WILDKAT781's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WILDKAT781 WILDKAT781'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/ 117 pounds lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6502741 Hey folks, I don't blog much anymore but I thought I would today. <BR> <BR> I have lost 117 lbs so far. Still a long way to go. I need to lose about another 150. But I don't dwell on the big number. I focus on small goals. My next goal is to get under 300 lbs. I am 318 right now. <BR> <BR> Life is going fairly well. I had to have a heart cath a couple weeks ago and they put in a stint. James is still cancer free, however they have him on a heart monitor for the next 30 days. <BR> ... Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:51:15 EST How did that happen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388373 Quick update. James is doing well. only one more test to wait for results..seeing if the tumor they took out will respond to hormone therapy. <BR> <BR> Now for my weight loss...have no idea how it is happening. I am not trying right now and am eating more than usual. Have a doctors appt Tuesday...maybe he can tell me why. <BR> <BR> anyway. just thought I'd update since I can't sleep. 3:23 a.m. right now <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 03:24:09 EST My mind is in a rough place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386133 Hey folks. Haven't had any time lately so while I have a couple of minutes I thought I'd update <BR> <BR> ....... <BR> <BR> <BR> My Husband James has cancer. Breast cancer. very rare in men but he was unlucky. no history in his family at all. He had a mastectomy last Wednesday on July 5th. not sure if they got it all. Dr Mullins said they did but I'm still worried. He tested the lymph nodes but we don't have the results yet. Trying to take one day at a time. Please pray for us. <... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:06:47 EST Massive failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371428 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> thought I should update. It's not good. Since my last blog I have gained 25 pounds. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Been really fighting my depression. I had a bad upswing into a pretty heavy mania. then started rapid cycling between mania and depression. I am bi-polar if I never told you. Usually I am extremely well controlled on meds, but for almost two months now it has been a massive struggle. <BR> <BR> On the upside my husband is doing much better. At least one... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 23:15:09 EST Long time no see! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348607 Hey everyone. I'm very sorry that I haven't been on in a while. There has been really nothing to tell. I have not been online much because hubby has been ill. <BR> <BR> I have not lost anymore weight. but I haven't gained either so I'm ok with that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I really am sorry it has been so long. I am rededicating myself to get moving with the weight loss again and hopefully will keep you better updated. <BR> <BR> Thank you all so very much for the prayers, goodies, well wishe... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:47:58 EST Super quick update for end of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285621 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I have not posted in a while. Been busy living and not held hostage by my computer! LOL <BR> <BR> First off. I know everyone wants to know whether or not I've lost more weight. Well, I don't know! my scale is not reading right because we moved it (it's an old balance scale like doctors use) and when you set it on zero it won't balance...it balances at about 20 so I have to work on the scale or move it to more stable floor or something! <BR> <BR> That bei... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:00:43 EST I've lost 101 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261542 I did it! I lost 101 pounds!!! <BR> <BR> This time last year I was nearly bed bound. I left my bedroom for nothing except Dr. visits. I had to use a bedside potty because I couldn't walk to the bathroom. My husband begged me on a daily basis to stop eating so much, but would bring me food so I would not cry for it. And yes, I literally cried for food. It hurt to move, it hurt to stand, it hurt to sit...I just plain hurt and the only time I didn't obsess over the pain is when I was obse... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 19:28:44 EST Boy I've not been here in a while! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253515 Hey everybody! Haven't updated in a while so I thought I'd do that while I had some time. <BR> <BR> I have now lost 89 pounds! Things are going pretty well except we still don't know what is wrong with James. He is actually feeling better so maybe it is something that will pass. <BR> <BR> I am walking farther every day and have so much more energy now. I am finally healed from the surgery so I don't have that dragging me down. Oh, and I don't use my canes anymore!!!!! <BR> <BR> Really... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:32:00 EST Major NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222769 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45f558d1-9702-4c1a-8c15-b53937767917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whoo Hoo!!! <BR> <BR> Ok, I have (I hope) broken through my plateau. Only barely...one pound...but I'll take it! <BR> <BR> and you will never guess what i did today....I went in the grocery store and walked with my husband for the whole list. I walked in the store last week but could not make it to the end...today I DID! It was simply amazing..I thought I was going to collapse..lol. It... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:31:53 EST July update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205823 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bda5ed5e-be70-4d88-b869-3cbc31697b6b.JPG"> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Was asked to update so here you go. <BR> <BR> I don't have any more losses to report..I have plateaued at 83 pounds lost. I knew a plateau was coming so I'm not to bothered by it. I am NOT gaining which is a huge plus! <BR> <BR> As for my wound...well not so good news there. Although it is not getting reinfected...it is not really healing either. They have changed u... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:05:57 EST 83 pounds down and wound update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189465 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7acfc4e9-bbf7-4be6-8f0d-7c444c4c5583.jpg"> <BR> Hi everyone! Thought I should update. As of today I have lost 83 pounds! <BR> <BR> I am still amazingly on track..Not real sure how because the last week has been rough. First the surgery, they could not close the wound so my husband James has to pack it twice a day for now. This is extremely painful and the tape over top is irritating. <BR> <BR> Now for the really sad news. My dog Harley i... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:26:01 EST I did it! Anniversary is tomorrow! 67 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178539 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff9e20e3-563c-4f13-86f8-a49bf7f6a6e8.jpg"> <BR> Well, I did what I set out to. I wanted to be able to walk by my anniversary and I am doing it. <BR> <BR> I can walk multiple feet without my canes or wheel chair. I have lost nearly 70 pounds. <BR> <BR> Everything physical has become easier...there is only one thing keeping me from really enjoying my accomplishment - an ice pack burn. See - I have some serious tailbone problems...mostly due to... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:38:41 EST Now 47 pounds lost...How I am doing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162077 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed454c1d-7332-4575-a80f-cb3d6084a6d7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whhooo hoooooo! another 10 pound lost. Now I am at 47 pounds lost. <BR> <BR> Lots of folks are asking me about how I am losing so quickly. Well, nothing special. I know it is normal for someone as big as I am to lose weight fast in the beginning. The more you weigh, the bigger the losses in the beginning. I'm sure that over time the losses will become smaller. For now though I am enj... Fri, 13 May 2016 10:02:01 EST 37 Pounds lost total! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157620 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd1c2060-8673-4d93-bf46-966acb7c4ad3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Very happy today as I have now lost a total of 37 pounds!!!! <BR> <BR> I am exercising every day now. I am walking a lot more. I can walk to our car without having to stop and sit in my wheelchair. The changes in my mobility are amazing. I can actually get up from a sitting position without help! I can even walk a few steps without my canes. <BR> <BR> Not much else to say today, just ... Fri, 6 May 2016 13:14:36 EST Pool Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148244 Ok, first off...I lost 15 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yea!!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e56ca4d-db9f-4765-becc-55300b0e8527.jpg"> <BR> <BR> second....I am walking far more than I was. I walk to the living room daily now instead of sitting in my bedroom. and I walk to the kitchen at least once a day. <BR> <BR> I have not been able to do my chair exercises because of tailbone pain. I got shots last Tuesday but it did not last. Going again this coming Tuesday..... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:46:52 EST If nothing changes - nothing changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116953 Wow, saw this as a Sparkpost on Facebook yesterday and it hit me like a ton of bricks!!!! I have to change before my body can! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sooooo - in answer to my last blog - no the severe restricting of calories did not work for long - you and I both knew it wouldn't didn't we? <BR> <BR> My therapist and I had a long talk day before yesterday and she told me to grab hold of a saying that was close to my heart and hang on - that evening I found a "pretty" in the store - A rock shaped ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:20:07 EST Will this finally work??????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089206 OK, what has been going on....I've managed to not gain...but that's it. I've had supraz (sp?) shots in my knees for the past 10 weeks - 5 weeks each knee. really helped the left- not so much in the right. Still walking on two canes and barely able to move. Hubby and I have decided to go on a radically restricted diet. I know it is not recommended but my doctor has given me the go ahead because basically neither he nor I believe I will make it to the end of the year in the shape I am in n... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:40:02 EST Short little update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013316 OK, another short update..... <BR> <BR> Had to go to er last night. The fluid on my legs got really bad because I was afraid that taking my fluid pill would make me have to get up too often to go to the bathroom. So dumb me made it so much worse than it would have been. So now I am home with a catheter that I will have to deal with for several days. <BR> <BR> They have called in a consult with home health to help me. Hubby is being awesome about the whole thing! <BR> <BR> I have gotten ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:16:32 EST Just a little update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993139 OK, where do I start? I had to go off my liquid diet for a while because I ran out of money! Hope to get back on track today. I intend to modify it a bit and do a solid meal each day as well. <BR> <BR> Exercise is out of the question for now except my arms. My knee is so far gone that I must use two canes to walk. I have an appointment with a specialist on the 22 of September. <BR> <BR> Anyway it had been a very long time since I had posted so I thought a quick update was in order <BR> <B... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 03:03:00 EST Something Different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924917 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2036614020.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have hesitated to write this blog. The vast majority of SparkPeople members are 100% awesome. There is always one or two though that wants to criticize your methods. Of those few - some do it out of nothing but love and true concern, but some folks just like to put down anything they don’t fully understand. Now - having said all that - what am I trying? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Fri, 8 May 2015 16:27:46 EST Giving up - WHO ME???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896526 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1331104805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> OK - so I lost my head a few days ago and decided to give up. Boy I’m not to bright sometimes!!!!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Many, many of you wrote on my blog, sent me goodies and sent emails. I read every single one and they all made a huge difference. A few stood out and kind of punched me in the gut with the realization of the fact that people I’ve never met really do care! I began trying to get my ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:37:31 EST Giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891200 everyone has been asking about a picture of my "new" car - haven't taken one yet but here is a generic picture of the exact car <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327372070.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok...here goes <BR> <BR> first of all as per my last entry - the Beck diet solution works - when you stick to it....I'm not sticking to anything right now...except maybe eating waaaaay to much every day. <BR> <BR> <BR> I lost my log-in streak a couple of days ago... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:22:36 EST Have I found my answer????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828614 I have been struggling lately - just can’t seem to get my head straight to do this the way I KNOW I can - heck I’ve already done it once…it just didn’t stick! I believe it will now <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1384388387.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First of all I have to say - I am NOT selling anything here!!!!! I simply am in AWE of what I have found and feel I must share it with everyone! I am receiving NOTHING for this “advertisement” of sorts. <BR> <BR> Now - on... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:55:49 EST Slow progress is SO much better than no progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796838 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2063918595.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello all - Just thought I’d update everyone! <BR> <BR> I am slowly plugging along - I have lost a few pounds - I have many, many more to go but you have to start somewhere! My doctors finally have my medicine straightened out and working for me again! I learned my lesson - do NOT mess with my anti -depressant meds - that sent me into such a tailspin I wasn’t sure I would come out of it. I got lower than I’ve ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:15:37 EST Road Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780463 Wow - what a couple of weeks. First I pull a muscle in my back. That hurt very bad. I couldn’t get up, sit down or anything in between without pain. That is finally getting better. <BR> <BR> In the meantime…I started having what I thought was side effects from my anti-depressants… so in a moment of pure stupidity I decided to take myself off of them. <BR> <BR> HUGE MISTAKE. I finally got in to see my doctor today and he put me back on one of the meds and changed one of the others to ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:22:35 EST Starting over vs Continuing. A new beginning for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772024 I’ve said before I would never “start over” - just “continue”. Well, I’m beginning to doubt that strategy. <BR> <BR> Last year I lost 98 pounds - I’ve gained 64 pounds of that back. <BR> <BR> I’ve messed up so bad in the last few months that to continue as I am now will be slow suicide. I’ve regained most of my weight - that has depressed me terribly. I’ve lost contact with friends because I’ve been ashamed of my weight gain. More depression. Even though spark friends have contacted ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:01:34 EST Life Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699270 Wow- so much has happened in the last couple of months….where do I start….. <BR> <BR> Lets start with the latest first shall we….here meet Turbo <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1562741275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> my brand new kitten….my new friend and companion…I wanted a lap cat…I GOT a lap cat…he stays either in my lap or hubbys unless eating or using litter pan. He is sitting on my shoulder as I type this!!!! He is my buddy - I love him very much! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2nd th... Tue, 20 May 2014 13:47:03 EST Moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663133 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334850516.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I am trying to move forward anyway. I am very slowly starting to lose all I have gained. I have continued on with my exercise and am back on track with it, so that will help. <BR> <BR> It is hard without Daddy but I am slowly learning to get through the day without him. It helps that I have the best husband in the world…I just don’t know what I would do without my James. <BR> <BR> I am also slowly startin... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 02:11:53 EST Daddy, Food, Gain and Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645880 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246081752.jpg"> <BR> My Daddy - Hunter Thomas <BR> <BR> <BR> Where do I start?....My Daddy is gone. He left this world at 11:45 am on Monday the 10th of March 2014. His service will be Saturday the 15th as he wanted to be cremated and that takes a couple of days and it can’t be done till we get the death certificate and that takes a couple of days too. The support I have received has been phenomenal. You Spark folks are simply the best... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:53:43 EST 1 Year Quit anniversary and 98 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630948 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13267683.jpg"> <BR> Thought I’d better post a little update! Today is the one year anniversary of me quitting smoking!!! I made it!!! One whole year!!!! I’m living proof you don’t have to gain weight when you quit smoking. I’ve lost 98 pounds since last year. <BR> <BR> It wasn’t easy at first. But I knew I had to cut out the cigarettes and the over eating. When I first started I had the help of an addictions counselor. I highly rec... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:03:30 EST More Updates and Thanks!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624267 Ok, I finally lost another pound…makes 96 lost. And I have lowered my insulin dose!!!!!! May even need to lower it some more!! <BR> <BR> Daddy is doing fair…he is weak and there are a few issues but he is plugging along! <BR> <BR> I really want to thank all of you for the Valentines and other goodies and all the great support you have shown me. You all have been awesome and I really appreciate you hanging in there with me…I’m sorry I have not had the time to respond individually like I u... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:49:16 EST Daddy Broke his back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615712 Well, at least we know what happened now....still don't know why he lost his balance and fell, but we know why he is in such bad shape now. <BR> <BR> I have not contacted the second hospital that turned him lose...but I did call a lawyer... I am NOT going to pay a bill to that place! The first hospital kind of redeemed itself by figuring out what was wrong...(and they give him charity care so he never gets a bill from them anyway) but I'll be @#%$# if I am paying that second hospital a di... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 09:26:11 EST Update and thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615005 Ok, I'm typing this on my tablet so please excuse typos! <BR> <BR> I'm sitting in Daddys room at hospital waiting on dr and for them to take him for spine mri <BR> <BR> He is not doing well and cannot walk right now. I did manage to get him to eat but I had to spoon feed him. I don't what has happened but something is wrong and hopefully the dr will figure it out. <BR> <BR> I got a small very short workout this morning and am walking up and down the halls when Daddy sleeps. I only manage... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:18:25 EST Responsibilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612401 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2073096834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello all! <BR> This has been a very hectic week. My daddy, Hunter had a brain scan (thankfully came back showing no cancer so his cancer is still in remission as far as we know – more tests later this month) My hubby, James, had a follow up appointment with one of his doctors over his stomach (again – good news – doctor think meds will take care of the problem) <BR> <BR> I got very flustered and emotional this... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:38:31 EST I won a prize on Spark People!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600502 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1591685017.jpg"> <BR> check out all the bags of crochet yarn behind me!!!! LOL <BR> <BR> I won a New Year's Resolution Survival Kit. I found out about winning it a couple of weeks ago and I just got it today brought by UPS! <BR> <BR> I love winning things and was very surprised when I won this and got the email telling me I had won. <BR> <BR> It has a resistance band, a workout DVD, a stainless steel water bottle AND a stability ball!!!!... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:38:54 EST So Close http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596284 I am 8 pounds away from 100 pounds lost! 8 pounds!!!! Some of you know how this feels…others can imagine it…for those that have never been that much over weight…well, they can somewhat relate because all weight loss is important and emotional. I never really thought I’d be able to lose this much. My doctor never thought I’d be able to either…he is so proud of me, it so awesome to see him now. I’m losing steady again and am hoping I don’t hit a silly plateau before I hit 100 lost. <BR> No... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:44:44 EST My Purpose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582708 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l647308614.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A friend and I were discussing about whether or not we all have a purpose in life. She has survived cancer and I have survived not one but TWO blood clots in my lung. That's just not supposed to happen. Now I don’t profess to be very religious…but I do believe in God. (I have my reasons…I was an atheist most of my life but things sometimes change.) Whether or not someone’s purpose is ordained by God or has some... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 08:52:48 EST Happy New Year 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574325 The year of the horse! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2011850245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1265133096.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169464668.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2013 was a good year for me! I did hit a very frustrating plateau around November. I think a little bit of that is still lingering, but I am losing again albeit slowly. I've lost 87 pounds as of today. <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 05:43:11 EST Merry Christmas to all my Spark friends!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571177 I hope each and every one of you has an awesome Christmas!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897803834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1840310413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662807877.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l130822110.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:53:01 EST Beyond the Scale - BTS registration is live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567927 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=61708 </link> <BR> <BR> The challenge will start January 6th. <BR> <BR> register now while the spots are still available...this is a small challenge and the spots will fill up quickly <BR> <BR> make sure you follow all the rules and make sure you don't start any new threads on the registration team. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will be co - captain of the Black Diamond team along with LETHA_ as captain and ANNETTE117 as co captain.... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:40:28 EST How did I get here? (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564576 I sat down the other night to look at my spark page and started wondering back to the beginning. I was a skinny kid till I hit 8th grade. Then I started to gain. I am fully responsible for all the weight I gained and the way I gained it, but there were a few catalysts. My mother for one. May she rest in peace (if I ever let her) When I started gaining weight she used to tell me how fat I was and how I was never going to get a husband or good life being that fat. I believe she meant well... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:07:35 EST Busted Plateau!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560364 I lost 4 pounds!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you all so much for all the support all of you have given me over the last month of my plateau!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I busted it by adding an extra workout later in the day and drinking even more water (I think I'm going to float away now) <BR> <BR> thanks again everybody and thank you SparkPeople for simply existing...you've been a huge help!!!! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:35:37 EST New Challenge BTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559270 I am honored to have been asked to be an assistant captain to a team that will be involved in the newest team challenge called Beyond the Scale (BTS) <BR> <BR> I will be an assistant captain (along with ANNETTE117) on a new team called Black Diamonds. Captained by Letha_ <BR> <BR> The new challenge will have eight teams of 25 members, and last 10 weeks, beginning in January. And when registration opens, the teams will fill up quick. I and several others will be notifying folks in our blogs... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 18:14:54 EST Still pushing but the rock isn’t moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558499 The rock – otherwise known as the scale…is simply refusing to move for me. I have done everything I can think of…I gained a few pounds over thanksgiving week and lost most of those…but can’t get below my current weight. I haven’t even had my fried chicken in almost two weeks. Some say plateaus aren’t real…that you must be doing something wrong if you aren’t losing…well they are WRONG. I’m doing the same dang thing I’ve done all year and I am NOT losing. I haven’t lost since I went on the ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 15:54:09 EST Happy Thanksgiving!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552154 Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1391448867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1197401644.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37365858.jpg"> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:40:33 EST Quit smoking anniversary – 9 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547423 <em>270</em> <em>270</em> <em>270</em> <em>270</em> <BR> <BR> I can’t believe it’s been 9 months since I quit smoking!!! I feel like a totally different person. The fact that I’ve lost most of my weight during this time also amazes me, the old tale is that you gain weight when you quit…I’m living proof that it does not have to be that way! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <BR> I’m still struggling with my weight plateau, but my body is adjusting off t... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:02:19 EST It’s the STATINS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542556 Took me almost a month to figure out why I’ve been sickly and have hit a major plateau. It’s the dang statins the doctor put me back on. My cholesterol has dropped over 200 points through diet and exercise in the last 6 months. My numbers were still about 10 points too high and my doctor asked me if I would go back on statins (I went off them last year because they made my joints hurt) I said I would try them for him. Well, I started feeling bad, having headaches everyday and went into a m... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 09:53:47 EST Remission and Flat tire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540286 What a combo huh? Today we received the greatest news we could…Daddy is in remission. For those that don’t know - Daddy has small cell lung cancer. It was diagnosed while still in the limited stage (meaning it had not spread). We don’t know how long this will last…but I intend to celebrate it every day that it does! We go back for a check up in three months. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers <BR> <BR> Now on to the flat tire - As we were leaving the doctors office, I thought ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:45:09 EST My new workout videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530605 Well, I’ve got a new routine now! A very dear Spark friend sent me two exercise DVDs. Jodi Stolove’s Life’s a Celebration and a Seated Tai Chi program. (And some new Pilates bands!) The videos are not as intense as my turbo chair workout, (although I was able to increase the intensity and up my heart rate by modifying the workout as I went along) but I desperately needed to have something different, to have some variety in my workouts because I was becoming so bored with them. For now, sin... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 04:49:56 EST Happy Halloween Dear Spark Friends!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528481 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1946473224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope you are each having a lovely day. <BR> <BR> Not much to report here…I do think I am retaining fluid though…still struggling a bit but the weight is coming off slowly but surely. 84 pounds so far. I have 16 more pounds to go to get to my next big goal of 100 pounds lost by new years. <BR> <BR> My wonderful Daddy didn’t want me to have to wait to get my Spark Activity Tracker (I was saving up to get one ea... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:51:09 EST