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1/6/14 11:45 A

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Sorry to hear about your pain. :-(

I'm positive you'll find the right balance of diet & exercise to meet your goals!



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1/6/14 11:10 A

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I only use the pool at the gym, for the classes for arthritic folks. The machines are very painful for me to use.

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1/5/14 10:39 A

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The important part is that you got back on the "wagon".

As far as the gym goes, have you tried a personal trainer? I know that if it weren't for mine, I probably would have left my gym a long time ago. I love my trainer and know that even if I stopped my personal training sessions, she would still be there to support me.



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1/5/14 9:37 A

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Six months, that;s a long time to fall off a wagon.

I did join a ladies only gym, so cute, and not intimidating. But it closed after just three months, had been in business for 50 years and the family didn't want to run it for their mother who began it. I have to go back to Gold's. Not crazy about that, but it is the only gym with a pool I can commute to by bus.

Good news, I haven't gained any weight. Bad news, winter has played havoc on my lungs and stamina.

Keep working, keep on truckin'.

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7/3/13 4:11 P

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I choose. These are the words I use in my self-talk.

"I choose" helps when I am bored and ready to munch. I choose when I am shopping for groceries. I choose when faced with dessert. I choose when eating in a restaurant. I choose when I have a terrible craving for chocolate and want to dig into the freezer after the chocolate chips for my husband;s cookies.

I don't have to give up all my favorites foods. I choose to eat a smaller portion today. I choose to have a healthy alternative today, I can have my favorite some other time. I choose to drink and cup of tea and get up and move around instead of putting a tasty snack in my mouth. I choose to measure my portions today instead of just eating as much as my tummy will handle.

I can also choose not to buy cookies and candy bars. I can choose to order bake fish, not fried. I can choose a side salad over sweet potato fries. I can choose to walk past that box of donuts in Winco.

If I want sweet and sour chicken, I can choose to eat it, and accept I have chosen the consequences. But it is my choice.

I choose. I also do not attach labels or criticism to my choices. They are simply choices. Some have good outcomes, others lead to poor outcomes. I can acknowledge that and make my choice. What I must not choose is to no choice, to mindless consume, to shop without reading labels, to order without minding what will be on my plate. Choosing gives me power.

Now if only I could choose exercise more readily. I have so many excuses.

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7/1/13 7:16 P

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Tracking is so tedious when I do not want to do it. But I hit the calories and proportions pretty well today. I'm going to get hungry this evening, and am out of calories. Sigh. Lots of water and tea, I suppose.

This week with record high temps, even indoors, I am wiped out. Ugh. Hiding in the cooler basement, which is where my workout stuff is. I just look at it listlessly. Getting there at a snail's pace.

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6/21/13 7:11 P

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I've been avoiding this journal. I've tried picking tracking back up, but drop it too soon. I've had some family tragedy, and a couple more trips. So easy to overdo when on vacation (they're prepaid, take 'em or lose 'em). Financially, had to let the gym membership go. I know, taking trips but pinching pennies. Sounds crazy on the face of it, yeah?

Summer is here again, I've begin walking, even got a little hydration pack and a walking stick. Tracked my food today, I've been sliding into Snack Valley and I need to improve.

Off we go, no more pity party.



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11/18/12 3:30 P

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I fell far off the wagon after our vacation. I'm craving sugars.

Part of my problem is the darker days, my food cravings change with the seasons. I have trouble navigating the changes, all the holiday foods fit into what I want, not what I need. I'll take it day by day.

I did buy a digital scale, one I can see better and one which I can't fool myself with the readout. My old Sunbeam is accurate, but only if I don't lean back, or adjust the needle or squint.

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10/19/12 11:51 A

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I did start tracking again, well, on and off. But I find if I do track, I automatically eat fewer calories and stay within my 1400~1600 range.

Not on the wagon, but it is within reach.

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10/17/12 11:20 A

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Halfway into October and I'm still not back on track. Wow, once I fell off the wagon, I fall off hard. Thing is, exercise and tracking my food is always on my mind, even when I am NOT doing it!
I have been back to the gym a few times. Not often enough, but even a few times if an improvement over nothing at all.

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9/24/12 4:53 P

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Got back on the Wii. Poor neglected thing, the board needs new batteries. Good news is I gained less than a pound in six months.

