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/ A Fat cat used successfully SPARKS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953089 Oh I've read MANY blogs, of owners joking their pet needed SPARKS!! <BR> <BR> I had to agree for my 4 year old kitty cat, Isabella, lovingly known as Izzy. When I adopted her from the shelter, she was 11 months old, very thin, to thin at 7lbs, 9 ozs. She stayed at this weight until she was 3. <BR> <BR> I had moved to Colorado, than temporarily lived in a condo, awaiting my move back to where I'm now. There was a roommate, Carol. She owned the biggest baby for a cat, I've ever seen!! I... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:02:17 EST Over 70 lbs gone,,, was it gone over night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952488 Often when we start to lose weight, we have the "I want to lose 50 pounds by date, often months or a year. Once we start to take care of ourselves, the weight we learn, didn't come on as fast as we at first thought we could lose it. <BR> <BR> I had thought I could lose 130 lbs in 2 years or less. I needed to learn there are many steps along the way. Most of us have been nursing wounds of hurtful wirds/feelings for many years,, decades. It takes time to go through the emotions ,,, put the... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:19:52 EST Back to working out, with a serious health issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952014 We had finished the Spring Challenge 5ish weeks ago. Though we kept the in between challenge going so we could be accountable. Usually this works very well. <BR> <BR> However, I'm dealing with a very deep, wide ulcer. It was infected, but for the past 3 weeks I've been on an antibiotic through an IV. Years ago this would of meant a lengthy time in the hospital. Now a days this can be done at home!!! Yeah!!! <BR> <BR> A nurse oversees ur doing it correct, and one is ALWAYS on call. ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:26:09 EST So sorry team, but, I'll do my BEST ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949435 Here we are in a NEW SUMMER Challenge !! I HAD SUCH DREAMS !! <BR> <BR> Last Summer thru January I spent recuperating from a surgery, the big toe has been getting ulcers upon ulcers ! The surgeon had thought this would help,,, it didn't. <BR> <BR> I am now dealing with my umteeth ulcer. This time,,,, it may be headed (or already there) to the bone. Tests have been done today by the infectious disease Dr. They are sooo SWEET AND NICE THERE ! Of course,,,, all who go there,, are scared... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:19:31 EST Is ur puter slow? My review of the "WIN CLEANER" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946866 My puter has been HORRIBLY SLOW ! I mean the WORSE ! So I've been using my tablet for everything I possibly can. But, I am a leader for the Spirited Under Dawgs. There are times I need to hop onto to the stats for the team. Like now,,,, we are on a break, our DEAREST MaryAnn (GI) has just had a hip replacement. So she asked for the break off. It's good she did. She'll need time to recover. <BR> <BR> I WANTED my puter to be back to where it was when I first bought it. So I ordered... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:12:37 EST Maryanngi , Dawggies CL, needs hugs, surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944625 Dearest 5% Community, <BR> <BR> Maryanngi (MaryAnn) who's has been devoting many, many hours supporting various members of both the 5% Community as well as leading the Spirited Under Dogs to MANY victories, is having a hip replacement on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Her hip has been greatly bothering her severely for over 2 years. She was right before this very, very active with intensely exercise, as well as volunteering in her community, where she's well known as a very giving/loving person. It's... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 20:42:04 EST Much better report today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944204 Yesterday I had been informed I'd have to have the picc line in for another 12-16 weeks. Than blood tests were taken. <BR> <BR> Phew!!! The result of it is the infection is going away!!! I got a call from the infectious diseases office today, they told me I 'll only need this for 2weeks!! It'll be a week on Monday. It's due to come out on the 22nd. <BR> <BR> I think the person who yesterday told me 12-16 weeks had mixed up the time of the ulcer healing, which probably be the 12-16 week... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:33:37 EST The news shocked me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943679 I have an infection in my foot. It's been 7weeks so far. <BR> <BR> On Monday they put in a picc line. Now I had been told, I'd be getting 2 treatment of antibiotics through the IV a day. More labs have been taken, now I'm looking at 12 to 16 WEEKS!!! <BR> <BR> This is upsetting. I don't like the picc line. I have to be very weary of what I do with my right arm. Showering is NOT fun!!! I need to keep one arm up in the air. I was told to use press and seal around it, so it'd be water... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:49:29 EST Medically,, can I get well enough to walk, swim again??