MDMARSHAL1's SparkPeople Blog MDMARSHAL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It 's Time For A Celebration <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> In October 2008, I started my current weight loss journey. I have had highs and lows. One thing that I have been faithfully in ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:14:25 EST Metamorphoses <img src=""> Look at me I am changing. Like the catapillar, I have survived , spun my cocoon, and now I am ready to emerge. I have wings now and I am ready to make my debut. The process is not complete yet but I will prevail to be the beautiful monarch butterfly that lies within. My starting weight in Oct. 2008 was 613 lbs. To date, I am 299.6 lbs. I am actually under 300 lbs. I have not been under 300 lbs since 1983. I was about 22 ye... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 14:10:18 EST This Is The Way To Success ! Went to weigh today. I have been stagnant for sometime now or the scale going in the wrong direction. Today I went to weigh and I have lost 8 lbs. I am so happy to be going in the right direction. I was going backwards and was unhappy with the scale despite my efforts to loose. Finally the scale numbers are decreasing. This is the way to success. <em>244</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 22:27:13 EST Why Is My Pants Falling Down? My sleeping pants that I gage my weight by keeps falling down. I have to use two hands to hold them up. One hand won't do the job. I was so sure that I had lost at least ten pounds or more. I had not weighed since after Thanksgiving just before going to my doctors appt. I got on the scale and it revealed the truth. I lost only one pounds. Well after the holidays, I will accept that and dare anyone to tell me that I did not lose any inches. My A1C is 7.2 My doctor is going to give me ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:37:28 EST The New Me After having difficulty having my hair done, I decided to get it cut off and go natural. I was very apprehensive about the change. I was very uncomfortable and feared what people would say. I have gotten so many compliments about my new style. I am told that it has shaved ten years off my age. I am destined to be the new and improved version of myself this year. I claim 2013 Michelle's year. The new look and the new slimmer version of myself is my proclamation. The New me on the left... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 22:45:42 EST Spark It Up There is a song that I use to sing a lot. The lyrics would say, "It only takes a spark to get the fire going." Certainly the sparks received from spark members. Have ignited a fire in me. I went to my spark page editing sight to upload new photo's. I took the time to review some comments left by members under some of the pictures. It started a spark in me and soon the fire was out of control. It made me smile to see some of the comments. Mostly, the comments gave me a rekindled desir... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 22:19:31 EST SparkPeople: "The Key To Success" I have decided that sparkpeople has the key to success if one would only use it properly. For years, I had been doing it on my own. I have been quite successful in the past but came to a stand still. Then, I starting picking weight back up. I decided in September 2012 that, I will follow the SP calorie suggestions. It worked. When I went back to the doctor, I had lost 8 lbs. I was thrilled and my doctor was pleased as well. So can someone tell me why I stopped going by the SP calorie ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:57:12 EST Trick or Treat? If you have read some of my recent blogs, you know that I have been counting down the days to my visit to the Doctor today. I was both elated and nervous to face him today. If my A1C is still above 7.0 it was a possibility that, I would be put back on medications for diabetes. I was elated that, I had recently weighed and was down another 8 lbs. I was hoping that he would approve of my efforts to get my diabetes under control again. However, I was nervous about the results of my test and t... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 19:17:04 EST Perseverance Pays Off Through the storm and through the pain, Perseverance pays off. <BR> <BR> I have been working diligently over the past 5 - 6 weeks on my weight and health. I will be seeing my doctor on the 31st and it is very possible that he will put me back on diabetes medication. It depends on how high my A1C is. I had my blood drawn on the 24th and will get my results on the 31st when I see my doctor. Regardless of the out come, I am proud thus far of my accomplishments. I have to pat myself on the ba... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:57:08 EST Oh No!!! Diabetes Got To Go!!! Previously in my weight loss journey, I had worked very hard to be off of medications for diabetes. However, in the past two years my weight has been slowly creeping up and along with it my glucose level has been rising as well. I went to see my doctor today and my A1C was 7.2 It needs to be 7 or below. If I don't get my glucose under control, I will be back on medications for diabetes. Oh no!! I was so proud of myself. I got to get back on track. I have 5 weeks to work on it before... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:31:14 EST Facing The Scale <em>192</em> O M G !!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I knew I had to get my act together with this weight loss and even spoke to my doctor about getting back on track again. I told him that, I was out of control. He said, what do you mean by out of control? My blood sugar levels are elevated above my normal and I have picked up weight, I said. In addition, I informed him that I did better when I visited his office more frequently. After comparing my past lab results with my current ones, He was ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:08:26 EST Back In The Water Again I'm baaaaaccccckkk! <BR> <BR> Yes I am back in the water again after being away since the middle of april due to medical issues, I have returned with a vengeance to get back into the exercise and on to a slimmer, healthier Michelle. When my transportation van pulled up, the desk attendant came out to greet me and welcome me back. I was pleased that they even remembered me. I thought getting back to my old routine was going to be so stressful on my body. It was not bad at all. Althoug... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:55:04 EST A Change Is In The Forecast I have started over fresh with Spark People. I feel that a new start is what is needed for me. during this illness I have eaten myself into a weight gain that I am not pleased with. I can not weigh myself at home anymore. I can not regress. I have come to far to turn back around. It is said that people gain all their weight back within a year. I like to think that I am not fitting into their statistics. I lost my first 100 lbs in 2009 and the second 100 lbs in 2010. Yes, I have gained approx.... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:43:24 EST You Should Try Water Exercising I love water exercise. It is so beneficial for people like me who are limited physically. I can't walk very well on dry land or stand very long but when I am in the water I can walk, stand and exercise for hours. I am told that 5 minutes of exercise in the water is equivalent to 15 minutes on dry land. I am proud to say that, I did 90 minutes of water exercise today. I had been away from the pool because of my health but I was back today for the first time in months. I did not do too b... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 22:15:35 EST DON'T COUNT ME OUT!!!!! I ride transportation van to my medical appointment's. From time to time, I see a driver who I have not seen in awhile. They never fell to compliment me on my weight loss success and how well I am moving around now. Today the driver told me that when he first saw me that I could not even fit in the van. I quickly told him that I could always fit into the van; I just took up so much of it. He told me that before he use to think that I did not have very long to live. I told him that, I th... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:27:36 EST Finally, After Ten Long Years Finally after living in my apartment complex since 2002, I walked up the entire flight of stairs leading to the upstairs apartments and actually put my feet on the breezeway up there. I am so happy to say that I accomplished this task. Next is to walk across the breezeway to the otherside where more step are and walk down the back steps then walk back to my apartment. This is another task that I will complete but first I will get use to climbing the stairs better. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em>... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 14:18:25 EST The Me I Never Wanted To Be This was written in December 2008 but I have only shared it with a couple of people. It is time for someone to read this story. <BR> <BR> I remember when I was in high school, my friends and I were sitting outside on a bench and an extremely large tall man walked past us. We were silent as our eyes followed him into the building. I broke the silence by stating, "If I get that big I will kill myself." <BR> <BR> I also remember as a Registered Nurse, I once cared for a client who was approx... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:19:22 EST WHOA!!! NOW THAT'S A LOT OF WATER A team member was curious about my water intake. So, I thought I would share this with everyone. <BR> <BR> Her message and questions to me were: <BR> Every day I read about all of the water that you are drinking. Did your doctor tell you to drink all of that? I ask 'cause 1. I struggle to get my 8 - 12 glasses in. 2. I wonder how do you drink almost 30 glasses of water in a single day? and 3. Should I be drinking more? <BR> Most people are surprised at the amount of water that I get in on... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:02:50 EST Sometimes You Have to Encourage Yourself Today after a funeral one of my cousins asked me did I have the gastric bypass. I told her no but I did loose weight. She proceeded to ask me if I had gained the weight back. Well that put a damper in my spirit. Although it is factual that I had lost 202 lbs, I did only gain approx. 30 lbs back. I say approx. because. I have been able to maintain a weight loss of 170 - 186 lbs. I have been yo - yoing with 30 pounds since August 2010. I'll gain a few then loose a few. But most important... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:54:08 EST Hang In There I just want to say an encouraging word to myself and others on a day that I am not very happy with the weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Hang on in there. Never ever give up. You are a woman/man of faith. The scriptures inform us that they race is not given to the swift nor to the strong but to those who endure tail the end. Don't worry about how long the road seems a head. Just endure till the end. Don't worry about the winding road or even the bumps that slow you down. Just endure till... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:34:47 EST My Christmas Wish All I want for Christmas is: <BR> <BR> 1) God to remain the center of my life and in complete control of my life. <BR> <BR> 2) Good health. <BR> <BR> 3) Enough money to care for myself. <BR> <BR> 4) And last but not least, be able to fit comfortably in my jean skirt outfit. <BR> <BR> Well everything on my list is a constant in my life pretty much. However, #4 is a problem. Someone gave me a beautiful jean outfit. Jean material does not give. I have been trying to loose weight so tha... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:27:53 EST My Unique Job Today, someone left be a note on a post for people doing the weight loss challenge that I am in. She commented on the amount of minutes that I had done yesterday. I did a total of 50 minutes. The day before I did 90 minutes. I see exercise as my job. I do not have a regular 8 to 5 like I desire. So, I decided that exercise would be my job. Once, I went to Vocational Rehabilitation for assistance in helping me get a job. The person I spoke to was so negative in my opinion. She asked m... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 03:11:17 EST My Most Memorable Christmas Ever In the Holly Jolly Holiday Biggest Loser Challenge that I am in there is a Question of the Day (QOTD) each monday. Today's QOTD is: When you were a young child, what was the one super awesome most amazing gift that you ever received on Christmas? <BR> <BR> I can't think of really one most fantastic gift but if I had to choose it would be skates like the ones you use at the skating rink. Not only did I receive the skates that I wanted that year but some other awesome other gifts as well. ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:12:17 EST I've Got The Fever Boogie Fever that is. I never thought about dancing as a form of exercising until the holiday challenge I am in talked about doing GUTS (Get Up Tuesday's). Now I have the Boogie Fever. I have been dancing up something. Dancing is a form of exercise that I can do sitting down. It reminds me of the guy from Mexico on the documentary the Worlds Heaviest Man. He does exercise in his bed because he is bed ridden. One of the forms of exercise that he gets is dancing. He just moves to the be... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 17:09:14 EST A NEW ME IS ON THE HORIZON This the dawn of a new transformation in my life. <BR> <BR> I started a weight loss challenge on the 14th of Nov. We were asked to write a blog about what we expect to learn from this challenge and how we will see ourselves as looking like in 5 weeks. Well, death and life is in the power of the tongue so I speak life to the new me that is on the horizon. I will be a thinner and happier person with better health. I will also be wearing my jean outfit that I have been trying to wear and be ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:43:35 EST WOW !!! The Scale Actually Does Work I was beginning to think that something was actually wrong with my scale. It seemed to be stuck In the high 430's to the low 44o's. It has actually moved down to 429.6. Gee, I am so happy. I have lost some weight. I realize that doing it on my own was good but no matter how much you know there is much more to learn about weight loss and a healthy life style. I thought I had it going on since I am a RN and had lost 202 lbs on my own. After being stagnant for about a year, It was imper... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:43:52 EST A Triscuit, A Tasket, A Green and Yellow Basket Who remembers Actress Sandy Duncan in this commercial years ago. Triscuits are still around after all these years. I never would have imagined eating them. About a month ago, I was looking for a more healthy cracker. I came across Triscuits sitting on a display in the middle isle of the grocery side of Walmart. I began to read the label and compare the low fat against the original. I found out that the original was lower in calories and sodium so I tried them. To my surprise they were ... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:38:02 EST I Guess You Changed Your Mind Everyone wants to give the fat person in the room unsolicited weight loss advice. <BR> See my forum under motivation entitled, "How Do You Handle Negative Advice." <BR> <BR> I go to the gym on tuesday's and thursday's. I am transported there by a transportation company which I have been using for years now. Today a new driver that I had never seen before picked me up. I commented that the company has a lot of new drivers. He explained that he has been with the company for two months. He... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:26:04 EST I's Smart, I's Pretty, I's Somebody (In my most southern voice) Every time I go to look in the mirror now days, I want to recite the little girls statement as seen in the movie "The Help." <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I have added some tracking. My Spark team, the BBQ's, has a track where you look into the mirror once a day and tell your self that you are a queen and state 5 positive things about yourself. Every time I get up to give myself alcalades, I must recite in my most southern drawl that I's smart, I's pretty, and I's somebody. <BR> <BR> That just... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:44:57 EST I Am Putting My Tiara ON Call me Queen Michelle. I am feeling really good today. I am about to dust off my little Tiara that says Queen. I only usually wear it on my birthday but I feel like a queen today. The team I belong to has a challenge to lose 8 lbs by Nov. 03, 2011. I got on the scale today and I had lost 7.6 lbs of those 8. I was going to resign myself to not reaching the goal but just be happy that my weight loss is turning around and I am losing something. I know feel that I got this challenge in the ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:25:03 EST TO THINE SELF BE TRUE (Keeping It 100%) How many of us if we were on a reality show where the cameras follow you around all day would be caught fudging our caloric intake? I decided long ago that I would be true to myself. When I go to the doctors office and tell him my weight, he doesn't know if I am lying or not because his scale can not weigh me. <BR> If I gain I tell him if I loose I tell him the truth. I am only hurting myself if I lie. If you lie you get comfortable with it. Eventually people will notice your appearanc... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 22:04:59 EST I've Lost 1000 lbs " This was what one of my dearest friends wrote when filling out a form for a weight loss medication trial. She is so silly. After the doctor read her statement he came out into the waiting room and said, who was the crack pot that wrote 1000 lbs for amount of weight loss. She exclaimed to him that she truly had lost 1000 pounds over the years because of her yo-yo dieting. She would lose 100 then gain it back over and over again. She has calculated that the sum total is 1000 lbs. All I c... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 12:33:56 EST Superwoman Just call me Superwoman when I am in the water at least. Being morbidly obese there is not much exercise that I can do but when I am in the water I turn into Superwoman. I can only walk short distances and stand for short periods of time. I started going back to water therapy/ exercise in 2009. I really get a work out in the pool. I can do leg lifts, jumping jacks, lunges, running in place and much more in the water. One Physical Therapist told me that everyone that does water therapy/ e... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:50:01 EST The Magic Number Is ______ . On the inside of the door to my apartment I have a sign that says, " The Magic Number Is ________." At my current weight in the small rural town that I live in, Doctors can not do diagnostic tests on me such as some x-rays, CT scan, MRI, Chemical or physical stress test, etc. I have told my Dr. that in an emergent situation they could not perform needed test on me and I am going to die. My thought is what can they do for me I am too large. They can not accommodate a person my size. I wou... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:24:29 EST Celebrate Every Victory When I started my weight loss journey, I could not care for my own personal hygiene. I could wash my face and the upper portion of my chest. I decided to celebrate every victory. I was excited to do small things that many take for granted. I created my on fan club and every little victory I had I texted my friends and family to inform them of the milestone I had reached in my weight loss journey. For instance, I had a car that was given to me. Because I was too large to fit behind the whee... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:07:07 EST Help! I'm Fat and I Can't Get Thin <em>46</em> I thought I could do it basically on my own. I know what to do, I said. I just have to do it. Well I am struggling to get back on target. I called my insurance carrier for some information and found out that I could get nutritional counseling if I am a diabetic. So, I inquired further and called local hospitals diabetic educational center for direction. The Registered Dietician called me back and I told her a little about myself. She gave me some encouraging words and told... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:32:34 EST The Me I Never Wanted To Be. This was written in December 2008 but I have only shared it with a couple of people. It is time for someone to read this story. <BR> <BR> I remember when I was in high school, my friends and I were sitting outside on a bench and an extremely large tall man walked past us. We were silent as our eyes followed him into the building. I broke the silence by stating, "If I get that big I will kill myself." <BR> <BR> I also remember as a Registered Nurse, I once cared for a client who was approxi... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:35:08 EST