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Thursday, August 11, 2011

I don't know if any of you have seen this documentary but I highly recommend watching it. The fact that we have all been programmed for a"pill for every ill" is so absurd. When I had my stroke, I was told that I would be on blood thinner for life. The doctors that told me I would me on medication for life, were wrong! Now I am in no way saying that all drugs are bad because they are necessary to life but we truly need to learn about nutrition.

With that being said, I am looking into the detox. I know I can only take it so far but I want to learn as much as I can. There are just so many healing properties in food that everyone should have this knowledge.

I am sharing some links that I found about the detox and healing foods as well as the documentary.


Superfoods Listing. (I am sure there are more)


I would love to hear your opinions on this. This documentary really opened my eyes.

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APLUSGURL 8/11/2011 2:52PM

    I have FOOD Inc in the queue now :) I've been a bit afraid of it because of some of my work buddies (ex work buddies) . I'm going to watch it too!!! I'd love to chat more about this sometime too!! I'll be shooting you a message :)

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CULAINA 8/11/2011 12:29PM

    I've long been a believer in super foods and these feature heavily in my diet. I have a list on my fridge 

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MYLIFEMADELITE 8/11/2011 11:42AM

    Yup, read the book. Also Food, Inc. was good. There are several authors who write around this same topic. Michael Pollan is another guy who writes about the food industry. That might be a little more slow food than what sparked your interest. We can chat about it anytime! I also have a book called Healing with Whole Foods it's like an eastern meets western.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

So I am trying to figure this out....
I exercise around 11:00-11:30 every day and never have a problem did about 20 minutes of Power Vinyasa Yoga and I got light headed and nauseated. I was not struggling and felt great up until that point. I normally do 45 mins to an hour. I had to get still and relax so that I would not barf. I have motion sickness in cars sometimes so I wonder if it might be related.

I had a piece of whole wheat bread with a tbsp of peanut butter, a stem of grapes, and 1/2 cup of cranberry juice for breakfast an hour before I worked out. I was told by my Yoga instructor from my previous job that it is possible for someone to throw up because of a big release of toxins. A girl in my class did throw up after class one day. The Yoga was zen or relaxation yoga.

Maybe its just a weird coincidence. I am just glad I got 20 minutes in.

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    That does sound strange. I would definitely keep a diary and listen to your body. I have never heard that about the toxins but it could be.

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APLUSGURL 8/10/2011 12:26PM

    I have nt checked it in a long time so I need to do that . i have never had hbp and I pray that does not change. I am going to try the dairy to very strange. Thanks the advice.

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MYLIFEMADELITE 8/10/2011 11:25AM

    I don't know how your blood pressure is, but I've heard if you have hbp yoga should be modified because of the up and down of the head below the heart, etc...

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CULAINA 8/10/2011 5:36AM

    sounds crazy! worth keeping a yoga diary to try to spot a pattern perhaps?

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My Dream Dress?

Monday, August 08, 2011

This is something that has never happened to me EVER! I always hear people talking about visualizing success but this is off the chain!

The other night I had this crazy dream! I went to my high school reunion (which I have NEVER done). I was with Anthony and we were looking so FLY! I was absolutely SMOKIN hot wearing this blue satin stretch dress. This is the kind of dress that only celebrities wear.

I don't know where the reunion took place but when I got here almost everyone looked exactly the same as I remember them from high school. I remember walking over to popular girls and seeing how they accepted me. Grant it, most of the popular girls in my high school were nice to me. I still talk to many of them on facebook from time to time but we were never really close. The funny thing was, it wasn't so much that I looked good and was successful owning my own design company (another dream) but I looked good and my husband was also smokin hot (he is anyways I'm a bit impartial) ! So on to the dress, I always dream in third person like I'm watching a movie (weird I know).
I can describe this dress perfectly and I normally can't remember those kinds of details but I could not get the image out of my mind! It was this gorgeous midnight blue ( I'm not even that much of a fan of blue) . The straps were fairly thin but not spaghetti straps. The dressed was crushed and a real shinny satin material. It came just above my knees so it was still sexy but classy.

