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DEBBIE84's Photo DEBBIE84 Posts: 2,889
7/28/12 11:07 A

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Great Lisa. We can still post here as well, I just thought it worth looking around for a place with more activity. I found one for people doing low-carb diets as well and have had quite a few comments to my posts there. Be careful with that diabetes. I really don't take care of myself and I should. I am trying to eat better now because I don't want things to get out of control and I don't want to end up on insulin injections. I have to lose some of this weight! That is all there is to it.

I did remember that you were pre-diabetic and there are people that are borderline that go to that challenge team. There is a lot of helpful info there.

I am glad that you guys got through that difficult time and are working through the financial stuff. Does David like his new job better than the old one? I have really struggled since the fire and had to take a temporary summer job. I was one of the people that DirecTV customers called about the blackened channels. I sure had to deal with a lot of angry people and was yelled/cussed at a few times. I only worked on the account for 2 weeks before the channels returned and the job ended but they got a new account, for Apple, and transferred me to that account. I go for training on August 13. I had every intention of returning to subbing when school starts, but decided to go ahead and do the three weeks of training and give this a try to see how I like it. It pays slightly more per day (for an 8 hour day) but they usually offer a lot of overtime so it could be a lot more money.

Then two days after they hired me for the Apple account they called me and asked me if I would be interested in being a supervisor for them so in the next few days I will be interviewed for a Quality Assurance Supervisor, which is much easier than a floor supervisor, and I think I would really like that. As a supervisor I would be on salary and get a little higher pay, but because I will be on salary there is no overtime like the regular agents get. It is a trade off I guess, but I think I would like supervisor better because I really don't like being on the phones....being "tethered" to a desk for 8+ hours a day. I am even thinking about working nights so that I can still sub for the teachers that request me all the time, that way if I end up not wanting to stay with this call center job I will still have those established teachers...if I stop subbing entirely I would have to start over because they might find someone else they like and already be using them regularly for continuity in their classes. I feel caught between a rock and a hard place because I really need a steady, dependable income right now because of the fire. With subbing, I sometimes have days that there are no available jobs, and I have all those school holidays I don't get paid for. This really sucks because I love subbing.

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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7/28/12 7:24 A

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Well we made it through that bit of fire. had to get a small $1000 loan... and this new job he got does have overtime so we have almost paid the money back already.

Anyway, I got your sparkmail about the group you joined so you know I will be there too! :) Can't be on Spark without you!

PLus I am Prediabetic.. or was last year... no telling if I ever went fully over that fence this year... although I have had spots on my shins that I think are Diabetic Dermopathy. They have been on me for years.

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5/29/12 6:54 P

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Oh Lisa...I am so sorry. Once you get behind on a large payment like a mortgage it is very difficult to catch up again...not to mention the hit your credit score will take. Ouch! We both have a stressful situation to deal with right now, but things will get better....I have to believe that or I might just as well stick my head in the sand and give up.



"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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TABBYRUINZ's Photo TABBYRUINZ Posts: 1,635
5/26/12 7:48 A

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It all sounds so horrific! I can't even comprehend how you are managing all that you do! You are truly amazing Debbie! As for eating, and gaining or losing.... with all the stress you have been under you really do get a free pass on that in my book. We really can't plan for such dire circumstances.

As for my own battle with the bulge, I am down some but started from an up point. I will have to look to see what my last weigh in was to know if I am near or far to a goal I never set for this challenge. LOL

My job is going good. Unfortunately my husband is plain stupid. He quit his job before having an offer from a company he interviewed with(he quit the day of the interview 4-30). He got the offer a week later, but we just received his intent to hire notice this past week and they told him his start date is June 11. So 6 weeks without a paycheck and having used every drop of his 401k... we will be screwed financially in 2 weeks with no way to pay our 2 mortgages. Will our lives ever be without some form of stress?

All I want to do is dive into food.

