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5/28/17 12:11 P

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Hello all. Still sore but got some sleep last night. Getting ready for what is expected to be a busy day at work.
Rumer has it that store mgnt is going to give us (vets), a lunchn today. They canceled it past 2 because of costs. Either way its okay. We do get a commemorate pin for serving . it shows our military service on one side and years employed with the company on the other.
Its days like this I feel a bit down knowing having served I was lucky to come home while so many others didn't. Words can't express what I wish I could say to their families for all they lost. When I'm here and their loved ones are not. It takes days like today to realise how much I take for granted for waking up and giving another chance. For those of you who have lost your love ones I send you prayers and a proud salute. I'm not going to talk about weight loss etc today. Always remember those that you lost will always be remembered
David ( Vet, US Army Military Police).

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5/27/17 1:50 P

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In memory of our vets, my husband, my uncle

I hope everyone's Memorial Day is what they want.

I am taking a restful weekend. Right now I am cleaning the living room. tomorrow is my bedroom. My daughter is BBQing tonight, so I do not have to cook. I am on rack with my eating at the moment. I feel a little better today, not quite so tired. I have a sleep test coming up the end of June.

Enjoy life

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5/26/17 2:44 P

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hello everyone,

David: glad to have you back, but sorry to hear of the pain .. please take care of yourself .. one day at a time .. we can do this together

Linda: I'm really fighting the down feelings too .. just tired, and I have been getting to bed a bit earlier, but still tired ... we've had rain and cloudy days .. I need the sunshine. I am taking it one day at a time .. trying to remind myself to think before I eat ... just for one min, stop and think .. what do I really want? I've been crocheting more everyday, and that helps me stay calm. We've tried to go for a few walks, but it seems that the rain starts the min we get outside .. I am not giving up!

I probably won't be able to check in this weekend, and internet is non-existent unless we drive to town .. which we probably won't do for a 3 day weekend .. who wants to sit in a car? not me!!!. We're going up north to help bro-inlaw put in his dock and pontoon boat .. hubby, DS and I ... 3 old people, and 1 29yr old (who's not in very good physical shape) .. it'll be a challenge. With hubby's restriction on using his arm still, we'll have to scold him constantly to ease up .. we know that he's the strongest of all of us, but we don't want him getting hurt again. Bro-inlaw is 76 .. and slowing down a lot. Getting old is "not for sissies." I'm taking healthy choices for me to eat ... pray that I stick with it, and don't get board, or whatever to start on their junk food. It would be easier if we didn't take junk .. but that's not my decision.

Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend .. thank you to any veterans, or veteran families out there. We're blessed by your serving.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
Sue

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5/26/17 12:50 A

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So happy to see so many people back here. Today was not a good day. I was just so tired and i do not do well with fatigue. Bt I am ready to change my ways. So ready, pain, health, heart, it is time to get serious. I have not listened to my tape in the past 2 days. I am going to listen tomorrow morning. I am taking a friend who has really helped me recently to the doctors. I need you. I am ready.

David - so glad to have you back and so sorry about your continuing health problems.

Sue - 6000 steps is definitely a good thing. In a week I should be able to use my pool again. That will make a lot of difference. Sounds like you had a good day. I can only wear 14K gold posts everything else causes infections.

P&B - enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your trip, embrace that time

Debby - I know how close you and your husband are, while the grandchildren are wonderful, how are you going to manage your relationship together? I have put a note on my November calendar that you will be here. If I can talk my daughter into it. Maybe we can use her points for a family trip to Disney and meet for dinner there.

Books - if you are looking in - I hope you are feeling better



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5/26/17 12:24 A

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Hello all.
I've been struggling with pain just to get thru the day, that I haven't been able to concentrate to even make it here.
Last year I fractured my left knee at work but recovered. When we moved I over did it hurting my right knee.
ER, MD, and orthopedic surgeon visits , to find I have 2 tears and a fracture on my right knee.
I have bought a knee brace and haven't missed any days at work. Its been brutal. All three DRs gave me same options #1 loose at least 120,lbs or have knee replacement surgery. I won't do replacement. At least 3weeks out of work. $4,000.00 up front ( mind you that's with insurance). Gone that long at work would loose my work position along with insurance. If you fall under a certain amount of hrs your dropped.
On going to jump in hot shower than to bed. I'll try to text more tomorrow.
Goodnight all.

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5/25/17 9:15 P

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: I wonder if something was going on with SP .. I was sure that I entered a response .. Interesting. Again, we are so alike .. Blame it on ourselves. I have packed some nuts in the crochet bag that I carry around, and sometimes, I have a tsp of peanut butter .. That seems to help .. It's just weird that I crave carbs, crazy craving. I'd like a physical activity from a chair too .. Knees have been pretty tough lately.

Debby: love the photos .. How exciting! It will be great for you to be able to spend so much time with the twins .. I think that "closeness" will last a lifetime .. Your family is lucky to have your support. Glad to have you here anytime you can make it. Your attitude on exercise helps remind me to "move it to lose it."

P&B: sounds like you've had some travel adventures too .. Great memories! Enjoy that beach vacation … I know I loved mine .. I even pulled up some youtube soundscapes of ocean waves to relax on.