The thing is, I looked FABULOUS in this dress! My face looked like me but the body did not! I think someone HIJACKED my body in this dream!!!

So I jumped on the internet and went on the hunt to find this dress. To my surprise, this is the first pick I found that even came close to it.

Let me tell you, I am NOT a fan of Paris Hilton at all! This is the closest thing I could find to this dress!

So I kept researching and I finally found this one which is almost a dead ringer but the top of the dress was more like the one that Paris was wearing.

So now that we pretty much have the dress, I started to put things together.
My 20th high school reunion (providing we have one) would be in 2014 and this would be close to my graduating college and getting my BA. I should have been at goal and maintained for 2 years at this point and working toward my career goals.

Interesting isn't it?

I have officially made this part of my Spark Collage now! This is the dream dress that I want to wear at the high school reunion and I have every intention on doing this!!!!

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SAPHRAEL 8/9/2011 9:28PM

    Way to go, Becky! You are going to look smashing at that reunion!!


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APLUSGURL 8/8/2011 12:40PM

    Ohh I forgot currently the largest dress size is 14!! Yea Im am 18\20 sheesh!

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    Great goal! emoticon

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CULAINA 8/8/2011 8:43AM

    wow! when things are so clear like that i think they really must contain a message. go for it!

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Stupid piece of Metal trying to ruin my life!!

Friday, August 05, 2011

OK, I said metal but it's more glass. I'm talking about the scale of course! OK, I know what your thinking; she has gained weight and doesn't want to admit it. OK, first off if that were actually true then I'd fess up and deal with it. The thing is, my stupid piece of crap scale is reading 10 pounds too high and fluctuates all between these 10 pounds. I have an old scale upstairs that I replaced with a nice new sparkling WW scale at the end of last year and it worked "OK" until two weeks ago. The scale has always been flaky but after I weighed about 10 x's it gave me the same number twice. My upstairs scales have me at 243 while my WW scales shoot between 248- 253.

I even weighed at my mom's when I went for a visit and her scales were the same as my old scales! OK, I'm sorry but something is OFF here! I could not have gained that much weight in one week! So..... I decided to measure and oh LOOK I've gone down a few inches. So I know it's not me. I have been doing well with my eating and actually exercising more!

So, with ALL of that being said, I'm throwing the thing out the window-not literally_ although I wouldn't mind it! I'm sticking to my upstairs scale and my measurements!

I will not let that stupid piece of metal get in the way of my happiness!!!! GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT!


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APLUSGURL 8/7/2011 5:11AM

    "ROAR" I LOVE it Rochelle!!

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    I think we should just throw out the scales all together. Mass scale-icide! It will be anarchy! No one will know who weighs more than the next person! *insert crazy cheering crowd background noise here*

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    My scale has gone weird on me too. Once it said I had gained 100 pounds in two days! Now it sometimes gives me error messages and even once said I weighed 114 (I wish) but I am sure that was because my daughter had just weighed ten minutes before and that is her weight. If it is that off stick to your upstairs scale. Who needs that kind of stress?

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EL-E-E 8/5/2011 8:39AM

    I posted this same thing last week! GOODBYE, stupid scale!! If you can't be nice you go in TIME OUT. emoticon

Who needs it! You know you're doing the right things, just keep on doing them.

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CULAINA 8/5/2011 4:40AM

    how frustrating! i agree, stick to your old scale and keep that in your mind. you're so right that it's not about numbers but about how you feel and if you can see that your body has changed and you feel better for it then it's all moving in the right direction x

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My Story in Pictures.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

This is in response to blog post from ANELAKANOA. This is my story complete with pics LOTS OF PICS!!!

I am 35 years young :)

How long have I been obese? I'll let you see for yourself.

Please bare in mind that these aren't all exact dates but they are pretty close.

Birth 5/31/1976

My brother took the initiative to take care of his baby sissy :)

I was always a very good child but very shy and HATED my picture taken!!

