When I broke my elbow Feb 1st, I weighed 121 lbs and as I had no real goal weight in mind thought that number was as good as any! It took me two years to lose the 78 lbs from the 198 I started with. I started out at Curves, losing my first 20 then stalled and entered their Biggest Loser contest and for the first time learned to track my food. Searching for an easier way then manually adding everything up, I found SparkPeople and the rest is history! I came 2nd in the contest too :)
Still tracking my food and fitness, I have managed to stay around weight that range even through a year of surgeries where I was unable to exercise. I am living proof you can lose the weight and keep it off no matter what!
Its been a long, brutally cold winter with temperatures well below normal, many cloudy, snowy days, but finally a small window of lovely weather, just in time for the Ice Festival:
The wall of sponsors:
They had a bit of international flavor:
Lizards from Malaysja Kee GawaA
Griffin from Sweden Peter Sorwimo
Seahorse From Japan Tak Ito:
Dragon in A Fire Wall from Canada Tom Pitt:
They had sculptures all over, this one of squirrels in a tree was neat:
Not sure what this is but maybe a swami holding a crystal ball:
Have no idea what the little critter is doing running with the head of another on a table, just very strange:
Don't know what this is representing, just some art?
The bench -some wimp put a blanket on it, we don't need that here, buns of ice ;)
So I have been very, very busy and was getting tired of all the friend adds I didn't need to cope with so shut my page down and it worked -kept my e-mails down to no more then 9 or 10 a day and those people really needing to contact me were kind enough to do it via Sparkmail. I have not been doing the greatest -back pain has been waking me up constantly and making it uncomfortable for me to sit or lay down for long. My Dr. did give me slow release narcotics as well as fast acting ones, but they don't help all that much. I find movement is best for the back. An elbow, wrist and my quad/IT band are giving me grief and the painkillers help with that. I have upped my Humira from one injection every two weeks to once a week. I need to know if this Humira is really helping or is a waste of time. I see my family Dr. on the 5th where I will find out the results of my bone scan for cancer. They wanted to be sure to eliminate that as a source of the back pain. The alternative, my RA or osteo isn't a whole lot better as they are equally destructive. I see my rheumatologist for my once a year visit in March.
I have not stayed over at Mom's since she has gotten her new dog Daisy. For one, I have been too busy, the weather too extreme for hiking and she was under the weather and didn't need me underfoot. She took a spill with Daisy and hurt something and happened to get an infection UTI at the same time :( The result is weekends at home in my smoke filled apartment with no where to go and the last two weekends my sinuses plugged right up and I am hoping they don't get infected. Just one more hassle preventing me from sleeping :( The weather has been too cold to open the windows without risking freezing the water heat pipes under the windows :( Next weekend is a bridge tournament, so one last time of busyness then I am finally back to normal business.
If I could I would take a sell off vacation to a warm place, I would in a flash!! Winter started early, October 15, with a major snowfall, got really cold and has been well below normal temps ever since :( It meant an early end to going to my fitness classes, and I miss them more than anything. There was a Zumba marathon just last Saturday, but it was way out in the boonies and would have cost way too much for a cab. So in honor of it, I played all my Zumba DVD's from the Exhilarate set back to back for 270 minutes of party fun! Unfortunately, I paid for all that exuberance later and am now suffering from that sore quad/IT band I hope was over :PP Sometimes my body pushes back and wins!
Thanks to those of you making an effort to keep in touch with me! Appreciate the thoughts!
Have a good evening all, sleep well!