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7/11/18 11:39 A

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Hi MK. Yes, I did see you were quite ill. So glad you got it diagnosed, and are now treating it. Illness stinks anytime, but especially in summer.

Turns out it’s not reflux, but an ulcer. Treatment is similar, but I’ll be on prescription Prilosec for 4-6 weeks. Thankfully, it is cheaper than OTC, as my insurance does cover it.

First day of Optavia today. The two food items I’ve had are satisfactory, a little funky in flavor, but I’ll adjust. I weighed in at 213.8 this morning, and my goal is 185, so 28 lbs. to go, but really, I just need to feel better.

Get better!



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Hello! Well I'm sure you've seen on FB that I have bronchitis and possibly pneumonia.... treatment is the same - so no chest x-ray to confirm the second diagnosis. The inhaler is really breaking things apart but the coughing is really driving me nuts. Of course it is better when it is a productive cough. I've been off work on and off - mostly off. I'm back at the desk today - so we shall see how long I last. Bad thing - the inhaler keeps me awake - so I'm not going to do that after 1-2 p.m.

Lisa - good luck with the program - I hope it fixes the reflux. I take a prescription prilosec, but will go to an OTC (insurance doesn't cover that stuff any more). I found that sugars were my culprit and fatty food. So I think your prepackaged food should work - hope it works!!

Well work is calling my name. Georgie - hope all is well with you!


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Hello. I surely hope you both had an enjoyable 4th.

Changes ahead. My husband and I are starting on the Optavia plan as soon as our box arrives. This is way out of my wheelhouse. I’m generally not a prepared “company” food/shake person. I decided to do this mostly for health reasons, not primarily for weight loss, although that will be an added benefit.

I am struggling with some pretty significant and uncomfortable reflux. I’ve had this for a little over a month, and was managing with OTC products, but just when it flared up. I’m now on a daily OTC regimen of Prilosec and Gaviscon, which helps, but I dare not forget to take it. I see my Dr. tomorrow, finally.

I was trying to mange it dietarily by cutting out certain foods: dairy, spicy, etc, but nothing appeared to help. My symptoms were occurring most often about 2 hours after I ate, when my stomach was beginning to empty, I presume. I thought this was odd, but after talking to our pharmacist friends, they assured me reflux can occur in variety of ways.

This has thrown me for a loop, and while I wouldn’t say I was sick, I was extremely uncomfortable/miserable, and frustrated for not being able to manage this on my own. My husband wants to lose more weight, I need to drop another 20-25, so we decided to go with Optavia for a minimum of 30 days.

Two things that were important to me in choosing were that coffee and exercise were allowed, and not prohibited. Secondly, I wonder if there isn’t a product (preservative, artificial, etc) in food that isn’t aggravating this reflux problem. Optavia is free of artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and the like, at least from what I’ve researched and obtained.

I’d say the biggest negative is the cost. It is an investment for sure, somewhat more than other similar food provided plans, I believe. I’ve heard it is about $12-$15 per day. I wonder if I spend that on food for myself in a day anyway. I’ve never really calculated it.

I’ll try to post updates on progress here. Take care.



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Hello. I’ve got my 3 youngest grandkids here for “grandparent camp” this week. I am so excited to have them. Our oldest is a step grandson, and he’s 12, so a week at our house with a 4, 6, and 7 year old just isn’t his thing.

We will start each morning with a kid’s devotion, and at bedtime, we will read a Bible story that involves an animal (Daniel in the Lion’s den, for example), and we will say our bedtime prayers. In between, we will go to our local museum, do a story hour at the library, go to our local storybook themed park, go to the waterpark, and one night we are going to make S’mores either on our grill, or at a small park not too far away. Each afternoon they will attend a local camp for kids that our city puts on, and this week the theme is plants. I will be wiped at the end of the week, but it will be so worth it.

My father-in-law is going into the nursing home as soon as they have an opening. He was able to submit all his paperwork last week, and hopefully within the next six weeks, he will be able to go in. I’m hoping he can hold out that long. He did hire a gal to come in for an hour a day, and she does some light work for him. My husband still goes down at least once a week for 3-4 hours.

We had a fantastic vacation to Yellowstone. On the way back, we were able to see the memorial at Custer’s Last Stand, or the battle of Little Bighorn. What a story. In addition to the memorial, there is also a national veteran’s cemetery at that sight. We spent a good deal of time reading the stone markers and reflecting on all that has been afforded to us in this nation by the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

We have been blessed with an abundance of rain over the past week, for which we are grateful. Some areas south and east of us are experiencing some flooding, and I pray that it abates for them soon. My flowers and our lawn look beautiful.

Time to prepare the kiddos for bed. I hope you are both doing well, and experiencing seasonable summer weather.



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Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there. I hope everyone will spend time with their fathers and that it will be enjoyable for you. It's days like this I miss my dad so much.

Have a great day to all. G

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Hello everyone! Good to see you all on here.

G - happy to hear that your daughter got all settled in - that has to be exciting.
It is quite the process building a new home and the time involved. Sorry that all the events will be at your house, but that can be good/bad.... bad for the cleaning, but you can share the food prep with others. I know that is what we do when we have bunco... if someone can't host it at their home they might use another persons house. So they bring all the snacks and so forth - house host doesn't have to do any of that.

L - sorry to hear about your f-i-l. It is so hard when our parents become older. You want to make sure they have all their needs met and you always hope that it is you/siblings that provide it. I know here in Oregon that if someone - such as my dad - comes out of surgery or a big UTI - if he can't care for himself and he has no one to care for his daily needs - he would have to go to a Rehab/Nursing facility for a specified amount of time. He would have no choice in the matter - no matter how angry he would become - he would have to go. Its hard to say no. It seems selfish when you create boundaries with the care of your parents - but it is not - trust me - it is not. My brother once told me "pace yourself Kathy... you are in this for the long haul". I wish I heeded his words earlier in the process. It is ok to say no. It is ok to have someone care for his needs when you can't. My sister said no and I was very upset with her - felt like it was all on my plate, but she was right. I have worn myself down and gained back all my weight all while saying "I'm fine".

I found that when my dad would become unbearably nasty - it was easier to let others care for him, but when he was sweet - it made me feel guilty for not caring for his physical needs. In the meanwhile I was destroying myself and then I was no help to anyone - not me - not my husband - not my children. I know that everyone needs to deal with things in their own way - I just wanted to give you a little insight and let you know that it is ok to say no.

So on to something happy... your first trip to Yellowstone!!! How exciting for you!!! You are going to fall in love with it! Have the best time - drive a lot - picnic a lot - keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife (bison are plentiful - its the bears/moose that are harder to find). The East part of the park is wonderful - and of course ol' faithful is fantastic!

