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YEAH Lost over 10.4 lbs in 8 weeks MET my 5% GOAL !!


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In 2015 for the Summer and the Fall I was in cast upon cast up to my knee of the left leg because of a nasty ulcer on the foot. During this time I was not allowed to exercise.

I had been doing 90 to 120 mins a day of mostly walking and yoga to no activity. YO !! That's simply not a good place for anyone. I had quickly gained weight !! I had tried to reduce my calories and was working with a dietitian, but non the less,, yo I put on 40 (YES FORTY !) lbs from June thru Dec. I was quickly getting back to the scary numbers with the diabetes where I'd again have to take my glucose levels several times a day. I of course did not want this, nor the weight to continue to keep going SKY high !!

I DID than talk to all of my Dr's. The ones at the Wound Clinic I explained how I was feeling physically and mentally. It was agreed I was not in a safe place. Dealing with an ulcer that would not heal, didn't need to be further complicated. It was decided I could do as I wanted. I than started in January to use my knee scooter (if you ever can't use your foot and do not have knee issues, please check into one of these. I highly suggest buying one and not renting one unless your insurance will pay for the rental. I got mine on Amazon for only 151.00 US) going up and down the hallway where I live. I live in a high rise with 16 units on each floor.

I had put a lot of thinking into how to achieve this, but I set a goal of losing 50 lbs and hence going from 246 down to 196 by the end of Dec 2016. Thanks to the many who gave me such great advice. THANKS Cheri (Cheririddell who is the weigh in leader for the Spirited Under Dog team a part of the 5% challenge for carefully going through my nutritional tracker so well) who let me know I was not eating enough calories. This is just as bad for you, if not perhaps worse. I did talk to the dietitian with what Cheri as well as MaryAnn (MaryAnngi also on the Spirited Under Dog team , yes a part of the 5% Challenge which I think is still taking on members, but will be closing soon, if you are interested please EMAIL me at once. Its a team that helps us to lose 5% of our body weight in only 8 weeks if we do the work,,it's NOT hard) for the encouragement ! As well as MANY other Dawggies and if you look at my friends list,,, THANKS TO ALL Of ya !!

I DID lose my 5% Goal for the Winter,, Spring and Fall challenges with just missing it for the Summer Challenges.

The biggest helpful advice I can is "TRACK ALL the food you eat !" " you do have to exercise, but this is based on your physical strength and your ability. Hey we can see I was surely at a disadvantage!! I often did 10 mins at a time several times a day. We do not need to try to exercise for 30, 60 or more at a time, 10 mins several times is great, and hey mix it up even better !!

If I can do this, so can you !! Please email me if you'd like any questions answered.

HUGE THANKS TO ALL you PAWSOME people who have read my page,,, my blogs, comments and emails for being so very supportive ! I could NOT of done this without ALL of your PAWSOME Support !!

Member Since: 7/7/2011

Fitness Minutes: 91,869

My Goals:
We have only 4 more Saturdays for this year left. Today I weighed in at 193.6 so with those 4 weeks, I'd LOVE to be at 190 or perhaps 189 at this point.

Bring my water UP to 8 glasses again. Water helps so very much. I have been drinking 2 glasses of sparkling water also, but I have GERD and any fizzy drinks make it even worse. I had been fine, but for the past week i am NOT so decrease that to 2 half glasses a day.

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Stay in my calorie range of 1250 to 1500 daily. NOT undah it, that's again not good for us, and we do not lose the weight. If I have a day I go over the 1500 that's FINE for the next meal I at once get right back onto my normal routine. Lets not be harsh upon ourselves. This is not a race, it's not a "diet" notice the first 3 letters? "DIEt" yeah no TY !! It is a lifestyle change ,, yes life style change,, for life. There will always be those special days for all of us, we will go over our calorie range. I'll hop right back down. It can take 2 weeks for the scale to reflect this, it's FINE. It DOES !!

KEEP up my 60 to 90 mins of exercise. Most walking the hallways now that I've had my left foot big toe amputated I am OUT of casts ! PHEW !! So very, very thankful i have my life back.

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I DID start 12/11/2010 with Sparks under my "old" name, but I lost my password. So this page isn't reflecting my true date of starting with Sparks.

See that PURDY kitty to the left? That is Miss Izzy and she's such a sweet kitty gal !! Such a little lovey dovey kit katz !! When anyone comes in, I do let them know she will soon be up,,, she like all cats know though when someone isn't into her, and just ignores them. otherwise,, yup ! A true Lap cat !!

I live in Maine right on the harbor,,, yes it's very pretty.

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I am so soon to be a GREAT GRANDMA !! WOW !! I just found out a few hrs ago !! EXCITED TO THE MAX !! I am young. The GD is actually a friends child. My friend had her late in life, and she didn't (the child) have any Grammies, so we "adopted" each other through the heart when she was quite young. I am sooo fortunate in that I had a big part of helping to raise her. She's so precious to me. in turn I also became a Grandma to 3 others. Life is awesome. If you like me, didn't have children of your own, there are many children would so badly need guidance. Please look around,, if you belong to any organizations, please look into it. Also if you are over 55, there is the "foster Grandparent " program.

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    Catty girls NEVER think they need medication. After all, they are PURRRRRFECT!!
    7 days ago
    They just started the 4th quarter the score is now Broncos 10 Chiefs 16. They are playing Sunday Night Football it should be on over there on NBC. People are crazy with the sport I am in agreement it is just a game!
    9 days ago
    No hun, if you look at my before and after picures you'll see that that was in 2012. I lost 121 pounds ...and then spent 2 years putting it ALL back on again! am now on my way back down again for the 4th time since then; so far I've relost 49 pounds of that but still have a lonnnng way to go. So what did I learn losing that weight? I learnt that I am really good at losing weight, and suck at maintainance!! I learnt that if I want to maintain my weight that I must never ever allow sugar into my life again. I learnt that even if I only eat 1200 calories i WON'T lose weight; the ONLY way for me to lose weight is to exercise and really push my body (on top of my 5 hours of teaching ballet classes every day) and eat 1250-1480 cals...if I eat less or more than that I won't lose.

    Glad kitty is taking her medicene well. Have great day!.
    10 days ago
    I had no idea that they were watching my kidneys. I like to know things and turn then around if possible. More than likely they say something once the kidney's go into kidney failure!

    True that we have enough going on! The main thing now is focusing in on the COPD. I do from time to time have bad anxiety attacks never used to have them till about 5 years ago. They flipping blow! I relate to what you are saying about the not worrying about things.

    Yesterday was just an ok day, shopping takes forever with my mom 2 hours for grocery shopping....ugh. I go with her because she has dementia and will buy a lot of crap LOL. I have to steer her away from things and look like the bad daughter when I tell her NO YOU CANNOT HAVE THAT! LOL

    I am glad that you got excellent deals for dealing with the BS that Black Friday is now days! Understand the walking out also! I might do some Cyber Monday deals not sure yet though.

    I really hope that Izzy gets better soon! Hehe about the job Shadow can use one as well LOL. I hope surgery is no needed!
    10 days ago
    Well, you've got one day down, what is it 9? to go...

    That picture was of the start of the Blood Moon eclipse in September of 2015. It was taken about 10-15 miles north of where I live, and the country is pretty typical of this area -- lots of trees as you can see (sarcastic comment...).

    I've been an intermittent full moon photographer for many years - hence the Spark name. I actually wanted FULLMOONCHASER, but it was too many letters.

    10 days ago

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