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I Lost Weight: Rosemarie Hernandez Jeanpierre Lost 105 Pounds And Completed 62 Marathons In 52 Weeks

I Lost Weight: Rosemarie Hernandez Jeanpierre Lost 105 Pounds And Completed 62 Marathons In 52 Weeks

Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 12:50:49 in Healthy Living

“Rosemarie, you look amazing and your running achievements are simply awesome! I am so very glad you carefully addressed the emotional aspects of overeating and craving food for comfort, as many people do not address that.”
13 Reasons To Do Bodyweight Exercises Today

13 Reasons To Do Bodyweight Exercises Today

Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 11:31:25 in Healthy Living

“I am finally able to do the monkey bars as an adult :) There are a few "retro" parks around here that still have them. What a workout!”
Cost Of Childbirth Is Too High For Individuals And Employers, Groups Say

Cost Of Childbirth Is Too High For Individuals And Employers, Groups Say

Commented Jan 11, 2013 at 20:44:02 in Parents

“The McMaster study, among others, illustrates that homebirth in the proper screened population is every bit as safe as hospital birth for low-risk women. The practical training all the midwives I know undergo trumps anything that goes on in nursing school (how much hands-on is there really in that OB rotation these days?. I can assure you it is not very much at the nursing schools here). Training is everything, degree is not. Mothers must use due diligence in picking a practitioner.

Vaginal deliveries are the way nature intended, pure and simple. It is medical intervention that is necessitating the unncessary surgeries. Furthermore, the "old school" OBs who could deftly handle a delivery with low-tech interventions and experience have gone the way of the dodo bird.

As to the Nethlerlands: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02175.x/abstract

Just Janice on Jan 13, 2013 at 12:47:38

“Logically this is impossible. Birth is only known to be safe in retrospective - even in low risk groups (low risk is not no risk) emergencies can happen including shoulder dystocia, placental abruption, post-partum hemmorhage. These sorts of things have outcomes that are much worse if help is not available immediately - not "the hospital is just 5 minutes away". Further Homebirth in the US is rarely integrated with the hospital system in the same way it is in other countries, as such transfer is rarely, if ever seemless”

Just Janice on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:11:10

“No it's not. You are only low risk until you are not. You only know birth is safe in hindsight. Things can change very quickly - and even 5 minutes away from the hospital can be too far. The risk is reasonable, but it certainly is not a chance I would want to take with either myself or my child.

I'll take a provider who has seen thousands of births over their career and hundreds in any given year over one who is limited to at most 60 per year. Further, if I wanted to spend an hour in an appointment - I'd go to a therapist or spend the time with a friend. Length of appointment does not mean quality care.”
Cost Of Childbirth Is Too High For Individuals And Employers, Groups Say

Cost Of Childbirth Is Too High For Individuals And Employers, Groups Say

Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 13:28:10 in Parents

“The OB-GYNs are predominantly practicing convenience and "cover your butt" medicine. The only C-section you get sued for is the one you didn't do....

If the US used a midwifery-based care model for low-risk women and only used obstetric surgeons for the higher risk women, we would save so much $$ and the outcomes for moms and babies would be better.

I highly recommend watching "The Business of Being Born" for some great information on this topic. It is on Netflix, and I believe they even made a follow up to it.”

Susan Shaffer on Jan 11, 2013 at 17:58:31

“My first pregnancy was considered high risk by virtue it was twins. Did you know there is a 7 fold increase chance of death of the second twin with a vaginal birth?
With increasing numbers of twins being born due to assisted reproduction and advanced maternal age somehow causing twins more, you would expect that to be reflected in more caesarians.”

Just Janice on Jan 10, 2013 at 11:47:35

“The Business of Being Born should be retailed the business of being misled. Midwives (CPMs in the US) would not be qualified to practice anywhere else in the industrial world - they do not even need to go to college. Further Homebirth in the US has a hideous track record and a death rate that is more than 3 times higher than planned hospital birth. In the Netherlands - the epitome of a 'midwife based' system - low risk women having Homebirth under the care of a midwife have worse outcomes than high-risk women under the care of an OB in hospital.

