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DO AND BE ALL THAT YOU CAN

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I have a word of caution for anyone in the prime of their life! (And 'prime' is where you are right this moment.) Enjoy and savor every experience. You never know what the future holds and its a sad thing to miss the opportunity to really get the most from your everyday life.

Take note of what it means to savor, to relish, to enjoy, to experience the whole Magellan! Make this your mantra as you go through life. 'Savor the moment' - a phrase I've heard all my life. Wish I'd paid attention to the true meaning.

As I look back, I have one very real regret... that I didn't actually immerse myself in every molecule of enjoyment and pleasure from all the things I've seen and done, and all the places I've been. Not to say I didn't have a blast! But its a weird feeling to no longer be able to walk (I'm disabled) or to bite firmly into a caramel apple (dentures).

Some of the most common enjoyable experiences are no longer available to me. I want to be able to run and feel the sand between my toes. I want to go wade fishing. I want to feel the crunch of the gooey apple as its caramel cover sticks to everything in sight, or to use my teeth to crack a pecan open to reveal its meaty center (never mind what Mom said).

Now, lest you think I'm in the midst of a true Pity Party, let me tell you there is nothing further from the truth. My reality has included treks through England and Belgium and Mexico and the U.S. and my own teeth did indeed serve me well over the years. I played the guitar and sang and danced my way through a good number of years. I laughed and played and lived with no reservation. Make no mistake! Those things continue; just differently.

The message I'm here to convey is just how terribly important it is to truly concentrate on the joys and experiences of the moment. Years down the road you will be glad you did. You will be able to draw from the sights and sounds and tastes of your years. I often say, "No one ever warned me about the 'senior' years!" You won't be able to say that... this is your warning.

At the risk of sounding like Gone With The Wind, I tell you. Feel the ground beneath your feet, the wind in your hair! No regrets here! Just a word of caution. I never imagined losing sensation in my feet and fingers, and I certainly didn't entertain the thought of losing my teeth. Our tomorrows are out of sight. Don't look back with regret.

I am blessed to have my hearing and my sight in tact (for the most part). But don't take a moment for granted. Your future life depends on it!

Laugh and sing and dance! Give no concern to what others may think. Chances are they won't be there when you reach a ripe 'old' age! 'Old' is a relative term. I'm reminded of my 40 something year old friend who already regrets the times in her youth that she spent just lying in bed watching a clock. You never know if, or when, your health may deteriorate or your life may change forever.

Carpe Diem!

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JANIEWWJD 2/7/2013 8:07PM

    I seems that you knew what was about to happen. You are now with our Savior and no longer suffering. God bless you!!!
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SPEEDY143 2/7/2013 11:52AM

    Amen to that Vicky... rest in peace. Your warning will not be lost on me emoticon emoticon

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EMMABE1 2/6/2013 11:50PM

    How prophetic - now only a couple of months later Vicki has gone from this earth - we will miss her so very much - but, though we never could meet in life, maybe one day - we will meet - I dearly hope so my wonderful American friend!!

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DEDICATED2HIM 11/24/2012 5:59AM

    oh my friend Vicky. You didn't know when you wrote this just one month ago that now, a few short weeks later, you would be in the fight of your life: the fight FOR your life. I miss you desperately my friend. I don't know if you will ever read this comment. IF I don't see you again on this earth; I will see you in Heaven.
I love you.
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Cynthia

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VXWALL1942 11/21/2012 6:30PM

    oh my friend Vicky. You didn't know when you wrote this just one month ago that now, a few short weeks later, you would be in the fight of your life: the fight FOR your life. I miss you desperately my friend. I don't know if you will ever read this comment. IF I don't see you again on this earth; I will see you in Heaven.
I love you.
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Cynthia

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WILSON1926 11/6/2012 3:06AM

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MRS_TOAD 10/22/2012 8:09AM

    You are so right! Life is too short. We must truly live each and every moment.

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 10/21/2012 6:35PM

    Thank you for the reminder. When the depression is bad, it can be hard to remember this but it makes life better now too, not just for the memories.
Marilyn

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CAROLJEAN64 10/21/2012 6:24PM

    This is a wonderful blog and all the more inspiring because you don't indulge in pity parties.

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LESLIEJEAN43 10/21/2012 11:38AM

    I agree! I have also lost the ability to walk more than short distances, and I used to be an avid hiker and long distance runner.
I too appreciate my eyesight and hearing, and I can still give and receive hugs!
I am grateful for my life.
Thank you for your thought-provoking blog.

