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New Goals

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Keep It Simple, Sweetie ---

Here's what I am focused on for my new short term goals

1) Walk 10 miles per week
2) Track mileage on pedometer
3) Eat 3 fruits and veggies a day (I have been suffering in this area)
4) Spark once a day (again, need improvement - I seem to hit it in waves)
5) Log everything (started over yesterday....helping!)

This is a good start for me!!!!

Woo hoo! and Happy Easter all!

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TERRIJ_1 5/1/2011 12:14PM

    Great Goals all are so important to being successful

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LOOKN_UP 4/30/2011 1:03PM

    emoticonAwesome way to spark things up again!
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PARKERB2 4/30/2011 12:50PM

    I'm just now catching up with my Spark Friends. I like your goals. I had a class last week and couldn't stick to my eating plan so I'm starting over on the healthy eating part of my journey. I hope you have a good first week of May. Take care.

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/28/2011 3:42PM

    I love all of your goals :)

I'm rooting for you!!

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JOYMEDSALE 4/27/2011 12:35PM

    Good goals. I was slipping. I think I will join you!!

We keep working on getting BETTER habits.

If we keep trying, they eventually STICK!


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NEHITA 4/26/2011 10:15AM

    emoticon goals. emoticon emoticon

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MUSICALBABE85 4/26/2011 10:11AM

    Sounds like a great way to get back into the swing of things. Good luck!

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BAYBELIEVER 4/26/2011 8:27AM

    Way to go! Keep it simple, keep it going!

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DOODIE59 4/25/2011 2:18PM

    It doesn't matter how many times you start over. You might even think of each day as the start of new opportunities (less pressure, you know?) Just keep coming back until it feels good:)

Have a great week!

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    Those are great goals. I think I might steal them myself as they completely capture what I am currently trying to work towards.


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RIGBY31 4/25/2011 12:08PM

    I need to "KISS" mysef! Five simple things that make all the difference. Thanks!

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CIVIAV 4/24/2011 1:48PM

    WT Plan Sweetie. Glad you are back on the ball. The keep it simple sweetie idea is a great one since I seem to get thrown a bit when I try to do too much.

I added in running and my eating patterns went crazy. I will follow your lead and get back on the ball too!


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JESSBOND 4/24/2011 11:32AM

    Great goals! Stick to them and you'll be on your way!!!


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DIFROMWYOMING 4/24/2011 11:22AM

    You are very right...keeping it simple is the right way to go...and I need to get back there, too.

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/24/2011 8:59AM

    Good for you ~ I need to do the same! First I need to get a new battery for my pedometer.

Have a wonderful day!

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There are Consequences

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

No matter what you do, there are consequences to those actions. That's just life. You can look at it as a game of numbers, you eat...the scale goes up. You move, the scale goes down. You don't do either,...you have a little bit of both.

This is where I am right now. I am entirely aware that everything I do - good, bad or otherwise, has a consequence and a ripple effect. No man is an island.

Yesterday, was my bday - a perfect time for introspection and seeing where you've been and what's next. I had a great brainstorm yesterday - and sent my parents flowers yesterday with a note that said, "I would not be here if it was not for you. Thanks for having me."

Stunned recipients, to say the least. I knew it was a big hit with my mother when she said that she wished she sent flowers to her mother. It is nice to hit it out of the park once in a while.

I have not been eating according to plan lately, and not moving with a purpose. Ok, so I see how different things are when you stop caring about doing what you should be doing to take care of yourself.

I definitely feel more in tune with my health when I am eating like I am fueling and feeling energized enough to bounce around just for the sheer fun of it.

Here's to a year ahead with good health and happiness, and consequences from giving a hoot about how it all turns out. After all, it is not the years that you live, but the quality of them - and I intend to be top notch!

Cheers, sparkies!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 4/15/2011 8:01PM

    Many Happy Belated Wishes emoticon

A lovely thoughtful act of kindness to send flowers to your parents. It made their day emoticon

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PARKERB2 4/15/2011 12:13PM

    Happy Birthday. What a super idea to send flowers to your Mom and Dad. I'm sure you will get back on track soon as you realize how good it is for you.

