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She's Back.....

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm back at the office today for the first time since my surgery last week. Let me just say thanks to all my sparkies for the kind words, the get well wishes and all the goodies - it's so appreciated, more than you know.

Today is the first day back at work, but Iíve developed a pain in my leg (cause for alarm), after a quick trip to the ER this morning to have my leg checked for a blood clot, sheesh, I'm in the clear, was really scared about that.

Other than the leg scare, I feel FANTASTIC as best I can be with the soreness from the incisions. In the mean time doctor says the more I walk, the quicker I heal, so tonight gonna go for a short 15 minute walk after dinner.

I go back on April 25th for a follow-up, Iím hoping he will tell me to lace up the sneakers on that day, yeah, something to look forward to.

Surgeon told my hubby after my surgery that he was surprised I wasnít really, really sick because not only did my gall bladder have stones, he said it was diseased and had scar tissue, he said he was surprised I hadnít been having a world of problems and been extremely sick for a long period of time. He said I was having the silent gall bladder problems for several years, just nothing had set off an alarm until my most recent attacked Ė so glad that little diseased monster is gone.

Eating was a little off this weekend, it was PMS on top of surgery recovery, how gruesome is that? Lol, so needless to say I ate a couple too many brownies, but as of yesterday, my appetite was back, but only in very small portions.

People take for granted being able to get out of bed in the morning, jump in the shower, get dressed and head to work Ė I am ready for a nap already after doing so little, but Iím sure Iíll be getting stronger every day.

So what did I miss about you while I was away, anything new and exciting?


P.S. Overheard ER nurses discussing their "diets", so I asked if I could talk to them a second on my way out, I showed them my before and after pics and gave them each a spark business card with my screen name, and told them they never have to diet again and that if I can do it, so can they. Love spreading the SPARK !!!!

  
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SEEAMANDARUN 4/14/2011 1:52PM

    I'm so glad you're back! Way to spread the spark!

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VBPARROTHEAD 4/13/2011 11:20AM

  You will keep feeling better and better now that the monster gall bladder is gone! I am so glad that you are up and moving again and will soon be running! It will take some time to heal completely but not as long as it used to take!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 4/13/2011 10:47AM

    I'm glad the bad gallbladder is gone for good, too! Yuck! I know you'll be back and running in no time, but take time for yourself right now to heal. Good for you for Spreading the Spark! I bet they freaked! You've done awesome! Such an inspiration to many...THANKS! emoticon

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DGIBSON02 4/13/2011 8:33AM

    Your food might have been a little off, but the stir fry that I made you on Sunday was ON POINT!!!!

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2HAMSDIET 4/12/2011 8:23PM

    So glad you are doing so well! Take Care. emoticon

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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/12/2011 7:00PM

    Yay! Im so glad you are doing well! Keep on taking care of yourself emoticon

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SAMI199 4/12/2011 6:39PM

    Yay! I am so glad you are doing well- don't try to do too much too fast...I know you're anxious to get your running shoes on. You must have a really high pain tolerance-my goodness! Welcome back!


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JLITT62 4/12/2011 5:56PM

    I'm amazed you're back at work already! As always, you're inspiring. and you're so right about taking things for granted.

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STIPER23 4/12/2011 2:59PM

    I'm glad the surgery went well and woohoo to spreading the spark!

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DDOORN 4/12/2011 2:47PM

    Great to hear how well your surgery went! I remember relishing my walks afterward...!

Don

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NAOMIEVA 4/12/2011 2:46PM

    And we are glad to have you back! Happy to hear that the leg pain turned out to be nothing (serious) and hopefully the rest of your recovery will continue in such uneventful bliss. Recovering from surgery is never fun, and I definitely can relate to your comment about the things we take for granted... after my surgery last November it was a good 3 weeks before I was functioning enough to go back to the office.

So, go make the most of this, and RELAX!

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NATPLUMMER 4/12/2011 2:45PM

    YAY!!! Welcome back!!! I'm glad it was not a blood clot...that would be bad news.
I hope you are feeling your like your normal self soon. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you can lace up your sneakers on the 25th!!
It is a good thing you had that removed when you did. You got off lucky!!
I think some extra brownies were in order.
You will be getting stronger every day. Surgery takes a lot out of you.
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ELAINEROSE5 4/12/2011 2:43PM

    I'm so glad to hear you're recovering nicely!!! I was hoping you'd give a little update soon!

