LIZZIE138's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LIZZIE138 LIZZIE138'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/ I'm sick of being sick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208017 I had my follow up with my Dr. yesterday and the news wan't good. The cellulitis seems to be resolving itself <em>48</em> , BUT I have developed C diff from the IV antibiotics I was bombarded with to clear up the cellulitis. I have been feeling unusually tired along with lots of bathroom time since I got home from the hospital but I thought it was normal to feel that way following a hospital stay. Turns out not to be the case. C diff is highly contagious especially to older folks so I'm... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:28:20 EST Home from the hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205219 I came home yesterday from my visit to the hospital. I had (have) cellulitis on my chin of all places. The chin started itching and burning then turned red and swollen (think Jay Leno, no offense to him). My dr was at a loss as to what it was because the chin is a very unusual place to get this. So I was admitted, pokeed and prodded by more drs than I can count to get the official diagnosis of cellulitis. I was bombarded by antibiotics of which I'm not fond of but they were afraid with it... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:28:45 EST Angry at myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198203 On vacation hubby & I decided to go for a bike ride. Little did I know it was going to be 5 miles over moderately tough terrain in 88 degree heat, under a blazing sun. Now hubby is in much better shape than I am, being about 35 lbs overweight, but he's very muscular. Me, about 100 lbs overweight with about 2% muscle. I did the best I could to keep up with him and I did succeed but am very angry at myself for letting myself get this out of shape. All I could think about was we should be enjoy... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:13:34 EST Tough times easier now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194209 Update on sister... She is home now, still unable to walk very far but with her walker and/or cane she is able to get around. She is nursing a rather large wound on her shin caused by the EMS team who came to her rescue when she fell. My sis is an RN who was on the team from the hospital that trained that city EMS. I advised her to contact the supervisor re: her wound and the severe bruising caused by them. Well the supervisor was falling over himself apologizing to her even more so when he ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:24:13 EST Tough times easier now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194208 Update on sister... She is home now, still unable to walk very far but with her walker and/or cane she is able to get around. She is nursing a rather large wound on her shin caused by the EMS team who came to her rescue when she fell. My sis is an RN who was on the team from the hospital that trained that city EMS. I advised her to contact the supervisor re: her wound and the severe bruising caused by them. Well the supervisor was falling over himself apologizing to her even more so when he ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:24:13 EST Tough times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191367 I'm going through a turbulent time right now. My dear friend passed away earlier this week. While I will miss her I am glad her suffering has ended. The funeral will be this Friday. I will do all I can to support her loved ones. <BR> <BR> Today my sister ended up in the hospital again. She fell out of bed yesterday and had to call 911 to get her up. She didn't let them take her to the hospital at that time I think more because she was embarrassed by the situation. <BR> <BR> She is e... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:55:02 EST 50th Anniversary party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176270 Today I am attending a 50th anniversary party <em>179</em> for a wonderful couple who are going through a very rough time. They are related to me as in-laws in-laws. Dar has been battling brain stem cancer for over one year now and is losing the battle. She is a tremendous person and a great friend. There are few people in my life that I can truly be silly stupid with and she is one of them. Her husband is one of the kindest people I've ever met. He is calm, kind of quiet with a surpri... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:25:45 EST Struggling emotionally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171681 I have been having a very hard time lately with blue moods. This morning I sat and cried for 1 hour and I would be hard pressed to tell you why, I would just like to stay in bed with my sheet pulled up over my head and not be bothered by anyone or anything. Too much stress at work, at home. Sat, 28 May 2016 00:17:28 EST Sister in hospital again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170558 Yesterday my sis called me at 6 am to take her to the hospital because she had been severely naucious & weak for a week & didn't have the strength to walk into her office at work. At the hospital they gave her IV as she was extremely dehydrated after barely drinking or eating anything for that week.& something for her nausea. She has had this happen before & after the zillion dollar work up, nothing was conclusive. So she will get another zillion dollar work up & hopefully a cause can be ... Thu, 26 May 2016 07:06:27 EST The not so good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148228 Today I had to go shopping for a dress for a weekend away and nothing looks good in a size <BR> 22/24. It left me feeling very depressed. And it made me realize that I don't want to continue to have to shop in "woman's sized stores" any longer. I want to be able to go into any store and find something pretty that fits, that looks good on me.I usually do most of my clothes shopping online because there is a wider (no pun intended) variety of plus size clothing out there that is moderately b... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:07:50 EST The good and not so good of yesterday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144746 First the good. Yesterday was beautiful here in Michigan. Sunny, warm, low humidity. <em>67</em> A rare day for us this early in the season. Hubby and myself took a drive up to Frankenmuth, a Bavarian style city with lots to do. If you're ever in the area I highly recommend it. We wandered around town going in and out of all the cute little shops. And I only bought one thing, a birthday gift for my sis. Now comes the bad... Frankenmuth is well known for its family style chicken dinners... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:33:16 EST Confession time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125756 I have a confession to make. A really big one. My eating plan has been out of control for the past 3 weeks or so. I have been gorging on fast food for lunch at work, sneaking candy bars and sweets whenever I can. I've even hidden junk food from my hubby cuz I was afraid he would get to it before I did. <BR> <BR> And how does this make me feel? Disgusted with myself for eating so poorly, disappointed with myself for treating my body, the only one I get, so badly. <BR> <BR> So what b... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:09:09 EST Still waiting to feel better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117164 Day 4 of sickness. Still dragging my tail. I had a much needed hair appointment this am. I went and by the time I was done I was so exhausted I went home and climbed back in bed. I hate that this bug is lingering on like this. <em>234</em> <BR> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 23:50:35 EST Day off and still sick. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114948 But at least I'm home in my jammies curled up on the couch with a blanket, my pillow, my ipad & the tv remotes. Oh and my tissues, tylenol... I think you get the picture. And this is how I intend to say all day long. I will keep retired hubby busy getting me juices, toast, soup the whole day. If i have to be sick it's great to have a servant. Lol. <em>527</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:07:41 EST Under the weather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114013 Whatever "bug" that's running thru our office has decided it's my turn to get it. Feels upper respiratory & my head feels like it's stuffed with cotton. I am off tomorrow so I'm going to trudge thru today @ work and share my bug with all of those who shared theirs with me. Then home to bed & lots of rest. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 06:27:13 EST March 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109732 I have upped my H2O intake as indicated. The measuring tape is still sitting on my desk. Very afraid of what it will show. I wish I had a trusted friend to measure me, write it down, don't show it to me until April so I see I'm doing something good for myself. I did join Planet Fitness today & rode the bike for 10 minutes. Hey, it's a start. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:31:06 EST End of a month... Planning for the next. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107326 As February draws to a close I am looking back at my progress or I should say lack of and am not feeling good about it at all. So as we are heading into March I am going to set a goal or two or three and promise to stick to them. <BR> <BR> 1. Using my water intake. H2O is good for everything. <BR> 2. Take my measurements. Thank you Himelissa for the push on that one. Is it Lissa? <BR> 3. Move this body for 10 minutes a day most days of the week. <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a great ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:32:58 EST Hubby's retirement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105960 is not going well for me. For him it seems great. He retired at the end of September 2015 after working for 40 yrs. At first, he kept busy with golf, which he loves. But once golf season ended he has been sitting on the couch from morning to night watching anything that's on. I've been patient knowing he did work hard for all those years, but 4 months of nothing?!? <BR> Thankfully I'm still working about 32 hrs a week but the stress level at work lately has been off the scale. It has been s... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:26:32 EST I'll admit it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091543 I had it all planned out. This past Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, was going to be my free cheat day. I had visions of spinach dip & pumpernickel bread & ooey, gooey cake slices as big as my hand dancing in my head! Rumchata was going to be my adult beverage of choice for the evening. I was going to throw all caution to the wind & go for it in a big way! <BR> <BR> Now here's what really happened. We attended the funeral of the father of a friend of mine mid afternoon. On the way home, stopping... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:43:55 EST Lesson learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076437 At work I usually get out of the office at lunch by myself (or I may hit someone) <em>18</em> and get a Wendy's grilled chicken salad most days. Yesterday I forgot to say grilled and ended up with a crispy chicken instead. I went through the drive thru and didn't realize it until I was ready to eat. I didn't have time to go back so I decided to eat it as I was very hungry. <em>4</em> and it was greasy and I didn't enjoy it at all. <BR> <BR> When I got home from work, hubby had made ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:45:30 EST More productive day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071326 Today I fared much better than yesterday. I did Grocery shopping , laundry, cleaning the kitchen. Whoever thought I would enjoy doing these things. I felt like I was more productive than yesterday and it felt great. Sometime doing the simplest things feels good. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:44:59 EST What a day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070419 Not really. Friday is my day off. A day where I usually get all my running around done for the week. Today I did absolutely nothing and I do mean nothing. I sat around all day in my jammies and watched tv with my hubby. While he enjoys doing that, I do not. <em>24</em> I wasted a perfectly good day. But on the bright side, I was able to stick to my healthy eating plan. So all was not lost. And tomorrow I will be more productive. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:02:18 EST Hubby made dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069711 My hubby made stuffed pork chops for dinner this evening. While it was delicious i knew I should have investigated how much it weighed and what he added to the stuffing. It was way more than I would have eaten for dinner. Next time I'll check out exactly what he puts in it before I take my portion. Although I can't really complain because it was one less meal for me to cook. <em>30</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:31:30 EST I have 100+ lbs. to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068520 There, I said it, I have always hidden how much weight I had to lose to become a healthy woman. Today that stops. I am taking baby steps towards my goal... No matter how long it takes. And I know it will take a long while but it took me a long while to get this overweight. <BR> I am tired of being the biggest woman at work, shopping at plus sized stores & web sites, hiding what I eat from others. Well NO MORE! I know there will be struggles along the way but i am up for the task to get t... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:20:51 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067946 This is day 3 of my return to a healthy lifestyle. It has been easier than I thought so far. I actually am enjoying getting back to tracking my foods. This has been a real wake up call showing me just how out of control my eating has been. Now I have to start working on getting my behind moving again. I'm proud of my progress so far. Baby steps. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:43:17 EST Back again after a looong absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065858 Hi. I'm returning after a 15 month break, leave of absence, or whatever you want to call it from Sparkpeople. My break began in October 2014 when I began to experience pain in my left foot. The pain caused me to stop going to the gym because I could barely walk. After about 4 months of seeing various doctors I finally had an MRI which revealed 2 torn tendons in my foot. I took many meds to try to help the situation but in the end I finally realized that I needed to have surgery. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:30:57 EST Back in 2015... With a foot injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845139 Hi!. Long time, no me. I have been MIA for a very long time. I am not proud of this fact but I have finally found my way back. <BR> <BR> During my absence I kept up with my exercise routine until mid September 2014. Then I slowly tapered off until I stopped completely. With the absence of exercise, my eating habits started to spiral out of control. As a result of these actions, or lack of action on my part, I believe I've regained about 25 pounds which I found extremely hard to lose in ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:21:21 EST Still working at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757324 Hi again. While I fell short of my goals the last 2 weeks, I am still working on me. So this morning I was up and out on my bike. I did 3 miles in 20 minutes and I felt great. I sometimes forget how good I feel after doing exercise. <BR> I need to keep reminding myself of that. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:51:38 EST Returning again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752375 Hi. I was doing so well with my nutrition & exercise for over 1 yr. then I got sidetracked by my recent vacation. Healthy eating went out the window. After falling off my bike 2 times, injuring my shoulder, hip & knee, exercise quickly followed poor eating out that same window! <BR> <BR> I found the body heals more quickly than the mind. Physically I'm doing ok but I've yet to get everything back on track food wise . But I know one thing. I REFUSE to let myself go & regain all the ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:29:23 EST I'm back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712559 I have been MIA for about a month. Slacked off on my eating and tracking my food. I am up 10 pounds <em>39</em> . But I have continued my exercise program through this lost period. <BR> <BR> I realized that no one can do this for me but me. I will not fail in my quest to get healthier. So I have set up a few new goals for myself. <BR> <BR> 1. Write down what I eat RIGHT AFTER I eat it. No more trying to remember what I ate 10 hours ago then just saying forget it, can't remember... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:00:08 EST I will struggle until I win. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685867 It just seems like life has been one huge struggle lately. Work has way too much stress. What used to be a pleasant place to be has turned into depressing nightmare. One of my coworkers is out ill and it may be quite awhile till she returns. That leaves the other two of us picking up the slack with very little help from our manager. <BR> <BR> On the home front, things aren't much better. Seems like the hubby & myself are on totally different pages lately. Home doesn't feel like much of... Fri, 2 May 2014 14:55:25 EST Trying to get my food mojo back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658639 I've been struggling as of late with my healthy food journey. Too many "special occasions" have occurred in my life lately which have resulted in me making less than healthy food choices. A weekend away, a couple celebrations at work, ughh, I am so over celebrations at work. <BR> <BR> Indulging too much for these "occasions" is making it hard to get back to my happy relationship with the foods I eat. So as of today, I vow to track ALL of the food I eat , not just the healthy choices that ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:41:30 EST Just need to vent... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615360 I just received a call from my sis who came home from the hospital Friday night. I spoke to her that night & Saturday. Today's call was to see if I was mad at her because I hadn't been over to see her since she came home. <BR> <BR> Let me preface this by saying I went to her home every day she was in hospital at 4:45am to give her dog medicine and again after I worked all day to feed the dog and give more medicine. Let me also say that her home is not a pleasant place to be. Think hoarde... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:51:47 EST Still stressing...but trying to stay on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609867 Sister in hospital for an infection. Running back & forth between her house to take care of her dog, visiting her @ hospital, working full time and trying to manage my own home. I've been negligent in logging my food choices but have faithfully continued my exercise program. I will make more of an effort to log my food. <BR> <BR> Usually when she gets ill and lands in the hospital, I throw all my efforts out the window & just live on fast food & no exercise. So this time is different. ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:30:00 EST January 18th... Stressful time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598443 I have been dealing with my sister who is extremely obese and has several serious health problems. She had a simple cataract surgery this Wednesday which went well, but a few days before she had pulled a muscle in her lower back and laying on the cart for the surgery aggravated the back horribly. She has great difficulty moving (walking, getting up from sitting) <BR> on a regular basis and the back problem made it almost impossible for her to move at all. <BR> I got her to the urgent care ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:15:57 EST New Years musings, a tad late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581251 I feel great about this new year. Through portion control <em>551</em> , exercise <em>138</em> and a measure of self control I'm starting 2014 with 61 pounds less of me. YAAAH me! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I have to thank my SP friends for the support I've received. The motivational stories and pictures have helped to keep me going in the right direction. And some of my SP friends have no idea of the ways they have motivated me along the way. <BR> <BR> I hope I can be as h... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:25:05 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571857 Just a little note to wish all a Merry Christmas. I hope all your Christmas wishes came true. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 22:02:33 EST I did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569756 Today I reached my goal of losing 60 pounds by 1/1/14. It took staying on track with my exercise goals (not always easy) and tracking what I ate (almost all of the time). And it was well worth it. <BR> <BR> I feel overjoyed. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> While i am celebrating my goal today, it is time to define the next goal. I'm going to ponder it today and decide what comes next for me. I still have a way to go to reach my end goal and am confident that I will make it. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:59:31 EST Keeping the motivation going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564766 Yesterday I had a hungry day. You know the feeling when it feels like nothing fills you up. I took a short walk to try to stave off the feeling and ended up at Costco. Bad move! Costco on a Saturday afternoon is a food nightmare. Every aisle I turned down had someone with samples of yummy things for me to try. <BR> <BR> Normally I am strong enough to walk right by them. But not yesterday! I tried my best not to taste everything but I didn't fare very well. And the more I tasted, th... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:11:10 EST Down 2 pounds in Thanksgiving week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553670 I did the best I could with my Thanksgiving meal but like most everyone else I indulged more than I planned to. So it was with great trepidation I got on my scale this morning for my weekly weigh-in. <BR> <BR> When the scale showed that I was down 2 pounds, I couldn't believe it. I didn't believe it so much that I got on and off the scale 3 times and they all registered 2 pounds down. Then I did the happy dance right in my kitchen... For about 5 minutes... I bet that dance burned a few mo... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:49:57 EST Exceeded another goal. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542961 I set a goal to lose 50 pounds before December 13th. As of today I'm down 51 pounds! <em>244</em> I met that goal about 4 weeks early. Time to move onto the next one. I will work to be down another 9 pounds by January 1, 2014. <BR> <BR> This may be a hard one to reach because of all the holidays between now and Jan. 1st, but I am going to give it my very best effort. I will have to be extra diligent in tracking my food and getting my exercise in to achieve this one. <BR> <... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:34:37 EST Long cold bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537371 I took advantage of the decent? weather to get out on my bike today. I did 6.35 miles thru cold windy conditions. Fortunately the sun peeked its head out a few times during my ride. I think the wind chill was about 40 degrees. <BR> <BR> In the end, I was really glad I got outside to exercise because soon the snow will fly and the temperatures will really drop and I won't want to go out to do anything. <BR> <BR> But I really want this winter to be different. I want to find something th... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:08:35 EST Gym time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536127 As some of you may know, I have had a gym membership for almost 2 years now and never went... That is until now. <BR> <BR> I never went because I was afraid that I would be the biggest person there and that people would laugh at the big lady trying to work out. <BR> <BR> Well I finally gathered the courage to walk through those doors and exercise. And you know what/? Nobody looked at me or laughed at me and the gym workers were more than helpful in helping me get started. I can't even t... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 21:21:13 EST A day off and the sun is shining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527374 I have to take one Wednesday off a month @ work and I was lucky enough for it to be today. The sun is shining and it is relatively warm( (compared to lately). I got up early and went for a 40 minute bike ride through the neighborhood and around the lake at a nearby park. <BR> <BR> The last of the fall leaves are still clinging to their branches in one last blaze of beauty. I took a few pics with my cell phone but they just didn't do justice to the actual beauty of nature. <BR> <BR> It got... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:35:46 EST Been missing in action lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524862 While I have been tracking my food and exercise consistently, I've been missing in action from the Spark community. It just seems like life gets in the way of the time I'd like to spend in Sparkworld. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was down with a stomach bug which knocked me for a loop. It came out of nowhere and I feel like I lost a whole day because of it. Today I am feeling better although still a little dragged out feeling. I only took a 15 minute walk today instead of my usual biking. <... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:09:06 EST Woo-Woo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511849 I set a new goal for myself weight-wise every time I reach the previous one. Today I reached my latest goal to be down 40 pounds by November 1st. And I reached it almost 3weeks ahead of schedule. <em>244</em> I am officially down 42 pounds as of this morning. <BR> <BR> It has been a very long time since I was this weight. While I still have a lot to lose, every pound gone strengthens my determination to reach my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I firmly believe that the combinatio... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:40:03 EST So glad I found Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504735 My weight and my health were a hot mess. I was at my highest weight ever unable to walk around much without getting out of breath. I was getting desperate to find a way to get my weight back in check. I am a weight watcher drop out more times than I can count. I've done nutrisystem with success right up until I stopped eating their food. Then all the weight came back and it brought friends with it. <BR> <BR> I was looking for the magic solution to my problem. And then I found Sparkpeop... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 21:09:19 EST An amazing discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495282 I work in an office and each week there are two of us assigned to take the garbage out to the dumpster. I dread this job. Although the dumpster is not that far, I would be so winded by the time I got back that I would go into the restroom to recuperate . <BR> <BR> This week is my week and when I took the trash out and came back in I made an amazing discovery. I was not winded at all. At first I couldn't believe it. I'm always out of breath when I get back in the office. But today was... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:47:55 EST My motivation to lose this weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489588 Spark guy got me thinking. Why did I really want to lose this weight? After much thought I came up with several reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. My health. I take too many medications for various health problems. I want to get healthy and lower the need for these or be able to stop them altogether. <BR> <BR> 2. My lifestyle. I have been a spectator to my life for way too long. I want to get in there and participate! I want to take long walks over hilly terrain with my hubby and be able to keep... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:48:41 EST Holiday weekend-WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470863 Today starts the first of four days off from work. Got the weekend off to a great start with a nutritious breakfast followed by a 5.34 bike ride with my DH. Sunny, hot and humid is the weather and while I'm glistening like I took a shower, DH was just breaking a sweat, and a small one at that. I do weigh a bit more than he does, but still... I've been biking for almost 3 months now and this is only the second time he has gotten on a bike this summer. None the less, we had a good time doi... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:47:08 EST