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So much has changed...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I haven't checked in in almost a year. SparkPeople is on my mind all the time. It seems like it was the only time I was successful at being healthy. I'm not saying today is day one and I'm back, but I'm also not saying it's not. I know I have a decision to make.
In the last year two more granddaughters have been added to my life. My daughter and son-in-law gave me Harper Grace 10 months ago. She is, of course absolutely adorable and I love having a grandchild in town with me. Just 10 days ago my son and daughter-in-law added another to their family. Audrey has a new baby sister, Ruth Diane. I was fortunate enough to be in Missouri and care for Audrey while Momma was in labor.
I guess I said all that to say I really want to be healthy for my grandgirls. Audrey is old enough now that she likes to play with Grandma and I get up and down off the floor...but not with ease. I want to live a long life and be here to see my great grandkids.
A new Cupcakery opened in my neighborhood and their goods are delicious. I have made friends with the owner and sometimes I go in now and buy a cupcake even if I'm not exactly craving one because I want her business to succeed and I like to stop in and check on her. So far I've been able to manage my daily food intake to account for the extra caloires at night and I haven't gained any new weight, but how long can that last? And with the way I'm watching my calories during the day I would be losing weight if it weren't for the cupcakes. Well poo!
I'm back up to about what I weighed when I started SparkPeople in the beginning, but I can be grateful that it's not more, and it has taken me quite a while to put that 40+ pounds back on. The downside it I have to take it off all over again.
My doctor thinks the gastric wrap is good option for me. I'm still not too crazy about losing most of my stomach in a surgical procedure. And my boss who had it done had great success in the beginning, but hasn't done much of anything in the last few months. He's still what I would consider obese.
So much to think about. I just know something has to change.
I've missed you all. I checked in on some of the people I used to chat with. Some have fallen off, some are still here. Good to see the ones that are still hanging in and fighting. Gives me hope. My daughter bought me a plaque for my refrigerator that has the Churchill quote on it "Never, never, never give up". That's what I think about.

Keep on keepin on

Shari

  
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MJREIMERS 7/24/2014 6:14PM

    emoticon I'm glad you are back! I've wondered how you've been. emoticon on the new grandbabies! Now it's time for you to do something for YOU! You are back and that's the first step! Keep at it! We are here to help.

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KIPSTER52 7/22/2014 11:16PM

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Where have you been?!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Well, here's the answer to that question.
It started before I stopped checking in here. Back in May, my thyroid levels got off and I gained some weight because of it. I got discouraged. REALLY discouraged. I started making compromises in my meal plans. Not so much how much I was eating at first, but the quaility of food I was eating. Quick meal replacements like protein bars and protein drinks instead of fixing a meal. I know in a pinch those are not a bad idea, but depression was setting in and that was fast becoming my norm. To bring some variety to the table I would grab some organic popcorn or organic corn chips with salsa.
Right now my diet consists of usually oatmeal and a protein bar or JUST the protein bar in the morning, maybe a frozen Lean Cuisine for lunch and most likely either 2 protein bars or chinese food from the HyVee Deli for dinner and almost always a pint of Greek frozen yogurt after I put Lucy in her kennel. I've gained back about 15 pounds.
I sleep until I have just enough time to shower and get dressed and get out the door for work. A lot of days I'm late. If I have a day off I spend most of the day sleeping. Yes, I know, depression.
I'm seeing my therapist. A lot has happened and it all came to a head today.
My therapist and I joke because even when I'm bad I can't be bad unhealthy. I still can't go have a big fat burger. Won't let myself. I still watch my portions when I eat out. I still order the lean things on the menu when we go to a restaurant. But let me tell you, you can gain weight eating organic blue chips and salsa and organic popcorn by the bagful while you're watching TV instead of walking or working out. And those pints of frozen greek yogurt really vary in calories by who makes them!! And on the bad nights when one pint turns into two...look out!!
Discouragement #1 - My weight loss got off track when my thyroid levels got off track.
Discouragement #2 - My boss, who weighs the same as me, had the laparascopic wrap done and he was out of the hospital the next day and feels wonderful and has already dropped 20 pounds.
Discouragement #3 - My closest friend in the world, and my co-grandma went home to be with Jesus last Saturday and we laid her to rest today. I know her suffering is finally over, for which I am so grateful, but she will be sorely missed in my life.
The reality is, with Diane gone, I am Audrey Jane's only grandma. If I don't get my junk together and get healthy, she may not have a grandma at all. And besides, I feel like crap (sorry for being crude).
I joined the YMCA somewhere along the path while I was offline with all my Sparkfriends, thinking I would get motivated and start going. I'm getting ready to pay my second monthly premium in a couple of days and haven't been there once. I even have three free training sessions coming.
Thanks for the messages while I've been away. it means alot that you missed me. It tells me there really is support here if I want it.
I know what it all comes down to is what it came down to when i started...I have to make a decision. My finances are in a bind right now and eating healthy isn't cheap. I know there are supposed to be ways around that. But buying fresh fruits is still pricey. I have to work hard to make this happen. I have to start moving again obviously. We've had such hot weather I haven't wanted to walk...thus the gym membership. I have to make myself get up and go before work. Have to get this depression thing under control so I can get out of bed.
Side note: My psychiatrist had to quit giving me samples of one of my regular drugs because he lost his rep. Medicare decided I didn't need it and refused to pay for it. I can't afford to pay for it out of pocket, so we are messing with my meds to top off everything else.
SO...long story short, there is a lot going on, but I want to get back on track. I need to get back on track.
My daughter comes home from Turkey tonight. I get to pick her up from the airport in about an hour. Haven't seen her in three weeks. A bright spot!! I'm going to wrap this up so I can get ready to go pick her up.
Again, thanks for your little messages. I appreciate all of them!!