Take care and take advantage of the r&r.



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Tomorrow is the Big Day

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Looking forward to tomorrow's gall bladder surgery. Did I just saying looking forward to surgery emoticon

Yes, I am, kinda nervous though. I am looking forward to feeling better and getting back to the old me. I haven't exercised in three weeks and it has been killing me, life seems so empty with out it. Gonna take a few days off from Spark so I can rest and heal. Will miss you all, but will catch up with you some time next week.

On a happy note, the weather is supposed to be nice for the next four days, hoping to do my relaxing and healing outside in a lawn chair, soaking up some sun. emoticon

  
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DDOORN 4/11/2011 8:32AM

    Sorry so late to your blog, but am beaming all sorts of healing thoughts your way and hoping and praying that your surgery went at LEAST as smoothly as mine did!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Don

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VBPARROTHEAD 4/7/2011 2:33PM

  What a big difference the surgery will make! You will be sore for a little while but afterwards you will feel so much better! Thinking positive thoughts for you! Enjoy sitting in the sun in the lawn chair, the running shoes will wait for you to get back to the, and so will we!


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1HOTMAMA2BE 4/7/2011 1:47PM

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We'll be waiting for you. You're gonna feel so much better!

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SKATVEN 4/6/2011 9:37PM

    Be safe! I hope everything goes as painlessly as possible!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/6/2011 3:51PM

    Good luck :) We will be here when you are better!!! emoticon

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SAMI199 4/6/2011 12:34PM

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Love your background!

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HOTDEENOW 4/6/2011 12:13PM

    Good luck tomorrow, hope it goes well and you heal fast so you can get exercise back in your life!

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NATPLUMMER 4/6/2011 11:19AM

    I would be looking forward to it. Because after it's over, you will be feeling like your old self and that is great!!
I hope it all goes well. Get some rest!! Have a fabulous weekend!!

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DGIBSON02 4/6/2011 10:54AM

    Good luck. YOu will probably recover pretty quickly.

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UNIONDIVA 4/6/2011 10:23AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself! emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 4/6/2011 9:51AM

    emoticon (sprinkling magical healing dust)

Just remember that even though you may be sore, walk as much as you can after surgery. It will help with the bloat from the stupid gas they fill your abdomen with.

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Totally Shocking - Gasp, Gasp

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Yesterday my BFF Teresa emailed these old pics she found of me. I opened my email and what a shock.

That's me in the white shirt, I saw this picture and literally - gasped !!!!!

Yep, that's me in the black and white shirt - double gasp, but it get's better....

Triple gasp !!!!!!!!!!!

OMG, I really used to be huge, I can't honestly believe it's me, but YEP, quite the porkchop. After being totally shocked by looking at these old pics, I realized something....

Yes I used to be heavy, but I'm still the same person on the inside. I believe I am a better person now. I've learned so much from being on SPARK... I've learned self love, I've learned how to love and support others, and most importantly I've learned to eat healthy, exercise and take care of my body. And the most important thing I wanted to relay to others is.....

If I can do it, so can YOU !!!!

  
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POTENCIA 4/12/2011 2:56PM

    I kept on looking back and forth and back again...trying to figure out who was who! What a difference!

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DOLLIE6 4/6/2011 6:40PM

    I really admire you for what you have done. I have no doubt that you will reach your goal and then be an encourager to all the rest that are coming behind you setting our own goals.
You really look beautiful.

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DDOORN 4/6/2011 9:02AM

    What a special gold mine your friend has offered!! :-)

Thx for sharing!

Don

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RIKKI572 4/5/2011 8:51PM

    WOW!!! emoticon

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VBPARROTHEAD 4/5/2011 8:32PM

  Thanks for sharing! Those of us who know what the thin you looks like have a hard time imagining that you were ever heavy! You are truly an inspirations!

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SKATVEN 4/5/2011 7:36PM

    Wow! Now those are some serious results! Reminds me of when my Dad lost his 100+ lbs... I couldn't ever find him out in stores anymore. I've finally gotten used to it... (he used to be over 300) Congratulations!

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HALFFAST 4/5/2011 3:18PM

    Wow! I didn't recognize you at all! You are amazing!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/5/2011 12:56PM

    Thank God for Spark and the people like YOU that make it so amazing! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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VA_HILLARY 4/5/2011 12:49PM

    Very inspirational! Great work.

