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Saturday, August 21, 2010

My apologies to all for not posting and keeping everyone up to date! I had an ongoing computer malfunction. My keyboard broke a long time ago and I just recently got a new one, and go figure, the new one I bought was defective. Hence I repaired the new one, something I was trying to avoid in first place! Thatís lifeÖor at least itís mine. Not much has been going right this Summer. Iím not complaining, just reporting.

Most of all Iíve been and am ill. I was doing fantastic in June (besides my bad shoulder) and was so happy. Towards the end of the month I began to get severe dizzy spells. I finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Benign Positional Vertigo. Itís an inner ear disease which causes vertigo, dizziness, and fatigue, and there is absolutely nothing benign about it. Further recuperation is highly variable in terms of time, if recuperation does occur. What bothers me most is not the dizziness but the fatigue. I have a hard time just keeping up with daily matters. However I am better than I was a month ago. I also was very depressed in addition to the physical limitations. IĎm learning to live with it however.

As if this were not enough I probably got a ďbugĒ a couple of days ago, and am at home in bed with all the symptoms of a stomach flue. On the other hand it may be a severe IBS attack. Whatever it is, I am incredibly tiered and spent the last couple of days mostly in bed, but am beginning to feel better.

Anyway this is how life has been going for me. More has gone wrong, but Iíve listed the worst. Of course itís miserably hot here in Tucson at this time. Yet Iím surviving. I wont let it get me down. However as far as my online presence is concerned I need to set priorities and use the little energy I have on day to day chores like cooking and cleaning. I made another doctors appointment. I want my health matters more aggressively dealt with. Iíve done some research and am informed and know what to ask and what to demand. Once I feel better Iíll be back online. Advice is appreciated.

Weight wise I was somewhere in the 180ís but am back to the low 190ís. Iím working on that. I think currently if I can just stabilize my weight Iím doing very well.

I sincerely miss everyone. I truly just donít feel well. The moment I feel better Iíll be back. Iím sorry.

Sincerely,
Barbara

  
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GRACIELA_ELENA 12/29/2010 1:03PM

    Gosh, so sorry to hear how you were doing in August and that we lost touch...hope things have improved and that the coming new year brings you nothing but good things including good health!

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JENJEN1004 10/25/2010 8:43PM

    I'm so sorry to hear that things have been difficult for you. I'm back now after having been away many months and I plan on staying around a long time so I will be here FOR YOU when you get back. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you and sending you love. Rest and take care of yourself. Hugs!

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CHEROKEE1946 10/7/2010 11:27PM

    Sorry to hear about all that has been happening to you the last 4 or 5 months. Just take care of yourself and remember we are always here for you if you need. Take care of you and Fleagirl. Hugs Colleen

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EKKING 9/29/2010 1:39PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your misfortunes Barbara. I am reading this post late, so am hoping that you have seen your doctor in the meantime and have gotten some of this straightened out. Hope you feel better soon!

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CFLOTT 9/29/2010 8:38AM

    Hey there...somehow I missed this post from way back. Oooh, I'm hoping that you're getting better. My best to you from way over in Michigan.

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GRETCHEN_D_GR8 9/18/2010 10:35AM

    Hey... I am really thinking of you. How come I havent heard hide nor hair of you in months? Shoot me an email or something. I sure do love you.

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SANDKARMA 9/1/2010 10:41AM

    We're all pulling for you! Feel better soon!
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TLROYER 9/1/2010 10:23AM

    I hope you get better soon! I had vertigo many many years ago and it is awful. I feel for you. Take care of yourself and hopefully we'll hear from you again soon.

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KRYANPRINCESS 8/31/2010 12:39PM

    Oh Barb, I'm so sorry to hear this. I have thought bout you a lot over the past few months, missing you. I hope you recover fast, and I will be keeping you in my thoughts daily for your health to return to you! Stay strong.... emoticon

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BEGONIAC 8/27/2010 9:11PM

    I'm so sorry to hear of all the junk! You've been on my mind and I just stopped by to see how you were doing....I can't stand it that it's getting you down. Hope this eases up so you're feeling better. Sounds AWFUL!
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CATH5109 8/27/2010 11:53AM

    I am sorry so much is going on with your health. I know how depressing that can be--both physically and spiritually. Its great to see your blog and know that you are doing better. Hopefully you will be fully recovered quite soon. emoticon Cathy

