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I Am Back From Visiting Family

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We just got back from visiting our families in West Virginia. I had so much fun being with them. I got to spend time with everyone. I loved it so much. I took all the food I had cooked and frozen. Everyone enjoyed everything so much. I went ahead and ate what they ate. Even though they live in the country, there was no place to do any serious walking. I stayed on my feet as much as I could. I jumped in with more cooking, cleaning, and walking our dog. Hubbie and I visited family graves in four different graveyards. It was very tiring. I did get in a lot of walking in, that day. We picked up my niece (my sister's granddaughter) to bring her home with us. She is 13 and full of life. We talked all the way back to South Carolina. Hubbie couldn't get a word in edgewise. LOL I am pretty tired. I have unpacked and am doing laundry and more cooking. I still have to get my niece unpacked and situated. I figure my weight has gone back up again. I am hoping to get rested and start walking again.

  
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WEGENERCS 6/30/2014 12:38PM

    Have not heard from you in a while, so thought I would jump in and say HI!

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ALIHIKES 6/13/2014 12:25AM

    So glad you had a good visit with family! It is great to keep those connections.

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123ELAINE456 6/13/2014 12:20AM

  I'm glad that you had a Wonderful Visit with your Family. Enjoy your Niece while she is with You. Do lots of Fun Things With Her. God Blessings Always. Have a
Marvelous Day. God Blessings Always. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 6/12/2014 10:29PM

    I am glad that you enjoyed spending time with your family. It sounds like a very nice visit.

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What's Cooking!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Hubbie and I have to go pick up some beef and pork for some of my recipes. I am cooking a large amount of hash and rice, pulled pork, and BBQ Riblets for our niece and her family. They have never experienced the Southern Cuisine. They are anxious to try it. Lot of cooking and freezing will be going on the next few days. I have to cook for my dog, too. LOL

Lost some weight last week. So happy to finally be losing something. Got to go and get ready to shop. Not going out for a long time. I have to much to do.

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123ELAINE456 6/3/2014 1:08AM

  Enjoy all the Wonderful Food you are making with your Niece and Family. Sounds very Yummy Yummy. Don't forget to freeze some meals for yourselves so when you don't feel good and can't cook you can have a home cook meal instead of ones you buy at the store. They aren't that good for you. Have an enjoyable time shopping. Take the time rest too. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Congratulations on the Weight Loss. Wow!!! That is Great!!! WTG!!! God Blessings Always. Thinking about You. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care.


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AMURDOCK68 6/2/2014 10:39PM

    Yes, that does sound yummy. :)

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DOGLADY13 6/2/2014 8:15PM

    Sounds delicious! I love bbq - southern and otherwise.

Happy to hear you are losing weight again. You can totally do this.

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VIADOLOROSA 6/2/2014 6:13PM

    Oh my, I can smell it now... emoticon

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LACEYKYLE 6/2/2014 5:29PM

    Enjoy your cookin!! emoticon on the weight loss!! It's so nice when the scale goes the right way!!

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MS_PEACEFUL 6/2/2014 5:11PM

    Enjoy your family and your menu sounds yummy!! emoticon

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Busy Busy Busy!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Today, was extremely busy. We were out of everything and I mean everything. So we got our sales we wanted together. We hit 3 grocery stores including Walmart with extra shopping, Best Buy, Big Lots, K-Mart, the Dollar Tree, McDonald's for chicken McNuggets for our doggie, and we ate at a nice sit down restaurant before coming home. Had lots of groceries and stuff to put up. It took a lot of work and time. LOL Still have to cut up cantaloupe and strawberries for snack container. Some of the strawberries will go in the freezer for smoothies later this week. We really got a good stock of veggies and fresh fruit. So I am so jazzed up about a good healthy week of eating. So tired. Feet, hip, and back is killing me. I walked about 6 hours. Worn out. Got to go and finish up! emoticon

  
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123ELAINE456 6/1/2014 11:24PM

  An Awesome Blog. Boy You and DH were as Busy as Bees. You are Amazing!!! Walking for 6 Hours. Enjoy all the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables all week long. Hope that you can get some rest today. Hope the pain in your Back, Hip and Feet goes away. God Blessings Always. Have a Beautiful Lord's Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care.

