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What a Difference a Year Makes

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

In December 2010, I decided that I had to change and lost 40 pounds. The loss was slow so explored gastric bypass surgery. December 2013, I had the surgery at VCU. Since the surgery I have lost another 85 pounds for a total of 125 pounds. I am still losing but at a slower rate. While I love getting clothes that fit and are petit vs. plus sizes, the biggest gift has been my improved health. No longer need one of my blood pressure meds, more flexible, greater strength and endurance, increased energy, not needed any pain meds for a long time as joints do not ache. In other words, I feel like a new person. I am so glad I explored my options, chose the one I felt would be best for me, and acted on this. I can eat anything but rarely try anything fried. Also limit sweets and salty snacks. I definitely do not stuff myself. When I fill full, I stop eating.

On this journey, I have been blessed with some excellent information and tools here on Spark People. I have meet some awesome friends here who have encouraged and supported me on my journey.

The past year has been beyond my dreams. I can not wait to see what the new year holds in store for me.

  
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RHOOK20047 12/4/2014 6:49PM

    So true. I had the sleeve gastrectomy on March 6, and have lost 80 lbs since the surgery added to the 40 lbs I lost prior to the surgery for a total of 120 lbs. I know the difference it made on my health, and I don' regret it for a second. Glad to see your success as well. Have a great weekend and keep working toward your goals!

Bob

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COOP9002 12/4/2014 11:40AM

    Sounds like you've got a plan and are moving forward. Blessings on your journey.

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SOPHIEDO13 12/3/2014 9:53PM

    I'm so happy you've had success with the surgery. I wonder if Our health insurance would pay for something like that? I should look into it I have around 125 pounds to lose. Have a great day.

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MOM2ACAT 12/3/2014 7:35PM

    emoticon on your success and all of the positive changes you have made!

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LISACHOSECHANGE 12/3/2014 7:28PM

    i am so happy for you

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ARNETTELEE 12/3/2014 1:27PM

  Congrats!

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SUBMOM2 12/3/2014 1:21PM

    emoticon Congratulations on all you've done to become healthy! emoticon

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SHORTSTORY2 12/3/2014 12:52PM

    How wonderful you had such success. Yes, we each need to make our own decisions on the plan to use for our success in this weight loss journey. It sounds like you have a grasp on it and have done so well. Congratulations!!!! So happy for you! Hope the new year will be a blessing. I find Spark People to be my extended family. There are so many nice people on the site. Thanks for sharing your story. It is an encouragement to me and I'm sure to others. Eileen

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Mourning to Joy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In January last year my husband needed surgery on two areas of his spine. He completed therapy at the hospital rehab unit. While there, I wanted to surprise him for Valentines day but he could not have much in his small room. He seemed touched when I had arranged a serenade.

Last year on this date, my husband was admitted to the ER. The next morning, we learned he had cancer. He died five days later. While I would have liked more time, for him it was a blessing as he was so fearful of cancer. He was not perfect, but he was a very good man. I was blessed that he chose me to share this journey for 38 years.

The family, church and friends wrapped around me and our son. The service was so fitting and beautiful.

The last few days have been filled with a roller coaster of feelings. As I think of my dh, my eyes tear-up. There are smiles as well as I have so many good memories. Homer was always so respectful and thoughtful of others. We each helped shape the other and made a good team. Adopting our son was the icing on the cake.

Getting ready to leave for an Alaskan Cruise. So happy my two sisters and son and good friend will be sharing this adventure. So glad I am in better health and shape than I was two years ago. Being able to fly without a seat belt extension is the best. Will not be able to do much on-line until our return. Will miss my Spark friends and teams emoticon



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IGNITEME101 9/5/2014 7:14PM

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/11/2014 8:15PM

    Bless you! So glad God has brought you from the grief of mourning to a new place. He is so faithful and your Homer was fortunate to not suffer long...and it sounds like he has you surrounded with supportive people to help you continue your journey with joy...He is a GOOD God! Enjoy that trip AND your family!

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IAM_HIS 7/24/2014 2:00AM

    Oh how sad I am to hear of your loss. However, I am happy that you can go on the cruise and I sincerely hope you have a wonderful time. It is good that you are getting away for a while. My prayers will be with you.

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LUCYCAN7 7/23/2014 8:41PM

  I am so sorry dear for your loss.Cherish your memories with Homer.
Blessings and continue to take good care of your health you have
done so good,I am certain your dear husband would want you to.
Enjoy your cruise as well.Hope to hear about your cruise when you
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MOM2ACAT 7/23/2014 5:36PM

    I am so sorry for your loss emoticon

I hope your cruise brings you happiness and healing.

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KANOE10 7/23/2014 8:32AM

    emoticon I am sorry for your loss. Your husband sounded like a warm caring man.
Enjoy that Alaskan cruise with your family. You are doing a good job of taking care of yourself.

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CROUCHINGFLEA 7/23/2014 6:22AM

    Bless you. I hope you have a wonderful time on your cruise

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LINTPICKER 7/22/2014 10:05PM

    I hope you enjoy your cruise, it really is beautiful there. You have been blessed with great memories and are building new ones as well.

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DJ4HEALTH 7/22/2014 9:37PM

    Have fun on the cruise and see you when you get back from it too. It is hard when cancer takes a loved one. emoticon emoticon

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SUBMOM2 7/22/2014 7:04PM

    This must be a bittersweet time for you. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you were able to continue your journey to wellness over what has been quite a year for you. How wonderful that you are having an exciting adventure. I hope you and your family have a terrific trip!



