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Two Years Maintenance As of Feb 1, Ice Festival photos!


Sunday, February 03, 2013

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?

Sliding castle:

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!
Hugs,
Linda
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TEENY_BIKINI 2/7/2013 8:48AM

    You are so awesome. Congrats!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/6/2013 2:08AM

    Wow, spark should never stress you out so glad you were able to come up with a solution that worked. What kind of dog is .daisy?

I love your idea of a ZUMBA marathon. What fun!!! Sorry about your back, hooe you feel better.

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LJR4HEALTH 2/5/2013 6:53PM

    emoticon Linda TWO YEARS is wonderful achievement emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/4/2013 5:53PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on the 2 years at maintenance! That is a BIG achievement. I know you aren't going back. You have overcome some incredible obstacles, especially health-wise. I know I don't have to tell you to keep it up, because you are going to. Enjoyed seeing all those ice sculptures! Take care, Marsha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 2/4/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on your two years! Glad you life is full!

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CELIAMINER 2/4/2013 8:01AM

    So sorry you are suffering so much pain, but emoticon on your two-year maintenance emoticon !

Beautiful pictures from the ice festival! I hope the rest of your winter warms up so you can get some relief and get out and about more.

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WATERMELLEN 2/4/2013 8:00AM

    So terrific to start my day with an upbeat LINDA blog . . . and all those glorious ice sculpture pics! In February sunshine!

You are indeed keeping on keeping on and it's amazing what you accomplish. That smoke-filled apartment situation makes me go GRRRRRR: cannot understand at all at all why their addiction is permitted to impose upon your right to breathe . . . .

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TINAJANE76 2/4/2013 4:07AM

    Many congratulations on two years of maintenance and thanks so much for sharing those great ice sculpture photos!

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/4/2013 12:41AM

    Love the ice picks! You have such wonderful activities you attend there! And I appreciate you sharing them with us!!! I have the Zumba Exhilerate - haven't been able to try it yet, but I'm looking forward to it some day soon!

Send you some "warm" weather from the midwest!!! Well, probably a little warmer than you, but not much!

HUGS!

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ENUFF81020 2/4/2013 12:20AM

    Hi Linda,
I'm so glad to see your blog and it answered a few of the questions I asked you earlier. I have been worried about you, but you don't have the answers yet. I sure understand that and we, once again, seem to be doing similar things with multiple issues that stem from what we deal with from day to day but they increase our pain and interrupt our sleep. I am so sorry and if I could take this away from you, I would. There is certainly no reason for two people to deal with this same junk and I have no choice but to deal with back pain (for the rest of my life since it cannot be repaired) and then I am having knee pain as I recover from my hip replacement and shoulder pain. Yes, I would gladly add what you are dealing with to what I already have to give you a break. Unfortunately, there is no way to do that, so the second best that I can offer is a friendly shoulder and ear to you for whining or cursing or just plain discussing the things that many different medical people tell you after you look it all up online and get yet another picture of things. (Maybe you don't do that, but I sure do--I want all of the information I can get.)

Your ice show was gorgeous. I loved the squirrels and the nuts and the intricate details of the dragons and other international exhibits. I also loved the artsy one with the circles and diameters and designs. All were just amazing.

Take care of yourself!!
As always, gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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1BEACHWALKER 2/3/2013 11:55PM

    emoticon your page is back and with very pretty pics! Love the seahorse! Sorry to hear of the pains you are having! Hope the bone scan doesn't show cancer...we can't have you with that of all things now!! I hope your Mom is doing ok now and nice to hear she still has Daisy! She must have taken her permanently then!
Take care and thanks so much for throwing me that party on my page & your very nice message!!
You are the best!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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