Hugs, Leslie

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/21/2012 5:23AM

    A great blog and thank you for putting it out there to remind us all!

Kris xx

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NASFKAB 10/20/2012 10:00PM

  enjoyed reading your blog

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LADYANDREA2012 10/20/2012 10:00PM

    Great Blog and at the right moment for me. Thank you for sharing.

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SUSIEPH1 10/20/2012 5:06PM

    Amazing blog Vicky !!
Glad you lived your life to the full and are still enjoying it !
I feel the same and I have also traveled far and wide and we will always have our memories ...
Enjoy each day as if it is your last..
I am going to click like on this as it is such a up lifting and energising blog
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Goal Setting with Diabetes

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Reviewing goals periodically is critical to achieving the level of success you want. Taking personal situations into account can make a big difference in both how you feel and what you target.

Diabetics need exercise just like everyone else. But that exercise can actually make a difference in blood glucose numbers. The timing of the exercise needs to be determined with your dr or Diabetes Educator. Then, and that's an absolute 'then' you make a date with yourself for exercise each and every day at the same time. Consistency in exercise timing and intensity benefits your control of diabetes.

There is goal number 1 - Exercise at the same time and same intensity daily. Notice this isn't a periodic or episodic goal...gotta do it daily to avoid the complications of diabetes, such as blindness or heart problems.

Counting carbohydrates is the bane of a diabetic's existence. Calories matter for weight control, but carbohydrates also matter for the diabetic. One of the many nice things about the Spark People Nutrition Tracker is its inclusion of carbohydrate counts for foods listed. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the carb counts of food and drink is valuable to controling your Blood Glucose numbers in an ongoing manner. Knowledge is power...and you can control diabetes by knowing your carbs for each meal and snack.

Goal number 2 - familiarize myself with carb count by foods AND maintain an acceptable number for each meal and snack.

Weight loss provides diabetics, like everyone else, with improved health and longevity. There are benefits that are not surprising, but are beneficial. Achieving a weight loss of reasonable amounts per week is rewarding and takes one toward the long term goal that is set.

Goal number 3 - lose an average of two pounds per week for the next 3 months to achieve a weight loss of no less than 20 pounds.

There are other goals I am setting, but each of the first three are targeting improved diabetic health. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, all of the above may apply to you.

  
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WILSON1926 11/6/2012 3:07AM

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NANABE 10/20/2012 9:51PM

    Great message! We tend to forget those things when we get so involved with our much to busy lives.

Thank you for the reminder!

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VXWALL1942 5/18/2012 2:08AM

    LadyAndrea - A Certified Diabetes Educator and Nutritionist is my primary source of information and I see her about twice a year just to stay focused. One of my other sources is RealAge.com where they parovide a wealth of information on several health issues and disease processes. Hope that helps.

vicki

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 5/17/2012 10:29PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me. Best wishes for a very successful journey.
HUGS
Pam

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LADYANDREA2012 5/17/2012 9:41PM

    I had been diagoned diabetic type 2 recently. Maybe, if you want, we can be partners in this journey. I ilke your Blog a lot, where have you learned so much?

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Rebirth of a Spark Person

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

emoticonI'm excited! I've been reborn into the wonderful world of Spark People. I decided its time to pull up my boot straps and get back on the wagon.

I fell off several months ago, and while I continued to pay lipservice to the tenets of this great program I failed miserably at living the life.

Therefore, today I will attend another Spark People Live! support and motivation meeting. I suppose everyone has their own reason for attending but this is my 'rebirth' meeting. With this meeting I am publicly returning to the commitment I made over a year ago - or was it two?!

I'm pulling out Spark Guy's book, The Spark, again and relearning those things I never dreamed I'd forget. I'll read as though my life depended on it! Because it does. I'm too fat, too sedentery, too .... (you fill in the blank). You get my drift?

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I need and want whatever support and encouragement I can find. I remember well the value of my Spark Friends. Just so you know, I'm gonna draw on the bank account of our friendship in a major way. Nice thing about it is that I know I won't get overdrawn. You are awesome just by being!

Before my Spark People Live! meeting I will weigh and measure this body of mine and read Chapter 1 of Spark Guy's book. Hold me accountable...I do! emoticon

  
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MRS_TOAD 5/19/2012 8:32AM

    So glad to see you back! Happy SParking!