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1STARVINGARTIST 4/15/2011 12:33AM

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful thing to do for your parents on your own birthday. Very thoughtful. They are lucky to have such a considerate and giving daughter.

You are so insightful. Thank you for the wise words.

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/14/2011 10:22AM

    It doesn't surprise me at all that your parents have such a thoughtful daughter. You're pretty darn nice all around.

I'm really glad we're on the same team and are working on our journey together!

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JESSBOND 4/14/2011 10:19AM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

I'm inspired by your birthday reevaluation... I did some this week too!
It is all you need to recommit and do the best for yourself!
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DIFROMWYOMING 4/14/2011 9:03AM

    Loved this and could relate to it...and what a nice thing to do for your parents!

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JOYMEDSALE 4/13/2011 9:30PM

    Happy Birthday, Mickey. You are a truly lovely person. Have a wonderful healthy year!


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TINARENA2 4/13/2011 7:45PM

    Happy Birthday! You gift yourself with good health everytime you make a healthy choice. I did that this year when I took myself back to Weight Watchers right after my birthday in March. It was the best gift I could give myself.

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EARTHMOTHR 4/13/2011 6:22PM

    My daughter sent me flowers on my birthday and I don't think anything anyone ever did touched me as much. Good for you!!! emoticon

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DOODIE59 4/13/2011 5:05PM

    My husband always calls his mother on his birthday:) And, yes, she gets a real kick out of it. It's very nice that your mother was so tickled:)

Sounds like you've got your head around why you want to "stick with the program":) Good luck and stay focused!


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MRSCRITTERS 4/13/2011 2:42PM

    So many words of wisdom
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KEKEIKO 4/13/2011 2:23PM

    What a beautiful thing to do - give flowers on your birthday. Not only did you give someone happiness you received happiness by giving. You are an inspiration.

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RIGBY31 4/13/2011 1:23PM

    Happy Birthday! I just had one last week and sooo true... take stock, eat right, move with purpose = a wonderful life.

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MKT-PLAN 4/13/2011 1:19PM

    Awesome blog and Happy Birthday!!!!

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SARAWALKS 4/13/2011 11:52AM

    Happy birthday, Mickey! emoticon emoticon emoticon
What a lovely thing to do for your parents! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 4/13/2011 11:25AM

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your insights!
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JEN_BACK2BASICS 4/13/2011 11:10AM

    Love this! And how sweet are you, sending your parents flowers on your birthday. You go!!

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CIVIAV 4/13/2011 10:49AM

    Happy Birthday to You!

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    Happy Belated Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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ANGELAWILLIAMS3 4/13/2011 10:41AM

    Wow, I sure needed to hear this at this point in my life. I have to remember to take the time to be introspective ...the go, go, go lifestyle doesn't work and your words are a great reminder to stop and listen to what my mind and body are telling me.

Thanks for sharing your insight

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Food is My Life

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

That's what it took to wake me up. Food has been ruling my life.

I've been thinking back over the few successes I've had in my life and what was different between then and now. I embraced things differently and got past the food. I focused on small changes done well every day, and I exercised regularly.

I've gotten to the place where I am afraid to move my body. I am easily winded and it's basically from not moving my body. Duh! I put myself on a course, and now there is no turning back. I see where I am going - either I am killing myself one day at a time through my bad habits of sitting around without making efforts, or I am pushing through the I can'ts, I don't wannas, and I should not have to's.

It is easy think that only fat people have to worry about their weight. That thin people don't think about food, or don't go walk an extra mile. I'm getting my yearly review at work this week, and my boss told me that my theme is, "I go the extra mile." When it comes to work, it is true in every way. When it comes to myself, I am not doing it. I am letting myself fly the path of least resistance and I am seeing that it is coming with a cost to me.

I had plans for breakfast which I handled fine yesterday, but went out the window today in a panic because I was trying to beat some severe storms to work, which I did, by the way. Breakfast was not awful, and I can make it fit, but I can do better, and every little better I do, is a big step in the right direction for me.

