PAINTEDBLISS's SparkPeople Blog PAINTEDBLISS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just the first step. A friend of mine sent this quote by Martin Luther King to me last week. I quit my job of 7 years and took a more lucrative position but a position that is going to make me step up to the plate, get more educated and and be better at what I do. My job was should I say" comfortable" but with that became stagnating. I was waffling whether I made the right decision when my friend sent me a letter. I think this quote can be suitable for a lot of things in my life right now, new job, new ... Wed, 12 May 2010 15:12:08 EST I'm finally getting back on track I've made so many committments over the past year to get on track. There was always somthing detering to get off the path. I found that no matter how many excuses I made as to why I was not sticking to the plan the more I would sabotage myself. I still have a lot of things to work through but I am sticking to the plan no matter what. It's been now 10 days and the weight is coming off. I try to take this one day at a time. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 21:17:26 EST restarting This has been a rough summer/fall for me. First with dh being sick and still dealing with that then my injury to the knee and the long recovery which is still going on. I've been depressed I guess or in a rut of some sort... I was not paying any kind of attention to my diet, was not allowed to exercise other than physical therapy and basically was a mess. I go to the doctor on tues hopefully he can tell me I can go back to work which though stressful i need. A few close coworkers stopped ... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 11:59:42 EST A trip to the er.... I got thrown from my horse last night. She spooked when she saw a possom and I sort of bounced of a tree and into some briar bushes. I got some nasty bruises and a stage 2-3 torn anterior lateral ligament. So far they are saying rest,ice and ibruprofen at least til monday when I will see the orthopedist. Just another obstacle to get in my way, but my spirits are still up! Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:17:28 EST restarting again... I haven't gotten on the scale since dh got home from the hospital and low and behold am up over ten lbs. I'm really not surprised I've been eating a lot of comfort foods while cooking healthy for dh. Things like chocolate, chips and things that are not good for me either. I've been doing it at work, running errands and just getting so out of control, I'm really surprised the scale is not higher. Anyways, I have decided enough is enough, I need to be healthy not only for dh but for mysel... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 13:11:48 EST We are finally home! We are finally home! Dh spent over 25 days in the hospital for a rotting gall bladder! They had to do an open gall bladder last monday, the surgeon attempted the laprascopic for over 2 hours. The whole operation took 3.5 hours which is almost crazy since open heart surgerys take less time. He had 200+ stones and the gb and the ducts were full of pus. This in turn was infecting his liver and causing his enzymes to rise thinking he had liver failure. He still has a fatty liver which we need to ... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:04:51 EST gall bladder out on monday! Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers. My dh has been having some serious medical problems and they have found the gallbladder is the root of most of the problems he has been having, thank goodness it will be coming out on monday. They would have took it out on friday it it wasn't for the holdiday so poor baby had to suffer through the weekend. Hopefully he will be on the mend soon. He is also being treated for endocarditis so he will be on iv antibiotics at home for a month. Sat, 4 Jul 2009 20:54:34 EST The prayers are working! Prayers are amazing! Today while we were waiting for dh to have his heart catherization and I felt at my wits end, an old priest arrived that was visiting another patient. He stopped in our room when he saw me in tears and asked what had troubled me so. I told him our story and he said something told him to come in our room. So he prayed and annointed my husband and me for inner peace for me and healing for him. He prayed for over 40 minutes with us and I felt such a calming almost as though ... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 20:30:57 EST roller coaster week I really appreciate all your kind thoughts and prayers, please keep them coming. I stayed with dh in the hospital since last sunday, it really has been a rollercoaster of a week. Dh is feeling a little better but very tired. He still has a blood infection which they though was endocarditis(infection of the heart), we did a tee(transesophageal echo) and at least it ruled out endocarditis and his heart valves were fine. The bad news is that he has a weak heart, an ejection fraction of 35%(norma... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:22:56 EST My dh needs your prayers! Hi guys I haven't been on here much, had a few minor things going on at home and the horses and the farm has kept me busy. <BR> This week though has been the worse week of my life. My dh came down with the flu or so we thought last saturday, nausea vomitting ect. It wasn't getting better so on monday I urged him to see the doc, he refused being the stubborn man he is... Weds day I came home from work and he was jaundice(yellow) and looking very ill. We ended up admitting him and he was d... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 16:56:38 EST Introducing Raine My other mare had her baby on good friday. We are calling her raine. She is a buckskin paint. We thought dunalino but vet is saying definite buckskin. She is a little small and needs to grow but just like blossom she is all legs. HEre she is at 3 days old <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:42:14 EST It's a filly! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">My mare had her baby this morning a bay dun filly! Mama and baby are doing fine. I will be posting pics by tonight on my page! Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:53:30 EST Almost to onederland. I think? Today got on the scale and it read 200.0. I hoping this is a true weight. Sometimes my body goes at a lower weight and then decides it's not ready for it goes up before it comes back down. I know this sounds kinda kooky but this is what happens to me. Sun, 15 Mar 2009 21:15:16 EST God I love to sweat! I've been exercising at the gym for about 3 months now. I was on the treadmill and have been going at a pace of 4.0 miles an hour. One of the trainers said "you seem to be pretty comfortable at that speed. Why don't you increase a little bit so I did to 4.4 miles an hour." It felt comfortable cardio wise. I was able to talk with ease still my little legs had a hard time keeping up and then he said "why don't you try running"?? I haven't really ran since last november when I got so short o... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 19:54:16 EST I'm streakin with exercise! Sometimes the weight does not come off like you want it too. I know some will say so you lost 35 lbs in almost 4months that's a big achievement! I am steadily losing, though this week it is at a standstill. Yesterday I went to the gym and they took my measurements for a program I am participating in that started 6 weeks ago, well I've lost 9% of my body fat. I have noticed a bit of a difference in my clothes, have more energy. Exercise has always been hard for me even when I was thin, l... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 20:23:24 EST A little somethin to make you giggle This was from an email I recieved from a friend. Just a little something to make you all laugh! <BR> A WOMAN'S WEEK AT THE GYM <BR> If you can read this without laughing out loud, there is something wrong with you. This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted to get into a regular workout routine. <BR> ________________________________ <BR> Dear Diary, <BR> For my birthday this year, my daughter (the dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for me. <BR> Alth... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 12:42:49 EST Married to the most wonderful man Just wanted to share. Yesterday was valentines day, and I think I must have the greatest husband on this earth. I had to work at the hospital til 3pm yesterday. He sent me 28 roses, why 28 you might say? I was a little curuous myself. It was our 28th valentines day together. We will be married 25 years in october. They were so beautiful, then we went out for dinner at a great restuarant. It is called shakespeares restaurant, a replica of a castle where alot of things actually came fr... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 09:48:32 EST Onderland is in the distance! I finally am starting to get a good control over this weightloss I think. I'm down 30lbs now thanks to the prednisone which I believe helped the inflammation I was carrying and got rid of some excess water weight. My joints feel better and the scale is 5 lbs lighter. Woo HOO! I still have a little over 9 lbs left to go to onderland but hopefully by march I will have arrived! Fri, 6 Feb 2009 10:57:40 EST 25 lbs thinner I've been at a plateau for the last 2-3 weeks and finally broke the barrier of 25lbs. I've been trying to break my weight into 5lb increments so it does not seem so mindboggling to lose the 90 lbs I set for myself. Today I am sick with bronchitis and had to go on a prednisone(steroid) pack with an antibiotic. I'm hoping it does not make me gain, but plan to really stick with my plan to avoid the increased appetiet. Mon, 2 Feb 2009 18:43:31 EST 10% gone!!! I finally did it! I'm down 10% of my weight and have 24lbs gone. It's been about 9 weeks since I started and eventhough it has lately been a lot slower I feel so psyched about it. I'm trying to have some obtainable goals so by valentines day I would just like 5 more lbs off. Dh talked to me today aobut going on a cruise in september so I now have plenty of things to keep me motivated to lose even more. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 20:56:59 EST What a snowy, crazy night We had a big snow storm in pa over the weekend. Here we got around 14 inches! Saturday night my daughter had her college orientation and they did not bother to postpone it. I did not want her driving so I and dh decided to take her on the one hour and 20 min drive. It took about 3 hours to get there but by the time we got to indiana, pa we came upon an accident with a few bystanders. Having medical background I saw a plow truck turned on it's side in the ditch and a large pickup truck pa... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:39:31 EST 20 pounds and counting!!!!! I had earlier in nov 2008 made an affirmation to loseweight and adopt healthier eating and lifestyle habits. I joined a health club which I started working out, at first slowly but now more regularly. Today I am down 21 lbs and counting. I am <BR> so done being the chubs I was! I am on my way! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:21:39 EST Happy new year! Today is jan 1 2009! Wow where did 2008 go??? I started spark back in nov when I recently restarted south beach diet. I made a dent in my weightloss but more importantly I made some affirmations to myself that 2009 is the year for melody! I love my family but there are some things that I have put on hold like taking care of myself through eating, exercise and what goals I have for myself personally and professionally. <BR> Last night I went out to dinner with the family and had a small sa... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 12:51:33 EST Resolutions The holidays are going to be coming to a close soon, new years eve is just around the corner and I did some soul searching on what i want to achieve for the new year. This is going to be a year of personal growth for me in different areas so I decided to break it down as follows. <BR> -To finally reach my goal and stay there the key is healthy eating and exercise. I know I can do this I have taken off almost 18 lbs during the roughest time of the year. There will always be challenges to ov... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 13:21:59 EST Cookies go away! I have realized something today this is the first holiday season I have lost weight instead of gaining in many years. Today I was at work in the nurses lounge with cookies upon cookies around me. Temptation was very high and I really just wanted to snatch just one! One of the docs the other day gave us a huge gift bag full of chocolate, chips and other junk food. The bag was just about empty, when I looked inside there was a few south beach protein snack bars in there. I not surprised... Mon, 22 Dec 2008 21:02:17 EST "Yea, Yea, Today is my Birthday"! Today I am 47 years old, did I actually say that out loud! My birthday wish for myself is to get healthy for my 48th birthday. I really don't mind being older, I feel more liberated now that I am in my mid fourties and I am doing things for me! Yesterday as a Birthday gift to myself I joined a local community fitness center near my work. It has a track, pool, awesome state of the art workout center, personal trainers, aerobic, and yoga classes, with sauna ect.They have a running for the 5... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:58:57 EST Today I begin my health quest I've never done a blog before so I'm just winging this for a little while. I started or should I say restarted due to how horrid I did over thanksgiving. I could only do 15 min on my treadmill yesterday. I was talking with my friend about how out of shape I am and she gave me a swift kick in the butt that I needed. She reminded me I used to be a marine for goodness sakes and I ran in the marine corp marathon in 1983-1987. I never achieved any top ten placement but I finished the dang thi... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 10:54:05 EST