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Am I a Success Story, My Husband Says I am

Thursday, January 13, 2011

You got to love your husband when out of the blue he says, "I bet you are on Sparks right now, doing all the stuff you do on the site". I smiled and said, "Yes, I am. You know me so well". He then says to me "You know you are a Sparks success story, don't you?". I have never thought of myself that way before.

Maybe I should have thought of myself as a success. My friend Sandy and my sister Doreen (who are both members on SP) have told me I am an inspiration to them. I am still currently only at a 54# weight lost. I was down close to 60#, at one point. Then I got sick and had to take off a lot of time from exercising and gained a few pounds back. I moved my end back by a few months.

I know my husband is very proud of me because of the way he looks at me again, like when we were first dating. I know he never stopped loving me. At one time I was over 250#, and it was difficult to see the woman he loved so much gain weight. He knew I had no control because of medications I was on for medical problems like Lupus, that make you gain so much weight.

Now he is the one who is over weight at 6'4", he is currently 220#, and most of it, is in his budha belly. I asked his surgeon today, how come when he took his appendix out, why he couldn't have taken a little of the "BB" . He laughed and said " Then I wouldn't have anything to rub for good luck". I cracked up because that is just what I do.

Anyway when my husband said I was a success story my first response was I don't think so. He goes "Why not". I said because I haven't been nominated for Motivator of the Day. Then I was like wait, as long as you and my family think I am a success, then I know I am succeeding. Yes, being MOD would be nice, but what my family, friends and doctors think of me is so much more important then all the awards in the world. Thank you, Spark People for making me a success story.

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HOWLERMOM 1/14/2011 10:53PM

    What a great blog -- reminders of what's really important - those around us and closest to us, like our Spark friends, are what make the difference. Woo hoo to you and your DH!! emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 1/14/2011 10:16PM

    Teri, you are definitely a Spark Success Story! You have "heavy duty" health issues and still you manage to work out and follow a healthy diet.... Think of all the so called healthy people out there who don't even bother to exercise and make excuses for not! You are an inspiration to your team members and always make us smile! If you aren't a success story, then I don't know who is! Your husband is right! Keep Sparking! One day you will be MOD and no one deserves it more!

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ANGELAMARIE226 1/14/2011 8:53PM

    You have motivated me so much even though we've never talked a lot. But every time you've left a comment on my sparkpage it's brightened my day more than you know!

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VRADAA 1/14/2011 8:26PM

    Prin1978 said is first.......You became a success story the first time you took charge of your health! You are the proof lady so keep Sparkin!

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LESSOFMOORE 1/14/2011 9:56AM

    Teri, I have always found you inspiring! The amount of weight you've lost is impressive in and of itself. To factor in your medical conditions only increases that. It goes without saying that your hubby is one smart cookie! emoticon emoticon

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PRIN1978 1/13/2011 11:00PM

    You're very welcome. You were a success story the moment you decided to take charge of your own healthy road to success. Keep up the great work Xena!

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TXGRANDMA 1/13/2011 10:38PM

    OF COURSE YOU ARE A SUCCESS STORY! Your hard work is an inspiration, and so is your weight loss. Look at your before and after pictures! You should post a photo blog! You are a great success and a GREAT and CARING Spark Friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Too Many Calories Tonight.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The day started off pretty good. Jeff and Frank work on the our osmosis drinking water connection, by changing out the old water bladder and moving it. We hope that works on getting our water bill down. They also had to work on my self cleaning oven, it was purchased in 1993 and until the redo on the house is done I don't want to open the new oven that we purchased. Anyway I went to use the self cleaning timer last night and it wouldn't work and some smoke puffed up from behind where the timer is located. Jeff looked at it today, showing Frank all things he was doing to it, cleaning the connections and so forth. Now it works fine. So glad Jeff is such a handyman and can do all this stuff himself.

I offered to take us to dinner tonight and the guys picked Poly's Pie's. It is a regional restaurant that has great food, but no calorie counts on the menu or web site. I hope someday they do this on their own. I guessed on the calorie count but knew it was going to be pretty high. I have their homemade chicken pot pie with mashed potatoes and it came w/chicken gravy on the side. I only used about 1/4 C. It also had a small amount of cranberry sauce which I took a few bites, because not one of my favorites. Before the meal came they served up their homemade cornbread with butter and honey. I also drank Lemon Tea. We also purchased some salt water taffy, of which I had 3 pieces. So I knew my calories were going to go over. I will just keep to the low side tomorrow.

I did 1 boot camp video and another bonus one today. I had a total of 14,040 steps from 11am - 7:35pm that was 7.34 miles. Eight days in a row of going over 10,000 steps. I can do this! emoticon

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CEGRUBE 1/13/2011 2:40AM

    Hey you're doing awesome with your steps! We have the same 10,000 step per day goal, but you're doing a lot better than I am. emoticon

By the way, do you have anything left in the house that you're not having troubles with? emoticon

Hope you and the "boys" enjoyed the dinner. The extra calories were probably worth it. emoticon

Take care.

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SHERWOODCYCLER 1/12/2011 11:57PM

    Way to go with the steps. I suspect with taking a low calorie day tomorrow you'll get right back on track. But eating out is difficult. It is so hard to guesstimate what you are actually consuming.

All the best to you...

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SOSAYSTARA 1/12/2011 11:13PM

    I like your honesty with yourself about what happened tonight. You know where you went wrong, you're accepting it, and you're moving on.

