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Feb 18,2014
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Nov. 3 2011
I guess this is part 3 ! I am yet again saying "this is it, I will lose this weight", proof is in the pudding that I won't ea.t I have had a number of "moments" that have made me so fed up with being....fat! I let this happen, and now am undoing all of this damage. I have a great support system this go around, besides my Sparkfriends that I hope to reconnect with! HEREWEGO!!!

Jan. 2011
My story has 2 parts. This is my 2nd go around with changing my lifestyle...I started Sparkpeople in 2008, was going along great, and (I am raising my hand for letting down the team!) got in the way, and I didn't keep going, I have now gained back a bunch in a real short amount of time...(back to a all time high) I am working with 2 Dr.'s, and have the support of my family. Soooooooo, HEREWEGO! .....again!

August 12, 2010
I am back, it may take a bit to get back into the swing of things, but I need this for my life!

A little over a year ago I had lost 51 plus lbs, and I hit a wall suddenly, and thought I was just not handling the whole empty nest thing.... I just found out in June my thyroid has not been working for about a as a result the weight came back on, and I felt so poorly it has been indescribable! Also I have had a certain diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis. For years I thought I had Crones. Everything has gone haywire, my blood sugars went sky high, and I am in stage 1 of liver disease. My esophagus was severely burned...I had a infection, and currently have the bacteria in my colin very elevated. Chronic diarrhea.... 10-15 times a day. In other words, it's been a real domino effect of bad health, I have been given a second chance to add years to my life. I lose weight, and control the diabetes the bad fat cells in the liver will go away, and I can stop the progress of the liver disease. The cells that are dead, are lost, but to get things back as healthy as it needs to be, over 140 lbs needs to come off.

I am telling you this, to possibly help someone else. It is very serious the whole weight thing, and I choose life, so I am hoping for the support of my friends. I am very relieved that I can do something about my condition. I was told yesterday to come in to talk to them about all of my tests results, and it would be a good idea to bring my Husband..... wow, what would you think? I thought they were going to tell me I had cancer, or I was in the last stages of liver disease.... I am lucky for now, but it won't be good news if I don't take it seriously.

I thought I would need to apply for disability, and quit doing hair.... I haven't been able to even bend over to sweep up my clients hair, or have the energy to handle being at work for any extended time, what a wake up call!

October 13, 2010
Good news from the Dr. my blood pressure, thyroid, and cholesterol are normal! My blood sugars are 2 pts from being in the normal range! I'm having trouble with my knees, and left ankle. I got a series of strength exercises from my Dr. that should get the left knee to stop sliding out of place...Nothing that losing the rest of this weight wouldn't solve!

Jan. 5, 2011 A lot has changed since Oct...Just had my 2nd follow up with my Dr's I wanted to be around 200-220 by now, but...that didn't happen! I am a mess, you would think with my health scares last year that would be incentive enough to get my weight off.... We are starting a new approach with some different meds, and I am making baby step goals..(AGAIN) Augh!!!! I need to sleep better at night, that is huge, and not sleeping has helped me become huge! I have been unknowingly eating at night...that sure packs it on! (really, that can happen with some sleep drugs) ; 0, oh yes it can.... Depression is worse, foot and knee pain is off the hook! Little everyday things are sure hard when your this heavy!

Jan. 5, 2011
I ordered the Zumba collection last week......making new goals for 2011!!! (It hasen't arrived yet...)

Jan.7, 2011
Ok, starting today I am tracking everything that goes into my "pie hole"! I have printed out the Sparkpeople shopping list, and meal plans for the week. Kick starting myself with "slim fast" 2 *'s a day for awhile. Moving more, So, each day I will add more steps on my pedometer (I where everyday), increase in 500 step increments daily. The goal to be at a consistant 10,000 daily. I will get on my ellipitical 2 times a week, or more!

Now this is the beginning.....

