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Never thought of a weight lifting belt, but it's definitely and idea I will keep in mind. I've started new eating habits this week and I've been working on my 10k steps every day. Still haven't jumped in the pool. Tried on a swimsuit and it felt too small. Need a new one.

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7/1/15 11:38 A

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You could try using a weight lifting belt. It gives your core something to brace against which helps support the back. Not that I'm recommending going all out, I'd ask a doctor about what's safe, but it could make it so you can at least add a little weight to squats without stressing your back. Not that it's a concern right now, just throwing that bit of advice out there. Recovering thoroughly is the most important thing.

I want to swim so bad, but we don't have time to go to the YMCA with Jay working so much, and with the weather lately, swimming outdoors isn't happening. It's flippin July and we've been getting rain and temps under 60. T_T

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6/27/15 8:36 A

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Good morning ladies, hope everyone is ready for the weekend!

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6/24/15 7:13 A

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81 pounds is fantastic! You go girl! I've never done any weight lifting like that before. Probably won't be able to with the back, but I'm eager to get back into the gym and do some weights to build some muscle again. I also need to get my butt back in the pool and get my cardio going again. My 4 mile walk last night on hills was rough.

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Wishing you luck! :) It's hard, but you can do it. Never let a slip up get you down either. It takes time to rewire your brain like that, and there's slips along the way, but getting down makes it even harder. I can't tell you how many times I went from going a little over to a lot over because I told myself "well I already screwed up, may as well blow today entirely." I like the quote "don't slash all your tires because you got one flat." Lol.
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On another note, I had a nice lady on bodybuilding.com check my squat form, and aside from looking down I was nailing it. I didn't want to try to see how high I could go until I knew I had the form down, for safety and all. Knowing I do have it down though, I was able to try to see what my personal best is. Squatted 81lbs! It's not a whole lot yet, but it feels pretty good. My legs could have handled more, another 10lbs at least, but my traps/neck area was not up for it, lol.

Still want to find my best for bench press, and deadlift, but I don't have access to a bench, or a straight bar. If I can get to the Y at some point this summer I will. :D

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6/23/15 6:59 A

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I definitely need to train myself to think of something other than food. Lately I feel like it's an obsession. I'm always like hey what are we doing for dinner, I'm hungry can I get breakfast, etc. I need to stop obsessing over food. I guess it's a stress trigger with everything going on right now.
Thanks for the tips, I will try them for sure! I have a goal today to stick to what I bing with me and no buying anything extra!

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6/22/15 6:05 P

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It's probably mostly bloating from the extra food, and probably some water retention. Takes more than two pounds to make a significant change in pant needs.
A method you can try is to put it off for 10 minutes. Just tell yourself you can wait at least ten minutes. Once the first ten is over, tell yourself, well if I made ten, I can do ten more. So one and so forth.
Or do something else you enjoy If it's a response to emotion, try doing something else to ease the emotions you're feeling, or distract yourself. Listen to music that puts you in a good mood.
Write somewhere, get a diary, or just some scrap paper, and write out everything. The best part about using spare paper is you can burn it afterwards and imagine burning away your stress.
Go for a short walk, outside is best, get some fresh air, and get the blood pumping. Any amount of exercise releases endorphin that make you feel better.
Also, brush your teeth. When I was having problems with binging, this was one of the most helpful tips for me. I didn't want to bother eating if it was going to taste that awful.

I hope some of these are helpful. I know emotional eating is hard to conquer, right now your brain immediately thinks of food when stress kicks up. You need to train it to think of something else first when emotions start getting to be too much. :)

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6/22/15 7:09 A

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Just take it a day a at a time, all we can do.

I need to stop emotional eating. I'm up 2 pounds right now because I keep stuffing my face like a fat kid. I feel it too, pants feel a little tighter.

