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/ 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 YEAH !! A NSV ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852301 YEAH !! Yesterday I had a NSV ! (non Scale Victory) !!!! <BR> <BR> I am SOOO PROUD !! Back at the end of Aug,, I weighed 216.???. I KNOW I am a VERY SLOW loser !! maybe a 1/2 lb a month. PERHAPS ! If I could be on my feet, for real,, I'd also be doing 60 to 80 mins of swimming 3 x's a week, and yoga,, and walking ! But, for now, It'll happen again, when I am healed. <BR> <BR> I went to a Jehovah Witness informal meeting yesterday to watch a video. Since we are allowed when doing this... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:55:22 EST my goals,, reasonable,, and NOT one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851431 Today is such an EXCITING DAY !! Its the FIRST Day of the 5% WINTAH CHALLENGE ! (the 5% challenge is where we do what we can do, to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks). When I weighed in this AM,, I was at 209.8. That's P <em>345</em> !! It THRILLS ME TO EVERY END !! <BR> <BR> So of COURSE what good ole SPARKLER does NOT start to COUNT those #'s in our head?? WHERE would I LOVE to be on both SHORT and LONG Term goals !! <BR> <BR> My ACTION SeT Goal for short,, is to do all the exercise I... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:14:07 EST Before and current. pictures (hard for me to do) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847046 I was going to wait till I had reached my goal, but in the Wintah challenge we've been. Asked to take a before and after picture of the progress we will do during this period of 8weeks. I know my progress is slow though steady, so it won't show hardly. <BR> So here r the pictures I have which. I hope you will find encouraging. <BR> <BR> Me at my highest, 288 my. Jeans and shirt were tight. They r a size 3 X. It's a close up but u can watch my face also get smaller. <BR> <BR> <img src="... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:17:03 EST Goal for 15,,, these LEGS ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843387 I am walking again ! YEAH !! For how long I do not know, so each is cherished,, held special in my memory bank. The hardware is coming out of my foot for sure,, on the side, which was put in June 15th. I've have had nothing but, problems with this ! So now it's a race,, will I have to have emergency surgery cos the hardware has popped thru the skin??? Its sooo close to that,, or will the bone simulator work,, grow the bone,,, so I can KEEP the big toe,,, time is the only answer to that,, i... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:34:38 EST Helping out, though I said "I WILL NOT DO IT" ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840268 Well today (Sun, and Mon) I have CAVED IN and am helping my BFF who's a hoarder,,,, well actually up to 2 weeks ago,,,, so for over 2 months,, she's been working HARD at going thru my GD's room. My GD when she moved out,, just LEFT things as they are,,, and she's sooo traumatized at going into the place,, she can't handle going in to get things,, she has asked her Mom to "throw it ALL OUT" !! "Do NOT even open the boxes,,, just have Auntie S throw it OUT "!!! Her Aunt S,,,, LOVES ANY TYPE o... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:51:29 EST Assignment 6, Winter Challenge,, what do I WANT to do for goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839057 <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> 1) Why do want to lose weight? I WANT to get around easier ! It'll be much easier on both my back and feet. My feet are a serious concern. I DO NOT WANT ANY Dr to look at me and "assume" that... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:44:36 EST Results of MRI,,,,, done yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837702 You KNOW when you pick up the phone and its ur Dr's office,, calling "about ur results" instead of receiving the usual note from the Dr in the mail stating "Everything was normal". I was informed I have a lump in the vein and need a nerusurgeon . Oh well,, that does NOT upset me in the least,, for this is PREVENTIVE surgery,, if it's even called surgery? I am not sure what they do. No doubt though,, it'll be easy,, most surgeries to do with the veins re from what I've heard others state. ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:05:25 EST Today,,, why???? And my food reaction to this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837075 Today I had an MRI and another one with contrast. The brain MRI went just fine. Hopefully it showed nothing (It was done cos in 12 I had a TIA (stroke with no damage to brain) and in the past month, i've had my face on the left side go numb,, than quickly recover. (I HOPE its something to do with my neck, which has been sore). That took them about an hr,, in the closed in tube,,, and the MUSIC part was BROKEN, so it was just me,, shoved into the tight tube,, with the COLD air rushing over... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:31:24 EST How do you move PAST a FEAR of success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835173 It's starting to happen again. I am near my year end goal. It was at first back when Feb was here,, to be 202/03. But, than I had surgery in June, by August I KNEW I was not healing well,,, and the road would be a long one,, with many bumps (Its Dec, it's holding thru of this) so in August I redid my goal to 209/10. <BR> <BR> I had been up to 223 during the yr, now I am VERY CLOSE to that 210. It scares me, and yet, it EXCITES me. But, i've been here before. Tonight Maryann and I we... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:26:29 EST YEAH !! I GOT IT !! My bone grower !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829982 Today has been a TOTALLY EXCITING DAY and yet,, in another way it "COULD" be discouraging IF I CHOSE to look at it that way. I'll instead think "In time, it will get better". <BR> <BR> I talked at length with Steve who bought it to me,,,,, he said it can take 3 months (unusual,, that was a record) ,, the usual is 6 months,, that he expects to be me,, and some as long as NINE months,, for the bone to heal with it. I need to use it at the same time each day,, and well I am almost ALWAYS at h... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:18:51 EST Dr appt today, update, some good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827783 TY all who saw yesterday s blog and hope better times are forward from here on. <BR> <BR> Well, I can't say that , but some neat news ! I finally get to walk some on foot!! Being so long without that is doing more damage than good. Yeah, so I can help it by walking. I have some Fancy do dads to put on it. He says this will protect it. I happily started to walk at ONCE! It hurts sme, but it's supposed to. <BR> <BR> Also the bone grower was finally approved today. The guy who handle... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:04:44 EST