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/ ONE more pound and NO Longer obese!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463871 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25132a5d-e4ac-4a2c-a630-3f4763a842f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First PLEASE excuse my feet!! I hadn't realized I didn't have any socks on til later. BUT though they are not going to win any "Beautiful Feet" contests, I'm glad I have them. Actually tonight here's the left one <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55d72dd9-771b-467b-8534-084dccbb4fff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It hurts!! Has been. My foot Dr and I know I get hair line fract... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:48:25 EST This IS Maine and it IS going to snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462200 Saw this on one of the local News station. <BR> <BR> Thought u may enjoy it <BR> <BR> <link>bennetttheredonethat.bangordailynews<BR>.com/2015/01/video-this-is-maine-and-i<BR>ts-going-to-snow/ </link> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 03:22:53 EST A month after non ruptured brain aneurysm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461534 Well, its been a month since I had the non ruptured brain aneurysm surgery done. Time FLIES FAST!! <BR> <BR> For those who haven't been following me, I was told to keep my stress LOW <BR> <BR> Not something I'm good at. Two weeks ago heard I was moving. Its a much nicer location(though just next building over). Its designed so much better. Instead of the main street I face the harbor. I do NOT miss the street side!! My kitty loves watching the birdies <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:00:18 EST Only 13 days since bran surgery and MOVING!!??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455236 Last night I was hitting my ALL with my upstairs neighbor. He has learning disabilities (his brother pays the bills). He's a nice guy, but Not a good neighbor. Often he's very reckless at night. All night. I've grown accustomed to his regular noises(unless I've been sleeping, he wakes me often) of hammering, sawing and moving furniture. Yes often between 1-7 AM. <BR> <BR> This past summer a pipe burst on the top floor. By the time insurance came through it was fall time. Though I'm several ... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:02:51 EST WOW!! Nice Non Scale Victory (NSV) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453828 The last time I checked my measuring was Oct 28th. So its been 3 months. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the difference: I had been doing 60-90 mins of exercise a day including swimming 2-4 times a week at 50 minutes. <BR> <BR> Waist down 1.5" <BR> Hips. Up. .5 <BR> Thigh. down 2.5 <BR> Arm. down. .75 <BR> Calf. down. 1" <BR> <BR> Total: 5 1/4". GONE!!! <BR> <BR> Interesting to note : During this time period I have lost 5 lbs(over the egg not season,,,,,they NEED that sweet, syr... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:01:17 EST Day 6 after brain aneurysm plus woohoo WOW weight going DOWN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452363 Today is day 6 from my brain aneurysm surgery. <BR> <BR> My eyes haven't improved yet,,,they still. So the white spot blocking out a part of my vision from my left eye. I'm adjusting to it. I have been assured it'll go away. WooHoo, but as said I'm so very fortunate as it is. <BR> <BR> We figured out today why I'm not sleeping. To keep my blood thin I'm on plavix. In 1-2.5 percent of people on it do suffer with insomnia. So I called my neurosurgeons office. I absolutely HAVE to stay ... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:13:36 EST Am home, recovering from surgery of a non ruptured brain aneurysm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450895 TY all so much for such a large out pouring of care!! <BR> <BR> Since there may be a few reading who aren't aware of the surgery it was for a non ruptured brain aneurysm. Thankfully it was accidentally found. It was done on Wednesday <BR> <BR> They had a hard time getting in an IV. After 6 tries they put me to sleep and did it. Because my veins are small my neurosurgeon had a hard time getting the catheter up to do the pipeline which is now blocking off the flow of blood to the aneurysm... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 04:06:30 EST A personal goal to get through the next 58 hrs,,,anxiety at bay!