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/ Finally,, and from here??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223689 Today I went to my routine visit as I have been for 15 months on a week or biweekly visit to the wound clinic for a wound which did NOT want to heal. TY my regular readers, friends for helping me with sooo MANY encouraging words as I went through all of that. <BR> <BR> I am now OUT of any castings ! So long as it does NOT open up. Believe me I am doing ANY THING POSSIBLE to keep that from happening. THis includes using my knee walker when i am doing anything more than 10 to 15 steps at a ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:48:24 EST Jan. I weighed 246, now GONE 39 lbs Join our team ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222995 At the start of January, actually the 2nd which was a Saturday I weighed in at 246. As of last Saturday ,, the 20th of August I weighed in at 207 !! <BR> <BR> Now when any of us see such a blog we tend to get Excited especially if we are new to Sparks. It's an AWESOME Feeling to think that in just 8 months you can lose 40 lbs (Still 2 more weeks to August) !! <BR> <BR> Of course everyone I know around where I live including family and friends right off ask "How are you doing it?" I am... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:00:12 EST Thinning out, should of done this before ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219997 Since January I've lost 38 lbs (YEAH !) so of course that meant new clothings ! OH that's ALWAYS WONDERFUL ! When I first started along this journey I was a size 3X and should of been in a 4X !! It's AWESOME to shop again in regular stores again. <BR> <BR> I had gone shopping with a friend who's also losing, for her it's 36lbs since the fall and she hadn't bought anything that fits right. We TOTALLY enjoyed doing this. <BR> <BR> The age old question pops up "Do I keep these "just in ca... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:12:50 EST A Non Scale Victory(NSV) AND Scale victory !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216487 WOW This has been QUITE A GREAT Year in being successful losing weight !! I had started out the 2nd of January weighing 246 pounds. Now at the 8th month I am DOWN to 208 !! That's 38 pounds GONE !!! Needless to say I am QUITE PROUD Of this and HAPPY !!! If your not familiar with me I had many health issues. One being my left foot due to a wound not healing has been in a cast WAY more than out. Within the next 4 to 6 my left toe and the bone which leads to it will being amputated. This do... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 01:53:31 EST Last week went ALL wrong, choice on how to respond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214068 This past week has been "interesting" in a way I wish it hadn't been, yet because it was I had choices to make. How we get though "those" times can either build us up, or tear us down. <BR> <BR> On Thurs I had gone to the Wound Clinic (For those who don't know, I've been dealing with a wound for 2 yrs that is hard to heal) my foot had reopened Weds. I had the head honcho again. I dread having him. He keeps trying so many things for treatment that just aren't working. This time though wa... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 02:54:53 EST A must see ! I'M BEAUTIFUL and so are YOU ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206692 Growing up I was told by MANY "You are NOT pretty." I had heard since I was rather young. When the "Ugly Ducking" was read to me,,,, I SO BADLY WANTED that to happen to me ALSO !!! If your not familiar with the book it's about a very ugly duckling who once grown was the MOST BEAUTIFUL of all the swans (I think it was a swan?? I DO remember it was the MOST PRETTIEST )!! So YES being a child I BELIEVED THIS !!! <BR> <BR> As you can WELL Imagine as I became a teen and I did NOT turn beautifu... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:29:10 EST When I think "SHUCKS ! DIDN'T LOSE! Want to THAT to EAT ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201778 Ahhh yes,,,, there are just THOSE TIMES that the scale will NOT GO DOWN !!! At times it can even take an ALARMING JUMP UP though we have eaten correctly,,, did our normal or above normal amount/type of exercise !! <BR> <BR> Yeah those "weeks" ARE going to happen ! But, what about when they happen WEEK AFTER WEEK???? For the past 3 weeks, I've gone down only a few ozs. In the past I KNOW I've said "That makes me ANGRY ! I have BEHAVED MYSELF !!" and than at ONCE the thought of "SHOOT ! I MIG... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:55:19 EST Coming back around,, THANKFULLY ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200721 With all the current garbage happening in life right now,,,, I've not been myself. I have a very dear friend who is nearing the end of life. She was actually my drinking partner. I HATE that we did this together for MANY years. <BR> <BR> We actually met through the puter back when puters were first introduced to homes. Puters were so new, that an antivirus was NOT needed. There weren't that many who owned them,, so the SNERTS hadn't gotten into destroying others machines. Her name is C... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:01:47 EST I do NOT miss them ! Non Scale Victory (NSV) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199527 I was just looking though my nutritional tracker. From the moment I joined SPARKS I started to track. Its a habit that's HELPS Out VERY MUCH SO !! That was Dec 2010. My friends, family, former co workers knew me as "The JUNK Food Queen" and yes,,, I DID earn that title. <BR> <BR> As I was scrolling down through my list of favorite all the foods I've eaten from that time forward. In doing so,,, I realized I RARELY now eat,,,, <BR> <BR> POTATO CHIPS !!! A TRUE NSV !!! <BR> <BR> I use... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:25:23 EST I did NOT expect this !! I wasn't even trying to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198819 I am a member of the 5% Community Challenge on the Spirited Under Dog (Dawggie)team as the ML of the Dawggie team. <BR> <BR> We started RUFF for the start of the challenge. We are used to WINNING with MANY wins under our belts over many challenges. It's STRANGE that the FIRST week we came in 4th !! So as Leadahs (THANKS MaryAnn, Cheri, Amy, Sue and Robyn !) we have some different ways of motivating the team, which is WORKING !! YEAH GO DAWGGIES ! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> One thing we ar... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 18:09:36 EST When in pain it's so MUCH ,,, choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197791 I've in HORRIFIC pain,, you know the kind that makes you FIGHT to not puke with a headache on and off,,, that'd STOP A FREIGHT TRAIN !1 I live in chronic pain,,,, it's just a part of life. Has been for over 20 yrs. <BR> <BR> With being in this much pain,,, I have a CHOICE ! I can sit here and take what I can for meds (I DO !) and just "TRY" to relax. Hmmm I find when I try to relax,,, the pain is to much,,, sure I can sit here and feel sad/bad for myself. <BR> <BR> Or I can do tolerable... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:00:52 EST Ahhh yes,,,,,, the 5% Goal ! Since Jan lost 30 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187415 We all have the "New Year Resolutions" and most of us know "they are words I wish I could do", but usually they are things one simply can't achieve. <BR> <BR> I do NOT do them. I did though take good stock of where it was I was at, and where I wanted to be in December. Keeping in mind what my body /mind (MOSTLY mind ! ) could do. I am like most of us an emotional eater !! Over the past couple of years a TON of things has happened. I THOUGHT I was moving with a so called family like thang... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:05:57 EST NOT AGAIN ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186769 As many regulars know, I've been going the round with a wound on my foot for OVER A YEAR now. <BR> <BR> Yesterday (Mon) I went back into the wound clinic (been a YEAR NOW !) and my wound which had cleared up 12 days ago (After being in yet ANOTHER Cast which weighed 8 lbs) has reopened. Needless to say I AM WAY OVER THIS !! <BR> <BR> Most of you have been awesome with support following this sega as I deal with this crap. TY SO MUCH ! I had been assigned to someone who had come to the s... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:13:04 EST I'm backkkk, TY for the support, Today Beach trip (Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183130 I want to say a DEEP sincere THANK YOU So MUCH For the tremendous support since a week ago Monday !! At that time we were told it was a reaction to a med. Today I saw the Dr who prescribes that med (It was a med used for sleeping. It's an older med, rarely used now a days,, I have reactions to today's sleep meds and most other meds)and he said the reaction was NOT what would of happened with that med. He wanted to run more tests, but since I am better I just can't handle more tests. He th... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:37:53 EST Grrr gaining!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176660 The Spring Challenge was over 2 weeks ago. I weighed in at 215.2 <BR> <BR> Today scale reads 218.8a QUICK and HUGE JUMP of 3.6 pounds!!! <BR> <BR> Here's where it's noted:::::: Exercise makes a TOTAL DIFFERENCE!!! <BR> <BR> The challenge ended on a Saturday and on the Monday after I landed up in a cast up to my knee. <BR> <BR> THANKFULLY the stupid cast comes OFF on Wednesday!! The Summer Challenge hasn't started yet. Probably???? Will on the 18th. <BR> <BR> Does this mean with the c... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:33:39 EST Last cast put on today ! YEAH ! (Pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174724 Today I had my LAST cast in this series put on. It comes OFF next week and I'll FINALLY be back in my shoes !! <BR> <BR> Here the picture of them all side by side: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a42ed85-ffdc-4da2-bfad-44a7f7c7d4b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you can see the cast is quite big (though it's one of the smallest they do) and the shoe on the right foot is an 8 1/2 while the shoe for my left foot is a size 6. <BR> <BR> I can't WAIT til next week til I can WA... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:53:32 EST Weebles WOBBLE, but does Diane FALL???