TWINSFITBY40's SparkPeople Blog TWINSFITBY40's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Feeling inspired and so blessed!! I feel really good today. I am feeling exceptionally inspired to work on my goals for 2013. I want to shout it the world!! I cannot even pay any attention to my aches and pains.They get my attention everyday... Today I want to give my attention to all that is great in my life. <BR> <BR> I am soo blessed and I truly believe that all of my goals are attainable. I will lose weight, exercise and eat healthier. I will be healthier this year than I have been in a long time. My spirit will reson... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:15:36 EST I got the thumbs up for light exercise from my doctor... Yay!! Hi everyone. Yesterday I had my appt. with my doctor at the headache center. I went in to get routine nerve block injections in my head. I was talking to her and asking her about how she can help me reduce my weight and the pain that is associated with any type of exertion. I was surprised to see how much she wanted to help me and was happy that she used one of my suggestions. She gave me a medication used to control blood pressure that I should take 1 to 2 hrs. prior to exercise. She is goi... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:28:55 EST MY ST. PATRICK'S DAY - 3 YRS AGO, BRAIN SURGERY!! PHOTOS (VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED) Hi spark community! I wanted to share with you one of the reasons I lost control of my health and weight. <BR> Over three years ago, I was suffering with debilitating headaches that led to paralysis and the inability to speak. My twin sister had suffered with the same headaches. After seeing a number of specialists, I was told that I had Chiari Malformation 1. It appeared that my brain was too big for my skull causing my brain to squeeze into my spine. It was about 13mm in. This was causing ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:09:51 EST Day one of no scale, OMG!! Hello sp friends. I was successful on day one of not weighing myself for a while. Wow, I have to say it was harder than I thought. I kept feeling anxious and I was very tempted to just take a peek. Good thing that my husband hid the scale from me yesterday. Although I know he probably would have given it to me if I asked enough... : ) That was yesterday ... <BR> <BR> Today, I am SO happy that I sent my scale on vacation. I have been exercising a little, eating better and getting a bit more s... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 17:39:43 EST I am sending my scale on vacation!! <em>192</em> Yes I am going to stop weighing myself for a little while. This is VERY difficult for me to do because I literally live by the scale. I know that I shouldn't allow the numbers displayed to guide my day but they always do. I know that the scale is not the only tool used to determine my success in this long journey but I always fall into the trap and I do get a bit of a rush right before I weigh myself. Then time and again I am disappointed at the numbers but I also allow those n... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:24:51 EST FLY ME TO THE MOON , MOM!! Hello sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Today, my 18 year old said to me that he wishes that he "lived" on the moon. <BR> <BR> "There's no gravity there!" This statement tugs on my heartstrings because he <BR> <BR> has muscular dystrophy and his muscles are too weak to manage his body weight <BR> <BR> and gravity is one of his enemies. He went on to say many more things about the <BR> <BR> advantages but I couldn't really get away from that statement. You see, every <BR> <BR> now ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 17:39:12 EST Damage control!! Day 4 Hello everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday yesterday. I am happy to report that I had a great time with my family and I ate very well. I wasn't even thinking about eating healthfully and I still did. That shows me that my brain is in a better place and it helps me stay in control even when I am not aware of it. <BR> Because we have such a big family and my parents live out of town my siblings and I enjoy their Thanksgiving with their perspective families, i.e. in-laws, spouses fam... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:38:19 EST Damage control!! Day 3 Hello sp friends. I am in day three of my damage control mode and I am feeling good today. It is Thanksgiving day and I can't believe how positive my mind is about this holiday. Every holiday for the past 10 or 15 years I have been stressed out about my weight and haven't really enjoyed the food part of this holiday. I have always felt guilty about eating this or that. Well, this year I am not feeling stressed because I know that I am a work in progress. I can eat what I like in moderation an... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:03:31 EST Damage control!! Day 2 Hi everyone! Yesterday went well enough for me. I managed to spark more than I have been in a couple of weeks. The weather didn't allow me to take my usual walk but I managed to do some household chores that kept me moving. Although I did not do any extra exercise I feel good and had a better pedometer steps count than I usually have. All in all, I feel like I can get back on track and lose the extra weight I had gained in the last couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I am also feeling positive abou... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:47:22 EST Damage control!! Hi everyone. I am blogging because I have to take action against my getting off track. I am in damage control mode. I have found myself using the same excuses that I had used before to fall off track and now I am trying to get back on track and it's not easy. There are many reasons that are more than enough to cause me to lose focus on my goals but there are more reasons to get back on track... <BR> I have noticed that anytime I am close to reaching a mini goal then I self sabotage. I don't... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:09:00 EST Never Give Up!! Just wanted to share some motivation with my sp family... <BR> "Stories For The Heart" Compiled by Alice Gray <BR> <BR> ANOTHER CHANCE <BR> H. STEPHEN GLENN and JANE NELSEN <BR> <BR> Jonas Salk, the great scientist and the discoverer of the vaccine against polio, understood the concept of being encouraging. He was once asked, "How does this outstanding ach... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 10:45:04 EST It snowed today... <em>425</em> Today was the first snow of the season. Wow it's not even November yet and I had to get out my winter boots. <BR> <BR> Around this time last year I was hospitalized after one of the worse headaches of my life. Now that says a lot because I get debilitating headaches that have gotten worse after my brain surgery in march of '09. After a series of painful tests, including a lumbar puncture, and several days in the hospital, the dr.s concluded that its just another phase of my h... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 00:41:50 EST Changes I Can Feel! Hi sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged in a while but here it goes. I have had a couple of rough weeks that have turned into a couple of bad months for weight loss. Been thrown a few personal curve balls my way and I believe I have overcome most of them. <BR> <BR> Some of the issues I can share are internet service not working as well as it should. My debilitating headaches seem to get worse as the weather changes. Ouch!! Also my stress level was high for a while there not allowing m... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:33:21 EST The Mistakes I am making. Hello sp friends. I felt the need to look at the things I am doing wrong because I haven't had as much success as I'd like to when it comes to my weight. I am still learning a lot from sp but I believe that I cannot be fully successful if I don't acknowledge the errors that are stunting my progress. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> I let the scale determine how my day will go. I weigh myself everyday even though I know I didn't workout or I feel bloated or heavier. Then I allow the numbers to get ... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:31:58 EST One Month Sparkversary !! Today is my one month sparkversary and I can't believe how much I've learned. I never realized that I was not eating enough because I didn't want to " gain weight". <BR> Well now thanks to sp I know that I have to eat enough to give my body energy. No wonder I was always tired. Today I wanted to do something I have never done before <BR> so I did a Zumba dvd I received on Saturday. Omg I couldn't believe that I actually finished the 45 minutes. I couldn't always keep up but I still kept mo... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:06:27 EST Had a bad evening. :( TODAY WILL BE BETTER!! Last night I was feeling very stressed. I was not able to go online and get inspired to do anything. All of a sudden I was thinking about everything that's wrong in my life. I don't like to fall into this cycle because I know that I am trying to make changes. Ughh! I don't see it when I get into the negative zone. Well that was yesterday and today I am feeling better and I will do anything it takes to keep positive. God help me. I woke up early and am ready for the day. A spark day!! Good lu... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:29:19 EST BACK HOME!! My son is back home from the hospital and thank God doing much better. I feel good and am excited to get back to my spark community. I actually missed signing on and learning all there is to learn at sparkpeople. Whenever I had a small period of free time at the hospital, I'd just look very quickly but it just wasn't enough. Unfortunately, I found myself losing hope that this would ever be possible. Thankfully, I was able to reach out to the spark community and I received great support durin... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:38:07 EST Very Big obstacle to overcome. Help!! <em>46</em> Hello sparkpeople. I am stopping by really quickly to ask all of you out there to lend your support and prayers for my son. He was hospitalized yet again and is going to undergo an exploratory procedure tomorrow morning that carries a lot of risks. I will not be able to continue my log-on streak along with a few other goals that I have made for myself. I am happy to say that through all of this stress I have not turned to food or sweets as a consolation or an escape. That shows ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 20:02:13 EST Guilty for what?? Hello everyone! I am ready for a new spark day and am excited to keep learning more about being healthier except for one thing. GUILT, GUILT, GUILT!!! I am always guilty about one thing or another. As I mentioned before I have a son with LGMD and I feel like I am taking time away from him when I work out. I also feel bad because of my twin sister. I wish we were able to do everything having to do with our healthier lives together and at the same pace but life just doesn't work that way. Then ... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:36:15 EST How tall am I?? <em>198</em> The other day my twin sister went to a doctors' appointment and they took the usual measurements to record in her file. When she returned to me after the appointment she asked me if I had a tape measure. I found one hidden somewhere <em>20</em> and gave it to her. She has always been taller than me by one inch ( myself 4' 11" and her at 5'). When she measured my height (three times) I had actually shrunk down to 4' 10". Wshat on earth happened? Did I really shrink or did the ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:53:54 EST