Had a busy day today again. Ran some errands with g-daughter .. To the bank, to JoAnn Fabrics, to the cable co store .. We even stopped in the little boutique at the mall, and I bought myself some earrings. The posts I wear all the time were getting corroded. There's something in my system that is hard on metals. I bought sterling silver earrings .. Hopefully, they won't deteriorate as quickly as the last pair I had. I don't change earrings very often, I just like some simple posts. Eating wise did pretty good .. A bit over my plan of calories for the day .. But still mostly good choices, and no junk. I had a Cobb salad from Chick-fil-a for lunch .. It was very tasty. Also got over 6k steps in with all the running around. That's a good day!

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
Sue

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5/25/17 1:12 P

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Hello Sparklers,

Just like everyone else I am struggling big time. But, DEBBYHS i love your post. We can do this for the ones we love. You have twins to look after and I have a younger (by 15 years) active husband to keep up with. Yes, you should go to Italy when the twins are 2, it is my favorite country.

Will be on and off posting over the next three weeks as I am going on a beack vacation and then visiting with my sister for a week.

Have a great holiday weekend

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5/24/17 10:08 P

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I'm so sorry that I have not been a regular contributor. I really appreciate all of the cyber outreach you all have been doing - especially Linda - (thanks for the goodie emoticon

I have no excuses. I just get caught up in life and it gets a little crazy. I have not been on track with eating, but am trying to up my exercise. I really do need to get back on track, though, as my husband and I will be undergoing a big life change this fall. We have decided to help our DD and SIL with the twins by being their "day care". Most of you know that we live on opposite sides of the country, so what this means is one of us will be flying out for two months at a time, with the other trading off every two months. We decided to do this because of day care costs that they were looking at. Day care for two infants (up to two years old) was going to cost them nearly $3000 a month. They can rent an apartment, pay the utilities and pay for our airfare every two months for about $1600 per month. Yes, it's a lot of traveling (and incentive to get the weight down so I can fit in the seats better) and my DH and I will see each other briefly during overlaps, but we know we can do this and this way we get to be so much more involved in our grandsons lives while they're little. We also will get school breaks to be together. The twins will be here before you know it - due date is July 15, but could be earlier. Our DD is on bedrest for the rest of the pregnancy due to hypertension concerns and, well, TWINS!!

I have been very busy raising some little kittens. A pregnant cat was dropped off at the shelter about six weeks ago and I agreed to foster her through the kittens. Six kittens are now about five weeks old and getting very active. They'll be adoptable in about three weeks.'

I also promised some pictures of Costa Rica some time back. So here you go - a sloth, monkey, other wildlife.me zip lining and vistas. This was such an amazing trip. I'm glad I've been able to stay active in spite of my weight, because I love this kind of traveling. I told my husband that I think we should go to Italy when the twins reach two year old and the kids can afford day care for them. Meanwhile, we do have a trip to SoCal in November and plan to spend a couple of days at Disneyland and Universal Studios. I'll look you up Linda, when it gets closer.

Here are the pictures:

So, now I have to buckle down and really focus on getting my weight down. I need to be healthy and strong to be running around with twins for the next couple of years. You all inspire me. I'll keep moving forward (even if it's two steps up, one step down) and know you all will, too. Thanks for always having my back.

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5/24/17 6:16 P

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Well Sue I am in the same boat. I thought I posted this morning. But nothing is there. But I have been a little brain dead lately so may be it was all a figment of my imagination.

I went to water aerobics today. It helped with some of my stiffness. But afterwards I got sick to my stomach. I have no idea why. Came home and took a shower, feeling better now.

Sue - I would have a snack at five if that is when you are hungry. Something with protein. Veg dipped in nutbutter, or a piece of string cheese or a handful of nuts. Something quick and easy that will see you through to dinner. Now that we are eating at 6 instead of 5 I am snacking at 4. Sometimes I have absolutely no idea why I am eating. I try to figure it out, but even when I think I have the answer it does not help. I think I need to focus more on a solution to mindless eating rather than the cause. It used to be I would hike or go horseback riding, now that is no longer possible. I wish I could find some physical activity that I liked from a chair.

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5/24/17 11:18 A

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hello,

weird ... I responded with a quick note last nite .. and it's not there today ... hmmm

Linda: I'm with you .. I'm coming back as often as I can to just get a boost of encouragement. I struggle everyday, every minute with the food. I don't understand why we let food control me like I do ... crazy!

P&B: glad to hear about the doc appt .. that's positive encouragement in my eyes!

I did well with eating yesterday. I got off of "work" early yesterday .. which I enjoyed ... and got a chance to make veggies with my slow cooker dinner ... it was nice not have to rush, rush to eat, and I held off snacking while the veggies were cooking. I think I could be more successful if I could have my dinner at 5pm .. that's when I'm hungry. We have another rainy day today .. I need sunshine.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
Sue

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5/23/17 6:53 P

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P&B - congrats on all of the good news. It has been in the 90s here. Two weeks ago we had snow flurries. It is supposed to cool down a little. Let's do this one success at a time

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5/23/17 1:22 P

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Hello Sparklers,

Had my annual physical with my GP yesterday and all is well. My metabolic blood work looked good and my EKG was very good. Overall my doctor was pleased.

Cold here today, a good day to go out and get some yard work done before the holiday weekend.

Happy to hear Kat is doing well.

Be well,

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5/23/17 12:32 P

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Well Sue we have each other. I made up my mind I was going to keep coming here, busy time and slow time. I value the interaction. I need it. Every time I think I am getting a handle on things I seem to sabotage myself. I just have to keep trying and keep plugging away.
It does not matter what stage people are at, or what prat falls they have had. We all have something to offer. I hope everyone makes it back. There should be no embarrassment in struggling, or in falling. We have all been there. Failure does not come from falling, it comes from giving up. I am going to keep trying until I die. The other thing is I know that just because you were successful yesterday does not give any guarantee today. Everyone faces challenges, everyone stumbles. Success is never giving up. I only hope that each and everyone of us walks the successful path for the greatest percentage of time.
I hope you feel better. Remember to eat that healthy soup you make, good for you in so many ways.

