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1 Year Quit anniversary and 98 pounds down

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Thought I’d better post a little update! Today is the one year anniversary of me quitting smoking!!! I made it!!! One whole year!!!! I’m living proof you don’t have to gain weight when you quit smoking. I’ve lost 98 pounds since last year.

It wasn’t easy at first. But I knew I had to cut out the cigarettes and the over eating. When I first started I had the help of an addictions counselor. I highly recommend that route…I was able to get help free through my county mental health department. Of course Spark People was always by my side as well.

A great deal has been going on in my life lately – if you’ve been following my blogs you know that my Daddy, who is in remission from cancer,…fell and broke his back a few weeks ago. He is now in a nursing home in rehab….I am hoping he will be able to come home soon but the doctors are saying that it might be that he can never come home. I hope this is not the case… I miss him being home so much. I do go sit with him every day though.

It would have been easy for me to use Daddy as an excuse to either start over eating or smoking again. But I care too much about myself now to do that. I’ve worked too hard to get to where I am to turn back now.

I have not been as active in Spark People since Daddy fell as I like to be…but there simply are not enough hours in the day right now. I hope to get back to the level I once was, but please bear with me.

I really do appreciate all the well wishes and goodies that you all send…they mean a great deal to me even though I don’t have time to respond to them, and I’d like to thank you in advance for reading my blog today - be assured I see every single post!

I’m off for now – my dear hubby James is sick today - has a cold or something…please keep him in your thoughts as well as Daddy!

Hope you each have a wonderful day! Hugs to all!

  
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TERRIJ7 6/25/2014 11:28AM

    Congratulations on your success!~

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GRAMPIAN 5/22/2014 6:18AM

  You're doing so well! emoticon

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IDLETYME 4/18/2014 5:07PM

    emoticon Great work on your "no smoking"!! Sending prayers for your family! emoticon

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-DAVE- 3/10/2014 12:06PM

    Congrats to you!

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ANGELN325 3/9/2014 12:21PM

    I hope you dad has a speedy recovery and congratulations on making some healthy lifestyle changes.

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AMANDANCES 3/7/2014 9:55AM

    Can't wait to hear the updates!

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JCERNEK 3/7/2014 9:01AM

    Kat, you're a rock star, you amaze me every day! You are the definition of a strong woman, and I look to you when I need to be reminded that I can do this. Your father and hubby are in my prayers, speedy recovery to both!

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NASFKAB 3/7/2014 6:27AM

  all the best great job

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MRSRIGS1 3/3/2014 3:56PM

    WOW you ARE truly amazing! Most of us 'cave' under pressure. You proved IT can be done if you put yourself first on the priority list. Congratulations on all your accomplishments! May all your family be together soon!

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FABISERVANTES83 2/28/2014 1:55PM

    emoticon emoticon You are an example for many people who face an addiction. I'm so happy to hear that you have completed a one year anniversary and that on top of that you've managed to lose some weight. About your daddy I hope that he gets better soon and like you I hope he can come back home soon. emoticon

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KANDYCLARK 2/28/2014 10:30AM

  Congratulations!

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AMANDANCES 2/28/2014 8:45AM

    Don't you worry about us Sparkies-- you take care of YOU and YOURS! Congratulations on the anniversary!!!! That is an amazing accomplishment that you should be truly proud of. And look at you! 98 pounds!!!!!!!!!! You are AMAZING!!!!!!! There is a special place in heaven for someone like you. I will keep you and your Daddy in my prayers. HUGS!!!!

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THOMS1 2/27/2014 2:54PM

    emoticon You are just amazing. Good Job!

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AMANDACOETZER 2/27/2014 8:02AM

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TAFODIL24 2/27/2014 7:33AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep the quit!

emoticonI'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers

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LISBETHSALANDER 2/26/2014 9:39AM

    My hat is off to you. You are in a very stressful time and you have the courage to be kind to yourself and continue your healthy habits. Hugs to you and prayers for you and your dad. Best wishes.

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MILPAM3 2/26/2014 9:12AM

  How wonderful to be free from that addiction.
And how nice that you make time for your dad every day.

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JOANNHUNT 2/25/2014 10:39PM

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SUCCESSES. AWESOME JOB. KEEP PUSHING. YOU GO GIRL. PRAYERS FOR YOUR DAD TO GET WELL SOON AND CAN COME HOME. GET WELL TO YOUR JAMES.

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GRACEBELL 2/25/2014 7:04PM

    Good job ... I quit 20 years ago...but I didn't lose weight at first..but then, back then I was already thin...but I did manage to gain a lot of weight over the years...and now, I am working my way back down.
Good for you. Don't be discouraged that occasionally, you may still feel the urge to smoke..just let some time go by..say no...stay strong.