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I'm really sorry Chrimson. I wish I had something more helpful to contribute, but I'm sending you both a lot of positive energy. I hope you can get her nearer to you soon, the distance only makes it harder. :(

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my company does not offer short term disability, and I've tried finding an independent plan on my own with no such luck. There is FMLA, but that is for non-paid medical leave, which I cannot afford either. I have a job interview for a new job on Friday. Also if that goes well, I won't be able to take time off right away and keep that job.

I just need to really figure out how to get her here.

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I'm really sorry for your news. I wish I could do or say something to help you feel better. I know you have had to take a lot of time off with your surgery and to be with your mom. Do you think you will have any soon so you can visit her again? What if you considered short term disability? Or some kind of leave?

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Thursday we got not good news on my mum. Her cancer has spread. She is now stage 4, with new tumors in her armpit lymph nodes and a new tumor showing her left lung. Because the cancer is now in an organ, it automatically makes her stage 4 instead of the 3B she was. I've been crying a lot and my eyes are all funky and goopy now between allergies and the crying.

I guess I don't know what to do or say. I'm depressed. I miss my mum and I wish I was there to be with her. I hate living so far away.

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6/6/15 8:52 P

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Haha, just came across his on facebook, and had to share. I guess men aren't the better wimps when it comes to pain.... just colds, lol.

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Technically you don't even need to workout to lose weight. As long as you're taking in less than you burn, you body will break down body tissue (fat) for energy. Exercise is just healthy for you, and can help the process along. I'm just going it to gain muscle personally. Congrats on the loss so far, it doesn't have to be fast as long as it's part of a healthy lifestyle you can sustain. :D


I was thinking of getting a posture correcting brace on amazon, they're like funky bras, lol. I really need to address the problem, as not only is it not the best look, it's not good for you either. I hope all goes well for your mom, and I'm glad she's got support through it. Have fun with your walking, it's always good to eat before any amount of cardio. Gotta fuel up. :)


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He just did too much too fast. He was not slouching, he did wear his back brace while at work and that forces your posture. I think he just might take a little longer to heal, also men have a lower tolerance to pain than women, so that could be part of it as well.

My sister is in Arizona with my mum for a couple weeks. She few in early yesterday morning. My mom had a new pet scan yesterday, and my sister will be with her Thursday for the results. We are praying for good results. She has been through so much already. Including all the fractures in her spine which my sister says has made her have a hunch back :(

I'm on my 2nd week of a 24-week training schedule for my breast cancer 3 day walk. I need to walk 3 miles tonight, 3 Thursday, 4 Saturday and 3 Sunday this week. So I will be out around the neighborhood shortly. I ate a little first and I'm letting it settle before I get on foot.

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I sure hope your husband's back is ok. Maybe he is just taking a little longer to heal than you did. Hopefully that's all it is.

Great job with your working out Almisse. I tried working out the first part of last week, to see how I could do this while doing this job. I got through 2 days. Turns out I'm losing weight anyway, at a slow pace, but at least I'm not gaining. I was eating kinda junky last month because it was my birthday and everyone wants to take you out to eat, so to lose something and maintain and not work out, is pretty awesome. I am going to try my experiment again, but it may end up more weight stuff and body exercises instead of cardio.

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How's his posture? It could be something simple like not keeping his spine in alignment when he's sitting or so long. I have poor posture myself, and went I'm sitting at the computer too long it starts to aggravated my back, and I don't even have an existing issue, well, there's the pinched nerve but this has bothered me before that. Hopefully it's nothing serious, and fingers crossed that you don't get anymore rain I have a friend in Dallas, and while her home is ok, the hospital she works at got some flooding.

I took last week as a deload week, I was starting to lose motivation, and wasn't having as much energy. Deloading is basically taking a "week off" from weight lifting/intense exercise. For people who don't want to do absolutely nothing for the week you can do lighter weights, or body weight exercise so that's what I did. Practiced my squat form, did a little more yoga, stuff like that.

The week before that I started doing split routines (went from a full body routine 3x a week to two days upper, and two days lower/abs). Got right back on it yesterday, and I'm feeling great. Even before I got back to working out, I was already looking forward to it more than I was before my "break." I was pretty worried at first since most of the time I stop something I don't start again. Ended up being just what I needed.

