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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Well…just thought I should check in. I’ve now lost a total of 46 pounds….will soon be 50 lost! I am working out everyday and encourage you to check out my shared trackers for exercise ideas if you need to add more exercise to your routine.

You know – I used to think that the best part of SparkPeople was the trackers. I do love my food and fitness trackers. But I’m finding out that the best part is the PEOPLE! This is new to me because I am very introverted and have high anxiety. I stay home as much as possible and avoid crowds at almost all costs. But here at SparkPeople there is no “crowd” just individuals interacting on a one on one basis. I’ve met some of the nicest people in the world here on SparkPeople. I just love to open up my email and see all the notifications from SP…it always makes me happy.

So here is to you – ALL of my friends - old ones, new ones, and ones yet to be made – you have all made an impact in my life and I cherish each and every one of you

  
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NASFKAB 7/16/2013 5:09PM

  emoticon losing 46 pounds WOW

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QTEALADY20031 7/15/2013 11:52AM

    Congratulations on your 46 pound weight loss! emoticon I saw you on the 5 to 10 minute of exercise a day. I belong to the chair exercise team. I was using the chair for exercise before I had both knee replacements and now that is done and I was walking but I had an injury to my Achilles Tendon and I am in a knee high boot. This is the same ankle that I am to have surgery on in October so I hope Ican take this off after 3 weeks when I see the doctor. I am going to add you as a friend. YOU are doing great!! You will reach your goal by doing something every day towards your goals. Have a great day!! emoticon emoticon emoticon June

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RACEWELLWON 7/14/2013 9:51PM

    Wow - almost at the 50 - you can do it !! Congrats ! - I really enjoy my friends on spark . Its a world of its own . Thanks for adding me to list of your friends . I added you as well !! Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELMA1913 7/12/2013 9:50AM

    emoticon I'm happy to be a new friend. Way to go with your weight loss! Very happy for you. emoticon

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KAZZIE531 7/11/2013 2:17PM

    emoticon Kathy...Four more to go for that 50# loss award...You can do this...

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FEMISLIM 7/10/2013 8:10PM

    Great that you are doing so good.

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AMANDANCES 7/10/2013 9:12AM

    46 pounds is amazing!!!!! Congratulations to you!! You make us all proud! And I'm honored to be one of your Spark friends! emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/9/2013 11:56PM

    emoticon oh my, you are looking skinny. 46 pounds off is emoticon emoticon

I love my spark friends too. But there is a great big beautiful world out there just waiting for you to explore it too.

Hugs, Gail

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STRESS80 7/9/2013 10:39PM

    Awesome on the weight loss and the increase in your exercise. I too have high anxiety but have to get out since I have kids still living at home. But I do love the friendship thing completely. I don't have to be someone I'm not because my friends here love me the way I am. So glad to be one of your friends. You can do this and you are succeeding really well. emoticon emoticon

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LISBETHSALANDER 7/9/2013 10:28PM

    Glad to know you!

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MOM2ACAT 7/9/2013 6:20PM

    Way to go! I agree the best part is the friends I have made here.

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LETHA_ 7/9/2013 6:04PM

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I agree that the community can really contribute to your motivation. Hope you are having a great day.

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IDLETYME 7/9/2013 5:37PM

    I'm happy to be one of your friends. I'm so proud of your weight loss - terrific!
Have a wonderful week emoticon Nancy

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LAC936 7/9/2013 5:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great job on the weight loss.

Yes, Spark is a good place for virtual friends.

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Big Non Scale Victories today!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Just finished my workout...88 minutes. I managed an extra minute of the turbo chair exercise today...eventually I will be able to do the whole video but stopped at 11 minutes today. My shake weight seems to be working - it is getting a tiny bit easier each day, but is still really hard to do.

Today I am going to have my husband help me with my measurements...if I had the tape straight earlier - and that is a big IF -then it shows another 2 inch loss off of my waist. I think I did it right - because I couldn't keep my pants up today. I was walking along the hallway at the hospital and they came down below my belly! Thankfully it was an empty hallway and I grabbed them real quick! I think tonight I will get my "too small" pants out of the drawer and see if they fit!

My wedding ring came off today (second one that we have bought because my original is too small) so I put it on my thumb. I have some silver bands that were too small for me and I got one of them out to try on to stand in as a wedding band and it FIT! I am so happy right now!!!!

I will update this blog with my inches lost this evening after hubby gets home and helps me measure.

edit = lost 1 inch off my waist and 2 inches off my band size and 1/4 inch off my upper arm!!!!

