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Update May 24, 2014 What I wrote before was actually more than 2 years, more like almost 4. And I was doing great, although I hadn't lost all my weight. But then on Halloween morning about 8:30 am I had a sudden stroke with a brain bleed. I know when the paramedics came I remember one saying my blood pressure was 260 over something, but I don't know what. It had never been that high before. I was knocked out and by about noon that day transferred from our rural hospital in New Mexico to ...
Update May 24, 2014 What I wrote before was actually more than 2 years, more like almost 4. And I was doing great, although I hadn't lost all my weight. But then on Halloween morning about 8:30 am I had a sudden stroke with a brain bleed. I know when the paramedics came I remember one saying my blood pressure was 260 over something, but I don't know what. It had never been that high before. I was knocked out and by about noon that day transferred from our rural hospital in New Mexico to another bigger one in Phoenix, AZ. After 11 days they could finally take the drain out, and Nov 21 I was transferred to a hospital in Dallas TX near my oldest son and Daughter in Law. Got out on Dec 3, 2014. THen just before Christmas started therapy for about 2 months of 3 hours a day, 5 times a week till insurance ran out. I am doing pretty well though in spite of everything. I can't run right now, and walk like I'm drunk LOL. But I keep working on my walking anyway and go longer and longer distances. I will soon be getting an apartment of my own in TX and a whole new life. I've been through the ups and the downs and the way way downs but have trusted in God to see me through even the worst times. I can honestly say that things work out for the best, even when it seems hopeless. And the docs say they walking and exercising I did just before the stroke helped me afterward. So what you are doing now, do to help you now but also do it for your future. If I hadn't been doing what I was before I might be dead or in a rest home. Don't give up! I'm not giving up now either!

My life has changed so much over the past two years and I have really learned to see it as an amazing journey with endless roads to explore. I started working on getting fit in July 2009 after getting on thyroid medication and starting to feel a little better than I had been. My mother had also passed away 2 months before from a lot of problems that were related to her weight. I had done a lot of caregiving for her the last several years of her life. When she was gone I had two reasons to start working on myself. After trying to balance work, other family commitments, and taking care of her I finally had the time to work on myself. And I didn't want to go through the things she went through from diabetes, heart failure, some loss of eyesight due to diabetes, and severe osteoporosis that left her back very twisted and painful. I have lost 65 lbs and try to eat healthy and do exercise. I have 5 grown children and 12 grandchildren. I've been overweight most of my life and weighed 240 in high school. Starting this healthier journey in July I weighed 225. I've lost some weight numerous times in the past but always gained it back quickly. Now it's been over a year and I've not gone back to my old ways. I still want to lose another 20-30 lbs, and it's slow going now, but this is the longest I've ever been able to keep off the weight. I know that the main reason is because I have so much support here on SparkPeople that I never had before. The people and the tools are invaluable to me.
My favorite form of exercise is hiking. I like living in Southwest NM because there are so many days year-round that it can be done and so many places to do it.
recently I added running to my new list of physical activities I like. I've never been a runner before in my life but now am loving it and signing up for races to keep me motivated and compete against myself rather than the other runners. I've done a few 5ks, a 10k. a half marathon, and a 15 mile course at the annual Bataan Death March Memorial at White Sands Missile Range. I can't run all those yet but I walk them fast when I can't run. My goal is to be able to run the whole things.
I've found on this journey that other things in my life have changed and I'm trying new and different things and it's exciting. As you can see from my pics, one thing I did was go from a blond to a redhead LOL! Something I never would have done before but I love it. I'm thinking about lifetime dreams and goals to do different things and actually believing that the possibilities are endless and I'm not limited to a very small little world like I always felt I was before. Dare to dream and go after things you never thought possible before! You'll be surprised at what you can do.
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My goal is to get down to 140 to 150 lbs. I have never been that small in my teen or adult life Passed that mark sometime in junior high I think,. I said 140 but my doctor says 150. I'll see after I get to 150 how I feel and what I can live with.
My other goal is to be a runner, which I've also never been. I'm making progress on that!

