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Week 2

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Well after an exciting week of going to the Mandarin for a gals day celebrating my birthday once again!! yes I know
Then going to Red Lobster for my son's birthday..
You guessed it I am up .. I enjoyed my mini vacation in Toronto with lots of walking -swimming and more walking but it was not enough to offset those salty high calorie meals .

My weight was 127.2 oh gosh .. so this week is a wash
Now to get moving and get into my healthy foods
By the way --no one has kicked me for not getting my frig and freezer full of healthy foods ..
I will be going Tuesday --finally will have a day off from babysitting the grandkids.

Tonight my GS said Grandma I want a healthy know the only thing left in the house are a few almonds so he ate 5 of them.. I promised him nothing but healthy foods by Tuesday.. unless he and sister are good and I can take them to the grocery store to stock up tomorrow.

Life with family!
You really have to plan .. so this I must do better! PLAN

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PHATPAT18 7/7/2014 9:03AM

    Jo, you don't need a kick. You are doing just fine.

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BRITOMART 7/7/2014 8:37AM

    Procrastination, Jo. The bane of our existence. You need to set your family straight on your life needs. Then you can set you straight. (ONE day off from baby-sitting???)

Love you my friend.

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BABYBARNEY 7/7/2014 8:31AM

    I WANT your scale number!!! I know the feeling of the results of eating's unbelievable how the extra weight from processed & eating out hits you!!! I have a full freezer of healthy food & am in a gaining mode so I share your grief!

Kill those carbs I sAY!!!

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-LORI-B 7/7/2014 8:07AM

    I Can't kick you either for the same reasons as Mary. Time to be like Nike and JUST DO IT

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RAINBOWMF 7/7/2014 12:14AM

    I have absolutely no reason not to be eating healthy and I don't do it so I guess I can't be kicking you.

Let's try to remember it is for us.

Hugs Mary

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BARBARAROSE54 7/6/2014 11:34PM

    Day after day goes by and you aren't putting yourself as top priority. I will hold you accountable..... you know I will emoticon emoticon

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one week and one day

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My week did not go as planned
There is always other people or events that muck up well made plans .
That is okay though I worked around it all.

Well except I still do not have my freezer or frig well stocked as of yet.
This week!-hold me to it!

My exercise is coming along slowly. --- In that I get going and I get a twinge or a pull or out of breath . This all makes me a little anxious .. It really shouldn't -- I mean I know I am okay .
The thoughts just pop in my head like slow down you going to get your heart a pumping and then you are in trouble --so funny -- I will have to fight this fear and get on with my life ..

In spite of it all I lost 1 .4 lbs .. so happy with progress.. let it keep happening

thanks for reading -- give me a kick or a pep talk if you want to.

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SWEETPEA1949 6/30/2014 5:55PM

    Jo it is just normal that you will have this anxiety...just go slow and take one day at a time...listen to your body will tell you when you better slow down and rest

wtg on weight loss

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BABYBARNEY 6/30/2014 12:18PM

    Give yourself some credit buddy! You recognize the need of good nutrition, so you know what to do. Summer is great for those local fruits & veggies...About exercise...listen to your matter how optimistic the mind, the body will let you know what it can take. You know best what you have experienced...EASE yourself back into activity...walking & swimming are SUPERB activities...moderated cardio exercises are GREAT...check with your cardio clinic...or check out spark exercises. If they suggest any home exercises...for sure, do them CONSISTENTLY...I can't tell you how many people I speak to have been given physiotherapy exercises to practice at home & say they don't do them...they then say physio didn't work for me...

Also remember, any exercises you can do from the floor, you can also do from the bed....

Have a fantastic CANADA DAY, my friend & keep smiling & sparkin...

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PHATPAT18 6/30/2014 12:04PM

    Jo, we can do it. I hope your anxiety goes away and your weight loss gets back on track. Congratulations on losing weight this week.



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RAINBOWMF 6/29/2014 11:04PM

    I know your fear, I really do.
I think about you every time I am not feeling well.
Just do what you can and keep the good eating up. You had a great loss.

Hugs Mary

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BARBARAROSE54 6/29/2014 10:18PM

    Your anxiety is only natural Jo. Good job on the weight loss. But yes you need to stock your fridge with healthy foods.

