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I have come to learn and hopefully start a new lifestyle that leads to better health.

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Diagnosed w/hypertension in 2009, then type 2 diabetes in 2010. So, had to really get my act together to get healthy and feel better.

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Listen, I'm now 58 and BAZINGA! Life has become an entirely different journey for me! I'm here to reach for better health mind, body and spirit and weight loss to carry me through my senior years. I could certainly stand to lose this remaining weight from my 5' 2" frame. I've been carrying it for far too long and it's now taking its toll.
And if I've got the determination and grit to go through with this I and the others are going to give it all we've got to do our best to see that you do too! We're going to go it together side by side and meet each other at the finish line looking hot and most importantly healthier. This journey is a lifestyle change and has its daily challenges to overcome. There's always going to be bumps in the tarmac along the way. Just remember to set daily goals and if there is one that you don't meet? Don't sweat it! It's NOT failure just a non-accomplishment that can be accomplished another day. We do not beat ourselves up over it either. It's one day at a time. And we are here to support each other to keep each other motivated determined and on track. We never quit quitting It's all for one and one for all!

Why Have you come?

TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's what keeps us going when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.


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I definitely feel blessed that I had the opportunity to give back to both Mom and Dad. They always did their utmost for me.

Mom never did recognize me, but I KNOW she felt loved, and that was the mission. Dad, fortunately he did know me and we were able to have many great talks. So, all in all, it was a labor of true love!!!

I am so glad that you and your Mom got to spend time together and she knew you.

HUGS

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Even though it's a heart heavy burden to carry 1CD you were most blessed to have that opportunity.
I, on the other hand, couldn't have the hands-on care for my mother because I lived 3 provinces over so had to depend on my sister and give her my blessing and 300% support in all decisions made.
That was difficult at first because of being the eldest.
My blessing came when I was given the time and opportunity to go home for two weeks. Those were the most precious two weeks I could ever, will ever spend with my mom.
During the hours I spent with her during the day she was in and out of reality But every time she was in the present day she knew me and at meal times the other staff and nurses couldn't believe how coherent and responsive she was with me.

I truly believe that the Lord knew that this was the only time I would be able to have with her and he blessed it.
After I left she slipped back into that state of dementia and no one was able to reach her. A week to the day my sister called me and said, "mom's gone."
I truly believe it was me she had been waiting for. To be given that permission to leave. That I would be alright in my life's path.

TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's what keeps us going when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.


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I took care of both my parents in my home for 2yrs. Mom had Alzheimer's and had fallen and broken her hip, so Dad could no longer care for her, and they couldn't live independently. We had them here w/us. It was a challenge, to be sure. Mom was already in stage 4 of the disease and just so often uncooperative. Dad was able to help w/her care for awhile. He developed his own health issues so then needed care himself.

I had know the day would come for them to have to go to a care facility, the trick was geting them in together. I knew they wouldn't be able to live apart. So, by the time that happened, Dad had also developed age-related dementia. **SIGH**

I felt good that I could take care of them myself as long as I did (and both DH and I would go from WI to IL where they lived before Mom broke her hip to help them out every weekend. That was also for a couple of years.)

It is not an easy path, but one I am very glad I could take w/my parents.



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I am amazed at how strong you have become through your journey to better health and your willingness to share with those who are still struggling. My life is a series of ups and downs. It would be so easy to sit back and let depression take over; but that's not going to happen. I have given my financial problems over to God and with His help and guidance, this will get better. I have been feeling that I need to do more for the church than what I am doing. In my prayer earlier this week, I gave this to God to let me know if I needed to do something else; would you believe 2 days later, one of the gentlemen from the administrative group came to me and asked if I would be an elder and head up the Christian Education Committee. I reached a degree of excitement that I haven't felt for a long time. I said yes and now I am knee deep in planning an Easter Surprise for the children in our church. This is keeping me even busier than I already was and turning my focus in a different direction.