Now we move on to childhood. I was pretty active and loved to be outdoors playing.( THIS is officially the last time I was actually not chubby)

Now moving on ..

(I was in Elementary school in this shot. We had just come back from a Christmas musical that I sung in)

These are my esteemed grade school pictures.

I actually really hate that picture!

As you can see, I already started packing on pounds. I loved to play outside riding my bike and being the tomboy that I was! I also loved my fruits and veggies BUT the problem was that I loved EVERYTHING! My mom always prepared balanced meals but I still ate the sugar treats as well. I never really remember feeling like I was that different although I was. I even had a" boyfriend" until I was in the 3rd grade!
On to Middle School

No laughing at the fly backs please)

(Ok I have NO idea how I got away with getting my pic in this shirt, I don't even think my family thought anything about this shirt. ) I just liked the cute doggie on a skateboard
On a more serious note, you know I don't really remember much about being picked on or anything but I definitely remember being one to be picked last in Gym class. I was ok in sports but I could never run. I had friends and was still a pretty happy child. I dont' recall being told by family or anyone that I needed to lose weight although I knew that I was larger than most other girls my age.

At one point, my mother and I decided to go see a "fat" doctor. This "fat" doctor would see us on a regular basis and prescribe us MANY pills. I seem to remember 8 pills I had to take daily and even more for my mom. I honestly do not remember losing weight although I'm sure I did. After some time, my mom realized that the pills were ridiculous so we stopped going. I would say that was probably the beginnings of my yo-yo dieting. Of course during this time, I was starting to get interested in boys and my image was starting to become more of an issue. I can remember a particularly damaging moment where I was told that a boy liked me and I never really found out if it was true because he danced with me at a high school dance and a few days later I found out that he had a girlfriend. The girlfriend confronted me and I felt like an idiot. That was as far as it went though.

This is my 8th grade picture and I actually liked this one.

And now High School.
I don't have my freshman picture for some odd reason but I do have all the others. We will see the drastic shifts in weight here starting with Sophomore to Senior pictures.

(Sophomore- I had NO idea how much I actually weighed at this time!)

It looks like I started losing weight again before my Junior Year according to the picture but I don't remember it at all.

This is the point where I realized I had to get some weight off and during the summer before my senior year, My mother and I both joined weight watchers.

I can remember being devastated when I weighed for the first time in a very long time and the scale read 300 lbs! Here I am 17 years old and I'm 300 lbs?? This is NOT right!! Well it was and I had to do something.

For the life of me, I don't remember how I lost 80 lbs in one summer but I did! I don't actually have many pictures of this summer but this is what I managed to scrape up.

I seem to remember wearing a size 18 and weighing about 220 during this time. - This would be the smallest I have ever been since becoming an adult.

I had been going through a lot of changes and I started partying around this age (actually maybe a little earlier) . I was never really terribly wild but I had my moments.

For whatever reason after stopping weight watchers, I started gaining weight back. You can see from Senior Prom Pic that I has lost weight . I also had a date who was a friend at the time.

Now on to Senior Pics. I actually liked these pics but I had picked up more weight when I had these taken. During this time, i had gained some bit of popularity though not that much through my singing , competitions, and school spirit. This was a good time for me. Although I was still partying with my friends, I was enjoying school activities for the first time!

Graduation Day when I got my car (it wasn't my first but it was the first one I bought with my money from work)

Here I was out of school and hoping to have a college education but that was cut short due to my lack of high scores. You see, I was pretty lazy and only got by in high school until I had a singing competition where I scored a superior rating and almost made all state. I was called to the admissions office at a college and offered a music scholarship if I could go to a community college and get my grades up to speed. This is one of those decisions that I would soon regret.

Well, I was busy working, partying, and I did not want to go back to school. Needless to say, I ended up spending the next 9 years working in a grocery store full time. This was really my biggest partying stage and I was drinking with my friends on weekends and that was what I wanted.

