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Wow, thank you for all the supportive comments.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I didn't expect my blog on my dietician visit to draw so many comments and readers. Many of the readers asked what my issues were and if she helped. I didn't put the reason for my visit in the blog because the people who follow my blogs know I have been suffering with these issues for awhile. I have been belly aching to them about them. emoticon emoticon

The Dr. diagnosed me as lactose intolerant. I switched to lactaid milk, and take lactaid pills before I eat anything dairy but that does not help my stomach troubles. I have such gas. Like last night, I feel like I have a baby in there kicking me. I am afraid I am going to blow up the house if I use the gas stove. When all the windows had to be closed, it was unpleasant to say the least. Alot of Oust was used and febreeze air freshner. That is why I stopped going to the pool. I wasn't going to be "blowing bubbles" and having everyone know. That is embarrassing. I wouldn't go to the fitness center because I would stink it up. What am I suppose to do, carry a can of Febreeze around with me. EMBARRASSING. I literally stayed in my house and didn't go out unless I had to. I sent my homemaker to do grocery shopping. I didn't see my Mom for over 7 weeks.

This issue is still not solved and still going on. On April 24 I am going for a breath test. The Dr. is testing me for bacterial overgrowth. There has to be a reason, and hopefully a solution.------Gross but you asked. emoticon

  
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859320 4/16/2014 12:39AM

    have you been check for gluten intolerance? Wheat products caused my Mother to have issues. emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day! Sending you lots of hugs!
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MRS_TOAD 4/15/2014 9:21AM

    I sure hope they find out what the issue is SOON. This has been going on far too long. Hang in there.

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GABY1948 4/15/2014 8:38AM

    Many people are in the same boat as you. Artificial sweeteners....sugar alcohols do that to me bad but thankfully not lactose.

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MNABOY 4/15/2014 12:06AM

    My wife has developed a similar condition but much milder. The pills and staying away from milk products has helped.

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    Congrats on receiving the Popular Blog Post award!

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LIVEDAILY 4/14/2014 10:37PM

    We asked because we CARE!
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4RASCALS 4/14/2014 7:57PM

    Sorry to hear of your health issues. Hopefully they will find a solution. That must be very frustrating. I feel for you. Hang in there

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ICECUB 4/14/2014 6:53PM

  GOOD LUCK IN FINDING A TO YOUR PROBLEM. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 4/14/2014 1:47PM

    That bill show people never to ask a question unless they really want to know the answer.

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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NHES220 4/14/2014 1:16PM

    That must be extremely frustrating. I hope they figure something out so you can live your life!

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NEW-CAZ 4/14/2014 12:32PM

    Try Soya milk/yogurt Bonnie, it fixed me!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 12:13PM

  Good luck! It is frustrating for sure.

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Last weeks goals met, new ones set.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

These are the goals I had set for this week.
Monday--pool--walking laps--strength exercises and cardio--orthopedic Dr. appointment in the afternoon. He will be pleased I am back in the water.

Tuesday--cardio glide--grocery shopping

Wednesday--pool--walking laps--strength exercises and cardio.

Thursday--Jane Fonda 30 minute walk video https://www.youtube.com/
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Friday--pool This depends on if I have to take my Mom to a Dr. appointment or if my brother can do it.

I met most of them. I didn't go to the ortho appointment, the Dr. cancelled. I have an appointment tomorrow at 2:45. I don't like them in the late afternoon because you are never seen on time. If your appointment is not for 1 or 1:15 you will be there for at least 2 hours. I will not be home before 5. I take a good book with me, but still it gets frustrating. I just take comfort in that it is a sign that he is a very good Dr. and he is.

I did do the Jane Fonda video but not all of it. I was huffing and puffing and my back was screaming a little more than half way through. I was somewhat embarraseed considering she is in her 70's doing the tape. emoticon emoticon

I did go to the pool on Friday. I even snuck in an extra day on Saturday. I was going to go to the flea market. When I got up it was drizzling so I sure wasn't going to do it. I knew it was going to clear up so I was going to go have a looky look. Then I thought that is a long way and I have food in the house, don't need anything, so went to the pool. I was tempted to go back to bed emoticon but the warm water won out over the warm blanket. emoticon emoticon When I came outside after the pool, it was emoticon and 72 according to the thermometer. Of course, that is in the direct sunlight. People were telling the hosptal to get rid of it during the winter when it was below 0 or in the single digits. I went home, took a quick shower, which is a miracle for me, and went for my first spring walk outdoors. I did 1.2 miles according to my fitbt. I went up the small hill(you don't think for one minute I would climb the monster do you)and that gave me 4 floors. It felt so good. Today I am sitting on my bum so far. emoticon

Monday--pool--I am going to increase the laps and the reps of my exercises. Dr. appointment @ 2:45

Tuesday--grocery shopping(light)--take my computer in for repairs--Jane Fonda video(I will conquer it yet)some leg work

Wednesday--pool

Thursday--laundry--cardio glide--mall

Friday--pool--

Today is the big parade for the UConn Huskies in Hartford. There was one in Storrs when they came home but this will be huge. If the buses were running I would go but I am not driving into Hartford. There is no place to park without it costing you your first child. Wait I am past that, my arms and a leg. It will be on television, I will have the best seat in my house. Do you think President Obama will accept Stephanie's dance challenge? If so who do you think would win? STEPHANIE You can vote in your comments.