T everyone else - I agree with Sue I miss you

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5/23/17 10:50 A

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Hello Everyone,

It's so quiet here .. I miss so many of your posts ... Hope you are all doing well.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
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5/22/17 1:55 P

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Hi Linda - Yes I saw that Kat was doing well .. even tho she's had some challenges and sadness in her life. She definitely has the attitude to do this ... praying for success for her, and for all of us to get that attitude. I didn't sleep good again yesterday ... and didn't eat too good thru the day yesterday .. but I DID stop .. that was a success. I really want to take better care of myself .. but as you know, it can be pretty hard. Picturing yourself walking or hiking is a great visual. I'm gonna look up some motivation sound clips, and maybe come up with one for me too.

I'm doing better today .. still not feeling good tho... lots of aches, and my throat feels a bit sore .. hope I'm not getting a bug. I took some Aleve, and it seems to be helping. Rain's coming again, but I did get outside, and trimmed while there was sunshine. I need sunshine in my life.

Hope you all are doing well .. just too busy to check in .. not struggling, and avoiding us ... we're here to help each other .. I KNOW I need you!

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
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Happy Monday

I just saw that Mountain Cat has lost 75 pounds. She found what she was looking for.

I have started the day well. Oatmeal for breakfast and planning halibut for lunch.

Sue - glad you made it to church. I am really finding that my tapes do help me focus on the positive. I kept looking for the perfect tape that said what I wanted it to say. I could not find it so I made my own. I listen to several and copied their techniques but focused in on what I wanted. "Visualize myself in the future, walking on the beach, or hiking in the mountains. every time I have a success keep it in my memory for that day and when I am tempted remember it and build on it.Think of my goals of being healthy and enjoying life more and being out of pain. Remember my own rules, no eating in the car, no seconds, no junk food, It is helping. The tape is 12 minutes long but I do keep going back to it during the day. I am trying to listen to it every morning

Gensis - hope all is well and that you are having a good beginning to the week.

David, Books, Joanne, Debbie - need your voices here. Missing you

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5/21/17 12:55 P

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Hello Everyone!

P&B: Sometimes, I think this struggle will never end, and that really puts me down. I guess we can only do the best we can do right? I hope your GP is like mine .. Supportive, and not condemning .. That would be better. I think we are hard enough on ourselves, and support is better. Good luck!

Genesis55: I'm with Linda. Instead of depriving ourselves .. Find something that satisfies, and then cut back. For me .. I need more protein in my meals .. Then I don't feel so hungry .. But I also have to learn what real hunger is .. Not just eating because I'm bored, tired, grumpy … etc, etc. We can do this!

Linda: I need to find something to "relax" me too .. Even when time doesn't allow relaxing. I like the idea of building on each success … I spend too much time on the negative, and it doesn't help me at all. Hugs sister .. Great advice again!

It was a rough day yesterday. I woke up with a backache and headache, and nothing seemed to help it … I tried to drink more water, and ate watermelon instead of other things. I was also very teary all day again. Rainy, cold weather. I really pushed myself to go to Mass, and truly felt better after … God helped me. Daughter and 3 g-kids came over in the evening, so daughter could use son's computer to do some photo editing (as her computer is broke). Good thing God helped my headache, otherwise I would have been grumpy to have company, and little patience for the 4yr old (who loves to do things with her g-ma). It worked out fine. I am blessed to have family that wants to hang around with me

Today .. Still a bit of headache, dealing with IBS issues (probably too much watermelon), but I'm feeling better so that is a good thing.

We can do this together … lets love ourselves for today.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
Sue

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5/20/17 1:12 P

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Happy Saturday

Everyone bugged out on me today. My daughter's family is hiking. My son's family is at the mall.
I am home alone. Let's see how much trouble I can get into.

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5/19/17 1:44 P

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This is a frustrating week. Went to the gym for water aerobics-pool closed! At least I got my nails done on the way home. Tonight is vegan black beans and rice with lots of veggies.

Genesis - there are certain things I cannot have around me and one of them is trail mix. I do not do well with crunchy salty snacks in the house either. Is there another thing you could put in your baggies? carrots? celery? or maybe just plan on an apple o other crunchy snack?

P&B - I am also struggling. I have decided that I am going to eat more. I will make plans for healthy food, adding some more carbs (seems to satisfy me) and then slowly cut back over time. Better that than this mindless fixation I get on certain things.

Sue - In my relaxation tape I tell myself to celebrate each success and build on it. It has helped my focus on little choices that are positive.

Both yesterday and today the pain is under control NO WIND!! Higher pressure and warmer.

Heading to the weekend - have a great one.

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Hello everyone, well here I go again with this trail mix, I put it in little bags with 1/4 cup in each bag. but I always eat 2 bags, I need help


There is pain in staying the same and there is pain in change. Pick the one that moves you forward


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Hello Sparklers,

Happy Friday everyone. Still struggling with my eating. On Monday I have my annual physical with my GP and he is not going to be pleased with how much weight I've gained. If nothing else does, that will help me snap back on track.

ITZ_SUE - Sounds like to slow cooker is a great tool for you. I love the way it cuts down on the standing in the kitchen time. I don’t like standing at the stove stirring either.

