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It's been a long time

Saturday, March 26, 2011

since I last blogged. I can't believe it has been since December. Things haven't gone as I had planned. My husband had two more chemo treatments ending in February.

I got my steriod shots and they lasted about two weeks so I had some more. Those have done pretty well. I also did four weeks of aqua therapy which really helped. I went and had an adjustment to my band done February 15 but haven't lost but about 2 pounds if that. I need to go get another one but don't know when I will be able to do that.

My husband found out he has a clogged carotid artery and needs a stint put in. The heart doctor said he wouln't do it unless the oncology team could say he has over a year to live.
He had his PET scan Thursday to see if the cancer had gone away and some of it is still there. He had a CT scan two months ago that showed the mass had decreased about 25% but the PET scan showed a mass a lot bigger this time. We got notified yesterday to come back in to the doctor and he told us DH has a collapsed lung, that is what made it look larger. Plus the bottom half of his lung was full of fluid. He also has about four more spots that showed up cancer. He will begin radiation treatments again next Tuesday and Monday he sees the Chemo doctor and will probably begin chemo again. So we are back to the daily treatments. The doctor yesterday arranged for him to have the fluid drained from his lung immediately and they drained 5 1/2 liters of fluid. He could breathe a little better but today he got really short of breath walking to bathroom and back. I hope it isn't filled again.

I was going to begin water aerobics next week but I guess I won't get to do that after all, unless I go at 8:30 in the morning if they have room. It is only two days a week but it helps.
I stopped eating sugar four weeks ago and still haven't lost any weight. I eat about 1000 - 1100 calories a day and have been getting some exercise but to no avail. I am really getting discouraged and about ready to binge on ice cream. I don't think that would help matters though. I think my problem with not losing is not food related. I think it is stress and lack of sleep.

Oh well, that is about enough of my complaints now. It is to the point that I can't change things so I can just go one day at a time.

  
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ELIZACG9 5/2/2012 10:00AM

    I am so sorry to read this, this was my birthday, I will pray for things to get better.

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TEXASLYNN 3/27/2011 2:19PM

    Sometimes, life's curve ball pitcher seems to be stuck in overdrive. Hang in there!

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GERISE 3/27/2011 9:43AM

    You are in my prayers... emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 3/26/2011 10:15PM

    emoticon Laura,
You are so good at lending a shoulder and helping hand to us. I am extending you mine to lean on as you need. Sending prayers, hugs and love for a full recovery and good health to you both. Yes, it is the stress and sleeplessness that is your inhibitor of weight loss. It will get better. Believe it.
Hugs,
Angela
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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/26/2011 11:11AM

    Laurie,
I'm sorry to hear about your husband. It brings back memories of mine as well. He ahd a stint put in for the same reason after ahving a heart attack. they sent him home and he passed away that night in his sleep. It saddens me. I'm sending prayers and positive vibes your way. Hugs.
Debbie

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CASE4GRACE 3/26/2011 11:03AM

    Laura,

My heart goes out to you. How very sad to get that kind of report from your hubby's doctors. I know this has to be devastating, but please try not to lose hope. Maybe for now you should just focus on maintaining your weight. (although sometimes that's even harder than losing!) You have come so far and are such a source of support and inspiration for our team. You need to just take care of you and your hubby right now and let others support you through this difficult time. You're right, bingeing on ice cream definitely won't help - just remember that even thought it feels good for a moment, the bad feelings that come afterward last a lot longer.

I am praying and believing for a miracle - sometimes we don't always know or understand how those miracles might show up - and sometimes they just plain aren't what we wanted or expected, but God knows your needs best and will be there for you. Just lean on Him! Sending you a hug and wishes for strength, endurance, patience, and peace to get you through this.

Anita
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L*I*T*A* 3/26/2011 10:36AM

    wow...what stresses you have at the moment.....
wish it wasn't so.....stay strong!!
we are here for you....
sending positive thoughts and prayers your way....
blessings and hugs.............lita


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The End is Near

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I just read my last blog and need to reflect on this month. I didn't manage to stay below my 2010 beginning weight. Monday I weighed in at 185 which is higher that Jan. 2010. However, today I am at 183.4 so I am a little less.

