KISSFAN1's SparkPeople Blog KISSFAN1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Feel Like My Body is Betraying Me I don't blog much anymore due to lack of energy and time. For the longest time I was so proud of my progress over the years with a healthier lifestyle and feeling like after my surgery that life was looking up and I'd be free to do the things that held me back for so long (health issues, emotional issues from my past that I have worked on, etc.). I lost 50 pounds, started working out at the gym, and ate the healthiest I ever have in my life. I have maintained and kept up with the healthy l... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:59:21 EST New Year's Resolutions - Beginning With Me I haven't blogged on Spark People in 6 months and those 6 months have been a blur due to how busy life has become for me. <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with some medical issues that came to light on what I was dealing with when my daughter complained of some of the same exact issue/pain that I deal with. After going through many blood tests and going to several doctors, we finally had a diagnosis from a rheumatologist that in one visit answered what is going on with not only my daughter, bu... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:21:59 EST Going to See KISS tonight! I haven't blogged on here lately as it seems life has a way of taking away almost every single moment I have and keeps me busy. I am taking a break and going to see my favorite band, KISS, tonight though. I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> Although I've seen them in concert twice before, it has been around 14 years since my last one due to the kids being too young and my husband's unpredictable work hours. I'm going with a friend so this will be even better! <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:56:24 EST Started Strength Training on the Lower Body Yesterday I went to the gym yesterday so that the trainer could show me how to use the lower body strength machines. That is where I need to work on my body the most, the lower half, LOL. It's all jiggly and wiggly and not in a good way. <em>2</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not jumping in with exercise and going full force as I don't want to harm myself or do anything that would set me back after my surgery, but I am shocked at the things I am able to do. I'm not hard core yet (that's a ver... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:40:38 EST Life Is Getting Back to Normal - Working Out I'm trying to get back to a normal life again but still have a few hurdles to get through before then, but I definitely have made a lot of progress since my surgery last June. I've been told that it takes at least a year for recovery, and I whole heartily agree with that, particularly with it being done abdominally. I still have pain in my incision area as well as ligament pain in that vicinity, but really can't complain too much compared to how I felt and what I was dealing with months ago... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 07:38:22 EST Motivator of the Day, Me??? I recently started receiving a few congratulations from some Spark members regarding being nominated one of the Spark motivators of the day, yesterday. I literally had no clue and thought for sure that they were mistaken as it wasn't me and some one else, LOL. <BR> <BR> Wow, I'm so humbled and appreciative of that honor. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a long journey for me to get to where I am today and definitely not an easy one; but if it was easy it wouldn't mean as much. <BR> <... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:04:30 EST Life Changes I have not blogged in several months due to so many factors including health issues, lack of time, stress, etc. but wanted to post since it has been about 3 months since I did so. <BR> <BR> I've had a lot of emotional and stressful situations come up including dealing with health issues as I get older. I have also been dealing with a sudden weight gain out of the blue starting in January. I have had testing done to see if I am in menopause (since I had a hysterectomy, I have no idea) but m... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:51:07 EST No Time To Breathe It Seems I have had so little time for relaxing since recovering from my surgery back in June once I half-way got back into "normal" life again. <BR> <BR> I've been to a specialist for my back issues (started after my surgery), had testing done on my daughter several times for some health issues she's dealing with, organized and set-up a homeschool Christmas party, co-lead our new homeschool co-op which is starting up again in early January, teaching a class in our co-op, pretty much am running our h... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:20:43 EST Clothes Deals I have been having a great time shopping at JC Penney during their $10 off $25 coupon offer. They have marked down tons of clothes that I love for $2.99, including capri pants, shirts, etc. Not only that, I got an additional 25% off that price and then got to use a $10 off $25 coupon, so most items were only a little over $1 each, brand new and cheaper than the thrift stores!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am thrilled especially about the capri pants (bought about 5 pairs) because althoug... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 07:39:19 EST Trying New Things One thing I have tried hard to instill in my children is to try any new opportunity (within reason of course) that comes their way. I've found myself in so many demanding, interesting situations ever since we started our homeschool journey, but especially since I took on the role of co-leader of a homeschool group and most recently, co-leader of a homeschool co-op. <BR> <BR> We are now in the midst of high school (both of my children) and so there are more demands and more things we have to... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:16:13 EST Thrifting & Saving Money When I Can I haven't had a lot of time lately due to the craziness of my life since my surgery back in June to blog much. <BR> <BR> I am still recovering and having some back issues since my surgery and as I posted it seems one medical issue after another. I have to get a spinal x-ray (already had a IVP where they took x-rays of my kidneys, urethers, etc.) so this is the next step to see what the issue is with my back pain. I really think it has a lot to do with my positioning during my abdominal sur... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:18:36 EST Colonoscopy - Finally I have had the busiest last few months and all while still recovering from abdominal surgery. I won't list everything that has been going on but part of the crazy schedule I've been dealing with is starting a brand new homeschool co-op, running a homeschool group with brand new members, homeschooling two teenagers and starting our first year of high school, brand new homeschool curriculum that I am still learning, recovering from major surgery, numerous doctor visits, second child just got b... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 07:34:10 EST Stress Of Getting Back to the Real World & It's Responsibilities I have a church consignment sale to participate in this week so I've tried to slowly get things that the kids have outgrown or no longer need/want together. That consists of cleaning, hanging, tagging, etc. all items so it's been a challenge for me due to the strain on my internal stitches (lifting heavy clothes, bending over constantly, etc.). <BR> <BR> My daughter went through her closet, drawers, room, etc. by herself (yeay!!!) and my husband helped me one evening to bag some like things... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:02:34 EST Thrift Store Shopping - Getting the Men In My Life Involved I'm slowly getting back to a regular life although I'm still having some pain issues after my surgery and therefore am going to my family doctor tomorrow to see if he can give me some insight on what to do about my groin pain that causes me great discomfort. <BR> <BR> I realize that this surgery is major that I had and is a long recovery time (6 months to a year) and probably closer to a year for me since I had an abdominal surgery as well as other issues inside (adhesions of organs attached... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 07:45:19 EST Failed Colonoscopy No colonoscopy for me today. I drank the horrible Suprep yesterday afternoon and was instantly nauseous and got chills. I had to get in bed with my coat on, and had my husband break out a blanket and put that on top of the bed covers and still I was freezing. <BR> <BR> It did nothing at all bathroom wise for me and only made me throw up 4 times 3 1/2 hours after taking it (was nauseous the entire time but tried hard to make it stay down). I was in agony because every time I threw up it hu... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 17:56:17 EST Colonoscopy Prep Starts Today Tomorrow afternoon I have my colonoscopy procedure and not looking forward to it. I'm not really concerned about the actual procedure, just afraid of the pain that I know I will be experiencing today and tomorrow as I am not able to eat (liquid diet today and nothing tomorrow) and that will make it difficult to take pain meds (on an empty stomach). <BR> <BR> Also afraid of the prep issues (muscle pain and abdominal cramps) that I already have anyway due to my abdominal hysterectomy. I thin... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 07:43:55 EST Challenging Eating a Low Fiber Diet So I'm starting a low fiber diet after breakfast today and this is already very challenging for me. I normally go over the fiber that SP recommends since I eat a lot of veggies, fruits, whole wheat products, etc. every day. <BR> <BR> This is a HUGE challenge for me to eat low fiber due to the upcoming colonoscopy I have this week (if I don't postpone it due to pain from my abdominal surgery). <BR> <BR> Foods such as white rice, bread, etc. are not a part of my diet so I'm bummed trying to ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:13:40 EST Did Some Bargain Shopping with my Husband's Help I haven't been able to go full time back in the swing of things but I did manage to get to a super double coupon store yesterday (with my husband's help) since they were doubling up to $2 face value coupons ($4 off). <BR> <BR> My husband was impressed since he was with me vs. me telling him about it, so I think it made a bigger influence on him. We got some great items and no junk food other than 6-packs of Diet Pepsi that I paid 50 cents for after my coupons. <BR> <BR> My original total w... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:52:40 EST Update On My Recovery I just wanted to post an updated post on my recovery. Although my external abdominal incision has healed very well, I'm still healing on the two areas of my internal incisions. <BR> <BR> The healing of the internal incisions take 6 months to 1 year so I have quite a long time to go for full recovery. I am able to do more now including driving, but am still on some restrictions per my doctor's instructions since one area internally hasn't healed fully so no baths (I do take showers, LOL),... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:47:50 EST Slowly Recovering But Still Have a Long Way to Go It's been four weeks since my surgery and I'm still recovering. I've had several operations in my lifetime, but this one is by far the hardest and longest recovery time of any I've had. It is definitely the most challenging and humbling situation I've dealt with after any surgery I've had. <BR> <BR> I'm frustrated by the swelling in my abdomen (which is very normal) because I can't wear any of the clothes that I wore the day before my surgery, so my wardrobe is very limited. If I walk aro... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:27:44 EST 2 Weeks After Surgery Yesterday - Finally Got Out In the World Yesterday was my two week anniversary since my abdominal surgery and so I had my doctor's office visit. I'm okayed to drive, but had my husband take me since he's taking vacation time to take care of me, the house, the kids, getting groceries, etc. <BR> <BR> It's been so hard for me to be stuck at home and I have been bored more than I can express. I've only been to the doctor's office (twice) since my surgery and was getting very anxious to get out as that is all I have done. My husband ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:39:31 EST Lost Power - Trying to Recover As Best As I Can Just another quick blog since I now have power. We had a very vicious storm come through yesterday afternoon and it knocked out power and we just now got it back on about an hour ago. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if things are okay in our freezer or fridge or not (I'm upstairs and have been advised to not go up and down stairs much) and my husband has been super busy taking care of things, but thankfully we didn't have a tree fall on our house although a large tree top fell near it. <BR> <BR> It... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:57:59 EST It's a Week After My Surgery Just a quick blog to let my wonderful Spark friends know that I am home from the hospital. I am doing about as well as you can expect from an abdominal hysterectomy. <BR> <BR> Today is a week out from my surgery and it's been a rough journey so far, but I'm hopeful that things will improve. I had my staples taken out yesterday at the doctor's office, and while that wasn't that painful, the nurse really set me back as far as my pain goes as I was laid flat down on the examination table. ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:20:27 EST The Big Day is Tomorrow I am a complete ball of nerves today. I got my blood drawn and typed at the hospital this morning in case I have to have a blood transfusion and I was so nervous being there where I'll be tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'm on a liquid diet only, I'm doing my surgery prep (not fun, LOL), and now I'm just counting down until tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> To say I'm afraid is not even close to what I am feeling right now. I realize life will change tomorrow whether for the good or the bad or both. Life... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:37:17 EST Three Days Until Surgery The time has really flown for me as I have been so busy trying to get prepared for my surgery that is only 3 days away! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've been very stressed, scared, second-guessing, etc. but now as it gets even closer I realize that it's for the best. I'm really concerned about losing my ovaries (already know one is going) and I'm also concerned about being in surgical menopause as well as worried about recovery (pain, not being able to have my normal routine for a long time,... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:16:09 EST Had Two Pre-Op Appts. Yesterday I had my pre-op appointments yesterday (doctor's office and the hospital) so it was a very long, draining day for me. I answered and asked lots of questions, had blood tests done, and yet, another examination. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I found out that I am still having surgery through a bikini cut in my abdomen although the biopsy I did a week or so ago came back negative for cancer (thank goodness). <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> I unfortunately have to go back the day before surgery to g... Sat, 25 May 2013 09:25:36 EST 2 Weeks Until Surgery I am really freaking out because as of today I have exactly 2 weeks until my surgery. My stomach is in knots, I'm terrified, but at the same time I am ready to get beyond this place I've been for far too long. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to get the house ready when I have enough energy and time as well as purchase things that I have read online that I need handy. I know my husband wouldn't have the patience that I do to buy things economically, so sort of feel like I'm in a fury to get it a... Thu, 23 May 2013 07:41:59 EST Have a Surgery Date - Less Than 3 Weeks Away I am seriously freaking out because I have a surgery date and it's a little less than 3 weeks away. I'm not ready for the pain (have to have an abdominal surgery) or the recovery period among other things. <BR> <BR> I don't have as much energy as I would normally due to the loss of blood for so long, but at least I do have some energy. I managed to clean out my freezer (side-by-side fridge, not a deep freeze) yesterday to see what was in there as well as organize it and throw out any freez... Fri, 17 May 2013 07:15:04 EST Finally Got to See a Doctor Who Listens I finally got to see a doctor yesterday that actually seemed to care that I have been suffering for a long time. <BR> <BR> WARNING: THIS IS RELATED TO FEMALE ISSUES BELOW:!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was scheduled for an ultrasound to look at my ovaries by one doctor but I had to wait until the end of the month due to him going on vacation. I had come in a few weeks ago because I was bleeding uncontrollably and was so sick and weak. He never checked my blood (hemoglobin) or di... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:36:41 EST Family Drama & Not Getting Better I got a frantic call from my father yesterday informing me that he knew that he would most probably die before my mother did and that if I didn't "make amends" with my mother, that I would most probably see nothing when he died from my mother since she is revengeful. <BR> <BR> He told me that he had never encountered anyone as revengeful as her (as if I didn't know that?????) and that my sister and I had better start having a relationship with her or never see a penny when he dies since she ... Thu, 9 May 2013 08:22:24 EST Feeling a Little Better - Went Frugal Shopping I'm going to the doctor again next week for an ultrasound (nope, not pregnant, LOL) and unfortunately won't get to talk to my doctor since he will be on vacation. I just didn't want to wait until the end of the month to get it done since I have pretty much made up my mind about the surgery I most probably will have to have if things don't change soon. <BR> <BR> I won't go into details, but I thought for sure I would have to go to the emergency room because I know I had to be anemic as every... Tue, 7 May 2013 08:07:36 EST So Tired My health issues got worse this week so I had to make an appt. to see my doctor. Let's just say it was not a pleasant examination at all and I was given two medications to help me, but feel that I really want to go radical and get the major surgery once and for all. <BR> <BR> My social life and other areas of my life have been interfered with by this health issue, and now it's gotten worse. <BR> <BR> Due to my age my doctor is suggesting alternatives, but I suppose that I am sick of alte... Thu, 2 May 2013 08:45:47 EST Kids Had a Blast at Prom & Saving Money at Super Doubles I'm posting a quick blog today due to dealing with some medical issues again and not feeling that great. <BR> <BR> I took my kids to their first homeschool prom this past Friday night and they had a blast. I was so happy that they had such a great time and they did as I instructed them to and just had a good time dancing and enjoying their friends! <BR> <BR> My daughter got lots of compliments saying how beautiful she was (which I agree, LOL). Her outfit, which for the most part was thrif... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:28:17 EST Went Thrift Shopping Yesterday Yesterday my daughter and I went to the thrift store after she finished her school since they were having 50% off everything. The store was picked over in the books and household items sections, so I didn't find anything there (except for one book), but we did find the following: <BR> <BR> 3 ladies' belts (2 were leather) <BR> black dress (very simple Talbot's brand) for my daughter <BR> scarf (for my daughter) <BR> Hamlet book (perfect since my husband is reading through it with the kids w... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:06:41 EST Life is So Busy, But Still Trying to Save Money & Organize I haven't posted in quite awhile on Spark People due to being so busy and trying to get through every day life. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to save money in the process of that busy life and have been doing pretty good. My daughter and son are going to their very first prom ever this upcoming Friday night with some homeschool friends and so I've been trying to get my daughter prepared for that. <BR> <BR> My husband took care of my son's clothes, and while he didn't get the greatest deals ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 06:59:40 EST I Reached 100,000 Spark Points Today on My Daughter's Birthday! Today I hit 100,000 Spark points! <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe that I reached the highest level on the site today and to top it off it's also my daughter's birthday! <em>383</em> I also have 1128 consecutive days of sparking without missing a day, so that's pretty good considering I have had surgery, sickness, vacation, etc. in all this time I've been on SP. <BR> <BR> Today I will be cooking a special meal for her that she requested an... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:30:34 EST Froze This Weekend While Running Errands Yesterday was a rainy, very cold day but we still went out in as we wanted to get our amusement park registration done (taking pictures for our cards and getting them processed) as we wanted to be able to attend the park without standing in a long line when it actually opened. <BR> <BR> It was long walk to the registration office and the combination of cold temperature, rain, and wind was bone chilling. We were out in it for quite a while yesterday and even my husband was cold (and he hard... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:33:45 EST Learning to Embrace Scary & Exciting Opportunities I can't believe that I'm only 368 points away from having 100,000 Spark points! Wow, that's crazy! <BR> <BR> We had a great field trip with our home school group that I set up yesterday. It was a great day and every one, including the kids, seemed to have a great time. <BR> <BR> I picked up some teen volunteer contracts from our local library on our way home as I want my kids to volunteer there this summer. There are so many things that I want them to do that it seems like we haven't don... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 07:13:02 EST Free Food At Dollar Tree! So I saved money again yesterday after I ran some quick errands after my dentist appt. My husband was home in time to take my daughter to her favorite book club at the library and so since I was already uptown, I did some grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> I went by Dollar Tree and ended up using 9 coupons there. They have been taking coupons for a little while now (I think they started last year) and I ended up getting these huge El Montery burritos for FREE since my coupons were for $1 off any ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 06:40:19 EST Food Deals The weather around my area is driving me nuts because one day I can wear short sleeved shirts and no coat and then the following day it's coat and sweater time. Today is the first day of spring and it's not feeling like spring in the south, LOL. <BR> <BR> My daughter and I had an appt. yesterday at the doctor's office (just a check-up) and we went to Wal-Mart afterwards to grab a few healthy items since I had the Aldi's sales flyer with me and yesterday was the last day of their sale for th... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:40:56 EST Happy with My Consignment Sale Payout & Got Flannel Sheets for $10 Yesterday I picked up my unsold items as well as my money made from the second church consignment sale I participated in. I was very happy as I only made $3 less than at last week's sale, so not too bad. <BR> <BR> My kids for the most part have outgrown most toys and even some books as they mature and get older (and of course there are clothes that they outgrow) so for the limited amount of items I had for sale, I'm happy. <BR> <BR> We are thinking that this summer we will buy an amuseme... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 07:44:32 EST Made & Saved Some Money I had my first church consignment sale drop-off and pick-up last week and finally got a check from them so that I now know what I made. I was pleasantly surprised and very happy with the amount I got and feel like it was well worth my time and effort. <BR> <BR> I dropped off at another church sale yesterday and did my volunteer hour as well after my drop-off. Here's hoping that I do just as well at this one and get rid of some of this stuff once and for all, LOL. <BR> <BR> I went grocery ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:13:33 EST Funny How Life Throws Opportunities Your Way It has been a completely crazy and busy week for me as not only have my friend and I that own a homeschool group together been given a co-op, our group continues to grow by word of mouth and advertising. <BR> <BR> I am overwhelmed but thrilled beyond words that we keep getting so many great compliments on how we run it. I will be honest and say that sometimes I don't have a clue what I'm doing and I'm just winging it, but I try to do research and do what I would want leaders of a group to d... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:49:53 EST Saving Money & Spending More Money - The Balance Today is the last day I can work on tagging for one of my church consignment sales. I have a drop-off tomorrow morning and I'm still waiting on things from my daughter who hates going through her clothes and books, etc. as much as I do, but we need to get more room and make some money, LOL. <BR> <BR> Last night I made a chicken perlo (pronounced - per-low) which is something I haven't done in years. It's a very regional food from the part of South Carolina I come from and after giving a pr... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:30:25 EST Homeschool Class Over But Still Busy It's taken me this long to get time to post a blog as it was a very busy week for me. Our homeschool group had a geography day (U.S.) and I helped with the presentation of that as well as I gave one about my homestate, South Carolina. For that presentation I made my grandmother's pound cake (we brought a food that was normally eaten from the area you came from) and let me tell you that was a very hard temptation to avoid. <BR> <BR> I did manage a little sliver of it (my first taste of cake... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:42:41 EST Organizing & Trying To Feel Less Stressful I got a little bit of the clothes done for my soon to be upcoming church consignment sales last night. I was so busy with other things (schooling, cleaning, cooking, responding to email inquiries, etc.) that it took that long before I could get to it. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to work on my presentation for Friday's event and later take my daughter to book club. <BR> <BR> I'm getting my recipes organized a little better so that my "go-to" recipes are easy to find. I am ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:36:50 EST Feeling Stressed From All the Responsibilities It is a rainy and dreary day today which is why I'm glad I have no where to go today. No appointments, no errands, etc. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I will take today to do some major organizing for the two church consignment sales I have coming up very soon. I'm practically panicking though because my daughter is not cooperating as fast as I need her to (to go through her spring/summer clothes) and I can always use the extra space and money. <BR> <BR> I love selling these items, but hat... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:59:45 EST Country Breakfast Growing Up A few people have asked me what pimento cheese is. It is basically shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese (from a block, don't use already shredded cheese) mixed with a certain ratio of pimentos (red peppers that are in brine), and unsweetened mayonnaise. It is something I grew up with as I am from the south and it is something that I love and could eat happily every day. <BR> <BR> It is wonderful melted on bread (cooked the same way you would a grilled cheese sandwich) and is something that... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:08:19 EST Grocery Shopping & My Thoughts on What I Buy I finally felt well enough to get groceries yesterday. I'm feeling much better but still dealing with lots of coughing and congestion that won't go away. I made it a point to get to Sam's Club (finally) to get some Sudafed since they have the better price per how many you get in a package. It always makes me feel "weird" but it seems to work well, and with all 4 of us dealing with this crazy sickness, the little bit we had on hand was gone in no time. <BR> <BR> I was very conservative wit... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:43:32 EST Still Trying to Get Through This Sickness I know I sound like a major whiner, but this has been one of the worst colds/viruses that I have ever had (as well as my family). I am a little disappointed that with the healthy foods I eat, getting a flu shot, trying to get enough sleep (although not always succeeding thanks to my age), etc. that I still ended up getting so sick. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to do the things that I have to (taking care of laundry, etc.) but it's been very hard due to lack of stamina, etc. I've been getting... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:00:41 EST