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ARNETTELEE 7/22/2014 5:28PM

  Sorry for your loss...

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PURPLEPEONY 7/22/2014 5:10PM

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MJRVIC2000 7/22/2014 5:00PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes every thing work; and Love makes everything beautiful. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Down 100+ Pounds

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Christmas, 2011, I reached my highest weight of 264. I wore size 2-3 X. Something clicked for me and I seriously began to work on losing weight. Spark People played such a crucial roll. The tracking is such a valuable tool. Several teams have great challenges. Access to recipes and articles helped as well. My spark friends and fellow team members has been one of my most valuable tools. Over two years, I lost 40 pounds. In December 2013, I had gastric bypass surgery. Since the surgery, I have lost an additional 60 pounds.

While I am not at my goal, I wanted to capture the changes at 100 pounds. I like being able to shop in the petite section again. Even more I like the way I feel. I have so much more energy and strength and flexibility.

  
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IGNITEME101 6/13/2014 9:23PM

    emoticon So excited for you!!

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LYNNWANNABE 6/6/2014 8:07PM

    I'm so glad I know you.. I'm totally, excited for you!!! emoticon

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2BTHINMAMMA 5/26/2014 8:47PM

    emoticon That is awesome! So happy for you...you look great! emoticon

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MINIMOE1 5/26/2014 10:07AM

    You've accomplished what I desperately need to do. thank you for the inspiration.

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LISACHOSECHANGE 5/26/2014 6:27AM

    how wonderful. Congrats

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HANNAHSGRAMMIE 5/26/2014 2:13AM

    That is SO wonderful. You've done a marvelous job!!

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GREAT JOB!! ;0)

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Shedding My Jonah Persona

Monday, April 14, 2014

Yesterday morning, I was so excited about the lesson on Passover and the Lord's Supper that I could not wait to get to church. However, when I arrived, the place I usually parked had a special permit parking sign. I did get permission to park while I unloaded the car--it took three trips from the lot to take all the food into the classroom.

I had forgotten a couple of items so needed to make a quick run to the grocery store. I had lost all of my excitement and was brooding about the parking as I knew I would have to park a long distance and would need to carry the groceries in and after church would need to get my car and try to find a closer spot to reload. I was like Eyeore having a pity party.

About this time, I remembered Jonah and how he moped and threw a hissy-fit when the gourd plant that had provided him shade shriveled and died. Jonah already had three stinky days in a belly of the great fish because he did not want to see the people repent. After they did change, he was up on the hill hoping it was a mistake and they would still be destroyed.

I repented of my foul mood. I did not want to be Jonah and miss the blessings around me. I realized I need to increase my activity. I am so much healthier now and could walk the distances without severe pain and asthma symptoms. I was not going to allow this speed bump in my day derail me. I am grateful for learning from his life.

The kids were so attentive to the lesson on why Jesus celebrated Passover and how He transformed the celebration. They participated actively. They were appreciative and expressed thanks. Their questions were insightful and showing such tender hearts. In addition, three adult teachers volunteered to help and this was their first time to observe how to tie the Old Testament with fulfillment in the New Testament. I am so fortunate to have the privilege of teaching children and seeing their response. Seeing future leaders see possibilities of how they can take over the class gives me hope. The one young woman is from Formosa so she can take this around the globe when she returns home.


  
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REALTYLADYLISA 8/11/2014 8:13PM

    Nice blog--I loved your title...it's what drew me in and made me read it! I think we all have a little Jonah persona from time to time...I'm gonna have to work on awareness to when I might be falling into that trap. Bless you!

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2BDYNAMIC 4/15/2014 7:52PM

    Nice blog and I really enjoyed and your sincerity .......... emoticon

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LISACHOSECHANGE 4/15/2014 12:24PM

    You are so right we do need to focus on the good and the bible is full of examples.

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IGNITEME101 4/15/2014 12:52AM

    Great trials demand total obedience! Good lesson that you learned btw!

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FLEMIDG 4/15/2014 12:33AM

    So glad things improved and you ended up having a good day.

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Passover / Lord's Supper

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I love tying the Old Testament to the New Testament. For the past 20 years, I have tried to make the stories come alive for my second graders. The tables are in the shape of the cross.



We begin by reviewing how Moses approaches the Pharaoh requesting His people be allowed to worship God. The kids chant--"Let my people go!" Then respond, "But the pharaoh's heart was hardened." We review the plagues. To reinforce these, there are plastic frogs and flies on the table. We culminate with the death angel passing over the homes covered by the blood of the innocent lamb.

The children of Israel were expected to celebrate Passover every year. This is why Jesus and his disciples gathered in the upper room. Jesus begins the event by washing the apostles feet demonstrating the expectation that we should serve others. He then took the symbols if Passover and gave them new meaning.

The Matzah bread has piercing as He was pierced for our transgressions. There are brown stripes on the bread looking like dried blood as He was beaten and bled.

Christ became the Passover Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.

I tried to serve lamb a couple of times but it was not well received. We will be doing chicken tenders.

  
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GENRE009 4/13/2014 9:59PM

    this was a wonderful way to teach the kids!
I think you have to buy leg of lamb. but I don't really like it either. eva

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IAM_HIS 4/13/2014 6:43AM

    Enjoy your Passover meal with the children. I know they will have a very special time.

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LISACHOSECHANGE 4/13/2014 6:33AM

    what a great way to teach them. My kids would love this.

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KATHYJO56 4/13/2014 12:28AM

    What a wonderful way to teach young children about the Bible and what Passover and Easter means. I am sure the chicken nuggets will be wolfed down.

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