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A Tale of Two Killers

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yesterday started off like any other day. I woke up to my alarm clock at 5:20am. I was too tired to get up so i snoozed it for a while. I eventually got up, took a shower and got dressed. I drove myself to work and went about my business.

At about 11am I went down to the first floor to take care of an up coming meeting. As i was leaving the department I thought to myself, "You know I haven't had my BP checked in a while. I should see the nurse." The nurses office was right around the corner so i walked on over.

SIDE NOTE: If you remember i was taking BP pills back in March but i've stopped taking them since the end of May.

The nurse was happy to see me. She got out my log book and proceeded to take my BP reading. It was 164/112. Too high for her liking. She bent down, as i was sitting, and looked me straight in the eye and said, "Either you see your Doctor today or i'm calling 911." "WHAT!?" She wouldn't let me leave to get my purse and phone so she called one of the ladies in my department and asked her to bring me my personal stuff. She then called my boss to tell him what was going on.

I made an appointment with my doctor for 1pm. At 11:30am she took my reading again. This time it read 190/124. She called 911! I was freaking out. I felt fine! I DISLIKE hospitals, ERs and ambulances!

So the EMTs came...they took my reading...230/138...they kept questioning me and asking the same questions over and over...I felt like I was in Law & Order! I know know what a non crazy person feels like when people don't believe that they are not crazy...that was scary.

Since i didn't have any other symptoms they said i had the choice. I could either go with them or see my Doctor. I opted to not go with them. HAD i had a headache, been dizzy or had blurred vision they would have just thrown me (i'd like to see them lift this 297.6lb woman) onto the gurney.

Now i'm at the doctors office (the nurse drove me) and my BP is still 200/130...he gave me a pill to drop my BP fast. I had to lay there for about an hour or so until it was in a better range and i wasn't woozy. At 3pm i was allowed to go home...well back to the office to get my car and then on home.

SIDE NOTE: Is it bad that I smiled when they weighed me and i weighed LESS than my last visit?

Now i'm on two meds for my BP. I need to take them...obviously my body isn't telling me something wrong...but i have a deadly killer in my system...

NOW for the real KICKER! While i was at the doctors he asked me if they had gone over my blood work from my last visit. I said yes and that i was told nothing else was wring beyond the BP. WRONG!

He said, :Your blood sugar is boiling." "You don't have diabetes...yet." Exact words...i wanted to cry.

My dad died from diabetes....

I have two silent killers in my body...

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BAM0827 10/19/2011 11:32AM

    It's better to know these things so you can deal with them. You're taking the right steps to get both under control.

What better motivation to keep on track. Many people get things under control so they can get off their meds - I know you're going to be a success story, too.

Big hugs to you.

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WHIPPEACHZ 10/19/2011 10:42AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that but remember the best way to fix it is what you are doing... losing weight, getting healthy, eating right, and exercise. I have had a similar experience in that now that I'm actually doing something to improve myself I am now having chest pains and going through a stress test. My view is this is only more reason to do what we are doing.

Believe in Yourself, Trust the Process, Change your life


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Monday, September 19, 2011

I have this love/hate relationship with the mirror. There are times I look in the mirror and I see a strong woman and other times i see...

I see a strong and determined woman when i look in the mirror after a good sweaty workout.

These are the moments when i look in the mirror and feel proud. Proud that I pushed myself so hard that sweat was dripping off of me. Proud that I took the time for ME. Proud that i'm making wise decisions for myself.

These are also the moments that I can see that SPARKle in my eye...I think it's the skinny Vicky inside of me just waiting to get out. It's that spark that tells day! One day i will beach my goal.

These are the moments that I feel proud! Proud that I know my arms are killing me after doing Yoga. Proud that my legs feel like Jello because I killed them. Proud because I am waking up muscles that haven't been used in years! Or ever!


There are other times when i look in the mirror...

And wonder why I did this to myself? At what point and at what age should I have woken up and said, "Honey! If you keep eating this way, and sitting in front of the television and not moving, one day you'll realize you've missed out on life. And a lot of great experiences. You will miss out on having some wonderful dates. You'll miss out on so many wonderful opportunities."