The rest of my meal plans for the day went awry as well. I felt pretty sick and bloated yesterday. I decided to cut down much of my "normal" foods to see if it was one particular thing that was causing my belly so much angst yesterday. I am currently blaming the Fiber 1 Bar I ate, but I am really not sure if that is what did it. Today, I just have an apple, banana and orange with me, and I will have to get other food later.

I am not in dire straits by any means. My blood sugar is hitting some decent marks. I just know I am not where I want to be. Having the life I want is not just going to fall into my lap. I know I have to go get it. That means closing the fridge and getting up off my duff.

My goal for this month is getting my eating in order. Some hits, some misses, but it is all part of the learning curve. When I get home tonight, I am going to focus on making dinners for the rest of the week. I have some boca crumbles that I can put to good use.

Hope everyone is doing great!

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LINDAINALABAMA 4/11/2011 10:53PM


good job with the blog but also loved the inspiring replies

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JOYMEDSALE 4/6/2011 3:25PM

    Yep, kiddo. We are all in this because of our relationship with our food. I, personally, am a foodaholic. It is my go to drug of choice when I am sad, or happy or bored or busy. It is the "fix" for everything.

We are not stupid people, but this "food devil" is a harsh task master and pushes us all the time to make the poor choice. We must keep trying - each day. Support each other and keep picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off and moving forward.

It is a tough journey, but we can do it.......together!!

You can do it (and so can I !)


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    I think we're all struggling with this, Mar, and it is something we just have to keep working on. I have 'treats' I like to have on occasion but I have discovered that if I eat them, even counting them in my allotted limits, I don't do as well. They're like trigger foods or something...I'm not even sure. I used to LOVE the fiber bars, had one as a treat at night, but they bothered me too much. I am just one of those people who cannot handle a lot of fiber. Dr. even told me to go easy on it. Maybe it was years of not getting healthy food...don't know.
Hang in there Mar, you're doing GREAT!

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MRSCRITTERS 4/5/2011 9:16PM

    Great blog, and your head is definitely in the right place, and slowly it will all come together.
Good luck

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/5/2011 6:59PM

    These are my goals as well, and I want to do them right along with you!

Eat better, Move more. Do-able changes we really can implement in our lives. I say, let's go for it!!!

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PARKERB2 4/5/2011 3:57PM

    Thanks for a great written blog. I can relate. Have a good day. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/5/2011 1:22PM

    You can do it!

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    emoticon and I know you will! emoticon

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JESSBOND 4/5/2011 12:46PM

    That's the spirit! emoticon emoticon

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MAMASHAWN 4/5/2011 11:04AM

    Your blog has given a voice to where I am right now. I no longer have the luxury of deciding "to" or "not to" do this. Every day that I just practice my old habits instead of doing the hard work toward good habits is a day that I'm headed toward disaster. I tend to get a bit pouty about leaving behind what has been "comfortable". Then I remember that those "comfortable" habits are exactly what have brought me here.

Thanks for your blog. It's reminded me that I'm not alone in this and that if you're working so hard to end the rule of food in your life, I can keep fighting, as well.


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DOODIE59 4/5/2011 10:52AM

    Knowledge is power:)

re: bloating. Wheat and/or dairy are often culprits, so if you remove one from your diet for three days and feel significantly better, you will know to avoid that food and replace it with something that provides the same nutrients but without the unfortunate side effects.

You can do this -- and the beauty of eating more healthily and exercising more is that you benefit right away -- you will feel a lot better throughout your journey, not just at goal weight. You can do this, my friend!

Have a great week --

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RIGBY31 4/5/2011 10:24AM

    Great blog, touches on many issues I'm working on. Planning and focus with a little or a lot of determination gets the job done!

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    I can only give advice of what works for me. When I first started getting control over my food was key as well.

I knew if I could just get past the first three days and get all the "crap" out of my system it would be easier to continue. In my head it was only three days. I can do anything for three days right?

It has taken me a while, but my A1C was once over 12 and is now down to 5.9 with no meds for over a year. Just remember that one good choice is all it takes. Just think of it as one choice at a time. The rest will fall into place if you give just make one good choice.

Good luck Micky, you can do it!!!

