MUSOLF6's SparkPeople Blog MUSOLF6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I will never give up.... Just returned from my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon , the news was not good. My bones are crumbling in my lower leg underneath the implant. For right now I have to take it easy and see if it stops by itself. If not I will have to have another surgery or maybe just a brace. <BR> So my exercise program has to be adapted to take this into consideration. I also started taking a calcium supplement . Maybe this will make a little bit of a difference and helps with the healing process. <BR... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:41:49 EST getting better.... I am about 2 weeks post-op from my right total knee. I am feeling better and it is getting easier to walk and getting up and down. I am exercising at home , since I can not afford therapy. But thanks to you-tube and other sites ,I am making progress. I am working now on bending the knee , which is still very painful. <BR> Tuesday I am getting my staples removed,so it will be easier to move without them being caught in everything. But it is healing well. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:38:10 EST Back home..... my experience with the Hospital was horrible. I came through the surgery fine. But the hospital stay afterwards was a night mare. The first night I had terrible pain, almost uncontrollable. I still had the epidural in , or so we thought, the next afternoon therapy came to get me up (they were supposed to be there on day of surgery). We found out that the epidural had been out for quite some time,since my bed was wet. I couldn't feel the wetness with all the pain. They never turned me over whe... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 17:57:13 EST getting ready Tomorrow is the day for my right total knee replacement. I had my left one done a few years ago and it was the best decision ,I ever made. Now it is time for the other knee. I am a little anxious tonight, even so , I know what to expect. The recovery time is what has me worried, the pain of getting out of bed the day after surgery. I am just nervous. <BR> But I know that the pain will go away after a while, but I am not very pain tolerant. I have my plan ready for me to get active again, so ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:08:14 EST the knees.... preparing to have finally my knee replacement surgery on June 29th. The pain is almost unbearable and walking is getting more difficult. But I spend most of my afternoons in the pool or Hot tub exercising my legs. I know I will have pain after the surgery, but it will eventually go away. Trying to be positive and move on. <BR> I am grateful to my friends and family to encourage and assist me with this journey. School is out for the summer, so my teenagers will be able to help out around the ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:57:08 EST Getting discouraged.... I am getting discouraged, I gained so much weight recently,it depresses me. I had to stop working due to knee problems. I have to have a right knee replacement. But with no insurance and no money it is very hard to do. I can barely stand and put weight on my right leg. I applied for assistance and medical ,but it all takes a while. Should be able to get unemployment ,but got to wait for that too. Meanwhile, the bills are piling up . I set up a GOFUNDME account as my friends suggested, but it ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 18:01:01 EST Trying It has been a while since my last blog. But I have been so busy with work and now I started school on top of work and everything else. If everything goes ok , I will be a Registered Nurse by the end of 2016. <BR> I am just disgusted by my weight, my thyroid is not working good, so I have gained all the weight back plus re-enforcements. I feel bloated, my joints hurt and my sciatica is acting up. <BR> So now I am trying new medications and hopefully it will make a difference. I just don't ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 18:29:38 EST Numbers are down.... Had a doctor's appointment last week and found out that all my labs were great, even lost 5 lbs. He reduced my blood pressure medication... <em>244</em> <BR> But on the bad side , my blood sugar is too low and he encouraged me to eat more. <em>521</em> But the right things. That is going to be very hard , because most days at work, I work right thru lunch or don't have time to eat. But now I pack a healthy snack and eat in between patients. <BR> I also changed my diet plan to the diabe... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:53:55 EST STARTING OVER.... I am just disgusted with myself. I gained a lot of weight back,I could blame it on stress. But I know I have been slacking with my exercise and late night snacking. <BR> I have 50 lbs before and I will do it again. <BR> My husband is helping me again and he is looking to loose about 30 lbs. So we will be exercising more and getting rid of all the junk food in the house. <em>381</em> <em>311</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:27:41 EST time to take it easy...... The doctor put me on the pasture for a couple days. I got a pinched sciatic nerve in my back. The pain is bad , going all the way down to my toes. <BR> So I am sitting at home, staying off my feet and get bored out of my mind. <BR> Going back to the doctor on Friday and hopefully he releases me to go back to work on Sunday. <BR> Also got my new T-shirt today , at least something good happened. <img src=""> Wed, 21 May 2014 18:55:06 EST 1 mile dog walk for Herry's kids participated in a great charity walk this last weekend. It was a 1 mile Dog Walk for Herry's kids, which takes care of children in Hospice care and helps children who have lost a loved one. It was a great day and so much fun. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:47:47 EST 2014.... So far this new year has not been so great. My father-in-law, whom I love dearly was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and the doctor gives him about 2 months. He is taking it pretty good, but the rest of the family is freaking out. I am trying to be the calm one and they are upset about that. But they don't realize that I see and deal with this every single day in my job as Hospice Nurse. I am being realistic and want him to have the best time for the last couple weeks. <BR> So I am trying to... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:56:22 EST Getting motivated..... Over the last couple months my weight has been sneaking back up . But I am back on track now, I read an article in a magazine to drink 2 cups of water before each meal. I have been doing this for a week now and dropped 4 lbs. Wow, I am really moving down the scale again and feeling better. And it seems my IBS is getting better under control. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="h... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:52:37 EST Getting back on track... I have been slacking a lot lately. First my son came home on leave and we have been going out to eat a lot and I haven't been exercising . And now my knee is hurting a lot , So I really haven't been working out. <BR> But I know I can do it and I have all of you to help me on my way. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:22:08 EST On a seesaw.... I have the feeling I am on a seesaw, weight going up and down. I am sticking with my calories and exercise regularly , but I keep going up and down. My doctor told me ,it could be my IBS . So I keep on doing what I have been doing. <img src="">my new haircut <BR> <img src=""> size 2xl getting a bit big Sun, 22 Sep 2013 07:16:23 EST just some motivation.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 18:58:17 EST just a update.... it's been a long time since my last blog, but I have been so busy with work. being a Hospice Nurse is not just a job , it is a calling . And I am devoting a lot of my time to my patients. It is not so much physical ,but mental strain. But I learn so much from my patients, about what is important in life. I learned to worry about the small stuff, but to look at the big picture. I am dedicated to make my patient's last days as comfortable and full filling as possible. <BR> The bad part is that... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:28:55 EST Memorial Day This picture says it all <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 May 2013 10:29:08 EST Armed Forces Day In honor of my sons and all those brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day. Thank you for allowing us to live the lives we are living and for protecting our freedom. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:16:14 EST so busy.... I have been so busy working, just came of a 14 day stretch. But the paycheck will be great. And I put on some weight, no wonder with me always on the run. But I love my job, it is sometimes challenging dealing with the dying patients and their families. <BR> So here is some inspiration for us all: <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 9 May 2013 17:23:51 EST Happy St Patrick's Day <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:10:03 EST More Inspiration..... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 07:10:40 EST Another Inspiration... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I put a penny in a jar for every Spark point I earn and $ 1 for every pound I lose. It is going to be my spending money for San Antonio... <BR> <em>364</em> <em>363</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 20:32:13 EST My son inspired me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am going to run in the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Antonio TX this November, I am running the 5K and my oldest son will be doing the half marathon. So excited, now I got to get training. I never ran in a race before..... <BR> It will be so much fun... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My son ran the full Marathon last year Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:25:00 EST new plan This week I started a new plan.... I am getting up earlier in the morning and walk /run for at leasst 1 mile. Except this morning, it was 28 degrees out and I cut it short. But I felt energized and the hot shower felt great . <BR> My new job keeps me also very busy, but I am not walking as much anymore as I did working in the nursing home. So I try to ride my recumbent bike each night for a while. <BR> So hopefully this will be working for me...... <img src=" Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:55:40 EST What a surprise.... I got a real nice surprise yesterday, my oldest son came home on leave for a week. My husband and he planned that since my birthday in January. They just kept it a secret. so snice to have him home for a while. <BR> We went on a nice walk this evening and I took some pics. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 20:34:11 EST One year since surgery... It's been 1 year since my knee replacement surgery , and it's been the best thing I could have done for myself. I feel stronger than before. <BR> I saw some of my former co-workers last week and they commented how great I look. Makes me feel proud of all I have accomplished. It feels good to know that I lost so much weight , that people notice. <BR> Bought me some jeans, since my old ones are falling off of me, I am down 3 sizes . Feels great to shop in the smaller sizes. <em>503</em> <i... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:27:21 EST Update a very busy time for me right now , learning my new job. But I love it, and I am working with a bunch of great Ladies. Just got to get used to working 5 days a week instead of 4, and for right now I am off on weekends. I am just not used to being home on Saturday and Sundays. <BR> I am trying to keep up with all my Spark friends daily and I push myself to make the time to read at least 4 to 5 pages on the friend feed . <BR> The good news is I lost so far 43 lbs.... <em>244</em> . My family ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:17:53 EST NEW JOB..... Well I got the job with Hospice and will start next Wednesday. So excited. Have been waiting to hear and they just called. <BR> Also got my labs back , everything is great . My cholesterol is down to 194 from almost 300. I guess my life style changes helped. <BR> What a great day. <em>104</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:51:55 EST NEW JOB..... Well I got the job with Hospice and will start next Wednesday. So excited. Have been waiting to hear and they just called. <BR> Also got my labs back , everything is great . My cholesterol is down to 194 from almost 300. I guess my life style changes helped. <BR> What a great day. <em>104</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:51:55 EST A new beginning... It's been a while since my last blog. so her it goes. <BR> I went to my new doctor and he was great, he said he will help me any way he can to loose the weight. He prescribed me a high protein, low carb diet and he also gave me a script for some pills that will increase my energy and help burn calories(Phentermine). I am usually wary of diet and miracle pills(being a Nurse), but this really made me feel great. I cleaned my whole house and rode my bike for about an hour. I like to have energy ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:18:30 EST some weight gain..... Well I gained a little weight....8 lbs to be exact. But I lost it once so I can do it again and this time for good. I guess all the junk and sweets over the holidays finally showed up. <BR> New plan is in action already. Eat more veggies and fruits and stay away from junk,no fast food or too many carbs. And I will ride my recumbent bike for at least 10 minutes per day. <BR> I know it will be hard to ride my bike after working for 8 hrs and being on my feet for most of that. But I will do it. ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:50:02 EST Glad it's over..... Well Christmas is over and I guess it's back to normal now. I work in a nursing home and all the families and residents gave us candy, cookies ,etc. I only had a little of all the junk, and boy was it good, now I got to get back on track. I stayed within my calories, but most of them were empty calories. Maybe next year they'll bring us fruits and fruit baskets. Wishful thinking. <BR> This Christmas I got a Fitbit and the battery ran out after 2 days, but I love it. My new kindle fire sho... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:55:50 EST derailed today..... Today was one of those days, I lost control. I was so hungry and starved that I ate and ate. I feel bad about my gorging, but I won't let it bring me down. Back to my plan tomorrow. <BR> Next week I have an Doctors appointment and I will asked him to check my blood sugars. I check them frequently, since my Dad was a very bad Diabetic. But so far I have been low ,and sometimes too low. At the last check-up , they told me it was low and that I should eat some sweets sometimes. Now when it goes ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:00:18 EST Tis the season.... It has been a while since my last blog, but I have just so busy. I have been working a lot(picking up extra Shifts) just to make ends meet. But I think after New Years I will be all caught up. We will have a small Christmas, since my 2 oldest sons won't be able to come home and I will probably have work .....ahhh the life of a Nurse. <BR> But I love my job and my little old people...To see their eyes light up when you do something nice and unexpected for them. And now at Christmas time, they... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 16:49:46 EST San Antonio Marathon... I had an awesome time cheering my son on in the Marathon, he finished in 6 hrs and 16 minutes. Not bad for his first full marathon. he has me inspired to run next year, but I think I will start small with the mini marathon. Now we are just chilling. I walked 5 miles just around downtown San Antonio. Had a great time. <img src=""> <img src=""> <em>312</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:45:08 EST A Thank You to all the Veterans.... I want to take this opportunity to thank all the active duty and veterans for their service to this great country.Their sacrifice for this country is one of things that makes this country what it is today. we should thank our veterans each and every day, because without them we wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms we have today. <BR> I am the wife of an Army veteran and they proud mom of two sons who are serving at this time in the United States Navy. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 10 Nov 2012 15:58:21 EST have been so busy..... I just noticed that I haven't blogged in a while. These last couple weeks been so busy. My second oldest son has been home on leave and he left today for Guam and tomorrow , I am flying to San Antonio to spend a few days with my oldest son. And all in between I have been working. <BR> I also bought me a new exercise bike ,since I wore the old one out. Found a Nordic track recumbent bike at the thrift store for $25. It is in great shape. <BR> I just haven't lost as much weight as I wanted, be... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:52:17 EST update.... Talked to my son this evening, he is feeling better. They put him on some anti-depressant and counseling session. He will be in the hospital for a couple days and than they will see him on out patient basis. <BR> Thank you for all the kind words and prayers. <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:51:15 EST bad day.... Had a real bad day yesterday, my oldest son tried to commit suicide, because he thinks his life is hopeless. He is a member of the Navy and is stationed in San Antonio TX. I am truly grateful for his Superiors to recognize his problems and get him help. He is now in treatment and hopefully recover. <BR> But this has us shaken, because we had no idea on how bad things were for him. I am pretty much a nervous wreck. He said he is going to be fine, but it will be hard journey for all of us. <BR>... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:56:01 EST making progress.... Finally the scale shows off all of my hard work, lost another 3 lbs...wooohoo, drinking more water than ever, and hopefully getting my IBS under control.... <BR> Feeling great and happy..... <img src=""> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 06:57:09 EST just a few things I learned.... On my journey to a healthier and slimmer life I have learned so much. I always tell people it is not a diet, but a life style change. I still have a candy bar or Donut once in a while , and they are always telling me , I shouldn't eat that, because it is bad for me. But I tell them , that I won't deprive myself and add these things to my calorie total. <BR> I also learned to shop better,so it will not kill my grocery bill. I found that Save-a-lot has a lot of healthy foods for a reasonable p... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:05:47 EST finally a day off.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Just wanted to share these with you, they are very motivational and keep me going. I have... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 11:12:44 EST A little update.... I have so busy lately and haven't been able to keep up with all my Spark friends.I am really going to make an effort to at least read blogs for an hour every day. <BR> All I have been doing is work, work and more work. But I am building my workouts into my work. My co-workers think I am crazy, because I park my med cart at the nurses station and walk back and forward to all my patients rooms. But I walk about 3 miles every day that I work, sometimes even a little more. <BR> I have been loos... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:46:40 EST It's been 11 years....never forget.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 07:00:07 EST HAPPY LABOR DAY... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 17:04:12 EST some Things I found.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:07:45 EST busy, busy just an update on my past few days. Have been working 2 16 hour shifts this weekend. My knee survived. It was hurting and swelling , but it's getting better. I am off for 4 days(need that to and than I will work some swing shifts. Not my favorite shift, but at least I am working. <BR> I really like my job and the facility that I work in. Met some pretty amazing people. Just got to resist the temptation to order food out from the local restaurants. <BR> Haven't been able to kee... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:11:15 EST A little inspiration.....we all need it sometimes... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:16:01 EST work,work and more work... Just a little update... have been working a lot lately, just got off a 16 hour shift yesterday evening. It jusy feels great to get out of the house and do what you love to do. Well, and the paycheck is not bad <BR> My knee is holding up pretty good, just get a little tired and sore @ the end of the shift...but getting plenty of walking in ..... <BR> Sorry I haven't been able to keep up with my friend feed....will do better.... <img src=" Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:44:24 EST