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/ 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 How the 5% Challenge is going. ALMOST THERE ! WOOHOO ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263625 We are now in week 7 of the 5% Challenge in which during the 8 weeks we do what we can to lose 5% of our weight. I have needed to lose 10.4 pounds to accomplish this for myself !! So far I have ONLY 2.3 lbs left to GO !! EXCITING !! <BR> <BR> This has been an EXCITING Challenge for me !! I HIT ONEDERLAND on the 28th of October !! YEAH !!! I am currently at 198.8 !! SO YES I CAN DO THIS !! Overall I seem to stay fairly steady for one or 2 weeks than lose about 2 ish pounds. I AM WORKING... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 01:12:53 EST Exciting hit ONEDERLAND Thurs !! Gone 89lbs ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258217 I got up this morning, stepped on the scale and here's what I saw : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9ec6b3b-5189-427c-bb88-0d1141a80bde.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SO SORRY it's fuzzy !! As you can see it says 199.6 !! YEAH !! My highest weight was 288. Since losing the 89 lbs I've gotten A LOT of my life back !! At 288 the pain was severe plus I have 3 back conditions I spent my life in my power chair or in bed. The XRays showed I would not walk again,,, hmmm I DO WALK !! ... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 03:39:13 EST SO CLOSE to ONEDERLAND ! 88 lbs GONE ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254740 I am now hovering between 200 and 201 !!! YEAH YEAH YEAH !!! I had started out in the Summer of 2010 at 288 ! YO ! <BR> <BR> I am HOPING to possibly hit this on Saturday if not (on the 5% Challenge we weigh in on Saturday, or we can any day before that. I almost always wait til Saturday. <BR> <BR> Now I HAD in 2012 gotten down to 174. I was moving quite the distance away from Maine to Colorado. It was a very emotional time to say the LEAST !! Things in CO went from "WHAT??" I had gone... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:06:17 EST It's doing well !! Do need to be careful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253783 As my regular readers know I had foot surgery last Wednesday to have my big toe on the left food removed. If this is the first time your reading my blog please know everything possible that could be done, was done. For the Dr's and myself it was a decision reached not easily. Over the past 2 yrs all that could be,, was to avoid this. <BR> <BR> Over the past week the only pain I've had is a quick sharp burst through the foot /toe area, but it's gone within a minute at the longest 2. Hey af... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:57:24 EST Easier than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250719 Last year when i wasn't allowed to do any walking such type things as also I GAINED FAST !!! With the surgery done today,, my first question was "Can I keep exercising? I use my knee walker so the foot will not be on the ground." LOL NO doubt they don't hear that often !! My own foot Dr has said "With you I have SLOW YOU DOWN. Most people I have to convience them they CAN WALK ! Even after 2 months on a simple procedure they dont want to." Most likely this surgeon was taken by surprise. ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:23:54 EST Its coming off ahead of time and surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250112 I am a part of the 5% Challenge in which we do our best to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. We are now in week 3 and my total weight loss to make my 5% is to lose 10.4 lbs. In just 2 weeks I've lost 5.6 lbs ALREADY in just 2 weigh ins !! YO !! EXCITING needless to say ! Its strange about every 8th weeks I go from losing 1 to 1 3/4 lb a week UP to 4 or 5 lbs a week !! It's not that my monthly because thankfully I had surgery which took care of that years ago ! YEAH !!!! I highly recommend... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:07:04 EST Need to get my thinking positive,,, idea's? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241368 Today is day day ONE of the 5% Community Challenge in which it runs for 8 weeks. We do our BEST to lose 5% of our weight in these 8 weeks. I need to lose 10.4 lbs in order to make my 5%. I am currently at 206.8. <BR> <BR> Over the break which was 5 weeks I DID stay on the Dawggie team (OH yeah I am a member of the Spirited Under Dogs which one of the 12 teams of the above 5% Challenge ,, we compete against each other and we all work on various skills to help us cement healthy habits for ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:20:02 EST YEAH Start on the 24th Dawggie Team !! And Waiting 4 surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237667 <em>224</em> The Spirited Under Dogs (AKA Dawggies) are now coming