MOMSUE1's SparkPeople Blog MOMSUE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Missing Everyone!!! I am off work today so I wanted to let everyone know I appreciate the notes and goodies you have sent me. I have missed being here talking with everyone so very much. I do try to keep up with everyone on my regular email page since it notifies me when you make a post on my page or give me a goodie. I am still watching my food intake and getting exercise by walking. I haven't been able to do all other exercises I was doing but have not gained any weight or lost anymore either. I am happy that... Wed, 30 May 2012 09:17:43 EST Knowledge Is Power! It has been a lot of hard work I must say but the rewards are incredible!! I have reached my second goal I had set since returning to Spark. I have lost another 2 pounds and now weigh 178.50 pounds!! I feel so wonderful about this I could jump up and down. In fact after weighing yesterday I did! The other benefits are: I am feeling so much better both in health and in mind. My self esteem is returning, I think since I haven't had any for so long, my blood pressure is much better, my blood sug... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 08:00:03 EST Always Remember Always remember you are worthwhile! Always remember you deserve to be happy. Always remember you can do whatever you set your mind to do! Always remember you are loved! Always remember life is what you make of it. Always remember no one can stop you from being healthy but you! Always remember you are reaching out to be healthier for you!! Always remember your goals are your special prize to you!!! Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:40:18 EST Things I Have To Be Grateful For!!! For the last two days I have been so busy I was not able to Spark. I was able to write down my nutrition, exercise and blood sugars. I have been working every day. When I got home I had two birthday celebrations to attend. I haven't been home long enough to do anything. I wanted to keep my streaks going but could not. I will just start over again and not let it bother me. I have to be grateful that I was able to do what I have done. Then go on and take one day at a time to get back on track w... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 13:22:43 EST It is amazing how differently I feel since returning to Spark this time!! I think I finally got it!! I suppose it is like any other addiction and process you go through to get clean and sober!! On average someone attempting to get clean an sober tries about 8-10 times before the light bulb moment that they are the ones doing this to themselves!! I believe I have had my light bulb moment here at Spark!! Everything makes so much more sense down to how the program to loose weight is designed! I realize why things are set up to help and never ridicule. To suggest rathe... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 15:50:38 EST Completed my first goal! I have been working so hard on everything that I wanted to tell everyone that I am at 189 pounds for the second time in 30 years. I am so excited at reaching this goal and am truly motivated to set my second goal of 170 pounds. This I know I have not reached in over 30 years. I will keep eating right, walking and exercising. I can see some muscle tone coming out. My arms are also getting smaller. I am wearing clothes from the back of my closet since all the others are falling off me. I am enj... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 19:40:32 EST How This Day Began! I woke at 5:30 am today, made coffee and went to my computer to Spark. It was so quite I lost myself in what I was doing here when the phone rang at 6:30. It was my youngest son Joseph calling while on his way to work. He was wishing me a Happy Birthday. That was just the beginning. The grandchildren got up earlier than usual, I could not understand why, and began their morning before school routine. The next think I know, the three of them come walking into my computer room with presents in ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:14:39 EST 5 More Pounds To My First Weight Loss Goal!!!! I set my first goal here at SP to reach 180 pounds. Since returning to the sight I have lost from 221 pounds to 204. That is only 5 more pounds until I reach that goal. I am motivated to do this so I can set another. I like setting more that one goal as I go along. This makes me feel like I have accomplished more which makes my self esteem higher. I returned here after a doctor check up that showed my A1C as 8.9. OMG it has never been that high since finding out I was diabetic. All my other b... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 07:22:46 EST Tennessee Time Again!!! I have been back since April of this year after I let my diet go haywire. I have been working hard at losing the weight I have put back on!! I have let my A1C go up 1 point and many of my other levels are off too!! Taking Calcium, Vitamin D, Foliate, Chromium to name a few since they are bad now too!! I have no one to blame but me. I have put back on 20 pounds and so far I have lost 5. Well the whole point of this blog is to say by again for a little while since I am driving my X-mother-in-la... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 16:42:27 EST Still Trying To Get Back, But~~~~ I have finally gotten back to Sparking again and it seems it has taken forever. Trying to find the time again has been hard. Having the grandchildren everyday and the holidays here seem to have taken up most of my time. I am trying very hard to get rid of that but in more ways that one! HAHAHA!! I thank you all for the post on my page and the mail you have sent. I have read them and will answer you when I can. I still want to stay in contact with the friends I have made here as much as ever. ... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 15:49:29 EST Back Home In Sunny Florida!!!! Hi Everyone! Just a short note to let you all know I am back home again. Three months away sure was a long time. I missed my family here so much and especially the three little ones!! Tennessee was wonderful though. I went to the Smokies, Dollywood, and White Water Rafting!! The rafting thing I always wanted to do and it lived up to my expectations for sure. The water though was a cool 54 degrees! I was having so much fun that it didn't even bother me. I also got to see about 3/4 of my high ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:33:20 EST I Am Not Moving To Tennessee!! I seem to have confused some of you with my last blog. I am not moving to Tennessee; I will just be there for several months. I am going back to close out my mother's estate. This will be a trying time for me. This is why I will continue to stay in touch as much as I possibably can. I will return home to my family and friends in Florida as soon as I possibably can. I am also going to enjoy visiting with family and old high school friends in Tennessee while I am there. So this trip is for both... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 10:37:22 EST Off To The Mountains!!! I just wanted to tell everyone how much I have enjoyed Sparking with all of you!! Your support and help you gave me has been incredible. I am making this sound like a forever goodbye but that is not my intentions. I leave in two days for Tennessee and have so much to do that I won't be back on until I get settled there and can get to the library. I promise I will check in weekly with all of you and I am already having withdrawals from not Sparking!! It has been crazy with my eye and then the ... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 17:38:29 EST Leaving For Tennessee!! I have not been on Spark People for the last week due to being very ill with another acute bronchial infection!! The only good part of that illness was I lost another 2 pounds! I have missed everyone and Spark very much!! I even dreamed I was online Sparking!! So I guess I was Sparking after all!! Hahahaha!! I am much better today and so I found my way to the computer as soon as I got out of church!! <BR> <BR> I will be Sparking off and on this week, but by the end of the week I am leaving ... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 13:24:34 EST Read More Spark Blogs!! Today is not so nice outside and it might get hard to get in my walk today! I have much I can do inside and I am sure the sun will be out later and these storm clouds will go away. The weather man said it would be like this today but clear up. I have been reading blogs of other members and they have boosted my enthusiasm to go forward with my goals. I have read many lately that tell their ambitions in story form and I love that! The encouragement for everyone here at Spark People is so incred... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:52:20 EST Weigh In And Measure For June!! Well it was that time again!! I was so anxious to get my results and fearful at the same time. It is always like that at my weigh in and measure day!! Well here goes my results. <BR> <BR> Weight- Lost 2.25 pounds <BR> Inches Lost~~~~~ <BR> Total of 7 inches in the bust, waist, abdomen, hips thighs and arms. <BR> <BR> All of my hard work in fitness is paying off!! I am also another 2.25 pounds closer to my goal weight!! My muscle is coming back from their three yeas of n... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 13:32:20 EST Partnerships To A Healthier New Lifestyle! God has given us a life full of possibilities, dreams and our health! In this life we can be whatever we set our minds to be! When obstacles get in our way we have friends here to help us overcome them and return on our path to a healthier lifestyle. The help us to hold onto this life by learning healthier eating and exercise habits. This enables us to achieve the necessary tools and wisdom to know the truth about the choices we make everyday! They help us with the strategy we need to reposit... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 13:28:24 EST Lesson Learned From Haiti Earquake Victim! I am writing today to talk about motivation!! Motivation for our goals can be found in so many situations. Recently I had a fall and while at the hospital, feeling so sorry for myself, I met a woman who was there for the flu. We watched the shuttle Atlantis take off through the window of the ER, She had never seen anything like this and was so excited even though she was so sick. I knew she was from Haiti but did not know how long she was in the US. I later found out she came here after goin... Mon, 24 May 2010 12:42:15 EST Never Leaving Spark People!! I seem to have confused everyone with my last blog. There is no way I am leaving Spark People!! I just wanted everyone to know I had changed my internet carrier. I need Spark People and my friends here as much as ever!! I want to continue to add to my friends and support system in this journey I have undertaken to a healthier lifestyle. I would be soooooo lost with all of you!! Sorry for the confusion!! Sat, 22 May 2010 13:43:04 EST New