Wednesday, August 15, 2012
It's been a long time, I know! And so much has happened! Let me just say that it's feels sooooo good to be back on track & feeling in control once again!
As many of you may know, this has been a very stressful year for me, & I'm just now getting to the point where I feel normal again! The one constant in my life, I have to say, has been the exercise...& it's been my saving grace! Even though I've maintained my activity level, my eating has been another matter! Um, let's just say for the record it's been...
OUT OF CONTROL!!!
And out of control it's been! Ahhhhh, but NO MORE, by golly! Cause, I'm back on track! I've had to recruit reinforcements this time, however....& I've joined Weight Watchers for the short term. I just felt I needed a little extra push to get me back on track, eating wise...& help w/getting back on that scale!
Honestly, I just did NOT want to get on it!
So, I joined WW's last week...& my weigh in yesterday reflected a loss of 7.8 lbs!
I was doing the happy dance!!!
Now, I've been tracking points, as well as calories on SP...& much prefer SP, in all honesty. Perhaps it's because I'm more familiar, but I think it's more than that! I like seeing the breakdown of carbs, proteins, fats, etc...plus the tracking of calcium & fiber (my preferences). I'm going to maintain both trackings for a month...& see how it pans out! So far tho, I like SP better!
I will post more recent pics of myself as soon as I can. I'm in need of a new camera, so...soon, I promise!
I've missed you all, my friends! And I hope to drop by & say hi to each & every one of you! I hope you are well! EnJOY the day & be HAPPY!!! Let the games begin!!!
Hugs & Love!
Monday, May 07, 2012
I hope you're all well! I just have to share!
My annual bloodwork was FANTASTIC, including...
HgA1C - 5.4!
Cholesterol - 174
HDL - 65
LDL - 94
BONE DENSITY was very good & NORMAL!
Blood pressure is ALWAYS good!
My weight is up but.....I still exercise 90-120 min every day! I continue to eat healthy & nutritious foods! I get LOTS of Omega 3 into my diet by eating tuna, sardines, anchovies, salmon, & walnuts & almonds! Most importantly... I feel GREAT!
Let me take a moment to remind all you ladies (& gents!) to get your routine checkups!
* annual PAP (see your GYN every year)
* see you PCP (personal care physician) regularly!
* MAMMOGRAM's (suck it up & just do it ladies!)
* Dental exam (do you know that gum disease can make you sick, literally?!)
* Colonoscopy (yeah, I know.....still, just do it!!!)
* Eye exam (not just for glasses, but to check for diseases!)
* Dermatologist (to check for skin abnormalities & cancer!)
Sorry! Can't take the nurse out of the Sparker!
Update on my MIL: She's being released from the nursing home & returning back to her home on Wednesday. She's holding her own, although she's lost a significant amount of weight, we've been told. Family is keeping us posted on her status...& we're gonna see how she manages on her own. Hubby speaks w/her almost daily & she's in very good spirits! If need be, we'll be heading to Ohio to assist her in any way we can! It's a "wait & see" proposition! Only time will tell!!!
Oh, and I've found a new LOVE!!! It's Mah Jongg! For those of you unfamiliar, Mah Jongg is an ancient Chinese game played with tiles (like small dominoes)...& played much like a card game (similar rules & such). The ladies & I are playing every Monday afternoon!
I'm LOVIN' it ...& can't get enough!
Again, I hope you're all well! We're entering our SUMMER mode here in SW Florida! It's HOT!!!!
And honestly, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it here!!!
Take special care guys! And keep Sparkin'!!!
LOVE YA ALL!!!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Hello My Friends...
I know I haven't been very active on here, & I apologize for not being there to support you all on your weight loss journey. I promise to do better...
I'm in Ohio, staying with my oldest daughter & her family. My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed w/ovarian cancer & is currently in the hospital being treated for pneumonia & an infection. I don't know what's going to happen... She's been referred to Hospice..she's 83 & lives on her own (as her husband passed last year) & it's likely she'll be unable to care for herself. Ya see, she make a pact w/her husband that they would care for each other so that neither would ever end up in a nursing home. When I learned of this pact, I promised my mother in law that she didn't need to worry...that Jim & I would care for her in her home when the time came. Well, the time has come.
I most likely will be staying here for the time being. We shall see...
Please keep my mother-in-law, Virginia, on your prayer list. Thank you all.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I've lost the Spark mojo, my friends...& I've been mulling it over & over in my head, trying to make some sense of it all! You all know I've worked so hard on this journey to be where I'm at in life! And I have no just cause for why I'm at this juncture! No reason at all! So here's the way it is!
My original plan was to get my weight down before my 40th high school reunion (June 2011) & get off the diabetes medication I started on February 2010. I accomplished both! I just completed my annual blood work w/my doctor a couple of weeks ago...& from a health perspective, all is well!