This is me during the partying stage

I am the one in the fringe coat in the back ( my girlfriends and I were pretty silly though harmless)

I also had some glamour shots made during this time. I was dating a Man who was quite a bit older than me and wanted to give some pictures to him.

Needless to say, the pictures lasted but the relationship did not. The relationship was probably doomed from the start but he was the first real boyfriend I ever had. We got into a a bad fight and broke up. He literally begged me for forgives and I took him back. He ended up going back to his ex wife and I caught her over at his house! So we broke up for good for the second time! I pretty much started a stream of bad relationships after that.

About a year later, I decided to take some computer classes and then about two years later, I ended up getting my Networking Specialist Diploma but was still working at the store. Before going to school I managed to get off nearly 50 lbs by doing the mayo clinic diet (if you remember that) I recall eating LOTS of tuna and cauliflower. I must say it did work, but just like every other diet, I soon gained the weight back plus. You can tell by my during school pic first and then my graduation pic about 6 months later.

This was a pretty glorious time and I was feeling good and looking pretty good.
Now less than a year later, I have gained lots of the weight back.

I finally was slowing down on the partying and I had even started singing more. I did several competitions where I would do well and sometimes place but I was never at the very top. Here are a few shots of my performances during this time. I also become a Christian during this time and I pretty much stopped going out partying with my friends altogether.

Singing was truly my life's passion although I was also doing freelance computer work and still working at the grocery store full time. I was also still living at home with my parents as well.

Things were starting to look up for me around this time. I has been having a wonderful time worshiping the lord in my church and singing throughout the state. I took some much needed vacation time with my family at this time as well.

(me enjoying the hot tub)

Great Smokey Mountains. I was probably about 260-270ish here.
We also took a Disney Vaca the next year. These are some of my largest pics. I was up to 300 plus in these.

I then met another man who I was not interested in at first, but after becoming friends, soon after started dating. I dated the man who was to be my first husband for about six months. To make a long story short, he treated me with the utmost respect, came from a great family and was always very loving to me. We were good friends. We decided to marry and about a month after our engagement I had a stroke. If you read my other blogs you would see that I had a blood clot go through a hole in my heart and this caused the stroke though the doctors never really knew why i had the blood clots. This was a wake up call for me and after topping the scale at about 320 lbs I knew it was time for a change. I recovered from the stroke, and had surgery to close the hole in my heart. I married about four months after my stroke and during my honeymoon, I ended up with a pulmonary embolism.

This is a wedding picture that I absolutely HATE. The dress was gorgeous but I looked so bad during this time. This was in Oct.22,2002.

I remained married for a year and things were ok. We decided to move to Nashville, TN where we could find new jobs.
It was during the time that we moved that I was becoming more dissatisfied in the marriage. Although my husband was still kind, we were having problems and I was beginning to realize that I has settled in my marriage and that I was not happy.

In August 2004 we separated and filed for divorce. I had moved in with a girlfriend that I worked with. I pretty much took care of myself at that point and spent time with my family and friends. In November of 2004 i met a man at work that I become very good friends with. Little did I know that he would be the love of my life! After getting divorced I started this new man and things started to move very quickly. We dated for nearly 2 years and decided to get married on April 12th, 2006. Now we enter the happiest time of my life!!!!!!

This a pic of us at his sister wedding when we were dating.

Funny note- As you can see the reception was rigged and I caught the bouquet and he caught the garter!

Now on to the wedding!!!

Finally happy and I managed to lose weight before the wedding once again. Unfortunately not long after we were married, I received the news that my Ex has passed away of a heart attack. My Ex was over 400 lbs and lived a very sedentary lifestyle. This shook me up and got me thinking about my on health.

Now here are some random photos collected throughout the last five years that I have been married. As you can see I did some yo- yo dieting here.

Centennial Park 2006

1 Year Anniversary Vaca. 2007

During this point I has lost about 30 lbs put plateaued and never recovered. The yo- yo dieting starts again.
Anniversary in Cleveland, OH 2008

Anniversary Vaca in England April 2009.- Time of my life!

