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  • First Week Weigh - In Day 07

    12/21/2014 12:49:02 AM, by SSHENEZ

    So heres the moment of truth, I some how resisted to weigh-in for the first week. This morning i couldnt resist the temptation. Thus, hopped on t... Read more

  • Getting better - Day5

    12/18/2014 5:39:16 PM, by SSHENEZ

    I have been on the Optifast diet for 5 days now . Its getting easier each day . I try following the diet with an exception of early morning veggi... Read more

  • Week 16 success

    12/17/2014 8:59:13 PM, by 4LABLADY

    Week 16 week end Dec 17 down not quite 40 lbs (-.7) 1. keeping calories under 900 except 1 day 2. trying to add berries within reason 3... Read more

  • Last Day Of Nursing School For tthe Daughter

    12/17/2014 7:20:49 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Today marks my daughter Lindsay's last day in Nursing School. Congrats to her and to the rest of South College's Nursing Class of 2014! It's been... Read more

  • Getting to know - Day03

    12/17/2014 3:42:47 AM, by SSHENEZ

    Its Day3 of opti fast diet, I have dropped my daily intake to 800-1000 cal, I am not a big supporter of extreme diets but this time around I am d... Read more

  • No Fistula For Me!

    12/15/2014 1:45:15 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Well, NO Fistula for me! My veins are way too small to support one in either arm. So it looks like an AV graft is in store for me instead. An art... Read more

  • Challenges

    12/15/2014 6:51:42 AM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Not looking forward to meeting the Vascular Surgeon this morning who will put in my fistula (Dialysis port) sometime in the near future. I guess ... Read more

  • A new beginning! Day0

    12/14/2014 5:55:45 AM, by SSHENEZ

    Here one last shot at getting healthy before i opt for a surgery ! from 15th Dec. I am going on a 2 weeks Optifast plan. though not a fan o... Read more

  • I Should Come With A Warning Label

    12/12/2014 8:34:45 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Well, I had a great time tonight with the husband, Peanut, his mom and baby brother Parker despite my fall at Asheville Mall. Yep, I did it again... Read more

  • Medical Test # 1

    12/11/2014 4:41:20 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Your Mammogram is normal! YAY!!! One less think to worry about. Aced my first medial test ordered by the UNC Transplant Team now on to the next.... Read more

  • Week 15 success

    12/10/2014 7:32:37 PM, by 4LABLADY

    Total lost 39 lbs week 15 end Dec 10 (1.6) 1. Kept calories low even adding veggies 2. Increased water with club soda 3. Had 2 days inc... Read more

  • Update to Tragic Loss

    12/10/2014 6:48:29 PM, by PARKSCANADA

    Don't know if this makes it better or worse. Turns out it was an accidental death, the young man didn't commit suicide. It was a horrible, hor... Read more

  • Missions Week 2

    12/9/2014 6:05:47 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    I mislogged my weight last week here on Spark. It should have read 259 but instead I just realized I put in 257 but its all good because today I ... Read more

  • Tragic Loss

    12/9/2014 1:49:01 AM, by PARKSCANADA

    Today a family we know lost their 13 year old son. A few days ago he hung himself. I don't know who found him, but he was still alive. He was ... Read more

  • This Week

    12/8/2014 6:35:27 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Today I had the first of many medical tests to come my way on my path to a new kidney. My annual Mammography. I will get the results by Friday. P... Read more

  • Met With Transplant Team

    12/5/2014 7:19:32 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Met with the UNC Transplant Team out of Chapel Hill, NC today. The group of people who will be working on my behalf to hopefully provide me with ... Read more

  • Tattoo Design

    12/4/2014 1:06:48 PM, by PARKSCANADA

    The arrows represent my husband and me and coming together to create someth... Read more

  • Week 14 Success

    12/3/2014 6:59:03 PM, by 4LABLADY

    37 lbs down week 14 end Dec 3 (2.4 this week) 1. lots of hot lemon water 2. adding protein with chicken 3. keeping carbs under 80 exc... Read more

  • Mission Week 1

    12/2/2014 3:18:40 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Had my first weigh in with the Mission Weight Loss Program after my initial enrollment and I have dropped 5 lbs. A good start! S... Read more

  • Happy December 1st

    12/1/2014 6:27:32 AM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Good Morning Sparkers! It's the first day of a brand new month so make it a good one. I'll be meeting with the UNC Transplant Team out of Chapel ... Read more

  • Week 12/13 success

    11/29/2014 10:02:43 PM, by 4LABLADY

    36 lbs lost Week 13 ended Nov 26 (4.2)(2.4) 1. Keeping at 800-900 or less calories 2. Very little or no soda 3. No energy drinks 4. L... Read more

  • Tattoo - Yay or nay??

