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Daddy Broke his back

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Well, at least we know what happened now....still don't know why he lost his balance and fell, but we know why he is in such bad shape now.

I have not contacted the second hospital that turned him lose...but I did call a lawyer... I am NOT going to pay a bill to that place! The first hospital kind of redeemed itself by figuring out what was wrong...(and they give him charity care so he never gets a bill from them anyway) but I'll be @#%$# if I am paying that second hospital a dime,. They turned him lose with a broken back! If it had not been for the ambulance deciding he couldn't go home, we would have went home and he would have fell again! (I love that EMT now! - I'm going to write a letter of commendation for him)

anyway - I did get some pedal exercise in this morning and will probably get a walk at the hospital later...I am staying on my eating plan because with my diabetes I might get sick if I go off plan and that is the last thing I need right now.

I haven't filled in my food tracker - been too tired...may catch it up in a little while.

I cannot stress enough how much you all mean to me. It feels like a physical force around me when I read all of your comments, well wishes and prayers. You all are my rock and I love you all

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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/13/2014 12:31PM

    Tom went eight years with a broken back before they found it. eight years. I feel your frustration. I really really do.

glad he's on the mend. ((hugs))

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KATTREE 2/8/2014 3:13PM

    emoticon Thinking of your Daddy too. Take care.

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NEXTSTEPS 2/7/2014 8:51AM

    Oh, Kat, that's unbelievable. Your poor dad. Doctors can be complete idiots. I don't trust most of them as far as I can throw them. In this case, how could you know what was going on other than an intuition that something was just not OK? And we all know how doctors respond to our intuition - right, like we are the idiots. Prayers going out for you both!

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JAMER123 2/6/2014 10:05PM

    i am glad you now know what is going on with your dad. It's so difficult to care for someone when you don't know what the needs are. Some facilities need to close their doors due to poor care and others need to add beds because they care. So glad you got the right one finally. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your dad.

You need to take care of yourself so that you can continue to care for your dad. Your health is #1. I know the difficulty of the first hand as I am caring for my mom right now as she has been in her home several days with respiratory illness and has gotten cabin fever, going out too soon and relapsing. We both have our hands full and we will make it through!
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10ACBIRDWALKER 2/6/2014 9:37PM

    The list of incompetent hospitals is long and growing by the day. I am glad they found the problem and now you can get him on the road to recovery. Keep taking care of yourself

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LISBETHSALANDER 2/6/2014 9:35AM

    Hugs to you and your father. Keep up your eating plan and stick to some exercise each day . . . it will make you feel a little more in control. Speedy recovery to your dad.

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/6/2014 9:28AM

    Just glad they found out what was going on so now what?? is he home or ?? and can you take care of him??
in my prayers kido
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CHERYLHURT 2/6/2014 7:52AM

  Sending you hugs and prayers! Get a LAWYER!

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SUGARSMOM2 2/6/2014 7:41AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon sorry .. we all make mistakes that is unbieveable but it happens . we all like to think that wouldnt ever happen to anyone but it does . i am sorry that it happened to your dad. Hope he gets better and his back heals and he is well .

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SCOTMAMA 2/5/2014 11:27PM

    WHAT???? That is unbelievable! Usually the first thing a hospital does is take X-rays to discover what's wrong, and also to protect themselves. It will be hard to find an attorney to take your case as doctors do not like to testify against another doctor, and I'm sure the problem would be even worse with hospitals.

But back in 2005 I sued the doctor when I got MRSA from a lazik procedure -- and although it took a total of 5 years, I won!!

I feel so bad for your Dad. Didn't he have any idea that he may have broken his back?
And what will happen to him now? Will he need to be in a cast of some sort? He sure has had his share of bad stuff lately, it's time for something good to happen!


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ENG_TV 2/5/2014 9:26PM

    At least you know what the problem is now, but I would be sure to write to the hospital administrator and let them know what happened. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way that things turn around.


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4RASCALS 2/5/2014 9:25PM

    First, sending healing thoughts your way for dad. I will continue to keep you both in my thoughts & prayers.

I'm amazed that they sent him home. Thank God the EMT was on the ball. Sometimes hospitals are to quick to release patients. At least now he is getting the care he needs. Please take care of yourself, as dad is going to need you.

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COLOR-BLUE 2/5/2014 9:20PM

    Kathy,

WHAT!!!!!

Is that hospital so incompetent that they didn't realize what was wrong with your dad? That's ridiculous and the professionals should know better! Yes, my dear friend, I know you're under some stress with what your dad is going through, but please watch out after yourself, so you can continue to watch out after your dad! I'm still praying for the both of you!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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MICKEYH 2/5/2014 8:40PM

    Keep sending prayers for you and your Family. emoticon emoticon

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RICKI157 2/5/2014 8:25PM

    I am sorry about your dad being hurt so bad. You are right though you have to watch your what you eat or you will get sick too and your dad is going to need you to be well. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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_RAEVEN_ 2/5/2014 8:22PM

    Wow.. Its absolutely amazing that a hospital would send him home like that. Totally crazy!!! Unfortunately even hospitals have become more about the money and less about the patient. Its sad.
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4KWALK 2/5/2014 8:09PM

    So sorry to hear the news about your dad. No wonder he was in pain. I hope all will work out for him.