JUSTME- Glad you are feeling well. We can all do so much more when we feel god. Glad you didn’t run out of gas in the desert.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Be well,

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Hello Everyone,

Linda: me too .. me too ... I plan and plan, and then my plans get side-tracked and then I'm crabby ... and as "their" punishment, I eat ... yikes .. it sounds so dumb when I write it down, but it is the truth about me. Glad to hear the good news on your brother. We're praying.

I didn't get home until nearly 8pm last nite .. 2 g-kids had a track and field event .. I stopped for fast food (which is not my goal EVER), but I kept it to a tuna melt and cheese curds .. not the best, but better than I've done in a long time .. I can do this! WE can do this!!!

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We are worth it. We are important. We are valuable. We are loved. We can do this because our families need us. The world needs us. We are going to enjoy life and live well.

Sue - sounds like you are making good plans. for me planning seems to be the key. I also have problems with anger when my plans get smashed

P&B - congrats on double positive - you got the lawn mowed and you got exercise.

Gensis - welcome back

David, Debbie,Joanne, thinking of you and wishing you well

I am in a good place today. Yesterday was terrible. There was a train accident which left me driving through the desert for almost an hour worried about running out of gas, and getting home late. I ate the wrong things when I got home.
But I also got some good news yesterday. My brother is a home!. He can get to the bathroom on his own and get in and out of his wheelchair on his own.
I have made some relaxation and imagery tapes for myself and they really do seem to help. This morning I listened to one of the tapes I made which is about making good choices and I fell like I can do this. I am feeling positive and like I am ready for success.

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Hello Everyone!

Genisis55: welcome back .. Glad to have you. Sounds like your attitude is in the right place .. We CAN do this together!

Linda: Praying that the pain continues to fade away. Your menu sounds so delicious … your family is so lucky to have such a good cook around. I like baking, but don't do it too much as I always eat most of it.

P&B: I'm trying many things at end of day to help with the eating monster. So far, having dinner ready (slow cooker or timed oven meals) seems to be the best .. Then I'm not standing in the kitchen eating something while preparing …. Being crabby, cuz I'm standing in the kitchen again! And it works best to get the eating done earlier … I don't like eating after 6pm, and that's hard when I don't get home until nearly 6pm most days. Good for you on the mowing .. That's a great exercise. We can do this together!

I did pretty good yesterday. Got hungry about 4pm, and ate some tortilla chips at the kids' house, but not too bad, and not too many. 10yr old g-son had an orchestra concert last nite, so I came home, quickly ate dinner (slow cooker came thru again with hot beef for a sandwich), and I did NOT eat when I came home at 8:30pm .. Got to bed by 9:30 again, but didn't sleep as well .. Stormy nite!

I'm putting a note of my goal on this post everyday, and am going to put sticky notes up to remind me constantly of what I' aiming for. We CAN do this!!

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
Sue

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Hello Sparklers,

NSV - mowed the lawn with my Lady Lawnmower. Its a Lady Lawnmower because it is easy to start (no pull cord) and not too big so it’s easy to push. This is the first time I have been able to mow the lawn all on my own and we’ve been at this house for almost 10 years.

Still struggling with food. But am making progress.

ITZ_SUE - End of the day is tough. Is there something you can do to rejuvenate yourself after babysitting and before the evening begins? Maybe take 30 minutes of me time and read or meditate?

AJISUUN - Good job maintaining. That is such an important skill for not gaining the weight back.

JUSTME - We are worth it. Thanks for reminding us.

Welcome back GENESIS55


Be well,

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Happy hump day

I made a Japanese tart yesterday. I very seldom bake, but this looked really good. It has a ton of apple slices and then a thin batter without leavening. It was really good. I would like to try it again with nectarines Tonight we are having fish tacos with mahi and cabbage.
I am going to water aerobics today. Yesterday, was the lowest pain I have had in a long time. I hope it lasts for today.
Spark on
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I have been gone for a while, but glad to be back, I'm looking for some good menu's for the day, looking over Joanne and I think I might be able to do that, just have to go slow and have people around me who are doing the same thing. I want this to be the time I really lose the weight.

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: thank you again, and again for the encouragement, and kind words. I do know that we are all struggling, and am proud that we ALL come here to seek support .. I do believe that admitting we need the help is a great step to success. Pain can be so hard to deal with ... my pain is not great ... but the old joints, and aches are enough to distract me from better things. thank you again sister

Joanne: glad to see you back ... I had a thought ... does the tiredness make us eat? or is the eating making us more tired? I know that I've not been sleeping well, and when I'm tired, I keep grabbing food to find some energy. I look forward to hearing more of your adventures in life.

I forced myself to get to bed by 9:30pm last nite ... and am so glad I did. I feel human this morning. It was so warm yesterday (for WI, in the 80s), and I was afraid that I wouldn't sleep well .. but I did .. and I feel so much better today. Hope I can keep this attitude for the day. 10yr old g-son has orchestra concert tonight, so dinner's got to be a quickie for us ... hmmm trying to plan ahead, but my mind is just not ready for cooking yet. I have my smoothie for breakfast, cottage cheese with pineapple for lunch, veggie soup might be good for dinner. I can do this ... just for today!

I really want to lose this weight .. I want to get to OneDerLand!!!!!! I can do this is my chant for today! I really, truly, honestly want it!

Sue

Goal: to be under 200lbs by my birthday - Oct 2nd

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We all seem to be dealing with health issues, sleepless, fatigue, pain, all of those emotional and mental challenges.