Well ladies - I hope your days and weeks are blessed. Forgive & love often. Life is not promised. I have recently suffered a huge loss - actually both my kids and I have - a 27 year old friend died in a truck accident on his grandfathers farm. It was truly tragic - his wife of only 3 years tried to get him out of the truck but he was pinned in. His head injury was so severe and then the truck caught fire. It was horrible - please keep the Ryan family in your prayers.



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Hello ladies and happy summer.

My father in law had another bladder procedure yesterday. As long as he’s in the hospital, he’s fine. Problems occur with his recovery, but they wouldn’t force a medical facility recovery, and he wouldn’t agree to one, so he’s on his own at home. The kids have been advised to stop enabling him, however, that’s tough on them. All of us had lunch with him on Sunday, and he was not pleasant, but we endured. The story continues, I guess.

I think my son is doing okay, but I fear for his marriage. His wife is so untrusting now, and he’s given her plenty of reason to be so, but it has taken a path that is destructive, as she questions and checks his every, and I mean every, move. It is wearing on her, and her mental health. I’ve told her again and again that if he screws up again, he pays the price, and if he’s going to, none of her tracking/checking will prevent him from doing so. He is still looking for different employment, which may help, but it won’t fix all the damage that has occurred in their marriage. She asks for my advice all of the time, but doesn’t act on it, so until she, or they, get some help, this is just how it will be. UGH!!

We leave for our vacation in a couple of days. Looking forward to seeing Yellowstone National Park as we’ve never been there before.

You know G, I always think new home construction is an exciting process, but it certainly isn’t without it’s stresses. Hopefully your family members will be in their new place soon, and the moving woes will be resolved. You sadness and tears concern me, and sounds like maybe some medical attention is necessary to address that.

MK, I hope all is well in Oregon/WA.

My adventure this morning was killing a baby snake that found it’s way into our garage. Thankfully, I had a hoe nearby, so the snake met its demise. I surely hope that was the only one. It was a very cool morning, so I suspect it was looking for a warm place to reside until the day warmed up. If I have a nest of them in my garage doorway, I will not be happy. Maybe I need to invest in some moth balls so that we don’t have a snake invasion in our garage when we return from vacation. That would be icky!!

I need to get on with my day. Still fighting the battle here, I lose a lb. or two here and there, but haven’t gained any for a long time.

Until we check in again, enjoy these summer days.



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I've not been here for a while. I get on Facebook almost every day but don't post much. My days are slow lately and at times I've been depressed and cry for no reason. Those times pass though and I start thinking how blessed I've been in my life.

My daughter finally got her house and was able to move in before the rent was due for the house they rented. It's a nice little house with a big back yard and a deck on the back. It's all wood floors which should be easier for her to keep clean. We went over the week before Memorial weekend to celebrate my granddaughter's Sadie's Birthday. It was fun time for all.

Don's mom and sisters still trying to get moved and we have had several weekends helping them. Unfortunately they had to sell their present house so they can get the funds to build a new one. This has left them homeless until it's built so now they are moving into an apartment until that happens. They just had the closing this week for their house so next week they'll move into the apartment then. I think it's such a mess. They won't even have the new one finished for a while and maybe not until late fall.

We are fine but not much going on here except all the drama around the move. It looks like we'll be hosting all the summer holidays and maybe even Thanksgiving and Christmas. We still have Summer Birthdays, the fourth of July to look forward to this summer. I wish we had a deck or a pool to make the celebrations more fun.

Lisa take care and I know it's difficult dealing with addiction, but just be as supportive as you can and remember to take care of you. Mk, sorry for all problems at work. It sounds like this boss doesn't want to be fair and has a problem with you for some reason. She needs to grow up and look at what's best person for the job and keep her own prejudices out of the picture.

Everyone take care and have a wonderful summer.

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5/24/18 9:33 A

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Good morning - going to start tracking my food/exercise here again. 2 days down and keeping away from bad things - well food still needs work - but I'm staying committed to not smoking (yes that nasty habit). I think its going to be easy getting back into not smoking. I was never really a hard core smoker... just a once every couple of years kinda thing... then it just got out of hand.

Any who.... I haven't told my husband - figured I would just get to my 30 day and surprise him.

I've been walking every day as well - so I feel like it will be a very long slow road back, but I'm worth it!!

Have a superb day ladies!!

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Hello! Well looks like I'm the only one who has been on here in a while.... all is good. Dad is back home and he has his power chair back but if he doesn't keep it slow and respectful then it will be gone. His last UTI was so bad that it was affecting his brain - wasn't thinking straight at all. Anyway he is all better.

Well I'm 24 hours in - day 1 is under my belt. I'm jumping off the bad habit wagon - it has been a fun ride - but I can feel myself sliding into the gutter. I'm back to walking at lunch - ok one day does not mean I'm back - more like I've started. So today is a new day and a new opportunity to pull my sh*t together. This time it is for me and me alone.

I hope everyone is feeling well and I'll talk to you all later.



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Hello - sorry it has been so long since I've been on here.

Georgie, happy belated birthday. I think I wished you happy birthday on facebook, but my memory lately.... Anyway I hope your day of celebration was wonderful with the family.

Lisa - what your son is going through with addiction is perfectly normal. You want the help, but the addiction makes you think you still want to use. Your happy in that "using" spot - its carried you through tough feelings/emotions - you don't want to let it go. Then there is the side of you that sees what it is doing to yourself and family and you want that help. It takes time. Time clean, time sober, this is why there is the mantra... "One day at a time" some times its even by the hour.... and its vital that you get support from other addicts. They are the only ones who know what your going through. Believe me - they don't want to be supported by other addicts - not at first - spilling all that nastiness and detail of your life - but once they hear it from others and go "wow that's how I feel" - "I'm not alone" then the healing can begin. Best of luck to him and his wife. Oh its very important that his wife, heck even you and your husband attend your own AA meetings. They have meetings for family/friends who don't use, but it helps you understand what the addict is going through. Also its helpful to know your not alone in this either. Its vital to learn things so the enabler can stop as well.

Easter was good. We brought my dad over for dinner. Both the kids came, but their significant others had to work. Just really a relaxed day. My daughter and I attended a special service the night before that was wonderful - had all kinds of readings and so forth.

Currently my dad is back in the hospital with another really bad UTI. He'll be there for 3 days and we hope he can return to the assisted living facility. I'm thinking that they might ramp him up to skilled nursing, but I don't want to make that decision - I'll leave it to my brothers.

