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Moving the right direction.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Weighing in showed me down one more pound. I'm so grateful the scale is going the right direction. Hip hip hooray.

Getting ready for the Seahawks to play this coming Sunday. Even though I'm in AZ I'll be the 12 man representative down here. Last week I had the sides of my hair blue.

If/when they go to the Super Bowl I'll put it into SPIKES & paint it blue & green. Woo hoo! Go Seahawks!

There are some days that are just easier than others. Conversely, some days are just harder. I've started a 'complaint' book where I have to mark down any time I complain. I started with a full page of tick marks. Now I'm down to three or four a day, so it's HELPING.

I'm also keeping a gratitude jar. I'm a couple of days behind but will catch up this weekend. I'm grateful for the days when the pain I experience is tolerable. I'm happy when I can walk several steps without canes. I am going to be successful & a year from now, by God's grace, I'll be walking cane free without a limp.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon This is a link to my daily blog on Facebook. I hope you'll enjoy it.

Here's a sunset field of sunflowers in Argentina. Sunshine on stems.

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JANNIEWANNIE 7/10/2014 9:22PM


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JANIEWWJD 2/1/2014 12:48AM

    Keep up the good work!!! You're doing great!!!!
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INFLATED 1/18/2014 11:42PM

    You are doing well! The picture of the sunflowers is beautiful! Keep up the good work.

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/18/2014 9:44PM

    Carolyn, it sounds as if you are making really good progress. Wishing you all the best! Hugs, Jeannie

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Freedom from Orthopedic Surgeon

Thursday, January 09, 2014

I am THRILLED! Yesterday I had my hopefully final visit with my wonderful orthopedic surgeon. He saved my life & I love him but never want to see him again. He told me to do activities that I enjoy (dancing is mine) & unless some sudden pain issue arises, I'm cut free!!!!!

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So I'm fatigued from the drive & my ankles are a little swollen but in a little while we are going to a sale for discount card making supplies. I'm excited because I heard the markdowns were great.

Tomorrow I go weigh in at TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly & hope I will be moving my marker on my ticker.

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This photo was taken two years ago on our way to a car show in Redding CA. I'm happy to report that I'm smaller now than then. I was looking for a different photo to post but couldn't find one. This truck took about ten years in the making & at last is fun to ride in & go to car shows. We're going to Yuma, AZ in the spring.

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BURNINGTHYME101 5/17/2014 9:19PM

    I love to go to car shows. I use to go to T.O.P.S. too, but since I moved it's a bit of a trip.Have a great time with your truck & the showing it.

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INFLATED 1/9/2014 6:04PM

    That is wonderful news! Keep up the good work and the truck is awesome.

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CAROL_31649731 1/9/2014 2:27PM

    Proud of you for jumping right back into weight loss program. You can do this!!! Love the truck . . . so cool!!! Would love to keep up with your progress. I just know you'll do well. emoticon emoticon

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    So glad you got released from the surgeons care! Woohoo! Big step and I'll bet the freedom feels awesome!

You're doing great and good luck at TOPS!

Sweet yellow truck! =)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/9/2014 12:02PM

    I am so happy for you!!!
Needing two knee replacements and not having a good orthopaedic surgeon
I know how you must feel!
Glad you are back into life again...I hope one day to join you!
Love & Hgs,
P.S. Love the yellow truck!
Good Luck at TOPS!

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At Last...I can hear Etta James singing as I typed this.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

This was a sunflower grown from seed in my back yard. It's amazing that it grew at all. We planted it late & had to rely on other people to water it for much of the year.

I was very ill for the entire year of 2013. I had a bone infection in my left artificial knee, had to have it removed, have NO knee for 12 weeks, be on intravenous antibiotics for 13 weeks & finally had the revision done August 1st. It's thanks to a remarkable orthopedic surgeon & infectious disease specialist that I'm even alive.