Congrats on being soooo level headed!!

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Keeping up with SP Boot Camp

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

This morning I decided to do a bonus video along with the regular daily BC video. It turned out I pick one that is 20 min. and a really good all over body workout. I was sweating a little by the end. I have managed to keep my goal of over 10,000 steps a day, today's was 16,112 for a total of 8.314 miles.
Not much going on today. DH sent my son under the house because he thinks we have a water leak somewhere. He checked under the house for about 30 min. and couldn't find anything. My son Frank, has gone under the house several times with and without my DH Jeff. He knows what to look for and even took his phone with him so he could take a picture of anything that look bad. Now the only thing we can think of is the new osmosis system Jeff put in after we purchased and installed the new refrigerator, isn't working correctly. One reason for thinking this is that our new refrigerator has stopped making ice and the water just comes out in drips at both the kitchen faucet water fountain and the on-door water and ice maker. So Jeff will take it apart tomorrow to see if somehow something is wrong. Always something.
Hope everyone is getting in their steps and drinking their water??

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BIYNAH 1/12/2011 10:24PM

    Great work out and walking regimen. Keep up the good work.


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DNJEN471 1/12/2011 7:11PM

    At least your DH seems to know what he is doing :)

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CEGRUBE 1/11/2011 11:56PM

    I'm afraid to ask what's next? emoticon

Good luck with the osmosis system. Maybe when it's taken care of that will be the last of your problems for the entire year! I think you've had enough already! emoticon

Well the good news is that you're doing great on making your steps goal (and your son survived the crawl). emoticon

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PRIN1978 1/11/2011 10:44PM

    Keep up the great work Zena!

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Feeling pretty happy! All is normal!

Monday, January 10, 2011

My husband seems to be almost back to his normal self. He his eating like a horse and doesn't seem to have suffered any ill effects from his surgery. I guess it was a success, although he still has this weird idea of what is funny. No cure for that I guess emoticon

We watched John Wayne movies all day on AMC. I did some exercises (boot camp video) and a good walk with Phred. Ate some light popcorn and had regular ice cream. My husband wanted real food so I made scallop potatoes w/cheddar cheese and chopped up some left over ham to put with it.

Did some house cleaning, laundry and a no walk for Phred. I did a lot of walking around the house and walking in place so I did very well on my steps and miles.
Make chicken with rice, along with corn and wheat rolls.

Got up, ate breakfast, read the paper, and I was getting ready to go to K-Mart when my friend Sharon returned my call. She asked how we all were doing and I did the same. We both had our stories to tell and that was nice. Her granddaughter Jenna has been accepted at 5 colleges from around the country, but she has to go out state because she was to be a forensic expert and the best colleges are back East. She has already checked out a few of them and I she wants to go to one in Westchester, PA. They are going to check it out for the second time at the end of Jan. Along with another one in Connecticut. I have know Jenna since she was about 8 yrs old. This is all very exciting for Sharon and her family.
I went over to K-Mart and got some Christmas stuff on sale at 75% off. Also looked around at some weights, but didn't like the ones I saw. Came home had lunch and watch GH, then took Phred for about a 50 min. walk. The sun was out but it was pretty breezy and cool, had to wear a light jacket. I was sweating by the time I got home. We had leftovers for dinner.

See normal life once again. emoticon

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DNJEN471 1/11/2011 12:54PM

    Gotta love the after Christmas sales!

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LADYVIDORA 1/11/2011 12:15PM

    Glad things are easing up.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/11/2011 10:33AM

    Gotta love normal! Glad that DH is doing better. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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House Cleaning Day (Normal Routine)

Friday, January 07, 2011

I am back to doing a normal routine. I cleaned the house today but I still have one bathroom to go. I did my Boot Camp video on SP, walked Phred and I had my pedometer on from 9:30am - 6:26pm. I had 14,014 steps, with 7.381 miles. I have gone over my exercise min. for the week, even going over my calorie count for a few days.
DH is doing so much better. He had PB&J, soup, yogurt, more soup and tuna sandwich with milk. He really wants a pepsi but he knows that may not be the best thing so he is keeping to juice, milk & water.
Going to watch Medium at 8pm (new) and then Super Natural at 9pm. Maybe if I get to sleep by 10:30pm I will be able to get up and take Phred for a long walk.
NIght all.

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DNJEN471 1/9/2011 1:56PM

    Great news!

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GRANNYS5 1/8/2011 5:46PM

    glad hubby is doing better and WOW on the steps!!!!


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JHADZHIA 1/8/2011 2:25PM

    Good for you on the steps! I actually cannot tolerate having a pedometer on me at any time except when I do my workouts or go outside. I drink too much water for it to be practical ;)
Glad hubby is doing better! Enjoy your shows!

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    We even like the same tv shows! I thought Medium was a trip tonight. Glad that your hubby is doing better. Love you, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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CEGRUBE 1/8/2011 12:50AM

    Glad you're back to a normal routine and DH is doing good!

Now that I'm home, another day or so I should be be back to some kind of normal routine too. emoticon

Hope you get a little relaxation while watching your programs - you need it after all your exercise!

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TXGRANDMA 1/7/2011 11:04PM

    So happy you are getting back to your normal routine, and that Hubby is better. Hope you enjoyed your TV shows. I will be going to bed here in a few minutes!! I am thinking it is only 8:05 PM your time?

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