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She Believed in her Dreams

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It has been almost one year since I walked away from my 40 year smoking addiction. I'm shocked that I was finally able to do it, but most of all, I am so proud of myself!

I did it, I actually did it. emoticon

I always thought, if someone told me, I had to either give up eating, or give up smoking, hands down, it would be easier to quit eating. So, if I could stop smoking, I should be able to eat less. I donít even have to stop eating completely, just less.

After joining Spark People in March of this year, I lost almost 25 pounds. I was on my way!

Then, in July, I fell off the wagon.....HARD! I stopped coming to the site, tracking my food, drinking my water, and watching what I was eating. If I could fit it in my mouth, I ate it! I gained back most of what I had lost.

Well, no more!! I am tired of being overweight. I am tired of being tired. I am tired of feeling bad about myself!

(a recent painting, to remind myself)

I am going to start taking care of ME, and living my dream of being healthy, fit, and happy.

And it starts NOW!

Follow your Dreams!

Hugs, Debi emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SDEHNKE 11/8/2013 2:22PM


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NANCYPAT1 11/6/2013 9:27PM

    Your dreams are worth following and YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR YOU.

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PAULALALALA 10/30/2013 11:19PM

    emoticon on giving up smoking. Good for you for getting back on the food tracking wagon.

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IMLOCOLINDA 10/30/2013 2:00AM

    Great honest blog. I'm still a smoker and allow myself 4 a day. When I quit I gained 50 pounds and decided I'd rather smoke. Some day that will go away but I focus much more on walking and what I put into my mouth. Thanks for friending me. I will friend you back. We are together on the Angels team and I'm looking forward to it. I love your page. You are such a beautiful's those blue eyes.

Glad to be with you on this journey!

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PHATPAT18 10/29/2013 9:30PM

    We are here for you. Hang in there and welcome back.

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MATSCHI 10/29/2013 11:13AM

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You go girl! What an accomplishment to quit smoking! You conquered that mountain, and you will succeed with this challenge as well!
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RAPUNZEL53 10/29/2013 5:01AM

  Good Luck!

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my first SparkPeople post

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Okay, so I've decided to take the plunge and try blogging here at SparkPeople.

(I like pictures, so above you see one of my recently finished craft projects.)

I have been blogging out there in blogland for the last five years. I share
my crafts, and whatever else on my blog 'life in my studio'. But, because
it's primarily about my crafting, I keep it light and happy. I think blogging
here will be good because I can share both difficulties, and successes
with others who are going through the same thing I am.

I joined SparkPeople about two and a half months ago, and was doing really
good with my weight loss....sailing along, feeling positive, and then two weeks
ago, the weight stopped dropping off. Now, I know this happens, but I was not

I couldn't figure out what I was suddenly doing wrong, and then it hit me.
I've been having a really painful flare-up with the arthritis in my left knee,
and a couple of weeks ago, I finally couldn't take the pain any longer, and
started taking regular doses of ibuprofen every day. After a little research,
I read that ibuprofen can cause water retention, weight gain.

emoticon After some thought, I decided I would rather live with the
pain than not lose the weight. I have started using an ice pack and a
heating pad, so we'll see how that goes.

Anyway, I weighed in this morning and was down 1.4 lb. emoticon

I really love it here at SparkPeople, and appreciate the new friends
I have met, and the support they have given me.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
hugs, debi emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 6/14/2013 4:27AM

    Love the dolls Deb. They are beautiful and so is your background...kind of Victorian era. Congrats on the weight loss. When something starts hurting on me I use vicks. I have a lot of pain in my neck at times and that's what I use. My mom has horrible leg cramps and she sometimes uses vicks too. I don[t know if it will work on your knee but worth a try. I have had trouble with my knee for quite awhile but only occasionally and the doc said it was old bones. anyway glad you are on the team. Pam

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SAM60SUMTHINK 6/13/2013 12:09AM

    Congrats on your first blog!

Knees can be tricky little buggers, so sticking to low-impact will help you keep moving. When pain or other issues flare, it helps to switch types of exercise. Those of us who have chronic pain follow slightly different ways of assessing when pain means we're accomplishing muscle-toning...and when it means we're overtaxing some part or another. So do listen to your body and go for the 'good pain'; avoid triggering problems that might keep worsening. I'm sure you know that, but had to say it. ;) Exercising in water is THE best when arthritis, knee problems etc are part of the game plan. Warmer water is best in those instances.

Switching focus to a part that doesn't hurt as much can keep us moving when a problem park -like a knee or two- is acting up. And stretching with care helps these conditons.

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PHATPAT18 6/12/2013 10:05PM

    Way to take the plunge. I enjoyed your first blog

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MATSCHI 6/12/2013 6:34PM

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Great job Debi! One of the things I like about blogging is that I really get to know my Sparkfriends a lot better. Looking forward to getting to know you better also!
Love your craft projects.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 6/12/2013 6:11PM

    PS: I love your beautiful dolls.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 6/12/2013 6:09PM

    Great 1st blog! I hope to see many more!

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