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Aug 29, 2012....Closer

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Onederland - that should be in big block italicized letters. For those of us that have been out of the 'ones' and into the 'twos', 'threes', 'fours', etc., that onederland goal is something that we all look forward to, even though at times
it may seem unattainable.

At 272, I didn't think much of getting into the 100s. I had tried so many diets and lost some and then regained some (lots of) pounds, over and over. Last summer, at 272, losing even 10 lbs, I knew I would start to feel better. My first BIG milestone goal was to get to 250. After that it was 225, and then 210. I was moving towards each goalpost in 10 lb increments because I knew if I looked at the big picture it would seem daunting and I would get discouraged. When I get discouraged, I eat. Didn't want that!

However, I am now, at last weigh in, 208 (will be getting weighed again
tomorrow). I am definitely NOW thinking of Onderland!! It is so close, that I can taste it, and it tastes better than any hot fudge sundae. It will probably take me most of September to be below 200, but I am really focusing on
that milestone at the moment. I will still have 40 - 50 lbs to lose once I am
there, but in my mind, for me anyway, it will feel like I am in the home stretch.

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RICOCHETBEAR 10/6/2012 10:27PM

    You are almost there! what a great accomplishment! you are doing fabulous emoticon

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KIYOSHI04 9/6/2012 9:26PM

    i remember getting to onederland. it is awesome and i cant wait to celebrate with you.

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ANNIESADVENTURE 9/6/2012 4:51PM

    You have made wonderful progress. emoticon

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YATMAMA 9/1/2012 8:10PM

    Oh , my beautiful friend! I am SO proud of you!!!! *APPLAUSE*

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JUSTYNA7 9/1/2012 9:38AM

    I am sooo proud of you. It is work. But one step at a time. One small choice at a time. One small inch towards a seemingly unseeable goal and now you are here! Woo hoo! I too am at 208 so perhaps you have slipped past me since your weigh in. I hope so. Slow slow slow but steadily in the right direction. I hope to see you there... in onederland!

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GAYLEP67 8/31/2012 12:10AM

    Hooray!!! That's absolutely terrific, Susan!! I am so thrilled for you and proud of you. You've worked hard and it's paying off.

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RICHILA 8/29/2012 9:09PM

    Woo Hoo! You are doing so well and I am so glad you are back to share your success!
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EDWARDS1411 8/29/2012 8:32PM

    WooHoo Sue - 64 lbs. down - you are doing GREAT!! And onederland is yours for the taking - "Take care of the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves." Keep up your excellent work!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/29/2012 8:05PM

    OH MY GOSH@!

I remember the last time I was under 200.
It was the MOST exciting time.

I am over by 20 pounds or so but WILL be
back to One-derland ...

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DYNAMICDEB53 8/29/2012 7:03PM

    Susan I know what you are feeling, I came to mine a little earlier this summer. I know you will do it, you are so focused.
Always remember one day at a time, it will come.
On to Sept and positive results.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 8/29/2012 5:07PM

    Good for you susan! you will be over halfway to your goal when you get to onederland. I too am dreaming of that day but you are closer than me so clear the way for me to follow !! I know you can do it !! Just think how good you will look when you see relatives at the " holidays" and they marvel over you !! ???? It will be awesome !!
8 pounds ...... PFFFFTTTTT .... you've got this !!

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I'll cheering you on so I can follow....
Christine

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RUN2MYDREAMS 8/29/2012 4:46PM

    You can do it Susan! We are all here cheering you on! emoticon. Take it one day at a time, one step at a time my friend. You can do it!

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Aug 22, 2012...And This Is Why...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I debated posting this entry, however over the last week or so, in my spare time,
I have been doing a lot of research on women's hair loss. I was surprised to learn just how many women suffer from this. Some reasons are cancer treatments, hormone irregularities, medications, diet defiencies, polycystic ovary syndrome, stress, skin/scalp conditions, and no none cause. Even more surprising is the number of women that fall into the "no none cause" category.

I always had thick hair, up until about 10 years ago when my hair started to thin, particularly on top and at the back. I have seen several specialists and none could come up with a concrete reason why I was losing my hair. It 'could' be one of the medications I was on, it could be PCOS, it could be stress....it 'could' be any number of things, but the general consensus is that
it is, just what it is. I've tried several remedies over the years. Vitamin/mineral supplements to help hair growth, certain medications that were supposed to promote hair growth, some lotions, bottom line was that my hair continued to thin and I spent a lot of money.

A woman with thin, wispy hair and balding pate is not a happy woman. In fact if she is like me, she is probably really depressed about her nonexistent 'growning glory'. If she is thin, she always has the option to shave her head and rock an edgy, trendy style. If she is overweight (okay, fat), as I am, she runs the risk of rocking the bowling ball on balloon look. Not terribly attractive.

What to do? The idea of wigs did not appeal to me at all, until my sis (in Vancouver) mentioned how she has several friends undergoing chemo and they wear wonderfully light and natural looking wigs - and they are synthetic.
So, I started looking into various wig companies online, watched many hours of
YouTube wig videos and read a lot of reviews. Last week I bit the bullet and ordered a wig that has a monofilament top (meaning the hair actually looks like it is growing from your scalp/part), in a style that I felt I'd be comfortable in.