HgA1C is 5.1! (NON DIABETIC level!)
Cholesterol is 188
Triglycerides are 62
HDL is 72! (excellent!!!)
LDL is 104 (could be a little better, but not bad!)
Thyroid levels are perfect!
I've not reached my goal weight...but I don't seem to care much! And even though my BMI says I'm still overweight...I'm not feeling it! Could I be thinner? Absolutely! Do I want to? NOPE! I'm just not there! I have NO desire to be in teeny-tiny sizes! Not my thing! I feel physically fit & clothing fits fine! So, no problem!
I exercise 120 mins a day...6 days a week! I do it because I need to keep my body in good working order! I do ZUMBA twice a week & DRUMS ALIVE once a week! I run 2-3 times a week & walk daily! I train w/kettlebells 3 times weekly! I do cardio/strength classes a couple times a week, when I feel like it. I occasionally use the elliptical or treadmill at the Y, but prefer the outdoors when weather permits! And well, let's face it! I live in SW Florida...so weather permits often!
I eat healthy MOST days! I cook low fat meals & try new recipes ALL the time! I've incorporated healthy desserts into my meal plans so I don't feel deprived! I've enJOYed peach crisps/cobblers, baked apples, & pumpkin pudding most recently! I fear trying things like pastries yet...'cause I know me! Portion control is a BIG problem I want to avoid w/these goodies! I still struggle w/staying in range w/the carbs...& I know it's my cross to bear! I've increased fiber in my diet & consume plenty of fruits & veggies! I'm still drinking the water daily & plan to continue! It's important when you live in a tropical climate, to stay well hydrated! So all is well!
Now let me just say that I applaud all whom have strived to achieve goal weight! You're an inspiration to many! I'm not advocating that it's not important to set goals or attempt to reach goals! They're important! I guess what I'm saying here is that achieving my goal weight just isn't important enough for me, at this moment! My lab work tells me I'm healthy! I feel physically fit! It's enough for me! What's important is that I've changed my life for the better by having lost the weight & have begun a journey of weight management & physical fitness to remain healthy & fit! I have well-being! Now, that is what's important!
My weight's been fluctuating within a 6 lb range...& although I prefer it be a bit more confined to a 2-3 lb range, I'm not complaining! I'm concerned that we're entering the holiday season...& I'll be visiting up north for Christmas & New Year! I know my exercise routine will be disturbed & cut in half for about 2 weeks! Now that's NOT a good combo...less exercise & more eating! Yikes! I'm working on a game plan, as we speak! Gotta be prepared, by golly!
I'm giving myself permission to just be, for the moment! I'm hoping that after the holidays, I'll be reSparked & ready to tackle a challenge! I hope you're all well, my friends & preparing for the upcoming holidays, as I! You're all very important to me & I want to continue supporting & encouraging each & every one of you to do your very best! I thank you kindly for always being here...& you can count on me to be there for you too!
I love you all!!!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Hello My Friends!
Well, so much has happened! I'll keep it brief...just want to keep you all in the loop!
First of all! Hubby had surgery yesterday & is doing okay, although it wasn't without complications. Let me give you a quick history run down...
He had stomach discomfort which started last Monday. On Thursday, he tells me about it...cause it's really bad & cause he started having chest pain. So, off to the ER we go & they admit him for observation overnight. The pain subsides & they rule out a heart attack & send him on his way to follow up outpatient with doctor & tests. Well, he remained in discomfort & was unable to eat w/out pain. So, he stops eating... was miserable all weekend, as was I! I took him to a walk-in urgent clinic near our home on Monday...& they saw him right away! The doctor orders a CT Scan w/contrast & they identify the problem! He had numerous gallstones...& his liver & pancreas & gallbladder were all inflamed & he's got an infection & is jaundiced, & labs are a mess (as you can imagine)! So, he was immediately admitted to the hospital! They had to tend to the infection first, then remove the stones, & then the gallbladder! They removed the stones on Wednesday & he was supposed to have a laproscopy procedure to remove the gallbladder yesterday. Well, they had to cut him open to remove it cause doctor said his gallbladder was in horrific shape...very swollen & damaged...so they had to go in & retrieve it! He's gonna be in the hospital for a few days now...& recovery will be slow. He wasn't a happy camper last night, let me just say! He's okay though.....thank God!
I'm doing okay! I've not been eating, not exercising, not sleeping ...& I've been a bit worried. I'm also keeping everyone back home apprised of what's been happening & it's been exhausting. I need to take care of myself so I don't get sick! I plan to do better beginning today. I'm gonna go for a short walk before I get to the hospital this morning & have a good breakfast...
I hope you're all well! EnJOY the day in good health, my friends!
And THANK YOU for keeping hubby & me in your thoughts & prayers!
You are loved!
Get An Email Alert Each Time ROSEWCI Posts