Sue I was having the same problems as you around 4PM. So I planned an entirely new snack. It is a little high in calories, but totally satisfies me until dinner. I eat a lean cuisine or Smart Ones that is under 250 calories, usually around 190-220. I am eating less at dinner time and I am not engaged in mindless snacking in the evening. Now I just have to figure out how to handle lunch. It is not that I snack after lunch it is that my portions are way off. I am in the most pain at that time, which should be a big help, instead it just erodes my control.

Joanne- nice to have you back. As you can see we all seem to be struggling at the moment. So please join us in finding solutions.

We can do this. We are worth it. Life is worth it.

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Hi all!

I've been off the wagon for a few weeks, but pretty much maintained other than a couple pounds from a really out of control weekend. I've also been in a bad fatigue crash and that sets off carb cravings. Sigh.

Glad to see you all here. Welcome to the new people.

Joanne

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Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
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Hello Everyone.

I am really struggling. I'm tired, I'm not sleeping well most nites, and I'm eating too much when I'm tired. I can do so well all day, and then, come home after babysitting, and all I want to do is eat .. even if it's healthier choices. I'm up pounds, and it's slowly crawling up more ... Yikes! This needs to stop ... I need to take a break. I need to have a plan for the entire day .. not just breakfast and lunch. I'm feeling sadder and sadder each day for this failure. This is my life .. I need to face it, and deal with it.

thanks for listening again
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My computer is wonky today. It keeps starting and stopping.

P&B welcome back. It is so much easier to plan and maintain healthy when you are at home. Our weather here is changing daily. Last week we had rain, and 80 degrees and now it is around 40, but the weekend is supposed to me in the high 80s. Tonight is is supposed to freeze. My knees and hips are killing me with each change.

David - Great job getting back at it. Remember progress not perfection. You are such a good guy taking care of your family. I hope they appreciate you.

Everyone else - have a great day and a great week.
Spark on

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Hello Sparklers,

Well, the Spring migration is done and I am back at the house until October. It was a hectic week and my eating was horrendous, but now I am ready to get back on track.

DEBBYHS - Good to see you back here. You get an adult medal plus a gold star for staying on track for a week (My sister introduced me to adult medals. You get one anytime you step up and be an adult and do what needs to be done). I know what you mean about the obsessiveness/perfectionism. There is actually quite a bit of information on the internet about it. I never thought about myself as a perfectionist but then when I read the profile it fit like a glove.

ITZ_SUE - Stopping and thinking before we eat is good advice for everyone. Thank you. We have to take our victories where we get them and eating less is certainly one of them. Good job on not using a busy schedule as an excuse to over indulge.

WEIGHTNITOUT - Good job jumping right back into it. Send some of your warm weather my way. Here in the Northeast it is still cold enough for the heat to kick on in the evening and early morning.

JUSTME - I’m right with you on portion control. You can do it.

We have had a lot of rain but it’s very windy today. This afternoon I will go out and mow the lawn for the first time this season. B did it last weekend but now it is my turn.

Be well,

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Happy Mother's Day all

Have a great day everyone. Enjoy life.
Yesterday I spent the day child sitting. My SIL took my daughter out for the day. They went to lunch a movie and shopping.
My daughter says today is my day.
I am back to refocusing my energy to living a healthy life. It is all about portion control.


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Hi went off the "food wagon" yesterday but back to logging and watching what I eat today. I start my 2 weeks of getting more hours and money . my mgr starts her vacation and I'm filling in. Wish I had gotten a bit more sleep last night but, its okay.
Weather starting off nice today. Took SDS boyfriend to work at 700am and it was sunny and 72. Supposed to warm up to 90. ( another reason to be thankful for having an inside job).
Well, got to start getting ready for work. Enjoy your weekend.
David.

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Hi all, today I'm taking off on logging today. I started off the day wrong with food but its okay. I brought my protein shake for break at work today. Ill pick back up again tomorrow.
I hope all is well with everyone here today. On way to the time clock to punch in. Have a great day.
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Sue - across the country I think we have some link that cannot be explained. I struggled yesterday. the food I ate was healthy enough, portion size was way off. So today is the beginning of a new day. Sounds like the four year old did great. Amazing how proud they can make us.

Today is water aerobics and my daughter is gone for dinner.so I think it is frozen lasagna for dinner.

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Hello Everyone,

Well .. as they say "best laid plans.... " I thought I had my meal planning done, but schedule got interrupted, and I got too hungry, and then ended up with fast food. Blah!!! frowns.... Yesterday, I volunteered to help out at a Christian Women meeting. My Parish was hosting the regional board meeting, and we served a continental breakfast. I baked some blueberry mini-muffins for this in the AM, then got the kiddos up, breakfasted, and delivered to school .. then 4yr old and I went to the Church. I was surprised that it ended up going until noon ... 4yr old was really good, with only about an hour of climbing on me whispering "is is almost done??" We were wondering the same thing. I'm very proud of how well she did, and so were many of the other ladies who gave her compliments after the meeting. Listening in on the meeting was interesting, but I was really tired by the time we cleaned everything up, we drove thru fast food for a very late lunch. Wednesday nite, DS was planned to cook brats on the grill, which didn't happen due to other things popping up ... so he picked up fast food for dinner. I didn't eat as much as I used to .. which is good .. but still ... burger and fries .. and my tummy is feeling pretty yucky for it.

