SAGELADY2's SparkPeople Blog SAGELADY2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back To Life The surgery went as well as can be expected. I developed pneumonia, an infection that led to a second operation and finally got out of the hospital 2 weeks later. Apparently I had broken ribs which led to the pneumonia - my guess was during positioning during surgery they were broken. I left the hospital with 3 huge, gaping wounds on my abdomen and a wound vac on them. The next two months were spent trying to eat a ton of protein, every other day visits from home care nurses for dressing ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:56:55 EST Getting ready for surgery I decided on a new surgeon and have met with him and his partner. The surgery is next week to take down the colostomy and repair the hernias. I was in the hospital last week with a small bowel obstruction, caught in a hernia. It was able to get reduced and I went home, and surgery was on the docket sooner. It's a good thing, to finally get there. <BR> <BR> I'm taking the time tonight to just get my thoughts together, make lists of what I need to do and just reflect. What do I want to do... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:03:15 EST whew!!! I'm going to have to make this short, I'm at work. I've had a ton of stuff going on but am working back to normal. I should have about 6 more weeks of insanity and then have my life back to some semblance of "normal." <BR> <BR> We moved, out of a house we'd lived in for 15 years due to the neighborhood declining in a serious way. It was no longer safe to walk my dog day or night. All kinds of ugly things had happened, so we made a serious, but good in the long run (I hope at least) decis... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:38:38 EST Lots going on While waiting for the layoffs to hit at my hospital, my husband got laid off. The tornadoes that went through on Friday hit his workplace and destroyed everything. They most likely won't return. Even if they do, it will be months. <BR> <BR> He was there working when it hit. Very scary. I was at home running around in the dark with my dog trying to figure out where to get to since we don't have a basement. My husband was on the phone with me the whole time. I listened as he and his c... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 20:05:47 EST Scale is Going Back Down I've been doing well on my keep on track commitment. Working on using my new nutribullet blender to whiz up the veggies and fruits I would otherwise have an issue digesting. Every morning I drink a mix of greens (all kinds now), protein powder, no fat greek yogurt, berries and a bit of water. That lasts me most days till dinner. I can work a long day at work and not really feel hungry till I get home. <BR> <BR> Dinners have been very good, with variants of fillings for soft corn tortilla... Sun, 19 May 2013 09:06:06 EST Why The Ever Increasing Numbers of Obese? I was talking to a friend who does ergonomics at my workplace and we were discussing the obvious fact that there are so many super obese people today as compared to 30 years ago. And the disproportionately high number of obese we encounter. We talked about what had changed so dramatically to enable this to occur. <BR> <BR> One item was lack of activity (which is fairly obvious to anyone born pre-1970). We USED to be outside all the time as kids. Inside was like jail-time. As adults, we ... Sun, 12 May 2013 09:19:06 EST March recap A roller coaster month. Finished my training and certification stuff for work. Waiting on the official "go" word. It's getting frustrating knowing each week that passes means I'm that much more behind. <BR> <BR> I finally went to see my primary doc about my potassium levels being so low and he changed my bp meds to a different generic one with added potassium and took off the diuretic. So, I've spent the last week with a headache that wouldn't go away until yesterday I finally felt nor... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:34:59 EST College Days All Over Again I finished my classes and training!!!! I also indulged in over eating all week, wrapping it up yesterday with a major chow down. I was just SOOOO hungry. Thinking back, I did great until after dinner every day. Then, when I got home and relaxed from the day somewhat I munched, and munched and whatevered. I thought, go for a walk instead, but the weather was yucky and it's dark and I'm tired, bone tired. Munch some more to keep my eyes open. <BR> <BR> It was supposed to be sunny and mid ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 08:51:54 EST Rest is Good We've spent the weekend basically napping. Both of us are worn down to nubs and it tells. A week of not much/good sleep has taken its toll. Later on is grocery shopping and getting ready for work. My