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WEKIMER 8/24/2010 5:29PM

    Barb, so sorry to hear that you have been ill and that medical help is not doing as good as you'd hoped. Keep the faith, get on line when you feel better. Your health comes first and all of our prayers are pouring out to you so surely they will help.
I'm so proud of you not gaining much weight back. I was so worried about you and will continue to send prayers as long as you need them. so glad you sent us an update. Keep us posted when you can. Get all the sleep you need. We will be here for you when you need us. kim

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THE_TIME_IS_NOW 8/23/2010 1:13AM

    Hey My Spark Mommy

I am so GLAD to hear from you.. I am so sorry life has been so rough for you lately. I can not imagine what you are going through.. My dad has vertigo and I see him suffer. Hope you feel better. You will be in my prayers

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PATTISPAGE 8/22/2010 11:18PM

    barbara thanks for taking the time to update us!!!

I am not sure what it means by "benign", but I have suffered from Vertigo... and it is not fun!!! ugh just thinking about it. I am still always prone to dizziness but the "vertigo" did pass (it took months). I was working at the time, and it was really hard to keep functioning, as it was so unpredictable!! The saving grace for me, was my boss had a bout of vertigo a few years earlier so was very sympathetic. Just be patient with yourself!!! I trust the fatique will pass, although as I said, I don't know the difference of benign.

I wish I had some advise... they only thing that worked for me was rest when I could and I told gravel... basically because it helped me sleep and helped nausea!

Glad you got your computers back... but don't spend long infront of a busy screen... do what you can... I hated not being able to read, so consider ebooks, or books on cd.

Blessings!

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CAG931 8/21/2010 9:29PM

    It was very good to hear from you. I am sorry things are not going well I hope they turn around soon. Take care of yourself and we will be here when you are ready.

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LAROSEBAUGH 8/21/2010 9:02PM

    Feel better! Take care of yourself first, we will always be here for you!

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WINTERWINGS 8/21/2010 3:13PM

    I thought you were busy hiking but you sure can't be out there hiking with vertigo!! Eep! It totally sucks that you aren't feeling well but hopefully you'll be feeling better soon. I hope Flea's doing a good job looking after you.

Glad to see you post. You can see you've got quite a bunch of supporters here cheering for you. Get well soon!

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MSSUNBUG 8/21/2010 3:05PM

    It's so nice to hear an update, but I'm so sorry you've been unwell. Do take good care. Don't worry about the weight, it will come back off.

Thinking of you!

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JACKIEP1961 8/21/2010 2:28PM

    Hey, Barbara,

It's great to have your presence again - so sorry that you are unwell, but keep with the positive attitude and I am sure you will be on the road to recovery in no time. Make sure you get the answers from the doctor - they can be so unhelpful sometimes but just keep bullying them, lol.

Take care Spark Friend and keep in touch as and when you can. Feel heaps better soon!

Jackie x

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SALINA78 8/21/2010 12:48PM

    Barbara,
Thank you for taking the time to update us with all that you are dealing with.
I am so sorry to hear this!
I will be praying for you and for your Dr.!
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ZAZABOOTY 8/21/2010 12:29PM

    Barbara, I'm so sorry to hear that you haven't been well. I've been so worried about you. I am glad to hear that you are still there.

This has been an evil hot summer all the way around, add not feeling well into the mix, and it's not a surprise that you've added a couple of pounds. Don't beat yourself up, just focus on getting well.

I listen to a radio show called The People's Pharmacy, and they just recently broadcast an episode on vertigo. You can hear a podcast of the show online at their website: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010
/07/29/779-dealing-with-dizziness/ Maybe it can be of some use to you.

Hang in there, friend, and get better soon. I'll be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts your way.
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CARLEENAZ 8/21/2010 12:04PM

    Oooooh, Barbara ~ I am soooooo sorry that you are having a tough time with lots of things. When I saw you on SP and realized who you are, I was SOOOOO excited to be able to reconnect with you. Unfortunately, it is the same time that you started having problems. I am really trying to hold out my anxiousness for reconnecting . . . . I'll be patient until you get back. I would love to hear from you when you are up to it. Hugs.

Carleen

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YAMINOKODOMO 8/21/2010 11:53AM

    I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a tough time right now. I hope slowly things will start to get a little better and it is very important for you to stay on top of you health and make sure that gets fixed up.