Well .. today is another opportunity. We can do this!!!!!!!!! Smoothies are made, brats planned for dinner .. watermelon and cantaloupe bought for dessert. It's recital weekend for the g-daughters, so there will be a lot of sitting. Weather is supposed to be lovely, so I hope to get to be outside a bit. I declined going to the performance tonight .. Saturday and Sunday shows will be enough I think.

Take care all .. stop, think before you eat. (advice to me really!!!)

Sue

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David - you might try a tens machine for your knee. They can be very expensive, but I found one on line for under $20. It helped my knee. Have you been able to set up an appointment with the doctor the nutritionist told you about. You may want to get in so you do not lose a place.

Debby- so nice to have you back. Congrats on a great week. Every success builds toward health

I really spent some time planning today. My visual imagery tapes seem to be helping. I am just tired all the time. They want me to do a sleep study the end of the month. Maybe that is my problem.

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Well, after laundry, running everyone to where they needed to go then a little cleaning around the apt.I'm finally finished for the day. My knee continues to cause almost constant sharp pain. Taking ibuprofen 200 mg. Have some other left over meds but can't take them if hit at work for random testing. Two of the ladies I work with both over 50 were "randomly chosen". You never know.
I will be running a 2week marathon at work ( that got your attention!!!! He he). My kitchen manager going on a 10 day boat cruise so I'll be working several 10am-730pm shift in stead of the 1-7s I've been working. I really need the money but hope my knee will hold up.
Its late, I'm tired. So goodnight all.
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I have successfully completed week one of being back on track! I stayed within my calorie range every day this week and was rewarded with a four pound loss. It's a good start and I have a longgggg way to go, but I know I can't do this if I don't stay on track, so I'm patting myself on the back for staying the course for a whole week.

I am the sort of person that can become rather obsessive about something and that can be good for losing weight. It also works the opposite for me, of course, as, if I get off track, I can stay focused on eating the wrong things for long periods, as I did this past year or so. I'm very happy with this week's results and that will help me stay on track for the coming week. And, we all have to do this one bite, meal, day, week, month..... at a time.

Exercise is a key component and, as many of you know, I love to exercise. Fortunately, I never let that go, even as I put so much weight back on. It's harder with all the extra pounds, but I'm still getting out there most days, either walking, recumbent bike riding, swimming, or doing Zumba Gold classes. I'm going to start adding weight training back in a couple of times a week and I'm still rehabbing my ankle, but there are ways to work around it without doing damage to it.

Meanwhile, I play with my six three week old kittens, run around doing things for the shelter and prepare for being a grandma in the next couple of months.

I know this is hard, but our health is so important, and our families are good incentive to keep working on it. At least, those are the reasons I'm continuing to fight for it.

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Sue - I know we can do this if we plan ahead. You are making those plans good for you

David - your SD is so lucky to have you in so many ways. Take car

Books - can you take Alieve? It used to be a life save for me until I developed the allergy. I hope your PT helps.

Debby and JD - hope all is weel and your day goes well.

My GD did a great job at her talent show last night.
water aerobics today. I made a morning tape to help me stay focused throughout the day. It seems to help. I am thinking of making an evening one also. I have started the day on target.
I am also making a list of vegan meals that I can easily fix. Part of the problem with vegan is that it is often time consuming and labor intensive, so I am making a go-to list for when I am just feeling either lazy or tired.

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Hello Everyone,

Linda: you stopped! that is a victory. I didn't do as well last nite, but I too stopped it. It's really a challenge for me to not snack when I get home, and have to wait for dinner. I cooked a slow cooker veggie soup yesterday, so I'm going to try to have a cup while I'm waiting for dinner to be done .. timing is everything for me.

David: again, your family is lucky to have you ... please remember to do something nice for yourself, you deserve it!

We are worth it!
Sue

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Off today and tomorrow. Going to have a lot of " taking SD, SDS boyfriend, and gd to different places today so putting off laundry and other things till tomorrow. Have a couple hrs now so, going to nap. Ttul. David

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Woo! Hoo Sue!! GFY!!! WTG!! Not baby steps, big steps. Victories feel so good. You should be proud and now that you have done it you know that you can do it again and build on that success.
I am learning not allow my daughter's touchiness to prevent me from addressing concerns. It used to be I would just keep things to myself rather than discuss problems. Now, after our talk, I say things that I know she may take wrong. She reacts often sarcastic or irritated. I clarify and then we discuss usually civilly.
I had a victory also. I was in that "I am hungry. I will eat anything" mood yesterday. I began the day over eating then stopped at about 10 and ate correctly for the rest of the day.
Have a great day all.

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: sorry to hear your plan for relaxing got overridden again .. I know that feeling. I felt a bit guilty on the weekend because I skipped going to g-sons' soccer tournaments, but I decided to do some of my "puttering" around jobs at my house. It really wasn't resting, but it felt good to check off some things on my list, do be able to do them alone (without my little helper), and to do them at my own pace. For me, that was relaxing. I KNOW .. I'm allowed … but that tinge of guilt keeps poking me anyway. Hope you get a chance to breath. I have a "touchy" son at my house .. Never know how he'll react when you ask him to do something, or just ask him a question. Sometimes, it's like walking on egg shells, so I just try to do it myself.

Lynn: sorry to hear of your pain … I do pray that the PT begins to ease it for you.

Jill: you do have a blessing with all the positive help. I struggle to ask my family to help .. Not ever sure how they will react … too much laziness in my family. My DD will drop what she's doing to help, but she has such a plate full already, I hate to ask her. I'm with you on the moving … I feel better if I can keep moving.