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777GRACE 4/5/2011 12:31PM

    Woe, you blew me away, what a difference.

I know what you mean when you say you are the same on the inside. I am too. Sometimes I think I am still "fat" on the inside. waiting for my mind ot catch up...
You are doin it girl keep it up. You are an inspiration!!!
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KMKILROY 4/5/2011 11:53AM

   
A are such a huge inspiration for me, I gotta say! You're not just some face on a weight-loss ad - but a real, live person who's fought the fight - and WON!

WAY TO GO!!!

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SAMI199 4/5/2011 11:44AM

    I couldn't be happier for you!!! I am focusing on the statement about Being the Same person as you were before.That is so important to realize-Self-Love has to begin now-not when we achieve some magic# on the scale. Thank -you so much for the encouragment & inspiration! You look FABULOUS!!! You do dress better-but there really aren't alot of stylish plus-size clothes out there...

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SEEAMANDARUN 4/5/2011 10:18AM

    As if you weren't an inspiration to me before! Amazing transformation. I can't believe that is you in those photos. Plus you look a good twenty years younger now.
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DGIBSON02 4/5/2011 10:11AM

    I told you before that it never hit me how much weight you have lost until that day I had you do the same pose as you did in that cruise pic there in the living room while standing next to the pic.

On a side note, you dress better now too lol. That blue sweater looks like somethign from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Would you like to be my neighbor, lol.

Have to add, you are looking like a GOOD LOOKING MOM IN LAW now!!! emoticon

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GR8CGRM 4/5/2011 9:44AM

    It does start with loving yourself first.. Have to say sis you did look BIG!!!!! Love your new life style. You rock. As soon as you are able your drill sergeant is coming on full steam.. Look out the sweating sistas will be on the road to our half marathon!!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/5/2011 9:42AM

    Wow!!! You look so different now. You are such an inspiration!!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 4/5/2011 9:34AM

    Self Love = Happiness. You're amazing!

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IMSMILEY88 4/5/2011 8:44AM

    My brother emailed me some photos about a month ago that made me gasp. Congrats on your hard work and weight loss!

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JLITT62 4/5/2011 8:00AM

    As I keep telling you, you are SUCH an inspiration!

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Recap - March Goals

Monday, April 04, 2011

Below are the goals I wanted to accomplish during the month of March, I decided to revisit to see exactly what I did accomplish. Not too shabby considering all the health issues going on, but hopefully I'll be as good as new in the next few weeks.

Goals for the month of March....

1. 15-push ups a day by end of month. emoticonMission Accomplished.
2. Run 30+ miles during the month. emoticonMissed my goal by 6 miles, just couldn't get it down
3. Complete 5K in under 30 minutes (March 26th) emoticonWas prepared to give it my very best, but I chose to run with my dad the whole way, I really felt I could have reached this goal that day, it was the only day during the month that i was actually feeling like a super star.
4. One pull-up by end of month. emoticonStill working on it, and I didn't try as hard as I should have, I'll get there, I'm not going to let it beat me
5. Lose 2 pounds to reach the 100-pound lost mark - WELL..... I didn't really try too hard on this one either, been feeling so bad, my eating has been sporadic, non-existent at times, and well.... I just was not really worried too much about it since I'm having health issues, but... the GOOD NEWS.... I didn't gain any either - holding steady.

I'm not really going to set any goals for the month of April, since surgery is Thursday, April 7th, and i'm just really gonna focus on getting better. I will pay really close attention to calories though.

Hope everyone takes the time to re-evaluate their goals and set some new ones for the month of April - what are you going to do during the month of April???????

  
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ELAINEROSE5 4/6/2011 8:41AM

    I think its great that you didn't quite meet all your goals but haven't lost any of your determination. You are a role model for me and I can't wait to hear how much better you feel soon!!

Best of luck on Thursday! Take the pain pills and just rest!!



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SKATVEN 4/5/2011 7:37PM

    High five on trying to get to that pullup thing too~! I was even having dreams about being able to do a pull up. However, I don't think my weight to muscle ratio is right yet. Spark On!

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DDOORN 4/4/2011 2:59PM

    Hey you are doing a SUPER job of Keeping the Spark! :-)

Thoughts & prayers for smooth sailing and speedy recovery from surgery!

