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4-16-14 Needs some help especially if you live in No Illinios

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I have a very important favor to ask all my friends, I really don't do this but this is special. Especially to my Illinios friends, My sister has a problem , she owns a sweet cat, Chewy (see his facebook page as Chewy Home) and Chewy needs a new home. She travels extensively in her job and he was just diagnosed with diabeties. If you know anyone who might be interested in giving Chewy a new home please go by his page and leave a message or message me.
I Really don't do this, but she is real need, and had a long job coming up within the month I think.
Thank you for reading this and taking the time. I know you will do what you can and I do appreciate my friends for that.

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MAVERICK59 4/17/2014 7:52PM

    Ohhhh. I really wish I could help, but I am in California.
Please keep us updated on he is doing.


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    Sorry that I am so far away from Illinois. I would be willing to at least try to help. I hope that your sister finds a new home for her 'furr-baby". I hope that you are doing well. I love the new spark page decorations. Lovely! Happy Easter to you.

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4-11-2014 - March and April

Friday, April 11, 2014

Well this is year is moving fast and I dont feel at times that I am moving at all. But I know i am just slowly. It has been a very busy year and March didnt slow down at all.
Had 2 trips the last one at the end of the month was for about a week. Had a great time and got to see another part of CA I had not really seen. We went to the races in Fontana, then drove up the eastern Sierra Nevada to Lee Vining and spent time around Mono Lake, it was pretty cold and very windy and we did get snow our last night there, but we walking and hiked around the parts of the Lake and even climbed the rim and cap of a carter, that was pretty awesome, and really beautiful, and a little scary. Diet wise well being away that long I ended up gaining 9 lbs, which I was not happy about, but got right back on the low carb diet.
I have lost nearly all the gain which is good. For about 10 days in between the 2 trips I tried being both lower carb and gluten free, you know it was easier is some ways then I thought. The hardest part is getting them ind set its ok to eat meat and fuller fat foods, I mean I have been dieting since I was 13 and always the one thing that you hear is low fat!!!!!! lean!!!!!! and now no fat!!!!!!. So I did some research on a site my dear friend Di shared, went into both Atkins and Paleo diets. I am still looking but for now I am sticking with a gluten free, low carb about 20-30, but no high carb diet. Nice thing I find is that with Atkins meals it helps supplement and add some variety. I do miss my veggies, they were always a great fill in when I needed. Nice too is the DH was ready for a change so he is also doing the low carb diet, but not as low as I am. It is working for him, but he too notes that the variety is lacking.
It is made a little harder since we are in the midst of a kitchen remodel and really have no kitchen, a microwave yes and a outside grill but that is it. Plans are to have the kitchen back in service before the end of the month. He has run into a couple small problems, since we are doing the whole thing except the counter top install. The cabinets are put together, the appliances are here including a new sink. We have demoed the old kitchen and cleaned and painted all the wall and parts of the ceiling, I mean it was this poopy brown that use to be all over the kitchen and family room. Those rooms have been painted much nicer colors. So now the whole kitchen area is a lovely corn silk. Hopefully by next week and share pics of the progress.
I am giving this low carb the rest of the month, I am still a little concerned about calories and what really should be my range, not sure if I should stick with SP range or go lower. I amworking through it right now I am staying about 1400-1500. The twist is that I am normally pretty active and think I may have my range too low at times. Again its hard to readjust after so long on the low calorie side, I am getting better and do understand the need to increase. I am honestly just scared to death to gain. I have worked for so many years to get this darn weight off I dont what it coming back. I am with about 30 lbs of my goal, I mean that is tremendous for me. I just want this OFF and gone. Ok enough griping!!!
So for April I am going to keep to the low carb, keep my exercise not really increasing just sticking with Curves 3-4 times a week, walking 3-4 times a week and riding my bike 4-5 times a week. I do not have any traveling this month.
Now May I do have one short trip to ILL to see oldest son graduate from boot camp, then nothing that is planned.
Weight loss for the month of March well actually it was about 1 lb gain, but during the month with all the travel, coming out with that little gain is not bad, I really did a lot of losing during the month but nothing new.
Starting Apr I was 169.9 I am down 2 lbs so far and that really is good, I know that but I am greedy I wanted more LOL I am also silly since my trip I have lost 8 lbs in just over 2 weeks, like that is super RIGHT!!! But to me its just losing the gain I really want to lose the old stuff and not gain anything new. So between now the 11th and the May 1st my goal is to lose weight....not gonna say how much since that stresses me so just gonna say lose I would love to see a couple lbs but I am realist and know any lose and not gain is a big plus.
If anyone out there has any ideas about calorie range or suggestions please share, this really bothers me more than it should but I want to get this right and really feel that this low carb for now is the right path. I am going to give it the time it deserves.
Thank you once again my dearest friends for dealing with my rants you are so beyond special and I know it appreciate you all greatly.

