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Some things are more important than those last 10 pounds!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The last year and a half has been tough for our family as a whole.

In April 2013 my dad had a massive stroke. He was 83 then. I am happy to report he is home and living with some disability but keeps on trying. One of the reasons he has recovered as well as he has is he kept himself in shape. One of the things I heard most often in the ICU is "he doesn't have too much body fat" or "he's solid". He still exercises and walks with help everyday.

Shortly after he went home my mom's cancer returned and she died in March 2014. She was 2 weeks shy of 82. She also took care of herself but the cancer was stronger.

Recently, our daughter's FIL and our good friend has been struggling with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is in the hospital after a failed adult stem cell transplant from his brother.

In February of 2013 we welcomed a beautiful grandson to the family. He has had some difficulties feeding and other challenges. Well, the syndrome has a name...Williams Syndrome (
liams-syndrome). Now we are all dealing with the emotions of having a special needs child. The good news is he is happy, he is loved, and we will all work to help him to be the best he can be.

With all of this, losing the last 10# seems so small, but I will keep trying as I would like to live as long and healthily as my parents and be there as long as possible for our grandson.

Please pray for dad, our friend, our grandson and all the family members involved.
God Bless you all.


Dad's progress

Monday, June 24, 2013

I am happy to report my dad is making good progress in rehab. He is able to move his left leg with weight. He is able to grasp things lightly with his left arm. He is working hard with physcial therapists, occupational therapists, and a speech therapist. His time in rehab will run out in July so we are making plans for afterward. Thank you for your prayers, and please keep praying.

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JUNEAU2010 6/24/2013 8:07PM

    Prayers freely given for him, his caregivers and his family!

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SHERIO5 6/24/2013 5:53PM

    So happy your Dad is recovering! What a relief for you!


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I guess "Enough is Enough"

Thursday, May 31, 2012

In April 2011 I ruminated on whether it was worth it to try and get back to 150# or settle somewhere else. In the past year I have continued to be active on Sparkpeople and try (I guess "try" is not good as Yoda says) to get down to 150 but I am still stuck at 160#.

My cardio numbers are good, I am exercising regularly and eating relatively healthy so I have decided (at least for now) to just maintain at 160#. I know that to do that I will need to continue to track my food and exercise, but for now I will stop stressing mentally over that last 10 #.

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MRYTYLER 8/25/2012 9:29AM

    Thanks for the blog. I think I may borrow your words of wisdom if you don't mind.


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ELISADENK 6/1/2012 6:21PM

    Making a decision and going with it is the biggest hurdle.

Also, deciding what the best weight for you is.

You can just keep doing the SP Work as best as you can and see what happens.

VERY glad you stopped stressing about the last 10#! emoticon

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BRANDTSGIRL 6/1/2012 7:39AM

    I'd do what Linsey did I bet that might just keep things into action for you.



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LNSYLVSDOGS 6/1/2012 6:17AM

    It can sure be frustrating, I know. And, who knows, this may be about the time you start to lose that last 10#. I remember when I joined the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge team, that all the strength training really did help to give me a kick start toward a loss. I didn't notice it right away; but after the 3rd & 4th week, the scale starting tipping downwards again.

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Should I or shouldn't I

Saturday, December 03, 2011

You can now add your nutrition and fitness trackers to your Sparkpage for accountability. Should I do that or am I chicken to share my bad choices too.
So the question: Should I or Shouldn't I?

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ELISADENK 12/4/2011 5:05PM

    Is there another way for accountability?

I do not show mine. I think no one would understand the WHY behind what I eat. emoticon

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DANCINGRITA2 12/4/2011 12:00AM

    I don't mind my fitness info showing, but my meal plan is always crazy so I keep it private. I eat breakfast for dinner etc. whatever works for me at the time. emoticon

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Reflections on

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Well, back from vacation and a month later, I am still at 160 pounds and not losing.
This ties in with my previous blog on when is enough, enough. I decided to keep tracking and exercising but a new wrinkle has entered. I started on Estroven Max which has really helped my hot flashes and sleeping but seems to be keeping the extra pounds on. I also seem to be craving salt too which probably holds water weight in too.
I am feeling really stressed too so though I am not eating too much but that may be affecting my weight.

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ELISADENK 9/17/2011 8:19PM

    Take a deep breath. Good. Now take another one.

Google up, 'side effects of Estroven Max' and see what is there. Is it possible to take less of it?

Why are you craving salt? That could be a culprit.

And, yes, stress can be a culprit, too.

ISN'T THIS FUN????!!!!! emoticon

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HALEYSMUM 9/17/2011 5:26PM

    Don't over think it too much, weight drops off at first and then slows a little but should still continue to fall as long as you keep moving. If you are worried about the effects your medication may be having on your new lifestyle, go back and tell your doctor and maybe they can suggest something that is better suiting to your new routine.

Take care!

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