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Reaped my Reward

Wednesday, October 01, 2014



My Spark Friend and I finally enjoyed our reward to finally meet each other. She is from KY and I am from WI. We met in St Louis for a weekend of fun.

It was a great experience to meet my buddy and her parents. They graciously let us spend the weekend and enjoy the atmosphere in the country.

What a great reward!

  
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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/1/2014 3:30PM

    What a wonderful blessing!! emoticon

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LJCANNON 10/1/2014 3:19PM

    emoticon Looks like you had a Great Weekend! ! It is always a treat to get to spend Real Time with a Spark Friend!!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/1/2014 1:21PM

    Awesome

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SPIRITED17 10/1/2014 12:53PM

    That is great :) Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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Unexpected Surgery - Sept 4

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All was going good in the morning, I knew I couldn't swim, the pool was closed. I went home to see if there was a message about my wedding rings being done, so I ate some fresh broccoli at home for lunch. I headed back to work and was already feeling a stomach ache. It was getting more achey by the minute. I told my co-worker about my stomach ache and she thought I might have gas from the broccoli, so I had some of the melting Gas-X strips in my desk. I took one, nothing. so I took a second one and nothing. I went into the bathroom and thought, If I could only throw up, I'd feel better. Couldn't throw up. So I went back to the same co-worker (HR) at 2:30 and said I was going home, since my stomach ache was really hurting now and was going to lay down at home. (just a side note, my work is maybe 1.5 to 2 miles from the hospital). I left my work and headed home, I thought! I got to my first stop light, which is about 3 blocks from work, my hand were going numb. I was hurting and feeling like I had to throw up, but now I was on main street. No way to stop and puke along side the road. With my hands going numb, I was really scared and knew I had to go to the ER. Luckily it is always on my way home anyway. By the time I got to the ER my hands were not only numb, they were starting to disfigure like an arthritis patient. I was so scared and shaking. Walked into ER and told of my symptoms. I was told to strip down and a beautiful hospital gown was added. IV started. One million questions coming at me. The pain continued to worsen with every minute. I was sweating and breathing so uncontrollably, I thought I was going to faint. The nurse said it would be good to faint, then it wouldn't hurt. They wanted to xray me and expected me to walk to the xray room. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Then I was "rolled" into xray. Then when I was there, the xray tech said for me to scoot to the edge of the bed and "stand" for the xray. I couldn't stand up by myself. I was so out of it. The tech was irritated with me. She called for help to get me to stand up. Two smaller women had to help me to stand. They quickly shouted "snap it" twice and that awful part was done. I then remember them rolling me on my side and putting me on a slide board. I guess I had a CT scan. I remember opening my eyes and seeing this round machine above me. This whole time I hadn't contacted any family. When I was back in the ER I told them to call my husband. (around 4 pm). I was supposed to meet my sister after work for exercise or going to get my rings. I usually get done with work at 4. My sister had called my husband asking if I had a meeting or something. He said he'd have me call her. Then he got the call from the ER. Poor guy could only sit and watch me flail around, cry and moan. The Dr explained things to my husband and next thing I remember is someone saying "we're gonna knock her out right here". Next time I opened my eyes, that I remember, is being rolled into my room around 10 pm. I saw my husband, mom and dad and my sister Betty.

Here's what happened: I had a hernia in the fat tissue that holds our intestines in our body. My small intestines went through the hole and was choked off. The Dr had to cut me open and discovered that 150 cm (approx 50 inches) of my small intestines had died. So they cut it out and reconnected what was left. I was doing pretty good, until Sunday, Sept 21, when I had some of the same pain I had on Sept 4. I went to ER and had all the tests ran again. No blockages or abnormalites were found. I just have to eat a diet that is a little more soft and just becareful. I am so grateful for Doctors and nurses who can handle all these situations. I finally went back to work on Sept 22 and taking it really easy.

So I am sorry if I haven't been around to help all my Spark Friends, but I had to get my life back in order. Today starts me return.

  
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CIROHIO 9/29/2014 10:58PM

    Oh my goodness, how terrifying. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Take Care!

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BEFIT014 9/24/2014 8:02PM

    WOW! What an ordeal! Glad you're recovering well!Take care! emoticon

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LNISDES 9/24/2014 6:44PM

    What a frightening and awful experience! I am so glad that you are on the mend....What a scary day for your husband, as well. Please take care!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/24/2014 6:27PM

    My hubby had something like that! I'm so happy you are ok.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/24/2014 4:49PM

    Oh my goodness!! emoticon Goodness I'm so happy that you are o.k. What a horrible ordeal. Thank the Lord you are o.k. emoticon

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SDTOHIO 9/24/2014 3:16PM

    Oh my that sounds so very scary! I would have been terrified ! Thank goodness you did go to the ER and not home! I hope you well! Take care go so! emoticon

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LJCANNON 9/24/2014 1:45PM

    emoticon So happy that you are here to Blog about this! !

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/24/2014 12:54PM

    Very bad, thank God you did so well. Go slow and easy. So glad to have you back. Hugs and know you were missed.

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EVIE4NOW 9/24/2014 11:02AM

  Hope you have a swift recovery.

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AUNTRENEE 9/24/2014 11:02AM

    Ouch. When my dad got his gallbladder out about 3 years ago, he had to have a hernia taken from his belly button. They were going to place a tube through there when they were taking care of his gallbladder so they went ahead and got the hernia. I'm just glad that his didn't turn out the way yours did.

