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Chipping Away at Type2 Diabetes Naturally with Diet, Exercise & Attitude!

July 2014
Well, that was a fun month. I worked hard all month on both diet and exercise and then my blood pressures started becoming dangerously low. My doctor tweaked my medicines and finally took me off them just to see if anything would explode. It was like being let out of prison after serving thirty years. My pressures have been normal ever since and I'm feeling fabulous. I cut my hair short and have no idea how to not look like a untamed rock star, but that's the fun of it. Change ...
July 2014
Well, that was a fun month. I worked hard all month on both diet and exercise and then my blood pressures started becoming dangerously low. My doctor tweaked my medicines and finally took me off them just to see if anything would explode. It was like being let out of prison after serving thirty years. My pressures have been normal ever since and I'm feeling fabulous. I cut my hair short and have no idea how to not look like a untamed rock star, but that's the fun of it. Change is good and taking care of myself brings great change. Two pounds more to get back to my lowest and now I know this journey is just too important to screw around with, so I'm choosing to have an excitement for life. If you can't laugh regularly, you may as well go right back to bed, pull the covers over your head and don't come out until you are ready to enjoy life with all its pitfalls and triumphs. Changing my looks, my routine, my attitude and getting closer to a more normal weight is making me feel both younger and more alive. -Holly

June 2014 Reflection
I have been on Sparks for a year and five months. That first year I was a star Spark pupil and cheerleader for all and then as my one year anniversary closed in and I was not at my goal I grew cocky and complacent. It seems the planets had fallen out of alignment while I wasn't paying attention.

This was a luxury I could not afford and my attention to the matter was inconsistent at best. I dusted myself off enough times to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. I knew I had to find the new me or the old me would take over again and threaten to shorten my life and diminish my pleasures in it.

Slowly my excuses started creeping back and twenty pounds flew back on at the speed of light. My wardrobe got darker and those loose fitting jeans I kept for gardening were being worn beyond the yard. I was becoming unbecoming. With my 60 pound weight reduction my personality had changed for the better. I had turned into a bright shinning positive light with glorious comedic bursts of creativity. Only now with weight gain, I was facing months of 'on again off again' sloppy food choices, depression and poor health. The old me was hovering overhead like a patient vulture. If it had landed I might have lost a pound of flesh but this was more of a nagging fear consuming me. I tried to fake it but you can't run away from yourself, plus my acting skills never got me to Hollywood.

I was even becoming less social and more importantly not the person I wanted to emulate and knew I was deep down inside. One positive thing. I stayed in touch with SPARKPEOPLE and no one gave up on me. When seasoned successful veterans talked to me it was always with deep caring, understanding and encouragement. They had total faith in me!!! This gave me the strength to keep trying and most of all, to continue standing on the scale weekly as I wrestled with a feeling of panic that I might become obese again. I had to believe all those good habits I had put in place over the past year were not in vain and even the bad habits I religiously redirected had to be in my toolbox for success.

Well, I am pleased to report I have officially woken up from my delusional and often erratic slumber. I am back in the life-long challenging game of embracing the world with modest self adoration. I dearly hope I am through courting death and destruction. It offered no fun and was a very slippery slope. I am taking charge of me and not letting go because I am worth it! There is a delightful energy that surrounds me when I am the only one in charge of what I need to live a happy and healthy life. The world is full of hazards and hazardous people. Lots of family and friends do not want you to reach this level of success. Forgive them entirely, put your fingers in your ears and move to the head of the line. We all deserve to be of a more normal weight until we draw our last living breath! Thanks for reading this, Holly
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Member Since: 2/11/2013

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My Goals:
It is my goal to rid myself of 18 more pounds and keep myself centered and better balanced. I know I can do this, as I have done in the past, however this time I want to be able to handle maintenance with greater success and understanding of the health benefits. I must trust myself and filter out the unnecessary negative chatter in the world.

My Program:
My exercise either walking, swimming, biking and horseback riding daily. 'Move it or lose it' daily! Food Tracker and Fitness Tracker are imperative as well as tracking my blood pressure and blood sugars. When I am not exercising I practice Mediatation to keep myself balanced with an inner peace. I also try to keep my caloric intake below 1100 calories from day to day with "NO EXCUSES". I take full responsibility for my actions and I laid all my excess baggage to rest. Forgiveness is the key to everything. It lightens you up ALL OVER!


Personal Information:
I am a Wellesley College graduate living outside Boston. I love all cats especially Siamese. My husband and I have rescued several. I always was crazy about horses but got too heavy for light horses so I moved over to draft horses for several years. I trained, exhibited, rode, drove and showed Clydesdale horses. Now, with the support of Sparkpeople I am of a more normal weight I have recently returned to light horses. I also enjoy the arts, creative writing, all forms of comedy and gardening. I am passionate about encouraging others to treat themselves better so they can enjoy the luxury of being a normal weight. I am also renovating a 1918 English colonial home with my husband.

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I like to think everyone has the ability to get to a healthy weight and lifestyle at some point in their lives, only then are you are able to take control for your own happiness. It is a wonderful thing. I am finally learning to embrace the process hiccups and all. Many thanks to SPARKPEOPLE!

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SHERYLP461
9/20/2014 6:45:57 PM

Thanks Holly, actually not do much, I am still on a special diet. But my HD birthday is in two weeks, hope to be ready to go then! Thanks for the good wishes
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FOUNDER3
9/19/2014 3:16:10 PM

Hi Holly, thanks for noticing my posts and keeping up with me so well.

I have to report that I just went outside, and rode my actual bike for twenty minutes. This is the second time I have actually ridden, the first time I was able to do 8 minutes.I had a few starts and stops, before I was able to ride the first time, but I have to go there before I can get to where I want to be. I am a bit wobbly, but that is ok, I did it.

Feeling so good about that. Slowly, I am doing better with my food. still about 9 pounds over my tracker, but I will NOT change it, I will get to it.

I had a lovely weekend for my birthday, but, I did not do a lot of compulsive eating as in the past, "after all, it is my birthday" and all of the other justifications. I am getting back on the road to the way I was when I originally lost 70 pounds. My mindset is so much better.

One day at a time, I will get there.

I am happy to see you doing so very well.

Have a great weekend my friend.

Bonnie



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1CRAZYDOG
9/19/2014 8:45:36 AM

GOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING! OH, that is a little too perky. Good morning. BETTER!

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1CRAZYDOG
9/18/2014 8:10:46 PM

Ah yes. Mr. Spot ALWAYS wants to have supper w/us, but not too much luck getting anything besides doggie kibble! That's not what he has in mind, but want him to be a healthy boy!

Getting cool again. Gotta put on my flannels for beddy-bye tonight!



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1CRAZYDOG
9/18/2014 3:31:33 PM

Too funny. Those cabana boys are going to be busy, busy, busy! Yes, it was a busy morning. Right now Mr. Spot is getting groomed so I have about 1 hr. to get supper together before Jason gets home. It'll get done!

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L, SB



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