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NHEMBERGER 2/25/2014 6:52PM

    Sorry to hear about your Dad! I sure hope he gets to come home soon!
Keep your chin up! I'm proud of you for your great accomplishments! I too quit smoking (it's been 15 months!)
Hugs back to you!
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MOVEITMARY 2/25/2014 1:10PM

    You are doing AWESOME with your fitness despite (or perhaps because of) everything. Prayers for your family's strength and health.
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    Congrats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMIERK 2/25/2014 10:05AM

    There is no greater feeling than quitting smoking! I quit 10/16/2012 and I haven't looked back since! Awesome job!

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WALLPER26 2/25/2014 6:54AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon accomplishment!

Here's hoping your daddy recuperates well enough to come home!

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MSGO72 2/24/2014 11:45PM

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YENGLISH100 2/24/2014 10:38PM

    emoticon I am so impressed with your accomplishments.

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CICELY360 2/24/2014 9:16PM

  good job

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JUSTJANE40 2/24/2014 8:11PM

    Way to go

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OUATEONE2 2/24/2014 7:32PM

    Good for you! I lost a stepfather to smoking and know a young man 46 that was just diagnosed with lung cancer (about 3 packs a day). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMA_CD 2/24/2014 6:53PM

    emoticon You definitely should be very proud of yourself, even in the face of very difficult circumstances, you overcame a lot. emoticon

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AJB121299 2/24/2014 6:48PM

    congrats

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SONGBIRD2013 2/24/2014 4:31PM

    You go girl! You're doing so amazingly. Praying your daddy recovers well and quickly. emoticon

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MONYEE 2/24/2014 4:25PM

    Congratulations for being smoke free for more than a year and for the weight loss!

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PRINCESSNIBBLES 2/24/2014 4:14PM

    Thank you for posting, this is an amazing accomplishment and deserves the accolades!

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Best wishes to you and your family!

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AMAZINGAMY14 2/24/2014 4:12PM

    WOW! You are amazing! You are rockin it girlie! I've quit smoking going on 6 years and I've gained weight!
Prayers for your daddy, hubby and you of course.

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LIZZIECA55 2/24/2014 4:03PM

    Wow! You are an amazing woman.

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TAMMYR1967 2/24/2014 3:54PM

    Congratulations! This is very inspirational. You are living proof that quitting smoking without gaining weight is possible. I hope your husband is feeling better soon and all my best wishes to your dad as well. Keep us posted!
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AY_BEAUTIFUL89 2/24/2014 3:09PM

    Congratulations! You not only made the decision to quit smoking, but you've also made the decision to push past your obstacles. I want you to be proud of yourself! What you are doing is amazing and takes a great deal of self control.

I am sorry to hear about your father. I will pray for you and your family. Stay strong and keep faith. Smile whenever you can and know that all things work together for your good!!

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FRABBIT 2/24/2014 3:08PM

  Way to go! Very impressive goal. Well wishes to you, your Dad, and your husband!

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CECELW 2/24/2014 2:59PM

    I am soo blind stinking proud of you!! I will be praying for you and hubby. losing weight and quit smoking is quite a feat. I did that as well. I know how hard it is. Standing ovation for you dear one!

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CAROLINAKIWI 2/24/2014 2:56PM

    That is a really great accomplishment!! I, too, was a smoker - three packs a day. I quit in the year 2000. It is amazing how much better you feel, fewer colds, and just generally better. You should be very proud!

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    Way to go and keep up the great work! emoticon

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JUDSTERF 2/24/2014 2:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon , What a great job you have accomplished in your life. I just know you feel much better now!! I can say I understand the hard times you had to go through myself as I quit cold turkey on Sept 26, 1976 at 3+ packs a day. It is truly a major feat!!!!! I commend you for your quitting smoking as well as the tremendous weight loss!!!! Best to you, your hubby, and your dad. Keep up the good work!! Don't forget to take yourself a "me" day real soon. We all deserve one of those just for our own sake of self-preservation.

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More Updates and Thanks!!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ok, I finally lost another pound…makes 96 lost. And I have lowered my insulin dose!!!!!! May even need to lower it some more!!

Daddy is doing fair…he is weak and there are a few issues but he is plugging along!

I really want to thank all of you for the Valentines and other goodies and all the great support you have shown me. You all have been awesome and I really appreciate you hanging in there with me…I’m sorry I have not had the time to respond individually like I used to but there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day right now. But I truly do appreciate each and every thought, goodie and note.

Hugs to all

and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

  
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LKG9999 2/17/2014 1:30PM

    Hang in there Kathy, you are doing great! Might ask for those chair exercises you are doing, since I'm going to be so limited myself for the next few weeks...

After breaking my foot & ankle I can't imagine how hard breaking one's back must be for your dad. I suspect it will be a long, slow recovery, but I'm sure your love and support is going a long way towards helping him heal.