We will always be here no matter if you just drop by once a month or not at all. Take care of you and just try to stay positive!

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SUNNIEDAES 8/21/2010 11:50AM

    Hi Barbara! It's nice to see you back but so sorry you still aren't feeling very well. Don't know what to tell you but I'm glad you're going to see the doctor again. You hang in there. This too shall pass my friend. Keep us posted as to how you are doing. Love you, Bonnie emoticon

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Day 594 Thanks! Motivation: Iím in full gear!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday

Food: Stayed within calorie range! Yay me!

Exercise
Total: 120 YES!
Aqua Aerobics/Aqua Jogging:0
Walking: 75
Physical Therapy: (have to rest arm)
Environmental Exercise:0
Step Aerobics: 45

Birthday Countdown: 20 Days to reach 199 lbs goal weight

Yesterday was a really exciting day for me because of all of the wonderful comments people made on my progress blog/photos. Thanks to everyone for your kind comments. I feel so honored that one person actually chose to post my photo on their refrigerator for motivational purposes. I donít think anyone has ever done that before! Thanks Spark Friends!

So far my birthday countdown as a motivator is working. Only 20 days left. It really helps to have a short term goal. I donít feel so overwhelmed anymore. One thing that also is helping me allot is eating a grapefruit after dinner. It seems to kill any and all cravings. And since itís that time of year, I have a plentiful supply of free organic Tucson grown grapefruit!

I was going to do a two day birthday hike but because of my arm probably wont be able to do so. Iím trying to avoid the birthday dinner/cake thing. I wanted to celebrate my birthday with a healthy hike and healthy food and perhaps some time to contemplate life. Anyone have any ideas?

I got rid of three kitchen trash bags of clothing yesterday. That included all of my much too big underwear. Now Iím wearing mediums. Next month will be bra month. Someone told me that Target is the place for bra shopping and that Consumer Guide, or a similar source, rated them equally good as more expensive name brands. So I will give it a try. I actually can move my clothes into the dressers in the closet now! Iím thrilled! Iíll have so much more room. Iím not done yet, but it was a good start on getting the closet organized.

  
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SANBRI 6/25/2010 10:18AM

    Finally getting back on here to see what all is going on! It has been a long, bumpy month. How are you doing these days? We have been back a couple of weeks, and things have been so busy that I thought it was Tuesday, in stead of Thursday, all day yesterday! Yikes!
Your pictures are absolutely wonderful. I hope that you are enjoying every day.
So glad to be back on here, and to see your progress.


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CHEROKEE1946 6/12/2010 11:44PM

    Hey Barb I put a picture of our new puppy to be up on spark page. She is only 4 weeks old she was born on 5-15-10 and I can't pick her up until 7-10-10. Need to find a name for her.
I am so excited. Sounds like you had a really great time on your hike and a healthy picnic also. Did you go in a group or with your friend. Take care Hugs

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CHEROKEE1946 6/10/2010 8:39PM

    Got you message through Flea. Glad everything is going your way. Hope you have a Happy Birthday when that day gets here.
I have been so busy getting my spring cleaning finished, but I finally did today and then tomorrow I will just finish my normal house cleaning. Do some laundry tomorrow or Saturday.
My sister is coming home on the 19th of June again and this way I will get a little rest before then. Take care and have a great day and weekend. Hugs

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CHEROKEE1946 6/7/2010 9:50PM

    Great Hike. But you can keep that hot weather. It was warm and sticky here all last week. don't need that. Take care.
I am finishing my spring cleaning and hopefully will be done by Wednesday. Hugs

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CHEROKEE1946 6/6/2010 9:25PM

    That sounds like a nice gift for your birthday. Nice savings also. Have a great week. Miss your posts. Hugs

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CHEROKEE1946 5/30/2010 8:55PM

    I am glad Flea has her own page. LOL Hope you are having a good weekend. Hugs

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TRUECHIC 5/27/2010 6:05AM

    Hi Barbara, I haven't been on SP at all for a long while (until last week), and it's wonderful to read how 'up' you are feeling, how fantastic you are doing, this is such an upbeat blog. I am going to trackback to read your journey to here. You're a lovely lady, and I am so delighted to read how happy you are.

