SHYFEMMEKAT's SparkPeople Blog SHYFEMMEKAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Don't Miss the Moment! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." <BR> <BR> --William Penn <BR> <BR> <BR> This quote was one I learned at a very young age, for it was one of Daddy's favorites. As a child I was more focused on the way the words boomed from hi... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:54:05 EST A Fine Art <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day." <BR> <BR> --John Wooden <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been lucky to communicate with some wonderful people on this site; people who are striving to better themselves and le... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 17:09:53 EST Fitbit Confessions... I've been seeing these things online and I got a little curious. One great big online store (yup, that one) grabbed my eye with a adorable magenta colored one. (Anything hot pink or hot purple will do that.) <BR> <BR> My question is this: <BR> <BR> What so great about Fitbit? I'd love to hear others experiences. Do you like it? Was it disappointing once you had it for a while? <BR> <BR> Thanks, y'all! <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:25:22 EST Rub a Dub Dub... "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." <BR> ~~Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I missed my August 4th goal. Not by a lot, but I missed it and it bummed me out yesterday. I had made all of my previous goals either early or right on time, but not this one. I sat and ruminated on what hadn't happened and why. I got honest with myself. I took resp... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:56:03 EST What Is and Is to Be Had fun doing my computer generated model today. I've been trying to do visualization at night of what I will look like once I reach goal weight and my skin surgery is done. I was close to that size when I was a teenager and I had forgotten what that would look like. What a great motivator and now I will have something to focus on as I "see" my goal each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:58:24 EST Not Yet... There are so many things I can't do right now because of my weight. <BR> <BR> I can't sit in a booth at a restaurant. I can't sleep at night without a CPAP machine. I cry when I clothes shop online because I have to buy what fits, even though I don't like the style or color. I must shop online because I can't buy clothes in a regular store. I get out of breath when I bend over. I can't fit into a single airplane seat, I have to pay for two seats and I can't fly in that airplane withou... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 13:13:16 EST Broke 350!!! I am so excited! I broke the dreaded 350 on 1/15/2011. I had never weighed that much in my whole life. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all who have been so supportive. You make a real difference! <em>304</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 08:31:27 EST Progress This Week! I weighed in this weekend and was thrilled with a 3 pound loss. I am less than half a pound to my first mini-goal! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My reward came in the mail, a gorgeous sterling silver and lapis pendant from eBay, but I can't put it on until I kick that last pound to mini-goal. I am SO looking forward to wearing it. <BR> <BR> I'll be doing PT today and I'm not looking forward to it, although the results it produces are worth it. My pain level is better since I started; the ba... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:40:38 EST This Little Light... I found my way back to Spark after a downturn in my health. <BR> <BR> My MS has reared its head up again. My legs and back locked up and I would have spasms. I needed help to get out of bed and it would take upwards of 20-30 minutes. I became afraid to go to sleep, knowing how painful it would be to wake up the morning and try to move. My right leg would suddenly seize up in the grocery store, and I had to grab onto the cart to keep from falling. I was unable to make anything but s... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:43:09 EST Patiently Doing Right Well, last weigh in I had a small gain. I was so bummed out. My partner, who is also actively Sparking, cheered me up. I also got thinking: one pound gained totally changed the way I felt about myself in that moment. Yet, I knew that if it had been a one pound loss I would have felt completely different. Why was that difference so powerful? I realized I was letting myself get too worked up over something that was ultimately a very small thing in the long run and I needed to look at tha... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:00:27 EST New Home, New Life Wow...where to start?! <BR> <BR> I moved from Indiana up here to Upstate NY back in July. I grew up in rural Indiana so in a way this is like coming home. <BR> <BR> From my new home I can look out the window from here at the computer and sometimes see several deer out browsing in the neighbor's apple orchard. From the sunroom I have seen wild turkey and ring necked pheasants strut across the yard. The only building I can see right now is their big red barn. Across the road and down... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 18:31:18 EST Seasick On Land I had all four of my MRI's done and I don't know what was different this time but I've felt off ever since. I got up so they could change the table out (for the last ones) and I was so dizzy and sick. I didn't know which to do first, hurl or do a face plant on the floor. The tech got me a chair while I sat on the table trying to get myself back together. I had to just sit on the MRI table awhile before I could even think about moving to the chair (where I sat some more). <BR> <BR> I sat in ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:53:52 EST Feeling Depressed... Today would have been my dad's 77th birthday and I am missing him so much. He was my best friend. March has been hard for me ever since he died in 2000. He died on March 30th, 2000. I am an only child and I lost my mom when I was just six so when I lost my dad it was brutal. <BR> <BR> The last few days I've been feeling depressed. I went way off my plan and I can feel that I have gained. Tomorrow is another day, though. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 21:11:16 EST The Blue Screen of Death... Well, I experienced the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Somehow my hard drive fried and so I haven't been online. I am sure glad to have it fixed now and be back on. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 13:06:23 EST I Made My First Mini-Goal! I DID IT! I made my first mini-goal. Woohoo! I'm so happy! I'm now down 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> Y'all know that I'd been struggling with my motivation level. I have wanted to get off my plan. Consistency is not something I grew up with; it is something I have had to learn as an adult. Consequently, it's something that I have trouble with. When I came back to Spark this time I told myself that consistency was one of my main goals. As long as the scale was trending down I would be please... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:18:31 EST Losing Steam Well, the last two days I have really been struggling with motivation. I have been doing really well on my weight loss so far. I can feel a difference in the way my pants fit and I was able to fit back into an old shirt I haven't worn for over a year. <BR> <BR> So why is my motivation flagging? <BR> <BR> I spent some time in prayer late last night and early this morning about it. I got out my iPod and listened to part of a great book by Paula White, called "You're All That". She talked... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 15:28:13 EST So Close! I weighed this morning and I am down another 1.3 pounds. Just one pound to my first mini-goal. I'm thinking maybe next Saturday. <em>30</em> That will make 20 pounds gone then. Wow. Little stuff does add up. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to offer encouragement. Y'all are great! <em>304</em> Fri, 5 Feb 2010 22:49:00 EST Making Headway Well, I managed to have another loss this week. How cool is that! I should make my first mini-goal in just 2 weeks. That's great! <BR> <BR> Then I looked at my little weight-loss ticker on my SparkPage tonight and all of a sudden it dawned on me: I am only 4.8 pounds away from an even bigger milestone. When I get to 22.5 pounds gone I will be 10% of the way to my final goal. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:05:28 EST Seeing the Little Things In the last few weeks I have started to notice some little changes. <BR> <BR> *My jeans are fitting looser in the waist and across my tummy <BR> *It's easier to get in and out of the car. <BR> *It's easier to tie my shoes. <BR> *My feet hurt a little less. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so excited! Can't wait to see what else happens in the next few months... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:58:07 EST A Big Loss! Got on the scale this morning to a big loss; I'm down 5.2 pounds. What a terrific way to start the weekend. Makes walking by the Costco food stand last night worth it. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you, everyone, for all of your support. The messages, Sparkgoodies and comments have made it so much easier to keep a positive attitude when I really wanted to get off track. I'm gonna make it! <em>104</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 16:52:14 EST A New Challenge and Goal Setting I just signed up to do a challenge with one of my teams, Club 150+. I am going to lose 60 pounds by Jan 2011. I am confident I can do this and it will be fun being involved in a challenge. <BR> <BR> I think I have my goals and rewards pretty much finished now. Of course they are subject to change, especially the rewards, but those are the ones I want for now. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:41:37 EST I'm On A Roll! I weighed in and somehow I managed to lose three more pounds. YES! I've been trying to eat frequent small meals, like every 2-3 hours, with protein, carbs and a little fat. I read that it's supposed to keep your metabolism humming and keep your blood sugar on a more even keel. I like that idea and also the fact that I don't seem to be as hungry. Well, okay, watching a DVD tonight I was hungry, but I counted out my one serving of Trader Joe's Salsa Torilla Chips, and my little serving of ... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 23:34:27 EST Bursitis! I went to my doctor's earlier this week and found out that I have bursitis in my right shoulder. Finally, a name for the pain that was making it so hard to do things and waking me up several times each night. At least now I have medicine for it. The doctor said it's possible I may need to go to physical therapy for it as well. I don't care as long as it gets better. <BR> <BR> Weigh in is tomorrow. I am hoping for a loss. Given that my scheduled cheat day was last Saturday, and we went ... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:56:20 EST Movin' Right Along Well, I weighed in tonight and got a great surprise: another loss! Woohoo! My slow and steady plan is working. Every day I go over my Food Tracker and see where I could possibly make changes. I try different brands of products so that my sodium and other nutrients fall in line. I see it as a learning process. <BR> <BR> Now tomorrow is my planned cheat day and I won't lie, I am looking forward to it! Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:55:48 EST Rewards! Today I am going to draw up a list of medium and short term goals for my weight loss. I'm also going to come up with some fun rewards as well. I didn't do much with those kinds of goals before but this time I want to make sure I am staying motivated and on track. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about what goals you have, how you set them and what rewards you are going to use! Wed, 6 Jan 2010 07:34:48 EST Looking Ahead Earlier this evening my guy and I talked about reaching our weight loss goals. Some of the things we are looking forward to: <BR> <BR> --Less back pain <BR> --More energy <BR> --Sitting in a booth at a restaurant instead of always having to sit at a table <BR> --Buying clothes in the colors YOU want instead of what's left that's in your size <BR> <BR> We also talked about the fun things we'd like to have when we reach our goal weights: <BR> <BR> --He wants more Harley jeans <BR> --He wan... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 23:58:35 EST All Is Calm... Well, another day is almost over. I'm sitting here listening to David Lanz and the sleet hitting the awning over my deck. Today was a good Spark day. I almost made my sodium goal. I was only over by about 400 today so I'm whittling it down. Even with a couple Christmas cookies I still didn't blow my calories. I am slowly losing the feeling of panic that if I have a treat once in a while I will go off the rails and completely lose control. That's a great feeling. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:42:04 EST Recharged... Well, Saturday was a planned cheat day. I had whatever I wanted, including going out to Old Country Buffet's Saturday breakfast buffet with some friends. Today, though, it's back to my regular healthy plan. I won't lie, it was nice to take a break, LOL. It was an eye-opener, though, to how much stuff I used to eat that wasn't very healthy at all. Sun, 20 Dec 2009 19:29:25 EST A Good Attitude I had a loss last week which was exciting. It wasn't very big, but it was still a loss. I know in the past I let things like that really get me down. If I only had a small loss, or no loss at all, I wanted to give up. I've decided that I'm not going to stress about that so much any more. I will keep in mind that as long as I am doing the things I know I need to that eventually the weight will come off. I need to have a new attitude. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 13:48:42 EST Yes! A Loss! Well, we weighed in Friday and we both lost! I am so excited. We are back on track. I am stocking the house with healthier foods and drinking my water regularly. I'm getting my fruits in every day, the vegetables are next. <em>211</em> Sat, 18 Apr 2009 14:07:18 EST It Takes Two Well, my guy is now on Spark and we are doing the healthy lifestyle together! We had gotten on a healthier way of living a few years ago and were doing great. Various things happened (and didn't, LOL) and the weight came back on. It is so much easier to make changes like this when the other person in your life is doing it, too. Fri, 10 Apr 2009 23:13:52 EST Learning The last few days I have been doing a lot of reading about alternative healing. I got out an old notebook and have been taking notes while I drink my water, LOL. <BR> <BR> One of the books I am reading, Healing Multiple Sclerosis, had some great parts about the connection between the mental/spiritual and physical healing. There was some deep stuff there. Some of the things she said really struck a chord and I am letting it sift down. <BR> <BR> The other book is Prescription for Natural... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 15:42:34 EST Starting Over WellI'm starting over. I tend to go at things full tilt and then I burn out. This time I'm going to take small steps and just be confident that if I keep going I WILL get there. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:57:59 EST Life Gets Rough Well, the last few weeks have definitely been rough. The latest thing is that it appears I might have lupus. My doctor did a blood test last week and we are waiting on the results. I've not felt good for a few weeks, both with the depression and amazing fatigue. I've gained back some of the weight I've lost. <BR> <BR> Right now I am trying to keep on keeping on. I hope for good news on this test but if it's not good news I'll just have to accept it. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 19:24:07 EST Boldness "All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble." <BR> <BR> - William S. Halsey, WWII U.S. Admiral <BR> <BR> <BR> I loved this quote. <BR> <BR> When I was in school I never liked giving any kind of recitation like book reports. I'd always try to find a way to be absent that day so I could turn in a written report instead. When high school came I managed to dodge speech classe... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 15:44:50 EST So Far So Good Well, I have lost 26.4 pounds so far. <BR> <BR> I can't believe what a difference measuring my food has made. My idea of what a serving was and reality were often way off. <BR> <BR> I never thought I'd be able to drink eight glasses of water in a day either. Now it's a habit to carry my little thermal cup around. Every time I see it I take a drink. I use hot pink straws for fun. <BR> <BR> Another helpful habit I've adopted is using the Nutrition Tracker. It helps me to stay honest wh... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 15:55:28 EST And Winter Turns To Spring... "In the depths of winter, I finally found there was in me an invincible summer." <BR> <BR> - Albert Camus, author <BR> <BR> I read this today in a Spark email I had gotten a while back and I really could relate. I myself prefer spring to summer, have even before the MS made heat almost unbearable. <BR> <BR> I see most of these last thirty years as winter, when things did "gang aft agley" as Robert Burns said. Now, as I approach my fortieth birthday, I see the daffodils rising from their... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 21:21:51 EST