Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal
Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 04-29-2008 09:09 PM


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Yea! The new forum is back up and running.

It's a new day, a fresh start, and figured it's about time I began a journal. I've been a low carber for a while now, and restarted my journey last year after a life event rocked my family's world. Sometimes it takes a few bricks to fall onto our head before we get the message, it's time to take some action.

My mind has always wrestled with my weight, as I am sure it has many other's who are just like me. My earliest memories are of me as the "fat girl", who became the "fat woman".

Of course I am more than just "fat", but somehow that description rose above all the others. Weight loss for me has always been about 90% mental.

Everyone here helps keep my mental focus in tack and on track, and I've found I am much better at staying motivated with this extended community of friends.
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 04-29-2008 09:35 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Hey Shari - How cool Jimmy is back!!!!! Hope you are ok - I didn't post much at Amy's - it just felt weird!!! I am using today as a marker for a new start - have been way off track. Have also join a new Challenge thread for Emotional Eaters - go take a look.

((((((Hugs))))))

Vee from Down Under : )
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 04-29-2008 11:03 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi Shari,

It's good to see you here. I am so happy to be home! I decided just this morning to post more at Amy's . . . . but I feel somuch more comfortable here!

I hope everyone else finds their way back here soon.


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RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 04-30-2008 08:51 AM


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It's so good to see you Shari!!! Hang in there. I know things have been rough, but you are loved and lots of prayers are going up just for you guys! ((HUGS))

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RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 04-30-2008 10:14 AM


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Hi! I have the same "mental" thoughts as you about my weight. Someone once asked me if I had always been heavy and I answered yes, but my brother was there for the conversation, and replied that I had not, I started to get heavy once I became a teenager. But in my mind, I had always been the "fat girl".

I also find that being here helps me keep focus much better. I am glad we can be here together!

Hug to you!


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RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 04-30-2008 02:40 PM


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Hey Shari!!! Glad you are here. I am and always have been jumping back and forth between amy's and here. But, I am SOOOOOOO glad that Jimmy has this place up and running. I am with ya' girl. My earliest memories are the fat kid that morphed into the even fatter woman. And my problem is more mental/emotional than anything. Check out the Emotional Eater thread like Vee suggested. I do believe it will help us all in this journey.

Love ya' girl!

Sue

Sue

SUCCESS IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION



RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 04-30-2008 02:42 PM


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minimimi Wrote:Hi! I have the same "mental" thoughts as you about my weight. Someone once asked me if I had always been heavy and I answered yes, but my brother was there for the conversation, and replied that I had not, I started to get heavy once I became a teenager. But in my mind, I had always been the "fat girl".

I also find that being here helps me keep focus much better. I am glad we can be here together!

Hug to you!

Aww, you guys are too sweet. I'm having that sort of moment, like at the end of the "GREASE Movie", when one of them say's the Gang's all together Again, and they start singing . We Go Together....

We go together like ramma lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong
Remembered forever as shoo-bop sha whada whadda yippidy boom da boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop that's the way it should be
Waooo Yeah

We're one of a kind like dip da dip da dip do whap de dobby do
Our names are signed like boogy boogy boogy boogy shooby shoo wap shoo wap
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop we'll always be like one
Wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-one

When we go out a night (oh oh)
And stars are shining bright (oh, oh)
Up in the skies above
Or at the high school dance
Where you can find romance maybe it might be oh, oh, oh, oh, oh oh, oh

Ramma lamma lamma ka dingity ding da dong
Shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yippity boom da boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop
Yip da dip da dip shoo bop sha dooby do
Boogy boogy boogy boogy shooby sho wap sho wap
Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip da do
Ramma lamma lamma ka dingity ding da dong
Shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yippity boom sha boom
[these lyrics are found on http://www.songlyrics.com]
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop
Yip da dip da dip shoo bopp sha dooby do
Boogy boogy boogy boogy shooby sho wap sho wap
Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip da do
A womp bop a looma a womp bam boom

We're for each other like womp bop a looma a womp bam boom
Just like my brother is sha na na na na na na na yippity dip da do
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop we'll always be together
Waooo Yeah!

We'll always be together
We'll always be together
We'll always be together
We'll always be together
We'll always be together
We'll always be together
We'll always be together

OK, it's my little world and I can imagine people singing and dancing. Admit you really enjoyed it, and now you've got this song stuck in your head and you'll be singing it the rest of the day.......
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 04-30-2008 09:21 PM


Senior Low-Carber


Ummm, great, now that dang song is gonna be stuck in my head for DAYS!!!! I'm even doing the hand jive! (I am so pathetic!)


