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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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DJ4HEALTH 6/19/2014 10:15PM

    You look great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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LISA579 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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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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2BDYNAMIC 4/15/2014 7:52PM

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

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LISA579 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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LISA579 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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Ch-ch-changes

Thursday, April 03, 2014

My life has gone thru so many changes. I waited nearly nine months since my husband's death to make a very important decision. For 30 years, we have called central Virginia our home. We have so many friends and ties to this community. My heart is also drawn to southwest Missouri which is my birthplace and home to several siblings. As time passed I was feeling more and more like the proverbial person with a foot on the dock and another in a boat. The stress to make a decision mounted.

My son and I composed a dream list of what we wanted in a house. I began searches on line and narrowed down the pool from over 100 to 25. We cut another 5 so we actually saw 20 houses. From this, we narrowed down to our top four. All of these had advantages but none met all criteria to a T. The realtor learned of a woman who had recently remarried and she was moving to join her husband. Her house had not even been listed. We were allowed to see the home and made an offer. After negotiations, a contract was made; we close May 1. We are do looking forward to being nearer family.



We are now working feverishly to pack up for our move. So much to get done to prepare for the move with the biggest task transferring my husband's library to the university.

My other change is my body. Not only am I losing weight but my shape is showing more curves and tone. I have lost nearly 85 pounds now. When I hit a plateau, I am not using it as an excuse to give into impulses but rather stay the course and the pounds do come off.

I am so appreciative of my teams with challenges. Also, I appreciate my Spark friends. I gain so much support here on this journey to improved health.

  
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DJ4HEALTH 4/8/2014 1:28AM

    It is hard after you lose your husband. If I have the money I would move too but not sure where I would go if I did have the money to move.

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859320 4/5/2014 12:44AM

    congratulations you are doing a good job. emoticon I am from Oklahoma and of course have been to Branson several times. emoticon

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2BTHINMAMMA 4/4/2014 8:30AM

    I am so sorry for your loss! Praying your move goes smoothly and that this new adventure is wonderful for you and your son! May the Lord continue to bless!

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ROMANTILLY 4/4/2014 3:18AM

    Congratulations. Being near family is so important. We were going to move last year to be near my family after DH lost his job, but he decided he didn't like the area and he wanted to be close to his kids. I feel the tug to be close to my family all the time and really miss being able to see my mom. She is getting on in years now, and I'm always wondering if I will get to be close to her before the good Lord calls her home. I know she understands, but I would love to be close to family again.

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GENRE009 4/4/2014 12:45AM

    GOOD LUCK TO YOU. BEAUTIFUL HOME.

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BAMAJAM2 4/3/2014 1:37PM

  This home looks beautiful-- and may you find it a source of comfort for you and your son. Is this Missouri--? I am from the Show-me State, from St. Louis. I can remember cold winters, and hot summers in the mid-west.
I commend you for your healthy journey-- Hugs!

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LISA579 4/3/2014 1:33PM

    What a beautiful house. I am sure you will miss your friends but starting over sometimes in a place you grew up but still starting over is good for the soul.

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MOTHEPRO 4/3/2014 11:37AM

    The move itself is never fun, but I'm sure you'll love your new home once you're settled!

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Metamorphis

Wednesday, February 26, 2014



It seemed like I was stuck in the caterpillar phase for a number of years. I had developed sleep apnea and was having issues with my back and joints. I could only walk short distances. While I wanted to lose weight, it just was not happening by wishing.

December 2011, I hit bottom and resolved to focus on improving my health. I set a plan in motion. I lost but it was a slow process. The support of Spark People helped me stay on track. I joined a challenge where I learned thru my self exploration as well as from feedback and comments of other team members. I joined Curves as I like the circuit training. For additional accountability, I joined Weight Watchers.

I was beginning the process of metamorphous. I began to see the scale move down. emoticon After a year, I had lost over 20 pounds.

Because it was a slow process. I began to explore surgical weight loss options. I went thru a thorough evaluation and was deemed a good candidate for gastric bypass procedure. I was scheduled for the surgery in early August, but my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died July 27. The surgery was re-scheduled for December 2. Because so much time had passed, I went they the class a second time. I was down 40 pounds from my highest weight.

The surgery was textbook. I began walking the halls that afternoon. My niece who had the surgery 7 years previously flew out to provide support. Due to the iv fluids, I gained 12 pounds immediately following but was able to take this off in a week plus some more. We walked around the aisles of stores as well as around the historic area of town. This have me a good base to operate from.

Last week, I noticed my slacks were so loose that I had to take action. I purchased a pair of jeans and a couple of tops in size 16. I had been wearing 2 and 3X. I took them home to try on thinking there was no way I could get into these. To my surprise, they fit perfectly. Since then, I have been purging my large loose clothing for form fitting clothes. Even my shoes now seem loose.

I am now, 75 pounds down. I am eating to live versus living to eat. I am more focused on getting as much nutritional bang I can from my foods. I enjoy walking and the gym more each week. I have significantly reduced the medications i was taking. I have begun to see the butterfly emerging.



Looking forward to increasing my physical strength and endurance this spring. I can hardly wait to see what other changes I will make. Life is good.

  
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HARMONYAGAIN 3/28/2014 8:40AM

    you are so right
Life is good!

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859320 2/28/2014 8:57AM

    Way to go, it is so nice to get into smaller clothes. Getting rid of the bigger clothes is a good idea. Plus we finally understand that we are on a journey to good health and it is up to us and the good Lord to get us there. We can't sit on the couch and watch TV and hope to lose weigh. That just hasn't worked for me in the last 50 years so I like you decided to get up and do something about it. emoticon emoticon

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GENRE009 2/27/2014 4:28PM

    Wow, good for you! emoticon I was 186 from a car accident & was crippled up for at least 15 years, then went 4 1/2 without a job. now being on spar, 7 weight watchers I too ma learning a different life style. eva

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CIERAPOET 2/27/2014 12:32AM

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What A GREAT report!!! So proud of you and for you1 It's so amazing when you put on the smaller clothing and they FIT! I know you were ALL smiles! I'm cheering with you for there will be even MORE triumphs to celebrate! What a motivation! Enjoy a Wonderful end to February!
Blessings!
Deb
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SCRAPPYQUILTER1 2/26/2014 7:46PM

  So very proud of you and all that you have accomplished!

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LISA579 2/26/2014 4:48PM

    You are such a sweetie you deserve wonderful things

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ELIZACG9 2/26/2014 1:12PM

    Really nice.. emoticon

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PATTYR81 2/26/2014 9:52AM

    Nice!
You've inspired me today!

THANKS for sharing!

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