Here is me au naturel (the back is the same or worse - totally crypt keeper hair!):



My wig arrived on Monday and I am so happy with it. The colour is very similar to my natural hair colour, however I think for the next one I will go just a touch lighter (I did just turn 60). It is a synthetic wig, which I decided on after reading the pros and cons of human hair vs. synthetic. It is extremely lightweight and cool and the fibres feel and move very realistically. Wigs have certainly come a long way in the past decade or so. I wore it all day yesterday
and so far, all day today, and I actually forget I have anything on my head. It is so wonderful returning to my car after going out and not seeing the top of my glowing head reflected in the car window. And, most of all not feeling self conscious about how my hair looks.

Here is me in my new wig....



As my weight is coming off, I am feeling much better about myself, however my lack of hair problem was taking away from this. Now for the first time in several years I feel totally good about myself. If wearing a wig promotes this, I will gladly do it - and have fun at the same time!



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ROZZALYN 10/23/2012 11:11AM

    AWESOME!!!!! emoticon

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CALICOKATE 9/30/2012 2:15PM

    Thank you for the info on the wigs. Not ready for this yet but I'll be keeping it in mind.

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DYNAMICDEB53 8/26/2012 9:10PM

    Susan the after looks awesome, I would never had suspected it was a wig. I also think you are pretty awesome to share this will everyone.
Feeling good about yourself is the long term goal, that I have and I understand that helping that along is one good feeling.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 8/26/2012 5:12PM

    wow I am so totally blow away by your honesty and the ability to " bare" it all !! Good for you and btw ..... you look MMMMAAAAAAAHHHH-VELL--OUS DARHLING !! You do anything that makes you feel better about yourself and raises your self esteem . We women live in a very diffucult , Media driven, beauty obsessed world ! Its pretty tough out there !
thanks for sharing and I can't believe you're 60 !

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MRSSHANNONC1970 8/25/2012 7:42AM

    you look amazing, that wig is so suited for you! great blog!

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YATMAMA 8/24/2012 9:28PM

    You sexy mama you! *wolfwhistle* lol You look fantastic! One of my sisters in law has just purchased a wig for the very same reason. I think it will be a great comfort to her to know that she is far from alone in this malady. I'm so glad you found this solution and feel so much better. I am happy for you. You are GORGEOUS!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 8/24/2012 4:38PM

    Thank you so much for being brave and sharing this! I am quite sure it was not an easy thing to do. I absolutely love the style of your new wig! You look absolutely beautiful Susan! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 8/24/2012 12:59AM

    Thank you sooo much for sharing this. I have a receding hair line. It has not bothered me much in the past but lately I have had to start watching how I wear my hair in public. Very frustrating. I wonder if a wig would work for me? Hmmm.

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GAYLEP67 8/23/2012 11:27PM

    Susan you look so incredibly happy - and beautiful! I'm glad the wig has lifted your spirits and renewed how you feel about yourself. You deserve to feel good. While I know it was for another cause, it makes me feel good to know that I've donated my hair on two occasions. Hopefully it gave someone else that lift that you've gotten!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 8/23/2012 12:53PM

    What can I say, but WOW WOW WOW WOW!!

Susan you look amazing, with or without the wig, but with it I can see an extra little sparkle in your eyes! So that tells me that this is so worth it to you, and I'm glad that you were able to find something that would give you a special lift toward feeling better about yourself.

You know, we still need to figure out a plan on how to get together - especially if it means we can both avoid driving through Toronto! LOL

Sending some big hugs your way,
Kathy

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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/23/2012 2:48AM

    looks great. You shine with confidence

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RICHILA 8/22/2012 8:34PM

    Wow! It looks good and I love the fact that it is so lightweight that you can forget it. That was the biggest problem before-heavy, hot and yucky feeling. I love your smile!
Spark On! We Got This!

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EDWARDS1411 8/22/2012 8:17PM

    You look wonderful Sue (and young, certainly not 60) - so natural, you'd never know it was a wig! You really do look maaaaaaaavellous dahlink!!!
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GINILEE4 8/22/2012 7:35PM

   

That looks amazingly real! I love it just love it. I too have very little hair on top and at the crown. I would love it if you could send me a link to their website. I hope it is Canadian, but if not, I can live with it,

Thanks in advance and great going. You look so happy.

Gini

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/22/2012 6:00PM

    LOVE the wig!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/22/2012 6:00PM

    LOVE the wig!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/22/2012 5:17PM

    wow it looks so natural, awesome you look so healthy and happy
Way to go!!!

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KIYOSHI04 8/22/2012 4:35PM

    you are beautiful with or without the wig.
it looks very natural, though. glad you did something that makes you feel as wonderful as you are.

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Aug 21, 2012 ...Calm and Chaos

Tuesday, August 21, 2012



This was the morning view from the cottage we rented on Bark Lake near Algonquin Park just over a week ago. It was so beautiful. Gorgeous surroundings and very private. Paul, our two daughters, Keara and Nicole and new puppy Loki, had a wonderful time and the week went by way too fast.