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SINGINGLADY47 6/1/2014 1:45PM

    Wow. When you are done you..wait, how close are you to Tennessee? You can come and finish my honeydew and strawberries for me. LOL. No seriously, you sound so busy but that is a good thing, really. I hope you can get some rest today. Have a great Sunday, God bless. Judy emoticon

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DCWILLIAMS831 5/31/2014 11:16PM

    Whew, you were busy today! emoticon

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50 Reasons Not To Gain Back My Original Weight of 336 Pounds

Friday, May 30, 2014

I had manage in one year to lose 118 pounds. Tragedy struck. I had surgery that landed my in the hospital for weeks. I had to eat a high calorie diet while there to fight the infection. I gained 28 pounds during that time. Since then I have lost weight and then gain weight back. At one point giving up crossed my mine. I didn't let that thought stay there. I have to much to go on for. I have a goal that I have to make. I have the LORD to obey, by taking care of this temple of flesh. So I have take days to think about all I have to go back to if I gain that weight back. I wrote this list of all the reasons not to go back to that original weight or anything close to it. This list is an open book to all I went through when I weighed 336 pounds. I really weighed more than that. I had started my weight loss journey three weeks before going to the doctor to be weighed. My scale would not weigh beyond 300 pounds. I figure I weighed at least 10 more pounds than that before going to the doctor. I have had other things happen this year that has thrown me for a loop. I have had days of uncontrolled emotional eating. So I am struggling right now. I will overcome all of these things. I have the strength of the LORD on my side. I know because of that I will have victory over my struggle and will begin again on a healthy road.

My weight is 27 above what I had lost originally. I will get the weight off and begin were I left off battling to make my goal. I can do this! I did it before and I can do it again!

1. Being homebound for years.
2. Having to use a wheelchair if I went anywhere.
3. Multiple serious health problems.
4. I was taking many medications.
5. Not being able to walk over 20 feet.
6. Not being able to stand more than a few seconds.
7. Stressed all the time.
8. Not fitting into restaurant booths.
9. Not being able to tie my own shoes.
10. Having to have help dressing.
11. Having to have help bathing.
12. Ugly remarks and rude stares from family, friend, and strangers.
13. Multiple surgeries.
14. Not being able to go outside and work in the yard.
15. Due to my weight and health, I lost friends. They disappeared.
16. Poor self-esteem.
17. Poor self-image.
18. Feeling anger.
19. Not fitting into cinema seats.
20. Isolation.
21. Lack of care from doctors.
22. Not fitting in decent looking clothes.
23. Had constant pain and swelling in my legs.
24. Didn't care about my appearance anymore, because I was so big.
25. Feeling trapped in my body.
26. Feeling hopeless sometimes.
27. Depression from loneliness at times.
28. Limited from all the things I could do.
29. Not in family pictures.
30. Physical freedom gone.
31. Not being the best for the LORD.
32. Not able to travel.
33. Not able to fasten my seatbelt.
34. Unable to clean my house.
35. Feet stayed swollen and my shoe constantly hurt my feet.
36. Starved myself all day and ate a big supper at night. (Very bad!)
37. Felt guilty about being so big.
38. Felt embarrassed.
39. Felt shame.
40. Rarely when out shopping or to a restaurant. (Not many places were wheelchair friendly.)
41. Not able to sit in just any chair.
42. Stress on my shoulder joints from lift myself from a chair.
43. Rashes in the large skin folds I had.
44. I had to sit to do anything. I still have some limitations due to my back.
45. Had to rely on my husband way to much.
46. Couldn't look at myself (even my face) in the mirror.
47. Lived in a state of denial of how bad it was.
48. My obesity caused extra medical expenses.
49. Couldn't rest at night, because of the fat around my neck. It cut off my air.
50. Struggled to change sleeping positions through the night.

Many of you may have or are experiencing these things on my list. Some of you may have experience a few of them. Just remember we are in a war against unhealthy living. Our weapons are in front of us. We can win each battle that comes our way. Even the battles that waylay us sometimes. I find my strength in the LORD. You can find your strength, too. It isn't easy. Things worthwhile are never easy to come by. Living healthy, eating right and exercising is a better choice for me, than going back to living the list above. I make choices everyday. So I have to ask myself, "Why not make healthy choices for a better me?"

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MJZHERE 6/8/2014 11:19AM

  I am there with you in that I have gained back some of the weight I lost (guess it really wasn't lost lol). So made a 17 day commitment to losing it and also daily exercise. Thank you for posting your list. I am going to make my own to help remind me also. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOGLADY13 6/1/2014 8:32AM

    You can do this. You have the right attitude. You make goid choices every day. You amaze me. You are so strong.