My name is Jill. I have been married 32 years, to a great man. I have 2 amazing children, and a adorable granddaughter, and a beautiful daughter-in -law, and a great Son-in-law. My home is in Utah, just north of Salt Lake City. We were in Wyoming from Jan 2007 to Feb of 2010. We were there for my husbands work. I am a hairdresser; I really love working with people and being creative; I started back part time; May 2010, in the same salon I was in before the Wyoming days. I have felt numb in so many areas of my life, and I hope to get that "spark" back. : }

June 2008, This was my "wake up call", I shaved and biced my head for my DIL, and it was so much more apparent, I am FAT... I want to be healthy!

August 2008, Started Sparkpeople...... an adventure to follow......

Nov. 2008, I have been able to go OFF one of my meds, Glipizide, this is sweet!!

Dec. 2008, I didn't think I would see a difference yet, with my clothing size, I am down 2 full sizes!!! I really don't know what my top weight was, (close to 290(ish)..., I think....) I was in major denial, it's amazing what things in life can wake you up!!! I needed to face just who I had let myself become, I don't like her at all!!

Dec. 5, 2008, I am excited to get to my goal, I can visualize next year at this time, it will be actually fun to get new clothes!! My Daughter and Husband hadn't seen me in over a month, my Daughter said she had to take a double take when she saw me!! I needed to hear that!! I can paint my own toenails now, and I can kneel easier, it's amazing, that gives me the desire to keep up with this, it's all positive!!

Dec. 20, 2008, The holidays are so hard!!! I haven't been on my plan so strictly, and I do feel a difference. But I do know, I will not let the weight back on, it's not worth it!!

Jan. 4, 2009, Putting myself out there for a push for another 30 lbs.... in 12 weeks

Jan. 6, 2009, I just came back from shopping with my Daughter....I bought a 22w, I am down from a 28w!!! I can actually zip them up, and they don't' hurt!! My size 10 is a long way off, but I can feel it........ :}

Jan. 14, 2009, It is the day that I will start my quest, Nothing magic here....just a lot of hard work!!!

Jan. 26, 2009, I am going OFF another medication, the Avantia, my count is staying around 6.5!! It's so nice, I also don't have, low blood sugar crashes anymore!!

Feb. 6, 2009, Okay, I bought a pair of jeans that were on sale, I didn't try them on, thinking they would be for incentive....they fit!!! 20W!!!!!!

March 7, 2009, I went shopping with my Daughter today, we went into the same dressing room, at the same store!!! I got some 18 jeans, not quite there yet....I am at that ever so popular, in between size!!! I got a couple of shirts, and now I am even more determined to do this!!

May 14, 2009, I am mad at myself, I had a rough patch, and gained some of my weight back, but, I am not giving up, and am back on my program. I did start another BL challenge.

June 7, 2009, I have a goal with my Doctor to weigh 225 by my Daughter's wedding Aug 15th..... I really want to do this!!!

March 3rd, 2010.... sad to say, I gained it back, but, I am here!!!

Member Since: 8/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 9,470

My Goals:
To feel in control of myself, and being healthier is formost. I want to feel sheer joy, that comes thru comfort in one's own skin. Time management is huge too, and portion control! : { I want to get into smaller sizes...I DO NOT want to be so self conscience about my mid-section anymore... I have been working on my *bucket List*, now that is a eye opener!

My Program:
I have started by becoming more aware of what I am eating, moving more, and the most important thing; showing my children and Grandchildren, "What NOT to let themselves get like!!

Personal Information:
I am 5'8", will turn 56 in November...I didn't have any weight issues until I was in my late 20's. I danced ballet, did some modeling, and used to crave working out!! (what happened??) I still love rock music, going to concerts, and being with my kids, and family. I love to cook, and have found way too much solace in eating!! Reading a good book is wonderful too! I love to draw also, I would love to take an offical "art" class to really find what my medium is... My favorite color is...RED!!!

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Plugging away at this quest for a better me. Making commitments all along the way.
There is a time and a season for everything....

