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Just one short year ago....

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Each May we take our students to our local community college. As I walked around the campus I thought about just how much everything has changed for me in the last year. One short year ago I could not walk around the campus at all. I planted my butt on a bench by the office and waited for the tour to be over. I suffered from such pain in my knees if I did walk that I was up at night with muscle cramps in my legs. This year when the tour started my teacher just assumed that I would be sitting on the bench again. No way, I walked the whole campus and kept up with the group without a problem. It was a fabulous feeling to no longer be restricted by excess weight. At the end of the day I even surprised everyone by hopping over a fence (short one) Life is so good and just getting better all the time.

  
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GLORYTOGLORY 5/7/2009 12:12PM

  Last year I had a hard time tying my shoes lol! congrats on your amazing success!

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GEE-KNEE 5/7/2009 9:28AM

    Isn't that the best feeling? I recently took my Brownies (girl scouts) to the Wild Animal Park, and I was so surprised when they ran out of energy before I did. It is amazing how much that extra 100 pounds used to bog me down. Good for you. Your hard work is paying off.

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MCAUDI 5/5/2009 9:52PM

    Congratulations. You should be so proud and I am so excited to hear what changes you have made in your life.

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NETTER61 5/5/2009 9:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What an awesome feeling! Congrats on your achievement and the result of lots of hard work!!

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KATTEE817 5/5/2009 8:11PM

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You are awesome!

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After Glow

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Well it's over.. the convention that is. I had such a good time. The speakers were great. It was nice to be able to connect with others too. It was like a kind of make believe world, that you never see, had come to life for me. Even though I have shared Sparkpeople with many of my friends and coworkers no one has truly caught the "spark." They join, look around, tell me that it is great and that they haven't had time to get started. That's why I think that it takes a certain type of person to start and stay with it. It takes a real back bone. I am finding out that most people don't have what it takes. I can only hope that I can set the example for them. I hope that I can start that "spark" in at least some of them.

  
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SHIRLEYX 5/4/2009 1:25PM

    You are a great example of what a person with backbone can do. I personally find that you are very inspiring. Also, I really appreciate the down to earth support and suggestions you give us. Like the popcorn thing. So many diet centres recommend the low-cal popcorn. Really though it's still fluffy corn, the same corn they use to fatten pigs and poultry (spoken after about 12 years of raising poultry when the kids were small). It must have been wonderful to be able to finally meet so many of the people you talk to on Sparks. What a great experience!

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BLKBEAUTY34 5/3/2009 8:06PM

    WTG! it's examples like you that keep people like me focus and motivated. keep up the good work! i feel the spark!

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WOLFKITTY 5/3/2009 2:34PM

    Absolutely! You can only do your best for yourself and maybe by your example, others will be inspired. I wish that I would've met you at the convention!! :) It was exciting to meet so many real life people from SparkPeople! :D

Jocelyn

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TNTSMOMIE 5/3/2009 1:08PM

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I'm glad it was fun!
It does take a certain type of person to stick with Spark...and we can only try our best to help others. Just keeping sticking with it! :o)

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Complements

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Complements aren't always easy to handle. Sometimes it's my mood and sometimes it is the way it is said. Most of the time a simple, you look nice today is enough. With me sometimes all of the gushing attention seems so phoney. I don't want to seem seen ungrateful but that is just how I feel. I am doing all of this to feel good and to be able to do normal things without the restrictions that the excess weight kept me from doing. Life is getting better with each pound that I lose.

  
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DIZBIZBELINDA 4/23/2009 3:23PM

    Well, not everyone is good at giving compliments but I think their heart is in the right place. At least that's what I keep telling myself! By the way....you look mahvelous!!!! :-) I hope you are having a wonderful day!! I might sparkmail you a couple of questions if you don't mind. You are such an inspiration to me!

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Getting Excited

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Weekend after next in the Sparkpeople.com convention in San Diego. I was contacted by Grant from Sparkpeople to be interviewed while attending. They are asking for success stories, before pictures and other personal items to contrast the weight loss. Wow, what a difference a short year makes. Last year at this time, at 300 pounds I wasn't able to do much of anything. At 125 pound lighter I really enjoy each and every day to it's fullest. I can go places and do things that were not possible before. I don't have any huge goals such as climbing to the top of a mountain or running a marathon. I just want to be able to do things that everyone else takes for granted. Life gets better every day. Thank you Sparkpeople.com for the support I need to reach my goal.

  
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MEME102 4/22/2009 5:01PM

    You are doing awesome!! Glad you're a Breaker member AND a 'true breaker'!!!! Have a great time at the convention and stop by our hot tub to spread some motivation to our members!!
Congratulations!
PL

Co-leaderBreak200team

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TNTSMOMIE 4/22/2009 4:20PM

    That's fantastic! Be sure to post some pics in your photo album on your page! We'd love to see them!! :o)

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Getting Control of My Emotions

Sunday, April 19, 2009

It is funny that just one little stressful thing can send us back into old behaviors. I have really been struggling this past week with old habits. Why? I got a puppy... you know, to take for walks and be company for me. Wow, how stressful. It is just like a flashback of being home with 2 very small children. I remember that I didn't handle that stress well at all. I find myself grabbing for little bits of this and that where in the past year I haven't really had that problem. But things are different now. I have learned so much about myself that I can recognize what is going on and give myself a good talking to. I remind myself that the puppy will grow up eventually just like my kids did. This too shall pass hopefully without too much damage.

  
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TNTSMOMIE 4/20/2009 10:09AM

    What a great picture!!
We adopted a dog at the end of January, a beagle. I knew she'd be high-energy and would need lots of walks. For the first few weeks I was really good about it, but have fallen into old habits, too...getting busy with other things.
One of my goals is to get back into it. Dogs sure are like children...very demanding! :o)
Keep going! It'll be so rewarding to watch your puppy grow into a wonderful dog!!

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MIMZY08 4/19/2009 8:28PM

    Look at you! You and your puppy are beautiful! You are learning about yourself everyday! Way to go! Keep up the great work!

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