On the job front - they still haven't told me yes or no. I'm really angry about how this whole process has gone. Two weeks prior to completion of the interview process the boss was already saying I wasn't going to get the job. She was stupid enough to say it to my union rep - so I will be filing an action against her for that. Another action against her will be discrimination. Not hiring because someone doesn't have a degree in higher education is wrong. I qualified for the job, I am doing the job currently and being paid work out of class, and the rumor has it that she won't hire me because of no degree. There is also age discrimination. So far the boss is avoiding me. Basically I am the only candidate left on the list - the other one she wanted to hire lives in India - INDIA - what the heck?? So I'm doing the work, busting my behind to do what you've asked and now you want to hire someone from INDIA?? The fact that the state won't sponsor work visa is what made them not go with him... that leaves me.

Needless to say I'm not a happy camper that this apparently is such a hard decision for her. Why is it so hard? What have I done that is so bad that you don't want to hire me in that position?? I work circles around the PhD's here in the office. I'm one of the highest producers of work out of this office - she even said it herself - so what is the problem?

Argh.... Oh well - this isn't going to get swept under the rug. I'm sure that there are many more women/men in my position that get passed over because of education snobs.

Please don't get me wrong - I love people who have worked their behinds off for their degrees. This whole situation is why I work so hard to make sure both my kids have their degrees. I don't want them to go through what I've gone through. It is through others that have degree's that I learn - so I'm not discounting that at all... I just want them to recognize that there are people who's life wouldn't allow higher education and they have worked through the ranks and honed their skill set without it - we are not less than them. That is how I feel - like somehow I'm less than them. This has got to stop!

Ok - wow - what a soap box I've been on today... addiction and education all in one fell swoop.

Take care ladies - work is calling my name!!

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Well, what a change a week can make. It's been quite an emotional and agonizing week around here.

Last week Sunday, we found out our middle son has been struggling with his PTSD and using once again. Anyway, that resulted in a variety of events that unfolded because of his lies and efforts to cover this up. He wants help, but doesn't want to "get" help. That doesn't make sense to me, but for now, he and his wife (thankfully she's still sticking with him), are taking one step at a time to help him get turned around. We so want him to find another job; one that allows him to be home every night, and I'm confident that will occur, but for now, he's got to remain employed there until he finds another job, which won't be hard, but replacing the income will be. Helping him to see that he can earn less and they will be fine, has been tough.

But then, on a more positive note, my oldest son and his wife appear to be reconciling. We are trying our best to stay out of it, in both cases, but it's been tough. For now, though, we've got the grandkids, and we are having a fantastic weekend.

Traditional Easter meal tomorrow--ham, cheesy potatoes, corn, buns, and the rest of the fixins'. Church in the morning, and then dinner, then transporting grands back to meet their folks. Thankful for Monday off to do a bit of work.

Wishing you both a very Happy Easter.



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Thanks for the Birthday wishes Lisa. We had everyone over on Palm Sunday to celebrate Easter and the March Birthdays. We have 5 of them during March. It was a fun day and my daughter and her family finally was able to see my son's new daughter. She has grown so much and I was able to get her to smile at me while I held her. She's beautiful. We had a full house with the 6 grand kids, my son's family, my Daughter's family, Don's mom and sisters, and 3 dogs.

Don's sister's decided to sell their home and build a smaller one so it's up for sale. I told them if they need a place to go to come here during any visits or open houses. I think the are nuts moving at their age, but it's what they want so we wish them luck on the sale and the new place. This means that any family gatherings will be at our house so we'll have to plan for that. We usually do one summer one and of course any holidays during the time they are building and the time they move. into the new place.

My Daughter finally bought a house of her own, and she will be moving in late April or early May. The house the are renting, the owners want to put up for sale. They offered for them to purchase it, but it needs a lot of work and they were able to find one in move-in condition just around the corner from the rental. They have to be out April 30th so are on a deadline to close and for the other family to leave the house they bought.

We have had nothing but rain and will continue through next week. Today however we did see some sun but the temps will stay in the 40's all week, but the nights and mornings will stay cold. Most of the mornings will be low 30's. I'm waiting for the warm weather and the sun any day now. I'm so tired of rain and the cold too.

I've been fighting a cold because of the constant changing temps. Mostly it's in the head with a slight cough. Right now I can't tell if it's the end of the cold of just sinus.

I just wanted to touch base and wish everyone a wonder Easter Weekend. Happy Easter and May God send his Blessings your way. Happy Easter, G. emoticon emoticon

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Weekend greetings. We got another few inches of snow yesterday and overnight. I'm grateful for the moisture, but would prefer it in rain. Oh well, the robins are out, the geese are migrating, and despite the snow, those are the true signs of spring.

I had a 4th grade teacher resign this past week. She was excellent, but her fiance' was unable to find a suitable job around here, so she's going to follow him. I suspected this might occur, just hoped it wouldn't. I'm happy for her, and know I will find a suitable replacement. I think I'll have a 5th grade teacher leaving as well--but won't know about her other opportunity for a few weeks yet.

Let's see--oh, my husband has begun losing weight again. He's now down below 240, (started at 285'ish), so he's looking for that 235 on the scale, and that will be 50 lbs. He plans to get down to 220, and I think he'll do it. He's motivated, and he feels so much better. This journey began about 16 months ago for him, so it's not been fast, but when he gained 10 lbs, he decided to get back at it. I'm very proud of him.

We pulled up a picture of us from early Sept., and we've both obviously dropped weight since then. I've probably lost 10-12 lbs, and have another 15-20 to go. We just keep at it.

I finally took action to figure out how to manage my sleep issues, and my increasing hot flashes. I will not go on hormone therapy, so I found a supplement that was recommended. I've had some hot flashes over the past few years, but they were manageable; just kind of a nuisance. Now they are more frequent and intense, so much so that I've had to excuse myself from a couple of meetings to cool off. It can take 2-4 weeks to notice a difference, but I'm willing to be patient.

Exercise today at the gym was full body with emphasis on upper body--back and shoulders. I also did a plank series--standard planks and side planks--4 times. That felt good.

Palm Sunday brunch after church tomorrow. I'm making sausage gravy to have over biscuits. It's a favorite of many church members, so I make it every year. I think we'll have the grandkids for Easter weekend, and then their parents will join us on Easter Sunday. My oldest son may have to work, but that's how it has to be. He and his wife remain separated, but no action on a divorce yet. They are getting along well, and talking daily, but I don't think it's to repair or work on their marriage.

My sciatica has settled down for now. I use Biofreeze and it has really helped to give me some relief.

I suppose I best get a few more chores done before our local Div II college team plays for the National Championship. It's even going to be televised on CBS, which is pretty darn exciting. Go NSU Wolves.

Happy Birthday G, have a fantastic day.







