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So glad March is over

Sunday, April 01, 2012

March was not a good month for us or our cars, in fact March was a month of stresses.

Wed., March 7th, my daughter was already upstairs and in her pajamas around 10:30PM when we heard some kind of impact noise outside. I went outside and saw a police car stopped across the street and her mangled car. Something had distracted the police officer and he hit her car, denting the entire driver's side, bending the rear axle and the frame, and the rear and front wheels. Because her car was 12 years old it was totaled by the insurance company even though it only had a little over 50,000 miles on it. Since her car was totaled, she was only allowed a rental car by the insurance company for 1 week, so we had to act fast to get another car for her. Unfortunately, the insurance company only gave her $6,000 to work with.

We had planned to go shopping for another car for her on Wed. evening., March 14th. We were busy preparing dinner at about 6PM that night when again we heard an impact, a screech of tires, and the sound of a vehicle being accelerated, followed by another impact. We rushed outside to see our neighbor's car with the rear end pushed in and the car pushed up onto the sidewalk within about 6 inches of their front porch. Our neighbor came outside and we thought she was going to have a nervous breakdown. We went to try to comfort and calm her and I told my daughter to return to the house to call the police. There was also another car stopped in the middle of the street with liquid draining all over the street and steam pouring out from under the hood. The car had been driven by a young man in his early twenties who was unhurt except for a few cuts on his hand and arm. My husband joined outside us to find out what had happened and saw that there was debris on the road between our house and our neighbor's. He walked back to our car to find that the entire left side had been hit, cracking the rear bumper and fender and also the front fender. Both doors were dented and the side view mirror no longer existed. Both tires and wheels were also damaged and something to do with the front end suspension...a total of $5,076.60 in damages. However our car was a bit newer than our daughter's and also had low mileage so it was deemed repairable.

The next night we took our daughter shopping for a car with our friend who works for several dealerships, delivering and picking up cars to and from other dealerships. He had already told them to be on the watch for a nice car with low mileage at no more than $6,000 . They had several cars waiting for us to look at and our daughter came home with a 2001 Ford Taurus in beautiful condition and only 70,000 miles on it. Of course, we paid for the car for her because the insurance company will not release her check until they receive the title to the totaled car.

On Sunday of that same week we got a call from hubby's 81 yr. old sister who is wheelchair bound and cared for by another 65 yr. old sister. They had gone to the Phila flower show earlier that week and the 81 yr. old had a serious allergic reaction to the flowers, especially the orchids. She began sneezing violently (she never had an allergy to flowers before) and because she has osteoporosis she suffered multiple stress fractures to the spine. A few days later the 65 yr. old went grocery shopping and when she leaned over the side of the cart to get the last of the groceries out she broke a rib. So they called to ask if we could come up to help them out for a couple of days. My daughter had the next week off from work for vacation so she and I went to help out, leaving hubby home to deal with insurance calls etc. regarding our car. My daughter and I stayed with them for the entire week.

So that's the story of our stressful March. The only benefit to all the stress is that my daughter and I both lost about 10 pounds each in March.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 5/3/2012 7:14PM

    Thank the Lord no one was hurt in all those accidents. Praise the Lord for your DD's newer car. I hope you have a newer one by now too! Hoping May will be a very happy month for you!!

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CINA-MINI 4/10/2012 5:47PM

    My goodness! I am sorry to hear about all the chaos going on with your cars. It's nice to hear that you were able to help the sisters out as well.

I hope this month is much better for you!

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JADOMB 4/9/2012 5:08PM

    WOW, all I can think of is, "THAT TOTALLY SUCKS". I am glad to hear that no one was injured, cars can be replaced or repaired. Sorry to hear also about your other family setbacks. My prayers are with you and yours and hoping for much brighter days to come. Keep the Faith.

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SPARKFRAN514 4/3/2012 12:48PM

    Sure hope April is a better month for you and your family. what a way to lose 10 pounds!!! thankful that no one was injured in the tow accidents.

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BOOKWERME 4/2/2012 3:53PM

    Oh dear...sure hope things get better with the new month and new season! emoticon

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11-RENEWAL-20 4/2/2012 2:50PM

    I hope that takes care of any more trouble you might have been scheduled for this whole summer, Sharon!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 4/2/2012 2:20PM

    OH MY WORD that was a tough month. Hope April treats you kinder.