I'm still learning how to walk normally. You lose a LOT of muscle in 12 to 15 weeks. I use two canes for balance but can take a few steps without any 'visible means of support'. Funny I heard an old Playtex bra commercial when I typed that. I'm doing remaining physical therapy at home & it's tough.

I'm just grateful to be alive & have two legs. I'm not sure how often I'll be online but at least wanted to say Happy New Year.

The plus was I DID lose weight. Amazing since there was zero exercise. emoticon

This photograph was taken the end of October when I had the privilege of seeing my daughter after far to long an absence.

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CAROL_31649731 1/9/2014 2:25PM

    Lovely, lovely picture. So glad to hear from you! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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    I love the photo of you and your daughter. I know how it feels to miss a child and the looks on both your faces speak volumes. Bless your hearts.

Happy New Year to you, my friend! After such a difficult year you deserve a peaceful, healthy, joy-filled, abundant and prosperous 2014; I wish you love.

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JANIEWWJD 1/5/2014 12:32AM

    God bless you my friend!!! You are indeed in the hands of our Lord!!! Have a tremendous and Happy New Year!!!!!
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SABLENESS 1/4/2014 10:35PM

    You are indeed blessed to have lived to tell about it. emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/4/2014 9:27PM

    So terribly sorry for all your problems. How awful for you, but I'm glad to know you are on the road to recovery. It sounds like you are making progress. Great pic of you and your DD! Hugs, Jeannie

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INFLATED 1/4/2014 9:25PM

    I am so glad you made it through. Happy New Year! I hope this is a better year for you.

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ACIMPEGGY 1/4/2014 9:17PM

    I am so glad you're healing! I, too, was gone the last few months.

There are some great seated exercises here...but take it easy.

Love the photo!

Sending healing light and love your way....Happy New Year!

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    Oh my dear friend!
I am so sorry and had no idea you were in such a state!
I, too, along with DH have had a rough year and still searching for answers as to what is causing his seizures etc. I do hope you are on the mend and this will be your year for new health! You are in my prayers. I do hope you ck in.
Take care and stay focused! There is light at the end of this tunnel...
Healing Hugs!

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NATNOEL 1/4/2014 6:57PM

    Hi, Happy New Year !

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CARDSFAN720 1/4/2014 5:27PM

    WOW!! God bless you for what you've been through... I can see that your POSITIVE ATTITUDE remains intact!!

Do what you can and leave the rest to God. We're all in this together!!

Happy New Year right back to you!!

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Autumn leaves

Monday, September 24, 2012

There are no Autumn leaves where I live in the desert & it's difficult to think about Fall when the temperature is still over 100 degrees. It's supposed to drop to 99 this coming week & I confess I'm ready for the cooler days.

However I woke to a snippet to an old song: "When Autumn leaves start to fall" & it made me start thinking about leaves.

What do I want to 'leave behind' as I continue on my weight management journey?

Poor food choices, inactivity, lack of energy, negative thinking, negative self talk are just a few. Also leave behind the concerns about getting off the couch with out rocking to do it, get into truck without shortness of breath, not worrying about chairs with arms & whether I'll fit or being sturdy enough to hold my weight, walking without canes or rolling walker & without gasping for breath, liking my reflection in the mirror or images in photographs, feeling good wearing clothes that fit comfortably.

"Once you understand the real principles of the business of beauty, you start to realize that Smart is the key to Beautiful. A beautiful woman is someone who feels good, is fit, and is firing on all eight. That's why I'm not a believer in the
arf theory of fitness; in my opinion tearing people down & "to get through to them"; steals from their soul and doesn't make them better people."- Teresa Tapp

"Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's levels of aspiration and expectation." - Jack Nicklaus

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SABLENESS 10/29/2013 8:16PM

    Not much to look at in Fla either. I have fake leaves on the glass wall of my office and an assortment of pottery leaves on the coffee table. That's as good as it's going to get this year. Have some leaves:🍁🍂🍃

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INFLATED 10/4/2012 7:20AM

    I really liked your blog. I don't like trainers like Jillian Michaels, that yell at the one doing the exercise and agree with Teresa Tapp. I was in the military many years ago, and we had women pass out while exercising because of drill instructors yelling at them.

