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Will be on hiatus for a week

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vacation? No, not exactly. I'm going into the hospital on Monday for surgery and my surgeon told me it will be a 5 day stay if all goes well.

I could take my computer with me, but have decided against it. I will instead take the time to rest and recover so that I can return to my regularly scheduled program as soon as I am able.

I will miss you, my Spark friends. Be well and stick to those goals!!

  
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ENUFF81020 9/23/2011 5:10AM

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Hi there,
I read your comment on the "thankful" thread on the team page and I came by to wish you my best and send best wishes and prayers. I don't know if it all started as a health emergency, but it is ending on a good, healthy choice to be better and improve. I am so happy for you.
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You will be wonderful!
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All my best,
Sylvia

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SHORT_KAKE 9/22/2011 6:59PM

    Be well soon!!!
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CANDYGETNFIT1 9/19/2011 3:23PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery without pain!!!! Get well soon!

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MCJULIEO 9/18/2011 4:01PM

    Get well and strong soon!

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CHIBIKARATE 9/18/2011 5:56AM

    good 4 u

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Being thin = new disguise?

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I have discovered one slight disadvantage to the weight loss. I have run into people that I haven't seen in awhile and they don't recognize me!
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Of course, not being recognized COULD be a good thing. Especially if I didn't really like the person in the first place.
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But yesterday when we were at the Farmer's Market I ran into someone I knew and she didn't recognize me. Since I DO like her I really wanted to talk to her. I actually had to tell her my name! She asked how I lost the weight and I told her about SparkPeople. She says "I've been hearing so much about that from other people". Well, she heard about it from one more person - ME! And if seeing is believing, I would say that she will most likely become one of SparkPeople's newest members very soon.

  
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REIKI_RAE 9/7/2011 11:52AM

    That's awesome. LOL!!!!

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WHITNEYLD 8/27/2011 10:24AM

    Congrats on your success! I am sure it feels great. Enjoy it- you earned it! emoticon

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MSBEAUTY711 8/7/2011 5:50PM

    Way to go! I do that with everyone who asks me, so far 3 of my facebook friends are on SP. I hope to really get to show a serious before and after pic.....Great Work!

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4EVER21B 8/3/2011 4:11PM

    Love it!! Can't wait to follow in your footsteps! emoticon

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SHORT_KAKE 7/31/2011 10:26PM

    LOL that's a fun story!

While I was on vacation last month I had someone stare at me from across the room for 15 minutes before he could figure out who I was.



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FITFABJENN 7/31/2011 10:05AM

    Way to spread the spark!

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SWEETCINNAMONIE 7/31/2011 10:03AM

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CRES765 7/31/2011 9:00AM

    Wow very good for you. emoticon

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GIGALENA 7/31/2011 8:09AM

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JAZOIE 7/31/2011 7:33AM

    Woo-hoo! Good for you...that's not an inconvenience, that's a milestone!!!

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VENISEW1 7/31/2011 6:35AM

    emoticonon spreading the spark! emoticon emoticon

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The saga continues

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's been 5 weeks since my surgery and I am almost myself again. emoticon

I ended up having some additional problems due to the Heparin I was getting after the surgery. It really messed with my monthly cycle in a bad way. As a result I am anemic and have lost more weight. The funny thing is that I've been eating a lot more and exercising a lot less in an effort to build my body back up.

Things have leveled out now and my blood work has come back with better numbers, so that is good news. Plus I'm feeling great, which is even better news!

  
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MYSTERY4EVER 7/11/2011 11:04PM

    I'm so glad that you are feeling better. Not the best way to lose weight, but it is a positive result.

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SHORT_KAKE 7/11/2011 4:43PM

    It's good to hear you're feeling better!
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YELLOW09RED 7/11/2011 11:47AM

    I am glad also that you are feeling great. WooHoo
Continued healing blessings,
Debbie


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FINDINGBOBBIE 7/11/2011 9:39AM

    It is good to hear that you are feeling better emoticon

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GIGALENA 7/11/2011 9:36AM

    Glad your feeling better.

