NPA4LOSS's SparkPeople Blog NPA4LOSS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Making it happen First I want to say a BIG <em>304</em> for al of the support on my Blogs from my wonderful Spark Friends! I am pushing ahead but at a much sower pace. <BR> It is Summer time and the heat makes it a little harder to breathe so that may account for some of the fatigue. I did move my furniture around in my apartment yesterday and am not trying to find where to put everything, meaning <em>149</em> <BR> I only moved my table and a bookshelf because I needed to cover the wires to the TV s... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:45:02 EST Nola 4~ Fatigue 3 I started out so strong! <em>344</em> The Fibro and fatigue began on Thursday but I still walked and did some chores. Friday I did errand with a lot of walking and cashed when I got home! <em>232</em> has been a day for just not being able to get past the fatigue. I have great hopes for tomorrow. <BR> I think this week that I will take it slower and hopefully last longer. The Fibro and Fatigue are things that I am going to have to deal with and accept as part of life. I am searching ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:28:05 EST Day 2 and hoping I can keep it up. This is day two of exercising and tracking. I have a couple of Weight Loss and Exercise challenges going on. My 60+ team is doing their Summer weight loss challenge and of course there is the Christmas Melt Monthly Challenge. Both of these groups are so much fun! <BR> I attended the exercise class yesterday here at the apartment building and then I rode the <em>324</em> and took a short walk. Later in the afternoon I did some chair dancing! <em>335</em> <BR> I woke early this morning ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:01:03 EST Hoping to walk a little more continuously. I am doing the BINGO challenge with my Hey Sis! team. My focus for the blog of the week is state what my struggle is and what am I doing to address it. <BR> I have been having quite a struggle with pain issues from my Fibro and back and neck Osteoarthritis. My Dr. was able to get me in for an emergency visit this week and I had injections in my SI joint which is very damaged and one for bursitis in my hip. He also changed me to a muscle relaxer to be taken daily for the Fibro that would not... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:59:49 EST BINGO My Fibro Team ~ Fibro Friends has been playing Bingo this month and one of our squares to be filled is to write a Blog using B~I~N~G~O so I will let you know what these Letters mean to me. <BR> B~ I am a bibliophile! I make no apologies. I love Books. My Books keep me settled when I can't be out and about like many people due to my health issues. I have made such wonderful lifelong friends due to my reading. I know many authors and love sharing my love of books with people and have found so m... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:49:53 EST The Spoon Theory Many people have asked me about the Spoon theory as I speak of being out of spoons often. This is how many people with chronic illness can explain their lack of energy and inability to do what others can do when so many times we look very healthy. <BR> Enjoy reading this and maybe it will help explain some of the issue that you or friends and loved ones must deal with daily even when you don't look sick. <BR> <BR> The Spoon Theory <BR> by Christine Miserandino <B... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:36:20 EST My Motivation for the 5% Challenge It has been well over a year since I have written a blog. So many things have happened both health wise that have rocked my world. I have progressed enough to feel that I can try my beloved 5% challenge again. <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to chan... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:53:26 EST My Body Pledge of Allegiance My Body Pledge of Allegiance: <BR> <BR> Today, I vow to start loving my body � no matter how I am feeling, how I look, and wherever I am in my journey. <BR> <BR> I promise to stop the self- criticism, negative self talk, and to be present in each moment to stop and acknowledge my negative thoughts, and how I am feeling. This will help me realize that almost everything my inner critic says is not true, and to change my beliefs. <BR> <BR> I pledge to never again to participate in a barrage... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:00:10 EST It has been a while. December, January and February were not Nola Friendly months. I developed so much pain in so many places that movement was accompanied with severe pain. <em>24</em> We discovered knee cap osteoarthritis and S joint osteoarthritis to add to all of the other things I have been dealing with. The Dr.s were even telling me avoid extra exercise until we could get the pain under control. <BR> I had to leave my wonderful <em>345</em> A team and the 5% challenge due to so much pain and other he... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:53:47 EST MIA in December I just wanted to take the chance to say how sorry I am to my teams and friends that I have not been active this month. <em>24</em> I <em>252</em> and enjoy my time here visiting and supporting the site and Friends. I have not had a very good month health wise and as I find answers to one problem it seems to trigger another issue. <BR> I know that you all have these times also but this is such a wonderful time of the year that it seems to make it extra hard to not be able to stop in for... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:44:19 EST What I have learned in 2012. <em>40</em> This has been another interesting health year for me. I spent the summer months having vein procedures for my legs. The clinic came to the conclusion that they had never had anyone who was as sensitive to medications as I was. <em>273</em> Medications and I do not work well together. The procedures were completed in August and they were successful as I do not have the heaviness in my legs that I have had for years. <em>244</em> <BR> <em>4</em> In October I was diagnose... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:49:55 EST Catching Up! It has been a while since I wrote a blog so I thought I would catch up with everyone. I am having fun with my challenges, 5% <em>345</em> A team is flying right along. My BL <em>474</em> Tangerine team had been doing <em>250</em> and the Christmas Melt of 2012 <em>460</em> is unbelievably fun. I also just completed the Red Hot Heartbreakers Challenge with the Done Girls and am beginning a new challenge with my 60+ Team! Wow, these teams keep me on my toes. I push as much as I can ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:06:51 EST Taking Time to Re-Evaluate Our challenge for this weekend with the Red Hot Heart Breakers Done Girl team was to re-evaluate where we are. What is working and what is not and what do I need to change? <img src=""> <BR> First is my fitness. I am doing great. Thanks to the Christmas Melt of 2012 team I have daily challenges that have me pushing myself to try new adjustments to some regular standbys. Nix, our Heart Breaker Leader, keeps us challenged with unbelievable ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 22:37:18 EST Good Dr. Visit Yesterday was my three month re-check with my Primary care Dr. She had time to spend with me and saw that I had lost 9 lb. since May when I was last there. She asked what I was doing and I told her about Sparks and that I had chosen to do the South Beach plan as it had worked for me before. <em>211</em> I told her about all the support I receive and how my Spark Friends are such inspiration and motivation. <em>252</em> <BR> Two of my Spark Friends Jill0313 and Tortillaflats are doing the p... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:20:57 EST A good week! I have had a good week so far. <em>244</em> I have increased my fitness quite a bit. I am <em>311</em> <em>311</em> more and have put serious minutes on my recumbent bike. I did my Jodi Stolove Sit and Tone 2x this week so far. <em>362</em> I think that it is helping to loosen my frozen shoulder. <em>334</em> <BR> My food choices were <em>250</em> for several days and then with a flare in my OA yesterday I reverted to easy comfort foods. <em>39</em> I am back on track today and ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:01:59 EST Pledge Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I a... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:16:50 EST Not My Best Week But I Had a LIttle Help From My Friends! I had another frightening breathing episode today. I have been having so much fatigue in the last few weeks and now am adding some different breathing issues than before. I was with a friend and was having shortness of breath, something I deal with often, but soon was unable to swallow and correct myself with my breathing exercises. WE both became frightened and as I tried to find a Dr. available on a Friday afternoon we decided to try to find me a <em>10</em> in the hopes that it would cal... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:23:21 EST My journey and why it is important. Our challenge this week for the Red Hot Heartbreakers challenge is to post why we are on this journey and why we want this lifestyle. <BR> 1. For me it is about health! I want to be able to breathe! I have issues that can not be improved. Scarring from an illness and paralyzed vocal cords. I can do vocal exercises to help the vocal cords and avoid situations that trigger breathlessness like too much activity for too long a time but weight loss will be the best thing as it will give my lungs ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:16:52 EST In and Out, Up and Down! Just a short blog to let yo know what is going on with me. I returned to the Occupational Therapist this week to have my Vertigo checked. I had great hopes that I would not have to have another treatment as I had come so far and the vertigo was only about once a day. <em>224</em> As she was checking me the little crystals in my ear did their thing and it was another treatment and another 4 days on not bending over, not tilting my head back and trying to stay at a 45 degree angle for another... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 16:55:42 EST For The Body I Want- Red Hot Heart Breakers Mini Challenge! As I am recovering from my week of vertigo to cure the vertigo I have I checked in with the RED HOT Heart Breakers and found that we were to have written a blog last weekend. I figured better late than never and I want to do my part in keeping the motivation going: Thanks Nix! <BR> <BR> This weekend, I want you to write a blog (yes, we are starting off with a blog, but don't worry.. that's not all!) <BR> <BR> I want the blog to be an inspirational one for YOU (and it might just push someon... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:39:10 EST Up, Up and Away and back down to Earth Again! <em>198</em> I can't believe this is happening again! I was beginning to get my exercise back on track and finding the right amt. to do daily that didn't trigger any of my health issues and I'm grounded again! <em>234</em> <BR> I took test about a week ago concerning my dizziness and headaches. I received the information on Monday that they had determined that I had something off in my Right inner ear and that I would receive a call from the occupational therapist about rehabilitation. Ye... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 17:33:42 EST Then and Now - My Sass Challenge I began the Sass challenge at 212 lbs. Today I am at 206 and flirting with 205. <em>250</em> I had gained 20 lbs during the winter with medication issues and health issues that were keeping me sidelined. I know it would continue to be difficult for me to exercise without pain so I began to work on what I knew had helped before. I went back to the South Beach lifestyle and because of the added benefits of the Mediterranean style of eating I combined the two and finally the scale started goin... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:31:41 EST I remember... But times they are a Changing... And I'm OK. <em>311</em> I remember in 2010 when I joined Sparks I walked 10,000 steps a day. Now, I am thrilled to walk 4000. Osteoarthritis and other issues limit my times of mobility but now I can do Chair Dancing and ride a recumbent bike a few days a week. I am doing what I can do and I'm OK. <em>244</em> <BR> <em>10</em> I remember that I have had the most <em>345</em> job with the most <em>345</em> people. One abusive co-worker and it is time for me to make a change. The new job will not... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:43:41 EST 5% Summer Challenge~ Why it means so much! It is that time again, to list all the reasons for being in the 5% challenge. This is one of my favorite challenges and I am looking forward to being healed and ready so let's do assignment #3! <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> 1.I want to be able to breathe better more often. With my vocal cord and lung issues I will never have 100% again but with even every slight weight loss it makes less pressure on my lungs. <BR> 2. I want to move more free... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 13:46:53 EST I pressed the Making Progress button! For the first time in a very long time I was able to press the "I am making progress" button on my huddles! <em>244</em> I have not actually lost that much weight but my clothes are fitting so much better than this time last week. <em>9</em> I can now breathe in my shirts again. <em>29</em> <BR> I have been faithful to my low carb diet style this week and am reaping the results. I have been really discovering what works and what doesn't for me. <em>267</em> I still am not where I shou... Sat, 5 May 2012 20:11:50 EST Going back to what works for me. I went back to the South Beach style of eating yesterday. This seems to work for me so I wanted to try it again. I am not a purest and will have to make some substitutions because of my lactose intolerance. I do find that I am usually under calories but was great on my protein level yesterday. I feel good and with learning to eat so many foods that were new to me with the Mediterranean style I feel like I am eating very healthy. <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <BR> I managed 33 minutes on the re... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:58:39 EST Never Quit Pledge Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and <BR> downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, <BR> and forgive myself for my past, <BR> and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, <BR> To Stop making excuses, <BR> And stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best <BR> Friend, <BR> Because that is who I am. <BR> I pledge to... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:30:50 EST A Little of This and A Little of That. <em>448</em> First I want to wish all of my peeps a Blessed Sunday. I hope that you were able to celebrate in the way that you chose. <BR> <em>248</em> Some updates on my challenges. <em>67</em> Sunny Gals with the Done/Sass team I did pretty well this week. I did 5 cardio workouts and My Sit and Tone ST workout. I didn't manage to get veggies with each lunch and dinner but my groceries were low. <em>256</em> Casual Travelers/5% team I exercised most everyday but could not get enough... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 20:54:10 EST Working My Babysteps! I feel like I am making slow but steady progress with my baby steps! <em>331</em> My challenges with the 5% Casual Travellers <em>256</em> and with the SASS <em>67</em> Sunny Girls are helping me to keep focused on my Baby Steps to my favorite lifestyle changes. I have tracked my food all but one day this week and have completed 3 <em>26</em> Cardio workouts and a <em>34</em> ST workout! I have increased the time on my recumbent bike from 15 minutes a couple of months ago to 40 mi... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 22:56:49 EST There were lumps in my Malt O Meal. This morning I prepared some Malt O Meal for my breakfast <em>4</em> <em>481</em> and noticed that I had a few lumps. This made me think about our lumps in our Spark Journey. Those are the times that things just don't go the way we had planned. It made me think about whether to throw out the cereal or just fish out the lumps. <em>40</em> <BR> This has been a journey filled with lumps for me. When I began Sparks 3 years ago I began walking and tracking all my foods. I did great with losin... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:33:23 EST I finally set some goals for myself. <em>12</em> It has been such a long time that I really set goals for myself other than to just keep on keepin' on. Today that changed. Maybe it was the weather being warmer <em>67</em> or that my new medication is helping in so many ways. <em>244</em> <BR> This morning I told myself that I wanted to set some new goals for today! <em>40</em> <BR> 1. Increase my exercise to 30 minutes. I accomplished that a few times last week but only by accident. I have been riding my recumbent for 15... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:12:09 EST What Sparks Has Meant To Me! <em>213</em> On my Chair Exercise Team the thought of the day was " What Has Sparks Meant To You." I decided to share my answer so that all of you would know how much you mean to me. <BR> <em>334</em> I am with the others. The information I can access has helped me deal with my health issues because of the knowledge I now have. Dr.s just don't have the time to educate us it seems so Sparks has become my go to so I don't overreact place. <BR> The positive attitude I have developed through... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:03:53 EST I'm no longer trying to be perfect. I found out this week that it is OK to not be perfect. <em>244</em> It has been very hard for me to admit that I am going to have to be so careful about my activity. <em>303</em> I want to exercise an hour a day. I want to <em>311</em> at my normal fast pace. My legs are short and it takes me longer to get places. <em>40</em> I want to do my stretches in the pool for an hour or two. <em>128</em> <BR> <em>234</em> It ain't gonna happen! <BR> I am riding my recumbent <em>324</em> ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:08:58 EST The Pulmonologist says: I have possible lung scarring that is causing the shortness of breath. I also have the Dysfunctional vocal cords which doubles my WHAMMY! <em>198</em> The next step to finding the cause would be a lung biopsy but that is a very big operation with lots of pain and because the CT scan is relatively normal he and I decided that it was probably too much for this stage. I will go back in a year to see if there are any changes or sooner if the breathing becomes even more labored. <em>24</em> <B... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:03:18 EST Doing more and breathing a little better. I am so <em>334</em> I am on day 5 of my recumbent bike streak. I have actually increased my time gradually to 21 minutes. My goal was to do 15 minutes a day but the extra has just gradually been added as I try to stay with my breathing comfort and not as much on the time. <em>248</em> <BR> My breathing seems a little better today. My Supervisor was nervous about my coming to work as I had a rough time at the beginning of the day yesterday. The temps will be a little warmer tomorrow so I... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:06:20 EST Just Keeping On! There is no news concerning my breathing issues to report. <em>39</em> The lung specialist is thinking that the major issue is the dysfunctional vocal cords but did a CT scan of my chest to make sure there are no abnormalities. <em>40</em> <BR> I have a choice and that is to give up or keep on Keeping on. <em>306</em> As my motto states I will Keep on Keeping on! No giving in to this. Learn to make the changes I need and keep going forward. <em>224</em> <BR> Today was day 3 of riding ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:31:18 EST Slow but Sure. This was a bit of an up and down week for me. Some good news, some bad news some news that was not as bad as I thought. <BR> My newest health issue seems to concern my lungs. There may be no way to help it and I will just have to learn to deal with it. I lose my breath when I have any type of exertion from walking to sometimes rocking in the rocker. The cold makes it worse and it has the same symptoms of my vocal cord issues. Inhalers and breathing treatments will not help. <em>24</em> <BR... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:09:41 EST My Ah-Hah Moment! This morning I went to the laundry room and put a load of laundry on. When I went back to put the clothes int he dryer I still had 4 minutes remaining. Too little to walk back to my apartment and too much to idle away. It is an enclosed room and no one was around so I decided it was a good time to do some ST. My breathing is not good this morning and my pulse had dropped to the 50's so I knew I needed to do some moving. I did wrist curls and arm circles and a few other easy movements. <em>24... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:07:30 EST A Letter to myself for the Beginning of the BL Winter Challenge. Dear Self, <BR> This is a letter to let you know where we stand at the beginning of the challenge and that we will check back on at the end of the challenge. <em>195</em> <BR> We had a very rough November and our weight paid the price. <em>15</em> All of the steroids that you have needed to take care of the pain caused so much weight gain and that just triggered more breathing problems. the breathing is so much like asthma and now you are learning to control your breathing better with the... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:36:37 EST Time to Try Again. After some time off to deal with some health issues I am back and hoping to restart my journey. The 5% Winter Challenge is beginning and this will be my only challenge this season. <em>460</em> <BR> My breathing is still labored at times due to my vocal cord issues but I will take things slowly and continue my vocal exercises and hope to begin to move more. I am going to do cardio and ST and stretching as my body allows. I have wonderful Chair Dancing DVDs that I need to be more consistent ... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:02:47 EST A little less talking and a lot more testing. <em>304</em> so much to all those of you who have sent me support and encouragement over the past about my health issues. <em>247</em> I have begun having breathing and voice difficulties again and I checked with the DR. today. <BR> I have a hiatal hernia and the acid reflux has done a lot of damage to my vocal cords. The procedure that I just had was supposed to help but I am still having a lot of difficulty and have lost my voice almost entirely. I have severe dry throat due to my voc... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:45:24 EST Finally...But I amjust so tired! I didn't want to post a blog until I was feeling better. I am not sure that I am there yet but I did manage to get some exercise in today. <em>324</em> <em>311</em> <BR> I just can't seem to find any pep after the EGD on Tuesday. That is when my esophagus was stretched to allow me to breathe and swallow more freely. It is not painful as I was asleep but there is at least a 24 hr recovery time from the anesthesia and a bit of a sore throat. I have also had some problems with my voice getti... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:37:30 EST Choices The last two weeks I have been making choices. Many were choices I didn't want to make but knew I had to. <em>39</em> <BR> As many of you know I had to discontinue a medication that was helping my Osteoarthritis because it was causing problems with my vocal cord issues. This was a very hard decision as I was enjoying the pain relief and being able to move so much more freely. <em>311</em> I do however enjoy breathing freely and being able to talk also. <em>20</em> <BR> I had a second ep... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 09:40:48 EST 5% Challenge Time! This will be my 3rd 5% challenge and I am excited. I had been very concerned because of some health issues but after workouts at the Y today I am not as fearful and know it is going to be a <em>250</em> Challenge! <BR> <BR> GET READY-GET SET-LET'S GO! <BR> <BR> Assignment 1: <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> My most comfortable workout clothes are ready. I bought new walking shoes 2 weeks ago. I have water bott... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:24:19 EST Did Someone Say Cold! today the temperature is going to be a high of 51 degrees. Oh, how I have longed for these days after a long record setting hot summer. <em>259</em> There is <em>257</em> in the forecast but I will not complain as we are so dry! <BR> This has been a not to great week. <em>24</em> The medication that had helped so much was causing issues with my throat and I am having to discontinue it. The sciatica is back and moving is much harder. I have DR. visits for the next 2 weeks so my days are ... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:03:06 EST Fall is in the air and bread is baking in the kitchen. My home has the delicious aroma of fresh baked bread. I also have Chicken and Rice soup in the slow cooker. The temps have been cooler and the fall colors are beginning to appear. <em>465</em> Along with the new season come our new challenges. This week began the Biggest Loser Fall Challenge and in a few weeks we will begin the Fall 5% challenge. <BR> I had wonderful amounts of fitness minutes for the summer challenges due to going to the pool and being able to step up my <em>311</em> due... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 18:40:22 EST Taking Joy in Simple Pleasures The thought on my exercise calender for this month is 'Take Joy in Simple Pleasures'. This month I am taking that to heart. <BR> Being able to move again with minimal pain is a simple pleasure I am taking joy in. <em>311</em> <BR> Enjoying a simple treat with out guilt is a new gift I am giving myself. <em>76</em> I love my frozen yogurt and should enjoy it in moderation. <BR> Cooking is a special joy to me <em>286</em> I love to make up recipes and try new things. <BR> I enjoy tal... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 19:42:57 EST 1.26 miles and a big Woo Hoo! Today I begin my trek through the Rocky mountains with the Chair Exercise and Indygirl teams. I began the day with a walk around the commons of our apartment complex. This has always been a favorite of mine but with not being able to walk but a few minutes at a time I have not been here in many months. This morning I <em>311</em> 20 minutes. This afternoon my Spark Buddy and I made it to the Y where I walked another 12 minutes and completed a total of 32 min. for the day. It was a total of ... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 23:12:46 EST That time again! This week was a wash as far as food was concerned and a <em>244</em> for my exercise minutes. The epidural has helped so much and and with an addition to my gabapentin at night I am sleeping very well and restfully. It is amazing what a difference that is making. <BR> I am taking more <em>311</em> and have almost no pain <em>206</em> . <BR> This is the 8th week of our 5% Challenge and sign up time for the Fall Challenge. <em>465</em> This is a wonderful challenge and the posting is not... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 23:24:34 EST Walking a bit again. I had my spinal epidural on Monday and it was a success in that I have had a very good week with almost no sciatic discomfort. <em>304</em> for all the thoughts and <em>458</em> . I took a short <em>311</em> yesterday and again today. In fact I had 2 walks today. The nerve did flare up but just for a short time and I am going to be thankful for any time I have where it is easier to move. I am scheduled for another pain consult on Sept. 26. <BR> I have maintained on the lower end of my pl... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:16:50 EST