Keep on keepin on...I'm glad you did

Shari

  
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STR458 8/10/2013 3:11PM

    emoticon a lot is going on

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MARIANNE9855 8/4/2013 10:45PM

    I'm so glad you are back. I was out of it more than in the past two months but finally pushed myself to get back to WWs- found out I've really only gained back about 3 pounds- liked the different leader better and the theme was about slipups. I've been off sparkpeople because my computer died but I am borrowing my son's to at least get on part of the time.
I totally get the depression part- I've had depressed feelings recently just appear out of nowhere for a couple days to a week. I am lucky I feel better now.
Two of my clients I see are so depressed they don't go anywhere but to see me- I try to encourage them to go out or walk or something or identify what's different etc but don't get anywhere but one says hes feel better by coming. Depression is such an exhausting disease-sorry about your meds I hope you can find something you can afford
Even though you are sleeping a lot- keep going to work and out with family and to see your therapist- it will get better. And I know you know as well as I- exercise does help your depression. I just forced myself today to get on bike for 20 min it had been almost a month since the last time.

I guess I am rambling but I am so glad you are back and anything I can do to help-just let me know! emoticon emoticon


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TATTER3 8/4/2013 10:16PM

    I've wondered about you...glad you're back!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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Possibilities...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I had a bit better day today.
My friend Kristi at work who was going to start working out with me (but now has to have surgery) was at work today. (She doesn't work everyday) It helped to tell her what was going on with the Biggest Loser challenge and how discouraged I was. Of course she was really sorry she was out of commission, but she is in so much pain I feel bad for her. She suggested I talk to a couple of gyms and find out fees and what membership includes and if they have any summer challenges or groups going on. It sounded like a good idea to me. I think tomorrow night I will stop at the YMCA and talk to them. I am most interested in them for two reasons. One, Kristi belongs there and when she does get back to normal we can workout together. Two, I need to learn how to swim and the Y is the only place where you can get adult swim lessons. Kristi also told me that last summer they had a summer challenge where you had to check in when you worked out and you earned a t-shirt after enough workouts. It was a just a t-shirt, but Kristi said it was still incentive and she had fun.
I have also considered buying a bicycle. My daughter has one and we could ride together. I also have friends at work that ride. I haven't been on a bike for years, but I hear you never forget. LOL!
At least I feel like there are a few options for the summer. I'm having my blood drawn tomorrow so hopefully they can get this thyroid thing ironed out. I got on the scale again this morning to see if it had gone back down and it went up two more pounds. It's really frustrating because even though I haven't done anything wrong to gain the weight it's there. And now I have to take it back off again. It's a real bummer to gain weight and not even have fun doing it!
Dan (my daughter-in-law's dad) is going camping this week-end so Diane and I are going to hang out this week-end. With her illness getting so serious I have cherish any time I get to spend with her. She is so tired of the chemo, and it's not doing any good anymore. She really just wants to quit taking it. Her doctor is trying to get her into a study for new drug, but her body is just worn out. She is in pain all the time. I know she just wants to live out what time she has left without all this mess. I know it's hard on my daughter-in-law and her sister and it's really hard on Dan, but I wish they would look at it from her point of view for a minute. I'm not ready to lose her either, but I also know she's tired. If you think about it, pray for Diane and her family (which includes my daughter-in-law)
I've had a good food day today. I also got quite a bit of fitness time in at physical therapy this morning. Of course with my thyroid being off, it's not doing much good. But I'm not quitting!!