There was no internet or tv, so we had a lot of very valuable, and much needed family time. Paul travels a lot and Keara and Nicole now live in Toronto, so having that week together was wonderful! It was just like old times when the girls were little and we would rent a cottage during the summer.

It was fun having our new little doggie (not so little, almost 50 lbs at 5 mos) Loki with us too. He went in water for the first time - I was so proud when after two days he decided to venture further than his chest and started to dog paddle. LOL

Here is Loki waiting on Monday morning to greet Paul, Keara and a friend of her's Andrea (who came up for 2 days), on return from their morning fishing
expedition. Not much was caught that day, but a couple of days later Paul caught a couple big fish that we had for dinner that night....nothing better than
fresh fish!



I was concerned before we left that I would follow old patterns/habits and fall into my previous 'vacation-eating' mindset, however I surprised myself. I did eat some foods that are no longer part of my day to day diet (like fresh bakery honey buns), but for the first time in many years, I stayed mindful of what I was eating and how much. I didn't deprive myself, I enjoyed what I ate but I watched my portions and amazingly when I weighed in the Monday after we got back I was down a lb! To know that I had achieved that control while
away, was a pretty awesome feeling.

The chaos? Nothing major or earth-shattering, just a lot of little things that
seemed to crop up in multiples each day since we have been back. One on one, everything is manageable, however when bunched together repeatedly,
it becomes rather chaotic. Suffice it to say that I sure am glad that we had
that week away!

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GAYLEP67 8/24/2012 12:07AM

    Bark Lake looks like it was a terrific vacation! Amazing what happens when we have no TV and no internet, isn't it? Congratulations on not just maintaining but LOSING while you were on vacation. You've worked the system and it's becoming a habit now!
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Sorry to hear that things have become chaotic since you came back. You can handle it...just keep pushing forward.
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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/22/2012 10:56AM

    Sounds fantastic, I love a vacation away from everything and everyone, but alas I also love my family and take them with me.

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GINILEE4 8/22/2012 9:06AM

   

Looks like a perfect spot for a vacation. emoticon on being mindful of your Spark goals and following your plan. Any loss after a vacation is a powerful incentive. Glad you had fun.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/22/2012 7:32AM

    awesome that you had a great vacation, hope the choas settles down
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RICHILA 8/21/2012 10:42PM

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation!
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EDWARDS1411 8/21/2012 10:31PM

    Beautiful pics - the water is sooooo calm! Congrats on losing a lb. while on vacation - amazing!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/21/2012 10:30PM

    WOW, how serene!

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KIYOSHI04 8/21/2012 9:57PM

    yay you!!

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CMCBRIDE37 8/21/2012 9:50PM

    Wow your vacation sounds like heaven. Sounds like you did great.

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Aug 4, 2012.....Just Regained Spark Abilities and Now I am Off Again

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Hi Everyone,

We are leaving shortly for a week's holiday up near Algonquin Park and unfortunately there is no internet emoticon I'm going to try and track my food (or at least log it) the 'old fashioned' way - with pen and paper!

Our new puppy is going with us, so it should be quite an adventure!

I wanted to wish all my fellow Canadian Spark friends a safe and fun Canada Day Holiday and to everyone, a wonderful week! Will post again when I return.

Love to all!

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YATMAMA 8/7/2012 11:11PM

    Happy Canada Day! Are you able to get cell coverage? You can log in your fitness and nutrition with a cell phone app, if so. Have a great holiday! Be safe and have fun.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/7/2012 11:43AM

    I hope you have a great time and enjoy some down time with your new friend. I'll look forward to an update when you get back!

Enjoy!

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EDWARDS1411 8/4/2012 9:09PM

    Have a great holiday Sue!!!

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DYNAMICDEB53 8/4/2012 2:20PM

    Have a wonderful holiday and do the best that you can. Be safe
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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GAYLEP67 8/4/2012 12:48PM

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for good weather up north for you! Enjoy the week!
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DANMAR1 8/4/2012 11:26AM

    Have a wonderful time! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 8/4/2012 10:35AM

    Have a great time. We'll be driving your direction soon enough for our own holidays. I hope to swim lots! Keep sparking in everything you do! Jsutyna emoticon

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Aug 2, 2012..... Station Break

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Not going to post a regular blog entry tonight, but am thrilled to share another Spark member's very insightful powerful blog. Thank you Ricochetbear!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998012


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SUSAN134 8/3/2012 11:14PM

    Thank you everyone for stopping by and reading this! I thought it was pretty special! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 8/3/2012 2:08PM

    Thanks for sharing this. Justyna

PS do you have a website for your fairies?

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JUSTYNA7 8/3/2012 2:08PM

    Thanks for sharing this. Justyna

PS do you have a website for your fairies?

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/3/2012 10:37AM

    I read that one a few years ago and it has helped me try to enjoy "now" a little more. Thanks for the reminder.

Hope all is well!

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GAYLEP67 8/3/2012 7:46AM

    That was great! Thanks for posting the link Susan. It'll be interesting to see how she adapts it to fit with her SP journey.

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SONTA3372 8/2/2012 8:12PM

    One of my favorites...

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