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Special Moments...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

When they say stop and smell the roses....you really should stop and smell the roses :)

Here is my daughter and her little girl....Behind them is a beautiful rose bush.

When earlier in the day a couple of people were talking and I happened to over hear them saying how awful it was to see two of the grads walking up with there babies, One of them was my daughter....they also said girls like that will never achieve there goals...

Well this momma bear almost lost it but no It was my daughters day!! So I smiled and said well My baby girl just achieved her first GOAL....

The day she told us she was pregnant I was scared for her...but she said she wanted to do it and she wanted to complete high school and graduate with her class...I know its going to be hard mom but I can do it...

Well she did and I am so proud of her. It hasn't been easy but here we are...those ladies have no idea just how hard it was for her to complete school with a new baby and have to leave her to go to school to achieve her goal...But it gets better...

She plans on going to school in September to become a hair stylist like her Auntie Janice....She is a very successful role model for Melaina and will be there to help her on her way to becoming just as successful (picture below is Auntie Janice-who did her hair for prom)

Melaina is now registered to start school already and although she will face more hurdles I know she will do well and will achieve her goals..the best part is she won't let anyone stop her. Set your goals high and push through the hurdles to get there....if nothing else I know I have raised a smart, beautiful daughter with high hopes and who wants to show her little girl that no matter what ...SHE WILL SUCCEED!!!
Today I take this special moment and share it with all of you!!!

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SASSISPRING 11/5/2014 12:20PM

    I realize that I'm coming in late but I would still like to say "Congratulations" to your amazing daughter. Those twiddle gossips truly have no idea how cutting their words were or how empty their lives are. Judgement serves no purpose than to fill empty hearts with false sense of pride. Your daughter and grandbaby look amazing. Your daughter has great aspirations and drive, I wish her all the very best in her future. She is already setting a great example of how dedication and hard work pays off - for her daughter. Way to go (also) to you for swallowing your ego and allowing your daughter to have her day, knowing that those twiddle gossips are really not all that important anyways.

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HEATHER1969 6/16/2014 10:27PM

    THAT was a wonderful blog and your daughter is so lucky that she has such a wonderful supportive Mother! GO GIRLS GO!

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ALICIA214 6/12/2014 1:13AM


You have a beautiful daughter and grand daughter,and I would say you have raised
your daughter very well, I hope you does very well in all she does.
Thank you for sharing the lovely photo's of both of them..

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RICKYDAF 6/12/2014 1:01AM

    Thanks Lynettemom :) She sure does have great support!! Just want everyone to cherish those special moments :)

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LYNETTEMOM 6/12/2014 12:18AM

    wishing her strength for the road ahead. It won't be easy so she will need to keep focused but it certainly sounds like she has great support!

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We are currently Healthy today :)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A great thing to say everyday...WE ARE CURRENTLY HEALTHY TODAY!!!

Over the last 12 years I fear the word CANCER...but not today because today we are currently healthy. Today is a new day and I am going to live and enjoy it. No worries today because I am healthy and so is my family!

When life is turned upside down..and it seems to only get worse...turn it around...look at it another way!!
Its been a hectic few weeks and I have been quiet...Healing on the inside is hard to do but I believe I am going in the right direction...

We are currently healthy today....

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SUEPERWOMAN 4/7/2014 1:04PM

Thank God for that.

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Getting Fit for ME!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Today marks 76 days of logging in and being held accountable on sparkpeople. Has it been hard? Have I had some bad days? Have I slipped up? The answers to all the above is YES!!!

It hasn't been supper easy, but it is holding me accountable. So I asked myself, What do I want? I don't want to be 155 lbs and not happy. My long term goal is to get to 155 lbs and be happy and to share what I have learned along the way!

The first few weeks were all about me getting better...
I had ankle surgery and was finally given the green light to begin workouts in October. But no I still was sitting on the couch. I was loving my family and new grand baby but I wasn't loving me...I am the one in charge of me so how do I start . Well I needed to get moving, I knew that...so on Dec 28, 2014 started going to the gym and got on the bike. I kept going every other day. As the days went on I was feeling happy and loving the feeling I would get after my workouts.
Then I had to begin working on my eating....
So I started with adding some more fruits and vegetables everyday. Oh and don't forget the water.....when its empty fill it up always have a bottle of water handy... Then the rest just happened....I began planning my meals so I knew what the day looked like so I could plan according to it. If I couldn't get into the gym that day then I would stick closer to the lower end of the scale. Bit by bit I saw small changes. The first three weeks I had some great quick results, but then they slowed and I hit a lull....but really it wasn't a lull, my body was changing but I just couldn't see it...Since Christmas or Dec 28 I have lost 15 lbs and OH MY GOODNESS....13 inches...That is huge. Not only the weight is gone but 3 dress sizes as well...yes I hit a goal a month before I had written it...
That brings me to today....I joined RunClub. When I sat and wrote out my goals my first was a 5 km well That will be on April 27 - Boogie the bridge in Kamloops BC. So we have begun the training for it! I feel so great and am so proud of myself...So even though this last 76 has had its ups and its downs, I am sticking to it and achieving GOALS! I am happy to say I have achieved 5 of them already, some were silly like fitting a pink sweater again, but I did it and I am celebrating it!! Don't sweat the small stuff...start slow and be proud of yourself!!