I can easily sit back and say why didn't my parents teach me better eating habits, but they were overweight as well. At some point I did take over control of my own life from my parents. BUT i allowed food to continue its hold on me.

I'm sad when i see this girl.

I tear up just thinking about this girl.

I have felt her pain for way too many years.

It's a constant struggle between a seditary life i've grown accustomed to and a life that I so longingly want and desire. I find myself working out and sweating up a storm just to come home and eat garbage. I want more for myself and i need to summon that girl in the mirror that I see with the SPARKle in her eye. That's the girl that I want reigning in my life. That's the girl that I want to have control over what I place into my body.

I have less than 3.5 months until my 35th birthday and I know exactly what i want...It's what i've always wished for over the years...for someone (not family, not my girlfriends, not my fellow sparkers) to call me beautiful. I've never heard it before...sure i've heard people saying it to other women. But I've never heard it in reference to me.

I know i'm beautiful. And i know i am valuable in so many ways. BUT it's nice to hear it from least once in my life.

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    Vicky you ARE beautiful and strong and determined. I have no doubt you will reach all your goals. Just keep that sparkle in your eye and sparkle on!

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LETTINGGO85 9/19/2011 4:05PM

    You are a beautiful woman! And there are plenty of men out there who will find you beautiful right now and as you lose the weight. You are an amazing person and you can and will do this. Don't give up on yourself. Give yourself this birthday present - be healthier each day. You are a few years ahead of me, I am closing in on 40 and realized I can't enter my 40s feeling like I don't love my body.

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SWIMMERGIRL0222 9/19/2011 3:51PM

    Girl you are gorgeous! I know what you mean though....sometimes I look in the mirror and I love my appearance and other times I despise it. Great job on all the hard work you have made! I can't wait for some sexy man to tell you that you are beautiful :) because you are!

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VICKYMARIEC 9/19/2011 3:29PM

    I did read your blog and loved it! As i was writing my own blog i knew the two halves are opposites. Believe me i'm not sad or saddened. It's a piece of reality right now in my life and one day i will look back and wonder why i ever wasted my thoughts on such craziness. I thought about not adding the second part of the blog, but it's my own honestly with/for myself.

I love that I'm loved on Spark!

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    Oh honey! Why do we allow ourselves to go through this? YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! I wish I could edit this blog and rip off the bottom half of it. Your mind is playing a game on you. You are in there so live for now sweetie, live for the moments you have in life and feel that powerful beautiful girl we see.

I know you need to hear it from someone and that will happen, but first..hear it from YOURSELF first, that is the most important person in the world.

Girlfriend, get up from this page, go look in the mirror and say, " I am beautiful, powerful and no one is going to take that away from me." If you don't believe it, say it again, heck scream it if you have to, but believe it my friend.

I hope you read my blog that I just posted and I hope it brings you some inspiration to love who you are my dearest!


Kristin emoticon

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

This is a story about control, my control
Control of what I say, control of what I do
And this time I'm gonna do it my way
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do
Are we ready? I am? Cause it's all about control
And I've got lots of it
(Control by Janet Jackson)

Control? We can't control much of what goes on around us but we can control ourselves. We can control how we react to situations. We can control our daily actions. We can even control our thoughts...even if sometimes it's a little fun to let them run wild. Basically, we can control ourselves.

This past week has been stressful for me. Last Thursday my car battery died. It wouldn't even hold a charge after a friend tried to jump it. So i had to pay for a new battery and to get it installed. THEN Friday my drivers side window fell inside the door! Yes - just fell in. They said the motor and regulator are dead. All i saw was more money out the window that I just don't have. I had to wait until today (payday) to have enough to pay to get the parts ordered so i can have it fixed. SO, i'm driving with plastic on my window. BUT since it's so hot here in Texas the adhesive has melted. SO today after work, i must pick up shrink wrap - you know the kind that movers use or that are around pallets. I'm hoping that will do the trick. I can't get the window worked on until NEXT Saturday.

So i had a melt down last night...

I cried. I asked why me? I hate going through things like this alone. I had a pity party for about an hour. Then...

Then i said to myself, "You cannot control what happened to the car. You cannot control that you need to wait until next Saturday until you can get that window fixed. BUT...