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942067 My Mom summed me up very well as a Mom only can. <BR> <BR> "Diane u r the MOST IMPATIENCE person I KNOW!!!" <BR> <BR> That sums it up well!!! . <BR> <BR> Today I had an pic line put in. I can't take any oral antibiotics. So twice a day, a nurse will do this. Tonight though she said teach me!!! There's a reason I did accounting in college and NOT nursing,,,, I don't do medical things at ALL!! <BR> <BR> Tonight I just looked at it. Under the tape, it's blistering.I called the nursing ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 23:22:20 EST Pic line on Monday,,,, treatment right off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940443 I have the pic line being put in on Monday for the IV antibiotics. Than a chest X-Ray just to make sure it's in right. Followed by the treatment. <BR> <BR> After this a nurse will come twice a day for 2 weeks. In between this will be blood tests to see if it's helping the infection. Hoping the time will pass by fast, the infection goes away, so I can resume back to a normal life!!! <BR> <BR> I'm doing as some of u have suggested,,,,envisioning myself Swimming again!! <BR> <BR> I aske... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 22:16:55 EST pic ing on me??? Does this ever end? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939965 I've have an infection in my left foot. Now I wish I hadn't freaked out when my Dr wanted to put me in hospital. I'd be so much further along. Lesson learned. I will for now on. <BR> <BR> The ulcer looked like it was clearing up last Friday. On SAturday it was bigger, today it's not well. <BR> <BR> My Dr gave me no choice. I'm going to have an IV put in for antibiotics. Today I had a test to see if my kidneys can handle it. I'm hoping this won't be a problem. I've have probably i... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 01:01:31 EST Time to recover, turn things around!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930260 I've been struggling for the many weeks with pain from a screw coming out of my foot. I also have an ulcer on it. <BR> <BR> One Dr said I'd lose the toe,,,more so from the infection. Today thankfully the surgeon was able to remove the screws and plate today,,,without him giving any thought to the infection. I can't say I understand this,,,,,they are both concerned about the different parte of the foot....they each treat each part. The surgeon doesn't feel the toe has anything to do with ... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:17:27 EST Starting to get a little anxious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928908 Monday is the minor surgery, to remove the plate and screws in foot. This has been known since they were put in last year. They were just in temporary. <BR> <BR> It's so simple. Just barely open the skin,,, take the screws and lift out the plate. The bone which was so difficult to heal, is finally all set. What a year it's been. The surgeon said he wasn't sure y I keep getting ulcers. Time will tell. <BR> <BR> It's normal to feel anxious. To work through tonight s feeling, I cleaned... Sat, 16 May 2015 00:44:06 EST My New Vision Collage,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927828 I had done my vision collage when I first joined SPARKS, which was 5 yrs ago. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've made progress. Yeah!!! It's been a rocky road, ups and downs with my health. At this point, I've gone from 288 down to 204. <BR> <BR> I've have had many surgeries, mostly on my feet. At this point I have again an ulcer which slows down my normal exercise routine. When I'm well, I swim 3, maybe 4 times a week for an hrs each time. On the other days, an hrs of walking. Through the... Thu, 14 May 2015 00:57:44 EST GOOD NEWS !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927218 GOOD NEWS FINALLY !!! <BR> <BR> Today I saw the foot surgeon. My foot Dr,, is helping me out which has an ulcer on the left foot. I am very thankful she's EXCELLENT at this,,, perhaps a little to cautious. My infections tend to scare her. This one,,, I can "kinda" understand,,, the toe /foot is all red,,,, and I have a fever,, though it's in a good range. She would of thrown my hiney into hospital yesterday, but I had the appt with the surgeon today. <BR> <BR> The surgeon disagrees with... Tue, 12 May 2015 22:51:24 EST Today's Dr report,,,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926394 Today I saw the regular foot Dr. Foot has some redness,,, that's just a part of the infection. Temperature is up just a little more,,,,still in a good range. This Dr is remarkable!!! She really cares about her patients. I like this. I had packed just in case she said hospital. She though wants me to see the foot surgeon tomorrow, as I also want to do. <BR> <BR> She feels the hardware put in last summer is what's causing me the problem. I tend to agree,,, only cause it sticks out on t... Mon, 11 May 2015 13:43:43 EST This week lost a pound, without exercise,how, why??