If You Don't Love Yourself Before, You Won't Love Yourself After
I really love the new Spark People Healthy Inspiration section. I guess that I am one of those people who respond really well to motivational quotes and visual images and this section is full of them. I'm choosing one a week and making it my mot... Read more
Surgery Complete...I'm Back with a New Back!
I have been away for two months having my back repaired and recovering from it. It was an 8 hour surgery during which they did every type of lumbar surgery possible: laminectomy, foramectomy, decompression, allograft, fusion, alloy metals. Altho... Read more
If you noticed I was gone...
Heres my full report: When I saw the neurosurgeon yesterday, I asked him exactly what he had done in my back. He looked up his surgery notes and said, "Oh yes, this was an absolute mess." highly technical tern. He said they did a ... Read more
Foods That Fight Pain
I like to eat but I am always looking for ways to eat more intelligently. Since I, like many of you have to deal with chronic pain, I found this information from Environmental Nutrition very interesting.
Foods that fight pain include the t... Read more
I have a little more computer time, so I thought I'd update you all. I am still heavily medicated and most of my time, I am lying flat. I am doing the 6 stretches that the neurologist allows me, 3 times every day. I walk 3 times a day, too but I... Read more
Martha's surgery went well but was more complicated than they had anticipated. It took 7 hours. They took out 2 discs and a lot of crumbled bone chips and bone spurs. She had to have 4 long titanium rods, 2 short ones and a bunch ... Read more
I'm Leaving You for a While
Dear Spark friends - and there are so many of you,
Tomorrow I will be having surgery for major lower back reconstruction. They have schedule 4 hours for the surgery, so it's rather complicated. I wouldn't do it but I will not have great lower... Read more
Sweat the Small Stuff
Don't sweat the small stuff - and it's all small stuff. I'm sure that you have all heard that saying. It's one of my favorite sayings when it's applied to attitude and negativity. Attitude is incredibly important and when you get yourself all wo... Read more
Growing Old Ain't for Sissies: What's Your Choice?
Well, there is one alternative to growing old but that one is far less desirable than getting old. I want to talk about getting old. Growing older is an inevitability but growing up is a choice. Maturing physically is inevitable but we can be ... Read more
Spirited Underdogs in Spring!
Hi out there all you precious dawggies! I am really ready for this challenge to begin. In the last challenge I was successful at losing my 5% and I made a lot of new and wonderful friends. I loved the team so much that I decide to be one of the ... Read more
We Are Family...
We are lucky. The Spark Community becomes part of our families. Last year, I was able to improve my health, lose 40 pounds and exercise regularly for the first time in many years. Lots of you were there with me, fighting the same fight with var... Read more
The ONLY Surefire Way to Lose Weight
Gauranteed weight loss is really easy. It amazes me that anyone actually struggles with losing weight. All of this fuss and bother, whining, moaning, complaining. Millions of dollars are spent on weight loss programs, diets, supplements, special... Read more
Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jog!
I was in FL for a week visiting my 80 year old super Mom! I also had a wonderful and relaxing trip away from home and recent bad news about my health. We spent tons of time in and around the water and beach. We ate well (Mom's been a vegetarian ... Read more
There are very few places that I love more than a warm sunny beach by the ocean. I've been able to enjoy two trips to the beach while visiting my Mom in FL this week. I started to swim as an infant, and grew up at the swimming pool and on the Oh... Read more
Sometimes, the best thing you can d fr yourself is to take a break and get away from it all. Do you think that your employer gives you that 5 days (or more if you are lucky) just because they like to pay people who don't work?
The truth is t... Read more