Now it is time to plan for the New Year. My husband's treatments ended yesterday so beginning next week I can begin back with my exercise routine or at least the line dancing part and possibly the exercising part. I went to a pain management doctor last week and he said where my pain is is not my fractures. They have healed. However, it has aggravated my arthritis and since I have Stage 3 kidney failure and can't take any NSAIDS the pain has become unbearable most of the time. I am going Monday to have some steroid shots in my back and hopefully that will help. For how long, I don't know. But steroids pack the weight on and I am not looking forward to that. I have just about decided that the kidneys are not so bad and I might begin taking my Naproxen again just not doing it everyday. With the beginning of 2011 I hope to get back in the routine of logging everything I eat and drink and with getting back to exercising I hope to begin losing again.

We still have to wait to find out what the results of my husbands treatments are which won't be for a couple of months, but hopefully everything will turn out good and he won't have to do another round. I want to thank all of my friends on SparkPeople for their prayers during this time.

  
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GERISE 2/1/2011 10:44AM

    you been through so much in the past year.. I wish I had the magic words to help. or see the future. but all i have to give you is emoticon and i will keep praying for you and your husband..

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L*I*T*A* 12/31/2010 9:38PM

    keeping you both in my prayers..........
wishing you both all the best for 2011.......
blessings and hugs.............lita


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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/30/2010 11:56AM

    I'll be praying Laurie. Happy new year.
Debbie

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Time to reflect

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Today is December 1 and time to reflect over the past 11 months. I can't believe 2010 is almost over. I began this year at 184 pounds. It has definitely been an up and down year. I had an adjustment to my band last December but it didn't do a lot of good.

This year I have lost and gained and now am almost back up to what I was at the beginning of the year. As everyone knows I tried the HCG diet and did manage to lose to my goal weight of 165....I even got lower to 161 but didn't stay there long. I actually finished my six week maintenance programs by losing six pounds. But unlike the program says, I was not able to eat anything I wanted and keep it off. The day after my six weeks was up I fell and got two compound fractures in my back and was unable to exercise at all. That was September 3rd. Here it is December 1st and my back still hurts. I had began doing a little exercise and then found out my husband has lung cancer. Of course he comes before me and my exercise program went by the wayside. I have not been able to exercise at all since the end of October. He goes for treatments daily during the time my exercise classes are. Between not being able to exercise and eating way to much of the wrong things I have gained everything I lost on the HCG diet.

I find it amazing that I still weight approximately what I did before beginning the HCG but my clothes that I wore then feel tighter. I think when I regain my weight it doubles in size. Even the clothes I was wearing last December are tight and I actually weighed more than I do now.

Still I am over 100 pounds less than I was when I began this journey back in 2007. I will never see that weight again and I am thankful for that. I am considering having surgery on my back after the first of the year and my husband will be over his radiation treatments so maybe I can get back into my routine and get this weight back off. This month I just have to concentrate on not gaining anymore.

Sorry for the long blog but it's been a long time since I blogged and had a lot ot say.

  
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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/1/2010 10:48AM

    Tough year for many of us, Laurie. I'm confident you will do well and succeed.
blessings.
Debbie

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L*I*T*A* 12/1/2010 10:33AM

    this has been a difficult year indeed for you........
wishing and yours a better year in2011.....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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Thanks

Friday, June 04, 2010

I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all of you that congratulated me on obtaining my goal weight last month. Regrettably I left for a two and a half week vacation the day after and wasn't able to maintain. I really tried the first week and my weight flucutated within a two to three pound range almost daily. The las week and a half I didn't weigh at all and when I got on the scale this morning it was up a little over seven pounds. Since I will be going out of town for three days next weekend I am going to wait until I return from that before getting back on the HCG for another round. I want to be able to do it for the full time and not have anything in my way of the six week maintainence.

I really felt good on my vacation though because all of the people I had not seen for a year gave me great compliments. I was about 10 - 15 pounds less than last year so I was smaller.

It's amazing now that I am down in my weight by 110 pounds a few pounds really feels like a lot. When I weighed 282 I could lose o r gain 20 pounds and never be able to see it in my clothes or my looks. Now I lose 5 pounds and you can tell and certainly if I gain it I can feel it in my clothes.

Laura

  
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MOOMSTEX 8/21/2010 8:38PM

    As a lapbander about your age/stage but who hasn't lost the 100+ pounds she'd hoped to, do you think it was the lapband that made the difference or the same old same old: i.e., less food more exercise? I have been very disappointed at the minimal change in "fullness" or satiation. although I have definitely over-eaten a few times, which the band has let me know in no uncertain terms.
I have found that exercising again has helped my back stop hurting, which at this point is the main reason I care about losing weight.

