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Friday, June 24, 2011

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I know it has been awhile and that I probably don't get around like I should to each page, but trust me I do want to thank you for all your support! I have been busy as usual, and life just seems to be going by so fast. Mom had surgery last week to remove a growth on her leg. They first took a biopsy and could not tell if it was malignant. So they felt like since the area was changing in color the best thing to do was remove it. They took a great big chuck out of her leg and she stayed with my other sister in Whispering Pines, NC for a few days. She is recovering and doing wonderful. She called back the doctor's office and they told her that the report from the tests showed no signs of cancer, and that she would not need any further treatments. She goes back next week to have the stitches removed. All I can say is Thank You God! My daughter and I have been driving her every where and I took her yesterday to get her eyes checked. I will have to take her shopping this afternoon also. I just dropped Chi Chi off to get groomed and I have a few minutes to try and update you guys!

I think my goals from my last blog I have been doing much better with.I have found out a lot by keeping a journal about myself. I write in it constantly now. The things that I have found out about myself are a little surprising! These are just a few of the things I have learned about myself:
1- I have what they call The Desire Eating Behavior Problem. I know most of you are looking at this and saying emoticon! So I will try and explain. It is those moments in life when you are not really emoticon, but you just want a little something...... Then this emoticon and I have referred to it in the past as "Chunky Girl" comes into your brain and tells you to raid the fridge. Oh, and please don't take just one portion of the sugar free emoticon emoticon but get a little for all the times in the past when you have been really, really good! It's like being a cow that has just been given a big pasture to graze in, and I just keep grazing, and grazing and of course I get bigger than a emoticon! I couldn't find a emoticon of a cow! emoticon This is the worst condition I have found I have and I really like to do this when it is late at night and no one is around to talk me out of it! It's like I have a emoticon in me that knows I have just a little bit of "ME TIME "

My solution to this problem:
I am a Christian so I have learned in the past few weeks that this is time I need to be picking my emoticon up and letting the Lord talk to me and He has. He has sent me to the book of Daniel in the Bible and I have learned all about the right type of eating God's way. Which has lead to eating more fruit and trying to eat more veggies (which I still hate!) I love, love, love emoticon. I have learned how to cut fresh pineapple up. I take my apple corer thing and cut the hard core out and it cuts the other parts in chunks for me. Easy and lot of fun! A good stress releaver! I read an article the other day about pineapple helps inflammation and was very good for arthritis. This book in the Bible has really spoken to me. If you have emoticon to emoticon, it is a very interesting book!

2- I have found that I have another behavior problem called The Eat it Before Someone Else Does Phenomenon going on! After examining this I feel like it is nothing more than Greed just pure and simple Greed! I think it comes from living with nothing but men in the house! Or that's my story and I am sticking to it.

My solution to this problem is:
I have learned to tell myself that God loves even the emoticon in the sky and if He feeds them there just is no reason why He want do the same thing for me. He knows what are my favorite things and they will be there. There is just no food or occasion that I should eat outside of the context of being hungry!

3- I have changed medication. It is called Victoza. It is helping me a lot with my portion control. I have had some nausea, but nothing like with the Beata! I emailed Mrs. Lisa the day I was really sick and she told me to pretend that it was morning sickness and just keep working with it! emoticon She said it was to be expected. It has helped with the hunger pains. Haven't been taking it long enough yet to determine if it is really helping with the diabetes, but I laughed when the druggist told me that one doctor put a patient on it to just lose weight.

I have lost 5 pounds since my last blog. So I am excited to see the emoticon move in the right emoticon. I can tell even just losing the five pounds have helped my feet and legs feel so much better. I have had a Cholesterol Particle test taken, and it was really good. I guess I never thought of losing weight as behavior problems or psycological problems, but my eyes have been opened from the journal writing.

I plan to continue in this path and hopefully keep up my trend!

A lot of you have asked about my new profile picture of the flowers! I can not take credit for growing these. The best and most exciting thing that I got to do this summer was go back to the mountains of NC for vacation. I got to meet a very special Spark friend. Most of you know her as Elseebee. They were taken from her beautiful mountain home deck. We do vacation a lot in this area. We love water falls and Transylvania County, where Elseebee (Carolyn) lives is known as Home of the Water Falls. I am so proud to live in a state that has such natural beauty. So here are just few pictures from the trip:

These pictures are taken at Toxaway Falls

White Water Falls

We were out exploring and found another water falls, and we did not quite get to the top as mom took this trail with us. She did all she could do with her health issues. This is a passion that she has-- looking at the water falls. This was a easy trail and the weather was beautiful. This is pictures of the stream going up from the water falls. We like to look at the rocks in them also. It wasn't hot at all because there was a nice breeze blowing off of the stream of water. They had part of the area roped off as there was suppose to be a wedding going on up there. The greenery and flowers are gorgeous and we were lucky enough to have a local lady and gentleman tells us what they were called. This falls was called Pearson's Falls. I do intend to go back and go to the top

My mom and sister Ramona

Christmas Fern named because shaped like a boot.

