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crafty mama

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  • Birthday 09/10/1979

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  1. Happy 33rd Birthday crafty mama!

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    Fitness Through Technology - Be Your Own Coach!

    This is a great post, thanks for all the great info. I'm addicted to my smart phone and I love the cardio trainer app that is free but I upgraded to the 4.99. I am a runner and alway have been so it works a lot like My tracks but you can also log workouts that are on a treadmill or aerobic class or a variety of other workouts. It has really helped me to bump up the intensity of my workout. Thanks again.
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    Calling all A11s!!

    You are adorable!! I laugh every time I read your post- I too, grabbed all of my next sized down from that deep dark place in my closet and they wouldn't even go over my hips. Bastards
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    October 60 Mile Walk Challenge

    Congrats to all this month for all your hard work and determination- I finished my half marathon on Sat. Not my best time but I finished it. It's been a great month.
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    Calling all A11s!!

    Hi all- I am a ER nurse and I have access many ports in my career and hand sanitizer is not a normal standard of care- Every healthcare professional who is giving you a fill should use cloraprepp which is a clear soap (alot like rubbing alcohol) or iodine. The hand sanitizer is weird and puts you at risk for an infection in my opinion. So on that not I would tell you to speak up, if you think what they are doing is not right ask questions. Now I will get off that soap box, I haven't posted much since my surgery but I love reading everyones input, I feel great now, I too, struggle with my diet at times, I am just trying really hard to stay positive and active. I am running a half marathon next weekend and I haven't done that for a few years, I am having a great time training, and I love that my body doesn't hurt all the time. Thanks for all of your positive energy and GG thanks for your recipes, I'm excited to try the chile. I think my kids would love it. I have been eating a lot of beans and legumes for there protein power. I hope all is well- stay strong all you A11's
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    October 60 Mile Walk Challenge

    I am in... I am supposed to be training for a half marathon at the end of the month, I don't know if I'll be all the way ready for it but I know I can get 60 miles in.
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    Calling all A11s!!

    Hey you A11's Now that some of you are getting fills - I want to know how much saline your getting with your first fill? I get my first fill on thursday the 15th and I want to know what to expect. I am a nurse and i access ports all the time but never lap band ports. I have watched a few fills on youtube, they are kind of crazy, Good luck to those who have got filled and those who are getting filled.
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    Calling all A11s!!

    I was banded today Aug. 19th, Doing pretty good- I have the worse pain in my left shoulder from the gas and and my hernia repair- I have walk every square inch of my house a few times. I have 3 small kids, (4,3,1) and a wonderful husband. I work as a nurse in a busy ER. but I am taking a few weeks off. I just want to know how long I can expect the shoulder pain? Anyone know?
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    oh I am so happy for you!! I am still waiting for word on my appeal!! Congrats
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    TRIWEST process...????

    So do any of you know what military hospitals have bariatric clinics? I have looked all over the internet and I can't find any except for Balboa. THX
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    tricare appeals

    to anyone who has appeal tricare- How long did it take to get a response? Good or bad. I really want to hear either way.
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    Ideas for tricare appeal

    I was just wondering your outcome. I'm in the same boat as you- I submitted my appeal letter and I haven't heard anything. I was wondering if you appeals and what happend, and how long it took? I'm so anxious to see what they are going to say about my appeal? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Tricare Approval

    how do you figure out the 200% rule?
  14. Tricare denied me because I didn't meet their requirements I get the 100lbs overweight with co-morbidities, but how do you figure out the 200% overweight ideal body weight. I am nurse and a very good one if I may say without sounding full of myself, but I have no idea how to figure that out? Anyone else know?
  15. I just found out yesterday that tricare denied my lap band surgery. I am so sad and I don't know where to go from here. I sent in a letter of appeal yesterday as well, to try to get the ball rolling there. I really really wanted to have my surgery asap. I am over 100lbs but just barely and I have high chonlesterol and a long history of diabetes in my family but so far I don't have it yet. I wanted to avoid getting any sicker than I am already. Any advice on how to get them to approve me? I just feel like someone knock the wind out of my sails.