Also got a new pre-workout supplement. I like nitric oxide because it increases the blood flow to your muscles, giving you more energy, and stamina. What I'm taking now has that, and some caffeine, so has a little more kick in the energy department. So far so good. Today is leg day so we'll see if it's really up to the challenge. lol.

Sorry for the long post, lol. I should post updates more often so I don't blurt everything out at once.

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Hubby tried to go back to work yesterday, now he is moaning and grumpy that he is in a lot of pain. I guess I need to call the doctor to find out why he is hurting so much. I did not have that much pain and I went back to work in the same amount of time. All he does is sit at a desk all day, so I fear something is wrong.

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I'm glad you guys are safe from the flooding! It reminds me when Nashville was flooded about 5 years ago. Scary stuff.

I haven't really been working out as much as I could be. I've been doing a PT job and it's really physical, so by the time I get home, I am just exhausted. I guess it's better than doing nothing and just sitting all day.

Prayers that everything is ok with your mom's pet scan!

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Yes there is a lot of flooding in my area. The main freeways near our home are shut down for the next week because of flooding from the almost 5" we got Thursday night. My house and neighborhood is ok, we are slightly elevated. I do live near the Trinity river though, so hopefully no rain this week (so far none forecasted), because I have never seen the trinity so full and almost up to the roads near my neighborhood...kind of scary.

Hope you ladies are rocking it. I haven't been cleared for my beach body workouts yet or the gym, but my gym membership is finally re-activated. My goal for the week is 50k steps with my fitbit, need to get that walking in. I'm starting to train for my 60 mile walk in November. I'm going to work on portion control this week too, bad weekend, too much food, emotional eating. Mom has a new pet scan today, we find out Thursday if the cancer is growing and spreading or not. I'm a wreck.

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So sorry to hear about your friend. Also, I'm glad that your husband's surgery went well and I hope he heals quickly. I hope you are also feeling great! Good luck on the training!


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Glad the surgery went well, and that he's able to be home now. :) At least he has someone who knows how he's feeling, and is there to help him out

Good luck with the training, and the rain. Are you getting flooding in your area?

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I actually have 3 female cats...all of them are fixed. So no annoying in heat moments :)

Sorry been MIA, hubby had spine surgery a week ago today. I brought him home from the hospital Saturday afternoon. Now he just has to fight through the discomfort and heal!

I've started training for the 3-day walk. The 24-week training period starts this week. I need to get in 3 miles every other day of walking this week. Now if this dang rain would hold off, I swear you think I live in Washington state, not TX.

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Guess not, lol.

That's great that your husband will be getting it done too, I mean, surgery sucks, but it beats herniating your disks repeatedly. At least he'll have a wonderful, attentive caregiver. You're always doing all you can to help others, and that's really amazing.

I take it you have a female cat? My dad made me get rid of my cat when I was younger, he didn't realize how female cats act in heat, and we didn't have the money to get her fixed.

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, and I'm sorry you weren't able to attend the funeral. Sending positive vibes, and well wishes during this grieving process. It's never easy losing someone you're close to.
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hahaha, that's funny, I guess she didn't think you would want a weight that big?

I'm so tired this morning, my cat woke me up howling really loud again, but her vet appointment isn't till next week...argh. Also the hubby goes in to have the same 360 lumbar fusion on the 20th. He re-herniated his disk and instead of just shaving it off again, they are going to go ahead and just open it all up and put in the titanium like the did me, so he doesn't ever have to worry about a herniating it again. So even though I'm not fully healed, I'll be taking care of him now lol.

A good friend of mine died Friday night, he was killed on his motorcycle on the freeway. It's really sad, I can't imagine not ever hearing from him again, I've known him since 2005, we were in the same car club in Houston. So weird. His funeral is tomorrow but I cannot go, I do not have any time off work, and it's a 5 hour drive. We only get funeral leave for immediate family.