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CHEROKEE1946 5/26/2010 6:21PM

    Are you okay? Haven't seen any blogs. Take care and hugs.
I wanted to make sure you didn't do something and fall and hurt yourself. Hugs

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CHEROKEE1946 5/25/2010 10:12PM

    I can say I ride the bike but never will I say I love the bike. LOL. Have a great day. Hugs

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MSSUNBUG 5/25/2010 5:55PM

    I haven't checked in with you for a while--I'm so sorry!

I agree, short term goals make all the difference. I decided that for now I'd focus on getting to 100 pounds lost (18 pounds to go). That seems pretty tangible to me. I don't have a "deadline" for it, but just having that to build towards instead of just "goal weight" feels really doable. You're SUPER close to your goal already, so I have no doubts you'll get there in the next three weeks.

Feels SO good to purge the old stuff, doesn't it? I'm glad you've gotten to do that and are enjoying shopping for some new things!

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WEKIMER 5/25/2010 5:06PM

    What great ideas. Going on a retreat or to a healthy type spa that encourages healthy exercise, eating etc. All great ideas. Looking for something a little lower cost. What i do on my birthday is do all of my favorite things. Go for a hike. go shopping and buy myself something healthy, something nice to wear or get your hair done in a new style. surround yourself with the people you love, family and friends and just enjoy!
You are doing so awesome. I just know you will get to your goal and past it in time for your birthday. kim emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/22/2010 9:29PM

    You're amazing. Great job on planning to celebrate your birthday in good Spark Style. I hope that it's a great celebration indeed. I love you... Happy Happy Birthday. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LADYROSE 5/22/2010 8:40PM

    I am so proud of you!!! Isn't it so freeing to get rid of clothes that no longer flatter you (and them falling off isn't a flattering look for any of us - I was always so worried I'd lose my drawers at work. Not a fun thing! LOL!)

And you know me and my thoughts for your birthday - There's the 80/20 or 90/10 rule (depending on how focused you are right now) where 80 or 90% of the time, you eat according to your chosen plan, you exercise according to your plan, and the other 10-20% is time to relax, enjoy and savor. If you truly don't want something sweet and indulgent to celebrate the day of your birth - cake, ice cream, what ever - that's totally your choice. But if you think it's not something that's part of a 'healthy lifestyle', that's really far from the truth. It's part of the 10%, and have faith that you can enjoy the moment and go back to your 90% way immediately afterwards!

And be picky! if you have cake, don't settle for run of the mill store made cake, make it something special - homemade, or from really a good bakery - for my birthday we went to Nadine's and the hubby got me a petit four (a small square of cake, about 2 bites, that is covered in a chocolate frosting. Num! and just the right size) and we got a slice of some decadent layer cake to split (love that they sell slices!) If it's ice cream, splurge on a small cup from Cold Stone. You get the idea.

If you decide that it's just not for you, no worries - I'm thinking a cook out with chicken & veggie kabobs, roasted veggies as a side (corn on the cob and potatoes are tasty on the grill!) and maybe some grilled fruit - pineapple rings don't need any help, but peaches or pears cut in half , brushed with a little oil & honey and grilled - NUM-O!!!

Enjoy this leg of the journey and I can't wait to hear what your next goal will be.

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CHEROKEE1946 5/20/2010 11:37PM

    Tonight I felt like snacking and when I saw two legs in one I got a glass of ice chips and went back into the room and munched on ice chips and I was fine. Have you ever thought of going on a retreat. There are all kinds of retreats from religious to just really going some place to just stop and smell the roses and take the time to get to know the new your and reflect on all the things you have accomplished and how you have changed your life. I went on a retreat a few years ago infact my daughter and I went we ate meals together, but we mostly would walk the trails and look at all the beautiful surroundings and do a lot of reflecting. I was so relaxed it was unreal. Once you get your arm back then you can go on a big hike. So many things have changed in your life of lately and you have so much to feel good about. That may be a dumb idea but I really enjoyed it even though I fought tooth and dagger about going. I would like to go again this year if I get a chance. Have a great day and I think you are really getting into the step thing. Did you every think of looking on Amazon for those DVD's, Have a great Friday. Hugs to you and Flea.

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RUN4MYDOGS 5/20/2010 8:02PM

    Dessert: Cooked apples (just peel them, add a little lemon juice and water, cook them down until they are soft, talk about amazing!)

