KIMROID's SparkPeople Blog KIMROID's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community NEED ADVICE FROM OTHERS WITHOUT GALLBLADDERS I had gallbladder surgery a year and a half ago. Things have been going well until about two weeks ago and now I'm having major stomach problems. I'm getting sick constantly and in the bathroom more than out of it (too much info I know). I'm also getting heartburn and indigestion like crazy. I've just started a bland diet consisting of chicken, rice, bananas and yogurt and it seems to be helping a little. Do any of you with missing gallbladders experience the same problems? If so, any a... Sun, 15 May 2011 14:50:43 EST WHILE I'VE BEEN AWAY I haven't been sparking for a few weeks. During those weeks I have been laid off from my job and managed to gain even more weight. I'm extremely happy to be away from the job that was draining my spirit. I turned into a depressed, negative and very unhappy person. I'm trying my best to get the old Kim back. Today, this beautiful Easter Sunday, I pledge to take care of myself both body and spirit. I also pledge to keep in touch with the wonderful support team that I have with Spark. I ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:06:22 EST HOW TO DEAL WITH BAD INFLUENCES.... I need help Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> I love my boyfriend but he is a TERRIBLE influence on me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How do you handle bad influences???? <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 14:07:41 EST I am taking a short break from Sparking I have been extremely busy with the holidays and house guests. I apologize to my spark teams and friends for not being in touch. I cannot seem to find a minute to myself. My life should be back to normal this weekend so hopefully I will be back in touch no later than Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year. LOVE YOU ALL! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:30:35 EST 12-20-10 EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT I'm going on a cruise! <em>244</em> My dad bought mom and I a cruise to the Bahamas. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I AM SO EXCITED! We get to go on a day excursion to Atlantis. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our cruise is scheduled for the week of March 8. That means I have 78 days to get my butt in shape. If that's not incentive I don't know wh... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:28:32 EST 12/16/10 - MY EVENING WITH FOSTER DOGS (PICTURES) As many of you know, I am a member of Boston Terrier Rescue of North Carolina. Last night I had the privilege of hanging out with one of our most experienced foster moms. She has five personal BT's and as of last night seven fosters. I've never seen someone able to calm a dog like Elaine. You would think with 12 dogs running around that the house would be in a state of chaos. Of course there was playing going on between the dogs but no fights, not much barking and all were well behaved. ... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 09:14:12 EST 12/15/10 - WHAT I MISS ABOUT BEING THIN I am a member of the Aspire & Inspire Team. One of our challenges this week is write a blog each day. <BR> <BR> Here is my first one for the week: <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>335</em> <BR> Last night my son had a holiday band concert at school. I rushed home after to work to change into something casual yet festive. I have two closets full of clothes. My dilemma was to find a pair of jeans that fit and then a cute sweater that was large enough to cover the roll of fat hanging over th... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 09:03:58 EST Update on my son First I would like to thank you all so much for your prayers, well wishes and concern for my son, Michael. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Michael had a really good weekend. He only had minimal swelling in his joints and the rash around his neck was noticeably milder. We don't have the results back from the test for Fifth Disease and Lyme Disease. I'm expecting that today. I'm just happy that Lupus and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis were ruled out. <BR> <BR> Again, thank you all ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 08:18:18 EST New Family Member (pictures) This is my new 10 month old baby boy, Kenny. We adopted him last week from Boston Terrier Rescue of NC. I didn't want to post pictures until I knew that he would get along with Boris and Biscuit (Zig). He is a very sweet little boy who had quite a rough start in life. He was found in a box on the side of the road with his two sisters. They had mange and numerous parasites. He has been adopted twice and returned to the rescue group both times. I'm absolutely clueless as to why any one w... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:42:49 EST BOSTON TERRIER FUNNY This gave me the giggles <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:21:12 EST INSANITY...... Quote: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results." <BR> <BR> We have all heard this quote. I live it. I keep making the same dietary and fitness mistakes over and over and over. I don't know why I can't stop this behavior. Apparently I'm insane. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? There's no need to sugar coat anything. Maybe I need some tough love. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:18:22 EST QUIT SMOKING DATE - NOVEMBER 1, 2010 My boyfriend and I are going to quit smoking together on November 1st. I'm so happy that we are going to try to do this together. Hopefully we won't be at each others throats! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please send positive thoughts & vibes our way! Thanks! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:09:11 EST THE BUTTON ON MY PANTS IS ABOUT TO FLY ACROSS THE ROOM! THIS IS WHAT I FEEL LIKE TODAY: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:13:04 EST Dressing Rooms & Fun House Mirrors Are all dressing rooms required to have fun house mirrors installed in them? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I went shopping last night. Found the perfect outfit to wear to a job interview today. Walked into the dressing room at 5'3". Undressed, turned to the mirror and suddenly I'm 3' tall by 3' wide. WHAT????!!!! Definitely fun house mirrors! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:23:46 EST DIET HUMOR <img src=""> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 14:10:26 EST WEIGHT LOSS AVATARS I've noticed that a few people have avatars depicting their weight loss. I want one. Anyone know where I can find them? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 18 Oct 2010 14:53:41 EST TIME FOR A FRESH START AND TIME TO BE TRUTHFUL WITH MYSELF I have been on SP since August 11. During that time I've met so many new and wonderful friends. I received congratulations, encouragement and sympathy when needed. Since August I have also lost and gained the same 4 pounds over and over again. This is a game I've been playing with myself for the last two years and in the process managed to gain a total of 25 lbs. During those years I've lost out on a lot of life. Deciding to stay at home instead of going out because none of my "cool" cl... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 08:27:54 EST Carson had to go back to his foster mom We tried so hard to make things work out with our three dogs. Last night there were two horrible fights between Carson and Zig. Boris was also attacked but not nearly as bad as Carson and Zig. I went into this with high hopes that Ziggy would have a new playmate and instead all I accomplished was three very miserable dogs. We had to take Carson back to his foster mom where he seemed to be very happy. He gets along great with her dogs. She has four personal dogs and three fosters. Jus... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:15:56 EST Introducing Carson - My new baby (pictures included) We picked Carson up Saturday from his foster mom. Things went great Saturday night. Sunday was a different story. Our intentions were to adopt him so he could be Zig's playmate. Boris is too old to play as rough as Zig does. Unfortunately, Carson and Ziggy got into fights on three different occasions. He lunged at my face twice and bit my boyfriend's hand. We know nothing of his background. He was found wandering the streets. The person who found him contacted Boston Terrier Rescue ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:21:31 EST IT'S JUST PAST 3:30 AND I'VE HIT THE WALL I was full of energy this morning but now my butt is dragging. I had a piece of low-fat cheese and diced pears for a snack about 30 minutes ago so it's not hunger. Not sure what the problem is - just that I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> I had big plans to increase my cardio minutes at the gym tonight. Now I will be lucky if I can make it from my desk out to the parking lot. Regardless, I am committing to you guys to go to the gym and walk at least 30 minutes on the treadmill. If I'm too tired... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 15:49:40 EST MY GYM RE-OPENED! HOORAY!!!! Since I whined to you all about the gym closing, I had to share the news with you. I've been down in the dumps all week about it. This week I realized how much I enjoyed going. It's good for me and the mental benefits are tremendous. It's my sanctuary away from the craziness of my work and home. Therefore, my pledge is to make the most of my gym membership. I'm going to push myself to go on the lazy days that I want to lay on the couch. Any time I need motivation all I have to do is ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 11:10:09 EST I'M SUCH A SLACKER!!!! As I sit here at my desk with the button on my pants screaming for mercy I realize how slack I have been about my diet & exercise program. <BR> <BR> Yes, the gym closing down did derail the exercise habit I was getting into but I can find other ways to exercise if I really want to. I use the food tracker faithfully Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until right around 6:00 p.m. when I somehow manage to "forget" to track. Over the weekend, I act like I have no computer or that I hav... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:58:29 EST MY GYM CLOSED DOWN Just as I was beginning to form a lasting relationship with the elliptical machine my gym closes. <BR> <BR> I got up and got dressed for the gym on Saturday morning. I get there to find the place dark, front doors locked, with a sign telling me it has been sold and will open again "at a later date." I called the home office (Anytime Fitness) and they have no information for me. No clue when and if the gym will re-open. This gym is less than two miles from my home. The next closest one i... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:01:06 EST Gained another pound but my body feels better - WHAT??!!! So, I look like this <em>15</em> but I feel like this <em>344</em> . I've exercised more this week, drank ALOT less but still managed to gain a pound. I went out to dinner three nights this week. Didn't plan for that at the beginning of the week, it just so happened that three different friends invited me to join them. I know I made good food choices; however, I'm now assuming I underestimated the serving size. I'm not down about the weight gain. Sure, I'm a little disappointed but I... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 09:48:50 EST Elliptical Machine vs. Bud Light The dilemma: Go to the gym or stay home and have a beer with my boyfriend before going out to dinner with friends. <BR> <BR> My hair and clothes still looked nice after work so if I chose to stay home and enjoy the beer then I would look nice for dinner. If I went to the gym I would be sweaty and my hair and makeup would be a mess. Besides, I only had 30 minutes to spare so why not forget the gym - right? WRONG! <BR> <BR> The winner: Elliptical Machine for 30 minutes with an increased ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:19:37 EST Thank you to my wonderful Spark Friends I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate the support, love and prayers sent my way after the death of my Sable. I'm lucky to have friends like you. Thank you. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 11:00:44 EST My boxer, Sable, passed away today. My sweet darling Boxer, Sable, passed away this morning. I have been up with her since 1:00 a.m. last night. She was suffering from Cushings disease and a tumor in her throat. She couldn't rest, couldn't breathe, and spent her last hours suffering. She was 10 years old. She was one of the sweetest dogs I've ever owned. My heart is broken and I will miss her every day of my life. She held on longer than we thought she would and would greet us at the door with a wiggling nubby tail (hair... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:42:32 EST WEIGH IN DAY & TEARS <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> My Labor Day fun caught up with me on the scale this morning. I didn't expect to lose weight this week. I know I ate and drank too much over the holiday weekend. I did not; however, expect almost a 3 pound gain. Today isn't the first time I've cried after weighing myself. I would like it to be the last time though. I'm not going to beat myself up. I am going to try harder. I want this too much to continue to sabatoge myself. I'm tired of my pants being too ti... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 07:43:06 EST Being truthful with myself.... I've just finished reading several SP blogs. I'm a bit ashamed at myself for giving a half-as...d attempt at weight loss thus far. Yes, I have started tracking more and exercising a little more but the bottom line is that I haven't 100% committed myself to the task of losing weight, exercising, cutting back on the alcohol and quitting smoking. I love to read of others accomplishments. Today I realized I should be writing about my own. Today I realized it's time to give 100%. Today I'm b... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 13:12:54 EST I DID NOT want to exercise last night....but I did! I was in such a bad mood by the time I got off work yesterday. I came home, immediately grabbed a beer (yes and a cigarette) and tried to forget about my day. I tried to think of every excuse possible NOT to exercise. None of them seemed valid. So, I put on shorts & a tank, put my little dog Zig in her harness and out the door we went. I ended up carrying her back home from our walk. Apparently she got a little over-heated. 22 lbs doesn't seem like much to carry but by the time we made... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:58:38 EST Underestimating the importance of food tracking My second week into the program and I am 1/2 pound heavier and it is entirely my fault. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I tracked my meals 4-5 days each week. Obviously that is not enough for me. The days I didn't track I tried to keep a mental tally of the calories I consumed. The scales tell me that the totals must have been a little higher than I thought. <BR> <BR> New Goal: Measure and track everything I eat. Everyday!!! <BR> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:01:44 EST What a difference a day makes.... Yesterday I was a little discouraged about my weight loss results. Imagine my surprise when I weighed this a.m. and was down 2.4 lbs!!! YAY!!!! I'm going to cut back on my daily weigh-ins. I let the number on the scale dictate how I feel about myself that day. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:09:29 EST My first week and I blew it.... Not sure what got into me over the weekend but I totally blew the nutrition goals and the exercise goals I had for myself. I drank too much and ate too much. I didn't exercise once. I keep doing this to myself week after week and then get mad because I've gained weight. I'm trying not to beat myself up. I need to stay positive and focus on changing my behavior. Any help or advice is appreciated! <em>24</em> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:34:43 EST