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    Keeping you in my prayers! emoticon

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SLLYONS51 2/5/2014 5:43PM

  I am so glad he is now getting the care he deserved in the first place. Hospitals are sometimes too quick to discharge patients. As a nurse I have always gone with my gut instincts and they have never failed me. emoticon

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AMYC0128 2/5/2014 5:17PM

    I am glad that they have found out what is wrong, poor guy. I am with your for getting a lawyer against the 2nd hospital. I really hope his fall was just an accident and not part of some underlying medical issue. Stay strong your daddy is going to need to you so much while he heals. Still sending prayers and hugs

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/5/2014 5:02PM

    Oh my gosh!! That's AWFUL!! Poor man..... emoticon The pain most have been terrible. I am SO glad he is getting proper care and pain medicine. I am sorry, my friend. I am proud of you in that you are still exercising. If you are eating mindfully, you will be okay. Still praying for you and your dear dad. emoticon emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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WALNUTT1961 2/5/2014 4:18PM

    I am so sorry for your Dad. My grandfather had a similar situation happen several years ago. He kept complaining about the pain and finally someone listened. I hope he gets some relief and don't forget to take care of you!

Sending prayers,
Lee Ann

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RAINBOWMF 2/5/2014 3:56PM

    I don't blame you one bit for getting a lawyer, I'd be more than tempted to sue, no one should have to go through what your father did!

Prayers for him, he has gone through too much. Awful just awful-- emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 2/5/2014 3:46PM

    I hope your dad heals quickly, and I am also sending up prayers that your successful in your fight against the hospital.

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JUNEAU2010 2/5/2014 3:41PM

    Praying for you, your dad and his caregivers.

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BACKTO35 2/5/2014 2:35PM

    Praying for you and your Dad for a quick and full recovery. Keep yourself safe, strong and healthy. When things get a little rough, remember there is a whole lot of support here for you.
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GINILEE4 2/5/2014 1:52PM

    I think you should definitely fight the 2nd hospital. All it takes is an xray to determine a break and if not sure, check some more. Thank you EMT and now your dad can start to get some treatment. Rest easier knowing what is happening and stay on your food plan. Your dad needs you healthy. ( and so do all of us :) Take care and do some deep breathing when you need to be more calm. I tried it. IT WORKS!!!!!


Love and sympathy for your dads pain,


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KING_SLAYER 2/5/2014 1:41PM

    As many have said before me, at least now you know what's wrong and can move forward with proper treatment. Good job to you for the eating and exercise during this most stressful time, keep it up! Make sure to get rest where you can, if you get too tired it will be easy to make a mistake or miss some important information.

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MYTHMYTH 2/5/2014 1:11PM

    Hang in there!! Prs ying he hesls quickly.

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ANNETTE117 2/5/2014 1:09PM

    emoticon I hope your Daddy heals quickly. Take care of yourself, too.

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LADYSTARWIND 2/5/2014 12:41PM

    The biggest question would be what , if any testing, Hosp #2 did before erroneously sending him home.... Some breaks are really difficult to "see" on xray, and many symptoms do "mimic" other conditions.... That is why it is so important to have someone advocating for you when illness/injury come.

But that is all irrelevant at this point! He is being treated now, and you have some peace of mind. Hopefully they will be able to give you an idea of your immediate future soon, so you can plan what will be next.

Do take care--of yourself!! All the best...
patti

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DALMOM2007 2/5/2014 12:33PM

    Wow...scary when hospitals mis-diagnose. Sorry to hear that your dad broke his back. I am wishing him a full recovery. emoticon

And, as far as paying that hospital....heck no! You are right for getting a lawyer.

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CTUPTON 2/5/2014 12:23PM

    Praying that this all turns out OK. I am so sorry your Dad did not get proper care. chris

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LYNETTEMOM 2/5/2014 12:07PM

    thinking of you and him of course too.
I broke my neck many years ago and had very good care, have few issues from it.
Hoping that all goes as well as it can from here on.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/5/2014 12:06PM

    lotfi´s father reacently did the same,break his back i mean which is why he has been visiting home alot.way to go on getting your exercise in love.keep oit up know you and your father are in my prayers.try to take care of you though as you said it wouldn´t do for you to be ill either. emoticon

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SUSIEMT 2/5/2014 12:06PM

    My Prayers are with you and your family Wildkat!

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JACKIE542 2/5/2014 11:46AM

    Such a sad situation, really am glad for the EMT, many emoticon Hope you father gets the treatment he needs now.

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MCFITZ2 2/5/2014 11:23AM

    Your EMT was an angel. Glad your dad is getting treated. HUGS

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BEATLETOT 2/5/2014 11:23AM

    How stupid. I wouldn't want to pay them either.

