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 knock down, 2 steps to STAND UP ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376395 TY to all who read my blog on Sunday in which I mentioned in it I had gone for my FIRST over a MILE WALK in AGES !!! TY for the encouragement and <em>244</em> !!! <BR> <BR> A little bit of back ground (because it plays into todays blog) is I have had so far 23 foot surgeries. The last one being last October to remove the big toe on my left foot. The toe had turned almost sideways, kept getting ulcers of which one would not be healed hence the surgery. <BR> <BR> On Monday when I woke... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:13:38 EST My longest walk in 4 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373556 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c76c20b-0f39-438d-a827-510bcb90f5fe.jpg"> Last night I set up a short, medium and long range goal plan. Pininterest makes this interesting with a TON of charts, ideas. One of my goals is to do a 3 mile walk!! When I had left to Denver 4 years ago I wasn't able to walk hardly at all. But if you Really Want Something, ,,make a doable plan and follow it. It's so pretty where I live. Oops,,,on phone. Guess we all need to stand on a hand and... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:49:41 EST Ok Fellow Cat LOVERS (or to help those you know who DO) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371922 MEOW !! MEOW !! A HAPPY kitty cat greets you at the door, often DEMANDING "Where have YOU BEEN??" The "I WANTS" start right off. LOL Pick me up, put me down, pat me,,, leave me alone. Feed me, oh NOT THAT !" Yes you OWN A CAT !! <BR> <BR> This is mine: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5b52f83-ee3e-4e95-86ee-8807d8c72707.jpg"> Awww YES they DO LOVE to sit /sleep on us. As with any small child,,,, older child, spouse for humans etc,, and with EVERY ANIMAL That lives... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 02:51:18 EST its WAY more than just "losing weight" ,,, a Non Scale Victory (NSV) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367520 I am a Jehovah Witness (nah I am not at your door,,, so not talking about this part of it. LOL Side point we are told OFTEN "OH I SHUT the Door on them !" with comedians, yet I've been doing this for 46 yrs and only 3 times has this actually happened. First time was the VERY FIRST Door I knocked on. I was 16 and had heard "This can happen" and it stuck me SO FUNNY I BURST OUT LAUGHING !! I often wonder if the guy thought "She's NUTS !!" HAHAHA !) we have a large convention yearly. <BR> <B... Sun, 28 May 2017 00:25:54 EST A simple, quick way to feel better (emotionally etc) with pics from today's adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365879 Sooo WHAT IS IT we should ALL DO???? <BR> <BR> Perhaps one may think "Tracking" or "Exercising" "Eating Better" AND YES they are ALL CORRECT, but this is even EASIER !! Doing this helps us to feel better on the inside,,,, spurs us on to NEVAH GIVE UP !! <BR> <BR> The answer: <BR> <BR> A SMILE/ A LAUGH <BR> <BR> On the Spring 5% Challenge for this weeks LTGL (Living The Good Life,,,, highly important to continue to grow in our skills. The Spring 5% Challenge will sadly be over a week fro... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:35:52 EST From last year to this year. AMAZING ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364553 Last year here's what was happening. I was dealing with an infection in my foot that was NOT clearing up and had gone into the bone. It had been happening since May 2015 so it was a year at this point. I was going to the Wound Clinic for over a year at this point. I had been thru the hyperbaric chamber <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/167c0bc7-91c6-4e2a-ab93-f2ec873018f9.jpg"> which right after I'd be put into a cast so here I am at this time last year: <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 21 May 2017 00:30:41 EST Such HATRED then,,,,, how quickly we are judged !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364155 My highest was 288. I've never been a healthy eater and I DOUBT If I ever will be. <BR> <BR> I've shopped at the same store for over 25 yrs and I even worked there for many years. Here's something I've noticed over and over again. <BR> <BR> When I was over 230 lbs and I'd buy any sweets (I DID !) the HORRIBLE STARES ,, those of death is warranted !! <BR> <BR> Now at 181 I STILL Buy Sweets and NO LONGER get ANY Negative stares. Last week was a baby shower I went to and I had TONS O... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:15:18 EST Looking for a pet? (Funnies at the end) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360027 Ahh YES SPRING TIME !! Soon there will be MANY baby dogs, cats, etc being born. Some will be purebreds. It's so sad that some for an unknown reason do NOT take care of a pet so there are NOT more babies being born when there are so many now who need a home. <BR> <BR> If you are looking (or know someone who is) for a new pet, PLZ help them to consider adopting from the local shelter. <BR> <BR> I have had 5 cats so far of which I got 3 as kittens who were being given away (well the first o... Wed, 10 May 2017 05:43:49 EST I had thought "NO WAY !! I'd be WAY to hungry !" (also at the end funniest thing I've heard !) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359561 I've been struggling with trying to "SLAM THOSE POUNDS DOWN !" over the last 3ish weeks. I had read "Do not eat b4 bed", but like MANY of us I thought "NONSENSE !! I already get to sleep eat ! It'll only get worse !" (see blog about sleep walking) <BR> <BR> But, in my frustration I had gone to see the nutritionist I had been seeing in the summer hmm 3ish weeks ago. She had said (and yes MANY on Sparks have told me to not do this and of course like so many of us I read quite a few articles ... Tue, 9 May 2017 02:08:48 EST My LIFELONG Battle with JUNK FOOD (my solution) would like to hear yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356450 OHHHHHH For those of you who were alive (or your parents,,,, possibly Grandparents,,, gosh I am getting OLDAH !) they HIGHLY LIKELY remember a song I'll put the link to here,,,, I've done this in the past,,,,, bought many memories from those who had heard it,, and for those who hadn't ,,,,, also agreed it's a GOOD Fitting one for those of us who are "JUNK FOOD JUNKIES !! <BR> <BR> OOPS SO SORRY it's not opening for me. So please go to youtube and type in "Junk Food Junkie (you can also if w... Tue, 2 May 2017 02:33:42 EST Set a goal (Did on Thurs) Set a Plan (Did on Thurs) Then REACH it even when blah's hit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355901 I am so grateful that I've been able to work with a nutritionist last Spring and Summer. Thanks to her encouragement and helping me to meet my nutritional goals and my new calorie range I was able to go from 246 to 195 just last year !! <BR> <BR> Well ok,,, so we are given the knowledge what then? It depends of course on what our goal is, but they all take forethought to make sure we have all the supplies etc we need. Figure out a schedule that'll work for us. OH AND I ALWAYS Add in some... Mon, 1 May 2017 01:56:36 EST TO stretch or not to stretch? (funny) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353578 Ok,,, we know the News is FULL of things that just aren't encouraging, but every now and then, something funny is on. <BR> <BR> TO stretch or not to stretch? For those who run or did/does any sport we now stretching is very important. It warms up our muscles so we don't get injured. <BR> <BR> There are variations of stretches that can be done. <BR> <BR> And then? OFFFF WE GOOOOO !!! See below: <BR> <BR> Taken from the CBS3 out of Philly <BR> <BR> PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A suspect who ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:48:27 EST As I learn, I see the things I need to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352229 On the 5% Challenge we working on Tracking our food (And next week also) plus drinking water. <BR> <BR> Challenges ago you would of seen me <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78893e28-3c13-4a2c-9ea6-6ce4f9d411a0.jpg"> yes the water I had in me was the ones crying out. BUT !! Now? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/296aca49-472f-47a4-bc94-f4316cffe2eb.jpg"> 2 of these a day for my 8 glasses !! So now that's not a problem. <BR> <BR> Tracking my food? ALSO not... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:45:21 EST WOW! An inexpensive way and NO MED/SUPPLEMENT GIMMICK for back pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351370 FIRST NOTE: NO ONE THING helps everyone. READ THROUGH to the end !! <BR> <BR> A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO Raylinstephes for posting a blog last week and again Thurs. Linda has informed us that her H who is 95 yrs young is FINALLY having some relief from his back pain. <BR> <BR> I was in a car accident 25 yrs ago (WOW AM I REALLY GETTING OLDAH??) with a friend. We were hit by an 18 wheeler,, it WON, we did NOT. The pain is unending. I am so Fortunet in that I have a chiro who is excellent an... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:25:27 EST NICE !! In 7 weeks GONE are 3 inches !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349098 On the 5% Challenge there's an option if we wish to do. It's to measure yourselves in week 1, week 4 and finish in week 8. <BR> <BR> So today I did the measurements of my: Hips, Thigh, Upper Arm and calf. Back on Feb 14 was the last time I had done them. So tonight I measured these (it's been 7 weeks) and TA DA with the above measurements I AM DOWN 3 LBS !! EXCITING !! <BR> <BR> Do I do a lot of strength training? Running? Have I lost so much weight that now I am around 130 or less lbs?... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 01:05:33 EST Sleep walking, Sleep eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348671 Sleep walking is something I've done for the majority of my life. I had a roommate who'd hear me get up and follow me around. I had progressed to hiding items I'd REALLY need the next today. One night while doing this I had put my keys in the freezer, thankfully my roommate saw me and took them out. One morning we LOOKED and LQQKED for my glasses !! FINALLY found them in the bathroom behind the toilet. SIGH !! <BR> <BR> This usually happens in connection to ANYTHING that could be upsett... