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There's No Place Like Home!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Returned home yesterday after two and half weeks in southern California. Wish I could say it was a fun vacation, but I actually was there to help a friend who is going through chemo and radiation for tonsil cancer. She is now finished with all her treatments and just needs some time to get better.

Haven't had access to a computer except sparodically for the time I was there - she lives on a mountain called Starvation access to anything there! will be a total shock - or pleasant surprise - after manually trying to keep up with food count - to see where I am weight-wise tomorrow morning.

Wish me say I have missed being on SP would be the understatement of the day! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 10/18/2010 7:12AM

    I am so sorry about your friend. You did a good deed for her. Welcome back.

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ZEEDRA 10/17/2010 9:36PM

Welcome back!

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CLAUDECF 10/17/2010 6:14PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend. But it must have been wonderful for her to have you around. Now start thinking about yourself again! emoticon emoticon

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 10/17/2010 4:29PM

    Welcome back! I never heard of tonsil cancer. It seems like they could just remove the tonsils to get rid of it but I guess it's not that simple. You are the best to take over 2 weeks out of your life to help a friend in need.

I agree that instead of trying to figure out your calories for the last 2 weeks, you could just start over. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Look ahead and not back!

I hope your friend has a speedy recovery with no lasting problems. Will her voice be affected?

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LUCKYGRANNY2 10/17/2010 3:39PM

    Wondered where you were...missed you. Sorry about your friend; it's such a hard thing to go through - you're both lucky to have each other. Take time to rest up and hopefully, you'll get a nice surprise when entering in the info that you've saved. What a good person that you are to even do that under the circumstances that you were in! Good to have you back, Vista!

Hugs, Lonna

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/17/2010 3:36PM

    Yes, sorry about your friend, You are a good friend to have gone and helped her.

I would suggest not even t rying to go back and log in what you have eaten for 2.5 weeks. Just start today to e sure you are on the path you should be.
You have a lot of other catching up to do, no need to add to it with something you can not change ( if it was a little more than usual, not saying it was!)

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/17/2010 3:31PM

    I'm sorry about your friend. It takes time for the treatments to work. You are so thoughtful to help out in this situation.

Try to get some rest. We are glad to have you back!


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Friday, September 24, 2010

My neighbor gave this picture to my husband yesterday - it was taken 5 years ago. This must have been at my all time high!!!!!!!!! YUCK, YUCK, and TRIPLE YUCK!!!!!!!!

Thanks to SP and my are so SPECIAL TO ME!!!!!!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/30/2010 9:51PM

    These kind of pictures are what memories are made of. They give you motivation to keep on track. Good for you for taking control of your life and your health.

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KAM520 9/27/2010 12:34PM

  Good for you! You are doing so well. Keep it up. When I see Spark People losing that weight it is a big reinforcer for me. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 9/25/2010 5:51AM

    You should be very proud of yourself. Work and determination pays off.

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LUCKYGRANNY2 9/24/2010 3:51PM've come a long way, baby!! Aren't you proud of how much you've accomplished? You're doing such a great job, Vista and I'm proud of you. You are looking fabulous now!!

Lonna (((hugs)))

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VINGRAM 9/24/2010 2:19PM

    Unfortunately, yes - the cigs are still a part of my life. I have chosen to be cremated......cause I think it is very appropriate that I go up in smoke!!!!!!!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 9/24/2010 2:00PM

    Is that cigarette still part of your life? I hope not since you're doing so great now! You're definitely a winner at being a loser!!
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Found this on a SP this a.m. - and yes - I am up at 3 again!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Found this - liked it - wanted to was in an article called diet sabatoge or something like that - this is only part of it.

Ask for help. Keep in mind that your weight-loss needs are unique. Donít expect loved ones to exercise telepathy to know what your needs are. Tell them! Be fair and reasonable, especially with those who share your home. They may be willing to make compromises, at least for shorter periods of time, about what foods are kept and cooked in the house.

Be a grownup. Remember that what you put in your mouth is your responsibility. While others may tempt you, ultimately youíre in charge of your own life. Look at difficult situations as opportunities to flex your newfound control muscles-- and reinforce the idea that youíre not adopting a healthier lifestyle for someone else, but for you.

THIS SPOKE TO ME.......hope it speaks to you, also!

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KAYYVAUGHN 9/21/2010 4:57PM

    This is so true. We know what we should do, and we need to make those decisions.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/21/2010 4:28PM

    Yes!. Thanks for the reminder. I needed this today.

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THATGIRL07 9/21/2010 1:30PM

    Thanks Vista, for sharing!

Yep, ultimately the responsibility lies with us! All the excuses in the world, but only WE are in control of our weight loss....or gain! Plenty of support available to us but the final choice is ours!

I need to be reminded of this time and again. It is so easy to live in denial! Thanks for the wake up call again ;-)

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ZEEDRA 9/21/2010 12:18PM

    Good message, Vista.

