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What Spark Means to Me!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I want to thanks everyone for your comments on my Hubby blog. He's on BP meds but it is still dangerously high (154/102). I've been begging him to go back to the doc. He promised he will. Finger's crossed.

With everything going on I have to say how appreciative I am of all of you. This site has been exactly what I needed in so many ways.

I know if I have not been referred here I would still be gaining weight. I would not only be over 200 lbs but I would be slowly dying in my skin. Instead, I'm out almost every day. Enjoying walking with my girls. I'm having a ball learning to box. There is no stress reliever in the world like beating a heavy bag until exhaustion. I'm planning a huge hike at the Dunes in a bit over a week. And I'm exited about it - it's been a LONG time since I was excited about doing something.

I don't even want to think about my food and eating with coming to Spark. I was living on pasta, white bread, cheesy sauces, and other horrible foods. I was a "vegetarian" so I was "healthy". How is that for yikes. Now I'm living on raw veggies and fruits. I'm back on eggs and low fat cheese and yogurt. Healthy fibers, cereals, and bread make daily appearances in my diet.

And remember what I said early about stress. Well, you - my Spark friends, are my secret weapon. When the stress gets hard to deal with I can blog it out here and actually receive SUPPORT!!! Not judgement, not the "my life's worse than yours" litany, and not more grief but REAL support, caring, ideas, and humor. I don't know of any where else I could receive half the support I get here. I only hope that I can pay it back to each of you ten fold!

I'm more than half way through May and I feel good. I feel confident. I feel peace. Yes, I know I've made the changes myself but without the information, motivation, inspiration, and support I have receive here I would had never been able to. Thanks you so much, I'm getting my life back. I've getting myself back. And the world looks so much brighter!

Warm Wags and Happy Snuffles!

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    Awesome blog! What I learned from BP medicine is that don't check the BP within 3 to 4 hours after taking medicine. It will show really high numbers because the medicine needs time to adjust in the body.
    Mainly there are few different types of BP medications. And there are over 100 of BP prescription drugs readily available. It's possible that this particular prescription may not be the right medicine for your hubby.
    I'd do some research and ask for a different medication. But, first make sure to check BP after 4hrs of taking the prescription. If that doesn't work and his numbers are still high, ask for a different medicine. Hope this helps.
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    Comment edited on: 5/21/2013 5:29:35 AM
    You are emoticon !!!!
    1854 days ago
    So true. I went through a phase of annoyance with Sparkpeople, to be honest. But eventually I decided it's like family. I love my family and always will. We don't have to agree on every little thing. (I mean Spark's official positions on weighing yourself, eating intuitively in maintenance, and food addiction.) The fact is there is a lot more to agree on than disagree on, and I owe so much to Spark for the support and the tools it offers for free.
    1854 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    YOU are doing well. Congratulations. Keep after it.

    You make SP more enjoyable and useful to us all.

    Hubby needs to get on board before he's buried, or buries you under monumental medical debt and burden.

    (154/102 with BP meds, isn't just dangerous it's morbidly dangerous!)

    Sorry to be so blunt, but after having had a stroke at age 27, I give myself special dispensation.

    I truly wish you both the best.


    1854 days ago
    I agree , best thing on spark and what makes it different from other sites is the community , the friends you make , the true relationships you developp . emoticon
    1854 days ago
    Don't forget, you are always here for us too !! It works both ways. We are here to encourage, not discourage. You take so much time for others, whether in you personal life or in your Spark life.

    It's to bad you can't get your hubby to Spark too !! I can't get mine to either. He says he eats what I do, so that's how he is keeping track of his calories. He forgets that he eats things I don't, and it all counts. Men, why do they think they know everything?

    Keep up the great work !! emoticon emoticon
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  • STHAX10
    emoticon emoticon Success is yours!
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  • LOSER05
    emoticon praying for you.
    1854 days ago
    We are always here for you!

    1854 days ago
    Hugs to you, sweetie!
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  • JUSTME29
    You mean a lot to me too.
    1854 days ago
    emoticon emoticon for your support also! So glad to be on this journey with you. emoticon
    1854 days ago
    Thank you for YOUR support! emoticon emoticon
    1855 days ago
    Such a blessing to feel supported. Now get that stubborn man to the doctor!
    1855 days ago
    The support system of Sparkpeople is essential for me, too. I have noticed that when I'm not involved with the community, I eat more and I make "bad" choices food-wise. Tracking and talking to my Sparkfriends keeps me accountable.

    Thank you, too, for all your support!!! You are amazing and a true inspiration to all of us!

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    1855 days ago
    Glad SP has been such a great experience for you. Congrats on your success so far and here's wishing you many more successes to come! emoticon
    1855 days ago
    Yay Kitty! I missed the blog about your hubby, but all I have to do is tell your husband about my dad. He too refused to see a doc due to his high blood pressure and now he is in a rehab following his stroke! My dad is only 67 and my great uncle was only 48 when he had his stroke.... So, age is not a factor! Kick his butt al lthe way to the doctor office if you must! My dad sure wishes he had seen the doctor sooner! Anyhow, you go girl! And, I totally agree about the support here on Spark!
    1855 days ago
    i am so glad that your hubby is going to the doctor. hopefully, he will start to move in a healthier direction.

    I am glad that May is going good- it can only continue to get better!
    1855 days ago
    I'm so glad you feel loved and supported here! And let me tell you, the love and support you channel back to your Spark friends is amazing. You never stop inspiring me, Kitty.

    1855 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    Kitty! What a wonderful post!! Does your husband have his own SP account? Thinking of you!! You are my inspiration!!

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    1855 days ago
    Love you, honey! You are also a great support and I'm proud and happy to call you my friend! emoticon emoticon Karen
    1855 days ago
    I'm so glad to call you my Spark friend! You DO give as much, if not more than you get. Hugs Kitty!
    1855 days ago
    Awwww, I always love those warm wags and HAPPY snuffles! emoticon

    Oh my gosh, I really HOPE your DH takes it seriously and goes to the Dr. sooner rather than later. It's ard to find out what, if anything, going on in our bodies, but if it's something that we can make better, I say . . . go for it! I'd rather know than do myself harm! It's different with men, though. Good luck!

    Oh my goodness, before I started Spark I was obese, unhealthy to the max and just plain unhappy! SP is a lifesaver, isn't it! Well not just SP, but all us wonderful sparkers!

    HUGS and here's to succes getting DH to go to the Dr. and many more happy, healthy years ahead. We only get one go-round @ life, and we need to enjoy it!

    1855 days ago
    Well thank you for all the support you give me everyday. I appreciate it so much. You are great person don't ever forget that.
    1855 days ago
    You are an amazing woman! I'm so happy for you!

    1855 days ago
    Good for you! Keep it up. Having support is the key for a range of problems that we face and for dealing with them.
    1855 days ago
  • DARLY55
    You have been a joy, watching you change and get stronger has been a great example for me!
    1855 days ago
    I've always been told, you get back what you give! I give support on this site and receive it back!
    1855 days ago
    Hugs. You are so welcome! I'm so glad were all helping!! Have a great time at the dunes!
    1855 days ago
    So glad these spectacular changes have taken place w/ you and for you! I too feel Sparks is the best ever and so much is offered daily! .............. Great job on all the lifestyle "alterations" ............ emoticon
    1855 days ago
    You are so awesome! I wore pink today, thinking of what you said in an earlier blog about wearing pink. Thanks so much!
    1855 days ago
    I am glad that you are getting better all the time. I am so proud of you!
    1855 days ago
    I am so honored to be friends with such a spectacular woman! You inspire me to push harder and expect more. You are awesome!
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