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ROCKSTARR79 6/6/2010 10:12AM

    First of all, congratulations on your huge loss! That is such an achievement! I'm sorry maintenance was tough for you, but it sounds like you're going to get back on track right away. Looking forward to hearing about more of your successes.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/5/2010 3:30PM

    7 or 8 lbs. is not a big difference but I imagine you were disappointed a bit. Hang in there. You can do it.


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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/5/2010 3:30PM

    7 or 8 lbs. is not a big difference but I imagine you were disappointed a bit. Hang in there. You can do it.


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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/5/2010 3:30PM

    7 or 8 lbs. is not a big difference but I imagine you were disappointed a bit. Hang in there. You can do it.


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Reached Goal

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Way back in 2007 I had a goal of weighing 165 pounds. I had never been that weight my entire adult life. So at 282 pounds I really thought it was an unobtainable goal. In Feb. 2007 I began counting calories. I have been on low carb diets, low fat diets, pills, hypnosis, and anything else that came along so this time I decided to just do 1000 calories and eat anything I wanted and count my calories daily. I did manage to lose 30 pounds in nine months. In September I decided to have the lapband surgery. My insurance didn't cover it so I went to Mexico. On the day of surgery I weighed 250 pounds. I have never regretted that decision for a day. Two weeks after my surgery I joined an aerobics class and have been exercising ever since. I never had stayed with an exercise program more than six months before.

Last January I was down to 172 and decided that since I was 10 pounds from goal I would have plastic surgery and that would get me to goal. Boy was I wrong. I never did see that 172 again. The surgeon told me he took off about 10 pounds of fat but the scale said 180 when I got home. It was because of all of the swelling and water retention and was to be expected. My mind told me that since that was the reason I could eat a little more of the wrong stuff and as soon as the swelling went down so would my weight. It didn't.

In Jan of this year I weighed in at 184. That was 10 pounds heavier than the day I went into surgery. I really got back on the stick and lost about 10 pounds and then got stuck again. My weight was fluctuating 175 -178 so April 10 I decided to try the HCG drops that are advertised to make you lose 30 - 40 pounds in 40 days. Today after taking them 31 days I am down to my goal weight of 165. It is also my last day to take the HCG drops. Tomorrow I will begin my maintenance period for six weeks. I hope it does as it says and the weight stays off.

Sorry for the long blog but I just had to get it all out. I can't believe I have reached that goal I set for myself way back in 2007. Look at my pictures to see the difference from June of 2007 to December of 2009.

  
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PRAYR4U 10/31/2010 9:18AM

  I agree with the other posts. Congratulations. You are a great inspiration. Most of the posts I see are from younger ones, not that matters but it is nice to see someone closer to my age because there are some special challenges we sometimes go through. I will turn 60 next month and have lost 90 pounds this year but am still working on another 80 to pounds to get off. I have been wondering about if I would need any type of surgery afterwards as I am getting so flabby. Anyway again congrats

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TXGRANDMA 6/14/2010 5:51PM

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DOOLEYCREW 5/20/2010 6:08AM

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DOOLEYCREW 5/20/2010 6:08AM

    Congrats on the weightloss!! emoticon

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KELULIANA 5/19/2010 10:05PM

    Congratulations! That's an inspiring story of persistence winning out over discouragement. Thanks.

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CJS7159 5/11/2010 8:41PM

    Congrats! You are an inspiration to all of us to know that we can never quit. We will not fail if we just continue to try. Thanks for sharing your story.

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NINA3823 5/11/2010 3:37PM

    emoticon You have done amazing!!! You are an inspiration to me. Now I know that if I stick to this I will reach the goal I have sent for myself.

If you have any questions on the maintenance let me know.

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CASE4GRACE 5/11/2010 2:04PM

    They say everything is bigger in Texas, but YOU are definitely SMALLER! Way to go on reaching your goal. What a wonderful success story you are, and a true inspiration to all of us.

Congratulations!
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MERT1717 5/11/2010 9:42AM

    Proud of you Texas!!!

Keep up your exercise and eatting right. You can do anything you set your mind to.

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BRANDISMARG 5/11/2010 9:14AM

  Great job!! emoticon

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CNODLE 5/11/2010 8:31AM

    Great Job!!!

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POETCHIK 5/11/2010 7:07AM

    Congrats on your progress!

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NUTRON3 5/11/2010 6:56AM

    Good luck, you have come a long ways!

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TBONE13 5/11/2010 6:55AM

  THAT"S GREAT !! YOU INSPIRE ME!!

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