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Hello! Happy Wednesday to you both. We are at freezing in the mornings and reach the mid-60's in the afternoon - it is definitely important to dress in layers!

Seems like work is backed up big time right now. Data errors have made the entire system lose rows of claims.... millions of rows.

Keep making attempts at eating healthy - doesn't always work, but I'm getting there.

Well I have to go - take care ladies!!

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Happy Friday. Spring break for us, just yesterday and today, but I'm grateful for the break. I worked yesterday and got so much done. I have to trade out a day in June, as I'll be presenting at a new teacher conference in Sioux Falls.

We are just getting ready to leave for a concert tonight--REO Speedwagon and Styx, of course, that tells our age for sure! So excited, as we'll be meeting up with some friends.

More and more of our friends are now retiring. I always wonder how they will manage their insurance, but in all likelihood, they've saved up over the years in preparation. We are both 55, and I plan to work for some time yet, as does my husband. I guess we'll know when we are ready.

G, I am so glad you are feeling better, and the medical attention you are getting is helping to alleviate some of your issues. I surely hope that dishwasher is finally fixed too.

The sun is shining, but it's rather breezy today, so it feels colder than it is. Our snow continues to melt, and I'm getting anxious to get my bike out. Occasionally in April I can ride, but usually it's early May before it warms up enough.

I'm sure you'll appreciate that money coming your way, MK. Are you putting it towards the wedding? I hope the plans continue to come along. Enjoy your sunshine. I'm sure your landscaping business is busy in these early spring days.



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Hello! Well my food and mood has improved with the sunshine. Nice to have a couple of nice days to dry out and warm up. Love having fresh food season start up again!

There are times though I get caught up in my thoughts and miss my sister and think about my parents and their pending passing. Its been hard with dad - it seems like congestive heart failure is catching up to him. Lungs continue to get fluid and I think his oxygen is really low at night, but because he is on Medicaid there are specific criteria he has to meet before they prescribe oxygen. So I believe the on-site nurse is handling some of the testing.

I now have my sit/stand ergo computer stand. This will get me up and not sitting all day. I also got my work out of class papers through and I should see that on my next check. It is post-dated to October so the check should be huge - which it couldn't have happened at a better time with taxes coming up. I'm still in the process of applying for the promotion job and I've entered into the 1st interview - which is via video recruiting (VidCruiter). I need to get that done this week.

Hope all is well with both of you. Georgie - good news that the tests all went well. I don't think I'd like the medicine stress test. I'm so sensitive to that stuff so I do the treadmill.

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Hello and a good Saturday to you both. My tests went well and instead of a stress test on the treadmill, they gave me a chemical stress test. I did well with that and the ultrasounds went well too. I'm still going to the cardiologist for now, he has managed to get my swelling under control. It's like I have normal legs back. Even my shoes are to loose to wear any more. He adjusted my blood pressure meds taking 2 away and increasing the strength of the one we kept. The blood pressure is still a little high but the swelling is gone.

My sugars are staying the same, however I've lost 15 lbs. I think it's mostly water because I've been the same weight for over a week. I've been off by only 1lb. I've cut back on the salt intake and am watching my carbs and sugar. I feel better now and am happy to be maintaining the weight and my skinny calves. Looking for a food plan that can work with my situation.

Home today doing chores and laundry. Washing all my dishes by hand, Don replace the dishwasher last weekend and couldn't even do a leak test because the latch would not connect to do that. We can't get it fixed until the 13th so have been washing dishes like I did when in my younger days. We received the part needed on Friday and hope they can get it running this Tuesday. It's under warranty so there shouldn't be a problem. Here's hoping all will be good then.

Good luck on your interview MK, hope you get the promotion you want. Lisa, sorry to here about your son's divorce but from what you've said I could be for the best. I just hope both will keep to the joint agreement for his child.

Hope this weekend finds all doing fine. I keep hoping for warm weather but we'll have it for a day or so than it'll drop down to below freezing again. A few day with hazard weather conditions of late so worry for Don being on the road when it's like that. Now we're in the 40's which is about average for this time of year, but the birds are back now so I think spring is around the corner.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I'll try to catch all later. G

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Hello! Well we finally are drying out a bit around here. Seems like the rain was never going to stop - and the spitting snow just kept coming. Right now when I look out the window it is blue sky, whispy white clouds and there is a nip in the air. We have hoar frost in the morning with temps in the 20's, but by the afternoon we are in the upper 40's.

Another round at the ER with dad. Looks like congestive heart failure is what he is battling. He is at home, but I have no doubt that there will be more visits.

I'm dealing with a very sore right eye. Lately I've been experiencing very sharp pains in my eye. Two days ago I felt a lump of some sort and today it is substantially larger. I think my tear duct is plugged or something. I go to see the eye doctor tomorrow. So we shall see.

I've applied for a promotional job here in my same office. I was told at one point that they were only going to do internal searches, but they went world wide. They have a couple of Research Analyst 4 positions to fill and I guess they can fill from the same list. I'm hoping I get the promotion, but I've been turned down so many times it I have my doubts. Anyway - now I have to get prepped for an interview. Its been way too long since I've had to do that.

Well my data finished running - got to go on to the next task.

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Snow day today. I need the catch up time.

Still fighting the battle, things are about the same, other than I'm feeling incredibly stressed with work, deadlines, and stuff that just needs to occur this time of year.

I hope you are both well.



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Saturday greetings. We now have several inches of snow on the ground, with a few more expected later today. At this time of year, it melts pretty rapidly. The trees look gorgeous this morning, as they are covered with hoar frost. Thankfully, the wind is calms, and the temps in the 20s.

My son and his wife are proceeding with the divorce. He is looking at apartments in the town in which he works. He's been commuting an hour one way, but it's still near enough to his son that he can travel there as needed. Because of his job on the railroad, his schedule is all over the place, so they've agreed to joint custody, with his son living with mom most of the time. They are in agreement over most things, and they both have agreed to not hire attorneys.

I took hubby out for a birthday breakfast, as his birthday is Monday. He is at his dad's today, preparing him for a move into assisted living, hopefully this week. His dad wants nursing home, but right now, there's only an opening in the assisted living section of the facility he wants. Once there, he can move into the nursing home portion when there's an opening. He's in bad shape physically, has been for awhile, but we've just had to be patient. It will be a relief to have him somewhere with full time care.

I exercised at the gym last night, so today's workout will be at home with a full body strength video. Later this afternoon, I'll be working our PTA Fun Night at school--the kids have a great time. It's kind of like a school carnival.

Time to get busy with the usual weekend tasks. I hope you are both well and working towards your goals. I'm staying about the same--just need to get some extra "oomph" to move forward once again.