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NANABE 5/17/2012 10:17PM

    Congrats on getting back to taking care of you. If I didn't know any better I'd think you were talking about me. I also haven't been doing a good job recently. I seem to be getting back to letting things get in my way. Just way to many excuses.

Here's hoping that we can help each other be accountable.

Time for me to get back to reading as well.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 5/17/2012 3:31AM

    Sounds GREAT! CONGRATULATIONS, and BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.

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Pam

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BADBOY97 5/16/2012 6:29PM

    GLAD YOU DECIDED TO GET BACK INTO THE GAME MY FREIND


I MISSED YOU AND SEE YOUR SMILING FACE ALL THE TIME.

I HAVE BEEN WONDERING WHY YOU WERE OFF HERE.

BUT I AM GLAD YOU ARE BACK DEE SURE CAN USE OUR HELP

IWISH I COULD DO MORE FOR YOU AND HER BUT IAM DOING

MYSLF TO STAY STRAIGHT ON WEIGHT LOSS BUT I AM DOING WELL

NOW YOU BACK IN THE SADDLE I CAN GIVE YOU A BAD TIME NOW

AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT LEAVE SPARKS AGAIN LOL.



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DEDICATED2HIM 5/16/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon I know you will be serious about this commitment. I will definitely hold you accountable...If you will do the same for me. emoticon

YOU GO GIRL!!

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-POOKIE- 5/16/2012 9:18AM

    Nice to re-commit!

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4GREEN4 5/16/2012 6:19AM

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I need more of it -thanks for sharing

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CAROL- 5/16/2012 5:49AM

    Best wishes as you take your new first step! Recommitting is a key step in your journey. You are going to succeed! emoticon

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LESLIEJEAN43 5/16/2012 5:11AM

    emoticon back, Vicki!
I'm so glad you've renewed your commitment to Spark!
I wish you great success.

Hugs, Leslie

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SLIMMERKIWI 5/16/2012 4:19AM

    You put your thoughts in a very artistic way :-) I'm sure that you will succeed in getting there!

Kris xx

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SHINYZALATA 5/16/2012 3:54AM

    emoticon you will do amazing :)

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Down but not out...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Goodness, its been way too long since last I wrote a blog. Today I felt compelled to share my feelings, such as they are.

I'm feeling BIG! I've always been a big boned tall woman but now I'm really BIG and it brings me down. I'm totally committed to the Spark People program and spend my days mostly sparking. So why don't I eat right? What causes me to wallow in self pity while munching on 100% wheat toast with 'I Can't believe Its Not Butter'? That should be a healthy snack...but its loaded with fat. The same is true of all the foods I love...Cool Whip Light with fresh strawberries, homemade rice pudding made with Splenda.

When trying to figure out why I'm not getting any smaller I KNOW its because of a lack of control. My appetite is smaller than it once was, but that doesn't mean a full cup of rice pudding isn't gonna hang around the belly for time immemorial. Top it off with the wide variety of meds I take and my insulin and I qualify as the 'difficult' to lose weight queen.

So today I decided to whine in public. Let it all hang out...it does anyway! I know from experience that every time I blog many of you give me support and encouragement and this is my shameless appeal for more of the same.

I want to be 'healthy'...not thin because that's impractical at my age and station in life. I want to look like anything but the beach ball I resemble. My motivation is somewhere in Netherland these days. So sad. I 'see' so many of you winning the battles. Many are even on the final lap of the journey to winning the war. I want to be one of you.

I want to get up in the morning and feel energized and enthusiastic. I want to finish my day feeling righteous, like I've done what I meant to do. Anybody have any great...or small...ideas? I'm in the market for anything that can move me beyond this wall of limitation.

Now it occurs to me that 79 days of non-smoking has probably taken its toll on my weight loss fitness journey. But I'm thinking that's enough time to give in to the alternative satisfaction.

OK - rant over. Just needed to put me out there dear friends. I want to be solid in my commitment to health. Each time I start to put something in my mouth I want to realize what I'm doing instead of blindly accepting that if it goes in the mouth its 'good'.

For all of you I wish you a day of sunshine without too much heat, a weekend of enjoyment and the knowledge that you are loved.

