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Starting over.....again

Monday, March 04, 2013

It's been a month since I had my stroke and mini-stroke and I've come a long way. I'm out of the wheelchair, eliminated the walker, and now use a cane to walk longer distances. My hard work, determination and, most importantly, my faith have payed off and now I'm going to use those same tools to work on my weight loss. I'm starting over but, I'm NOT giving up!!!

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63KEEPONGOING 3/8/2013 11:28AM

  Praise the Lord! You are a woman of courage and faith. God bless you for I know with his help you will make it.

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Won't be sparking for a while

Friday, February 01, 2013

I had a stroke on Sun., Jan 27th and had to be life-flighted. 3 days later I was transfered to a rehab to try to strenghten my right side. My first night there, I had another stroke. I am currently in a wheelchair and the goal is to get my legs strong enough that I can at least walk long distances, with the use of a walker. So, it's going to be hard to track much, but I'll do my best. I'm not going to let this keep me down, it's just one more giant to face, and one more battle to win!!

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JAZZYANDTABBY 3/4/2013 10:09AM

    Thank you all for the prayers, and encouragement!! I am now using a can instead of a walker, so, when warmer weather arrives I'll be able to walk again!! In the meantime, I just found exercises that you can do in a seated position so, that's what I'll do until then!! Thanks again, and I hope to see you sparking!

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STAY39 2/19/2013 4:52PM

    Oh my God I am so sorry! If you are able to process and type these thoughts you will be just fine! It will take a lot of work but you can do it! One day at a time! Take care and we will be waiting for your return! emoticon

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63KEEPONGOING 2/18/2013 9:35PM

  This is awful. I am so terribly sorry to hear about this. I will be praying for you big time.
Hang in there friend. Our God is the master of all problem; whether small, big, or giant-size.

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SPARKLE1908 2/8/2013 9:28PM

    I am sorry to hear about your strokes but I am glad to see that you have the right attitude...wishing you a speedy and full recovery!

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ROCISIS 2/8/2013 8:40PM

    My prayers are with you friend, May God provide the strength you need! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon Good morning! from the DFW area of Texas!

I will keep you in my prayers and hope for a speedy recovery! emoticon

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SCOOTDOG 2/1/2013 8:43PM

    emoticon You will be in my prayers.

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HANDYV 2/1/2013 7:07PM

    So sorry to hear your news. I hope your recovery will be speedy. You have my prayers. emoticon

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Sticking to the plan

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Last week I went to see my nutritionist, Dr. Wray, for the 1st time since starting sparkpeople. When I showed her my nutrition guidelines they set for me, she said they were too restrictive. That's why I was feeling hungry all the time, and why I found myself "grazing" in the evenings. She increased my nutrition guidlines and told me that, any time I felt hungry, fruits/non-starchy veggies/lean proteins were basically "freebies" and to eat those. Since then, I've had no trouble sticking to my menu plan. I don't "graze", and I don't crave sweet or salty unhealthy snacks because I'm getting healthy versions that keep me satisfied. With my new plan, I see myself losing the weight-and maintaining that weight loss!!
I've also started physical therapy and it's been wonderful!! The pain of the arthritis is easing up a little, and I'm able to move more. The fact that I can count the calories burned and the minutes I spend exercising there is a bonus!!

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63KEEPONGOING 1/26/2013 10:29PM

  Great news! Keep it up!

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/24/2013 12:51PM

  Good for you for finding what works best for you. Keep going strong. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Visual Motivators

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This morning I was reading about visual motivators, and how effective they can be. I wasn't sure how I was going to use this info but, knew I would come up with something. I went to check the mail, and I had a package. It was a friend that I haven't seen in many years, and just recently regained contact with via facebook. She bought me a pedometer to encourage me to walk, and enclosed was a handwritten note that was so full of encouragement that my eyes welled up with tears. Talk about a motivator!!! I can't wait to walk this afternoon, and I'm going to hang her note where I can see it all the time!!! I've also decided to use some of the tips the article suggested....I put a picture of my niece (9) and my nephew(4) in front of the TV. This will be a reminder to me when I'm watching tv at night, that I don't NEED that snack that isn't part of my planned menu, and that they are more important than any food craving I may have. They love when Aunt Teresa comes to visit, and we can run & play outside. However, this past summer I lived w/with them and took care of them while my sister was working, and was unable to do the things we used to do. The disappointment on their faces was heartbreaking, and I intend to make up for it this summer!! I also have a cousin who died from kidney failure because he didn't take care of his diabetes. I intend to put his picture on my mirror as a constant reminder of what could happen. I'm also going to create a collage of pics, inspirational quotes, and words of encouragement from the people who love me. In the past I never did any of this so, I'm anxious to see what kind of a difference it will make!!



Monday, January 14, 2013

Well, I knew that I would have days that I would "cheat", I just didn't think it would be so soon!! I got a text yesterday that upset me-and I am an emotional eater. So, I ate some things that weren't on my menu plan-like 8 Hershey Kiss w/almonds. In my defense, at least it had almonds!! emoticon . I also grabbed the fresh cauliflower and light veggie dip. I then beat myself up for doing it and just knew that when I checked this morning,my blood sugar would be really high and my 1 lb weight loss would be gone. But, my blood sugar was fine, and my weight was down 2 more lbs!! emoticon Lessons learned:
1. If I stumble, pick myself up and keep on going.
2. Don't look back at the failures, look forward to the goal.
3. If I'm following a healthy lifestyle, stumbling on occasion won't hurt so bad.
4. I need to figure out a healthier way to deal with emotions-other than food!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/14/2013 7:37PM

    You've said it all--don't let a stumble turn into a complete collapse, an occasional screw up isn't the end of the world and we ALL need to figure out how to deal with emotional issues without using food!

Good job of gaining some very important self-awareness.


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63KEEPONGOING 1/14/2013 10:52AM

  All of us have days like that. The worst we can do is not get back up. Friends need friends to encourage them. Ecless. 4:10

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