RAMONAFLOWERZ's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAMONAFLOWERZ RAMONAFLOWERZ'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/ HEY, YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258824 Yes, you! <BR> <BR> Stop being unhappy with yourself. You are perfect. <BR> <BR> Stop wishing you looked like someone else or wishing people liked you as much as they like someone else. <BR> <BR> Stop trying to get attention from those who hurt you. <BR> <BR> Stop hating your body, your face, your personality, your quirks. LOVE THEM. Without those things you wouldn't be YOU. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BE ANYONE ELSE? <BR> <BR> Be confident with who you are. <BR> <BR> SMILE! It'll draw pe... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:45:52 EST One Year and 70lbs!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153680 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1707304468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These pictures were taken exactly one year apart. <BR> <BR> SEVENTY POUNDS GONE!!! <BR> <BR> I can hardly believe it myself. I still have 60 more to go, but I am so very happy with my progress so far. <BR> <BR> So much has changed, that's for sure!!! Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:56:18 EST Meet Pipp and Popp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150359 Yes, I named the pins (rather giant freaking screws!!!) in my leg. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1068885554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They are a part of me now, so I may as well enjoy them, right? <BR> <BR> Two more weeks with the brace locked at 30degrees. <BR> <BR> An additional two week with it locked at 60degrees. <BR> <BR> No more crutches and a return to daily activities. <BR> <BR> We're ramping up the physical therapy. I think biking and aqua therapy are ne... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:23:33 EST One last one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076192 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448509689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One last spin before being sidelined. <BR> <BR> Think of me tomorrow (Thursday), please? <BR> <BR> See ya when I see ya, Sparklies! Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:17:43 EST Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058795 Sometimes I need a little reminding of WHY I am on this journey. I need to remind myself that this goes BEYOND the "for me, to be healthy and alive" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l924215087.jpg"> <BR> I'm doing this for him. So we can keep getting caught in the rain. Grow old and rock on for a long long time. So he's happy with me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449622865.jpg"> <BR> So I can keep up with him. He's a littl... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:28:26 EST Sparklies, YOU ROCK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010092 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799288651.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whenever we need support, the arm of a friend is the best place to get it! <BR> <BR> You guys have all been such a great motivation and support to me - and I wanted to tell you that you all... every single one of you <BR> <BR> <BR> ROCK MY SOCKS, OFF! <BR> <BR> <BR> THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend, hug those close to you and KEEP ON SPARKING! <BR> <BR> xoxoxox <BR> --Ramona Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:09:25 EST Back in action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999935 I've been given the all clear to return to action. No impact at all, but I can spin, swim, elliptical, walk walk walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774812245.jpg"> <BR> 24 hours post surgery <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be able to add some calorie burning back into the system, because I've been restricting my calories to between 800 and 900 calories a day since the surgery day. This is a BIG shock to my system. I was eating ALL THE TIME, just calorie free veggi... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:58:01 EST I vowed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960463 From the day I learned I was pregnant with a girl, I feared for her. I was ecstatic, don't fret, but I was scared to death she'd turn out just like me. So much like me she'd fight the same fight I did my whole life. A life destined to the sidelines, to being trampled on, being used, made fun of, teased. When she was born, we had a few problems and she had to be in the low level PICU. I spent the first week of her life sitting in a rocking chair next to her while she was hooked to wires ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:02:36 EST I'm such a DIRTY GIRL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951790 I DID IT! <BR> <BR> I CONQUERED THE DIRTY GIRL 5k THIS WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> I was in the first wave, and I did the very best I could. I couldn't run it, given my knee and the fact that the course was on fields that corn are planted on every other year (ruts, rocks and corn stalk stumps = rolly ankles) <BR> <BR> I won't bore you with the details other than to say it was FREAKING AWESOME and I did every single obstacle. I did have to step off the wall and go over the shorter walls because my... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:18:17 EST Wild One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931334 To say this weekend was a Wild One would be an understatement. <BR> <BR> But - holy crap - it was WILD. <BR> <BR> I was WILD <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l216035445.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Scotty was WILD WILD WILD. The sexy beast spent Saturday climbing nets, sliding down muddy hills, diving under barbed wire in a mud pit and jumping over fire... and let me tell you: I never ever, ever, ever thought I would say I'd find mud sexy. Umm... well.. yeah. Heh. :D <BR>... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:45:03 EST If this ain't MOTIVATING, I don't know what is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925042 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l143601742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My sweet ChaosTwinette drew this for me this morning. <BR> <BR> It's me celebrating on a scale celebrating being 100lbs. Notice the awesome bright shoes, the blue eyes and the rockin' red streaky hair? <BR> <BR> Seriously. <BR> <BR> This kid is freakin' amazeballs. <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:13:41 EST LIFE IS GOOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885557 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l704688758.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm feisty today. I feel like my old self, and it's amazing. <BR> <BR> A simple cut and color can do amazing things for this girl. <BR> <BR> Isn't it amazing that one simple, beautiful thing can change your whole outlook on things? <BR> <BR> The sun is shining, the man digs the hair, and I'm back BABY! <BR> <BR> LIFE IS GOOD, my friends, LIFE IS GOOD! Thu, 17 May 2012 11:01:48 EST On apologies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785666 If I were to write a timeline of my life, it would take me some time. It would take the time because I would have to struggle to find happy memories. They're there, but sparse - surrounded, instead, with memories off all the times I've been hurt. <BR> <BR> One can argue that remembering those times is pointless - and it is - but I still remember them. But I remember them for different reasons. I remember them because they hurt me to the core of my being and I am still sitting here waitin... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:57:38 EST *thumpity thump* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731626 Wow. I am almost at my "burn 10,000 calories in Feburary" goal... Already? <BR> <BR> That's freaking awesome. Honestly, I don't know who this new woman is - but she's one tough cookie and I love her! :D <BR> <BR> Anyway, a few weeks ago I got a really great monitor to help me keep rack of things while I was working out. It was more out of safety and necessity than anything. You see, before, I was afraid. I was afraid whether my heart could handle what my brain told me I needed my b... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:06:33 EST