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May 30, 2009

Tia Sandra & Eder New Year's Day 2009


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1/2/2018 - I gave myself freedom over the holiday thinking I might gain back 5 of the 31 I had lost. Turns out to be 8!!! ACK! So, I am back on my plan and tracking everything I eat. I love smaller clothes and fewer medications. My goal is to get rid of all my meds. As much as I enjoyed the food, I will enjoy better health even more. On my way back to 31 lost and then to lose 13 mre with the ultimate goal of 130. I WILL be in the "healthy" weight range of the BMI chart before Spring Break!

11/24/17 - Three months of consistency and I've dropped 25 pounds, wear smaller sized clothes, and have more energy. When it's all said and done, I dropped to the lowest weight of my adult life, moved from "obese" to "overweight" on the BMI chart, and reduced my cholesterol to normal levels, and hit the "normal" category for A1C blood sugar since my 2012 Diabetes diagnosis. My doctor sent me a message saying "Wow! Your diabetes control is excellent. You can stop taking Januvia. We will discuss more at your appointment." 1 med down, 2 to go. I look forward to the day my doc tells me I can eliminate all of my pills. For now, I will keep sparking daily.

10/7/17 - Been back to sparking since 8/23/17 and have not missed 1 day of tracking nutrition. It is eye-opening to analyze every calorie consumed. I hope for a significant drop in my A1C blood sugar by Thanksgiving. My ultimate goal is to manage my diabetes with healthy eating and get rid of oral medications. BONUS: from 174 to 158.8 and dropped a size in 6 weeks! I feel a little better and more confident in how I look. This works and it's up to me to maintain my habits. :-)

8/24/17 - My best friend is facing some health challenges and he offered to work together on our health journeys. We face similar issues with motivation, self-confidence, and food issues. I am way overdue to start tracking nutrition and restart my activities. I revisited my goals and altered them to my current situation. Nutrition tracking started as of yesterday. Quitting is only the end if you never start again.

July 10, 2014 - To paraphrase a saying posted at my gym, it doesn't matter how slowly I move, as long as I move. In my case, moving forward should be about exercise, but it also includes steady progress toward better health in general. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Diabetes and high cholesterol. For those familiar with the numbers, my A1C Hemoglobin was 11.1 (normal is 4 - 6) and my cholesterol was 352. My doctor implied that I should have imploded long before living with those numbers. In the past 2 years, I have brought my A1C down to 7.1 and my cholesterol to 144. The changes include dietary habits, some exercise (need much more), and oral medications (no insulin involved). I hope to be off the minimal dose of cholesterol medication after my next check-up. The doc says he wants the A1C under 7 to start reducing oral medications. So, my goal for the rest of the summer is to find a way to increase activity and adjust my food habits to reach those goals. Once again, back to SP to track my nutrition because that is the best tool I have found. It's not "starting again" but it is recommitting and making some adjustments. Here's to moving forward, slowly but surely! :)

Oct. 8, 2012 - According to the BMI, I have crossed the line from "obese" to "overweight." Now, that might not sound like something to celebrate too much, but I have been heavy since high school. I binge eat (okay, ate, not now) and I have an apple-shaped body type. 20+ years of being in the obese category on the BMI + some unlucky genetics have brought me to diabetes and high cholesterol. Now I have 2 options; die early or live healthy. I have made my choice. I have been on a steep learning curve the past 6 weeks. I am cutting carbs and adding protein. My carbs are in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. I am extremely limiting animal-based foods and wheat. I am also taking a few supplements and tracking my nutrition to make sure I limit my calories and get enough vitamins and minerals. While I have done this in the past, I have never gone to these extremes with changing my lifestyle. I try to be active every day, either walking or going to the gym. The less wheat and refined sugar products I eat, the less I want. This is actually getting easier by the day. :-)

Sept 21, 2012 - I am right on the line between "obese" and "overweight" and I am thrilled! I have been obese for over 20 years. It's not even believable to me that I will drop into the "overweight" category in the next day or two. It's almost as great as the day the sales clerk told me I could not shop in the "women's plus size" department any more because I was too small for those clothes. That was likely the best day of my life!

Well, now I know. I dreaded getting my blood work done because my dad has high cholesterol and diabetes. I did not want to face my genetic risk factors, so I waited. Apparently, a little too long. I should have taken care of this a few years ago. Last Tuesday, August 28, 2012, my doctor diagnosed me as diabetic with extremely high cholesterol. That is my nightmare come true. Thank goodness I have Spark People to help me track nutrition and exercise. This is a tool that will be priceless to me in the days, weeks, months to come as I fight for control over my own health and body. So, here I am, ready to become a new and improved me. :)

Member Since: 4/18/2008

Fitness Minutes: 12,558

My Goals:
150 lbs/Size 8 - Purge closet of larger sizes!
130 - Complete wardrobe overhaul and one week vacation!
120 and/or no longer diabetic - A pair of shoes made to fit by "Shoes of Prey"!!!

My Program:
~ 2 L of H2O Daily.
~ Minimum of 30 minutes of activity 3 times a week.
~ Get less that 50% of calories from carbs.
~ Keep sugar intake under 30g a day/not more than 12g at one time.
~Track nutrition daily.

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1. Control my diabetes and cholesterol without medication.
2. Manage my anxiety/depression.
3. Look and feel healthier.

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  • v LMB-ESQ
    OMG.... I am so glad to see you back! emoticon I really missed you! Have faith, you'll get back on track in no time..... how is school going with the new curriculum and all?
    3075 days ago
  • v LMB-ESQ
    Hey lady! I'm sad.... you seem to have disappeared..... I hope you'll be back soon, I miss trading posts with you!

    Hope school and life and everything is going well for you!

    3083 days ago
  • v CWYNN01
    Hey Vivacious Diva!!!

    Just wanted to drop in & check on you! We are going to focus on October, today, this day, this moment!! Make the most of each day & get back into the groove of things. I am working on re-transitioning myself & re-positioning myself each day. You can do the same.

    I am asking you to write out your goals for this month & then I want you to write a weekly goal chart (you can do this on the computer or write it on a piece of paper) but I want you to post it on the refrigerator & take one to work with you (post on your desk or carry in your purse). I want you to be accountable to yourself daily. This is like a chart that I have for my son's chores chart but instead I am making a "Self Chart" of things to accomplish each day & at the end of each day check them off! I hope you will join me in this!

    Have a Healthy, Wonderful week!!

    3089 days ago
    Hi Sandy,

    Apologies for the late reply, I'm having terrible problems with Sparkpages out here! I don't even get updates on our weight-loss page.

    Yes, I'm getting there, but I imagine the last 8 lb will be the hardest, but I'll keep plugging away.

    How are you these days?

    3106 days ago
  • v CWYNN01
    Hey Sandy,

    This weekend was an emotional rollercoaster. I went to the grocery store & was looking for chocolate cake but they didn't have any. Normally, I would ask the baker to go in the freezer & get me a slice of cake but I didn't; then I saw krispy kreme donuts & had them in cart & ready to eat. I am happy that I did not buy the donuts at the grocery store today. I picked them up & held them, then talked to myself at the store. Yep, I talked to myself & know that people thought I was crazy.

    So I was happy that I did get rid of the donuts.

    Well I hope you have a great week!!! I hppe the kids have not run you crazy!!!

    3110 days ago
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