MJ-SHE-BEAST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJ%2DSHE%2DBEAST MJ-SHE-BEAST'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/ BAD BACK? EXERCISES TO TRY AND THE ONES TO AVOID! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769418 I adore the internet! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I was planning out my exercise routine for the next two weeks, getting ready for the San Antonio Spark team's "Streaking into Fall" challenge. While my back is "some" improved due to the nearly 40 pounds I've lost, it is and will remain a "fragile back", due to spinal stenosis, lumbar degeneration, neural foraminal narrowing, etc. So I researched, researched, and researched some more. So much good information out there if you take the time to w... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:23:50 EST Something to make you grin and laugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766276 This has almost nothing at all to do with weight loss, but it does have something to do with health. Why? Because this will make you laugh and laughter is healthy, and it uses up calories. <BR> <BR> My husband Charles does a pretty decent Steve Urkel. If you don't know who Steve Urkel is, you are either very, very young, or very, very reclusive and television phobic. 'Nuff said about that. <BR> <BR> He was challenged to do the ALS ice bucket challenge and to make a donation. We sent a ch... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:05:53 EST 8 Days Post Op Weight Loss Surgery and *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753615 As I sit sipping 4 ounces of tomato soup for breakfast (I moved from clear liquids to creamy liquids yesterday), thinking on how quickly the last 8 days have gone by. Despite the monotony of 7 days of clear liquids, this has not been an unpleasant experience at all. <BR> <BR> I was at the hospital by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, the 28th of July. Our morning started out kind of funny. The ladies in registration were double, triple, quadruple checking every single thing on every single paper. I was ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:21:07 EST Less than two weeks from today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740061 I will be having vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery. For those who don't know, this means my stomach will be reduced by about 80%. I elected to have this procedure rather than the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for a number of reasons, most prominently because I don't want to have a lot of re-routing of my intestines, making it much less invasive and easier to heal from. There isn't so much of that awful "dumping" syndrome you hear of with bypass, either. What differentiates a gastric sleeve pr... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:07:47 EST Surgery Coming! Thank You, Save the She Beast Campaign! PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723395 Now that all of the fund raising is done, I can post more openly about it without violating any Spark People terms of use. My daughter started the Save The She Beast campaign on facebook <link>https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheSheB<BR>east </link> to raise money for me to have bariatric surgery when our insurance refused, despite letters of medical necessity from several of my doctors. Feel free to like the page, no one is asking for funds, it is now just a page to keep up with me on my j... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:24:51 EST A picture worth a thousand words and few of them were good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698363 I'm realistic. I know I'm a big'un. I also know I am amazing, smart, beautiful, loved, caring, generous, loving and a whole lot more. What I didn't know is just how bad I looked when not really posing and just sitting around being silly with my 4 year-old grandson. He picked up my phone and said, "Smile, Grandma!" so I made a kind of silly face at him. I wasn't cleaned up. Hadn't even brushed my hair. I didn't have a bra on. No make up. Didn't angle my head to hide the super-sized chin. Di... Mon, 19 May 2014 11:15:37 EST A Fun Video for EVERYONE with Body Image Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678949 May we all have this much humor, this much stamina, and this much self-esteem and joy for life. May we all be so non-conscious of our bulging bellies and jiggly arms and thighs that we never forget to get out and have some healthy fun. I could watch him all day long. Makes me want to join in with him! <BR> Tell the truth, what did you notice the most after the first 60 seconds...his big 'ol belly or how much fun he was having and how much fun he was bringing those around him? <BR> <BR> Fu... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:16:17 EST Just a Little Easter Cuteness *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677205 I have about eighty or more pictures from yesterday, but am only posting a few I thought you might like to see. It was a day of family, traditions, fun, and love - aren't those some of the most important reasons we are on this journey? Here's wishing you and yours many years of love, health, fun, family, and memories. May we all attain health and wellness on this journey that we never miss a moment of living life fully and enjoying all this world has in store for us. <BR> Never give up. Ne... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:39:06 EST Save the She Beast Update and Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673667 I haven't written a blog in over 7 weeks. I rarely go this long without touching base about my journey and what's going on with me. It's about time for a Save the She Beast campaign update, too. <BR> <BR> For those of you who haven't been following the story, I have been turned down a number of times by my insurance carrier for gastric sleeve surgery, despite now having submitted 4 letters of medical necessity from 4 different doctors. I do not have $15,000 for the surgery. My knees and... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:44:32 EST For anyone who has ever felt shame about their size... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673564 I haven't blogged in nearly two months. I got a little burned with a blog I wrote about the fundraising campaign my daughter launched to fund my future gastric sleeve surgery. Someone felt it was inappropriate for me to post about it and reported me to the authorities. I think I am over it, now. I will post a new update on things in my life later on, I promise (lots has happened!). <BR> <BR> For now, I wanted to share this little cartoon that really hit a cord in me. I've always said NO ON... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EST Writing a Book, Small TV appearance, Big Hopes. *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632251 The fundraising campaign my daughter set up to help finance my bariatric surgery is well underway. She's so far started a facebook page, a page on a fundraising site, organized a Premier Jewelry party at her home run by GOLDENDOMER00 (Melissa) who donated all of her profits from that event to the campaign. Her generosity made us $500 closer to our goal! Carly has even garnered us a small spot in the audience with a shout out about our campaign on the local CBS morning show, Great Day SA for ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:09:21 EST Links to the Associated Press Article & Video of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624044 Matt Perrone of the Associated Press did a print article about how hard it is for obese people with health insurance to get covered and approved for bariatric surgery. I was featured in both his written article and in the video report done by Cindy Sharp, also of the Associated Press. <BR> <BR> I was pretty shocked at the ugly comments the video received on youtube.com, even though the report mentioned how active I had been and how I had watched my nutrition intake. One comment even suggest... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:16:14 EST Put on Notice by SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613757 So, it seems my posts about the fundraiser set up by my daughter offended someone and broke SparkPeople rules. <BR> <BR> That was never the intent. If you know me, I never seek to offend, break rules, or cause discord. I'm a Spark Team Leader. I'm a motivator, and generally a pretty gosh darn good person, if I do say so myself. I was raised in a world where, should someone take offense or see a wrong that needs righting, that person should approach the offending party in a kind and friendly... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:04:23 EST Articles Are Being Written About...ME! (links and pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610731 If you read my last blog, you know that I was refused yet again for the bariatric surgery my doctors have all agreed is pretty darn necessary in order to get the weight off of my damaged joints and bones, which will not bear the weight much longer, as well as improve my other health conditions and keep me on this Earth a while longer. Not to mention I will be able to move and feel better! Our insurance company just will not pay for any type of weight loss surgery. You will also know that my... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:25:31 EST My Daughter's Campaign to Save My Life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605490 My youngest daughter is a Political Science/Public Administration double major. She announced to me a few days ago that I am her project for her Fundraising for Nonprofits class this semester. She has named it the Save the She Beast Project. I've never asked anyone for money for myself before, but she insists this is what she is doing. I'm overwhelmed, a bit uncomfortable, a little embarrassed even, but also very grateful. I'm so touched by the depths of my daughter's love for me. <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:37:10 EST Forgiving Myself and Making a Promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598104 Would you neglect/abuse/mistreat your child? Would you allow your child to sit in bed watching movies while stuffing her face with chocolate covered cherries, kettle corn popcorn, and strawberry Twizzlers for hours on end? Would you allow your child to sit for hours in front of the tv, computer, video game console - never once making her get up and move around, stretch, go outside and get some fresh air? After all, she is doing her chores and making decent grades, so let her do what she wants... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:50:18 EST 4 years of my life with Sparkpeople - wasted? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582002 1-11-10 - Joined sparkpeople <BR> 12-10-10 Became a leader of the San Antonio Spark Team <BR> <BR> I've been doing this for 4 years. Tracking food, learning to exercise, falling, failing, getting back up. Making friends, real friends in real life made by creating local meet ups and staying in touch. Watching a couple folks hit their goals or near goals. Seeing 100 pound losses. Seeing amazing strides. Completing my very own half marathon (walking) in January of 2013. Having success upon suc... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:00:06 EST DESIGN challenge - Armani vs Chanel -Are we models, now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538421 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1731880467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The DESIGN challenge has started! What is the DESIGN challenge? It was the brainstorm of my fellow leader on the San Antonio Spark team, POOKASLUAGH. DESIGN stands for Daily Exercise, Sparking, Intake, Goals, and Nutrition. We've had a great sign up and I'm hopeful that most of the participants will stick it out for the 8 weeks of the challenge. <BR> <BR> We have two teams. Team Chanel is headed up by POOKASLUA... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:22:45 EST Unexpected Motivation - Just When I Needed It Most! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534884 "Congratulations! You are today's Featured Motivator! SparkPeople members selected your Spark Page as being motivational, and therefore you have the "SparkPeople Motivator" icon on your Page." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1767794193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what I found in my email today, along with a number of notifications that people I know and many I don't know where commenting on my page and sending me goodies. <BR> <BR> I'm a motivator - at least I always ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:20:10 EST Short Update on my chemo and new grandbaby pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523016 I'm back. Still weak but determined to get stronger as my immune system rebuilds itself. <BR> My hair loss, which was a great big vanity issue for me, was minimal compared to what it could have been. I lost areas of hair, but never went anywhere near bald. My hair is very short now, but the bald areas are easy to spot even though there is growth there. It's like having a shag rug with astro turf interspersed throughout...not terribly attractive, I know, but again, so relieved it wasn't worse... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:23:32 EST Can I Make Bald Look Good? - or - Hat Shopping Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482976 Many of you know the health issues I've faced over the years. I've had a heart attack and stents. I have COPD from foolishly smoking, though I did quit almost 13 years ago. I have back degeneration and spinal nerve damage along with fairly severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and SLE (Lupus). I am also more than 100 pounds overweight. I weigh exactly double what I want to weigh. This didn't stop me from training for a year and walking 13.1 miles in January, even if I w... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:29:27 EST My Daughter's Maternity Shoot - *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442495 My sister-in-law is a pretty fair photographer. I have a good eye, having been my father's assistant on many shoots during his long career as both a military and professional photographer. I can tell you what makes a photo pop and pose photos well, but don't have the photographic talent nor professional camera of my sister-in-law so I asked her to take maternity pictures of my youngest daughter and family and offered to assist her. My Carly is the mother of my youngest grandson, David. Those... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:30:39 EST The Bare Naked She Beast Truth - My 3 week Soul Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441052 I took about 3 weeks away from Sparking. It wasn't a vacation, it was a step back to reevaluate my lack of progress and my dedication. I've been so down about the great amount of weight I have gained over the last 4 months. 3 weeks ago I was at my all time heaviest weight...EVER. During this time I learned several things, most of them productive. I also learned some not so pretty and kind of petty things about myself. They are, in no particular order: <BR> <BR> 1. I need sparkpeople.com. I ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:28:36 EST She Beast Sabbatical - A much needed break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411603 Tuesday I had the angiogram and angioplasty to clear some blockage. They had to go through the artery in my groin. I'm not bouncing back as fast as I thought I would, but I'm doing okay. Having anything go wrong with your heart or coronary arteries is always kind of unsettling. I went through a period after my heart attack three years ago this month (almost to the very day of my procedure) where I was afraid to move much, afraid of every twitch in my arm, shoulder, or chest. I just knew I was... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 14:28:49 EST She Beast Confession Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401334 I roar a lot. <BR> I jump around and make a lot of noise. <BR> I appear fierce at times. <BR> I love deeply and fight hard for those I love. <BR> I'm a warrior - always have been. If I believe in something or someone, I give my all. <BR> That's why it is so hard for me to keep fighting this battle for a healthier lifestyle and find myself flailing and failing. I have to confess that I feel jealousy for those of you whose journeys have been so much more successful than mine. I rejoice with y... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:11:59 EST Coming Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396456 I've had several weeks of feeling down, tired, and unmotivated. I've worked at it here and there, trying to find my drive and get my "spark" back...but it's so dim right now. I knew I wasn't doing right by the San Antonio team as a leader. I was so fortunate to have HEALTHYHABITGAL and JELAWTON3 step up to the plate and become a part of the leadership team. I roused myself enough to rally, rant, and beg local members to pledge more fitness minutes for June to raise us back up on the Spark Ame... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:17:45 EST Learning to Health Up Fatty Patty Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372862 Less meat and more healthy whole foods is what we are going for in my house. We are NOT cutting out meat, just eating a lot less of it and adding in more fiber, fruits, and veggies. Since we don't want to give up the taste of foods we love, this can be a bit of a stretch. Had a pretty successful dinner experiment tonight, though! <BR> <BR> Tonight's recipe was called Mascarpone Pasta with Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach, which has 637 calories per serving, 3 grams fiber, and 28 grams of fat.... Thu, 30 May 2013 18:27:59 EST The Embroidery Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367803 Yes, sewing is now part of my exercise routine. My daughter is giving birth to her second baby in early October. Each of my daughters have given me a grandson, this will be my first granddaughter! I make each child a story blanket based on the animal or mythical creature they will be nicknamed for. We have done this among my siblings since we first started having children and grandchildren. We have Donny Duck, Carly Bear, Kimmy Cat, Robby Dog, Joli Jaguar, Ian Alligator, Riley Roo, and David ... Sat, 25 May 2013 18:31:51 EST Sounding off about Abercrombie & Fitch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352399 “I don’t want our core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing our clothing.” <BR> <BR> “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he told the site. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying ... Fri, 10 May 2013 17:25:10 EST 5 Stone Cold She Beast Truths Some May Not Want to Hear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336766 1. If you "wait on the weight" to start living, you lose a helluva lot of your life and miss a helluva lot of great experiences you will never get back. Don't avoid those reunions and get togethers because of your size. You cheat yourself and you cheat others out of the glory of YOU. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2035279364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. If you can't list 10 positives about yourself then you: <BR> Have way too few redeeming qualities and need to w... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:51:05 EST Excuses are like...well...you know..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330900 Excuses are like ...well...you know. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1936156169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Armpits, yeah...that's what I meant. Excuses are like armpits; everyone has them and generally, unless you pretty them up, they all stink. <BR> <BR> I have no excuse for not being further along in my journey. I have reasons for some of the setbacks, but no excuses. I choose not to allow excuses in my journey. Why? Because it would be SO EASY to just say to someone... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:18:23 EST She Beast Proud: Wedding Pictures & News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613208903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather couldn't have been lovelier, warm with a cooling, soft breeze from the lake behind the gazebo. The bride couldn't have been more radiant, nor the groom more handsome (well, unless he had cut his hair and shaved, but I'm his mama and I can say that). The bride giggled from nervousness. The ceremony was performed by my brother. The opening prayer was the Mitakuye Oyasin, a Lakota prayer for all our relati... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:38:41 EST Wedding News, Torn Hamstring & Calf, DDP Yoga, a Pic & Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317496 My only son gets married in 4 days on Saturday, April 13th. Not only am I the mother of the groom, my duties have included catering nearly the whole shebang for approximately 175 guests, helping make the invitations which were all individually handmade, helping make all of the bouquets, making the bird seed favors, candy favors, scripting the wedding ceremony from start to finish, having the programs printed, writing something for me to read at the wedding per the bride's request, calming the... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:46:47 EST My Apologies as a Team Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297443 I feel it very necessary to send out a public apology to my San Antonio Spark team. I've been very remiss for a while as one of your leaders...as the senior leader in terms of how long I've held the role. <BR> <BR> My son is getting married 3 weeks from today. As the mother of the groom, this is not normally a terribly hectic and huge responsibility. In my case, being a surrogate mother to the bride to be, it has fallen to me for months now to not only be a big part of the planning, financi... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 17:32:22 EST She Beast Victory! 10% Goal Hit! *Pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287717 Hello, My name is MaryJane and I am a 3 year Sparkaholic. I'm not a super successful Sparkaholic, but I am a very consistent one! It is this consistency that makes today's victory possible. As I have said over and over, the She Beast never gives up, and never gives in. <BR> <BR> Many of my obstacles over the last three years have been health-related and out of my control, such as a very stubborn thyroid that just wasn't functioning correctly. We finally got the dosage right for that proble... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:32:20 EST A Pretty Deep Look Inside of the She Beast (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269857 As a leader of the San Antonio Spark Team for more than 2 years now, I have witnessed, shared, and been a part of some pretty amazing experiences. I've gathered members of the team to zip line and tower climb, facing my own fear of heights to prove to folks of nearly all sizes that we don't have to wait on the weight to start really living and having adventures. I've thrown a party in the park where we played tug of war and physical Simon says and other active games. I was one of the original... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 14:08:17 EST She Beast Valentine, For All of You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250757 Today, and all days, please remember to spread love, joy, and kindness wherever you go and not just to the happy, approachable folks. The ones who you think of as grumpy, surly, and unkind are probably manifesting a lack of love and joy in their lives. Make it a point to smile at those unsmiling folks. You might make all the difference in the world with just a smile or kind word. You never know! I wish you all much love, exhilarating joy, and kindness all of your days. As always, I love you a... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:22:22 EST She Beast Indignation: Morbidly Obese is a crap weasel term! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241715 mor·bid [mawr-bid] <BR> adjective <BR> 1. suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.: a morbid interest in death. <BR> 2. affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease. <BR> 3. pertaining to diseased parts: morbid anatomy. <BR> 4. gruesome; grisly. <BR> <BR> I've been fixated on this term for a day or two. Medically speaking, the term for my weight condition morbid obesity. I truly detest that term. Not just because it m... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:30:46 EST She Beast Fist Pump: Monica Update - Tragic Triathlete Triumph! *pics & video* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224645 If you haven't been following Monica's story, here's some quick background, as well as three blog links to her tragic, yet so inspiring, story. I wrote a blog in November of 2011, after Monica completed her first IronMan Triathlon, comparing her struggles and hard work to the obstacles many of us here at SparkPeople have to overcome in our journey to health. She was so gracious in allowing us a glimpse into her thoughts as she achieved this amazing milestone. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 17:18:46 EST She Beast Success: Fat & Unfit, But a Half Marathoner! *PICS* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206649 It didn't sink in until yesterday, nearly 24 hours after the event. We did it. We really did. What started as an idea to get a lot of unfit, overweight, unhealthy folks to reach way outside their comfort zones and train for a year to walk an unsanctioned, unsponsored, "just for us" half marathon became a reality on Saturday, January 12th. <BR> <BR> The cars started pulling into the parking lot at Lady Bird Johnson Park at 7:30. By 7:45 the small lot was full and cars were starting to park a... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:25:39 EST She Beast Reflects - Year of Half Sparkathon Training *50 pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195074 It seems so long ago, but not so long ago, if you understand that concept. The San Antonio Spark Leaders sat at a table at Chipotle Grill. Neil (POSITIVE-ONE), Lillie (THEMIGHTYLILLIE), TaMara (TAMARA6905), and yours truly were in attendance. It was late November or early December 2011. We had lunch and then got down to business. We wanted to come up with something to get the team involved with which would span a long time to build dedication and to give everyone, no matter their fitness lev... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:20:19 EST She Beast Emancipation: No Longer "Weighed" Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185698 Thanks to the oral steroids I am back on for lupus , as well as the series of steroidal injections I've been getting in my back for months (in between the other back procedures which included nerve ablation), I am now at my heaviest weight since joining Spark 3 years ago on January 10, 2010. It's not ALL to be blamed on health issues, though. I obviously didn't stick to the right path way too often, though this last year I've been pretty darn good about food and even better about exercise. Th... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:37:39 EST She Beast Fist Pump: News About My Tumor and Biopsy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172104 Well, I got some spectacular news today. I just *knew* something wonderful was about to happen! While some might see it as scary, worrisome, and bad news, I have to say I'm elated. I've been keeping to myself how very terrified I have been about the tumor on my spine. All my mind kept creeping back to was how was I going to take care of everybody, including my dad, if I had cancer and/or needed radiation treatments or chemotherapy. If you read my last blog two days ago, I was really strugglin... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:04:13 EST She Beast Sharing - Everyone Gets Sad Now and Then http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170126 For a number of weeks I have been dealing with mild depression. It's not the "norm" for me by any stretch, so I didn't really recognize it until the last few days. I've always been the "fake it until I make it" kind of person. You just keep on keeping on until things get better, you know? I'm of a generally positive nature; I believe in the law of attraction and that both positive and negatives are attracted to you via whether your thoughts are positive or negative. I work hard to keep negat... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:20:07 EST See Who I Really Am - The Silhouette of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158285 I went out to dinner with family last night to celebrate my youngest sister Gale's 50th birthday. Yes, YOUNGEST sister. My middle sister turns 51 next week. They are less than a year apart. I'm 52. We are all very close in age, aren't we? There was quite a crowd of us with our grown children and little grandchildren, my dad, and Gale's sister-in-law and her family. Someone thought it was quite humorous to gift my sis with a cane. Her sister-in-law's daughter, a young teenager, said quite inno... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:36:09 EST She Beast Smile: It's Nine Miles Wide! *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131485 I woke up with my thighs, calves, and even ribs feeling sore and hard worked. They feel like a badge of honor, though. It tells me I pushed and I triumphed. Yesterday's training walk for the Half Sparkathon on January 12th was incredibly emotional. I had decided about 2 miles in that I just wouldn't make it beyond the 3 mile mark. The tests they have done on my lumbar nerves have irritated and worsened them to the point that it gets excruciating at about each quarter mile and I have to stop a... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:50:19 EST She Beast Surprise: Sometimes you just don't know.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123849 Sometimes you just don't know when you have made an impression on someone. You don't realize something you say or do may have an impact. At the end of this blog I will share something I felt was very cool and humbling a friend wrote to me today. <BR> <BR> As those of you who read my blogs know, I've been pretty down since finding out I can't participate in the Dirty Girl Mud Run next month. My back is just too fragile to risk the potentially devastating injury that could occur should I slip ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:21:16 EST She Beast Sadness: My disappointment - plus an update on Monica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118091 For those of you following the story of my friend and IronMan triathlete superwoman Monica, I have the following pictures to share as well as a link to a news report which aired last night about her. Monica's severed spine was operated on, and she is struggling through rehab with the grit and determination that got her through the IronMan in Florida last year. She was struck by a truck on her bike while training for the IronMan to be held in a few weeks in Arizona. <BR> <BR> Monica's chance... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:33:59 EST She Beast Update on Monica, the IronWoman Hit by a Truck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114050 In case you missed my blog on the 18th about my friend Monica, the IronMan triathlete who was struck by a truck while training on her bike for her second IronMan, here is the link to that blog: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103749 </link> <BR> <BR> Monica had surgery last week to try to repair her severed spine. The surgery lasted over 8 hours and the doctors were cautiously optimistic because she wiggled her toes a little bit. They won'... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:48:54 EST She Beast Sadness: For Cyclists, Triathletes, and Non-Athletes. *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103749 A year ago I was honored to write a blog about my friend Monica Caban. I met her in 2003 when we worked together. She and I were both very short, less than five foot tall. We both had green eyes. That's where the physical similarities stopped. She was a slender, athletic beauty. She worked out hard and kept health as a priority in her life. Last November Monica completed her first Iron Man Triathlon. She graciously shared her notes with me for my blog, which showed the similarities between he... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:31:30 EST