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173455 Many of my regular readers know I am in a walking cast. Have you ever really given thought as to what it's like to wear this 5 pound bowling ball on ur leg/foot??? It's NOT EASY ! The day it was put on and I was told "You can walk now" so I JUMPED (well almost fell) off the table (That SHOULD of been a WARNING SIGN !) i went to take a step,, and COULDN'T ! However I had to get out of the hospital (I could of asked for a wheelchair, but NOT ! I don't like them,,, been in a wheelchair for a f... Tue, 31 May 2016 01:04:27 EST Does one change on being able to motivate one self? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172206 When I first changed Sparks I did so because I was running out of steam to keep losing. The scale had gone from 288 down to 256 and would NOT move. I had joined WW online, but I didn't much of it.. I was paying for a service, I wasn't finding encouraging (my PERSONAL Experience, I KNOW it's a WONDERFUL Site) my motivation for myself was waning off. <BR> <BR> On the FIRST Day on Sparks, I at ONCE started to meet others who talked to me about this being a journey and how I "CAN DO THIS !" ... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:48 EST NICE results from Dietician, foot update (NICE !) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171078 Today I saw the dietican. I have someone go with me cause in any place where I "might" become overwhelmed (most of the time with anyone medical,,, just been THROUGH TO MUCH !) it helps me because I just can't hold onto the facts. To say that because often the news isn't good, I get FREAKED OUT and the ANXIETY goes SKY HIGH !! Thankfully my friend Karen always comes with me to the foot Dr,,,,,, most of the time I miss about all they say !! <BR> <BR> When I went into her office first thing s... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:40:35 EST Would you like a very supportive active, caring team? 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168347 Years ago when I first joined SPARKS (A GREAT MOVE !! I had belonged to WW online, but was STRUGGLING ! I was looking for a way I SURELY LOSE weight and KEEP IT OFF !! I wanted it to be SUPPORTIVE and CARING yet Kind !! <BR> <BR> I had made a friend (Healthygranny) who told me about the "5% Community Challenge" which was open and looking for new members. I had already joined a few teams. I would learn there are teams, some very active and some not so active. Since I NEW to this "online s... Sun, 22 May 2016 20:31:21 EST FUN !! A NSV (Non Scale Victory) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165979 At my highest I weighed 288 lbs wore a 2X top and a 3X pant/skirts. Those were QUICKLY becoming to TIGHT !! I HAD bought a pair of shorts in a 4X telling myself the "Sizes are wrong." Hmmmm inside though I KNEW the TRUTH !!! <BR> <BR> Today I went shopping. I HAD been waiting until I got down to 210, I am currently at just under 218, but a friend was going,,,, so I dragged along. We do have a convention coming up next weekend for Jehovah Witnesses and I DID want a couple of new outfits. ... Thu, 19 May 2016 00:59:16 EST New Cast,,, MIGHT make my 5% goal loss ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165244 I belong to the 5% Community Challenge where we do SAFELY what we can do to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. There are 550ish members of this team, which is divided up into teams, I am on the Spirited Under Dog (Dawggies) team. GOOOOOO DAWGGIES GOOOOO !!! We LOVE to come in first at the end of the challenge when all the numbers are tallied up. It's ALWAYS exciting to see if we have. Sometimes we do , and there are those occasional times we don't. For this Spring Challenge I need to lose... Wed, 18 May 2016 00:27:33 EST 9 lbs GONE in 7 wks, for 5% Challenge need 2.2,, can I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163101 I am a member of the 5% Challenge on the Spirited Undah Dawg team. We are now in week 7,,, had our weigh in by the end of tonight, I did mine yesterday. To make my 5% goal I needed to lose 11.5 lbs during the 8 weeks. I've lost just over 9 lbs do yes I have 2.2 lbs to go during the next week. That's not "easy" but, it IS DOABLE if my body cooperates. For 3 of those weeks,,,, I didn't lose "on schedule" but, yeah the body is it's own machine. It pretty much does as it wishes, but there AR... Sat, 14 May 2016 23:18:13 EST Life happens, decision, will be hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160527 Monday I went to the Wound Clinic regarding the ulcer I've have on my foot near the big toe. <BR> <BR> I've been seeing the head Dr there. Last week he had told me he wanted me back in a cast. I was not wild about it. The casts they use weighs 4lbs, puts me off balance though it's a walking cast. The Dr told me of a new cast they wanted to order for myself and 2 other patients. I agreed. <BR> <BR> That is I agreed when he explained things in more details. Once we start with the ampu... Wed, 11 May 2016 02:13:56 EST Going across the bridge, purdy with pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157277 My regular readers know I am not able to use my left foot so I either use my knee walker or power chair. This day I was using my power chair. <BR> <BR> I had been up to the wound clinic which I did so using my power chair via the city bus. First thing,,,, it's been awhile since I've used it on the bus. There was this guy sitting across me on seating reserved for the elderly or handicapped. It was clear his physical shape was fine, but his other state was NOT !! He was highly strung (my g... Fri, 6 May 2016 00:14:52 EST 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