Saturday, December 26, 2009
This coming from a seven year old is very powerful. I could spend the next 30 minutes recapping the past month but I won't. I will say that I had a wonderful Christmas, and that I am VERY happy with how I did. I felt like I was constantly eatting, but I was not gaining on the same scale. It was amazing! :) Anyways, I am going to start back exercising today, but will not go 100% back with foods until next Sunday. Why? I have two more parties to attend next weekend. I will post new full body shots then as well.
One day at a time. As long as it's in the right direction, who cares. :)
Monday, November 23, 2009
Posted 4 hours ago (Carepages website)
After a long battle with Stage IV Neruorblastoma cancer, Monday morning at 8:02 AM, Noah Biorkman passed away at his home in South Lyon, Michigan.
Scott and I, along with our families, would like to thank everyone for the continued support over the past few years during Noahís illness. As most of you know, Noah has received more than one million Christmas cards over the past few weeks. The outpouring of love and compassion has been remarkable and we are extremely grateful. We are now asking for everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time. The funeral services will be for family only. We are asking that instead of sending cards and flowers to Scott and me; please make a donation in Noahís name to either of the organizations below. With your donation, Noahís legacy will live on for many years to come, if not forever.
Thank you so much for your support and love.
The Biorkman Family
Please send donations to the following:
Department of Pediatrics and Oncology
University of Michigan
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5718
Checks payable to: The University of Michigan Ė Noahís Pediatric Oncology Fund
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan
230 Huron View Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Checks payable to: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan Ė Memo: Noah Biorkman
Sunday, November 15, 2009
WHAT BROUGHT IT ON:
I started a temp job this past week, and realized that my home life was not nearly as organized as it was last time I temped. It also hit home that Iíve been rooting others on, and could not totally relate. Yes, I could relate to their quest to lose weight. But majority of people on SP are not on my program. They are utilizing SP more than I, and actually consuming food on a regular basis. My program was designed to jumpstart weight loss. Itís not a permanent solution, but a boost in the right direction. It works great for people who were in my situation or worse. I was at a point of depression and absolutely no energy. I also had tried so many programs that I had no idea how to eat. So I retreated from food for the past four months. Iíve also hit a plateau, Iím bored with the drinks, and letís not discuss the cost and the long drive to the clinic. I have not removed myself from the Optifast program, but am going to explore to see what I can do on my own at this point.
Friday morning I played around with the SP food tracker. I discovered that if I want to work out 30-60 minutes a day that I should be consuming way more than I currently am. I decided that I can have 1 moderate meal a day (dinner most likely), 2 meal replacement shakes (not Optifast), and three or four snacks a day. I will venture more as time goes on.
I spent the afternoon at my parents.
I went grocery shopping, wal-mart, and GNC. If I stick to everything I bought my bill was roughly 100.00. The meal replacements I got at GNC were 50.00 for 20 packs. Thatís 2.50 a meal. *smile* plus they donít taste bad. Tried one for a snack, and did not have any adverse side effects. I had Subway for dinner, and watched a few movies while doing laundry. I also worked in the kitchen trying to get it back to itís rightful state as a kitchen. It had become my office including the stove being used to stack paperwork.
I slept in until 12 pm. VERY rare. I went to my momís for lunch. We had veggie soup, and turkey sandwiches. I stayed away from cheese, mayo, and crackers. It was delicious since it was homemade. I left there around 3:00, and went to the self-serve car wash. I cleaned out my car, shined down the interior, vacuumed, washed, and dried it all by myself. I really worked up a sweat hehe but it looks really good compared to before. Last time I washed my car was in July when I started the program. I did not vacuum it then though. So Iíve been riding around with remaining French fry crumbs and such all this time. No more! No more ugly reminders of my prior life.
I came home and started laundry again. I finished cleaning my stove including redoing the foil and washed my pots out. I washed Bella, and am holding her while I type this. Bathes are so stressful for her, but she is such a good girl.
Before I go to bed I still plan to prep my meals for the next few days. I also need to get my work clothes ready.
My plan for 11/16-12/16
2 meal replacements a day
1 solid meal
2-3 snacks a day
*avoiding mayo, dressings, and cheese. I will also consume 8-10 glasses of water.
30-60 minutes of exercise a day. I will probably end up alternating this.
I will also be using Spark trackers to help me with this. Although I am not joining a Spark Class, I feel like I am going into a new phase. With that said, the next week will be a huge adjustment time for me. I will be spending less time on SP, and more cooking and working out. I will log in daily though. Iím just trying to get myself back on track. I mean really, how can I encourage others if I donít take care of myself first. I also really want to get out of this plateau. :)
Thank you all for your continued motivation and support,
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Hey everyone! I will be blogging within the next few days, but I wanted to get this out to my friends, who may not already know about this. My one weakness: kids. Anything to make a child happy! I hope you all will consider sending a belated card as I will. :)
UPDATE 11/14/09 : The family is no longer accepting cards and gifts since they celebrated last weekend. They were also not expecting so many people to respond. I guess that's a good thing... Thanks everyone!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
My day started off the same as any other. I spent the morning on SP and holding my Chihuahua, Bella, who also enjoys lying in my arms starring at SP pages with me. She loves pics of animals. Hehe. I didnít get dressed until around 2. While I was in the shower I decided I would get dolled up for Halloween. It is the one day a year itís ok to look weird or abnormal. My family didnít see it that way since they used to see me with makeup on all the time. Now I hate makeup. Itís so unhealthy for my skin, and it makes me look like a wrinkle-less porcelain doll. So I took the opportunity to wear it.
My nephew dressed as Wolverine. The real deal with foam muscles and the hand pieces. I didnít share this with my adorable, charming nephew who is 7 years old, but heís got nuhthin and I mean NUHTHIN (accented) on Hugh Jackman! My step-sister made her costume this year for the first time since she was a kid. She found the costume online but it was over a hundred bucks. It was a sexy pirate/winch. She did great! She looked like a newly divorced mom on the prowl. Wait, I must admit sheís not, but guys definitely had to be looking at her! Especially considering she was having skirt malfunctions before 5:00. Oh and I canít forget this. DNís dog was dressed up as a skeleton. Truly an adorable family!
Anyways, I had dinner with my parents and watched a really corny Halloween Ghost Hunters special. The host was hot, but his voice made everything sound really corny. Seriously one of those guys you would say ďplease, donít speak.Ē if he was with you around friends and family.
On my way home I was thinking hmmm this was a good day! But this time next year I want to be out and about in a sexy costume. Then I got the email. The email that told me that I had received enough votes (no idea how many it takes) to be deemed an SP Motivator. I was ecstatic! Still am!
So I wanted to thank my dear SparkFriends for voting for me, and for making this a wonderful Halloween even if I am still single, physically alone (not mentally since I have SP), and most of all..FAT! Iím crossing my fingers that I wonít be this time next year, even though I will admit that I am in no position to date right now. Hereís to 2010 though!
BTW, I am REALLY enjoying my new group, TWC. It will grow in time I'm sure, but I really feel like I'm helping. But most of all, it's helping me. See looking at other pages inspires and motivates ME. So we should all seek to motivate one another. I mean...we're in this thing together, right? *whispers* right?
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