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5/23/14 11:58 A

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Hey Ayla, sorry so late to welcoming you aboard!

Do I ever HEAR you regarding sugar and grains! I reached my goal weight of 200 back in 2010, but allowed the pounds creep up to 255 by this past Dec...ugh!

I decided sugar and grains was the common denominator for all my trigger foods and decided to cut them ALL from my food choices and have dropped 45 pounds since and am only 10 pounds from my goal. Another important strategy has been to get cozy & diligent w/ the Nutrition Tracker.

Viva la SPARK! :-)

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4/29/14 10:29 P

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Ayla,welcome....................
congrats on your weight loss so far!!!

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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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4/28/14 9:53 P

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Hi,

I am brand new to this team. I am a Public health/medical nurse/ psych nurse who has also has done some home peds work. I am on a hiatus right now, taking care of my Mom, 71, who has normal pressure hydrocephalus, and my Papi, 75, who has the inertial form of Parkinson's. The three of us live together (I guess it is a good thing that I never got married or had children).

I am also disabled, between having bipolar disorder, which had been stable for a while, and numerous chronic conditions, including a nasty called mesenterointestinal lympangiectasia (see the web site called littleleakers.com). I have chronic pain, and for a while took Lyrica, which helped me to gain 50 pounds, and when I got off that I went on Abilify, which helped me to re-gain the same 50 pounds.

I got off the Abilify on 1/24/14, and I have to tell you, I haven't felt this good in along, long time, as far as the bipolar goes. I am 47 and I have had bipolar disorder since I was about 10. I have been around the block with it. I have l already lost 24 pounds, and my goal is to lose the remaining 26 before August. I have eliminated the white foods, all wheat and sugar, as well as oatmeal (a favorite binge food of mine) and rice. I also limit my fat intake to 15 grams or less per day, out of necessity due to my health.

Lymphangiectasia (a condition I was born with) causes impairment of the intestinal villi to absorb fat, and they swell up, become inflamed, and burst. All of my intestinal lymphatics are screwed up, but the ones on the left are worse. Hopefully I will be able to get better pain management at my appointment on Wednesday. One of the side effects of both Lyrica and Abilify was masking of the pain from the lymphangiectasia. In a way it was grand, to be able to eat what I wanted. But now I pay for it. If I am not extremely careful with my diet, I could end up back on CVN (TPN) or with a G-tube again for feedings with Vivonex--the only formula I can tolerate.

Well, enough medical stuff. Like I said, I care for my parents, and I love doing it too. We all get along famously. I have only a brother, and he lives on the next block. I am fortunate in that--when I get hospitalized he is very close by to help out with Ma and Pa. My hope is that if I can get down to 148, it will be much easier on my whole system. Then I can do more of the things I enjoy, like hiking, biking, swimming, bird watching, cross stitch, reading, and working on my conversion to a Judaism, which my family is supporting.

This is my first time ever in being in a group of medical professionals. I frankly don't know what to expect. I have been coming to Spark for about two years now, but I have only been really serious about my weight loss since getting off Abilify.

Thank you in advance for your patience in reading this long note. I unfortunately tend to be very long winded. I am still a little isolated, as for a while I was afraid to get out of the house, I am working on that. I am gaining more courage day by day, soon to resume regular grocery shopping and services at my Synagogue and meetings of AA (I have been sober for seven and a half years) and another recovery organization which up to this point I have been attending only online.

I welcome individual letters, very much.

Much love,
Ayla67

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4/7/14 12:15 A

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Callie .................
welcome and all the best with your journey.....
blessings and hugs.............lita

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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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4/6/14 7:49 A

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Hi,

My name is Callie and I have 50 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP.

I like the official SP challenges. SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge

Making changes;-)

1. Planning meals now
2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day
3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house
Lastly, Tracking my food calories with (wow....lots of work there, but gotta do it!) week one of SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge

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4/4/14 11:33 A

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Thanks for encouragement. Getting back into shape, committed.

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4/3/14 11:06 P

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Welcome to the team.
We are all at different stages of our journey so we are here to help. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask. Someone will be able to help.


This is a great place to get started:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_star
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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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4/3/14 10:21 P

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Welcome to our SparkFamily!

Stick with the SPARK and we'll all reach our health and wellness goals TOGETHER! :-)

There is tremendous support among us and I would recommend that you create your SparkPage, browse some other SparkPages for inspiration. Share your trials, tribs and SUCCESSES to get the most from your fellow Sparkers!

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

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4/3/14 6:42 P

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Great site, love nutrition count when I type in food I ea emoticon t. Ready to get rid of baby fat, lol, been 10 years! Best of all, free

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