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Congrats on getting the go ahead on working out.

Lady, is there any way you can break up a workout throughout the day? Like 3x a day, for ten minutes at a time? Small workouts added up can work just as well as a long one.

I'm just bulking still, going to continue until after June 6th since that's Jay's birthday, and I'm sure it'll be a high calorie day even for a bulk, lol. Then I'm going to cut down until my birthday in Sept. This way not only can I slim down during swimsuit season, but when I start a good, lengthy, winter bulk again I'll already be starting at a lower body fat point than I was when I started this time around.

I'm doing heavier lifts, bought a 20lb dumbbell about a week ago, and wanted a second, but it was the last one in stock. With a second I can double my lunge weight, increase my hip bridge, and shoulder shrug weight, and keep better form on shoulder presses (no matter how hard I try not to, I always lean to the side with one).

Funny story though, I bought my second one the other day, and all I had in line was that, and a Monster drink (it was a long day, lol). The guy behind me in line didn't use a divider, but his stuff was at least a foot away from mine. The cashier rang up the energy drink, put her hand on the dumbbell, and asked "this isn't yours, right?"

She actually figured it made more sense for the guy behind me to put one item up with mine, with the rest of his things way back than for me to be buying a 20lb dumbbell.
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Great news on being able to do light workouts again! I'm having a hard time figuring out a workout schedule for myself because I started a new job last week. I pretty much walk several miles a day and pick up boxes and I'm very active at work. So I guess it's better than sitting at a desk and not doing any workouts.



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Good morning ladies.
I got the clear to start doing some walking and mild exercise like my wii fit. So I'm going to jump on that today.
My starting weight is 230.4 pounds...I've actually lost weight since surgery because I find myself eating less...about 5 pounds lost. My monthly goal is 10 pounds total gone, starting today, so until June 12.

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oooh those sound really yummy!

I've been bringing my lunch and everything, just there is always something laying out and some reason I cannot say no! I really need to work on my self control!

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Yeah, having stuff like that around is a pain. Do you think bringing some fruit or something else to snack on would help? They have these cocoa covered almonds that come in 100cal packs, and they are amazing. Great way to curb a sweet tooth.

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I hope to be off BP meds soon as well, although I don't know, it runs in my family. My sister is thin and fit and healthy but has to take them, our mom and dad both have/had high blood pressure, which sucks, so we will see.

I ate too much yesterday, too many treats laying around the office and no will power, so I need to focus on better choices today and more water as usual. Happy Hump Day!

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Congrats on being off the BP meds! That's fantastic. :)

Great job on 10k steps. Good luck in PT, and getting your strength back.

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I agree, but then they just charge you off to collection and all kinds of BS. I need to call physical therapy today, since they never called and set it up with me last week. I really need to get in and get strong, I feel so weak still.

I did get to 10k steps for the first time in a long time yesterday, so woohoo to that! I'm working on my water intake and meal planning this week as well as trying to hit 10k at least twice more this week.

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Woo girls! No more BP meds for me!

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If it's on offset they should be able to sort it all out, insurance companies are such a pain. Hopefully they figure it out soon though. It's not your fault they can't manage a simple payment redirect.

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Yes they did a pre-authorization for my surgery. The problem is they probably billed it wrong. My insurance says it's United Health care, but it's actually an offset of it, and they have to bill the information on the back to a company called All-savers, not united healthcare. It's a big mess and I'm so tired of it.

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Glad it wasn't shingles and hope you are feeling better! And I despise insurance, especially when you know it wasn't just brought up to them that you need surgery. I hope it all gets straightened out soon!

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Doesn't insurance have to approve it before it's even done? I hate dealing with insurance crap. I have to get an MRI done (routine test for someone with chronic migraines), and apparently my doctor had a heck of a time trying to get it approved. That was just an MRI, I can't imagine bigger procedure like surgery. Hopefully they stop being stupid, and approve it.