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A year later

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Okay, so it's been just over a year. emoticon

My SparkVersary was actually almost 2 weeks ago. Honestly, it came and went without my noticing. I had been so focused on recovering from the surgery and adjusting to the aftermath of that surgery that I hadn't paid attention. But here we are, a year later.

I reached my goal weight, and even went beyond it a bit within the last month while being sick. My actual weight is now 124, (wow 64 pounds lost!!) but that may likely change as i get my appetite back. I look back over the last year and I realize just how hard I worked and how very proud of where I am today.

I have worked hard and have learned so very much along the way. SparkPeople is just full of wonderful resources that really helped me through it all. I learned so much, and am still learning new things as time goes on. But best of all, SparkPeople is full of wonderful, caring, and encouraging people who help motivate each other. I know of people here that are some of the BEST cheerleaders to others, even when they are having a hard time themselves.

So here's to another year. A year in which I hope to give just as much help, hope, and encouragement as I got. I don't know where I would be without it.

  
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CJWORDPLAY 7/13/2011 11:05PM

    I'm so sorry I missed the actual date - but I'm happy to congratulate you on completing your first year on Spark!
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SHORT_KAKE 7/1/2011 6:18PM

    Congratulations on all your success this past year and thanks for being there for me, too.
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YELLOW09RED 6/30/2011 11:01AM

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I hope your next year is a great journey also.
Debbie
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WHITNEYLD 6/30/2011 10:16AM

    Wow, congrats! An inspiration. ;)

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BREWMASTERBILL 6/30/2011 7:33AM

    Congratulations. That's a great success story!

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What a way to break an 11-month streak

Friday, May 27, 2011

I had been doing so well. Over the past 11 months I logged on to SparkPeople every day, exercised every day, logged all my food, and then it happened.....I broke my streak.

I woke up late Saturday night with excruciating pain in my lower abdomen, bad enough that we went to the ER. Several hours later I was told I had diverticulitis and needed surgery. On Sunday I had a small portion of my lower intestine removed and had an ostomy bag placed. Not cool, but certainly necessary. The good news is that the bag is only temporary. Once the area is healed they will stitch it all back together and I will be as good as new.

Unfortunately that means that my fitness routine will have to change, at least until my body has recovered from the surgery.

On the bright side, after 4 days of living on IV solution I lost at least 2 pounds. emoticon

Thank you to my wonderful friend Shanon (also here on Spark) for visiting me and cheering me up. And for walking with me at the hospital, even if I did move at a snail's pace.

  
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ENUFF81020 6/24/2011 5:55PM

    Hi there,

This is quite a story. I am so sorry that this happened, but it is a good thing that it got caught at this stage. I hope that now that it is almost a month later that you are starting to feel better. Anything abdominal is a big deal--as I well know with a lot of experience in the OR.
Keep on being kind to yourself.
Best wishes!!
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MSBEAUTY711 6/3/2011 10:18AM

    Sending prayers to you. Please get well. emoticon

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SHORT_KAKE 5/27/2011 4:46PM

    Oh dear... I'm so sorry this happened.
Please take care and get well soon.
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TETICH 5/27/2011 12:07PM

    Get well soon, sending warm healing thoughts your way emoticon emoticon emoticon

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E_WHITCOMB 5/27/2011 9:54AM

    Here's hoping you get better quickly!

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SALUBRE 5/27/2011 9:32AM

    Sending lots of healing love xxx

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SOUTHERNYANKEE 5/27/2011 8:40AM

    Get better soon!

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GIGALENA 5/27/2011 8:34AM

    I hope you are doing better. Take care of yourself!

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VICKLET31 5/27/2011 7:46AM

    Hope you recover quickly!!!! emoticon

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SARAWALKS 5/27/2011 6:38AM

    Oh goodness! How things can change in an instant. However it sounds like the eventual outcome is going to be good - and thank goodness they will be able to remove the bag later and get you back to normal.
Hang in and best wishes for your recovery! emoticon

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JSALERNO 5/27/2011 6:31AM

    Hope you are better soon. We all wish the best for you.

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REINVENT_ME 5/27/2011 6:19AM

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way for a speedy recovery!

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