DIANEDOESSMILES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIANEDOESSMILES DIANEDOESSMILES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I DID it !! YEAH ! so very Proud of self ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736698 Hmm most of my friends will right off tell ya 'Diane does NOT self esteem issues" !! (I did yrs ago, but went thru therapy, and regained my positive view of myself. Thanks Kathy (T) For this ! We worked for YRS together,, it helps out so much ! Of course that's UP to each person,, if they need such,, and can afford it,,, for quite awhile my ins was not covering the costs,, so I had pay outta pocket,, and FOOLISHY Did NOT count that on my taxes ! LOL SILLY ME ! To many yrs have passed by to... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:50:19 EST good news today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734894 As many of my regular readers know,, I am in a bright yellow cast, up to my knee (left side) from a surgery to save my left big toe (I HOPE this works !). <BR> <BR> I am "supposed" to be on COMPLETE bed rest !! But, if you know me,,,, I do NOT do "complete bed rest" very well !! Yes for about 22 hrs a day I AM following this COMPLETELY SO ! And my friends are doing their best (and my fam also) to MAKE SURE I DO !! They are GREAT !!! Its taking 3 of them to do shopping, cleaning, laundry to... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:05:29 EST Dearest Daddy, , "I will always love you" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733456 We all go thru this at some time. For some of us,,, it's a time of loving memories,, for others,, there are a lot of ?s which goes unanswered,,, and for others who are naken ot as fortunate,,, they never get to know their Dads. I am one of the very privileged ones in that though my parents divorced when I was 7, my Dad and I always remained very , very close (He just lived about 7 miles away). All I had to do was call him and "My knight in white shining armor always came to my aid". THA... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:02:27 EST Isn't this purdy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730097 Went back to foot surgeon,, had on a "Soft Cast" (A cast under bandages,,, that doesn't close in the front to allow for swelling). <BR> <BR> And now? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l855425980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> isn't it purdy? <BR> <BR> Am in this one for 3 weeks,, so far that'll make it 5 weeks in one. Than into another one that's I HOPE Smaller,,,,,, til Sept,,,, than finally FREE !! <BR> <BR> This is the first foot Dr who done this,, the others used an air ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:46:38 EST Can I dance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727862 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1296003751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Normally I do 2 hrs of exercise a day. However right now I am a cast up to my knee as I am starting to recover from a toe and Achilles tendon surgery a few weeks away. So yeah, ALL the Dr says is "Lay on ur back , with ur leg UP in the air". <BR> <BR> Doesn't he realize I belong to SPARK??? And "SPARK" is a catchy name,, for "LIGHTING UP MY LIFE" For changes???? I guess he's not been thru this???? Hmmmmm !!... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:27:01 EST I cant believe it,, what/s next? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723734 HI ALL 1! Ty for reading my blog. Some of you may be new to me, since we've just started the 5% challenge for the Summer. GOOO Dawggies GOOOO !!! <BR> <BR> I had my surgery on Mon of last week (16th) just as we were inviting everyone to the team,,, and awaiting their happy arrival to the Kennel. (WELCOME !) <BR> <BR> I had for surgery my big toe fused in 2 places. This is its 5th and Last time (If it goes wrong upon healing or afterwards,,, it'll be amputated, that's the balance toe... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:21:08 EST Monday finally,,, up coming surg. YO ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715629 Finally on Monday I can start to look forward as I heal. I am going in at 8 and surg is at 10 for my left foot , big toe. This is the FIFTH time of them working on it. I remembered this AM,, I had forgotten to inform the Dr,,, I have "soft, mushy bones !! THis slows down my recovery time,, or maybe he might of noticed this,, or talk to Dr W,, who is in his office, or my usual surgeon Dr K. The latter 2 know this,, for he has my recovery time from now til Mid Sept,, in which he wants me to... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:58:04 EST Will this day Plz END ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707121 Today has been "A day" I wish to never repeat !!€ <BR> <BR> I went to PT eval,,, that was fine, except for we were quite late,, I live where there is a draw bridge,,, the traffic is usually on the "heavy side" from my city to the other city across the harbor,, where many oil tankers etc come in. So we were on the way,,, and it was sooo slow going with the bridge,, since traffic was moving, we knew it wasn't up. Thankfully,, for that easily adds an extra 25 to 40 mins to getting from poi... Fri, 30 May 2014 22:21:32 EST I belong to the best teams ! SUD/SAD/Believers ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706450 I belong to 3 teams,, where I a leader on all 3. Its sometimes very hard on me,,, for I must do the work on the SUD team,, so at times,, my beloved Believe, Achie2ve , and succeed team, and also my Losing And Disabled teams, need to take a back seat,,, this will happen again tonight (Thurs) for I am totally exhausted. <BR> <BR> I had the most busiest day yesterday,, with 2 Dr appts,,, and also swimming,, I was soo tired, but needed to be up again today to at once see the Dentist at 9. that... Fri, 30 May 2014 00:14:46 EST the Dr's appt today leading to a serious foot surg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704797 As many of my regular readers are aware of,,, I am headed towards surg on my left foot,, the big toe. This has so far in the past,, have had 5 surgs on it for the same prob !!! OH MY GOODNESS ! It has been turning in and sidewayish ,, a hammer toe. Since I have neuropathy and diabetes,, it ups the sug to being even more serious. I face a higher risk of infection. So today the Dr was very straight forward on : Keep it above ur heart for the 2 weeks, no getting it wet,, no getting it di... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:22:38 EST What do I love about the Dawggie Team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703871 OH These <em>338</em> IE's are a wild, wild pack !!! <BR> They are so zealous ,, for each has a Dream to fulfill, and we and Leaders love to help them achieve those dreams,, goals !! Its soo much fun being a leader,, and looking over the Stats for the team,,, how are they each personally doing on their personal goal? We went thru and read each and every page as they joined upped. Sure did get Very excited !! It looked like at the start of the challenge, the Dawggies (those who had belo... Mon, 26 May 2014 21:51:18 EST What challenges have I faced in these past 8 weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703019 Right off in week 1, I was able to do some walking. I just adore walking,, it's something that so many take granted that they will (hopefully) always be able to do. I can't though count on it, so when I do it,,, and feel my feeties crunching things on the ground,, as I love to kick things,,, watching the results of a rock going and scrimpering all around on the ground,, just brings out the kid in me. When my GD was 14 and 15,,, and I could do a lot more of the walking,,, on and off of cour... Sun, 25 May 2014 20:08:49 EST Feeling better,,, back to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702417 This past week from Tues evening til Fri AM,, was such a rough time,, I that Dreaded Flu !!! It I suppose was not the worse one I've had, last yrs was horrendous ending up in the ER,, this time though I didn't have to do that just felt really bad. TY to all the Dawggies, LADs and Believers who all hit my page to wish me a "Get Well" for that helped me to smile at a time,, I wasn't laughing in general. <BR> <BR> A special thanks to the Leaders of the 3 teams, who had to stand in for me,,,... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:19:22 EST I SO BADLY needed this ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698863 As many of you know,,,, I may be very soon (could be in 2 ,, 3 at the most,, weeks) for my foot. I'll find out next Tues exactly it'll entail. My regular foot Dr says to maybe use a donor bone,, or just removing the big toe on the left foot. <BR> <BR> This of COURSE has been STRESSING me,,, and I am BREAKING ALL Out from the eczema on my arms,, legs,,,, near hiney,,, oh my I ITCH BADLY !!! Doc says that's due to stress,,, I clearly do feel it. <BR> <BR> So this weekend I TOOK OFF and Wen... Tue, 20 May 2014 00:48:55 EST STRESSIN over Dr appt yesterday,, surg serious foot. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695352 For those of you who on a regular basis,,, you KNOW how HORRID my feeties are !!! 