FRENCHTOSD's SparkPeople Blog FRENCHTOSD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 4 Years at Goal Now - Happy Anniversary to Me sort of I'm wishing you were here with me today. It's so easy now to stay at my weight. It's been easy since I lost it. It breaks my heart that you aren't here. I write books and take photographs and film videos and try to say what this is like - to have the burden of weight finally gone - after 50 years of misery. I literally NEVER think of it. My weight has not budged in two years now. I'm about 135 pounds now after so many years of 250+. <BR> <BR> Many of those years were here on Spark. I start... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:38:16 EST Three Years at Goal Oct 2014 Never did I ever think I would ever lose that 130 pounds. Now it has been gone for three years. <BR> <BR> I may have really turned into this new thin person. I treasure every moment that I do not have to worry about squeezing into a booth or breaking a chair or finding clothes that fit. I shop in the Junior Department or the Boy's Department often now and I am 55 years old. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I will write more to celebrate this milestone, but here is the highlight so far. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:27:51 EST Spark Dreams Come True! I'm moving to a house with a pool today! About 18 months after this dream got on to my Spark Inspiration Board! Dreams come true! Keep on Sparking Everyone. You are in the right place. <BR> <BR> I am "Half My Size" still now three years after getting here. This is a gift after a lifetime of obesity. You can do it if I can. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:46:22 EST I am NORMAL today! BMI Chart - I still hate you Yes, today is the day I am calling myself "Normal". I've been under 140 consistently for over two weeks now. You can look back on this blog to know how much this stupid chart has been bothering me. <BR> <BR> Getting to my goal two years ago and keeping the weight off has been a wonderful dream for me. But still - there is this dumb chart. The first time I heard of it I was already "Obese" and I got to the very top of it at my highest weight. <BR> <BR> Why does this matter? I don't know, bu... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:41:23 EST Update at two years at goal Life is crazy these days. <BR> <BR> = = <BR> Weight <BR> <BR> When I declared victory two years ago I weighed 155-ish. I decided I finally looked "normal" in a photo so I was done losing weight. <BR> <BR> Since then I have wavered between 145 and 155 with no trouble and through all kinds of crazy life changes. In two years I have had zero problems with weight gain or loss. My obesity problems are just over and I thank God every day for the removal of the horrid hatred I used to have for m... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 06:45:38 EST Still Eating GMO "Foods"? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I hope not. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 04:57:24 EST Should Obese People Watch TV? Absolutely not. Never. <BR> <BR> Sell it. Get rid of it. <BR> <BR> Every moment you are sitting in front of the TV another piece of your life force is being sucked out of your body and soul. <BR> <BR> You don't have very much life force anyway because you are weak and sick and obese. You can't barely move now. Another hour of TV is a negative no matter how "good" the show is. <BR> <BR> Take the extra money from the cable bill and the TV sale and spend it on playing with your kids so th... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 02:01:24 EST Gluten Free or GMO Free? I have a theory on this Gluten-free thing. <BR> <BR> This disease "just" came on in the last ten or fifteen years as we all are aware. Whoever heard of this in the 1980's and past? No one. <BR> <BR> Well, the GMO experiment on our lives and health began in the early 1990's. None of these frankenfoods have ever been tested on any humans. They are just watching to see who gets sick. Look it up on the government sites and you will see many things in this "wait and see if anyone gets sick" cate... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:24:57 EST Boy Scout Popcorn is Evil Don't eat it! <BR> <BR> I saw two scouts selling these bags outside my grocery store today. I said, "I'm not going to buy, but can I look at the ingredients?" <BR> <BR> Younger Boy One (deflated): "You won't like them." <BR> <BR> Me Reading: "Oh no! No child should ever eat this!" <BR> <BR> Older Boy Two (disturbed): "I know! That's what I say too! No one cares." <BR> <BR> Then I noticed the obese dad kicked back in a chair under the canopy. He rolled his eyes at me and I left. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 03:26:32 EST Vaccine Toxicity <link><BR>rts-quietly-confirm-mmr-vaccine-causes<BR>-autism/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:%20pakaler<BR>t%20(Pak%20Alert%20Press) </link> <BR> <BR> I f you are worried about the heavy metals in Vaccines, look into Dry Skin Brushing especially right after you get your flu shot. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:19:57 EST Bathing Suit Photos at 141 pounds! Yes, I have lost my mind. <BR> <BR> This is the body of a 53 year-old woman who used to weigh 275 pounds. Today I am 141. When I was taking these photos I knew I would be showing them to you. <BR> <BR> I took them on Friday evening while still breathing hard from swimming, The pool was empty because of the holiday but I am still swimming. Yes, that is a wrist brace. My Rheumatoid Arthritis is not doing well these days. <BR> <BR> This is the first I've been to the pool all summer and the f... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 02:16:20 EST Sharon Fitinfun Channel Broke 2000 Views on You Tube Today! I was so excited to see my views this morning. I just started this video idea in February. So far I am just throwing everything up there to see what people like to watch. Here is a short video on the misery of obesity I still remember: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I hope you are doing well too. This thin life is a constant revelation and I hope you get to enjoy it too. Keep on Sparking and you will! Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:45:36 EST "Food Value" of GMO Corn Well, this might be a good reason why we are all starving yet obese. <BR> <BR> You have to eat a lot of <BR> <BR> NON-FOOD-GRADE-CORN <BR> <BR> to feel full <BR> <BR> <link><BR>orn_comparison_gmo_versus_non_gmo </link> <BR> <BR> since it contains nothing but pesticides. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I stopped eating GMO a few years ago. Right when I started to lose weight. Coincidence? <BR> <BR> Here’s what I'm doing to try to help myself. <BR> <BR> <l... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:07:58 EST Non-Scale Victory - I'm obsessing on my gut now. Progress! I ran into a woman who reminded me what I was like in October 2011 when I first got to my weight loss goal. I was so afraid of myself and terrified of everyone else right then. <BR> <BR> All I could dream of was crawling back into my nice, familiar, padded obesity where I belonged. I wanted everyone to stop noticing me and telling me how great I looked. <BR> <BR> But I couldn't go back. I could never go there again. If I gained the weight back it would be worse. I was stuck being t... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:33:21 EST I'm on You Tube Now - Thanks Spark People I posted a video today. A video of myself exercising. I'm going to post some more of them soon. <BR> <BR> Without Spark People I don't know how that ever would have happened. <BR> <BR> I learned that I need to film outside to get better quality, but I'm still happy with the result. <BR> <BR> Hand Exercises for Before & After Swimming <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here's my post about why I have this exercise posted: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:34:18 EST New Spark Friends Available Here Hello Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> Last Friday I bought a bunch of Hostess Donuts and Hostess Donettes as the company went out of business. Something possessed me to get in the car and go get these many boxes of “food” that now sit in the living room laughing at me. Trust me, I will not be eating them. Of course, I do plan to become wealthy by selling them on the internet: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tess-donuts-and-hostess-donettes-today<BR> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:55:03 EST I Look Like the Thin Me Now - Huge Milestone Today! Wow! <BR> <BR> I looked at my Spark Page just now and saw Photo #3 briefly. I thought, "No, that's not me?! Is it?" and actually flipped back up the page to check (OK not bright, I know). <BR> <BR> It took a year to be able to say that I look like the new person I am. What a relief. I look like the thin me now. The one in Photo #1. I look like that now, except I don't have on the goofy Star Trek Costume at the moment. <BR> <BR> You really can't imagine how hard it has been to think... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 03:26:07 EST I went to the San Diego Spark Chat and I’m so glad I did - Photos! Five Years on Spark People Today!!!! <BR> <BR> Happy Anniversary to me. There is no place better than Spark People. <BR> <BR> If you are on Spark People you need to join your local team and go to their events. You owe it to yourself to get the support you will find there. I feel so much better than before I went last Sunday at 11 am up the long, long drive to North County where these Sparkers insist on meeting all the time in a giant mall. <BR> <BR> During this drive my 2005 Elantra bro... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 03:39:31 EST Spark People Success after Five Years - Photos 10/10/07 was one of the lowest days of my life. On the way to work I realized that my stomach interfered with my steering wheel. I couldn’t drive safely anymore. <BR> <BR> I had been tracking my calories and walking to get exercise, but I just kept gaining weight ~ about a pound a month in the recent past. There seemed to be nothing I could do. I was closer to 300 than 250. I was terrified of the future. <BR> <BR> I had finally come to the place where I could no longer deny the ris... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 01:15:17 EST Motivator of the Day Update I woke up thinking of being on Spark People for going on 5 years and how much this site has helped me. Then I see an email telling me I am the Motivator of the Day. What a great feeling! <BR> <BR> Not much has changed since I reached my goal in October 2011. My weight, my diet and my exercise and are pretty much where they should be. I don’t really fight with my weight anymore – now I just keep a close eye on it. <BR> <BR> After 50 years of obesity, I am still adjusting! I would say ... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 07:52:01 EST Eight Months at Goal – Photo Update After a lifetime of being obese, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Worst Photo Ever? No - I have worse - July 2010 245 pounds <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day I got my yoga equipment - April 2010 - 260 and working out! <BR> <BR> I made my goal on October 5, 2011: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4523561 </link> <BR... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:09:30 EST 2012 Resolutions with No Weight Goal!!! Happy New Year, fellow Spark People – I have to brag about this one! <BR> <BR> <BR> For the first time in my life: <BR> <BR> <BR> I have no weight loss goals on my New Year’s Resolutions! <BR> <BR> <BR> I weigh around 150, and I just will be happy to stay here all year. <BR> <BR> This is the best moment ever. <BR> <BR> <BR> PS: I will have Health Goals for 2012, but I’m too happy to think of them now. I’m going to the beach instead to think about the "Weight" that has been lifte... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:35:41 EST Success after 1 Year of fitness training The fitness trainer I used has requested no further references. Tue, 6 Dec 2011 02:38:11 EST I made my goal!!! I was walking on the beach tonight and thinking of my Spark Page. I joined on 10/10/07, so my 4 year Spark-iversary is coming up and I've been doing some soul searching. I was thinking I should update my page and thinking about what I have posted here now. <BR> <BR> Then it hit me that my goal has always been: <BR> <BR> <BR> "I want to be a normal weight. I'll know it when I see it!" <BR> <BR> <BR> That is the goal you can see on the right side of my Spark Page. It's been there sinc... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 03:51:56 EST After 4 years on Spark People, the scale is not moving but it's ok On July 13 I wrote this blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4360908 </link> <BR> <BR> because I was so excited to find that Size Medium yoga pants fit me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today those pants went into the donation pile and I am wearing size Extra Small now! <BR> <BR> On July 13 I weighed 167. Today I weigh 157. It's only 10 pounds, but those 10 pounds have made a huge difference thanks to beachwalking 12-15 miles a week, swimming... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 21:52:35 EST Twenty Inches off my Waist! Yes it's true - from 52 inches when I started on Spark in 2007 to 32 inches today. I'm in shock, and I have more proof of why I need to get up the courage to go shopping for new clothes! <BR> <BR> The loose skin issue are worsening by the day, but I'm trying to focus on how I look in long sleeves and long pants, which is good enough for now. <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparking! If it works for me, it can work for anyone. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:21:07 EST Motivation I found this image that shows “Fat Versus Skinny Anatomy”. It’s hard to look at and graphic but it’s exactly what I was looking for. Be warned – it’s a thermographic image of obesity – not pleasant. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at-versus-skinny-anatomy/ </link> <BR> <BR> I want to know what’s happening in my body because of the fat loss I’m having, especially abdominally. That’s where I hold my weight, and finally, at now a 40% loss of body weight, my stoma... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:34:15 EST I’m not obese today, just overweight! The BMI Chart has annoyed me since I first saw it. How could I still be obese at 5’5” and 170 pounds? That didn’t seem right. I have never been below the “Obese” category in my life. <BR> <BR> Until today! <BR> <BR> My weight was 168.4, which puts me at BMI 29, “Overweight”! I don’t update my Spark weight until Saturday, but it is here in my personal records. The 160 part has not been seen on my scale in close to 30 years. <BR> <BR> I’m not sure why this makes me so happy, but I’ll ta... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:12:24 EST Amazing Non-Scale Victory! I can’t believe it. The Target, Size Medium Yoga Pants that I live in fit better than the Size Large I just got about 6 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> The last time I was in a medium size of anything, I was 12 years old. <BR> <BR> I am 51 years old now. <BR> <BR> Go ahead, you can cry (or laugh) with me. <BR> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:07:50 EST Venting and Whining – Loose Skin is Disgusting Well Spark Friends, you all decided to get me where it hurts this weekend. For reasons I can’t fathom, my Blog post from May 29, 2011 “Photos: Me – a year and a half ago” was voted a “Most Popular Blog”. <BR> <BR> Since Spark People gave me that award a couple of days ago, I have received many, many comments, friend adds, goodies and Spark Activity. I’m so proud to inspire even one person to lose even one pound, so have at it, but you did surprise me by liking that post in particular. <... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 22:49:22 EST Please read if you are in San Diego If you are in San Diego and would like to help with a video project please contact me with an email. Thanks to many requests, Kai is going make videos some of the exercises that have helped me so much over that last months. <BR> <BR> This should be fun and will help other people as well as yourself, by learning the exercises. <BR> <BR> You don’t need to have any qualification except for the time available :) <BR> <BR> Filming will be flexible hours on July 6 and 7 in Coronado, so it’s s... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 18:43:11 EST Celebrating 100 pounds gone Today the scale said 173.2 pounds. I skipped 100 and went to a 101.8 pound loss today. I haven’t been eating too much the last couple of days with an upset stomach, so I dropped fast this week, which started at 178. <BR> <BR> This is so unbelievable to me. I didn't believe this day would actually come – ever – in my life. <BR> <BR> I weigh less today than I did when I was 26, and I'm 51 now. <BR> <BR> I can remember 175 being a weight I was unhappy with. My husband at the time wei... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:22:21 EST How would you celebrate a 100 pound loss? I never thought I would get here, but in 5 pounds I will have lost 100 pounds since Oct 2007 when I joined Spark People at 275 pounds. <BR> <BR> I didn’t have a plan for celebrating this milestone. I just couldn’t conceive of it before now. <BR> <BR> So, what would you do? Or what did you do if you already celebrated? <BR> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:06:44 EST I'm not a lost cause The other night I was telling my son all about my recent ocean experience and how much fun it was. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> He, like me, never thought I would lose weight and stop being in pain all the time. He was carrying the groceries because I wasn't able to when he was three years old. I bought tiny laundry baskets so he could carry them back and forth to the machines. <BR> <BR> My son told me he thinks I have Kai now because he’s been hoping and asking for an answer or someone to ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:37:08 EST I'm not inactive any more It is just after midnight and I should not be doing this now but – I had the most active weekend of my life. Saturday I went with Kai to the SD Spark Rally at Lake Miramar and walked 5+ miles. I even jogged a teeny tiny bit of it just to see if I could. <BR> <BR> Then today was the big day that the wetsuit got into the ocean. We went to Ocean Beach which has more exciting surf than I’m used to in Coronado. We did some boogie boarding, body surfing and swimming and I loved it. Watching a... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 03:33:40 EST Photos - Wetsuit arrived today! I was not sure what to Blog about for Spark today and looking for inspiration when this man arrived on a package. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That had this in it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That opened up to this <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And turned into this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 15:32:02 EST Six months of fitness training The fitness trainer I used has requested no further references. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 00:56:17 EST Photos: Me – a year and a half ago I found a file of photos from September 24, 2009; about a year and a half ago. The occasion was my goodbye luncheon from 6 years as a Contractor for the US Navy. <BR> <BR> A look at these pictures should help with the body image problems I’ve been having lately. <BR> <BR> I miss the lady in these photos; I was her for so long. I really feel for her and all the pain she was in. Every day was so hard for her to get through. She had trouble breathing and sleeping. <BR> <BR> She had ... Sun, 29 May 2011 15:56:35 EST I got cortisone shots in my wrist and hip Why? Because I am going to be surfing this summer and I want to be pain free or pain reduced in those two places I will need in order to be able to “pop up” on the surfboard. <BR> <BR> I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in. Yes, a 51 year old woman who could only walk for ten minutes at a time two years ago, and who is still in the obese category is going to learn to surf this summer. <BR> <BR> You must know this wouldn’t be happening without my Trainer Kai, who doesn’t think, but ... Sat, 28 May 2011 09:19:37 EST Photos - The Bridge Walk was so fun this year What a different experience between the two years. Last May I was so scared to walk over this bridge. I was scared to try, and I had a lot of fear of not making it. I trained from February to May, walking from a mile or less to three plus miles a day. I went from 245 to 238 pounds and got strong enough to accomplish the bridge walk that I previously never thought I could do. I was hard, but I did it. <BR> <BR> You can read the blog about last year’s walk here: <BR> http://www.sparkpeo... Sun, 22 May 2011 15:21:09 EST How much