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Old 01-08-2007, 05:53 PM   #1
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Talking Hey! Look what the cat dragged in!

Hello, all! During a quick poke around here I was really happy to see a few familiar names ~ hope you guys remember me! I can't wait to catch up with you guys, and I'm also looking forward to getting to know all the folks that are new to me.

Brief history: I worked my butt off to lose 78 pounds back in 2004 before getting diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease (it's a form of lymphoma - cancer.) So that sucked! I was successfullyl (we thought) treated with 6 months of chemo and steroids, which resulted in a bit of a weight regain. I struggled to get back into the swing of things and regain my mojo, and was about there when I relapsed this past June. That REALLY sucked! I went right into extremely high dose chemo, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. (After, of course, eating a "last supper" at every freakin' meal and lobbing on even more weight! ) After a few weeks in the hospital that I'd prefer never to repeat, I'm now in the process of recovering from the transplant's many effects on the body, and rebuilding my health and life. It will be a process, and at only a couple of months out I'm at the starting end of that process...but I'm doing well overall, even if I do have my physical challenges. The key is that I'm getting there! (She said brightly.)

Last Tuesday I got back on plan (and so did my partner, to a lesser degree, which will make it so much easier this time around because she was NOT on plan last time and that presented challenges) and so far I'm down just under 5 pounds, which I'm really happy about! I'm in the midst of my SECOND chemo-induced menopause (now doesn't that seem unfair??) so I didn't really know what to expect in terms of my body's cooperation in the weight loss department. So far, so good.

My plan: Low cal, low fat, low sugar, high fiber, fairly high protein, low glycemic, low sodium, lotsa water, frequent small meals, blah blah blah. You guys know the drill! I'm doing cardio at least 5 days a week, and I'm going to work up to weights a couple of times a week. My energy and stamina are still pretty low, so I'm going to have to be patient with myself. (For an idea of where I am in the process, I've been told to expect to reach the 50% point about 4 months from now.

I've been struggling a bit emotionally with the aftermath of my cancer and transplant, but that comes with the territory so I'll just work through it. I'm choosing to focus on the positive and retain control over those aspects over which I CAN......starting with my weight loss!

Thank you in advance for all that you give and share here, everybody -- if this place were to help me only half as much this time as it did back in 2004, that would still be a wonderful gift.
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:17 PM   #2
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Hi Sarah! Welcome back I'm glad to hear you are doing as well as you are under the circumstances. Congrats on the 5 pound loss and I'm glad your partner is doing it with you (Lorraine? not sure if I'm remembering that correctly).
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:24 PM   #3
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I remember you! You had actually just been diagnosed with Hodgkin's when I fell off the wagon back in 2004 and left 3FC's but I remember you and I've wondered how you were doing (of course I couldn't remember your name because I have trouble remembering my own name!) I also don't remember you living in the Atlanta area though - I was thinking you lived up north - maybe Boston?? I'm north of Atlanta. But what I do remember is that you kicked butt and you always motivated me to exercise harder so WELCOME BACK!! I look forward to seeing more of you!!

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Old 01-08-2007, 07:09 PM   #4
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Welcome, back Sarah. Looking forward to getting to know you.
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:35 PM   #5
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Welcome back, Sarah! I remember you and your great progress! So glad to hear you are on the mend. And if you are doing cardio 5 times a week after all that your body has been through, then I'm just going to have to shut up about not finding the will to exercise and get off my rear. I've got zero excuse next to the one you are choosing not to use! That's what I call inspirational!
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:50 PM   #6
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SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARAH!!! I will always be your rocky and you'll be my big-nosed guy!! I'm so glad to see you kickin' again. I hope you keep us updated.. I've missed you!

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Old 01-08-2007, 07:51 PM   #7
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Hi Sarah,

Glad you're back. Your positive attitude has always been such an inspiration. Keep hanging in there!!

Take care
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:53 PM   #8
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Of course I remember you Sarah. Glad that you finally checked in, I thought of you often. I can't imagine what you have been through/going through. I commend you for trying to get back on track. Not many people in your position would. Glad to see ya back...
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Old 01-08-2007, 08:25 PM   #9
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Here, kitty, kitty--drop the nice Sarah! Hey, welcome back!! You stopped writing in your blog so I tracked you down through other nefarious means to make sure you were okay. Glad to see you back and ready to go!

About the menopause thing, I've managed to do okay losing weight while in menopause, but it's definitely a lot harder. Exercise has been the key, and you'll get your groove back there eventually. Is your pool ready to go??
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:03 PM   #10
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Hi Sarah! It's great to meet you and I can't wait to get to know you better.
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:31 PM   #11
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Sarah! I'm really glad you posted. I was worried about you. I have no way to really understand what you're going through, but I am really glad to see you back!
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:01 PM   #12
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:03 PM   #13
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I'm so happy to see you back! Welcome home Sarah!
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Sarah It's so good to see you back. You've always been such an inspiration to me.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:25 AM   #15
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YAY!!!! Sarahs Back!!! I just returned myself.....Im sooo glad to "see" you!!
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