"Good friends are like Angels! You don't have to see them to know they are there!" ~anonymous

  
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DIDMIS 10/12/2011 2:15PM

    Vicki Something else to make you feel good.

You are a winner. You know that by your winning over nicotine.

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We love you and you know what you have to do. So go for it and you will see. You alone have to determine to lose weight and be healthy just as you determined to quit nicotine.

Irene

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NANABE 7/27/2011 2:15PM

    Vicki,

First, not smoking is a HUGE accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself. That being said, it takes time to get those pounds off, it is so much harder to take them off than put them on.

I know you can do this! I know what you mean about the eating. I do real well for a while, then I loose a pound or two and find myself in the store looking at the sweets. I try my hardest to walk past them, and I do, then I end up back in front of them again and again and again. Some times I can leave without them, but there are still times I don't. Yesterday was one of those days. Once I get them home, that is the end of the story. Before I know it I have downed every donut hole, or cookie whatever. Why do i keep sabatoging myself? Once I find the answer to that question I think i will be successful.

Hope you are now having lots of success! emoticon

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MAGISTRANANCY 6/18/2011 8:24PM

    Vicki,
I've been on basically a month-long binge. The only reason I haven't gained a bunch more weight than I did, is that I kept exercising. But I feel pretty bad, in more ways than one. I feel your pain.

But everyone who mentioned it is right; not smoking is a HUGE step toward being healthy. I'm so pleased for you.

Nancy

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MRS_TOAD 6/12/2011 8:25AM

    Being able to quit smoking is a HUGE accomplishment. emoticon

As for being "one of us".... you are. We all have those days, weeks and months where we backslide and/or feel badly about how far we have NOT come. But the fact of the matter is that you are making better choices than you were a year ago, you are helping others get the hang of SP, you offer motivation and care to so many people in your life and on SP and, finally, you always inspire me to push ahead on whatever is holding me back in life. I know you are frustrated, but look deep within yourself and find that gentleness that you share with so many others and wrap it around yourself. You deserve a lot loving, dear SPal.

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JAXMOMMY 6/10/2011 10:59PM

    Vicki-- 79 days, now I reckon 81 days, without smoking is a fantastic step twoard health!! As others said, pat yourself on the back for that! Yes, you have some tremendous obstacles to losing weight.... The insulin alone is bad enough, then consider how limited your mobility is and everything else. But, I want you to consider your food choices now as compared to say, a year ago.... Fresh straweberries with LIGHT Cool Whip; Rice Pudding made with SPLENDA; WHOLE WHEAT TOAST....You are making better choices. I'm learning now that I don't need as much as I once did, so next time, try a 3/4 cup of rice pudding and actually weigh it out! Also, are you tracking your food? That is so important! You are on the right track! You are already so much healthier than you were and you just don't realize it b/c you are caught up in the size game! Keep Sparking; Keep Progressing; Keep Asking For Help!!

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KELPIE57 6/9/2011 4:13PM

    My understanding is that stopping smoking is a sort of double whammy.... not only does it give you the munchies, it also slows down your metabolism.
oh, and one enormous thing; you are looking for a healthy you.....
healthy not slim
Is 79 days of not smoking not a huge step on that road to health...
Go on, pat yourself on the back
You are worth it!

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DEBALDERMAN 6/9/2011 8:53AM

    As others have said, congrats on the 79 days of being smoke-free! I can feel where you are coming from, tho, since I, too, am a reformed smoker. Its been 19 years, and I still find myself grabbing a "healthy" snack at times that I would have reached for a cigarette. For a pack and a half a day ex-smoker, that's a lot of emotional eating. But don't beat yourself up too much. Just realize that today is a new day, and try your best to do what you know you need to do. Keep up the good work, and being aware is the first step. Hugs, Sparkfriend. Deb

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SWEETTOOTH10 6/9/2011 6:58AM

    Great job quitting Smoking!Like others said that adds to your need to snack.(Especially carbs)Lots of good advice here.!Keep Sparking, looking for Ways to keep your mind and hands busy. It 's hard finding a balance that works for you,and your particular circumstances, but together we can do it.!

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JILL313 6/8/2011 10:59PM

    You've already received some wonderful comments and I second most of them. . .I'm sure quitting smoking you probably turn more to food now, but it's a great accomplishment and will add years to your life. Maybe it's time to re-read the book The Spark as I've done that several times and it always gives me motivation. If you're not exercising I would try doing even 10 minutes a day as it helps you physically as well as emotionally. I know it's easy to say but hard to do, just don't have those high calorie foods and snacks around. I'm rooting for you!!