Are the lives of mother and children worth the 'cost-savings' that would come from pushing more vaginal deliveries - because the cesareans generally are not done unless they are wanted by the mother or the risk of proceeding with a natural birth exceed the risks of proceeding surgically.”
Vocabulary Test Results Show Top U.S. Students Losing Ground, Others Stagnate

Vocabulary Test Results Show Top U.S. Students Losing Ground, Others Stagnate

Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 12:27:37 in Education

“My mom let me do this too! Our TV broke when I was in first grade and we didn't have the money to fix it for almost two years. I'm 40 now and still do not enjoy watching television, but boy do I enjoy my reading :) People also need to take an active role and read to children when they are very young.”

abscs2000 on Dec 6, 2012 at 14:25:30

“We had a tv when I was a kid, but it wasn't that big of a deal. Couldn't care less about it today.

But I've been an insane reader forever. We're so lucky, aren't we?! F & F”
How Power Outages Wreak Havoc On Your Sleep

How Power Outages Wreak Havoc On Your Sleep

Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 14:19:52 in Healthy Living

“This article is spot-on. My sleep schedule is completely "off" after the outage, and I got no exercise for an entire week...just feeling very grateful to have power now but my body feels like I had the flu or something.”
Olympic Weightlifting: Khadija Mohammed Blazes Landmark Trail To London From United Arab Emirates

Olympic Weightlifting: Khadija Mohammed Blazes Landmark Trail To London From United Arab Emirates

Commented Jul 15, 2012 at 23:04:18 in Sports

“If I had the money, I would set up weight rooms for all of those countries myself. This is so empowering for those women and I applaud her for actually qualifying for the Games!”
Weight Loss Success: Heather Wajer Fell In Love With Triathlons And Lost 158 Pounds

Weight Loss Success: Heather Wajer Fell In Love With Triathlons And Lost 158 Pounds

Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 15:05:28 in Healthy Living

“Heather, your story is so inspiring and I hope you get a chance to compete at Kona! You look absolutely glowing in your triathlon "after" pic :)”
Vaccines: 'Shot-Limiting' On The Rise In Portland, Study Finds

Vaccines: 'Shot-Limiting' On The Rise In Portland, Study Finds

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 20:52:26 in Parents

“Our doc said the exact same thing Fred, and that is what he did with his own children.”
Long Commute Takes Away From Healthy Activities, Study Suggests

Long Commute Takes Away From Healthy Activities, Study Suggests

Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 20:34:53 in Healthy Living

“It definitely should Samuel, but the truly unhealthy ones they are speaking of are most likely the car commuters, like the ones mentioned in this article: http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/22/news/economy/commute_census_recession/index.htm (I live right down the road from town with the longest commute in the country). The only public transportation method that's viable is pretty much bus, as there is no high-speed rail, and obviously with that kind of distance walking and bicycling is out (although those are the best-sounding commuting methods to me!)

The kicker is that those folks left "the city" for a "better life." So they moved out here to PA. The better life they wanted resolved around owning a big house, usually on some land, with lower taxes. However, now they sit behind the wheel or on a bus so much that their health suffers and they don't see their families. I don't get it?”
Weight Loss Success: Amanda Pruss Started A Food Diary And Lost Nearly 140 Pounds

Weight Loss Success: Amanda Pruss Started A Food Diary And Lost Nearly 140 Pounds

Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 00:46:40 in Healthy Living

“No, you obviously don't know what people go through. So you had endocrine difficulties and you lost the weight. Good on you.

My lack of results had nothing whatsoever to do with my lack of effort and everything in the world to do with my lack of knowledge. Truth of the matter is, my excuses were indeed 100% valid, as I was following all my doc's advice, following diet and exercising like mad (oh yeah, doing HIIT to my max HR wasn't pushing enough, spare me), WW was the only commercial diet my doc endorsed as I was lactating and they offered a nursing plan). Many docs are still telling women to STAY AWAY from weights, that they will BULK UP.....