I feel like I had a victory last nite. I stopped at the local butcher shop to buy some meats for dinners last nite after babysitting .. By the time I got home it was nearly 6pm, and I lite up the oven to bake pork chops, and fired up the steamer for green beans. The chops were thick, and took longer to bake than I expected, so food was not done till nearly 7pm. But .. I DID NOT snack on anything while I was waiting .. I was hungry, and was tempted and tempted .. But I fought it off. Even the frustration that my steamer ran dry and burnt in the bottom didn't get me to grab snacks … I did it! Yay me!!!!! 7pm is too late to be eating dinner for me, but I waited and I am proud of that victory. … my plan for today is to make that a consistent practice .. No snacking while dinner is cooking.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
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Books - I hope your pain improves. I am alergic to Mortrin, and alieve and asprin so that leaves Tylenol which can be dangerous. So I can really relate to your problems.

JD - my kids are pretty good,. My daughter lives with me with is both a blessing and a curse and my son lives around the corner. My daughter gets frustrated because she would really rather live in the city. We are definitely rural. She lives here to take care of me. She and her husband do many things that I could not do physically. They get the benefit of no rent, but they do pay all the utilities. So this is beneficial for both of us.

I made vegan fajitas for dinner tonight with portobello mushrooms and about 8 different kinds of peppers they were yummy
So my week of rest just got shattered for tomorrow. My grandson is ill, so my daughter is taking him to the doctor in the morning, then I am watching him until his father gets home from work about 4 then I am leaving to see my GD in the school talent show. Wednesday and Friday are driving to water aerobics.

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Good evening all. I have stayed on track with my food. But the pain in my back that is taking a toll on me. Start water PT on Wednesday and so far it is worse. Had another session today so far a little better. We will see what the morning brings. I have to be careful with Motrin as I had an ulcer several years ago. And any other pain med makes me sleep, so can't take it an work. I am going to keep going and see what happens.

Hope you all take care. When I am feeling better will post more.

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Linda: hope things will get better for you soon. There is nothing worse than never feeling good. I did that for many years and so thankful that I am feeling so much better.

I am blessed with 3 amazing sons and 3 equally amazing daughter-in-laws. They would do anything for me and always treat us with love and respect. I don't do confrontation so I am very lucky. We also have 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters that light up my life and fill my heart with so much love. My husband is my rock and support in all that I do. Truly blessed.

David if I was closer I would watch our little GD for a weekend so you could get away but Colorado is a long way away. :)

Wishing everyone an amazing week and lets move, move, move.

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Sue - Thank you for the good thoughts. I do have meds that cause fatigue. The pain is a problem as it just wears me out. This week is actually mostly down time. I am starting with a good attitude.
My daughter is so touchy. I was discussing buying an upright freezer. I asked her opinion. She took it as an attack on her buying food. OMG! I told her that when I speak to her about things for the house I am seeking her advice. I understand a little. It used to be that I kept all my frustrations inside. I am learning how to confront problems rather than hide them. But she grew up with the person that did not really tell you what they were feeling.

David - there is a reason why they call it work and not play. That is because if they did not pay us we would not do it, so it is tiring, annoying and sometimes just ugly. It is okay to vent about work. Is there a friend that your granddaughter has that she might spend the night? Maybe you and your wife could arrange a night away for her and a night together for you. She is getting to the age of sleep overs.

Debby - I have to tell you about my rescue cat. She has a problem I have never had with a cat before. She is so fat that she cannot clean her butt. She got an infection. She is not long haired, but somewhere in between so I am going to have her butt shaved every other month.

everyone - have a great start to a new week
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Linda: hugs and prayers for you .. it IS hard when you have to deal with pain all the time. Please take a bit of time for yourself .. treat yourself better .. be selfish .. maybe it's time for us BOTH to say "no" to others. I see that you are always helping others, and they probably just expect all the time. Another thought ... do any of the meds your are getting have side affects that might be affecting your mood? I know my thyroid med, and my anti-depressant make me very tired. You CAN just be yourself her ... vent on sister! We love you!

David: I understand you missing your wife. My hubby works afternoon and evening, and most weekends, so we rarely see each other too. that's why I take the g-daughter over to my house a lot of days ... but again .. we are not alone together to just chat. He calls me 2x each day (one in the AM if I don't come home, and 1x in the evening) but it's just not the same as a eye contact, or even a hug! Take care of you ...

God has given us these lives .. they are what they are. I am trying so hard to accept this in my life .. and do the best I can with it ... one day at a time!

God's Peace & Love,
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I know anyone would grab my job in a heart beat. I know I'm not appreciative enough. But, it gets tireing working every weekend and holiday. My wife works 6days a week and only regularly scheduled off on Sunday , sometimes Saturday. We've been togeather going on 11 years and only time ever spent together on days off is when one a year we both put in for a 1week vacation to travel up to see her son( incarserated). Even then, we take our granddaughter. No one else will watch her....frustrating. Heck even the first two years we were married we took her on our honey moon. We haven't had a " just get away for a couple of days in the past 9 yrs.
Sorry just venting.... Now I got to get ready for work...duty calls....
David.

