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I'm going to do it again.

Monday, October 10, 2011

My wife and I on holiday (a couple of months ago)



I need to lose weight and get fit again, and there is no better way to do this than to use the inspiration and tools on offer here at Sparkpeople. It must be one of the best internet sites in the world. A big thankyou to all those involved in making it work.
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DAVEYSHADOW 10/12/2011 6:38AM

    emoticon back, you look very relaxed and happy on your holiday!

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AIMFOR32 10/11/2011 9:27AM

    Hey! Welcome back!

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JULIAOAK 10/10/2011 3:21PM

    good to see you back! you can do it!! emoticon

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ROJAKHAN 10/10/2011 12:44PM

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VALERIEMAHA 10/10/2011 11:50AM

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DOROTHYLEE61 10/10/2011 11:35AM

    emoticon HANG IN THERE!!!
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The Lord of Love

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Christmas is coming. And I'm going to receive it as best as I can.

I am opening my doors and throwing out the rubbish, making room for the Lord of Love. I donít expect to be rid of all the foolishness and some unwanted jumble will remain... but pure Love is very forgiving.

The story goes that the blessed child was born in a lowly stable, not in a palace. All we need do is our best and hang up a welcome sign. Perfection isnít required to feel the true spirit of Christmas.
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VALERIEMAHA 12/8/2010 6:32PM

    What a lovely offering. I too "am opening my doors and throwing out the rubbish" -- those negative thoughts, judgments, blame, feelings of unworthiness --" making room for the Lord of Love" indeed!
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AIMFOR32 12/8/2010 4:46PM

    Thanks. I needed that reminder as I was starting to stress out about what I still had to get done.

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GRAMSIECAKES2 12/8/2010 4:18PM

    I love Christmas I share my birthday with him. I just feel so overwhelmed to have such an honor to be born on his birthday..

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I have a new head

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Iím pleased to say that Iím feeling OK again, actually Iím feeling better now than I can ever remember.
This is because Iím taking medication called Citalopram. Iím feeling genuinely happy and sleeping like a baby, hopefully this will continue when I come off the tablets in about six months time. The sleep deprivation and anxiety is at the moment like an ancient memory.
This is a post of nothing but good news, and thats what I like to post. While I was ill I didnít want to post about it, my answer to feeling bad is to withdraw from life and Iíve never been good at asking for help... this of course is unhealthy, and in the end the problem I had of not sleeping and the anxiety was only solved with help from others. My doctor, my wife and family have all been great.
And although I had to take several weeks off work, when I returned everyone was very good to me, if I didnít 100 percent appreciate my place of work before, I certainly do now after the considerate way Iíve been treated.
During the weeks that Iíve been away from Sparkpeople IĎve put on 4 lbs which isnít too bad.
Today I decided to start again. emoticon I hope everyone is doing alright, best wishes.

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DAVEYSHADOW 12/3/2010 3:26AM

    emoticon glad you are feeling better, that 4 lb's will disappear easily now you are back.

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-CHERYL 12/2/2010 3:32PM

    I take Welbutrin and that little pill, (we call them "my happy pills") really makes such a difference! My daughter is bi-polar and her off meds is bad bad bad. On meds a happy camper! Sometimes starting a new medication can cause a temporary weight gain or loss, of course in my case it's usually a gain LOL
Welcome back!

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JAVALOVERTOO 12/2/2010 2:53PM

    Glad to hear the good news! I missed the other but am glad to see that things are working out. Sometimes we need a mental break from things too. Your experience sounds very similar to what brought me to SP (in a round about way) 9 months ago.

Sounds like you have a plan and are reaching out to those who love you and again to those of us here at SP that care about you. Take care and remember we are always here to "listen." emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 12/2/2010 8:23AM

    Good morning! (Hi Laura down there!)

I'm SO HAPPY you're back here with us and to hear your GOOD NEWS!!! emoticon I had wondered where you were. NOTHING else matters if our mind-body-spirit health is in jeopardy -- those measly 4 lbs. will be kicked to the curb in no time.

Stay with us here! We need your unique, wonderful, engaging energy!
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JLWOF1 12/2/2010 8:11AM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. I know how you feel, without my meds, I would be lost in a deep, dark hole. But instead, I have a great outlook on life and can truly appreciate all that life has to offer! I hope that you continue to improve and that your Christmas season is wonderful!

