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Weight loss rewarded at quilt festival

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Last week I disappeared from SparkPeople to attend my annual marathon quilting event, International Quilt Festival in Houston,Tx. It is an unbelievably large event with 2 full convention center halls of vendors and 2 full halls of exhibits. I also take classes on the third floor of the building so there is a massive amount of walking and carrying supplies and purchases.
This year was very different than the last few years. The show opens at 5pm on a Wednesday for those pre-registered and at 7 pm for the ticket holding public. I usually start with the vendors since they get really hard to shop when the show is in full swing. My husband meets me at 7 and helps haul purchases. I managed to get through most of the vendors the first night ( fairly unusual) since the show is open until 10 pm and there are 20 packed aisles to walk through. Generally by the time I get to the end of the vendors, I have had to reserve a rental scooter to have help seeing the quilts because my feet, knees, hips and back are in pain from 5 hours of walking on concrete. NOT THIS YEAR. My feet were a bit unhappy but I was able to walk and I was not in severe pain. I made it through every aisle at least twice and saw all the quilts, all on foot. The best part was, I finished the show without being in agony (the agony always slowed me down but did not stop me). I know the difference was the weight loss. I noticed that I was getting sore when carrying my purchases until I off-loaded them on my husband. I am so glad I have off-loaded the extra body weight I carried for years.

I had an added bonus. I've been sewing and quilting in this city for a long time and always run I to people I know at this show. It was really fun hearing the reaction of people who haven't seen me in a long time. One long term acquaintance was working in a booth and I went to give her a hug. She looked horrified and then realized who I was, she did not recognize me at first. I had lots and lots of compliments.

Now I need to get back to daily tracking. I've done we'll enough with my food choices and I have added exercise back in. I do know that I must do daily logging too and I am making a commitment to myself to do it.

  
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GETSALONG 12/1/2012 6:18PM

  wow, what wonderful progress! imagine next year! emoticon

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SPRINKLECHEZ 11/12/2012 7:14PM

    Your success is awe-inspiring and you have been and will continue to be a constant source of inspiration and a blessing in my life - and the lives of anybody lucky enough to know you. Thank you for making your journey - paving the way for others like me to learn and walk the talk with you. All the best, Your friend - "Sprink"

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PATTYR81 11/12/2012 5:52PM

    What a great success story!!!

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I'm glad you are back! I've missed your comments on SP~

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GOPINTOS 11/10/2012 1:15PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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NYARAMULA 11/10/2012 2:54AM

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CORTNEY-LEE 11/10/2012 1:38AM

    sounds like you had a wonderul time!

Keep up the great work!

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ZRIE014 11/10/2012 12:56AM

  always make the most of everyday and enjoy it. have a great day and fun. emoticon

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ENCINOJIM 11/10/2012 12:54AM

  Thats very cool! It's great to get recognition for all the hard work you've put into living healthy. Very inspiring!

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Onederland Finally!!!!!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Today is my official weigh in day and I am so excited. My weight is finally below 200 pounds for the first time in decades. It feels wonderful. I saw 199 on Saturday and was excited but tried to not get too excited since my scale seems to bounce around a lot and show up higher on weigh in date. Today however it was a bit lower. I am really excited and really inspired to keep going.

A funny thing happened today. I decided to get a pedicure. I haven't been to the nail salon in months. The girls working there were nattering away in Vietnamese. The woman working on me looked up and said, did you lose a lot of weight. I had never seen this woman before but apparently the person who runs the place told her that and then explained that she did not recognize me at first because I've lost so much weight and had a new haircut.

I'm headed to my High School union and feeling really confident!

  
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SPRINKLECHEZ 10/13/2012 6:03AM

    I am so proud of you and I know how great it must feel to finally reach that new frontier. My weight loss, while somewhat slower isn't all that far away from my goal weight, my new prediction is that I will reach Onderland for the holidays. Ive never even considered going to a reunion before...now i think I will go to my next H.S. reunion. I spent 99% of my post H.S. years chasing the dream and covering up my emotional baggage with food that I wouldn't even return phone calls from old classmates when they used to come in a couple times a year.