17 surgs thus far. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I saw my REGULAR FOOT Dr,,, who has done some AMAZING Srgs on my feet (Myprint on this is so tiny I can't really see it,, SO SORRY for ALL the mistakes !) !!! I TOTALLY TRUST her. <BR> <BR> Well she explained,,, what she wants another surgeon to do,, he's done it before,, she has NOT and WOW OH WOW DO I EVEN ADMIRE HER MORE SO for NOT doing something ON ME which sh... Thu, 15 May 2014 00:56:44 EST It Tried to KILL Me !! I SWEAR ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693597 OK man OH MAN !!! <BR> <BR> I am still quite heavy,, and SO TIRED OF IT !!! In my mind,, I am A LOT SKINNIER than that DANG Mirror LOVES to THROW BACK AT ME !!! Dang thing !! <BR> <BR> We have this TERRIFIC gal on our team,,,, Cheri (Cheririddell) if EVER YOU NEED a HERO TO LOOK at,, ESPCIALLY if you have ANY ache,, and feel "I CAN NOT exercise today,, my back hurts, my feet , my knees " Etc, CHeri is the ONE to FRIEND FOR SURAH !! <BR> <BR> CHeri thru this winter,, and continueing now,,... Mon, 12 May 2014 17:38:04 EST Todays Dr report ,,,, physical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690704 Today I saw my Dr for a physical. <BR> <BR> I do have diabetes, however it's under FANTASTIC CONTROL !! Only affecting me with being up thru out the night,,,,, for it makes ya thirsty,,, and so of course you drink (I now do almost ALL water,,, maybe a smoothie),,,, so yeah. I also still develop ulcers on my feet. THANKFULLY I now to what to look for,,, so they hopefully will NOT reqite any more,,, skin grafts. <BR> <BR> I told her "I think I am not losing the weight I want too, cos of ... Thu, 8 May 2014 16:43:48 EST Took most of the day off,,, and now? How am I feeling :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683613 I am a part of what the "Spirited Under Dawgs" of the 5% challenge,, where we should be trying our best,,,,, and of course ADD into that if someone is newly injured,,, not chronically,, but newly,,, they need to NOT push ANYTHING , but to talk to the doc ! Before they contine onward. <BR> <BR> I am though one of one of the "Chronic" suffers. Mostly my back (4 conditions) and my feet ! (Possibly soon having #18 of surgs on them) POSSIBLY, not an "absolute". The Dr may take a part of my he... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:58:01 EST how am I doing on my personal goals,, start up page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679912 WEll on our start up pages,, we are now able to put down the goals we wish to make and when we'd like to make them. <BR> <BR> one of mine has been to lose 2 lbs a month (it comes off SO HARD,, NOT FIARH it came on SO DELICIOUSLY ! IT was EASY ! ) and another one was to "Do yoga at least 4 times a week". I am currently doing yoga 6 TIMES A WEEK !! WOOHOOO !! <BR> <BR> So I'd say I am doing RATHER WELL on some of them. The other one is of Dr talking to a patient about being HEALTHY !! I WA... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:36:40 EST "I believe I can FLY" ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673763 Many of us may remember this song???? If not, or if your younger than when it came out,, I THINK??? In the late 80s, early 90s???? NOT quite surah,,, here it is on youtube <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbUp<BR>PVOEkdA </link> <BR> <BR> "I Believe I can fly, I think about it day and night, spread my wings and fly away" This is one of the MOST UPLIFING SOngs there POSSIBLY Is !!! It helps us to see what EVER we WANT ,, we can GO FOR IT !!! WE CAN ACHIEVE so MUCH... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:57:32 EST I am obese,,, and it'll stay this way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670038 I talked to a Dr today,,,, about how I KEEP TRYING SO HARD to lose. we talked about "how are your eating habits"? He was quite impressed over all the changes I've made,,, agreed that SHOULD WORK !! <BR> <BR> Than he asked about my exercising. I told him,, some days 60 mins of swimming,, other days swimming and yoga or yoga and some walking (though at the moment the walking is becoming less and less,, as I head towards,,, surg #18 on feet,,, hmmm I'd have to guess that 13 of those have bee... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:04:34 EST Down for a couple of days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669292 Today I saw the DO who does my back, neck, legs and ribs. I told him how much pain I was in after the last session 2 weeks ago. He agreed to be MUCH easiah on my ribs. Still as I sit here,,, and usually the first day I am "ok" ,,,, I can feel my ribs. <BR> <BR> its the 2nd day (Tomorrow Fri) and the following day,, that REALLY have me BEGGING FOR MERCY !!! OH YEAH !!! So why do I bother to go? I NEED to get better,,, and once Sunday will come along,,, I'll be sooo much off,, that it's wo... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:44:37 EST Next thing I just tried,, WOW ! Water AEROBICS ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667043 Tonight I tried WATER AEROBICS Deep end !! <BR> <BR> YO !!! It was a GUININE WORK OUT FOR SURAH !!! <BR> <BR> It was ALSO HARD in that I could NOT see what it was I was doing. I had thought that water googles may help, but my head is above the water ALL the time. MOst DO NO EVEN get their hair wet !! but the instructor wears his glasses,, and they have a TON of spots on them,,,, and I cannot STAND ANY SPotTS on my glasses !! So that's a NO GO !!! <BR> <BR> I am also hard of hearing,, ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 02:30:16 EST A unique experience with the 'Dr's" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664251 today was quite an interesting day 11 <BR> <BR> I met with my Foot surgeon (I also have a foot dr),,, and he was teaching a bunch of Dr's who have been in practice for quite some time,,,, one of them had a lot of white hair,, as does he. there were about 10 to 12 of them, pls my dr. (hmm caps aren't working sorry !) <BR> <BR> he wanted to show them my leg from the neuropathy surg,, which wAs a BOOMing success 11 I told them how I went from 8 pills down to 3,,, from being in my wheelchai... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:23:51 EST SHALL Success be MINE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661360 The title says it ALL "Shall Success "BE MINE"??? <BR> <BR> This is WELL In MY OWN CONTROL !! Oh yeah,,, in the past,,, I've FLUFFED OFF and it SHOWS when I DO !!! NO DOUBT !! one can NOT eat a triple layer piece of GIANTANT CAKE and STILL LOSE,, or 4 bowls of ICE CREAM and HAVE IT NOT SHOW !! <BR> <BR> So we are about to embark upon the SPRING 5% challenge ,,, and what WILL HAPPEN THIS TIME??? Its ALL UP TO ME !! NO ONE else "can control" what goes into my mouth !! Sure I have a friend wh... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:21:56 EST WELCOME NEW PUPPIES/DAWGGIES ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659613 <em>244</em> A week from tonight,, so actually in 6 days and some odd hrs,, depending on where you live,, the SPRING CHALLENGE of 2014 STARTS !!! OH YEAH !! <BR> <BR> We as the SPIRITED UNDAH DAWGS are SUPER EXcITED to RESTART the challenge from ALL the HARD WORK WE put forth during the WINTAH Challenge ! OH YEAH !! <BR> <BR> We had the MOST NEATEST bunch of PUPPIEs come aboard,, and MANY have STAYED for the SPRING CHALLANGE ALONG with the MOST AWESOMENESS Dawggies who have experience ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:53:51 EST I am FINALLY again making progress ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658560 Tomorrow is weigh in day,,, and I've been sooo GOOD this week,,, as I have been, but the scale has NOT been reflecting it well. Than again,,, last week I DID lose 2 lbs, it was b4 that week though I had GAINED 4 lbs !!! Maybe that was from all the exercise and perhaps from the swelling of the left foot,, which I've come to "accept'" will always for now be there,,,, as a result of the last surg in Nov,,, it just took it a bit to swell up. Hmmmm I had shot in foot last Fri,,, so we can TRy t... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:13:57 EST Am in so much LESS PAIN !!! How about U? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654899 Along this journey of a "healthier" "lifestyele" I have been changing MANY things,, such as I WILL eat freggies now (Still NOT where I WISH to be,, it's a WORK IN PROGRESS !),,, and drink ONLY WATER or Smoothies !!! I had b4 that drank 6 to 8 cans of Pepsi a DAY ! And WOULD ALLOW NO Freggies to PASS THESE LIPS !! That was an ABSOLUTEY since the day I was born ! <BR> <BR> The changes are REMARKABLE !!! The water,,, and now I WILL eat SOME Freggies. It's sooo cool to experience these changes... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:44:37 EST NEVER GIVE UP ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653512 If you are a regular reader of mine ( <em>304</em> ) !!! <BR> <BR> I fight with 4 conditions of my back,,,, and it HURTS almost 24/7 unless I am leaned back onto a heating pad (Even then parts of it hurt a lot), but this is the LEAST amount of pain I can get into,, and ALSO KNOW THiS WELL if you ALSO have the aches and pain which come with age,, good ole Arthritis,,, YOGA DOES HELP A LOT !! Not only with the pain, but also with the balance we tend to lose as we age. <BR> <BR> I had ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:00:10 EST The PAIN,, can I STOP it? DID I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647350 OH TODAY has NOT been a good day regarding PAIN of my left leg (its feeling heavier and heavier,, which soons NO DOUBT I'll be back in my power chair, but it SURAH WAS FUN not having to use it for what?? 5 or 6 weeks? DO NOt DISPAIR !! This happens ALL the time,, though my UP and walking time keeps getting shorter and shorter,, does NOT matter it does NOT "Define" me,, I MAKE the day GOOD OR BAD by my own attitude,, which is almost UP). Also I have had a headache most of yesterday and today,... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:19:18 EST WOOHOOO Accomplishments ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645009 I am about to go to bed, but I wanted to come back on and say what a GREAT DAY THIS WAS !! <BR> <BR> For the FIRST TIME EVAH I HIT that PAWESOME # of 7 on FREGGIES !! ("F", V"Eggies") This is AMAZING considering that though I've been on SPARKS for 7 yrs now,, and 2 yrs of that as the "CL" Challenge Leader of the Spirited Under Dawg team on the 5% challenge,, where we work HARD to do our BEST to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks,, and MANY do HIT THIS !! I have in the past, but not this time... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:37:47 EST Hiding VEGGIES in food ! And exer,, very good ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637347 Tonight I NEEDED some Veggies into my tracker,, I was LOW On the iron,, and I DID NOT want to be,,,, and also on fiber. So tonight,, and today,, I had A LOT of spinach !! it's sooo very good for ya !! <BR> <BR> In the AM for breakfast,, I had some (about a 3/4 of a cup) into my Smoothie,, which also had lactaid free milk,,, greek van yogurt,, triple berries (one cup) and than I put them into my magic bullet. YUMMY IT WAS !! <BR> <BR> For lunch I had a salad,,, of spinach again,, 1 cup wi... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 01:11:18 EST no swimming today,, did i take it off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636555 Today and for quite a few morah to come,, my BFf is quite sick,,, and will need a week or 2 in order to recover. She had to go to quick care yest to be looked at,, she was having a HORRIBLE time breathing in the pool,,, and KNEW she needed help. lOL I did ALL the talking yest,, and of course She ALSO loves to talk,, so she KNEW to get help !!! she has and I'll prob spell this wrong, phumenia and also a sinus infection,, so she's OUT for a bit. <BR> <BR> She's my ride there,,, I can not dr... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 00:48:45 EST Day 2,, swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634857 OH YEAH !! We read how on Monday It was my FIRST DAY of <em>237</em> !! That day when I first started out,,, I stayed on 2 noodles for the first 15 mins,,,, for those who may know,,if this is ur first time reading my blogs (TY TO ALL WHO DO !) I had a stroke in July 12,,,,, and my left arm doesn't work well,,, hard to raise it about elbow level. so that's why I was taking it SOOO SLOWLY. I had one of my BFF's with me,, and she wanted to do a lap,,,, so than I got off the noodles,, and ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:49:56 EST SO HAPPY,, it ?MAY? be WRONG????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633852 Well as you now from my blog yesterday I FINALLY went SWIMMING !! <BR> <BR> Today when I awoke, I COULD tell I had, but right now I am back to my normal feelings in my body !! The left shoulder,, I'll get up in a few,, and STRETCH IT OUT !! For when I have pain,,, I just work it out,, and TADA !! I feel SO MUCH bettah !!! YEAH!! <BR> <BR> So what AM I DOING tomorrow??? I am DRAGGING ALONG with myself MAYBE 3 of my friends,, Definitely 2 of them !! WOOHOOO !! One who NEVER exercises ! So I a... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:54:34 EST FINALLY I did it !! Todays SUCCESS ! WOWZERS ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632835 As most of you know,, and if you are new to my blogs,, WELCOME !! Take a DELIGHTFUL Seat,, have some sparkling water,, and some almonds are on the table,, and fruit also,, with a few fig bars,,, cos those cookies are "in a way" good for you !!! Take OFF ur shoes,, and socks,,,, and ENJOY !!! (Heating pads for those who hurt ,,, are by the doorah) <BR> <BR> Well as most of you know,, I have 4 back illnesses which are very chronic and have been since a car accident in 92. Hey that truck WAS... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:01:53 EST I am TOTALLY THRILLED !! Walking,,,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631030 Today was a BEAUTIFUL DAY Out !! In the mid 40s ,, though there WAS a HARD WIND,, about 15 to 20 MPH,, which BLEW MY HAIR INTO MY FACE !! I DO NOT at ALL like that ! <BR> <BR> I had decided Yesterday if it was sunny, nice out,, I WOULD go for a WALK !! I have NOT done this "outside" (Have in stores on purpose to just get in walking) since the end of fall,,, when we started to have the OLD GREAT STUFF that's VERY WHITE and cold (I DO NOT mind the cold,, I DO the ice !) started. Since I have ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:26:33 EST Answer to Dr "you NEED to LOSE WEIGHT" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630495 I had a Dr a few yrs back ,, well ALL in all I'd been seeing him for 5 yrs. So I was familiar with him. <BR> <BR> He said to me,, for he was my back Dr,, the SAME OLE RECORD they ALL SAY , ,, often much of a THRILL for them (or why do they KEEP doing it?) <BR> <BR> "You need to LOSE WEIGHT" <BR> <BR> My answer "SO DO YOU !!! I've been coming here for 5 YRS and that POUCH of urs has NOT gotten smaller. I bet ur Dr tells you THIS ALL the TIME, but you haven't !! I bet ur Dr is VERY HAPP... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:54:23 EST FEELING GREAT ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628604 I have just started to do the chair yoga (in these ()s you can skip if you already know <BR> my "story",,,, I have 4 chronic pain issues in my back, and have had 17 surgs on feet). <BR> <BR> With my health being as it is,,, I am QUITE PROUD of this accomplishment ,,, it's been QUITE some time,, since I've been able to really move this bod ! <BR> <BR> This week, and last also,, I've made it a goal to eat 3 freggies a day,, UP FROM NONE !! While this week,, from Sat thru Fri,, I've not t... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:17:27 EST I already KNEW what Dr would say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617452 Today I saw the dermatologist,,,, I had suddenly over the past few months or a little longer,, developed a thing on my left breast,,,, no , no ,, while it's LOCATED there,,, it's nothing to do with the breast. THANKFULLY !! Always been thru that scare,, and DO NOT TO AGAIN !! <BR> <BR> This looked to me, as it could possibly be skin cancer at first, but than a few weeks later,, I had NO DOUBT !!! I've had about 10 precancerous skin spots so far. this one just "looked different". Of cou... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 01:14:05 EST Ice cream BINGER I WAS ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609567 OH man,,, just THINKING or A SLIGHT SUGGESTION of one of America's FAV FOODS,, ICE CREAM used to DRIVE me RIGHT To the FRIDGE !! Do not PASS GO, do NOT land on PARK PLACE, go STRAIGHT TO JAIL ICE CREAM !!! YUMMY !! Oh I clearly had MANY favorites,, when it came to that food, I WAS NOT FUSSY !! <BR> <BR> So I DID realize about a month ago, I had a HUGE PROBLEM for when I sat down to eat it,,, I'd EASILY eat 1/2 a large carton,,, melting it partly in the microwave,,,, so it was NICE n' SOFT... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:08:28 EST I am SO PROUD ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607649 There are a FEW things today which as I reflect back over the day, I am VERY PROUD OF !! THis of course is GREAT and I am feeling "THE BURN" !! <BR> <BR> I did 120 mins of exercise,,, which my back feels tonight, but not TO BAD !! I had to be very selective over what I did, for my left foot is very swollen, which meant of course NOTHING ON FEET. Even with my food,,, I did NO cooking, though I could of used my wheelchair at the stove,,, I HATE THAT ! It's soo hard to see the pans,, even whe... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:13:35 EST Dr's say "we can't help you" now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602930 I was told by MANY Dr's "lose weight and you will feel so much better", so I did, I've lost approx. 70lbs now. <BR> <BR> Where they correct? NOPPERS !! NOT AT ALL !! To this day, I hurt along "My hump" (I have scolosis pretty badly,, the hump in the middle of my back is quite noticeable). Also on the lower back L4/L5, for as a gymnast in my much earlier yrs, I had fractured it. So now no matter what position I am in, it's bone grinding on bone. L5 has slipped over in front of L4 . <BR>... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:46:52 EST THE BEST DAY EVAH !! Pic of a lighthouse ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599607 I had one of the BEST DAYS today I've had in a LONGGGGG TIME !! <BR> <BR> First I went to my religious meeting. It was GREAT !! We had studied an indebt subject,, and we are allowed for 45 mins, to make comments on questions covered for 18 paragraphs,,, it was FUN for I answered 3 of them. Also I saw MANY of my friends,, a part of my fam there. WAS NEATO !! <BR> <BR> Than after that,,, my friend,, and I (friend of 43 yrs !) went out. At first we were goin to SHOP and EAT OUT, but I DID ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 01:11:50 EST FUN/INTERESTING DAY !! WOOHOOO !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596557 As most of you know I have had MANY foot surgeries. Up to # 17 on feet,,,, and also have had 5 others. LOL its SoOO RIDICLOUS on how many I have had,,,, that if I go a month without one,,, I am kinda HAPPY AND FREE !! much like a SNOW DAY When I was a kid ! JOYOUS !! <BR> <BR> So today I went and saw the surgeon who did my foot last (not reg foot Dr/surgeon who's done MANY of my everyday surgs,,, hammer toes,,,, tumors in feet,,,, crooked toes,,, metal in/out of feet,,,,a partial ampu... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 02:22:57 EST It just HAD to HAPPEN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588155 OH DEARAH ME !! There comes a time in a womans life where the MIRROR becomes YOUR ENEMY !! <BR> <BR> Today is MINE !!! Jan 9th, 2013 <BR> <BR> When I looked today,, ALL OF A SUDDEN these BAGS APPREARED undah my eyes !! They look so BIG I can probably use them to pack my groceries in !!! WHAT HAPPENED HERAH ??? I LOOK Even worse than my 83 yr old Grandma DID !!! OH MY GOODNESS !! Well in ALL honestly I've been WAITING for that "TURN of the MOMENT " when one day.,, I am FRESH and YOUNGAH ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:42:38 EST Winter 5% goals,,, WOW NEATO ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578875 What do you want to change? <BR> <BR> I want to IMPROVE my FREGGIE eating,,, I've accomplished that I wanted with Drinking water over the past 2 challenges, so now it's time to CONQUER THE HARDEST OF ALL,, the one I am the MOST SCARED OF !!! FREGGIES !!! This means ,,, also COOKING which I am Very GOOD at,, when I do it,,,, and I've been thru the past 2 weeks,,, working on this,,, and it's doing me VERY WELl and $$$AVING me $$$$$ by QUITE A BIT !!! WOOHOOO !! <BR> <BR> How do you want to... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:34:34 EST Its getting VERY COLD out !!! :) And me,,,,??? how do I FEEL About it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575134 I had BETTER Of ENJOYED today for today it hit above freezing,,, a RARITY For Maine lately. We SHOULD be around 36F which is only 4 Degrees from that "the MARK" of snow vs rain. I am RIGHT on the water,,,, and so often it's WARMAH here,,, while even 5 miles inland its snowing we get RAIN. I LOVE/ADORE snow,,, I have on my door a poster which is big enough to ENCLOSE the ENTIRE door with a snowman and "LET IT SNOW" on it !! WOOHOOOO A TRUE MAINAH I AM !! (mainer) <BR> <BR> Now come Tues,,,... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 23:17:26 EST It is PROBABLY REAL ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573495 TY TO ALL who responded to yesterday's blog. It had to do (in case you didn't read it) how I had surg in Nov,,, to stop the bottom of my foot from hurting when I stepped down on it. The surgeon took the nerve that goes up the foot, near the big toe on left foot,,,and cut it ,, tucked it into a muscle. I was NOT sure at first if this worked, but yesterday I did QUITE SOME WALKING !! it DID NOT HURT more than it normally does !! <BR> <BR> So I thought I'd let you all know,,,, cos the end of... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 02:33:09 EST Felt JUST WONDAHFUL !!! Todays exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572704 If ur a normal readah,, you know that exercise is NOT AT ALL easy for me. I had the 2 surgs ,, one in Aug ,, the othah in Nov,,,, which made a total of 17 on feet. So today is my FRIST day of even TRYING to walk again. <BR> <BR> I went with a friend to home Depot,,, prob about the ONLY place that was NOT extremely busy,, though I LOL DID See a lady returning a gift,, of a TOILET,,, I wondered "is her H still ALIVE"??? LOLOLOLOL <BR> <BR> The friend I was w/wanted a steamer, and had looked... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 01:10:18 EST