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July 1-31st…

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I’m going to miss these emoticon emoticon July was a wonderful month of self discovery and success. With several short term goals met and new habits made I’m looking forward to August. Summer has never been my favorite season, I don’t tolerate the heat well, emoticon but so far it’s been mild here in Southern California so I can’t complain and next summer I expect to have even less baggage to haul around so the heat may not even be an issue for me by then. Perhaps I’ll even embrace the season with new fervor.

July emoticonstarted out with a bang and ends with one as well emoticonOur beautiful youngest daughter celebrates her 28th birthday today as she shares the festivities with her one year old nephew, our darling grandson Ollie. She and her new DH, of 4 months, is the one who turned me on to SP… so a huge shout out to the birthday girl as well as a gigantic THANK YOU for “Sparking” me into a totally new lifestyle emoticon emoticonsweetheart emoticon

Off to the birthday parties
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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/1/2010 6:43PM

    Thank you for sharing your happiness and positive attitude. Your joy resonates in your words.
Sheila

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PLAYBLUES22 7/31/2010 5:24PM

    Sweetie, by the sound of your blog you are on top of the world, good for you, and many more good days ahead emoticon

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KESTRIE 7/31/2010 4:30PM

    WooHoo!! I'm looking forward to August, too. And July was an incredible self-discovery month for me as well :)

Here's to August!! emoticon emoticon

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LBEEKMA 7/31/2010 4:09PM

    Congratulations on your new lifestyle! It makes all the difference in how we see the world (even summer!). I love your waterfall background...wish I was there cooling off...I'm in TX with 100+ today so know how you feel. What a caring daughter!

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My weight loss ticker…

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Early June this year found us praying our way as a family through a medical scare with my brother. God answered those prayers generously and now in solidarity as a family we have embarked on a “FAMILY FIRST HEALTHY CHOICES CHALLENGE” that runs from 6/21/10 to 9/6/10, and beyond for some of us, as we tackle weight loss, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking and exercise issues, as well as drug and alcohol dependencies and all the emotional baggage that goes along with any addiction.

My personal goal was to get below 300 pounds in those 11 weeks. Which meant I should lose 2 pounds a week. So I joined SP but was too embarrassed to put my true weight out there for everyone to see so I choose to use the weight loss ticker set for a 23 pound loss with the 6th of September as my deadline.

Our family challenge goal charts are weekly and include a place to calculate our weight loss percentage which has to be verified by our spouses.

Uh oh… I hadn’t told my DH what I weighed in decades so this was going to be another problem for me.

So the first issue I had to face when I joined SP was coming clean with my hubby about my weight. It really was hard for me but I did it and in doing so that one step has made each issue easier to face and erase. And as I continued to share shameful secrets like cockroaches they scurried to hide every time that light went on above my head. What I’m learning is they can only be eliminated if squashed by the truth, owned by their keeper, and acknowledged out loud.

Today, six weeks after joining SP, we are half way through our family challenge but I’m feeling 100% better and the physical and emotional improvements have been life changing.

I’m looking forward to adjusting my ticker on September 7th to proudly read what I weighed when I started SparkPeople and the 143 pounds I plan to eliminate along with the anger, guilt and shame due to emotional eating. I won’t have an end date in mind this time, I don’t care how long it takes. With the tools available and this wonderful community surrounding me how could I possibly lose faith in myself or the goals I’ve set?

SparkPeople lightens the load and illuminates’ the path towards a healthy life style.

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works
And give glory to your father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

NEVER QUIT

  
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GERYPAL 7/29/2010 10:52PM

  Great Blog. What fortitude you have. emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/29/2010 6:02PM

    You are making incredible progress, both physically and mentally. It was extremely difficult to post my first picture on my page in November and excruciatingly painful to post my starting weight a few weeks ago. Strangely enough, doing both gave me a sense of freedom.
The family challenge is fantastic! I wish certain of my family members would become involved.
Keep up the fantastic work and keep that positive attitude shining!
Sheila

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PAISHAR2 7/29/2010 3:45PM

    AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

YOU KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB!!!!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU ALL!!!!

SHARON

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MARSHASTAR 7/29/2010 10:03AM

    Thank you for sharing. It's a big step, but what a relief - to share something with people who care.



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REDSKNU2 7/29/2010 9:48AM

    Admitting my true weight is very difficult for me. Being on the shorter side, I think (I know) that I look heavy - but I don't think folks realize exactly HOW heavy until they hear the number. Good luck on your journey - your positive flow that is going right now can carry you to success!

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PLAYBLUES22 7/29/2010 9:34AM

    Sweetie, what a great blog, not only are you admitting the true issues, now you can conquer all aspects of your life emoticon

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MRSSTUP 7/29/2010 9:12AM

    I think we are all pretty much in the same boat as you. We have had the same weight and health issues, and the embarrassment that goes along with them. You are doing great in addressing the problem and finding the solutions to correct the problems. Keep up the good work!!
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SPARKLINGDAWN 7/29/2010 3:20AM

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SURFKITTY 7/29/2010 1:53AM

    Admitting my true weight was also a huge issue for me but typing my 200+ weight the first day I joined SP made me more committed to losing it once and for all. Being accountable, even if it's just to strangers, was a huge step for me.