As you can see, I've really started packing on the pounds again.

July 4th 2009

This is where things are really getting serious with my weight.

Atlanta, GA 2010

This is the official Rock Bottom for me to get the weight off. When we returned from Atlanta, I had gained exactly 10 lbs! I had also crossed over to the 300 mark again. 307 lbs to be exact! This was no surprise because we had both been eating very badly and in Atlanta it was like Pizza nearly every night because of the time we had to eat. We were VERY bad during this trip!

From this point there are dramatic shifts in weight.

My birthday May 31, 2010

Never to have a whole cake made for me like this again! It was sooo delicious though!!!

Summer Vaca in Gatlinburg,TN 2010

See the difference?

Now it's on to 2011 and present!

We went back to England for the last time for awhile. This is at Warwick Castle. I have lost about 50 lbs here.

I should say this was also my favorite castle out of all that we have seen so far! I loved it!

I did so much walking during this vaca that I lost 3 lbs when we got back!!!

This is where I am now! I have lost 64 lbs in about 17 months and I'm doing it slowly. I have learned healthy habits and changing my life! I am also going back to school THIS month to get my degree! This is my second chance!

Me now!!!

Now, I admit I went into more details then necessary to answer the question but you get the point.... I have NEVER been at a healthy weight, though I have come close too many times to count! THAT ENDS NOW!!!

Ok, on to the other questions.

What made me decide to get healthy was honestly, being fed up with the mediocrity of my life although I am very happy with my husband and two kitties. I want to be an Entrepreneur and I need to learn how to follow through with things and how to have discipline in my life. I truly believe that if I can get the weight off and maintain a healthy lifestyle that it will be the first step in achieving my overall goals.

As far as rude/mean comments about how I look? I have had a few here and there but nothing that really stands out. I never really took that kind of thing well and would fire back with something and sometimes even fight.

As for what I hate most about my starting size? I hated the way I looked and I remember the lack of energy when walking around Atlanta with my husband. I am very proud of the way I am starting to look now! I am almost the smallest I have ever been including high school!!!

My favorite unhealthy food was probably a toss up of Pizza and sweets. Pretty much anything cheesy or sugary to be honest. Oh and CHEESECAKE AND ICE CREAM !!!
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My favorite healthy foods now are baked chicken of ANY kind and I love to explore with new fruits and veggies! I actually try a different fruit and or veggie every week.

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For the the hardest part of the journey is being too hard on myself when I mess up and forcing myself to exercise daily! emoticon

To be honest my workout regime varies greatly. I love variety! I keep my options open and make sure I do cardio and strength training along with Yoga 3x's a week at the very least. I normally workout 5 times a week and walk or bike ride on Saturday. On Sunday, I rest. I still try new things all the time and really love dancing. I have begun belly dancing recently. emoticon

What I want everyone to know.. well ... I think you've got it. I am a Christian woman, I have been through alot and I have a long journey ahead of me I am not looking at the past any longer but I am only looking to a bright future of what God has in store for me!!!!..

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CULAINA 8/3/2011 8:51PM

    i absolutely loved this blog. it is so easy to understand when there are pictures showing exactly what your struggle has been. brilliant!

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ELISOS 8/3/2011 2:10PM

    Great blog, I love it. great job. emoticon

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    You were and still are a very beautiful person. I love all of the pictures. I have had similar ups and downs through my childhood adulthood. Thank you for sharing your story and your pictures.

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EL-E-E 8/3/2011 8:40AM

    This is an inspiring post and it was brave of you to open up so much and share all the photos! Way to go on making these changes for yourself! I hope all your dreams come true. emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 8/3/2011 6:30AM

    WOW Thanks for sharing!You're on your way!! emoticon

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NHYDER 8/3/2011 5:41AM

    Thanks for sharing!! My pictures from childhood look the same. I a trying hard, to brake this cycle, for myself, and my daughter!. emoticon

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