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DEBBIE84's Photo DEBBIE84 Posts: 2,889
5/18/12 3:32 P

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I am definitely not going to meet my Memorial Day goals. I was doing so well with my goals right up until the house burned and eating out all the time for three weeks (11 days in a motel and then trying to go through things, clean the burned house out, move things that we could save, and now I am having to scrub/clean/sterilize everything that I unpack....oh, and ALL of my professional cookware was destroyed so I have not even had anything for food preparation). Things are getting better though. We have a house and are sort of moved in. It is a slow process to find everything (no organization to packing....just pull out what can be saved and pile it in a box) but I am making good progress. I am still not getting nearly enough sleep between unpacking/cleaning, my mother, and work there just are not enough hours in the day.

I am slowly getting back on track and we are putting our lives back together. We were so fortunate to get out with no injuries but our loss is still devastating. My truck was totally destroyed along with everything in the garage/attic....photo albums, photos in boxes, clothing, treadmill, grandson's bike & race car set, .....and the list goes on. The kitchen was also totally destroyed.....all of my appliances...small appliances and major....dishes, pots, pans, both of my pressure canners, two of my water bath canners, about 200 canning jars, etc. I had a well stocked pantry/fridge/freezer and was only able to save foods that were frozen in the large freezer....everything else (to the tune of $3,000 plus) had to be thrown out. You just don't realize how quickly jars/canned/packaged foods along with a hundred or so bottles of herbs/spices/seasonings add up to big dollars! The family room was heavily damaged as well and I had to throw out both of my sofas, my lamps were destroyed, and the rest of the furniture in that room was damaged/destoryed (such as my 60-inch television with it's built in stereo speakers). My large entertainment center in the front living room had heavy damage and literally fell apart when we tried to remove it from the house. Fortunately the bedrooms had minimal damage....other than the sheets and comforters and so far I have been unable to get the smoke smell out of those items.

Considering everything, I feel lucky that I have not gained 20 pounds! I am not giving up though. I am working hard to get settled into my new home and get my life back on track. I now have some cookware, cooking utensils, bowls, dishes, glasses, and storage containers and have started restocking my pantry so that I can eat at home more. School will be out next week so I will have more time to focus on getting everything unpacked and the house arranged. Things are looking up all the way around.

I am going to look ahead and as soon as I can set some new goals for myself and put all of this behind me.

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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4/19/12 10:00 A

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I am not totally back on track with my eating.....it is so hard to eat right when I am never home long enough to do more than shower and sleep....but I have definitely made some progress and am eating better. I have lost 2 of the pounds I put back on since my mother had her heart attack and stroke... and that is motivating. I will continue to make small changes that will add up to (hopefully) big losses! I am doing what I can to move in the right direction and that is at least something.

My intentions of going for walks while my mother is in dialysis were nipped in the bud! She kept signing herself out early (The charge nurse obviously has very little knowledge of stroke and the effects of stroke on a person and said she had no choice but to allow her to sign herself out because she is an adult and "understands what she is doing and the consequences of her actions," and then in the next breath tells me that she KNOWS she has brain damage from the stroke! She insisted that my mother is fully capable of making her own decisions....even though on that particular day she didn't know where she was or why she had to be there...and clearly thought she knows more about my mother's condition than I do or than her doctors do for that matter), so my step-father and I went to her kidney doctor and told him what was going on....he got onto the nurse and told her my mother is not currently able to make her own medical decisions and that she was not to be allowed to sign herself out again until her doctors said that she was able to make decisions for herself. The nurse was NOT happy! Anyway, I digress. Now, only my step-father or I can sign her out early so one of us has to be there with her when she goes in for dialysis.....that means 6+ hours (1 driving time round trip, 4 on dialysis, and the time we have to wait in the waiting room and the time it takes them to get her started once we are in the back, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday!

I am watching my portions though and drinking lots of water. I have also been successful at parking in the front parking lot instead of parking as close as possible to the classroom I will be working in, so I have worked in some exercise that way. Little things really do add up over time...the proof is the number on my bathroom scales. :)

Edited by: DEBBIE84 at: 4/19/2012 (10:17)
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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DEBBIE84's Photo DEBBIE84 Posts: 2,889
4/12/12 11:28 P

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Thank you Lisa. I am trying to stay positive...I had sure hoped to be down to a better weight by my 50th birthday, but it didn't happen. I am not giving up though and will keep trying, no matter how many times I have to start again. :)

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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TABBYRUINZ's Photo TABBYRUINZ Posts: 1,635
4/12/12 3:32 P

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Hi Sherye! I will join in the Memorial day challenge! I have to log off right now(at work) but when I have a moment I will post my goals. Glad to see you have popped back in!