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WILLOW49 2/5/2014 11:13AM

    What a terrible story about your dad. Wishing him a quick recovery.

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JCERNEK 2/5/2014 11:09AM

    well, at least now you know what has happened, and where you need to go from here. glad the hear you have contacted a lawyer, i would have done the same. still sending prayers your way. stay strong honey! hugs

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INGMARIE 2/5/2014 11:00AM

    emoticon Prayers to you and family.Speedy recovery.
How terrible ,how can a hospital miss a broken back?

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Update and thank you

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Ok, I'm typing this on my tablet so please excuse typos!

I'm sitting in Daddys room at hospital waiting on dr and for them to take him for spine mri

He is not doing well and cannot walk right now. I did manage to get him to eat but I had to spoon feed him. I don't what has happened but something is wrong and hopefully the dr will figure it out.

I got a small very short workout this morning and am walking up and down the halls when Daddy sleeps. I only managed to get in 11 minutes yestrday but that is 10 or more so my streak is intact! (me and that dang streak!) I walked the hall in the ER to get that much.

I want you all to know how truly humbled I am by all the prayers and well wishes. They have meant so much to me during this trying time.
I will update as I find out more

to my teams - please bear with me ...I will be back soon

  
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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/13/2014 12:33PM

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    emoticon So sorry about your Dad.

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    emoticon Sending many Prayer and Virtual Hugs!! You are doing Fabulous, and keeping your own Self Care (and Streaking!!) On Track!! That is a lot to be proud of!!

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IMLOCOLINDA 2/5/2014 6:33AM

    emoticon You have been such a wonderful motivator and inspiration to so many of us and now it's our turn to be here for you. Whatever you need...just ask. Lots of us are sending positive thoughts and prayers for you and your father during this difficult time. Keep us posted but don't forget to take care of yourself...you are so wonderful and we're wonderfully blessed to be on this journey with you!

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/4/2014 11:54PM

    Kathy, you've been a great support to so many and we love you. What you're going through is hard and I am sorry. I admire that you're still walking!! emoticon I hope you can rest too. God bless you both. emoticon emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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    Take your time and spend it with your dad!! Sending my thoughts & prayers for a good outcome to the MRI. God bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2NDCHANCEWITHEY 2/4/2014 10:03PM

    Prayers for you! Please keep us updated and I am glad you got that streak!

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COLOR-BLUE 2/4/2014 9:39PM

    Kathy,

You, your dad, and I have been through some tough times together, and I just pray that the two of you come out intact! Father God, I ask for a healing and a blessing on both Kathy and her dad. Touch each of them from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet, and swoosh anything that is not of you, out of the way and banish it as far as the east is from the west. Father God, I ask that you give a name to what is going on with Kathy's dad, so it can be named specifically, when called out in prayer. I know you understand and know all things, but I would like to have a name put to his condition, to give totally over to you. Strengthen and nurture them Father God, as they need Your sustenance! Give them Your peace, that peace that passes all understanding, as only You can give. In the name of Jesus the Christ, AMEN!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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ENG_TV 2/4/2014 8:55PM

    Sending good thoughts your way. Hope they are able to find out what is going on. Don't forget to take care of you too.
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10ACBIRDWALKER 2/4/2014 8:31PM

    Sorry to hear he isn't doing well. Please keep us posted and hopefully they will figure things out soon.


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I'm sending good thoughts to you and your dad.
I hope they find a way to help him soon

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    Kathy sending healing and comforting thoughts. Many sparkers care pray for the best for all of you. emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 2/4/2014 5:56PM

    Sorry to hear about your Dad. Praying for him and that the doctors can help him.

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    Sending prayers on your way. Hang in there. emoticon emoticon

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    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  Thoughts and prayers for you and your Father. Praying for the Dr. to figure out whats wrong and how to treat.

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    Kathy ~ Praying for your Dad and your family.

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    Thoughts and Prayers with You and Family.
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    Kathy, I am so sorry; keeping you all in my prayers.
Please don't worry about the teams right now, I'm sure that everyone understands. emoticon

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    Sending prayers to you.

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    Prayers for your dad that the Dr.s figure out what's wrong and get him straightened out. I hope you are doing as well as can be expected.

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4RASCALS 2/4/2014 3:43PM

    Will continue to keep you both in my thoughts & prayers.
Don't forget to take care of yourself.

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KOHINOOR2 2/4/2014 3:03PM

    Hope everything works out soon Prayers continue your way. emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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    Praying for you both. Hope they figure it out soon.

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MARYBETH4884 2/4/2014 2:34PM

    Prayers will continue!

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/4/2014 2:22PM

    emoticon I hope they figure out what is happening with your Dad, and then fix it.

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AMYC0128 2/4/2014 1:57PM

    I really hope that they find out what is going on! Good for you for getting some walking in . Sending hugs and prayers your way.

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    emoticon My thoughts are with you and your family. Thanks for posting an update.