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RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-01-2008 07:57 PM


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Today was a busy day for me at home. Mostly catching up on some much needed yard work. Actually a work in progress, weeding beds and laying down mulch.

I stayed on plan all day long, I just finished dinner, I had a couple of small burgers on the grill, with a salad and fauxtatos. It was awesome. Earlier today, I had tunafish, and boiled eggs for breakfast, coffee w/ cream. After working outside 2 hours, my muscles are happy to finally be relaxing a bit.

I have recommitted myself to my diet, exercise and water plans. May 1st is a new day, so it's a great time to start. Water Aerobics a minimum of 3 x per week, weights on off days, and just basically staying as active as I can. Maybe a walk, gardening, etc.

Alvin has been feeling really lousy today, he's got the Chemo Flu, which is a pretend but hits you just as hard flu. He's taking antihistimine and benedryl to get him through. Pray his appetite picks up soon and this Chemo flu goes away.
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-01-2008 08:09 PM


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A womp bop a looma a womp bam boom

DDDDDOh thanks a lot!

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test
first, the lesson afterwards."

Vernon Sanders Law


RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-01-2008 08:14 PM


Expert Low-Carber


rozi Wrote:A womp bop a looma a womp bam boom

DDDDDOh thanks a lot!

Too cute!!! Thanks for the drive by.
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-05-2008 11:37 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Things around here have been busy the past few days. DH has been recooperating from a short stint of the chemo flu. He has started the second week of his chemo and radiation. Flu symptoms are gone for now, and he's feeling better. He's got another 6 weeks of treatments. Please keep him in prayer if you are reading this.

I've been very busy doing the spring time outdoor cleanup, mulching, weeding, pruning. We planted a small garden a couple of weeks ago, so far so good. We did have to cover for frost a couple of days after it was in. We should be far enough into the year that no more frost will occur. Today I painted garden containers for the front porch, my porch swing and my front door. Funny how mentally refreshing it is, even when it's the same color. Clean is a good thing. I can't wait until I get a bit of color in my front yard containers.

I don't have a green thumb, but surely I can find something that won't be upset without constant care. I usually do geraniums because of their heartiness. I am hoping to find something in yellow or maybe purple this year. I put in some knockout roses last year that are red, and I need a complimentary color for main containers.

I also restarted my low carb diet on May 1st and so far so good. I've gotten in plenty of exercise to boot. Water aerobics about 3x each week, and lifting hugh bags of much, weeding, etc. on odd days. I must say it's amazing how much more energy I have this year compared to last. Last year I was in very bad shape, although I am not feeling as bad as I did last year, I know that my work on myself is not done. I have much more to do, and then the biggest task of all to maintain.

I am down from 245 to 242 as of this AM. I am doing a 30/30/30 challenge, and usually getting in about 30 carbs a day. I need to up my water intake.
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-05-2008 11:57 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi Shari,

Just wanted to stop by and say Hi! It sounds like you are keeping busy.

Alvin is in my thoughts and prayers each day. I am glad he is feeling better right now.

Are you doing the 30/30/30 at Amy's? I was thinking about joining that challenge and then this forum started up again. I still might consider it altho right now I don't think I'd get the exercise in. I have a mental block against daily exercise I think.

I restarted low carb today . . . . so far, so good!

I hope you post again soon to keep us updated on how you and Alvin are doing.


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Fall down seven times, get up eight.
Japanese Proverb

It's the friends we meet along life's road who help us appreciate the journey . . . . . .
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-06-2008 12:04 AM


Senior Low-Carber


Just curious, what do all the 30's mean? You are doing a great job!

More gardening talk! I'm green with envy!! (HA, I kill me! Green, get it!) I so wish I could grow stuff.

Hope Alvin keeps feeling better.


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RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-06-2008 12:20 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi Robin and Minimim,

Yes the 30, 30, 30 challenge is at Amy's. I need to go there and update my stats.

30 minutes of exercise each day, 30 carbs per day, and 30 day challenge event.

