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YOOVIE update

Friday, May 06, 2016      1 comments

Many of you long-time Sparkies will remember YOOVIE. I've had her on my mind lately and ran a quick search to see what I could find. Et voila! The Internet is a wonderful thing. https://adventurefoxblog
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Home renovation - Master Bathroom

Monday, February 29, 2016      10 comments

The first interior room we did was the master bathroom. There was still carpet (!!!) on the floor and some questionable wallpaper. We wanted to just paint over the wallpaper, to bring out the texture, but after 1 coat of paint, it looked terribl... Read more

Home renovation - Exterior, part 1

Monday, February 29, 2016      10 comments

In 2015, we embarked on a major home facelift, beginning with the exterior. Our old, 40s era, wood frame home had recently gotten new, double pane, energy efficient windows, so it needed a new skin to go with them! We added extra insulation on t... Read more

St. Lucia - the trip of a lifetime!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016      16 comments

A couple of weeks ago, my SO and I took a vacation to one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. We stayed at Sandals Halcyon; I highly recommend it! What a wonderful trip! It was worth the saving and planning. In the 13 years I've known m... Read more

My "A-Ha moment"... or the lack thereof

Friday, December 18, 2015      23 comments

I just saw a board post asking, "What was the straw that broke the camel's back for you?" It's funny I saw this question today. I was talking with another friend who's on the weight loss train just yesterday, and as she was telling me what... Read more

Confession is good for the soul

Tuesday, November 24, 2015      31 comments

I'm firmly in maintenance mode. My maintenance goal is no more than 5 lbs either way. Here's where the confession comes in; I've recently allowed myself to grow lax about my eating habits. We've had multiple contractors working on an... Read more

Fun with post-surgical followups

Thursday, October 22, 2015      11 comments

I saw my orthopedic surgeon this week as a followup to my shoulder surgery. He reviewed the occupational therapist's recommendation to release me from therapy and concurred. AND he told me I was doing better than he'd expected! He had a student ... Read more

Drumroll please...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015      17 comments

I'VE OFFICIALLY BEEN RELEASED FROM OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY!! Whew!! After 4 long months, I had my final assessment yesterday and was deemed functional in all areas - and back to 100% in several! I was given a maintenance plan to continue on my... Read more

And just like that...

Thursday, October 01, 2015      20 comments

PROGRESS! Just as I was feeling discouraged again because my progress isn't "fast enough," my assessment by my occupational therapist went really well! I'm functional in all areas now, and she's requesting an assessment by my orthopedic sur... Read more

14 Week Post-surgical Snag

Tuesday, September 22, 2015      9 comments

And here I thought I was doing so well... Last week I had some very discouraging news from my occupational therapist. She assessed my progress after my followup visit with my orthopedic surgeon (who told me I was doing well but still too ti... Read more

12 Week Surgical Followup

Tuesday, September 08, 2015      11 comments

I saw my orthopedic surgeon this morning. Scars look great, range is good, and strength is returning well. Another week of 3x/week PT, then I can drop back to 2x/week for a couple of weeks as we push the stretching and strength. Then I'll contin... Read more

NSV: My Insanity t-shirt fits better now! (with photo)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015      11 comments

The t-shirt I earned from completing Insanity about 4 years ago fits me better today than it did then. I had such a well deserved sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I made it all the way through the program. It's HARD and I work... Read more

Officially in Maintenance Mode

Monday, August 31, 2015      5 comments

Yep, after maintaining for 4 weeks, I decided to change my tracker to maintenance mode! I haven't been working out the way I was, because PT 3x/day (30-45 minutes each time) takes up so much time. And I'm working overtime to make up for all the ... Read more

My Transformation

Tuesday, August 04, 2015      19 comments

Last fall, I said, "Enough is enough," and with a torn up shoulder and two terrible knees, I took on a new project: me. I lost 41 lbs and 4 sizes, h... Read more

Positive progress report

Thursday, July 30, 2015      5 comments

Just checking in to let y'all know I'm still kicking. I haven’t blogged in a while because I use most of my typing energy at work and by the end of the day I'm pretty well over the whole keyboard thing. ha! For anyone who doesn’t know,... Read more


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