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HAPPYMENOW58 2/4/2014 1:50PM

    Great job trying to work out and staying positive in this time of stress. Will pray for your Dad.....Hang in there and hang on.....Hugs. emoticon

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    Hope everything works out.

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KITT52 2/4/2014 1:30PM

    hope they find out what is happening with your Dad..
take care of you and I think its great that you are walking where ever you can...

hope things get better

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    Will continue to pray. Of course, your concentration needs to be on your Dad. Remember to take care of yourself, too, though. emoticon

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    Still praying for you and your family. emoticon

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REGILIEH 2/4/2014 1:25PM

    YOU AND YOUR DAD ARE IN MY CONSTANT PRAYERS! TRUST JESUS!

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Saturday, February 01, 2014



Hello all!
This has been a very hectic week. My daddy, Hunter had a brain scan (thankfully came back showing no cancer so his cancer is still in remission as far as we know – more tests later this month) My hubby, James, had a follow up appointment with one of his doctors over his stomach (again – good news – doctor think meds will take care of the problem)

I got very flustered and emotional this week though, and could not keep up with everything that I usually do. Posting on the 6 teams I lead and the BTS (Beyond the Scale) Challenge that I am an assistant on. Participating in the 100 days of Weight loss book discussion group - Keeping up with two other teams that I am a member of, keeping up with earning points on Spark People – I love to do that. Keeping up with the housework, getting supper on the table, taking care of Daddy when he needs me, running errands, taking Daddy and James to doctors appointments. AND keeping up with my eating plan and workouts.

Very early in the week, I was trying to get everything done and realized I hadn’t tracked any of my food and had forgotten to workout!!!!! I stopped what I was doing and immediately did my workout. Since that happened, I took a step back from everything. Of all my tasks and “duties” I had to make sure I have my priorities straight. As selfish as it may sound, I have to make sure that I come first! Because if I don’t take care of myself then NOTHING else will get done. Now I am back to working out the first thing when I get up, Daddy and James are asleep at that time and Spark People can wait. Now don’t get me wrong…I LOVE Spark People, I love helping people, especially new comers…the highlights of my week this week were three emails I got from people saying I inspired them! It really humbles me when someone tells me that and makes me feel SO good! I am NOT going anywhere. I am going to continue to lead the teams I do for now and I am always available by Spark mail.

But, sometimes, I may not post every single day…sometimes – I may not keep up with everything. I will always update my food tracker – that is an integral part of me now, and my fitness tracker. I will continue to workout every day and I will continue to post a blog once a week…even if it is just to say hi! I have learned that the world will not come to an end if I miss a day on posting to teams. If I am busy with family then I will just be doing the minimum on Spark - I have already reached level 20 on the points anyway – everything else is icing on the cake so to speak.

I want others to know – that whatever they are responsible for in their lives, that they have to put themselves first. Even before your families, because you can’t care for them if you don’t care for yourself first. Too often I think we get caught up in what others expect of us. We all have to learn our limits. I believe I have reached mine. Again…I’m not going anywhere – and I’m not leaving the teams I lead right now (I may have to drop some in the future – that is yet to be seen) I hope home life will settle down so that I can get back to “normal” but in the meantime, I will do what I can and not sweat the rest. One person can only do so much. You have to find out what is most important in your daily tasks and take care of those first. For me that is my workouts. For you it may be something different. But make sure you make time for you!


edited on Feb 18th, 2014 - Daddy is now in rehab and I am spending most of my days with him. for the whole story see my other blogs. I have let one of my teams that I lead go and gotten help on another. I also let one of the teams that do not lead but post to go. I am slowly getting everything back under control - thank you all for your time and good wishes!

  
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RENATA144 2/21/2014 11:35PM

  I'm so sorry that your Dad got hurt. I hope & pray that he recovers well.
Please continue to take good care of yourself as well. emoticon
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AJB121299 2/18/2014 8:06AM

    hope that all went well

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LYNETTEMOM 2/5/2014 12:15PM

    Kathy, I'm reading this after reading about your daddy's broken back.
I know I join the chorus of friends who say to you yes, absolutely, prioritize what is important to your own health, both physical and mental.
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SUSIEMT 2/5/2014 12:04PM

    Well said WildKat!! We all need to make priorities!

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DALMOM2007 2/4/2014 6:34AM

    Kathy, to be honest, I always wondered how you kept up with everything in the first place. I know all that you do for your family, in addition to all the teams which you lead, I was always amazed that you also found the time to workout. I'm very happy to hear that you are putting yourself first...don't worry about not posting every day...there are other members on the teams who do post and that keeps it going....it is called a team for a reason. As a group, we all help each other, it does not all fall on your shoulders.

Take a deep breath and relax.

I was happy to see the good news about your Dad and Husband, however, I caught a glimpse that someone is in the hospital. I'll have t check in later to see how all of you are doing. emoticon

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PJB145 2/3/2014 6:45PM

    Good for you, making yourself a priority. If you do not take care of you, being there for others becomes harder to do.

