TEDDYBEARGIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEDDYBEARGIRL TEDDYBEARGIRL'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/ New non-scale victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606130 New non-scale victory! <BR> <BR> My mom and I went for a walk at the park that has a lot of benches so I can sit when I need to. Today was the first time I actually took a real walk somewhere since beginning Plexus. I was able to walk for 25 mins and only had to sit down 3 times due to pain. This time it was hip pain instead of lower back pain.......woohoo!!!!!!!!! NO LOWER BACK PAIN!!!!!!!!!!.........I was so excited! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:18:37 EST non-scale victory!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591588 I have an awesome non-scale victory this weekend! I have weekends off this month and that alone is going to be a huge blessing and I will cherish for as long as I get it LOL. Mom and i headed to the Tree of Life book store that is closing(makes me very sad) but we got there and began to walk around looking at books and by the time we were done I had walked and stood for a full hour WITHOUT having to sit down !!!!!!!!!!! It has been a very long time since i could do that without lower back... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:02:49 EST New year new way to treat my body! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481716429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is one reason why I began to use Plexus. Now i want to help all of my friends and family to treat their body's better and live a long healthy life. Message me and I will tell you how you can do this too. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 00:46:37 EST Do you suffer from: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585123 Dr Oz says 80% of your health comes from your gut! Candida yeast overgrowth is attacking many Americans today!! I would say if we focused on a healthy gut many diseases might be prevented! Do you suffer from: <BR> *Over weight <BR> *Toe nail fungus... <BR> *Yeast Infections <BR> *Sugar Cravings <BR> *Skin Disorders <BR> *Bowel Disorders <BR> *Foggy thinking <BR> *Allergies <BR> *Depression <BR> *Auto-Immune Disorders <BR> Then you may have fungus in your bloodstream which can be th... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 00:35:44 EST Updated 2013 goals....added some more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188954 <BR> 1,000 fitness mins a month <BR> <BR> <BR> read 1 book a week (52 books a year) <BR> <BR> <BR> reintroduce non-water based exercises <BR> <BR> <BR> regain my standing endurance (to where i can stand in place with no back pain) <BR> <BR> <BR> regain my walking endurance (to where I can walk for 30 mins without needing to sit down due to back pain) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To do some form of movement that would be considered fitness based daily as i would love to do a 365 days i... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:09:19 EST Goals for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177063 1,000 fitness mins a month <BR> <BR> <BR> read 1 book a week (52 books a year) <BR> <BR> <BR> reintroduce non-water based exercises <BR> <BR> <BR> regain my standing endurance (to where i can stand in place with no back pain) <BR> <BR> <BR> regain my walking endurance (to where I can walk for 30 mins without needing to sit down due to back pain) <BR> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:53:37 EST New year fitness goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170522 It has been a long time since my last blog.......way too long LOL <BR> <BR> I am still going to the pool at the Y. Although my plan of 4 days a week fell through. Not out of want but out of scheduling. Between my rotating work schedule and the Y making changes in the pool schedule I have had to improvise my goal of water exercise. Some weeks I can get to the MWF class making it 3 times that week, other weeks i can only go to 2 of those days and there is at least 1 week in the month I can... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:46:40 EST Pool time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059792 I am really enjoying being in the pool at the YMCA. Have been going for a week now and have been in the water Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Next week will be fewer days because of my work schedule. I cant go on Wednesday <em>39</em> as i will be at work. Today has been my longest time so far of 70 mins in the water. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 23:08:59 EST My c-pap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048718 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l516303767.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l551194475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my new c-pap machine and mask.....this is the 3rd style of mask I have tried and this one is a keeper!!!!!!!!!! Fri, 7 Sep 2012 15:17:09 EST The Optimist's Creed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040380 I have no idea where I got this or who wrote it but it is something I have had saved on my computer for a very long time so i wanted to share it all with you now. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Optimist's Creed <BR> <BR> I Promise Myself To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind. <BR> To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet. <BR> To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them. <BR> To look at the sunny side of everything and make my ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:22:53 EST The cost of being unhealthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023703 Tonight i have sleep study lab #2. I should come home in the morning with a c-pap machine. It is funny how most i have talked to have not looked froward to getting one and having to use one. But after sleep lab #1 and seeing my computer printout of how bad my sleep pattern is and why I am so fatigued ALL the time and that I have apnea i am actually looking forward to getting this so I can finally get good sleep, get my energy back so i can get back to exerciseing and enjoying life!!!!!!! <BR>... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:04:27 EST sleep watchers LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997235 I am scheduled for a sleep lab Monday night August 13th. So I see Jannie in the morning to have my teeth cleaned at 830am and then that night at 7pm i go check into the sleep lab(I do not need to be driven there or home) and then I get out of the sleep lab the morning of the 14th and head to work......yes i work the day post sleep lab. <BR> <BR> <BR> I let them know I had to be to work at 9am and they told me to let the tech know I need to be checked out first that morning so i can get to ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 23:08:13 EST 2 forward...10 back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939324 I am at work today and I decided to step on the scales here just for the heck of it since I have not weighed myself in a VERY long time. I was NOT happy with myself and the number that glared back up at me. I am the only one to blame for that. I have once again gone 2 steps forward and 10 steps backwards. I asked myself this question........when will I finally put living life before food?????? And I answered.....TODAY! Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:21:08 EST Late March snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800001 Our late March snow storm here in Albany Oregon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705116719.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l288075638.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l323228189.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950825339.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289460492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These were take of my back yard and then looking out my front door this morning. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:20:28 EST I have asked this a lot lately....."why God?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787976 Just me and God having a little chit chat about life.......Listen in if you would like. I hope you do. <BR> <BR> Open 24hr position: I have been praying for that door to open up for a long time. Once upon a time that door did open up many many months ago but i felt You clearly telling me NO it is not time to apply for it so i did not and stayed with Dani's position. Then a couple weeks ago that door opened up again and I did not feel You saying no so I applied for it. I had high hopes t... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 20:46:56 EST A dream I wish were true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776576 I had a dream the other night and was sad to wake up and realize it was just a dream. <BR> <BR> You know how we have fast food places like McDonalds etc that serve fattening fast food. Well in my dream there was also a fast food place called Sparks and it was all over the country in every city selling healthy fast food and the following was what i saw on the menu in my dream <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375782672.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 23:23:18 EST 2 months of great success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729759 I weighed myself this morning and I have reached a 30 pounds lost milestone in exactally 2 months. I began this serious attempt on dec 8th 2011 and now on feb 8th 2012 I have reached a 30 pounds gone forever goal!!!!!!! Wed, 8 Feb 2012 22:22:31 EST Weight loss picture update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704176 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427406786.jpg"> Me at 400 pounds <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l268342330.jpg"> Me at 375 pounds <BR> <BR> It will be interesting to see when "I" will begin to see the difference in myself. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:39:15 EST Thursday thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692490 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175000333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am successful this time around because of the cross.......I choose a cross made of hands as it symbolizes Jesus and all of my Sparkpeople support as well as family support. We are all tied together! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l57295238.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am working hard to trade muscle for fat and that is only done through hard work and movement.......every little bit is adding... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:11:18 EST Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660325 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727620153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have stopped the blame game! <BR> <BR> In the past I would blame my weight on everything bad that happened in my past. It was always because of ________. <BR> <BR> My blanks in life were many!!!! <BR> <BR> I was sexually abused as a child by another boy in the same grade as me that lasted from 3rd grade to 5th grade before he finally was gone and out of my life. I used food to try to become as fat as the gir... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 19:12:30 EST 2012 will be different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644215 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l888371122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have not written out any new year goals yet. I know that is something I should do but it seems like when I do I never follow through with them so maybe if they stay in my head that will be a different outcome this coming new year LOL. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to blog more on Sparks in 2012. I am down to just one spark team now as I left the ones that were basically dead unless i was posting something. I fo... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:02:38 EST Dani's house decorated for Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627463 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l595992904.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l751752104.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861265495.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l615629533.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l474058502.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l635556020.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891328108.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:44:23 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625777 Sorry it has been so long since my last blog. Once I had to stop walking with mom I found I had nothing really to blog about. My days are about the same everyday such as home to work and back home and I am still dealing with the lower back pain with any kind of walking or standing for any leangth of time. My knee pain has improved termendiously so i am very happy about that. I get winded easily now so I am hampered by that again........it was like 1 step forward and 2 steps back for me fo... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:50:38 EST No Turkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602068 My Thanksgiving was different this year. I did not get to have a traditional turkey dinner. The place I choose for mom and i to go have our late lunch/early dinner was serving a traditional HAM dinner....yuck.....I really do not like ham so i was bummed big time. I could not even get a hot turkey sandwhich in place of it as there was no turkey on the menu at all LOL. So i had a meatloaf dinner......it was good but i really had my heart set on the traditional thanksgiving foods as i only do th... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 01:15:54 EST Been a lot blue lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594871 This picture describes my mood over the past few weeks. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l999760271.jpg"> <BR> I have been more blue than sunny. But in my blue mood I have had a calm reflective attitude just as the moon reflects itself off the calm water. <BR> <BR> This blue mood is different from my depression i am being treated for. It is hard to put into words as i am not depressed as i take meds for that but just have felt blue, sad, down, worn out, tired, discou... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 02:59:30 EST My day was full of suprises!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557874 <BR> <BR> Mom and I went for our walk this morning at 11am at the mall. During the walk she noticed they had put out the mall walking fitness club brocher out again so she went and grabbed one for her and one for me and we were looking through it and that is when I stopped and said to mom......I thought you said that each lap around the inside of the mall walking on the brown tiles was 1/4 mile........and she said it was.....and I showed her the distance number was .497 miles.......and she... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:15:56 EST goodies and tickers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534509 I won 50 spark goodie points on the bonus wheel today so i bought myself two virtual gifts i can use in the future. <BR> <BR> Hula Hoop: Cant use one now as my waist size is too big to actually hula hoop(59 inch waist and most hoops are 60 inches round).......ya that is a humbeling thing to know that my body is as big around as a hula hoop LOL LOL LOL <BR> <BR> swimming waist tube(ya i forgot what it is actually called) but it is the round blow up ring you put around a kids belly in the ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:58:15 EST Hot verses cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532489 My new delema with my walking journey. <BR> <BR> The hot part: <BR> <BR> I have begun to walk inside the local mall and my back is much happier with me. My back likes the warmth as it does not spasm as much or as painful. I can walk farther inside the mall before I am in too much pain to keep going and need to sit. BUT here is the problem with Hot......I am too hot LOL. The heat is zapping me of all my energy. My heart is working harder walking in the warm building. I am sweating so m... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:01:07 EST A mall mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524377 I have switched to walking inside our local mall instead of outside. The decision to switch was based on how difficult it was going to be for me to walk in the rain, sit on wet benches as I have to sit and walking in that rain cape i was over heating to the point I thought i was going to pass out and the cape allowed me to sit on wet benches and keep my pants dry LOL so the solution was walking inside the mall. <BR> <BR> One trip around the inside of the mall equals 1/4 mile. so 4 laps is... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 15:06:42 EST 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510696 yup thats right....i walked 9 loops today at the park. First time ever being able to go past 8 loops.......still have to sit alot but I made progress today! Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:43:55 EST I long to bench the pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4509496 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l238202350.