Friday, March 14, 2014
For anyone who is interested, I wanted to say that I am thinking of closing out my spark account, or at the very least I am going off line until I can get healthier.
Breathing has become such a great difficulty right now, and I am on 3 types of steroids to help control the inflammation. They are running many tests, but it looks like the Lupus is attacking my lungs, although they are ruling out any other issues as well.
I don't have the energy to spark.
I can't lose weight, and perhaps I am a bit discouraged because being really sick just wears you down a bit over time.
It's all good though, because He has seen me through, and is, and always will!
So, do your best, try because you are worth it, love generously, and I'll see you when I see you.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
One of my goals was to have a normal liver function test at my next Dr. appt. and I made it!
That makes 6 months of normal liver function!
That's a huge deal because my liver was in really bad shape because of the Lupus, and the meds I had been taking for years, including cholesterol lowering drugs.
My liver hasn't been normal in 10 years, it was really enlarged( 1 1/2 times normal) so this is a big deal!
I also wanted to lower my A1C, although I am not diabetic, my mom was, my aunt is, and I want to make sure that I'm not, and it's gone from 5.7 to 5.5!
My cholesterol also has gone down, although it's still high at 255 over all.
My blood pressure has gone from 138/90 to 102/60!
So, even though I'm not seeing much progress on the scale, I am seeing positive results in my health.
That's a good thing!
just a note of encouragement, you may not always see the results of what you are doing on the out side, but your insides are thanking you!
xo hugs and have a great day! your friend, Dee
Monday, March 03, 2014
I live in California, the weather is lovely, the tree's and flowers are blooming. Other parts of the country are snowed in. I grew up in Canada, I remember the cold, the late snow storms, I remember how excited I was when a brave little flower made it's way through the ground to burst forth in it's beauty.
Life is full of blessings, challenges, routine, mundain, joy, sorrow, pain, laughter, tears, life is full.
I just wanted you to know that you are not alone.
I'm thinking of you today, and hoping that you love yourself enough to do something for your self.
I'm hoping you bring a smile to some one's face, that you can lighten a load, hold a hand, mend a wound.
Today I am breathing better than I have in one month. Have you ever stopped to think about your breathing? For those of us who have issues, each breath is a literal gift we don't take for granted.
I thank God for that breath!
Today, will you take the time to think about some thing, or some one you have taken for granted?
Will you write that note, send an email, call?
Will you let go of what you can't change, and begin again?
Friday, February 14, 2014
Every one needs to know they are loved, and just in case you needed a reminder, YOU ARE LOVED!!!! Just a note to wish you a wonderful Valentine's Day, you are special, you are worthy, you are loved. xoxoxoxo
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I am going to concentrate on one thing right now that pertains to my weight, and one thing only: the art of practicing mindful eating.
Those are the words that started resonating in my mind early in the week. I had been praying, and praying about my weight, and all the ups and downs, my shortcomings, failures, and just how terrible I feel about not being "good" at losing and keeping it off.
I guess I had thought about food, thought a lot about food, lack of food, which diet to try, why life style changes weren't consistent, inflammation, anger at myself, and just a wee bit of an obsession with my weight. I think self loathing was one of the biggies. Well, you know what? The enemy of our soul is happy when I feel like that, because it stymies me from going forth victorious.
Well, change doesn't come easily. Every day it's like a new revelation-I've been practicing eating for comfort for 50 years! Since I was 3! Breaking those deeply ingrained life time habits are not going to be easy.
I am trying to learn to practice mindful eating. In other words, why am I eating, am I hungry for food, or am I hungry for my feelings to go away?
There's a lot more to it than these short words, but I bet I am in good company with many wonderful Sparker's out there.
My brain will literally need to be retrained. One mouthful at a time.
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