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Not shingles...thank goodness, was just a rash from the hospital. It has cleared up with the antibiotics they put me on for the sinus infection and bronchitis I do have though. They said it's normal to have a low immune system out of the hospital because they were pumping me full of steroids and antibiotics while in there....oh well. I'm starting to feel better.

I did get the staples and stitches removed yesterday. Next up is physical therapy. I need to go 2-3 days a week for at least a month. I also need to remember to call the hospital back today, they are trying to tell me my insurance denied my surgery...always something.

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Hope you don't have shingles!

I am hanging in there. I was hired for a PT job today and I'm excited because I can continue to do my volunteering and anything else I need/want to do. Nothing planned for this weekend but my husband is doing a few things for me. I may head to the library and do a little shopping.

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I hope the appt goes well, and I really hope you don't have shingles. My brother had them when he was younger, and they didn't seem like a fun experience. :( Great job on the steps!

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Good morning ladies...and happy Friday. Yes Monday was my 35th birthday...I'm getting old! lol

The staples and stitches come out Monday, I can't wait! I have an appointment with my normal doctor this morning though, I fear I've come down with a sinus infection and I want her to check a rash that has formed on my rib cage since the hospital, make sure it's just from rubbing and not shingles or something. My sister has had shingles and it did attack the nerve right under and around her breast and rib cage. I know my immune system is probably slightly down because of all the antibiotics they pumped me with in the hospital (fear of staph infection). But I am up to about 4500 steps a day so far, that's great considering I still have all the stitches and staples in me.

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It's your birthday? Well, was?
Happy birthday! :D

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Happy Birthday Chrimson! Hope you are feeling better today!

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I've only had small amounts of stitches at any point in time, and even those were annoying. I can't imagine how itchy yours must be. At least it's getting better though. Hopefully you can get out, and about a little bit soon. Don't push too hard though,you still have a lot of healing. :)

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I truly have amazing friends that helped me get the kid to and from school, etc. I am not allowed to drive.
My stitches in my stomach are starting to itch so bad. I want to scratch, but I am scared to tear anything. It is kind of frustrating! All that matters is each day gets a little better! I'm eager to get out of the house though. Between 5 days in the hospital and not allowed to leave the house either...I'm kind of stir crazy. I need the hubby to charge my fitbit so I can put it back on and start tracking steps and working my way back up!

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Hope you are feeling a bit better today Chrimson! And I'm sorry to hear about your husband's grandmother.

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You're not a burden, you'd help any of those helping you if the situation was reversed, and knowing you you'd never see it as a burden. :) Just keep taking care of yourself, all anyone wants is to see you at full health. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's grandmother.

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Thanks ladies, just happy to be home. The pain comes and goes. I try not to take too many pain meds. I will start trying to do some work from home on Thursday and work my way back up. I will have friends take care of me next couple days, come check on me. My hubby's grandmother died the night I got home and he needs to go out of town for the funeral. I feel kind of a burden on people right now :(

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So glad you are home! I'm sorry you spent some extra time in the ICU, but it sounds like you are on your way to mending! Definitely take it easy and one day at a time!

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Glad everything turned out ok! Aside from the complications, of course. :( The end result is that you're home, and healing, and that's what's important. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

That's a lot of staples, and I can't imagine the pain. At least the surgery is over, and before you know it, this will be behind you too.

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Sounds like you ladies are doing fantastic! So proud of both of you. Keep up your routines and you will get where you want to be.
I am finally home from the hospital. I came home around lunch time yesterday, surgery was really early Wednesday morning. Had some small complications after surgery that kept me in the ICU for 4 days. Not how I had hoped things to turn out, but all that matters is I am home now and on the mend. I have 24 staples in my lower spine, and however many stitches in my abdomen from my belly button down about 3 inches. I have to get up and walk as much as I can, so I have my old lady walker. I won't lie, my body hurts, but it's a take it one day at a time now...and hope for the best in the end.

While down, I'm working on getting my steps up a few each day, making sure I stay hydrated and don't do things I am not supposed to mess up my surgery.