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925114 I'm the Motivational Leader for the Spirited Undah Dawgs. What this means is a cheerleader for the team. I "should be" setting the "right" example of how to lose in a healthy manner. In general I hope I'm perceived as such. <BR> <BR> I lost 1.2pound this week. I'm of course quite delighted with this. Yet I since Tuesday haven't been able to exercise. We ALWAYS stress if u r sick or injured, u take care FIRST!!! Unless one lives in chronic pain, I do, but this is a change in circumst... Sat, 9 May 2015 00:33:10 EST Join me in a fun challenge??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921009 I'm not able to do much for walking,,,, well,,, hmmmm traditionally. <BR> <BR> I've joined the "Walk About Challenge". This starts u off at 10 minutes the first day, slowly bring s u up to,,, if I'm correct, may not be, to 35 minutes. There r days,,,,and this is y joined cos it encourages you to do strengthening!!! So many of us don't do NOT do enough of this!!! <BR> <BR> This is a 30 challenge. I love this. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/the... Fri, 1 May 2015 21:25:52 EST Unhappy SPARKLER!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919334 Now u can easily see why!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l164098780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every rotten time I finally get back on my feet, they AGAIN remind me of their ugly routine!!! Three weeks ago,I had a small fracture on this same foot. Last June, was surgery to repair the big toe. The recovery "Should" of been 3 months, but instead, it got infections, and broke out in a nasty rash, I'm not able to wear a walking boot, I had warned the Dr, who wanted what HE w... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:38:25 EST Skinny Tia Chicken and Peanut Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918712 A week ago, our FAMOUS Weigh in Leader, Cheririddell sent those of us on the Dawggie team this recipe: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705895619.jpg"> <BR> <BR> -------- CHERIRIDDELL wrote: ---------- <BR> thai peanut noodle <BR> Here’s a absolutely delicious dinner to make tonight! I love any kind of Asian noodle dish, especially a Thai one that includes peanut butter. Good news too: Peanut butter is heart healthy. It’s very filling and satisfying when a... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:25:14 EST thankfully. good news aboard the aneurysm!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907663 Oh I've been trying to NOT show the fear I've been in knowing about the aneurysm in my brain. I had the angioplasty on Wednesday last week. At that time, I was told I'd be having surgery and be on meds to correct it. <BR> <BR> I'd also though fortunately told it was in an operational area, relatively easy to reach. I was quite thankful for this news. <BR> <BR> I saw the surgeon yesterday(Tuesday) come to find out in his office there are 2 people with my name and BOTH of us have aneurysm... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 11:10:24 EST Slowed down, but will keep going, safely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906697 A picture is worth a thousand words: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718392595.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hurt my left foot AGAIN on Saturday, though I was nauseated on Saturday and Sunday, the pain as usual wasn't noticed til today. <BR> <BR> As soon as the stomach calms down, i 'll switch from swimming, stretches and walking to: weight lifting, core exercises, and some very light stretches on the bed, not the floor,. <BR> <BR> It's strange, but with the combinatio... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:36:02 EST Off we GO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905544 Wooohoo goooo. Dawggies gooo!! <BR> <BR> I've talked to MaryAnn, and this week we r letting OFF the leashes!!! RUN Dawggies RUN!!! <BR> <BR> I'm planning on being reasonable with what I do, while the best for my team the Spirited Under Dawgs!! On Mon, Weds, Fri, I'll swim from 60 minutes working up to 120 minutes. In the other days I'll do both walking,,, feels so GREAT to walk now after the surgery last June, being in casts for 5 months!!! Along with the foolish foot still being broke... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 22:01:27 EST Update from angioplasty today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903866 I want to say. THANKS so. MUCH for the needed support. I'm very grateful. <BR> <BR> I made it through the test,,, as u can see. Hurt like mad, I didn't know you are awake during this. It's over, I need to be careful, I will, we all know I usually do as I please, but not with this. The vein they used could reopen, I'm clearly not misbehaving!!! <BR> <BR> My. Dr has already said thankfully this is operational. That's of course terrific news. I'll be on meds for 6 months afterwards. Com... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 22:48:51 EST From my heart a sincere Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903182 Dearest friends, <BR> <BR> I've told a few what's happening. I should be 100% fine after tomorrow. This is being said for the extremely small percentage something doesn't go right. Now I fully expect all to go well. <BR> <BR> My Dr informed me back in December, I have an aneurysm on the brain. Tomorrow I'm having the angioplasty. I fully expect this to go very well. The only scary part is the aneurysm has jagged edges. That's also the Dr's concern. Other than that, it's a normal pr... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:15:11 EST A Fall proves progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901983 Today I was with a friend. We r Jehovah Witnesses, and of course we go from door to door. I've been doing this for well over 40 year's. Just to satisfy ur curiously, not many"slam" doors on us ,,,in my year's it has happened only 3 times. Lol the first door I went to as a young teen, the man did so, no doubt he must of thought I was NUTS for I stood there and LAUGHED,,,,it stuck me so funny. I had heard of that happening, I figured "only me" for the first one. <BR> <BR> I was with Amy... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:57:49 EST NSV's helping to feel more secure ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899145 Last week I wrote a blog on how I can now fit into a dress I had bought last summer,,, it was a GOOD deal,, and the PERFECT color for me,,,, I LOVE that I am FINALLY Into it ! WOOHOOO !! <BR> <BR> I went to a meeting tonight. I had noticed when I sit down now,,, my knees are touching,,, or I am crossing my ankles,,, something with would of HURT me earlier on. I LOVE this,, its another NSV (Non Scale Victory). When I was heavier,, and I looked around tonight,,,, it's easier to have my legs... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:12:02 EST Beyonce back up singer , i feel the. Spark, song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897732 This song was dedicated to. SPARKS by. Beyonce back up singer. Tiffany. <BR> <BR> It's very uplifting. I used to read her blogs , Tiffany Monique. <BR> <BR> just go to youtube.com and type in, I feel the SPARK by tiffany Monique <BR> <BR> It was played at the end of "Spark alive" which taught us many skills. Sadly many regular SPARKLERS didn't want to pay the 9.00 it costed monthly, so it was closed. Too bad, it was so very helpful. <BR> <BR> Enjoy <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading and. ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:07:34 EST ANSV, feels great#!! Quite a boost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894952 Last summer I bought such a pretty dress. I just could. NOT pass it up. <BR> <BR> It's a coral/ pink color on the bright side. The neck line is a circular shape, with what looks like the Cleopatra pattern of a nice necklace. So pretty!!! <BR> <BR> It was simply too small for me. I keep looking at it. <BR> <BR> Tonight I had a meeting at the Kingdom Hall of. Jehovah Witnesses, I've been wanting to look very nice lately. I had last tried it on around. Nov, it was to tight. <BR> <BR> I'... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:03:42 EST Want to have the tools to lose?? I've lost 83lbs!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891840 I found back in the Winter of 11, a team right here on. SPARKS which has helped me to be the successful person I am today. In all hence far at 83lbs lost!! <BR> <BR> There's a team I've belong to which is successfully teaching me the CORRECT way to lose healthy!! We in general work on 1 or 2 life skills a week. I never used to drink water. We learn as we read through the post under travel ,,, how to incorporate these skills by reading the helpful links!!! I'm. THRILLED how my knowledge... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:35:37 EST Oh PLEASE NOT again!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891432 As those of my regular readers know I have broken my left foot a number of times. <BR> <BR> Today I was swimming (Yeah we r now after 2.5weeks up to 40minutes of doing mostly the crawl, with stopping only for a drink of water we bring with us) I was swimming from the deep end ,,,when I suddenly felt a bad pain where I broke it the last time , the surgery area. I called the surgeon s office they can see me in the morning. It would of done no good to go to the ER, for the foot has been bro... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:25:41 EST I'm doing my dream again!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882845 As the regular readers from the past. Summer and. Fall knew I had surgery in. June of. 14. It was a very hard recovery. I was in various casts for 5 months. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1324980006.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Finally I was FREE from them. But I had fallen during that time and broken the toe where the surgery was,,,,the only thing keeping that toe on was a. C shaped screw. It's still to this day trying to heal. At this minute I have my foot in a bon... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:40:22 EST Sipping Vodka http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880820 A new Priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak. After mass he asked the Monsignor how he had done. <BR> <BR> The Monsignor replied, "When I am worried about getting nervous on the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to get nervous, I take a sip." <BR> <BR> So next Sunday he took the Monsignor's advice. At the beginning of the sermon, he got nervous and took a drink. He proceeded to talk up a storm. <BR> <BR> Upon his return to his offi... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:53:14 EST I've come a long way baby!! A Thank You to my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880179 When I first started with. SPARKS I was mostly using a power chair. My. Dr had even told me "stop fighting it. Ur. X-Ray s show you will always be in it". My. L4 hanks to a wrong gymnastics move was now sitting on my L5, at all times. It still does. This is for life. My bones r very weak, won't hold hardware. <BR> <BR> That being told to me, whizzed me off. I very slowly started to take a few steps. <BR> <BR> Little over the years, I found I could walk, with aids. I go back and forth... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:01:32 EST Izzy is sick,, poor kitty!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879148 Yesterday I took. Izzy <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661690181.jpg"> to the vets. <BR> <BR> She had woken up sneezing and sneezing. Poor little thing. It's hard with young. Children and our loved/spoiled animals, cause of course they can't say what is wrong. <BR> <BR> She's now on antibiotics and some healthy treats to help build up her immune system. <BR> <BR> So far in 2days no improvement. She'll be on the antibiotics for 12 days. She's quite a baby not feelin... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 02:21:31 EST When backing down on exercise is NOT a failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877116 I've been doing 120 minutes for exercise 5 weeks now. When the 5% Winter challenge started 6 weeks ago, I had been doing around 60 minutes of it. <BR> <BR> Many know my feet have neuropathy, with a bad case of osteoporosis, along with diabetes (though the #'s of the diabetes is well under control). This makes it so my feet hurt a ton!! I have had 3 surgeries in just over a year. So yeah my. Footies do hurt a ton. <BR> <BR> I had decided at the end of last week, that since lately, when ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:12 EST SLAMMMING Down the POUNDS ! 3 lbs GONE one week! How? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870954 HI Dearest Readahs, <BR> <BR> This week on the Spirited Under Dawg team (A part of the 5% challenge, where we do what we can,, while learning healthy habits. It runs for 8 weeks at a time, year round, if you are interested, just leave a message, and we will help you with this!). We have done a NO JUNK FOOD WEEK 1 <BR> <BR> For me, the QUEEN of junk food,, i eat fairly normally for main meals (Except for breakfast ,,, when I usually have Coco Puffs) this week I've had Kixs, with the sugar... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:34:05 EST nice weight loss this week, how? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869931 Dearest. Fellow. Sparklers, <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered what the "secret" is to a great weigh in? <BR> <BR> This week, we r on the Dawggie team, doing a NK JUNK FOOD week. I admit I do struggle Muchly with this. But still my weigh in this week will be between a pound and a half lost, possibly more!! Normally I lose a half pound a week. <BR> <BR> My secret I'd love to share, it wasn't all about the NO JUNK FOOD alone which is a huge help, but also about going back to eating as I di... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:35:51 EST WOW ! Am DOING this ! NO JUNK FOOD ! Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868951 WOW !! I am probably one of the WORSE Eaters on SPARKS !! (A lot better though then I used to be !) <BR> <BR> THis week on the Spirited Under Dawg Team (A part of the 5% challenge) we have put up a NO JUNK FOOD For the WEEK !!! <BR> <BR> At first this REALLY PANICED ME BIG TIME !! You see on an average,,, I eat 5 to 8 pieces of hard candy (It has taken the place of cakes,, cookies, brownies, chips etc). I LOVE eating those candies. I LQQK FORWARD to it 1! <BR> <BR> But we have 2 Dawgg... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 21:00:10 EST I Pledge, Day 1, NO JUNK FOOD ! (Junk food QUEEN !) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866666 OH DEARAH ME !!! WHAT AM I getting myself INTO???? <BR> <BR> If you have ever lqqked at my Nutrition Tracker,,, U will CLEARLY and QUICKLY See I am ,, and have ALWAYS been "THE QUEEN Of JUNK FOOD" (name given by MANY friends,, family). I've been this way ALL my life. I had actually VOWED at one point "NO FREGGIE SHALL PASS THESE LIPS" !!! And that's pretty much the same,,, except for on the 5% Challenge when we do Freggie (FRuit/vEGGIE) week,, this time around it'll be 2 weeks !!! OH DEARA... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:09:26 EST Blizzard 2015, Maine, outside Portland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863881 Hi from outside of Portland, Maine!! <BR> <BR> As most know parts of the upper Eastern Coast have been under a Blizzard warning. <BR> <BR> Thought you. Would enjoy some pictures. <BR> <BR> This first one is outside of where I live. Normally you'd see the City of Portland across the harbor. (Pronounced ha ha a) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321066837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The winds r sustained at43MPH with gusts at55. <BR> <BR> Here is from the front of whe... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:04:20 EST 80 POUND DOWN !!! YEAH !! BYERS BYERS to IT 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862359 As of yesterday I've LOST 80 LBS !! YEAH !! <BR> <BR> My highest was 288 ! YO 1 I still have a hard believing I ALLOWED THAT ! But, it was a combo of depression (so I gave UP caring) and also meds for that depression, and steroids for pain in feet,,, and also back. ALL of that took me from what was my than normal,, til I was in my early 40s,,,,, at 115 lbs as an adult. My highest ever up til than was the occasional 120. <BR> <BR> I am happy to of hit this,, not that happiness has to do w... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:14:23 EST Weigh in on schedule,,, the Turtle ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861871 OH YEAH !! I am CLEARLY a <em>134</em> when it comes to losing weight ! <BR> <BR> I am NOT sure why though. I've UPPED my exercise,,, and only count what makes me sweat,,, and over 10 minutes of doing so,,,, I am a SUPER DAWG this week (A Super Dawg is a Dawggie (Spirited Under Dawg,,, on the 5% challenge) who does 120 mins of exercise for 5 out of 7 days),,,, so I have clearly UPPED my exercise,,,, I had before the past 2 weeks been doing 50 to 70 mins of exercise. <BR> <BR> I also ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:15:44 EST WOW !! A streak of 78 weeks ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861208 I noticed this a few weeks ago on my START Page,,,, and I was like "WOW" !! <BR> <BR> Here's what it says: <BR> <BR> My Streaks <BR> 78 weeks: Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week See Award & Share <BR> <BR> I guess in just doing the 78 weeks of at least 90 min is good in itself. But, than it HIT ME ! 78 weeks is over A YEAR !!! Yes,,,,, so why am I HAPPY with that? Its ONLY 90 mins a week,,, when I am at my peak,, I do 700 ish a week. <BR> <BR> Here's why. In the past year and a h... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:44:18 EST it died,, so young,,,, services http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859750 It happened,,, as we all know will happen. <BR> <BR> My 1 and 1/3 yr old Puter DIED !!! <BR> <BR> So I went and bought a new one. <BR> <BR> They do not make them as they first did, when it was a big deal to buy them. Now they are treated as if it's a tomato,,,, disposable. <BR> <BR> Funeral will be announced. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:38:54 EST 1st week of the 5% Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856779 YEAH !! I've made it through the first week of the 5% challenge !! <BR> <BR> I was able to drink from 5 to 7 glasses of water each day <BR> <BR> To exercise 120 mins a day,, 5 days a week,,, which on the Dawggie Team has made me eligible to be a SUPER DAWG !! I could NOT make it to this in the last challenge, or the Spring Challenge,,, not with all the problems my feet were giving me,, than having the surgery. YEAH to FInALLY being FREE to do with the as I WANT (Except for swimming) I am ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:24:50 EST Good news,,, FINALLY,, Feet ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855449 I want to say "THANK YOU" to all of you who have been following me through the last surgery in June. It was a wild ride !!!! From the starting of the recovery,,, when my upstairs got bed bugs,, and of COURSE they came down here ! (Land Lord says if he gets them again, they want to FINALLY Evict him ! YEAH !),,,,, though all the times of not being able to walk,, and restricted to bed,,, the 2 infections, and the awful rash ,, and of course finding out i can't wear a CAM (walking) cast. YO !... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:09:39 EST I love my body at 209.8 do you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854695 I am sitting here reading an article on SPARKS which a woman asked 52 women, "What do you love about your body"? I'll put the link in, if you choose to read it. <BR> <BR> There are MANY things I LOVE about my body, the rest I can accept. I love to hear what you think of yours. Here are a few I do of mine: <BR> <BR> 1) My eyes ! They SPARKLE and are very bright,, they are hazel, with a blueberry color around the edge of the pupil,, than the rest are hazel,,, with Golden Flecks,,, if I w... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:26:10 EST FINALLY Sparks HAS given us "SPARKS for FAT CATs"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853610 Some of us own animals which COULD EASILY USE SPARKS For Cats/Dawgs/fish/gerbils, etc. <BR> Have they DONE this???? <BR> <BR> Izzy thinks so ! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1760238737.jpg"> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:57:12 EST Its Important to LOVE yourself along this journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853106 Often times you will hear someone state "When I reach my goal "I'll be happy". <BR> <BR> To me I CRINGE when i read that !! For along this journey if you wish to maintain the weight when you do hit goal,,, you should hopefully just need to adjust the food intake, and exercise amount,,, and as you do transition those 2,,,that's ENOUGH !! <BR> <BR> So HOW Do you LOVE yourself? Along this journey,, figure out "Why I eat so much"? "What are my triggers"? "Is there a difference on how I fee... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:07:39 EST