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9/20/12 3:20 P

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I went to the gym! Yay! Stupid pool is closed for renovations, but I was able to use the new recumbent bikes, even in street clothes. I got sweaty, nice!

Next, track my hydration. Get back into the habit.

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9/19/12 11:28 A

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I'm back from Burning Man, but am far from back on track with anything. I even missed paying a bill on time, and that's my minimum threshold!
Not eating right, not exercising. The drain is out of my abdomen, but I still have nerve pain around the scar, surprise stabby nerve pain.
Gym membership kicked back in. I Must GO! But I find piddly excuses.

I have to take that first step, again.

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8/16/12 2:09 P

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Having big salads for lunch, and I actually finished a bag of salad without it going bad. I never had cared for salads, so this is a good step forward for me.

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8/15/12 10:04 A

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Still hanging in there, still not completely back on track.

But I'm still breathing, which is a good start.

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8/10/12 7:15 P

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Ugh, I truly need to get moving. Going to the post office yesterday on the bus wiped me out, and it is an easy walk around the block to the bus stop. Hot day, triple digit. I slept when I got home. Ugh.

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8/8/12 10:59 A

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Sorted out my underthings for Burning Man. Packing takes weeks, and I am so far behind on my painting, it is painful to look at the blank canvases. But we have the non-perishable food done and in bins!
Eating in the desert is a different world. Appetite shrinks and grows in odd ways. Higher sodium, easy to grab, emphasis on protein and long lasting carbs. Yes, basically turkey jerky, tuna, crackers and granola. And shelf stable milk for me. even a few cup o noodles, which are just crap in a cup, but so tasty in the middle of a freezing night. If you don't pack it in, you don't have it. If it goes bad, you pack it out. Salad becomes a distant dream. That's okay, ten days of mayhem hasn't hurt me yet.

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8/7/12 9:36 A

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Hubby brought home a dozen maple donuts. Sigh. I told him if he must, at last just bring home a couple, or even just six.
"But that costs as much as a dozen".
"Yes, but what is the cost to my health?"

He took them to work with him, but did leave me one. Oh well, small victories are where you find them.

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8/3/12 4:58 P

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Even one day of good hydration knocks my water weight down. That feels good, so I feel like trying harder to meet my goals.

Now to find something to distract me from the afternoon cravings.... sigh.

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8/2/12 6:47 P

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Started my tracker again. Yikes, I've grown into a snacker. Only 100 calories left for the day and I've not had supper yet. Ah well, guess I'll go over today. I'm sure I can find something light which gets some veggies into my system.

Nuts and Larabars and even dark chocolate from Costco are healthful choices, just not good filling choices, and not to all be eaten on the same day.

More hydration, more fruits and veggies. Less high calorie snacks. I can do this.

Incision site is still lumpy and sore. Ugh.

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8/1/12 9:48 A

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So the drain was removed yesterday, incision site is very tender.

Time to get back on the horse, I gained 5 pounds last two weeks.

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7/22/12 6:03 P

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Still dealing with the drain, nothing much new. My weight is steadying out at 200. I'm trying to do better with hydration and eating, but still don't feel like tracking. I know, I should, it works. I'm not giving up, I'm treading water.

Or would be if I could get in a pool!

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7/4/12 4:52 A

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I had the seroma scanned today. It is 2/3rds smaller, so that is good news. Bad news is I must keep the drain for two more weeks. Argh. And the tech dropped my low profile valve cap, so now I have a hard plastic long cap on the valve, poking right into my belly. Very uncomfortable.

To make things nicer, the bulb spout popped open in bed, all over the clean sheets and me. Yuck. Had to get up and clean up in the middle of the night. Oddly, fresh lymphatic fluid has no odor. Still, icky as hell.

I've gained back three pounds. No wonder. Hot, and red air days. I feel like I can't win. Can't sleep tonight, illegal fireworks in the city, Fools, we're a tinderbox out here!

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6/22/12 6:54 P

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Thanks Jibbie!