  
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NASFKAB 7/16/2013 5:08PM

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RACEWELLWON 7/14/2013 9:56PM

    That great !!! Those NSV are the best !! Keep pushing !! Might be a third Ring !! Hugs k

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IMEMINE1 7/9/2013 3:37PM

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KREBECCA75 7/7/2013 3:56PM

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/5/2013 4:42PM

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AMANDANCES 7/4/2013 10:26PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That's GREAT!!! Nothing like almost losing your pants because of your weight loss!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!

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LISBETHSALANDER 7/4/2013 10:21PM

    You go girl! Congratulations on all your hard work and the big payoff! So glad things are working for you. Best wishes.

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/4/2013 6:40PM

    Wow, that is impressive, Now hang onto those pants until you get some smaller ones on.

Gail

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LETHA_ 7/4/2013 12:18PM

    Most Excellent. I am so happy for you.
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STRESS80 7/3/2013 9:20PM

    This is emoticon congrats it is such a great feeling when you can see and feel the results of your hard work. Keep it up and before you know it you will be in all your smaller clothes.

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FEMISLIM 7/3/2013 6:41PM

    Woo Ho!!!!

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WHITNEYTEACHER 7/3/2013 5:37PM

    You're doing really great! emoticon
I hope your "too small" pants fit too. I have a couple of boxes of "too small" clothes in the attic. Positive thinking I guess.

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MOM2ACAT 7/3/2013 5:25PM

    You are doing great! 88 minutes is quite an accomplishment!

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MAGGIE4739 7/3/2013 3:55PM

    Congrats on all your victories! You are definitely going in the right direction. Keep it up. We are all proud of you. emoticon

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40 pounds gone!!!!

Monday, July 01, 2013

The highest I ever weighed was 426. I now weigh 386. That’s 40 pounds. Much of it since I quit smoking on February 22, 2013. When I quit smoking I was determined to not gain weight – so I started taking better care of myself. Two days before that I didn’t feel well and decided to test my sugar. As a type 2 diabetic I should have been testing at least once a day -but my sugar had been good for a couple of years so I was very lax about testing. Well the night I tested it was over 400! Trip to the doctor the next day. He told me that I had to get a handle on it and to go low carb. Best thing I have ever done for my health. I have felt better than I have in years, my sugar is under control (I did have to go on basal insulin – long acting - but not bolus – short acting)

Second best thing I have done is start exercising! I started to workout in earnest on June 7th, 2013…the day before my 10th wedding anniversary. I am tired of not being able to go anywhere on our anniversary because I can’t walk very far. Now that I am doing chair aerobics and also walking (I have HAD to walk to get my Daddy into and out of his doctors appointments and hospital visits) I am doing so much better. I am becoming addicted to moving! Today after I finished my regular workout I wasn’t too tired so I did an additional 10 minutes of a 20 minute chair aerobic video I found on the web. My next goal is to be able to complete the whole 20 minutes – it is a lot harder than my regular chair exercises. Then this evening as hubby James and I were sitting and working at the computers I decided to take a walk to the end of the driveway (long driveway) and James came with me! So I got an extra 10 minute walk in as well.

Here is the link to the video I found if you are interested. This guy is very motivating

www.chairfitnessworkouts.com/

  
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NASFKAB 7/16/2013 5:05PM

  thanks for the link

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CLAUDEM1 7/12/2013 1:14PM

    Thank you for sharing this link. I just did a 20 min. turbo chair workout, and I broke a sweat without aching. Awesome!

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IMEMINE1 7/9/2013 3:44PM

    That's great. I checked out the video for a few minutes. He's really moving. emoticon

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IMAVISION 7/2/2013 5:57PM

    Boy! You sure are doing yourself proud!

I couldn't be prouder of you, or happier for you, if you were my own daugther!

May the good Lord bless you with continued success!

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EMMABE1 7/2/2013 2:49PM

    TorillaFlats told me after I sent that message that she had found the video through someone else's blog - it was yours - so thank you.

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LETHA_ 7/2/2013 9:29AM

    Super Duper!!
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IKACEY 7/2/2013 6:04AM

    Wow that is a great workout!! I only did half because its in the wee hours but I will go back on my next cardio day for that one! You can really feel that heart go along. Who said chair exercises had to be for wimps! emoticon on that 40lbs I know it was hard earned. emoticon emoticon
http://www.chairfitnessworkouts
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TORTILLAFLATS 7/1/2013 10:42PM

    I don't know you but I sure am proud of you for losing that weight and doing the chair exercises. I love it and without it I would be probably bed ridden. emoticon
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Hugs, Gail

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ELMA1913 7/1/2013 9:49PM

    That is great! emoticon

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MIA_NY 7/1/2013 9:48PM

  Wow! That's so inspiring! Keep up the hard work!