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MARYBETH4884 5/31/2014 5:07AM

    You have had an amazing journey!! So many of you reasons are mine also!! emoticon What a difference a "little" weight can make!! emoticon The Lord has truly lead you on this path to better health and given you so many blessings to continue on!!! emoticon emoticon

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KRISTISTEVENS 5/30/2014 11:40PM

    You are amazing and what an inspiration! Thank you emoticon

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123ELAINE456 5/30/2014 11:21PM

  Awesome List. I can relate to many of them. You have a Fantastic Plan. You Can Do It with the Lord's help, DH and your Friends on Spark People. We are here for you. You are a Great Inspiration to All Of Us.. Keep It Up. May God Be With You Always. We Have A Loving God. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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GEMLADYONE 5/30/2014 10:29PM

    you are so right! We can do this....we can win the battle!

You're doing great...keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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LACEYKYLE 5/30/2014 10:26PM

    I can relate to many on your list. I think it's time for me to make a list also. Thank you for being so transparent it really helped me.

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BOPPY_ 5/30/2014 10:03PM

    You know how to make the plan.

You know how to succeed.

We know you will, again,

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BARBIE176 5/30/2014 8:16PM

    emoticon list. emoticon emoticon because you are strong and you are worth it.

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LINDA7668 5/30/2014 7:41PM

    Great list! You are an inspiration to me. emoticon

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MINDYJ1 5/30/2014 7:31PM

    emoticon I can associate with a lot of them too! We do have to take care of God's temple. We have to realize that we are worth taking care of. So many times we are concern with everyone else but ourselves! I will keep you in my prayers! emoticon

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SNOWBECH 5/30/2014 7:08PM

    Fantastic list, I can associate with a lot of them.

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Busy Day, Tired!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I have been busy all day. I started out in the morning on the computer taking care of some business. It took two or three hours. I went straight in to housework. Then a neighbor came over to tell us two snakes had crawled into our yard. Another snake had crawled underneath the neighbors siding. She was freaking out about it. She was afraid the two snake in our yard would come in hers. She was pretty scared. She is a young single woman. I told her if one came in her yard to call us, we would bring a shovel over and help kill it. She calmed down some. We searched everywhere in our yard. Those snakes really hid good. We didn't find them. We get snakes every year. Last year we killed three black snakes. I did an hours worth of work out in the yard and garden, while I was out there. It was so hot I thought I was going to melt to the ground. LOL Then I came in and cleaned up. I cooked and cleaned that up. I am resting now. My ankles are swollen. All in all was a good day. I ate healthy and stayed active. My back pain tries to keep me down, but I am fighting it. I try to be as active as possible during the day and rest of the evening. There are those days when the pain is so bad I can move. I really hate those days. The LORD gives me strength or I would be able to do the things I am determined to do. The LORD tells us to stand in Ephesians 6. I really believe we are not only fighting a spiritual battle, a battle with our mind, but a physical battle as well. I have to give it all I can no matter how painful. I can succeed with the LORD and the armor HE has given me. Thank you, LORD!

  
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123ELAINE456 5/30/2014 10:59PM

  Awesome Blog. You work through the back pain and ate healthy. That is Great. God is Good. God Blessings Always. Keep Pushing Forward. Take Care.

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LACEYKYLE 5/30/2014 4:09PM

    Yes, I know about working through the back pain. Praise God you were able to get so much done today!! You also ate healthy which is emoticon !! Your blog was emoticon

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SINGINGLADY47 5/30/2014 4:07PM

    Thank you for your blog. I loved reading it. Yes I know what you mean about the pain getting you down sometimes and that we fight a physical battle as well as a spiritual one. I have a positional balance disorder and falling is always an issue for me. But I am NOT going to let it get me down. I know that the Lord is with me and all I need to do is whisper his name and he is right there beside me. That is my security. If I fall I know he will comfort me and will bring me through it. You blog is so encouraging and I just want to thank you for it. God bless. I hope your weekend is pain free and fantastic. Judy

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LISAN0415 5/30/2014 1:34AM

    What a beautiful blog post... You gave praise to God, we all need to do that.

So glad to hear you did so great with healthy eating. I hope your pain is much better in the morning; Do you ever take Epsom salt baths? I didn't know how helpful they could be!

Take care,
Lisa

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