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:50:27 EST I just did a SPARK TV video at 1:53AM ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346853 Right off let me say "I am a LATE NIGHT OWL" which likely comes from working the 3 to 11:30 shift and some nights afterwards we go out and eat. Once home I could not "just go to sleep." So to be up around 2 AM is on my normal schedule. Plus I live for the PEACE and QUIET I get this time of the morning whereas I live on a main street in a smaller city. So yes, this is my normal. <BR> <BR> Tonight I was looking at the SPARKTV video choices. My back has been hurting sooo badly even with jus... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:13:03 EST Raw diet? (Giggle, short) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345320 Those of you who know me KNOW I am VERY WEAK on the fruits and veggies. So I NEVER gave serious thought to doing the raw diet,,, <BR> <BR> Well until today::: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b397dba6-bf95-4c5d-bf81-5c24491abd4f.jpg"> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 22:10:57 EST GONE 61 lbs !! What team has helped me the MOST?? R U interested? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341065 As we all come onto Sparks or have been with Sparks for quite sometimes we get to explore what works for each of us. <BR> <BR> When I first learned of the "Spring 5% Challenge Team" and read the description my ears picked UP !! <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> <BR> Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Spring. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health! Start date Saturday 4/8. <BR> Check out this 8 week Challenge! We get r... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:25:35 EST I don't want to eat that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339460 Today's Spark Coach asks: <BR> <BR> Today, imagine that you decline someone who offers you a tempting treat because you know it won't fit into your food budget for the day. What do you say? How do you remain firm? How does it feel to know that you are in control of what you eat? Think about this scenario the next time you're tempted to give in. <BR> <BR> So here are my answers: <BR> <BR> It won't fit into my food budget for the day,,,,, <BR> <BR> What do you say? <BR> <BR> "Tha... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:58:00 EST Ahhhh YES I LIKE this !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336088 I am one of the leaders who are helping our teams to stay accountable during the 5% Challenge break. There are still a few seats left if one would like to join the 5% Challenge. This is a unique team. We all join the Spring 5% Challenge now,,, and there are various teams to join (some are closing FAST !) which has various themes,,,, there are the Awesome As, Teddy Bears, Champion in the kitches (do you LOVE to cook?) Shooting Stars,,, Starfish and of course the one I am on the Spirited Und... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:09:00 EST I've been so angry ,,, when someone in our life doesn't care about their self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335082 Have you ever had someone in your life who drains you? Someone perhaps a child,,, a spouse, a friend who just has given up living life? <BR> <BR> How does it affect you? Does it make you also so drained? Did you do as I have been "trying to help __name___ see how much it's hurting you by their behavior?" Do they care? <BR> <BR> It's one of my BFFs (though it's changing for me,, not her as such). I am the one who has made the changes. I had gotten up to 288 when 3 events seemed to ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:33:30 EST A team which helped me to LOSE 50 LBS in 2016 w/MANY health issues ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334640 I have a TON of heath issues (notice NOT "problems because to me this is not what some think of when we hear the word "problems" in regard to health. The word "problem" to me with health is a STOP word. STOP not try !! It's USELESS). Ranging from fibromyalgia, osteoporosis (hurts so badly daily) with many in between. The foot issues have been going on for about 15ish years, which included many infections,, in a TON of casts. <BR> <BR> NONETHELESS hey WHY give up? Do I hurt? OH SHOOT YES... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:16:12 EST BLIZZARD 2017 from Coastal Maine (pics ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333174 Ahhh yes when you hear the local weather people JUMPING OUT OF THEIR SKIN you know it's likely going to be worth the while to tune in. Though of course if it's further than 2 1/2 days away I don't pay attention. I WANT this for a job where I can take "an educated guess" and NO matter if I am right or not, I STILL get paid. <BR> <BR> FORCASTED and IT IS "The Blizzard of 2017" here in Southern Maine on the harbor on one of us and just over a mile way on the other side is the ocean. <BR> <... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:17:44 EST I am watching "Skin Tight" with another Sparkler, my take about "my hangings" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330605 I don't know if many have seen "Skin Tight". Its a show on TLC which follows those who have lost a large amount weight in a short period of times. <BR> <BR> TO MaryAnn (MaryAnngi the CL which is the Challenge Leader AKA BIG DAWG or MOMMA Dawggie of the Spirited Under dogs on the 5% Challenge team. I am the ML Motivational Leader). We are both of very similiar views. <BR> <BR> As of Saturday I have lost 100 lbs and she has also lost quite a bit. We both have the "fatty skin hanging" from... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:41:57 EST Spark Coach: What would your future body (10 yrs from now) say to your body now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330063 Interest question. <BR> <BR> What would your body 10 years from now say to your body now? <BR> <BR> I imagine it'd say "THANK YOU SO MUCH for NOT giving up ! I feel so much better ! I am again flexible with less pain in my back and feet!" I have back the confidence I've had all along, but let get hidden for a little bit." <BR> <BR> We all hopefully know that losing weight does NOT bring happiness. YES it does make us feel better, be much healthier and we of course enjoy being smaller ... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 00:27:35 EST YIPEEE !! DID IT !! YEAH GONE 100 POUNDS !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329033 At my biggest I weighed in at 288 !!! YO !! I had so many painful illnesses that I could not walk without extreme difficulty. I had even been told my GP "Diane STOP trying to out of your wheelchair you CAN'T DO it your X Rays prove it." She had been watching me struggling in trying to. You know when you add 150 lbs to much, it DOES compress your spine. Plus I had fractured it when I was 17 while learning a new move in gymnastics. I was the team captain. From that point on I could no ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 01:22:04 EST Through our journey we change and change. Here's a BIGGIE for me to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323722 When I first started with Sparks I had been eating in a calorie range for 5 months. I had been tracking my calories, but did so on a dry erase board so I didn't have a record of what I was eating. <BR> <BR> That was 6 yrs ago. I've come a LONGGGG WAYSSS from then. However I have been IGNORING one important thing ,,,,, STRENGTH TRAINING !!! <BR> <BR> THANK YOU SPARK PREMIUM For putting it out STRAIGHT today ! KNOW it's MY time. I have looked through the SPARKTV video it had suggested, but... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 02:04:04 EST Wednesday MNABOY Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323165 Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? Like??? I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT ! <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? Started at 12, on the 2nd try fell in LOVE with it. The stats of how often is happens is SCARY !!! I did for only 3 years. I quit when I wanted to become a Jehovah Witness. They do not smoke and we are healthier for it. <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? No because they can be taken from me and used against me. ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 02:15:23 EST Today's Spark Coach: Reevaluate my goals and progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322070 I will say it OVER and OVER again. For me Spark Coach is WORTH SINGLE PENNY !! If they asked to pay for it yearly (29.99,,,, LOL Why can't places just say 30 which is a NICE even number. NO ONE is fooled in today's world that 29.99 is NOT $30.00 we all know it is) I WOULD do so !! <BR> <BR> Today's Spark Coach asked us to reevaluate our goals and progress. <BR> <BR> I will say I am CLEARLY PLEASED with my loss of a pound a week per average. So that's 8 lbs for the 2 months time passed thus... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:55:42 EST I didn't think I could ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321599 I am a member of the 5% challenge and this weeks new one is (so we'll be working on it for 2 weeks) is to plan out your 3 meals the day b4 we go to bed at the latest. <BR> <BR> This I KNEW would be a HUGE struggle for me (How about those of you who are reading this,, how would you do). I often go out to the kitchen THINKING I'm going to eat a particular and OFTEN as I even reach for it,,, at times even as I am starting to fix it,,, I change my mind. Different reasons, but in general I just... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:57:53 EST Are you or someone you love living in chronic pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321164 I was in a bad car accident in 92 which did a number on us. We "thought" we were so fortunate to "walk out alive" at the time. Shoot we were just in so much shock we didn't realize we'd been hurt. The EMT's did their BEST to take us to the hospital, but my friend/roommate is terrified of going there ! So we went to our Dr's the next day. <BR> <BR> It'd be years before we reached the point of "Oh we were NOT lucky !" Both of us ended up in power chairs at almost the same time. I happily w... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:31:42 EST A question ,,, please give me advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319912 I belong to Spark Premium. It's 29.99 (LOL why do they not just say 30? LOL) and worth every single penny. The things they work on daily really help me along my journey with a question first, than it supplies the answer(s). Also if you have a question to can ask the Spark Coaches it once a week,,, and YEAH NO GRRR ADS ! THose things were SLOWING down my puter (and tablet,, and phone). <BR> <BR> Here's today's question of which raises a question for me: <BR> <BR> In today's coaching sess... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:46:37 EST In ONLY 2 lbs I will be at my 100 lbs LOSS !