MYUTMOST4HIM's SparkPeople Blog MYUTMOST4HIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm not giving up - I'M NOT GIVING UP!!!!!!!! In 2005 I weighed 434. <BR> I began a weight loss journey that officially ended Aug 2009 when I weighed in at 190 pounds. <BR> In March 2010 I was diagnosed with cancer (the size of an egg) and within a few days of that I was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm. <BR> For 6 weeks I went thru chemo and radiation, then the drs gave me a few weeks to recover before open heart surgery, June 8, 2010. <BR> July 1st the tumor was the size of a shooter marble so surgery for that was scheduled.... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:33:02 EST Lymph edema Therapy Haven't ever heard of it before but it is doing a wonderful job on my legs!! <BR> I have been told that I actually have Lipo Lymphedema. I have been in therapy for 2 weeks and have lost 3 liters of fluid in each leg!! <BR> That just amazes me!! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:21:31 EST still around just keeping a low profile Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:43:50 EST Knee procedure DD has a knee procedure tomorrow (Friday). No big deal, she has a torn meniscus and he has to scrape it out. she will be so happy to be out of pain Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:12:18 EST I am loving this weather so do my new trees Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:29:54 EST all I get is voice mail I think it is time to find a different dr. I called yesterday and voice mail is the only thing that picks up!!! I leave a message but got no return call. I suppose it could happen today but honestly my complaints against them are mounting so my confidence is dropping. <BR> <BR> UGH Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:37:22 EST oh my aching back The dr never did call to schedule the injections. <em>46</em> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:57:10 EST My visit with my sister It went wonderful!!! We all met at a restaurant so we fought all night with the noise but It was a real nice get together. <BR> On the other hand, when my DH went to get up from the table his leg got caught with the table leg and of course it was his surgical side!!!! <BR> He was in pain!!! I got him home and gave him a pain pill and today he is feeling sore but not in the same pain he was in last night. <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 20:08:38 EST surprise visit My sister Pat is flying in this morning - she is on her way further south but doesn't leave till Saturday morning. <BR> I am looking forward to seeing her but the visit was last minute and I am trying to clear my schedule. <BR> not easy <BR> <BR> on the other hand the trees look fabulous!!!! Maybe I can get Dh to take some pics and load them. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:55:08 EST Reformation Day check out what this means at this website:<BR>ay <BR> <BR> on another note - I GET NEW TREES PLANTED TODAY Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:21:43 EST more injections The dr is setting me up for more injections but instead of nerve root they are a lumbar facet and a cervical facet injection. He also wants an inflammation blood workup done on me. <BR> Not sure what all this is but if it leads to a pain free life I am for it!!! Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:20:34 EST Today is the DAY I see the back dr TODAY!!! Relief is on its way!!!! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:30:44 EST Tin Star I have only seen it here in N Texas but they are a franchise. <BR> <BR> Monday is going good. I get to see the back dr Tuesday, my tree stumps will get grinded on Wednesday and I get my new trees planted on Thursday. <BR> <BR> full week Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:05:16 EST lunch date update We went to Tin Star. I ahve only been there one other time - YUMMY Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:17:42 EST lunch date My sis and I have a tradition that every year for each others birthday the other treats the birthday girl to lunch. My birthday was earlier this month but today is the first oppotunity we have had to go. <BR> Now the problem is - I don't know what I want to eat!!!! Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:26:09 EST MRI it finally got approved and I go tonight. The dr appt is tuesday - can't wait Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:13:58 EST cooler weather ROCKS!!!! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:30:02 EST stump removal man, I was really going at it the other day!!! Then my chain saw ran out of oil and I had to stay home to wait for various phone calls - But I have the oiil now. We are getting estimates anyway, but I might be able to save us the expense of grinding one stump. <BR> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:31:09 EST stump removal One of our stumps is so rotted that I think I can remove it but the other one is pretty massive - YIKES Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:46:10 EST called the water company I called 811 to get my yard marked - getting ready for the tree planting, but they don;t mark for water except the meter. I don't need them to mark the meter - I SEE the meter - duh!!! <BR> I called the water company and got transferred several times and referred to different numbers several times. Man, you'd think I was the first person to ever plant a tree - LOL <BR> I finally got a guy to come out - on his lunch no less - to show me where my water line is. <BR> Man, this tree planting is... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:14:00 EST still tired tree shopping took a lot out of me Sun, 20 Oct 2013 20:49:25 EST Tree shopping Well, we knew we really wanted a red oak. But we kept being told a texas red oak, but we learned today that a shumard red oak does better here in north texas. <BR> Bought 2 trees today and we had a budget of $1000 <BR> We got a 95 gal for the front yard which will shadt the house in a few years, and we bought a 45 gal for the backyard which will be shade for when we BBQ. <BR> and we only spent $900 <BR> <BR> <em>378</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 20:35:34 EST Statewide meeting Well, it went well. I had 2 representatives here and we talked for half an hour. I showed them the problems and we talked about all the extra time this took. <BR> It isn't Statewide Remodeling policy to give compensation - they want to fix the problems but I told them that at this point I have lost confidence in Statewide. <BR> In the end I did get some compensation and they left my warranty in place. <BR> All in all we are satisfied - I feel they could have done better but it was never ab... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:53:53 EST Sleep seminar The speaker told us different ways to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. most of what she said I already knew like stable bed times and getting up in the morning, stimulation like tv, etc... <BR> But what I didn't know was drinking milk at bedtime is a myth. While it does have some benefit to help you go to sleep it also has stuff in it to keep you awake. <BR> Having said that, she said if ya want to snack eat a light protein such as a little meat or a slice of avocado. The protein will... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:24:26 EST sleep seminar <em>246</em> We went to a sleep seminar last night. They had a pretty catchy title - "Youur Speaker will Put You To Sleep!!" Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:57:46 EST trees Still don't know which trees we will go with but a farm is having a fall festival this weekend and I think we will go and try to take advantage of sales. they also are having a drawing to give a 45 gal tree away - hope we win - that would save a bundle of $$$$$ Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:39:57 EST which red oak I didn't know their were different varieties - I am down to a texas red oak or a shumard red red Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:54:21 EST TIMBER!!!! Two trees that I dearly loved when we bought this houuse 2 1/2 years ago are getting cut down. They both suffered the drought of 2011 - when the house was on the market the trees/lawn probably was not being watered. A month after buying the house we lost the tree in the backyard. We hired a company to trim the front yard tree. I saw how much they were trimming and panicked. I called the home office and they assured me that the crew knew what they were doing. <BR> Well, they didn't. The ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:42:42 EST Sodium Soap box Sorry, I am on a sodium soap box today. I just don't understand WHY restaurants add so much salt to their food. I know they want you to order drinks but usually they are free refills anyway so that doesn't really explain it either. <BR> The salad I ate at Olive Garden was only 150 calories but it was nearly 800 mg in sodium !!!! I mean that is nearly half of my days allowance and all I had was a salad. I could have made the same salad at home for fewer calories and WAY LESS sodium mainly ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:07:26 EST went to Olive Garden We never ever go to Olive Garden but we were celebrating my birthday. Which is actually today but we didn't want to fight Sunday crowds so we went yesterday. <BR> We did to "buy one - take one" deal for $12.99 We have enough food for 3 days of suppers!!! Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:49:10 EST It is raining I know we need the rain but we were gonna go lay Putt Putt today <BR> <em>257</em> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 12:43:55 EST day off Dh is taking a vacation day today - we will probably go to the nature preserve to walk Fri, 4 Oct 2013 05:47:48 EST Stress test went fine I passed - Ya know I have heard horror stories about those treadmill stress tests but this wasn't all that bad. <BR> They started me out at 10% incline and 1.5 mph <BR> Then after 3 minutes the machine increased me to 12% incline and 2.5 mph <BR> and finally after 3 more minute I went to 14% and 3.5 mph <BR> <BR> the tech took my blood pressure periodically and I was allowed to hang on - this was important due to the neuropathy in my feet. <BR> <BR> The doc was fine with the results but wan... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:28:36 EST Stress test today I have only ever had the I.V. type but today the cardiologist will put me on the treadmill. <BR> My heart rate is too low for her liking and while she does attribute that to my fitness she also says that if my heart rate doesn't climb to "the range" then I will need a pacemaker. <BR> I will know today Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:27:07 EST mowed It is such a great workout Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:39:17 EST weekend went to fast RATS Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:32:59 EST IT'S RAINING YIPPEE Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:43:20 EST bathroom remodel I was told to set aside the whole day for the work yesterday - it took 90 minutes!!!! <BR> It looks real nice. now all I gotta do is sign off this work order and we can call it DONE Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:44:14 EST working out again now that I can move without my back hurting I am working out again - feeling sore never felt so good. <BR> <BR> On another note: My DH is putting in his first full day at work since hip replacement - He is doing great and expects to stop using the cane at his next appointment (Monday). <BR> <BR> My bathroom counter is suppose to get replaced today - FINALLY!!!! IF this goes off without a hitch then the field supervisor will schedule an appointment to come out so we can sign off the final w... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:10:40 EST I scheduled my second shot It is a nerve root shot - and it works wonders, however, Sunday night I started experiencing very mild spasms, but I haven't since then. I scheduled the second shot anyway - it seems to be helping the neuropathy in my feet!!!! <BR> <BR> I feel so good I have even been able to workout again - AAAHHHHHH feels good Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:50:48 EST pain free weekend But by Sunday night my back was having mild spasms so I already scheduled my second shot. <BR> It felt so good to be pain free - I am sleeping so much better!!! Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:20:11 EST Back injection I can't remember the last time I was in NO pain!!! This injection went to work IMMEDIATELY - I can walk with no pain, sit with no pain, turn my head, shrug my shoulders, you name it <BR> AAHHHH How sweet it is <em>104</em> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:04:00 EST Car repairs Our car has been running sluggish for a couple months and Dh and I couldn't figure out what it could be. We wanted some kind of idea BEFORE a mechanic got his hands on it. <BR> DH figured it out - the sparkplugs should have been changed about 5ooo miles ago. <BR> <BR> Car is running like new comes tires - OUCH Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:17:16 EST Bible Study Began today. We are doing "Wednesdays with Beth" <BR> It is good to chit chat afterwards. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:30:49 EST quote today Robert Louis Stevenson: <BR> Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:14:52 EST cravings I have had a craving for the longest time for a chilli dog!!! I mean a really long time. I have been tempted to just stop at Sonic or some place "easy" and satisfy that craving - then I think of all the added calories and sodium I would consume because that is the nature of eating out. <BR> I picked up the ingredients last time I went grocery shopping and satisfied that craving at lunch today!!! <BR> YUMMY <em>4</em> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:46:56 EST yard sale was a bust I didn't get anything. DD got some pillows and a clock that doesn't work but it has a real pretty picture in the background. We hope we can fix the clock. <BR> <BR> We did stop at another yard sale on the way home and I found a stringless electric trimmer for only $5 and they let me test it. this will be great!!! <BR> <BR> On a sour note, DH got up in the middle of the night and dropped something on the floor. He didn't want to wake me so he kneeled down to pick it up. Now his leg is s... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:45:37 EST off to a great big yard sale Our city is having a yard sale at the local rec center. It starts at 9 - gotta run Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:30:50 EST working today Man oh man!!! I really wasn't anxious to have DH go back to work but we also didn't expect a delay. <BR> The hotshot at work even thought it could be Monday before retuning to work - I squashed that right away. I told them that the physical therepist wants him to start on a Thursday or Friday so if he doesn't start now you will have to have him start at the end of next week. I think that helped put him back in his place, it is one thing to delay a person from coming back to work one day bu... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:42:14 EST work canceled some hot shot in HR is having a power kick and called last night. Told my DH he couldn't come back to work till HE says DH could come back to work. Never mind that isn't what happened the last time Dh had to go on disability AND it isn't what we were told the procedure was this time - from higher up personnel. This guy is on a power kick and I hope he doesn't jeopardize my DH benefits. <BR> Ok, so maybe he can work tomorrow.........we shall see how long this guy stands his ground. Somethi... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:19:37 EST