HOOSIERGIRLINDY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOOSIERGIRLINDY HOOSIERGIRLINDY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Shadow Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619990 What is shadow hunger? Some call it head hunger, but I prefer to call it shadow hunger because it’s just like a shadow. It’s dark, it looms around and follows you everywhere, and can be very difficult to evade or eliminate. Shadow hunger can be caused by a myriad of things…depression, loneliness, heartache, anger, sadness…and the list goes on. It takes some doing to overcome it. <BR> <BR> Let’s start by determining how you get rid of a shadow. You either fall into it, by succumbing to i... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:48:13 EST Medical Issues and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602931 <BR> For the last few days, I've gone without sleep. None. It's now January 23rd around 1:30am. The last time I slept was Monday, January 20th. I got about four hours of sleep that night. This has to do with hyperparathyroidism, which is a disease that causes high blood calcium levels. Until I was diagnosed with this condition, I didn't have any idea exactly how much calcium affects the body. <BR> <BR> For the last several years, I've complained to my doctor about pain in my hips. It... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:50:01 EST Bariatric Surgery and Weight Regain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383930 I posted this on a new team I've started - Fighting Post-Bariatric Weight Regain. I thought it was worthy of a blog entry, too. Maybe some of you can relate. Maybe some can't. Whether you're pro or con weight loss surgery, just know that we all struggle to lose the weight, and that weight regain is a very real thing and makes for a very difficult and humiliating experience. BUT THERE IS HOPE! YOU DON'T HAVE TO LET THE REGAIN WIN! <BR> <BR> One of the most important decisions I've made ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 23:15:06 EST The Joy of Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380761 What's so great about smoothies? My favorite thing about smoothies is that they're sweet, they contain great vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! I knew before that I love blueberries! I bought a personal blender, some frozen fruit, some yogurt, and some protein shakes. I've found that I absolutely LOVE smoothies. I realize that most of you have already discovered the amazing world of swirled fruit and yogurts. But I'm a little behind...I have challenged myself to try something new eve... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 20:57:30 EST Praying about a Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379718 Since September of last year, I've been a stay-at-home-mom. I love staying at home! However, finances dictate that I must return to work. Jarrod, my hubby, and I have prayed about a part-time job that I interviewed for last week. It's with his employer (in a different department). <BR> <BR> We have prayed that God's will be done in this situation to work to the good of all involved...I'm simply hoping that His will is the same as mine. LOL. <BR> <BR> If you have a moment to stop and sa... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 23:01:00 EST Give Yourself a Do-Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351637 We all do it. Most of us are harder on ourselves than we are on others around us. I don't know a single person for whom this isn't the case. Today, try to treat yourself with the same tender-loving-care with which you treat your best friend. Go ahead! You deserve it! <BR> <BR> Remember, all is not lost just because you had a sweet, melting morsel of milk chocolate. All is not lost because you missed one workout due to having a cold and not feeling well enough to go to the gym or to wal... Fri, 10 May 2013 02:52:05 EST Motivators http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332870 Thank you to all of the people out there who motivate and inspire us! There are so many Sparkpeople out there who are willing to help people out of the goodness of their hearts, expecting nothing in return. I want to personally thank you all whose paths I've been fortunate enough to cross, whether it was in person, on my spark page, or at one of our meetings/rallies. Thank you to all those who are kind and thoughtful enough to send spark goodies just to let me know that you're thinking of ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:29:24 EST MANY THANKS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138942 Many thanks to all who took the time to read my blog!! You are so inspirational to me!!!! <BR> <BR> It's being virtually surrounded by your guys' encouragement and support and being enveloped in the Love of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ that makes success possible in my life at all. <BR> <BR> I'm in the hospital - my new home away from home. Following the August 2nd hernia repair, the October 12the hernia-repair repair, and the November 13th gall bladder removal surgery, I'm all "surg... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:44:50 EST Weight Loss Surgery - My Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118579 Hello, fellow Sparker! I'm Tina. Like so many here, I’ve struggled with controlling my weight as far back as I can remember. I made several attempts with many different specialized diets and attended numerous weight loss programs that were very nutritionally sound. Nearly all of these programs were good programs and worked. Did you hear that? ALL of the programs WORKED…for some, even many, people. I was not successful in any of those programs. I have determined that the reason I was n... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:47:55 EST BIG CHANGES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087164 Talk about changing things up in your life... <BR> <BR> On August 31, 2012, I took my last class for my degree in Business Information Systems. It was a long haul, and it feels great to have completed all the classes. If I can get in the testing I need to gain a few more elective credits, I'll be able to graduate in December. I'm SO EXCITED about this! <BR> <BR> Towards the end of September, I left employment with the State of Indiana. My job was incredibly stressful, impossible to acco... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:14:48 EST Where to start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4493794 Wow! The rally in Fort Wayne on Saturday was small, but it was powerful! Thank you to all who participated and made it such a fantastic success. I LIVE for these rallies! I get so little time to be on SparkPeople.com, but I just HAD to check in to let you know how much I loved the privilege of meeting all you wonderful people. You inspired me to stay up past my bedtime to write a blog! <BR> <BR> Every single person there was precious! To show what a small world it is...It took going al... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:08:29 EST June 3, 2011 - Thank Goodness for SparkPeople!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275782 Hello, fellow Sparker! I'm Tina. My weight loss (and gain and loss) journey has been fraught with challenges, many of which you have likely encountered, also. <BR> <BR> Bariatric surgery was part of my journey at the end of 2004. I had reached a high weight of 382 pounds. I couldn’t walk all the way to my office from the parking garage; needing to sit down and rest about half way there. It was not only a great health concern to my friends, family, and me. It was also terribly embarrass... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 22:24:13 EST What a wonderful world we have! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253229 The World of Spark is a wonderful place! I've been very neglectful of my beautiful friends who've been so kind and left messages on my page. I want to thank each and every one of you!! I haven't actually been to my page in a long time, and was just there to see all of the marvelous messages. While I don't have time right now on my lunch hour to respond, I hope to be able to very soon! <BR> <BR> When I spoke at the rally, I didn't think that anyone would be interested in what I had to say... Tue, 24 May 2011 12:39:02 EST Spark Rally - Hotel Review - A MUST READ for anyone going to the May 21, 2011 Rally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3934348 When I heard "Microtel" I wasn't really sure what to expect...probably like many of you. The Microtel in Florence, Kentucky was more than I would have thought to expect at a price of $69.99 per night. I'm incredibly pleased to have been able to go to the hotel and see it in person so that I can report to you on the condition and amenities offered. I'm a bit of a germophobe, and with that being said, this is one of the cleanest facilities that I've seen! The hotel not only looked clean, bu... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:08:36 EST Small Successes...One at a Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3620527 Today was a successful spark day. I think I've found my spark again! Thank you all for your support and encouragement. I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE!!! <BR> <BR> This was the very first day in weeks that I went without a Pepsi or a Coke. It was a small success, but the first of what I plan to be MANY! <BR> <BR> It occurs to me that blogging is one way to remain accountable to myself...and to get that encouragement and support that Spark People are so famous for...and offer the same to others. <BR... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 23:58:41 EST Help, Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3615208 Have you ever been in a situation of your own device that renders you feeling completely embarrassed and ashamed? That's where I am today. I've struggled with my weight my entire life. I've been overweight as far back as I can remember. <BR> <BR> In 2004, I underwent bariatric surgery to assist with weight loss. I did incredibly well for about 4 years. I went from 382 pounds in 2004 down to 196 pounds in 2008. In January 2008, my hubby and I went through a separation. By May of that y... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 13:44:43 EST Post Christmas, Post Surgery Blues....reversed by ~Indygirl!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1630320 In November, after having met all my insurance deductibles and having enough money in my health savings account to cover it, I scheduled a "routine" hernia repair surgery, as one of the common side effects of weight loss surgery is an incisional hernia. The routineness of the hernia repair came to an end when I got another common side effect of surgery, an infection. After rounds of two different antibiotics, and finally draining a large amount of infected fluid off my abdomen, it was deter... 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