MRSWHITEWOLF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MRSWHITEWOLF MRSWHITEWOLF'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/ July 12, 2014 - 56 pounds Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737398 Hello everyone! I am 56 pounds gone (57 by sparks because at one point I was 233). I have 69 more pounds. I hope to be 150 by September 25, but that is a pretty tall order. I am 176 right now. That would be 26 pounds. Realistically, would be somewhere in the 158-160. If I can make it to 150's, this would be really cool because that will be when I take my very first cruise with my husband, his mom, and his aunt. <BR> <BR> I am almost to the weight I had lost too originally here on sp... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:29:37 EST June 25, 2014 - Update - 52 pounds gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725293 I am 52 pounds gone. I have 30 - 50 pounds to lose by September 23. My next doctor appointment is September 23. I have a total of 71 pounds to lose. I just got home from vacation. I got to meet my spark friend Cindy Cooper and CJ. Also, got to see my half sister and meet my nieces and nephews and what a fun time I had. Full of exercise and fun! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:08:58 EST May 25, 2014 - Update Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703089 Well a lot has happened and continuing to happen. I don't get on here very often. I am ten weeks recovered. I have lost 43 pounds. I exercise nearly every day. I have a new way of eating. I struggle, I move, I don't give up. Weight loss is not easy even with surgery. Surgery is just another tool. It has enabled me to lose when all has seemed impossible. I have 82 pounds to go until I reach goal. I am losing right now at about 2-4 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> We have been updating ou... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:57:14 EST April 4, 2014 - LifeStyle Changes & Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664689 Wow, been awhile since I have been able to get on here. I am using my husband's computer so I can get online. I went through some testing and found out that I had Gall Stones. I found out I had a hiatus hernia. I wanted gastric by-pass and surgeon was leaning on me getting the sleeve. <BR> <BR> My heart was strong enough and after extensively reviewing my records, he agreed, my best recourse will be gastric bypass. He removed my gallbladder, repaired hernia, removed scar tissue, and did... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:53:26 EST Feb 6, 2014 Preparation and Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617396 I got my test results. <BR> <BR> EKG - Good <BR> Labs - My AC1 is now 5.9 (out of diabetes range) <BR> Chest XRay - Normal <BR> Abdominal Ultrasound - Gull Stones (will most likely be removing my gall bladder) <BR> Upper GI - Hiatal Hernia - Will repair during surgery <BR> endo - Scheduled for 21st <BR> Psych eval - completed - went well - don't know results <BR> Nutrition Visit - Went well - I am doing awesome. Got home work....Practice plan and exercise 35-45 min daily for 6 days <BR> Nu... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:30:38 EST Jan 30, 2014 - Miracle of God! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610529 I don't know what to really say, but to me it is a Miracle from God! I got my test showing not good blood flow and wow, I go in for cath to be stented or other procedure and nothing had to be done. Both of my graphs were good and no intervention procedure or stent was needed. My heart was stable and my cardiologist beaming. I got the green light for weight loss surgery too. I started that process today. I saw the surgeon and even got half of the testing done. I have more testing. Wow,... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:41:17 EST Jan 21, 2014 - 8 Days today on Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601610 I am on plan still and do have to say it is hard, but am managing. I am day 8 and it has been a perfect eating day on plan. I even got some exercise in (not a lot, but some). I am fighting the crud as well. I am trying to shake the crud before Tuesday heart procedure. My life keeps moving on. This is short as I am at the coffee shop and hubby waiting to get back home. <BR> <BR> Prayers Prayers Prayers this weight will drop and my procedure will happen. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:59:28 EST January 17, 2014 - Test Results from Echo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597531 I am trying to remain positive. I am struggling. I have Congestive heart failure (not a whole lot worse, just a little). <BR> My left side of heart is not getting enough blood (partial blockage) and seems to be reversable (other two are not but those are the old ones), the left side at rest gets some but not enough. Exercise it pumps enough blood. I go in on the 28th for cath and hope they can stent it and be good to go. My cardiologist wants me to continue to stay on diet as if I had the... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:23:11 EST December 19, 2013 Seriously, More Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568370 I don't even know where to start. Let's just say, my life has been upside down. I have a wonderful husband who I thought I lost but he wants to work it out. Depression sure can affect a lot of us in so many ways. He did something stupid but was a wakeup call for him. We have decided that this trip is to end our year with fun and begin the New Year with new adventures and hope fun. It is no longer about the kids or grand kids, but about us. I had my heart doctor appointment. It went we... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:07:04 EST Nov 19, 2013 - Heat / Cold - Hormones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545708 Wow, I am tired. I got nearly 5,000 steps today. Wished it was a little more, but I won't complain. We ate out tonight. I was careful, but I did a greek side salad...really craving. Did steak medallions with onions and mushrooms, ate most of the veggies which was broccoli and carrot. I took home some of the steak for hubby sandwich. Craved the darn brownie ale mode and ordered to take home. Came home, ate like 3 bites and put in frig and called it good as I did not need to eat brownie... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:50:28 EST Nov 15, 2013 - TGIF - How did I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542279 Well, I am dead ass tired. I got too little sleep. We had to get up at 3 am to drive to Seattle. We got to Seattle, hard to keep eyes open, well hubby gets started and they forgot to tell him or inform him that he can't use the boom lift because the cement trucks are coming in so we wasted 2.5 hour drive to turn around and drive home. We got a number of needed errands done. He confirmed that yes we are in fact going out of town for work beginning Monday. Asked when we were going up. Su... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:31:18 EST Wed, 11/13/2013 - Update of Two Dr Visits today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540662 Well, first it was my eye doctor. Had to get the eyes dilated. First she checked my vision. All was good. Next the dilation, wait 20 minutes. All my vessels are GREAT. She was very pleased that one year and my eyes are still good, no damage or anything from diabetes. Also, she was pleased my two fatty deposits from my high cholesterol and cholesterol disease, nothing has worsened. My eyes are still ok. I pray and thank God that they are good still and I am not going blind. She did s... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:42:35 EST Nov 3, 2013 - Just some Research Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530967 The normal blood sugar range for diabetics, as determined by the American Diabetes Association, is between 70 and 130 mg/dL before meals and less than 180 mg/dL a few hours after you began eating. You can use a blood sugar monitor to check your blood glucose levels and adjust your diet or medication accordingly. <BR> <BR> Try replacing the meat on your plate with omega-3 fatty acid-rich cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring. Olive oil, avocado, and nuts are also good sources... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 13:30:34 EST Nov 3, 2013 - Day 2 of Product - Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530896 The sun is shining :-) <BR> I am having my morning coffee. <BR> I did my blood sugars 118 fasting! Good, I am below 120. I did great and it is 8:09 AM so now to do well with my eating today. <BR> I am sorry I missed my weigh in this week, but I did not get on scale. I will have weigh in this week...I know I should be same and could be a loss too but I can't bare the thought of getting on the scale. It is TOO frustrating for me right now. I know my heart doctor probably isn't happy that... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 11:41:30 EST Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 - Storms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530097 Storm Storm Storm is what it is doing today. Winds as high as 65 for us here on the coastline. Inland strong too, but not quite. Lots of power outages. Thank God, and pray I keep my power. This storm is supposed to last through all day into evening. <BR> <BR> I did pretty well, my sugars remained low all day, but then this morning, they are still in goal, but were a little higher, so I think the cashews I nibbled on at bedtime or in bed (not a lot) but a few, well that must have been en... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 13:52:35 EST 10/29/2013 - Verdict of my Sugar Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526936 Ok, as you know from my last confusing blog, my numbers I woke up to were HIGH, 140. Ok, remember, I am monitor mode, no meds or shots, etc. I made sure to eat a very small low glycemic breakfast Chia Goodness with unsweetened vanilla hemp milk. Ok, this brought my sugars up to 150. This is good because I am to be 150 or less after two hours of eating and I was exactly 150 and my meal was low enough that it only took me up 10 points. I had water, did a light bike ride, some walking, noth... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:00:40 EST Confusion of Healthy Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526575 Ok, I am really really confused with all of this healthy eating crap let alone the bad eating crap. <BR> <BR> I was reading a study because I want to learn more about diabetes. Ok, stumbling around and I don't believe all the crap on the internet, but here is the low down. <BR> <BR> Heart Healthy Diets we were told to cut out the fat. To lose weight, cut out the fat. As many know adding in FATS is a good thing, but healthy fats. Is this unlimited, no, should be done in moderation, but re... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:58:07 EST October 28, 2013 - Excited, Frustrated, What to do?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526010 Happy Monday! My weekend was pretty good. I am frustrated and excited all at the same time. I have done some review research on a product that I was trying samples and placed an ordered. I am excited to get started, but have not received my shipment. I sent them email and called to leave a voice mail. My numbers have been very weird (higher) and am not liking. I was lower but also doing the samples and eating extremely healthy. I am still eating healthy but no samples. <BR> <BR> So... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:10:58 EST Friday, Oct 25, 2013 - Frustrations, but Dealing with It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523561 First of all, I had the weirdest dream. I remember bits and pieces of it...it was more a nightmare, but all of you spark friends of mine that been with me for long time, you all get skinny skinny and meet all of your goals while I stay this super fat woman. I keep shrinking portion, eating healthy, exercising, but nothing happens. Everybody goes on a vengeance with me to help me lose thinking I will lose it all and be healthier, but instead everyone loses but me...alarm goes off...much mor... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:53:03 EST Saturday Oct 19, 2014 - Change is Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518164 Change can be so hard sometimes. I sometimes find it hard to step back when it is my step daughter and grand babies. I did spend the day with them today along with hubby and cooked. <BR> <BR> I had to be careful of how much I ate, I did, but wasn't too hard, but sometimes it is. <BR> <BR> I have been working on my book again. Wow, is it really getting exciting to write. I have added so much to my book and made so many changes, yet much is the same. <BR> <BR> I did a chapter, but fir... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:20:28 EST October 14, 2013 - Swap it, change it, test it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513618 Hello. I am making so many more changes. I am doing my blood sugars. I am watching what I eat, exercising. I had my meds changed a little for heart meds. I am exhausted from lack of sleep. I am down 1 pound according to my scale that goes to dr and walmart test machine showed me up 2 pounds and I am going with mine...I had eaten too...so time I am sure made difference. <BR> <BR> My sugar levels have been very good for being diabetic :-) <BR> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:10:26 EST 10/7/2013 Labs came Back, Fighting the Tears, Another obstacle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507432 Hi. It is me. First the bad news, I am diabetic now. Ok, the scoop: My cholestrol is too high, nothing new but working on it. Next, my blood sugar (fasting) was 109 which is awesome and would not know by looking at it that I was diabetic. However, they did an AC1 which averages over three month. I was 146 6.7% once you hit 6.5% your are diabetic. I am to monitor my sugars only for a month to see where I am at with my numbers. There is NO CURE but what I can do is manage it by diet an... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 22:07:42 EST Tues, Oct 1, 2013 - New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501879 Wow, another month is gone! I been using my fit bit. So far, according to my fit bit, I am on track. One thing I noticed is that it adjusts my calorie intake based on activity. Like today, allowed only 750 calories. I have not exceeded it either. Being sick is making it hard to do much of anything. I eyes have been playing havoc. I go for labs tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> I was like over yesterday on calories so I stepped until I got it to be burned and fit bit happy. Just maybe th... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:06:22 EST Sat. Sept. 28, 2013 - Craziness but better than stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498985 Ok, a little craziness is better than stress. I can laugh, I can dance, I can sleep, but being stress free is feeling pretty good. Things that my step daughter does or says no longer sends stress to me. It is now, ok, and options or well those were your choices. The weather is horrible. It is so stormy. We were on our way home from work and we knew daughter was driving with the grand kids home too from her appointments. We made a stop last night at the casino and played a little ($10 a... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 00:45:06 EST Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013 - Sucker or Not - NuWaveOven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495137 Ok, I am either a sucker or not. I saw the commercialized NuWave Oven. I usually don't fall for or get these gimmicks off of tv; however, my George Foreman was a good hit, but I purchased from Walmart, but it is the real one. Ok, Walmart I discovered does the oven; however, read reviews to buy the one online directly from NUWave so I did exactly that. I purchased all the stuff with it too. I saw the nuwave pic too, but I did not purchase that at this time. I did see it advertised here o... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:41:55 EST Sunday, Sept 22, 2012 - First Fall Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492879 Wow, it is Sunday and we have quite the storm going right now. Winds are up to 50 mph, rain is coming down like a fire water hose. I am calling today a Day of Rest. I am not planning on steps or aerobics because it is cold and wet. My eating and water is what I will concentrate on today. <BR> <BR> I fixed scrambled eggs (3) and split between husband and I. We split a large avocado as well and each had an ear of sweet corn on the cob w/tbsp of butter. I am having 2 cups of spaghetti sq... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:55:06 EST Sunday, Sept 22, 2012 - First Fall Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492878 Wow, it is Sunday and we have quite the storm going right now. Winds are up to 50 mph, rain is coming down like a fire water hose. I am calling today a Day of Rest. I am not planning on steps or aerobics because it is cold and wet. My eating and water is what I will concentrate on today. <BR> <BR> I fixed scrambled eggs (3) and split between husband and I. We split a large avocado as well and each had an ear of sweet corn on the cob w/tbsp of butter. I am having 2 cups of spaghetti sq... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:55:01 EST Sept 21, 2013 - Saturday Not Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492320 Perfection - Not me. I should have done better, could have done better, but I can't change it. <BR> <BR> I had two Pumpkin spice Latte's 8 oz and 20oz today. <BR> I walked around 30 miles of garage sales. We only touched a few, but went to fair with daughter and grand kids. They found us at the fire fighter event eating hot dog and hamburger. This was my breakfast/lunch. It was all the served but it was for a good cause. Wish they would offer healthier but it is what it is. At the mar... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:28:24 EST Sept 20, 2013 - Day 8, Walking with CHF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491523 Today was day 8, or you might say week 2 day 1. I have completed out the day successfully. I was low on water today and am ok with that for today. I was tired and sore today. Even though my breathing was ok, it was just hard, plain and simple, hard to walk. I was slow. I did walk up hills, down hills, some stairs, but only 15 min today of moderate. Remainder of day was considered light. I am going by the fit bit. It really was light but it was hard. I ate light healthy breakfast, dr... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:07:05 EST Sept 19, 2013 - Another 13,070 steps today and Nap in Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490638 Ok, I drove the men to work and parked car. I walked, danced, did 300 stair steps (paced out) There are ten steps. I do ten time = 100. I do 3 x throughout the day for 300. I play my mp3 music and I dance down the street, walk slow, walk fast, go up and down hills, sit in shop at olive building, eat breakfast there and lunch, all organic salad. I had salmon caesar customized for me, dressing on side (only dip fork in dressing to get hint of flavor, no croutons. Yep that was me all day. ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:11:41 EST 9/18 Wed. WOWZER of A DAY! EXHAUSTION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489742 14,315 steps today (Day 6) completed! I am very very tired. I had 1 hour of very active minutes per my fit bit zip. Dinner is cooking.(now done and ate)...Lots of veggies. Did good today. Learned to cha cha to the lunch time concert today in Seattle. Had tons of fun. Lots of exercise and I know I over did it today but that is ok, it was worth it. My heart rate monitor said I burned 1087 today, my fit bit said 2,339. My intake was just over a 1000 in veggies/protein/healthy fat. I am so wip... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:58:54 EST 9/17/ Tuesday - Visit with the Cardiologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488519 <em>39</em> at just how sick I am. <BR> <BR> My visit went well. My heart is very sick and so is my body and I can tell he was very concerned. He is very PLEASED about my fitness and my positive attitude, and my high motivation. This food plan I am on is VERY HARD at least for me. It is my only hope along with exercise. He did change up my meds a little bit as he is VERY CONCERNED about my numbers. He asked me to please get a Fit Bit as well, another tool for myself (him) to monitor... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:31:26 EST Sunday, Sept 15, 2013 - Enjoyed the Scale Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486185 I have a defribillator/pacer maker combo unit. Defribillator will deliver a shock similar to what a medic would deliver. This is when the beats get too high for too long of a period. The pacer delivers little baby shocks that you do not feel that paces your heart when the defibrillator delivers a shock or if your heart rate is too slow. They now have these monitors that you get to install. You then get a blood pressure unit and a scale. These all automatically record into the monitor. ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:15:33 EST Sat. 9/14/13 - God Blessed ME with an amazing day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485789 Wow, Today I got up 3:00 AM on the road with husband to Downtown Seattle as he had to work. He started at 7:00 and I started my fitness goal. I paced myself. My breathing was good today and water retention was down so I started out able to do more than I usually can. I Danced, yes down the streets, did 300 stairs at the US Court House, a light jog, walk, stair stepping, more dancing. I had 70 minutes in my zone so max hr 133. This is really good for me. I exercised 225 minutes today. ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:12:41 EST Friday, Sept 13, 2013 - Bad News to Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484959 Happy Friday. I got up and went to work with my husband and went to the Cardiologist to pick up my phone that I left last Friday. The nurse had my labs back. Well, my numbers are way way off and my sugars are really high, and my chemistry is out of whack. Ok, with my sugars being so high, this is probably the source of me feeling really really crappy. The fact that I got up and started to move helps, and that I had been watching my food. Well, I am now on the really strict diet, the no ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:03:52 EST 9/12/2013 - Thursday Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483977 Ok, I am feeling really terrible. I hurt all over. First my heel hurt, then my big toes then ankles hips knees then calves, thighs, stomach, chest, arms, neck. I got up and stretched and fell back asleep finally. I then got up and went on a bike ride. It helped but still hurt. I felt cold to touch but felt as if I was hot. I feel hot now but feel somewhat better, but some of the pain still existing. My blood pressure was high for me but am sure do do the pain. My blood pressure has c... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:09:15 EST Sept 11, 2013 - Remembering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482895 Remembering 911 is just a sad day all the way around. Even though I remember this day, I look at all of the positives, those that survived, those that live, those that lived. This is a day to be remembered. I will move on from prayer for those who have passed on, those that have survived, those that are alive today to now the present. <BR> <BR> Today, for I feel so tired and stuffed up, I have decided to get dressed and go for a walk. I have not walked much. I did force myself to go ou... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:17:44 EST Sept 9, 2013 POSITIVES (homework) Surviving CHF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480625 I just completed watching my video "Heart Failure to Survivor." It was very interesting listening to the stories as each story touched something I have gone through or my friend has gone through. The interesting piece to me was these were people that suddenly got hit with Heart Failure. I was hit with Heart Attack, more massive heart attack, heart surgery, to recovering from heart surgery and developing this instant attack of "Heart Failure" I went from excitement of my heart surgery going... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:21:06 EST Sept 8, 2013 - The Blues are Playin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479605 Ok, Yesterday weight 233 pounds. Yeah, who would figure I would be that heavy with all my efforts. The scale is going the wrong way. Well, it is a lot water too, so today, got on scale, 229. Yay! down 4 pounds. Now, to keep it going down. It is really hard, but got to keep trying. <BR> <BR> Today, the Blues are playing. I get to listen to people from all over play the blues since it is a Blues Festival. Today is the last day. My step daughter is coming over with the kids a little ... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:50:34 EST Sept 7, 2013 - Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479178 Wow, it is Saturday, Sept 7, 2013. This year has zoomed by. I have been through so much, yet I am slowly making progress. Well, Stress is becoming a lot lot less. I am officially no longer in an apartment. I no longer have any responsibility to any children, let alone, adult children. I succeeded in getting the last one out the door and into a studio apartment with her two babies. She lives not far from us. We managed to find a pretty ghetto studio for her but one she could afford. W... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 02:38:33 EST Tues, Aug 13, 2012 - Fun to Come - Getting Rid of Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453808 Well, just to update, we have been in countdown mode for independence day. The step daughter and her two babies will legally no longer be our responsibility. You have no idea how wonderful that makes us feel. She is very excited about turning 18 but at the same time very fearful. She knows that we will no longer have the apartment by end of this month. She has to go out on her own. Tough love. But you know, she has complied with much difficulty to everything we have asked. She has had... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:19:23 EST Aug 1, 2013 - Teeth Fixed and More Adventures begin!!!1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441423 I am using the library computer and only have 15 minutes left so going to try to get as much written as possible and hope I can add pics from home. I am feeling pretty good. I now need to exercise and exercise my arms (lightly) to regain mobility. My surgery for defibrillator went well. I have a defribillator / pacemaker combo. It monitors my heart, weight, blood pressure, can tell when too much sodium, my activity so if I am not moving, my doctor knows...wow, that is just totally like w... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:15:13 EST June 16, 2013 - Changes Continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391050 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870049979.jpg"> <BR> My step grandbaby...hmmm an apple of health, a green one too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1173842093.jpg"> <BR> My biological grandbaby <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619473095.jpg"> <BR> My Lime Green outfit <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859596988.jpg"> <BR> Baby Zelda - the newborn. <BR> <BR> Gone from having a house to... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:17:48 EST June 15, 2013 - Life Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390442 Wow, been forever since I been on here, but I have not abandoned, just had some serious setbacks in life yet major progressions forward. I don't even know where to begin. My step daughter had her baby and it was a healthy baby girl. We made it through phase one and let's just say it was far from easy. We are on phase two. Phase two is getting her taking care of her kids and moving out on her own. We've had much success. My health struggled. My life is at a fine balance. I put my healt... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:08:12 EST April 9, 2013 - Light a Fire Under MY A$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317713 Light a fire under my a$$ is exactly what I need. <BR> <BR> I started going to work with my husband to walk. I am slow poke, but I walk rest walk. I really use the time to get myself aligned with nature. My sister said she was swimming again and I said I was walking again. She told me she do weight watchers not my daughters plan and I said I do daughters or attempt but not perfect. Well, she lied to me. She been doing the plan and asked how long and two weeks and is down 9 pounds. ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 22:14:10 EST March 28, 2013 - Got Best News last night!!! 27th!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303875 Wow, talk about excitement and joy. I got the best news last night. I went to the mail, hubby hands me the stack. The envelope I've been waiting for....Now I am scared to open it yet excited to rip it open. I looked at it, and quickly I opened it. I won my case. I was deemed Medically Disabled. No, I don't like being disabled...but I won my case and that is exciting. I have fought, prayed, everything to finally get to see the light. Two days before the judge channeled with me. Wow, ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:29:42 EST March 21, 2013 - Goals and Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295651 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595757337.jpg"> <BR> I really miss being this active. <BR> <BR> Wanted to post some other pics but on hubby's computer so no pics that I want. Goals are to EAT HEALTHY, EXERCISE, DRINK WATER, SLEEP, FOCUS TIME on ME <BR> <BR> Today, I managed to Eat healthy, exercise, focus, sleep, and working on water...not there yet. <BR> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:40:36 EST March 21, 2012 - Heart Rate Low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294885 Hello. Well, I am calling this Heart Rate Low because I used to be able to get my heart rate up higher. Today my average was 113. Wow, that is really low, but I had a sweat going and my breathing was ok. I could feel my CHF. I can feel my SOB...shortness of Breath. I was proud that I got up, took hubby to carpool, stopped by gym and did 35 minutes on the elliptical (250 calories) and only crunches and arm machine. I walked yesterday. Got caught in the storm just before I reached desti... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:10:16 EST March 20, 2013 - Quick update - Taking the Plunge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294475 Wow, this is going to be short. I don't mean to be away so much but I have been going through a lot and not even much on facebook either. I saw the specialist. I had my echogram too. Well, he took a bit to get back to me, but he wanted to get more feedback; other readings from multiple cardiologists before coming back to me. My ejection fraction is 33-35 depending on view and which doctor reads it. He explained to me that anyone 35 or less is recommended a defib. He had a congestive he... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:05:14 EST March 2, 2013 - New Found Information - Wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269797 First of all, my appointment with new cardiologist is this Wednesday. I will keep you all posted. I decided to do some checking up again on stem cell because I know I am a perfect candidate for it. Well, wow, I am not giving in or up. Being a man is different then a woman. Ok, a man was given the stem cell, it is 3 years later and he has a normal strong heart. His friend had it done and is doing well too. Both men. I applied for a trial study but was closed so was not able to be part ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:16:13 EST