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319140 I am a member of the 5% challenge (on the Spirited Under dog team) in which we do to learn and practice new (to some, well at least the first few times though they do change from season to season) skills to aid us in losing 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> TY TO ALL on these teams and also all of my other friends,, and newbies to this post because I have YOUR support and suggestions which help me to look at things from various angles. <BR> <BR> I had started this journey years ago at ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:22:14 EST "I'm bad" "I failed" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316788 I'm a leader on the Spirited Under Dogs team which is a part of the 5% Challenge. The 5% Challenge team helps us to develop healthy habits. On the Spirited Under Dogs AKA Dawggies team I'm the ML, Motivational Leader. As leaders we do care very much so about each of our members. <BR> <BR> I have the privilege of reading the team blogs as well as on the Discussion/Question thread the comments by our team members. <BR> <BR> It's not unusual to read a blog,,,comments in which a member has e... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:32:12 EST Snow, Snow and more snow (pics) I live in Maine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315753 Some parts of Maine (downeast) were in a blizzard today the rest of us a nor'easter. The only reason it wasn't called a blizzard was because to be such the visuality has to be under 1/4 of a mile (which we DID ) ,,, the wind has to be at 35MPH or above for 3 hrs for the most part,, which we didnt though it was gusting to almost 50. <BR> <BR> We received 15 inches which is very doable. Still it's SO PRETTY as it falls, and before the traffic messes it up in making the snow banks brown slop.... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:55:16 EST This is NOT what I'd recommend to lose weight !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315170 There are 2 ways of looking at most things. Its really choice,, even when we are surrounded by those who WANT to bring us down. It's still OUR choice to be positive or negative. To give in or get up. <BR> <BR> Yes we all have choices on how we respond to everything. <BR> <BR> Last night I realized I was catching the flu. I was not wrong. Its not fun,,, I am not to bad off,, though certainly I do not want to get worse. <BR> <BR> My choice: <BR> <BR> Cry my tears out? Whine and whine ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:15:11 EST Sometimes my biggest obstacle is getting out of my HEAD !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313763 Ever know the goal you have set for yourself is realistic? Yet, deep inside comes that familiar old record Singing it's usual tune: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/778fa6ba-5271-4e8d-8dd6-1ff30431b23a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At one time we sang this song over and over again. I'd hear from my Dr's "You NEED to lose the weight" "You NEED to exercise" "Your UNHEALTHY !" <BR> <BR> But, I heard "I CAN'T LOSE the WEIGHT !" "It's TO HARD !" "I am in TOO MUCH PAIN WHY CAN'T THE... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 02:44:18 EST I had a stroke in 7/12 signs to look for in both strokes/heart attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310476 This is of course written for both sexes since you men are often around woman. <BR> <BR> As some of you may remember I had a stroke in July of 2012. It was so fortunate for me that I had been on the phone with MaryAnn (MaryAnngi who's the CL (challenge leader) and I am the ML (Motivational leader. in general we talk nightly. We've also met in person for she's only in New Hampshire and myself in Maine) and she noticed my speech was not clear instead it was getting very garbled up. I could... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 00:25:32 EST Started in a size 3X. Now a 16 !!! What is helping me so much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307583 Years ago (2010) I had diabetes that was taking a toll on my body. I had gotten my big toe on the left foot badly infected. I went to the ER on the weekend and they took a blood test, Yuppers that is how I found out. I did not have any of the typical symptoms. This plus a few other things in a short period of time told me "LOSE THE WEIGHT GAL !" <BR> <BR> I had joined WW online, but I just wasn't getting it and I hadn't made any friends in the 3 weeks, so I went a hunting and found SPARKS... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:17:28 EST Getting stronger, doing more walking and a cute glass for water (pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305999 I had struggle with not being able to walk from June 2014 until October 2016 unless I was using my knee walker. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e2ee7cb-16d2-49f8-bb28-66a47edaba73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And now I AM FREE !! I have gone from 30 mins of walking !! I mostly do it up and down the hallway since there are 16 units on our floor. Now I am UP to 45 to 50 mins each time !! YEAH YEAH YEAH !!! <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of it <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 03:13:30 EST So funny I actually cried !! Adele's "Hello" Diet Struggles FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302293 OH I HOPE this works !!! <BR> <BR> ALL of us have felt this way, before we decided to take better care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> I simply laughed so VERY HARD !! It's sung to Adele's "Hello" from one who does not want to diet. <BR> <BR> TY for watching WAY MUCH more so for being on this journey with us on Sparks ! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/viralthread<BR>/videos/926852014123308/ </link> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:33:36 EST What???? How come ?? REALLY?? Lost it??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301716 It snowed out yesterday into the early evening. Where I live they do not plow until the next day at 9 to 10:30 so of course all cars have to be out of the lot. It's a small lot. There are over 100 units here (high rise, 8 floors) and yet there are only 48 parking spots. Hey it's the city,,, that's very doable. <BR> <BR> So out I went at 8:45 to clean off the car and get out of the lot. Many of you know I have problems with my feet. I have TRIED and TRIED to buy boots, but they HURT s... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:46:41 EST Day 4 of the 5% Challenge,,,,, life has been CRAZY, NOT giving in ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300392 Sometimes life turns upside down and you feel like your like riding on Snoopy's airplane as he flies upside down ! Will you be able to stay in the plane or will you FALL out? <BR> <BR> The choice is ours. When we got into Snoopy's airplane did we choose to enjoy the ride safely or did we not prepare properly by putting on our shoulder harness to help us remain in the plane for those upside moves etc? <BR> <BR> The 5% Challenge started on Saturday. That's the day a pipe burst in the bu... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:38:35 EST FINALLY !! The perfect diet to lose !! (very short) giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298775 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c76b77a9-c092-45f2-8d43-419b8e6ad367.jpg"> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:17:11 EST Fire Alarm left in a hurry,,,,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298276 I was watching the idiot box (TV named by my Mom) after walking in the hallway for 45 mins. The fire alarm went off for the building. When you live in a high rise, this happens quite a bit. It can easily be a false alarm, nontheless I feel it's smart to leave. So I quickly ran into the ladies room (First I looked out in the hallway and there was no smoke). Suddenly there was pounding on my door. When I opened it Ann*(Not real name) was there ,,'QUICK !! QUICK !! Come into my unit !" Sh... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:47:19 EST Does a man in your life have/get a cold? A giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294319 A cousin of mine posted something like this to our pages. I did add to it. <BR> <BR> For the man in any women life: <BR> <BR> NEW ICU now open. <BR> <BR> ICU being opened for men only,,,,who have a cold. Of course there are emergency nurses on staff to give them cold meds. These do have child proof caps on them of which would be difficult for the patient to open. The Dr will instruct,,,Woman Drs only,,,,see why on note below to do staffing procedures. The medication is for a drippy no... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 03:49:40 EST WOW !! NONFOOD Rewards ! (YEAH !) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290033 For many the idea of CELEBRATING their achievements may sound STRANGE !! But, it's a beautiful thing to do !! <BR> <BR> Tonight I was reading through my Spark Coach (if you have wondered if the Spark Premuim is worth the 29.99 cost ,, which is ONE TIME payment,,, I am to scream out OH YEAH IT IS !! <BR> <BR> I found the program section tonight to be VERY INTERESTING !! Many of us know to how valuable it is to give ourselves a NONFOOD reward for the achievements we make along the way. This... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:59:41 EST How did 2016 end? NICELY !! WOWZERS !! TY TO ALL !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288366 None of us travel this road alone. We all others who are helping us along the way. Years ago to get this you had to feed your family, get the kiddo's settled down enough so you knew when you returned the house would still be standing with all counted inside, get into your car ,,,,and lets face it in the middle of winter WHO Wants to do THAT??? Go to a meeting where they would WEIGH in FRONT of others (Does this still continue? THis was the WORSE part for Mom if she had gained) to be othe... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 03:07:28 EST We are who we surround ourselves with http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286266 Lets think back over the past 24-48 hrs of our life. What comes to mind immediately? <BR> <BR> For me here is a quick break down: <BR> <BR> 1) A person who I've been trying to help. NEGATIVE ALL THE WAY !! I've talked to her for 3 hrs yesterday and 1 today. THAN BINGO !! It HIT me "I've been feeling angry, pissed off. NO WONDER !! And right now (We were texting at the time (do people call any more? A dear friend,, a sparkler and I do talk nightly, I'll tell you she can get me RIPPING ROAR... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 01:18:44 EST