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Prayer Labyrinth Blessings

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wow I haven't blogged for a while...checking out some of the teams I belong to here on SP and there isn't a lot of activity so I thought I'd update my blog...I am so excited to be leading a group through the book Made to Crave by Lysa was such a blessing the first time I led a group that I was asked to lead it again...I am also attending a Recovery group to deal with food issues and maybe some anger and trust issues I have...found an accountability partner today which was a blessing indeed and a much needed answer to prayer...I visited a local prayer labyrinth today with a group from church which sounds weird at first but it is so neat...the persons that own the land planned out and planted out this neat little maze for people to walk through as they pray and meet God there...there are 3 stones at the centre representing Father, Son and Holy Spirit...You go through at your own pace and can stop at stones to sit and pray or meditate or read your bible or listen to God's whisper in your ear...It was a beautiful sunny warm fall day and you could just feel God's presence and then when I least expected it I got an answer to a prayer...and I just kept hearing Trust, Trust, Trust...Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

On another positive note...I am down 65 pounds and have been here for quite some time now but I am not discouraged...I need to refocus and am hoping that I can get back on track very soon...after getting the OK from my doctor later this week...exercise has become a little bit painful and so I must get this investigated before moving too far ahead and ignoring the pain.

If you read this out of idle curiosity then welcome...I wish you success on your journey and don't give up...I am almost at the one year anniversary of when I realized how very sick I was and then being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and severe anemia...everything appears to be under control now...and there is even talk of getting rid of some medication this is a huge victory for me! I have never lost this much weight and kept it off for this long...nor have I ever been this committed to my exercise program...

I have an awesome life and such a great support group without whom I would never have come this far...I thank them and am thankful for them everyday...Live, laugh, love and don't ever stop!!!

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EATVEGAN 9/17/2012 2:49AM

    I love the idea of the labyrinth. My first experience with a prayer room was really wonderful. Even before you entered you could feel the presence of God. A lot of people took their shoes off because the presence was so heavy. Such a blessing.
Wow, I'm impressed with a 65 lb loss. It doesn't hurt to just enjoy where you are for a while. Perhaps you weren't ready to move on until now. God bless you on your journey.

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SAINTBERNARD6 9/16/2012 9:11PM

    sounds absolutely wonderful....happy God has blessed you so much---having a prayer partner is a wonderful thing...maybe God will send me one soon...


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The last 2 weeks

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wow 2 weeks since my last blog~can't believe how quickly time goes by...I am still losing weight and working hard! I committed with my trainer to walk 3 times a week but since I got a treadmill for Christmas I am walking at least 6 days. It's still an up hill battle and I have a ways to go but when I first went to the dietician and nurse practitioner my weight was about 285 and now my home scales are weighing me around 255 so thirty pounds since the beginning of November is awesome...and losing and maintaining through Christmas well....what can I say?

Monday is my check in with my trainer to see if I have met my 16 pound goal that I set December 5th with her...

I bought new clothes last week for the party I am going to next weekend...the last time I shopped in that store I was buying 4XL in tops and 24 pants~not pretty but guess what? last week I bought size 20 pants and some of the tops were 1XL and another was 2XL. It was such a nice experience to say that doesn't fit it's too big instead of it's too small!

I guess it is a Happy New Year so far. I look forward to seeing people next week I haven't seen in a year...and wearing the new clothes and dancing up a storm~well maybe not...

Thanks to my many family and friends who keep me you all!


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CRYSALLIS1 1/14/2012 7:28PM

    You are doing well! Congrats!

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To a New Year and a New Me!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

October 16th started a new journey for me...I was doing a 6 km walk for cancer and about 1 and 1/2 kilometers in I realized I was not going to cross the finish line. I walked back to the start point with my tail between my legs wanting the road to open up and swallow me...less than 2 weeks later I was sitting in my doctors office waiting to see the nurse appointment I had been putting off for quite some time...but as I sat there I laid all the cards on the table...I was not healthy...I had quit taking my blood pressure meds nearly 2 years before...and I just felt plain lousy! I was put back on BP meds that day because my pressure was worse than when I was on meds before...she sent me for immediate blood tests and wanted to see me when the bloodwork was complete...I made an appointment that day for 2 weeks later and before my next appointment they were calling saying I needed to come in immediately. That was kind of scary...deep down I knew what was coming and the day before my appointment I was quite concerned.

