Mary, thanks for your kind words about me posting. It's wonderful to see this team coming alive again!
Those of you looking for work and being up against a wall because of not being able to hear the phone, etc....PLEASE remember ADA is on your side (if you live in the US). Seek out your local dept of rehabilation counselor for the deaf (most counties have this-if you aren't sure how to locate this, let me know and I'll help you). If you feel you've been discriminated against by an employer, contact your state Office of Protection and Advocacy. Again, I'll help you find yours.
I'm a mental health therapist and I do a lot of case management, which includes advocacy for my clients. What some of you have been through is often the reason people seek mental health counseling/support. It is so mentally draining/debilitating to go through feeling oppressed on the job or sad/depressed because you can't hear your child. I lost more hearing about 12 years ago and grieved for awhile because I couldn't understand my children well and I could no longer enjoy music. It takes strength and willpower to get through these obstacles we experience.
Weight loss...Mary is consistently the top fitness person on our team! She is always in first place in fitness minutes! :-) The way to weight loss is both exercising and making sure you eat well. Eating well: it DOES matter which calories you consume. If you consume 1200 calories and some of those are cookies (or whatever your weakness is), it WILL matter. It makes it harder to lose weight. If you are in menopause, it is doubly difficulty to lose weight (ugggghhhh). Drink your water, track your food, TRY to exercise at least 10 min (more is better!) daily. Jump on the team boards (please jump on this one!!) and talk about your experience, frustration, questions, etc! We are here for each other. That's what makes SP work so well. I lost 2 pounds this past holiday season-first time in years I've lost weight during the holidays! SP helped keep me in check.
It's great to see all the responses today!! :-) Keep it going....I'll start a "Chat" thread for us to just talk about whatever.....
| current weight: 142.4