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Carpe Diem, step by step, year by year

Hello! Thank you for stopping by my page. I've been dealing with weight issues my whole life, and chronic health conditions for a while. I find the solution, hard won lesson after decades of trying, is a daily battle, filled with healthy steps.
* 2000 Diagnosed with TYPE 2 Diabetes. Gave birth to youngest son. Weight was 250lbs.
* 2004, had a total hip replacement. Doctor told me to lose 50 lbs. I ignored him. Weight was 250 lbs.
* for 2004-2011 years, I tried every diet ...
Hello! Thank you for stopping by my page. I've been dealing with weight issues my whole life, and chronic health conditions for a while. I find the solution, hard won lesson after decades of trying, is a daily battle, filled with healthy steps.
* 2000 Diagnosed with TYPE 2 Diabetes. Gave birth to youngest son. Weight was 250lbs.
* 2004, had a total hip replacement. Doctor told me to lose 50 lbs. I ignored him. Weight was 250 lbs.
* for 2004-2011 years, I tried every diet trick in the book. Weight ballooned to 314. Ignored my diabetes, doctor put me on various oral meds.
* September 2011, I felt so awful, my sugars were out of control, my blood pressure was controlled by medication, my cholesterol was high, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I took 6 weeks off work to "deal with my health." I joined a gym, lost 20 pounds, started insulin, had a plan and went back to work.
* 2012 I discovered Spark people. I stopped insulin, continued oral meds. I had some major life stress..
* 2013. I lost and re-gained the same weight. I discovered water aerobics.
* 2014- My weight has stayed within the same 10 pounds. 312-293 this year. My sugars have sky rocketed. I hope to have better control. I discovered TAE CHI. I started therapy to deal with eating disorders. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, glaucoma and Sojgreen's disease. Life is pretty stressful.
2015- Welcome to the New Year. My goal this year is simple. I resolve to eat within my calorie range, with a paleo lifestyle and exercise to a -500 calorie deficit 5 days a week.

I use Sparkpeople to record my journey, and to to find support along the way. I have a family that could improve their support style. I can get overwhelmed by the sheer number of pounds to lose until my goal weight, so I prefer to think of this as a daily journey to health. I stole a Sparkpeople quote that sums it up." When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right things, one day at a time." Here is saying yes to health.

The Blue Print.
In 5 years, I want to be healthy, off medications and managing my chronic illness with nutrition and exercise. I want to be slender. I want to go to work each day with a healthy plan, and have habits that support that plan. I want to be a healthy emptynester, with a focus on projects, adventures. I want to garden my own food, shop locally. I want to hike with my husband, go camping with ease. I want to increase my knowledge of nutrition, health and diabetes. In 10 years, I want to be working, filling my days with meaningful projects at work, while looking forward to retirement. I want to work part time for Irene. When the weather is nice, I want to walk to work or bike to work, but leave the car in park. I want to look forward to getting up each day, following a healthy morning routine. I want to take my vitamins and supplements with lemon water, stretch and do yoga or TAE CHI and start the day off with a healthy start. I want to walk each morning with Cynthia. I want to pack my lunch, or snacks, and have a plan for the day. I want to take my walking shoes, as exercise is part of the plan. I want to carry my water bottle with me everywhere I go. Each day I want to focus on projects, wither that's the garden, the scrap book, organizing, cooking, canning, working. I want to be fit enough to take fitness classes, and have the extra energy to do so. I want to spend a little time each day on the spiritual aspect, whether that is daily mass, adoration or private prayer. I want to be tired at the end of the day, so that I can sleep 8 hours without medication. I want to live a GOD centered, balanced life that is full of health. I want to be productive. I want to have energy. I want to be a modern day hippy. I want to be independent, able to take care of my needs without illness interfering. While I will continue to work at DCFS, I want to work part-time on health related counseling.
To accomplish this picture of health, I need to weigh a healthy BMI. Extra weight contributes to the chronic disease issues. I need to focus on fruit and vegetables, lean protein. I am adapting a Paleo lifestyle. No grains. No dairy. No processed foods. If I eat healthy, with portion control and I exercise each day, the weight will right itself.
Revised 2/2014
To reiterate, my three goals, which helps in THE BIG GOAL OF Weight loss by my next birthday:
1) track and stay within my calorie range. Stick with the Paleo food program. Pack my lunch/ snacks. Preplan Dinner.
2) 10,000 steps, minimum of 10 active fun cardio a day, like elliptical, water aerobics, and 10 minutes strength training, yoga or TAE CHI. Walk or Bike to work when weather permits.
3) Have a life; be accountable to Spark, Scrapbook, organize and clean, be an active mom.. do something besides sit on the couch and become one with the furniture.

"Dear God, I recognize I am made for more than the vicious cycle of being ruled by food. I need to eat to live, not live to eat. So I keep asking for Your wisdom to know what to eat and Your indwelling presence to walk away from the things that are not beneficial for me."
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My Goals:
I can get overwhelmed by the the amount on the scale. THE SMART version of my goals: I will lose 2 pound a week, by exercising 300 fitness minutes a week, and following my calorie range daily, with no nighttime eating.
I am giving up eating out, and will eat at home or pack my lunch except for days I have to eat out for work. when weather permits, My exercise is to walk outside 2x a day,and do tai chi daily. When the weather interferes, I will treadmill at the gym. I am following the Paleo lifestyle.
Starting weight:
312 lbs.
1/5/15: 290 lbs.

My Program:
it's holistic. I am adapting a Paleo lifestyle, as of 2-1-2014, work out 5 x a week. I try to be spiritually aware, and am attending therapy for eating issues. I have read Made to Crave. I use Spark People for accountability and consistency.

Personal Information:
I am a married catholic social worker parent of three teenagers, one who is in college. As my kids get more independent and are busy with their own lives, I can focus on health My husband has started a second career as a daycare director, and I co-own the business.

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Stolen quote from Spark Coach Dean
" The important thing is to start where you are right now, and keep moving in the direction you want to go."

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25 steps to taking care of myself.

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1/4/2015 3:34:42 PM

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Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.” –The Talmud
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1/3/2015 3:42:52 PM

You're so right about slogging along and then looking back at the consistency - that's what it's ALL ABOUT. At least through the fits and starts, I've managed to come back to working out. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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1/2/2015 10:31:36 PM

"In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions.
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently."
-Tony Robbins
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Thank you for your comment on my "Day One Of My 90 Day Challenge" blog. Have a great day!

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1/2/2015 6:09:15 PM

Hi I read your comment on my blog page and thought I would post the information here on your spark page. As I said in my blog the changes really are very small and doable. At the end of 30 days there we will have made many small yet positive and I truly believe sustainable changes. I have been reading more and more of the challenges and am amazed at how simple yet powerful they are. Any how this is the link that was emailed to me from another team I belong to. I will be posting a blog for each day as to what I did to fulfill that day's challenge. This way, I will be keeping myself accountable. Good luck on your journey.

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12/27/2014 7:56:14 PM

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Hope your Christmas was blessed, also wishing you a Happy & Peaceful New Year 2015 filled with God's Blessings...

Also wishing you a Happy Belated Birthday on December 11, sorry I'm late but hope your day was blessed emoticon emoticon

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