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Hello! Lisa - I think all of us benefit from a good dose of humility. Sorry that you have to work on a holiday to catch up... I've been having to do the same lately.

Weather has been crazy the past week. Between Spring like weather (60's) to freezing temperatures to snow. Portland got hit with snow over night - Salem was sitting in a nice little frozen pocket - roads were dry but any moisture was frozen. We are supposed to not be so lucky by tomorrow night (Thursday). I think they are predicting 4" of snow to the valley floor.

Packing my lunches more these days - along with my breakfast and snacks. My sugar intake has dropped considerably and I feel better. Now if I could only get my knees to cooperate - I'd be golden! ha

Having to foam roll the back side of my leg every day just so I can walk. I try very hard to not walk with a limp because that will just mess up the other half of me. So it is slow moving for me.

Well just got to work from my dental appointment - so I best be working.

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Hello and happy weekend. No school on Monday, but I'll be enjoying the day at work, because I need to catch up.

We are leaving shortly to visit my parents in MN. It's just a quick trip down today, back tomorrow.

I read both of your posts, so much going on right now. Take care of yourselves. Thanks so much for the support of my son. He is not what I'd call the victim in all of this, he could use a good dose of humility, and they may have problems anyway--it's just that her parents' involvement don't let the two of them figure it out. Anyway, it is what it is.

Wishing you both relaxation and enjoyment this weekend.



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Hello. It has been super busy here at work. We are now down 5 staff positions and working on getting people hired. All of us are so overloaded with all that work being dispersed among us, plus we have new business intelligence that is in the process of trying to be built - so lots of learning and flying by the seat of our pants!!

I found out that the punishment that HR was going to do. They wanted to dock my pay one step for 3 months. I was shocked - that is like over the top - thanks to my manager that didn't happen - I owe her big time.

So Lisa - I'm sorry to hear about your son's situation. I think the only thing that can happen is for his wife to stand up to her parents - no matter the consequences. I know that that won't happen because she sounds very weak, but that would be the only way their marriage would work. I have real issues with people like her parents - thinking that money is the end all; using it to control people - its shameful. They should be ashamed of themselves - and for that matter your son's wife should be ashamed for not standing up for the man she supposedly loves. I've always believed that God's hands and will are always at work in everything we do - including this. I'm not saying your son is perfect, but no one deserves to have people say to their face the things her family has. My situation 36 years ago was similar - I walked out of my parents house and left them behind. The same for my brother who wouldn't invite my husband to Christmas, but I was invited - I said "if he isn't invited then neither am I - who are you to judge me and my decisions - where were you through my hard times?"

Standing up for the ones we love is, I believe, the greatest gift you can give them. It is something I never had from my family, but I have it with my own family. Knowing people have your back is so important. Even my daughter has had to deal with this and she told her now fiance - either you back me to your mom or we are done. He did and he apologized for not doing it earlier. That is what love and marriage are. Ok stepping down from my soap box!

So happy they found the diagnosis for your niece! That must be comforting to hear. Now they know what to do.

Georgie - I hope your stress test went well and your heart is doing well. Let us know how your doing. And I agree with Lisa - the picture you had on facebook of you and Don was so cute!! you both looked fantastic!

Great job on the smaller size Lisa. I'm going to put my focus on my food intake for now. Both of my knees are shot because of the increased weight - so I need to focus on my food. I'm still walking and doing, but the food needs more control. I've worked hard cutting out the sugar, in fact the cravings have all but gone. There is a lot of that stuff around the house - my husband is a sweet junkie - but I've stayed away. I just hate the fact that he can eat whatever he wants and still loses weight. I eat like a bird and gain weight... ugh its crazy.

Well work work work.... data data data....

Take care! Oh and Happy Valentines Day!

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MK, Glad the decision was a good one. You probably won't ever know what was said to the other party in this decision but just concentrate on what you need to do about it and that should do it. Sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday I hope you had a wonderful one.

Well I finally got into see a cardiologist. My regular doctor thought it might be necessary and see if the swelling and shortness of breath might be heart related. The cardiologist change some of the meds around and wants me to monitor the BP every day in the morning and evening, and weigh myself every day. I'm taking 3 water pills a day so I've been taking lots of trips to the bathroom. My weight is dropping fast, BP staying the same. More tests on Wednesday. A stress test, a heart ultra sound and other such tests to go with the stress test. I'm a little scared with the stress test walking very fast on a treadmill with an incline will be hard for me. That's the Valentines Day activity. Wow I just hope it turns out fine.

I'm trying to work on a painting of a woman for someone, and he offered to pay for it. I've never done a painting for money and I hope it will be a good one. I met this guy Shawn a Fridays and we started talking, I told him about the pictures I did of the bartenders and he wanted me to do one of his girlfriend. I said ok but we both had a few to drink and I didn't think anything would come from it. That night he sent me here picture. I asked back about the size and when he wanted it, but never got a response. I then text him on the 10th and ask for a response. He did so I guess I'm doing it. I have no idea what the charge for a 16x20 painting. I think when we first spoke he was thinking Valentines Day. Now it's whenever I can get it done. I scared that it's not going to be good enough. I've not worked on that size and so I'm worried. So much going on now with all the doctors and tests, I hope I can get the painting finished this week.

Lisa sorry about your son's troubles. It sounds like he has his hands full with his wife and her family. I can see his point though, and I wish him the best of luck solving the issues. I've never heard of Wagener's Galumadosis. I hope your niece recovers and will soon be better.

Doing house work today, laundry dusting dishes etc. I also was able to finally get a sketch of the woman I'll attempt to paint on canvas. We'll see how it goes. Hope this note finds everyone in good health. Have a great day, and Week. G.

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MK, it is tough to accept not knowing about what happened to the other person. I deal with this occasionally, and I do not update both parties on the action I took with regard to their situation. After doing an investigation into the matter, I have to make some decisions and judgments, and it is so tough when I follow up with those involved and they ask about the other party. I simply say I've addressed it with the other party--that's it. Just keep working on you. So glad it turned out well.

Busy beyond busy here these days. My oldest and his wife are done, I guess. What a mess. Her parents came down last week and encouraged her to have him move out, and her parents own the house they are living in. She wanted that particular house, he didn't, so her parents bought her what she wanted, yet again. They pay rent/utilities and care for the place, but her parents really hold the cards, and that has been their leverage with her for quite some time. Not that he's doing everything right, not by any means. He hasn't gone with her to see her family for quite some time. When we asked why, our son said that her mother told him, in front of both boys, that her daughter could've done so much better. So my son told her that it can't be both ways--your parents treat me decent, they don't have to like me, or I'm not going. Her dad said fine, her mom would not commit to being civil to him. I believe this is partly why their marriage is in the tank. Her parents have lots of money, and she won't stand up to them--when she tries, they always put conditions on what they'll do for her. I almost think they've put her in the position of "him or us" without really saying it. Enough on that, though.