weight to lose? I saw something today that made me start dwelling on my weight loss again. Before now, the numbers have been too huge for me to think about. Another person is on a team for (so many) pounds to lose. That made me think about how many pounds I have to lose. <BR> <BR> 190 to what? <BR> <BR> 160 is the number I’m currently having in mind, but 155 is on my ticker, 140 is my entry to a normal BMI and 130 is a magic number I put trust in. So, I have between 30 and 60 pounds to lose. What?... Fri, 20 May 2011 12:41:34 EST Amazing view on the scale today I’m slowly writing my Blog about the Bridge Walk on Sunday, but I just have to take a minute to say that I saw 190 pounds even on the scale today. <BR> <BR> I can’t really believe it still, but it seems that I am really going to do it and become a small person. For some reason, 190 is more important than 200 to me. Anyway, I’m celebrating today. <BR> <BR> Many thanks to all of you who support me and cheer me on. It is so much a part of my success to be a part of Spark People. Wed, 18 May 2011 13:26:43 EST I climbed a 100 foot cliff - pictures This past weekend I took my son to a beach hotel north of here so we could just get away and relax. I planned on swimming in the pool and walking on the beach and trying to talk to my 17 year old without turning into a screaming lunatic. <BR> <BR> Thanks to Baywatch, I have the idea that family problems can be solved by taking your kid and walking on the beach. It worked for Mitch and Hobie on multiple episodes of that show. Long before I had a son, I knew we would be walking on the bea... Fri, 13 May 2011 11:50:26 EST I weigh less than 200 pounds now I'm trying to record my thoughts on dropping into the 100’s for the first time in at least twenty years. <BR> <BR> How can I celebrate crossing into the 100’s? This has to be a milestone I can commemorate, doesn’t it? My weight moved so slowly down for two years. I spent so much time telling myself it was ok, and that I would make it slowly but surely. Then this big explosion of loss has happened. I’ve lost about 40 pounds in less than 5 months. <BR> <BR> And here I am, watching my... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:26:50 EST Fruit and Veggie Serving Sizes I'm stealing this from Oilpainter with many thanks <BR> <BR> Many people are not sure what size a 'serving' is of fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> I saw this chart posted somewhere and thought it was brilliant so I'm sharing it with all! <BR> <BR> VEGETABLE SERVINGS: SIZES <BR> <BR> Asparagus, canned 7 spears <BR> Asparagus, fresh 5 spears <BR> Avocado Half <BR> Auvergne One-third of a large one <BR> Baby sweet corn 6 <BR> Baked beans 3 tbsp (1/2 cup) <BR> Beans, cooked: kidney b... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 16:59:41 EST How have I lost 13.2 pounds since December 5? Anyone reading my blogs over the last years here at Spark knows that I can NEVER lose weight. It hasn't seemed to matter what I do, my weight comes off by the ounce, if at all. <BR> <BR> So, how have I lost 13.2 pounds since December 5? I think there are three main reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. I stopped eating chemicals as much as possible. That means the Diet Pepsi is history and I am trying very hard to eat clean. No HFCS or partially hydrogenated stuff or words I can't read on the label.... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:12:46 EST I think I'm on the right track now using personal training Four sessions with a personal trainer in less than two weeks and I have lost 3 pounds and reduced pain immensely. We’re doing a lot of really slow yoga stretching (it’s harder than you would think) and some swimming. I do the yoga moves when I get up in the morning and before bed. I’m also walking a mile or so every other day. <BR> <BR> It’s a miracle – especially the pain relief. <BR> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 12:27:44 EST I found some inspiration<BR>grandmas-superhero-therapy-18 <BR> <BR> <BR> I love the last photo with the treadmill. Sun, 21 Nov 2010 18:00:35 EST Whining and complaining... It’s been a weird fall, so I thought I would post an update. I need to get back to sparking, and that’s for sure. <BR> <BR> 1. I had sun poisoning for almost 1 month throughout August. It took forever for all of the blistering to heal. I think the blood thinners I take slow my ability to recover. <BR> <BR> 2. On August 31, my first day back to the pool, I also fell hard on the sidewalk, while walking up to the store. Aside from the torn up knee and elbow, my whole body was wrenched an... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 09:50:59 EST Working too much - Sparking not enough I have a couple of massive deadlines this week for some work projects. for the last 3 weeks, all I've done is work and sleep. No groceries, little exercise and not enough Spark! I will get on the scale one day this week. <BR> <BR> I'm back to my fast break goal 10 minutes a day of exerise, and have a goal to get all 7 days in this week, and hopefully more. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I'm trying for 8 cups of water a day. <BR> <BR> Spark is staying open all day again - why do I leave when I ... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:26:22 EST