  
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LOLAINSC 4/14/2014 11:41AM

    Good plan, variety is so important, shakes things up and works the mind as well as the body...so keep it shakin'!

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MRS_TOAD 4/14/2014 9:28AM

    You are doing an incredible job. Keep up the great work!

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    Good for you and congrats on making your goals!

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GOODGETNBETR 4/13/2014 12:31PM

    Didn't even know the Prez was issued a dance challenge. Having never seen him dance and being a guy I'm inclined to give the nod to Stephanie as I think women are usually more graceful. But it also depends on the style of dance. Anyway, emoticon meeting most of your goals. Wouldn't it be great if we could all be as fit as Fonda in our 70s? I think it's doable if we emoticon

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Great compliment to sparkpeople and to me.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I went to the dietician yesterday because of my digestive problems. My GI Dr. thought I could be eating wrong, she didn't exactly like the fact the I was eating frozen dinners. Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Weight Watchers Smart Ones. I was all set to defend my choices. Surprise, the dietician told me they are perfectly healthy, not cosidered processed foods, and she eats them herself. At one time they were high in sodium, but they have come a long way baby.

She asked my consent to go into sparkpeople and check my nutrition tracker. Of course I gave it to her. She just didn't check what I have planned for the next week, she went back months. Sly. Her question to me was "How can I help you." "Why did you come to me." "You have this eating thing down pat, you are doing awesome." She went on to say that sparkpeople is a wonderful site and I am proof of that. A person who was as unhealthy as I was can change their eating habits around in 2 years and learn as much as I have about nutrition, exercise and about living a healthy lifestyle in general. It made me feel very proud to hear her say that about me and about sparkpeople. I didn't really ever stop and think about all the things I have learned. I just do them without really thinking about it I guess.

For instance, reading labels I never read labels before. If I wanted to eat something, I bought it and ate it. Now I actually pick up whatever I am thinking about purchasing and read the label. The first thing I look at is the serving size. A 12oz. can of soda is more than 1 serving, but most people drink the whole can. I would take a handful of crackers and mush them up into my soup. A serving is 5 of the crackers I eat. emoticon

Did I tell you I am on the Chicken Pot Pie diet? We probably have all seen that commercial. Well, I love Prgresso soups. If you looked at my tracker, you would see it under lunch 2 or 3 times a week. Yes, good for you, and yes, high in sodium. I may go over on my sodium those days. My solution, watch the other food I eat and extra water. Before sparkpeople, I wouldn't have even given it a thought because I didn't know about it. I didn't have Becky Hand to tell me or the sp articles to read. I use to be the type of person that salted their food and then tasted it, and then salted it some more. Now I don't add any salt to my food usually. In fact when I eat cottage cheese and a hard boiled egg, I eat the egg with a bite of cottage cheese instead of salting the egg. I can taste the salt in the cc.

Who would have ever thought that exercise could be fun. I was the poster child for a couch potato. While I still am not as active as I should be, I do exercise almost everyday. I have started back to the pool emoticon , today I took my first mile walk outside this spring and now I am doing laundry. I love my fitbit.

I had to sign a piece of paper saying that for some reason if Medicare didn't pay for the dietician I would be billed $138.00 for the visit. Okay so what Kriten told me was that I learned what I needed to know to lose 121 pounds as of yesterday, and to maintain that weight loss for nothing from sparkpeople instead of paying her $138.00. My question is then this. Why doesn't everyone join sparkpeople and save themselves the money, or why don't insurance companies pay half the rate for sparkpeople?----Just saying.

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    Awesome! Congrats! My doctor was impressed with SP as well and was going to refer patients to the sight.


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BUCS1221 4/14/2014 9:06PM

    great job!!! Way to go. You are so encourging to me and i have been learning a lot too since I have joined this year. Keep it up!!

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IMALOSEIN 4/14/2014 7:04PM

  Congrats on your success... emoticon too, learn something everyday & emoticon support..

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    Spark People is awesome and so are YOU!

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SHEHULK86 4/14/2014 5:19PM

  Good job on the weight loss and embracing a healthy lifestyle. I'm a firm believer in SparkPeople myself!!

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    Totally agree, SP is SO helpful!!

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    WAY TO GO!!!!!!

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FARLEY47 4/14/2014 1:45PM

    Great post. Sparkpeople does help you become aware of the "bigger picture" not just losing weight. I have also learned so much from the nutrition tracker.

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JERICHO1991 4/14/2014 11:35AM

    Good job! Thanks for sharing.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/14/2014 10:52AM

    With a family member a diabetic I came back to SP. That person's dietician was amazed at how well we were eating. Just a few small changes thanks to what I've learned.

It's just hard with the ads flashing on both sides of my screen. I guess that's a small price to pay.

