SparkPeople Holistic Weight Loss with Endometriosis Team Messageboard Learn ways to lessen your endo pain and lose weight through nutrition, supplements, gentle exercise and holistic remedies. Enjoy life and heal--DRUG FREE! :) SparkPeople Holistic Weight Loss with Endometriosis Team Messageboard I'm robin I'm 44 and had endo forever. Had 2 surgeries to get rid of it went in the first time to have a hysto and found it was to bad so 2 weeks later went in again. Now 2 years later I find I have to go back because they left most of the uterus and it grew back. geez I was told it would die of and go away. So new doc. i hurt and feel to tired to exercise how do ya'll do it. My wieght just wont move. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 16:54:36 EST Anyone tried Vitex? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been using Vitex (Chasteberry) supplement for a couple of months to help balance my hormones during my cycle and it seems to be help significantly with the pain. However, I stopped using it last month when I read on a herbal supplement site that you shouldn't use it if you have Endo. I've looked at a lot of other websites and haven't seen the same warning but now I'm a little paranoid. Has anyone been using or tried Vitex?? <BR> <BR> What supplements are you u... Fri, 6 May 2011 23:07:25 EST Hello from my day 1 Greetings! I just joined Spark today and I really hope I stick with it! I am 31 years old and got married about 6 months ago. I live in Wisconsin with my husband and two cats. I think this intro message will be posted in all the boards I joined, so for the endo boards, I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2001. The chronic pain is a barrier to my sticking with exercise and eating plans, but I want to work on this. I also need to figure out how to plan out my eating while living with my... Wed, 4 May 2011 16:53:13 EST Endo diet? I have read that eliminating certain foods help control the symptoms of endometriosis. Has anyone done this? <BR> <BR> Also, I thought I read somewhere that grape seed extract helps. Any thoughts? Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:57:34 EST "ME" Time! 15 minutes, 1 time per day I just added this goal. Is anyone else still doing it? Sun, 21 Nov 2010 23:22:46 EST pain issue! IF we are still alive, can someone help me or point me in a good Endo support group? <BR> <BR> I'm having pain I usually don't have (but would get on very rare occasions). I wanted to check in with my Endo sisters before I have to force myself to find money to go to my doctor! <BR> <BR> I'm doing an herb/progesterone combination and it has helped (when i do it right!) over the last couple years. I can explain more the pain if i get response to this. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:19:14 EST Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some natrual help with my endo. I quit taking my BC about 6 months ago and now it is at it's worst. I control pain with pain pills, and would like to phase that out to. My goal is a historectamy (spelling?) but it's easier spelled then done at my age. Any tips are welcome. <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:52:57 EST Sparkpoints today? 2 Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:19:53 EST Did you BLOG today? Have you created a blog for yourself today, what was the topic, have you gotten replies, etc? Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:18:25 EST Massage, Heat, Acupuncture, Other... Do any of these things help to relieve some of your pain monthly? <BR> <BR> I've tried a lot but, not acupuncture, has anyone else ever tried and felt something beneficial from it? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:14:45 EST What about Medicine? Are you ONLY able to find some sort of relief in over-the-counter meds? <BR> <BR> Right now the ONLY thing that helps with my cramps and severe pain is: Mydol, go figure but, I'm STILL in desperate search of a better "natural" method. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:11:26 EST Birthdays? Please post your birthday here! <BR> <BR> 1. Mine is August 25 Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:09:15 EST Walking Are you able to walk at least 15 minutes a day? Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:08:09 EST How do YOU feel today? I feel content Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:19:39 EST If you had ONE wish....... What would it be? <BR> <BR> I hate to say this but....MONEY <BR> It's tight right now and to pay off everything and not owe anyone would be ideal, so I could help out others! