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Yesterday signed up for health improvement program ...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This is sponsored by my insurance company and will give me a $1000 discount on my health insurance in 2013. If I can get my husband to participate I can get a $600 discount on his premiums. But since he has mild dementia it may be a big project for me to get him to comply as he does not like to exercise and he thinks he can have unlimited sodium in his diet...however, they may not expect too much of him since he is normal weight, has good blood pressure and is not diabetic, does not smoke or drink and he is only on 3 prescriptions as opposed to my 13 prescriptions.

I am going to encourage him to sign up, too and then I may save $1600 on next year's premiums (hope the premiums don't go up more than that!!). I am a bit suspcious of the insurance company as last year the spouse only had to get a nicotine test to qualify for a discount (of $200).

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/17/2012 9:57PM

    Wow!!! Wish ours would give us incentives like that. I hope it works out for you.
Blessings and hugs,

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KRISTINE99 1/17/2012 7:27AM

    Wishing you best of luck with your insurance discounts! I wish I knew more about the pharmacy companies and how drugs are made, because sometimes when I pick up prescription medicines I am taken aback by the high prices, and I think, "Heck! What are they putting in this stuff? Gold?"

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/16/2012 10:48AM

    Wow, that's an amazing incentive. Good for you! Enjoy.

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MILLISMA 1/16/2012 10:46AM

    Hope things workout for you.

hugs....Mary Anne

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PUDLECRAZY 1/15/2012 7:50AM

    I love that incentive!

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SUPERMOUSE35 1/14/2012 11:43AM

    Oh my, that's quite an incentive! I hope things work out for you. :D

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Fat vs muscle (5 lbs of fat is larger in volume)...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I found a website which shows a model of 5 lbs of fat next to a model of 5 lb of fat. Would love to see a picture of 2 150-lb people with different fat compositions.

Muscle weighs more per cubic inch than fat, but 5 lb of muscles doesn't weigh more than 5 lb of fat (5 lb is 5 lb).

Here is the lilnk:


Enjoy the view.... emoticon

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JESSYVIRGINY 1/10/2012 6:00AM

    That's really interesting. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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So far, so good...

Monday, January 09, 2012

After losing 4 lb yesterday morning I was almost afraid to get on the scale today but I have retained the loss...(temporarily lost this page before posting).

I am getting strange messages on my computer seeming to come from my virus program. which is saying I don't have a key (which is ridiculous since I bought this from BestBuy and they installed it). Hope my computer "settles down." Seems I bought this computer only a year ago and the virus program was supposed to be good for 2 years. emoticon


Hurray!!! Even though it may be dehydration..I will accept a 4+ lb loss since yesterday

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I was really bummed out yesterday when my weight was up to 246.7 and so today I am elated to see a 4+ lb weight loss... It seems to be a rollercoaster with my weight and it probably is the sodium retention thing again.... I did notice my cankles were puffy yesterday and today they are not-so-much.

Because of hand surgery in September and big tonail removal in October I have not worn my compression hosiery. So I need to start doing that again to get those cankles under control. It has been so long since I wore them (30-40 mm/Hg stockings) that I am having trouble finding them.

Losing things seems to be my theme lately. I am glad to report I lost 4 lbs since yesterday!!!

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ANNEBURNELL 1/9/2012 12:06PM

    Good luck with everything. Stay hydrated.


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Losing things yesterday but not losing weight!!!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

My weight is up to 246.5 which I am very disturbed about. I was weighed at the general surgeon's office where I went for diagnosis of hernia which I discovered. It is a hernia that needs mesh repair but is not an emergency. The doctor (she) said to go to ER if I get sudden symptoms of incarceration. She also mentioned that being overweight can cause me to have more hernias. And in the next breath she said, "Have you ever considered gastric bypass surgery?" and mentioned she had a new partner who specializes in a new kind of surgery that is less invasive than lap band or the traditional one, which is some sort of sleeve.

I assured her I knew how to lose weight and was successful in losing 100 lb 5 years ago but have since regained about 60 of those pounds. I also told her I was afraid of the complications of the gastric surgery. She told me perhaps I should go back to the program or try another one like Weight Watchers to get going on the weight loss as it is not healthy carrying around the excess weight.

I guess I need to look at this as a wake-up call and if I religiously keep track on SparkPeople and don't lose weight doing that I will find another program that does work for me.

About what I can lose.... lost my shoes while getting ready for work yesterday and was 45 minutes late for work. (They were under the huge grocery box I have my vitamins and prescrtiptions in.) At work I lost every single pen that was on my desk in the morning. About 2:00 I lost my favorite (personally purchased for $15) stapler and spent 15 minutes looking for it thinking someone had stolen it from me. I finally gave up the search and when I went to sit down there it was on my chair and I had forgotten that was where I had put it when I was moving my chair to the scanning room....had a good laugh with several coworkers regarding that one!!!

I wonder if fat cells in the brain can cause mental fog?

Today is the first day of my getting rid of my excess weight (again) and that includes the 60 lb I lost and regained plus another 30 lbs which will put me at a svelte 150 lbs. (approximately)....

My first goal is to lose 10 lbs to get me "down" to 136.

Hope everyone's New Years resolutions are going well. I am starting mine a little late.


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MWILS10 1/14/2012 8:13PM

    You can do it.... loved your post.... reminds me so much of me in losing everything but weight.... but mine is going to change today.

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MILLISMA 1/10/2012 11:58AM

    Teddy, I love the comment about the fat cells in the brain! When we continue to lose things, a very dear friend calls it a "brain fart". Too bad we can't lose weight the same way only not find it again.

You can do it and you will!

hugs....Mary Anne

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MCGS62 1/10/2012 10:35AM

    Can you get fat in the brain?

I have days like that too have actually ended up exhausted from"chasing my tail"

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MSWEEZER 1/7/2012 3:12PM

    I had to chuckle about the losses, I do this all the time and just figured it was me! Thanks for sharing.

You know you need to take care of you and you know how and can do it. Together we all can get there.

Will be right there with ya!!

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7356WILMA 1/7/2012 10:31AM

  One its never too late to start a goal!!

At least now I know why I'm always losing things, my heads full of fat cells!! I'll try that one with my hubby and my friends at work!! emoticon

I know the struggle, but I do know one thing eventually WE CAN DO THIS!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/7/2012 10:16AM

    Well, you've recognized the problem and are addressing it. That's where it's at. You can do it.

As for the stapler . . . LOL. That's like me looking for my sunglasses and they're on top of my head! **SIGH**

Getting "older" isn't for sissies1! LOLOLOL

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