NANT406's SparkPeople Blog NANT406's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Loss of a Good Man March 16, 2013 is a day the world lost a good man. My best friend John passed away last week. He was taken away too soon. He was the best man I knew. Always greeted you with a smile. A great father of two sons and a daughter. A loving older brother who knew the value of family. An avid woodsman, he was strong in his Native traditions. John loved to play Call of Duty: Black Ops--and was the best zombie killer in the neighborhood. Loved by many nieces and nephews, he always made time for them. ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:37:09 EST Ohhh's getting real! So, with some prodding from a fellow sparker, (Ang <em>211</em> ) I'm going to start blogging's time to get real. <BR> <BR> At 41, I've hit my all-time highest weight. I'm 293. I'm down a pound from last week, which was my highest weight ever. I'm in very poor health. My life style has been very sedentary. My self-esteem is at its lowest. <BR> <BR> Today has been 13 years since I lost my mom. She was overweight, had poor health, and a sedentary lifestyle. She was only 55. <BR... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:42:22 EST Ladybug <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Thats my nickname for my niece--the extreme sledder. Shes my <em>26</em> my <em>67</em> and my little angel. She's one of the biggest motivators for me on this journey. I want to be around to see her graduate, grow into the beautiful young lady I know she'll be and hopefully to see her start a family of her own someday. <BR> <BR> She's beautiful and has a sweetness about her that brings out the best in eve... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:09:24 EST Extreme sledding with RA So lately I havent been myself. I've gained weight from taking Prednisone and have been trying to work it off--mostly by shoveling snow for the last week (@ home and @ work). <em>425</em> My RA has been flaring pretty bad for the last few weeks and my depression has set in (which is usual for this time of year due to the anniversary dates of my mom's and my brother's passing away). I'm also in the process of quitting smoking <em>270</em> , so that has led to additional weight gain and I'm a... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 03:54:18 EST Tech N9ne, vampires, more nephews and Black Friday This is an overview of November. The month got away from me so I didn't set any goals or blog. <BR> <BR> Tech N9ne: I went to the Tech N9ne concert with my sister, and one of my nephews and one of my nieces on the 5th. We had a total blast. It's one of the best concerts I've been to. We all had a really great time. The music, the company, it was all good. I'm not sure how many of my fellow sparkers like hip-hop/rap/r&b but Tech N9ne can do it all. I've listened to his music for over ten year... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 18:01:15 EST October recap So this month has been pretty good to me. I started at 270 and as of today I'm 262.5 so I'm feeling more motivated. Here's how my goals went for most of the month: <BR> <BR> 1. I'm walking more, although I need to find my pedometer to have a more accurate count. <BR> <BR> 2. I've decided to use the local gym for free rather than go to Curves. It's cheaper and right now my finances are tight, so it's a better choice for me now. <BR> <BR> 3. I've been eating more fruits and veggies--although... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 03:24:19 EST Nephews, football & 6 lbs down! So this has been a great week so far and it keeps getting better. AND I'm still living in the moment and enjoying the good life <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I reconnected with one of my nephews Tyrell--(my brother who passed away's youngest son) who was adopted out five years ago. This was during my other nephew's Dashane--(my brother's oldest son) football game last night. We haven't had much contact with him because he was adopted out on his mom's side of the family and she has no contact with... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:37:27 EST In the moment... For those of you who were kind enough to read my ACoA blog--I've taken your advise about living in the moment and not worrying/waiting for something to go wrong. Thanks for the feedback everyone. It was VERY helpful. I appreciate your comments and encouragement, insite and support. <em>252</em> <em>223</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Update on October goals: <BR> <BR> 1. I haven't been walking as much as I should--I need to use my pedometer more. <BR> <BR> 2. I'm getting into... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 05:18:21 EST October goals I'm not much of a blogger, however, I feel it's time for me to come out of my shell. I have so many great SP friends that I feel it's time to open up more and step out of my comfort zone. So here's a list of my October goals in no particular order: <BR> <BR> 1. walk more, whether it's outdoors or on a treadmill <em>311</em> <BR> 2. get back into Curves <em>224</em> <BR> 3. eat more fruits and vegetables <em>265</em> <em>210</em> <BR> 4. be consistant with my physical therapy <em>324... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 01:56:25 EST ACoA I'm an Adult Child of Alocohlic parents. I don't usually blog but I need to get some feedback about my life. Things have been going great and it scares me. My Rheumatoid Arthritis is somewhat under control regarding the severity of my flares. My home life has been stress free. Work has improved. Yet, I still have a feeling of "impending doom." Like everything in my life will do a 180 and turn upside down at anytime. I think this has a lot to do with my weight gain lately. I'm an emotional eat... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 00:40:15 EST Josh I lost a very dear friend today. We've known each other for 20+ years. <BR> <BR> My heart feels like a puzzle. Each time I lose someone I lose a puzzle piece. The pieces cannot be replaced. My heart hurts for his significant other and his family. My heart hurts for my family who tries to console me but can see in my eyes that I'm beyond that point right now. <BR> <BR> Josh was in his thirties. He was a sweetheart with a great smile and the best hugs. I haven't cried much. Partly because I... Tue, 3 May 2011 03:47:42 EST reflections So, it's been a little over a year since I joined SP and it's changed my life in so many ways. Positive ways. I've met so many wonderful people AND lost some weight. Here are a few reflections from this past year: (in no particular order) <BR> <BR> 1. I'm making healthier eating choices, although I still need to work on portion distortion, binge eating and emotional eating. The plus side to this, is that I'm actually recognizing when I'm doing this, which is totally new to me <em>224</em> ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 10:26:54 EST Graveyard shift work Hi everyone! I'm a graveyard shift worker with Rheumatoid Arthritis and insomnia. Does anyone have any advise as to how to maintain a regular workout schedule during a flare AND being tired from lack of sleep? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 07:04:01 EST