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Starting over...again



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 Pounds lost: 25.0 

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Member Since: 1/23/2009

SparkPoints: 11,775

Fitness Minutes: 18,130

My Goals:

I'm breaking up my long term (total) weight loss goal into smaller segments with benchmark dates. The total weight loss amount is overwhelming. The smaller increments aren't as intimidating.

So regardless of what my tracker says, I've got a LOT more to lose than that.

My Program:
Vegetarian diet - "nearly" vegan. Reducing carbs, limiting sugar, adding healthy fats (small servings of almonds, olives), weaning myself off diet pop, adhering to a regular, routine eating schedule.

As for fitness...anything I can do with an injured foot and ankle - mainly swimming.

Personal Information:
Vegetarian, (have been full vegan a few times but find it too difficult to monitor and maintain 100%), Chicago (city) resident.

Other Information:
Music lover, book reader, professional designer.

Exercising my writing muscles, too. I try to blog every day. It forces me to spend some much needed "me time" doing something I enjoy. Someday I want those writing muscles to be agile and have enough stamina to face the challenge of writing a book and strong enough to handle the publishing submission process.


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Member Comments:
6/28/2013 5:37:52 AM

Thank you for the goodie!

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11/12/2011 12:51:23 PM

You're a wise woman, Laurie, and what you say is very true. Writing my blog helped to get things off my chest and put them in perspective.

It's all very new at the moment and I can't get any definitive answers, which doesn't sit well with me. I was pointed in the direction of a couple of websites by the hospital, but they can't tell me much more than I already found out from Wikipedia. I like facts and to know where I stand, but it's all "ifs" and "maybes" at the moment, everything is so uncertain. I don't like uncertainty.

I'm going back to the hospital in a week or so and maybe, now that I've had a relapse, they'll be more proactive and less dismissive. They did say if I got worse there was help for me, so we'll see what they say this time.

Thanks for your support. I'm sorry your situation is no better. I really hoped you'd have found work by now. It can't be easy for you and I'm so glad I live in a country with free health care. I don't know what I'd do if I had to pay for everything. It seems so unfair that you have to go without treatment that would give you better more mobility and reduce your pain. I really feel for you, hon.
Take care of yourself and hope to see you around more often.

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11/10/2011 4:49:33 PM

Are you back, hon? I saw you posted a recipe. I'm sorta back myself, although only in a small way. I don't have the energy to be as involved as I used to be, but I've always kept an eye out for you.

I hope your fortunes have turned for the better. I started to comment on your last blog, then lost my thread and then time slipped away. I'm a crap SparkFriend. Sorry about that. But I do think of you often. I hope you're well. It would be good to hear from you again.

Take care,

Charlie x

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7/13/2011 10:12:01 PM

Back in 2009, you left a supportive comment on my blog. I just wanted to drop by to say thank you. I have not been the greatest SPFriend, but I'm trying to change that. It's because of SPFriends like you I was empowered to lose 152 pounds. If there is anything I can do to guide and support you, please let me know! emoticon

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3/17/2010 8:49:10 PM

Laurie! You're back!
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I'd almost given up hope of ever hearing from you again. I was just thinking about you last week too. You must've felt the vibe.
I'm so sorry to hear about the rough times you've been through. It can't have been easy for you this last year or so, but you seem to have retained your spirit. Despite all the obstacles that have been thrown in your path, you're still determined to carry on this journey and reach your goal. I always admired that about you, your grit and resolve in the face of adversity.

It really sucks about losing your health insurance. I am so glad I live in the UK where we don't have to worry about that sort of thing, only long waiting lists (sorry, I'm not trying to rub it in). I hope you find a job soon so you can get your insurance back and get the treatment you need for your foot. You were in such pain last year and I know the acupuncture wasn't doing as much for you as you'd hoped, but it was better than nothing. I had some acupuncture myself last year to treat a case of lateral epicondylitis and it really helped, although I haven't regained the strength in my arm yet. I'm working on that.

Losing your apartment must be a big worry for you. I don't know what I'd do in your situation. I have about 12 years left to run on my mortgage and I always pray that nothing happens to stop me working so that I at least have a roof over my head. I really hope you find a solution before it comes to that. You never know what's around the corner, so keep thinking positively. I don't know how much truth is in it, but I've heard that people who keep a positive attitude have better luck than those who don't. It can't hurt to give it a try.
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For your dietary problem, well, I'm not familiar with what's cheap and cheerful and what costs a packet, but I read a couple of articles on good sources of protein for vegetarians and chick peas, baked beans, lentils, wholemeal bread, cottage cheese, tempeh, Greek yoghurt, almonds, quinoa and eggs came out top, with brown rice, broccoli, potatoes and porridge being cited as fair sources. With the exception of the nuts and the tempeh, these are all low-cost foods here in the UK and I'd expect the same in the US. While porride, beans on toast or veggie omelettes might get old really quick, there's no reason for you to starve yourself. I'm sure someone of your ability can come up with some mouth-watering dishes using these ingredients.

Keep on advancing, sweetie. You can do this!
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