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Its that time of year where Summer will soon slip by as a memory and Fall will hit us with the STING Of cold air ! I live in Maine and winter lasts from at times late October and almost always by the 2nd or 3rd week of November. We ENJOY the Summer as much as possible because those 99 days go FAST !!! At this writing we are still hitting in the low 80s. This has been a hotter than normal Summer being in the 90s for over 7 days. The humidity has been in the 90s and the dew points in the 70s. THANKFULLY for AC !!

I've been dealing with a wound on my foot for the past 15 months which has not wanted to stay healed. It heals (inside a cast) than I return back to shoes made from castings of my feet, non the less though the shoes have been worked on many times, the wound reoccurs. At this writing I am going to be seeing my foot Dr for the big toe on left food being amputated. This is the first of others to follow until it's done up to the knee. Please know I am ok with it,, well as much one can be.

When I am going through such a thing,,, it does NOT help me dwell on the negative thoughts instead I look towards the healing and the FUN i can return to !!! This had started out with many previous surgeries over a span of at least 7 to 10 yrs, I've lost track. Two years ago, a surgery on it, just didn' work out well. I've known for quite some time this would be the outcome. In the past 2 yrs I have hardly been able to swim ! I ADORE swimming, so I am very much looking forward to being healed and returning back to the pool !!! My friend who goes also has only gone a few times, she told me the other regulars are missing me. Of course by the time I return some of them might no longer be there.

It's the BREAK between the Summer and Fall 5% Community Challenge. On this team, we are divided into 12 teams who compete with each other for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place by doing the most exercise, the most points from doing different healthy skills every 2 weeks, and the ultimate goal, to lose 5% of our weight !! In the Winter and Spring Challenges I DID lose my 5% !! That was 12 lbs in 8 weeks and than 11 lbs in 8 weeks. For the Sumer Challenge I STILL Did very well at 8 lbs in 8 weeks ! The break is most likely 4 to 6 weeks of which I am doing my BEST to lose 1.25 lbs each week, and HITTING my goal of 10 lbs loss during the FALL Challenge. If you aren't a part of this team and would like to be, please just say so.

Now is it EASY to lose these pounds? I've told you about my foot ,, but I also have scoliosis which was known when I was born,,, no X Ray needed,,, my Dad has it also, along with fibromyalgia (if you know anyone with this you know it's pain 24/7 which moves from one spot to another, causes brain fog and it's very hard to sleep) along with spondylolthesis (hope I spelled that right) my L5 has slipped so it's over the L4 (I fractured my back in HS doing a move in gymnastics,,, my spotter turned away just as I was up in the air going into a backward flip ). So yes, I deal with pain all the time, but you know what? It's ONLY pain !! SO MANY STRONGLY believe when your in chronic pain if you try to exercise it'll HURT YOU MORE ! HOWEVER I've found,, thanks to a physical therapist who laid it FLAT Out that when you exercise it HELPS to REDUCE the pain !! ALWAYS check with ur Dr before starting an exercise routine, but DO NOT hang back. MANY of my friends who hadn't believed it, are now doing so. It WORKS !

Member Since: 7/7/2011

Fitness Minutes: 84,309

My Goals:
To lose 1.25 lbs a week during the break of 4 to 6 weeks approximately. Eat the CORRECT amount of calories. I WOULD Of made my 5% had I of not gone UNDER my calories.

My Program:
To stay in calorie range as said. To do my best to have my protein level at 70gm as my dietitian has me doing for a good recovery.

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I am a very stubborn person so when it comes to making a goal,, I PLAN ON SEEING IT THROUGH !! I am a very kind person so please don't allow that word "STUBBORN" bother you its only against myself.

I am OWNED by Izzy Ma Gizzy as MaryAnnGi) calls her,, she's a brown tiger kitty cat who had belonged to some SPARKS Pet groups, but yeah she's DROPPED most of the weight and I WANT both my tablet (of which she is TRAINED to know when she hears the BEEP of it turning on to COME so she can play the Mousey game. The mice run across the screen she goes BERZERK to catch them !!

I do have some grandkids, but they are now grown so they aren't around as they were when they were teens and had more feedom. My house was the gathering place,, I LOVED It of course, but yeah the little snicker dooo doo's DO grow up !! It's FUN thoough to text them. I NEED to text the older 2 to come and fix 2 chairs I own.

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I am very fortunate to be the ML (Motivational Leader) for the Spirited Under Dog team (A part of the 5% Community Team) ,, AkA "Dawggies" of when the new ones are coming on are referred to as PUPPIES !! Aww so fresh and new,, so FULL of enthusiasm that I GET SOO EXCITED I MAY leave little spots where they DO NOT belong ! if you have read this far on my page,, please mention that,,, and I;ll send you a goODIE !

Did you happen to notice,, I wrote A LOT about the cat,,, and only a little bit about the Grandkids? LOL they know this !! LOL !! They are used to it. Though they know I LOVOUS them with ALL I have !

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    I haven't heard anything back yet from the sleep study. I think I slept enough but really not sure there either. I called and left a message with my Dr. to see if they heard anything back yet and no call back as of yet.

    14 hours ago
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    I just had to stop by after I saw your comment on AutieJ's blog, "I Fully Support S&M (Wink Wink)". I thought my (former) friend was odd asking me about my panty size some years back (I never asked it of her back). Now I see it's not as unusual as I thought. Sadly, for a multitude of reasons (not the query on the panties), and a lot of jealousy, she is no longer a friend.

    So, people actually do compare underwear size. Go know!

    Thanks for the posting!
    18 hours ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. When you mentioned your broken for bones, I immediately said, Charcot foot. The peripheral neuropathy effects the bones and joints leading to breaking bones. Circulation changes also effect it, but you probably knew all this already. I'm surprised the Dr didn't notice it immediately, as you can tell from a fallen arch and sometimes the bones pertrude out from the bottom of the foot.

    I certainly feel for you! I have neuropathy all over. Oh yes, it's painful!! I also have periodontal disease from the diabetes.
    1 day ago
    Yes, Maryang(etc.) is familiar. Will get to know all of them eventually better. Looking forward to the team. Missed the 5% Summer b/c I was just not feeling up to it but feel better now and more determined. I think it also was sort of a lousy summer for most - so much rain or so much heat or both!

    Glad to know you are doing so well, Diane. Will keep my fingers crossed re Tuesday. I'm sure you'll get the team back on its feet in no time. Keep up the good work!

    1 day ago
    I know my emotions are over the top now that I'm back in the States and my husband is still across the pond for 3 weeks, but your very kind note on my blog brought me to tears. Thank you for the welcome, the encouragement, the reassurances, and most of all for the sense of belonging on my new team.
    Someone pass me the tissues. *sniffle*
    1 day ago
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