I'm chatting too much and I need to take my tired body to bed. Everyone sleep well and have a great day tomorrow. I choose Life as my motto.

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Yes, you can!

I'm now 57 and BAZINGA! Life has become an entirely different journey for me! And if I've got the determination and grit to go through with this I and the others are going to give it all we've got to do our best to see that you do to! We're going to go it together side by side and meet each other at the finish line looking hot and most importantly healthier. This journey is a life style change and has it's daily challenges to overcome. There's always going to be bumps in the tarmac along the way. Just remember to set daily goals and if there is one that you don't meet? Don't sweat it! It's NOT failure just a non-accomplishment that can be accomplished another day. We do not beat ourselves up over it either. It's one day at a time. And we are here to support each other to keep each other motivated determined and on track. We never quit quitting It's all for one and one for all!

Edited by: NOMORESTALLING at: 10/27/2018 (10:22)
TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's what keeps us going when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.


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Wow that took a long time to read. You are a strong woman. I will strive to do what you have done. I choose health too. emoticon

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Hi,
I am 66 on august 26. Have been fighting for years with my health and with depression. I have been working hard to be healthy. Many circumstances in my life keep me depresses alot but I am fighting to be more positive daily and to find a way to be healthy physically, mentally emotionally and most of all spiritually.
Do to circumstances in my life I do not have friends so walk alone pretty much except for my wonderful daughter's family who still lives near by. She however works full time and has a home and family to care for so I do not care to bog her down with me...although she would be willing. My other daughter moved to Idaho with my other 4 grandkids and I miss them terribly so that does not help the depression but causes it to be worse. .But I keep trying. Hoping this group will help me keep going.
God bless you all


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Why am I here?

I CHOOSE LIFE!

Over the years, earlier years I often found myself desperately trying to work out how to stay alive. Not so much physically, but emotionally, spiritually because I knew I was literally dying inside. And to keep myself sane throughout this struggle of life I remembered something I had heard in one of the many sermons I attended as a young adult. And that was one single phrase that has stayed with me.
"I choose life. I choose blessings."

Sometimes I wanted so desperately to let go - I thought it would be so much easier, I thought I might get some rest; to shut off the many voices that played through my mind 24/7 It wasn't time. I replaced the thought with,
"I choose life. I choose blessings"

I had life. I had a life. Yes I most certainly had a life; better described as more of an existence. Parts of this existence I was actually content; no less painful there were days, weeks, and months of dealing with emotional and mind bending insecurities This is when I would dig deep and fight down the negative feelings and forge ahead, scrambling to build up a full head of steam in comparison to that of a locomotive and it wasn't long before life would crowd out the fractious, nettlesome, nagging thoughts and instead became totally focused on the expectations of career and family; my blinders and masks.
It was the constant telling myself that it was psychological anxiety and a heavy dose of sanctimonious mental attitude, a work your ass off commitment, and a false belief; denial, that could only come from my constant bed partner, my fictitious self that kept me functional through it all. I still had my doubts that I was doing the right thing; that vague uneasiness, that nagging sense that something wasn't quite right, a miss. But hey I was set on making a lot of people proud, really proud and in the end be proud of myself to boot. This was my promise, my vow, my commitment.
Making the commitment to change my life and then doing something about it became the most important steps to create the life I wanted. However, when you have difficulty understanding how capable you are of creating what you want, your own insecurities or doubts can derail you. When you are motivated and determined, however, you can hold yourself to the course you have chosen. You can use the power of positive thinking to propel you forward, as you stay focused on taking the necessary steps. By imagining change weaving into your life successfully, you create a mind-set that allows for the results you desire to manifest. Commit yourself to implementing change today, and you will find yourself fearlessly creating what you want in life.