Putting you at number 1 is not selfish, but practical. Continued success.

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MCFITZ2 2/2/2014 8:33PM

    Kathy take care of yourself.
I am amazed at all you do.
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MOM2ACAT 2/2/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon I've always said, that we are better equipped to help others if we are also taking care of ourselves too.

I am glad your dad and husband had good news this week!

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WALNUTT1961 2/2/2014 12:38PM

    Thank you for the reminder. I know I can't do it all, but sometimes I forget! Great news for your father and husband. I hope this week is better for you and your family.
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4RASCALS 2/2/2014 11:26AM

    Wow you have a lot on your plate, but I'm glad that your putting yourself first. If we don't care about ourselves we are not in a position to help others. Hope your Dad and James continue to do well.

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MARYBETH4884 2/2/2014 9:01AM

    Our first responsibility needs to be to caring for ourselves. If we do that then we can care for others better. It took me a long time to figure that out! This theory helps ease a lot of stress. Even if I have to force myself up early to exercise or track possible meals. Everyone here understands your situation . We'll be around when you get a chance to check in! ((Hugs))

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/2/2014 8:22AM

    so true we have to come first so that is what I am doing too me then family and friend and life - keep up the good work kido
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POUTINGPEGGY 2/2/2014 4:34AM

    So true. Good luck on your journey. You truly are an inspiration with your gritty determination. emoticon

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JAMER123 2/2/2014 12:00AM

    That is very true. Please take care of yourself and I am going to do that as well!!
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CAROL_31649731 2/1/2014 11:09PM

    So true . . . that "me time" is invaluable to your health. Take care of you first! A lesson for us all. Thanks emoticon

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RETIREDGMA 2/1/2014 10:54PM

    One of my resolutions this year was to do what I wanted to do - not be persuaded to do otherwise! I allowed myself to do as others wanted as I was too lazy to stand up to what I thought. It feels good to be selfish once in a while! Glad to hear that your menfolk are doing well.

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WILLOW49 2/1/2014 10:52PM

    In order to be there for your family, you certainly need to take good care of yourself!
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RACEWELLWON 2/1/2014 10:44PM

    Good for you ! I like to call it Health Selfishness - emoticon Happy that your dad and DH are OK - Hugs K emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 2/1/2014 10:09PM

    You are doing the right thing...YOU come first and then your family. If the teams have to wait a day or two, it is okay. People will understand. I have a lot going on in my life too and I am reevaluating. I will not give up tracking, I will not give up exercise, I will continue to support my SparkFriends to the best of my ability and I will not give up a couple of teams that I get so much support and love from. But maybe I won't be getting as many SparkPoints as I used to. Maybe I won't be reading as many articles. We do the best that we can within our circumstances and by putting yourself first, you will be able to take care of those who need you right now!

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    Do what you can no pressure. emoticon emoticon

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LISBETHSALANDER 2/1/2014 9:23PM

    You have your priorities straight. Self care is the foundation on which all the other care is built. Best wishes for continued success.

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    emoticon emoticon Sparking should help, not hurt, even if that means prying the fun stuff/keyboard from our hands ;)

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CFMOSS 2/1/2014 8:59PM

    Thanks for all of the encouraging you do - now be encouraged yourself so that you can continue to do what you realized you need to do - take care of you (then you can take care of others) track that food, rack up those fitness minutes. Hug.

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/1/2014 8:49PM

    I am having the same problem and having to make decisions about what's important and what to do when. Good luck, my friend. I feel tempted to drop most teams too - too much sometimes. emoticon I am glad your dad and hubby are fine.
LOVE, CHELSEA

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KING_SLAYER 2/1/2014 8:35PM

    I've always said "you gotta do what you gotta do". Taking care of yourself definitely fits that statement! So take care of yourself, none of us are of any use to others if we can't take care of ourselves.

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SCRAPPER1124 2/1/2014 8:25PM

    Good putting yourself first and realizing the need to do that. It's something I struggle with as well. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 2/1/2014 8:23PM

    Your priorities are straight and this blog sets a great example for those of us who struggle. With the concern for your dad and James, emotions are completely to be expected.

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    emoticon We do need to take good care of ourselves, or we won't be any help for anyone else. Take good care of yourself. emoticon
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LETHA_ 2/1/2014 8:16PM

    emoticon So glad you are making your own health a priority. You'll be more help to your loved ones if you are strong and healthy.
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RUNNING-TURTLE 2/1/2014 8:15PM

    emoticon "me" time is so important. Sounds like you always have a lot on your plate as much as I do, and "me" time is even more crucial during those times. good for you for recognizing it.

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IMPRECIOUS1 2/1/2014 8:00PM

    Thank you for the support! This past week I started back with Sparks after an absence and felt myself getting frustrated because I was not doing everything perfectly. I always write down what I eat and my workouts in a notebook I carry with me and try to put it on the computer before I go to bed. This week I have just not had time do to family commitments. Today I caught myself thinking of giving up (again) due to not 'doing things right' but talked myself out of it. I can follow my eating plan and do my workouts (thank you, thank you for the link to Paul! I love him) without always putting it on the computer. It is about me and what I am doing, rather than what is on a computer.