    11/26/2014 10:49:32 AM, by PARKSCANADA

    Full day planned tomorrow. I am picking up my oldest daughter and a friend to head off to the annual Festival of Crafts. My daughter and I have... Read more

  • Not Feeling So Hot

    11/24/2014 12:27:05 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Second day of not feeling so good. It began yesterday and today I am so physically tired. it's pathetic! Sleep is fine so I'm not sure what the d... Read more

  • 3 Days In

    11/23/2014 4:02:37 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    I'm halfway through my third day on this new program and well, I'm tired. Physically, emotionally and mentally tired. Feel like I have run a full... Read more

  • A Fresh Approach

    11/21/2014 7:00:02 AM, by CHANGING4ME49

    with a brand new program and outlook. Today marks the start of another new beginning! I am feeling confident with my new team of doctors and diet... Read more

  • Flashdance

    11/20/2014 2:53:36 PM, by PARKSCANADA

    Broadway Across Canada Calgary - Flashdance tonight with my husband and a couple of very good friends! Can't wait! Great music, amazing dancing... Read more

  • First Christmas party of the season

    11/16/2014 11:46:28 AM, by PARKSCANADA

    Made a plan .......and for the most part followed it. - eat a healthy breakfast and lunch - - grab veggies before leaving for th... Read more

  • Christmas Party

    11/14/2014 5:14:48 PM, by PARKSCANADA

    Tomorrow is the first Christmas party of the season. A library fundraiser in a 1920's theme. The key to this whole season is to plan - plan act... Read more

  • T-minus 7 days

    11/14/2014 1:29:47 PM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Well I spoke with the patient navigator for the Missions Weight Loss Management Program and had my first appointment with her this morning. I sig... Read more

  • Thursday's Tidbits

    11/13/2014 8:35:35 AM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Thanks so much to all those who responded to my blog concerning my daughter. I am pleased to report things are better on that front. In fact she ... Read more

  • Wednesday's Musings

    11/12/2014 9:07:27 AM, by PARKSCANADA

    Wintery Wednesday Morning. Roads are slippery, it's dark and cold outside today, a perfect day to stay at home and cocoon. My diet sabotage - t... Read more

  • Lest We Forget

    11/11/2014 10:36:40 AM, by PARKSCANADA

    In Flanders Fields John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the... Read more

  • Restless Heart

    11/11/2014 6:06:23 AM, by CHANGING4ME49

    I had a disagreement with my daughter last night. I called her because I was missing hearing her voice and wanted to know how her week had went. ... Read more

  • Week 10 success

    11/10/2014 9:20:08 PM, by 4LABLADY

    at 68 days 27 pounds lost Week 10 ended Nov 5 (.1) After some troubles in Week 9-- with carb calorie days, I am back on track. 1. Res... Read more

  • 2014 NYC Kidney Walk

    11/10/2014 3:37:42 AM, by CHANGING4ME49

    My niece an Goddaughter Melissa walked the NYC Kidney Walk on my behalf yesterday. She had a great time and raised more than $200 to fight Kidney... Read more

  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

    11/9/2014 3:22:23 PM, by PARKSCANADA

    The snow is coming down, the Christmas tunes are on, and I am putting up the Christmas decorations. It's a beautiful way to spend a quiet winter... Read more

  • November 9, 2014

    11/9/2014 1:41:50 PM, by DELTAGAL65

    This weekend I feel like a slug. I have to ... HAVE to stay off my ankle and rest it or it will never heal. So far - down 60 pounds. Yeah!... Read more

  • Food - It's Everywhere!

    11/5/2014 9:30:14 AM, by PARKSCANADA

    It's usually sometime after the dogs are fed and the dinner dishes cleaned up that I can sit down and watch a little TV. The kids have had open ... Read more

  • Inspiration

    11/3/2014 7:44:25 AM, by CHANGING4ME49

    Just a few of my favorite quotes. Enjoy! ... Read more

  • Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat.....

    11/2/2014 12:30:23 PM, by PARKSCANADA

    Yesterday was really our first taste of winter - cold, dreary and gloomy, snow, ice. I cocooned and ate. Promised myself it will only be one da... Read more

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