The new "me" is pretty darn happy with who I am becoming and what I am capable of (or soon will be). I have to ask you - did you think when you started this journey that your life would be so much richer in so many ways aside from the new body? I know that I had no idea that the side effect of WLS was the opportunity to re-discover the new "me," while meeting so many positively inspiring and supportive friends. Well done my friend indeed, well done!

I hope you're in the middle of a great weekend and thank you for sharing your life with me and the rest of the SparkWorld. Your friend, "Sprink"

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CORTNEY-LEE 10/7/2012 3:36PM

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Wonderful job!!!!!!!

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SUSANNA37 10/5/2012 12:20PM

    Congratulations!!!

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KITT52 10/4/2012 4:17PM

    way to go Sara.....I am so proud of you

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BUNSI_FIDGET 10/4/2012 3:38PM

    Congrats! So exciting! I'm hoping to join you in onederland very soon! And how awesome that people are noticing, I just love that :) It's very encouraging.

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PATTYR81 10/4/2012 1:14PM

    YAY Sara!!! Congrats on all your hard work and effort paying off!!!
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HEATER1369 10/4/2012 10:40AM

    Congrats!!!!

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GETSALONG 10/4/2012 8:48AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats! I'm sooooo happy for you! Sparktacular milestone :)

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SHANTODD420 10/4/2012 8:06AM

    Wahoo way to go Sara and enjoy the reunion this weekend.

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BABAJANE 10/4/2012 7:37AM

    How happy you must be! Congrats!


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SANDYW1945 10/4/2012 7:28AM

    Great! Way to go. I know you will enjoy your reunion.

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JULIA1154 10/4/2012 12:52AM

  Congratulations!! That's exciting, inspiring and uplifting, too.

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Changes beyond the scale

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I just got my blood work from my 3 month post-surgical visit. At the visit I saw that I've lost 36 pounds and my blood pressure which had been 140/80 is now 100/70. Now I see that my cholesterol went from 245 to 176.

I am amazed to see this much change already. I have a ways to get to my goal and I've been frustrated when the scale doesn't seem to move but now I have proof that good things are happening even when I can't see them

  
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JIBBIE49 9/29/2012 7:36PM

    emoticon How wonderful to be celebrating your five year Sparkversary. Keep going. emoticon

Do watch the YOUTUBE series "THE SKINNY ON OBESITY" with Robert Lustig M.D. whose book "FAT CHANCE" comes out in December. It is so helpful.


I'm reading Richard Johnson M.D.'s book "THE SUGAR FIX" and have learned so much about Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance. He has a wonderful lecture on Youtube.

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SHANTODD420 9/5/2012 8:41AM

    Wahoo that is awesome Sara keep up the hardwork and dedication.

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CORTNEY-LEE 9/1/2012 12:05AM

    wonderful news!!!

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KTREK32 8/31/2012 3:36PM

    way to go!! great news emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITT52 8/31/2012 2:20AM

    Sara that is great news..one day at a time...

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3 month check up was a-ok

Friday, August 24, 2012

Had my 3 month post-surgical visit today and was very excited to see that their scale actually reads less than the one I have at home. I've lost 36 pounds since surgery and the office was really pleased with my progress. I was also surprised at my blood pressure. I was expecting a high reading because the cuff was so tight but my blood pressure was perfect where in the past it was at the highest end of "normal". I had blood drawn so will be waiting to see what my serum vitamin levels are. I was also pleased that the doctors' office is keeping a picture record (which I didn't do being a camera avoider) I have been eating the right number of calories with the right balance 1000 to 1200 calories with high protein. The doctor said that at 6 months I will transition to a more "normal" diet with more fruit and veggies.

