Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you here at SP! If you're not American and celebrating tomorrow, take a moment anyway and give thanks with us and maybe have a slice of pie in our honor. :) For all of the wonderful folks who created this site and keep it running, and keep it free, I am grateful. And I am thankful for the many wonderful friends I've "met" here during the past 2 years. Without all of you, I'd probably still be that 230 lb woman who had little chance of ever being anything less than obese.
My husband and I are going to be having turkey and all the trimmings at Cracker Barrel rather than cooking it ourselves. I'm getting lazy in my old age, lol, and this way we don't have a ton of tempting leftovers to deal with for a week. What are your plans for the day?
1 Chronicles 29:11-13
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name." (KJV)
In these times when it seems like we are doing our best as a country to remove God from all we do, I love this quote by George Washington. What a reminder of where we came from and who we owe it all to...
"It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor."
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Today marks 2 years here at Spark People for me, and even better, a total loss of 71 lbs. When I started here, I weighed 230 lbs and was morbidly obese, was pre-diabetic, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and felt tired and miserable much of the time. I now weigh 159 lbs, am 1 lb away from being out of the obese BMI range, have a normal glucose reading, have been able to reduce the BP meds to half, and my cholesterol readings are all within the normal range. I've gone from being a couch potato to walking 2 to 3 miles 5 or more days a week, and enjoying it! I no longer need the anxiety meds I was on up till 1 year ago. I feel better than I have in many, many years. Thank you, SparkPeople, and all of the wonderful friends I've made here! I owe so much to this site and to ALL of you.
Some of you know that my daughter, Stacy, has been in the hospital for the past week but for those who don't, a little background info. Stacy is 36 and 4 years ago had her colon removed after years of dealing with ulcerative colitis and reaching the point where that was the only option. After going thru several surgeries, infections, and almost losing her at one point, she made an amazing recovery and had been doing so well. She'd started running a few months ago and was planning to do her 1st 5K next month along with her husband and their 8-year-old daughter. Then a few weeks ago she got sick with what at first seemed to be a stomach virus. She seemed better then got worse and ended up in the ER a week ago where a CT scan was done that showed an intestinal blockage in the reconstructed "pouch" done 4 years ago. She was admitted and has had a tube in her stomach pumping out fluids, etc., in the hopes it would decompress the pouch and clear the blockage which they've decided is scar tissue from previous surgery. It's been a bad week with lots of ups and downs, but thank God, she is finally beginning to feel better as of yesterday. If this didn't work, she'd need surgery and that was looking likely as of Friday but yesterday she showed some improvement and we're hoping the blockage is gone. She's still got the tube and is in a lot of pain, but if all goes well, the tube can maybe come out tomorrow and they can start her on a liquid diet and see how that goes.
It's been a long week with trying to be there with her, and then having our granddaughter here with DH and I so our son-in-law can be at the hospital. SIL took last week off but has to return to work tomorrow so DGD will be staying with us from here on out so I can get her on and off the school bus, etc. and SIL can go from work to the hospital. We're all exhausted but hanging in there, and would greatly appreciate your prayers for Stacy's continued recovery.
With all this, I've been a bit off-track diet-wise but am managing to get some walking in most days so that is at least something. Will be glad when life gets back to normal.
I'm doing the 5% challenge as a Casual Traveler and that is helping to keep me focused and accountable here. I've lost 2 lbs so far with that - 6 more to go to reach my 5% goal.
Thanks for reading! Hope you all have a great week! Love you all!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
For those of you who were interested in the results of my county fair entries that were pictured in my previous blog ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991825 ), here they are:
The blue ribbons are for the tablecloth, the pineapple doily, baby bib, and the baby blanket.
Red ribbons (2nd place) are for the baby booties and the blue and white doily, and white ribbons (3rd place) for the tote bag and baby bonnet.
The tote bag also received an award of a $25 gift certificate from a local yarn shop for the best use of color. That really surprised me since I'm not that crazy about the colors of it personally.
Anyway, that's the results - several had asked for an update, so thought I'd share. I'm very pleased with how it went and am already thinking about what I want to make for next year's entries.
Thanks for looking. :)
Sunday, July 29, 2012
As some of you know, I'm an avid (obssessive may be a better word, lol) crocheter and have been working since January on items to enter in our county fair. Several friends have asked for pictures, so here they are. Each item gets entered in a different category and is eligible for a 1st place blue ribbon, 2nd place red, or third place white, along with small cash awards for 1st and 2nd. The fair starts Aug. 8th and is one of the largest county fairs in the country, which makes for lots of fun and competition.
Hope you enjoy these. :) This first one is a pineapple doily done in size 10 thread.
A small pineapple design tablecloth done in thread...
Baby booties done in thread...
Baby blanket done in size 10 thread...
Tote bag in nylon yarn
And a dishcloth...
And in case anyone is wondering, yes, this is diet-related. :) I spend a lot of time crocheting rather than eating, and it's hard to do both at the same time.
Thanks for looking!
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