classes have gone well. I've made 100 on all but one of my tests and assignments. One more week of classes to go until I begin training week after next. <BR> <BR> Sleep is so important. Without it, life grinds down to a halt. I've noticed as I get older, it's harder and harder to recover ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:58:09 EST It's Nice to Get Noticed I had a co-worker who hadn't seen me since I left (almost 3 weeks ago) comment that I looked like I had lost a lot of weight since then. Someone else commented as well. THAT felt great. I said it's probably due to the stress being gone now. The bad stress anyway. I can handle the stress of learning a new job and all that goes with it. <BR> <BR> I let go over the weekend and relaxed. It was nice to just hang out and after housework/laundry, do nothing. I feel refreshed and ready for th... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:03:14 EST Back Where I Started From Finished my move-in yesterday. The furniture was in storage for probably 10 years and man was it dusty and nasty. So, my office mate and I spent a couple of hours cleaning and cleaning and then scrubbing the daylights out of all the furniture and artwork. The maintenance guys came by in the afternoon to hang the pictures and coat rack. I bought a new hanging Wandering Jew basket that's on my desk, on top of a container to raise it up. I don't think we can get away with haning anything fr... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:18:07 EST Saturday - Two more days till D Day First I have to congratulate myself that I didn't do anything crazy or stupid for my upcoming surgeon's appt. on Tuesday. No water fasts, liquid diet, cabbage soup diet, nothing. I've been steadily standing on 235 the past week. I'm due to drop a few pounds any day now. My pattern is to fluctuate back and forth and then drop 4-5 pounds in a day and it's my new normal. <BR> <BR> Work was good this week and refreshing to have my office where there are windows and sunlight. It was a star... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:40:31 EST First Week at My New Job Boy, did this week fly by. I got in quite a bit of walking too, with the temps in the earlier part of the week so warm, I went to the parking garages and walked in them at lunch time. My office still isn't ready so I stay at the other site for a while. I've been studying and learning the ins and outs of what I'm going to be doing. It'll take a few months to get trained to the point I can go on my own somewhat. I'm figuring about a year to get comfortable with what i'm doing. Then after... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 19:44:12 EST Turning Point Day Today was the last day at my old job. I had a couple of celebrations yesterday that were very nice. They had a huge sheet cake with all the managers before lunch and I avoided it. Passed out slice, but declined for me. We went out to lunch at a nearby restaurant and I opted for a good salad. Pleased. Got back in the office and someone had brought down the remnants of the cake. I finally succumbed to 2 slices and a few fingerfulls of icing off the bottom of the tray. I'd forgotten how ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:31:40 EST When Life Changes I thought it was my imagination, but now, I know it's not. For the past 3-4 months I've been so unhappy with my job situation it seemed my life slowed down to nothing. No concrete goals, no drive, no motivation. When I got the job offer this week it was like a light went off inside of me that said "GO". Suddenly, I had energy to go and do. A desire to be outside walking, moving and breathing. <BR> <BR> How many times are we motivated and governed by the external forces we see around us ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:47:57 EST First Weekend of the New Year Took Dixie out for a short walk in the flurries. She had a blast running like a crazy person. I hacked and coughed a lot. So, in lieu of a long walk/run today I put on Leslie Sansone's video and walked in the bedroom. Next, I put in aerobics videos and did those, taking a break while cooking a week's worth of chicken and throw every veg in the house soup. I took a break around 1 to eat a bowl of soup with some kale chips on the side. <BR> <BR> Winter is hard on me emotionally for some r... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:51:51 EST Happy New Year!! Well, it's now 2013 and after a fitful nite of sleep I'm sorting out my wish list for the year. I have goals in mind for the next 12 months. Run a 5K before summer. Lose weight - I'm not sure the exact amount, I'm planning on 1-2 pounds a week after my calorie balancing is settled. I just weighed, back to 244 this morning. It was expected since I've eaten pretty carelessly over the holidays. <BR> <BR> I plan on taking a significant amount of time to think back to my earlier days when ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:41:14 EST Snowy and Breezy..... I took Dixie out for her walk this morning and it was blowing snow and so cold. I had on my heavy sweat pants and a couple layers on top with a hat. My legs felt like I had on gauze instead of thick cotton. Next trip out will see me in my long johns and sweats and possibly another layer. Dixie jumped and pranced in the snow, loving every minute of it. I kept trying not to slip and slide on the icy/snowy pavement and sidewalk. We wound up walking in the grass instead so I wouldn't land o... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:26:14 EST Merry Christmas and all that stuff I went in to work yesterday and slogged through assigning acuity to about a 150 or so cases I'm doing a project with. About 12:30 I decided enough and left for the day. Made a quick stop at the grocery store for sweet potatoes and baguettes and some chips for hubby. <BR> <BR> I finally feel good again. Just have a slight lingering cough that's worse in the morning. Dixie and I will head out to the park later today and resume our mileage. She'll enjoy that. It looks like the majority o... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 10:08:04 EST UGGGHHHH Where do I start? Well, I was on my way to the doc's office yesterday afternoon after staying home to try and get over the bronchitis. I rear ended another car. My truck was ok for the most part, but her rear end got cremated. Brand new, temp tags car. I felt so bad for her. She was taken to the hospital with I'm guessing neck/back injuries. I didn't see that her air bags deployed so I wasn't sure how she got hurt so much. I just have a stiff neck and head. The shop is fixing the bro... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:51:32 EST Sniffle, sniffle, snort, hackhackhack Well, got sick on the way home on Friday, despite having the flu shot. I spent yesterday just stuffing my face, don't ask why. I was just starving all day. Between blowing my nose, nursing the sore throat and the coughing all I could think of was food. So, I ate. <BR> <BR> I've been taking up to I guess 20 grams of Vitamin C. Today I've added some EmergenC Immune Defense with Zinc to my tea. I'm just miffed that I've lost the weekend to being sick and snotty. Nothing has gotten done. ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 11:28:36 EST 5K that wasn't I decided to be brutally honest here. I was thinking I had a good chance of running some of this 5K and wound up not even walking a mile. Everything conspired against me it seemed. Shoes were worn out and it felt like I had on concrete blocks. My dog took off again and again after every squirrel she thought she saw. I was ready to sit down and cry. <BR> <BR> Here I am right before the race. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I learned ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:10:02 EST Post Thanksgiving I took Dixie to the park this morning and got in a great walk. I JOGGED for the first time!!! It was easy and pretty good. The wind was up (30mph) and the temps were cold. 40 degrees after 70 yesterday was a shock to the system. <BR> <BR> I had the full Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and enjoyed myself. Back to reality today. Hubby is going camping with a friend and his son tomorrow night. They asked if I wanted to go with them and I said no. 30 degrees for a low tomorrow night isn't q... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:28:33 EST That Stupid Scale I have been back and forth, and up and down with it. This week I've just reached my limit on how hard I have been tracking and fretting over what I lost/didn't lose/might have lost/ if only. <BR> <BR> ENOUGH ALREADY!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm obsessing over every ounce, every poop, every pee, every bite in or thought of bites in. It's insane. I'm driving myself to distraction with it all. I'm losing why I wanted to lose weight in the first place, before all this crap with the diverticulitits an... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:56:55 EST Mid October Check - Reality and Thanks to Tony I tried an experiment of increasing my carbs and calories to see if I could drop more weight. Didn't work. Just added a few pounds that I finally got rid of. I seem to remember doing that before a few times with the same results. <BR> <BR> Getting the house in order for winter now. Got a lot of my clothes switched out, a lot to Goodwill (too loose/big for me now) and have inherited from a co-worker her now too big clothes. Yeay!!! For both of us!!! <BR> <BR> Still working on making my... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:54:39 EST October - fun month I love the change of seasons and the falling leaves. I try and take my walks where there are lots of overhanging trees with leaves raining down on me as the breeze blows. Like a rainstorm of leaves. The temps went south yesterday along with a true day of rain and wind. We had our first inside fire of the season last night when hubby got home. <BR> <BR> Setting up the house to bring in the plants that have spent the summer outdoors. Got wood cut and stacked by the fireplace for the rest ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:25:08 EST Getting Close to the End of September Got lots to do still. I've been fighting a head cold the past week. Had a great weekend with the kids and grandkids last week. Took them to the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and then we barbqued and had a bonfire. I did fall off the wagon over that weekend and indulged in **gasp** pancakes. Man, were they good. <BR> <BR> Back on track and cut my carbs way down. I've been at 245-250 for almost a month now and really want to see the scale move in the right direction. I've lost almost ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:45:41 EST What's on Tap for September - My Goals 1. Set up a budget to pay off debts and sock away money for a second home in Florida. <BR> 2. Walk 5 miles a day, 6 days a week. <BR> 3. Keep within my calorie range 6 days a week. <BR> 4. Do aerobics videos 5 days a week. <BR> 5. Eat clean/paleo 6 days a week. <BR> 6. Empty closet of non-fitting/ancient clothes and take to Goodwill. <BR> 7. Clean out fireplace, check grouting and brush chimney. <BR> 8. Start fall/winter spinach beds. <BR> 9. Do weight lifting 3 days a week. <BR> 1... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 08:50:49 EST Home and Thoughts From the Road Dan is home and tired, but doing ok. We are home and tired but doing ok as well. I've got to say, Dallas/Ft. Worth airport is humongous. We lucked into dinner between connections at a great restaurant. I had fish and chips, hubby had a massive cheeseburger. By the time we got into St. Louis we rushed to get Dixie from the kennel and back home. At 9 we were working our way to bed. <BR> <BR> Things I learned. We had a fridge and microwave in the hotel room so I bought spinach for salads,... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 08:51:10 EST Quick Update Dan is out of ICU and in the progressive care unit now. He gets 2 more units of blood today and they monitor him some more. He had his colonoscopy yesterday and they think it's ulcerative colitis, possibly Crohn's (waiting on the biopsy results). He's looking much better today than yesterday. Still pale, but tons better. He had his first meal a little while ago. <BR> <BR> Now we are getting ready for the hurricane to hit us. We'll be getting the rain bands here in the next few hours. ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:55:45 EST Life Is Like That Sometimes I'm up at 3am. Plane leaves at 6:30. Neither my husband or I can sleep. My son has had 8 transfusions of blood as of yesterday. He's scheduled for a colonoscopy this morning at 6:30, about the time we'll be flying over Alabama. We arrive at Miami at 11 and then on to Orlando and a rental car for the last leg. We expect to be at the hospital by 3 this afternoon. 12 more hours. <BR> <BR> I can't think anymore. To have your child become critically ill is a horrible experience. Even if... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 04:23:35 EST 24 Weeks... 24 weeks is what I have to drop at least 40 pounds. It sounds simple on paper. I’d love to see me lose between 2 ½ and 3 pounds a week if I could manage it. I’ve been stuck at 250 for over a week now, after losing 3 pounds on the trip to the doctor on the 7th. I lost every other day that week after I saw the doc. Then nothing, zip, nada since. Up and down over the same 3 pounds for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I tell myself if I only lose a pound a week like I did in July, I’m doomed. So doom... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:31:15 EST Smiling I watched a vlog from this man here. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963407 </link> He remarked how in passing he had said hello and smiled to a young person each day as he walked down a street and one day, she thanked him for doing this small act of kindness. <BR> <BR> It immediately brought to mind what happened to me earlier today. We'd just gotten my husband's truck back from the mechanic after a multiple month nightmare of it not being fi... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:51:19 EST Do I take pictures of this journey? The only recent picture I have of me is the one on my profile. That was from a few months ago. I'm debating whether or not to take the plunge and picture profile the journey. I've seen so many inspiring videos of people who have done that, I'd love to be inspiring to another person out there. <BR> <BR> So... I'll be honest with myself and everyone else. I made the big BIGGGGG decision to tell my husband my true highest weight and what I weigh now. He never knew and I wasn't about to tel... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:21:09 EST What the Surgeon Said.... He was duly impressed by how I looked and even more so from the 20 pounds (offically) I lost since my last visit. We decided to do the takedown surgery in the early spring so I see him again in Feb. He wants an additional 40 pounds lost and he'll be comfortable doing the surgery then. <BR> <BR> He did say he wouldn't mind if I lost even more. I said I wouldn't mind it either. <em>20</em> <BR> I did 3 miles with Dixie last night at the park. She tried her hardest to get into the lake w... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:24:59 EST Countdown Time to the Surgeon I have gone over what I want to say to him in my mind at least a thousand times. I'll probably just freeze up and look stupid when the time comes though. Last week I put BACK ON 4 pounds and was ready to fall on the floor and cry. That was what I lost for the entire month of July. I had been increasing my carbs bit by bit and was sure that was it. Or the calories. Or the moon. Or the black hole where our weight goes. <BR> <BR> I checked every morning to see if it was a silly fluke. T... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:56:19 EST New Dog, New Reason to Walk more I adopted a new lab and her name is Dixie. I found her at the Humane Society and adopted her on my birthday this week. Happy Birthday to meeeeeee. <em>236</em> Anyway.... she runs like a gazelle and points on rabbits like a pro. I took her out for her morning walk at 5am and we found a couple of cats....she was positive I was demented when I wouldn't let her chase them. Next, she spied a rabbit across the yard by a fence. She looked back at me as I was holding on for dear life to her ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:09:12 EST Swimming For Fun After going to the river multiple weekends and really enjoying swimming each time I went, I decided to brave the world of chlorinated pools and dove in to the local pool. It wasn't bad at all and they had good music going. There was a swim lane in the middle I used for quite a while. <BR> <BR> I swam for an hour and a half. Man, does my body feel it now. Heating pad for my lower back, but I think I'll be fine once I get used to it like this. <BR> <BR> I hate chlorinated pools, but lov... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:41:15 EST Hot and More Hot Seems the temps are going to be rivalling the desert by the end of the week. With no real rain for so long, my grass is withered and will be somewhere in Kansas shortly. Along with all the plants I put in last fall. <BR> <BR> Weight loss is going slow, like normal. I'd really hoped to drop it faster but it's not happening. I know slow and steady does it, but I want a real big loss for the surgeon in August. That's my first goal. I don't have a set number to be at then. Just want it to... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:04:54 EST A year later.... So much has happened in the past year. My husband had a mild stroke in July of 11, I started going off my diet by living in the hospital and eating hospital food. Then, in the early fall I got Salmonella from lettuce mix. Then, right around Thanksgiving I found out I had diverticulitis. I was on antibiotics for 2 months with the attacks never stopping. Finally, I had perforated my colon and was put in the hospital NPO and given IV abx. I was going septic so they took out part of my colo... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:09:33 EST March update It's been an interesting few weeks. Flares have gone away since I cut out all wheat. I went last night to take my son out to dinner at Applebees and the Asiago Steak with shrimp I had must have had some flour in it. Woke up with my fingers/hands and ankles/knees swollen for the first time in almost a month. Ugly. The removal of wheat did the trick. I've been walking the stairs at work and I'm even being featured in a story at work about people who walk. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It was... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 18:05:41 EST Where do I even begin?? The fall I had last week just extended the flare that hit the week before. Last weekend I couldn't walk or move at all. I missed church, missed shopping, laundry (DH just cannot bring himself to washing or shopping). So, I spent the weekend in bed or with my legs elevated. <BR> <BR> I didn't eat right, too many carbs, too much crap food. Just didn't care and all I wanted to do was get to Friday. My boss took pity on me and said why don't you leave at noon today since you came in early ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:24:14 EST January Blaaaaaahhhs I've increased my excercise times every day by a few minutes. Man is it painful to see how far I let myself get deconditioned. <em>46</em> But, I can see each day it's easier and easier to do things. I can walk now from the far end of the parking lot at work to the building without sounding like I'm having a coronary. That's a great thing!!! <BR> <BR> I was ashamed to ask my boss, who is/was a physical therapist in a past/current life how to increase my excercise without landing myse... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:23:40 EST From there It's been an up and down week. Started on the downside with my body not being up to par. Thankfully, by Wed. it was history and I felt great from then on. That virus really kicked me. <BR> <BR> I went ahead and purchased a couple DVD's of the old tv show Bodies in Motion and Basic Training Workout. Those were my favorite workouts when I was in shape and a lot less weight than today. OK, so they're dated. So what. Great low impact routines and enjoyable music. I love the scenery thoug... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:33:55 EST Seems like I'm back from beyond I spent most all of last week sick as a dog. Fever, head cold, gastro issues. Turns out it is spreading at work too. Came back to work yesterday and it was all I could do to get home I was so exhausted. I slept a bit later this morning and came in feeling more refreshed. Certainly not up to par though. <BR> <BR> I did walk the office building a few times yesterday on the different floors. Walked one way on one floor, walked up the stairs to the next and so on. I'll double it today. <B... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:44:13 EST We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Stop Eating the Pies!!! OK, so I indulged a bit. No, a lot, in pies over the past few days. But that was it. The rest of what into me was pretty good. I'm going to convince my husband to finish off the remaining pies in the fridge so I am not tempted. <BR> <BR> Spent a quiet weekend/Christmas enjoying the fire. We attended a candle light service Christmas eve which was very nice. Driving in the snow and seeing the beauty all around was just perfect. <BR> <BR> I didn't do much of any in the way of excercise.... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 11:15:39 EST Love Christmas, Hate the Tasties (or my lack of control) What a week! I had a loss of 3 pounds this week. That was great. Then the parties started. Oh did they start. I did pretty well actually, but spent way too much time lamenting over picking desserts rather than abstaining. Yesterday a co-worker brought home made napoleans. I ate the whole thing. On top of frosted Christmas cookies and then the banana pudding. I did fill up on turkey and salad before it all so I didn't make it the center of the meal, but still. <BR> <BR> I have one mor... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 09:55:40 EST Making a Difference I watched a Global Voices episode this morning called Return to the Border. It was about the relationships between North Korea and China; specifically, their people. There was a scene where a young N. Korean girl was carrying water back from the frozen river to her home, slipped on the ice and fell down. All the water she had gotten spilled out and she sprained her wrist. The look on her face as she lay there on the ice brought tears to my eyes. <BR> <BR> How can we in the "civilized"... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 10:57:47 EST Why do I work harder on weekends than the week??? <em>249</em> I got groceries, then stopped at QT for smokes (yes I know I need to quit), then home and unload it all. Turn around and unload my husbands truck full of oak lumber - haul it up to the house. <BR> Then I get his lunch made and start coffee for him. I run the dishwasher, make my shake for lunch, drinking it while I pick up stuff around the house. He's out of gas so I run quickly back to QT to fill up his truck. Then, I dig up the WD-40 to spray down the door locks so we can... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 20:31:44 EST Cookie Monster Struck!!! YumYumYum <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After fighting it all week I gave in to the urge. I had tried to just satisfy it with a (as in single) cookie last night. That cookie was nasty and didn't do the trick. <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I made a decision. Rational, calculated, motivated by a craving for chocolate and warm cookie. I baked some of those holiday cookies and plunked a hershey's kiss in each and every one. Ate a few kisses on the side. All t... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:19:19 EST