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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!

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SHELLS514 9/19/2014 12:01AM

    Dee, you are an inspiration! I am so happy to hear how wonderful you are doing! It is very encouraging to me as I fight to get that spark back. Keep up the great work; with a great example like you i am sure to follow!

God bless You!
Love you,

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GOLFGMA 9/17/2014 7:17AM

    Would love to see what you eat. I'm guessing veggies and fruits. Do you get enough carbs in the veggies and fruits for the energy you need? I realize I am all questions, but, can't quite imagine no sugar, dairy or gluten. Admire you for having the will power!

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GETHEALTHY2LIVE 9/17/2014 12:58AM

    Although I still have sugary items, I am now 26 days Pepsi-Free! Quite a feat since it was nothing out of the ordinary for me to drink 2 44-ounce regular Pepsi fountain drinks a day! I'm now working on cutting more of the sugar out of my diet, and am mostly dairy-free, using Silk Almond. I haven't attempted gluten-free yet, but I'm thinking that may be my next step after I have conquered the sugar. I'm a horrible carboholic!!

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Be Positive!

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!

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SHELLS514 9/10/2014 5:13PM

    Dee, your post was so encouraging to me! I am over the moon happy for you and your fantastic success! I'm doing a happy dance for you right now! (Don't laugh!)

I've been telling my husband that I want us to get bikes! I haven't ridden for probably 20 years but it does sound fun and a rather carefree way to exercise.

Congratulations on all your success!

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WALNUTT1961 9/4/2014 4:57PM

    Wow! You are doing great! So happy for you. One day at a time - that's the song and the way we should do it!

Thanks for the update.
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What l can do to change.

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.

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WALNUTT1961 8/22/2014 11:51PM

    So happy for you! My daughter is doing a similar plan for 30 days and she is feeling so much better as well (she started 8/4). I am so proud of you! Your words are so true. Thank you for sharing them with us.
I will continue to pray for you and your health.
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CHRIS3874 8/18/2014 9:39PM

    Wow great work . emoticon

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SHELLS514 8/18/2014 3:34PM

    Dee, I can't tell you how happy I was to read this; I am rejoicing for you! I am so glad you have found what works for you and thank you for sharing it. I have never considered gluten free so now you have me thinking too. I am going to start researching. Recently I was on an arthritis prescription that caused weight gain and I just now am getting it out of my system and am starting to see some of the weird food cravings, etc. subside. Maybe your plan is the plan for me too...we shall see!
So, so happy for you Dee! Love ya!
Hugs, Teri

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LOUIE-LILY 8/18/2014 3:20PM

    I HEAR you Dee! Good for you! I'm trying to get motivated . . .
Hugs to you my friend -

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/18/2014 12:08PM

    17 days is great, food plays such a huge role in our wellbeing, good luck to you you are doing great! emoticon

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IAM_HIS 8/18/2014 11:37AM

    Wow, this is great!! So proud of you!!!

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GOLFGMA 8/18/2014 6:53AM

    I think "Sometimes you have to give up what you think you want in order to receive what you really need" should be a mantra for all of us! emoticon

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What Next?

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!

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WALNUTT1961 6/18/2014 4:16PM

    Sending prayers up for you. Keep your faith, He is watching out for you.

Thinking of you.


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PGHP31CK 6/17/2014 8:50AM

    Praying for you!!

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MARYBETH4884 6/17/2014 7:47AM

    Believers have the best support system!! Our heavenly Father!! You will be in my prayers!

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LOUIE-LILY 6/17/2014 6:16AM

    So sorry Dee! I'll keep praying for your physical recovery...your Spiritual strength is intact, thank God. You're not alone, but I know it is so hard. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/17/2014 3:34AM

    My prayers are with you.

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Sonoma-Gone too Soon

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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SHELLS514 6/10/2014 1:18AM

    Poor little baby but I'm so glad you gave her such a loving home. I love your heart for animals and so glad you saved her. It is so hard to lose them; they bring such joy to our lives. I hope you are doing okay; I am so sorry you have lost another one so soon after RT. Thinking of you Dee, take care. Love and hugs, Teri

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KAREN608 6/5/2014 11:26PM

    Aw, so sad. Your kitty joins my Garfield and Joejoe and Smoke.

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WALNUTT1961 6/5/2014 9:42PM

So sorry for your loss of little Sonoma. God gives us these lovely creatures to care for and love and we get so much joy from them. I wish they were able to stay with us longer! You know how happy you and your family made her feel.
Praying for you.

Lee Ann

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NHES220 6/5/2014 11:12AM

    So sorry for your loss, but so glad that you found her and gave her the love she deserved. It is beyond me how anyone can abandon a cat or dog and leave them to fend for themselves - it is beyond cruel. It was too short a life, but it was a life filled with love. We lost our Lily in December just before Christmas, we had to make a tough decision with an untreatable cancer. We kept her going as long as she was comfortable. It is never easy losing one of our furry family members.

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/5/2014 4:59AM


i have also lost so many sweet things, and it's the ones who had required a lot of tlc-- and knew how to return it-- that cause the most grief.

my tears go out to sonoma

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TIFFFIT 6/5/2014 12:32AM

    So sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. It sounds like she was a very lucky girl to have been found and loved by you. Sending comfort during your grief.

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BECKYSRN 6/4/2014 9:22PM

    So sorry for your loss. I'm sure that you and your family made her so very happy in the time you had her.

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/4/2014 7:48PM

    This is such sad news and especially to lose her at such an early age. So sorry and will send lots of hugs and prayers. It's so hard and just like losing a member of the family. emoticon

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KATOFORNOW 6/4/2014 7:23PM

    Sending sympathy; it is so painful to lose those we love, be it people and pets. Sonoma looks so sweet; these unexpected deaths really hit hard; be gentle to yourself, hug each other and the other kitties. I used to give out a book entitled Cat Heaven; it is so sweet..of cats running free, eating all sorts of yummy things, a precious book for cat lovers; I dread the day another one of our cats dies; It never gets any easier no matter how old they are.

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LOUIE-LILY 6/4/2014 6:26PM

    Oh Dee,
It's just too sad and awful. It seems you just lost your sweet RT and now your precious Sonoma...I'm so, so sorry. I have no real words of comfort that you haven't already said yourself...only tears for the loss you are grieving.
It's been such a hard year for you. I am praying for you and lifting you up to our Lord, to comfort you and care for you.
Love and hugs,
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PEACEFULHOME 6/4/2014 6:04PM

    So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 6/4/2014 4:37PM

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I am so, so sorry to hear about your loss. The death of a companion animal is never easy, whether it be unexpected or from a long illness. My deepest and sincerely sympathies.

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