MIKKI7771's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIKKI7771 MIKKI7771'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/ DIAGNOSED WITH SJOGREN'S AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236986 So one day back in March I noticed my vision was a little blurry. I didn't think much of it since I was working two jobs at the time. Day job staring at a computer all day and night job working in a retail store. So I just brushed it off that I was tired. Not to mention I am a mom of 2 teenagers and wife. So working two jobs and running a household is a lot as most of us know. But as time moved on into the this year, my vision became worse very fast. Went to 10 specialists to tell me th... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:31:06 EST BYE-BYE SIZE 16..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386027 I am so elated today it is unreal. When I started my bariatric journey back in 2011 I was 267lbs before surgery. Of course it was great watching the weight drop but mainly it was the size drop that did it for me. You see, back then I was a size 22-24 and hated every minute of it. <BR> <BR> As time passed on I went from a 22-24 down to 18-20 and now I can say I am a size 12-14. Today I officially donated ALL my size 16 clothes. Bye-bye to size 16. I never want to see you or your highe... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:12:37 EST MY BUTT IS GONE!!! I THINK SOMEONE STOLE IT.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384530 Greeting all! Hope you all had a great weekend. I, for one, was very busy. Started off Saturday with a 50 minute walk then rested the afternoon until my family and I spent time at our town's street fair, so that was more walking and then after that we took our dogs for a mile walk. <em>315</em> but who needs a tread mill ?? <BR> <BR> Sunday was gardening day. We started around 9am and didn't finish until 8pm last night. So that was a lot of cardio and strength training all in itse... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:24:39 EST BACK ON MY ADVENTURE PART II... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380007 Greetings, Well today is June 6th and I have been really motivated and so happy back on track with my weight loss journey. Since Sunday I have been doing my walking program that I downloaded on my MP3 player. The great thing about walking in my neighborhood is I have a lot of blocks that incline and decline. Its like having my very own outdoor treadmill. <BR> <BR> For the longest time, I was doing a lot of walking but on flat ground. I figured this time I would try to do something di... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 07:59:13 EST BACK ON MY ADVENTURE..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376575 Well it has been a real unmotivated past 2 months. After my car accident, I could not work out or do anything physical for the month of April, then I was cleared to go back to all physical activity in May and I just didn't have any motivation to do it. I gained some weight (5lbs), became a lump, tired and angry and most of all very lazy. <BR> <BR> Finally this past Sunday (June 2nd) I heard a voice in my head and heart saying, "HEY YOU. IT'S GOD, YOUR FATHER. YOUR PITY PARTY IS OVER, IT'... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:19:18 EST NO MORE COFFEE....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359099 For some reason I can no longer drink coffee. I used to drink it just fine and dandy but lately....OMG it makes me sick. I would start to drink it and then the cramps in my stomach would start, then I am running to the bathroom because now the coffee is going right through me like a freight train. But yet I can drink it at night with no issues. <BR> <BR> My 14yr old son says, he thinks because I have massive acid reflux that I cannot drink coffee first thing in the morning on a stomach ... Fri, 17 May 2013 09:56:52 EST HELP...I NEED MOTIVATION BOOT CAMP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356254 Would you believe I have been cleared from all doctors to resume my workouts and normal life and I am not one bit motivated. I don't know if it is just me, or was it from the car accident back in March but I have no desire to do this health thing. <BR> <BR> I start each day saying, "Ok Mikki, we got to do our walking videos and get back to the gym" but that never happens. I do walk outside for about a mile or 2 but only because I have too. I was told my dog was gaining too much weight ... Tue, 14 May 2013 11:59:36 EST STUPID PEOPLE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348562 I have to ask, are we actually to the point that we are so stupid or ignorant to what is going on around us? Everytime I turn around a person or more does a stupid act. Now I know we are all not perfect but there is a difference when we unintentionally do something stupid and when a stupid thing is done intentionally. Boy am I seeing a lot of intentional stupidity. For every good person who does the right thing, 2 or 3 do the wrong thing. Think about it, it happens to you everyday. Fro... Tue, 7 May 2013 11:52:23 EST I'm Back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338999 Greetings to all. I see my last entry was April 16th and today is April 29th..been a while. Well good news all around. First I obtained my van back from the body shop and it looks great. Can't tell it was even hit. Second my doctors cleared me to go back to all physical activities especially all my workouts, all theme park rides (love those upside down roller coasters) and head banging to my favorite metal bands. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I still have to go for a MRI of the neck but t... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:36:46 EST STARTING BACK ON MY ADVENTURE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325239 Greetings fellow Sparkers, <BR> Many blessings have partaken these last week. I got my van back from the body shop. Wow, it looks great and rides nice. Like it wasn't even hit. Honda did a great job. My son, Jared, was cleared to go back to school today. He has been our from his surgery since January 7th and finally went back today. <BR> <BR> Still going to physical therapy, going to see Neurologist on Wednesday and Orthopedic on Thursday. I know it's a pinch nerve and phy... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:01:37 EST Just an update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318428 Well, not much really to report on my progress. There are days I am on Spark and track and there are days I am not. I know, I really should be on every day but since the accident, I just don't feel motivated. <BR> <BR> I am still in physical therapy. My neck and shoulders are sore still. In 2 weeks I have to see a Neurologist for a consultation on my pain. I have my good days and my really sore days. Thank God for pain meds. <BR> <BR> My van is still being fixed. Car insurance ag... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:57:21 EST Car Accident Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311345 Well saw the lawyer yesterday. That went well. Not much to tell other then it is going to be a long process. Was advised on what to do and what not to do. Ok I can do that or don't do that...LOL. <BR> <BR> As for me, started physical therapy on Monday. That is the best thing I can do. My therapist knows just the right areas to get at and when it's over I can actually move, bend and not be so sore. At night though, I do take my muscle relaxer and pain med so I can sleep. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:34:57 EST CAR ACCIDENT PART 2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308930 So, my accident was on 3/22 and it is now 4/2. I am unable to work out at all. So I just stopped tracking everything on Spark. I know I should of kept tracking my food intake, but I was in a slump. All from the SparkCoach has great help when we put ourselves off the wagon but they don't have anything when another pushes you off the wagon of success. <BR> So my van is still being fixed and won't get it back until 3 weeks from now, but I do have a rental. I saw an orthopedic specialist d... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:22:16 EST CAR ACCIDENTS SUCK AND HURTS.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296914 Yesterday I was driving home. I was at a light waiting to make a right turn (can't make a right on red). When the light turned green I made my right turn and was slowly building up speed, not even at 25mph yet, when this jeep was behind 2 tractor trailers on the opposite side of the road decided to make an illegal U-turn and come right out from behind the 2 trailers and slammed into my beautiful black Odyssey. Due to I already have 3 herniated discs and sciatica (proved on an MRI), my back... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:58:15 EST CELEBRATING MY 10 WEEK SPARKPEOPLE ANNIVERSARY.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283992 Greetings one and all. I hope all is well. I am doing great I might add. I am still coughing but not as much thanks to some new meds. I have an endoscopy scheduled for March 29th where the doc will insert a photo chip down my esophagus to measure how much acid I am producing and why it's happening. He did say that due to my bariatric weight loss surgery back in 2011 that my body is still trying to get used to the new me, the healthier eating and the exercising that I am doing. Stuff I h... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:16:11 EST MAD AND FEELING BETRAYED (BARITRIC STORY).... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275781 So as you all know back in July 2011 I had bariatric surgery. After my surgery, there was a family gathering and I have an Aunt 11 years older then me who at the time was bigger then me in weight. I told her what I had done and suggested she my think about doing the same. She laid one onto me, telling me no way and that I should of been able to do it on my own and that she did it once before and she can do it again. At that point, her husband, my uncle, stated to her...hon, back then you ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:10:05 EST BACK UP AND TRACKING ON WEEK 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274103 So it's been 2 weeks since I blogged. Week 8, last week, I was coughing so bad that it made me so tired. Not to mention the meds the doctors have me on also made me tired. I didn't eat much, didn't exercise at all. Just did not have the energy to barely do anything. I was even out of work for 2 days and just slept both days away. <BR> <BR> Now the doctors all say that my body is producing too much acid in my system which rises up my esophagus causing the bronchial cough. They upped m... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:11:57 EST WOOHOO!! WEEK 7 IS ROCKIN' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259818 Well it's week 7 and I have been working out like a fiend. I said to myself and my family, "Hey, I need me time to do things to get me both mentally and physically fit. I may need your help on a few things like chores, dinner, and even assisting me with an exercise. Can I count on you all?" I am happy to report they all said YES!!! I work out different exercise programs every day. Walking DVD (too cold to walk outside), Intense cardio training DVD and videos from SparkPeople. Love th... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:10:54 EST Got To Love Doctors... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251405 So as some of you may or may not know from my other blogs, I have been fighting bronchitis since the middle of January. 2 weeks ago I went back to my primary doctor who sent me for a chest xray to see if I had pneumonia (which I don't) and said I would just have to deal with the cough because of the weather we are having. Easy for him to say. This cough is exhausting. <BR> Yesterday I had an appointment with a new Cardiologist and he heard me coughing . Said after my EKG, " Well since t... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:01:56 EST Wanting to Run Away Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250322 So last night I get done with work at 5 to have everyone home by 3. No one can start dinner so I did at 6. Then helped my daughter with her homework, ate and crashed on my couch from exhaustion. I was supposed to have a friend come over at 9 for coffee but stood me up without a phone call or text. Gotta love people like that but also glad due to again I was utterly exhausted. <BR> I left some leftovers on the counter just to prove my point and sure enough I am the only one who sees... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:23:14 EST IS IT WRONG TO JUST WANT TO RUN AWAY.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249246 Is it wrong to just want to run away from life for a while? It has been a crazy month and I feel like I am burning the candle at both ends. I am a mom of 2, wife of 1 and daughter to a mother who lost my brother in 2001 and my dad in 2002. So for all, I am the "GO TO" person for almost EVERYTHING. Not to mention I also work a full time job and have a side business. I am the one that gets everyone out the door in the mornings, then since I work from home at my full time job, I also do hous... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:48:40 EST My Adventure...Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241612 Well bad me did not track anything for a whole week...why? I have been so sick with bronchitis and almost coughing up a lung. I was very tired and just wanted to do what I had to do and then crawl and die. But as you can see I did not die...Thank God. I am still coughing and just when I think it's going away, it hits me again with the coughing fits. God, I can't wait until the Summer. <BR> Good thing about being sick is that for me, I don't eat very much. Nothing ever tastes right so ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 13:08:46 EST My Adventure....Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231278 Tuesday I was diagnosed with severe bronchitis and had to be put on Prednisone (steroid that makes you HUNGRY). Lucky me among other meds. Then on the same day my mom calls me to tell me she needs a heart catheter put in on the 5th, that her mammogram showed up something on her right breast and has to go back for more tests and the skin tag they removed from her arm came back needing more tests. <BR> <BR> Tuesday night, my son who is still having issues from his surgery, I had to take him... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:31:33 EST Jared's surgery....week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227016 Well this past friday was a week that past for Jared's surgery. Saturday was his first post op appointment. The doctor took off his cast to check the incisions and realized he was allergic to the suture tape they used. The allergic reaction caused him blistering and being very itchy. Right away the doctor cleansed it and put antibiotic cream all over the top of his foot and then recast it until his next visit this coming Saturday. <BR> <BR> Jared is doing much better. No more pain and... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:44:39 EST My Adventure....Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221216 Well it has been a heck of a week. Last Friday was my son's second foot surgery. We all figured that since he already had the right foot done in August that the left foot was going to be a breeze. NOT!!!! Last time we went in on a Friday and was home by Sunday. This time we went in on Friday and did not get home until this past Tuesday. For some reason they could not control his pain with the meds. It also didn't help that the doctor who did the surgery was not on call this past weeken... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:02:44 EST My son Jared's second Surgery.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219299 Well last Friday was the big day. My husband Eric, Jared and I got up real early Friday morning to have him at the hospital by 6:30am. When it was time, I was allowed to walk with him while he was being rolled into the operating room. The ride down, he cried the whole time. The nurses then moved him from the stretcher to the operating table and proceeded to put the gas mask on him. At that time he asked me to pray for him and or course I did..while praying he was crying and then asleep. ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:02:10 EST My Son Surgeries To Become A FireFighter..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211535 My son Jared was born with flat feet and his toes pointed outwards. Since he was 11 he has been wearing orthodics but as he got older and bigger, the orthodics weren't working anymore and his ankles would give out and cause pain. In the summer of 2012, his doctor told him that the only other option was Flat Foot Reconstructive Surgery on both feet. <BR> <BR> This is a very intense surgery. They have to break his foot, straighten it out, make 5 incisions, insert a permanent bone graph on ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:42:22 EST My Adventure......My Third Week...Sons 2nd Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211491 Well, it's my third week that I am blogging. I am proud to say that I have not touched soda since I started SparkPeople. That is a big accomplishment for me since I am or I should say was a major Diet Coke addict. I actually don't miss it. Though there was two times when I went into two different stores, the soda was calling me, but I ignored it and went about my business. <BR> <BR> I am proud to say I dropped another 2lbs which is now a total of 5lbs. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> As for my leg ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:09:36 EST BEWARE OF PANERA BREAD..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203193 You know, you go to restaurants to try to make the best healthy choices. I gave up on certain fast foods. But when I do go, I now order from the value menu or the kids menu for the smaller portions. For instance, I am a big Wendy's chicken nuggets fan. But when I am craving, I will just get the 4 piece which is not often. <BR> My husband is now on a Panera Bread kick. Okay, I thought. Looks good, looks healthy. Food tastes good and they have the pick 2 on their menu. Now before... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 07:10:40 EST My Adventure With Bariatic Surgery Week II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201151 Greetings one and all. So I had a really good week. Today would be the 5th day that I have not drank any Diet Coke. I was such an addict, even after the bariatric surgery, which is a no-no. So I am proud to say I am on the right track of giving up Diet Coke totally. Sorry Coca-Cola Company. I will surely miss you but not miss what the soda does to me. <BR> I am also proud to say that today was my first weigh in on SparkPeople and I lost 3 glorious pounds. I have plateaued at the... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:53:13 EST My Adventure With Bariatric Surgery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192806 I had my gastric vertical sleeve bariatric surgery July 2011. I was so excited. I was tired of being heavy and tired of being sick and tired all the time. So, having this surgery for health reasons was a no brainer. But another reason I had this surgery was because I love to ride amusement rides with my family and the day I was asked to get off the ride because I did not fit and they couldn't strap me in was the must humiliating day of my life. Here I am, trying to get strapped in on a r... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 09:50:26 EST