Okay, I have another drain in, put in by another doc while I was awake, lightly sedated. Not too bad. Same type of bulb, but this tube has a bulky valve and must be flushed daily. That's fun. Hard to sleep on, the plastic digs in. Hurts some, and bending over is difficult. This doc says the drain stays in as long as fluid comes out. Weeks, months. I go in in two weeks to have the fluid pocket dyed and measured. Another cat scan, I think. I'm also on antibiotics.

Joy.

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6/19/12 11:41 A

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High fever over the weekend. Now taking my pain meds. Seroma is worse, much worse. Appointment today, let;s see if we do something different.

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6/13/12 8:32 P

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Saw the doc. He says don't worry about the fevers. Yeah, buddy, you aren't running them.

The seroma is filling and returning to its previous size. I see the doc again in two weeks, and he's back to :wait and see". I don't know what to do, I can't go to a second doctor easily. There is talk of replacing the mesh. Huge risk, another full open surgery.

And my BIL sent me a link about biofilm and infections, which freaks me out.

This is hard, very hard.

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6/11/12 8:56 P

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Another afternoon with a random low grade fever. Joy. This is sucking my motivation right out the window.

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6/10/12 9:04 A

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I see the doc on Tuesday for a follow up. He'll be thrilled to hear the seroma is filling up again, I can feel the hard pocket area increasing in size. This is going to be a long haul issue. Crud.

But my weight is holding steady. Why? I mean, I'm pleased, but rather confused.

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6/6/12 10:31 A

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Thanks Saxy. I am on the mend! I'm not staying much on track with eating. When I don't feel well I go for fats, salt and protein. Can we say crispy chicken strips within two hours of coming out of surgery? However, I've maintained my ten pound loss through all this mess. Means it was real weight loss before I fell into the medical hole. Now I have to start tracking again. I'm still craving junk chicken. Absolute comfort food.

Yesterday the doc removed my surgical drain. I hated that thing. I am bloated, tender and quite sore. Still exhausted. LOL, drained, one might say. And I swear my abdomen is still puffed out where the seroma was sitting. No infection, but intermittent low grade fevers. Still advised to rest whenever I feel tired at all. Of course that means I'm tired because I'm inactive. Nasty circle. But today is a new day, I'll do something positive. Just have to decide what that means for me just now.

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Sounds like you're on the mend! I know that kind of thing would throw a HUGE monkey wrench into my process and I'd have a real hard time with it. I'm trying to follow a DASH-type plan too, as my BP is way too high! I lost a good amount of weight rather quickly in the beginning, but it's slowed down to a trickle. Funny thing is, I didn't exercise much to start with, and just watched the calories....Looking back, it didn't seem all that hard--but now that I'm exercising regularly, I'm finding it much harder to stay on track with the eating! Grr!

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5/31/12 12:29 P

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The healing is going well. Still have the drain, but it is pulling out much less fluid daily. Still can't really wear normal clothing. Sleeping better, more restfully. I can't bend over well yet, still don't have a ton of energy reserves. But I feel calm today, and quite positive.

Beautiful morning in my garden, sunny, slight breeze, sleeping kitties, big red poppies and lots of other flowers, and fresh picked strawberries for breakfast. I can hear the jets from the air base, and traffic, but it is distant and not disturbing. I don't mind the roar of fighter jets, being born, raised, served and married Navy, I was always around such things.

The birds are chirping, although the crows are being obnoxious. They nest in the pines next door, and scold me for picking "their" berries.

This is healing, and I like it.

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5/27/12 9:49 A

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Thank you!

Warning, ooey gooey TMI ahead!

I now have adhesive bandages on my belly, bending over is an adventure. Sleeping is a chore. Movement, limited. There is a tube coming out of my side, with a plastic bulb on it. Called a JP drain, I think. It fills with fluid from where the seroma was, and I have to drain it ad measure what comes out. Delightful. I can only wear a nightgown or a muumuu for now.

The reason the needle aspirations didn't work was a huge clot inside the seroma would clog the needle. Ycuk. The doc took all that out, and now I am just draining away the lymphatic fluid. First day it looked like dark blood, now there is less and it looks like root beer. Still yucky, but definitely progress. The best best is the big alien bump is GONE gone gone! YAY!

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5/23/12 8:42 P

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Gym membership suspended for two months, and dang, I just got two new chlorine resitant suits!