I can control the type of temporary fix for the window. I can control how i'm reacting to the situation. I can control my actions.

So i set the glass of peach daiquiri aside, put on my heart rate monitor and went for a 5 mile walk. Then took a cold shower - it's still 100+ degrees outside! It all felt good.

There's something relaxing and soothing about working up a sweat. You release stress, you let go of the anger, you work it all out while you are working out. That's good medicine for ya!


we all have the capability of it.

Some prefer to relinquish control. I decided to grab it by it's horns and kick its bootay!

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RACHELBUGSMAMA 7/28/2011 10:25PM

    Ugh on the car issues but way to go on taking control of the issue!

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TJHIERS 7/28/2011 10:17AM

    hope things get better for you real soon, hang in there !
keep on sparkin !

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    This is such a great post. You're so strong! I think sometimes that's where people... ummm... don't succeed as they may want to. Because they know and even make some of the needed lifestyle changes, but then they allow that control to be taken away from them by various situations and they let bad situations make bad decisions for them. But not you! And that's amazing. emoticon

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And I'm sorry to hear about your car emoticon But when something bad like that happens to me, I just try to tell myself "Will this matter in a month?" And if the answer's no, then it's not worth my worry. emoticon So don't forget - in a month it'll all be fixed and then it'll be behind you! emoticon

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Ooops! There it is...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

So...have you ever had one of those days where you just didn't feel like sticking to your plan?

Did you say yes?

Then follow me on this journey that I took yesterday:

My goal was to walk last night. Through out the day i kept pumping myself up to walk 10 miles! Yes that's right - 10 miles. By the time i got home from work i was so exhausted that i conked out on the couch - yes i just fell asleep. I woke up at 7:30pm! YIKES!!

So i ate dinner (which consisted of Smacks cereal and 1% milk - healthy i know!). Then i went for my walk.

FYI - in case you didn't realize it i live it Texas. It's been well over 100 degrees for about 3 weeks now.

Within the first quarter mile of mile 1 i was not feeling well. I was nauseated and can taste my dinner as well as my lunch. But i drank my water and carried on. By mile two i was trying to convince myself to just stop BUT i needed to get in at least 5 miles to make myself feel productive for the day. SO...

As soon as i hit about 3 miles IT happened...i vomited!

It was gross and funny all at the same time.

I mean i did a double take to see who saw. AND it wasn't like it was a little was like all of my breakfast, lunch and dinner decided to eject itself!

Then i finished my 5 miles.

What could i do? I was feeling better. I kept drinking my water. And i had to finish anyways.

SO the moral of my story...what i took away from this experience...

Sometimes the heart outshines the body.

My heart, everything in me said to WALK.

This is for me. It just takes that first step. No one else can do this for me. How badly did i want to lose weight? My heart said to get off my lazy butt and walk!


My body said NOOOOOO! And threw up in protest line a whining child in a supermarket.

The heart won yesterday!

That puts a smile on my face because now the fighter in me is coming out. I want this so bad i can taste it.

...last night i literally tasted it!

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RACHELBUGSMAMA 7/21/2011 11:48AM

    Wow, tat is some determination!

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REVIVED 7/20/2011 10:47PM

    thats pretty impressive! If it were me, I would have never made it past the couch after the nap. emoticon

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MRSB929 7/20/2011 2:06PM

    Haha oh no! I bet that was fairly embarrassing but I am so proud of you for following through! Maybe it was all the sugar in your dinner? Either way you finished which is awesome! Good job! Keep that heart and willpower strong! emoticon

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I'm Morbidly Obese...DUH!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Did I REALLY need to seek out my BMI to know that I am morbidly obese? NOPE! One look at this curvaceous body of mine tells me that i've enjoyed dining without limitations for far too long. One look will tell I could probably tell you just about any television sitcom by just the first 3 seconds of intro music. One look and i can tell that i've rallied one too many games versus being out on the field. One real good hard look will tell me that i'm DONE with this body of mine and it's time to trade it in. So no...I did not HAVE to look and calculate my BMI...but how can you kick somethings ass without starring it in the face first?

So Mr. BMI take this as your formal invitation, and a stern warning, that your ass will be kicked by yours truly!