I don't watch The Biggest Loser because I expect one day that someone may be on there that has an unknown heart problem and things will go terribly wrong.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know, you penned some of my thoughts about things I want to leave behind. emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/25/2012 6:13AM

    A great blog for thought!
I agree about what a beautiful woman is...
Thank you!
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LVMAMAW 9/24/2012 3:14PM

    I love Fall and we moved from Phx to Las Vegas in 2001- hey! It's still hot here too!! LOL Oh well, we will be the ones laughing when our high on a winter day is in the 60's! Right? emoticon

Going to visit my sister in Prescott, AZ this wkend, she says the leaves are changing and she lives in the mountains. I'll just have to find a piece of Fall if it won't come to me!! emoticon

Good Blog! Hope you have a good week!! emoticon

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ELOQUENTZ 9/24/2012 12:59PM

    Fall is my favourite season. I've been noticing the colours for about a month, but today on the way to work, it was suddenly apparent that it was fall now.

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Quotes to keep myself going

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner." - Les Brown

"There won't be a day that goes by that you won't want to quit, so think of a goal you can use to remind yourself every day of why you can't give up." - Sami Kader

Today I am motivated, however I know that there may be days I don't feel this way. Times when I'm not showing 'seeming' progress or am just plain tired of doing what needs to be done.

I write 'seeming' progress because right now I choose not to weigh. I had befriended the scale but in my absence, it became unfriendly. Maybe it was I who became unfriendly with the apparent lack of results. So for now the scale is shelved because the numbers weren't bringing me joy, even though I know I'm doing all the right things.

This morning my blood sugar was 123. Hip hip hooray! That pleases me. In a few months, I believe my cholesterol results will be lower as well. I can tell that I'm not quite as out of breath as I had been. It's about progress, not perfection.

Thanks to all who commented about my surgery. I am indeed glad it's behind me. My eye tires easily so I've just about reached my computer time limit. Soon I pray I'll be able to be more active on Spark & send goodies & make comments.

Have a Sparktacular Saturday. Gentle hugs & daily prayers. Injoy:) Carolyn

Remember to drink your water, eat your fruits & veggies & find measurements that take you all the way to your goal.

Here's a photo of my beautiful girl Precious who gives me great comfort.
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JANIEWWJD 10/29/2012 12:28AM

    Progress is what it's all about!!!! emoticon

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GARDENQE2 9/24/2012 1:03PM

    Hurray for progress, not perfection!

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BELDONDOG1 9/22/2012 9:38PM

    You do what you have to do, Carolyn. When you're ready for the scale, it will be ready for you. I am so glad that your sugar was down. Good Luck with your health problems and I am so glad that you are back! Noel

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SLENDERELLA61 9/22/2012 11:45AM

    Yes, love the motivational saying and your motivation!! Yes, you can do it. Love that you decided to focus on your behavior rather than the scale. When you are eating right and being active the weight will come off . That scale can be a terrible tease giving you inaccurate and misleading feedback. Keep up the good work. It may not be easy, but it certainly is worth it. You are already feeling more cardio strength. You will just get stronger and stronger!! -Marsha

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/22/2012 11:15AM

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SABLENESS 9/22/2012 10:14AM

    Motivated is like cleaning fits. Take it when you've got it!

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NOW2DAY 9/22/2012 9:04AM

    Glad you are doing better and good luck on mending old friendships. I will say this about friends and scales--Would you want a friend who told you what you wanted to hear or one who told you the truth and stood by you through it all.

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46SHADOW 9/22/2012 8:16AM

    beautiful dog.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/22/2012 8:00AM

    Love your girl, Precious!
They are our angels!
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/22/2012 7:59AM

    I am thrilled to hear of your progress!
Keep up the great work!
The scale is not the end is more important to do what you know is right!
Glad your surgery is behind you!
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