SUSIEMT's SparkPeople Blog SUSIEMT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 3 things I am proud of accomplishing! Today for spark coach requested we blog about three things we have accomplished that we are proud of. <BR> 1. I have been maintaining my weight loss even though I was on a road trip out to Montana from WI. Yea Me!!! <BR> <BR> 2. I have been going to my gym (anytime fitness) and doing my workouts! Yea Me!!! <BR> <BR> 3. I have not been perfect, however, I have recorded even my "little" indiscretions. Yea Me!!! <BR> <BR> 4. I know I am repeating myself however, I AM MAINTAINING MY WE... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:50:06 EST Holiday Goal My goal this holiday season is to Maintain! That's all I want to do. So I am involved in a challenge with my Team 300 lbs Plus and one of the challenges was to read an article and pick out three tips that you could promise yourself that you could do! Well doing Spark Coach today Spark Guy was talking about setting your future goals on paper. I am just not ready to map out my goals for the next 5 or 10 yrs but I am most certainly willing to map out the next two months for this challenge. <... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:08:47 EST 7 Weeks after surgery! Exercise and Strength Training Woo Hoo! I went to the Doctor last Tuesday. He finally released me from all restrictions regarding exercise and strength training. I have to say that my stomach is still numb so I don't feel things when I lean against them such as sinks or when my personal trainer is helping me stretch and leans against my hip bone I didn't even know he was leaning into me. It was just plain weird. Anyway, I decided to invest in me and hired a personal trainer to help come up with a plan while I am in Montana visit... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:04:28 EST Day 17 After Surgery I went to the Doctor on Tuesday. He said I was coming along nicely. My legs are still swollen up. I finally got over to Walgreens and got a pair of Teds. Hopefully that will help. The doctor did say this is normal and if I wanted to get some Teds I could but he didn't think it was necessary. I have been walking gradually since Saturday. I started out going around one block then Sunday 3 blocks Monday 1.17 miles Tuesday a day of rest Wednesday and Thursday 2.37 miles. I have to admit I h... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 23:04:05 EST Day 13 After Surgery I know by now you are getting tired of hearing from me. Well, I just wanted to say I went to Church last night for the Easter Vigil and made it through 2.5 hrs. I did take my cushion with me but I found I was able to stand up, sit down without any problem. Just before communion I did try to kneel and had no problem it just came so naturally. Of course I have to say thank goodness I have strong legs so I didn't need to put any effort into getting up or down. Woo Hoo for me! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:46:40 EST Day 12 After Surgery I'm still going strong and I still have to give my sister Thoms1 so much credit for my recovery. She's a keeper for sure. I have been dressing myself, no easy feat when you can't bend over. But with the help of those reacher thingys and my old faithful wooden back scratcher I can drag my pants up my leg within acceptable reach. Of course I wear pretty much the same thing every day. But at least I don't look like an invalid. <BR> Today Becky suggested we go for a very short walk around ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:52:17 EST Day 8 After Surgery I went for my 2nd post-op doctor's visit this morning. He removed the two drains and all but two staples. There were a lot of staples! Almost each one was like getting a bee sting. My nephew said that was how his staples being removed felt and I do agree with him. Especially my left inner thigh. That was so touchy! He swiped the area and then put body glue on me. That always makes me smile. I have used super glue on cracks on my fingers but I just never thought they would use it to h... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:26:08 EST Day 7 after Excess Skin Removal Surgery Glad to say I am finally regular again! I mean as in BM! I know TMI! When I went to see my Dr at my first post-op visit he was very happy with how I was handling the surgery. I had a circumferential abdominoplasty and inner thigh lift. He wanted to know how the pain was and how I would rate it from 0 (no pain) to 10 (excruciating pain). I said 0 , then asked if I was abnormal in regards to the pain. He said yes I was definitely abnormal. The reason why I didn't have a lot of pain was th... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:32:16 EST Before surgery Blog The title says it all pretty much. Today I go in for excess skin removal surgery. I have kept 146 lbs off. So this is my reward for my lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, insurance is not footing the bill. My mother is picking up this tab. When mom passed I had invested some of my inheritance and decided this is how I would spend it. Actually, she would have been thrilled! During her later years she would have really really loved to have gotten a face lift but she could not justify the ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:47:56 EST All or nothing attitude My assignment today is to blog about the last time I experienced an all or nothing attitude regarding food or exercise. Hmmm. That hasn't happened since I joined spark. Actually it was just before I gave up on everything. Well, everything Diet related. When I was in the Navy (long long ago in a far away Galaxy) I was always on the fat boys list. Even though I was a girl. In order to reenlist I had to lose weight to pass the physical. It was really quite horrible. I became so depress... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 00:52:42 EST I had a good day... I went to Adoration <BR> I stayed for Mass <BR> Then I stayed for Stations of the Cross. <BR> I got home. Made some Brown Rice. Ate some Rice with my Coffee. Got on my computer. Checked the Menu of where I was going for lunch logged my food. <BR> Shortly after my cousin came and we went out to lunch. <BR> Now I would normally go to the fitness center after church but I had already decided that today wasn't going to be about me and my needs. I wanted to spend time with my cousin. Well,... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:19:20 EST I am healthier today! I know I am better health wise because: <BR> I can walk 5 plus miles if I want to. (That would be around the perimeter of our villages.) <BR> I can jog on the treadmill with out collapsing. Well, at least for 15 min. But I think I could <BR> go longer if I really wanted to. <BR> I can kneel in church without it hurting. <BR> I can show my Drivers License to the Postmaster and he says I am glad I don't have to copy this license and send it on to the powers that be! At least I know it's you... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:36:51 EST One small step... Since Becky (Thoms1) went on vacation and left me home alone I have reactivated my spark coach account. Well low and behold while doing my check-in one day this week. I might add I was being just a bit down on myself. I clicked save check-in and up at the top of the page was the following message from Spark Guy! <BR> <BR> You are an experiment of one. It's up to you to adjust your program and find the ranges (and tactics) that work for you. Try not to compare yourself to others. <BR> <B... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:55:24 EST Fast and Easy Meals! Sorry, nothing I do is fast or easy! While watching today's SparkCoach video I had to laugh cause Becky Hand is going on about doing these quick and easy meals for your family in just minutes. She had it right as far as having a plan. You have to know what you are going to make all week long! You need to sit down and make that grocery list out so when you get to the store you're not wandering, aimlessly ending up in your TRIGGER SECTION! <BR> When you fail to plan you plan to fail! <BR> ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:34:12 EST 4th year Sparkversary! Four years ago July 5th was my Independence Day! I was so afraid of failure! I was overwhelmed! Reading some of the articles on nutrition and I was going to say fitness but I wasn't even thinking that far ahead, anyway back to nutrition, I thought maybe I could just do a few of the things they suggest without making any BIG changes. I didn't want to upset the proverbial apple cart with my sister (Thoms1). I just wanted to see if I could do something! I needed some kind of success to hel... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:27:51 EST I saw my little girl self at the lake tonight! I felt shame and anger! I wanted to cry for her. I looked over at the picnic table to see who her "fat" parents were. Nobody at those tables looked like they had a weight problem. Then why oh why was she at least 50-60 lbs over weight! The kid wasn't stuffing her face. When she wasn't in the water she was out on the beach running around having fun. <BR> When I was a kid I followed my father's example when it came to eating. When he didn't want to deal with his feelings he would eat. I ca... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:09:18 EST 3rd Year Sparkversary! I am three years old today! That's how I have come to look at my journey. I was living before but since Spark I have learned how to live. As Janey2011 said it is all about balance. I no longer have to juggle my life. That feels so good. I can be proud of my life today. I am very proud of myself and how I choose to live it. <BR> <BR> Spark On! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 23:37:30 EST True Confessions! Two weeks ago my sister Julie came home for a family reunion we were all going to. You guessed it! Julie's to blame! (Buzzer sounds!) Wrong answer! I have to bite the bullet and say Susie made some bad choices and didn't know when to quit shoveling that oh so tasty food! The real sad thing is that no one tied my hands behind my back! I would still of found a way. When Julie left after only one week I weighed 165 lbs. I gained! I was no longer at goal! I felt bad for about a nanosecond and t... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:43:02 EST ARE YOU AFRAID TO TRY OR AFRAID TO FAIL? I got out of the military in 1989. If I wanted to reenlist I needed to guess what! LOSE WEIGHT! I spent a few days thinking about it going back and forth-should I bother, can I face even one more 500 calorie day? At home I would burst into tears! I was single at the time and my boyfriend was up in L A doing an extended audit. I called him up and asked him if he would mind my not reenlisting. Can you believe that! As if I had to get his approval. I had a lot of issues back then. I had been... Fri, 27 May 2011 12:54:11 EST Eyes wide shut! Yesterday I got on the treadmill, after a minute I set it up to 5.1 and started running. By most standards it must seem slow but I just closed my eyes and started running. I didn't have my headset on, I just enjoyed myself. What! To me this does not make any sense at all. I started thinking about this while I was running with my eyes closed. (I love saying that if you haven't guessed!) I had not one bit of pain. I thought back to 1995 when I was a window clerk at the Post Office in Encinitas... Thu, 19 May 2011 00:54:34 EST Giving Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the new dress I am planning on wearing while sitting in the audience during a taping of one of the last Oprah shows! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have given up many times in my life. I have never given up on my journey for a healthier lifestyle. I have been discouraged most certainly! Those few ounces lost during many weeks weigh-ins could have done me in if I had let them. Instead, I chose to review my wee... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 00:32:21 EST Gains and Losses a Personal Perspective <img src="">I have been with Spark People approx. 2 yrs and 8 months. I have lost 175 lbs and reached my goal. So what have I gained from this remarkable journey which is far from over? <BR> <BR> 1. Learned how to set goals. <BR> 2. Learned how to "attain" a goal. It was previously thought unattainable. Spark inspired me to be bold and dream to make my long time wish come true. I would lay in bed at night looking out my window , close... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 01:32:00 EST Thank you for sparking me friends. I am within .8 of a lb. I consider myself at goal right now. I plan on staying within Plus or minus 4 lbs of 150. <BR> <BR> Why am I stopping at 150 you ask. Well, I would like to maintain that for at least one year. If at that time I want to get to a healthy (That darn BMI chart) weight I will attempt to go down to 130. We'll see what happens. <BR> <BR> I have absolutely no worries about being able to maintain it. I just have to find out the amount of calories I can eat with the amount... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:35:05 EST Snowshoeing and ? I haven't made a blog post for a while so I thought I had better get on the stick. I have been snow shoeing this past month. It is incredibly exhausting! Who knew! With this last snowstorm we had I decided to go out in the back yard and see if I could do any snow shoeing. I filled the bird feeders and decided to snow shoe my way over to the pine trees to spread out some bird seed. Tom had snow blowed a path to the feeders so from that point I figured I would be able to get up on the snow an... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 23:49:16 EST Michlein Man Beware!! Today was sunny and beautiful out except it was 20 degrees. So, Beck suggested a walk. I just jumped on it and we ran to get ready..It brought back memories of getting ready to go outside as a kid in winter! Well about <BR> 20 minutes later we were ready to go, we had on our snowpants, snowboots, heavy duty winter coats and heavy duty gloves. We went for our walk however, Beck got a bad pain in her right leg and I had a pain in my left hip but I wasn't about to tell HER that! We cut our walk ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 00:21:40 EST Lesson Learned This past holiday season made me realiZe that I cannot be left alone with any kind of candy or popcorn (flavored)! I am making a lifestyle resolution for next year! I will not beg my niece to make me anything covered in chocolate again! I also asked her to please ignore me even if I come on bended knees to her door begging for chocolate covered nuts raisins or pretzels! She immediately went on the defensive thinking I thought her candy was bad. OH! Contrair! (sp) They were toooooo good! We ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 00:34:57 EST Portion Distortion! Every time I see the article "Portion Distortion" I have to laugh because I remember how resistant I was to having only a 3 oz serving of ANYTHING !! I told Becky (Thoms1) it would be a cold day in hell before I have a 3oz. steak and be SATISFIED!! <BR> <BR> If I were to go back and look over my nutrition logs I would bet that when Saturday night rolls around I would find some 12 oz steaks listed! It's a wonder I lost all that weight! I think I was in a challenge once that had us checki... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 00:11:02 EST Ice Cream, Cake and Pie Oh My! No Pie really but the rest is true! <BR> <BR> Last Weekend and this past weekend were big cake weekends for us. We had a celebration for my niece who just graduated from Massage Therapy School. Yea Danielle! Her mom Becky (Thoms1) made a wonderful chocolate cherry fudge cake. We also made Potato Salad and Sloppy Joes. How much comfort does one need? Right! Well I did a weight check-in on Monday morning just to see how I had done. I gained 5 lbs! YIKES! It was like Oh My! I am getting tired o... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:20:24 EST Lookie Lookie but no touchie! We came through the Pig entrance walking past the big bags of cat and dog food only to have to pass the bakery. Can you believe that! They stick that darn bakery right up front where you have to pass by. We were walking and my head was swiveling to the right getting a good look at the baked goods. I did not see my favorites! They may have been there but I did not stick around to find them. Whew! Wonder if I can get combat pay? LOL <BR> <BR> We have started another Biggest Loser competition... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:26:47 EST Goals and other things! We just finished our Biggest Loser End of Summer Challenge on Team 300 lbs. Plus. I wasn't the biggest loser for sure. I lost 5.6 lbs over 6 weeks. I am perfectly satisfied with the results. I had some set backs that I overcame namely that dastardly popcorn "KETTLE CORN"! If you listen closely you can hear the kernels popping in the distance. Fortunately for me the "Cow Chip" is only once a year. It lasts for 2 days and they have wonderful "fair food". I have over come a lot of the "treats"... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 22:51:48 EST An AHA moment! Sorry I have been MIA blog wise. <BR> <BR> This morning after exercise Becky said to me "What are you going to eat for breakfast?" I said I think a cereal bar. My next thought was because I need the Carbs. I had to laugh to myself. I have never had that thought beore in my life! Wow! Reading all those articles really did sink in. So I got my bar, coffee and got some Strawberries ready for my breakfast. <BR> <BR> Little things like this help me to realize that I truly am making healthy li... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 14:12:09 EST On VACA again! Sunday Morning Becky Tom and I left on our driving trip to PA. My oldest sister lives there. We thought we would visit her while we are still able. Can you believe that? We sound like old people! Well Karen is going to be 71. Now that sounds old but I like to think of it as the new middle age! LOL I just turned 60 my last Birthday! Oh Well! <BR> <BR> So I may not get to check in with anyone until I get back however I will try to log my food and exercise every day. If I don't get the oppor... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 06:55:04 EST 10 Lbs. Away!! I had a good weigh-in this week. I have officially lost 151 lbs!!! Yea Me!! 174 lbs.. I haven't been that weight since 1984 or so!! Woo Hoo!! <BR> I haven't been perfect this last 5 days but I have had fun and tried to make allowences in my food plans to ensure I don't gain any weight this coming week. I have been making sure I get my exercise. Well actually my sister Becky (Thoms1) makes sure I get up and walk over to the gym to get my exercise. She comes along of course. <BR> <BR> I reme... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 23:31:01 EST Simply Pleasurable! My sister said to me this morning " Gee, I've only lost 33 lbs in the last 6 months." I did a double take and said "Gee, I've only lost 48 lbs in the last 12 months!" Duh! I have lost 150 lbs. in the last 2 years. So has Becky. Just think that is 2 good sized women! <BR> We went to the lake last Saturday and wore swim suits for the first time in I don't know how many "DECADES"! I suppose there aren't that many people that can say that! We went out to the lake again today and we each wore diff... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:18:31 EST I am back from VACA and going strong! I did gain 2.4 lbs. That is okay, it is not the end of the world, because I know, I just know that I will lose it. I am back on track and going to the gym M-F. Getting both aerobic and strength training. A walk to and from the gym has been unpleasant due to high humidity but we have been doing it. We look like drowned rats when we get to the gym but surely all that moisture must be good for my skin right? LOL! <BR> <BR> Right now I am 13.4 lbs away from my first "BIG goal". Then if I lose a... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 23:13:25 EST I'm on vaca right now! I am missing in action right now. I am visiting my cousin so have very limited time to get on line to spark. Hope all is well with you. I just did 40 min. on the stationary bike. Left lots of sweat on the floor. Hope cousin gets over it. LOL <BR> Have a wonderful day! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 12:02:27 EST Rested I think I have recovered from yesterday! I took a 3 hour (lol) nap. Ate a light dinner and then off to bed. I only have a mild sore throat today but nothing keeps me away from shopping. Becky dragged me to a Company wide warehouse sale. It was fun! there were so many people there and we were very close to the front. Checking out was even more fun. We were in line for over 30 min. snaking all around this big atrium. It was worth it. I got some very nice things on the cheap. <BR> <BR> Then ... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 23:26:02 EST Standstill I have always said I have never hit a plateau. That it was always me standing in my way. For the past few weeks I have been going up and down. I will lose one lb. then gain three. I think that is what will happen this week. I also say it is what it is. I feel like I have been run over by a Mack Truck. Yes, that truck was big and long. It left me with a sore throat on the right side of my throat. I'm dragged out and I will leave it at that. I need to take a nap right now. I had 8 hours of slee... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:15:31 EST Yeah Me! I am some what embarrassed. I was in a challenge in Team 300 lbs. Plus and happened to win the title. That just tickled me however, I immediately gained 2.4 lbs. The results were just in and I feel like I screwed up. Okay, that is my old stinky thinking. I will not offer any rationalizations. It is what it is end of conversation. Well almost! <BR> For any new person to spark that may be reading this blog I have been doing this "lifestyle change" since July 2008. An occasional back step... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 23:28:54 EST Spark or not? This past two years (this July) has sped by so fast! I have lost 147 lbs in that time! Can you imagine that? It just feels to surreal! I have never kept off any weight that I tried to lose before. I know this is all due to Spark People, the support of my fellow team members especially Team 300 Lbs. Plus. In this past few months if it hadn't been for the challenges that Dusty has come up with I do not know if I would have lost as much as I did. Being active on a team is key for me. In the pas... Wed, 26 May 2010 23:46:46 EST Sweat Equity I work out at the local hospital fitness center. There are mostly elderly people there trying to keep their bodies in motion and there are many rehab patients as well. I have seen all sorts of people. During lunch time the employees will stop in to get their strength training or cardio. With all these people there working out my sister and I stand out among them. We are the only ones that are sweating like pigs. More than one person will always comment on what a good workout we are getti... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:07:22 EST Tired I am tired today. I didn't do any cardio or strength training today however I did it 5 days this past week. It's so gray and dreary out I think that is affecting me. Other than that Life is good. I do not need any do overs today! Sat, 23 Jan 2010 16:36:04 EST Resolution = Resolute? I saw the Blog prompt and ewwww! New Year's resolutions! Yuck! So I guess you know how I feel about New Year's resolutions. They never ever worked for me and never will. I am realistic enough to know my limitations. <BR> <BR> Very early in 2009 I took part in a workshop through one of my Teams. I learned how to set goals. What a relief it was, I no longer had to make resolutions that I knew I couldn't keep but I could sit down and decide what I wanted to accomplish during the upcoming... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 23:03:06 EST Holidays I can't believe another year has zipped by! Iwas very diligent last year at this time. I did not want to have a gain during the holidays. I managed to even loss a few pounds. We have planned to have a healthified meal. Getting rid of some extra unhealthy calories and fats but I know it is still going to tempt me! I am trying to eat at the lower end of my calorie range to adjust for some of the extra calories I will eat. That is so hard for me now. I look at my report and try to get all... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 15:51:53 EST Ounces cropping back up. The year is winding down. I am looking at my goals for this year and I am 4 pounds away from reaching that weight goal. I do not believe I am at a plateau. I feel like I am not giving it my all to get there! I have the answers at the tips of my fingers, toes, lips and brain! Talking with Thoms1 has helped put things back into perspective. We both want to reach our goals and must recommit ourselves on a daily basis if need be. <BR> <BR> I went to my primary care doctor for a follow up v... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 20:03:15 EST It has been a privilege to meet you! A week ago this past Friday I had an appointment with a cardiologist. He was very matter of fact. He asked me why I discontinued taking my simvastatin for cholesterol. I told him I had asked my doctor during my annual physical if I could stop it and have my cholesterol rechecked to see how I was doing. It did go up a tiny bit so my doctor said he normally would not treat a patient with medication for this amt of cholesterol. (I recently had to change doctors due to mine closing his practice... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 12:29:08 EST Listen to your body I went out walking with my sister Becky Friday morning. We were going for a 3 mile walk. We were on the last leg of our walk and an inner voice said "listen to your body". At that point I urged Beck to go on cause I had to go home. Of course I didn't tell her there was anything wrong. Just that I couldn't go any further. I was having a hard time breathing which has never happened to me before and I had slowed down a great deal. As I came to the end of that block I wondered if I would eve... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 23:23:08 EST Spark People Motivator I opened up a spark e-mail and it said that I had gotten enough votes to be nominated as a spark motivator! I was speechless! Well not really! But no one was listening to me telling them about it. Becky finally comes in the office and said what were you trying to tell me? What was Rodney Dangerfield's reply? I get no respect! <BR> <BR> I find it hard to believe that I could be nominated for a motivator. Mainly because this time lossing weight and exercising has been so easy for me. I kno... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:46:51 EST The walls come tumbling down! We took a 3.93 walk this morning! We decided to walk on down to see the destruction of Becky and Tom's home for 36 years being torn down. We got there at 10:15 and were to late! The only thing left was the basement and they were almost finished with that! They were doing two other houses in the same area. We stopped for a Diet coke and went past again and they had already started on the second house. They take so long to build and only minutes to knock down! That's like weight loss only... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 15:47:51 EST (no title) Tom, Becky and I went to the Mustard Day festivities in Mt. Horeb WI today. I have lived here for the past 6 years and missed in until this year. The only reason we went was because it would be the last time that it would be held in Mt Horeb. It is such a lovely community. They have a very nice downtown. There are lots of Norwegiens in that neck of the woods. The smells that were coming from the Restaurant/Bakery were heavenly. We shot that devil right down! In fact the only thing that we... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 00:24:33 EST