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SLLYONS51 2/1/2014 7:46PM

  I am at a place where the kids are grown. I never had any me time when they were young---didn't know what that was. Now I know I could have used it then!!. I always take time for some solitude and care now. emoticon

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STUDLEEJOE 2/1/2014 7:40PM

    You are doing great. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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I won a prize on Spark People!!!

Monday, January 20, 2014


check out all the bags of crochet yarn behind me!!!! LOL

I won a New Year's Resolution Survival Kit. I found out about winning it a couple of weeks ago and I just got it today brought by UPS!

I love winning things and was very surprised when I won this and got the email telling me I had won.

It has a resistance band, a workout DVD, a stainless steel water bottle AND a stability ball!!!! I’ve always wanted one! It says the weight limit is 300 pounds and right now I weigh 332 so I will have to wait a few months to use it, but it won’t be long and now I don’t have to buy one!!!!

This is just awesome...I love exercise equipment and here I am winning some more to help me on my way!

This was from a Spark People Activity Tracker contest in December.

  
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AMANDANCES 2/28/2014 8:47AM

    That's AWESOME!!! Congratulations!!!!!

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CTUPTON 2/5/2014 12:24PM

    I can't think of a better person this prize should go to!

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COLOR-BLUE 1/25/2014 5:48PM

    Kathy,

emoticon look at the gold mine you received!!! It's so great that SP keeps us motivated by entering us in their contests. emoticon as they really do care about what they're doing, to get us into a better healthier body!!! You go, GIRL!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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JCERNEK 1/25/2014 1:45PM

    congrats on your win!!

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RETIREDGMA 1/23/2014 7:03AM

    Good for you!

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SONGBIRDPAULA 1/23/2014 6:26AM

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GSEATON 1/22/2014 2:59PM

    Congrats! YOU deserve it! YAAAAY you!

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LYNETTEMOM 1/22/2014 11:08AM

    That's wonderful. It's great to know a winner-- wish Canadians could enter Spark contests but at least we can access the site and that is an everyday win!

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LYNETTEMOM 1/22/2014 11:06AM

    That's wonderful. It's great to know a winner-- wish Canadians could enter Spark contests but at least we can access the site and that is an everyday win!

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NANCYPAT1 1/22/2014 8:16AM

    That is so cool.

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/22/2014 7:33AM

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BTRX71 1/22/2014 1:41AM

    WooHoo! Congratulations!!

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MCFITZ2 1/21/2014 10:24PM

    Oh WOW Kathy. You are the first person I have ever known who did.
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    So happy you won this prize. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 1/21/2014 6:37PM

    Congrats Kathy!!!!!
That is awesome, and I'm glad you won!
You look great in that photo too!

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You deserve it...

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MARUKI52 1/21/2014 3:58PM

    Congratulations on your win. What a great prize.

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EVRLNGFOO 1/21/2014 12:38PM

    congrats! what a great prize pack!

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RAINBOWMF 1/21/2014 11:31AM

    That's great. emoticon

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KITT52 1/21/2014 11:19AM

    wow how wonderful...I am so happy for you.....enjoy

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  Congratulations. So exciting and so deserving. emoticon

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    Congrats on your win! Love the picture!!

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    Lucky Lucky Lucky!! I'm jealous, but I'm glad it was YOU! Someone got it who wanted it and will use it.. emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations. It is a great feeling winning things. emoticon

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RUNNING-TURTLE 1/21/2014 7:24AM

    emoticon I'm not very lucky at winning things. LOL! Enjoy your new stuff, and keep up the good work. I'm sure that stability ball will come in handy soon. Have a good week.

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CAPECODDOGFISH 1/21/2014 7:06AM

    Congrats, you deserve it. Gives you a bit more incentive to keep going.

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LOVE, CHELSEA

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/21/2014 1:48AM

    emoticon love i am so envious.i want a activity tracker but we can´t use them over here.spark are trying to work on a solution though.have fun and give us a review of the dvd. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 1/21/2014 12:20AM

    Congratulations on winning the exercise gear! That is really cool!

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JAMER123 1/20/2014 11:55PM

    CONGRATS!! So glad you won them. I have never won anything, anywhere that I have signed up for. Just my luck that's no good (LOL) Love my stability ball and resistance bands.
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SHARON10002 1/20/2014 11:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your prizes! That's some really nice stuff! I love my stability ball, and I use it with dumbbells and resistance bands sometimes.
Hope you get to enjoy it all very soon!

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MYAKAYAH 1/20/2014 11:31PM

    Wonderful you won some exercise equipment to help you on your way! I like working with my resistance bands quite a lot. Its always nice to win a prize on Spark People, have fun~

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MICKEYH 1/20/2014 10:51PM

    emoticon emoticon glad you won!! Way to go.