Hugs,

Jill

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CAZ5346 6/8/2011 10:42PM

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LADYIRISH317 6/8/2011 9:29PM

    You're much too hard on yourself. You have accomplished a lot. We're all human, so please don't beat up on yourself. You're an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of us.
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CONTENTCHRIS 6/8/2011 9:03PM

    WE ARE HERE FOR YOU MY FRIEND! I TOO HAVE BAD AND GOOD..NIGHTS..DAYS ARE EASY FOR ME... LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP OUT. emoticon

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ADORNED2 6/8/2011 8:48PM

    MY DEAR DEAR VICKI
FIRST LET ME START BY SAYING I AM IN AWE OF THE 79 DAYS - I REALLY AM !
SECONDLY LET ME SHARE - SINCE I HAVE BEEN STAYING WITH THE GIRLS I HAVE GAINED 6 POUNDS - IT IS DIFFICULT WITH ALL THE LITTLE SNACKS ETC AROUND THEIR HOUSE - YOU GET TO THINKING - OH ONE WON'T HURT - WELL APPARENTLY IT DOES ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE JUST ONE EVERY DAY - LOL - I SHARE THIS TO SAY - WITH MULTI MEMBERED FAMILIES I CAN SEE THE STRUGGLE BEING SO MUCH MORE DIFFICULT AS EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING IT / EATING IT! AT HOME WE JUST DON'T PURCHASE THOSE TYPE OF THINGS - KIND OF OUT OF SIGHT - OUT OF MIND!
STRESS PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE INTO WEIGHT GAIN AND QUITTING SMOKING HAS CERTAINLY BEEN AN ADDED STRESSOR FOR YOU ( EVEN THOUGH NECESSARY), ATTENDING THE REHAB HAS BEEN AN ADDED STRESSOR (EVEN THOUGH NECESSARY) ETC
DOWN BUT NOT OUT IS RIGHT - AS LONG AS WE ATTEMPT TO GET BACK UP AND TRY AGAIN - WE WILL NEVER BE OUT!
LETS MAKE A DEAL - EVERY TIME I AM TEMPTED WITH SOMETHING - I WILL THINK OF YOU AND EVERY TIME YOU ARE TEMPTED YOU THINK OF ME - AND MAYBE TOGETHER WE CAN REKINDLE THAT MOTIVATION WE NEED TO RISE ABOVE THE SITUATION - WHAT DO YOU THINK ?
BIG HUGS

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BAMBIBUNNY 6/8/2011 7:06PM

    thats awesome that you quit smoking. it just goes to show how much determination you really have. emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY666 6/8/2011 3:56PM

    I CAN BET THAT THE QUITTING SMOKING MIGHT HAVE A BIT TO DO WITH ALL THE MUNCHING.... YOU KNOW HAVING SOMETHING IN YOUR HAND GOING TO YOUR MOUTH WHETHER TO EAT OR SMOKE IT..... YOU ARE BEING TOO HARD ON YOURSELF VICKI..... HERE WE GO WITH MED'S....... I'M SURE MANY OF US CAN SAY OUR MED'S SLOW DOWN OUR WEIGHT LOSS.....

BUT ALL IN ALL......... FOR ME I THINK I HAVE TO GET MOVING AGAIN..... I SLOWED DOWN WITH THAT ONCE I DID LOSE SOME WEIGHT....... TRY AND FIND OUT WHAT IS MAKING YOU DO WHAT YOUR NOT SUPPOSE TO BE DOING......

BEING HEALTHY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR OUR AGES RIGHT NOW..... I THINK YOUR DOING GREAT....... ALSO REMEMBER TO KEEP DRINKING THAT WATER..... YOU CAN DO THIS... emoticon

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MARPET44 6/8/2011 3:18PM

    Wow! quiting smoking is a humonous feat! emoticon emoticon emoticon


One step at a time and use the cal. counter. It helped me find alternatives.

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CAROLJEAN64 6/8/2011 2:11PM

    Vicki, 79 days smoke-free. emoticon
You noticed I started with the positive. If someone blogged and expected all of their lifestyle changes to take place in 79 days, can you imagine what you would post..... no, I don't want to think about it.
You have just made a massive change in your life and in what your hands and mouth are used to doing. You have also had some pretty scary health issues recently. I am not trying to give you excuses.... just reminders.
Do you have any crafts you like to do with your hands, especially something that food would not be compatible with? I think you get my drift.
I am pulling for you, know that you feel better just for getting the whine out of the way... now find some nice low-fat cheese.