Email Address I am asking all my friends and anyone who would like to know to make a note of my new email address!! I would also like to thank all for the Spark Goodies given me, congratulations on fitness minutes and Spark Points. Switching to a new email involves so much work! I also want you to know I am doing great and my grandson Tyler graduates from high school tonight!! I am so proud of this young man!! Fri, 21 May 2010 11:31:41 EST Words Of Encouragement, What A Great Healer They Are!! Wanted to say hello to all my wondeful friends here today!! I am sooooo much better today. All of your well wishes has worked!! I am returning to Curves today and do not anticipate any problems. I have found out that I don't bounce like I use too!! I am very lucky that I did not hurt anything. I went from a trying day on Friday to a wonderful day today!! I also want to thank all of you for your well wishes on my fitness and Spark Points. I still have not returned to walking yet!! Your enco... Mon, 17 May 2010 11:36:11 EST Was Friday the 13th.? I have some very good and some bad to talk about today. I want to start with the bad first so I can try to remain optimistic at the end of this blog. So, here we go!! I was just walking in my house yesterday and fell! As many of you know I am still recovering from a hip replacement surgery that shattered my left femur. I had such a hard recovery after obtaining MRSA from the hospital. I had to have 2 more surgeries to try to remove the infection and spent 20 of 30 days in the hospital. It too... Sat, 15 May 2010 12:36:52 EST Disappointed! But With Progress Noted!! Well, I went to my weigh in and measure yesterday. It was not all I had hoped it would be! I have lost another 3 pounds and 5 inches but thought it would be more. I suppose I have reached that awful plateau I have read about. Maybe I need to change my work outs to something different! I have added swimming to my workout since it has gotten so warm and I have a pool at home. My grandchildren add to the workout time in the pool as well. I am not going to let this get me down and will continue o... Wed, 12 May 2010 10:27:32 EST Weigh In And Measure Day!! Hey everyone, I haven't done a blog in about a week. So I thought I would check in. Thanks to everyone for giving me congrats on my spins lately, my fitness minutes and Spark points. I still have not gotten my laptop back so it is looking like I will have to save up to buy a new one. I have been keeping track of you wonderful friends I have made here and your progress continues as well. Congratulations to all of you and even those who backslide but don't give up!! Today is my weigh in and mea... Tue, 11 May 2010 11:50:38 EST Wow!!! I want to take this time to thank everyone for congratulating me on my milestones with Spark People. I can't believe I have come so far. This would not have come to pass had it not been for the help from all my friends here or the Spark Program. Still no computer. Thanks again to all and hope you all have a great day. Tue, 4 May 2010 09:50:48 EST You Never Miss What You Have Until It Is Gone!! I wanted to check in with everyone and say hello. No computer yet. It seems my media player disappeared when I switched over from McAfee to Norton. May soon I hope!! I am still using my childrens computers to check in daily but there isn't time to check mail or post like I use to do!! I am still okay but miss everyone immensely!! Still going to Curves and walking daily as well as adding in some additional exercises here at home. It is the keeping busy part that seems to be bothering me the... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:11:40 EST Have A Great Day!! Thanks to everyone for your congratulations to me for my fitness and Spark points. I continue to work hard and as committed as ever to continue my journey. Thanks again to all of you. As you may have guessed by now I have no computer back yet!! Everyone have a great day!!! <em>304</em> Sun, 25 Apr 2010 14:21:38 EST Thanks To Everyone! Hello Everyone!!! Found out today I should have my computer back by the weekend. I am thrilled. I never thought how much I would miss interacting with everyone here. Staying motivated is much harder without all that Spark Friends and articles, When I would feel like cheating or starting to lose motivation you all were always there for me. I have squeaked by without you and hope soon I am back full time. The ability to jump online anytime is something I do not want to lose again. I miss you ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 11:42:15 EST Greetings to All!! Hi Everyone!! <BR> <BR> Just a short note to let you know I am still doing great. Haven't had much computer time. Thanks to all who have congratulated me on my minutes for fitness and Spark Points. I will try to get to my mail box soon. So don't stop sending mail. I miss you all and have a great day. Congratulations to all who have continued to Spark and get minutes as well as points. Keep up the great work. Back soon I hope. <BR> <BR> Sue Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:21:18 EST Thanks To All My Spark Friends!! Hi everyone!! I woke up this morning with my back out. I am not sure what I did in my sleep. I will take it rather easy today and hope it will be better tomorrow! Other than that things are good. Did my Sparking this morning on my sons computer. I am adjusting well to the changes I have made to slow down on trying to get to my goals to quickly. I still have a very positive mental attitude. Thanks to all of you I have kept that attitude!! Everyone have a great day and I will check in ag... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 11:08:45 EST Hello To Everyone!! I am at my son's home borrowing his computer to Spark!! I miss it so much expecially in the evenings. I have been staying on track except for being able to do more mailing. Maybe my computer will be ready soon!! Everyone have a great day and "Spread The Spark"!!!! Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:56:36 EST No Computer Yet!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just a small blog to let you know I am still doing great. I checked on computer and it should be ready soon. Still working out and watching what I eat. Although I am missing my computer time which has been cut down significantly!! Thanks for all the alknowledgements on my fitness and Spark minutes. I am making time to get all that in and posting to the appropriate sections. Got to keep those streaks going!! Hope everyone has a great day!! <BR> <BR> Sue <BR> <em>25... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:26:32 EST Hello!! Got my hands on a computer and wanted to check in and say hello!! Doing great and have posted some today!! Don't want to miss anyone with my hello!! Miss you all and hope to be back online soon! Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:05:22 EST Thanks To Everyone!!!1 I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent congratulations and Spark Goodies to me for fitness minutes, Spark Points. and my recent weight loss. I have limitted time on the computer so it is much quicker to do this here. You all have been so supportive and good friends since my joining Spark People!! I hope to have my laptop back soon!! Thanks again to all of you who were so gracious to congratulate me!!! <em>304</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <em>224</em> <em>223</em> <em>25... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 10:45:38 EST Having Computer Problems!! I am having computer problems and will be gone several days while I get it fixed. Will try to get on to do Spark Points I have to get done. If I can get my son-in-law to let me borrow his computer for that!! I will be back as soon as possible!! See you soon!!! Wed, 7 Apr 2010 19:15:10 EST Getting Back To My Goals!! I sat thinking of what to write about this morning. I was having trouble today coming up with a topic. I can normally think instantly of what I am feeling about my goals to lose weight and keep it off! The last few days have been very different. Seems like I am losing motivation no matter how hard I try!! I have done all the logging, answering mail, reading motivational articles, tracking and trying to motivate others. I finally realized that I am doing too much. I have been spending to m... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:36:25 EST Getting A New Committment!! Today is Wednesday the middle of the work week. Since I no longer work outside the home I still consider it mid week. When I first stop working I thought I would love being at home every day doing all the things I had dreamed of doing. Well let me tell you how quick that can go away. In about two weeks I was going absolutely crazy being at home. I missed the daily contact with people, their challenges, as well as mine to do my job the best I could, their conversation, and just the everyday co... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:37:48 EST Choices, It Is Up To Us!! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My motivation today came from church! Of all things for the minister to stress on was choices for fitness and nutrition!! The topic was what I needed to hear. He told that God wanted the best for all of us and that when we make a bad choice it is our fault. We have the option and can blame no one but us for that wrong choice. If we follow what God has in store for us instead of the wrong choice ,if we choose to make it ,can be better served if we stop and think abou... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 14:38:44 EST How I Found A Way To Think Positive!! My way of staying positive and keeping on track with my goals has been a goal in itself!! I was at first negative in attitude everyday!! I would stay in my room not wanting any contact with anyone. I was so sick after the surgery and could not get better. Finally my grandchildren made me open my eyes and look at myself. I had to take myself into account. I made a list of pros and cons in my life. When I was done the good did out way the bad. I was giving up on so many things I had to fight an... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:00:32 EST What A Difference A Day Can Make!!! Yesterday I awoke feeling like I was in a deep fog, I could not get moving and was late getting to Curves. I was having problems breathing but at this time of year with all the pollen flying around in Florida it was not unusual. We were also under tornado warnings that were not over until midnight. The weather was absolutely horrible. I thought maybe my allergy meds were not working yet but still felt in that fog. I went to workout at Curves and was almost through with my workout when it happ... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 17:27:05 EST No Man Is An Island Entire To Himself!! My fifth grade teacher was always after me to remember this poem. I cannot remember the entire poem now and need to look it up again. I do remember that it was about friendships and how man cannot live without them and there help!! I have tried to do without friendships in my life and depression set in really bad. Now with the help of those friends I know realize that I need them in my life even if it is to have conversations with them. They help pull you back to reality of many things. Love,... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 13:42:21 EST Looking For Motivation To Follow Our Goals!! I had the good fortune of spending the day with my 15 year old grand- daughter. I picked her up at about 10:30 this morning to take her to look for a non-profit agency to do volunteer work. She has made up her mind that she wants to go to college to be a psychologist. She is doing the volunteer work to add to her resume' for a scholarship and college!! We drove around to places that I thought she might like to do her volunteering. Finally we went to the local food bank for her to request to v... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:28:44 EST Using The Right Tools For The Job Since I began the SparkPeople Program over with the assistance of having the Spark book to help me along the way I have learn many more tools to help me in my endeavor to lose weight and keep it off!! By using these tools I am understanding why I used food to cover up feeling and build walls around myself for protection. These tools help me make the correct decisions on food choice and exercise. Would you try to repair your car without the right tools, would you mow your yard with the right t... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 15:16:55 EST I Am Back From Tennessee Vacation Well I am back from my vacation. I was so concerned with not staying on track with diet and exercise before I left and with good reason. It was an exercise in futility for me. I did really well the first few days and then we went to this little restaurant in Rock Island, Tennessee. They have the most incredible peach cobbler on earth. I did not leave there without having a small dish of it. You know when I put the first bite in my mouth it did not taste as I remembered. I remembered it's swee... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:49:51 EST Running All Week I have been trying to get all the things done before leaving for Tennessee on Saturday. I have had things to do away from home all week. I took two cars for tires and oil changes. Walked all over old down town Ft.Pierce while waiting the first day of 4 hours and the second day for 3 hours. It gave me the opportunity to reflect on my goals as I walked and helped me know that I want to lose weight more than I ever have in my life. I am committed to this journey of weight lose and combat each ob... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:46:28 EST Going On Vacation Next week I am going to Tennessee on vacation with my oldest son!! I am concerned with staying on my diet and exercise program while gone from home. Traveling on the road trip will be a challenge I know and I am not sure how to handle this. Even when I get there it will be very hard. My family are all big eaters and my food has not been on their menu for maybe forever. My sister has never had a weight problem and can eat like a man. My brother is much the same only the last few years he has ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:43:40 EST Finally Out Of That Old Chair!!!!!! Well here I am on my weigh-in and measure day at Curves. YAHOOOOOOO! I am so thankful for all the help from Spark People and all I have communicated with since beginning the Spark Program. <BR> My weight loss for the month has been 20 pounds!! I have lost in measurements a total of 12.75 inches, 12.77 fat pounds and decreased my BMI by 3 points!!! <BR> My motivation level has increased very much by using Spark Pages and articles. My stress level has gone way down and I have been taken off s... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:03:48 EST Weigh In and Measure on Feb.10th. <em>244</em> <BR> I go to Curves and follow Spark Diet. Next Tuesday I have weigh in and measure for inches lost too. I am so excited because I know I have lost 15+ pounds. With the help and motivation from Spark Pages and testimonials how can I not have a positve attitude. For the first time in years I am enjoying exercise. I use to play softball 6 nights per week. Health problems stopped that and I put on way to much weight. The sicker I got the more weight I would gain. Now I am on th... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 18:52:39 EST Make Exercise Fun <em>224</em> <BR> Make exercise fun and you will enjoy it all the more. Take a friend on a walk to add a little competition to the exercise. Play games like wii bowling with a friend and you will laugh so much you will cry. Spice up that trip to the gym by doing it with a friend. They also become your partner in losing weight or toning up. It is always easier doing things when you make them fun. You are eager to get started right away every day!!! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 21:49:17 EST Still Working Hard <em>198</em> <BR> Still working hard at diet and exercise. Attend Curves three times per week and have done very well with staying on diet. Been two weeks and have lost 10 lbs. It is so important to have people to share your goals and motivate you. Struggling to get health back and off all this medication. Off one blood pressure med so far. YahOOOOOOO! Welcome all to join me in this quest of a healthier lifestyle!!!!! Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:52:01 EST