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KOHINOOR2 1/20/2014 10:44PM

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ROSIEPD 1/20/2014 9:37PM

    Cool Beans! Enjoy!

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WALNUTT1961 1/20/2014 9:20PM

   

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FAIRYMELLY 1/20/2014 9:11PM

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MADEIT3 1/20/2014 9:08PM

    Congrats on the win. You'll enjoy that stability ball!! What a great prize!

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So Close

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I am 8 pounds away from 100 pounds lost! 8 pounds!!!! Some of you know how this feels…others can imagine it…for those that have never been that much over weight…well, they can somewhat relate because all weight loss is important and emotional. I never really thought I’d be able to lose this much. My doctor never thought I’d be able to either…he is so proud of me, it so awesome to see him now. I’m losing steady again and am hoping I don’t hit a silly plateau before I hit 100 lost.
Now I’m not close to my final goal…I will still have over 100 pounds more to lose…after all I started at 426 pounds. But now I know that I can do it…it is just a matter of time.

I also have some new exercise equipment….I had to buy another pedal exerciser because I broke my previous one! I keep breaking shafts…trying a different brand this time…Gold’s Gym folding pedal exerciser. And I bought a two year warranty to go with it! I also bought an aerobic step platform and have started to do step aerobics in addition to my seated aerobics and pedal exercise. I can’t do step for very long but at least I am doing it and everybody has to start somewhere! I also do strength and resistance exercises. I found some “new” weights at the flea market the other day. 5 pounders…I just bought some 3 pound weights at Walmart and am using those now but eventually I plan to move up to the 5 pound ones, so now I have them at a fraction of the price of new ones and you can’t tell these are used ones. I also now have some leg weights. These are great for strength training my legs.

This is such a change for me. Enjoying buying exercise equipment…I have a nice little collection now, even a whole set of resistance bands. When I bought the weights at the flea market I asked my husband if he minded me spending money on ones I couldn’t use yet, and he told me I could spend whatever I wanted - especially on equipment to make me healthier. He told me it makes him happy to see me so excited about exercising! I do love my workouts…every now and then I would like to take a day off, but I’ve got a 30 week streak of working out every single day and I’m not quite ready to give up that streak – technically my official SP streak is for only 5 days a week…it is a goal off of one of my teams….but I know that it has been 7 days a week…I even exercised when I was in the hospital for three days – I walked up and down the hall for 10 minutes each day…wasn’t much but it kept my streak going. I know that we shouldn’t strive for perfection in our health goals, but I made myself a promise, that I would exercise at least 10 minutes every day whether I felt like it or not. Most of the time it is far more than 10 minutes, but I give myself the leeway that if I don’t enjoy it by the time 10 minutes is up I can quit. Even on those days I make sure I get a walk in to get to my 5000 steps a day…I’ve reached that goal every day since I got my Spark People tracker – many days over 10000 steps, but always over 5000.

For those that saw my posts about my husband having an EGD test (camera down into the stomach) at the hospital today- the results were great!!!!! No problems were found; just a little irritation of the lining of the stomach…Doctor gave him some pills to take care of that! I’m so relieved….this has been an ongoing problem for a while now and it’s great to know that there is nothing serious wrong!

Now for those that have followed my story about my Daddy…he is doing great! He even took himself out about town today. I fear the cancer will come back one day, but I’m so glad he is starting to feel better for now. It is such a wonderful feeling to see him full of life!

Well, that’s all for now…I hope each and every one you reading this is having an awesome day and has an even better tomorrow!

Hugs

  
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GRAMPIAN 4/5/2014 11:06AM

  emoticon you're doing so well!

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  just keep at it never give up

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AJB121299 2/2/2014 3:55PM

    Like it

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OUATEONE2 1/23/2014 7:54PM

    Only a little more to go! Congratulations, your effort and accomplishment inspire all of us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You are such an inspiration!

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MAPLECANDY3 1/20/2014 1:46PM

    It must feel so exciting to be so close!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats and keep up the great work!

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LAURENANNE315 1/19/2014 9:55PM

    I love this blog! This is very inspiring to me since I am just starting out again after several attempts! Keep up the amazing work!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 1/19/2014 8:07PM

  It's nice to read such good news! Congratulations to you for how far you have come...and I have great confidence that you will go much farther as well.

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SHANNONY84 1/19/2014 7:43PM

    Thank you for the inspiration! You are doing incredible. Keep pushing!

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CHADEEZPB 1/19/2014 6:31PM

    Keep up the great work.

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TEAROSE22 1/19/2014 6:10PM

    I loved reading about how excited you are. The next 8 will be just around the corner. I can so relate to where you are at. I am 1.5 pounds from my mini goal of 175 loss, and then heading on to 200. Reaching your 1/2 way point is a wonderful feeling, like you are cresting a mountain and heading down the other side. We are going to whip the next 100 together. You know you are one of the first to welcome me to SP. God Bless.


