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 don't want to eat that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339460 Today's Spark Coach asks: <BR> <BR> Today, imagine that you decline someone who offers you a tempting treat because you know it won't fit into your food budget for the day. What do you say? How do you remain firm? How does it feel to know that you are in control of what you eat? Think about this scenario the next time you're tempted to give in. <BR> <BR> So here are my answers: <BR> <BR> It won't fit into my food budget for the day,,,,, <BR> <BR> What do you say? <BR> <BR> "Tha... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:58:00 EST Ahhhh YES I LIKE this !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336088 I am one of the leaders who are helping our teams to stay accountable during the 5% Challenge break. There are still a few seats left if one would like to join the 5% Challenge. This is a unique team. We all join the Spring 5% Challenge now,,, and there are various teams to join (some are closing FAST !) which has various themes,,,, there are the Awesome As, Teddy Bears, Champion in the kitches (do you LOVE to cook?) Shooting Stars,,, Starfish and of course the one I am on the Spirited Und... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:09:00 EST I've been so angry ,,, when someone in our life doesn't care about their self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335082 Have you ever had someone in your life who drains you? Someone perhaps a child,,, a spouse, a friend who just has given up living life? <BR> <BR> How does it affect you? Does it make you also so drained? Did you do as I have been "trying to help __name___ see how much it's hurting you by their behavior?" Do they care? <BR> <BR> It's one of my BFFs (though it's changing for me,, not her as such). I am the one who has made the changes. I had gotten up to 288 when 3 events seemed to ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:33:30 EST A team which helped me to LOSE 50 LBS in 2016 w/MANY health issues ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334640 I have a TON of heath issues (notice NOT "problems because to me this is not what some think of when we hear the word "problems" in regard to health. The word "problem" to me with health is a STOP word. STOP not try !! It's USELESS). Ranging from fibromyalgia, osteoporosis (hurts so badly daily) with many in between. The foot issues have been going on for about 15ish years, which included many infections,, in a TON of casts. <BR> <BR> NONETHELESS hey WHY give up? Do I hurt? OH SHOOT YES... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:16:12 EST BLIZZARD 2017 from Coastal Maine (pics ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333174 Ahhh yes when you hear the local weather people JUMPING OUT OF THEIR SKIN you know it's likely going to be worth the while to tune in. Though of course if it's further than 2 1/2 days away I don't pay attention. I WANT this for a job where I can take "an educated guess" and NO matter if I am right or not, I STILL get paid. <BR> <BR> FORCASTED and IT IS "The Blizzard of 2017" here in Southern Maine on the harbor on one of us and just over a mile way on the other side is the ocean. <BR> <... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:17:44 EST I am watching "Skin Tight" with another Sparkler, my take about "my hangings" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330605 I don't know if many have seen "Skin Tight". Its a show on TLC which follows those who have lost a large amount weight in a short period of times. <BR> <BR> TO MaryAnn (MaryAnngi the CL which is the Challenge Leader AKA BIG DAWG or MOMMA Dawggie of the Spirited Under dogs on the 5% Challenge team. I am the ML Motivational Leader). We are both of very similiar views. <BR> <BR> As of Saturday I have lost 100 lbs and she has also lost quite a bit. We both have the "fatty skin hanging" from... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:41:57 EST Spark Coach: What would your future body (10 yrs from now) say to your body now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330063 Interest question. <BR> <BR> What would your body 10 years from now say to your body now? <BR> <BR> I imagine it'd say "THANK YOU SO MUCH for NOT giving up ! I feel so much better ! I am again flexible with less pain in my back and feet!" I have back the confidence I've had all along, but let get hidden for a little bit." <BR> <BR> We all hopefully know that losing weight does NOT bring happiness. YES it does make us feel better, be much healthier and we of course enjoy being smaller ... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 00:27:35 EST YIPEEE !! DID IT !! YEAH GONE 100 POUNDS !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329033 At my biggest I weighed in at 288 !!! YO !! I had so many painful illnesses that I could not walk without extreme difficulty. I had even been told my GP "Diane STOP trying to out of your wheelchair you CAN'T DO it your X Rays prove it." She had been watching me struggling in trying to. You know when you add 150 lbs to much, it DOES compress your spine. Plus I had fractured it when I was 17 while learning a new move in gymnastics. I was the team captain. From that point on I could no ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 01:22:04 EST Through our journey we change and change. Here's a BIGGIE for me to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323722 When I first started with Sparks I had been eating in a calorie range for 5 months. I had been tracking my calories, but did so on a dry erase board so I didn't have a record of what I was eating. <BR> <BR> That was 6 yrs ago. I've come a LONGGGG WAYSSS from then. However I have been IGNORING one important thing ,,,,, STRENGTH TRAINING !!! <BR> <BR> THANK YOU SPARK PREMIUM For putting it out STRAIGHT today ! KNOW it's MY time. I have looked through the SPARKTV video it had suggested, but... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 02:04:04 EST Wednesday MNABOY Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323165 Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? Like??? I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT ! <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? Started at 12, on the 2nd try fell in LOVE with it. The stats of how often is happens is SCARY !!! I did for only 3 years. I quit when I wanted to become a Jehovah Witness. They do not smoke and we are healthier for it. <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? No because they can be taken from me and used against me. ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 02:15:23 EST Today's Spark Coach: Reevaluate my goals and progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322070 I will say it OVER and OVER again. For me Spark Coach is WORTH SINGLE PENNY !! If they asked to pay for it yearly (29.99,,,, LOL Why can't places just say 30 which is a NICE even number. NO ONE is fooled in today's world that 29.99 is NOT $30.00 we all know it is) I WOULD do so !! <BR> <BR> Today's Spark Coach asked us to reevaluate our goals and progress. <BR> <BR> I will say I am CLEARLY PLEASED with my loss of a pound a week per average. So that's 8 lbs for the 2 months time passed thus... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:55:42 EST I didn't think I could ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321599 I am a member of the 5% challenge and this weeks new one is (so we'll be working on it for 2 weeks) is to plan out your 3 meals the day b4 we go to bed at the latest. <BR> <BR> This I KNEW would be a HUGE struggle for me (How about those of you who are reading this,, how would you do). I often go out to the kitchen THINKING I'm going to eat a particular and OFTEN as I even reach for it,,, at times even as I am starting to fix it,,, I change my mind. Different reasons, but in general I just... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:57:53 EST Are you or someone you love living in chronic pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321164 I was in a bad car accident in 92 which did a number on us. We "thought" we were so fortunate to "walk out alive" at the time. Shoot we were just in so much shock we didn't realize we'd been hurt. The EMT's did their BEST to take us to the hospital, but my friend/roommate is terrified of going there ! So we went to our Dr's the next day. <BR> <BR> It'd be years before we reached the point of "Oh we were NOT lucky !" Both of us ended up in power chairs at almost the same time. I happily w... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:31:42 EST A question ,,, please give me advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319912 I belong to Spark Premium. It's 29.99 (LOL why do they not just say 30? LOL) and worth every single penny. The things they work on daily really help me along my journey with a question first, than it supplies the answer(s). Also if you have a question to can ask the Spark Coaches it once a week,,, and YEAH NO GRRR ADS ! THose things were SLOWING down my puter (and tablet,, and phone). <BR> <BR> Here's today's question of which raises a question for me: <BR> <BR> In today's coaching sess... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:46:37 EST In ONLY 2 lbs I will be at my 100 lbs LOSS !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319140 I am a member of the 5% challenge (on the Spirited Under dog team) in which we do to learn and practice new (to some, well at least the first few times though they do change from season to season) skills to aid us in losing 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> TY TO ALL on these teams and also all of my other friends,, and newbies to this post because I have YOUR support and suggestions which help me to look at things from various angles. <BR> <BR> I had started this journey years ago at ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:22:14 EST "I'm bad" "I failed" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316788 I'm a leader on the Spirited Under Dogs team which is a part of the 5% Challenge. The 5% Challenge team helps us to develop healthy habits. On the Spirited Under Dogs AKA Dawggies team I'm the ML, Motivational Leader. As leaders we do care very much so about each of our members. <BR> <BR> I have the privilege of reading the team blogs as well as on the Discussion/Question thread the comments by our team members. <BR> <BR> It's not unusual to read a blog,,,comments in which a member has e... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:32:12 EST Snow, Snow and more snow (pics) I live in Maine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315753 Some parts of Maine (downeast) were in a blizzard today the rest of us a nor'easter. The only reason it wasn't called a blizzard was because to be such the visuality has to be under 1/4 of a mile (which we DID ) ,,, the wind has to be at 35MPH or above for 3 hrs for the most part,, which we didnt though it was gusting to almost 50. <BR> <BR> We received 15 inches which is very doable. Still it's SO PRETTY as it falls, and before the traffic messes it up in making the snow banks brown slop.... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:55:16 EST This is NOT what I'd recommend to lose weight !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315170 There are 2 ways of looking at most things. Its really choice,, even when we are surrounded by those who WANT to bring us down. It's still OUR choice to be positive or negative. To give in or get up. <BR> <BR> Yes we all have choices on how we respond to everything. <BR> <BR> Last night I realized I was catching the flu. I was not wrong. Its not fun,,, I am not to bad off,, though certainly I do not want to get worse. <BR> <BR> My choice: <BR> <BR> Cry my tears out? Whine and whine ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:15:11 EST Sometimes my biggest obstacle is getting out of my HEAD !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313763 Ever know the goal you have set for yourself is realistic? Yet, deep inside comes that familiar old record Singing it's usual tune: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/778fa6ba-5271-4e8d-8dd6-1ff30431b23a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At one time we sang this song over and over again. I'd hear from my Dr's "You NEED to lose the weight" "You NEED to exercise" "Your UNHEALTHY !" <BR> <BR> But, I heard "I CAN'T LOSE the WEIGHT !" "It's TO HARD !" "I am in TOO MUCH PAIN WHY CAN'T THE... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 02:44:18 EST I had a stroke in 7/12 signs to look for in both strokes/heart attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310476 This is of course written for both sexes since you men are often around woman. <BR> <BR> As some of you may remember I had a stroke in July of 2012. It was so fortunate for me that I had been on the phone with MaryAnn (MaryAnngi who's the CL (challenge leader) and I am the ML (Motivational leader. in general we talk nightly. We've also met in person for she's only in New Hampshire and myself in Maine) and she noticed my speech was not clear instead it was getting very garbled up. I could... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 00:25:32 EST Started in a size 3X. Now a 16 !!! What is helping me so much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307583 Years ago (2010) I had diabetes that was taking a toll on my body. I had gotten my big toe on the left foot badly infected. I went to the ER on the weekend and they took a blood test, Yuppers that is how I found out. I did not have any of the typical symptoms. This plus a few other things in a short period of time told me "LOSE THE WEIGHT GAL !" <BR> <BR> I had joined WW online, but I just wasn't getting it and I hadn't made any friends in the 3 weeks, so I went a hunting and found SPARKS... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:17:28 EST Getting stronger, doing more walking and a cute glass for water (pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305999 I had struggle with not being able to walk from June 2014 until October 2016 unless I was using my knee walker. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e2ee7cb-16d2-49f8-bb28-66a47edaba73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And now I AM FREE !! I have gone from 30 mins of walking !! I mostly do it up and down the hallway since there are 16 units on our floor. Now I am UP to 45 to 50 mins each time !! YEAH YEAH YEAH !!! <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of it <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 03:13:30 EST So funny I actually cried !! Adele's "Hello" Diet Struggles FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302293 OH I HOPE this works !!! <BR> <BR> ALL of us have felt this way, before we decided to take better care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> I simply laughed so VERY HARD !! It's sung to Adele's "Hello" from one who does not want to diet. <BR> <BR> TY for watching WAY MUCH more so for being on this journey with us on Sparks ! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/viralthread<BR>/videos/926852014123308/ </link> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:33:36 EST What???? How come ?? REALLY?? Lost it??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301716 It snowed out yesterday into the early evening. Where I live they do not plow until the next day at 9 to 10:30 so of course all cars have to be out of the lot. It's a small lot. There are over 100 units here (high rise, 8 floors) and yet there are only 48 parking spots. Hey it's the city,,, that's very doable. <BR> <BR> So out I went at 8:45 to clean off the car and get out of the lot. Many of you know I have problems with my feet. I have TRIED and TRIED to buy boots, but they HURT s... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:46:41 EST Day 4 of the 5% Challenge,,,,, life has been CRAZY, NOT giving in ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300392 Sometimes life turns upside down and you feel like your like riding on Snoopy's airplane as he flies upside down ! Will you be able to stay in the plane or will you FALL out? <BR> <BR> The choice is ours. When we got into Snoopy's airplane did we choose to enjoy the ride safely or did we not prepare properly by putting on our shoulder harness to help us remain in the plane for those upside moves etc? <BR> <BR> The 5% Challenge started on Saturday. That's the day a pipe burst in the bu... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:38:35 EST FINALLY !! The perfect diet to lose !! (very short) giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298775 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c76b77a9-c092-45f2-8d43-419b8e6ad367.jpg"> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:17:11 EST Fire Alarm left in a hurry,,,,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298276 I was watching the idiot box (TV named by my Mom) after walking in the hallway for 45 mins. The fire alarm went off for the building. When you live in a high rise, this happens quite a bit. It can easily be a false alarm, nontheless I feel it's smart to leave. So I quickly ran into the ladies room (First I looked out in the hallway and there was no smoke). Suddenly there was pounding on my door. When I opened it Ann*(Not real name) was there ,,'QUICK !! QUICK !! Come into my unit !" Sh... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:47:19 EST Does a man in your life have/get a cold? A giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294319 A cousin of mine posted something like this to our pages. I did add to it. <BR> <BR> For the man in any women life: <BR> <BR> NEW ICU now open. <BR> <BR> ICU being opened for men only,,,,who have a cold. Of course there are emergency nurses on staff to give them cold meds. These do have child proof caps on them of which would be difficult for the patient to open. The Dr will instruct,,,Woman Drs only,,,,see why on note below to do staffing procedures. The medication is for a drippy no... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 03:49:40 EST WOW !! NONFOOD Rewards ! (YEAH !) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290033 For many the idea of CELEBRATING their achievements may sound STRANGE !! But, it's a beautiful thing to do !! <BR> <BR> Tonight I was reading through my Spark Coach (if you have wondered if the Spark Premuim is worth the 29.99 cost ,, which is ONE TIME payment,,, I am to scream out OH YEAH IT IS !! <BR> <BR> I found the program section tonight to be VERY INTERESTING !! Many of us know to how valuable it is to give ourselves a NONFOOD reward for the achievements we make along the way. This... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:59:41 EST How did 2016 end? NICELY !! WOWZERS !! TY TO ALL !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288366 None of us travel this road alone. We all others who are helping us along the way. Years ago to get this you had to feed your family, get the kiddo's settled down enough so you knew when you returned the house would still be standing with all counted inside, get into your car ,,,,and lets face it in the middle of winter WHO Wants to do THAT??? Go to a meeting where they would WEIGH in FRONT of others (Does this still continue? THis was the WORSE part for Mom if she had gained) to be othe... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 03:07:28 EST We are who we surround ourselves with http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286266 Lets think back over the past 24-48 hrs of our life. What comes to mind immediately? <BR> <BR> For me here is a quick break down: <BR> <BR> 1) A person who I've been trying to help. NEGATIVE ALL THE WAY !! I've talked to her for 3 hrs yesterday and 1 today. THAN BINGO !! It HIT me "I've been feeling angry, pissed off. NO WONDER !! And right now (We were texting at the time (do people call any more? A dear friend,, a sparkler and I do talk nightly, I'll tell you she can get me RIPPING ROAR... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 01:18:44 EST TY TY TY OH TY !! The help you provided ,, there are NO words to express this ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285389 I want to give you all a HUGH HUG and cry, laugh , share the joy in knowing as of Thursday my left foot has been FINALLY Announced <BR> <BR> "ITs HEALED !" <BR> <BR> I SO APPRECiATE all of your support !! As we know it was a ROUGH 2 1/2 yrs as I struggled with a ulcer on my left heal that would NOT heal. <BR> <BR> You all helped as I went through sooo many things to try to help it do so. IV antibiotics at home , hyperbaric oxygen chamber (6 weeks 5 days a week 2 hrs a day) I literal... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 03:20:47 EST Its not fair, poor Dawg ! (short, pic LOL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284010 Saw it,,, thought of the "Spirited Under Dog" I am on AKA Dawggies. We are one of the 14 teams on the 5% Challenge in which in 8 weeks we work towards taking better care of ourselves and losing 5% of our weight during this time. <BR> <BR> When I saw this ,, I KNEW it NEEDED to be SHOWN !! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/346e901f-d91d-4238-abb3-cedb20fe3cbf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Awww POOR DAWGGIE !! <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:58:03 EST Unexpected Kindness,,, leads to an overwhelming feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283145 Thurs the local news station was giving the weather (of course) which on Friday we stayed in the single numbers (F) with at night we were -3 with a windchill of -24. Right after showing this, they showed some of the homeless wandering around the city (Portland Maine,, yes there IS another Portland) many who had no gloves, some did not have a warm coat on, many without boots. It hit me so hard in that so many take for granted how very good we have it !! <BR> <BR> I called a friend and tol... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:14:00 EST NEVER SNOOP !!! A lesson learned (LOL Hey !) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281895 Growing up Mom and I had the MOST DIFFICULT time being around each other. She realized why, but didn't say so. Once I FINALLY Grew up, moved out we got very close,, as close as could be. That's when I FINALLY realized I AM the PERFECT younger Mary !! THan of course we ganged up on others to our full advantage. OHHHHHH like Mom I LOVE to pull pranks,,, together we were just to MUCH for others ! LOL <BR> <BR> I had a sister in law who was ALWAYS SO NOSY !! Mom kept the very few meds she was... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:37:17 EST WOW !! Neat idea to NOT go over calories and a "YEAH!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281092 Tonight I was reading through some "Secrets of Success" and came across this one: It's written by Spark member "KEVINSEBEBE" <BR> <BR> "The best thing I was ever told was to think of my calories as a budget. Know how many you can have each day and before you eat something ask yourself if you can afford it. If it's worth the amount you have to spend and you have the calories eat it if not rethink it." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b27fa83-afd2-4857-92c1-0e7e0f3... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:18:45 EST "You DIDN'T !" Ahhh "YES I DID !!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280665 Here's the exchange (part of) as I got into my friends car tonight. We had been at a meetings around our faith. <BR> <BR> "I went to get my coat as you got the car. I could NOT find it !! There was a pink one hanging up, but, it was a kid size. Barbara was standing there (I went to school with Barbara's kids, so she's in her mid 80s now) and I asked her "Did you see any of the young girls in a coat about this same color (pointing to the small coast)? I think one of them accidentally grabb... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:09:38 EST When a pet is sick ,,, upsetting ,,,,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278840 As those of you who are my regular readers know my kitty cat, Izzy who's now 6 recently hasn't been feeling well. We've been back and forth to the vets. It was thought originally she had asthma, but I had them take a few Xrays a few weeks ago. Her lungs are clear so she's NOT though for the past 3 years (I have had her for 5 yrs) she has been given the meds for this. It was an EASY error and they did not want to cause me the expense of having the Xrays done if not necessary. She has always r... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:42:50 EST Anyone have reckless leg syndrome? Legs NEED to be stretched, walked on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275844 Some suffer with this for a lifetime for most often it hits in our 40s (though there is one that starts in childhood). It feels for me as if "bugs and or worms are going through my legs !" Often when I first wake up I am fine, but as the day, evening comes along,, oh the feeling of this !! It's just AWFUL !! I am used, so used to living in pain, have all of my life, so for something to bother me, it has to be quite bad. <BR> <BR> Many do not even realize this is very treatable. My Dad ,,,y... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 17:23:16 EST Who I am now, getting a TY from me at goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274572 OK today on the Premium is the question of can you picture the in better shape, healthier you (they called it the "new you" but I disagree strongly with the term "new" for I am who I am and will continue to be the only difference is I am taking better care of myself) reaching back to the person (I say to the body it is now at its worse) and giving it a hug and saying "TY?" <BR> <BR> An interesting question I say. I have watched the show "Extreme Makeover" and in it at the end when the pers... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:23:14 EST Can't do this,, a visualization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272616 I joined Spark Premium about a month ago. <BR> <BR> One things they do is to help us with motivation through Visualizing what would happen _____. <BR> <BR> Here's todays: <BR> <BR> Daily Visualization <BR> <BR> Imagine that you are perfectly content with every aspect your life. What does that life look like? What steps do you have to take to make that life a reality? <BR> <BR> Can you do this? <BR> <BR> Yes, from the 288 to the almost 90 lbs gone I do realize that physically I have ben... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:26:44 EST Izzy and the VETS (NO MOMMA NO !! Also restarting as a motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272215 As some know Izzy (my brown tiger cat, she'll be 6 soon) hasn't been feeling well. Today was her 3rd visit to the Vets in the past 5 weeks, plus I had also picked up meds for her.. During the 5 weeks she has been on meds, mostly steriods and antibiotics. <BR> <BR> Her breathing hasn't improved. Of course that is SCARY to me,, it's not so bad she can't breathe for she can breathe, but you can hear her wheezing. So into the car we went AGAIN where when we walked into the Vets office,,, she ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:00:26 EST Sometimes one HAS to go BACK to basics !! NEED to be ACCOUNTABLE ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271333 I am a member of the 5% Challenge in which we work towards losing 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. I DID So !! My goal was to lose 10.4 lbs and I LOST 11 lbs !! <BR> <BR> Now what is the LOGICAL thing to do when you lose your goal you set out??? CELEBRATE with a long walk,, new clothing perhaps,,,, hair cut. What is the WORSE THING YOU CAN DO??? OH YEAH BABY !! This Dawggie (I am on the Spirited Under Dog (AKA DAWGGIE) team,,, hmmm PERHAPS I SHOULD that out?? AND ESPECIALLY that I am a LEADER?... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:44:34 EST Just in the NICK of time !! Hit my 5% weight loss goal in 8 weeks ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269034 I am one of the 681 members of the Fall 5% Challenge on the team Spirited Under Dogs (AKA Dawggies) as the ML (Motivational Leader). Here's the description of what the 5% Challenge is: <BR> <BR> Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Winter. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health! Jan. 2017 start date to be announced. <BR> <BR> That's the description of what the 5% challenge is. Does this sound interesting? Can ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:40:04 EST My person view of how Spark Premium is helping me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268707 It's been weeks now that the Spark Premium has been available to those us who do not care for ads on our screens and also to receive that extra boost which IS available to ALL members on Sparks, however on the Premium I don't have to go looking for these they are listed under a button on my start page "Spark Coach". I hadn't signed up for Spark Coach when I could because of my foot being out of commission. <BR> <BR> So here's my humble and self view only of my own experience (Everyone is di... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:24:48 EST Hard to exercise? No time? Pain to high? Depression eating us apart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268159 I am a leader on a most lovely team which is a part of the 5% Challenge. One of the rules of the 5% Challenge is that we have to exercise. Many struggle with thinking "There's JUST NO TIME !" "I CAN'T DO MUCH I HURT TO MUCH !! <BR> <BR> Here's a benefit of doing exersise taken from an article on Sparks: new study published by The Lancet found that if inactive people increased their physical activity by just 15 minutes per day, they could reduce their risk of premature death by 14% and incr... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:51:17 EST I saw this Weight loss secret tip and HAD to share it !! Very Short http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267601 I belong to the premium Sparks which includes Spark Coach which is also new to me <BR> <BR> This is what I saw under the a Weight Loss tip and the member who wrote it is : JULIELANFORD: <BR> <BR> When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7a85f8a-69f5-4cab-8a6d-c8b889c3ce49.jpeg"> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:43:49 EST I had a problem losing weight ,,, now TY 5%ers !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267058 I am a member of the 5 % Challenge on the Spirited Under Dog team (Dawggies). In this challenge we work towards losing 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. Not all do lose it, some even gain. BUT !!! ALL of us are individuals and we all move along this journey at our own pace. The ones who gain I like to think of them as "hero's" in that the DO NOT GIVE UP !! There are those who month after month struggle with figuring out what is causing them to need (yes that point it is a need) to emotionally... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:26:00 EST Beaver Moon pic over the harbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266419 Today we went down to the local park which over looks the harbor as it meets the ocean. We knew the moon would be the "Beaver Moon" being the closest to the Earth since 1947. I have a few friends who love things like this and I like them also. So we piled into the car a little before sunset and went to the park. It's less than 3 minutes by car to the park. It's drop dead gorgeous there ! <BR> <BR> Here's a picture. We are going back down tomorrow night and I am bringing "my real camera."... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:19:32 EST I have lost 50 LBS this year ! My BIGGEST Support?? DAWGGIES ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265707 <em>590</em> !!! <BR> <BR> In December of last year I had decided I needed a kick in the rump because I had been gaining and at a to high rate. I was going through a most horrendous medical issue and had been at that time for a year and a half. So I spoke to all the Dr's who had told me "REST ONLY" type of thing. I explained I was rapidly gaining weight (Which I had worked so HARD to lose !) and my AC1 was climbing rapidly. NO WAY do I want that to happen,, neither did they !! We came u... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:45:03 EST