Hugs and smiles and remember If you believe in you.....Than YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!! JUST BELIEVE I DO!!!!!


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DIFROMWYOMING 4/12/2014 11:08PM

    The calories bug me too. I was told never under 1200 in a day, and to just make sure I am getting some fat in the diet. But otherwise, you should be good to go! I have been traveling too and I'm frightened to even look- I'm sure it's awful awful. But, home for 2 weeks and I will keep my little dragon in his cage!
Big hugs, Di

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TATTER3 4/12/2014 5:37PM

    Yea you!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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    Glad that you're doing well my friend. Every time I watch a race I think about you! I'm living a NO SUGAR NO STARCH food plan. It's working out very well for me. I am rarely hungry. I try to stay at 20 or less carbs... but have been hitting as high as 37 this week due to a bad intestinal issue. Hopefully all will work out & I can let go of the Activia soon. Take care of yourself my friend.
Love ya

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3-10-14 - So much going on........

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ok as normal for me at least I am late in sending this wrap up of Feb and on to March. I have been on one very wild roller coaster ride for the last couple weeks . So here it is.

Feb was one busy short month. A couple of Birthdays, with cooking or getting food, one for DH and the other for Oldest son. Plus Dh stepson had a son born 2-14, a real cutie.My oldest Aaron getting ready to leave for the Navy. Which happened this morning at about 9:30. We had a trip to Vegas planned to see the Nascar race live also this past weekend and we had to get back in time for this mornings induction.
Anyone say whoa!!! Take a breath!!!!
As to Feb and diet....well I lost about a pound, which to me was a victory with all the things happening. I also lost a couple of inches. Exercise I was pretty much on that for the whole month.
March....With a 4 day trip to Las Vegas my eating was off. Am I stressing about that NO!! Today I am back on track today. While away I did get a lot of walking both on the track and walking the strip.
So marching ahead for this week, I am back on track with eating and tomorrow going to start a seriously low carb diet until our next trip a week from Thu. A dear friend is having to do this for her health and shared a wed site, I know i need to be a low carb diet, but wow she is really on one about 20 g a day and not more that 50. For the next days I am going to work it out to get to 50 or less and see how it goes and how I am feeling. With another trip I will be off it, but it should give me a good guideline to try again once I am home.
Exercise I am going to keep right where it is, Curves 3-4 times a week and also doing the Jillian at Curse 2-3 times a week, Keep taking walks since my ankle is not hurting and ride my bike at least 5 times a week,

I am hoping that by the end of March I will have some nice weight loss to get me back on the losing track. No matter what I am not giving up and I will keep pushing forward.

Sons induction was very emotional for us all. He is my oldest and first born and I already miss him. Right at this moment he is waiting at the local airport for his flight at 3pm arriving Chicago at 11pm tonight and then off the Great lakes Naval Base for his Basic training, about 9 weeks from now we are planning on going to his graduation when he will be a Navy sailor. As much as I am sad at this change for me, I am SO PROUD of Aaron for taking this challenge and taking his step forward to adulthood. the stress of all this has played with my eating and my emotions have been a wild ride, His too. I know we will both come out of this stronger.

Looking forward to spring and all that life has to offer, good and tough.

Thanks for being there for me and my friends are very dear to me.

Hugs and smiles

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MEOWMAMA3 3/20/2014 12:08AM

    Hey Deb,
Congrats on your baby boy in the Navy! You are the best, he's a lucky guy to have you for a mom! Sounds like you're doing great!
Spark on my friend, spark on! emoticon

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DMUERHOFF 3/12/2014 4:51PM

    I knew there was another NASCAR fan on the Sapphire Team! My BIL and SIL always go to the Las Vegas Race. Started going with my DH 6 years ago-they keep going but since DH and I just adopted a baby 6 years ago we don't go. I guess we will need to find a race that takes place over spring break.

Good luck to your son, I think the armed forces is a great career and great for our country.

