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Robin Williams

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Robin Williams death came as a shock to me. A man with all of the talent he had and everything wonderful he had in his life still he made the choice to end it. He was a man who was loved by millions of people. He has made me laugh and cry with his movies and TV shows. He is someone I personally never met but he has touched my life in many ways. I will miss him. This is a part of him I will remember because it wasn't anything he was famous for but this is a being whose life he touched that wasn't even human.


Koko overheard her training talking on the phone the day after Robin died. Koko asked her trainer in sign language what was up with Robin and her trainer told her that Robin had passed away. Koko the Gorilla cried when she learned her friend Robin was dead. Below is a video link and there is a story below the video that tells more about how Koko mourns the death of her friend. Her trainer is concerned because Koko has stopped eating and is depressed about the loss of her friend.


I don't know why Robin Williams made the choice he made. I have read he suffered from severe depression and had been recently diagnosed with Parkinsons. I do know he will be missed by alot of people who never even met him but still feel as if they knew him and by 1 Gorilla that loved him as her friend.

Rest In Peace.


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RASPBERRY56 8/17/2014 7:09AM

    A truly sad loss (and I wasn't really a fan, but the few minutes I saw of one of his movies impressed me).........rest in peace, Robin.......

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CHALLENGER15 8/17/2014 6:56AM

    I wasn't aware that he had had heart surgery, either. We never know with all the complexities of our human body what effects different things will have on us, do we?

I am so sorry thinking about the anguish he must have been in.

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LOJAKZER0 8/17/2014 12:44AM

    Taken too soon, he will be missed!

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Learning To Become My Own Success Story!!!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Will I succeed this time? That is a question I have been asking myself since I was a teenager and first began to gain and lose weight then gain it back again. I have tried more diets than I care to think about.
289 pounds is the most I have ever weighed that I know of as I have avoided the scales a lot . Last year I turned 50 and I began to drink gallons of water a day, visit the restroom much more often, my eyesight got really bad and then I lost 20 pounds without even trying in a few weeks. I went to the doctor and found out I had Type 2 Diabetes. I was kind of relieved at first, I thought that well I have eaten how I wanted for 50 years so now I have to start eating like I am suppose to and I'll have to take insulin. I called my mom and told her and she started to cry. I think that was when I started to realize exactly how serious it was and of all of the changes I would have to make in my life.
I went online and researched Type 2 Diabetes and learned a lot of confusing information about the amount of carbohydrates I should eat and other things. I tried a couple of the sites programs and got very frustrated with the lack of nutrition information available and that there wasn't really any type of workout programs on them other than saying I should work out and to input the information of what I did. Then I found Sparkpeople Type 2 Diabetics program. It had articles that I could read to learn about carbs, workouts and everything else I wanted to know about Type 2 Diabetes and an easy to use Food Tracker that lets me know protein, fat, carbs and other information I need to know about each food I eat and each meal I eat. I was thrilled!!!!!!!

My doctor told me to start walking once a day for 30 minutes then I worked up to walking 45 minutes a day. Now I do Leslie Sansone Walking Workouts, Cardio Kick Boxing, Rocking Body Workouts or walk 45 to 80 minutes a day. I also do Sparkpeople Strength Training 2 to 3 times a week. I alternate my cardio workouts every day and I exercise 7 days a week most of the time.
My Starting weight when I joined Sparkpeople was 259 pounds and now I weight 185. My first goal is to reach 170 so I can stop having to pay 10 dollars a week out of my pay check at work for what I think of as a Fat Tax for being overweight. Then I am going to set my next goal for 150 then 130 and I will decide after that if I need to lose anymore weight. For me I had to break my weight loss down into what I saw as doable goals, looking at the amount of weight I needed to lose all at once was overwhelming to me .
I was so thrilled the first time I saw the scales go under 200 pounds!!!!!!!! It has been over 30 years since I have weighed less than 200 pounds.

I realized if I want to be able to control my diabetes without medication I had to take control of my life, what I eat, how much I eat and that I had to stop sitting on the couch and start exercising.
Taking control of my life since I joined Sparkpeople has been a lot easier. The insurance I got this year has a fitness section that has you put in the types of workouts you do and then assigns you a different one each day of the week which you can change to another one so that has helped me to learn to vary my workouts more. I am still working with the Sparks Food Tracker to learn the right amounts of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc.... that I need to eat each day to keep my glucose readings where they need to be so I can eventually no longer have to take insulin and my doctor thinks I am doing good. He actually asked me what I was doing to lose weight and inches like I have been and I told him about the Sparkpeople and their program for Diabetics. He said he was going to check it out and would start telling his patients about it that had questions and difficulty with their diabetes!!!!!! So I know I am doing good.