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PAULASTRAS 6/8/2011 1:41PM

    good day, Vicki,

sometimes it can be a rough and rockie journey. the taste buds don't like change always wanting what it is use to.
the mind controls alot of things....what you eat is one of them....
there are some medications that will add to weight gain.
do you know how many calories you should eat each day?
this is a big help.
exercising can be done sitting or in bed.
walking around the house inside.
no need to over due.
keep track of your calories, eat fruits and veg. stay away from carbs.
meal planning at the beginning is helpful.
it will take time and patience, i believe you can do it:)
believe in yourself, you are worth it......

love and hugs, paula

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-POOKIE- 6/8/2011 1:24PM

    I wrote a blog a while back about whats motivation and whats commitment.

You dont have motivation? Well how about commitment to, well not dying?

Because at the end of the day, obesity DOES come down to that, killing ourselves slowly with food, which you have to admit is pretty darn dumb!!

Remind yourself that motivation is fleeting, but your life isn't. So commit to being alive.

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LESLIEJEAN43 6/8/2011 12:25PM

    Vicki, Congrats to you on all those days of not smoking!! Most peope do gain weight when quitting, as I'm sure you know.
Are you drinking lots of water? Can you substitute some plain fruits and/or veggies for some of the snacks you mentioned?
I have also recently quit smoking, and am still sucking on hard candies or cough drops, so you're doing better than I am in that department!
Taking lots of meds can certainly affect weight loss! My weight loss has been very slow, I think because of all the meds I take.
Can you plan your meals and snacks, using the nutrition tracker, so you are staying within your calorie range each day?
I wish you the best, and congrats again on the not-smoking!!

Hugs, Leslie

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I'm inspired...

Sunday, January 09, 2011

and motivated to really make this year a year of accomplishment and self improvement. This morning I read a blog by my friend, CYNTHIA47, and saw just what could be done in a year if you set your mind to it and 'grow' the process.

Cynthia walked in her house, then her driveway, then to her neighbor's, and then up and down hilly terrain close to home. This from someone who couldn't walk across a room without having to sit down. Now walking is a challenge for me, but there's no reason I can't use my walker and strive for increased distance and intensity. If Cynthia could do it, why should I accept anything less from myself? Cynthia's story goes on, but the real thing is hers is a measurable success story. She belongs in the Spark People archive of Success Stories!

Yesterday I calculated my BMI and found I was in the 'obese' range. Surprised? Of course not! But this is a measurable element of fitness. My goals for 2011 have now been expanded to include taking my BMI down to the 'overweight' category. Its doable and each point down on the chart will take me closer to my ultimate goal of 'normal'.

I will periodically be blogging about my efforts so you can celebrate my success with me, and encourage me when I'm faltering. Thanks for being here for me. You Spark Friends make me enthusiastic and committed.

And thanks Cynthia for the wake-up call to join you where health and ability are improved and measurable.

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SAFETYSUE 3/21/2011 1:36PM

    Very inspirational in your own writings my friend! I don't click on the I like icon often but this blog is worthy of recognition. You inspire me!!!

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THEMIGHTYLEX 3/10/2011 1:26PM

    I need to re-check my BMI... I know it's still in the obese range, but it may be closer to healthy now.

Congratulations on finding that burning Spark for fitness within! You are going to do great things!

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PAULASTRAS 2/12/2011 8:24PM

    Amen, great blog vicki:) Thank you for sharing your story and with it the inspiration.....
You are a winner already going forward for the gold ring....

love and hugs, Paula:)

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TABALICIOUS 2/12/2011 3:05PM

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ECHOBLUE1 2/12/2011 12:35PM

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FATHINSN 2/12/2011 8:33AM

    One of the best things about SP - we read what others did in blogs, activities feed, forum posts and we can get inspired!

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FRUSTRATEDOMA 2/9/2011 1:14PM

    Vicki i think you are already wonderful. I remember you drove all by yourself over 100 miles just to come and see me. now if that is fabulous I don't know what is. Take care and don't push it too far, to quickly as you don't want to make it worse. Just small steps and appreciate that.