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GAMOMMY3 4/2/2012 1:34AM

    Oh my! What a month! So sorry you have had to deal with such stress! Let's hope that April is much better! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/1/2012 10:41PM

    Oh my word! What a horrible month you have had. I am so glad though that no one was in the 3 wrecked cars and the young man in the other wasn't seriously hurt. I'm glad too you could get a real nice car for her too, to replace her totalled one. Our ins. Co totalled our van too and it had much less damage so we did the buy back and had it fixed. It can only have medical and liability on it though so it doesn't go on long trips anywhere. So glad you could go help out too. April HAS to be a much better month. emoticon

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The BIG DAY is near

Monday, November 15, 2010

This is my temporary farewell to all my fellow sparkers. The day after tomorrow (Wed., Nov. 17, 2010) is my first total knee replacement surgery and the other knee will be done as soon as my blood count goes back to normal. Of course the surgeries will be followed by physical therapy 3 times a week for several months, so I will have little or no time for the computer.

This is not a true farewell, as I have every intention of coming back to SP as soon as I am able. This is really a "see you later". I am hoping the surgeries will finally enable me to walk with a degree of comfort that I have not had for a very long time. I am SO looking forward to being able to take a walk and the walking will hopefully enable me to get the last of the weight off. In fact, walking will be part of the physical therapy as soon as PT has determined I am ready for it. I anxiously await that day. So until we meet again................ emoticon

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NANCYLRAGS 12/11/2011 3:57PM

    Good luck! We will miss you!

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SUSANISBACK 11/20/2010 4:37AM

    I missed this blog, but know that you have been in prayers. Hope you are recovering well and look forward to welcoming you back very soon

sue emoticon

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PATRICIA441 11/16/2010 9:12AM

  Know that you will be covered in prayer. Will be anxious to hear on how WELL it all went! Much love,Big Hug. Pat

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CELEST 11/16/2010 8:37AM

    Be thinking of you and hope the op is a huge success and you are up on your feet with pain free knees soon. emoticon

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BOOKWERME 11/15/2010 6:11PM

    Sharon, you will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers as this goes forward. Please keep us apprised of how you are as soon as you are able. Much love! emoticon

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CWHANK 11/15/2010 3:45PM

    Wishing you well.... I need to have this done one of these days. Just had hip replacement a couple of months ago. I had what you call a "jiffy hip" and it has been amazing. I can walk and sleep again without pain.......

May you have a speedy recovery....... emoticon

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Time to Buckle Down and Get Serious.....Again!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

2009 was a very difficult year, and 2010 isn't much better. Needless to say stress has led to my gaining back most of the weight I lost. Now my doctor wants me to get serious and get the weight back off which she feels will help with a few of the problems I have been having. Let me go back a bit and explain what's going on.

In early April I started coughing a bit. Thinking it was allergies I decided to up my vitamin C intake. After 3 weeks with no improvement I went to the doctor. What started out as allergies had turned into an upper respiratory infection. So I was put on antibiotics, cough syrup, and allergy meds. A few days into this new med regimen, I noticed my feet and legs swelling. My feet and legs do swell on occasion and I though nothing of it. Usually propping my feet up for a while reduces the swelling and next day I am usually back to normal. This time that didn't happen. Every day my feet and legs were swollen and the left foot was getting painful. I finished my 10 days of antibiotics, but the cough lingered. Three weeks later, I still have a lingering cough, I am still feeling short of breath, and my feet and legs are still swollen. Then I started experiencing mild chest pain/discomfort. I thought, must be gas trapped in my chest.....but I wasn't expelling any air (no burping and no flatulence). After 4 days of this with increasing frequency and duration, I called my doctor. She listened to my heart and lungs.....CLEAR. She did an EKG. Again nothing showed up. She then recommended that I go to the emergency room and let them do chest xrays and blood work to get my enzyme levels. So off I go to the hospital. At the hospital they again did an EKG which was normal. They also put me on oxygen and did blood work. My enzyme levels are fine. At that point they told me they were keeping me overnight so further testing could be done. I was scheduled for a stress test and a doppler test for blood clots in my legs. I am happy to say that I passed both tests. Heart is fine and there are no new blood clots. After 24 hours I was released from the hospital. Their diagnosis is stomach irritation from the pain meds I was using for my arthritic knees. It seems that the Naproxen irritated the lining of my stomach and the pain radiated up into the chest.

So now I have nothing to use for the fibro and arthritis pain. The doctor at the hospital did prescribe Tylenol with Codeine for me, which does nothing for the pain and only puts me to sleep and the swelling of my feet and legs continues. I was also told to take Prilosec for 2 or 3 weeks to heal the stomach lining and a low acid diet was also recommended. So now I hurt all the time, but the chest pains are gone.