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READWRITERUN07 4/14/2014 9:55AM

    Congrats on your wonderful lifestyle changes! I'm just at the begging of my journey and it is so motivating to see someone who is a true model of success. Also, FitBit is awesome! emoticon

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GORDON66 4/14/2014 9:42AM

  An endorsement from a doctor - good for you!!!!

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JEANETTESTING 4/14/2014 9:17AM

    Thank you for posting this. I eat Lean Cuisine or Smart Ones several times a week and I was wondering about them being processed. Great job on your progress!!!

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CORNBLOSSOM 4/14/2014 9:16AM

  Congratulations on the 121 pounds gone. Please give us the rest of the story about your visit to the dr. regarding digestive problems.

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MRSRIGS1 4/13/2014 10:55PM

    What about the digestive issues? Sounds like the doctor that sent you to the dietician should pay for the visit. The dietician didn't give you any new information that you didn't already know.

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JAMER123 4/13/2014 10:43PM

    We frequently eat those frozen dinners as well. Stouffers and Lean Cuisine are the healthiest of the bunch and very tasty as well as being quick. Thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 4/13/2014 10:07PM

    I eat those meals too. Glad to hear they are healthy.

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CHARTHESTAR 4/13/2014 9:58PM

    all Great news but what about what you went to her for - your digestive issue. anything become of that?

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LIVEDAILY 4/13/2014 8:54PM

    Wonderful compliments! But....she didn't have any insight into your digestive issues??

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JSEATTLE 4/13/2014 5:35PM

  Wonderful success story!! Good for you and then some!!!

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    Great blog! Thank you for your enthusiasm and positive approach. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 4/13/2014 3:42PM

  Good for you - clearly you are doing very well, and you just got proof of that!

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NONNAOF2 4/13/2014 3:23PM

  You have been at it long enough to know what works for you! Congratulations! You are on the right road to success! :-)

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    Love hearing that we get all the right info!! Thanks for sharing that!

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/13/2014 2:19PM

    Great blog, Bonnie! You are truly an inspirational Sparker and I'm glad to be on this journey with you. And I agree with Jaynee that it would be wonderful if insurance would pay for Spark Coach...although you've done it alone!

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SUSIEMT 4/13/2014 2:04PM

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    Agreed! Sparkpeople is recommended by a lot of doctors and dieticians now. Insurances COULD pay for Spark Coach!

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UConn has two NCAA championship titles.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

UConn lady huskies beat Notre Dame last night. I saw the end of the game and stayed up to watch the presentation of the trophy. Geno, the head coach had tears in his eyes when talking to the reporters. He has said year long this was a very special senior class. This was the last game for some very special woman to him. They game out of the game and hugged him and tears did flow. That is why they win I do believe. They are not just players to him, they are his girls.

  
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MRS_TOAD 4/10/2014 8:20AM

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    SIL is a dedicated coach and all players are special to him as long as the try and do their best to improve themselves. He looks at more than their sports talent for growth

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GABIBEAR 4/9/2014 10:18PM

    How wonderful for UConn!!!! Congrats Bonnie!

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DGRIFFITH51 4/9/2014 10:04PM

    That is so exciting for UConn and it's fans!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/9/2014 9:25PM

  Congrats!

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LIVEDAILY 4/9/2014 9:18PM

    I saw on the news this morning that UConn had won, and I thought of you!
Go Huskies!!

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UConn defeats Kentucky to win national title

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The men played last night. I watched the game for a little while. The Huskies were up 30-15 emoticon emoticon I switch back and forth to what ever I am watching. I can't watch sports, unless my team is winning and doesn't get behind. It has to be a blowout. I get too excited or too anxious. I actually sit and yell at the television. When the Yankees beat the Orioles once, I ate a whole box of ice cream cones. I never watched a game again. I just can't take it. I know, I am weird.

Kentucky closed it up to a one point game. I went to bed. I woke up around 3:30 to make my nightly nature run and I actually thought about putting the computer on and seeing who won. I decided not to do it, just in case they lost. I didn't want to be awake the rest of the night. I wanted them to win, but I care more about the ladies game.

The women play tonight on ESPN. Even my Mom says she isn't going to watch it. She is going to tape it and if they win, she will watch it, if not she will just tape over it. It would be nice to have two National titles for UConn.

GO HUSKIES GO HUSKIES GO HUSKIES GO HUSKIES GO HUSKIES
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L*I*T*A* 4/9/2014 11:03AM

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    Go Huskies!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/8/2014 11:13PM

    It was nice to see the women win tonight, too. Geno is a class act.

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LIVEDAILY 4/8/2014 5:53PM

    I can't watch figure skating for the very same reason! I get so anxious that they're going to fall!! Other sports games don't bother me.

Go Huskies!!

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    GO HUSKIES, GO HUSKIES, GO HUSKIES, GO HUSKIES GO HUSKIES!!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/8/2014 12:57PM

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GABIBEAR 4/8/2014 10:51AM

    Hope UConn ladies win!

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GABY1948 4/8/2014 10:14AM

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