My whole point in posting here was to encourage others who are having difficulties to NOT allow themselves to languish. Excuses can be valid, but it also means something bigger is going on and you need to press on and find answers somehow, someway, tweak things, change them up, do something, get answers, question everything. I need to eat strict, a la Dr. Bernstein fashion.”

bassasaurusrex on Jun 18, 2012 at 01:31:30

“Endocrine difficulties? Diabetes and Thyroid are 2 heads of the permanent obesity trifecta. A pituitary problem was the only thing I was missing. Diabetes and thyroid is endocrine disaster not difficulty but still not an excuse to be fat as it can be overcome.
HIIT to the max heart rate isn't enough as you learned. Learning how to 'get right' is part of effort too.
You are right that there are a lot of fools who tell women they will get 'bulky' if they lift weights which anyone with an 8th grade science background would know is BS given the relative lack of testosterone on females part.
Going to a doctor is a bad place to start. Personal trainer. Nutritionist is where to start. Doctors get scant little training in exercise and nutrition. ( unless the doctor specifically specializes in dietetics in med school) Again you have now 'learned' that not all doctors know what they are talking about, that still doesn't make it a valid excuse. A person who lays the blame on someone else is making excuses. You getting to a better you is YOUR responsibility. If you are going to blame others and conditions etc as the reason you didn't succeed you will always fail.
NO excuse is valid. Do it or don't do it. That's it. Something fails, try something else and keep going. Only losers make excuses for their failures. Winners learn from their failures and don't make them again. there is a big difference.”
Weight Loss Success: Amanda Pruss Started A Food Diary And Lost Nearly 140 Pounds

Weight Loss Success: Amanda Pruss Started A Food Diary And Lost Nearly 140 Pounds

Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 19:18:00 in Healthy Living

“Amanda, you look wonderful! So glad you found the path to weight loss and fitness and, above all, personal happiness and contentment. Congratulations :)”
Weight Loss Success: Amanda Pruss Started A Food Diary And Lost Nearly 140 Pounds

Weight Loss Success: Amanda Pruss Started A Food Diary And Lost Nearly 140 Pounds

Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 19:16:12 in Healthy Living

“You have no idea of what people go through. In some cases, it is indeed very simple. In other cases, it can take years to figure out the puzzle which will allow the weight to be lost. I decided to do whatever it would take to become fit after my 3rd child was born in 2006. I began exercising immediately, 3 times a week minimum. Exercise became a way of life. I also started Weight Watchers as a nursing mom. Only lost 10 lb. Once she weaned, I switched to South Beach. Stuck with that and was stuck at approximately 30 lb over my ideal weight. In spite of regular spin classes, riding bike outside, hiking, you name it, I couldn't budge the weight. It literally has taken a combination of eliminating all grains/sugars/carbs not from veggies/fruits (was undiagnosed borderline diabetic), CrossFit, & bioidentical hormones for me to lose weight, and I'm now where I need to be in 2012. Literally a 6+ year exhaustive journey. So sometimes there is an "excuse" to be fat. You never would have known when I was carrying 30 extra pounds for those couple of yrs just how hard I was working each & every day to get those pounds off. It took about 5 different doctors before I found the one who would listen & work with me to find the answer.”

bassasaurusrex on Jun 17, 2012 at 20:45:36

“Actually I do. If you were a regular on these stories you no doubt would have seen me comment on my thryoid problem. On the fact that I was/am type II diabetic. That I was nearly 400 lbs. (I'm 210 with 5% body fat now and my diabetes is non-existent at least in measurable terms)
It's easy if you have an ounce of seriousness and dedication. Everything you described sounds like a fad diet. Hiking will do very little. Again read what I wrote: WEIGHT LIFTING. LIFTING OF WEIGHTS is how you will lose weight along with eating sensibly and eating at the right intervals (i.e. at least 8 times a day). I'm talking doing it seriously. Not picking up 10 lbs dumbells and waving them around for 20 minutes. I'm talking doing sets to failure. I'm talking adding 5% to your working weight every week. I'm talking changing your splits once every other month to cause muscle confusion.
So again, there is never an excuse. You clearly didn't push yourself hard enough. I can say that 100% for sure never having met you given what you've said.
Also if you were 'borderline' diabetic, that means you already have metabolic disorder and need to watch that carefully. Just sayin'
P.S. Oh and what a shock, you switched to crossfit which is one of the hardest weightlifting regimens out there and you get in shape. Thanks for proving my point)”
Yvette Wilson Cervical Cancer: 'Moesha' Star's Condition, Explained

Yvette Wilson Cervical Cancer: 'Moesha' Star's Condition, Explained

Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 02:33:47 in Healthy Living

“RIP Yvette Wilson. HPV is SO common these days, and the aggressive strains can attack seemingly overnight and cause changes in the cervix very, very rapidly.