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TXGARDENCRAZZY 1/19/2014 4:52PM

  Thank you for the inspiration. You are doing great :)

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LKB116 1/19/2014 4:36PM

  You truly are an Inspiration!! Keep up the great work.
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LKB116 1/19/2014 4:35PM

  You truly are an Inspiration!! Keep up the great work.
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LAWANDMUSIC 1/19/2014 4:31PM

    Oh, my! I hope to be that close some day. Congratulations!

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CHARITY_GRACE 1/19/2014 3:18PM

    What wonderful progress you've had! I understand how difficult the journey you are on is. I'm not as close as you are to losing 100 pounds (I started at 396 and I'm 324 today), but I know if I keep at it I will get there eventually. I haven't read your other posts, but have you tried any water aerobics? I've found I can do an hour in water aerobics without the pain and exertion that land exercises entail.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/19/2014 3:17PM

    very inspiring post

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JUNEAU2010 1/19/2014 3:13PM

    Your blog is full of good news all the way around! Absolutely fantastic!

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AWESOMECHELZ 1/19/2014 3:05PM

    Your blog is so inspirational Kathy! Thanks so much for sharing your journey and how well you are doing. It is emoticon By the way, let's know in the future how the pedal thingy you bought works out. I got one and it burned in a month! I got if from my insurance company catalog. emoticon I love my home exercise equipment since I can do most things at home too. emoticon Keep up the GREAT work!
LOVE, CHELSEA

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JUSTMJ1 1/19/2014 2:48PM

  Congratulations! You are inspirational! emoticon

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QUIETCHAOS1 1/19/2014 2:29PM

    You are such an inspiration! Congratulations! emoticon

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JUNETTA2002 1/19/2014 2:26PM

    Awesome You can do it.

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MOVEITMARY 1/19/2014 2:25PM

    You have really taken control of your health - no wonder your doctor is proud of you. I am sure that your husband and your father are also proud of you. And YOU should be proud of you!!!
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MZDEMEANOR 1/19/2014 2:17PM

    Awesome! So inspirational emoticon

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DAISYPETAL 1/19/2014 1:37PM

    You go girl! What a GREAT accomplishment and it is a huge amount of weight that you have lost. Don't ever get bored and keep looking forward. I have only a fraction of that to lose and it is so difficult. Congrats girlfriend. See you at the next 100 off.

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WALNUTT1961 1/19/2014 12:39PM

    Congrats! So awesome! You will do it!

I only have 3 lbs. to lose to get to 200 lbs. (my first little goal of a total of 20 lbs.) , but it seems so far away. Thanks for the motivation!

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PATTIEMCD 1/19/2014 12:16PM

    Awesome ! I am so happy for you !!
I love reading ppls blogs who have made great accomplishments like yours.
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AJB121299 1/19/2014 12:16PM

    nice

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MAESTRACH 1/19/2014 12:01PM

    emoticon emoticon keep up the great work. Very proud of you

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BSHAVER3 1/19/2014 12:01PM

    Absolutely amazing! Your story is so inspiring. Wishing you continued success!

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MISTY_MOUSE 1/19/2014 11:53AM

    Amazing, simply amazing. This inspired me in so many ways! So THANK YOU!!

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JENNILYNNJOHN 1/19/2014 11:05AM

    You are awesome and my inspiration! I love your excitement!!! I will think of you when I don't want to exercise :)

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DNRAE1 1/19/2014 10:26AM

    You, my dear, are inspiring, motivating, and one awesome lady!!!! Thank you for your blog! I'm inspired, motivated, and going to follow your lead. I've been struggling with exercising just because I'm lazy, but you have blown me away with your dedication and efforts! Thank you and may those 8 pounds simply melt away quickly!!!

Have a wonderful day!

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CASS6631 1/19/2014 9:31AM

  Good for you, almost 8 pounds to the 1st 100 pounds, keep up the good work proud of you!


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NUMD97 1/19/2014 9:08AM

    Wonderful reading this blog over breakfast this morning. You are so close to your goal! Don't look at it as eight pounds (now seven, I see, according to your main page) that you need to do yet to reach this interim goal, but celebrate the 92 (now 93) pounds that have bitten the dust. Here's a little something to keep you going:

This is what 100 pounds of fat looks like:

http://gastricallychan
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Now that is humbling!

Just remember:

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CTUPTON 1/19/2014 6:43AM

    You are such a great inspiration to me! I am so happy for you. I can feel the energy!
The photo of you in the same (very pretty ) shirt. Well the recent photo shows the shirt is too big! You need a new wardrobe! emoticon emoticon emoticon

chris

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WRICHLANDMAMA 1/19/2014 2:17AM

    So inspiring! Your story is motivating and just what I needed tonight! Keep up the great work!

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LAUREJ1 1/19/2014 1:20AM

  Congratulations! I'm so happy for you, and inspired by your story! emoticon

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JILLSWORLD 1/19/2014 12:49AM

    Way to go!! You can do it...Congrats on all your hard work and dedication to caring for yourself. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAR815 1/19/2014 12:02AM

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