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So you had a bad day:
Monday, May 10, 2021      4 comments

Yesterday Sucked. My kids and husband failed hard with acknowledging Mother's day. It made me feel completely unappreciated. My kids (particularly my boys) fought all day, my husband took a nap with the babies..... my 13 year old spent most o... Read more
Tales of a workaholic:
Friday, May 07, 2021      4 comments

I admit it, I'm a work junkie. I always have been, I've worked hard to set limits and boundaries to help maintain a good work/life balance, but this week..... that just wasn't a thing. As I've stated in previous blogs, my profession is sub... Read more
Infections and frustration:
Sunday, May 02, 2021      7 comments

Thursday morning I noticed that my incision site was really sore. Upon inspection I discovered that I had a pretty nasty abscess on my incision line.... I called my Neurosurgery team and they had me go to the hospital. Hospital found a pretty de... Read more
Blog more. Worry less.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021      8 comments

It's been a really busy couple of weeks. Since the last blog entry I have had to wear all the hats.... ALL. OF. THEM. (Some at the same time.) I have been busy and admittedly a bit run down. I have been running like a chicken with my... Read more
Do you smell that? (Fire Safety)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021      6 comments

Okay so today was going to be a blog about my productive 14k step, kick ass around the house, killed all the chores, got things done, Monday..... BUUUUUTTTT. Instead I'm gonna type out a note on Fire Safety and the value of Volunteers. ... Read more
Back to work!
Saturday, April 17, 2021      10 comments

This week has been very stressful, good stress and bad combined made for a pretty significant crash in my motivation on Friday. I admittedly was slipping on my eating the last few days, not that I was over eating or carb loading, but more ... Read more
Huge Win!
Wednesday, April 14, 2021      12 comments

So I had my follow-up with my Neurosurgery team yesterday. I got to UPMC Montefiore at 11:45, to have my MRI's done. I was in the tube for a little over 2 hours while they took pictures of my brain and neck. Not the most exciting time, but... Read more
Bad days are only bad DAYS, not bad lives.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021      6 comments

So yesterday was rough. Like rough rough. . . Yesterday I had to speak with my HR manager about an ethics violation on the part of one of my co-workers. It was stressful and I broke down and gave into the stress. It's okay. It was just a b... Read more
Someone told me this journey is easy:
Sunday, April 11, 2021      6 comments

I was talking with a group of women (Support group for women trying to lose weight.) We were having a discussion about our weekly and overall goals. I dropped a bit in the last few weeks, and we were talking about my changes. Then one woman said... Read more
20 Pounds Down:
Saturday, April 10, 2021      7 comments

So, the week after my surgery I weighed in at 280 lbs. . . that was in January of this year. I started my 8 week challenge at 266.8. I was pretty stoked that I'd managed to get off about 15 lbs just by changing the way that I eat. It motiv... Read more
Correlation does not always equal causation... but sometimes it does....
Monday, April 05, 2021      7 comments

I noticed that my resting heart rate was starting to increase again about a week ago. I noticed today that my O2 saturation was decreasing. . . what could be causing this? I'm more active, I'm sleeping okay.... hmmm sleep. I went back int... Read more
Rough couple days:
Sunday, April 04, 2021      8 comments

So I learned Thursday evening just what so many Chiarian's are talking about when they say the weather changes are brutal. I haven't had a real painful event since the first few weeks after my fusion surgery (and at that time I was medicat... Read more
Preparing for change:
Thursday, April 01, 2021      5 comments

So I work in a field that requires me to apply the stages of change to clients entering substance abuse treatment. I have really started to use what I do to take a look at my own life and how I'm focusing on my goals. The stages, broken do... Read more
Eggs in a basket:
Monday, March 29, 2021      4 comments

I'm sure you've heard the old saying: "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." It' a true life lesson though and applies to better health as well. You can't just focus on one specific stat or measure. For me, this journey is about mo... Read more
Small insignificant changes lead to big results.
Sunday, March 28, 2021      5 comments

Stop eating potatoes, no big deal. Stop eating after 8:00 pm, easy peasy. Drink 2 extra cups of water a day. Done. Checking in after 3 months and realizing you've lost over 13". You've checked in on SP for 40 days straight and log... Read more

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