SPRINKLECHEZ's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPRINKLECHEZ SPRINKLECHEZ'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/ Diagnosis Codes to ponder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588109 I have had many long conversations with one of my good friends this week and this little gem just came out of my mouth and I knew I needed to share it with everyone: <BR> <BR> "Am I really this crazy or do I chose to let myself me defined by the diagnosis codes to which I have been assigned?" <BR> <BR> I'm just going to leave that with you one to ponder. How would you answer this question if you feel it applies to you? Those of you who know me, how do you think I answered my own question?... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:57:21 EST Forgiveness & Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581497 It is hard to return after such a long absence. I hope you all know that even in my absence, I have thought about you often. I'd like to tell you that nothing is wrong - and that I've been busy living life in my new body...but I cannot. The truth now revealed is that, I have been a prisoner of my mind and body. First please accept my apology for abandoning my blogging and contact you. This blog is my way of starting to forgive myself. It's a process, and won't happen overnight, but the ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 02:43:09 EST "The One" - Love, Faith, Peace... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455932 . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998104582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I found copies of two emails I received from a dear friend back in 2008, it really hit me how much my life has changed because of a simple decision, to let my God back in my life and return to Church. I'll touch on just how important this person is at the end of this blog. Here's what he had to say to me after I told him I had returned to my Church and my faith. <BR> <BR> "Please follow through with this.... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:29:46 EST Sprink's Judgement Day - Episode 1 (to be continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426026 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2138821375.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello to all my friends - I hope in my absence that things have been well for you and that you are blessed with more good days than bad. I am temporarily camerless, so the picture above is from June, but I think I look even better now... I finally got the time and the Bipolar Roller Coaster in my head to focus long enough to ask for thoughts on recent traumatic encounter with some of important people in my life.... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 04:57:05 EST Success Feels Like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381040 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246141784.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow, what a difference a year makes - right? I've been trying to come up with a way to summarize a few of the major changes this last year has blessed me with - putting a picture in there really drives the point home. I honestly don't remember what it felt like at 340+ lbs, other than I dreaded the nightly climb up 17 stairs to go to bed - and wheezing for ten minutes before bed. <BR> <BR> When I look at any of ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 04:58:58 EST My Favorite Year - Success (before & after) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378654 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1419531041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One year ago last May, I set out on a simple goal - to be able to golf with my father once again by Memorial Day 2013. The photo on the left was taken May 25th, 2012, the day I signed up for SparkPeople. The photo on the right was taken yesterday afternoon. What a difference a year makes! <BR> <BR> I have so much more to say about everything that has happened over this last year, and how much I have been bles... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 03:00:21 EST Goldy's Gift - Love & Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332261 I've only blogged once or twice a month since December. Why do I feel guilty about this sometimes? There's more of my life in last summer's blogs than any friend or family member realizes. I took a big risk in being so public so quickly with what I share here on SparkPeople - but that's how I roll.... My blogs are so important to me because it is here in your comments, support and friendship that I have how I learned to love, care for and accept myself for the first time in three decades. ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:48:19 EST Look what I found, just after I wrote this blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291080 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l95081312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No matter how unique each of us might think we are - it's when you're open-minded enough to realize that there's a world of people out there, many just like me or you - ready to lend a helping hand, cheering you on toward your goal and helping you keep your head above water when the seas are choppy. What SparkPeople does - for the people that "get it" is provide us with a place to meet people, make friends, share ou... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:36:11 EST Why SparkPeople Works For Me - Volume 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274264 Why SparkPeople Works For Me - Volume 1 - by "Sprink" <BR> <BR> Contained herein is what I consider to be the fundamental reason that SparkPeople.com works for me. Long time readers of this blog know that EFFIEANNIE "Sparked" me just five days before my life saving Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy performed on May 30th, 2012.. Something about our conversation made her feel compelled to share her story of how SparkPeople helped her. And that she had been Sparked and inspired by IndyGirl's hon... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:59:44 EST 16 Words I Need To Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258835 "Be as decent to yourself as you are to others and stop sabotaging your wonderful success." <BR> <BR> I've been searching like someone continuously changing the channels (streams of thought) and not being able to lock on to something positive or productive. Yesterday, before I summoned the focus to blog again, I was emotionally paralyzed. Trapped, a Bipolar/ADHD - hypermanic mind at 200 mph, unable to lock on to a positive "station" in my brain. While writing my last blog did help, it was... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:50:08 EST On Water, SparkFriend Search and Affirmation from afar... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257012 To all that checked in on me during my absence from Spark I thank you - and to all I missed responding to, I am truly sorry. I have spent the last month & a half trying to figure out what was wrong with my body and my mind. My weight has fluctuated in crazy ways since hitting 219 months ago, now I have been as low as 212 and as high as 230, with 15-20 lb water weight fluctuations being gained or lost in 4-5 days. Anyone else experience a strange water weight rollercoaster 9 months post op ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 05:29:00 EST My High Definition ADHD Blog - "My Favorite Years" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192385 <link>smilebox.com/playBlog/4d7a51354f5445<BR>304e7a6b3d0d0a&blogview=true </link> <BR> <BR> Not sure if this is going to work but I made a small collage of a day spent last spring with my roommate on the North Shore (see link above). Every now and then I like to go back to where I grew up, see my old house and just breathe in a memory or three. Lived in that house from the age of three until I moved out shortly after college. <BR> <BR> Without question the events of this past year hav... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:18:19 EST I'm a little laptop...(literally) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168900 It has been a while since I have blogged so rather than explain my way out of my absence I will say it like this - "I'm most interested in fixing that which has yet to be broken..." That applies to my physical and mental health as well as my laptop. Now over the last year I have "fixed" many physical issues and have solved some mental health and motivational "hurdles." My laptop however has not faired as well. Although it is new and powerful, my attempt at upgrading from Windows 7 to Wind... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:19:20 EST Happy "Lifeday" To Me, You Are My "Present" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156761 Okay, I am the first to admit that I thought it was corny when I decided to call today my Lifeday instead of my Birthday - which it is at 7:30am Central Time. But hear me out, I will make a point sooner rather than later. The holidays have always been tough for me, especially since the loss of my dear mother in 2007. Nick, a really good business associate and friend taught me that to cope I should celebrate mom's life on her birthday instead of mourning the day she died. So why not celebr... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 07:08:32 EST Tears Of Joy and Thanks - 101 lbs Gone Forever Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150754 I wanted to thank you all personally for your kind comments and encouragement as I passed my 100 lb lost milestone - today in fact down 101 lbs. Today I have been hyperemotional - my tears turned this morning from pain to joy after I saw my pain Dr about my knee. Since seeing him I have been crying all afternoon everytime I think about how much good has come out of every challenge the last six months have given me. I have NO REGRETS and nothing but thanks to you for helping me feel like I ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:32:41 EST 100 Pounds Gone - We Saved My Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148700 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878536251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I pray for those who don’t <BR> I live for those who won’t <BR> Today I know to eat to live <BR> My grateful heart so much to give" <BR> <BR> ~ Sprink ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Keeping this one short and sweet, going to savor the day. Blessings - <BR> <BR> "Sprink" <em>104</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:03:53 EST My Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy by SprinkleChez http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145312 CGWALKER2012 - This blog is dedicated to you my friend. Good luck on your upcoming surgery and my prayers that you will recover quickly and achieve all that you hope for. <BR> <BR> DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR, JUST A PATIENT THAT LIKES TO SHARE HIS STORY - ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DR BEFORE ALTERING FROM HIS PRESCRIBED DIET AND POST SURGERY NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS. <BR> <BR> Hi there CG and I am very glad to have you as my Spark Friend. I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:30:07 EST ThanksLiving - Sparking It Forward In The Gift Of Today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144709 Hi my friends! I trust that you are all overstuffed with Turkey and tired of shopping and fighting the crowds. I dud just the opposite myself, other than running to get some prescriptions this has been a total “me” day – a celebration in fact of my knee replacement’s progress only two weeks after coming home from the hospital. I noticed a change in my stride or gate yesterday, it felt more normal – and then this morning when I woke up – I was walking normally. Even through Costco I walked... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:55:46 EST InstanT RefleX - Happy Thanksgiving - Music Mix & Holiday Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143551 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l317613653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friends, this original mix is amazing considering he did this all from his laptop with no studio software. PLEASE CLICK LIKE and take a listen, even if you're not a fan of the genre, just let it play in the background and turn the volume down on your audio mixer. PLEASE SHARE THIS with all of your friends. Winning this contest for him could mean a trip to Austria for us, and enough equipment for him to perform this... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 14:50:38 EST Breaking Through My Plateau, How I Did It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139648 Wow, when I realized that the last time I had tracked my weight it was a month ago my first reaction was wow - it took this long? But when you've followed my story, especially my lack of mobility and struggles with proper diet, it's not that hard to see why it took me a month before the scale resumed it's downward march. <BR> <BR> I AM FINALLY UNDER 230 LB - TODAY'S WEIGHT 228 LB - TOTAL LOSS 98 LBS <BR> <BR> There to are two things that happened which were key to making this possible. F... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:48:14 EST My BiPolar Express - Embracing Your Inner Freak & Put It To Work For You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133754 Most of you think you may know Sprink but you have no idea. Here's a rare look at the bigger picture - and how I am learning to work with insted of against my psych issues - to maintain a more stable"mind's eye. every day! This is, quite frankly "life at the speed of Sprink." <BR> <BR> "Sprink" is blessed with multiple psychiatric diagnoses which include (but not limited to): <BR> <BR> Bipolar I (Slow cycle, I am manic for days and sleep for days with a few balanced days in between). I ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:17:03 EST My Left Knee - Total Replacement Performed 11/06/12 - "It's the Bees Knees" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132237 My Surgery was successful last Tuesday and I was discharged last Friday. It has literally been a whirlwind since then. I slept so little in the Hospital that I caught up on some over the weekend too - which is going to help for the week ahead. I have physical therapy and an in-home nurse visit later today, so I hope I get some rest. Therapy will be three times a week and nurse twice a week for the first couple-three weeks and we'll go from there. <BR> <BR> Those of you that really know m... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 03:52:42 EST Body Reconstruction Phase Two - Total Left Knee Replacement Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125969 Just a quick note to say hi and thank you to all of my SparkFriends for your positivity and support over the last five months. Today is an important day for me as I will have my left knee replaced at 1:45 pm today. I am going into this with the same optimism and positive outlook that I did for my Weight Loss Surgery. <BR> <BR> Now with 96 lbs gone (and a little over 30 left to lose), I am going to regain mobility with my new knee. I understand that the rehab will be intense, but this shor... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:47:20 EST Keeping My Head Above Water....Preparing For Total (Left) Knee Replacement Tuesday 11/6/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121664 I just wanted to give an update to the mayhem which has been my life this last week. My roommate went to the hospital this past Monday for an outpatient test of his Gallbladder, and as luck would have it, was one of the 5% who develops pancreatitis as a result of the ECRP test. It's now day 5 and he's still in the hospital, dealing with excruciating pain in addition to not being able to eat or drink more than an ice chip, which does nothng but excacerbate the pain even more. Good news is t... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:05:03 EST "The Joy Of Spark" - Meet Even More Of Me - Honestly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111988 I pick up here where I left off from my last blog - where I revealed what approaches to weight loss didn't work for me, and how I became motivated to make 2012 the year where I re-discover myself. <BR> <BR> WHAT ROLE DID SPARKPEOPLE PLAY IN YOUR RECENT SUCCESS? <BR> <BR> SparkPeople helped me realize the real power behind the amazing tools information, mealplans, trackers, and coaches. About two months post surgery, I got a comment on my blog post from LaVell (MIDNIGHTER1) calling me his... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 03:34:26 EST More Honesty = Max Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111983 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1378352803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The scale, measuring tape and camera don't lie! The above image is a summary of where I was before my Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery, and how my body has changed so far on this day - my 5 Month Sparkaversary. <BR> <BR> I'm celebrating my successes by sharing this much of me. At this point in my journey because I want my SparkFriends to understand how I became morbidly oberse and how much my life has changed si... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 03:16:17 EST "MEpiphany" - My Meatloaf Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093109 Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement over the last two weeks. Reaching this "turning point" in my attitude toward food taught me a very important lesson regarding how quickly a demon from my past (in my case childhood bulemia) could surface without warning and wreak havoc on my blood pressure and health. <BR> <BR> It happened quickly, as I tried to progress from pureed foods to soft and beyond I overfilled my sleeve and threw up "naturally" with the salivary glands givin... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:34:20 EST MEquilibrium - Diet & Hyrdation - Regaining Total Balance Post VSG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084675 MEquilibrium (MEq): Taking care of all of my needs nutritional and and physical needs by putting myself first every day. I lost my MEq by thinking I knew how to fuel and water my body better than anyone. I want you to know that I have no regrets about my VSG. I can forgive myself now. I will learn to feed and hydrate my new body correctly, and on the schedule provided by my Medical Team. <BR> <BR> I did not follow the Nutritional Diet after the first two weeks of surgery and tried to ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 04:59:26 EST An Important Lesson Your Blood Pressure & Progress Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066821 It's been while since I have blogged and i want to thank all of you for checking in on me during my 9 days of silence. I'm doing well now 118 days out from surgery and happily report I'm into the 230's, well 238 to be exact. To give you a sense of how great that feels, It's been 26 years since I have been this weight. Wow, talk about turning back the hands of time. <BR> <BR> Like many or most of us I was a battling High Blood Pressure for the better part of my life, so much so that just p... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:07:36 EST Top Ten Things I Like About The New "Me" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053417 For a change I thought I would let you know the top then things I like about the new me (down 80+ lbs as of today): <BR> <BR> 10: Cytosport 100% Whey Protein Powder from Costco - yummy and lasts forever <BR> <BR> 9: Walking upstairs to go to bed no longer feels like climbing Mount Everest <BR> <BR> 8: I never thought I would love Sugar Free Jello and Pudding as much as I do <BR> <BR> 7: I have lost 1/2 a shoe size <BR> <BR> 6: I no longer have swollen fluid filled "cankles"from edem... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:33:31 EST Sprink's 92 Days Success Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037450 79 lbs of Weight Lost Post VSG Surgery May 30th, 2012 / <BR> 1 Minute Video Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:38:52 EST 91 Days, 78 lbs Gone, Blessings and Important Lessons Indeed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035136 Thank you everyone for your support and kind words. Everything went great yesterday the Upper GI showed no problem with my sleeve and my Surgeon nailed me for not getting enough protein and not eating 4-6 smaller meals. Said my sleeve is just sending those pains to my chest and shoulders because it’s being maxed out. Advice taken and I am headed in a new healthier direction. I appreciate the “tough love” in his words, he really does care, and for me personally I am not going to be the per... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:54:33 EST Dr. might convert my Sleeve to Roux-n-y, I'm Scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033205 I have about three hours before my appt with my Surgeon. I spent the am at my Gen Practitioners because my Pleurisy has returned, and my esophogitis is in full swing. Other than the intense pain when I breate (think knives twisting through my shoulder blades into my chest). So Gen Prac called surgeon and said they want me to keep my appointment and mentioned possible "re-routing" of my sleeve, although they didn't say Roux-n-y that's the only possible surgery left. <BR> <BR> I was full... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:49:23 EST I Confess To Progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031686 Friends, today is "one of those days." We all have them, and I rarely write about them so I decided it was a good time to do the opposite. Having been physically weak the last ten days from Espophogitis and Laryngitis, with a touch of a cold, I have been sleeping alot. Last nite, no exception. I expected my early bedtime last night would be the shot in the arm I needed to make it a great day today, no such luck. <BR> <BR> While I managed to make the early service at Church I walked acros... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:50:49 EST Make your own Fear Potion - Start here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026371 Fear itself is a natural reaction. Just like our animal counterparts it is an important part of our survival. The human mind has evolved so far that many of these natural "fight or flight" automatic responses get twisted by our own thinking and we can misunderstand their meaning. Instead of running away like a startled deer, I would over indulge and 47 years later I found myself pushing 350 lbs with a host of co-morbidities and a mind-set on writing my own Eulogy. Instead of fighting to r... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:41:05 EST 82 Day Post Op Success Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022703 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l926701673.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 82 Days later and as you well know I spent three days last week in ER or Inpatient - and ended up curing myself after talking to my Gen Prac Dr about treating me for Pleurisy instead of Esophagitis. Thank you for your prayers and support, you really lifted me up when I was pretty down mood-wise. <BR> <BR> Going to keep this brief (a change), I am somewhere south of 255 lbs, going to weigh in tomorrow, probably 2... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:50:33 EST It's Easier With SparkFriends On My Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021374 Thank you for the well wishes. I returned home from the Hospital yesterday with exactly the same amount of pain I entered with. The only exception was this diagnosis of Esophagitis. Which was shown to me on a picture as tiny ret striations or dots on my espophagus. Well I didn't buy the diagnosis one bit. So I called my Gen Prac yesterday and said Dr. let's assume that I do have esophagitis (which I don't), and that there would most likely be inflammation of the esophagus and stuff aroun... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 03:19:08 EST Not Leaving Without An Answer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017416 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422688662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life + Lemons = Lemonade... <BR> Sprink + Pain = Hospital+Tales <BR> <BR> Yeah, I know I was just two days ago for excactly the same thing. Kinda what happens when you come looking for an answer, get none, and go home in same shape you left. Sorry, there was no way I was waiting till my surgeon got back on Monday to get this chest breast shoulder back neck pain thing diagnosed and dealt with. <BR> <BR> If ther... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:45:56 EST ChestPain BreastPain ShoulderPain 8 Hours in ER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014605 I AM OKAY, so let me start with that. I woke up yesterday morning with an elephant stepping on my breastplate bone, the pain shot throught to my back and radiated out sharply to my upper arms, shoulders, and up the sides of my neck. Every breath hurt immensely... I thought I was having a coronary. <BR> <BR> 8 Hours, three pain shots, and a CATScan with contrast showed nothing more than what might be fluid or scar tissue on my esophagus. I was sent home in almost as much pain as I arrived ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 06:02:49 EST 76 Days Of Success! Sprink's down 71 lbs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l951890474.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No elaborate video blog this time friends, just a simple picture that pretty much speaks for itself. So much has changed so quickly that even I have a hard time believing that this all happened to me. This was indeed meant to be. So many things had to happen in such a timely manner, that only God himself could be the Captain my journey, and I thank him every day for these blessings. <BR> <BR> I did learn a few ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:11:05 EST Sprink's Bi-Polar Express, It's A Balancing Act http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006916 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261262491.jpg"> <BR> [ Coe College Graduation Day 1986 ] <BR> <BR> This journey I am on was 47 years in the making. I didn’t become overweight over-night, nor expect such rapid results. My life had become a dangerous blend of mediocrity and annoyance whenever reality interrupted my existence. I thought had prepared myself for the Vertical Gastric Sleeve surgery by my complete disassociation from food. No mourning or planning out “last-m... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 15:24:27 EST 69 Days 67 Pounds Gone - Celebrate With Sprink!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004163 I'm throwing a Vlog Party your way hope to hear from you soon. - "Sprink" Mon, 6 Aug 2012 21:40:45 EST You Define Your Future By What You Do Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995719 This is my last 72 hours, unplugged. My story while not unique shows how I chose to deal with a "life-emergency" and how grateful I am to have SparkPeople in my life. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 03:00:05 EST Magic Healing Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993568 On our way into Church yesterday my cousin tripped and hurt her knees. Nothing serious but badly bruised. She's managed through the service and then my aunt brought her home and iced her knees down. <BR> <BR> I had company this weekend, so I had alread intended on baking my famous cookies for them, but my mission changed after my cousin's mishap. I was making them for her, because she loves it whenever I bake. <BR> <BR> While I can make my famous cookies from scratch blindfolded and hand... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:02:54 EST 60 Days Of Change - How SparkPeople Changed My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989721 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l38546539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My life has changed in so many amazing and wonderful ways over the last 60 days I would like to celebrate this milestone by thanking SparkPeople and my SparkPeople for all they have done to make this day possible. <BR> <BR> EFFIEANNIE was my "spark" and after she told me about SparkPeople (2 days prior to surgery) I signed up immediately. Within hours of signing up I had already met a dozen new friends - all with ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:29:15 EST Hero-ing and The Secret To A Life Well Lived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983003 After reading my latest video blog MIDNIGHTER1 a SparkFriend of mine called me his hero. Wow – nearly knocked me off my feet. I’ve been called many things in 47 years but this was a first. I’ve got a lot on my mind so I will be revisiting this event often. Teachable moment: <BR> <BR> How you choose to live today impacts more than you may know. <BR> <BR> We all have the ability to be heroes to our friends and even complete strangers. Most of the time you won’t even realize it when you ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:30:03 EST Celebrate 50 Days Progress With Sprink! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978945 Pretty big milestone here so I thought I'd do it up right this time. You all have been so supportive of my Blog - THANK YOU - I am tearing down walls put up long ago, it's my pleasure to meet you and share my Inspirations, insights, and family too! Thank you for taking the time to view this - <BR> Hugs and Pickles Always, Your friend - "Sprink" <BR> (p.s. don't forget to click LIKE, and if you want to share this with your friends, please do, I'd love to meet them too!) Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:23:03 EST 45 Days Later, 50 lbs Lighter, Life in Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969482 Wow, I can't even believe it's been 45 days already. Here's an update of my metamorphosis from the beginning to my current weight of 270 lbs. To put all of this in perspective, the clothes that I am wearing today have not graced this body since the mid 1990s (and they are loose!). Three weeks before my surgery I had an incident where my blood pressure spiked at 276/167 necessitating an ambulance transport straight to the hospital. Today my blood pressure was 106/81 and I no longer need to... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 00:46:45 EST Sprink's First 38 Days Success Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958808 Video Diary of the 38 Days Followinghttp://i.creativecommons.org/l/by<BR>-nc-sa/3.0/88x31.png Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 03:53:43 EST By Losing It All I Came To Know A Better Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957431 I have lived many good lives in my first 47 years and have lost my fortune more than once. Shortly after fortune #2 departed my physical and mental health booked earlier flights to get away. That's the back-story to this Blog. <BR> <BR> I survived the last five years because my roommate wouldn't let me "go" and my family has stood by me through it all. Through it all, and I don't know how to explain it, I always knew that God would provide for us, and that is exactly how things have happe... 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