My 22 year old niece was fighting a nasty, painful, ear infection that would not go away. It started about the second week of January. Yesterday, they diagnosed her with early stage Wegener's Galumadosis--which is a type of vasculitis. All conditions are favorable for a remission and a normal life, but until then, and treatment plan. She was going to begin her job as an RN in a week, but that will be delayed, probably just for a month or so. It has been an agonizing process for my sister. It mystified the medical team, so they referred her to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, which is only about 70 miles from their home. She was nearly diagnosed in one day, they just had to wait for test results the following day, which verified the Dr.'s diagnosis. My sister was elated, because at last they had an answer to what should have been an easy condition to resolve--an ear infection. God's hands, their faith, and the consistent prayers for them led to an answer, and we are thankful to Him for providing one.

Down another 1/4" on my waist. I've been holding steady at 37" for about 3 weeks. Today, it was clearly down, and that makes me happy. I really don't weigh myself anymore. I just want my middle to decrease in size another 2". Based on what I've read, a waist measurement of below 35" is healthy for females my age.

And work, work, work. It doesn't relent. I don't have any teachers retiring or leaving this year--at this time, anyway. I have one aide and one reading tutor retiring, but those shouldn't be too problematic to fill.

G, I saw the picture of you and Don on facebook. What a happy looking couple you are. I hope all is well out your way.

Off to school I go--it's just easier to work out there.



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Well the results are in - no discipline action. Need to review the professionalism in the work place policy. I need to let the rest go - still not happy about the manager and not knowing what happens with her.... but I need to focus on me and what I need to change in me - not her - that's not my job.

My manager actually had a pretty good hand in me not getting disciplinary action - I thanked her for that. I'll move on now.

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Hello! Well I find out later this afternoon about the investigation. They have scheduled a Fact Finding Discussion... not sure why that wording, but at least this thing will be over. My guess is that they will just talk to me about not swearing at people - well duh - wonder if the other person will have a discussion about her role in all of this... probably not because she is a manager - an HR manager at that. Doesn't matter - I want it done and move on.

So for some strange reason my dad had a doctor appointment scheduled for yesterday. I think it was just his quarterly check up, but we had just seen the doc in January, but I think it was the 7-14 days after an ER visit... so confusing. Well it turned out good that he did have an appointment. Last Friday my dad ran into a wall in his power chair and tried to turn away from it once he was smashed up to the wall - well this caused his left foot to turn and I think he broke it. He swears it doesn't hurt, but when the doctor touched it he was in pain... so off to x-ray. I tell you it is no feat to get a very angry man with atrophied leg muscles to put his foot in specific positions. Even if it is not broke he has to be in a boot that goes clear up to his knee... that is not going to be easy for staff at the facility. I'm just hoping that he doesn't have to go to a rehab facility. The doc will let us know if its broke.

Will the fun every end? hahaha.... well I have to get to work. Still getting up and doing some exercise in the morning. Lately it has been step in my garage - killer on the inner thighs.

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Ahhh,Saturday night. I am tired! I did a bunch of errands this morning, and worked for about 4 hours this afternoon, made some really great chicken and rice soup for dinner, and did laundry--not all folded yet, but that can wait.

I am willing myself not to get sick, but I'm worried--so tired, and excessively achy, and kind of chilly. I sat by the fireplace for about 15 minutes to warm up. Hoping it's nothing.

Still fighting the battle around here, exercise good most of the time, food choices inconsistent. Overall, though, making progress in getting the weight down.

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Lisa, hope the teacher gets the message. It's always hard to have the talk but at times a necessary point especially for you as an administrator.

Mk, hope you will have good news after the investigation is finished. Just hang in there with the exercise. It's good to gradually work up to your goal.

Still trying to follow a plan and taking one day at a time. I weighed myself and have not loss anything but did stay the same. I'll take time to change old habit and establish new ones. Hope I see results soon though. I'll be taking a blood test next week so we'll see.

Hope the rest of the week and the weekend find everyone doing great. Keep up the progress. Bye for now, G.

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G, congratulations on your new granddaughter. How many is that now?

MK, today I had to have a very difficult chat with one of my teachers. He forgot something that was highly important--and did not recognize it until I texted him and inquired. At any rate, his forgetfulness is beginning to impact his job, and while he understood, and handled it well, it was a hard conversation to have. I tried very hard to be kind, yet honest. I hope you were treated well by those who were finding out the facts.

It's been a tiring week, lots of illness at school, kids and teachers. Hoping the illness season is short.

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Hello! Well I'm working my way up... time on the spin bike. last week was 12 minutes and I did 14 min today. I know it doesn't sound like much, but in a month or so I'll be ready for a spin class. I also put time in on the treadmill today as well. It is a really slow process getting myself back, but its very doable. When you've been away for so long it seems easier to just not make the effort. Once you go and continue to go - it seems easier to just go. 10 min - 20 min - 30 min - doesn't matter - I'm trying to give myself that tiny bit of time.

Georgie - CONGRATS on the new baby!!!! How exciting! My daughters best friend is due in February - we are all very excited!

Well work is calling my name... the data has run and I must keep going.

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Hello! Well Lisa I have always believed in honesty and that is exactly how I like to live my life. No looking over your shoulders, no trying to remember what you told someone else. I learned it at a young age when I was called out for lying... since then it is how it should be!!

The Fact Finding Investigation went well. I told the truth, answered the questions she had for me and was able to explain my mind set that morning. At the end I said "now if she had come into the elevator and said 'Hey can you push the 4 button?' my response would have been very different". Her attempting to force me to comply with her "have a nice day" was unacceptable - and if she was a manager - it is shameful. I do know that she is a manager - well a director - but they never told me exactly who filed the complaint. I'm ok with that. I would not - nor could I ever - retaliate against this person. Moving forward I should find out this week what the results of the investigation are. I just hope that it is explained to her about her behavior as well... probably won't, but I can always hope.

I continue to the gym at least 4 mornings a week. My legs are moving better, but still having some issues in my left hip. Knees are always bad, but I can tell that my quads are getting stronger - thus making it a bit easier on my knees.

Food is another thing. I think I'm doing pretty good. I haven't been on the scale nor do I want to. Like you Lisa - my clothes are fitting better and that is how I'm gaging things.

Georgie - I hope all is well with you & your family.

Weather is very wet and windy. Lots of snow in the mountains.