Enjoy a nice sunset with flea by your side and the birds as background music. (maybe have a good book handy).

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CATH5109 5/20/2010 4:02PM

    Dessert:
Homemade fruit sorbet! (don't ask me how...)

Luxory gift: massage/hot tub and quiet time in a beautiful setting (any hot springs/oasis' nearby?)

Anyway, I am sure that you have a lot to celebrate for your birthday.

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POLYANASUNSHINE 5/20/2010 2:53PM

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Day 593 MUST SEE PROGRESS PHOTO!!!! Canít wait to post this blog!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday

Weigh In: 204 lbs for a loss of 1 lb for the week. A total of 114 lbs lost on SP. 5 lbs to go, to reach my June goal of 199 (Total weight lost 196+lbs)

Birthday Countdown: 21 Days to reach 199 lbs goal weight

Food: Stayed in Calorie Range.
Exercise
Total: 140 min (Finally made my 120 min goal, Yay!)
Aqua Aerobics/Aqua Jogging: 80 min
Walking: 60 min
Physical Therapy: (have to rest arm)
Environmental Exercise: 0
Step Aerobics: 0

I started to clean out my bedroom closet thinking about Siriradah and Colleen. While doing this I found the biggest pair of pants I used to wear. I purposely saved them. Other than that I give away whatever is too big for me if itĎs still usable, so I donít have clothes to regress into. Iím very proud of this photo. Please realize I weighed 400+ lbs at one time (not sure exactly how much I was cause my scale no longer measured it) and barely fit into those pants anymore. Matter of fact they were skin tight and the legs reached barely below my knee! Thanks so much Carol for taking the photos. For larger photos see my photo album.

Wearing my size 10 pants:



Wearing my biggest pants ever:



I feel really good about beginning to clean out my bedroom closet. I did not even have room in it for my clothes! It will take me a few days to get it all organized, but in the end I finally will be able to use it as a closet for my clothes and not just for storage. So a bunch of stuff will be donated and recycled this week. Thanks Siriradah for your blogs about ridding yourself of non essential items. After reading it so many times idea is sticking with me. Thanks Colleen for sharing all the housework you do. It inspires me to do more!

I started a countdown to my birthday to get and keep myself on track. Iím following the Mayo Clinic ďdietĒ and will do my best to eat the 1200 recommended calories a day. (My nutritionist recommends the same amount of calories) Lately I have been fudging allot with calories while exercising less. I hope the countdown will motivate me to stick to my goals at least 80% to 90% of the time. Iím not trying for perfection. I also will do my best to exercise 2 hours a day! I hope to increase my weight loss from 1 to 2 lbs a week. I have three weeks left to my birthday. At that rate I will achieve my bday goal of being in the 100ís! A number I have not seen since my late teens or very early twenties! Iím not quite sure anymore. My next goal will be to make it to the 170ís which will take me out of the range of being obese. Then Iíll work towards a healthy BMI.

  
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MYJUNIEMOON 12/6/2010 11:49AM

    You have achieved so much! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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HILARYMM 9/28/2010 3:22PM

    This photo is awesome!

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THESOUPGURU 5/25/2010 12:34PM

    Congrats! You look great. I'm so happy for you and you are sooooo motivated. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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DALAI_LALA 5/25/2010 12:26PM

    That's great! You could make two whole new skirts out of those...

Lala

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PERFECTVELVET 5/25/2010 12:16PM

    Wow Wow WoW! That's absolutely fantastic and you look AMAZING!!!!

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CRIS76 5/25/2010 12:14PM

    You look amazing!

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FOXXYROXXYD 5/25/2010 12:01PM

    Congratulations on your FABULOUS success! You look Fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration!

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ASIAMORA 5/25/2010 9:46AM

    I love your success pictures. You've done such a good job. I'm glad to see you so motivated still. You have great long term goals and you will see them.

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1BEARWIFE 5/21/2010 11:22AM

    What a tremendous job you have done, and are still doing! I especially love the photo of you fitting into one leg of your old pants!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You are doing so good! I pray that you will reach your goal of 199 before your birthday!

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KARENTOO2 5/21/2010 10:46AM

    This is the most inspiring photo I've ever seen! Thx for posting!