Terri =)

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TONYAWC1976 4/5/2011 9:56AM

  I had issues with the fiber one bar too. I eat the fiber one plain cereal dry as a snack to get the fiber. It doesn't make me bloated. Also sun sweet ones are good and you het a coupon for your next purchase in the bottom of the bag. You can do this. I am in the same boat you are, working on the eating.

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SARAWALKS 4/5/2011 9:44AM

    Hurrah for you, Mickey, hang in there! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon, my friend! emoticon

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Friday, April 01, 2011

My Design-A-Life program is underway today. I have about 37 months until I turn 50 years old and in that time, I want to change my life for the better. I started looking at things I could accomplish in 30 days, and then just start multiplying. What do I want for myself in 37 months?

I want to be physically, emotionally, spiritually, fiscally, mentally

I intend to get there by:

C (Challenging myself to a higher standard)
H (Health and happiness)
A (Attitude adjustment!!!)
N (Never giving up)
E (Eating in a way that supports my goals)

I am fully confident that this is within my grasp. I know deep down in my soul that I am a courageous, take no prisoners kind of person, and while some days are going to be better than others, I will succeed!

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Who is with me, sparkies?


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    Thanks for poking me, by the way! I lost getting your blog notices! I think your plan is fantastic! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 4/2/2011 9:09PM

    Love this program! Let's go!!!!

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/2/2011 12:17PM

    I'm with you--all the way!!!

We can do this, --we really can!

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PINK-PEONY 4/2/2011 10:54AM

    I love your Design A Life program! I'm working on getting my kit together, too, lol.


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DIFROMWYOMING 4/2/2011 10:47AM

    I like this idea, Mar, and maybe it will encourage me to try to be healthier at 55! I am going to be 53 soon and I'm feeling....old...and stuck. I really want to give myself a chance to be a smaller, healthier, toner 55. Thanks for this!

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BAYBELIEVER 4/2/2011 8:53AM

    I love using "CHANGE" as your reminder! Awesome! Let's do it!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/1/2011 7:42PM

    I like it!

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MRSCRITTERS 4/1/2011 5:57PM

    Thats an awesome plan, ill be alongside you on the same journey.
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MUGGLE_MOM 4/1/2011 5:23PM

    Wow. Great Plan!!! I can't wait to read all about your wonderful successes!!!
Huge Kudos to you!!!!

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    Oh Micky it sounds like a wonderful plan and I am so excited to be here on your journey with you. If there is anything I can do to help just let me know.

Just remember, it all comes down to one choice at a time!

Terri =)

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PARKERB2 4/1/2011 3:04PM

    I like your CHANGE explanations. I will be hanging right in here with you.

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KEKEIKO 4/1/2011 12:37PM

    What is it about that big 50? I'm on a mission before I hit that number too. I'm with you Spark Sista! Let's go for it!

emoticon emoticon D = Daily Reflection: Visualize Your Weight-Loss Dream!
emoticon emoticon R = Results from Living a Healthier Lifestyle!
emoticon emoticon E = Eat Nutritional Foods and Diversify Own Fitness Program!
emoticon emoticon A = Attitude Consistency by Believing in Yourself!
emoticon emoticon M = Measure Progress without Scale!
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POOKAQUEEN 4/1/2011 11:19AM

    I'm completely with you! That's a great way to think of it! Break it down into the basics, one at a time, and before you know it you are there!
I always love your positive outlook. Anything you set your mind to, you can do!

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SHELLEY147 4/1/2011 11:14AM

    emoticon That is a great plan!! You CAN and WILL do anything you want!! I'm right there with you my friend!! ~hugs~

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MEL_UNRAU 4/1/2011 10:26AM

    Count me in!!!

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DOODIE59 4/1/2011 9:15AM

    I got your back, MickeyMax! You can do it.

Have a great weekend --

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Climbing Mount Rushmore

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I really did not know how I was going to be able to get in. Our car broke down (boo hoo) and we were going to be riding home in the tow truck. It was a long way off the ground. I don't have much spring in my step (yet) and hoisting, well, that was not going to be pretty.

Face down on the seat, I managed to leverage myself against the seat (seal style) and then find a handhold and yank myself up. It really did feel like climbing up Mount Rushmore. I wasn't sure that I could really do it, but once it was done, I was settled, and it was okay.

