Wedding to John on November 6, 2016
At the ice cream shop with three of my step Grandchildren.
John and me in San Diego. Jan 2017
CAROLYN0107 is a SparkPeople Motivator!
UPDATE: January 17, 2016
This month finds me heavier than ever, especially after my trip to San Diego. I've already lost about four pounds and now to continue losing.
My plan is "fluid". I do not make resolutions. Here are some of my ideas though.
1. Continue Sparking. Keeping track of my weight on my ticker.
2. Continue going to TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) on Thursday. My husband has now joined me at TOPS so we have a bit of weekly "competition".
3. Eat fewer carbs. John is diabetic and counts his carbs each day so that helps me too as I cook low carb meals.
4. Figure out what exercise I can do. John is more handicapped then me and can not walk fast at all so when we go anywhere, I have to walk slower then usual and by all means not at a rate that will help me lose. I may start walking the halls in the condo building but haven't started doing that yet.
5. Tweak this plan as needed.
UPDATE: January 27, 2016 I gained quite a bit of weight this first year of living in the States. I'm starting to lose again though and will NEVER GIVE UP!
UPDATE: January 2, 2015 I moved back to the States at the end of November. I am now ready to get serious about losing weight!
I now live in Nebraska where I was born and raised. I worked in Africa as a nurse at a Christian hospital from 1977 - 2014. I helped start a new Mission hospital and I taught in the Nursing School.
I have been on SparkPeople since January 7, 2008, thus my Spark name Carolyn 0107. I am 63 years old.
One exciting thing. I am an Ovarian Cancer survivor since June 15, 2004! That means on June 15, 2015 I will be an 11 year Cancer Survivor! Praise the Lord!
Below find some personal comments:
January 2, 2015-- I managed to gain ten pounds last year during my transition out of Africa. I am now ready to get this weight OFF!
March 13, 2014 .. I am at my highest weight ever. I plan to move my weigh in days back to Thursdays and I also plan to celebrate small victories and not be controlled by the scale!
August 29, 2013...Nursing School where I teach started with a Spiritual Retreat. Classes begin Sept. 2nd. The weather will be getting hotter soon so it will be more difficult exercising in the African heat.
July 7, 2013... trying to walk outside most days, keeping up my exercising.
May 15, 2013... After four months without being able to post SparkPeople blogs and IT neighbor helped me figure out why and today I was able to post a new blog entry. WooHoo!
With the cooler season beginning here on the equator, I want to do more walking for exercise. It's not easy though with bad knees, the one that broke last year and the other that has bad arthritis. But, I plan on moving just the same.
January 7, 2013... my 5 year SparkVersary! This past year has been a difficult one because of breaking my left knee, falling and then breaking my left wrist (March 5th). I was in a wheelchair for 3 1/2 months then back on my feet after having had six surgeries. Although I did gain weight during the year, it could have been worse. BUT my weight loss journey restarted on Dec. 11, 2012. I have already lost 6 pounds in less than a month.
June 25, 2011- 1st 5K WALK, 60 minutes.
July 2, 2011 2nd 5K WALK, 55m25s. Shaved 4m35s off my time of last week! WooHoo!
March 5, 2012... I dislocated my left knee and broke my tibia (leg) then fell and dislocated and broke my left wrist. An artery in my knee was torn so a surgeon took a vein and made me a new artery out of the vein! On June 19, 2012 I had a total knee replacement.
Dec 11, 2012 I fly back to Africa. Praise the Lord!
I will NOT give UP!
4-8-16 Goal: Lose 15 pounds before the end of 2016.
"Not Perfection but Progress" in my lifestyle changes.
I will never give up!
This will normally be walking.
2. Nutrition: Portion control.
1. Blog at least twice a week.
I lived in Africa from 1977 through 2014. I worked as a nurse at a Christian Hospital. I taught in the Nursing School. Over the years I also did various other jobs as bookkeeping, auditing, orienting new workers, helping feed visitors, etc. During these 37+ years I also taught Bible Classes and helped teach in various churches and chapels in the area.
I am now retired and refocusing my time in the States.
Collecting Post Cards and spoons from my travels.
Genealogy is my new interest.
Photography but I am not a professional. I took lots of photos of where I live and worked in Africa.
"Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more."
"You have failed only when you stop trying. Until then, you're still in the act of progression. So, never quit trying and you'll never be a failure." -Tommy Kelly
"Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ."
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Bible: New International Version (1984)
Secrets of Success
| Pounds lost: 4.8
Thank you for the welcome! I appreciate it. Your life must be so exciting to think
of all the blessings you have had the privilege of. I am not saying things were
always easy, but seeing God meet needs and working things out, it ALWAYS a
Thanks, again. Love and prayers,
140 days ago
Hi Carolyn - I had been away from SP for awhile due to some health issues and have recently came back and saw from our team blog roll that you are getting married! Congratulations - I am so happy for you!! My dh and I were 'long distance'daters for awhile and got married after a year of emails, phone calls and visiting (we didn't live quite as far apart as you two did - we were in the same state - just opposite sides!) Good luck to you and I wish you much joy and happiness....you deserve it. Lynn - Knee/hip replacement team
205 days ago
I know one day soon you will be able to share good news about your weight loss. So many good things are happening for you right now and in time that will be one of them. So glad to hear you were able to find your dress and that the wedding plans are moving along nicely. I'm very excited for you. It's a wonderful and romantic love story and it couldn't happen to a more deserving person.
206 days ago
Carolyn, Thank you for sharing the story of how your engagement came to be. Encouraging for me! In GOD'S time.
213 days ago
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Fall in Love with Healthy Eating, Portion Control & Walking 2 Get Fit & Your sure 2 Fall in Love With Your Body!!
Sorry, I have been out of the loop with my asthma...
Love always Spark friend
231 days ago