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Tough going

Monday, August 25, 2014

I want to reach out today for some support. I have been in a bad frame of mind for about a week now. I thought I'd snap out of it, but this weekend was a total blow out. No exercise (I'm using the excuse it was too hot). I was conscientious of my food choices or how much I had. I also wasn't very vigilant on my water consumption. There, I confessed my sins and now I need to improve. I know I can count on my Spark Friends to help me get going again, but I also have to forgive myself for my wrong doings AND FIGURE OUT WHY! I haven't lost 40+ lbs just to go back to the start.

Any ideas how to get my head out of the gray clouds would be helpful. emoticon

  
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2BDYNAMIC 8/29/2014 7:43PM

    There is Spark Guy's team ........Spark Guy's Ten minutes Fitness club (forget the actual name) . .. Even commiting to 10 min a day can get you out of a slump; before you know it is more than you committed to ........Being active in a team is really helpful. ... Drinking that water is super important too ......... I keep a thermos w/ me all the time ......... It helps. emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 8/25/2014 4:01PM

    I have days where it seems like it takes all I've got and more to get up and get exercising! Today is going to be one of them, I can tell already! I start early and sound like a Nike commercial on repeat! JUST DO IT!! This is what I say for a couple of hours on my tough days. Then I turn to bargaining. I say do just 5 minutes and then you can stop. Well once I get myself into my workout clothes and do 5 minutes, I really don't want to waste the fact that I got into the workout clothes so I usually do a whole workout! I hope that helps you. I would feel like a complete idiot if anyone but my pets heard me going on and on like this!
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Jeanne

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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/25/2014 2:49PM

    There's a great lose 50-100 pounds challenge on the Indygirl Team :o)
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/25/2014 10:05AM

    Gosh, I think there must have been a special on lack of motivation. I am seeing a lot of it in various blogs. I really think a lot of it is because of the excessive heat. I know I have been struggling also. But you know what, this will pass. We are a strong group of people here. We will band together, give support and motivation. We will succeed. We can do this. We are all special and deserve happiness and to be healthy. Don't dwell on what we did or didn't do yesterday. Lets get it done today. I am right here with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 8/25/2014 8:52AM

    We've all been there. Just keep pushing forward, it will get better

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JESS0107 8/25/2014 8:46AM

    To be honest, I have days like that. All you can do is to encourage yourself to move forward. Forget the past and work on today. Try giving yourself a money jar and each time you complete an exercise, put a dollar in it so when you lose all your weight, you have got the money to get you a new outfit!!

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Must have been my lucky leopard underwear!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Today was weigh in day for my 6 month bet to lose 10% of my weight! I did it with .8 lbs to spare! I was very happy I made it. It was a hard last month. When I got to work today, I was also told I won 4 hrs of vacation for contributing to the back to school supplies. So I am attributing my success and winning to my lucky leopard underwear! LOL My day is going well and hope your's brightens just seeing the words "lucky leopard underwear"! Now . . . to continue with my weight loss to meet my goal! emoticon

  
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ANGELN325 8/22/2014 6:12AM

    Totally brightened my day!

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LNISDES 8/21/2014 8:31AM

    This cracked me up! I need some of that lucky underwear!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/16/2014 2:51PM

    emoticon ROTFLOL!!
emoticon Great job!!!
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BLUEJAY1969 8/12/2014 3:55PM

    emoticon on weight loss! And thanks for the humor!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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BIGPAWSUP 8/11/2014 7:35PM

    Awesome - and Congrats!!!

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LJCANNON 8/11/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon Congratulations!! Way to go on the Bet/Loss and Vacation!!

emoticon I have a Pink Leopard Bra. Maybe if I get matching Panties they will become Lucky at my next Weigh In!!

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OSCEOLABADGER 8/11/2014 10:38AM

    thanks for making me laugh:) congrats on reaching your goals !

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ROBBIEY 8/11/2014 10:18AM

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Others don't have to, but I do

Friday, August 01, 2014

I had to remind myself today that swimming on my lunch hours is something "I" need to succeed. Sometimes I get caught up seeing others going out for lunch and taking the day off. I know I can do those things too, but right now, to succeed, I need to do what "I" need. My only time today for exercise was lunch time, so I went and feel better for the choice. As I stand at the copier and have to tighten my belt and pull my pants up a little bit, I realize my choices have gotten me to this wonderful weight that I am today. So my point is, Others don't have to do what I do, but I do! Have a great day everyone! emoticon

  
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LIFENPROGRESS 8/8/2014 9:56AM

    Amen! emoticon is my go-to all-body workout and exercise! Y*O*U are emoticon

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HEALTHY-SPARK 8/4/2014 10:05PM

    Fantastic. I don't know of anyone that after working out has said "gee, I really regret that workout". Yeah -- feels awesome to do something for yourself. Way to go for sticking with your plan!

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67YKCEB 8/4/2014 10:01PM

    What an awesome point!!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/1/2014 3:55PM

    You are terrific-congrats.

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NEPTUNE1939 8/1/2014 3:47PM

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RYDERSAUNT14 8/1/2014 3:32PM

    Congratulations! It's been a while since I've been swimming. I want to get back into it when I don't have my niece in the mornings. Next week, I only have 1 morning shift! Yeah! emoticon

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