LADYMARCIA1's SparkPeople Blog LADYMARCIA1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A New Love Where do I begin this love story and how it relates to Sparkpeople? Maybe I should just start at the beginning. <BR> I needed to loose some weight for my own self esteem, as well as my health. I had gained weight taking some medication as a cancer follow up. So after 5 years, my Dr. and I agreed it was time to stop taking it. I allowed several months to drop some pounds with the help of Sparkpeople. <BR> I talked in my April blog post about a dear friend of mine who lost her battle with... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 18:31:48 EST Exceptionally GREAT day!! I have been on a long personal journey this week. I've been somewhat absent from my SparkFriends as I've been dealing with my own Cancer Recurrence scare. I get so tired of talking about the BIG C in my life. But last week I got a call back (the first since my diagnosis) on my mammogram. As if it isn't enough to have to have one! So to my oncologist office I went to vent my concerns. Long story short, I had the second mammogram. Inconclusive. Sonogram. Inconclusive. Biopsy. and a 3 ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:59:15 EST My 100 bonus point Spark Solution blog The new Spark Solution book and why I love it. <BR> <BR> • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? That was an easy one for me. I've tried every thing. Literally I think. No surgery tho. I needed to loose the weight I'd gained since my cancer meds 'made me fatter.' Oh over the years, I know what it takes to loose the weight, but I want to loose it and keep it off. I love the concept of Spark People and I want to give it my best shot. <BR> <BR> • Have you seen or felt... Tue, 21 May 2013 01:29:24 EST Monday morning Solution! Today I start the 2 week challenge from the new book The Solution! <BR> I'm going to see just how far I can take this. I've been motivated this year to make this my year to get back to my pre-cancer weight. <BR> This 2 week kick start may just be what I need to re-charge my diet mojo. I've lost over 25 lbs since Jan 1 (yes, that was my New Year Resolution) and I've been at a kind of stand still her the last 2 weeks. <BR> Unlike in years past, I consider that aging has played a part i... Mon, 13 May 2013 12:37:18 EST I Hate Cancer!!!!! This week I had another friend call me to tell me she was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer. <BR> <BR> Let me start this journey. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 7 years ago. Wow, what a shock that was. Fast forward a little (don't want to write about my journey here now). My good friends husband was diagnosed about a year later and passed a year after that. He was a scientist for Genintex who discovered the Hercepton drug that I had for 21 months for the Her-2-Nu genetic receptor ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:12:01 EST Sunday night reminds me of the night before school started For some reason, Sunday evenings remind me of the dreaded feeling I got on the last day of summer. That feeling of having to go to bed because school was going to start the next morning. I never liked that feeling and I really don't like feeling that way as an adult. But I do. I am so lucky to have a really good job that I've had for over 22 years and I love what I do. So I think what this is telling me is that I really need to think seriously about retirement. Oh how I would love to re... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 18:57:19 EST My Bibbulmun Trail Challenge Last week I started the most exciting SparkPeople Challenge. It is a 6 week trek down the Bibbulmun Trail in Australia and put together by an amazing motivator Emmabe1. Part of what we are suppose to do is prepare a blog about our trip. I am getting a bad start to this but hope to catch up. I've chosen level 6 in the exercise category and hope to be at level 9 by the end of the 6 week challenge. Emmabe1 has put so much time and energy to this challenge for those who have decided to join,... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 17:21:49 EST Glass half full I received a wonderful email from a cousin who is one of my favorite spiritual comrades. Distance has kept us apart for most of our 60 years but non the less, thanks to modern technology and the internet, we communicate our love for our maker. We were blessed to be born to parents who were children of our beloved Grandfather, who was a minister, believer and extremely spiritual man. Faith was always a part of our lives. <BR> <BR> I have always been a positive person. Not sure why. I'v... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:11:13 EST April Fools Day Well, today is as good a day as I can see to start blogging. I never felt like I had enough to say that warranted a blog. Most of the time I can't put in to words what I want, what I feel or what I'm doing. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem saying things, just not much of interest. My life is so uneventful. My mind so simple. So where to start. <BR> This is day 91 of my Spark Streak. I decided on January 1, 2013, yes just like everyone else who makes a New Year Resolution, I decide... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:33:02 EST