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5/17/12 9:59 A

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Had the seroma aspirated on Tuesday. It did not go well. Usually, all I feel is a pinch, this time it HURT. I was okay, but very light headed after.

Now I have a massive bruise on my belly, all black. The seroma is hot and itchy and painful to touch. I was running low grade fevers and slept most of yesterday. Wearing underwear even hurts. Better this morning, but I can't walk around the neighborhood naked!

Doc says it isn't going down the way it should. Ya THINK!? So I will have surgery on May 25th to put in drain tubes. Lovely. I'm not sure how maintenance of drain tubes goes, but I have the suspicion I won't be doing water aerobics for a couple months. Time to talk to the gym about suspending my membership until I can use the pool again.


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5/9/12 5:56 P

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Ah, I had forgotten my journal.

The tooth is healed, with only a small divot back there to remind me it has been extracted.

I lost ten pounds fairly easily. I've been on two vacations and know those are landmines of munching. Odd, I didn't gain weight either time. But this last time, I've not been back on the health wagon yet. Sure, I work out some and I think about what I eat, when and why... but I am not tracking.

A large struggle for me now is constant low level discomfort with bouts of pain. My hernia surgery has left me with a large seroma. That's a fluid filled pocket under the skin, sitting on the mesh used to repair my hernia. It looks like a grapefruit just under the skin, firm, jutting out. I cannot lie on my tummy, or my back. Sex is complicated. Exercise is painful, and not the good kind of "work through it" pain, the "hey, you're tearing something" pain.

Walking pulls my back. Water aerobics are iffy, because jumping lets the seroma jounce and pull. Compression garments are not effective at support and press the bulge inside painfully. I am at a loss for effective movements to lose weight or tone. I do what I can, but this is depressing. And no way am I going to take medications to elevate my mood when the root cause will not be addressed. Painkillers? Nothing more than Tylenol.

The doctor aspirates the seroma once a month or more, it has little effect. The needle is spectacular. Good thing it really doesn't hurt much. The hematomas are kinda pretty. He says it will go away on its own. Been five month snow, I am getting antsy and doubtful. Tricare won't pick up a second opinion.

I'll be alright, I'll start tracking again, I will lose more weight. I'm just in a bad place about it all just now. Simply putting it all into words is giving me a good reality check and attitude tune up.

Thanks for listening.

I'm on the Don't Eat Crap nutrition plan.

I'm smarter than a bag of chips! Faster than a maple bar! Stronger than a box of chocolates!


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We are fortunate indeed, but it is hard to feel lucky when you have spinach in the fridge and it dribbles out of your mouth when you try to eat on just one side!

I'm on the Don't Eat Crap nutrition plan.

I'm smarter than a bag of chips! Faster than a maple bar! Stronger than a box of chocolates!


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glad u got the Hernia Fixed.
Just think about how years ago people didn't have a dentist to go to, so we are lucky today.



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My doctor has been at me to lose weight. I went to the Health and Wellness nutritionist a couple years ago, but never got onto the food program. Too difficlut to figure out all those calories and grams.

A friend recommended the book, Younger Next Year for Women. It really opened my eyes and I made plans to get healthier and to tell my body to quit aging. The diet is simple: Don't Eat Crap. Hey, I can do that!

A few months ago, I joined the gym so I could take water aerobic classes. I began with the easy arthritis classes. Biggest problem? I have to take the bus to get there, and there are days when it was just hard to get out the door on time. But I did.

But I had major hernia surgery in December and am still recovering from that; I can't exercise much at all. Then oral surgery this past Monday; icing a swollen jaw and babying a tender mouth which limits what I can eat isn't helping much. Plus, we're going to Hawaii very soon which will disrupt all sorts of my good intentions. I'm getting on that plane if I have to crawl!

So far Sparkpeople has been incredibly useful in helping me track the DASH diet I was given by the nutritionist. I can see what changes I need to make, and dropped two pounds the first week.. It may be water weight, but it is pleasing nonetheless.

Bear with me as I whine and cheez about life! Here we go!

Edited by: ANTI_M at: 1/11/2012 (07:59)
I'm on the Don't Eat Crap nutrition plan.

I'm smarter than a bag of chips! Faster than a maple bar! Stronger than a box of chocolates!


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