Blessings to you one and all
Keep on keepin on

Shari

  
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MARIANNE9855 6/3/2013 1:08AM

    things will get better- just keep taking those baby steps emoticon

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TATTER3 5/31/2013 6:45AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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Bad news...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

So...I called the Papillion Rec Dept this morning to find out about registration for the Biggest Loser challenge that I was planning on this summer. I found out I was the only one who had inquired about it and no one had registered, so the event had been cancelled. I was really surprised. I was so upset I actually cried. I was really planning on that challenge to shake up my fitness plan for the summer and give me a new kickstart. It was supposed to run from Jun 3 to Aug 9, so most of the summer.
Things have kind of slowed down on my weight loss despite staying on track pretty closely. The doctor is still playing with my thyroid meds and that might have something to do with it, but it doesn't make it any easier to accept. I was ready to put in the hard work this summer despite the thyroid changes.
My daughter asked about my friend at work who had volunteered to work out with me. She found out yesterday that she has to have a fusion in her spine...possibly two. And as soon as possible. That will put her out of commission for a couple of months and then when she can start working out again it will be slowly. It just seems everything is falling apart.
I have stayed on track today even though what I really wanted to do was stuff my face. We are having really bad weather right now with storm warnings, etc., but I managed to get in a 30 minute walk between downpours. So I haven't given up, but I have to say I'm pretty discouraged right now.
I didn't get to weigh in Sunday because I was in Missouri, but out of curiosity I stepped on the scale this morning to see where I was. It said I had gained 5 pounds. What to do?!
I am seeking the Lord for the next step. I can't quit.

Blessings to you one and all
Keep on keepin on

Shari

  
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BARB4HEALTH 5/30/2013 7:05AM

    "Look to the hills, from there comes your help!" HE will be your strength in weakness.
Trust in the Lord and lean on His everlasting arms.

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MARIANNE9855 5/29/2013 10:39PM

    don't give up-you know that scale plays tricks on us. Sometimes when I think I have been eating too much I lose and vis versa..
Just keep moving and trying your best- plus who knows what all the meds do to your body. Not that we don't need to take them- I know I have some that make you hold on to weight. Your body may be taking a little break as well- it has to get used to the new normal. Lastly- keep drinking water!!! it does help though I am not sure why.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 5/29/2013 9:49PM

    Don't quit and don't give up!! You can do it!! Just keep pushing!!

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Sleepy girl...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I'll try this again. I wrote one about 3 hours ago and fell asleep before I finished it. LOL!
It's been a pretty good day. Food has been on track today despite oversleeping this morning. I still had time to pack my lunch so I didn't have to eat out.
I worked an extra hour and after I got home I took Lucy out and we went for our evening walk. It was pretty warm out tonight.
I talked to Ariel earlier this evening. She wants to contribute to my registration fee for the Biggest Loser challenge that starts this Friday. Turns out I missed the online registration deadline, so I'm going to call the rec department tomorrow and find out what I have to do.
I've been trying to move up my bedtime so that by next Monday morning it won't kill me to be up and ready to exercise at 7:00. I started taking my meds earlier and getting to bed a little earlier this week-end while I was in Missouri. The kids don't stay up late so it was easy. If I hadn't fallen asleep before finsihing this the first time, I would definitely be in bed now snoozing away.
I don't think I'm gong to hit my 50 pound goal by June 1st. But with the help of the challenge maybe I will hit my 60 pound goal by July 4th like I had planed. I just need something to shake up my workout plan. I also think seeing some progress in weight loss will give me a boost in my nutrition plan...motivating me to try new fresh produce and recipes and stay within my calorie limit.
I am committed to this process. I am committed to changing my lifestyle and I don't regret it or mourn the loss of the old lifestyle. I feel so much better how could I?
Off to finish my sleep...

Blessings to you one and all
Keep on keepin on

Shari

  
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TATTER3 5/29/2013 10:25PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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NEEDBU66 5/29/2013 10:15AM

    early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise. -Ben Franklin. Funny I was just thinking about that yesterday while on my evening walk. (no dog emoticon )

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