I think it's great your family is getting healthy together and that you're accountable to someone other than yourself. Keep at it!

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TC9731 7/29/2010 1:25AM

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Side effects from using “SparkPeople”

Monday, July 26, 2010

Don’t you love the commercials on TV about all the side effects you can suffer while taking a prescription drug…

Example: Could cause a bad taste in mouth; changes in sex drive; constipation; diarrhea; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; dry mouth; exaggerated sense of well being; headache; impotence; nervousness; over stimulation; restlessness; sleeplessness; upset stomach. Rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; bizarre behavior; chest pain; fainting; fast heartbeat; pounding in the chest; shortness of breath; swelling of the legs and feet; tremor. The most severe manifestation of chronic intoxications is psychosis, often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia. Yikes! emoticon

Believe it or not I actually took all those symptoms from a commonly prescribed diet drug and best I could tell the recommended dosage is 3 pills 3 times a day at approximately $1.00 each. Double Yikes!! emoticon emoticon

Now, my drug of choice is SparkPeople and it’s FREE. emoticon

I could list a couple dozen GOOD side effects since joining. So far the worst side effect I’ve experienced using SparkPeople is the increased urination.

If I had known how many trips to the bathroom I'd be making before I started five weeks ago I would have bought shares in Procter & Gamble before I started because of all the toilet paper I’ve used!!! emoticon

Side note: As of mid 2010, P&G is the 6th most profitable corporation in the world, and the 5th largest corporation in the United States by market capitalization, surpassed only by Apple, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, and Walmart. Thanks to meeeeeeeeeeee and my increased urination.
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CALLIKIA 9/22/2010 2:17PM

    *lol* CHUG-CHUG-CHUG! Peeeeeeeeeee
Who would have known this would become the "lifestyle change" everyone talked so much about?

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AUSTEXGUY 9/22/2010 1:53PM

    Great blog idea. Damn. I should have thought of this. Great job!

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MIKROS2 8/25/2010 9:50AM

    Soooo CUTE and SOOOOO True!

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PATTISWIMMER 8/19/2010 10:14PM

    You are so right and number of times to get up during the night to pee too.. emoticon

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BOOKAYB 7/27/2010 11:54AM

  LOVE this blog!!! I've noticed the same side effect. This weekend DH even commented on how much TP we seem to be going through! emoticon

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EMMABE1 7/27/2010 4:01AM

    Great blog - sooooooooo true!!

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JOANOFSPARK 7/27/2010 2:47AM

    Roflol! so true....I almost wet my pants reading it......so funny, but not such a bad side effect when we think of all the amazing wonderful good side effects that SP gives...
loved the blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

ohhh, yeah. it is worth it....

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 7/26/2010 8:53PM

    Love your blog! Love the side affects of SP! I do not need an extender on the planes any more! What a side affect.

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PLAYBLUES22 7/26/2010 8:53PM

    Swell blog there Sweetie emoticon

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MARSHASTAR 7/26/2010 5:31PM

    haaaaaaaaa
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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 7/26/2010 3:09PM

    hehe :)

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MAKEDAMNSURE2 7/26/2010 2:40PM

    Love this blog :)

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RUTGERSM0M 7/26/2010 2:19PM

    oops got to go emoticon

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KESTRIE 7/26/2010 2:08PM

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Me too! emoticon emoticon

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4MEYEHEALTH 7/26/2010 2:03PM

    Great Blog!!

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JUMPINJILLYBEAN 7/26/2010 1:59PM

    I TOTALLY AGREE!! I learned not to finish my water goal just before bedtime! hehe
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My husband is experiencing side effects from me using SP too... Less of me to love! YAY!
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Thanks for sharing!

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CHRISTYD921 7/26/2010 1:59PM

    This make me giggle! emoticon I needed a smile emoticon

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Miracles do happen!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

June 21-July 21, 4.5 weeks…. Month #1

I joined SP the day before my 63rd birthday on June 21, 2010, and was “Sparkling” brightly by the 4th of July. emoticonIn the first week my attitude about everything had improved 100%. Physically I felt better than I had in years (partially because I hadn’t even admitted to myself how poorly I felt) Emotionally I got honest in private and then with others by going public with my blog and as the mental and emotional purging began I just got lighter and brighter. I was beginning to face my stuff instead of stuffing my face.

