GABY1948's SparkPeople Blog GABY1948's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Check-in and Blue Beck Not for weight, just to check in...I changed my report day to Monday/Tuesday since I am on the Parents' Day Challenge on AGM&TM team so decided that early week works for me on here's just for accountability anyway. <BR> <BR> Spring is finally here...lovely, sunny day out <em>67</em> ...LOVE IT. We are SO tired of winter we have had cabin fever as you have been going out a LOT to town and such. I know I have bought enough of EVERYTHING since everything now fits from... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:09:26 EST Thursday Thanks for letting me vent yesterday, as usual I got so many kind responses and I didn't even end up having to call ANYONE. John had all the Medicare and Aetna insurance confirmation sheets....SO, I didn't have to vent after all. But <em>304</em> all for your kind and helpful comments. <BR> <BR> Probably a LOT of you know this but, yesterday, April, 21 was the RELEASE of the book I have so been waiting for. The Brand new Beck book: "The DIET TRAP Solution: Train Your Brain to Lose ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:17:40 EST VENTING I'm sorry, but when it rains it pours....figuratively in this instance. This has nothing to do with the outside weather. <BR> <BR> The billing statements for the year 2015 are finally coming to me here. Since turning 65 John and I both (he is 6 months to the day older than I) have been on Medicare...actually not by our choice but because everyone HAS to be. We have excellent healthcare insurance through another branch of government which he retired from and that has now become our second... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:51:03 EST's warm...sunny...and I forgot something... Came back today because I forgot a couple things on yesterday's Report Day. <BR> <BR> The other day when we went to Jay's Sporting Goods, I bought another of the MOST important things I ever buy there! I haven't shared this yet, but I have shared that we are planning to move this year (and soon, I pray). I bought another TOY! I have several from there now. I'll explain. <BR> <BR> I am a true Collie-person. I LOVE ALL dogs but for me, collies are IT! I think it stems back from my chil... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:31:16 EST Report Day...on time this week! SORT OF I am doing my Report Day again, because I am STILL a "work in progress" obviously. And WILL be the rest of my life, if you know what I mean <em>104</em> and GLADLY! <BR> <BR> This morning I was 128.0 lb and I have now learned to watch the "TRENDING WEIGHT" ( <em>304</em> , Marsha! for that lesson) in Underneath the graph please note that the Trending Weight is NOW 130.28 ls only .29 lb from having a middle "2" in the TRENDING WEIGHT! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:11:48 EST Great Day and There is Always Something New Hi everyone! We have been GONE all day. We went to Jay's Sporting Goods in Clare, MI again today. I have told you how much we love the place. It is all wonderful sporting goods that we both love but they have a LOT of High Quality clothing (Woolrich, Columbia, and so many others) and great named shoes that are of SUCH quality) So, John goes HIS way and Gaye goes hers! I NEVER buy those clothes at full price but they ALWAYS have things they want to "turn around" (get sold out of the stor... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:15:08 EST I Can WALK!!! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> That LAST little emoticon is my very FAVORITE emoticon of all! It says SO much! <BR> <BR> Well per my title up there....I CAN!!! I was so tired of having Spring Fever and wanting to go outside and having John always remind me that I have to "watch it" only out of LOVE, I might add. But, last evening (after it was over 70 F here yesterday, I told him I was going to call the doctor's office and talk to his assistant ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:54:35 EST Almost 70! No, not ME! <em>334</em> ...though it DOES get closer every year... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> It is 69.4 F OUTSIDE and <em>345</em> And John even let me go for a walk today (on level ground to be sure so no stress at all but it felt SO great! And there are buds on the trees and grass is greening up even! I for sure have Spring Fever now. I did have to share that and also love when people post neat little tidbits that they read in the paper or on the web and I got one in my mail t... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:37:21 EST Report Day! I thought maybe it was time for a report day agian...I haven't been doing it...just didn't feel that much like blogging. But, since yesterday seeing the doctor and getting "over it" I decided some normality would be good. So Friday is again report day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> and here is the Graph from <BR> <BR> Trending Weight <BR> 131.48 lb <BR> Recorded Weight <BR> 129.00 lb <BR> One Week Change <BR> ↓ 2.08 lb... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:31:08 EST No More Mystery...Post-Op Appointment First, I thank you all SO very, very much for your kind wishes and thoughts and mostly PRAYERS for my appointment today that I was SO worried about. After my surgery I had a DEFINITE problem that let's suffice it to say COULD NOT BE HELPED! It was a bodily function that just could not be HELPED. Many of you probably remember. Well I KNEW I HAD DONE something wrong because I began bleeding quite awhile after I had already stopped from the surgery. <BR> <BR> I did call the surgeon's assist... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 19:21:48 EST Just a Short Check In I just can't seem to find it n me to blog yet....that's because I am not sure exactly WHERE I am at. By that I mean, I feel better than I did yesterday (95%) but I still don't feel QUITE have to say 97-98%. But as long as I improve I will accept that. Besides, this Thursday I go see my surgeon for the first post-op appointment. I will update the day after that for sure for the ones that are contemplating the same surgery for prolapsed bladder. I haven't shared this yet with ma... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 08:07:49 EST Hi! MUCH Better! Thank you all so much for your support and well wishes on my "SICK" blog yesterday! I was SO ill all day and strangely I woke up and thought I was 100% well today.....but after awhile today I have to re-qualify that to 95% better....but I'll take it and know that tomorrow I will be at 100% again. <BR> <BR> I probably have many things to blog about so may later or tomorrow. But wanted you all to know how I appreciate all your kind wishes and prayers! They worked! <BR> <BR> Do want to le... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:07:40 EST NO Cold...FLU Thanks for all the well wishes on what I first thought was a bad cold...but yesterday afternoon I realized it was the FLU! It is totally in my GI tract now. Suffice it to say -- I don't feel WELL at all! To put it lightly I have the "sickies". <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> I thank you all as always for your lovely and supportive comments and please forgive me if I am quick today. <BR> <BR> Have a super blessed day today for however you celebrate the day.....for "Resurrection Day" or the "Bun... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 05:56:37 EST Saturday and Beck keeps getting BETTER! I haven't been on much to blog because I caught a doozy of a cold this past week. It's"different" than the one John had a week or so ago. This one is the kind that "tickles" in your throat, and then jumps to your eye and runs there and tickles. Absolutely miserable. But John is taking REALLY good care of me! Actually, TOO GOOD <em>40</em> He will NOT let me "walk" that is walk even outdoors. I still get my steps thankfully, but I have to do it in "short spurts" and INDOORS. He is ac... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 12:45:45 EST Short Blog on the Well, all you wonderful "sparklie" people did it again! You are ALL the ABSOLUTE <em>285</em> <em>104</em> and I love Spark and I love you all! REALLY. <BR> <BR> I did feel better after I wrote that...but better than that I felt wonderful after I read the comments you all left. They were all <em>345</em> ! In fact, SO great that I copied and pasted into an email so I can put the comments on 'BECK" cards for the enxt time it happens and I am SURE it will again...but I will be pre... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 18:57:30 EST When Is ENOUGH Enough? Today was a long, hard day and I just really NEED to post a few of my thoughts because right now I am on OVERLOAD. <BR> <BR> I will blog more on it tomorrow when I am not so DEAD tired. BUT, today was the meeting on the changes on the sale of FIL's property to the property developer...that, in itself was stressful ENOUGH and quickly will tell you that in the END it all worked out okay, but it was touch and go for quite some time until our Realtor and John both stood up and said something to... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:21:54 EST Sunday ~ Bonus Blog on the Surgery Procedure and Questions It amazes me just how many people have contacted me since I have had this problem and surgery. With comments and to tell me they have had this done also OR that they need it done and are wanting information. And of course the questions. So I will keep addressing them all but in a separate blog so people don't have to read it if they don't really want to. <BR> <BR> This morning I got up to another VERY good question in a goodie: " I also have a prolapsed bladder and take oxybutynin (15mg)... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:50:42 EST Sunday ~ All is SO GOOD Today! I have lost this blog THREE times so far. My Chrome keeps crashing (I mistakenly installed Adobe Flash Player when it has its own version of Flash and they conflict). The blogs keep getting shorter each time I rewrite them! <BR> <BR> That said, I have decided to start splitting my blogs, one my regular blog and one for the people that want "more information on this surgery I just had. I decided for the sake of brevity this needed to be done but I didn't want to cut the other one since I r... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:26:05 EST Saturday - Think I am Going to Live... I think maybe the worst is over now! Yesterday afternoon/evening I was SO sick! <BR> <BR> The hospital had told me the anesthetic was VERY constipating. BROTHER was that an UNDERSTATEMENT! Be forewarned if/when you are hospitalized next for surgery. <BR> <BR> I was SO sick last night and poor John didn't know what to do for me (there WAS nothing to do)! For those watching these blogs because you are in a similar situation try to remember this and speak to your doctor before surgery. ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:56:42 EST More Info...TGIF...and Report Day! Good Morning! And TGIF to all! I cannot say <em>304</em> to all of you that have followed me on this journey as well as the one to Maintenance! (I am STILL in AWE over that last statement....being IN Maintenance). And thank you all who commented on my blog in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team team email the other day. I am overwhelmed by it all a bit! But THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> SO many ladies on spark have this very thing (prolapsed bladder) and want DETAILS..... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:52:44 EST EUREKA! SURGERY SO worth it! OH MY GOODNESS! I could NOT wait to come home and tell you! <BR> <BR> I am HOME!!! And FIXED! I will blog all about it tomorrow....but I am SO dead! So wanted you to all know! <BR> <BR> It was absolutely the <em>285</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed evening and I will be back tomorrow! But, this is for the ones that have been following my blogs because they are going to be having the same at some time in the future! I will say, "It is SO WORTH IT!" <BR> <BR> To be... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:49:01 EST Thursday! Just came to thank you all for the hugs and goodies and support. I have been up since 2am and awake since 1:30am. Needless to say, I am NOW sleepy. Well, soon enough on that. <BR> <BR> I do have to tell you all that the many signs of support have REALLY helped! I'm no longer freaking at all like I was a day or so ago. <BR> <BR> This is IT! But, I certainly hope it is as good as they say it is. And it does the trick! I'm getting old enough I think that I just don't want to be bothered ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:07:59 EST It's HEEEEEEEEERE! It truly is here! Thank you all for SO much support and great comments. And especially ideas for my "overactive" brain. And I learned that my brain is sure in good company with so many of you having the same issue. Guess it's all us "THINKERS"! <BR> <BR> I have been BUSY all and walking. I woke up to FREEZING rain! It looked like fairy-land outside. The White Pine trees all over our yard had beautiful ice covered needles and branches....but the heaviness weighted them d... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:22:59 EST Touching Base... Just touching base tonight because you all have been so supportive to me while waiting for this surgery! <BR> <BR> Now, first thing this morning I was ready to climb out of my skin <em>40</em> ...nerves...from the time I got up...I was SO nervous about Thursday. John rescued me after he got up but not until 11 am. He took me to town shopping for the whole afternoon and we ate out...I feel MUCH better. I kept telling myself it was stupid but I am okay now. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I call th... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:42:10 EST Short Blog Today.... Things have WAY settled down today, or I should say, I have settled down today. It is Monday already and John will take me to town tomorrow to make my time pass more quickly. <BR> <BR> The hospital did call me early this morning to just check my "history" that they already have to make sure nothing has hasn't and to make sure the meds I am on and the last time I am to take them. I wrote it all down to make sure I "remember it correctly" <em>198</em> But at least at this ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:35:02 EST MORE Excitement Last Night! IYIYI I will be SO very glad when this week is over! I nearly freaked last night! Not the "usual" freak but John has a HORRIBLE cold. Let me back up. March is one of the months that changes weather drastically here in Michigan. Cold, hot, cold, then hot again! <BR> <BR> Well, for a couple days my sinuses have felt horrible when I got up each morning. Scratchy throat, the whole nine yards. That happened for two full days. I'm used to it. Spring and Fall. Another thing I want to add is tha... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:29:45 EST Thank you ALL! Yet Again! First, thank you all for your outstanding answers to yesterday's blogs. I love all the answers. I neglected to add to that blog what I told some close that I always do when I have something to mull over in my mind and I had already come to an answer before even posting that blog. ALL hit the nail on the head! <BR> <BR> I am a very cautious person, besides being a "follower"...I never follow ANYTHING until I totally mull it over in my brain and am SURE. <BR> <BR> My motto in ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:19:47 EST Report Day, Again! First, thank you all for your never-ending SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT, and KINDNESS and LOVE....from SO many of you to so many of us! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I have honestly been meaning to blog each day for my "journal" but we have stayed so busy here that the time just flits away on me. Yesterday we were gone ALL day again until late (which if any of you knew me personally at home you would know what a home-body *recluse* I have always been). I don't know if this has changed because with... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:07:30 EST Windy Tuesday! WHOA! I think we are going to BLOW away here today! The wind is whipping so badly....I keep waiting for shingles to come off the roof! <BR> <BR> We had decided to take a trip to Clare, MI again to Jay's Sporting Goods "for something to do" <em>334</em> We keep taking more and more trips just to make winter go by seemingly more quickly and so we can move more quickly too. I'll wait until John gets up to see if we REALLY go...driving in THIS wind is a real bugger. If any of you have to ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:36:39 EST My Head... STILL spinning from all the attention and kind words on my blog from yesterday. I'm by nature a pretty private person. Each step that I have taken to "step out" has been hard to do but SO rewarding once I did. A few of you know first hand and have propped me up well....and have humored me along as I asked question after question. I thank you ALL so much! I believe there are NO better friends that I have than the friends I have here at Spark and as I said, you all know who you are! ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:35:20 EST Report Day...a day late...but SO worth it! After our whirlwind trip to the township meeting downstate I am still so tired. I think I told all of you that our snow is now probably 98% gone. I won't miss it but the shoveling cardio I will miss. The only parts left today were the two "mountains" left where the the farmers down the road who plowed our driveway (our driveway is 100 yards long) would push the snow each time. Well, I am tired of looking at those white mountains so I went out and shoveled them and now they are GONE! <e... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:03:41 EST WOOHOO! It's a GO! Some Funny too! Well, the dreaded Township Meeting was a go! It was a VERY good experience for me. But, you all know me by now, I was pretty nervous. When I REALLY get nervous, my face gets beet red... <em>2</em> ...and of course it was last night! It was a long meeting too. Before we all went in, Joe (developer) told us he was PRETTY confident it would pass but he was not sure by what margin. There are 7 commissioners on the board but he thought it would be 5/2 which was excellent. <BR> <BR> I lea... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:05:35 EST Township Meeting Finally Here! DH and I will be traveling later today to southern MI where we plan to move if all goes well today/tonite. THIS is the Township Meeting that I have talked about before. John's dad died a year ago the 29th of this month. He lived in a fast developing area of Oakland County, MI on 20 acres of land. There are huge, gorgeous homes and condos all around the property and we have a developer that has been working on buying the property (papers have been signed since early last summer some time).... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:35:14 EST GOOD Day Today! Pre-Op Appointment After starting out SO badly! <BR> <BR> Today is the day <BR> <BR> I was awake since 130 am....ugh...I am SO tired because it was nervous energy that allowed me to get up and STAY up! <BR> <BR> They had told me to come to my appointment at 9:45 am which we did. But I sat, and I sat, and at 11:00 am they called me in....there were SO many mother’s-to-be in there it’s no wonder they were BUSY! <em>79</em> But, we went into the room to wait and his CMA (who I just love) came in and did t... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:34:34 EST Saturday Okay, so again, I cannot thank you ALL that helped me so much and commented on my Report blog yesterday. SO MUCH knowledge I got from those answers! I saved them all as I do in an email. You guys are one bunch of healthful KNOWLEDGE! <BR> <BR> I have decided (after stressing most of yesterday and even a portion of today) that I HAVE to get rid of SOME of the stress! And since I can't get rid of the upcoming surgery or the pending Township Meeting over the sale of the property, I CAN get ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:32:08 EST Report Friday ~ So Cold But SO GOOD! TGIF everyone! I want to warn you, this may be a long blog. I honestly don't know and have SO much in my heart today! <BR> <BR> First, I had a couple bad days as I alluded to yesterday but they all cleared up (except the temps is -0.1 F right now). It has been pretty sunshiny <em>67</em> for two days which helped so much. <BR> <BR> First, some history....yesterday's weigh-in I was 136.0 and SO excited! I did tell my wonderful friend/mentor/diet buddy SLENDERELLA61 b... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:02:35 EST LONG day today but GOOD one! I have heard from a couple people and since it is late (for me) I will do a quick update and catch up tomorrow. Tomorrow is weigh-in day as is every day for me but it's also report-day or accountability day! So I'll be back! <BR> <BR> It has again been horribly frigid here in MI got up this morning to -2 F again! But it was sunny and we had hair appointments and shopping to do finally got up to 21 F with all the sunshine but not once did it FEEL over 0 F! <BR> <BR> But tomo... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:44:05 EST SO excited! Pileated Woodpecker! Yesterday, I told you that because I had such a case of Spring Fever that it would probably turn to winter!!!!! IT DID <BR> <BR> It has been snowing fine, fine, fine (slippery) snow! UGH....much as I like shoveling I really didn't want to do it today...I wanted more <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I am so glad I did shovel. While I was shoveling outside, a PILEATED woodpecker came and landed on one of our trees in back that we have suet cages from to feed the small woodpeckers and the ch... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:36:50 EST Monday It is a GORGEOUS day here in northern MI. It was 36.2 F earlier and this lady has SUPER-DUPER Spring Fever! Thank goodness it is NOT terminal! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> DH and I went outside and I shoveled snow in the SUN for 1.5 hours....and we went off into the woods to empty the burn barrel that he burns papers in at night. I love doing that, it's great cardio! Now, if we can make it through the last of the winter without one of those freak 20-inches-of-snow storms we will be doing ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:15:04 EST Sunday - On Way to Church I did not blog yesterday....but I missed it I will say. It's true what I was always told, we blog for OURSELVES, not others. It has become like a journal for me. How many times I have thought in the past I "wish I could remember when such-and-such happened" and now I can go back and SEE when it happened by looking at blogs. Like I often wonder WHAT was the first day I had my WHOLE life changed by simply beginning Beck. I intend to go back to the first blog of it and add that to my calen... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:10:05 EST Friday ~ Report Day! Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions on yesterday's blog! You are all just <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Today is report day officially so will do that first! I was yet again at 137.8 .2 above my low weight to date. I am excited about it because the fluctuations are not nearly as big now as they used to be! Here is the graph from <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:41:10 EST NEW Scale is AWESOME! Yes, with all my whining about my scale....some days I would weigh 5 consecutive times and get 5 totally DIFFERENT weights within 2 minutes time! We were gone all day yesterday from morning til nighttime and when I got home it was HERE! You guys, all know me....the original scaredy-cat....well, I was afraid when I saw it....sabotaging thoughts, galore...WHAT if it doesn't' work right? WHAT if the other scale was wrong and I was NEVER really in the mid 130's at all? Well, I shooed those th... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:46:45 EST Tuesday! February is finally winding down this week and I, as well as many others here on spark are so glad to see it go! It has been a hard winter, indeed! And not just in MI but even "warmer" climates as everyone knows. <BR> <BR> Today, I got up to 10.6 F and was elated! Warmest temp in awhile and not in the -#s. BUT the wind whipped up hard! It actually FELT colder after that than the days that were below 0 F. How many of you are SO sick of winter already this year you want to SCREAM <em>... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:46:32 EST Ok, I DIDN'T Want to Tease! Internet is still pretty iffy but I did talk to my buddy at our ISP and he explained what is wrong but I don't know when it will be fixed <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't mean to sound so "mysterious" yesterday in my blog about the Beck thing I ACTUALLY learned WELL yesterday. <BR> <BR> First, I know you all KNOW how much I love Beck! It not only WORKS for me but it is a LIFESAVER for me as well! I won't recap all that. And I kind of feel foolish for making it such a big deal on my bl... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:56:00 EST Quick One My internet has been giving me fits for a couple hours...all is good here, but the Internet and the temp...10 F right now...have a blessed and warm night, all! <BR> <BR> I did learn something today about Beck and my eating but will relay tomorrow when back to "normal" <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:47:25 EST Spring Came for a Day...ALMOST Not really but after all the temperatures SO FAR in the negative teens (F) and forecasted for even the negative day went up to 29 F and is still at 28. It was the first day I was not exhausted just on principle....I think just the sheer cold factor wore my old body out! <BR> <BR> So, I finally got to tell DH (John) that I was "bored" and could we go to town since we have not been able to for so we did and had an absolutely wonderful time! We ate out and went to Wa... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:59:56 EST Friday ~ Report Day! Happy Friday or TGIF to all. It has not changed at all's FRIGID. It was -17.6 F when I got up and is just now (with sunny and blue skies) -2.9 F. They predict it to be up to 11 F today with a low of 7 F tonite (note that is a PLUS 7 F) but tomorrow is to be 26 F/7 F and Sunday 13 F/-13 F. But they can't predict two HOURS ahead as far as I'm concerned, so I really don't pay attention. <BR> <BR> This morning is report day so that is my reason for being here. You all must be as ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:32:51 EST Thank you ALL! I cannot tell you all how supportive it is knowing you all understand or try to understand. I hate that I get so torqued out over some things. I am doing so much better in so many ways than I ever used to, but some things (the "unknown" how they will end things) still stress me beyond belief. <BR> <BR> I immediately did go to bed last night after I wrote that blog and I thank you this morning for all your support and comments. It was NOT a "short" blog for sure as I had titled it. <em>24... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:57:05 EST Today...short blog I am just so worn was frigid all day today again and for those of you that remember, today was my day with the gynecologist for my "bladder issue". <BR> <BR> But first, before I forget, I want to thank you all for the answers and suggestions on the scale. I did change the batteries again on it and will use it until my new one comes but I just don't trust it now so when my new one comes I will do away with the old one. <BR> <BR> I did do my homework as I always do. I did many com... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:18:12 EST HELP! Scales? I am really hoping to get this blog out before some of my best sources get ready for children or work or whatever this morning. <BR> <BR> I have been complaining as usual to my diet buddy/friend about my weight being STUCK or UP and for NO REASON. This morning, I got up as usual and jumped on the scale, well, stepped on it. First, (it is electronic) it did its little "thinking" thing and then popped up with the ever-dreaded "E". So I jumped off and let it settle again then stepped on it a... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:55:53 EST