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I drink lots of water every day, at leat 64 oz and often a little more. I go to the gym and do the treamill or the bike. My very favorite form of exercise is hiking, and there are lots of places to do I find to do that. I would like to be a runner, and was working on that before I had a stroke. But my goal fro now is to walk without looking drunk, and to be able to speak more clearly and to use my right hand more. And eventually to be able to run again!

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My name is Linda, and I'm originally from Denver Colorado but have lived in Silver City New Mexico in the southern part of the state since 1969. Since Nov 21, 2014 I have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex through and with probably make my home there at least for a while. I have 5 grown kids and 12 grandkids. I am also very excited that my middle son, Ryan, is getting married next year and his fiancé, Heather, has a daughter that will soon be my grandchild too!

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I also love reading mysteries and watching documentaries about various people including athletes.

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7/11/2015 10:33:01 AM

SOmetimes I feel so discouraged on this weight loss journey. I work so hard and get nowhere. It is those times I have to remember that through Christ I can do all things. this song, written by Geron Davis, says it so well.

Every road I walked had led to nowhere,
Everything I tried had turned out wrong.
It seemed I'd lost a reason,
To get up every morning.
I had lot all hope and lost my song.
Circumstances said I wouldn't make it,
But that was all before I met The Man.
He put His arms around me,
I heard HIm say, "forgiven",
And I knew I'd never be the same again.

Then and there, settled and done
Then and there, victory won
No more walking on my own,
No more facing life alone,
No more struggling with guilt and despair,
New life began, then and there.

Now my heart is getting restless,
Longing for the day he'll come.
When we've fought the final fight,
And our faith has been made sight,
And we'll stand before the throne and hear Him say
Well done, He'll say well done.

Then and there, settled and done
Then and there, victory won
No more pain and no more fears
No more death and no more tears
No more walking through the night
For the Lamb will be the light
No more sin and no more burdens to bear
New life began, then and there

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7/6/2015 3:40:50 PM

Hi Linda. It was so good to hear from you. I think of you often and wonder how you're doing. Hope you had a wonderful July 4th. It was quiet at our house, just the hubby and me. Today though we have our grandson here. :)

It think of you especially when we go through the black range. I remember how you loved to hike there and I thought you were so brave hiking by yourself.

I'm doing well. Staying busy. I'm not on spark people a lot because of slow internet service. Some days it's just too tedious. I do miss it though. Everyone is so encouraging. I am still running with my family. We will all run a Disney avenger race for my 60th birthday in November. My 3 daughters and I will run a 10k on Saturday and the half on Sunday. It's called the infinity gauntlet challenge. Sometimes I think I'm crazy but I'm always up for a challenge.

It was so good to hear from you. Take care and please keep in touch.

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7/4/2015 1:57:22 PM

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7/4/2015 11:00:10 AM

emoticon Linda! Join me as we continue our journey into another sizzling month. It takes daily practice to develop healthy habits. It takes steady action to finish what we start. It takes personal time to build long-term results. TOGETHER, let’s turn our JULY goals into a sparktacular fireworks display! Have a beautiful and blessed 4th of July holiday weekend!

emoticon J = Journey towards successfully reaping the rewards of daily healthy living!
emoticon U = Utilize inner hopes and dreams to create external life-long achievements!
emoticon L = Live life embracing healthy choices, positive changes and personal growth!
emoticon Y = YES! We CAN DO It! We WILL Succeed! We ARE WINNERS!

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7/3/2015 10:13:20 PM

emoticon Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you.

H appiness if found within not in people and things.

A cceptance of the present regardless of what fears/inner demons you may
be facing

P ersistence in seeking love and happiness inside ourselves so we may
experience the abundance of love and beauty that encompasses us

P atience with ourselves as we learn and grow through our personal trials
and tribulations life often presents to us unexpectedly.

I nside ourselves are all the answers we seek, believe in yourself with a s
smile on your face

N ever give up yourself! Challenge your belief systems with an open heart
and a positive mind set

E ndless love and happiness awaits you, seek it consciously without delay

S pirit of love is the essence of our original form; happiness is our natural
state of being

S trive in the face of adversity and feel your spirit soar to new heights
experiencing love, peace and happiness from this moment forward. Live
as if there is no tomorrow, for you reap what you sow.

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