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WETMAC 2/9/2011 11:45AM

    Vicki, you have set yourself up for your goals this year and have taken time out to evaluate where you are. However, right now you need to just concentrate on getting better. I was horrified when i saw that you had a heart attack and, I have to admit, i did fear the worst. However, I am so pleased that you are ok, although I suggest you need to take things al ot easier when yu get home. I owuld appreciate an email from oyu when you do return and i can then give you a call and we can have a chat. Take really good care of yourself and my prayers go with you.

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DEDICATED2HIM 1/30/2011 11:25PM

    awww.Vicki! I just NOW saw this blog...HOw sweet of you...If I could be anything when I grow up , it would be to be an inspiration!!

Thank you so much for the lovely blog and great compliment!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 1/12/2011 3:26AM

    It sounds like you now have the determination AND drive to succeed:-) I look forward to reading your up-dating blogs ;-D

Kris

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ADORNED2 1/11/2011 11:19AM

    This seems to be the year for self evaluation and goal setting - me included - I have read so many comments about it lately- not only on sparks but other sites as well!

We can do this if we keep our mindset focused
WTG - Stay inspired - Hugs

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NANABE 1/10/2011 2:37PM

    Vicki,
You can do this! Having a positive attitude is half the battle. You have good days and bad days, just don't give up!

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MRS_TOAD 1/10/2011 10:34AM

    emoticon emoticon I believe in you!

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KELPIE57 1/10/2011 2:50AM

    You can do this! emoticon

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FLEMIDG 1/9/2011 11:53PM

    Good luck in achieving your goals. I know you can do it. You are such a determined lady. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 1/9/2011 10:12PM

    I believe you will achieve all you goals. You are inspiring.

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RATDAR3 1/9/2011 7:05PM

    THAT IS THE WAY TO THINK VIKI I AM PROUD OF YOU AND

CONTIUE TO GET WEIGHT OFF THIS YEAR AND FEEL BETTER .

YOU WILL BE HEALTY AND RUNNING UP AND DOWN STAIRS AND HILLS LOL.

LOVE YA AND I AM SUPPORTING YOU WITH ALL MY HEART TTYL OK

RATDAR3/RONNIE

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KCBYTHEC 1/9/2011 4:18PM

    Hi Vicki,

I think you really have the tenacity, the right attitude and everything it takes to get there, following along with you dear friend


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SHERRY666 1/9/2011 4:16PM

    Vicki.......... You can do this........ we all have some sort of success story...... and you've been an inspiration to me and others already........ whether we lose or not....... trying to live a healthier life style is our first step...... you have taken that step already....... when I started with Sparks..... I couldn't walk at all....... it takes determination..... and the get up and go drive....... I know you have this within you already......... emoticonWe can do it.......... We will do it together....... I will be here cheering you on all the way..... emoticon

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TWEETIBEAR 1/9/2011 2:18PM

    Vicki...the best to you on your journey here...it sounds like you've got the right attitude and motivation. I too "joke" about the only walking/running I did was to the refrigerator. True but not so funny. I'm just starting also. 6 days in and I feel stronger already. Tomorrow's my first weigh-in, and I know I've lost (my scale is at my buddy's house, we will weigh in together)...the loss I can attribute to the many motivational stories here! Good for you!

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CONTENTCHRIS 1/9/2011 2:02PM

    I AM SO SO VERY PROUD OF YOU!

I know you can do it and in all 3 phases of the weight loss plan .

You already had the positive attitude down pat!

Now you are blogging to help keep yourself (and the blog is for you remember that ..However I think you will motivate others because your such a great gal)

I would set small goals of small exercises.
For example I have 3 different sizes of small rubber coated dumbells 10 pound set and a 25 solo and a 40 pound solo. I use the little ones for side bends and sqauts etc and then a couple times a week i use the bigger ones to help strengthen a little. You of course could do the same by using 5 pound dumbells and 10 and 15 for example. I do 2 of my 6 regular little exercises sitting and they do not do that much for me physically but Mentally I feel better because i did something and that pushes me sometimes over the little ledge from feeling OK to feeling GREAT !
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MILLISMA 1/9/2011 12:40PM

    Vicki,

What a great awakening! Looking forward to see you reach your goals and to be here for you.

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45IN45 1/9/2011 12:38PM

    Good luck with your 2011 goals!! emoticon

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