Twenty two years later......and now 38 I had accomplished everything I'd set out to do. My social life? What social life? What was a social life anyway? For me it was like pulling teeth, hens teeth. After years of trying to even have one I finally gave up on it and was now non-existent, didn't care. I grew tired of the users and abusers of my empathy's, and giving and caring nature. They only came around when they were in need of something; sob sisters. I was tired of listening to the complaints of the negative people in order to feel valued. Tired of my energy being drained, feeling boxed-in, and ill at ease." So my choice, my lifeline of preservation was total detachment. I poured myself into my life and blocked everything out that was dragging me down.
I graduated, with highest honors from my medical college courses at 28 and then high school at age 31. I now had a 10 year career in Gerontology and though unnecessary, holding two other lower status positions elsewhere just to supplement the income, more to the point keeping me physically and mentally engaged and pushing through.

So why wasn't it feeling right. It wasn't feeling anymore right than it had twenty-two years ago. I'd met my commitment but something was still haunting me and haunting me more and more. And you know when there are those times when truth runs faster than fiction. Particularly when I was really tired, to the point of exhaustion, or in those rarest of times when I allowed myself to become very very still. These times for me were the times I most hated because it was then that my private reality rudely and uninvited surfaced, only to taunt and ridicule me. The commitment itself wasn't what haunted me now, but the rationalization and motive behind it. Sure my fictitious self was pleased overall but my authentic self , was empty and left wanting. I was far from being animatedly involved in my own life even after all I had accomplished. I felt trapped by it. Where was my passion, hope, optimism and energy. I'd left them behind and became a part of the roles assigned by an insensitive and frequently hurtful world. This had become my concept of self, my life? I was living a life pleasing to so many people, most of them well intended, but not for myself. I was doing what I was doing simply because it was what was expected of me, what everyone else wanted me to do and be. I was also living in a place I did not consciously choose to live. As a matter of fact it would have been the last place of choice. The only thing about my life that was real was my vocation of choice. I was passionate about my life's main work. Outside of that my authentic self was suffocating and I had let it happen. And to add to the jeopardy, my health was deteriorating.
At age 48 I was 268 pounds, on the brink, the onset of Adult Diabetes. My back and knees were riddled with Arthritis. I was in so much pain daily that it took every ounce of willpower to get moving. And I was working full time at the time. A very physical job. It became too much and I had to resign; doctor's orders.
I suffered with IBS and Asthma as well. And the stress of it all only added to the mix. I was on so many medications to control my life. To add to this mix I was allergic to pollens, grasses, trees, ragweed, feathers, and cat dander. I was chronically congested and after being on so many anti- inflammatories, a battering of antihistamines and needing antibiotics I developed a chronic Sinus infection. And don't get me started on the feminine gender of health issues; cycles and Menopause!
"Make no doubt about it: all drugs are toxic and have the definite capability to lessen longevity!"
Coupled with the nutrient-poor diet and the weakening of immune system this witches cauldron of dependency on medications to feel normal and nutritional deficiencies has been destructive to my health as I've aged It has been what lead to every one of frequent and chronic illnesses that I have had.

Fictitious self be damned. It was time to start pushing back!

"Don't compromise yourself You are all you've got." Janis Choplin

Yup definitely ME time!
I'm well on my way! Mind body and spirit are finally in sinc! This has been MY year! Finally after too many years! I won't say wasted years because it was mostly the environment and influences back then that effected my life and I wasn't really given the choice until 12 years ago. I got out of a life's situation, got my mind and spirit in sinc and my health; once I knew what I could physically do to correct things as well which was a Hysterectomy and balancing hormones with Bio-identical hormones, about a year and a half ago. My doctor said if I didn't do something I would be dead in five year! So 10 months ago I radically changed my diet to Nutritarian and increased my physical activity!
Until then weightloss was non-existent.
Now LOOKOUT WORLD HERE I COME!!!!!!!!!!! I've dropped 96 pounds since and went from a size 26 to a 16, reversed 95% of my health issues. And what negativity I had control of is outta here! My self-esteem and self-worth, confidence are what they've never been in my life!
I'VE BEEN PUSHING BACK EVER SINCE!
I AM MY AUTHENTIC SELF! DEAL WITH IT WORLD!
There are two options regarding commitment - your either IN or your OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.
"There is a difference between good intentions and commitment. When you have good intentions in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

My life today is the result of attitudes and choices in the past. My life tomorrow will be the result of attitudes and the choices I make today.

