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/ Day 25, how is this helpin me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781295 Ahhhh Day 25 !!!! I have NOT slipped. I may, if a bad illness hits, but even right now, with foot hurting like mad, I was able to while at my religious meeting,,, to get in 20 mins of "walking" well that's "walking" with One foot, which was pushing along my knee walker. <BR> <BR> I may also do some beginners shoulder, upper back yoga. Prob will,,, they are hurting, and as most of us know,, when you lay around,, sit around,, ,and do NOT take a proaction against pain, it just GROWS to an UN... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:19:03 EST Day 21 streak, yoga for back - beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778312 WOOHOOO Today is day 21 of my exercise streak !!! Tonight I was talking to our FABOOOOLOUS MaryAnn(GI) and she said to not think of it, as 1,000 days and if I "Screw up" to not let be thought of as a "Screw up" as I had been considering it to be. Said to take it in smaller increments. Such as in 50 days at a time, it'll not be sooo daunting. :) That's good advice, but PLZ DO NOT tell her I agree ! LOL ! I am such a STINKER ! <BR> <BR> Todays yoga ,,, I worked on my back. I had earlier ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:29:10 EST Streak Day 20, triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777453 Today is day 20 of my exercise streak ! WOOOHOOOO !! more yoga,,, for my neck, which has decided it's wants to be very sore. Tomorrow I FINALLY since the end of May see the back Dr,, who will work on my entire body,,, starting with my neck ! WOOHOOO !!!! <BR> <BR> For the Fall Challenge, we've been asked: What are your triggers? <BR> s <BR> Like most of us, I DO at times eat emotionally. I had just lost my Dad less than 2 weeks ago, and also Dick, who I considered my 2nd Dad a few days... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:05:17 EST Day 16, Help for neck, shoulders/Headaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774869 HI !! WELCOME !! <BR> <BR> Today I feel kinda LAZY !! We all have those days. But, what do we DO with them? Take OFF ALL day from exercise? ANd let the THOUGHTS control our actions? Or move any ways, and hope as you start,, it HELPS ! <BR> <BR> I was earlier on reading a SPARK Article on depression, which I used to suffer from sooo badly. It was RIGHT on, it pointed out that exercise DOES help increase the endorphin's in our brains, a FEEL GOOD pathway for helping with the depression. ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:14:58 EST Day 15, gorgeous, lovely day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774320 Today one of those late summer days we wish we could BOTTLE up and keep forever !! it was just PERFECT !! High 70s, with a strong breeze,,,, just a GREAT Day for sitting on the Green Belt (Walking path,which goes thru many towns/cities here in Maine. I am soooo fortunate to live on it. I asked though for the SUNNY side of the building,,, but, had they of given me the harbor view,,, I think that would of been ok to, though I dO ADORE the sunshine ! LOL So does the Meower I own, or rather w... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:54:08 EST Streak Day 11, thinkin of how did I get into this mess? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771524 Its Day 11 of my exercise streak. I've been watching HEAVY, A show in which 2 contestants lose what they can (its NOT a contest against each other) to lose their weight in 6 months. The first month they are under a managed, control 6, which they do exercise, 5 to6 yhrs a day, along with therapy to figure out :What bought this about, what emotions?: <BR> <BR> That got me to thinking, what emotions has done this to me? Andof interesting, in talking to one of my BFF's who's rather large,,,... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:32:06 EST Streaking day 8, relaxing Yoga (link) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769706 First I want to say THANKS to ALL of you !! During this time,, of my Dad's passing, I DO SO MUCH SO wish say "THANKS For ALL the support" !!! Its amazing how those of us on a putah though in some cases we haven't met, are still as close as we are. He is now free of all the pain. <BR> <BR> Today is day 8 !!! Of my exer streak ! YEAH !!! I waited til just b4 I wind down for bed (2AM, did this starting at midnight) 25 mins of yoga,, and did "relaxation" one. They use a strap for yoga,, in su... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:59:25 EST Goodbye Daddy,,,, U were the BEST Dad for me ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768091 Dearest Readers,,,, <BR> <BR> My Dad did pass on this AM,,,, around 9EST. He went peacefully thankfully. He lived in FL,,,, and most of us kids are in Maine. He was with his hospice nurse, Caroline. It takes a special type of person who can work with those who dying/than gone. She knew Daddy from working with him over the yrs,,, he thought the world of her. I am so THANKFUL she was with him. That helps to sooth the worry/pain of losing him. <BR> <BR> My Dad,,,, he was just the PERFEC... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:54:08 EST Day 5 (Streak) Yoga for Neck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767661 Today is DAY 5 of my STREAK !!! <BR> <BR> How am I getting in some time you may ask? For Friday I was put on restriction from bearing weight on my surgery foot. (It now has an ulcer on the bottom of it,,,, need to see surgeon again next week,, as I did today,,,, they are inbetween on 0.............(LOL Izzy just walked on puter ! LOL She THINKS its her toy. now my Kindle Fire, IS one of her toys,,, I have downloaded a CAT /MICE game ! She LOVES to play it ! It's terribly funny,,,,, I nee... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:52:49 EST Day # 4 of exercise streak.... need to be careful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767053 Thank you so much for reading this. <BR> <BR> Starting a streak of something of anything we choose can b daunting if we expect to much of ourselves. So plz do pick something u want badly to do and than just start it...think of it day by day. <BR> <BR> Today.is day # 4 of my exercise streak. Smiling. <BR> <BR> I have my knee walker which I need to use for now since I have the hole on the bottom of my foot. I see the surgeon tomorrow at (Tuesday) first appointment at 8. This is the 2nd t... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:18:37 EST Days 2&3 of exercise streak...Beginners yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766411 Hi. All u fabulous Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I'm on day number 3 of my first real streak! I'm so excited to take this serious. <BR> <BR> I didn't blog yesterday. I was tired..so sorry. <BR> <BR> What I did was to go Jen Hillman.com one word. She is a physical therapist who also has a bunch of yoga video s for us for free. I also look her up on YouTube. I put in beginners yoga for.. <BR> Than I put the the part of my body which hurts the most. So yesterday I kinda wanted the day off so ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:29:26 EST Lets go STREAKING ! Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765186 Remember when "Streaking" was a taking off ur clothes and RUNNING thru a crowd of people? LOL !!! We paid a neighborhood boy, who went to the same Inner City HS with us. We offered to pay him 10.00$ to RUN NAKKED up thru Congress Street,, which on the end of the HS is all business. He STRIPPED DOWN In a door way,,,, than OFF HE WENT !!! He was WHITE Skinned as can be !! And things shall we say,, "Where a flopping"? It was soooo funny,, I'll never forget it ! So that's what STREAKING US... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:13:14 EST Getting ready for the FALL Challenge ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764631 We do not yet have the date for the Start of the FALL Challenge, but I am already GEARING UP FOR IT !!! <BR> <BR> Thru the summer challenge,, my paws were UP in the air,,, and depending of when the FALL Challenge I "MAY" start off with my PAW UP also,,, it's currently in an air cast,, the infection I've been dealing with for almost 2 weeks,, is FINALLY clearing up (YEAH !) so I am going to call Dr's office next week,, and see if I can pick up activity !! BUT !!!!! I MAY have an ulcer on the ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:49:13 EST I once felt life was not worth it,,,,,,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760387 Yesterday Robin Williams committed suicide. He had no doubt felt as the rest of us who have tried this,,, "The world would be so much off without me." And its an "honest" but, mislead feeling at the time. <BR> <BR> That is exactly how I had felt,,,, I had tried way more than once, two or 3 times. Ending up on the ICU more than once,,,,, there was one time,,,,it was for 3 days in a coma. My family/friends came in,,,, to support me, all I could see was "I failed",,,, their words of love,,,... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:02:27 EST Oh my !! its True ! But, also some good news ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758538 TY for those who read yesterdays blog,,,,, it had to do with my Dad,,, he's sooo slowly passing away. Of course my heart is very sad,,,,, I am his "Little Girl" LOL no matter what size I am ! I will clearly miss him. Tonight he asked "how are you"? And than "I love you hon" which was all he could get out,,, his breathing is so bad at this point. I wish with all my heart,,, he'd just go to sleep,,,, I know I'll see him back on the Earth in time. And than he will NOT hurt any longer,,,... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:50:49 EST I'm/we are entitled to a bad day,,, today is mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757773 Its just not a "fun" day,,, and I am not in my usual good mood,,,,, <BR> <BR> My Dad is soooo ever slowly passing away,,,,,, and that hurts. Why does it have to be so hard for him? Hard on us watching him. He's to pass away any day. If ur a regular regular reader,, you know that my Dad and I have always been very close. I've always been "Daddy's Little Girl" though out my entire ,life,, no matter what my changing circumstances have been. I love ya Dad !!! I wish he could just quicl... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:33:33 EST Update,, SURPRISE ! **I WAS** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755486 Well today turned out be a SURPRISING Day !! <BR> <BR> I had been this for 2 weeks now: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827112893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And 2 weeks b4 the orange one I was in: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480591902.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had surgery on June 16th to correct a toe which was turned outward,,,, by about 75% and it HURT like MAD to walk on. The pic I cant find was for the first 2 weeks,,, b4 the yellow cast... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 01:42:12 EST Getting kinda freaked out,, time will tell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750541 As so many of you already know,, I had the surgery in June,, to straighten out my big left foot toe,,,,,,, and have since then been in 3 casts,,, with the last one now on,, for another week. <BR> <BR> I noticed last night,,, that FOOLISH/ROTTEN toe is already turning sideways AGAIN !! MAN OH MAN !! its IN the cast !! I kinda wanted to call the Dr, and RUSH ON IN today, but he's not in again til tues,, and the cast comes off any ways on Fri,, so of course,, I'll wait. <BR> <BR> I HOPE I am... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:44:24 EST It would be UNBELIEVABLE , but it's MY life ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746712 OK,,, for those who are new to here,,,, I had surg on the 16th of June, so 6 weeks have passed. It was to correct my left big toe,, which was in the process of turning UPSIDE DOWN ! It was on the side for the most part,,, and yet,, a part of it was almost in that upside down position. IT HURT so BADLY that I WANTED this surg very badly and RIGHT off,, though it'll and has affected going an hr aways,,, to a convention next weekend,,, (though I Do have permission now,, as long as I sleep on ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:31:18 EST I want it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745951 Tomorrow if Fri the 25th, and I FINALLY get OUT of my knee cast !! I have had them on now since the middle of June !! So yeah,, its TIME !! WOOHOOO !! ANd no,, I would nOT want it "as a reminder" though it IS PURDY in that it's NEON YELLAH !!! LOL someone yesterday remarked "WOW ! That's QUITE a traffic cone you have there" !! I just laughed. <BR> <BR> I am a DAWGGIE (Spirited Under Dawg) on the 5% challenge,, where we weigh in weekly... most of us do so on Saturdays,, though we can pick ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:14:33 EST I feel like I am out of prison ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743874 Well I've actually not ever been in prison,,, but, I was THREATENED with it twice in life,, one time I was only 7,, for breaking /entering with thousands of $$$s worth of damage. I DID NOT think about being wrong ! I did it for FUN ! ANd it was FUN, a friend had told me ,, she had done so the weekend b4 and how much FUN she had,, so of course I had ,, just had to join my friend. The other time,, was during my "drinking" days, which thankfully are in the past,,, quite a bit !! I had lost... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:43:59 EST This doesn't make me smile,,,,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739772 As my regular readers know,,, I had surg on the 16th of June. I went from the 1st cast ,, which was hard,, but wasn't all the way closed,, to help with the swelling,, to now a hard cast closed in,, bright neon yellow. I need to stay on the bed, couch, or bathroom. Of course being single now,, and no kids in the home now (Why do they grow up so FAST?) I need to also get my own food,,,, and clean up the few dishes I use,,, I am concentrating on going HIGH protein to help the bone heal. <BR... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:26:31 EST 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