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Feeling inspired and so blessed!!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I feel really good today. I am feeling exceptionally inspired to work on my goals for 2013. I want to shout it the world!! I cannot even pay any attention to my aches and pains.They get my attention everyday... Today I want to give my attention to all that is great in my life.

I am soo blessed and I truly believe that all of my goals are attainable. I will lose weight, exercise and eat healthier. I will be healthier this year than I have been in a long time. My spirit will resonate with positive vibes and spread love and peace to those around me. I will surround myself with inspirational people, read inspirational stories and quotes and share them.

I am incredibly blessed with a wonderful family. I have a great husband and an amazing son. I have 5 siblings including my twin sister. They are such a big part of my life and inspire me to be better as well. I live in a comfortable home that is accessible for my son, that uses a motorized wheelchair. I have all of the daily necessities that my family requires to make our lives easier. My parents are both alive and well in Puerto Rico. I have medical insurance for myself and my son to take care of our medical needs. We have great doctors and accessibility to and from our appointments. I have a place to share with incredible people my ups and downs. Today, I will only share my ups : )... I am blessed in so many ways that a blog could never cover them all. I would be writing forever.

I will not give up or give in to negativity. I have done enough of that. It's time for success to take center stage in my life.. Yay! Success!You have my full attention.

Have a blessed year full of many successes. Sending you all positive vibes(((()))) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 1/9/2013 8:34AM

    Here's to your emoticon attitude!

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BIGFISCHY 1/8/2013 4:14PM

    Thank you for this blog :-)

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/8/2013 1:15PM

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Wonderful upbeat blog ! You've certainly taken this old song to heart,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative".


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VANNEM 1/8/2013 12:23PM

  i love your blog! it is so inspirational! thanks.

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I got the thumbs up for light exercise from my doctor... Yay!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hi everyone. Yesterday I had my appt. with my doctor at the headache center. I went in to get routine nerve block injections in my head. I was talking to her and asking her about how she can help me reduce my weight and the pain that is associated with any type of exertion. I was surprised to see how much she wanted to help me and was happy that she used one of my suggestions. She gave me a medication used to control blood pressure that I should take 1 to 2 hrs. prior to exercise. She is going to supervise me for six weeks and will make any changes accordingly.

This week I have to start off with two days and see how that goes. Baby steps that I am happy to take. I just took the medication about an hour ago so I am going to see how it goes. Wish me luck in the next six weeks. I am still not going to weigh in for another two to three weeks and I am excited to see how well I am doing.

Thanks for reading, Maria

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LESSBIGBOB 3/17/2012 11:01AM

    Wow, a doctor who listens to you and wants to help you! You are so lucky to have found such a good partner to work on your health with. Iíll keep my thumbs up also and hope that all goes well for you as you bring exercise into your health journey. You can also be doing a lot of good work, getting your diet in good shape, while exercising. Keep taking those bobby steps and you'll do well!

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    I just say "Ditto" to all the other comments. Baby steps are HUGE!

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/14/2012 3:40PM

    Dont' forget, BABY STEPS.
Don't want to get back the way you were.


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SLASALLE 3/14/2012 3:14PM

    This is awesome news!!! Baby steps are the ONLY way to go - for anybody!!

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MISSLISA1973 3/14/2012 5:06AM

    Great news! Oh how I hope this helps you! emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 3/13/2012 9:59PM

    Bravo! Baby steps work! They all add up. It may take us longer but we will get there.

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LESSOFPMCD 3/13/2012 9:43PM

    Glad you had the ability to speak up for yourself to our doctor. Too many times we don`t talk to them and end up missing out on things.

Hope everything goes well and this will allow you to do your exercises.

