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Any Sparkies with pins/screws/plates in their leg or ankles?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Such a random question, I know. About a month ago, I fell down the stairs at my house (because I am just one of the most clumsy people EVER)... and ended up breaking my leg and my ankle. I had to have surgery and now have a plate with pins on the outside of my left leg... and two screws in my ankle, and only one will be removed. I'm still recovering, can't walk on it and won't be able to for quite some time still. I have been pretty miserable, and am worried about recovery. I made the mistake of googling some people who have the screws and pins and stuff, and a lot of them were complaining of lots of pain, even a year or two after. The doctor assured me that out of maybe 100 people who have these things, maybe 2 or 3 have a problem. He also said the people that are doing FINE probably aren't on the internet writing about it. I hope he is right.

I have never even broken a bone, so to have a break this extreme is super frustrating for me. I hate not being able to do things, especially go to work. But now I am just complaining ha ha, I was just curious to see if anyone here had anything similar and what there experience was.

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YICHE12 5/28/2011 8:48AM

    So sorry to hear about your fall! You say you are clumsy. Our oldest daughter who's quite tall was very clumsy as a young child because her feet were small and her body so long. We decided to have her take ballet so she can take control of her body. As an adult now, she still has small feet compared to her 5'10" frame (she wears the same size of shoes as I do and I'm only 5'1").

Once, your cast is off and that you have recuperated, I would recommend that you look into taking some Tai Chi classes. It takes time to learn the moves, but they teach you how to breathe and work from your core. It's excellent for balance.

Now, I will answer your question -- no I do not have pins in my legs nor in my ankle but my youngest daughter had to get some put in years ago. They took them out about six months later.

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The fat didn't get here on it's own...

Friday, February 18, 2011

so it's not going to leave all on it's own either! Ha ha. I really believe (and sincerely hope) that I am actually getting *it* this time. I've been doing my best to form new eating habits, to find new, healthy foods that I enjoy. I've been doing my best to avoid fast food, and on the occasions I have something, I do it based on calories/fat instead of my cravings. I'm the Queen of excuses... "I work 12 hours a day, and have to commute, and I need to sleep and blah blah blah, I don't have time to exercise"... what a bunch of bologna. There are people doing amazing on their weight loss journeys, who have FAR MORE to do and FAR MORE responsibilities than I do.

On the one MTV show "I Used To Be Fat" the guy tells the trainer: "I don't have time..." the trainer says "but you have time to play video games", and he goes "You're right, I have the time, I don't have the DESIRE." It was so spot on. I didn't have the desire, I wanted to lose weight of course, but I didn't have the desire to keep me going and doing what I need to do. This weight didn't magically appear... it came from me eating fast food and not exercising over and over again everyday. So it is going to take me eating right and exercising over and over again to get it off. I have been so tired this week, but have stuck to walking my 2 miles when I get home... other people are doing this... and hopefully I will be on my way to joining them. :D

I do think I need to put the scale away, because it really messes with my mind. When the weight doesn't go down, I think "Why do I bother?" But I need to just trust that I am doing things right this time, and trust that in time the weight will start coming off. I'm going to try my best to put the scale in the closet and not weigh til the end of the month (which I know isn't THAT far away... but that would be a HUGE thing for me LOL).

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CARPER_SARAH 2/18/2011 9:37PM

    You can do it!! Positive thinking!

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    I need to find more desire myself! I've been having a hard time lately & need to get my butt back in gear! Thanks for putting the thought into my head, as I read your post emoticon You're right, it's going to take unrelenting effort to get this weight off!

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"Is that DIET food?" Ugh, I hate the food police! ;)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Okay, so I absolutely love love love my job, (the job itself). I'm a dispatcher, I love it, I'm good at it, the deputies heart me and I heart them... I take pride in being able to help them with everyday stuff, but more importantly I enjoy being able to provide them help in the time of an emergency. BUT I CAN NOT STAND 99% OF MY COWORKERS! Oy!! They are the biggest, most nosey group of back stabbers I've ever met. Luckily the way my job is designed, I can sit here, do my stuff and more or less keep to myself. Thank goodness for that!

I work 12 hour days, so I'm eating lunch and dinner at work. They go get fast food everyday (as we aren't allowed to leave on our lunch breaks, so one or two people take orders and go and get food), and it is hard enough for me to pass that up (especially today when they went to In N Out *drools*). I have been trying desperately this week to get back into the swing of things, I'm on about day 4... I had been eating lean cuisines or what not and gone undetected.