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448775 OK, so last night I did NOT sleep and hey, its of my own doing. I allowed, yes allowed my thoughts go to where it wasn't needing to <BR> <BR> I'm now 58 hrs from walking into the hospital(I have 2 of my best friends of over 40 Yrs taking me. I think one of my brothers will show up,,,I do not want this. We are awesome, but he tends to worry and lol can try to take things over,,NO TY and my GD may want to. I'm asking my brother and her to please wait. Of course its up to them). to have aneury... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 01:39:26 EST Dianes rules for success (spelling it out D is for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446991 Thought this would be fun!! <BR> <BR> These goals are not to be accomplishes by tomorrow only or in a week, a month, but by the end of December. <BR> <BR> Actually the FUN of a goal is to what I can to reasonably can do and Not to purrrfection because being purrrfect is for Izzy who you can see on my yoga mat has been chewing paper AGAIN!! Lolol (OK,,,so I gave her it to chew) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dca097bd-1cfc-4c46-81f5-b01dc91a7262.JPG"> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 01:07:39 EST Review 2017(didn't all goals, did some though) and 2018 goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444897 Why do I set goals? Without seeing them in black and white I can SLACK OFF so badly!! <BR> <BR> Even for days on end. Most mornings when I wake up I write up a scheduled for the day. As I do what I've written down I check them off. Evey small task completed makes me smile( see my name <em>334</em> ). <BR> <BR> Goal setting does this for all of us. In December of 2016 I sat back <em>334</em> A LOT!! I belong to the 5% Challenge and HAD met my 5% goals 3 out of 4 times. Losing 46 lbs ... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 03:12:49 EST How to WIN your 5% Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443903 Are you a part of the 5% Winter Challenge? <BR> <BR> I've been doing these for years with a LOSS of over 110lbs!! <BR> <BR> What's my "Secret" of making my 5% weight loss in our 8 weeks? <BR> <BR> Its SIMPLE!! We need a FIRM layer out plan!! <BR> <BR> But HOW do we organize it??? <BR> <BR> Thanks to our OALs (Over All Leaders: Kaliswalker, Ceriusly, Hicim705, Jmcade and our newest one who had helping and is now official Monakin314) its all laid out in the best order!! <BR> <BR> U wil... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:12:10 EST Did you eat out of range? Are you "BAD"? Am i? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443336 Yesterday was a day many got together with family/friends to have a good time <BR> <BR> I was reading thru the Community Feed later at night. I saw comments such as: <BR> <BR> "I was BAD" <BR> <BR> "I didn't do well" <BR> <BR> "i'll start in January after the holidays" <BR> <BR> When we hear ourselves say such types of words how does it make you feel? Such as you've been HARD at work and lost (how much have you lost so far, or if not, how much did you learn about yourself? These lesso... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 01:49:47 EST And the world did NOT cave in,,are eating veggies a struggle 4 U? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442005 I have a hate, tolerate, hate, hate relationship with veggies and some fruits. <BR> <BR> Years ago a friend and I lived in a house which we'd often have BBQs. She convinced me to do a meat/veggie foil package and we'd throw them into the BBQ. They tasted sooooo good!! <BR> <BR> Now though I live in a high rise and of course no grills are allowed here. I've MISSED that yummy meal!! <BR> <BR> Last night I read an article on cooking veggies in various ways and what I used to do you CAN d... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 01:24:16 EST Eat or not eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441185 I was earlier on sitting here and suddenly "I WANT CANDY!!" went running through my mind. Earlier I had some. As long as I'm in my calorie range I'm totally fine with it. <BR> <BR> But, was the candy going into my mouth which I LOVE? <BR> <BR> Here's my thinking (hey Sparks even had an article on cravings today!!! If you haven't read it its Very worth the while): <BR> <BR> "I'm I REALLY hungry?" <BR> <BR> "No" because I had eaten only 2 hrs before. <BR> <BR> "Was what I ate mostly c... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:43:38 EST Stuck in a rut or plateau? Spark Coach to THE RESCUE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440679 Its at the end of the year. As we reflect back over 2017 we may be <em>334</em> at how it went. Or maybe we want to make changes. <BR> <BR> If we'd like to try different things,,,WHAT??? Is our first question. <BR> <BR> Followed quickly by HOW? <BR> <BR> I was reading over my Spark coach tonight and thought "WOW very beneficial!!" <BR> <BR> So here's a part of it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Set some new goals! Nutrition, fitness and weight loss are still going to be the overall goals of your pr... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:24:29 EST A team has helped me lose 118 lbs. Which 1? How?? Openings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440016 The above is TRUE. <BR> <BR> I came aboard Sparks weighing 256. I had decided to lose weight after a series of events. When you suddenly have it pointed out you weigh 288 lbs and your body is unhappy in so many ways, its time to wake up. <BR> <BR> I was looking for help so desperately. After losing 32lbs I hit my first plateau, but I knew with the right understanding I'd continue to lose. <BR> <BR> It was this exact time date years ago a very kind sweet Sparker, Healthygrammmy reached o... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:44:18 EST Sick and gaining rapidly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439481 Grrrrr is how I feel about this. Of course no one can stop themselves from catching the crap going around unless they hibernate. Hmmm nah, can't do that <BR> <BR> I had already been gaining but now?? I had worked so hard to make my 5% of losing 10 lbs in 8 weeks <BR> <BR> Yes, once I can get to swimming it'll come off again. <BR> <BR> Hugs from afar,,, very afar. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:53:37 EST Purdy!! Finally MY Snow!! (Short, pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438959 I've been Screaming "Where's MY SNOW????" <BR> <BR> Today,,,FINALLY!! I live in Maine so since we in general have 4-5 months of it either you LOVE it, be very miserable or lol move. As you can see I LOVE it. <BR> <BR> This is where I live. Normally you can see the city across the water. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a31141c-1c8d-4c45-9be9-eca8a9ad8706.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b7b88bd-fedd-450e-94a0-b8c386075c4e.png">... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:25:03 EST Every break, I do this, sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438661 The 5% Challenging was over on Saturday. I had MADE my 5% with losing 9 plus ounces!!! <BR> <BR> I STRUGGLE every single break!!! <BR> <BR> First it was <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76aa72fc-f187-4453-8134-c84a72bdfb58.png">. I DID panic when the scale suddenly jumped 2 LBs the very next morning. I have to say this was the 1st time I got up, with my hands shaking and poured the 1/2 cartoon DOWN the sink. <BR> <BR> So than a friend gave me a pumpkin pie. I had be... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 22:32:13 EST Did you keep any clothes from your largest? I DID AND WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435348 Did you keep any clothes from your largest? I DID!! <BR> <BR> I am so far down from a 22/24 in the shirt (which was getting TIGHT when I decided NO WAY! I have act TODAY!" The pants are a 24. <BR> <BR> Today, and I'm still considered obese (NOT FOR LONG!! I am hoping in the next 2 to 3 weeks I lose 3 lbs and TADA OUT Of that! Of course, when I was in the 22/24 shirt, 24 pants and being I am 5'3" I was morbidly obese. At this point, though I am obese I am in a size M shirt and jeans size... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:43:24 EST LOWEST WEIGHT in an EON of time! YEAH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19e90f90-4a99-4aeb-a7d4-71c347edffb9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SORRY it's so FUZZY in case it doesn't show up it says "173.2"!!! <BR> <BR> WOOHOOOO!!! I can NOT remember the last time I have been this LOW! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac384b58-cb1c-47ed-842d-85c20085d753.jpg"> <BR> <BR> INDEED, I'M DANCING TODAY!! <BR> <BR> I have 1.8 lb to GO For NEXT WEEK and I MAKE MY 5% of weight loss in 8 weeks!! Which is to l... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:54:43 EST Ahhh a most REFRESHING REWARD!! Have you rewarded yourself lately? Nonfood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434457 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/143b2ef6-c143-4342-a2cf-88049d7b5cdc.png"> <BR> <BR> Ahhhh THIS is a GREAT WAY to REWARD <em>208</em> myself in a nonfood way. <BR> <BR> Nothing like sitting in hot refreshing water with Epsom salt (now comes with other things such as lavender (GREAT for sleep!) Eyquispist (HOPE that's the right spelling!) smells so NICE!! So good for one. <BR> <BR> As you can see IZZY the FAMOUS (so SHE Says/purrs!) HAD to come in to check it out. I THIN... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:26:17 EST Swimming/endurance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433332 A friend and I started swimming again a month ago. We both LOVE <em>237</em> . <BR> <BR> Our first night back in the pool and we did a 1/2 hr. That was plenty enough. We had also stopped several times. <BR> <BR> Tonight we did an hour. LOL, I try my hardest to not look at the clock because once we hit 40 mins she'll say "ENOUGH"! I wanted to keep going so I kept the conversation lively. Yes, as we swim we talk. We tend to avoid the lane swims because of this. I know it's helping th... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:00:20 EST ALMOST at my LOWEST in YEARS!! WOOHOOO 2 MORE LBS TO GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433014 I've been so heavy for at least 7 years. <BR> <BR> I have a pic from 2010 that SHOWS IT ALL!! That picture along with 2 other things (A Dr telling me my back hurt and it WAS ALL MY FAULT! I tried to explain to him "At 115 I hurt like this" but, he'd NOT listen. When I FINALLY hit goal, be GUARANTEED I AM MARCHING in there to show him this, now losing DOES make it MUCH easier to exercise to help relieve the pain, but he said I'd NOT be in pain "if you didn't carry ALL that weight"! Grrr an... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:28:44 EST What I've learned from my Start with food/exercises choices to now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432122 WOW!! Spark Coach asked today that we realize how FAR we've come along. They suggested we go back to our first nutritional/exercise trackers. <BR> <BR> My name was DIANESMILES (I LOST my PW and I was sooo frustrated I created a new name at that time to DIANEDOESSMILES) so here's the first entry: <BR> <BR> Was discouraged tonight but FINALLY exercised! <BR> Friday, January 21, 2011 <BR> <BR> I just did NOT NOT NOT want excerise tonight. I have taken up the "10 minute challenge" which you ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:08:53 EST Friday TURKEY DAY and how will I stay in range? My Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431772 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eac4f7c6-7f19-4984-b5cb-5dbcdf443263.jpg">it will be. Turkey, as we know, is low enough in calories and higher in protein. That's a GO for Friday night. <BR> <BR> I am the President of the Resident Council where I live. There are 100 units here (high rise) and at this point, we have 25 who have signed up. Of course, we KNOW there will be those who just show up so we are counting on 35 to 40. <BR> <BR> I am doing the turkey, stuffing, an... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:58:14 EST Spark Coach asks: how much have you lost in everyday items? Chart included 4 u to c yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431366 Today on SPARK COACH I read this: <BR> <BR> Daily Visualization <BR> <BR> Picture the amount of weight you've lost so far in a way that you can really visualize it—maybe you've lost a set of 20-pound dumbbells, a few cans of soup or the weight of your dog! Feel the heaviness of that weight and be proud of how far you've come! <BR> <BR> Here's a chart that makes it REAL as to what we see in everyday life <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9902e266-d869-46c3-b... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:03:44 EST A windy cold day didn't stop me so later I CELEBRATED! Not with food though, but! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430237 At 10:45 I went for a walk. The wind chill was 18F. For January this would be a NICE day, but last Friday it was 70 today? LOL FAR FROM IT!! <BR> <BR> Still, I did go for a WALK <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b94fe3d-b032-42a0-affe-322e8f477837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For 70 Minutes!! As you can see for a BIT I even took OFF my hat and gloves. Once you start to walk you got HOT! LOL though the hat and gloves came RIGHT BACK On 5 Mins LATER! LOL!! <BR> <BR> For a ... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 01:38:14 EST My ways to STOP the excuses and BRING IT ON MOTIVATION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429620 The below is a copy/paste from SPARKCOACH which Is only 29.99 a ONE TIME FEE. Is it worth it? If you've not tried this most helpful feature, he's just one of the 5 parts of the Spark coach session I had tonight. ALSO I can email a coach once a week for HELP!! I did so the other day for the FIRST time though I've had Spark coach since Nov of last year. I got my answer QUICK! VERY QUICK and it was well done. THANKS! <BR> <BR> So here it is (it was under the Program segment of todays 5 par... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 01:02:27 EST Diane, you've been at this for SEVEN YEARS don't you become discouraged? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426669 I've been at this losing weight for 7 YEARS and 4 months!! <BR> <BR> I was asked by a friend "Diane, you've been at this losing weight for 7 yrs, don't you become discouraged?" <BR> <BR> WELL YEAH!! Don't we ALL when we want something so badly and it's just NOT happening the way we thought it would. <BR> <BR> Show of hands please: "When you 1st thought of losing weight (some as I did may not have found Sparks as they started, for me, it was 6 months into it I had) did you envision it'd y... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:19:25 EST Is Exercise REALLY important? NSV GONE: 8.5 Inches in 8 months!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426340 Back when I was a brand new Spark person I had stepped on the scale at 256 but had been losing for 5 months previously at 288 LBs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2115b543-a28c-4914-a7fe-279ba9cc1c1b.jpg"> On my shirt in case your curious is: "People like you are the reason why people like me take medication." <BR> <BR> It was during this time I read a most impressive blog in which the Spark member had only lost 22 lbs, but she went from a size 22 down to a ... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:53:35 EST A very simple to have a much better day for you and others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426055 ╔══╗░░░░╔╦╗░░╔═════╗ <BR> ║╚═╬════╬╣╠═╗║░▀░▀░║ <BR> ╠═╗║╔╗╔╗║║║╩╣║╚═══╝║ <BR> ╚══╩╝╚╝╚╩╩╩═╝╚═════╝ <BR> <BR> It immediately lifts our own hearts up. Can turn a not so great day into a better one. <BR> <BR> Out among others who are strangers, doing this may be the ONLY one they get that day. <BR> <BR> To me, I can't go wrong with a <BR> <BR> <BR> ╔══╗░░░░╔╦╗░░╔═════╗ <BR> ║╚═╬════╬╣╠═╗║░▀░▀░║ <BR> ╠═╗║╔╗╔╗║║║╩╣║╚═══╝║ <BR> ╚══╩╝╚╝╚╩╩╩═╝╚═════╝ <BR> <BR> Hence it's one o my most favorit... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 05:02:26 EST "You CAN'T DO IT!!" Oh YEAH? Wanna bet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424406 Six years ago I was talking to my GD and saying things I WANT to do again. X, Y and Z. I have 2 of them which she replied: "You CAN'T DO IT!!" One for to put my foot on the top of my head and the other is to do a split again. I am a former Gymnast. <BR> <BR> Soooo here's today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0736e74e-3e7e-4fdb-aa42-20d5b3c55572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LOL FOOLISH CHILD! She SHOULD have known I can do almost anything AS WE ALL CAN we put our minds to!... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:05:39 EST A FITNESS CAT??? Plus an HONOR TY Dawggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423704 I want to thank the Spirited Under Dogs (AKA Dawggies) and EL (Extra Leader) Char46Sue (Charlotte for the HONOR as does Izzy. Izzy wears MANY hats in helping ME to hit my fitness goal!! <BR> <BR> Here's the badge Charlotte made for our team this week FEATURING IZZY!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2d015de-1d39-4ded-86e2-95d0776097f2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And how DOES A CAT help with FITNESS??? <BR> <BR> Here's me TRYING to do yoga (ever hear of LAUGHTER Yoga? It's ... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:38:37 EST Why increase my activity (not exercise) what's the difference? SPARK COACH advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422230 I am a VERY <em>334</em> member of SPARK COACH is a part of SPARK PREMIUM. SPARK PREMIUM is only 29.99 for LIFE (NO renewal) but, is it worth it? <BR> <BR> You decided. <BR> <BR> Today I was watching SPARK COACH and it talked about intentional exercise and activity. They term it as " N.E.A.T" Non=Exercise-Activity-Thermogenesis. What is THAT??? Its nonintentional exercise: Getting up to walk to the bathroom and walking a little bit more such to the furthest bathroom, washing dishes... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:02:08 EST Needing to call 911 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421570 Every now and then we just need a good laugh! <BR> <BR> Saturday was weigh in day on the 5% Challenge of which I am a member (On the Spirited Under Dog AKA Dawggie team). I am DOWN 1 lb! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb617706-d31d-4bde-855a-bf5a69c2a617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7da4cf82-eee8-4494-a75c-186d1e819ea8.jpg"> for visiting my page! Come again! Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:28:04 EST Izzy to the vets (AGAIN), Will Fit board needs to DIE!??