Week two, I was riding HIGH and busy surfing the SP website finding the tools that worked best for me. The nutrition tracker became my new bible. I’d caught the Spark and was happily following the light while showing good results on the scale. My dear husband gave me all the time I needed to explore my feelings and begin to get comfortable with the real possibility of change. My physical presence was finally getting in line with my spiritual beliefs... thank you GOD =]

Week 3, started off with all the July 4th traditions, I was confident I wouldn’t be tempted to over indulge while partying, unfortunately my husband got sick with the flu and we had to cancel our plans. My attitude took a nose dive and all I wanted to do was eat which brought up some new insights about myself. Thank God my attitude adjustment didn’t end up including a margarita or over eating! The week ended with a fresh outlook and I began encouraging others with the reminder that” Motivation is what gets you started; Habit is what keeps you going.”

Week four, started with a big family celebration that included champagne and dessert. I didn’t used that dirty four letter word (diet) but did have to say “No thank you” more than once while being encouraged to over indulge and really began enjoying my new mindset & lifestyle. I got pretty good utilizing the SP website and found more and more people just like me. Their stories are moving, some times heart breaking, always inspiring. It’s very comforting to be able to admit out loud that I’m human thus flawed, a glorious work in progress, filled with hope and falling back in love with my self and my life. I started reading The Spark and by week’s end had reached my 1st short term goal… I lost 10 pounds and rewarded myself with a new scale.

Here I am in the middle of week 5, celebrating my first month with SparkPeople and no longer wondering when this love affair with life is going to end. The whole experience has been no less than a miracle for me. I’m not that naïve to think that it won’t be difficult some days and I might begin to slip back into destructive habits but now I know I can forgive myself and get back on track no matter what thanks to Chris and his Spark Team and the community who have welcomed and supported me the past 30 days. I believe this is just the beginning of a life long journey and I’m excited to support others who believe in miracles too.
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JINLYNN 7/22/2010 3:32PM

    What an inspiring blog - thanks for passing along some of your positive attitude and motivation.
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MJMOONEY 7/22/2010 10:24AM

    Way to go!

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KARRYB1 7/22/2010 8:51AM

    With your attitude and motivation it will only get better.
Congrats on your first 10 lb. loss.
We love Spark and all our helpful friends. emoticon

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GINGER1OF16 7/21/2010 7:36PM

    emoticonHard work and great attitude never go unrewarded. Congratulations for completing month one. You are off to a good start.

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RB2KSSRB 7/21/2010 3:29PM

    Keep going! You are an inspiration! May God continue to give you the strength to make your goal...He will guide you and help you along with our team...blessings, Rosie emoticon

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SHORTCAKE48 7/21/2010 2:46PM

  What a wonderful blog. I, too, started Sparking in late May, 2010. I was clicking along, doing well but then my routine changed last week when my sister came to visit and I fell back into some of my old habits. BUT thanks to SparkPeople, I have picked myself up and am back on track. thanks for motivating me.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/21/2010 2:26PM

    Awesome blog about your great progress!
You will be successful because you are focused, determined, and positive!
Sheila

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SPARKLINGDAWN 7/21/2010 1:57PM

    You´re surely on the righ track. Wonderful that you like it in here - so do the rest of us. Welcome to a wonderful world emoticon

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KARYN7806 7/21/2010 1:37PM

  emoticon Your doing a great job!! Such an inspiration emoticon

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KESTRIE 7/21/2010 1:36PM

    "Motivation is what gets you started; Habit is what keeps you going." -- Love it!! Very inspirational :)

"I’m human thus flawed, a glorious work in progress, filled with hope and falling back in love with my self and my life." -- This is beautiful :) emoticon

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JOANNS4 7/21/2010 1:30PM

    Congratulations to you. You are doing so well! This is a great place. Have a good week!

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New scale

Sunday, July 18, 2010



My DH bought me a Taylor # 7404 Ultra Thin Lithium Scale with Brushed Stainless Steel Platform and Backlight (weight only) from Costco for less than $20.00. Amazon carries it for $40.00 with 4 out of 5 stars so I’m stoked. emoticon

It does weigh by 2 tenths of a pound so I was up a smidgen… less than half a pound, but that’s A-OK with me because there’s plenty of room for my clod-hoppers and now I can get on once and I’m done.

On to the next goal with a new tool that I can rely on… yes, Shelia life is good

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/19/2010 7:53PM

    Good for you! It's important to have a good scale. I was happy to discover that the new one I got weighed me exactly the same as my doctor's scale!
Sheila

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KARRYB1 7/19/2010 1:06PM

    Your husbad is a keeper!

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MARSHASTAR 7/19/2010 10:13AM

    I THINK having a decent scale really improves my attitude. Just knowing I don't have to step on it 3 times to get an accurate weight makes the weigh in less stressful.
Your DH was really thoughtful to buy that for you. Happy weighing!!
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NETTWC 7/19/2010 9:42AM

  Happy to know that there's a scale that can really tell where you are. May it help keep you motivated and on track for your goals.

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JOANOFSPARK 7/19/2010 2:14AM

    oh, wow!! that is soo cool.....love the idea that you can tell exactly how much you have lost to the tenths of an pound...... emoticon
this will really help you on your weight loss journey.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WYWIWOMAN 7/18/2010 3:22PM

    Nice scale! May this be one more tool to support your hard work on your journey!

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