Morbidly Obese is 35 or greater...what's greater?

I'm at 51.4 right now. I started out at 56.5 so i'm on a good track (Hey Mr. BMI, I think i just sucker punched your sorry ass!).

So for me to get to JUST obese i need a BMI of 34. Soon Mr. your back! I know Tae Bo - I can triple time kick you!

I watched Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition with a dear friend of mine last night. He's that nice guy that doesn't always get the girl - but so deserves the best there is to offer - but he just doesn't realize his own potential. Anyways, we were watching it and discussing what the woman on the show was doing. What causes individuals to wait until they rae at an extreme before they decide to make a change. This slightly turned into a conversation about me.

What caused me to go up to 318.8lbs before i said, "Ummm...maybe i should do something about this weight/" Is it hereditary? Is it learned? Do we just make it our choice?

I'm a firm believer that you are NOT a product of your environment. You may grow up in a crappy neighborhood with crappy parents (as I did), but you can CHOOSE to make yourself better.

I remember being about 7yrs old at McDonalds with my mom. She ordered us 2 Big Macs, an order of large fries and a large coke for each of us. I consumed it all. That was my life style. Greasy and fast were what all meals consisted of. As a kid you didn't have a choice. As an adult you make your own choices.

My weight gain may have started because it's what my parents fed me, but it's where it's at now because I CHOSE to continue a lifestyle that was killing me. Doing nothing about it equals choosing to eat foods in a way that will kill you. REPEAT: Doing nothing = choosing death!

I'm too young and beautiful to die. I chose life. I chose to live a life that excites me and causes me to push myself further.

So Mr. BMI...You are just a general casualty along the way. One by one i will take your troops down. You've enjoyed your free ride for far too long.

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REDHEADMOM2U 7/19/2011 9:37PM

    You are doing great!

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STEPPING_STONES 7/19/2011 9:36PM

    emoticon emoticonI love your sense of humour. I love the image of kicking Mr BMI in his ass! You go girl! emoticon emoticon

We are going to make it! emoticon

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    You WILL kick that BMI's butt down! You are doing great!

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NEWGOALS2 7/19/2011 6:51PM

    You've worked hard to get to where you are today. Great job. Best of luck on your SP journey...

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ELASTI-GIRL 7/19/2011 5:48PM

    I was once in the obese category. Time is on your side :) You can do it!

Tough memory about McDonalds with mom. It can be challenging to internalizing what "normal portions" should look like when we have no point of reference. I've learned to analyze my thin friends' habits and mimic them. It's shocking what I used to consider normal and what actually keeps people at a healthy weight.

The good thing is we can always change what we've known, and you're doing a great job!

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L3DESIGNS 7/19/2011 5:42PM

    You can do it! Great work so far...

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    I like your blog.

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FRENCHTOSD 7/19/2011 4:59PM

    I tracked my BMI down from morbidly obese to obese to now overweight and hopefully soon normal. Every 6 or 7 pounds I go down another step. I hate this BMI thing though. Mr. BMI needs to find some new labels or something!

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TJHIERS 7/19/2011 4:33PM

    i'm going to kick my BMI butt too ! emoticon emoticon

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KARENDEE4 7/19/2011 3:33PM

    Good for you!!

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SHELLIEBELLIE2 7/19/2011 3:15PM

    my weight has bothered me but not until i got my BMI did i become devasted and realize just what i was doing to my body. my BMI slammed a reality into me....I HAVE BECOME A CROISSANT!!!!!!!!! with butter...yup, im half its tome to change that number!!!!!

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RONNIE0404 7/19/2011 3:02PM

    I started out at 54.3. Four months later I'm at 48.0.

You can do this. And you're right. You're too young and pretty AND WORTHY to continue living this lifestyle. Best of luck to you on your journey.


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KARENG1961 7/19/2011 2:50PM

  Great blog! Mr. BMI needs his butt kicked - royally. You notice that we automatically went to MR BMI. A woman would never do that to herself. emoticon

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    Sometimes we go through a lot of calculation just to learn what we already knew. I spent a bunch of money for the doctor to tell me I was overweight! Like I didn't know when I made the appointment!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/19/2011 2:34PM

    doesn't take much opver to be called that! I am too

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