Well most of the news was not good...I now have type 2 diabetes (I am the third generation to have this in my family), I am severly anemic (which was also no surprise), and my cholesterol numbers were a little off...So that day I began all kinds of new pills-metformin, iron, aspirin, Cresitor and coversyl for the blood pressure...At first I felt hopeless but made up my mind to get serious and try to change things...

Fast forward to January 1st 2012 and I am already making great changes and some serious progress! I have an awesome support team and consider myself very lucky to have all the help I do and it isn't something I have to pay for (although I suppose it is my tax dollars hard at work!) I have a diabetic dietician, a health promotion specialist, plus my doctor and nurse practitioner and a great support from my family...

Last spring we had a Biggest Loser challenge at work and I didn't want to participate because I was so embarrassed at being 300 pounds-I didn't want anyone to know my weight! But this morning I weighed in at 256.4 pounds...and I walked 45 minutes on my new treadmill...I have my sugars under control and am eating way better, oh and my BP seems to be stabalized as well...I feel so much better right now...and no it hasn't been easy all the never is but now I try not to give up so quickly.

So if you are reading this and you are facing trials be encouraged! Keep going everyday and never give up! I am doing this and doing it really right for the first time in a long time...I really and truly hope I can keep the momentum going because right now I am on a high from doing everything right that I can...Thanks for reading...may your new year (and your resolutions) be fruitful. I wish you happiness health and prosperity in 2012!

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ZAZZOO5 1/10/2012 7:38PM

    Okay Tracy, now that I have wiped away the tears, I want to tell you I am so proud of you and happy for you. You have made commitments and you are keeping to them and look what is happening for you. You just keep going girl and I know you can do it! Maybe we can both be a size 14(or less) for all these weddings we have in the family this year! Love you! emoticon

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I've Been Away for a While

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Boy what a rude awakening yesterday was! I know I have been out of control for a while and have lost all the gains I had made to get in shape a while back but I decided to do a 6 kilometer walk for cancer because I know so many people suffering and have seen so many die from it. I didn't make it much past the one kilometer mark (which basically had been all up hill) when I decided I wasn't going to be able to go any further. I was breathing hard, feeling nauseated and my legs were killing me. I was also holding back my sister, neice and aunt who wouldn't leave me. Anyhow as I walked back to our starting point I was so frustrated~it wasn't that long ago that I walked everyday and took really good care of myself and then I fell back into being sedentary and not eating right. Last night as I sat here at the computer I thought there has to be something I can do and I thought "start slow and get back to sparkpeople!" When I was focussed before, sparkpeople was a big part of my success-I had many online friends encouraging me on. I hope that happens again. I have joined 2 new teams and have pledged to walk 1 mile everyday til I feel I can do more. The walk yesterday was a starting point and an eye opener for a new journey-wonder how many people I will meet this time?

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/16/2011 6:36AM

    welcome back, Tracy!!!!!

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Random Thoughts

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wow was it really February since I last blogged here? I guess that's about when I fell off the proverbial wagon and started an awful downhill slide. Obviously not proud of myself because all the weight has been put back on and I am disappointed but I do see the sun shining brightly and realize that it's time to try again to face my demons.

It's hard to believe the summer is almost over here and school will be starting again in a week. That will be my new start date-my brother and sister will be my champions and hopefully my walking partner as I start this journey.

In my last blogs I likely talked about my daughter and the broken ankle-thank God that has healed and there have been no further injuries-but skating starts soon and I just pray that the ankle and the hardware that was put in do not cause her any pain or further suffering as skating is her life in the winter (and mine too!)

I wonder what I will do different this time? Stick with things longer, not give up so easily-need to put some thought into it I guess. I am not working this week so maybe this will be a good week to get out walking and get myself moving and start small.

Anyhow these definitely are random thoughts-if you're reading thanks for dropping in!

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ISTHATSOMIKE 8/29/2010 8:58PM

    I'm just starting over again, I wanted to extend encouragement to you. I have been off "the wagon" for a year and a half, and find myself +15 lbs from then. I plan on sticking with things longer, I want to do it right too.

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