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My new toy!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Today was an ok day - Took Daddy to radiation and it took longer than normal because they were backed up…but bonus was that Doctor said he would refill all of Daddy's prescriptions so that he does not have to go to any other doctors while he is getting his chemo and radiation except for himself and the chemo Dr - yay - less Dr visits!!!!!

Went to dentist today for a toothache - it is a broken filling! He will be fixing it next Tuesday on the 2nd, I can live with it till then - had it about 3 weeks - this was the first chance I had to do something about it!

Got my workout in and added a very controversial product - a shake weight. Found one in Roses dept store yesterday for 10 bucks and couldn't resist. I don't believe its calorie burn claims so I only put down 10 cals burned but I didn't buy it for calorie burn, I am hoping in addition to the dumbbells I use that it will strengthen my triceps muscles. It is not easy to use and I could feel the "burn" so maybe it will work for what I want it to do. We will see. out of all the negative reviews I found on the internet - most said that it actually would work the triceps - one review said that was all that it was good for. LOL so maybe I will have luck with it. Again – I know that it is controversial and I don’t really view it as “true” exercise equipment – but it is fun to do and extra movement can’t hurt!

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NASFKAB 7/16/2013 5:04PM

  have to do what works for you

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TEENY2BEE 6/29/2013 3:06PM

    FEEL THE BURN!!!!!

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IDLETYME 6/29/2013 2:58PM

    Sounds like you had a good day. Sorry about your tooth! I'll bet you do see some improvement with your "new toy" - it has to help some. Wait a while and you can give us a report on it.
Just wanted to tell you "HI" and have a super weekend!! emoticon

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DANAPRIME 6/27/2013 2:48PM

    Great job! I think every little bit of movement and exercise makes a difference!! Having a little bit of fun while you are at it is really a plus!

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FERRETLOVER1 6/26/2013 6:41PM

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Bubbles

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday June 23, 2013 was a good day. Woke up about 7, ate my breakfast then worked out for an hour! Then my hubby and I went shopping. Went to Magic Mart first and I actually walked around the store!!!! Did not have to take my mobility cart with me. It was a very freeing feeling.

Next we went to Kmart. I did ride one of their mobility carts there. Old habits die hard I guess and I was very tired from Magic Mart. Bought 3 new beautiful shirts for $5 a piece!!! Don’t want to spend too much on clothes right now as I am losing pretty good and my clothes are starting to get loose on me. But I was so pleased to find something pretty that actually fit.

When we came out of Kmart I realized I needed to use the restroom. Should have gone in Kmart! This Kmart is in a mall and I had to literally walk 5 minutes to the bathroom. But I was so pleased that I could actually make the walk. I could NOT have done that just a few short weeks ago. My workouts are making such a difference.

Now – about those bubbles – my husband and I are both just a couple of big kids at heart and he saw some bubble solution in Magic Mart. Well – he actually bought a big bottle of it! We sat in the car in the parking lot blowing bubbles!!!!!! Felt like a kid again. It was so much fun! Got home and played some more on the back porch – my dog didn’t know what to think of me! LOL


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POUTINGPEGGY 7/31/2013 7:18PM

    What a lovely simple pleasure. You are doing just great.

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LJCANNON 6/24/2013 8:14PM

    emoticon What a Fabulous Day!! Congratulations on your Progress and on taking steps AWAY from that motorized chair! It is Hard Work but it is so WORTH IT!! Enjoy your Freedom and the Bubbles!!

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IDLETYME 6/24/2013 8:00PM

    That was a fun trip! I loved those bubbles too. I should get some. My cat would have a fit!! I'm so proud that you are losing weight so well - fantastic.
I see that you belong to a chair exercise team. I don't, but I have four DVD's from Stronger Senior Chair leader Anne Burnell. I really like them. I get around fine but exercise a lot to DVD's. I don't feel comfortable walking on the street so walk to Leslie Sansone DVD's or in my back yard. I don't drive anymore either. I think I've pretty much answered everything about me on my page, but if you have any questions - just ask. My problem isn't weight - I weigh 115 - 116. I just want to stay limber and able to get around on my own.
Hope you have a super week. emoticon Nancy emoticon

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3G1RLS4ME 6/24/2013 7:37PM

    Sweet

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