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I'm halfway through the 5% challenge

Saturday, June 04, 2011      28 comments

and I've rid myself of 4 lbs!! From 122 to 118! WooHoo!! **This is a 4 week loss, not 4 lbs in one week. 5% has me trying for 1 lb per week and I feel I am on track for success!! The goal is 6 lbs in 8 weeks - "♫♪ ♪... Read more


Sunday, May 29, 2011      25 comments

As I was telling another Sparked Buddy this morning, I just never knew! "Funny how I never knew I was not alone all those years ago when not accepted for my weight! Maybe it was an "era" thing? I never dreamed so many of us were not accepte... Read more

Not a love-hate problem, more one of understanding.

Friday, May 27, 2011      37 comments

I received such an outpouring of love this past week when I had to say farewell to my daddy after assisting him these past 7 years after we lost mom. ( I hate that expression - always makes me think I took Mom to the mall and lost her! ) ... Read more

My daddy was the bravest man I knew.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011      66 comments

Thank you all for your prayers, your hugs, your virtual sympathy bouquet spark goodies. Yesterday the world lost the best cheesecake baker known to man. In 1973 the NY Village Voice declared his cheesecake to be the best in New York City. ... Read more

The rest of the story.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011      35 comments

I relieved my dear BIL this morning to care for Dad today. He was bad fidgety so I gave him the anxiety medicine left for him. He was fevered so I used a cold compress on his head and it had to be changed every few minutes. I was a bit di... Read more

Yesterday I put my father first.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011      28 comments

I am feeling blessed today to be able to be here for my dad as he walks his last journey. I put my program first when he went onto dialysis and my DH had knee replacement surgery. I put my program first regardless of life's obstacl... Read more

He smiled!

Sunday, May 22, 2011      30 comments

For those not in the know - and I am discovering so many spark friends are in the know - doing Hospice is a blessing in disguise. Yes, there is going to be some hardship in the coming weeks - but he was in pain and I gave him relief immedia... Read more

Hospice came today... a little long but now you can understand.

Friday, May 20, 2011      70 comments

7 years ago on Jan 1, 2004 my mother left this world and I inherited my father. His health was poor as he was barely healed from a total Colectomy - removal of the entire colon - due to excessive diverticulitis and the fear was if even one blee... Read more


Thursday, May 19, 2011      31 comments

Thank you all for your support - Pop decided this morning that he's had enough. I have known it was coming for months now. Dialysis 3X week isn't easy. And taking 15 medicines daily is a chore. Even getting the Fistula was rough on him - 3 s... Read more

wednesday update

Wednesday, May 18, 2011      18 comments

it's wednesday now and Pop came home monday night. we went to physical medicine yesterday and he has been put on low-dose morphine, yes I know what this means. one day at a time. one day he will refuse dialysis and we will be in the end... Read more

Who's Tiny??

Monday, May 16, 2011      29 comments

... the lady with the food cart needed to use the elevator so she went in first, then me - but another couple was afraid to get in. I told them there was plenty of room and they finally entered the elevator for a one floor ride. The Lady c... Read more

Taking a breather!

Sunday, May 15, 2011      23 comments

Pop had a major meltdown on Saturday when he called, almost crying, to tell me to get him out of the hospital. Thankfully I had the presence of mind to call the nurses station to see what the problem was and they talked him into staying until m... Read more

The SP Grand Exodus - are you going too??

Saturday, May 14, 2011      33 comments

There has been much comment about a spark member's blogs being removed and the member in question leaving SparkPeople. Many are following this member and leaving SP but before you do, make sure you are going of your own accord. Some blogs ... Read more

Friday, Day 7

Saturday, May 14, 2011      4 comments

5/13 Calories Eaten 1,537 BMR* 1,434 Exercise 399 Total Burned 1,833 Differential -296 Starting Weight 122 Today's Weight 120 emoticonRead more

Thursday, Day 6

Friday, May 13, 2011      18 comments

Calories Eaten 1,267 BMR* 1,434 Exercise 343 Total Burned 1,777 Differential -510 Dad still in hospital but doing great! Weak as a kitten but cranky as an old goat! Had to have a "late snack" before bedtime - my calories ... Read more

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