I can see where women still get easy access to Pap tests. In my county, there is no public health department. Planned Parenthood is 15 miles away, and public transportation is sporadic. And I'm not even in the most rural area of the state. Private physicians don't want to schedule an appointment without appropriate coverage, and even then the wait can be long (I called in February and my appointment for my Pap is in July - that was "first available" and I do have a history of cervical issues). If a woman contracts an extremely aggressive strain of HPV and doesn't get a prompt evaluation, I can totally see where the disease would get horribly advanced before the diagnosis is made. This is just sad in this day and age.”
The New Way To Beat Food Cravings

The New Way To Beat Food Cravings

Commented Jun 3, 2012 at 11:43:15 in Healthy Living

“I am right there with you. Getting rid of the sugar was the single most effective tool to beat cravings. Next was always drinking a huge glass of water when feeling hungry, because sometimes my hunger signals are actually thirst signals.”
Sioux City Journal, Iowa Newspaper, Devotes Front Page To  'Our Opinion' Editorial Fighting Bullying

Sioux City Journal, Iowa Newspaper, Devotes Front Page To 'Our Opinion' Editorial Fighting Bullying

Commented Apr 23, 2012 at 01:35:44 in Education

“I totally agree with you, thanks for speaking up. And we as parents need to try to set a good example for our children each and every day by what we say and do, how we conduct our lives. We need not only talk the talk, but we must truly walk the walk.”
Sugar In Food: 8 Eats With More Than A Twinkie

Sugar In Food: 8 Eats With More Than A Twinkie

Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 12:54:59 in Healthy Living

“If you are an insulin resistant or diabetic person, you can exercise properly and you'll still have to worry plenty. Trust me, the glucometer does not lie. It shows me when my sugar spikes and it does not know whether I ate oatmeal or Twizzlers. I do high-intensity exercise for a minimum of 6 hours weekly but still, if I eat too many whole grains, I will put on weight and my BMI will creep up into the overweight range despite the hard work, and I've been active for years. A great website about blood sugars is here: http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
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Weight Loss Success: Nancy Pettit Found A Diet Plan She Could Stick To And Lost 140 Pounds

Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 18:30:47 in Healthy Living

“Nancy, you look just wonderful, and thank you for sharing the whole story and details of the "hows and whys" of gaining and also losing. These little details help people like me decipher our own "get healthy" journeys and are very much appreciated. Congratulations and best wishes for lots more great health and success :)”
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Better Sleep, Prettier Skin And 8 Other Unexpected Side Benefits Of Working Out

Commented Mar 24, 2012 at 11:58:55 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for posting that Jon. The LAB course helped me immensely, and in turn I have been able to help my husband and children ride safely on roads and bike paths. To the other commenters - I do not ever get on my bike without utilizing proper safety precautions each and every time, just like I don't get behind the wheel of my car without doing the same. Not only am I responsible for my own safety, but I am also responsible for setting the proper example for my children.”
It Ain't Over Till It's Over: Race For The Reunion

It Ain't Over Till It's Over: Race For The Reunion

Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 16:03:53 in Fifty

“Regina, you look great and I so enjoyed reading your story. I, too, would love to try a tri but have not attempted to really swim ever in my life. Maybe, just maybe I will try it someday too. Thank you for being so inspiring!”

msfixit3325 on Mar 14, 2012 at 17:54:47

“Yes, karenmt, this is a truly inspiring story to read! I also have a "40th year " high school reunion coming up in July 2012 and also want to look a little better as well. I've always been one to try and lead a healthier lifestyle, by watching what I eat & staying away from the foods that I know will be my downfall. I've got pretty good will power with certain foods, so I feel good about that.