Many people blame their health and weight on their age. They think that as they get older, or after women go through menopause, they no longer have the ability to change the quality of their life or their bodies. I've just turned 55 this year and I'm living proof that this couldn't be further from the truth!

We've all gotten to a point in our weight loss journey when things are chugging along nicely, we've passed several important, monumental goals and should be coming down the stretch for our ideal weight in the not too distant future? And suddenly we encounter that insane, split second moment of reasoning and we revert back to the behavior that got us into this mess in the first place. And it's not the first time. Frustrated at our seeming inability to close the deal- yet again! - we throw in the towel with overwhelming discouragement and go back to living a life well beneath our capabilities. Why does this keep happening, this dog chasing the tail syndrome? How can we really want (or need!) to do something so desperately and yet get in the way of our own progress just when things are going well? Why, why aren't we proceeding toward our goal anymore instead of backing away from it? Don't we want to accomplish this more than practically any other thing in our lives right now?
It's time we sat down in front of our mirrors and took a long hard look into ourselves and ask those questions we need to ask and be brutally honest in our answers. And then we have to take those answers and look at them with fresh eyes to figure out why it is that we have been blocking our own success. I realize everyone's story and background are different but what seems to be a common denominator is that for some reason we make others and their feelings and expectations trump our own

Then there's the old school of thinking of "I can't have that" so we starve ourselves with restrictions, elimination, and deprivation with trying to be committed and dedicated to our weightloss (diet) program of choice.,

Firstly, I am here to proclaim DIETS DON'T WORK! I will scream and proclaim this from the highest mountain, the Toronto's CN Tower, Calgary's Tower , the Seattle Space needle, Detroit's Chrysler building! I'd go to the top of the world if that's what it would take to get this information/knowledge out there! Because anything other than a lifestyle change comes with restrictions, eliminations, and deprivation. And the minute we put restrictions on what we can and cannot have, it's all one thinks about. Plus, dieting is a SHORT TERM way of thinking and a direct route to non-accomplishment. Do we plan on dieting all our lives? Because I can guarantee that WILL be our fate as long as we continue to allow ourselves to be vulnerably gullible and discriminated, taken advantage of by unhealthy, roller coaster, commercialized dieting programs that we'd pay money for, for the remainder of your lives. I certainly don't nor will I! No siree..I won't waste my time or money. Sorry, I know that's blunt but then truth usually is! Plus I can predict 100% accurately that if you choose to entrap yourself you will eventually fall off the diet for a period of time and then restart again and again down the road. Who wants to live like that? But those are and will be the consequences of your choice. You've set yourself up for sabotage right from the get go pure and simple! Stop the Sabotage! Stop it now! Stop adapting your station in life to where THEY think you belong. It's time to right this wrongheadedness. It's time to be committed and consistent to right-headedness and take back the controls! It's much more productive to make diet and lifestyle changes that we can live with long term; permanently, for life. No temporary restrictions, eliminations no deprivation, no falling "off track" by eating something THEY have told you you can't or shouldn't for the duration of your dieting journey to reach goal weight. That only causes you to be guilt ridden and embarrassed. I refuse to succumb to that degradation; humiliation. It ain't happening! Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to live the rest of your life that way. Do any of you feel that you're self-sabotaging your efforts to get fit? Why do you think that is? I don't. not any more!