The best part of all was meeting Elseebee, Richard, and Harley and having lunch with her. It was worth more to me than a million dollars. emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD8603687
    Wonderful Blog,Congratulations on the weight loss.I sure can relate to the eating disorder you described,that emoticon causes havoc for so many folks.The writing in a journal is a great idea and I hear positive healthy things about people writing in a journal.As I have read here,you learn so much about yourself and can find where you need improvement and from that information you can make a game plan for your plans for improvements.I say we all should journal,at least try it.What a blessing you were able to meet in person a Spark Friend.Thank you for sharing how well praying can help us with habits we wish to change and having that guidance and wisdom from,our loving Father is grand! Your photos are so beautiful,lovely relaxing and peaceful those falls are.Nice to hear from you! emoticon Diana emoticon emoticon
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  • SROUS1340
    Hey hon, I'm a little behind with sparking too. Glad to hear you still at it. I fell of the tracking wagon in the winter and have just gotten back on it, after I gained probably about 20 lbs back. I still haven't got back on the "getting on the scale" habit, but I will.
    I am sorry to hear about your daughter's house, it must be a nightmare.
    Drop me a note when you get a chance. No pressure, but I do love to hear from you!
    3277 days ago
    Lovely photos! I thought that I could see the water moving on the waterfall! Glad that your mother is doing well.
    3309 days ago
  • DBELLE39
    How wonderful to meet a special lady in God's Country --no better place I can think of to meet than in the mountains. DH & I have spoken about how nothing would be better than to be able to move away from the coast to our favorite place --the NC mountains. A girl can dream right!! emoticon

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on sticking with your goal plan & showing a 5# loss!! I'm so excited for you, especially considering all you have on your plate.

    Keep at it, you are doing awesome!
    3323 days ago
    Lovely photos. Glad your mom is ok. You're on the right path again - yay!
    3324 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6687446
    Hey Girlfriend! I am so glad to hear that your Mom is doing well. And I am totally jealous that you got to meet Elseebee and Harley the Wonder Dog! I think they are celebrities.

    Congrats on the weight loss! God is good and will not leave us nor forsake us! I'm happy things are working out. I recently read something in a Christian Discipline book that said you can't just try not to do the bad habits. You have to begin doing the good habits and crowding out the bad habits. That way you already have something in place when you are tempted. Made sense to me.

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    3325 days ago
    emoticon on your weight loss.. Wonderful to hear your on track along with reading the bible & reflections. I also will jump on the exercise bike with headphones on and absorb positive prayer thoughts. Delighted to hear your mom is in tiptop shape and doing well. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking by the way. I would love to spend endless hours there. It was great hearing from you, I've joined a challenge which will start in July. Need to work on a few more inches.... emoticon emoticon
    3328 days ago
  • SHARON-2020
    3333 days ago
    And prayer pays off, in so many ways! So glad about your mom's health news. Woo-hoo for your five pounds, too! And what a great thing to meet up with real life Sparklers! I'm looking forward to meeting my second real life Sparker in KaliGirl next month. After seeing one another struggle, recover, be inspired by one another it's a real thrill to link up in real life, isn't it!

    Congrats to you and Elseebee for making the connection!

    3333 days ago
    You have made my day, April! Please tell your dear mom how thrilled I am that all is well with her leg!!! Now she can come back to see us real soon and we can take her to see more falls! (Plus, I did promise her a glass of iced tea and first dibs on the rocker of her choice on the front deck!)

    Your blog says you are doing awesome! I learned so much from your reflections about your problems. I am going to keep these in mind when that little emoticon pops into my head!

    Come back and see us again real soon! (Harley says please bring ChiChi!!!!)
    To you, your mom and sis....
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    3333 days ago
  • MISSY455
    The pictures are beautiful! You do indeed live in a gorgeous state. Congrats on the weight loss!!! It is great that you have found insight through journaling.

    Wishing you continued success as you explore and discover new options!
    3333 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5080021
    Five pounds or 20 sticks of butter gone. Woo Hoo! Again, love those pictures. You knew I would.

    Sounds like things are looking up with you. I am so glad. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    3333 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9922996
    Sounds like things are going in the best direction possible for you right now and good for you!!! I will just add one more thought to your commentary of Eat It Before Someone Else Does and that is: nothing is leaving the planet. If you cannot have it today, maybe you can have it another day. It will still be there. No one will eat it all. I have to remind myself of these truths too!

    Cheers, Debra
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    3333 days ago
    April, the new meds are great news, and congrats on the 5-pound loss - that's fantastic!!! Re the waterfall: Himself and I were married beside a waterfall in upstate NY, near where my family's from. Lucky people who were having their wedding there, thinks me, lol...
    3333 days ago

    You are one amazing lady! I am so glad that you have been shown the answers you need right in your handy dandy bible.

    I am very proud of your journalling and all of the wonderful things you have learned about yourself. It is wonderful to be a student of life with dedication to life long learning and learning about ourselves is most important!! I love your solutions and that they have worked for you.

    Thank goodness the medication induced " morning sickness" will pass and that you have been able to get past it. Sounds like this medication might be just what you need to get your diabetes under control. You are very blessed to have Ms.Lisa in your corner...the two of you make a great team!

    It is wonderful that you have lost 5lbs and that you are seeing a difference with your feet and legs!! So happy for you and very very proud!!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures...I so need a waterfall like that close by!

    YOU ROCK!!
    3333 days ago
    You are on a good path, April...I am so happy to hear your great progress. I think I share some of those behavioral problems, too...although I can happily say I am learning to beat them. Chunky hasn't been visiting me lately emoticon I've been doing my best to avoid that monster!

    How great is that?! You got to meet ELSEEBEE! It's so special to finally meet a SP friend in person, isn't it? Sounds like you had a wonderful time and a great trip. Thanks for sharing your photos!

    You keep Sparking, April...I am so proud of your hard work and dedication to you. You are so worth any effort you make...always remember that!
    3333 days ago
    Congrats on losing that weight! You sound so good too!!! Wonderful blog!--Lynda
    3333 days ago
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