aboard the team like <em>54</em> speed !! <em>229</em> to all of our new PUPPIES and back to those who chose to not remain active during the break. <BR> <BR> For those who chose to stay on the team(s) during the break <em>311</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> we are totally ready to continue our exercise. <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> New Puppies are ALWAYS so much FUN to have join us with their HIGH enthusiasm ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:42:59 EST A confession,,,, hanging my tail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234917 I am a leader on the Spirited Under Dog team (AKA Dawggies) as a part of the 5% Community Challenge. I am the ML (Motivational Leader) and well,,, as a leader on any team,,, we thrive to do our best as an example to the teams we are leading. <BR> <BR> Well,,,, I've never been a good eater. I probably won't ever be. OH I DO TRY and I am 1000% Better than I was before this starting this journey. At this point I've lost 82 lbs, with 42 of that this year ! I am making progress. <BR> <BR> OH... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:57:39 EST New to 5% Challenge? Wanting more success if your experienced? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234332 <em>229</em> to the 5% Challenge !!! This is a very successful team !! Guarantee you if you want this (to lose your 5%) It IS Possible ! We just received the total lost from the Summer 5% Challenge as being among the 12 teams as losing 1,603.37 lbs !!! That's SUCCESS !! <BR> <BR> Ceri (Ceriusly) wrote a very encouraging blog today. If you haven't read it, PLEASE do ! Being new to the 5% Community Challenge CAN be scary in Ceri's blog she outlines why. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR>... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 01:03:32 EST This is HARD, now being SUCCESSFUL,, how??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232038 I know I did NOT want to do this journey at one point. I had watched my Mom "try" to diet. As a kid who was very thin,,,,, eating her diet food (she cooked for herself,, we all ate it) didn't help me,, and over the many years, I don't think she did much. That was what I thought was the "Normal" for one who tries, so yeah i did NOT want to do this for quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I did though have 3 events almost back to back, which showed me I AM VERY OVERWEIGHT (Morbidly Obese . So I joined WW... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:29:34 EST My confession,,,,, I was wickedly embarrassed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231421 Before I started along this journey,, I WAS the woman others looked at with DISGUST in the stores. I felt if I shopping at Walmart,,,, I'd not see as many of the NASTY looks !! Next time you go to Walmart,,,,, take a look at how the "general" Walmartian dresses. In general you will see more larger people in there than in some other local stores, most dressed in sweats,,, some of those quite tight,, and per capita many more of them will be using the electric carts than other stores. I was o... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 00:25:03 EST I am on the MOST SUCCESSFUL team ! WOW A NSV ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229268 <BR> I started this journey about 5 1/2 yrs ago. It was because I had gone to a friends bridal party,, and the pic of me SHOCKED ME !! Plus someone had mixed me up for a friend who had always been heavier by quite a bit. I realized how BADLY her words stung when she said "Oh you both LOOK Alike !" That was on a Sunday that Tues saw a pain specialist who explained how my weight was pulling on my bones and that's these spots hurt so much. Yeah,, yeah with these 3 things so CLOSE to each oth... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 01:24:38 EST How am I handling stress? Used to emotionally eat ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226236 At one time I thought that grabbing a package of mint oreo's with a bowl of butterfinger ice cream and chips was the "answer" to not feeling the stress as much. <BR> <BR> It really wasn't that long ago. I THOUGHT I had it under control until last May when my foot went berserk ! I was grounded from moving much at all. I fell right back into an unhealthy pattern of eating, though nothing like it had been. About 200 to 300 cals more on some days, not all, but between May and the end of Decem... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:38:26 EST I thought "I'll stop in and buy" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224431 I use my friends car if it's available, it usually is. That's very nice of her, in turn I help pay 1/2 of her insurance, hey life isn't free !! I also put in gas as I use it, usually more. She does NOT have to do this. <BR> <BR> So today I had used it and on the way back of course I wanted to put more gas in. As I headed towards the gas station I thought "OHHHHH I'll get a sandwich from Subby(Subway)!" Than as I was traveling that way, here's the dialog going through my silly little brai... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:59:45 EST Finally,, and from here??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223689 Today I went to my routine visit as I have been for 15 months on a week or biweekly visit to the wound clinic for a wound which did NOT want to heal. TY my regular readers, friends for helping me with sooo MANY encouraging words as I went through all of that. <BR> <BR> I am now OUT of any castings ! So long as it does NOT open up. Believe me I am doing ANY THING POSSIBLE to keep that from happening. THis includes using my knee walker when i am doing anything more than 10 to 15 steps at a ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:48:24 EST Jan. I weighed 246, now GONE 39 lbs Join our team ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222995 At the start of January, actually the 2nd which was a Saturday I weighed in at 246. As of last Saturday ,, the 20th of August I weighed in at 207 !! <BR> <BR> Now when any of us see such a blog we tend to get Excited especially if we are new to Sparks. It's an AWESOME Feeling to think that in just 8 months you can lose 40 lbs (Still 2 more weeks to August) !! <BR> <BR> Of course everyone I know around where I live including family and friends right off ask "How are you doing it?" I am... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:00:12 EST Thinning out, should of done this before ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219997 Since January I've lost 38 lbs (YEAH !) so of course that meant new clothings ! OH that's ALWAYS WONDERFUL ! When I first started along this journey I was a size 3X and should of been in a 4X !! It's AWESOME to shop again in regular stores again. <BR> <BR> I had gone shopping with a friend who's also losing, for her it's 36lbs since the fall and she hadn't bought anything that fits right. We TOTALLY enjoyed doing this. <BR> <BR> The age old question pops up "Do I keep these "just in ca... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:12:50 EST A Non Scale Victory(NSV) AND Scale victory !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216487 WOW This has been QUITE A GREAT Year in being successful losing weight !! I had started out the 2nd of January weighing 246 pounds. Now at the 8th month I am DOWN to 208 !! That's 38 pounds GONE !!! Needless to say I am QUITE PROUD Of this and HAPPY !!! If your not familiar with me I had many health issues. One being my left foot due to a wound not healing has been in a cast WAY more than out. Within the next 4 to 6 my left toe and the bone which leads to it will being amputated. This do... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 01:53:31 EST Last week went ALL wrong, choice on how to respond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214068 This past week has been "interesting" in a way I wish it hadn't been, yet because it was I had choices to make. How we get though "those" times can either build us up, or tear us down. <BR> <BR> On Thurs I had gone to the Wound Clinic (For those who don't know, I've been dealing with a wound for 2 yrs that is hard to heal) my foot had reopened Weds. I had the head honcho again. I dread having him. He keeps trying so many things for treatment that just aren't working. This time though wa... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 02:54:53 EST A must see ! I'M BEAUTIFUL and so are YOU ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206692 Growing up I was told by MANY "You are NOT pretty." I had heard since I was rather young. When the "Ugly Ducking" was read to me,,,, I SO BADLY WANTED that to happen to me ALSO !!! If your not familiar with the book it's about a very ugly duckling who once grown was the MOST BEAUTIFUL of all the swans (I think it was a swan?? I DO remember it was the MOST PRETTIEST )!! So YES being a child I BELIEVED THIS !!! <BR> <BR> As you can WELL Imagine as I became a teen and I did NOT turn beautifu... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:29:10 EST When I think "SHUCKS ! DIDN'T LOSE! Want to THAT to EAT ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201778 Ahhh yes,,,, there are just THOSE TIMES that the scale will NOT GO DOWN !!! At times it can even take an ALARMING JUMP UP though we have eaten correctly,,, did our normal or above normal amount/type of exercise !! <BR> <BR> Yeah those "weeks" ARE going to happen ! But, what about when they happen WEEK AFTER WEEK???? For the past 3 weeks, I've gone down only a few ozs. In the past I KNOW I've said "That makes me ANGRY ! I have BEHAVED MYSELF !!" and than at ONCE the thought of "SHOOT ! I MIG... 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