Follow her orders though - even if you feel really good - don`t overdo it.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hi spark community! I wanted to share with you one of the reasons I lost control of my health and weight.
Over three years ago, I was suffering with debilitating headaches that led to paralysis and the inability to speak. My twin sister had suffered with the same headaches. After seeing a number of specialists, I was told that I had Chiari Malformation 1. It appeared that my brain was too big for my skull causing my brain to squeeze into my spine. It was about 13mm in. This was causing my CSF(cerebral spinal fluids) flow to go slower than it should. With these headaches I also dealt with only being able to laugh or cry a little at a time due to the pain it would cause my head. Anything strenuous would cause me severe pain and I'd feel liquid rushing in my head. My paralysis and the headache "episodes" became more frequent and I was sent to a Neurosurgeon.

I showed him all of my lab work,x-rays, mri ,etc. He then explained that I would need decompression brain surgery. He said in detail that he would have to remove a piece of my skull (craniectomy), remove the first vertabrae from my spin, C1 (laminectomy) and cover the hole in my skull with my own tissue from my brain (duraplasty). I was shocked by the diagnosis and more shocked about the proposed solution. I had never heard of anything like that.
After speaking to all of my doctors and my family, we agreed I'd give it a shot.

Here I am almost three years post surgery. I am sorry to say that I did not get any better and in fact, I became more ill after the surgery. I was diagnosed with a number of different conditions post surgery. I am now considered disabled and all of these stresses and the inability to do most physical activities without feeling pain lasting for many days later.

I MUST say that I have learned so much from sp that this St. Patrick's Day I am very proud of all of the mental progress I have made. Many of these small changes are helping me get healthier overall. I have managed to lower my cholesterol 40 numbers in about a month and I eat much healthier than before sp. I now see a team of headache specialists and am really following up with all of my check-ups.

I wanted to thank all of my sp friends and sp staff for all of the love, encouragement, support and resources provided to me on a daily basis. I am truly blessed.

Below I have some pictures that I wanted to share with you. I hope they don't freak anyone out and I hope you will be able to see them (provided sp allows it). If you cannot see them please send me sparkmail and i will send it to you via mail.

The first pic is the day after my surgery.
The second one is about a two weeks later.
I had to get hospitalized again to re suture my surgery site.

This St. Patrick's Day I will rejoice for how far I have come and how far I have to go!!

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TWINSFITBY40 3/17/2012 12:14AM

    Thanks to all of you for making me feel stronger because of your words of support. God bless you all. Good luck in your journeys as well. Baby Steps emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRIZM96 3/16/2012 10:41PM

    Wow. You are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your story and pictures with us. I feel blessed to have you as a Spark friend.
What a great way to spend this weekend. Perfect.

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    You are such an inspiration. When I look at what you have overcome and what you are still dealing with, I stand in awe. You continue to amaze me. And I continue to hold you in my prayers.

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TRY2KEEPGOING 3/14/2012 8:50PM

    I am sorry that you did not get a good result but admire your strength of character. Keep up the progess!!!

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SLASALLE 3/14/2012 3:11PM

    You are a true inspiration and I personally thank you for sharing your story. May your openness and strength of spirit continue to grant you even more strength to continue your healthy journey ...

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MARTHASPARKS 3/13/2012 9:58PM

    You are amazing. It's sad that the surgery did not have a positive effective when it was obviously quite traumatic. I am disabled, too with multiple disabilities that cause pain. We survivors who choose to be "thrivers" are usually a happier, grateful group of people because we understand the fragility and value of life. Welcome to the club.

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DEBBY4576 3/13/2012 6:26PM

    You are the classic example of the saying "what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger" !
I too thought OMG when I saw the pictures. You are one strong dude, and working on becoming even stronger. It's obvious that you didn't just give up and that you have decided to "create" each day to live fully and to the best of your haven't given up and let each day create another day of pain.

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LACATUSCO74 3/13/2012 6:12PM

    OMG, I am SO sorry you had to go through this.

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Day one of no scale, OMG!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Hello sp friends. I was successful on day one of not weighing myself for a while. Wow, I have to say it was harder than I thought. I kept feeling anxious and I was very tempted to just take a peek. Good thing that my husband hid the scale from me yesterday. Although I know he probably would have given it to me if I asked enough... : ) That was yesterday ...

