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We had such a great time at Lake Tahoe. I even got to steer the sail boat! Awesome!





Mom-in-law's 99th birthday with our "miracle' granddaughter, Ziva!





Me with my 100 year old mom and our daughter's family -Jeni, husband Shawn, Steele, Rocky and Ziva.



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My husband and I have had so many stresses in our lives lately. But I refuse to use any of that as an excuse for not getting to the healthy place I want to be. I may not be able to do all I would like to do, but I can do something each and every day to get closer to my goal of good health. Multiple sclerosis has stolen a lot, but it has also given. I recognize some of my limits and know there will be consequences if I choose to push beyond what is healthy for me. I continue to fight ...
My husband and I have had so many stresses in our lives lately. But I refuse to use any of that as an excuse for not getting to the healthy place I want to be. I may not be able to do all I would like to do, but I can do something each and every day to get closer to my goal of good health. Multiple sclerosis has stolen a lot, but it has also given. I recognize some of my limits and know there will be consequences if I choose to push beyond what is healthy for me. I continue to fight fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. All seems to be pretty well under control and I pray I can keep it that way. Migraines interfere with some of life, but I always know I will come out the other side just fine. I've gotten through three scary concussions and a battle with breast cancer. I know the Lord has me here for a reason and I am determined to be the healthiest and strongest me I can be to meet the challenges and joys head on. No more hiding out behind life. I choose to lead the charge!
Our miracle granddaughter, Ziva, celebrated her first birthday in December. We weren't sure she would survive very serious head surgery last May, but she's a fighter. Her skull was cut to ribbons and spacers implanted, her eyes moved and nose adjusted. Now, being small is the only obvious challenge. She loves life and thrills in every new experience. She is my little hero. I want to be the healthiest and strongest I can be to be to her and to my other little grandchildren the grandma I never had. We are loving our little condo as Ziva's family lives in our house about 20 miles from us. They will be near for the next two years as her daddy completes a critical care fellowship (he's a neurologist and decided he wanted more challenges than his small town practice offered in Montana). We are thrilled to have them here and pray they will decided to stay. We'll see. We are soon to have another granddaughter as our son and wife in Seattle are expecting their second daughter in a few weeks. Life is good.
I want to lose these extra pounds that hold me back from being all I desire. I think I can, I think I can, I KNOW I can do it! God is so good. With Him all things are truly possible. Praise God!
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Member Since: 1/11/2009

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I want to be the healthiest me I can be. I have some health challenges, but know I can get the weight issue under better control.

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I am eating healthy most of the time and getting exercise most every day. I'm trying to be consistent..

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I'm a California girl who was transplanted to Utah many years ago. I still miss the beaches, but love the mountains. I've been married since March 1973, have two married children and five grandchildren. The kids live in Washington and Utah. I struggle with challenges related to multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches and fibromyalgia.Life is good! My name is Barbara, but my Spark name comes from the name my first grandson gave me when he first began talking. I've been Baba ever since.

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I've struggled with weight most of my life. It's never been an issue of obesity, but it has interfered with life in many ways and continues to be an emotional burden. I dread looking into mirrors.

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CENTAURI
8/24/2014 5:36:32 PM

Thank you for the positive encouragement! I read that you still suffer from Thyroid issues. Back in May I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I immediately researched it and decided to overhaul my diet instead of taking the prescribed meds that I was told I would have to take for the rest of my life. It's August now and I have lost over 30 lbs and feel sooooo much better!!! Have you thought about trying some eliminations to see if it would help you? I recommend eliminating soy, msg, gmo's, everything artificial, all grains, legumes, and sugar. Sounds extreme, but trust me give it 30 days and I promise you will see major improvements. By eliminating gluten/grains you will notice any inflammation or arthritis/joint pains decrease significantly or go away all together. Eliminating gluten/grains also help with any mental type disorders such as anxiety/panic attacks. Soy is a known thyroid disrupter. MSG, GMO's, & Artificial flavors & colors have many toxic ingredients that are not natural and can cause our systems many different problems, including allergies. If you are going to eliminate or cut back on anything it should be sugar. If you have any cancer cells in your body, sugar is responsible for them to grow and thrive. The things I noticed 30 days after eliminating these foods was increased energy, puffiness and inflammation gone, no joint pains, restless leg syndrome gone, anxiety/panic attacks gone, mood improved, weight falling off, brain fog gone, heartburn gone, skin complexion improved, skin softer, mental clarity improved, no more bloated/full feelings and many more positive improvements. Let me know if you have tried this or would like to and if you have any questions. I go back to my doctor at the end of next month to get all my thyroid tests re-checked. But even my doctor is impressed with all my improvements and doesn't think I need the thyroid meds. As a side note, increasing your vitamin B-12 will help with energy and over all good feeling. I recommend a good quality one with Methylcobalamin over the kind you find in the drug stores. It is a high quality type of B-12. The one I am loving is by Jarrow and is 5000mg. You can not overdose on B-12. I purchase mine through Vitacost.com. Also if your vitamin D is low, the best way to get Vitamin D is from the sun. Exposing your skin to the sun 3-5 times a day for at least 15-20 minutes will do. Another important vitamin is Magnesium. I recommend increasing your intake of Magnesium rich foods such as dark leafy greens, raw nuts & seeds, fish, avocados, bananas, and dark chocolate. If you are really low on magnesium, I would suggest trying a supplement like Natural Calm. Also available at Vitacost.com. If you decide you would like to order from Vitacost and haven't prior, I can send you a referral email for $10 off your first order. They are a very reputable company with super fast shipping. The last thing I would suggest, is getting out in nature as often as you can. It is very good for the mind, body & spirit. I hope this has been helpful. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

p.s. I forgot to mention when exposing your skin to the sun for 15-20 mins it needs to be without sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks your skins absorbtion of vitamin D. However, any longer exposure than the 20 mins you will need to cover up or use a good non-toxic sunscreen.

Try and switch your dairy, meats, fruits & veggies over to Organic, grass fed, no hormones or antibiotics if you haven't already. And if you have allergies or sinus issues try eliminating dairy or cutting way back. It has worked for me. Good luck! emoticon

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JUDITH316
8/16/2014 2:31:05 AM

Good Evening emoticon Barbara

Cheering you on for a great weekend ahead! Let's Spark on Together!

Also want to say emoticon for your support & valued friendship!

╬═╬ ........."Friendships come and Friendships go
╬═╬ ................Like wave upon the sand
╬═╬ ..........Like day and night Like birds in flight
╬═╬.. ............Like snowflakes when they land
╬═╬............But you and I are something else
╬═╬...............Our friendship's here to stay
╬═╬........Like weeds and rocks and dirty socks
╬═╬.............It never goes away”

**********♥ Friendship is a priceless gift!!

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GODS_SERENITY
8/14/2014 3:53:38 PM

Good to see you visit the team!! emoticon



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~KINDREDSPIRIT~
8/13/2014 1:34:40 PM

thanks for your note on my Spark page!

Wishing you well.

take care
barbara



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CBRINKLEY401
8/12/2014 1:03:28 PM

Thanks for the friend add and for commenting on my blog. I've added you as a friend too.
-Cathy
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