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SIRIRADHA 5/20/2010 5:38PM

    Do you know how happy I am to see that picture? Seriously, when the camera deal didn't pan out the #1 regret I had was that I wouldn't be able to put a note in the camera case saying--and I already had it written out--"Now I want to see you in those size 10 pants!!" Your friend, Carol, must be psychic! You look so fabulous! You are a Spark pin-up girl! What a great inspiration!

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FURBALLDTH 5/20/2010 9:14AM

    wow that's mind boggling you are the woman! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINK9305 5/20/2010 1:13AM

    Barb you are amazing!!!! Congrats!!!!!

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GRETCHEN_D_GR8 5/19/2010 10:18PM

    Barbara! I am SO SO SO Proud of you! You look amazing! Down 200 + pounds! WOW that is determination and dedication! You are doing great!

Hugs,

Gretchen

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RUN4MYDOGS 5/19/2010 9:00PM

    Those size 10's look great on you! That's fantastic! (and flea is sooooooo cute).

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BLUETIGGER33 5/19/2010 7:51PM

    You have already accomplished so much! Good luck to you for reaching your 199 goal.

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CHEROKEE1946 5/19/2010 7:36PM

    Barb I think the results are great. That is one pair of pants I would keep. I had a girlfriend that had her big pants put into a picture frame and she actually hung it on her wall as a reminder to never go back there again. It has been 10 years and she might put on a pound or two but she has stayed right at her goal. I know you will too. You really look great. She said she hung the picture where she would go to eat and when she looked at the picture it just really made her think. So proud of you isn't it nice to have a nice closet. Wal-Mart has nice organizers for in all size closets.
The last few pounds are a little harder but I know you can do that 5 lbs and 21 days to do it. You are such an inspiration.
Infact I copied your picture and put it on my refrigerator so I know I can do this also.

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LAROSEBAUGH 5/19/2010 6:16PM

    You are awesome! I love the pic, you look so radiant and amazing now :) Great job!!! emoticon

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NEWME0519 5/19/2010 5:31PM

    Wow, that's amazing! You have done a wonderful job so far!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/19/2010 5:20PM

    Wow, Barbara, that is amazing!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 5/19/2010 5:13PM

    Awesome!!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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CFLOTT 5/19/2010 4:37PM

    Cut one of those pant legs off and make yourself a skirt!!! You look AWESOME! I'm so proud of you and enjoy being on this journey with you.

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ANDREWS_MOM 5/19/2010 3:40PM

    What amazing motivation & determination you must have to get you to this point!
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You must be sooooo proud of yourself!!
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Keep up the great work- you are phenomenal!
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RUBIA_LIZ 5/19/2010 3:11PM

    Phenomenal! Just great!! Keep up the great work! You can do it, no problem!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EKKING 5/19/2010 3:07PM

    Barbara, I'm so proud of you! Amazing pictures. Size 10! WOO HOO! Keep up the fantastic work. I am confident you will reach your goals by your deadlines.

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THE_TIME_IS_NOW 5/19/2010 3:05PM

    You are so amazing!!!!!!!

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KKNSMOM 5/19/2010 2:47PM

    Unbelievable! What a transformation. Keep up the hard work. emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 5/19/2010 2:33PM

    OH. EMM. GEE. WOW! Good for you - you look amazing!

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OMG!! You look amazing!!
You are a true inspiration to all of us here on Spark.I'm so happy for you.
You must feel amazing.I wish you the best on your journey to a healthier happier YOU!!
I'm sure you will reach that birthday goal.
God Bless~Christina

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TKAYSMILES 5/19/2010 2:24PM

    What an amazing transformation! You should be super proud of what you have accomplished so far! Good luck in reaching that BDay goal!!!

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SPARKGIRL32 5/19/2010 2:05PM

    WOWWWWW!!!! Love it!!

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KEEPGOING87 5/19/2010 2:03PM

    WOW awesome job!

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SALINA78 5/19/2010 1:41PM

    WOW Barbara!
AWESOME photos!!!!

I am so very proud of you!

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MISSG818 5/19/2010 12:31PM

    OMG!!! I love it...

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CATH5109 5/19/2010 12:29PM

    You must feel very proud. Thanks for continuing to be such an inspiration.