Don

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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/4/2011 11:48AM

    You are really doing amazing!! emoticon

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HALFFAST 4/4/2011 10:36AM

    I think you did great, and you are Awesome! And you are going to feel so much better after surgery! Big hugs and best wishes for a super-speedy recovery!
And thanks for the goodie :)

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1HOTMAMA2BE 4/4/2011 9:49AM

    I think running with your dad was much more important. You'll have many more 5Ks & more! in the future. I have the same goal, but I keep missing it by just under two minutes or so. I've got to get faster!

Good luck in April. Once your surgery is over, you'll start feeling better soon and be back and better than ever! You'll make 100 lbs., too! That's totally AWESOME!!!

XOXO Sherry

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SEEAMANDARUN 4/4/2011 9:28AM

    Yay on the push ups! I seriously think anyone who can crank out 15 in a row is hard core! Way to go!

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DGIBSON02 4/4/2011 9:09AM

    I'm sure your dad enjoyed you running with him that day

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SAMI199 4/4/2011 8:16AM

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You did fantastic! I will be glad when all of this is behind you! Isn't the waiting the worst! better hit the shops to keep your mind off of everything!lol. Have a good day.



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NATPLUMMER 4/4/2011 7:50AM

    I think you did great with your March goals. You had a lot going on that month. It's a good idea to just focus on healing in April.
My number one April goal....get through the entire month without injuring myself.

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JLITT62 4/4/2011 7:50AM

    Excellent question - what are my goals?

I think you did

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Considering the health issues you're having, let's get that thing out & get you better!

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The Weekend is on the Horizon

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today is my Friday, woo hoo. Much to be done on this three-day weekend before surgery next week, to name a few....

House cleaning - scrub from top to bottom - carpets, kitchen floor and gonna surprise my DD with a clean room when she comes home tomorrow from NY

Dinner tonight - leftovers with a side of "fix-it-yourself"

Pre-surgery lab work

Remove DEAD car - DD car died, it's being picked up tomorrow for donation

Airport to pick daughter tomorrow evening - gonna be interesting getting there, a lot of traffic on Friday night, and I mean a lot of traffic - have to travel 50 miles and thru an always majorily backed up Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel - ugghhh

Car shopping - looking for a good deal, inexpensive, dependable car for an almost 18 yr old

Supermarket - freezer is empty, time for a re-stock of necessities (lots of veggies)

Birthday dinner for DS on Sunday, complete with cake and ice cream

Hopefully I will feel up to getting every thing done, and hopefully I can throw a little spontaneous fun in the midst of all these chores, perhaps a little retail therapy even. Hope everyone has a great weekend, will talk at ya Monday.

P.S. Hoping to see my daughter on the Today show tomorrow morning - Ocean Lakes High School - be on the lookout if you watch it.

  
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HAPPYCUPCAKE 4/2/2011 7:42PM

    sounds like you've got a lot on your plate! You can do it though :) Good job on planning everything out!

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SAMI199 4/1/2011 8:08AM

    Oh my goodness-that is a long to do list-try not to do too much-Delegation is a cool option-All my positive thoughts & energy are on the way-You will do great & thank goodness it will be over & you can get back to normal!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/31/2011 10:05PM

    Good luck finishing all of your chores! Sounds like quite a list. My gall bladder removal was the only surgery I have ever had, and so I have nothing to compare it to, but for me, coming out of the anesthesia was one of the best, most peaceful feelings I have ever had. I was well rested and soooo happy! I took my pain medication like they told me and just rested. Best of luck to you, I think you'll do great!!

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PARKERB2 3/31/2011 4:09PM

    What a busy girl you are. Thanks for commenting on my blog. emoticon

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JLITT62 3/31/2011 4:08PM

    Poopy, I tape it every day, but I don't watch the whole thing (would take 2 hrs even fast forwarding thru the commercials). Hopefully we won't lose signal due to snow . . . Anyway, sending you be well vibes & have some fun vibes, too.

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HOTDEENOW 3/31/2011 1:17PM

    Sounds cool! Have a great weekend!

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NATPLUMMER 3/31/2011 12:04PM

    WOW!!! That is a lot to do! Good luck with it all and do try to have some fun along the way!
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SEEAMANDARUN 3/31/2011 10:52AM

    Sounds like a plan! I really need to do some cleaning before the inlaws come over on Sunday. Ack!

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