I went to my family Dr. on Tuesday for my sugar recheck (diabetes type II) and for a follow up to the hospital visit. She has now put me on water pills and potassium to try to reduce the swelling. She also wants me to get this weight back off and to get more exercise AND to prop my legs and feet up above heart level for at least 10 minutes twice a day. I started the water pill regimen yesterday and for the last two days have elevated my legs and used my exercise bike. So I am back in the saddle and praying I will stay there and finally get rid of the weight and some of these health issues. Just hoping this renewed motivation to get serious stays with me long enough to accomplish my goals.

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BEJACS1 6/6/2010 10:18PM

    I am really new to Sparkpeople so I hope I dont mess this up.
is there a pool in your area?? Water exercise works for me and it doesnt hurt any of my body parts.
I am trying to get me in control after a hard 2009. My husband passed away the morning of our 50th wedding anniversary party, and two months to the day later a sister passed away and 17 days after that another sister passed away so I pretty much have not cared about me or anything but its time to re-group so I'm on my way (hopefully) to getting me back in shape.
I don't know how to get my picture on here either.
I'll be cheering for you.

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XENA1956 6/1/2010 12:31AM

    Wow such problems. I hope things start to go better for you soon. Sorry about the pain, I can only take tylenol for pain and use to take #4's. They worked but had problem with constipation. Now I only use the tylenol when it is bad. Gald all those test were negative. Pretty scary stuff. Keep smiling and all your friends are here for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon Teri

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HOUK46 5/23/2010 1:49PM

    Sharon sorry to hear of all the problems you have been having. Very glad to hear that the heart is okay. Will be praying that starting to go back on track with the weigh. I myself did a start over beginning May 1st. You are in my thoughts and prayers and , drop in to say hi , now and then.

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 5/22/2010 2:45AM

    Sharon, you have been having a rough time. Thank Heavens you have had all the tests and the dr's know what to give you. Praying that you heal quickly and your swelling goes down so that you can get to do some exercise.
Please let us know how you are getting on and come and say hi so we can encourage you even more


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CELEST 5/21/2010 4:39PM

    Yeah I'm sorry you don't feel so good either. Best to take your doctors advice and start again with your weight loss plan, its bound to help the other health issues too. I'm a fine one to talk though, been messing around with ee for nearly a month and regained a few kgs too. Sigh I also have to take myself in hand again, so thats at least two of us. Monday, fresh in?

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BOOKWERME 5/20/2010 9:57PM

    Sorry for all your health struggles. Glad you got things checked out though. All this should certainly serve as motivation. Get Shari on board, too! AND come on back to LargeRme!!! We've missed you.

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What Do I Love About Myself?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

There's not much that I can say.... I just keep bouncing between 201 and 206 but people keep coming up to me and saying, "Your losing more weight again, aren't you?" When I explain that I have been stuck for well over a year they just can't believe it. I suppose my body is just redistributing the weight so that I appear to be making progress. I love that! I alsolove that Icanfit comfortably into some larges instead of the tents I had to wear before losing some weight.

Since the 18th of October I have recorded my food a total of only5 days but I have been continuing to maintain. I have been backing off and spending less and less time on SP due to feeling burned out from the pressure of trying to keep up with responsibilities for teams I co-lead and challenges I have been participating in.

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AMAZINGMEE 12/30/2009 4:28AM

  I was deeply touched by your expression of frustration and disappointment about not losing the weight as you expected. This can only be compounded by the fact that you are in a position of leadership. I want to encourage you to continue, because being a leader doesn't mean that you have to be a super person. You are a very dear human person. It is evident in the care and concern you have for your family and your spark team. I myself have trouble being faithful to posting my food and exercise on spark people. My weight has gotten stuck in a rut also. In fact this is the first time that I have ever posted a blog in response to any coment.

What I do want to tell you is that if you can walk at all now, don't wait til after your knee surgery to get moving. Add some type of movement to your day. Add steps by loading the washing machine one piece at a time, or take the long route aroud the house to put out the trash. You can also stretch or lift small weights while watching tv.