How is the Jillian Michaels thing at Curves? My mom is still going to Curves at age 79 but don't know if she has tried that plan yet.

Here's to a great Spring Challenge!

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_KATHY_ 3/12/2014 11:55AM

    If anyone can do it.. YOU can! Congratulations on all your celebrations in February and for your wonderful Son!

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-ICANDOIT- 3/12/2014 9:12AM

    Your son is right down the street from me!!!! If you need anything, let me know!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/11/2014 8:52PM

    I know what a long trip this has been for Aaron,but how wonderful for him! He is truly on a new path now - where will it take him? I imagine it was emotional in a lot of ways- happy and sad. This was a big step for him, though. Congrats to you all.

I am doing really well with my low carb so far, and it is making it easier to not be hungry. A big change- but a good one.

You're a wonderful spark friend, I'm blessed to have you! emoticon

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    Such an excellent blog. Sorry that your son's induction was so emotional... but I certainly understand. What a wonderful adventure he is setting upon. Glad that you had fun in Vegas. When DH & I were watching the race... I mentioned to him that I bet you were there! It was a good one. Wish you could come out to Martinsville for a race one day. Boy... we'd have a ball! Here's hoping that you'll do well with the low-carb food plan. I went on it too and am having a good time with it. Yesterday my carbs were the highest that they have been since I started and they were 37 net carbs. I can live with that. (I had stewed tomatoes & that brought them up). I love reading your blogs my friend. Be blessed & know that you are often in my thoughts. Love ya emoticon

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    You must be so proud of your son! And congrats on a new little baby in the family too! Wow you have had a LOT going on girl! Take a little time just for relaxing and winding down at some point:)

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/10/2014 9:50PM

    I am doing a low carb plan right now, keeping under 20 net carbs a day. It's been going well.

You must be so proud of Aaron!

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2-8-2014 - What worked in January and changes for February

Saturday, February 08, 2014

I had to think a bit before I wrote this blog. January was a month that had lots going on.
First I took a couple days off the beginning of the month, I dont do this often but needed to just let something go. Of course I gained about 5 lbs, part of it I knew I had my yearly pizza treat on the 1st. I lost those pounds during the next week. Since then I lost another pound, I have lost inches though and clothes are feeling loser. That is one of those odd things for me, I know on all levels that it is good, but my mind wants the darn pounds to go away. They are just slowly.
I have been starting to walk more, my foot has improved, so I am walking about 2+ mi 3 times a week, I do wear the brace some nights, I sure dont want that pain back.
Curves in January started new classes designed by Jillian Michaels, she is not a favorite of mine, but the classes have been a hard kind of fun, challenging me. they change each month, this months are harder than last. I am having a little trouble since more are floor exercises. I have a bad left wrist, I broke it in 2009, it had screws and pins it it, most of the time no problem, but with these exercises, I am having a little trouble, but I am going to work through that and do what I can. Next classes I am going to wrap and see if that helps.
So January I worked and lost those gained pounds, I increased both my strength and cardio, adding walking in the later part of the month. I have also worked on my diet, keeping it lower carb and higher protein, this seems to work for me. I have been playing with it, realized that I need to added a few more veggies.

Keep the new Jillian classes at Curves
Keep the diet higher protein, and work with the carbs.
For sure keep tracking food, water (10 glasses a day at least)
I love using the SP Tracker and am so glad I gifted myself with that.
Changes, to keep walking the 3 times a week for February.

My short term goal is to reach 154 by June, that means 15 lbs, I can do this as long as my body keeps working with me, my thyroid is not making that easy, but I refuse to give in or give up. I will get these lbs off and get closer to my goal each and everyday.

Wow didnt write a novel this time, woohoo me. LOL

We can achieve our goals, yes it takes determination and time and the will to never give up no matter what happens, sounds hard I know, but its not really, just keep trying and never stop trying. As long as we keep trying we are big winner in life, it means we care about ourselves and we should.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this, it means to me you are a friend and those I do treasure.
Have a super day all and never ever give up on your dreams!!!!

I believe in you and me too,

Hugs and smiles

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RENLLY 2/11/2014 12:28PM

    Great plan Deb - you can do it ! emoticon

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TATTER3 2/11/2014 9:57AM

    Deb, you're motivation for me! I'm right with you!! hang in there and keep Sparkin'!!