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421253 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75290ab1-c0aa-4339-9865-f6bb2df9ed55.jpg">This is my Izzy kitty. She'll be 7 in Dec and is a tiger cat. She's a rescue, but I've had her for almost 6 of those years. She's a very sweet, easy going kitty who loves everyone who comes in here. They can be GUARANTEED she's GOING to JUMP up in their lap!! She'll settle down on most, curl up in a ball and purr herself to sleep! <BR> <BR> Shes has had breathing issues for about 5 yrs. She was F... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:03:35 EST Water, I would NOT drink it, now I do, how did I do so? And you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420273 This week on the 5% Challenge (Week 1 out of 8 GOOOOOO DAWGGIES!) we are working on a SIMPLE, but a VERY HELPFUL way of losing weight AND keeping our bodies very happy for multiple numbers of reasons, and hey did you know drinking water is natures NATURAL WAY of our looking YOUNGER? <BR> <BR> I do well with 6 glasses of water. Often at 8, I do not feel well as at 6. But, for the challenge and to help my team (GOOOOO DAWGGGIESSS GOOOO! Have I mentioned this yet? LOL) I'm upping to 8, as I ca... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 03:01:50 EST GREAT idea for weighing in at Dr's (short, humorous picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418225 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/513aa4dc-1776-4ae5-826c-cfddc77f369a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sounds GOOD TO ME!! I THINK I'll try something LIKE this. With barely, any balance can't-do this, would LOVE to hear your idea's AND IF You are GOING to join me at the Dr's doing something as such? <BR> <BR> GOOO TO ALL 5% ers and ALL ON SPARKS! <BR> <BR> REMEMBER To ALL 5% ers on whichever team your on (GOOOOOO <em>338</em> IES GOOOOOO <em>381</em> !! Let's RECLAIM OUR <em>205</e... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 01:36:21 EST WHAT?? My FITNESS AGE IS WHAT?? Longgg ways to GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417865 Tonight I FINALLY I have my Wii fitness board hooked up and did it's "real age" and here it IS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/399f592e-b79c-4fdf-ba30-9aad5dd35705.jpg"> OH DEARAH ME!! Doesn't my Mii look like me? <BR> <BR> It's the DANG OLD BALANCE boards that get me!! With a <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b96eec47-6699-4a33-a142-9beec5979d09.jpg">missing the big toe and that foot is a size 4 while the left foot is a size 8 1/2 it's difficul... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 01:07:03 EST But I am tired, 10 mins won't matter!????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416452 Today on SPARK COACH it had to do with 10 mins of exercise, does it do any good? <BR> <BR> The ANSWER IS YES!! If you can do just 10 mins of exercise first it's 10 mins of activity vs sitting on the couch etc and not moving. On my worse times, I can still do the sit-down and do arm curls and other weight things with my arms. <BR> <BR> If we have only 10 mins and want to make them COUNT we can combine upper body with lower body workouts. Such as lunges and weights. If we are on a trea... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:56:18 EST My Motivation and yours is? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415480 Today's SPARK COACH asked me" What 3 things help you with being in motivation? <BR> <BR> First for me is how I look. Then again looks really do NOT mean that much, though I LOVE buying smaller clothes. I had started out at 288 lbs and should have been in a 3X!! now, MINUS 110 lbs I am in size M in shirts and pants a 14! YEAH !! <BR> <BR> Second and WAY MORE Important is that though I'll be a diabetic it's only because my body is damaged from it. However, my AC 1 is GREAT!! Hovering from 5... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:07:30 EST Planning Weds how to eat around a Spaghetti dinner we are putting on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415135 AHHH YES to spaghetti dinners many will QUICKLY say "It's my FAVORITE FOOD!" for me through the spaghetti itself ICK!! Yes, ICK, but for a STRANGE reason. I DO like macaroni, but ONLY with a thick cheese sauce. I can NOT get stringy types foods down. Never have, never will. Yes they do gag me (Remember when it was popular to say "GAG ME WITH A SPOON"!?? LOL Hey I used to cringe when I heard that! I KNOW what it's like to go thru that feeling!) <BR> <BR> Since the spaghetti, we are cooking ... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 02:17:21 EST My Trigger foods, My NEW Plan to help in a POSITIVE WAY, What have I learned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413337 This is assignment 8 from the 5% FALL Challenge which we are doing before the challenge begins. IF you are NOT doing these I can guarantee you, it's a HUGE HELP/BENEFIT to do so. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to know to know more about the 5% Challenge which IS filling UP FAST, please on my page click on my TEAM FALL 5% Challenge to read more about it. <BR> <BR> List Trigger situations and foods (red light) that trigger yours overconsumption of calories. HIGH on the LIST ANYTHING with CHOCOLATE... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:17:18 EST Why do I want to lose? What to change? Want to look?? Feel?? Etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412993 Today's assignment is to list 10 reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> 1) I know I look better, but as PAWSOME as it is, it's not my real reason, though YES it does play a part. <BR> <BR> 2) I had a stroke in 7/2012 and it SCARED the WHOOPIE PIE OUT OF ME!! When you're laying in the ER with Dr's etc all HOPPING around you and hearing the words "you've had a stroke" it's NOT something I want to hear again. The cause was though a med (Celebrex, it now has a BLACK BOX WARNING, but is ST... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:49:08 EST Spark Coach suggestion, it DOES work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411668 Today on Spark Coach it talked about set in a routine which 1) May have us stuck on a plateau 2) BORES us (at least to a degree) 3) How to break out of these. These were focusing on exercise (sorry not food today). <BR> <BR> On the being stuck on a plateau, I had to ask myself "Since you mostly walk (As foot allows) am I stuck?" The answer is that I still LOVE this, but!! Oh YES, we can always find a "BUT"!! Can I use my other muscles? <BR> <BR> DEFINITELY!!! I've realized over the past... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:06:57 EST In the past I'd of ordered a pizza AND a large dessert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410276 As we think about how far we've come there are daily reminders. <BR> <BR> I'd LOVE to hear yours!! <BR> <BR> PROGRESS!! Even if it's very small, it's STILL progress! <BR> <BR> I had woken up late which doesn't help. I had said I'd attend a craft group (held where I live) it was the first time it was being held, and hey I DO LOVE crafts. <BR> <BR> I called a friend who lives 5 floors up and we both RUSHED on down. WOW!! A lot of people are very, very talented!! LOL, My friend is the ... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:20:39 EST Ok this is quite different for exercise, but it WORKED (short, pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409522 Today I went to the ULTIMATE Garage same. I had told a friend on the way up "I ONLY WANT XYZ! ONLY" Yeah we KNOW A B C were QUITE eye catching!! <BR> <BR> I first picked up a little ball ice cream maker (can do yogurt with frozen fruit. PERHAPS the ONLY way I am going to eat it, including in smoothies for the fruit). <BR> <BR> Then I picked up a WII FIT!! The seller has it NEW in the box and was asking 20 A STEAL, but you know? It's a GARAGE SALE and HOW pays FULL price? I looked at h... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:36:56 EST The "get to know me better" questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409215 I can't resist these, feel free to copy and paste to your own blog. <BR> 1 .What did you want to be when you were a child? My Dad was a milk man (he'd meet people who didn't know them and say "I THINK my wife has been with the MILKMAN because all 5 OF MY CHILDREN LOOK JUST LIKE HIM!" LOL LOL They were ALWAYS HORRIFIED ALL 5??? HAHAHA Dad!) so he'd come home at the end of the day "to do the books" as he put it which is course correct. He always had the boys leave the room, IF I good I could... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 01:57:05 EST Needing to be serious about this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408888 Anyone who knows me knows in "general" I'd so MUCH rather goof off and make others laugh and if I can get them laughing so tears are going down their faces TING TING I WON!! <BR> <BR> Tonight at karaoke oh I did just that. The karaoke is held where I live. There are 100 units and this only our 3rd time doing it. We had changed it from the top floor to the 1st floor and at first, it looked like NO ONE was coming!! I was saying to a friend "Well this is the end of this", but slowly different... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 03:31:20 EST