The staples come out on the 27th. From there I start PT and will hopefully be back on my way to be a walking training leader for my 3-day team and our 60 mile walk for breast cancer in November :)

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I hope you're doing ok Chrimson, even if you can't see this post yet, I'm thinking of you. :)

Good luck on your goal Lady, you can do it!

I'm at 134 down from 141 from my last bulk phase. I want to go on another bulk phase when I get to 130-132 again as I still have a long way to go when it comes to forming a good muscle base.
This time I want to do it the right way though. There's "dirty bulking" that I did over winter where you just eat a surplus of calories of whatever. Then there's "clean/controlled bulking" which is much better for summer. Since women can't gain a lot of muscle really fast, having too high of a surplus adds more fat.
Eating 10%-20% of my daily energy expenditure, sticking to (a least mostly) clean foods, with sufficient protein will allow me to build a little muscle over the next few months without gaining a lot of fat with it, which would really kill my motivation, and probably take a toll on my self esteem. Over winter I gained about fifteen pounds in a few months, with a max of about four pounds of that being muscle. So yeah, it was noticeable, and despite being happy to be working on toning up, it was still a bit hard to deal with.
I just got an awesome shaker bottle, and got a $60 container of zero carb protein powder or half price so I'm so ready to get started lol. At this rate it'll be a week or two depending on if I wait until the 130lb or 132lb mark. :D The reason I chose zero carb protein powder isn't because I'm trying to go really low carb or anything, I just get enough carbs easily enough from my diet as is, lol.

Wow, that was a lot, but I felt some of what I'm working on might need to be expanded on, haha. I guess I also get really excited, and tend not to have many people to talk about it with.


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Hanging in there. Can never get the water intake down. I actually met my first weight goal last week, so I was happy. Not sure how much I could have gained over the Easter holiday. I have a mini weight goal set for Memorial Day, so I am hoping to hit that as well.

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thank you ladies!
I check into the hospital tomorrow morning at 5:30 AM, so less than 24 hours from now (CST time). I have a lot to do today, including picking my husband up from the airport at 10:00 PM tonight. I will also be assisting in our monthly and quarterly data push to our live website at work. So I will probably not sleep at all tonight, but I guess it doesn't matter since they will be putting me to sleep at the hospital anyway.

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Good luck Chrimson! I'm thinking of you and praying all goes well with your surgery!

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Good luck with the surgery. I'll be thinking of you, and sending good vibes. :)

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4/6/15 6:57 A

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Yup, you have to love the amount of taxes the middle class has taken out of our paychecks. I was joking with my hubby last week, I told him, you know if I quit my job, I could get this surgery for free! He told me yeah, this is true, but would like be getting the best doctors and hospital if you were having it done free. He makes a valid point.

I might not be on spark for a few days since I am not exactly sure how long my hospital stay is and how long I will be dopey on pills. But I will keep everyone updated. I did post a blog with updates on my mom and the cancer over the weekend if any of you are interested.

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4/5/15 10:47 A

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Taxes...one of the two things we can't avoid. Aren't those of us who are able to work and pay taxes blessed? Our kids grow up before we realize it, enjoy every minute! Good luck with the surgery!

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4/4/15 9:23 A

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My daughter is starting to show a lot of interested in fashion and design. She asks if she can flip through my in-style magazines and last night I introduced her to mod-cloth a vintage style clothing store online. It's cute to see her interested in dresses and such since she's always been about her tshirts and jeans. She's growing up too fast, can't believe she will be 15 in just a couple months.

My surgery is this coming Wednesday. I got all my pre-op work done yesterday. I also paid all the dang taxes I owed yesterday. Between the down payment on surgery and the 3900 I coughed up to uncle Same yesterday. I'm broke :(

Interested in joining a team, I lead the following teams:

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Where my ladies at? - www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g
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I'm selling pretty nails to raise money for breast cancer:
chrimsonfyre.jamberrynails.com


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