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  • v WYOBZM
    emoticon emoticon Okay so I am high from a wonderful week. WHY?
    1. I completed a lot of pending things at work.
    2. It was spring break here and even though we work all year, I took some time off to garden.
    3. My yard looks fantastic and now I am just waiting to plant things. I can start the hearty crops mid May but nothing I don't want to die before June 6. We get hail really bad in May.
    4. I ran the fastest time trial 5k in 28:00 flat and then finished the run off with another 3.5 miles. Getting stronger with every run makes me high.
    5. I have time for myself to just relax, read, and catch up on SPARK.

    Mike Kramer, a Spark contributor, wrote a wonderful article called "Top 10 Strategies for Success". Short and to the point.

    With that in mind, I hope you have been able to do at least 3 of those steps consistently. The three I was able to keep in the forefront this week were trusting my plan, never stop learning, and having fun.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Keep on blogging, it is the best way to stay in touch with you, and remember to make time for yourself!
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    2508 days ago
  • v WYOBZM
    emoticon Okay SPARK friends make April 1st a new starting point for a goal you really want to achieve. If you have been working on a goal since January 1st, you have been at it for three full months so be proud of yourself! emoticon

    emoticon For those of you who just have to play pranks from saying, "your shoe is untied" or replacing the sports section with last weeks, just remember....
    You Know What They Say About Fools...
    The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. -- Mark Twain
    It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt. --Mark Twain
    However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him. -- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
    He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks. -- François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
    Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. -- Elizabeth Gaskell
    Looking foolish does the spirit good. -- John Updike
    Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. -- Mark Twain
    A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. -- William Blake
    It is better to be a fool than to be dead. -- Stevenson
    2515 days ago
  • v WYOBZM
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Spring TIme!

    I love spring! emoticon The joy of planning my gardens .I love the first sign of the crocus, emoticon daffodil, and tulips pooping up, emoticon brushing away the dead and heavy cover to see the strawberries, chives,parsley and lavender emerge, emoticon the shoots of green buds on trees, emoticon and the robins returning, emoticon the morning sounds of the birds chirping. emoticon

    Spring is a time of renewal. The weather gets warmer and the days grow longer allowing us time to get out doors and PLAY! Finding fun and exciting ways to enjoy the out of doors will invigorate and motivate you plus it changes your routine causing those pounds to drop. Try biking, rollerblading, trail hiking or geocaching. Play kick the can, skipping, or jump roping with the kids. Push strollers, walk dogs, climb fences. Join a league. Grow a garden. The possibilities are limitless.

    Spring is a time of freshness. Start trying some new veggies and fruits. Drink lots of water. Give yourself a homemade facial or scrub your feet with an abrasive. Give your house a good cleaning. Get rid of the old.

    Okay, hopefully I motivated you to make some fun changes and break up your routine a tad. Let me know what works for you! emoticon
    2527 days ago
  • v WYOBZM
    emoticon Hello! Hello! Hello and HAPPY MONDAY! Time for my friendly weekly update. emoticon

    Many of my friends had birthdays this last week. I hope each day as you get older, you get wiser too! emoticon

    My marathon training is going. I get all my workouts in and even though I am slow, I amaze myself that I can walk/run over 40 miles in a week. emoticon

    If you noticed, I changed my avatar. I really, really love DIsney World so I changed to a picture of Winnie and Tigger took last year. Funny thing is that I am not use to it yet and I keep wondering who it is when I see it.

    Also in the news, I went to a party Saturday night. I am not the partying type but we are from New Orleans and friends had a Mardi Gras party. Wouldn't you know I was bad and from the cajun food, beer, and hurricanes I gained like 5 pounds. I know it will be gone in a few days, but geesh, can't I have some control. Good thing I only go to one party every three years. Oh, I also had a doozy of a headache on Sunday.

    Well Wednesday starts Lent season and that is always good for a drop in five pounds(if you give up sweets)

    emoticon Have a wonderful week and make sure to do something for yourself everyday. You are the most important person in your life. By doing something special for yourself, you love yourself and get some joy. Joy is the BEST feeling in the world. Love ya! emoticon emoticon
    2539 days ago
    Girl, just want you to know that even though we haven't seen you for a while, we're still loving and caring about you!

    I hope your life is filled with fun and sunshine and peace!
    2543 days ago
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