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-LORI-B 6/29/2014 9:15PM

    I imagine there would be some anxiety after what you went thru. at a time. You can do this.

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The Way it Was --- or The Way it Will Be

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Today is my birthday June 21st ..
So much has happened this past year being 59 ..
The major event was my heart attack followed by angioplasty and getting a stint put in one valve -then taking all kinds of meds to clean up another valve .
With this event I could not exercise for 4 weeks --now I was supposed to eat healthy -- well guess I did somewhat ---but not totally!
While in the hospital I lost 3 pounds --really thought it would have been more with not eating for 2 days (lol) ....
What is important is the next 4 weeks of being home from the hospital -- I have gained 7 pounds!

Well it really shouldn't be the way it was!! It has to be the way it will be!
This is a matter of living the rest of my life healthy and happy.

Over the years being here with sparks I have learned the successful people plan
Fail to Plan --Plan to Fail!
I have no excuses -- no -reasons --- or tomorrows --it is now!

I have joined a 6 month cardiac therapy clinic through my local hospital -- which gives me a 6 month free pass for the YMCA!!
Utilize! Utilize! I must ...
Walking and Swimming are supposed to be the 2 best things to do for exercise after heart problems ... I intend on doing both.

I will be monitored and coached on the heart healthy foods to eat .... how to cook without salts and fats .
They will help me with heart healthy exercise -monitor my weight -- BMI and hip to waist ratio ---which I am over.
My weight goes to my stomach -- which could lead to heart attacks or strokes .

Now you say but this has been what sparks has been telling me all along. I know .. and I did listen --actually thought I was doing good .
The first years here I lost 20 lbs. but then it stopped -- I gain or lose the same 3 to 5 lbs every week ... I was not stable and I was not losing to get healthy numbers coming at me.

Now there is no maybes no might be's -- I will follow my team at the clinic for the 6 months when I get called up to join.- waiting list --- While waiting I will get started on my own-- which I should have been doing from day 1

I will plan my meals
I will shop for the foods for my meals
I will walk if not outside ---inside
I will be kind to me! but firm for health sake

I do hope something clicks for you to get to where you want to be --do not wait till you have a major health event to put a scare into you

love my spark family!!


I had my cake now it is time to take charge and do it right for health sake

hope as I go along and blog my progress you will follow me so we can do it together

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BRITOMART 6/23/2014 9:08AM

    You are RIGHT ON, here. Now, ya gotta change the world so these priorities fit in. It's doable, but you'll need the 100% support of your family, if you can get it. (and the 'no' word...don't think that's in your vocab. when it comes to doing for others?--and you need to practice saying it, doing it.) emoticon emoticon

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JACKINAN 6/23/2014 2:09AM

    It's "Jo" time!!!

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SWEETPEA1949 6/22/2014 6:46PM

    It is sad that we have to wait sometimes till something happens be wake us up.....i am talking about all of us..we are all guilty of it.....

time for us all to take a hold of our life and take care of ourselves and do what we have to to be healthy and live a long time...

it isnt takes a lot of hard work and effert but we can all do it

sorry Jo that you had to have this health we all have to learn from can happen to any one of us

i look forward to following your blogs

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-LORI-B 6/22/2014 5:57PM

    Hi my friend. Sad how we need a health scare to wake us up completely. I was shocked when I heard of your attack. What a way to end the 50's! Now is time to be selfish. Time for you. Love you bunches!
Ps- happy bday week!

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SCOTTIEOWNER 6/22/2014 2:13PM

    Jo, that is what happened to me - a health crisis. I realized right then and there that I no longer had all the time in the world to get the weight off and regain my health. I was done with beating myself up, instead I am using my time and energy into getting healthy!

It was shocking to hear of your heart attack. But that just goes to show we can all be at risk. You are now moving forward and the ladies of "Born in 54" are here to lend support.👍

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RAINBOWMF 6/22/2014 1:11PM

    Good blog.
Now we just have to love ourselves enough to take it day after day. Move and eat healthy to make the body happy and healthy.

A reminder each day on the board will help keep the thoughts fresh in our heads.