I think that's what got me hyped up on doing the exercise, once I get going it's easy to do at least an hour to hour and half. I also got in about 7 hours of yard work btw Friday and Saturday. Actually it was more like 12 hours, but I only counted the 7 because those were continuous hours, and actually hard work part of the days. Some of this time was spent spreading Preen, easy job, watering, again easy job. It's lifting mulch bags and pulling weeds that tough. I try to get those weeks by the roots, and it can be a real struggle.
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-06-2008 12:21 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Thanks again for the prayers. Such a blessing to have great friends, and even friends we have never met sending out a prayer on our behalf.

Love to all,

Shari
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-06-2008 02:09 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi Shari!!

I am glad that Alvin is feeling better, although I am afraid the poor thing is going to be on a real roller coaster with feeling up and down as the treatments continue. He, and you of course, continue to be in my prayers as well. I believe all your net friends and friends IRL are storming heaven on his behalf!

I spent about 5 hours in the garden yesterday and what we got done turned out really nice, but there is so much left to do! If you are thinking containers, I just bought a yellow petunia called "Lemon Zest" that is really pretty. Then, there is always the old reliable marigold. Or how about Gerbera Daisies? If you're thinking in the ground -- DAYLILIES! I love, love, love them -- no muss, no fuss and every color under the rainbow!
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-06-2008 10:25 AM


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Luvdogs, Thanks for those flower names. I am going to a different center today, and I think the yellow petunia, sounds lovely. My mother grows the petunia with great success. She's got the greenest thumb I know. I think it skips a generation.

DH came back from the Chemo and Radiation Doctor's yesterday. The chemo doctor's think he's just had a normal case of bad allergies, not Chemo Flu. The radiation doctor's said his throat is starting to turn red, which could be from radiation or drainage on back of throat from allergies. He said his throat does not feel sore. I know this will all be past us in a few weeks, it's just hard knowing a loved one has to endure the tough road to health.

Robin, Minimimi and whoever else would like to join the challenge at Amy's Eating Low, it's the 30/30/30 group, and jump in anytime you want. I know of others that are jumping in and at least a couple that have restarted fresh, so no time like the present.

I am trying to decide if I want to do yardwork today or go to my 30/30/30 water class. It's 30 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes of weights, and my favorite 30 minutes of water yoga. I need to finish up my yard, so given pretty day, I think I'm going to take advantage of the outdoor work. I also have a couple of new books to read (one on praying effective prayers), I need work on paperwork. (yes, I hate the paperwork). I also need to make a grocery run for pickups.

OK yardwork it is, at least to start.
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-07-2008 12:52 PM


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I worked in my yard yesterday for about an hour, and got the dead azaeleas pulled up, spread some preen over all the newly mulched beds, and did a little more weeding.

I also wrote an update yesterday about Alvin's ongoing Cancer Treatments. It was quite humorous the way it ended up. In my attempt to get some of my Low Carb Friends here, I put a PS about the fact this site is back up, and gave thanks to Amy for giving us a home when we were without one for a while.

Some of my friends/family took it that Alvin and I were staying with Amy, while our home was down. It's a new time of life, this internet lingo, and confusing to those still learning it, or that have never heard of it.

I'm including a copy of the update below, and you can read for yourself my confusing lines. I also sent our an update to the email explaining we are grateful for everyone's concern, but still have our "real home".

Good news on the scale this AM, down to 241.5.
RE: Walking the Talk, One Day at Time...Shari's Journal , 05-07-2008 12:54 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Here's the update email....

Subject: Clarification to Earlier Email


Hello Again,

It seems I have confused a few of you with my PS on my earlier Email. Full previous email is below.

The PS read: PS For those of you that are great support for me in my Low Carb World. Jimmy Moore's new site is up and running. Please come and join in with me there. http://www.livinlowcarbdiscussion.com. I'm missing a few of you, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE..... Also, Big thanks to Amy from Eating Low, who gave us a home when ours went down.

1st off - For all of you who are concerned that Alvin and I have been without a home, we thank you for your concern. We still have our house, just as we always have. It was an online virtual "home" my PS spoke about, that a small community of friends were displaced from for a short while.

Sorry for the confusion. Let me explain in a bit more detail and you will understand. This may be more information than you need.

In an effort for support, and inspiration, I have been talking with others having similar experiences, i.e. Low Carb dieting. Dieting in general can be a struggle, and I have found a supportive forum of people that I share recipes, diet information, create challenges, talk to stay on track, etc. One of those sites that I post at most frequently is the Jimmy Moore Livin Low Carb Discussion Site.