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AIMFOR32 12/2/2010 7:56AM

    Glad you're back and are doing better! You were missed!

Nice pic!

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JULIAOAK 12/2/2010 5:56AM

    welcome back - good to hear you managed to get some help and are sleeping better and the tablets are helping! emoticon emoticon

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Good and not so good news

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Good and not so good News
The good news
I started at 212 lbs and wanted to weigh 180 lbs at the end of October.
I now weigh 182 lbs
Iím counting this as a success, a victory over old eating habits.
I wouldnít have achieved this if it wasnít for Sparkpeople... so a big thank you to all concerned
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Iím now setting myself a new goal of 175 lbs by the end of this year.
It will keep me focused on eating well and exercising. And even if I donít make it all the way to 175 lbs Iím sure to make some progress towards it. 175 lbs would be a better weight for me according to the Body Mass Index. My original goal of 180 lbs only just got me out of the overweight range.

The not so good news
I have had to take time off work suffering from sleep deprivation and anxiety. My 12 hour nightshifts really donít suit me. It got so bad that towards the end of a shift I had great difficulty in thinking, forming thoughts and even speaking. I felt like a mental wreck, but I will get OK again. Iím taking medication for anxiety prescribed by my Doctor.
I donít want any of my Sparkfriends to be concerned or troubled. I am over the worst of it now and I know that I will be OK. Whatever happens Iíll handle it.

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THEBATGIRL 11/6/2010 12:33PM

    I am so sorry about the not so good news. This must be some change over part of your story that you have to go through. Taking care of yourself is so important.

Hey, you are really an inspiration. Watching your documented progress has helped so much for everyone and particularly us dabblers who want to jump in full force, but are just taking other things from SP right now. Can imagine the sheer excitement, terrible schedule and heightened emotions would cause anxiety.

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VALERIEMAHA 11/3/2010 12:17PM

    I'm not at all surprised by the good news OR the not-so-good news. I remember commenting about your schedule in one of my first communications to you. It's really brutal on certain bio-rhythms (like YOURS and my brother -- and mine as well).

I so wish there was a way to change your hours with your current employer...OR find work with equal pay/benefits somewhere else with day hours. We need to start putting those wishes into affirmations, mantras, heart's desires! I'm SO sad to hear you're on anxiety meds.

In solidarity,
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/2/2010 9:25PM

    Coming within a few pounds of goal is great!

Just keep trying.

Sorry about your suffering from sleep deprivation and anxiety, I hope the medicine helps.

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AIMFOR32 11/2/2010 3:50PM

    I'm glad you recognized there was a problem and went to see your Dr. Many don't, so again, kudos to you! I've no doubt it's another one of life's hurdles that you are getting close to clearly jumping over as you have all of the other hurdles in your life.

You were there for me earlier this year when I was overwhelmed with all the health and family problems even though I knew deep down I had to be the one to make the changes necessary so please bear with me wanting to be a 'shoulder' for you. We all need one once in a while and that's okay.

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DAVEYSHADOW 11/2/2010 2:57PM

    keep up the good work. Hope you are back to normal soon and work get's sorted.

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EGDODSON 11/2/2010 1:21PM

    I think what you have accomplished is awesome! Congratulations and keep up the good work. I worked nights for a couple of years - YUK! I wouldn't want to do it again. I have been managing to stay under the line (180) for a couple of weeks. Now, if I could only get under 170..... Good luck to all of us as we enter this Holiday season.

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JULIAOAK 11/2/2010 1:04PM

    Hi there,
I didn't manage to lose those extra 2lbs either but am hoping that November will be the month to do it!!
Sorry to hear about your problems at work - are you able to swap to day shifts? Hope you are feeling better soon and the anxiety goes - it can be quite crippling at times.
Keep up the good work! emoticon

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One week Left

Monday, October 25, 2010

I lost my way a little bit last week. emoticon
I really fancied some chocolate. And for a few days I was having chocolate with every cup of tea.
Then on Thursday or Friday the desire for chocolate disappeared and since then Iíve been OK.
The result is I gained weight but then I lost it, And now I'm the same weight as I was last Monday.
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DAVEYSHADOW 10/27/2010 10:40AM

    Never mind about the chocolate, I went to Cadbury world on Monday so dreading seeing that on the scales!

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JULIAOAK 10/25/2010 4:17PM

    You can do it - I have got 2lbs left to get to goal weight as well - but having problems getting there! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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