a shiver you feel just after youíve taken a hot shower. You only know that itís been a part of you; your thoughts, wishes, hopes and dreams. This is a good feeling, nothing you fear. You have never noticed before, and now, you feel yourself starting to change.
Where there was no hope, you now dream. Where there was sadness, a smile now beams.
Youíve come to the realization that the way you had lived for too many years is a thing of the past. Youíre taking your life back and looking toward the future of health and happiness.
The part of you that was a puzzle has become clear. You started to believe in the one person you have control over. You believe in yourself.
Youíve done your homework and started a plan. With help it will work. All you need is a hand.
You walked into the building and through the door you see Welcome to our TOPS chapter.
Your journey has just begun! Believe in yourself and you will achieve!
Carrie, you had a setback donít let it be a distraction, use it the set back and bounce forward and keep pushing to losing, if you work at keeping track of what you eat, it will all come off in due time you just had surgery and have been on meds and stuff that has your system off, just continue to drink your water and watch your portions and write it down. I betcha in a few weeks youíll be whistling Dixie ;)
I believe in you and know you can do this!!! Do you believe in you? i believe you do! I am proud of you!

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30 + No Crutch!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today I did 30 reps of each exercise in my first physical therapy session. And yesterday, I didn't use the crutch at all! My knee is still a little swollen and I do take it easy, but I feel stronger each day.

Tonight I am even going to try to drive and go to TOPS for my first weigh-in after surgery (which I am not looking forward to because I will probably have a gain).

Oh well, one thing at a time!

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SMILESRME 8/25/2010 1:25PM

    Yeah for Carrie! One rep and prayer at a time girlfriend! Hope your TOPS weigh in was ok for you.

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MNBRIDGE 8/25/2010 12:13PM

    You've got to expect set backs when you're dealing with an injury and surgery, but so glad to hear of your progress! You're doing emoticon!


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ROSE_OF_SHARON 8/24/2010 11:53PM

    WTG! I'm so glad you are recuperating well!

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/24/2010 10:08PM

    You are doing great, just take it slow and steady! Good luck with your weigh in tonight!

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KARENK63 8/24/2010 4:43PM

    Sounds like great progress on your recovery. Knee surgery is tough, but if it's done right, it is so _worth_ it!

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JULIAOAK 8/24/2010 2:53PM

    wow - you are doing so well - keep up the good work!! emoticon

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PERIWINKLE52 8/24/2010 2:38PM

    So proud of you girl! Did you have a knee replacement?
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BETRME100 8/24/2010 1:52PM

    Congrats on your successes in your physical therapy...and go ahead to your TOPS meeting..the support of your friends will brighten your day!!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Today I increased each exercise I do for physical therapy by 5. The doctor started me out doing 20 reps 3x's a day. Then he wanted me to work toward 30 reps, then 50 reps and finally 100 reps. My goal this week is to do the 30 reps and the following week work up to 50 reps.

I praise the Lord, that there really has been no pain, just achiness and swelling. My range of motion is getting better with the exercise -- I especially noticed that today. I still get tired after walking too much -- which I did yesterday.

One thing I did do today - I tried going up and down the stairs with no crutch. It was slow going and doing one step at a time but I did it!

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*DMARIE* 8/24/2010 12:54PM

    emoticon Glad to hear it!

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KALISWALKER 8/23/2010 11:57PM

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It sounds like you are recovering well.

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JODIRICHARDS 8/23/2010 9:03PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are making great progress, slow consistent progress is key. Celebrate every victory and don't over due, I can tell you from experience, it sets you back more than you want.

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SLENDERGRAMMA2B 8/23/2010 8:23PM

    Yeah! 100% today!!! Great progress, Did it make you smile? emoticon

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CARLANNIE 8/23/2010 9:58AM

    You're getting there!

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/22/2010 8:40PM

    So glad you are doing better and that the PT is paying off.

Have a great, pain free week!

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NELLIEC 8/22/2010 8:31PM

    You are doing marvelously! emoticon

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COACHKRYSTIE 8/22/2010 7:24PM

    YAY!! God is AWESOME

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SMILESRME 8/22/2010 6:14PM

    Yipee Carrie...those little reps do add up to big ones! So happy that you are on your way and doing one step at a time. Love ya! Julia emoticon

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JULIAOAK 8/22/2010 5:13PM

    well done - keep up the good work!! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/22/2010 4:04PM

    emoticon So glad your rehab is going well! Keep up the good work!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

I just finished reading The Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson. I was so inspired by the testimonies of the missionaries as they worked tirelessly and gave their lives to reach the Yali's in Irian Jaya. It was a hard book to put down and I cried as I read the courage that God gave Stan Dale and Phil Masters as they gave their lives so that the Yali's would know the true love and gospel.

May I have the courage to face the different trials that come in my life and may I be a light to spread God's gift of salvation to others!

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JULIAOAK 8/21/2010 2:18PM

    as others have said it sounds inspiring - must have a look if it is in the uk! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/20/2010 10:31PM

    Will put it on my reading list ... and I agree - what we complain about in our sheltered lives is embarrassing when we see things others are doing for the Lord!

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LRRSNDRS 8/20/2010 10:14PM

    It sounds very inspiring. I'll have to read it.

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/20/2010 10:06PM

    I haven't read the book but that is a great goal to have. Thanks for sharing with us.

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NELLIEC 8/20/2010 7:50PM

    Yes, that is an impressive book of Christian faith and dedication.

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Did It!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I did it! One of my physical therapy exercises was a 7 ct tightening and lifting my straight leg. I have barely been able to do it--and I was supposed to do it 20 times 3 x's a day. I have only been able to do it 10x's max. Well, I just did it 20x's! Boy it was tough, but I determined to get it done!
And I will again this afternoon!

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*DMARIE* 8/22/2010 12:35PM

    Yay! That's great news!

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MNBRIDGE 8/20/2010 1:05PM

    emoticon Keep at it, you're making great progress! Those kind of exercises are a pain. I congratulate you for following through and pushing yourself. You'll be better off in the long run.

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BEVPRESLEY 8/19/2010 10:53PM

    AWESOME. It will get better, I promise.

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MOM4407 8/19/2010 9:35PM

    Way to go. Be proud of yourself. emoticon

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MCBIGSIS 8/19/2010 8:28PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!! Hang in there and you'll find it hard to remember when they were hard!!! Proud of you!!

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2BAHOTMAMA1976 8/19/2010 4:03PM

    That is emoticon! That is definitely a sign that you are getting stronger and healthier. You are headed in the right direction. Keep up the GREAT work!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/19/2010 3:09PM

    That's the WAY!! Hope you're more & more pain-free -- hugs, Susie

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SLBRANTLEY 8/19/2010 2:44PM

    Good for you! Keep it up! emoticon

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KEEKEE1ST 8/19/2010 2:05PM

    Keep it up and you will be doing the happy dance for real!

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JULIAOAK 8/19/2010 1:26PM

    fantastic news!! emoticon emoticon

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READYBETTY 8/19/2010 1:01PM

    Wonderful! It's great when we make progress!

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ELKHOUNDMOM1 8/19/2010 12:22PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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7PASTORMIKE7 8/19/2010 11:53AM

    Keep that motivation up ! That's wonderful ! God Bless You, Rev. Mike

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LRRSNDRS 8/19/2010 11:51AM

    emoticonGreat job.

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  Awesome! Great Job!! emoticon

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