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:18:45 EST January 2010 / New Year / Goals So who has some ideas on goals for Jan? Mon, 11 Jan 2010 23:47:53 EST Christmas shopping So hubby and I went out last night in Janesville and this afternoon in Madison (WI) to finish up shopping for our son, yeah right.......people are insane and crazy and lunatics, I tell you! <BR> <BR> Why don't I just listen to my friends and order online! Mon, 7 Dec 2009 01:12:33 EST DECEMBER goals? Anyone have some "December goals" they have set up for themselves that you would like to share? Mon, 7 Dec 2009 00:59:51 EST What do you want out of group? What do YOU want out of this group? <BR> <BR> Please list the things you were/are looking for in this group, so we can help achieve it. Mon, 9 Nov 2009 01:32:55 EST November goals... What are some of your goals for this month? <BR> <BR> Mine is to get my butt back into the gym tomorrow afternoon and talk to the owner about taking some classes she is offering and put myself on to some sort of schedule. <BR> <BR> She sent me an email last week and I am True to doing this for me! Mon, 9 Nov 2009 01:18:26 EST Relax for 30 minutes a day. This will be my imput for the day: <BR> <BR> Your challenge of the day (for the week)......RELAX 30 minutes today (this week) and please post if you do and how you felt! Mon, 9 Nov 2009 01:16:12 EST Please refresh. ..intro. Please refresh this area and re-introduce yourself to this team and let's get this group going again. <BR> <BR> I am Tina, now co-leader of the group. <BR> I live in WI and have had pain since I was 16, Endo. found at 21, 3 laps later, I am now 34 with a 4 year old son and happily married! Mon, 9 Nov 2009 01:05:26 EST Raise your hand if you want this group! I signed up to help Josey lead, because I feel this group IS needed. <BR> <BR> If anyone else AGREES please say so! <BR> <BR> Tina Mon, 9 Nov 2009 00:55:20 EST help! it all hurts!! Everthing seems to hurt...leaving me in the bed for hours - days. I can workout in the pool but I'm looking for some other options. Anyone else have suggestions for exercises when you are in a lot of pain? Wed, 23 Sep 2009 23:34:32 EST hi everyone :) 1. you can call me: Nicole <BR> <BR> 2. years ive been around: 23 <BR> <BR> 3. where i call home: Virginia (originally NY) <BR> <BR> 4. current weight/goal weight: 279/190 <BR> <BR> 5. current endo status: Suffered for a few years before it got out of control and I had a lap in Oct of 08. Right now I'm taking Norontin (spelled right) and it is helping tremendously... however I'll only be taking that until I get preg (yay for TTCing soon!) <BR> <BR> 6. something positive about me (not wei... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 23:23:46 EST Hi my name is Patsy Hi my name is Patsy <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with sever endometriosis and endometrioma cysts about 9 years ago.. Wed, 9 Sep 2009 17:48:34 EST apology and update hello team <em>146</em> <BR> <BR> well once again i've been MIA. i am so sorry. when i started this group last November i had no idea of the twists and turns that would take place in my life! <BR> <BR> especially the challenges of 2 miscarriages--one being a tubal pregnancy--have left my spirit low as well as my energy and motivation. it has been a very rough year for me all around. i know all you spark buddies have been there, and i could have leaned on you more, but i just kinda ret... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 09:41:35 EST So excited about this supplement- Had to share I have been taking a supplement called "Stress B Complex with C & Zinc" and it has worked wonders for me. It helps the body react better to stress and promotes immune system health. It has REALLY helped with my many changing emotions since my hyster surgery and years of endo pain. In fact, I truly believe that this supplement is the reason that have the energy to get back involved in Sparks. I just wanted to share this with you all because it has really saved me. Talk to you soon-- I hope <... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 19:04:38 EST Do I still belong here??? Hello everyone- <BR> I am writing because I am having a shakey emotional day today. It has been almost two weeks since my hysterectomy and over-all I am doing good. My problem hit today when I logged onto Sparks and it dawned on me that, hopefully, endo will not be as much of a problem in my life now. I know that the surgery did not cure me, but I sure hope that it at least gave me a good chunk of my life. I have been feeling pretty good. In fact, the doctor chewed on me because I was not ... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 09:44:18 EST Need advice Good morning all, <BR> <BR> I hope this doesnt get too long, but I need some advice and hopefully someone in the group can help. I have been taking seasonale birth control for three years to control my endo by having fewer cycles. I just had an ultrasound and the doc told me that my endometriomas are stil there, no change in size. I did have a laparoscopy and she showed me the pictures again and its hard for me to know how bad my endo is because I dont know what "normal" is supposed to lo... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 07:51:31 EST May challenges So how is everyone doing in May? <BR> <BR> I joined a gym and was going to shoot for 5 days a week, but that hasn't happened yet, too busy. <BR> <BR> So this week: worked out on Monday for 35 minutes on treadmill/eliptical/machine with arms. <BR> <BR> I am also going to work out on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I had pop yesterday and it didn't taste good, so my flavored water is taking effect and I've been drinking that, coffee and juice or milk, no pop except yesterday for a few weeks now. <BR> ... Thu, 14 May 2009 01:03:37 EST Feeling crampy today- How about you??? Hey girls-- <BR> I am just checking in to see how you are all doing. This week has been a rollercoaster of feelings, emotions, and pains. My right side is really giving me trouble and I have that period is about to come nausua feeling. I know that it should not be coming since the lurpon has stop any major bleeding, but I still feel yuck. How are you guys??? I miss hearing from you. I know I should not talk since I have not been on much either. I am off to try to eat lunch. Talk to you so... Wed, 13 May 2009 12:52:08 EST Team Chat :) g'mornin <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> i figured i'd start a generic long-standing chat thread instead of a monthly general one since the team's not that big! hopefully this makes it easier to recall past convos and not lose track of what we're all up to :) <BR> <BR> i tell ya, it's been a challenge getting back in the groove after vacation. it's been a week already and i still feel groggy and out of sync! it will be nice this weekend because we have NO PLANS so hopefully that will finally be ... Tue, 12 May 2009 07:25:21 EST Check-In... How is everyone doing Endo. and otherwise? Thu, 7 May 2009 22:54:54 EST So tired, now spotting Hello. I had the newest lurpon shot last Monday (20th) and this weekend I was just lost to the world. I could not for the life of me get my energy going. Then on Saturday, I started spotting and cramping. YUCK! I am in some pain, but more frustrated then anything else. I just wanted to "share" my joy with you guys. Kris Mon, 27 Apr 2009 15:42:17 EST email notification frustration! okay i need help! lol. (in more ways than one but we wont go there. LOL!) <BR> <BR> suddenly i'm not receiving email notifications when someone responds to a thread or creates a new one. <BR> <BR> it's only for our team--i get them for my other ones! <BR> <BR> anyone know how to fix that? the checkbox at the bottom of my posts are always checked to receive the notification... <BR> <BR> it seems like this happens off and on and i wonder if it's a spark-glitch? hehe. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:01:17 EST today i'm grateful for... practicing gratitude in the midst of trials, struggles, and even physical pain (AND even good times!) is essential to good health! <BR> <BR> it gives us perspective that we are not the center of the universe, that there are many others whose problems are worse than ours and to be thankful for the abundance of what we have. <BR> <BR> it helps boost our mood, improves self-esteem and reminds us to be kind and loving! <BR> <BR> what are YOUR thoughts on gratitude? <BR> <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*~*~*... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:34:11 EST Listening to the sounds of birds.... Just said to say..... <BR> <BR> As I'm sitting here typing, I have the windows open and I just realized "how peaceful it is": listening to the birds SING. ;) Thu, 23 Apr 2009 18:33:28 EST Just got it yesterday and crampy today... Sorry I haven't logged on, but I'm feeling REALLY sick today. <BR> <BR> I just got my period yesterday, light flow, but today super heavy and feeling really sick to my stomach, light-headed and really bad cramps too. <BR> <BR> Plus I have the cough/congested chest thing today on top of it all. <BR> <BR> So in case I don't log on for the mini challenge, that's why. <BR> Thu, 23 Apr 2009 18:18:26 EST 10-Day Mini-Challen ge--Starting April 21st! only 10 days left in April! <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> how about a little mini-challenge to gear us up for the summer? <em>464</em> <BR> <BR> let's make it simple, but make it count! choose one (or more) of the following to complete each day starting Tuesday, April 21st through Thursday, April 30th :) <BR> <BR> 1.) 8+ <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> 2.) 4+ <em>488</em> &/or <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> 3.) 10+ minutes <em>216</em> (activity of your choice!) <BR> <BR> 4.) 1-2 svgs <em>49... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:20:00 EST endo and diet good monday morning <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> how about we all start talking about FOOD! <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> hey, who of us doesnt like to eat? hehe. but let's talk about what our current daily noshes are. <BR> <BR> do you have questions about what you should be eating as a woman with endometriosis? <BR> <BR> what changes have you made that have helped your pain levels? <BR> <BR> tell us about your menu, your good and bad food habits, your frustrations, your successful diet upgrade... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 11:37:01 EST OMG....the pain, think I'm dying/not really.... I just read Kris' post about pain being kidney stones, poor dear. <BR> <BR> I'm getting Endo. pain since yesterday and omg, it's awful, I feel sick, very sick, I'm at the point of wanting to punch myself in the stomach, I hate that feeling. <BR> I don't have bleeding yet, but I've had this weird sensation on my left side (when given the HSG test found left side tube to be blocked). <BR> So I'm getting cramping on that side and just these weird feelings. <BR> Actually my whole stomach kills a... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 23:22:40 EST let's be here for each other--PLEASE READ! hello lovely team members! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> alrighty, i'm here to plead for some participation! please please read this entire message...:) <BR> <BR> a few days ago, our dear member kris (IAMATEACHER) had some severe pain, worse than even childbirth, which she thought was endo and was not wanting to go to the ER. she ended up going and had kidney stones! she posted a message here on our board looking for advice and support and only one person responded... <BR> <BR> (no, she did... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:02:00 EST I'm sure it is Endo, but husband thinks ER needed? Hey everyone-- <BR> Today has been filled with LOTS of pain. I work up this morning at 5 am and could not fall back to sleep due to the pain. MY husband is worried it is my appendix, but I am sure it is just endo being extremely rude and unbearable. Have any of you had times like this where the endo is SO bad that you think it HAS TO be something else? I have a small temp and I am sick to stomach, but nothing has gotten worse then when it started this morning. PLEASE write back. I want to be ... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 14:33:08 EST exercise--what works (or doesn't!) for you? <em>260</em> <em>237</em> <em>135</em> <em>217</em> <em>231</em> <em>256</em> <BR> <BR> there's lots of ways to lead an active lifestyle! <BR> <BR> what works for you--organized workouts? gentle or high impact? <BR> <BR> or do you prefer sports, running, hiking, etc...? <BR> <BR> let's talk about how endo may or may not limit our choices in activities to lose weight. for many women, even THINKING of exercise just exhausts us when we are already dealing with the pain of endome... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 08:51:41 EST how are you feeling? share your hello again! <BR> <BR> i think one important thing for this group is that we all feel open and unabashed about sharing our pain levels and experiences in dealing with it--emotionally, physically and spiritually. <BR> <BR> pain is probably the first and foremost thing many women deal with when it comes to endometriosis, next in line with fertility issues. and as we all can agree, our levels of pain can make or break a day, a week, a month...or longer...and the presence (or absence!!) of it a... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 10:05:44 EST dress clothes nightmare! okay, i just have to get it off my (too big) chest! LOL! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> hubby and i are going to an evening wedding/reception this friday. his friend is a bit well-to-do (we're as middle class as it gets!) so i figured i better splurge a little and buy a new outfit to wear as all my dress clothes are black, frumpy and dont fit right! <BR> <BR> so i started with a new bra from Lane Bryant. underwire. (which i dont normally do tho i am a DDD!) works like a charm--makes my shirts lo... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 17:00:59 EST April General Chat Thread =) good good morning! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> how is everyone this fine monday morning? (i can see most of us now like Garfield the cat, whacking his alarm clock with a baseball bat! LOL!) <BR> <BR> i just thought i'd check in and see who's around. i am sitting here enjoying my breakfast smoothie (from homemade yogurt--yummy!) and perusing through everyone's sparkpages! i realize i need to update my own, too! <BR> <BR> this is going to be a busy week for me--we have a wedding friday night a... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 09:12:02 EST what do you want out of this group? hello again <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> just so i can get an idea of what we all need...and we can all become more familiar with each others' status in our endo treatments AND weight loss journey... <BR> <BR> what would YOU like to get out of this group <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> let's hear it! <em>30</em> Sun, 5 Apr 2009 10:50:17 EST calling all members! ready to get going?? :) hello lovely ladies! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> whew, so where do i start!? well as some of you know and some of you dont, i am the leader of this group! and before i go on, i owe you all a very very sincere apology. when i started this group back in november, i had no clue what life would bring just a few short weeks later! <BR> <BR> there's no need to drag this out, but we ended up buying a house in december, then i got pregnant and lost it via a tubal about life turning... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 10:32:45 EST 25 members, where r u? I see there are 25 members still listed for this group. <BR> <BR> Where are you all, no one seems to come here anymore including Josey? <BR> <BR> I need to talk about Endo. sometimes and share thoughts, ideas, feelings, methods of healing. <BR> <BR> Please everyone come in and at least tell me you are still here. <BR> <BR> I've seen you Kris, anyone else. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Tina Thu, 2 Apr 2009 14:55:43 EST Josey ~ Where art thou :) Josey ~ <BR> <BR> Where are you?....haven't seen you on here forever!;P Thu, 19 Mar 2009 20:25:01 EST What's new everyone? I haven't seen anyone post in a few weeks. <BR> What has everyone been up to lately? Mon, 16 Mar 2009 22:24:26 EST Who else is feeling the pain this month? I need to get myself on some sort of schedule with diet & helping my own body with Endo. <BR> <BR> What do you all do here? Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:47:17 EST Being on meds messed up my cycle.... I was taking Femara since Oct. and stopped last month. Now my cycle is all messed up, I got it yesterday and feel horrible, oh the pain today! yuck Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:43:12 EST Went to a Mudvayne concert last night.... and brought my friend's sister with, we both got hurt. <BR> <BR> We were up front towards the mosh pit should have known, but it got out of control last night. This drunk guy went to punch another guy, that guy ducked out of the way and the drunk guy punched my friend square in the face. She felt it right away and asked me if it looked bad, I said no at the time, when we left though, her whole face was swollen & a swollen lip. I tried my best to protect her and grab her to hang on so she ... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:51:57 EST endo awareness? ?????????? In this post, I will try not to take away from other women's problems. I'm an avid supporter of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, since ive lost friends to both at very young ages. <BR> <BR> However, if 77 million worldwide are suffering from endometriosis.... <BR> <BR> Why arent there walks for it? <BR> <BR> Why aren't there fundraiser? <BR> <BR> I cant find walks on them anywhere and I would really like to participate. <BR> <BR> However, now I see that I'm somehow going to have to st... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:31:07 EST I'm REALLY in pain this week! :( Oh, the last 2 days I've had heavy bleeding and the pain is just AWFUL. <BR> <BR> I almost missed work yesterday and wanted to leave early today, I feel sick and even threw up yesterday morning. <BR> <BR> We've been trying for baby #2 and it hasn't been working. <BR> <BR> I've been taking Femara for the last 4 months to help conception but NOTHING. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine says not to give up, but I'm not taking those drugs for awhile again. <BR> <BR> I stress too much and people say n... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 22:37:19 EST i am still here!!! (((hugs!!!))) hello ladies! <BR> <BR> first off, i have to apologize profusely!!! i am so sorry i fell off the face of sparkpeople!! tina and kris--thank you SO MUCH for wondering where in the heck i've been! <BR> <BR> but i have a good reason... <BR> <BR> shortly after we bought the house, moved, then traveled off and on for a few weeks for the holidays i started working part time outside the house! so that's been fun. (more on that later.) so well, not only did that change my tons-of-free time sc... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 17:59:31 EST How was your week? Just thought I'd stop by to see how everyone's week was! <BR> <BR> Tina Sun, 1 Feb 2009 23:31:35 EST Anyone talk to Josey? I sent her an email awhile back, wondering how she was. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else here talked to her? <BR> <BR> Tina Sun, 1 Feb 2009 23:30:42 EST How do we KEEP this site active??? I don't see much activity going on here. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to help Josey keep it active? <BR> <BR> I try to ask how people are and thought there were more people here. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there......... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 20:50:48 EST Ticked at hubby's band/vent...... I apologize in advance but I have to vent about this....... <BR> <BR> Hubby has been in a band since I can remember, well the last 11 years we've been together. <BR> <BR> This Sat., they have a gig and hubby said it's going to be his last. <BR> <BR> Why?, not because he's sick of it or doesn't like playing anymore, no...... <BR> <BR> because the singer that took over their myspace, hubby just went to last night and noticed, hey, that's NOT my bass-line, that's the guitarist's. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 11:35:22 EST Where has everyone been? I hope everyone is doing well and is just busy! <BR> <BR> I've been pretty busy myself and haven't been on here much lately, but I'm starting anew today... started tracking my food again and I'm getting a gym membership tomorrow, so I'll start tracking my exercise then too. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I hope to see you ladies around more soon! Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:51:32 EST Working out with cramps I almost forgot I have Endo this past month I have been taking such good care of myself.... but.... period... PAINFUL! Does anyone push through a workout when they have cramps? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 18:51:27 EST I used the WII FIT and it kicked my butt.... I used it for the first time since last year and it really kicked me in the butt or back, that's where it hurts most. <BR> I want to say oh it hurts and quit but in reality it did something right, used muscles I haven't used in forever maybe? <BR> Tell me I gotta keep it up, I gotta lose this weight this time or else, just tell me I can do this. <BR> I can, I will, I know I can..... I hope!;) Fri, 9 Jan 2009 21:50:26 EST Ready for surgery or just being weak??? Hey everyone and please don't be mad at me. I have been fighting this endo thing for over ten years and I have been blessed with three miracle babies. However, the battle is getting to the point I just want to quit and surrender. I know that I am only 32, but I am tried of all the pills and pain. Everything that I try either makes me sicker or does not work at all. I am too weak minded to change my diet anymore then I have already. My friends, family, and primary doctor support my choice of s... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 13:10:01 EST Do the Three Thumps to get you thru the holidays! i know i know, you're probably thinking--HUH?? <BR> <BR> or what in the heck? you mean i can whack around my kid and hubby to make myself feel better? <BR> <BR> LOL!! <BR> <BR> nope. hehe. this is something that just takes a few minutes once or twice a day! it's a form of acupressure you can do for yourself. it's FREE, it's PAINLESS and it will help clear your mind, boost your immunity and help your digestion! <BR> <BR> all things we need...and ESPECIALLY during December!! <BR> <BR... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:55:19 EST December Chat =) hello team!!!! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> first off, i am soooo <em>245</em> i have been MIA! i responded to tina's thread wondering where everyone is...hubby and i are buying a house and moving all within the next week! but still, i've neglected keeping everyone active and motivated. i do apologize, but i hope you can also understand and forgive me! <BR> <BR> whether you're super new to the group or one of our original members from a month or so ago, please be assured i have lots of inf... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 09:21:55 EST Is anyone HERE anymore? I never see anyone here. <BR> What's going on, does anyone log on this group anymore? <BR> I see some recent blogs posted, anything else? Thu, 11 Dec 2008 21:53:03 EST Unexpected results from my OB/GYN appointment...! okay, so here's my latest: <BR> <BR> (first, no, im not pregnant! LOL!) <BR> <BR> i had an endometrial (chocolate) cyst removed from one of my ovaries in march of 2007 when i had my laparoscopy that diagnosed my endometriosis. well, it came back by october of that year and has caused me a lot of pain off and on, not to mention whacked out my hormones once again. <BR> <BR> i didnt want to have surgery again, so i did a lot of research and have been doing natural treatments including acup... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 10:11:07 EST Missed everyone Hello everyone! I am SOOOOO sorry that I have been gone for here. I ended up having strep throat the week before Thanksgiving and I was slowly mending last week. Then it was Thanksgiving and I didn't have computer access. What I am trying to say is I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and are ready to welcome in the most magically time of the year- CHRISTMAS. I know that this time of the year is AWEFUL for dieting and losing weight, but I do love the special glow of this season. Remember... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 13:04:46 EST What r u doing for Thanksgiving? I work in retail as a merchandiser and boy has it been chaos all week and tomorrow it's going to be just as bad. <BR> <BR> We're going over to my sil's house for Thanksgiving, just down the street from us. They like the deep-fried turkey (I don't) so luckily they're having a small regular stove cooked one as well. I have to look for some simple recipes to bring over a few munchies for that day. <BR> <BR> What is everyone else doing? <BR> <BR> Have a terrific Thanksgiving everyone! <BR... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 23:25:07 EST Pre-Than ksgiving Add-Some-Fat Challenge! ;) HELLO TEAM!!!!!!! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> this time of year is all about FOOD, unfortunately for us who struggle with overeating! <BR> <BR> as you will learn (if you havent already), a woman with endo can improve her pain levels with the right types of food in her diet! <BR> <BR> but we WON'T be focusing on **omitting** anything this time. let's focus on ADDING something that improves our specific health issue! <BR> <BR> and guess what it is?? <BR> <BR> FAT! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <B... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 12:32:26 EST Remainder of November General Chat :) hey ladies!! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> i thought i'd start a new thread just for the rest of the month's general chatting. <BR> <BR> ALSO...please read our first topic for discussion in our team's library!! then please post your discussion in the thread that follows. let's get our group on a roll!! i would love to see all of us somehow feeling less pain and carrying around a few less pounds by the end of 2008. wouldnt you? <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> also!! <BR> <BR> please take note we n... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 12:25:08 EST How is everyone? I haven't seen anything new posted lately.... <BR> how is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Nov 2008 00:30:56 EST Cold = bad pains Hey everyone! Now that it is getting cold here in ND the endo is really kicking it up <em>46</em> . The weather turned really bad on Thursday and my endo has been unbearly since then. My biggest trigger is being cold. When I am cold, my sides/whole body just aches. Once the pain starts NOTHING works to fight the pain. Does anyone else have that cold weather trigger or am I just strange? Any suggestions besides warm blankets and heating pad. I do that without thinking about it. In fact, as I ... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 15:56:12 EST Yahoo IM anyone? howdy! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> does anyone else use Yahoo IM? well, just an idea, but i thought it might be cool if we ever wanted to chat live, that we could do that! who knows, maybe one of these days once we all know each other a little better, we can do a conference chat! (not voice, just typing!) <BR> <BR> anyhoo, my ID is swameejos if anyone wants to add me. i'd love to add any of you as well! <BR> <BR> and i think if you use MSN/Hotmail/Windows IM, that you can also chat with Yah... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 10:12:54 EST Your current weight loss strategy :) hello lovely ladies! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> what's your current weight loss strategy? and if you dont have one, what have you done in the past? <BR> <BR> what's worked and what hasnt? <BR> <BR> what would you like to incorporate but have found it hard to find the time or motivation? <BR> <BR> just throwing out some questions to get us started! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> hope you all are having an awesome week!!! hop on and chat all you want! <BR> <BR> ~josey~ Wed, 5 Nov 2008 10:46:07 EST Team Goals--what do you think? good beautiful afternoon! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> ah yes, i'm on an indian summer high here in southern wisconsin. lol. its over 70 degrees! it's gonna be like this tomorrow, too. i am definitely going to be counting my blessings and soaking it all up. hehe. <BR> <BR> anyhoo, i was thinking i'd see what you'all thought about setting some standard team goals! these will be goals that are aside from our periodic challenges; kinda ongoing ones! the main sparkteam page has a section where ... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 14:57:48 EST Challenge basic info :) what would a sparkteam be without challenges? <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> i'd like to think of "challenges" as meaningful ways to encourage us to upgrade our lifestyles! you know, not like a test where you just memorize the info to get thru the class...hehehe...but instead a gentle way to help develop healthier habits and "exercise" your motivational skills in support of your team members! <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> while we are here because we all have endo and need encouragement to get through... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 19:35:57 EST Book Discussion: TENTP chat away...more soon of course! just wanted to start the post just in case <em>3</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2008 14:37:24 EST Book Study: The Endo Natural Treatment Program *** <em>52</em> THIS IS A READ-ONLY POST. Please discuss in the post following this one and labeled as such. <em>304</em> *** <BR> <BR> this post will be coming soon! but i just had to mention it right away :) if you havent read this book, i encourage you to check it out at your library or buy a used one off amazon (that's what i did!). for all practical purposes going forward, i'm gonna call this book TENTP. hehe! <BR> <BR> The Endometriosis Natural Treatment Program: A Complete Se... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 14:35:43 EST Using the Library :) hello ladies!! welcome to our library <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> i would like to use our "Holistic Endo Treatment and Weight Loss Library" Forum as a resource and also a discussion place for different books, articles, topics, etc...about endo and also weight loss. <BR> <BR> what you will find here are READ ONLY posts (by me! and "read only" means just that. hehe.) and then following will be a discussion post where we can ask questions, give opinions and share experiences about the topic! i ... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 14:22:50 EST Getting the New Group Started Chit-Chat! :) hello!! <em>199</em> <BR> <BR> so happy you are here!! i cant wait to learn more about you!! <em>220</em> if you havent yet done so, please hop over to the other forum and introduce yourself under the first sticky topic! <BR> <BR> i want to take the opportunity to say that whether you are completely new to the idea of a drug-free option for your treatment of endo OR if you have been already implementing it...i have high hopes that this group will be an excellent resource for you! <BR> ... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 10:09:56 EST