After our first day at RunClub...even though it was chilly...IT WAS SO WORTH IT!!

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SUEPERWOMAN 3/17/2014 7:10PM

Fantastic work. You should be so proud of yourself !!

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PORSCAD 3/15/2014 7:09PM

    Awesome Job! So inspirational! emoticon

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144AUTUMN 3/15/2014 6:54PM

  You can do it!!!

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SAMMI-SAM 3/15/2014 6:13PM

    Things get a bit easier with time. Life healing may place limitations but I think you will go through it just fine. emoticon

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Looking back...

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I joined sparkpeople on January 12, 2006. I started my journey at 190 lbs.

This picture was taken just before the new year. It was coming up to the year anniversary of my youngest daughter Bethany's proton radiation in Loma Linda, California. It was time for me to think of me!! So I began my journey...
I began my journey with walking everyday and doing strength training on my total gym 3 days a week. I was very faithful to my tracking of food and using the community here on sparkpeople. By November 17, 2006 I was at 153 lbs! I had lost 37 lbs and was feeling great!!!

This photo was taken before we did our bathroom, I wanted to make sure I could stretch out in the tub...but this is me at 153 lbs.
So what happened....
I continued on my journey, but we found ourselves needing some more income so I took a job at a local grocery store where I hurt my back. I thought I was lifting correctly but even still I felt a horrible POP....I had herniated my back at L5 S1 of the lower spine. The doctors said it should get better in a few weeks but to take it easy. So as the weeks turned into months, it didn't get better in fact it got worse...so I was referred to a neuro-surgeon. I waited for so long but finally the day came when they called for my appointment. So I went in, sent right to the hospital for another MRI....back to his office the same day!! Finally I new I needed surgery to repair the disk...I had not only herniated the disk, I had broken pieces of bone and my nerve had been pinched the whole time.
June 4, 2007 - I finally got my surgery. After my surgery I still had pain and the nerve was damaged and we didn't know if it was ever going to repair itself. So I spent the next 2 years going on a yo-yo!! During my yo-yo phase I had a new friend in my life, which in the end wasn't so great for me. She liked to party and have fun but at the expense of my health...
2010 I vowed that it was going to be better....then again in 2011....and 2012....oh and 2013....lol Well I have to say 2013 even though it was tough, I needed ankle surgery to remove a growth from my joint on the ankle, thankfully it wasn't cancer, I made some decisions from the heart and starting fixing me on the inside and making me a priority....a light bulb went off.....before I can ever really lose the weight and keep it off I have to fix me...I have to love myself for who I am and not believe its what others see....Which brings us to 2014!!! My first goal of 2014 was to have family fun days once a week with my family. I have to say I love them and look forward to them every week!!!
So looking back its been a whirlwind of 7 years!! But I love my life and my family!! Here's to the next chapter in my journey!!!

Starting off 2014 with Playing in the Snow!!

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SASSISPRING 11/5/2014 12:43PM

    What a journey you have been on and the strength throughout resonates in your blog. I also went through a ruptured disc at the L5/S1 and met with a neurosurgeon in Vancouver, around one month after being referred. Fortunately mine wasn't involving broken bones, as your issues were, and I remained on light activity for a year. While it did result in a 50 lb weight gain, it was the best option for me (as there were contradictions to surgery, for me). I hope that this year has been more positive for you, that the health you shared in the other blog has continued and that you are moving into 2015 with health and strength.

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CINDYCHARLENE 1/14/2014 9:49PM

    You have really had some rough times, but thank goodness you are on top of it all and you are going gung ho after your goal of health and well being. God bless you my dear. Thank you for sharing.

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LEN_VERSION32 1/12/2014 10:33PM

    Wow...glad you are bouncing back! I also have a back issue; was scheduled to do surgery but opted against it. I am doing aqua therapy and that has worked so much! All the best for 2014!

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Cleaning clutter....

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Wow...What a day! I wake up have my 2 Cups of Coffee :) Make a nice breakfast for my family then I go right into cleaning...

I promised my daughter that we would clean and organize her room. What a task it was. She has gotten so many things which are hard to let go of...many of the clutter came from trips to the hospital throughout the last 12 years. But after several hours every nook and cranny is clean and organized.
Two huge bags of clothes, many toys to give to another child who needs them, and room in her closet for her new Barbie RV she got for Christmas!!

It feels so good to get it all done! And to boot...I got cardio going up and down the stairs all day! Now my legs hurt :)

Now on to the Dining/Computer room :) I am lucky that just before Christmas I did my kitchen, that was a huge mess before it was usable again! Guess I should have started this last week though since School goes back in on Monday and with that it means I have work again! Oh how I love HOLIDAY'S! Oh well back to the Clutter I go!!

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CHICA_BORICUA 1/5/2014 12:25PM

  and you feel so accomplished!!!! I would too.

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BARCLE 1/5/2014 2:22AM

    emoticon I need to get more clearing done too! emoticon

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IMREITE 1/5/2014 1:59AM

    we are always busy in january at work. i am not ready to go back either, but i am trying to give myself 5 minute clutter cleaning tasks during the week so i can not feel overwhelmnes on weekends or in february when i finally get time for vacation again.

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144AUTUMN 1/4/2014 10:33PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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