LADYVOLSFAN1954   121,096
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Updated August 14, 2015:
Hi! My name's Ramona and I'm a divorced mom to a 23 year old son. I've been through ups and downs I never dreamed would happen but did. The last ten years of my life I feel like I've been through heaven and hell.

I've been back on SparkPeople.com since July 2011. I started back in 2008. Lost some weight, thought I could do it on my own, so I quit. What changed? My blood sugars got out of control and my doctor gave me three months to make improvements ...
Updated August 14, 2015:
Hi! My name's Ramona and I'm a divorced mom to a 23 year old son. I've been through ups and downs I never dreamed would happen but did. The last ten years of my life I feel like I've been through heaven and hell.

I've been back on SparkPeople.com since July 2011. I started back in 2008. Lost some weight, thought I could do it on my own, so I quit. What changed? My blood sugars got out of control and my doctor gave me three months to make improvements or go on insulin. Since that date I had one of my diabetic meds stopped. I'm still on Metformin. However that doesn't mean life is all well and good. I've been having blood sugar issues for the last few months and will be discussing going back on my other meds unless the changes I'm starting (again) don't lower my blood sugar to my satisfaction by August 31st, when I see my doctor.

I have multiple health issues: arthritis (in just about every joint), fibromyalgia, non-insulin dependent diabetes, high blood pressure (under control), high cholesterol (under control), migraines, status post major concussion with lost of consciousness (including lost of memory and how to spell, short term memory is almost nothing), status post dying from complications from gallbladder surgery when I was at my heaviest which was 278 pounds (more or less). I also have macular degeneration in my left eye so I have vision problems - those Weiss rings & floaters drive me nuts. I'm also bi-polar II (depressive) and have anxiety issues related to my asthma and breathing problems (if I have trouble breathing I also tend to panic and have panic attacks - not a pretty sight). I have battled with depression for the last 14 years. Not a pretty sight.

On July 24, 2011 I started walking as much as I could. August 2014 my son bought me a fitbit flex and for the last 131 days (as of August 14, 2015) I have walked a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. Yes it took me a long time to get to this point because after that gallbladder surgery walking six feet was a major deal. It's been a slow process. I'm in this for the long haul. This isn't some diet to reach a certain weight. NO! This is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE! Something I'll live with for the rest of my life. It's not a quick fix - I didn't gain all the weight overnight.

So stop my and chat. If you need a buddy, I'll try to be there to help you on your journey. Take care of yourself! Love where you're at right now. Don't put off doing things you want to do just because you're not at some magic number, do them now. We are not guaranteed a tomorrow so we need to make sure we live our lives to the fullest now.


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Member Since: 1/16/2008

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My Goals:
Remember that each day is a gift from God and cherish all your memories, friends and family.
There's no magic number I want to be. I just want to be healthier today than I was yesterday. Yes I want to lose weight but I want to live my life each day as best as I can.

My Program:
Walking at least 10,000 steps a day everyday.

Walk two miles with Leslie Sansone at least three times a week.

Get back on my recumbent exercise bike and ride it three times a week. (Currently sciatic nerve problems are really reeking havoc on this)

Strength training is needed to be started back again.

Personal Information:
I'll soon be 61 on 9/16. I have a 23 year old son.
A couple weeks after my 50th birthday my husband died of a massive heart attack. Got re-married and divorced in short order two years later. Now I'm single and loving life, one day at a time.
When my hands cooperate, I like to knit or crochet. I love to read. I love to bake and cook. I go crazy at Christmas time making all sorts of goodies as gifts for family and friends.
I'm a genealogy nut and currently working on multiple lines in mine and my son's families.

Other Information:
Today is the first day of the rest of your life so make the most of it.

In November 27, 2007 I weighed my heaviest at 278 pounds .

Here are my goals for my weight:
These are weights from back in the 1970s when I last saw them. I can't wait to see them again!
198 pounds last saw in 1978
178 pounds back in 1976
154 pounds at graduation June 7, 1972
My goal weight according to my BMI is under 145. I'm not sure how this will play out but I'm wanting to get down to my graduation weight at least.


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ON3DERLAND
8/25/2015 12:13:45 AM

oh and I just thought of something that I used while in physical therapy..and that's toning bands...they are like big stretchy bands that you can buy, (pretty inexpensive) and workout all of your different muscle groups using these...I know of a few DVD's (I want to say Kathy Smith has one) that you can follow along with too...
This may cause less strain on your wrists etc...while still getting a good strength training routine in.

Again, it's not so much how much weight your using (light weights, in my opinion, can be just as effective than heavy weights, especially when it comes to 'toning')...more so focusing on the muscle that your using with that weight.



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ON3DERLAND
8/25/2015 12:07:36 AM

Having carpel tunnel may very well pose a problem..especially as some of the exercises involve whats called the 'rack' position..this is where the kettle~bell actually lays on/over your wrist and lower arm.
Going from a squat to an overhead press for example..may very well cause your carpel tunnel to flare up..

I wear wide wristbands as I have 'bony' wrists which helps to keep a cushion between my wrist and the actual kettle~bell..

In your case, perhaps weight machines, like what you find in a gym, verses free weights such as dumbbells and kettle~bells may be more suitable....and there is also 'body weight' exercises like planks ect...that wouldn't involve using your wrists that perhaps you could try.





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ON3DERLAND
8/24/2015 11:34:53 PM

Honestly, with the pinched nerve in your neck and collar bone issues, I'm not sure if kettle~bells would create more problems..or not.

Speaking from personal experience...in early 2013, I had emergency neck surgery after falling down my front stairs. I was still quite wobbly on my feet and being stubborn..from the stroke the year before...so really, once again, it was my own fault.
Anyways, I had to have my C3, C4 and C5 discs removed in my neck which were replaced with donor bone grafts, along with plates and some screws to hold everything together..

Honestly, I haven't had any issues with my neck since using the kettle~bells..BUT..I am a firm believer in learning about and using the correct techniques BEFORE attempting to do some of the more advanced kettle-bell exercises. Even 'swings'...you really have to make sure that your technique if proper or you will end up hurting yourself just like with any type of weights.

I actually spent most of May learning about kettle-bells, and practicing my technique.
For me, it's more about 'strength' than speed...or burning calories...
Sure, you can 'swing' like a maniac and I'm sure you can burn a bazillion calories, but I also sure you could inure yourself if your not careful...so I take it slow and steady, concentrating more on the muscles than anything else..



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SHAPNUP
8/24/2015 5:46:12 PM

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Exercise is awesome!



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FROSTY99
8/24/2015 1:24:19 PM

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. ”

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Wishing you a terrific week my friend.



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