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/ 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 Near miss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522859 When we left the hospital on Thursday (from Daddys chemo treatment) we saw the fire truck leaving and wondered why they had been at the hospital….well, it was on the news that night….A nurse had been stuck on the staff elevator for 2 hours – right around the corner from our room! We ALWAYS use that staff elevator because I take Daddy up in a wheelchair...he decided to walk Thursday so we took the public elevator! The lady got stuck a few minutes after we got there…it was pure luck that it w... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 05:48:00 EST New furnace and 8 month quit smoking anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520941 Well after 31 years of oil heat, I have gone with an electric furnace. I know my electrical bill will go up but now I won’t have to come up with $2000 every fall for oil to fill my tanks. I expect the new furnace to heat the house pretty good. It is a 20kw that stages so it doesn’t use all 20kw every time it turns on. <BR> <BR> Here are a few pictures of my new electrical service and furnace <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281142696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> the fellows p... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:55:32 EST I hate Plateaus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512098 Here we go again. So far it is a short one – but I dislike it all the same! I have not lost in 9 days – that’s a huge amount of time for me. I have not gained either, so that is a good thing. I get very frustrated when I plateau. I don’t get discouraged really – because I know if I stick to plan it WILL come off. Just irritating that it is not coming off according to the way I want it too! I will stick to my overall plan. It WILL come off! <BR> <BR> But I am having another NSV! …I ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:22:57 EST My brand new NSV – I’m cleaning up NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508112 No really – I’m cleaning! I have not been able to clean my house for over 6 years. My hubby took care of it….well…he cleaned the middle and kept it looking ok. It really needed a deep cleaning. And purging!!! <BR> <BR> I have been de-cluttering since Saturday. I’ve thrown away 8 big garbage bags of stuff and have a couple of others sat aside for a yard sale. And I’ve only done 2 and half rooms! I am slowly working my way around the house. I am for the most part using the Fly Lady m... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:07:16 EST My Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501607 Note = this turned out to be a long one – but I really put my heart into it. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine… Letha_ ….Says that “Becoming fit and healthy is my full time job and Spark People is my office.” <BR> <BR> The first time I read that on her page it just stunned me speechless. I LIVE this statement. I am disabled and therefore do not work outside the home anymore (I worked for 19 years). I spend hours a day on Sparkpeople. I spend 2 hours a day most days working out. (chair aer... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:36:02 EST September 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499192 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39643618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Waist = stayed the same <BR> Hips = lost 8.5 inches <BR> Neck = lost 0.5 inch <BR> Thigh = lost 2 inches <BR> Calf = lost 0.5 inch <BR> Upper arm = lost 0.5 inch <BR> Band size = lost 1 inch <BR> Wrist = lost 0.375 inch <BR> <BR> Have lost 78 pounds as of this morning! <BR> <BR> I am well on my way to my goal of losing 100 pounds by years end! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l3254731... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:22:56 EST Finally!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495591 I made 350!!!! I can now weigh on my balance scale without adding the extra weight to make it go over 350!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1599689497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And another thing I accidentally discovered yesterday – I can cross my legs! I actually put my foot on top of my opposite knee. I haven’t been able to do that in years!!!! Figured it out in the Doctors office when I was trying to put my sock back on! LOL - Kept doing it at home and making my husb... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:21:30 EST First day of Fall and goal dang near met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492488 Ok – so I didn’t make my summer goal – but I only missed it by ONE POUND!!!!!! I lost 35 instead of 36 pounds since summer started. YYYYYAAAAAAHHHHHOOOOO!!!!!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It’s also been 7 months today since I quit smoking!!!!!!! <BR> <em>270</em> <BR> <BR> The equinox brings autumn on September 22, 2013 at 4:44 P.M EDT. So actually it is not fall yet as of this posting. <BR> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 06:38:19 EST Not Sure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488250 Ok – now how many of you saw that title and thought of the movie Idiocracy!? LOL <BR> <BR> Anyway – I’m not sure I’m going to reach my first goal of 350 by summers end. That is only 5 more days away and I have 4 more pounds to go…I may do it…just not sure. BUT here is what I am sure of. I WILL reach 350 soon and then beyond. And I will CELEBRATE! As soon as I reach 350 I will set a new goal on my page (besides the black truck goal of not touching the steering wheel). Not sure about th... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:15:54 EST Home from hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483400 Thank you all for the well wishes while I was in the hospital! <BR> <BR> Doctor said it was stress induced chest wall pain and that there is nothing wrong with my heart! <BR> <BR> So...while I was in the hospital, Daddy started a new round of chemo. He is doing pretty good with it. Hubby James had to have a small cyst cut out of his back yesterday. I should have been with him, and feel guilty that I was not. But I was still in the hospital when he had the appointment. He is a little un... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:26:14 EST in hospital with chest pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480872 Hi <BR> Trying to learn new tablet hubby went and bought. <BR> <BR> Had chest pains today and went to er <BR> They kept me for observation and supposed to do a stress test tomorrow <BR> <BR> Will answer emails and teams later <BR> <BR> Hugs to all <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 18:30:42 EST The Black Truck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477485 Yea – I did it. I can drive it! It’s still a VERY tight fit. I’m kind of smushed in there. BUT I FIT! It can only get better from here. My belly still is mushed up in the truck but my legs go under the steering wheel now with a little room to spare. I’m so happy!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> My next goal for the black truck is for my belly not to touch the steering wheel….that one is going to take a while, but I will make it! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:42:56 EST New Milestones – new measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472356 I’ve now lost 66 pounds!!!!! I just might get to my summer goal of 350 yet! 10 pounds to go!! Thought you might be interested in my workout routine. <BR> <BR> I am doing my workout each day – I do the 55 minute version of Turbo Chair Workout (kindly sent to me by Paul Eugene), - here is the 22 minute version – <BR> <BR> <link>www.chairfitnessworkouts.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> then I do 10 minutes of pedal exercise, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88817068... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:01:50 EST Workout Motivation – Duct tape? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467052 Today I did NOT want to workout. I decided I was not going to. Then I felt guilty and FAT. I finally talked myself into starting my workout. You know what? – Once I started I loved it. I even did a little extra today. I think we all have days when we simply do not want to workout. I’ll tell you one of my little secrets into getting started. <BR> <BR> This idea came from my quitting smoking. Every time I wanted a cigarette I would picture this little demon called the nicodemon sitting... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:34:25 EST Small Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465210 You know that dang black truck I keep talking about. Well...I still don't fit in the drivers seat....BUT the passenger side seat belt FITS me and is LOOSE!!!!!! Used to have to really struggle and "suck it in" to get it buckled and hubby had to buckle it..I couldn't do it. But today after James got the transmission fixed we took it for a test drive and I hooked the seat belt with ease and with room to spare...made me so happy!!! <BR> <BR> Wish the truck had a tilt steering wheel...then I... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 21:24:48 EST Neat Reasons to lose weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463288 I've kept this list on my personal website for many years (wildkat781.com) <BR> It was made by me and a group of my friends many years ago. It is long but I hope you enjoy and I think you can probably relate to at least a few <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. To feel better about myself. <BR> 2. To increase my feelings of self worth. <BR> 3. To be able to run and jump without worrying about hurting myself. <BR> 4. To look good in a tight dress. <BR> 5. To be able to wear shorts in the summer. <BR> ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:53:27 EST Frustrating Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456306 Well – I haven’t lost any weight since July 30th. That’s 16 days! I am not happy. I am eating the same way as I always do and I am working out every day! (TMI alert = I have been constipated for nearly two weeks…just going enough to keep me from going to the doctor – so that could have something to do with it) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1027420084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know plateaus are normal…I know I will eventually get past this, but it is so frustrating... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:34:39 EST Update and new exercise equipment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448920 Well, Life is going ok I guess. Daddy is very sick but hubby and I seem to be in decent health right now so I am thankful for that. Hopefully Daddy will get some better when his radiation is finished. If nothing happens he will be finished on the 14th of August. <BR> <BR> I still don’t fit in the black truck – but I DO FIT in the grey truck (an s-10) I do not know why I can fit in an s-10 and not an R-10 (that is a bigger truck) but “thems the breaks” I guess LOL <BR> I will fit eventual... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:12:17 EST Non – Scale Victory! Measurements!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438700 I’ve lost since July 3rd, 2013 = <BR> <BR> 3.25 inches from waist <BR> <BR> 2 inches from my hips <BR> <BR> ¼ inch from my neck <BR> <BR> thigh stayed the same (not sure why) <BR> <BR> ½ inch from my calf <BR> <BR> 1 inch from my upper arm <BR> <BR> 5.75 inches from my band size!!!!! (WOW- I knew I had to order new bras – stretch ones - but I didn’t realize it was that much! I just thought my bras were old and stretched out) <BR> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:20:39 EST I FIT! I FIT! I FIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430932 Did you “hear” me – I said I FIT! <BR> <BR> Ok – now where did I fit – LOL <BR> <BR> I fit behind the wheel of my husbands 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle! I didn’t fit the last time I tried. Last summer we put a new engine in it (bought it one piece at a time…literally) <BR> While hubby was getting everything the way it should be he needed me to sit in the car and rev the engine…well, I couldn’t do it…I couldn’t fit. I had to stand outside the car and push the gas pedal with my cane. It broke m... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:11:58 EST 50 pounds gone!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428509 Well here I am, 50 pounds down. I can tell a tiny bit by looking at my pictures but not a whole lot. But my clothes are getting looser (this is a real accomplishment since I have worn the same clothes for many, many pounds – everything I have is stretched out!) <BR> My rings are looser and I am now wearing several that I haven’t been able to wear in years. My shoes are getting looser. I have more energy – I am exercising over an hour each day now…it feels great! I will be glad when the pic... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:19:23 EST Seven Days to Go - How often to weigh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423137 How often do you weigh in? We are all told repeatedly not to weigh too often…that it will discourage you. I find just the opposite is true for me. I weigh every morning. It keeps me honest. See, when I only weighed in once a week I would always say that I had 7 days to go, and I would end up sabotaging myself…there is even a poem written about it…I don’t know who wrote it, but I found it years ago and have it posted on my personal website... <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:15:47 EST Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415793 Well…just thought I should check in. I’ve now lost a total of 46 pounds….will soon be 50 lost! I am working out everyday and encourage you to check out my shared trackers for exercise ideas if you need to add more exercise to your routine. <BR> <BR> You know – I used to think that the best part of SparkPeople was the trackers. I do love my food and fitness trackers. But I’m finding out that the best part is the PEOPLE! This is new to me because I am very introverted and have high anxiety... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 17:18:38 EST Big Non Scale Victories today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409780 Just finished my workout...88 minutes. I managed an extra minute of the turbo chair exercise today...eventually I will be able to do the whole video but stopped at 11 minutes today. My shake weight seems to be working - it is getting a tiny bit easier each day, but is still really hard to do. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to have my husband help me with my measurements...if I had the tape straight earlier - and that is a big IF -then it shows another 2 inch loss off of my waist. I think I did... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:23:28 EST 40 pounds gone!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407909 The highest I ever weighed was 426. I now weigh 386. That’s 40 pounds. Much of it since I quit smoking on February 22, 2013. When I quit smoking I was determined to not gain weight – so I started taking better care of myself. Two days before that I didn’t feel well and decided to test my sugar. As a type 2 diabetic I should have been testing at least once a day -but my sugar had been good for a couple of years so I was very lax about testing. Well the night I tested it was over 400! Tr... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:46:50 EST My new toy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402740 Today was an ok day - Took Daddy to radiation and it took longer than normal because they were backed up…but bonus was that Doctor said he would refill all of Daddy's prescriptions so that he does not have to go to any other doctors while he is getting his chemo and radiation except for himself and the chemo Dr - yay - less Dr visits!!!!! <BR> <BR> Went to dentist today for a toothache - it is a broken filling! He will be fixing it next Tuesday on the 2nd, I can live with it till then - had... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:19:42 EST