I recently joined a local gym in my town; I try to go at least 2-3x a week, but also depends on what is going on with other areas in my life. Since I've joined, I have lost 6 lbs so far. I can feel the pants a little looser, so I'm happy with that. I drink mostly water, Lipton diet green tea and haven't had much soda at all. I only drink diet soda. So there's nothing wrong with an event to give somebody a little motivation to make themselves healthier! I love to swim too, but there's not a local pool anywhere close to me. So, have to be satisfied with the gym! :)”
How To Choose A Bicycle: <em>Bicycling</em> Magazine's Buyer's Guide For Every Cyclist

How To Choose A Bicycle: Bicycling Magazine's Buyer's Guide For Every Cyclist

Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 13:29:40 in Healthy Living

“Definitely encourage her! Not only is it great for you, but it sets a great example for your children too! I'm so proud of myself, and have lots of energy, which in turn makes me a better parent. People also do not realize that things like bicycles, canoes, hiking boots, etc., can last for years and provide literally hours of low-cost recreation for families. Everyone keep moving :)”
How To Choose A Bicycle: <em>Bicycling</em> Magazine's Buyer's Guide For Every Cyclist

How To Choose A Bicycle: Bicycling Magazine's Buyer's Guide For Every Cyclist

Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 14:04:01 in Healthy Living

“Professional rider? I'm a mom of 3 who works a couple of jobs and rides a 10-year-old low-end road bike. I'm passionate about fitness and weighed over 200 lb when I bought the above-mentioned bicycle. I walked out of the first shop that talked down to my overweight/unfit self and would advise anyone else to do the same.”

Haveissues on Mar 8, 2012 at 14:54:32

“Good for you! My wife started riding and working out with me several years ago and has gotten herself back into shape. I have been there every step of the way and I know (and get to hear) how tough it is.”
How To Choose A Bicycle: <em>Bicycling</em> Magazine's Buyer's Guide For Every Cyclist

How To Choose A Bicycle: Bicycling Magazine's Buyer's Guide For Every Cyclist

Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 08:52:58 in Healthy Living

“Absolutely not! Been there, done that. The bikes sold by mass-market retailers such as Wal-Mart/Target/K-Mart are absolute and utter junk. They don't shift when they are supposed to, the chains fall apart, everything squeaks. Then, when you try to take them to the local bike shop to have them fixed, the local bike shop can't even help you - those bikes aren't even worth fixing.

A good-quality local bike shop will work with you to get you on the bike you need. My shop offered a no-interest layaway plan so I could buy my first road bike, which I'm still happily riding a decade later. There are also attractive financing plans for buyers with good credit. An additional perk is that, after developing a relationship with your local bike shop for years, they will go above and beyond to help you in the case of a problem or issue. When my shifter was not working well and we were due to leave on vacation, they stayed open late just for me to fix it so I could take my bike along. Like anything else in life, you truly get what you pay for.

Great article, thanks!”

db025 on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:18:28

“A professional rider like yourself can afford those shops. I went in one once a number of years ago when I was looking at starting to ride again and was blown off by the sales people as soon as I told them I hadn't ridden since I was a kid.

Do they want to encourage people to save the earth or what??

The obno attitude of the full staff there turned me off to the whole movement. I now drive a 23 year old VW diesel and look for strings of bikers in their $200 tights just so I can drive by them slowly and down shift for a good cloud of diesel exhaust!”
Weight Loss Success: Hattie Montgomery Let Go Of A Painful Past And Lost 300 Pounds

Weight Loss Success: Hattie Montgomery Let Go Of A Painful Past And Lost 300 Pounds

Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 13:04:08 in Healthy Living

“Bless you Hattie! You are doing such a great job with your new healthy lifestyle :)

I only wish my husband had chosen to follow a path like yours instead of getting surgery and never facing the WHY he became morbidly obese in the first place.

I wish you much success with your triathlon!”

hattiemarie on Feb 13, 2012 at 14:34:26

“Thank you so much! My life has been truly blessed. All of my challenges have made me into someone I'm so proud of. I celebrate anyone who choses to improve their quality of life. How is your husband? It's so hard to face our fears and our why, but once you do your life will be forever changed. I hope your husband is doing well.

I'm looking forward to my indoor tri. Wow, three years ago I had a foot in the grave and today I'm living an amazing life, doing things I only dreamt about before.”
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How To Get Fit With Your Phone

Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 17:35:28 in Healthy Living

“Thank you - I am going to get a push-up and sit-up apps right now :)”
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