My god, we know so much about nutrition and its powerful effects but even in this we've been duped; lead down the garden path because we've been given just enough knowledge but we were still missing that all important fundamental building block to life long success. It has been withheld; perhaps for a reason, ulterior motive? Think about it, face it, dieting has become an habitual lifestyle We grab hold of the most recent most popular weight loss diet with promises of to good to be true grandeur because we need to lose that no good influencing our lives, disease causing, life threatening poundage and of course we want progressive results not tomorrow not today but yesterday! And we lose the weight, not the ultimate goal weight but enough weight to make us think that just quite possibly this is THE ONE! And BOOM it happens We abruptly stop making the numbers magically go down both on the scale and the measuring tape. Another weightloss goal down the toilet and we move on to the next one because it holds more promise until BOOM it happens again. It's become a vicious never ending cycle this dieting roller coaster. Why because every last one of them are missing the mark, the crucial key of continuing weightloss and maintaining and keeping it off permanently.
So where is the crucial key of continuing weightloss and maintaining and keeping it off permanently? It's been right under our noses the entire time! It's been hiding in the nutritional quality of our diet all along! It's not enough to lower our fats, carbs, calories, sodium and eliminate refined carbs.

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It is not sufficient to merely avoid fats. It is not sufficient for the diet to have a low glycemic index. It is not sufficient for the diet to be low in animal products. It is not sufficient for the diet to be mostly raw food. A truly healthy diet must be micronutrient rich and the micronutrient richness must be adjusted to meet individual needs. The foods with the highest micronutrient per calorie scores are green vegetables, colorful vegetables, and fresh fruits. For optimal health and to combat disease, it is necessary to consume enough of these foods that hold a micronutrient per calorie density,
Few people could expect to have optimal health without attention to the consumption of high micronutrient foods
It works for everyone. Yes, every person has unique nutritional needs, but assuring nutritional excellence is essential for everyone whether old, young, fit, overweight, healthy or ill, to achieve their overall health and weight goals. To accomplish this, the micronutrient quality (H=N/C) or nutrient density of an individuals diet must be increased accordingly.
It must offer a sound nutrition prescription for disease reversal and prevention
Unquote Dr Joel Fuhrman

These, these were the crucial keys that were missing for me. This is what is turning my life around, eliminating toxic hunger, reversing health issues I've been having for years and the bonus is INCREDIBLE HEALTH AND WEIGHTLOSS

The 3 Steps To Incredible Health and Weightloss links

This is where it all begins!

Part 1 www.youtube.com/watch?v=LruyZOzpvnI

Part 2 www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiBuazIU68s

Part 3 www.youtube.com/watch?v=pshLDH6oLo4

Part 4 www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN-yqkMMOHM


I AM accomplishing that! WITHOUT A DOUBT!
Life is a whole new adventure! I've lost 96 so far and I STILL Have 40 to lose! And if I've got the determination and grit to go through with this.....
Sure, there's always going to be bumps in the tarmac along the way. But if I remember to set daily goals and if there is one that I don't meet? I won't sweat it! It's NOT failure just a non-accomplishment that can be accomplished another day. I refuse to beat myself up over it either. It's one day at a time. I never quit quitting.


Don't lose sight of your finish line because a few people running next to you quit the race. Your success is not connected to their choices. - Beth Jones


I will:

Cross my bridges.

Meet my challenges.

Reach out for my dreams, and bring them closer and closer to my heart.

Get rid of the "if only's" and get on with whatever I need to do to get things right.

Go after what I want in life, with all the blessings of all the people who care. And find out what making my wishes come true really feels like.

My power is knowing that despite the setbacks and hurdles that I may face, I still have the opportunity to do my personal best! Progress not Perfection!

We know that it is more than just weight loss; more than eating less and exercising more. It's Knowledge!

I Keep on moving forward

So Let's FINALLY DO IT RIGHT AND GETTER DONE!


Edited by: NOMORESTALLING at: 4/14/2019 (18:17)
TODAY Is MY tomorrow. It's up to ME to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices I make EVERY day. I eat well, I live well I SHAPE ME!

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's what keeps us going when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.


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