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7/3/11 7:33 A

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Thanks for letting me be on the poduim this week. I hope that i can be an ecouragement to you all


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My dream vacation would be one that I do not have to come back to work. I would love to be able to not have to work. I am not lazy. I could keep myself so busy with volunteering at my daughters school or at the local pregnancy crisis center. I would love to be able to give my time to help others have a better life.

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7/3/11 7:30 A

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The discrimmination, if you want to call it that, that I have recived has been from people looking for an easy way to lose thier weight. People see me with all my loss and they are hoping that I have found the "magic bullet" that they can abopt for themselves. As a result I now do not tell people about the Gastric Bypass. I tell them about Sparkpoeple and my healthy diet and exercise routine. Even thought the surgery helped me so much, it was not a magic bullet. I have to eat right and exercise to keep this second chance of life that i have been given.


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7/3/11 7:25 A

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I have been recovering from gall bladder surgery this week and have been in bed most of the week. But I am not feeling guilty about that I am giving my body what it needs so that i can return to my exercise routine.
My mother has fibromyalgia. She has been suffering with it for years even before there was a name for it. What i have learned the most from her illness is to be honest with my doctors about how I am taking any pain meds that I am prescribed. I do not believe that my mother is honest with her doctors about how she is taking her MOrphine and as a result she does not have the quality of life that I see others with this disease have. I also am determined to exercise no matter how bad I feel. Years ago when mom went to the Mayo Clinic they told her to exercise a little everyday. The doctors told her that she may not feel like it but her muscles really did need that exersice.
I have a very supportive home life. My husband cookd for me and goes with me on race days to take pictures.
I run 3-4 days a week (when not recovering from surgery). My longest run to date is 4 miles. I am currently training for a 10k in october and then a half marathon in December.
I had gastric bypass 18 months ago and have lost 167 pounds. I still have to have support and a healthy food plan and a good exercise routine or I weigh 365 pounds again before I know it.

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MARIAND123's Photo MARIAND123 Posts: 1,177
7/3/11 7:16 A

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Wow what a week to be on the poduim.

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6/30/11 8:15 A

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How are you adjusting after surgey with exercise and tracking your goals?

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6/29/11 10:01 P

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Congratulations MARIAND123 on all you've accomplished so far!

What are some of your favorite meals to cook? do you use sparkrecipes? favorite healthy snacks?

also, what kind of exercise program are you on?

Good luck in your journey!!

-Laurie


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6/29/11 6:12 P

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Mariand123- I understand that your mother is ill. Please tell us a little about her illness. What kind of challenge does this add to your life? When do you get to fit in your healthy lifestyle? Are you taking time to take care of you? What is the most important lesson you ever learned from your mother and why?

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6/29/11 10:24 A

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What would be your dream vacation?

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6/28/11 6:11 P

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Hi new sparkie friend! Welcome to "On the Podium" it's so much fun to get to know our team members! You've come a LONG way baby. What is your favorite 'go to' food?

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6/28/11 2:49 P

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Hi MARIAND123! I'd like to ask, what type of support system do you have? Do you find it difficult to try and be healthier when the people around you aren't following the same path, or are you lucky enough that your family does? :)

Have a great day!

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6/27/11 11:43 A

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Welcome Mirand123. My ???? would be the following:

#1) We all know that when we are overweight we oft times encounter discrimination...have you encountered discrimination when people find out you have had weight loss surgery?

#2) Do you have a consistent exercise regimen and if so what is it?

Thanks! Look forward to getting to know you better.


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6/27/11 9:29 A

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Hello there, Mariand123! Welcome to the Podium!
I'd like to know what is your absolutely favorite meal to prepare?


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6/27/11 8:47 A

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This week . . . “On The Podium” will be . . . .

MARIAND123

You can check out here sparkpage here:
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Feel free to ask your questions, I will start off by asking:

How did you find SparkPeople?

How did you choose your SparkPeople ID?

What are your weight loss goals?

What was your breaking moment, that made you say, you have to loose weight or else?

If you would like to sign up for “On the Podium” see this thread:
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