BUT today *sighs*, I made whole wheat spaghetti, peas and ground chicken for today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, one of my coworkers told me about her super strict lose a buncha weight really fast diet a long time ago, that only works if you're super strict... so she says. Her diet wasn't anything special or exhilarating, it was eating 6 times a day, having a protein, good carb and veggies. Okay, um, isn't that kinda how we are supposed to eat anyways? But I never lasted on her super strict crazy diet, and she knew that and after that she left me alone. But today I was caught red handed, with my ground chicken, whole wheat pasta and peas... and she stopped me in my tracks. She said "what do you have there?", I replied "food", she said "hmmmm, it looks like REAAALLLY good diet food, is it?" I said "nooooo it's just food..." This particular coworker and I actually have a decent relationship, so it's not even that. It's just like, why do you even have to ask. It's just food. I hate food police, and I know a lot of things say you should tell people about your weight loss, because support helps or it helps keep you accountable, but I'm sorry... these women are vicious and I don't need them watching what I eat. LOL.

So anyways, I'm just ranting, the scale isn't budging, I'm trying, and people are nosey... that is all LOL ;)

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LYCABEL 1/25/2011 9:45AM

    This sound really upsetting. I'm really happy I work in a friendly environment and that I mostly work alone, considering I work the evening shift!
I read the other's comments, and obviously, they covered everything.. =) So.. STAY STRONG ! That's all I'll say. You Can, it's obvious, you have been doing it. Keep It Up, the scale will move in no time!


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MAMAGOSS 1/25/2011 7:44AM

    Sometimes the scale doesn't budge no matter what we do but we keep on doing! Gotta love those food police - just mind your own d*mn business please!

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CLUMBOY 1/25/2011 7:09AM

    women are fascinated by food--and if you are eating something different from everyone else they will be fascinated by it. they will also feel guilty because you are eating healthy food and they aren't. just keep eating your healthy food--eventually they will get bored asking about it. they want you to go back to your old ways because then they won't feel bad about what THEY are eating. but you aren't responsible for THEIR emotional health. thats their problem.
stay strong!

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GIRRRLYCHILD 1/25/2011 6:20AM

    the problem i've seen with most women is that they get in their head what "diet food" or "eating healthy" looks like and then, besides feeling the need to stick their nose into other people's business, refuse to believe that anything else can be healthy. why yes, i can eat a cheeseburger once in awhile or have a few pieces of chocolate. o, your diet doesn't let you do that? sucks for you then. :)

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SKYRUNHER 1/25/2011 5:54AM

    oh I hear you there! I went through that for a while.. one day at work I missed my "lunch" which is breakfast for most people (my breakfast is at 3 am) so I brought in a sandwich. So here I am eating a sandwich at 9 am and I had 7 (!) people comment on how I shouldn't eat a sandwich at this time.

You know you're doing well.. keep it up. And try to ignore them.. I know it's hard! You can do it!

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CHICAT63 1/25/2011 5:26AM

    I can understand the food police situation....some of my coworkers have had the nerves to tell me how good I am not eating this or that and my awesome reply is: "Oh, this yep tastes good and filling since I choose to be healthy" that usually shuts them up *lol*. Do not let them deter you and it is not diet food it is healthy food :)

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IMEMINE1 1/25/2011 5:12AM

    I have the same problem as you. I am at work for10 hours a day.
I don't leave for lunch either.
I do bring in my own lunch and most times do good .
BUT I work with all men and people bring them coffee and DONUTS all the time.And the temtation is there a lot of times.
I tell them I am on a heathy food diet and now it seems the guys are turning around too.
They do the treadmill,gym,etc.
You can do it.

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ROZELL99 1/25/2011 4:30AM

  It is a lot tougher for a woman. The closest i got to this situation was when a coworker saw me out at a restaurant and said I was busted. I took about two minutes to describe exactly what i was having and the various calorie counts, including the glass of wine. I followed that up with my count for the day and the calories burned in my two workouts. He backed off and apologized for giving me a hard time. 99% of the time men don't engage in this behavior, but it helps to plan ahead and be armed with information. Good luck on your jouney, you CAN do it.

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Anyone see the new MTV Show "I Used To Be Fat..."

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I just watched it's first episode on, and while I did enjoy watching the show, the girl on it lost 90 pounds in 111 days. Insanity!! She was doing intense exercise with a trainer everyday. Just thought it was a bit over the top I guess. She was just 18 years old, but I noticed it seemed the skin on her stomach was able to keep up and go back to where it should be. Just wondered if anyone here had seen the show, and if so what they thought of it.