So I am making good progress and I am happy about it. I am learning to become my own success story and that makes me feel GREAT!!!!!!!
I even am starting to like my scales!!!!!!! LOL I use to dread stepping on them, now I actually look forward to my weigh in day!!!!!!!!!!

I Hope Anyone Who Reads My Blog Is Also Learning To Become Their Own Success Story!!!!!!

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NANCYPAT1 3/31/2014 1:04AM

    You can make it happen

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COMPCHIC52 3/31/2014 12:55AM

    wow amazing blog and you have done wonderful. I know you feel wonderful . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTNING572 3/30/2014 11:56PM

    What an inspirational blog. You are doing fantastic!!

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A New Year Already?

Monday, December 30, 2013

It seems to me like it was just a couple of months ago that we were celebrating the beginning of 2013. Time seems to go by a lot faster the older I get. I use to hear my parents say that when I was a kid and I didn't understand how time went by so fast for them and seemed to go so slow to me.

This year has been a little weird for me. I turned 50 and that didn't really bother me any but when I went to the doctor and got diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes that threw me for a loop. I have always been pretty healthy and never thought anything like this would happen to me.

I have tried to adjust to being diabetic and to be positive about it. The fact that the insulin I have to take right now costs way too much money (you would think it was made of gold) has actually been a large part of my trying to get healthy. I have lost weight (I was a yo yo dieter most of my adult life). I have logged more fitness hours in the past few months than I have in the past few years. I plan my meals and snacks for work the night before and put them in my food tracker so when the others in my office have pizza on the table when I walk in or a large batch of candy or cookies I can tell them I can't have any because I have to plan my food the day before. I now try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night when I use to only sleep 4 or 5 because I found out that insomnia like I have can mimic and even cause you to have Type 2 Diabetes.

In just the few months since I have found out I was Diabetic I have made a lot of positive changes in my life. In a lot of ways I grew up overnight because of it. Just because I am 50 doesn't mean I act or think that way. I can honestly say that the cost of the drugs I now have to take are the cause of most of the changes I have made and the fact that I want to live a long, healthy life.

I read some blogs today about what people want to do in 2014 and for me I want to be able to control my diabetes without medication. To do that I have to continue to lose weight, workout daily and focus on my carbohydrates and food intake all the time. I am going to continue to try and be positive about having diabetes and my life in general.

So I Wish All Of You A Very Happy, Healthy & Successful New Year!!!!!!

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CHALLENGER15 1/2/2014 10:32AM

    You might want to check out NORASPAT's blogs. She is a diabetic who keeps her diabetes in control, and she is just delightful.

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My Cure For Feeling Sorry For Myself or Depression

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sometimes I feel like the normal happy me is locked inside and looking out while this person who can only see the bad and the negative things in life is in control.
So I am overweight.
I recently found out I have Type 2 Diabetes.
I don't have a full time job.
And my closest is conspiring against me. In the past week 2 times it has crashed to the floor with all my cloths. Yikes!!!! Big mess but I think I got it fixed for good this time. I put an old crutch in the middle of the bar to hold it up and screwed the brackets into the walls with longer screws.
Before I went for my walk today I felt like everything was going wrong and I couldn't do anything right.
Now after my walk I feel better.
I have lost weight and I am still losing weight!!!!!
I am controlling my diabetes and hope to one day do so without having to use insulin.
I can go look for another job when I am ready to and we are getting by for now.
And my closet, well as I am losing weight and having to wear belts or pin up my cloths now so they will fit. Soon the old cloths will be gone and the new ones won't take up so much room!!!!!
I guess the moral to this little blog is a good long walk can turn negative feelings and emotions into positive ones!!!!!!

Have an Awesome & Amazing Day!!!!!!

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X_MONICA_X 1/14/2014 12:03AM

    I agree with you too Ricki. Walks can help one feel so much better when feeling bouts of depressive thoughts and feelings coming on.

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XIAOLINMEI 11/21/2013 2:49PM

    What you are saying about taking walks is so true! I wish I had read this earlier when I was depressed too! emoticon I m happy that you are feeling better and congratulations again on your weight loss! Keep pushing my sparkfriend! Hugs

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CHALLENGER15 11/12/2013 6:35AM

    That is the biggest reason that I take walks any more! If they are outside, they are better for me. I can reflect on things better; I find that if it is a "normal" day it takes me about 10 minutes, but if it is a harder day, it takes about 20.

You have lots of positives here, my friend.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

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    Thanks for sharing those positive quotes! emoticon

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WRITINGRUNNER 10/19/2013 4:14AM

    Change! It's so good for us, it's just so scary!

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