I heard from my sister through FB that Alaska had an 8.0 Mag earthquake today (I think it was today). Tsunami warnings have been issued for the pacific coast lines. I don't think a tsunami will happen, but it is nice to be prepared.

Take care ladies!!

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Went over to see my new granddaughter on Sunday. She is beautiful and was born on Thursday. 5lbs12oz 18 inches long, tiny for full term. She was fussy but they are still working on establishing a routine. My son is great pitching in whenever he can. He was making chili for them while we were there. He also ran up and down the stairs so he could help his wife with the baby. His wife did join us downstairs after feeding time was over. It was a great day. Long but wonderful. They named her Vivian Elaine and I just love it.

My changes are slow this January. I'm trying to eat at regular times and adding healthy snack between meals. It's hard but trying to stick with it for 5 weeks straight. Using as a guide Blast Out the sugar book, and meals from the Bill Phillips book. Combining the two to make my own plan that works for me. Staying with fish, chicken, and turkey. Once a week but no more than 2 I'm having lean beef meal. More fruit and veggies as snacks and with meals. Good carbs and fat in the proper % .

Hope things will work out for you MK and the meeting will go well. Lisa keep up your exercising and loos of inches is great. Wishing you both a great week. G

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MK, I think your attitude will serve you well in the fact finding situation. I've had to call staff members in before and discuss their behavior in certain incidences, and I always try to put the best spin or construction on the situation. Honesty is always best. Who gets to demand that someone tells them to have a good day--wow, why couldn't she ask you how your day was going?

I'm keeping at it as well, and really, I'm only monitoring my waist and hip measurements. I've lost about 2 1/4 inches off my waist, need to decrease it that much more, but it's slowing down more now.

Snowstorm in much of the state, but it is missing us. We have had some mild January weather lately, which is nice.

Need to finish folding my laundry, and watch the Vikings game. Wishing you all the best this week.



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Hello! Well I continue my partnership with Gym. I'm getting there 4-5x a week. I walked the hills with the dogs on Sunday and that was really hard on the ol' knees, but I did it!!

Food is better and I'm also passing the sweet stuff up for fruit. Any type of red meat is killing my stomach so I've cut that way down - maybe 2-3x month. Most of my choices for protein are lentils, chicken, salmon, & eggs. I've tried increasing my veggie intake as well - that is what I use to munch on at my desk with hummus. I'm far from perfect on this, but I feel better and I'm sleeping sounder.

Lately though I've had a rough emotional time. I can't believe its been 2 years since my sisters passing. I actually forgot... when I woke up on January 12th I realized that I had forgotten and I felt horrible. Some say it is a blessing to forget about the death and only remember the life that they lived. I agree, but when I realized that the day had come and gone I became very emotional and a bit angry at myself.

I'm also going through a "Fact Finding Investigation" about my professionalism here at work. I haven't been told what its about, but I think I know. There was a lady on the elevator who took it upon herself to chastise me for not asking her what floor she wanted.... I pushed my button and went to the back of the elevator - my mind was somewhere else. Well she made a huge deal out of it and then she blocked the doors from closing when she got to her floor and said I'm not moving until you tell me to have a nice day. What? are you kidding me? after what you just said... well I wasn't kind and I cursed at her. I didn't know who she was - and frankly it didn't matter. Who are you to tell me what to say at 6:30 in the morning. This happened the morning of January 12th - the morning I realized I had forgotten about my sister. The bad part... apparently she is the Human Resource director. Wow! If I knew who she was I would have apologized for swearing at her, but not for being angry. She had no right to chastise me or force me into saying anything to her. Talk about a delusion of grandeur. Well now I'm being called in. I'm ok with that - I own it - I shouldn't have swore - but what right does she have to say what she said? Anyway - it should all be ok. I have my union steward going in with me and apparently my manager is also coming in.

So it seems like stress is the topic of the day, but yet I feel really happy about it. I'm super happy that I'm being called into this fact finding.

Well ladies - take care - I hope your days are warm, loved, & happy!

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I'm doing well, but had an interesting week at work. My secretary was gone all week, unexpectedly, due to a family crisis. I wasn't able to find a sub for her, so I had to cover from within, so that plan varied daily, with me providing some of the coverage, which then set me behind with my work, so I shall catch up over the weekend, I hope! I think she'll be back on Monday, but I am not certain. We've had some communication. I always find it hard to make the "worried about you" calls with these personal and sensitive situations.

Well, I'm down a few more pounds, I think my total since Nov. 30 is 7. I've decreased my waist measurement by 2", which excites me far more than the pounds. Progress is progress, but man, it is slow! Still working to eliminate processed sugar. I do well for several days, and then take a step back for a few days. Overall, though, my choices are more sound, and I'm saying no to treats far more frequently than before.

Meeting a friend at our local university's bb game later today. Other than that, chores, food prep for the week, and school work.

My middle son and his family closed on a house yesterday. It is an acreage, so they can have their horses and dog breeding operation. It is a great place for them, but my granddaughter will have to switch schools again, so she's not too happy. She's a first grader, and she makes friends easily, but two schools in one school year isn't fun for any child.

My oldest son and his wife are still together, and at last report, were making progress on their relationship, but that tends to swing the other way rapidly. For now, I'm grateful they are attempting to work on this, and I surely pray they continue.

MK, keep your commitment to going to the gym! It's tough when you are tired in the morning, but I'll bet you always feel great afterwards. Stay warm and dry. Spring will arrive soon!







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Hello! I hope everyone is doing well and are healthy.

Day 3 at the gym. My husband is getting up and making sure I go - I appreciate it, but I must admit - I do wait for him to say "to tired today....lets not go" (Hahahahaha) He actually goes 2x to the gym - once in the morning with me and once after he's done with his work for the day. Maybe one day when I'm retired....

The flu outbreak is putting a lot of people down here at work - so far nothing for me or our household.

No changes with my parents - still hanging in there. Mom is still 100% care and dad is needing more care, but refuses. Stubborn.

Well back to work. Take care everyone!

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Hello! Well 2 weeks off work (kinda - had to go on-line at the beginning of each week and run a couple reports) and now I'm back at my desk.

Getting back to the gym has been sporadic, but this morning I got up and so did my husband - and off to the gym we went. Its only a 30 minute workout, but at least I've started.

Food is being re-evaluated and working on keeping it lean where possible.

I have not gotten the flu in a long time... "knock on wood"... I do NOT get the flu shot. I think I've had it once many years ago when I was in a hospital setting, but I feel that building my own immunity is best... so far so good... again knock on wood!! I'm sorry to hear that you were so sick Lisa - but very happy that you are better.

My son's work (nursing/rehab facility) is all locked down with flu breakout. Masks and lots of handwashing required. No family visits allowed.

