LADYGSC's SparkPeople Blog LADYGSC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring in Aurora, CO <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:46:32 EST Note to myself - It's Time... It's time to get busy <BR> It's time to stop putting off today and saying I will do it tomorrow <BR> It's time to start eating in moderation <BR> It's time to eat to live and give up living to eat <BR> It's time to start walking daily <BR> It's time to exercise daily <BR> It's time to walk/jog during commercials <BR> It's time to stop thinking about weight loss and get to your goal <BR> It's time to make a change <BR> It's time to do it now <BR> It's time!! <BR> I've come this far and I CAN ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:02:12 EST It's Not A Diet... <img src=""> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:39:20 EST Why Do We... <img src=""> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:08:39 EST This Too Shall Pass... I have been in pain for about three weeks, it started on the right side, my shoulder blade and neck then it switched to the left side. I've done neck exercises, deep massage (with Aspercream), used a heating pad and used a hand held massager. The pain is so bad that it wakes me up at night and I can't sleep. So today I decided to go to the doctor. What a waste of money and time! I was told I had a strained neck and was given a couple of prescriptions. I'll continue to pray and take thes... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:50:46 EST Patience... <img src=""> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:09:34 EST Those that can... Sometimes I get discouraged just knowing that there are some exercises that I just can't do. Although I do what I can - I came to the conclusion that - those who can - do and those who can't try... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:16:28 EST It's A New Year!! Happy New Year to all of you!! This past year has been very challenging to say the least. I haven't lost a pound and I have gained a few. It's been really hard to get back on track - but I'm still not giving up. It's a New Year and I vow to do better! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:21:50 EST God keeps doing GREAT things for me... Here are a couple of my testimonies! We have tried countless times to get our home refinanced from two mortgages into one. Our second mortgage is an interest only loan and the total is coming due in 2015. I know that all things are possible with God and that there is nothing like the power of prayer. My sister and I are prayer warriors. <BR> <BR> We knew that God did not allow us to buy our home in order for us to lose it this way. We prayed for God to make a way out of no way. I cont... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:12:26 EST Eat to Live... <img src=""> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:38:30 EST The Reason for the Season <img src=""> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:13:07 EST Declare & Decree! Since my illness in August and having to take steroids for pneumonia, I have really been struggling to get back on track... I have been so discouraged and even knowing that God is yet in control and that with Him all things are possible - I haven't been able to get back on track! <BR> <BR> Monday, I had a doctor appointment and I have gained 23 pounds!! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I worked so hard to lose 68 pounds and I'm upset about the weight gain. I haven't given up, I still use the ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:57:13 EST One Day, One Step... <img src=""> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:38:22 EST GOING THROUGH... So we all go through something in life, that's just how it is. I've learned from all that I have gone through - "THIS TOO SHALL PASS"! Be blessed Sparkers!! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:51:14 EST Changing & Reaffirming My Goals September 14th was my 61st birthday. Today I read these words, can't quite remember where - "Don't regret getting older, it is a privilege denied to many", author unknown. I however, have never had any regrets about getting older and I have never been ashamed of my age. I thank God for every day of my life! <BR> <BR> So I have really had a hard time working on my lifestyle change or should I call it downsizing (I also read a blog speaking of downsizing and I liked it!) Anyway, I have d... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:56:09 EST Walking Again! Today was the second time I have been able to walk since my illness. The first time I took a walk with my walking buddy, I had to cut it short because I was not quite ready for a long walk. I am so grateful that I have been healed from this last bout with pneumonia and I say thank you Lord!! I didn't think I would be walking today because when I woke up, it was raining and I thought it was going to last all day. But, God turned it around and the sun began to shine. I had a nice slow wal... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:58:47 EST A Day To Remember... Today is a day to remember and I shall remember all the rest of the days of my life. I was getting ready for work that morning and my son called to tell me about the towers. He had colleagues in one of the buildings. It was truly a frightening time! I made a choice to give my life to God that day and I have never turned back. It turned out to be the best thing I've ever done for myself. That day truly changed my life... God is the answer to all things and He is the answer for you! Be ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:01:53 EST God is good and His mercy endureth forever!! It's been a while since I have written a blog. It's time I give my latest testimony. Currently I have Pneumonia I was released from the hospital yesterday evening (been there for a week). After fighting a summer cold for a week, I felt so bad last Friday I didn't know if I was going to make it. But God saw me through the night and on Friday I was planning to go see my doctor. I was barely able to get myself dressed and call for a friend to take me to the hospital. I was told I had Pneu... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:22:05 EST Patience <img src=""> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:03:59 EST Spark 3rd Anniversary! Wow - June 6, 2014 marked my 3rd year Spark Anniversary! Since that time I have lost almost half of my goal weight by eating in moderation and exercising. I didn't go on a diet. Diets and me do not get along! I had to do something that I could live with for life, not a temporary fix. <BR> <BR> My goal is to reach 150 pounds or less and I have 70 pounds to go. I thank God that I did not gain back the weight I have taken off. It is taking me a while to get where I am going, but I am pr... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:47:48 EST I Think I Can - Can You? <img src=""> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 18:23:11 EST Plans don't always go as planned! With all the encouragement I love to give (I even do my best to encourage myself) right now it is not working for me! Everyday I plan on doing better and every night it is easy to give up on the plan and to overeat. I have stayed the same weight for over a year now and today I can't seem to picture myself at a smaller size. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what is going on with me. I still have faith, I still track my food, I walk week days and usually exercise at least 5 times a week. I just se... Sat, 31 May 2014 13:40:28 EST 44 Hard 2 Believe! Today is my eldest son's 44th birthday! That confirms it - I'm getting old, or should I just say I am old! I thank God that I'm still here and that my son is yet alive. God is good and He is good all the time... <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday - Andre', I love you! <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 10:51:46 EST 44 Hard 2 Believe! Today is my eldest son's 44th birthday! That confirms it - I'm getting old, or should I just say I am old! I thank God that I'm still here and that my son is yet alive. God is good and He is good all the time... <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday - Andre', I love you! <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 10:51:42 EST Another WooHoo Moment! Yesterday I was feeling a bit down. It's really been hard taking this weight off and I always seem to compare myself with others. I know that I'm totally different and I have other things going on that make it harder, but that doesn't matter I just want this weight gone! So I decided I would weigh early and to my surprise I lost 4 pounds! I also lost 9 inches since I last took my measurements! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:00:04 EST Feeling Exceptional & Happy Today I feel exceptional; today I feel happy; today I feel like I have accomplished something and you know what, not much has changed. When I dressed this morning, my clothes felt looser and when I looked in the mirror they were! Perhaps that was were my feelings begun. I haven't weighed, now I weigh myself every two weeks instead of weekly. Last year, I lost interest in staying healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. I didn't totally let myself go, but I gained 15 pounds. I was so upse... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:12:16 EST Special Day! Today is my child's birthday and this poem is for his memory... <BR> Mike's Day <BR> My child is gone <BR> But in my heart he still lives on <BR> Today is Mike's birthday <BR> I thank God for the time he was here to stay <BR> You know God wants the best <BR> and with God my child now rests <BR> He is at peace, he's walking now <BR> Just ask the Lord and He'll tell you how <BR> Mike was healed by God's saving grace <BR> and no longer suffers in this old place <BR> One day I will see him again ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:29:41 EST 2013 Ends & The Journey Continues... Last year wasn't the best. I remained the same weight and I had a hard time getting back on track. My plan is to do better this year. I have decided it doesn't matter how long it takes, I have to be patient with myself and continue to work on me and not give up. <BR> <BR> It really isn't surprising how easy it is to return to bad habits even after being faithful for two years to exercising and eating in moderation. I know because I have done just that this past year. I thank God that ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:56:31 EST A Woo Hoo Moment It's been so long since I lost any weight, I forgot what it feels like! I stepped on the scale this morning and was down four pounds. The thing is, I've been down with a cold for about a month. <BR> I still can't seem to get over this cough and the mucus! You know how you just get sick of being sick? Well that is where I am right now. I'm pretty sure my weight loss has to do with me being sick, regardless I'm glad about the loss. <BR> I haven't been able to exercise, I been so weak and... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:34:58 EST It's My BD! I thank God, I made it yet another year! This year I turned the big 60! God is good and He is good all the time! I'll never get too old to tell my age for every year I live, it's God's will!! Be blessed sparkers and spark on!! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:25:40 EST At a stand still! I've been at a stand still since April! Ugh! I can't seem to get back into exercising and eating in moderation. I haven't gained weight, but I'm not taking any weight off! I am so discouraged! I try to encourage myself and I've been trying to talk myself back into exercising. So far this has not worked. I'm not sure what is going on. I still walk, but that is just not enough to make a difference. I have strong faith and right now that is not getting me through this! What to do - wha... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:37:07 EST My Fitbit Part II I ordered a new Fitbit and received it last Thursday. That same day I washed clothes and sat the basket down near my laptop. I noticed that my fitbit had synced with my laptop (by this time I had not received my new fitbit). So I started looking for my lost fitbit again - to no avail. That evening I was putting away laundry and found my lost fitbit. It was on one of my pajama tops! So that means I washed it and dried it and it still works. <BR> <BR> I felt bad about accusing my nephe... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 14:30:08 EST My Fitbit... I purchased a Fitbit in June and simply love it! It motivates me to walk more. Walking with it I should walk a total of 10,000 steps a day. I haven't made that yet, I made my first 5,000 steps a few weeks ago and to start with I am suppose to walk at least 6,000 steps a day. I'm just happy with what I can do right now. Anyway once I sync my steps on my fitbit on my laptop, I generally lay my fitbit on top of my laptop. I did this on Saturday afternoon after attending a women's retreat. ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:15:08 EST Yet Walking In My Healing! I thank God that I am yet walking in my healing. Since I stopped wearing oxygen 24 hours a day, I have been able to take walks for up to 2 miles without oxygen. God is so good! When I exercise on my treadclimber, I do need to wear my oxygen because I get so out of breath. A few weeks ago I noticed some spots on my legs and that is a sign that I was not getting enough oxygen. I know when I need to put on my oxygen and so I do. I realize that I am still in the healing phase, but I am sti... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:59:26 EST GOING THROUGH... I am going through. When I was sick with pneumonia for a month, the doctor had me taking steroids to clear my lungs. My appetite increased and I started slipping into my old ways, snacking before bedtime and just eating; eating in moderation went out the window. Now I am stuck and have not lost a pound for two months. I exercise faithfully and walk as well and I've gotten my appetite back in control, still nothing. I'm not willing to give up, I know I've come too far to quit and my plan ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:18:25 EST HEALING!! God is yet in the miracle business!! I pray for healing constantly, God's word states that we are healed by His stripes. My understanding of that scripture is that we are already healed. On Saturday my sister was cleaning the kitchen and accidently unplugged my oxygen machine. As she was plugging it in, God spoke to her. He said tell Glen I have already healed her and she needs to walk in her healing. Some time ago, I had told my sister that I was not going to stop using my oxygen until... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:28:55 EST TREADCLIMBER IS ALL THAT!! First let me say Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there! Well received the treadclimber on Friday and I have been using it since. It is like climbing a hill and it really gives you a good work out. So far I can only do five minutes at a time. I get my 30 minutes a day in. Hopefully my legs won't get sore - we'll see. Anyway I love it and so does my sister and my niece. We are working this treadclimber out - one on, then off and the next one on and this treadclimber is workin... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:49:22 EST I CAN'T WAIT! My sister and I ordered us a tread-climber and I can't wait to receive it! My son told me it is really a good workout. I also ordered a new exercise DVD and I am anxious to receive it. I try to keep my workouts interesting. It has been so hot outside and I haven't been able to walk outside because I have a breathing disorder and can't take the heat. I plan to start walking in the mall tomorrow so I can get back to my walking. Be blessed sparkers and spark on!! Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:33:26 EST FINALLY! I'm back!! Although I am still struggling to get back on track, I haven't given up. During my time out, (illness) I had to take a steroid to help clear my lungs and it made me hungry all the time. I gained eight pounds and I have not taken it off yet. I am a little disappointed, but I am still not giving up. I remind myself of where I once was and where I am today and that is incentive enough to keep on pushing!! So I thank God for bringing through pneumonia and I still believe I can do... Sun, 19 May 2013 17:45:34 EST AWOL or Missing in Action?! Just a quick hey - not feeling my best lately. I've been in the hospital and quite ill with pneumonia. I was released from the hospital today and have a long way to recovery, it is in both of my lungs. I know that God is able and has brought me thus far. Be blessed and spark on sparkers!! Sun, 14 Apr 2013 21:25:42 EST IT'S NOT OVER! Well I won't say that I can't believe I haven't lost a pound since February 23. I know its not a plateau - I can't expect to loose weight if I don't do all the things needed to loose weight. I've overeaten too many times and my workouts have slowed. I can say that I am maintaining the weight I have loss. The thing is, that is not good enough! I've got to do better! I have to eat within my calorie range; I have to stop keeping unhealthy snacks in the house; and I've got to workout more. ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:07:56 EST Good Feelings!! Yesterday we celebrated my niece's birthday. Nette is 43 years old. My sister and I are so blessed and thankful that she is yet alive! In May of 2011, she had a stroke and the doctor's immediately gave up on her. They went so far as to ask my sister to donate her body parts! She told the doctor, God had spoken to her and told her everything would be all right and that He was going to restore Nette totally. Anyway thank God, He is true to His word. Nette is coming along marvelously!! <B... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 15:42:24 EST 24 to 18!! WooHoo!!! I am so happy that I kept so many of my jeans! I can now fit several pair of them and I have not been able to fit them since 2001!! I didn't mind giving my 24's away, for with God's help I will never be that size again. One of my sister's from church gave me so many clothes - designer pants, skirts and a very nice dress and jacket that has never been worn. The thing is that they were size 18's and they fit!! I am still working on me. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:15:50 EST Down with a cold... So I've been a bit down with a cold since the day after Christmas. I haven't been able to exercise for a few weeks. God granted me my desire and returned my strength, there have been times when I was so weak from a cold that I didn't get well for months. I am so thankful for that. This week I will start back on my work out regimen. <BR> Today when I returned to church one of my church family asked me if I was loosing weight and I proudly told her I had lost over 50 pounds. She said she... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:32:11 EST I Did It! I did it!! I have officially lost a total of 51 pounds! I am ecstatic! My glucose level is good, my blood pressure is excellent and my breathing is improving. I give thanks to God and I am so glad that I joined sparkpeople it is just what I needed! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 12:43:00 EST Thankful!! With every pound I shed, I am thankful! I thank God for giving me the desire to live a healthy lifestyle and for helping me to succeed. I thank God for With the help of this wonderful internet site, I am reaching my goal! I am one pound short of having lost 50 pounds. When I started I felt in my heart I would make my goal and I am on my way. Since my doctor put me on pills and stopped my evening insulin injections, I have been doing well in reducing my weight. It is s... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 11:19:02 EST Thanksgiving - same, no gain!! Thanksgiving was a good day with family, lots of food and plenty of thanks!! I am glad to say that through it all, I did well by not overeating and today when I weighed I stayed the same. I will gladly accept that - stay the same and no gain!! I pray all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:44:13 EST I'M HAPPY! I still have 79 pounds to go and I know it's going to be a while before I get there, but I'm still happy! I'm happy about all the pounds that are now gone. I'm happy for the encouragement from all my spark friends. I'm happy every time the scale goes down a pound or less. And oh yes, I did drop another pound this week!! But most of all, I'm happy for the help my heavenly Father is giving me to make this healthy lifestyle change! Thank you Jesus!!! Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:48:00 EST Going Down Saturday - that is my weigh in day. I am happy to say that I lost 2 pounds!! That makes a total of 45 pounds gone. Everytime I see my scale is lower than the previous week I am elated!! I'm going down! <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:38:59 EST Atlanta This past weekend my sister, niece and I flew to Atlanta for a friend's wedding. I was her and her siblings babysitter when she was a child. We hadn't seen her and her siblings in over 20 years and it was so wonderful to see them all and be there for her wedding. I really have to toot my horn - I didn't overeat, I did have a small piece of cake, you know everything in moderation. I was concerned about missing my workout session, I missed Saturday, I take off on Sunday but I was right back... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 13:59:48 EST