Today, I am SO happy that I sent my scale on vacation. I have been exercising a little, eating better and getting a bit more sleep and because I didn't get a disappointed number on the scale I was actually proud of myself. I feel very strongly that I am able to accomplish my goals and feel that sense of satisfaction in different ways. I feel more confident about myself in just two days of not using the scale.

When I woke up this morning I felt a little bit of the anticipation that I felt about weighing in but I started thinking about how it made me feel when I did that and the anxiety went away quickly. I was able to focus on feeling god about myself because I know that every good choice I am making is a step in the right direction. I even have more energy and feel like I can do many things that will help me reach my goals.

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. Will keep you posted, Maria

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LESLEYMTN 4/4/2012 4:09PM

    Great job! I am so impressed! You should be proud of yourself. Eat well, workout what you can & don't worry about the scale!!!! Now I need to take that advice myself. lol
Have a wonderful week!!!!! emoticon

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FRAN0426 3/7/2012 8:02PM

    Good job Maria, you will be successful without looking at thea scale every day. Sounds like you kept yourself busy enough to keep your mind off of wanting to step on the scale----you go girl

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CHIEF_GEEK 3/7/2012 6:14PM

    emoticon emoticon See you could do it!

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LESSOFPMCD 3/7/2012 6:07PM

    Great job! I find that once a week is best. It keeps you motivated all week wanting to see what you can do by the end of the week. Also losses are larger`which are more encouraging than an ounce here or there. Just be sure same day - same time - same place - same circumstances etc. Compare apples to apples.

I choose every Fri morning - 7:45 a.m. - bathroom - right after my shower.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/7/2012 6:03PM

    I Know emoticon

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CAMAEL100 3/7/2012 5:44PM

    This is something I need to do as well. First thing I have done every morning for the last two years - even took the scales on holidays with me last year!!!

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I am sending my scale on vacation!!

Monday, March 05, 2012

emoticonYes I am going to stop weighing myself for a little while. This is VERY difficult for me to do because I literally live by the scale. I know that I shouldn't allow the numbers displayed to guide my day but they always do. I know that the scale is not the only tool used to determine my success in this long journey but I always fall into the trap and I do get a bit of a rush right before I weigh myself. Then time and again I am disappointed at the numbers but I also allow those numbers to bring me down .

I have lost about 12 lbs. so far on this journey and I have learned a great deal from all of the sp resources that I am lucky to have. I believe deep down inside that if I continue to rely on those numbers, I cannot put all of my knowledge to good use. The numbers drive me crazy and throws me off my A game.

For the next two weeks or so, I will be working towards feeling better about myself because I have accomplished my daily goals, including exercise...

Wish me luck because I believe that the support I receive from my sparkfriends always push me to do what I have set out to do.

Bye, Bye Scale!! Hello freedom to feel great about every other accomplishment I make from here on in! Thanks for reading, Maria

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MARTHASPARKS 3/6/2012 10:35PM

    I only weigh once amonth at my doctor's visit. It freesme from the tyranny of the scale and I haven't had a bad surprise yet!

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FRAN0426 3/6/2012 5:52PM

    Maria, It takes a lot of courage to step outside your comfort box; but in the long run you have made a wise choice in not letting the scale run your day. Your so right about other things telling you that your losing weight than just the scale----god luck in your new choice for the next couple of weekIt may be a rewarding step for you.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/5/2012 7:36PM

    Hang in there, I know you can do it!

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PRIZM96 3/5/2012 3:32PM

    Good for you!! I completely understand what you mean. Maybe someday I will be as strong as you. For right now, I still get on that blessed thing every day. You're doing great! :-)

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KEEP_GOING247 3/5/2012 3:18PM

    I did the same some weeks ago. It is soo frustrating to look at the numbers, especially when you've done all that work and it just won't move. I am just going by how my clothes feel. Less stress and disappointment!! Good luck with your goals. emoticon

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