I pray you wont quit. Mainly because you have encouraged me to keep trying and not give up.

yours truly, Marilyn (amazingmee)

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STEFFI264 5/23/2009 5:43PM

  the part of the equation you have probably not measured is how much muscle mass have you gained ? everyone is aware that muscle weighs more than fat so as you do more exercise you may be putting on as well as taking off
the net result will be :
you look better but the scale may not reflect that.
I got measured at the gym by a trainer
the same trainer has measured me over the last year every 3 monthe
my last weigh in
My bmi dropped 21 %
my weight loss 12 lbs
my lean muscle mass up 3.3 pounds
my fat loss 7 % on the nose
so although I lost 12 pounds of fat
I gained 3.3 of muscle
so I will look thinner than if I just lost 12 lbs
does this make sense ?

people say the same to me
first it takes them a while to notice, then they can't stop noticing right?

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JOEGIRL6113 12/31/2008 2:50PM

    Sharon, I do hope you are doing well. I know what you mean about being burned out with the SP teams. I too had that problem as well as the death of my husband to contend with over the 2008 year. I have done a very poor job of taking care of me physically although the travel and spending time with friends and family did well for me mentally. I think in 2009 I will be ready to get back on track and take care of me first. I will try to get back to SP more often but just can't let it control my life like before. Let me know how you are doing. Love, Rosy

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BOOKWERME 11/15/2008 3:27PM

    Sharon, I am in the same boat as you. What I have been hearing lately is that if you are stuck, try some variety as your body gets comfortable with routines..that applies to menu choices, exercise routines...everything. I am trying to speed up/slow down as I walk and have tried to add time on our ExeRow (I am going slowly there at adding time so as not to develop sore muscles!) See what YOU can do to vary your routines.

I might also suggest that if all the responsibility is causing stress, take a vacation from it wherever possible. Put someone else in charge for a while or reduce the number of teams you are involved so actively with.


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BKP4166 11/14/2008 1:09AM

    Sharon...I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling so burned out...I do know that you are a wonderful compassionate leader and friend. How I wish that I could tell you some way to get that scale to move down farther...but I don't have any magic secrets...I just love you and want you to be happy.

Kathy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SASSYMOMMIE 11/12/2008 4:28PM


I am sorry to hear yea feeling burned out. I can completely understand. I know how frustrating it can be to be stuck on the same few pounds cause I too have been doing that. I go up then down but basically stay the same...for a few months now. I hope both us find a way to get over our humps. Am happy though that yea have continued to push forward and not give up. Keep moving pushing!!


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CAROL573 11/12/2008 11:30AM

  My dear Sharon! I can share your feelings and am sorry you are "stuck" too. I have been sitting within a pound or two for months and have just about quit posting too! I keep telling myself with cooler weather coming to Arizona, I will do better with exercise, so we shall see. I will keep you - all of us - in my prayers for better success on our weight loss journey!!

Love, Carol

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Setting New Goals

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I have basically been at a standstill in my weight loss since Dec. 2007. I am stuck in a maintenance pattern, fluctuating a pound of two up or down week after week, month after month. What's good about it is that I am maintaining. What's not so good is that I want to be losing.

The other day I looked at my situation and decided I need to set some realistic goals and recommit myself to this process. So I have set some goals with specific time line by which to accomplish them. I sure hope this will give me the incentive I need to get moving again.

One of my previous goals was to reward myself with a particular item I wanted when I reached 200 l bs. My husband, knowing how much I wanted that item, decided to gift me with it for our anniversary. So I have had to replace that with a new reward. My new reward will be a Wii to exercise with.

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JOEGIRL6113 9/19/2008 9:52PM

    Sharon, maintaining is definitely better than gaining (as I have done), however, it is frustrating when you want to lose and are not doing so. Look over your plan and see if you need to mix up your exercising or move around in your calorie range to help you get a jump start towards losing. I know I have to get back to exercising. I know you can do it. Rosy

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NJMYERSFAMILY 9/9/2008 10:21PM

    I love the idea if getting the Wii for your reward for getting below 200! you're so closeand you've come so far! If you can remember how you felt before you started to lose weight and how much better you feel now, it may spur you on to past this magic number. You Can Do It!! emoticon

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HEAVENLYCHILD83 8/20/2008 1:40PM

    i'm sure the rewards will keep you motivated to stick with it. hopefully your hubby doesn't buy the things you plan to use for a reward, lol. i know that system works tho. when there is something i really want i hold off on getting it til i reach a certain goal or weight. it definitely keeps me motivated and keeps me from spending money as soon as i have it in my hands.

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JCROWELL 8/20/2008 1:30PM

    good luck Sharon! *hugs* ~Jenn

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DARE2CHANGE 8/19/2008 11:09PM

    I know how hard it is to get off a plateau. All I can suggest is changing up your exercise a bit and maybe some calorie cycling Im not talking the radical ADD but really try to eat low range one day and high range another. Keep the body guessing

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