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  • In the meantime, here's another pic of my beautiful great niece.
  • just passing through for a moment... medical issues keeping me away from all civilized conversation. will check in soon.
  • LOVE all the pics!!! I'm around, doing my thing. Today is my last day of nonstop running around and medical appointments, so will check in and get re-focused over the weekend. Lise, BEAUTIFUL children!!! xxoo K.
  • Hey Lise, what's going on? I'm struggling right now too. Mostly medical/pain related--had to bump up my prednisone dose, so I want to eat constantly. My GP is lousy--never available--so no pain meds for the last three days, and ice and over the counter stuff only does so much. I'm trying to stay active and positive, but…
  • My mom had both knees replaced last year. She's 75, obese, and has had knee issues for YEARS, and I had to drag her kicking and screaming into the doctor's office. But she did it, did her PT, and is SO thankful that she did. Her mobility has improved 1000% and her pain is GONE. Today's replacement knees and knee surgeries…
  • Carly, hopefully you're feeling better today! It's funny that you read my long post as "struggles," because I really thought I was focused on the epiphany that no matter what comes up, I still need to care about myself enough to take care of myself. Nope, it isn't always going to be easy, but I'm a freaking tough cookie.…
  • Carly, not something I would ever dare to give advice on. Jim and I lost such a dear friend to suicide five years ago. We never saw it coming. We just knew he was struggling with depression after his wife left him and struggling financially when the housing market in Maine tanked (he did new construction and the jobs dried…
  • Cari, you have my big sympathy and cyber hugs. Back pain I can deal with, but when the lumbar radiculopathy starts, I just want to amputate my leg. Be kind and gentle to yourself this week, honey.
  • Hey gang, I'm missing in action. Stuck in bed for two days with crazy back spasms and Still's flares. My smart phone is still drowned and haven't replaced it yet, so I don't have the internet in my pocket all day long. Should be mobile tomorrow, so I'll be starting boot camp two days late! Gah! xxoo K.
  • You are simply AMAZING! I did an hour of PT today and only "wept lightly" once. Much better than Wednesday when I basically cried off and on for the whole hour. Wooohooo! Progress! K.
  • Good morning/afternoon/evening! Still no cell phone here, so my posts are limited. Let's start with the simple question, MOBO MOTO. MOBO=Morbidly Obese; MOTO=Motivated/Motivators So, sort of "morbidly obese and motivated" or "morbidly obese motivators" or whatever, LOL. I just thought the name was catchy! Upcoming 7 day…
  • So glad you posted this here. I saw it on your wall and signed up. Sounds wonderful, and mindfulness is something I've been wanting to work on. K.
  • Carly, that's why you should keep blogging. And turn your blog into a book. Most of us wind up doing exactly what you talking about in your blog--plodding along, making daily changes, struggling to pay the bills. That said, put your needs "out" in public. Post them here on MFP. See if someone will donate some clothing to…
  • Well mother nature just delivered a nice thunderstorm and delayed my swim. I think I'll try again in half an hour. Usually the lake is beautifully calm and flat after a good storm rolls through. Carly, I hope you're feeling better. Cari, loved seeing all your enthusiasm after your great trip! Nancy, how are you doing?…
  • OH! Love the painting! Lise, I'm with you... when it comes to art, I love to get my hands involved too. I usually paint with my fingers in the paint too. Or, even better, I love to throw pots/play with clay. Lately, I've been doing paper mache, which lets me get my hands dirty in the glue and paper, then play with paint to…
  • Carly, I looked it up---the Transverse Abdominus (sp?). I've done my exercises this morning. More PT tomorrow. Feeling hopeful!!! Nancy, we have a couple of mask/snorkel sets, and Jim always swims with one too, as does my friend Ernie who has cervical spine issues. I was thinking goggles/snorkels just because I can't…
  • Hey gang, Interesting afternoon Physical Therapy session. I have homework to do--mostly strengthening "inner ab" muscles... I need to google those and see exactly what they are, LOL. You'd think by age 51 I'd know all the parts of my body, but today I discovered some new ones. I'm very optimistic about PT. Hoping and…
  • I like the idea of ending the next challenge on the last day of July, so I was thinking about doing a week-long one, beginning on July 25. Then we get a couple of days off to re-focus, but not so many that we turn into slackers. Because it's only a week, I'm also thinking about boot-camp challenging myself. This week, I've…
  • Pat, thank you!! These are just STUNNING.
  • Nancy, I challenge you to make ONE recipe before the end of July, and I'll make one recipe as well! nom nom nom
    in RECIPES Comment by KarenZen July 2015
  • Busy group today... very nice to hear from you all! Most of my day was pretty good. Visit from a friend, then a quick visit from Skippy McGrape, who just returned from camping. I put two hours into my Bigfoot writing. Did some paddling around with Skippy and heard all about his trip. Stayed within my calorie range. Things…
  • Yes, Carly! I'm not a fan of low fat at all. I'm looking for recipes that contain healthy fats and carbs.
    in RECIPES Comment by KarenZen July 2015
  • Lise and Nancy, you are both right! I just got trapped in my own "win or lose" logical fallacy. While this challenge didn't go as I planned, I made some good progress. I need to especially celebrate that I am WORKING again, even if just part time! I also need to celebrate that I took a REAL swim this week, with goggles,…
  • Welcome back, Cari! I'm thrilled you had such a great time in Vegas. Sounds wonderful! Also thrilled that your depression has lifted and you're feeling motivated. Depression SUCKS!!! Xxoo K
  • Well... end of day here. Did okay on goals. I know you are all dying for an excerpt from the Bigfoot erotic novel, but honestly I don't think I can post it here without being thrown off MFP, LOL! I don't even think I can send any of it to you privately because, again honestly, I'm completely embarrassed that I've written…
  • I stumbled onto this heart-healthy recipe collection from the national institutes of health today. They all look pretty easy, plus all the nutrition info is included. I'm bored with all my current recipes and need to try some new things. Maybe this will inspire!…
    in RECIPES Comment by KarenZen July 2015
  • Oh, agreed with what everyone here has said. You should definitely consider getting some talk therapy from a counselor who specializes in chronic illness/caretaking. Do you have a good support system? I just feel so sad for you that you're facing so much. Taking care of yourself, feeding yourself good food and getting…
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