Wednesday, September 17, 2014
47 Days and Counting!
Down 14 pounds.
I think sugar is the big enemy. It feeds cancer, and causes inflammation through out the body.
You don't crave it when it's out of your system. Really!
I didn't start this to lose weight. I did it after seeing one of my best friends regain her health after breast cancer, radiation, and chemotherapy. Her cancer specialist said do it for 3 months, l saw her after the 3 months ( we live almost 6 hours apart. )
She looked amazing! !! It was on my heart to try it for 1 month, now l'm 48 days tomorrow!
How are you doing? We are all in this together!
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I am into my second month of being gluten, dairy, and sugar free! Some days I "feel sorry for myself, " because I can't eat what others are eating. Then I remember that "Sometimes you have to give up what you think you want in order to receive what you really need! " Those words were emblazoned on my heart, see my previous post if needed. I think l can. 35 days of clean eating!
My dear hubby and l went on a bike ride. I had been tooling around the neighborhood, but wanted to go on the bike path. I was still a bit shaky, because after my car accident 7 years ago, with my back, and all my tendon issues l hadn't been able to do much except on the 3 wheel bike. It lended much more security, but I enjoy the 2 wheeler more. We started off, and l was thinking we would go about 2 miles. My husband was tracking our distance, and he kept encouraging me. When I felt spent l asked him how far we had gone, and he said 3.1 miles. By this time the hot sun was beating down on us, and l was done. We got off rested, and rehydrated in the shade, but I didn't think I could make it back. My dh was trying to figure out how to go and bring the car but there was no way to do so, and l didn't want him to get into trouble! So the only thing left to do was get back on and ride. I really wanted to cry l was weak and shaky, but l kept the peddles moving. I started saying, "l can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. " Over and over l repeated it, l can DO All things through CHRIST because He enables me, He promised to strengthen me. He is making my legs strong, l can...Jesus is making me able! The whole way l focused on this Scripture. I found my fatigue lifting, and my resolve soaring. Yes, l made it, l didn't give up, He gave me the strength to finish! I did learn some lessons: even those of us with health and physical limitations are able to do more than we think. Never go unprepared. Don't "bite off more than you can chew" figuratively, and in reality! Don't go during the hottest part of the day, think positively, don't sabotage your self with self doubt. Believe that He will give you strength, His promises are true. 10 pounds down, 3 inches from my waist, 3 from my hips, 3 from my bust. I'm still on steroids. I am taking it a day at a time, but l am positive that He is giving me strength!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Hi fellow Sparks,
If you have ever read any of my blogs you know that I have had a rough go of it. Being on steroids for so many months brought weight gain, and some where in the midst of all the health issues, pet losses, and changes l had given up on trying to regain health and well being by losing weight.
Then, recently a dear friend of mine who recently had breast cancer started a 3 month protocol her specialist recommend. It
Included going off all dairy products, gluten, and sugar. Her diet precancer was unhealthy according to her. Her liver was in bad shape from her eating lifestyle, and the chemo drugs. She stayed on it for 3 months, and her test results showed great improvements in so many areas. I was so happy for her, but it wasn't motivating me to make any changes.
Then 3 weeks ago she came to visit me, and she looks amazing!
She is cancer free, has lost 24 pounds, and positively glowed.
She really got me thinking.
So 17 days ago l made the choice to go gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free.
It hasn't been as difficult as l thought it might be. I am not saying that you need to do this, l am just telling my story. My liver needs help, my cholesterol needs help. I am still on steroids and all my Lupus meds. Some things l can't change. What l can choose is how l treat this body, this shell that holds my spirit.
When l was about to start, l believe God spoke to my heart. He gave me the following words...."Sometimes you have to give up what you think you want in order to receive what you really need."
Those words came to me when l was riding in the car with my dear hubby. As soon as l said them l had to write them down because I knew I would forget them. Now when I am tempted l repeat it again, and again.
I'm down 8 pounds, but l still weigh more than l did before l started the steroids 8 months ago. I set a period of time that I was going to do this, one month. I didn't want to say l would do it for 3 months and then not do it. I felt 1 month was a tangible goal that wasn't out of reach. Then l would see after that. 17 days and counting.
I'm not as bloated. I'm not having as many headaches. I'm not as swollen, my ankles and hands look more normal. This is what's going on with me. One of the biggest thing l have learned going through all the failures with my weight and eating is that it all starts in your head. You have to really want change more than you want the artificial "comfort" that eating...make that over eating gives you. It hasn't been working too well all these years. So, l must give up what I think I want (food, sweets, etc) in order to receive what I really want. I want more. I want to do what I can to feel better. Plain and simple. That's were l am.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Don't read this blog if you want me to be funny, because it's been a long week, and I think my funny bone has been dislocated!
This has been a difficult year, I lost two precious kitties, had a flood, couldn't breath for months, had Lupus attack my kidneys, and now I found out that my thyroid is dying.
I guess I'm not that surprised, I had to have radiation on it when I was 19 because I had a goiter that was blocking my airways it was so large.
I say" what next" because I was almost hit head on last Friday, and I had to run up the curb to avoid the truck-she barreled out of no where into an intersection-I was turning right. Thank the Lord no one was walking on the side walk! I went to drive to visit my friend in the hospital, and my tire was flat-the struts are ruined as well!
My pulmonologist is keeping me on steroids for at least two more months, "what next" he said the steroids are causing my osteoporosis to worsen, and my back is flattening one disk upon another.
Good thing I am not experiencing this alone! I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, and yes, He will see me through!
My funny bone may be temporarily displaced, but I have a smile in my heart that no circumstance can't change.
Wishing you wellness!
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
This morning, my husband woke me with the terrible news that our dear little Sonoma had passed away in the night. Little Toto, her best friend was by her side.
She was laying on her side, and he thought, "free tummy rubs," and bent down to rub her, but it was too late, and she was gone.
This was a shock to us. Sonoma just turned 5 years old, two days ago.
She was eating, drinking, playing, and getting tons of love every time I sat down. She seemed so well, but the vet said that she must have had a heart attack.
We found her about 4 years ago. She was starving, a cat with fur stuck to her bones, she was spayed and declawed, and left to fend for her self.
The vet had thought she wouldn't make it, but my daughter and I took turns trying to get her to eat, rubbing her teeth with a little moist cat food until she could finally start opening her mouth to eat. She turned into this big, gorgeous kitty, a Raggamuffin, a funny, loving, sweet, precious girl. How fortunate we were to have such a loving little kitty in our home.
How any one could leave her to die is beyond me.
In spite of her mistreatment, she never lost the ability to love unconditionally, she would look at you with those huge eyes, and you could just sense her her saying, " I love you, I know I can trust you, you will always love me, and care for me."
Good bye for now dearest Sonoma, you join Roof Top, our little RT, Nubbie, Morris, Cody, Bo, Kayla. Our kittles and doggies that have gone before us. Toto misses you, so does Dingy. We love you.
This is our dear Sonoma with Toto, best friends forever, even in death.
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