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/ frustrating ,,,, it'll work out though http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155198 Today I went into the wound clinic as always so it seems. For those who are new to reading this, I've had an ulcer on my foot which does not want to clear up,,, in a few weeks it'll be a year. <BR> <BR> In talking to 2 of their people,,, it had been decided to have the big toe removed.. BUT !! SHEESHE ! Today saw the head of the clinic. He does NOT want this done,, instead he'd like to put me BACK AGAIN into casts. I COULD JUST SCREAM ! (OH LOOK ! I DID !) He hasn't been following me. ... Mon, 2 May 2016 23:23:09 EST Have a FUSSY eater? Do NOT like veggies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153156 For many years,,,ok let's be honest, ALL my life (in my 50's) I NOT LIKED veggies!! Yes there are times I get them down,,, hiding them in my foods. <BR> <BR> Hiding them in food?? Last night and again tonight I made eggs. Two large eggs,a slice of cheese,,,AND a serving of the combo of broccoli, carrots and peppers, yellow,red and green scrambled. How did I get veggies into this? First of all I HATE the way veggies taste,,,as well as the TEXTURE of them in my mouth!! Often referring t... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:56:09 EST IF ONLY I had known losing weight would be THIS EASY !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151820 I was awoken this morning with a text from MaryAnn (MaryAnngi the CL (Crazy leader???? Nah it's for Community Leadah) it reads the following: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Shampoo Warning" <BR> <BR> I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner! <BR> <BR> I use shampoo in the shower! <BR> <BR> When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and <BR> <BR> Printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning, <BR> <BR> <BR> "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY." <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:50:10 EST I am finding SUCCESS ! OH WOOOHOOO ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151289 TY For those who read my blog a few days ago. I had started to not losing as much. I realized it was because instead of eating the 1550 calories (I am 5'3" and weigh 222) the dietician had set for me, I had DROPPED back down to 1200 or LESS. NO WONDAH my body played the "I am NOT going to do as you want,, until YOU DO WHAT I NEED !" yeah it held the fat as a hostage. BELIEVE ME I PAID the ransom (eating more) and now I am getting again the results I wish for !! THis week,,,,, I think (c... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:20:46 EST I haven't lost my usual,,,, the Y(not emotionally) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148933 I have been losing on an average 1.5 lb a week, however the past 2 weeks it's been ounces. <BR> <BR> I went back to February to look at what I was doing. SIMPLE!!! At that time I was eating 1550 calories. The past 2 weeks I have slipped back to NOT eating enough!!! Been around 1200ish. When the body isn't getting enough it stores what it can and we do NOT lose. Simple. <BR> <BR> Today I was back in the 1500's and am PROMISING myself I WILL eat the RIGHT amount!!! <BR> <BR> Body, I CH... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:21:42 EST Sometimes we are forced to do things which are 2 HARD!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146123 This week on the 5% Community Challenge we are working on 2 skills to help us along with losing weight. Did you know those who are cluttering items around their home's,car etc are 77% more likely to have a weight problem? I read that on the info we were given. Interesting!!! Than I gave this some thought. I can't by those I personally know say it's true at 77%, but those I know do tend to have excess items and out of order. Two of them are hoarders like the ones on TV. They both lovel... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:16:50 EST Since January lost 22 lbs!! Attitude COUNTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142627 I have always hear "If you stay positive you can achieve what you want." <BR> <BR> Sometimes that's not always possible, we ARE human! I weigh in on Saturday and started the Winter 5% Challenge with the Dawggie Team (Spirited Under Dogs) on January 2nd so 15 weeks have passed by with, yes MINUS 22 lbs!! <BR> <BR> Some think "I CAN'T do THAT!!!" If you don't know my situation you could possibly be thinking "She exercises a lot and eats extremely healthy (Ok those of you who are on the Daw... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:24:47 EST A sad good bye to a life long friend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137507 Dearest Toe,,,, <BR> <BR> U have been with me before anyone saw us. When we were young, I could get you into my mouth,, guess that'd look SILLY if I did it now? I CAN you know??? Amazing after all these years how you are still seen at all angles. <BR> <BR> You have served me faithfully,,,, gone wherever I wanted to,, did what I wanted to do,, though when we go to some places you demanded to do some stuff. It felt good to let you as you walked into the ice cold water here in Maine, where... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 23:48:10 EST TY ALL For the featured blog ! Also how do I handle this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135996 THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for voting my ice cream blog as a favorite !! It WAS a featured blog ! Had 80ish hits ! U are ALL SO AMAZING !1 I deeply appreciate it ! <BR> <BR> On Friday my foot was hurting again,, I had just been in on Weds so I didn't think it'd be much. Than I noticed "pus" coming out. Saturday and Sunday night it woke me up in pain,,, I have neuropathy which has my feet numb,,,, I can step on a tack,,, and I DID a carpenter tack and I DID NOT notice it ,, so to feel pain,, th... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 01:11:14 EST Did you say "ICE CREAM"??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132915 Last night,,, I was full enough. But, I had gone out to the room which should be marked "DANGER ZONE" !!! Oh yeah,,, the KITCHEN ! Further than that,, I WALKED towards the Fridge (Should of a bunch of LOCKS without the code to unlock it being known !) opened it UP (SHEEK !) and there IT WAS:::: <BR> <BR> SHERBERT ICE CREAM !!! OH MY !! Well of COURSE that's not something you eat when ur hungry (if so,, well it doesn't fill me up unless I eat the WHOLE THANG !) but, it just RIGHT (I SHOUL... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 22:51:51 EST Why I started this journey,,,, and you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131319 I have a friend who's on the larger side. I realize now,,,I can NOT force her, and to even try will only hurt her. <BR> <BR> This of course has ME reflecting upon my OWN journey. I did not want to hear it,,, who does? I had gone to a pain clinic where a "dr"?? (jerk) came out into the waiting room and shouted "There's NOTHING WRONG with YOU !! YOU JUST NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT !!" I was ANGRY ! PISSED off ! My quick response was "Oh REALLY??? I recently weighed 115 pounds,, my back HURT ju... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:42:05 EST 12 weeks GONE 18 lbs ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128404 <em>244</em> how exciting !! From Jan 2nd thru March 26th which is 12 weeks,, I've LOST 18 LBS !!! I am NOT new to Sparks,,, and I've NOT taken any breaks. <BR> <BR> During the Summer and Fall I had GAINED QUITE A BIT !!! Why you ask? GOOD Question and I KNEW you would. (I WOULD !) I had surgery and wasn't allowed to do any exercise ,,it was foot surgery. Its by walking and swimming which I lose well doing ,,, the others don't really help. <BR> <BR> How did I lose? I TRACKED every si... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:23:41 EST My Goals for the next 8 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126333 I belong to the 5% Community Challenge, on the Spirited Under Dawgs (Dawggies). On this team we learn habits to work on. Our first LTGL (Living The Good Life) is to develop if we haven't already drinking which we can count up to 8 glasses a day. There is a tiny bit of wiggle room,,, the drink HAS to be 0 calories, BUT !! NO SODA Counts !! It HAS to be water,, some tea's do so. From time to time I struggle with drinking enough water, but overall I do OK. When I first joined Sparks,,, I w... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 23:42:11 EST Have a plan to use? Flexibility sometimes needed,... CAN STILL DO !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120825 I'm with 500 PLUS members gearing UP for the 2016 5% Community challenge !! Most of us have a solid plan as to how we will exercise,, what to eat etc. <em>244</em> <em>250</em> !!! <em>242</em> !!! <BR> <BR> Most of us have heard this ,, even a number of times, or have read it in the book "Of mice and men" taken from a poem by Robert Burns. As we know things in life change often and QUICKLY!!!! Do we rise above? Or do we use this as an excuse to give up? <BR> <BR> Today I wen... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:30:29 EST How did I lose my 5% over 8 weeks? Lost 16 lbs in 8 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119510 Lets face it when we've belonged to SPARKS for any amount of time, it can get harder and harder to lose. For some of us, we YO YO ALL OVAH the place. That's ME!!! I NEEDED to learn how to STOP eating because of emotions. If you do this, use ur Spark search bar,, there are a TON of articles on it. This HELPED me A LOT to lose and hit my 5% weight loss in Jan, Feb. <BR> <BR> Though that clearly played into my success the BIGGEST help was to TRACK my food DAILY and EVERY Bite. It's amazin... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:45:59 EST Looking for a SUPPORTIVE team with MUCH success? Come ALONG !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117415 Sparks is a VERY LOVELY site where we come hoping for the needed support , understanding with care so we can POUND DOWN those POUNDS ! <BR> <BR> I've been on SPARKS now for 5 years. I've joined some teams,,,, they are AWESOME looking,, I've been quite excited to join them, but found out some ,, not all,, the minority aren't active. It hurts in that I REALLY am very careful as to what I join,, and I LIKED the description of them. Now wiser,,, I've learned to look over the team before I join... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:07:34 EST Live in Maine,,,, walk on the beach (Pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115645 It was a NICE day out. Our average high for today is 40F. As with a lot of the country we are much warmer than normal. Because of this we haven't received even 1/2 of our average snow fall. Last year it was one of the WORSE on record so at the end of February we had last yr 91 inches. That's 20 more inches than our normal for the end of Feb. It usually snows quite a bit in March,, and we have had blizzards into April. So today having it out at 65 F is WOWZERS !!! <BR> <BR> In the pa... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:10:12 EST Walked today, LOVE it ! Pictures ,, purdy ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112259 As my regular readers know I hadn't been able to walk for 9 months without using some type of aid,,, power chair, knee walker (Mostly). I got the shoes on Thursday which were made from molds of my feet. So YES I AM FREE ! <BR> <BR> I am very fortunate to live right on a walking path which goes around a part of southern Maine. Where I live is where it covers the harbor. Its drop dead purdy ! <BR> <BR> This view can be seen from where I live if your on the ocean side,, I am though on the ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 23:23:46 EST Finally freedom,,, pictures included http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111550 Yesterday the day was finally here,,, I got my new shoes!!!! It's a good thing I'm not still young!!! Clearly the companies which do these think that ONLY OLD people need special shoes!! They are butt ugly!!! But hey they are extremely comfy and that's ALL that counts. <BR> <BR> These were made for my feet. Five weeks ago I went to Hangers where they made casts of my feet. The shoes of course were made from those. I have one foot which is a size 8.5 ,,my right one. My left foot is a ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 00:05:27 EST What SPARKED my weight loss journey? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110734 On the Sign in page today is an article "What Sparked your weight loss"? There are sooo many reasons. As it bought out,, if you put 50 people into a room and asked them why they are doing this, you will get 50 different answers. Some to look better,, some to start a family,,, some because their health wasn't good,,, etc. <BR> <BR> So this got me thinking "WOW ! My reason has changed!" At first I had started this for the same reason as ""I don't want to be in a wheelchair and dependent ... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 23:05:37 EST When you are an Enabler ,,,,,, choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109925 I have a long friend who's always been HORRIBLE with money. Her Mom when she was alive ALWAYS helped her out. When she married,,, they had money easily to spend. He though threw her out when her D was 3 yrs old. He didn't pay any alimony,, child support until it went before the court. <BR> <BR> She worked up until a few years ago along with his alimony she was on easy street. Than she decided she didn't want to work. She applied for,, got SSDI now she doesn't have as much. <BR> She tol... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 00:08:57 EST Sometimes the word Ugh sums things up well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108396 Soon the Spring Challenge on the 5% Challenge will start up. Guessing the date,,,,could be from 2 weeks- 5 weeks. It's always FUN to start a new one!! It's a new start for the members. I did quite well during the Winter Challenge where I DID lose my 5%,,,it meant I'd need to lose 12 Lbs. Instead I lost 15Lbs!!! Love it!! For the Spring Challenge I'll need to lose 11.5 Lbs. I'm going to do as I did for the Winter Challenge,,, hardly any junk food,, I had some hard candy,,,works very w... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:40:35 EST Want to have support, fun, learn skills? Plz join us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106965 Do you ever wish losing weight was easier? Would having real.support available through the day,,night help you to achieve your goals? If you worked on a skill.for 2 weeks help you to live the lifestyle you want in order to incorporate these.into ur life be ur desire? <BR> <BR> If you have answered any of the questions as "YES!!!".Please join us on the Spring 5% Challenge!!" What IS the 5% Challenge? Here's the team description: <BR> <BR> Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Wint... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:00:38 EST At the Dr's weighed in,,,smiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105423 I have been seeing a dietician who is in the network with other Dr's I see. Today at the acupuncturist they weighed me in. It's been approximately 8 weeks since I've been weighed in from the network. My PCP is associated with one of the area's hospital. So yeah the dietician and acupuncturist are also associated with the hospital hence with the PCP. <BR> <BR> I was last weighed in at the dietician office at 244. Today 234!!! <BR> <BR> NOT to shabby!! The scale had been going quickly... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:44:48 EST Fantastic News!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103925 As my regular readers know I've been very anxious to get the test results back from a bone biopsy. The bone biopsy was done after both a blood test which showed my white cell count up,,,to be followed by a MRI with contrast showing 2 bones in foot as infected. I've been going NUTS not hearing from the infectious disease office to see if they can cure it. <BR> <BR> The bone biopsy actually showed,,,,, NO infection!!! That's why of course they didn't call. I asked the Dr who had ordered th... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:28:43 EST Anxiety,,,, allow it to take me down,, or fight? And how? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102547 I'm awaiting the results of the bone biopsy. It's either going to be they have identified the bacteria,,, or they haven't,, and if they have will the few IV antibiotics work on it? The first results would of come in on Thursday,, latest on Friday. The total results would of come in Monday. Perhaps I'll hear something today. If not as long as it's safe to be on the roads,,, I'll find out on Wednesday at the latest. Ive watched 2 of the local stations for the weather report on Weds. One ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 01:38:10 EST In chronic pain? Can't exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100972 I've met such strong, encouraging people here on SPARKS. Thank you the many who willingly, honestly share their life stories with us. Some are so emotional it makes you cry. <BR> <BR> These can be the ones who many, most have given up on. Including Dr's, love ones, friends. Some I can easily relate to. Like myself they live in chronic pain,,, the reason they are in varies Some like myself have been involved in bad car accidents, others hurt at work, though various ways at work such as ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 02:16:17 EST Some days are just for fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100273 I had thought I would of been getting news on the bone biopsy. I'm not expecting the news to be good. I didn't though so today I've had kept myself busy. <BR> <BR> Busy can be relaxing!! I text a friend to go down to bug light. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cce1f035-5e6e-449d-a91b-792aa9929efa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a very sunny day. She's not able to walk much and I'm using my knee walker so went slowly enjoying ourselves. We of course said"Hi" to the ot... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 01:55:56 EST That didn't hurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096836 I had the bone biopsy today. Since my neuropathy is advanced it just didn't hurt. I'd say the neuropathy is a good thing to have in this case, but of course that's not the case. If I had feelings in my feet I would of known about the infection long ago. <BR> <BR> The culture will be sent to 2 Dr's in 3 days. Til than its the famous waiting game. <BR> <BR> We are hoping the culture will show a bacteria which the IV antibiotic will.end once and for all. <BR> <BR> Was cold today, but no... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:20:33 EST Brrrr!! Weather today INSANE!! Tomorrow med appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096038 When I woke up this morning at 8 it was -6 with the wind chill of -26!!! I LOVE cold air, SHOULD of ventured out, but weird, I didn't. In our building the landlord doesn't want any smoking inside, insurance is lower. Has this in our lease saying if we do it's an automatic eviction. Some still.do. If they have friends around their place they usually don't turn them in. Eventually a maintenance person notices it,,,Byers! So most go outside. They were SO COLD!! I know if I were a smoker... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:32:07 EST Today has been Very STRESSFUL !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094726 As my regular readers know on Wed I went to the Wound Clinic,,, I've been dealing with an infection since May. It had been thought that it had cleared up in September. Two weeks ago while changing the bandages of the bone below the left foot,,, there was puss. They had me go down to the lab on the way out and XRays. The blood worked my white cells are up. Yuppers it's infected again,,, an MRI on Weds this week,,,, showed the infection is in 2 bones,,, the bone in the big toe closet to th... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:29:05 EST Exciting!! Almost there to hit 5%!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094026 I'm a member of the 5% Community Challenge on the Spirited Under Dogs team. Our team,,, under the 5% Community Challenge are over 500 members, who are divided into 12 teams. Those of us on the Dawggie team are quite competitive. It's FINE if a member can't be, the majority are, and the ones who can't be,,, do what they can and are most often our biggest cheer leaders!! Usually our team is the#1 on the various challenges we do. TY team!! <BR> <BR> For me to hit my 5% weight loss of 5% it... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:56:22 EST GONE 9 Lbs in 5 weeks!! I'm NOT new at this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091126 We all travel along this journey at our own pace. Most of us have the loss,,, gain,,,, loss gain along the way. There's no simple answer as to how to lose easily with no problem. Perhaps for those who are under 34 who have less than 20 Lbs to lose may not.struggle as much. <BR> <BR> I belong to a team,,,, The Spirited Under Dogs. We are a part of the 5% Community Challenge where we do what we can to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. There are 12 teams on the 5% Community Challenge. <BR> ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:13:03 EST Could of done without,,,,, I AM NOT going to emotional eat ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087309 Many of you are my regular readers. TY !!! You may wish to skip this paragraph,,, it's just the background for those who are reading my blog for the first time. I had surgery in June 14. Hardware was put into my foot,,,, I was told it'd be taken out in June 15 after the bones had fused ,, it was in my big toe. In May 15 I noticed an ulcer and at ONCE went to my foot Dr's office,,, I know often there's more to it, than what I see. Sure enough it was a bad one. She wanted the hardware to ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:50:48 EST I feel like a pin cushion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086372 Today I had an upper GI. My Dr wanted it because my voice is getting more and more hoarse. I have someone who was a visitor in our building say "How much do you smoke?" They were surprised when I said I don't, it's from the acid reflux. <BR> <BR> It didn't show any more than it has in past. Barrett syndrome,,, the next stage from acid reflux. I've have had this for many years. Also now I have a hernia. No biggie on this. Just glad the test is over!!! I've woken up 2 times when they... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 23:43:36 EST On targeting!!! For the 5% Challenge,,,lost 10 lbs in 4 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083551 I belong to the 5% Challenge which runs for 8 weeks. During these 8 weeks we aim to lose 5% of our weight. For me it meant I needed to lose a total of 14 lbs. <BR> <BR> During the both the Summer and Fall Challenge I had rapidly gained weight. I have been dealing with an injury,,,,couldn't use my foot. I still can't use it, but did FINALLY did get permission from my Dr at the Wound Clinic use my knee walker as I can tolerated. So I try daily to walk (knee walker is a like a scooter w... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:36:29 EST Lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks,,,I WANT to hit the 5%!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079308 WOOOHOO to be on the list of those who have MADE their 5% we have to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks!! This is on the Winter 5% Challenge team. There are over 500 members who have joined. The 500ish members divide into 12 teams who compete against each other. Though this is called the Winter Challenge,,, the 5% can goes year round,,, Spring, Summer, Fall and as we are now Winter. <BR> <BR> As my regular readers know I have been battling a foot infection. During both the Spring and S... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:00:28 EST Waiting, Waiting, more tests,,, is this causing stress eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074994 As my regular readers know,,,,TY so MUCH for the wonderful support,,, I'm going through a rough time. For those who are reading this for the first time,,,the long and short of it is,,, a foot surgery June 2014. Was in a cast for 6 months. An ulcer developed in May 2015. .The surgeon took out one screw out and the plate. Leaving in a screw on purpose. The.ulcer got infected. Much was done to clear it up. It didn't clear up ,, infection until.October. My regular foot Dr had taken out t... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:18:01 EST Nice weigh in,,, how does this affect me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072305 Yesterday was my weigh in day on the Spirited Under Dogs team. During the Spring and summer challenges I had gained,,quite a bit. Due to a foot injury,, wasn't able to move around. Before this happens I was doing 2+ hrs a day of walking and swimming. Going from that amount to doing arm exercises,,,,, yeah it was impacting me. <BR> <BR> Now though after explaining how much it was frustrating me,, it's thankfully agreed as long as I don't put pressure on left foot,,,,I can do what I want!! ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:52:30 EST Today's Wound Clinic appointment, blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068951 Today I went to the Wound Clinic,,it was a scheduled appointment. I've been going there since there since August. I have an ulcer that's not been healing well. Since we new pups on the team,,, I've have been through 3 weeks of an IV antibiotic at home. SCARY!! It didn't work. I had been going through an infectious disease office. They never really figured out what it was. So yes referred to the Wound Clinic. Went through 6 weeks of the hyperbaric oxygen chamber Mon-Fri, 2 hrs. At tha... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:54:07 EST Do u find exercising hard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058102 There are many reasons why exercise is hard for some. This is the start of a New Year and many want to be healthier, but they may be out of shape. For some of us we deal with physical issues,,,,,from our size, recovering from surgery, we r New to doing it and if we are older, out of shape, etc it can be daunting!! <BR> <BR> Many of want to go from being a couch potato to perhaps running a 5K all at once. However with those of us who are experiencing the above physically challenges,,, tho... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 15:10:45 EST I pledge,,, please join us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056767 I copied this from CERIUSLY's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR>... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:35:22 EST PAWSOME!! FINALLY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049554 Things are FINALLY moving on. It's affecting me in a few ways all for the positive. <BR> <BR> I went yesterday to my regular foot Dr. She put through an order for the new shoes,,sneakers,,,which will be made from a mold of my feet. Normally I wear sneakers which are specifically for those with foot problems ordered from Hangers with othethedics,, can't spell grrr,,, especially made for my feet. HOPEFULLY these will work for a LONG time and prevent any amputations for an extended amount o... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:36:19 EST Phew!!! That was close!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048115 As you know on Friday I went to the Wound Clinic. I have a blister in the ulcer. A culture was taken to see if it was infection. I've been going NUTS hoping it's not!!! <BR> <BR> Today the person I normally see had the day off,,, so.I saw the top Dawg. He's what I call a low talker. I couldn't really hear him. I was watching others in the room.....was able to figure out I do NOT have an infection!!!! THANKFULLY!!! <BR> <BR> I'm very pleased to share such happy news!! I go back on Fr... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 22:03:31 EST Not good news,,,, yet not emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046053 We have choices to make when live has bumps in it. Will we try to work around them n a healthy way,,,, or with negative coping skills such.as emotional eating,,, getting angry at others when they are innocent???? Perhaps break things? <BR> <BR> Today I went to the Wound Clinic. I thought my appointment was for next Friday,, not today. My BFF who comes with me thought it was today. When I called they decided to put me in today. It's good they did. The foot is always in pain,,,,,and it ha... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 19:13:11 EST Nice to have good news!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044572 After Friday's news which eventually I will come around to accepting I needed some GOOD news!!! <BR> <BR> I saw my dietician who of course weighed me in. I had been gaining at a very rapid rate. Going from doing 60 -120 minutes of exercise ,,,walking,, swimmin to now 40-70 minutes of not much walking ,,, can as of this past Friday do now 3, 10 of walking, but had been doing mostly sitting yoga,,,, arm exercises which barely burned the calories was creating the rapid gain. <BR> <BR> When sh... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 23:02:13 EST I got an answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042963 Yesterday I went to the World Clinic. I had seen my foot Dr.on Monday about doing the amputation of my big toe and the bone under it left foot. She wanted to consult with the Wound Clinic which.I've been seeing them since August when my foot was infected to the bone. They were able to clear up the infection thanks to them having me do 30 treatments in the hyperbaric chamber,,, while in casts. The casting continued until 2weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Here's what I was told. If they went throug... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 22:50:36 EST The exercise helped!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036427 Whenever you go through physical therapy,,, they always give you exercise. They of course can tell within a few minutes on ur return visit if U've been doing them. If not they are prone to saying this isn't helping you. Rarely will they extend more appointments with you. If though u r working the program they do continue until it better. I know many who think the therapist doesn't know ur NOT exercising,,, even if you say you are. I know of people who have been in the same PT building I'... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:13:00 EST Hike on Monday,,,pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031253 On Monday I was very fortunate to of gone for a short hike!!! That night was the notice of my foot being back in trouble,,,,possibly from the hike. Most likely it would of happen anyway. <BR> <BR> This was done in Portland,,,,there's a sanctuary. It's quite large. We decided to hike just a very small bit of it. At that time I was allowed to walk for 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> My finger got in the way,,, but we walked over this bridge. I have for years seen this and wanted to explore it. M... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:18:29 EST A discouraging day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030122 Last night when I checked my feet,,,, I do this twice a day,,diabetes. My foot had reopened again,,, not bad, just enough so it was draining. This has me very discouraged. Will this ever stop???? Since last June I've been in casts more than out. If Jr not a regular reader, welcome. I'm way past sick of this. <BR> <BR> Thankfully they didn't put me in a cast,,,it is though wrapped in a special foam, though not two layers as it has been, cos the top of my big toe is turning pink and red.... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:57:48 EST