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Hi Edna 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

It saddens me to see you struggling so much. If you only knew that all your hard work has payed off. You are now pain free and wear a size 10 and are a "10". You should see all the elderly men get a twinkle in their as you enter church without your wheelchair! I am so proud of you. At 84 you are one of the sexiest ladies in the pArk. You feel years younger than you are. CONGRAT. Edna 2024

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TIGER_LILY_613 1/10/2014 12:56AM

    You have done SO well Edna !!! I looked at your pics, and you have made SUCH an amazing transfomation ! Bravo !!!

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PRETTYEYES668 1/9/2014 8:17PM

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My support system

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I would like to thank all my Spark friends and others who have commented on my posts. I am so appreciative. I was quit ill for about 3 months with my heart problems and mobility and pain issues so I have not commented as much as I would like, the fatigue was horrible, I haven't lost a lot but I can see the progress in how my clothes fit. I am getting stronger again, it has rained so much in Florida (and the country as a whole) that I have not been getting my mainstay swimming in. Wah Wah... So of my supporters are all of those who post on my posts and who I comment on and other SparkPeople and team leaders and coaches. ha ha I couldn't have done it with out you helping. I have discovered TaiChi and QiGong which has helped me so much... esp to PapaMike. I would also like to Thank my BFF who has been by my side all of the time... Thanks Barbara. Also thanks to my Exercise Team who have stuck it out the entire time and never missed a session at our Park, I took a risk and initiated the exercise team and it has helped all of us. Sometimes it pays to stretch a little. emoticon

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EDNASHUKIS 7/7/2013 4:09AM

    Thanks PapaMike for the Links, I shall listen to them! emoticon

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EDNASHUKIS 7/7/2013 4:08AM

    Thanks everyone, I so appreciate your support! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/4/2013 12:21AM

    Edna I am so glad you are starting to feel better .We have missed you .You are in our thoughts and prayers.hugs,Cheri

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TRACYZABELLE 7/3/2013 11:49PM

    Keep on getting well Edna. your spark family is here to support you!

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SALLYKWITT 7/3/2013 7:29PM

    Great to hear how you are doing, Edna!

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  I'm sorry that you've had such hard health challenges. I'm glad that you are getting stronger.

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PAPAMIKIE 7/3/2013 9:59AM

    These are somewhat long sound files that are relaxation scripts with comfort management segements within them. They are actually the same file with a different ending. the first one focuses you back to activity and moving on with your day the second invites you to go off to natural comfortable sleep.


I have used this type of thing for labour and delivery and for preparation for dental work, and for general comfort for those with some sort of chronic pain.

Thought they might be of interest

You will have to cut and paste the link as comments do not allow embedding of links.

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EDNASHUKIS 7/3/2013 8:07AM

    If I missed anyone please accept my apologies. Edna emoticon emoticon

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My Last mistake

Monday, May 20, 2013

I ate a piece of Peanut Butter pie, I did not regret it, I did not feel guilty, I got right back on program with my Nutrtion and my Fitness. emoticon

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ALAINEBUG 6/29/2013 12:48AM

    "My Last Mistake" wow!! You would be hard pressed to find stronger words on this site. I don't know how far you have come on this journey, but it is obvious from this blog that you are on the right path, with the right mindset. You have arrived.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/21/2013 12:14AM

    You are allowed occasional treats it was a piece Edna not the whole pie !

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SALLYKWITT 5/20/2013 4:33PM

    Good for you.

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FUZZIEBEAR3 5/20/2013 2:33PM

    It's not your last mistake ... only your most recent one. But you continue with your healthy lifestyle so all is well.

And maybe it wasn't even a mistake. It was what needed to be right in that minute, for whatever reason. That minute is gone now, it is time to make the choices for the next minutes.

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MILLIFRED 5/20/2013 1:41PM

    W probably all did something similar this weekend. I ate a half piece of fresh apple cake a friend had made and brought over. It was delicious and I would have eaten more if I had room in my tummy! The thing is, we still stay within our nutrition plan and don't need to feel guilty

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 5/20/2013 11:50AM

    I've never even heard of peanut butter pie! Sounds yummy! Good for you not beating yourself up about it! emoticon

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ZHIOVAL 5/20/2013 11:40AM

    that's great! it's not like we can NEVER eat it, the key is moderation and not to over do it we can do this!! emoticon

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I got a life.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Interesting side benifit regarding my fitness and weight loss journey. I now have a life and am finding it difficult doing all the documentation regarding the journey. emoticon

I feel better than I have in years, I still have stiffness and pain but have found out the exercising, particularly Tai Chi has helped ease it some. I am rarely hungry, in fact I have to remind myself to eat!!! This is particularly important because I take insulin.

I have had some bad experiences along the way, formerly I would turn to my comfort foods but instead I do something positive that makes me feel great about my self. If I can do it, you can do it.

Here is what I will look like when I am at maintenance! It is My head from my 70's birthday grafted on to Elizabeth Taylor's body. She has always been a hero of mine, not her lifestyle (didn't like that)
, but the fact she has "material things and wealth" but still had a weight problem, just like us "normal folks"

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/18/2013 12:53AM

    You go Edna ,a life is a good thing!

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CASTIRONLADY 5/15/2013 10:22PM

    Good job at keeping focus. emoticon

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SALLYKWITT 5/15/2013 8:06PM

    You are doing great, Edna!

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  Great job building a healthy life! Keep it up!

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RASPBERRY56 5/15/2013 8:33AM

    Doesn't it always seem to go that way - when you make progress in whatever you do, life steps in and makes the process more challenging.......

Keep up the great work!



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Dear Edna

Friday, May 03, 2013

I have always considered my self optimistic, but when I listen to my self talk, I realize I am only talking the talk, not walking the talk. Now is the time to change, forget about the past, dear and move forward, there is no way to change the past but you can and you will change your self talk about it. All the mistakes and shoulda, coulda, wouldas are over. Plan for today and the future. Live in the now. This will help to change your nightmares also, the past is OVER.

I will practice positive self talk and quit beating myself up for things that I can't control or do over. You are a beautiful person, who is kind, considerate and empathetic. Your mission is to continue to help others, but put yourself first. If you do not have the energy and motivation, there is no way you can help yourself, let alone others.

Be kind to your self and continue your highly motivate journey and continue to have fun on the way. Look at this time as a beautiful journey and you will come out way ahead of where you are now. This can be done and you will do your maintenance with dignity and grace.

I love you Edna,

Thank you for starting the journey and smell the roses along the way.



emoticon This is how you will look! For my 70th birth day my nephew gave me this picture, he photo shopped my head onto Elizabeth Taylor and for my 75th birthday (or long before) I will thank him for the motivation to start my positive journey. Hey I can look like this, it is possible.

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EDNASHUKIS 5/9/2013 11:12PM

    Millie and Cheri, thanks for the kinds words, I am working hard and am enjoying it so much. I have my SPARK back.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/3/2013 5:49PM

    Edna your nephew sees you as a beautiful person just like we do.You are more than what you physically look like but you are moving closer to what you want to physically look like every day.Celebrate all the positive steps you are taking.You are working so hard we are so proud of you and proud to call you friend ! hugs,Cheri

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EDNASHUKIS 5/3/2013 5:36PM

    Thanks Sally and Millie. Edna It was hard to write, but so true. emoticon

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SALLYKWITT 5/3/2013 3:06PM

    Great Edna!

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MILLIFRED 5/3/2013 11:24AM

    Edna: Great thoughts and thank your nephew again! I will be a great journey!

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