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As much as I love the look of park benches and the comfort of park benches and even the rustic touch they give to parks; i long for the day when i do not have to walk where there are park benches. Being tied to a location solely based on the fact there are many options to sit so close together is not something to be proud of. In that 1/8 mile loop there are 10 benches to choose to sit on so i am never far from a... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 23:16:48 EST My Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500807 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l717091232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good evening. I have had a good day today. Went for my morning walk with mom and was able to do 8 loops today. I did not meet my goal of 10 loops this week so there is next week to shoot for that goal. Adjusting to my new back support brace was more painful that I had anticipated it to be LOL. The positive was my usual regular lower right back pain went away but the negatives outweighed the ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 21:18:32 EST WOW what a day LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497680 WOW what a day LOL <BR> <BR> I woke up with a bad charlie horse spasm in my right lower back that took my breath away and almost made it impossible to even get out of bed. I managed to finally get to a sitting position with my legs over the side of the bed. But everytime I tryed to bend one of my legs up onto the matress again so i could put a sock on it hurt like _______. I finally got my socks on, then my underware and pants to my knees all while sitting on the bed. I looked at my back... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:15:59 EST A 30 day challenge video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4487398 This is a great video! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnfBXjWm7hc </link> <BR> <BR> I am going to do this beginning October 1. I have 2 ideas i am bouncing around in my head of what i want my 30 day challenge to be. <BR> <BR> I know for sure i will definitely draw something everyday for 30 days. I pray this will help me get past my fear of creating art. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 23:02:36 EST My progress to that 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485145 On Monday mom and I walked the park loop. I did my first time of 8 loops around the path. I still have to sit after every 2 loops but 8 loops equals 1 mile!!!!!!! I am so happy that i have walked my first 1 mile in a very long time!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Then during Dani's 1 hr digestion time(she has to stay up in her wheel chair for 1 full hour after eating before she can lay down) we took a 30 min walk around the neighborhood. I have no idea exactally how far we walked but if I gave a good... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:29:33 EST The 3 clients at the fair this summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476038 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l574307664.jpg"> Dani, Pat and Krissy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l239353852.jpg"> Dani looking at a horse <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l773549103.jpg"> Krissy looking at a horse <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498457304.jpg"> Krissy looking smug <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l845844881.jpg"> Pat Fri, 9 Sep 2011 18:28:26 EST 6 today.....met my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474518 Mom and I walked this morning at the park. I was able to do 6 loops today so i got my 3/4 mile in!!!!!! I was able to walk 2 loops then sit and walked another 2 loops before I had to sit and I was shooting for one more of 2 loops without sitting but I only made it 1.5 loops before I had to sit to release the pain.......i was so happy with my progress today compared to yesterdays treadmill walk. I even had a happier mood after my walk today! I really am liking the walking except for the pa... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 22:00:45 EST Longing for fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472685 I am so not a summer person. Well most people my weight probably dread the summer months and the heat that comes with it. It means wearing clothes that are too hot, sweating without having to do anything, and when doing something sweat so bad it is actually almost humiliating LOL. <BR> <BR> Today got to a miserable HOT 96. Too hot to walk outside even this morning. So I had to do my walk inside on my treadmill. I can not walk on the treadmill and not hold on as I have very poor balance.... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 23:12:52 EST And the battle rages on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4467679 I did 6 park loops today meaning I walked 3/4 of a mile for the first time in a long time. <BR> <BR> I still can not walk more than 2 loops at a time before I have to sit. I have to continue to maintain those 6 loops and increase it more often than I had been if i am going to make it to my goal of walking 12 loops by the end of September. That is 1.5 miles and half way to the 5 k distance I need to achieve by the end of October. <BR> <BR> I am happy with my success except for one thing.... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 15:07:19 EST 2+1+2 still equals 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463514 That was my walk today......2 loops and sat, then 1 loop and sat then 2 loops and back to the truck.....so i got in my goal of 5 but I just could not do 2 loops together in a row like yesterday. My back was not as happy with me today as it was yesterday but I am not going to let the pain win!!!!!! Sat, 3 Sep 2011 00:05:44 EST 2+2+1= Woohoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461779 Mom and I went for our walk this morning. I was able to do 2 laps around the loop before sitting down again today then i sat for maybe 5 mins and then was able to do 2 more loop laps before sitting again and then decided to do 1 more so a total of 5 laps today in about 25 mins so I was able to walk slightly more than 1/2 mile today. I wore my tennis shoes today instead of my Crocs and that was a misteak as my left knee is really bothering me today so it is back to walking in my crocs. <BR> Fri, 2 Sep 2011 00:38:57 EST WooHoo 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459623 Mom and I went for our morning walk at the park loop. I am improving every day. Today i walked 2 laps before i had to sit and after a 5 min rest on a bench i was able to walk 1.5 laps again before i had to sit down to get my back spasms to relax . I was still only able to go 4 laps which is 1/2 mile in just about 25-30 mins.....I lost track of the time LOL but i am able to go farther now before i have to sit due to back pain and that is what i am getting so excited about! <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:16:46 EST My first treadmill walk @ home in many many months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456567 This morning(Tuesday) I walked at home on my treadmill. I walked at a speed of 1.5mph. I was able to walk nonstop for 1/4 mile(equaled 2 loops around at the park) in 10 mins.......3/4 the way to the end my back pain was really bad but I pushed through! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:57:38 EST A woohoo moment for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454888 This morning mom and I headed to the park to walk our 1/8 mile loop. I was able to walk around the loop 2 times before I needed to sit down!!!!!!!!! WooHoo!!!!!!!! This was the first time I could go all the way around 2 times meaning I walked 1/4 mile before I had to sit.......I did 4 laps today instead of my goal of 5 but I was soooooo excited about my first 2 lap success! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:28:42 EST 25 things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448374 I saw this done somewhere else and knew it would be a challenge for me to come up with 25 things about myself to share but I did do it so here they are....... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 I love Jesus <BR> <BR> 2 I am an only child <BR> <BR> 3 I am a Seattle Mariners fan <BR> <BR> 4 I collect teddy bears <BR> <BR> 5 I love to read <BR> <BR> 6 I love coffee <BR> <BR> 7 My favorite place to be is at the coast(beach) watching the ocean. <BR> <BR> 8 I like to take pictures <BR> ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 18:44:07 EST Picture of answered prayer!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4446462 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138122466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture was taken Sunday August 21st at the hospital after Joe pulled his own trach out proving he could breath on his own with no need even for that trach!!!!!!!!! That is the most beautiful scare on his throat ever(meaning that the trach is gone and all that is left is a scar) <BR> <BR> Joe is now free from a trach and ventulator 100%. He is 95% back to where he was before his medical emergancy that occur... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:50:58 EST My Monday walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4443075 I did better today! There is a war memorial at a local park that has a paved path around it with benches and is maybe 1/8 mile in distance each lap......when I first began this I had been doing 4 laps in 30 mins and today i was able to do 5 laps in 30 mins so i am walking faster and could do 1 more lap than I usually can.....I do sit on a bench after each lap to rest my back spasms but on lap #1 I was able to go 1 1/2 times around before sitting!!!!! <BR> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:05:10 EST Yard sale adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4439197 Thursday after mom and I finished our walk we went to check out a benefit sale and i wondered if the location was even right as I knew where this street was and I knew it was not a well traveled street and the only thing I knew was even on this street was a run down house on the corner and wheat fields that ran between a dirt and gravel street.......so off we went and I got to the street and we headed down the dirt and gravel road and that was an adventure that had us laughing our heads off. ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 23:59:26 EST The pain will NOT win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435644 My day started out good even though i was still tired when my alarm went off this morning. I picked up mom for our walk but I still had low energy and I knew that was not a good sign LOL. My first lap my leg muscles talked to me since I had begun doing some leg exercises the night before LOL That first lap i was back to walking my begining slow pace again. I had to sit at the end of lap 1 due to my back muscles burning like crazy. By the end of lap 2 I questioned my ability to go for 5 l... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:11:19 EST 4+1=5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433455 I got up this morning a did a few house chores before mom and I went for our walk but i learned that may not be a good idea as i began my walk today with a tired back already. I knew at the 3/4 mark of lap 1 that there was no way I could shoot for a lap and a half before sitting down so i decided to go ahead and sit after each lap. At the end of lap 4 i decided to sit on the bench instead of heading to the truck. After a few mins of rest I said to mom....1 more......so i did complete 5 lap... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:53:51 EST