It wasn't pretty, but it got the job done. I need to work on my agility, and this will be a keen reminder of why. I was beyond caring whether anyone saw me (besides my hubby). I just wanted it to be over and done with. It is - but the road to improvement is just beginning.

Spark on!

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/2/2011 12:33PM

    My own hubby's truck doesn't have a running board, and every time I ride in it he has to get the little (but VERY strong) step stool he made especially for me. In the snow or rain he even has to get the little rug from the back seat to place over the little stool so I don't slide off while I'm standing on it. All in all it's quite a big production just getting me into that truck. My kids say it's like transporting The Queen or something because not only is every family member hovering around nervously as one gets--then places-- the stool, another one places the rug, while yet another gives me a hand up (which is no easy task, I assure you), but it's always, without fail, watched by curious onlookers who are probably wondering what the sideshow is...so, yes, I can sure relate to your story!


But that's ok because we are changing that! Someday we'll both be able to get in an out of any vehicle without a second thought (or glance) from anyone :)

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JOYMEDSALE 4/1/2011 7:36AM

    Oh honey, I am proud of you! You are a strong and brave woman! I know the feeling, too. I was a scuba diver. The more fat on your body the more lead weights you must wear so you can "sink" Fat floats! Long story short, they had to put so much lead on me, I could not get up the ladder on the boat. I was stuck in the water. I had to take the lead belt off and my tank off IN THE WATER. Dropped the darn lead, for it was sooooo heavy (they dove for it later) and finally hoisted myself up. Everyone on the dive boat, of course was watching this little drama. That was a 7 years ago.............have not gone on a dive since.
I am hoping to attempt it again this year!

You go girl!!


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KEKEIKO 3/31/2011 7:12PM

    Gosh, a real adventure (climbing Mt. Rushmore emoticon)

Reminds me when I had to climb into a high truck. Even with those outer steps and grip handles to help people up. Me with my short legs always needs a boost from behind. Glad my children are taller than me and don't have to deal with issues that short people do.

Sliding out of the truck is almost as fun! emoticon

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MRSCRITTERS 3/31/2011 4:10PM

    Thanks for sharing, i know how you feel once i tried to get out of a swimming pool by not using the steps, everyone made it look so easy, but i ended up like a beach whale hauling myself up and rolling onto the edge of the pool!!

Each day you will get stronger and you will look back at this day and be unable to believe the progress you have made

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PARKERB2 3/31/2011 3:58PM

    You set out to have to do something and you did. Be agile will come in time. Have a good day.

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SARAWALKS 3/31/2011 2:24PM

    Stay on that yellow brick road! Funny, I thought you meant the REAL Mount Rushmore! I wouldn't put it past you to climb that too... emoticon

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LINDAINALABAMA 3/31/2011 12:13PM

    i'm sorry you had that experience, your description was so funny, thanks so much for sharing. inspires me to work harder too.

a friend has invited me to go kayaking with her. she is large also. she says getting and and getting out of the kayak is a challenge and you just hope everyone else is busy getting in and out and doesn't notice you.

hmmmmmmm, i hate to give up on a new adventure just b/c of my size so i am saying YES . i am working on strength with the sapphire team but my wrist don't always enjoy the workouts.

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 3/31/2011 10:54AM

    I think most of us have some type of story like that. It is sad that most of us can share that type of commonality, but the upside is that here on Spark, you do have people who understand.

You can and will achieve your goals of a healthy happy lifestyle. It is only one choice at a time!


Terri =)

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/31/2011 10:48AM

    I can relate so much! I have friends with trucks that are like climbing into a tree trunk for me...and I have no upper body strength at all! (shhh don't tell JoAnn or she'll be having me do extra duty on the ST! lol) We are BOTH just beginning our journeys...we'll get there!

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SHELLEY147 3/31/2011 10:41AM

    I know what you mean about the height of the tow-truck seeming like a mountain! Everytime I've had to get in one it's a test in determination! Glad you were able to get in and make it home safely! (hope nothing major is wrong with your car!)

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