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-ICANDOIT- 2/9/2014 11:08PM

    What a great blog!!
You have such an upbeat attitude!
Congrats on a successful January- I know Feb is going to be great too because you have such a great attitude and you never give up! 15 pounds by June would be great- glad you are reaching for it!!

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HEYITSLISA 2/9/2014 1:06PM

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/9/2014 8:34AM

    And THAT is why you will reach your goal, great blog

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DIANER2014 2/8/2014 11:50PM

    Great job in January! I'm sure you will do even better this month. emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/8/2014 11:50:50 PM

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NICOLERZ 2/8/2014 8:14PM

    Deb, I understand how you feel. I keep losing inches and my pants are looser, but the pounds don't want to go away nearly as quickly as the inches. I just keep telling myself that inches are more important than pounds, but it does frustrate me not to see the scale move.

I hope February is great to you!

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TAICHIDANCER 2/8/2014 7:41PM

    Well said, Deb.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/8/2014 6:46PM

    You are an inspiration, Deb!

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1-8-2014 - Sparkversary and More

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Yes realized that I had too many things to fit into the title, year end, new year and a sparkaversary too. So here goes

Year ending: 2013 was a pretty difficult year in so ways, but at the end I lost 33.4 lbs and lots of inches. I did plateau a couple times but near the end I finally got that figured out with the help for Curves coach and now have a formula that seems to be working and getting the weight off. I ended the year at 169.6 which is like a pound from the goal I set to be at a healthy BMI. I lost another 2 inches and 2 lbs during the month of Dec. All is really good, first time in a couple years I did not gain at the end of the year and really hurt my totals.

New Year, so whats my plan. To get to my goal weight 135 by the end of this year or sooner and sooner would be great. that mean losing 3 lbs a month or 35 lbs for the year. Can it be done I sure came close to those numbers this year. I plan if a plateau hits to jump right on it and break it fast and keep moving forward and downward. I go to Curves 4-5 times a week and now they have added an new routine with Jillian Micheal's as trainer, we will see if I like that, but it is to help ramp up your metabolism and I can use that.
So I am going to stick to the Curves Complete program for diet and exercise. I also will either walk or ride bike 5-6 days a week, depending on foot problem, which is better. Keep doing all the fun challenges from my teams and adding some strength just to keep toning, which I need. Drink my 10 glasses of water, absolutely keep tracking, I know this is one of those important things to keep me headed in the right direction. Will tweak all things as needed.
I am determined for this to be the last year of my dieting, but it is just the continuation of my journey, they next phase is going to be a challenge too, maintenance. I know I can do this and I DO BELIEVE IN ME AND I DO HAVE THE STRENGTH TO KEEP GOING TO MY GOAL!!!!!!!

SPARKAVERSARY yep one of those too. 1/9/2009 308 lbs 1/6/1014 169.6 lbs
I am entering my 6th year at Spark People. This is the absolute best site for learning about and getting to be your healthiest. I love this place and everyone connected, from staff to friends. It is the best of best. As I have no doubt said before this site has given me true hope of seeing a healthy me and I am a getting there too. You know how to think there is a light at the end of the tunnel wellllll I can see that light and it is only getting brighter. I can not wait to see what this year hold and in the end what I will look like, since I have no idea at all. Been overweight all my teens and adult life until NOW. So this is a journey and one that I know will never really end just like life it continues on just changing but these are good times and I am pretty happy with how I am and what I look like, just need to lose the gut...LOL but it will happen I do believe that now and that is due to Spark People and the great community within.

So that is my blog and I know late but hey I got it done. I want to make use that all my friends here know that you are very dear to me, you keep me grounded, motivated and always make me smile. I wish each and everyone of you lived next door, we would have so much fun together. I also want to that Sparkguy and his whole staff for all they do and have done for me and still are doing.

So on to 2014 and the adventure and journey continue.

Hugs and love and smiles to all

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DEBBLO 1/27/2014 3:56PM

    Congrats on all the wonderful work you have accomplished! You've come so far! Best wishes for much more success.
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    You have come so far! Way to go!!!

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RENLLY 1/9/2014 11:20AM

    Happy Sparkiversary !! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 1/9/2014 8:46AM

    Happy Sparkaversary! emoticon emoticonThey didn't have one for 6 emoticon You are doing emoticon

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NICOLERZ 1/8/2014 7:38PM

    Wow, amazing weight loss! Happy Sparkiversary!

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