Love Mary

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PHATPAT18 6/22/2014 12:10PM

    Jo, wise words for sure. You can rely on your spark sisters to help you. We all need to look in the mirror from time to time and see what is really looking back at us. I need a kick in the butt too, and maybe your words will be the inspiration I need to start dropping some of these extra pounds.

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BARBARAROSE54 6/22/2014 11:47AM

    Yes Jo, it is time for you emoticon

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BABYBARNEY 6/22/2014 8:58AM

    You have reached a milestone & I commend you for setting up motivational paths for the rest of us to walk with you...I TOTALLY understand what a health scare can do to you...You have been "SCARED STRONG" & I know you will guide yourself toward a healthy future by following your heart team's advice & doing what is best for you...Kudos on the swimming & walking plan...breathing & H20 & activity...these are the great elements in LIFE...

Take us along on your journey...we can also gain from your experiences...we are with YOU!!!

Together we can ALL do it!!!

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MSGO72 6/22/2014 12:10AM

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My Happy Surprise 60th Birthday Bash

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My birthday is today first day of summer.. but my son and daughter-in-law gave me the surprise of my life for my 60th a week early. This is how they got me..
Hope you get a smile out of some of the pictures --look at the colours -- the food-- & the cakes
This is probably why I have gained weight !! --lol

Spark friends that came from many miles to help me celebrate --- what a great day!

my granddaughter Amelia enjoying a cup cake !

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KATHYSCOLLIES 6/25/2014 12:11AM

    Jo, I am so sorry that I am so late getting here. It certainly looks like you all had a marvelous time, and how wonderful of the kids to do such a lovely surprise for Mom! You do so much for them on a daily basis - isn't it great to feel appreciated, and thought about, AND so loved!!!

The look on your face tells it all! The pictures of all the food and decorations, etc. are super!

I hope that your actual birthday was just as wonderful for you as was the surprise one!

Sending you many belated Best Wishes,
Love you bunches,

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-LORI-B 6/22/2014 6:03PM

    The look on your face is truly priceless!
Well deserved.. Happy Birthday

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SWEETPEA1949 6/21/2014 9:13PM

    Happy Birthday special i know when you walked through that door i was one of the first people you saw...that look of surprise on your face is happy we could come and be part of the surprise and celebration...Love you my friend

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BARBARAROSE54 6/21/2014 2:42PM

    emoticon love the surprised look on your face !

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BABYBARNEY 6/21/2014 11:10AM

    Happy REAL birthday...your party looked wonderful...great colours, lots of food & what a special memory to are LOVED!!!


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BABYSOX 6/21/2014 11:01AM

    What beautiful photo and memories of the special day to celebrate your 60th. You look fabulous.


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GROEDER 6/21/2014 6:41AM

    Happy Birthday!!
It looks like you had a great surprise party.
Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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RAINBOWMF 6/21/2014 6:00AM

    emoticon Party
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emoticon I hope you enjoy your real Birthday today!

Love Sis

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PRAIRIECROCUS 6/21/2014 1:38AM

    What lovely photos !
What a joyous occasion !

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ZRIE014 6/21/2014 12:52AM

  have a great day

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More Deer Stories

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Going to pick up my DIL at her job, we pass woods and follow the river from our home to her job site. On the way there I tell my GS Markus to look for deer .. At that moment I spotted a big deer in the woods... I ask him if he saw the deer ..
"Grandma I have a brain" .. ah yes we all do... "Well I have seen deer before so I have that stored up there and if I want to see a deer I just look at it with my brain"
What! LOL where do these kids come up with this stuff ..? I just laughed

When we got to my DIL's work there were 5 deer just beside the road .. well of course I did not have my camera but DIL had her cell phone so she got a few shots ..
so close but so far

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BARBARAROSE54 5/1/2014 9:20AM

    children are so smart. Great pics.

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BABYBARNEY 5/1/2014 7:00AM

    Out of the mouths of babes, right?

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LILYDOG11 4/30/2014 11:36PM

    Nice to have grandchildren ... I'm waiting, I was informed it will be 3 years. Love the pics !!

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PHEBESS 4/30/2014 10:53PM

    LOL - love your grandson, he is too funny!

Great deer photos! Sort of camouflage shots!

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