The whole trip (visit to doctor, lab and the bariatric medicine shop for vitamins took 3 hours) I followed it with a trip to the science museum to visit the new paleontology hall. I wanted to take pictures of ammonites for inspiration for a quilt challenge, Time to rest!

  
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SIM1SAYS 8/25/2012 12:58PM

    Congrats! You're on the right track!
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GOPINTOS 8/25/2012 8:26AM

    Good job!

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SHANTODD420 8/24/2012 8:15PM

    Wahoo way to go sara and sounds like things are going good again. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

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GETSALONG 8/24/2012 6:40PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticonooh, thanks for the update! glad things are going so gr8!!!

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BJPENNY70 8/24/2012 5:04PM

    Congratulations! I know this makes you feel happy and good about yourself. Keep up the good work!

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Health and Spiritual thought

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I shared something with a Spark friend who thought my thought was worthwhile. I decided to share it publically in case others find it so and so I will be sure to remember it.

Years ago I took a class that used the first portion of Genesis to discuss the nature of God and Man. The concept that God made Man in His image implies that as we need to love and respect God so do we need to love and respect each other and OURSELVES. We are all made in the image of God. To me it follows that when we nourish our bodies properly and exercise as we should and do other things to bring ourselves and our bodies to a state of health and well being that we are doing a holy act and showing respect to one of God's creations.

I am going to try to hold on to this should I slip into "stinking thinking" and self destructive behavior.


As for my life - I am tracking food and exercise daily. I am meeting my protein needs and finding it easier to eat. Last night I was able to even swallow my antacid (my surgeon told me I could swallow it weeks ago but it hurt then so I have been taking the contents in applesauce). With the ease in eating I have to pay more attention to my portion sizes and knowing to stop eating after my meals. It is going well. I am cleaning out my closet and getting rid of most of my clothes. All the clothes I had before my last weight gain fit nicely now and I went on a bit of a splurge this week enjoying clearance sales to add some summer weight tops to my wardrobe. It is going to be great to just get dress without having to do a lot of trying on ( I hope of course these will be too big soon) I joined the SparkPeople sleep challenge and decided it is time to step up my health by making sure I am not sleep deprived. Lots of baby steps needed!

  
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NATURALLYME126 8/8/2012 6:53AM

    What an EXCELLENT blog!! Thanks for sharing it with us!! All those baby steps eventually add up to one big step. Stay encouraged my friend.

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SPRINKLECHEZ 8/5/2012 5:18PM

    Thank you for sharing your concept and faith with me personally and I am so proud of you that you turned it around and let everyone hear it. That's living according to His will. Those of us who continue to grow in faith will eventually never worry about even the pettiest of things because all He asks is that we believe in our heart and treat others with the same unselfish love he gave to the world. This is what SparkPeople is about - this is why what we gain as a result of our efforts is more than skinny clothes, it's a new outlook on life, one filled with peace, love and the knowledge that the journey we take while difficult matters TODAY to more people than we realize. When true faith sinks in, it starts seeping out in the way you talk to and treat others, and how you can handle any situation that comes into your life. I am making progress on a similar path spiritually and know that loving myself and taking care of the gift of this body is only a close second to God's grace for us. Anyone who meets you is going to be a better person for getting to know you. You are beautiful, loved and blessed indeed....."Sprink"

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GETSALONG 8/2/2012 7:09PM

  emoticonlol, we want to shrink out of the clothes we just bought! :::nods::: seems like I've wanted that forever, and there was a time, when years after years, i persistently gained weight... and the smaller clothes became less & less possible. Isn't it wonderful that we are going the other way now???? I would agree with you ~ taking care of ourselves, emotionally, physically, spiritually is not selfish, but essential, and as we are taught by the word. Good lesson to learn & remember. Thank you for sharing it :)

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DEEGIRL50 8/2/2012 5:16PM

    emoticon With God's help, we can do anything.
Isn't that the catch... we want new clothes, but we hope to shrink out of them.
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KITT52 8/2/2012 2:27PM

    great blog thanks for sharing.....
one step at a time, one day at a time

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