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DREMARGRL 5/19/2010 12:14PM

    You are soooooo rawwwwkin' it!!!!!!!!!!! FABULOUS!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRYANPRINCESS 5/19/2010 12:02PM

    emoticonI'm so proud of you! You are AMAZING!! Your determination and dedication is so inspiring! You will reach your goal for sure!! Keep on Going girl!! YOU GOT THIS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GENTLESPIRIT1 5/19/2010 10:23AM

    WOW!! Barbara, you are doing fantastic!! I am so proud of you. I wish I could get my motivation going again. But so happy for you! I know you'll succeed! Look how far you've come. Keep up the good work!



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TLROYER 5/19/2010 10:06AM

    Wow, you look great! Congrats on your success. Keep up the great work. You will definitely make your birthday goal. That will be the best present ever! Have a great day! T erry

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MADDEELOU 5/19/2010 9:41AM

    Well, I can see your pictures and story. Just not this font....duh.

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MADDEELOU 5/19/2010 9:40AM

    Way to go!! What an amazing achievement. Thank you for sharing your successes and those incredible photos. YOu are an inspiration. emoticon (Sorry if there are any typos....I do not have my reading glasses and cannot see a thing)

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BAYBELIEVER 5/19/2010 9:33AM

    Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your tremendous success with all of us! The pictures are fantastic. You sure should be proud! And please know that you inspire me! Here's to your coming healthier birthday! What a way to celebrate, by making a healthier you!

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SCHWINNER! 5/19/2010 7:40AM

    That's amazing!! You are the size of your former leg! :) This is so inspirational and wonderful..keep it up!!!!

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*SUNSHINEDAYZ* 5/19/2010 6:30AM

    Wow!!! Way to go!!! emoticon

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SATURN2002 5/19/2010 4:35AM

    emoticon your looking fab.

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MIZZGRIZZ 5/19/2010 1:46AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks so much for sharing your success and your joy. emoticon

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0309COOKIE 5/19/2010 1:17AM

    That is just an awesome picture of you with your old pants! What more can I say but congratulations on your hard work. Fantastic!

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LUNADRAGON 5/19/2010 12:58AM

    You are so inspiring! Look at you and those huge pants! You are doing it, honey! What a great accomplishment!
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HHOUSE8 5/19/2010 12:46AM

    This is so inspiring! I joined SP because my sister has lost the first 100 of the 200+ she intends to lose with SPs support. Reading this is like seeing her into the future. It gives me hope for all of us. Thank you for loving yourself into this new version of your body. Keep up the beautiful work! emoticon

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Day 592 I'm Actually Happy with the Government Today! Doubt it will last though...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Day 592

Monday

Food: Stayed in calorie range

Exercise
Total: 105 min
Aqua Aerobics/Aqua Jogging:0
Walking: 60 min
Physical Therapy: (have to rest arm)
Environmental Exercise: 0
Step Aerobics: 45 min

I started the day by seeing my physical therapist for my shoulder and arm. I got a lecture on respecting my body and something about pain receptors being there for a reason, and was told not to exercise. But to be honest it sounded more like the background noise when the adults are talking in the Peanuts cartoons. Iíve already adjusted my exercising enough in my opinion. I certainly wont quit walking and I donít think the post-op rehab or arthritis class in the pool will hurt either. As I told him what aggravated the arm was the arm exercise bike he put me on last week. I told him I should not be doing that. But he would not listen. He tried to put me on it again but I straight out refused. Come to think about it, he just was on the defensive. In his defense my diagnosis has changed from last weeks and what initially was diagnoses as a torn muscle is now probably more correctly diagnosed as tendonitis. And I believe treatment for the two are not the same. But what do I know.

To my great surprise I got an email from the Department of the Interior in regards to my treatment and refusal of a pass at Sabino Canyon. I only emailed them on Saturday. I can truly say that at this moment I am truly happy with the government. Not that it will last. But Iíll for the moment at least believe that they really are here to help us. I may not have to stage a protest after all. Though it would have been fun to do, except for the darn heat! Maybe Iíll try to work on resolving the issue via emails until Fall. And if I donít get the appropriate action by then, it will be the perfect weather for a little protest. I wonder if SP has a calorie count for protest activities.

I was miserable most of the day due to eating too many apples on Sunday. I'm saying this in the sincerets way: Don't ever binge on apples. You will regret it! As will your tummy and other parts of your body.