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    It's taken me about 330 days to lost about my 100lbs, and I have no skin sagging anywhere (I still have fat sagging). I am going to go to the site and check this out!

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STEPH-KNEE 1/2/2011 3:39AM

    You are absolutely right. I know they mentioned portion sizes, but I wonder if they cut her calories an EXTREME amount to get that weight loss to happen. It'd be different if they said 'we are putting her on a 1200 calorie diet' or something so we would have an idea. That makes me skeptical because they didn't.

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    I was so disturbed when she lost 14 lbs in the first two weeks. Then I was jealous. But yeah, an insane personal trainer like that can obviously make a big impact. What also bothered me was that food was barely addressed once she started working out. She must've changed how she ate too, but I want to know what she did.

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STEPH-KNEE 1/2/2011 1:12AM

    I don't like the Biggest Loser either, especially because they are taken out of the real world. At least on this one I will give credit because she was at home... BUT she was also 18, was able to cut back her hours working and what not to balance her schedule. So definitely very different. Plus I also think the motivation of a show following your every move and not wanting to fail is huge in terms of that. And you are right, it seems maybe they don't want people immetating it, so they don't go into details? What I really want to know is an update, like what happened months later, and how is she doing now, without support of the show? Maybe it's on their site... hmmm..

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MORETA63 1/2/2011 1:07AM

    I could prbably lose weight like that if I had a personal trainer hovering over me everyday, weighing every crumb of food I put in my mouth. I don't like these types of reality shows. (don't like most of them anyway.) Especially those like this, that aim for the younger demographic. Some young girl may see it, and think, if she can, I can, and try to do it on her own, and either, try to do it on her own, get discouraged and give up, or take it to the other extreme, and either turn into an exercize junkie, or develop an eating disorder. I wish some one would do a show on the healthy ways to lose weight, with real life examples.

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DAISY-HIBANA 1/2/2011 12:46AM

    I wonder what kind of intensity they are going to take home after a show? I hope they are able to maintain a healthy perspective and help others with their new habits.

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THENEWSHANNON 1/2/2011 12:45AM

    I saw the same one. I had the same problem with it as I do with the Biggest Loser - they lose these extreme amounts of weight, yet don't really go into detail on how they do it. I think they leave the details out because they don't want people trying to lose that fast on their own, but yet the whole show is a promotion of losing weight that way. emoticonI was surprised at the lack of loose skin too, age or genetics working in her favor there, I guess!

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What I've Learned In 2010...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

On the downside, I don't have some incredible weight loss story. No awesome before and after pictures to show all that I've accomplished. But I do feel that I've learned a lot this year, and I am determined to make 2011 my year!

I've learned that...

*For me to be successful, I need to be on Spark. I need to log my food, there is no way around it for me.
*I need to lose weight for me, on my own terms, and it doesn't matter how anyone else feels about it.
*I need to make myself a priority in my life, and if that means rearranging life so that I can be number 1, then it must be done.
*I can not hide from food (temptation). It will always be around, and it is up to me and only me to make the best of it.
*I feel so much better when I'm exercising regularly, and I need it to become a way of life.
*I will NEVER be happy (body-wise) at an unhealthy weight. I despise getting winded so easily, I hate how my clothes fit, and I hate how sluggish I feel. I will not settle for this unhealthy body I am living in.

I have had a lot of ups and downs in 2010 (as does anyone), and I honestly feel there were more downs than anything. I do wish I handled them better, and had *more to show* for this year.

BUT, this time last year I weighed 272 (my highest weight EVER), and I am currently hovering around 258. While this is no great accomplishment, I know for a fact if I had not found Spark and at least attempted to become healthier throughout the year, I would be much higher than 272. To know I avoided hitting or getting even closer to the 300 pound mark is an accomplishment for me in a roundabout way.

Hopefully next year at this time I will have learned even more and weigh even less! :D

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ALWAYSCHANGING 12/27/2010 7:24PM

    You say that your weight loss is 'no great accomplishment' I say you are selling yourself short. Be glad for every pound of ounce lost, each is a step in the right direction. Congratulations to you as well for all you have learned and the knowledge you will carry into the New Year. I wish you much success!

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LYCABEL 12/26/2010 9:11PM

    You Go girl. Every baby step is a victory. You can make it happen.


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CHICAT63 12/26/2010 9:08AM

    Bring on 2011 as you can do this, lessons learned are great tools to move forward on. I have to agree tracking my food is a great help and of course anything that gets you moving helps too.

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