Debbie thanks for setting this up! You are such a good trooper!

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DEBBIE84's Photo DEBBIE84 Posts: 2,889
4/2/12 9:44 P

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Not like there used to be Sherye. Lisa started working full-time, so she isn't around as much as she used to be, but she does pop in from time to time. Maggie was popping in and out, but hasn't posted in a while now. Every now and then someone pops in, but mostly, it is me. I sure do miss everyone. When someone else is posting I am here regularly....I guess I will be here until no one else pops in. It makes me sad because we had such a wonderful, special group of ladies here....I miss each and every one of them. I do keep in touch with some of them through FB and texting but don't talk to them as much as I used to....I saw Lisa and Laura a couple of years ago when I was traveling through Atlanta. I keep hoping everyone will trickle back in, but don't know that it will ever happen. I am still here though and don't intend to give up. :)

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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4/2/12 7:55 P

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Thanks Debbie, is there anyone else around? I sure hope so emoticon


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4/2/12 3:10 P

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I have missed you and am so glad you are back! :)

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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4/1/12 8:44 P

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How could I not? I think this is an awesome team and miss being active here.

((HUGS))....................Sherye

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4/1/12 7:12 P

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Awesome Sherye....so glad you are joining me! emoticon

(((HUGS)))

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

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3/31/12 2:50 P

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Hi Debbie I like your goals and think that this is an awesome goal.

I'm going to strive to lose between 6-10 lbs.

Break my meals down to several thru the day (I've read that it is better for you to eat small portions every 3 hours) and to stay away from junk food which has been replacing healthy meals

Work on less stress in my life and believe me this is going to be a challenge with the way my job stress's me out.

And to stop focusing on the negatives in my life and finding the positive ones.

Focus on downsizing for the move in August - gotta get rid of a lot of junk that I've been ignoring for years.

The hardest is going to be using the treadmill once again - instead of dusting it I will strive to do 2 - 15 minute walks on it daily.


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3/29/12 10:11 P

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My personal goals for Memorial Day are:

1. My weight loss goal is 10 pounds.

2. I will consume at least 1200 calories, but no more than 1550 calories a day, eat a low-carb gluten-free diet, severely restrict soda and drink mostly water and unsweet tea and most of all, I will get portions under control. I will also stop eating so much fast food and make time to plan ahead not only for healthy meals, but also to keep foods like boiled eggs and salads on hand to grab on the go.

3. Because of my current situation with my mother I am going to focus on slipping in extra activity where I can rather than structured exercise...parking in front at work and walking across campus rather than parking close, parking further out at stores and walking in, walking around in the classroom more/sitting less and on days my mother goes for Dialysis, getting in a short walk from time to time.

4. I am going to make time to get adequate sleep so that I will have more energy. I am also going to make time to do something for myself from time to time....like a long, hot, relaxing bath.

5. I will succeed with at least one of these goals and then move on from there!

That's it...just some basic, common sense, attainable goals that can be accomplished with some basic planning and a little effort.

Edited by: DEBBIE84 at: 3/29/2012 (22:13)
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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3/29/12 10:00 P

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Memorial Day is just a little over 8 weeks away. The Memorial Day Challenge is to be successful! That's it...just to succeed at something that will get you closer to your overall goals.

1. Set a personal, attainable goal for weight loss/clothing size reduction.

2. Set a nutritional goal with a daily calorie goal.

3. Establish a goal for exercise/fitness/overall health.

4. By Memorial Day be a success with at least one of your goals.

That's it, in a nutshell....keep it simple, realistic, and attainable!

Edited by: DEBBIE84 at: 3/29/2012 (22:01)
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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