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Meeting with dietician at work went so-so yesterday will detail later got to get ready for work. She did give me name of a Doctor to see if taking new patients thats only about a 15 min drive from the new appt. Hay, even if that's all I get out of it I'll take it. One step at a time. Got to go.
Try and enjoy your weekend.
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I think this will probably be a long post. Do not feel you need to read it all I am venting and whining.
I am struggling with my health situation. In many ways I am very very lucky. I have excellent medical care. All of the hospitals in my plan received an A rating (all, everyone). My doctors are proactive and on top of new treatments. they are giving me every test. I am grateful, but. See that, but, what a horrible word. So my butt is I am tired of going to the doctor's 2-3 times a week, I am tired of my medication making me tired, I am tired of driving all the time, either to the doctor's or to water aerobics. I am tired of everything being miles and miles away.
Now my family, I am tired of my son's procrastination on anything that is mine. I am tired of my daughter asking me to do things for her and then getting snippy when I try any adjustment. I am tired of spending money on my children. When do they spend a little on me? I love them all, but now I understand why my own mother's biggest complaint was that I did not appreciate enough the things she did for me. I remember constantly saying "thank you" and her saying that Thank you was not enough. Now I get it, but I do not even get thank you from my daughter very often. I do get thank you from my SIL, my son and my grandchildren. But my daughter has not been appreciative, BUT she is the one I can always depend on to help me even if it is hard on her.
I am tired of waking up in pain every day. Of going to bed in pain every day. Of dealing with pain every day. I know I could ask for pain killers, but there is a history of addiction in my family and most pain killers do not work very well on me. I know it would be better if I could lose some weight, but that just doesn't seem to be happening at the moment. I know that if I keep my calories below 1000 and only eat two meals a day that I will lose weight. Knowing that and doing that are two different things. Right now I am at 3 meals a day and around 1200 calories. I am weighing and measuring to make sure I stay between 1000 and 1300. I am back to water aerobics 3 times a week and I have made a commitment to strength training 2 days a weak.
So I was right this is long.
I am grateful for my friends here where I am Justme, I am not your mother, or your neighbor, or your grandparent, or your relative. I am justme, fat jiggling, grey hair thinning, opinionated old women that is supported and included, and part of a caring group of people on a difficult journey of self discovery and self improvement.
I am grateful for my doctors who are trying their best to keep me alive
I am grateful for my family that loves me.
I am grateful for this day.
I am grateful that I can still walk and talk and do things for myself.
So Spark on my friends

goal is to be able to walk again
Linda
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5/5/17 7:39 A

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Ugh....your Friday is my Monday......meeting with insurance dietitian at work at 11am. Boss changed my schedule from 11-7 to 1-7 so meeting would be off the clock.... Wow....will let you know later how it went.
David

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5/5/17 7:16 A

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Hello Everyone!

Not much time to post now, but also wanted to say emoticon Debby. You've been missed.

Rough day for me yesterday ... arms & legs aching from yard work .. was tired all day again ... ate wrong, ate too much. Up on the scale today, and I'm pretty mad about it .. PLUS, my stomach feels very yucky this morning, so I'm sure I'll be punished with the IBS today. argh!

Well .. time to move on .. begin again, deal with life as it is dealt.

Happy Friday all .. take care of yourselves.
Sue

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5/5/17 1:58 A

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I am heading for bed. But I just had to say it is great! having you back Debby. I have missed you here.

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5/4/17 11:51 P

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It's been a long time since I last checked in with you all. It's time to jump back in. I have been reading everyone's posts and it looks life has just kept on plugging along. Some good days and some not so good. I think good thoughts often for all of you.

I had a fabulous time in Costa Rica. We saw so much wildlife and went zip lining in the cloud forest, rafting and relaxing. My husband says he wants to go back to get some more good coffee. We also traveled to Maryland this past week for my daughter's baby shower. She's at the end of the second trimester, and as big as a full term pregnancy with the twins (we now know they're both boys). I'll share some pictures when I post from the computer (instead of my tablet).

I'm trying to find ways to get my exercise in and not further hurt my ankle. I'm trying to heal some Achilles tendonitis, but it's slow and restricting. I also know I've gained back so much weight that it's hampering progress.

So, I'm back on track as of yesterday. I have spent too much time wallowing in self pity about putting the weight back on and it's not helping. All I know is I don't like being heavy and I'm the only one who can do something about it. So, one day at a time, I intend to get a handle on it once again. I have six little two week old kittens to chase around and will soon have some little grandsons to keep up with. They'll live clear across the country, but I need to be in shape for when I do get to see them. We also have a trip to SoCal coming up in November and I'd like to be in better shape to enjoy Disneyland.

Welcome to the newbies. I hope to be more regular in posting. Take care everyone.

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Sorry I have been missing action last few days. Just lots of things going on. First food has been on track so that is good. Finally got a break in the weather tonight and got to use my grill. Did hot dogs for son and his friends. Did chicken, and Brussels sprouts for myself.

Had my first PT appointment yesterday, in pain today. It will be interesting to see how things go now that I am off the Prednisone. Hoping we can get the pain under control. Need to just focus on keeping my nutrition under control. Each pound dropped is a little less pain.

David hope things are going well with the shakes. I am going to be starting a routine of adding them to my nutrition hoping to not have to take as many supplements. Hope the stress with the living environment settles.

P&B-Enjoy the time with your friends those moments are always so precious. I have made the mistake over the past few years of not stay in touch with friends due to the weight gain. Now working to re-establish those connections.

Sue that cooking class sounds like fun. I have never thought to look for something like that to do. I have been spending way to much time in my house and not going out. Working on changing that.

Linda, hope things have quieted down with the fires. That is scary.

Well it is time to head off to bed. I have really bad at getting to bed early. I either spend too much time on the computer with watching a show, or playing a game. Then when I do get into bed...I read. And I am really bad; I am one of those readers who always says just one more chapter then notice it's 2am. lol

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