Other than that I did not accomplish much. But I improved on my exercise (my physical therapist is wincing) and I stayed within my calorie range. However that range is rather liberal at this time, especially given how much less active I am. But right now I donít seem to have it in me to be in a more restrictive mode. Iíll have to see how my weigh-in goes. I may make a bigger effort in regards to eating less if it does not show progress.

  
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CHEROKEE1946 5/22/2010 10:18PM

    I missed this blog I don't know how. I agree you don't have to eat something sweet for your birthday and if you do I love those petit four two bites and they are rich enough that they satisfy. I would rather go for a nice steak dinner or seafood. No where does it say you have to have ice cream or cake unless you want to. They also have baby cones which is enough to satisfy. But I am sure you will figure it out and do it right. You have come so far. Way to go girl. Hugs emoticon Have a great weekend.

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RUN4MYDOGS 5/18/2010 9:56PM

    Barb, I love reading your posts! You are such a trip and such a motivator! Good for you on standing up for yourself. You know your body better than any therapist or doctor. Way to go on getting into your size 10 pants too!!!!

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KRNMAC 5/18/2010 2:45PM

    When I read about you eating an entire bag of apples, I did think "ouch! I know what would happen if I did that!" Was hoping, for your sake, that your constitution is different - guess not! emoticon

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WEKIMER 5/18/2010 2:27PM

    Good for you Barb on the protest emails and your future endeavors on that issue.
Sorry to hear that the apple binge was not the best for your body. Hope you are feeling better. Guess when they say everything in moderation, that especially includes apples. I know what too much fruit does to me so I'm sure you had a similar response.
Also good for you on ignoring your doctor when he said No exercise. I agree. No exercise for the arm but those legs can work out without aggravating your arm. dr's are such fools sometimes. especially if he thinks the arm bike is actually helping you and the walking is not. Hang in there sweetie, you know your body best. kim

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SIRIRADHA 5/18/2010 1:32PM

    Thank you! Your gentle protest is helping out people you don't even know!

And hey, I agree...we need a calorie burn count for protesting. See my picture protesting my tax $ going to a war I don't support. My arms were very, very sore from holding that sign in the wind! Work is work, and working to make a better world ought to be recognized! Yay, Barb!

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Day 591 Walked the dog, ate too much, that sums it up but still manage to write a blog about it ;)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday

Food: Went over planned calories but stayed under 2000. I can live with that.

Exercise
Total: 60 min f
Aqua Aerobics/Aqua Jogging:0
Walking: 60
Physical Therapy: (have to rest arm)
Environmental Exercise: 0
Step Aerobics: 0

I had big plans for yesterday but at least I did manage to walk the dog I the morning. That was my biggest goal for the day. I did a little cleaning and straightening up, but not nearly as much as planned. Instead I visited my friend Mary Jane and then went grocery shopping. I bought a huge amount of fresh fruit of which I kept some and the rest I repackaged in a gift bag and left it at my daughterís place for her birthday. I have another gift for her but she has to pick that one up.

Later in the day I visited the dog park and one of the people there saw me wear a sling and shouted at me, from a distance, now what did you do, did you break your arm? (for those of you not in the know itís just tendinitis) I got some exercise performing my ďcivic dutiesĒ at the park. And went home and at a very healthy dinner.

I followed that with a very healthy dessert of apples. Just that I did not stop at one. They tasted so good I finished off the bag. But I DID walk the dog in the morning.

  
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WEKIMER 5/18/2010 2:21PM

    Great job on t he exercise and achieving your goal of walking the dog. Overeating with apples is a great way to go. At least it was healthy and fiber and will give you lots of vitamins. I over ate on granola yesterday, also healthy and filled with fiber but I suspect a lot more sugar than apples. I was also pleasantly surprised I didn't go too far out of bounds with my calories. Good for you bouncing right back. kim

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FURBALLDTH 5/17/2010 9:46PM

    mmmmm I love fruit. What a wonderful gift! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POLYANASUNSHINE 5/17/2010 7:03PM

    That was very nice to give your daughter a big bag of fruit. I love apples also. You did a good amount of exercising.

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CHEROKEE1946 5/17/2010 5:21PM

    Well if you are going to over do sounds like you did it with something healthy. Apples. I like to slice mine and put in the microwave with a few drops of water, pack of splenda, and then some cinnamon.. But sounds like you are eating very healthy. Good gift for daughter healthy food. Have a great day Barb. Hugs

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