Jimmy's site had the misfortune of a hacker, actually taking his site down, a few weeks back. Another site that I also talk with others and get recipes from is Amy's Eating Low. Amy also has a forum. Amy was gracious enough to allow several different groups of people to have a "home away from home" (SPEAKING VIRTUAL HOME ONLY). Jimmy's new forum is back up and running, and a few of my buddies are not there yet. I am hoping they all get there soon, so we can get back to doing what we do best, inspire and support each other.

If you are trying to diet and want some supportive people to help keep you focused and on track, check out these sites. There are lots of others out there, but these are two of my favorites. Jimmy also does Podcasts, Blogs, and You tube videos. He's been doing this for about 3 years now, and so there are lots of archives that he might address and issue or question that you have. Jimmy also gets this update, so I don't think he minds I share this information. Jimmy lost 204 pounds doing Atkins a few years back. After all he's quite the Low Carb Advocate/Guru, and knows quite a bit on the subject. Just remember one thing, ultimately it is up to you when changes are made in your life. Just clicking on one of these sites will not magically make you lose weight. If it would I would be trying to sell the link to you. LOL

Here is a link to the article where he wrote about his site being hacked for those interested in knowing more about that. http://livinlavidalocarb.blogspot.com/20...forum.html

Jimmy Moore's Forum http://www.livinlowcarbdiscussion.com/
http://www.eatinglow.comt/ Amy's Site and Forum

More of Shari's favorite health related sites:
http://lowcarbmenu.blogspot.com/
http://winningweight.blogspot.com/
http://www.netrition.com/
http://cleochatra.blogspot.com/
http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/home/
http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/index.html
http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/
http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/

Love to all,

Shari

----- Original Message -----
From: watkinsshari@bellsouth.net
To:
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 8:27 AM
Subject: Update on Alvin - May 6th, 2008


Hi All,

Some of you have been missing an update, but I just haven't sent one out in a few days. We are feeling all the good wishes and prayers that have been sent our way. I really appreciate my dear friends/family that have reached out with inspirational books, cards, etc. As many of you have said, it is hard being the caretaker. Mostly because we not only take care of the loved ones (easy), and mentally have a heavy dose of worry on us.(harder)

Last week Alvin was asked if he would pose as the example patient for an article in our local newspaper. Seems they are trying to put a similiar Cancer Treatment Center in a town about 20 minutes away from us. Here is the link to article, I am also attaching photos from the article as they were not both on the website. For those of you that get the Tennessean and still have last week's paper. It was in Thursday's May 1 paper, the Business Section.

Link: http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...8805010353

Alvin began his Chemo combined with Radiation treatments about 8 days ago. So far it's still in the "honeymoon" stage and he's not had any really ill effects. We thought he had developed the "chemo flu", last week. The chemo flu is a phenomenon that mimics the symptoms of the flu. He had initially a drained feeling, then became stuffy nose/head and full of drainage. He never developed a fever, and it was better in about 3 days. After his meeting with the nurse practicioner yesterday, she think he had an attack from Spring allergies. Everything is blooming here and the past week, has stirred up a lot of allergies for many in the area.

Alvin's taste buds come and go. Somedays things taste as though they are chemical or metallic tasting, other times it is more normal. All of this is making dinner time a challenge. He's found peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a new staple for him, as they taste nearly more normal than anything else. At least it's good protein for him.

He has about 6 weeks left to go. We thought it would be six weeks total, but when we got the schedule it seems, it will be more closer to seven weeks. He is scheduled for 33 treatments over these weeks, and starts each week with a small 2 hour dose of chemo. I guess each day brings us closer to renewed health for him and for this I am very thankful.


As he continues his treatments, he may lose his voice, although the radiation doctor, seemed to believe this will not happen. I am basing my comments on other throat cancer patients, and what the Chemo Doctor has stated. I guess it's a case by case basis.

Alvin is keeping his great sense of humor, and has been grateful for hearing about everyone that thinks of him, sends him cards, and calls. He remarked last week, he obviously didn't know so many people cared about him. One thing I know is that in times of crisis, you really do find out who's really there for you in your life, sometimes it will amaze you. After the article in the paper, he even received phone calls this week from people he had not talked to in years.

Please continue to pray for both of us.

Love,

Shari

PS For those of you that are great support for me in my Low Carb World. Jimmy Moore's new site is up and running. Please come and join in with me there. http://www.livinlowcarbdiscussion.com/. I'm missing a few of you, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE..... Also, Big thanks to Amy from Eating Low, who gave us a home when ours went down.