The Christmas Burritos was a great success. Though I noticed many more of the homeless suffering from mental illness this year. Lots of new volunteers and we were very lucky that the weather was only cold - not wet.

Christmas and New Years was very quiet. Kids were over for Christmas but not a word during NYE.

well got to get to work...

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The flu nailed me. I am better,and my energy is finally returning, but this one hit me hard. While I was feeling better Tuesday afternoon, I had a major relapse on Wednesday and was even worse than I was on Tuesday. I seldom get sick, and when I do, I pride myself on bouncing back quickly. I did not bounce back quickly from this one. My colleagues continually asked how I was. One honest colleague flat out said "you don't look good, are you sure you should be here?" Mostly, I was tired and had a major lack of energy, once I stopped vomiting. I have to admit one of two things--this is a nasty bug that hit me extra hard, OR I'm getting older and don't recover as quickly from these bugs. I prefer the former, even though I suspect the latter.

Today is quiet. I'll wash the bedding in the guest rooms, prep meals for next week, and work on my "second" job. I've contracted with the state once again to provide support for teachers in a special project--this is statewide, so it'll be fun to connect with teachers from across the state. I've got a partner, but we've got lots to do to develop this new model, and she lives on the other side of the state, so our communication is via phone and e-mail.

As far as progress, well, that's been on hold this week. I'm hanging in there, will weigh tomorrow and see where I'm at.

G, it is warming up here. The last few days have been above zero, and today we could reach the 30s, which will be welcomed. We are used to this, but I surely feel sorry for those folks who've have extreme weather that they aren't accustomed to.

Anything exciting your way, MK? I hope the holidays treated you and your family well.

Make sure you find some joy in today.



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Sorry your not feeling well Lisa. It's been 12 days of below freezing here and in the minus temps in the morning. It's only getting to single degrees during the day or low teens. Furnace is struggling to heat our house no matter what it's set at. Woke up to 68 in the house today and it's just now made it to 75 the set temp.

Trying to eat better since the beginning of the NY I've added veggies and even had just veggies for lunch. Cutting down on the bread and carbs every meal. I'm doing fine so far, just hope to keep it going.

Have a great weekend and try to stay warm. We too will be near 30's next week but expecting a winter snow on Sunday. Take care, and rest. Catch all better, G.

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Home with the flu. Was going to work in the PM but got my work with teachers covered by another principal, and I'm grateful to him for covering for me. Love working in this district. I am feeling better now, just tired.

Hubby came down with this New Year's Eve, I got hit yesterday afternoon, although not as bad as him. Thankfully, it only lasts about 18 hours. No clue where we caught it.

Cold snap abating, hit a record of 80 consecutive hours below zero. Predicting in the 30's next week, which will be welcomed.

Hope you are both well and warm. Take care.



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Quick post, as things are about to get busy in this house. Happy New Year, a bit early. Stay warm and safe in these extreme temps.

My NY challenge (not resolution) is to begin every day standing at my desk at work. I have an arm attached to my desk with which I can raise and lower my laptop. I use it, but not as much as I should. I've got to make a couple of adjustments, but I'll figure it out.

Until 2018. . .



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Merry Christmas. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with you family. Hope you're not snowed in today. We had some snow but only 1 inch or so and it's a white Christmas Day. Mk I hope your operation burrito was a success. You're so great to do this every year and I'm sure it's appreciated by all. We are having a quiet Christmas at home. Don finished up the tile and we'll grout next weekend. Thinking of you all and wishing you a blessed Christmas. Again Merry Christmas to everyone. G. emoticon

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Merry Christmas. May the wonder of the Christ child dwell in your hearts throughout the coming year.

We celebrated with my father-in-law on Saturday, with my sis-in-law and her family, my youngest, and my middle son and his girls. My oldest arrived yesterday, but his family is in FL with her parents. We will all be together next Friday night and Saturday at my house. Today will be very quiet around here.

Ham is ready to go in the oven, and I'm keeping it simple for dinner since it will just be the four of us. I'll go to church here in town, and then I might finish wrapping gifts. I still have a bit of shopping to do, but since we aren't celebrating until next Friday night, that's okay.

I do hope you are both enjoying this Christmas holiday with your families.



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Hello! Last weekend before Christmas and I'm very excited. I'll be taking vacation for the next 2 weeks. I don't believe that I have ever taken 2 whole weeks of vacation... I'm not sure what to do with myself! hahaha

I think I'll get a lot of stuff done around the house and will probably spend time at the beach... I'll see if I can get a room over there. It will be nice.

So it is 28* outside with freezing fog... yuck! I don't think we will warm up past 35*... if we are lucky. I think there might be snow down to the valley floor come Sunday/Monday - might have a white Christmas. I know that the mountains have been hit with 30" or more.

Not much else going on. Had the last hemorrhoid appointment - oh the thrills... NOT. Now I can actually do some healing. I've gone 3 weeks in a row and each one is more painful than the last. So happy its over for now.

Well I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful & happy New Years.

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Welcome to the weekend before Christmas. I hope you all are doing well, and staying true to your goals this holiday season.

I continue to make progress, although I don't weigh again until tomorrow. My goal was 7 lbs. before Christmas, and I know I'm not there yet. I'm fighting a cold right now, which is just inconvenient. Hopefully it won't knock me down--Sudafed is my friend for now. I just about had to give up my firstborn to purchase it, which tells you how often I buy that stuff. They had to run my name through a national database because I wasn't in Wal-Mart's system. Interesting for sure.

I got a good full body strength workout in at home today--didn't want to share my cough, runny nose, and sneezes with other gym members. It felt better than expected, even though I got a slow start.

Still no snow here, we could get some late next week. White Christmases are nice, but a no snow Christmas every few years is welcome as well.

Off to make progress on weekend chores, and do some baking. Take care of yourselves while enjoying this season.





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Hi Jackson! So where are you all from?

I'm in Oregon.

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Hello! Well things are doing ok here. I twisted my knee up on Thanksgiving and I've put a knee brace on and that is helping a lot!

We will start wedding venue hunting this weekend. Have a couple places lined up to go look at. Hope it won't cost me an arm and a leg.

Food has been good most days and bad a few other days. I haven't stepped on a scale in quite some time... I guess I'm avoiding. Figure when I lose it things will fit better. I know that I feel better cutting the sugar down - it really does help with my sleeping.

My dad is doing well. He had an anxiety attack and thats what landed him in the ER last Friday. He's better and seems happy.

Well got to get ready for a telephone conference call meeting... don't really care for them, but they have to be done.

Take care.

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I love to get acquainted so if you'd care to respond I'd like to hear from you, God Bless . Jackson

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