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SCOTMAMA 2/16/2014 9:07PM

    You're a popular girl, Kathy! As I was scrolling down to add my comment I was so impressed to see how many followers you have. It is so great to have lost another pound, so you have 96 total. Let's have a little "Daily Weigh In" party when it hits the magic 100 mark!

With all the stress you are going through, I am amazed that the one thing that is consistent throughout all of this is YOU! YOU are a very strong woman!

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KATTREE 2/16/2014 6:30PM

    Glad your hanging in there, do take care of your self. Family is important the rest of us will be here as you can see. Also grats on the weight loss.

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MYTHMYTH 2/16/2014 8:53AM

    That is good news!

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MOM2ACAT 2/15/2014 4:43PM

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Please don't worry about not being able to respond to everybody, I understand, and I am sure everyone else does too. I know it's hard when you have a parent with a serious health condition.

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WILLOW49 2/15/2014 2:05PM

    Good job on losing another pound and decreasing your insulin! Glad to hear your dad is hanging in there.
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I can't wait for that 100# loss blog! I am quite impressed that you're losing despite the stress / concern for your dad. emoticon

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CAPECODDOGFISH 2/15/2014 10:09AM

    Congrats on losing another pound, in spite of what you are going through

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RAINBOWMF 2/15/2014 9:19AM

    emoticon 96 pounds I am so excited for you. emoticon

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HOLDINGMYOWN 2/15/2014 9:13AM

    emoticon WOW! 96 pounds down! YOU GO girl!

and emoticon with others here...having lowered your insulin dose is even MORE of an accomplishment! if you get to goal weight...you may even find yourself insulin free!
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TERI-RIFIC 2/15/2014 8:18AM

    All great news.

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MARYBETH4884 2/15/2014 7:59AM

    emoticon on the insulin!! even a reduction of medication is such a feeling of freedom and success!! Good to hear your dad is doing okay. You will continue to be in my prayers. emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 2/15/2014 7:56AM

    Congratulations of your amazing weight loss!

Hope your Dad gets better real soon.

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POUTINGPEGGY 2/15/2014 6:43AM

    Great news about the 1lb loss . Glad your dad is a little bit better. The only way is to keep plugging away. Be proud at how you've kept on track in spite of stress.

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DALMOM2007 2/15/2014 5:28AM

    Happy Valentines day to you too. emoticon

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ARTJAC 2/15/2014 12:51AM

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY emoticon

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ANNETTE117 2/15/2014 12:31AM

    Great news on lowering your insulin. emoticon

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SHARON10002 2/15/2014 12:18AM

    It's so wonderful to read all your GOOD news!! emoticon
emoticon on your hard work and persistence to be able to keep decreasing your insulin dosage. emoticon

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KAREN608 2/15/2014 12:16AM

    Just glad you can check in... and woo hoo about the lost pound and the lower insulin. Sounds good!
Hope your Dad improves more and more.

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JAMER123 2/14/2014 11:32PM

    So happy to hear all is going better for you and for dad! Keeping you in my prayers!
And emoticon on the weight loss!! Every pound counts and you will be able to keep it going. Good for you!!!
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Hope your Valentine's Day was a wonderful day!!
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KING_SLAYER 2/14/2014 11:10PM

    Glad to hear that your dad is doing better, I know that's important to you.

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COLOR-BLUE 2/14/2014 11:03PM

    Kathy,

emoticon another pound down!! Lowering your insulin dose, is MAJOR and EXCITING!

I'm so delighted to read that your dad is doing okay. Yes, he still has some time to recover, but he's doing very well.

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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GRLTAZ 2/14/2014 10:17PM

    You are dong the best you can and it shows in your attitude and weight loss. emoticon TC

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CRAFTSFAN1 2/14/2014 10:13PM

    Wow, the new eating habits and loosing weight is paying off with better health.

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RICKI157 2/14/2014 10:05PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and lowering the insolin!!!!! That is Awesome!!!!! Hope your dad gets better!!!!!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!!
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SLLYONS51 2/14/2014 9:41PM

  Congratulations on your weight loss. Even though you have been under tremendous stress you have been a star! emoticon

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LETHA_ 2/14/2014 9:07PM

    Wonderful news on the lowered insulin dose.
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4KWALK 2/14/2014 8:54PM

    I understand what you are saying about not enough hours in the day. Family matters always come first though and I'm sure most people would feel the same way.
I hope all will work out for you and your father.


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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!

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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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FORMYDARLINGS 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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    Hang in there!! Prs ying he hesls quickly.

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    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...
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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.
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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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    My Prayers are with you and your family Wildkat!

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    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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    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.
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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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    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
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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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    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,

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    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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    Sorry to hear he isn't doing well. Please keep us posted and hopefully they will figure things out 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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    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.
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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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    Will continue to keep you both in my thoughts & prayers.
Don't forget to take care of yourself.

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    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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    Prayers will continue!

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

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

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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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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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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.
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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.

Breathe!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 2/1/2014 8:15PM

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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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