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VINGRAM 9/21/2010 8:08AM

    Lonna......who knows? I need to take a friend to get a back shot today - maybe I thought I'd oversleep and forget if I didn't go ahead and get up. I do know I'm getting tired of this routine.....because tomorrow I will be dead on my feet!

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NANCYRUBIO 9/21/2010 7:31AM

    Excellent Speaks volumes to me. It is one the hardest rules to follow. Glad you reminded me of it. emoticon

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LUCKYGRANNY2 9/21/2010 6:55AM

    No truer words were ever spoken. It's so easy to blame others for our inabilites to accomplish our goals when, ultimately, it's up to us alone. Thanks for sharing a grea message. Now, what are ;you doing up again so early?????? Lonna ((( hugs)))

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PICKIE98 9/21/2010 6:22AM

    Right on!

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SGBR-1 9/21/2010 5:18AM

    Nice blog.

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I can and I have.........

Saturday, September 18, 2010 after 40 plus pounds gone.....I'm not there yet......but I'm working on it! So far, I can: actually go up a set of stairs like a normal person - couldn't do that before. It still hurts because I have one knee that has been operated on twice, but I can do it. I can get up off the couch without help from someone else. I can get in and out of my car better.

I have gone from a size 22/24 to a size 14-16. I actually finally bought new bras yesterday. My old ones were causing some problems (48C).......the new ones are 40C.

As "they" say.......I'm not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be!

I'm getting pretty brave.......put a couple of pics of me in a BATHING SUIT on my SP photo album today. emoticon emoticon emoticon vista

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FISHINGLADY66 9/19/2010 5:07PM

    Congratulations. emoticon

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LUCKYGRANNY2 9/19/2010 10:38AM

    You have done a fantastic job with your weight-loss, Vista...I am really proud of you. You look fabulous and believe me, I know, that just being able to get up and down stairs easier is a HUGE accomplishment. Knees can really hurt and excess weight doesn't help at all. Keep doing what you've been doing 'cause it sure seems to be working on you, girl!!!!!!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 9/18/2010 10:12PM

    You're headed in the right direction and isn't it great to have these little victories, like the stairs and the couch? Great job with the new size!!

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ZEEDRA 9/18/2010 8:50PM

    Way-to-Go, Vista! emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/18/2010 6:06PM

    "not where I need to be but thank God I am not where I used to be" is one of the things that got me through my journey.
I always say, "be your own best friend"!!!

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Fair Time in Texas

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The fair is in town.......and for the first time in at least 20 years - probably husband and I went and rode the rides on the midway! What a treat! For dinner (at the fair), had half a roasted corn and half of the "tornado potatoes"......counted the potatoes as a medium order of FF from McDonald's - that may be close!

Also bought myself a power balance bracelet. Hubby says I wasted my $$. We'll see. I woke up earlier this morning after sleeping well and have been at it all day long. Maybe a coincidence.......we'll see!

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!


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VINGRAM 9/16/2010 11:20PM

    Tornado potatoes: The guy took a drill type machine and spiraled the potato into a very thin (thinner than a potato chip) - but it was all attached - one long string. Then, of course, deep fried. It was good - my hubby and I shared one - but the corn was the best.....

Enjoy the time with your brother at the

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FISHINGLADY66 9/16/2010 11:07PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you enjoyed the fair.

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JEANNE229 9/16/2010 9:51PM

    I went to our fair in Spokane last night, too. We LOVED it!! The photography was superb, and we went to the evening concert featuring an ABBA sound-alike (and look-alike) group. The concert was SUPERB and the night was magic...about 70 degrees at 10 p.m. I felt like a kid!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 9/16/2010 9:08PM

    I'll be taking my special brother to the biggest fair in New England, in the next 2 weeks. I'll rent a wheel chair and push him around for the day. It's a good thing I have fairly good upper body strength.

We'll go on 2 different ferris wheels and he'll go on the carousel and he'll want to go on the swings. But it's kind of hard to get him up the steps to get into it. The ride attendants are usually very helpful with that.

What are tornado potatoes?

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LUCKYGRANNY2 9/16/2010 4:37PM

    What fun!! Good for you two. I rode a roller coaster last year for the first time in over 30 years, loved it to death; ended up throwing one of those little "pieces of sand" that we all have in our inner ear out of whack and had dizziness for the next three weeks! LOL Needless to say, I didn't ride it this year when I visited my sister but I sure wanted to!!!! I'm not sure about the power bracelet but my husband and his younger brother have both worn a copper bracelet for years now and swear by them. Good luck with dr. has always said that it doesn't really matter if something works or not, it's if you THINK that it does that counts 'cause it will work for you.

Lonna (((hugs)))

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RJOANNEW01 9/16/2010 3:06PM

    Congratulations! It's great to go out and do things that we have not done in years! Glad you enjoyed it, and if the power balance bracelet does not work, there is always copper! emoticon

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