Sunday, August 18, 2013
For the past few days I have been thinking about my weight loss being on the Spark plan. Even when it has been difficult I try to stay on program the best I can. Since June of last year I have maintained a healthy BMI. I gained a few pounds for two reasons: #1 my doctor wanted me to and #2 When the iron pills were added, they worked with another to add weight. As soon as I knew that I started taking my iron at least 4 hours after the others. I haven't gained a pound since then. I haven't lost anymore in the past month or so either, but I'm happy with how I am. I feel better and I know even with all my issues I'm so much better than I was when I was caring that other person around with me. When I was going to the doctor's this week I was thinking how very nice it is to have a seat belt fit me correctly and not have to worry about it cutting where my port is. That's a huge change for me. Have many of you had to think of such things either before or after being on the program? A plateau is ok as long as you are maintaining a health weight and feel good, don't you think? What are your thoughts about this? Do you believe being healthy and at a healthy weight is most important rather than how you look, what size you are, or a low number on the scale? My own opinion is too many of us think those things hold the answers to all our problems, rather than being healthy enough to lead an active life and being able to do what we wish. Granted I continue to have to use either my walker or power chair, but before I started the Spark program, I was in the chair daily. I hurt so bad all of the time, rather than just at times. I know my balance isn't the greatest, yet with the falls I have had, there isn't the amount before Spark. There us so much good, that I have forgotten some of the bad from before. At least part of time I do.
The ball remains in my court to keep things in this healthy quest I have reached. I have found staying on this site helps me to do just that. For those of you have reached goal and continue to be active in the community, what are your thoughts? For me, I know the information I have received along with all the support and tips from members have been what I needed. I knew a lot before, but I didn't really understand how much it counted for health either good (for doing) or bad (for not doing). Logically if doing this on the journey, it makes sense to continue so I don't go back and add that other person into my life. It's also been great to know not everything works the same for everyone. Having choices to try from the tips offered by members, has been an important part of this journey for me. Taking part in the teams (even though I have really slacked off this year) and doing this blog have been a great help for me, too. The blog has certainly been therapeutic as I have gone through all my "stuff". When I read the responses from all the readers, I know I have been doing something right!
Yes, the ball has been in my court for over a year now. Today I rarely eat meat of any kind and I haven't had any fried food since the winter of 2011. Both of those things give me fits if I even smell them anymore. Thankfully I can't tolerate much sugar or breads. This is not a bad thing at all as far as I am concerned! These things have changed little in two years, so I doubt it will change now. And you know, I don't even really miss much of that stuff.
Today starts the beginning of friendship week. I love to think of all of my Spark buds laughing and smiling and cheering one another on towards their goals. Especially when I spread the Spark, I get so excited in the telling, I can't say enough good about it. Mostly I believe in my buds here. I'm so proud of everyone who has started their journey to good health by signing onto the site. I still have a difficult time getting my brain around the fact that it is free! I am so thankful to Spark Guy for getting this all started and for his encouraging books. But all of you members, signing on is the first step and in many cases like me, the most important one. As my friends, I really do care about you and your opinions. I wish you would comment on your feelings about what I write.
As keeping the ball in my court, I have made a conscious decision to keep eating as healthy as possible with the proper portion sizes. I'm also committed to exercising at least 15-20 minutes each day. Those are the do's. The biggie is the don't. I refuse to go back and start turning to food when I hit an emotionally difficult patch. They call some foods "Comfort Foods" for a reason. Have you noticed how rich in cream sauces and fats in the dishes contain? Anyway, I believe those three things along with continuing to use the food and exercise trackers, will help me stay where I need to be - a health body and mind.
As I close this post, I want you all to know how much you are appreciated. Y'all are the very best and I consider my buds as sisters and brothers of the heart. Please don't ever change your helpful happy ways. And always remember to post your feeling on what I write in the comments. I read them all and take them to heart. If I can help anyone, if you don't wish to leave a comment, send me a message. I'll do my best to answer you or find you the answer. Also, if anyone wants to add me as a friend, please do so.
Everyone take care. Take the best care of your loved ones, too. If things get tough, remember you have people who love and care about you. I'm one and other members are, too.
Peace Love Cure
Saturday, August 17, 2013
....... spreading the Spark I mean? In these past few months I have had so many doctors appointments and seen so many health care workers that I have spread Spark to all of them! I find that if I can show them the site with the realistic and healthy way of doing things along with the trackers, they are much more receptive than my trying to explain it. The thing is, I love the Sparking. I get so excited about it. I don't know how often I have mentioned in my blog entries how much Spark and all my friends here mean to me. The day I clicked "register" was one of the best in my life as it has helped me to become much more healthy. Although I still have my physical issues, my life is 1000 times better. So, how do you spread the Spark?
Between getting behind because of not being able to move too well and having a day here and there to try to keep up, I managed to have my nails done again. I also got another haircut. This time it is very short. I asked her to use clippers in the back and on the sides. Sometimes it is too painful to lift my left arm long enough to use a blow dryer and/or curling iron, so this cut is easiest for me to handle.
Sorry I don't have one of the haircut, but the way I've been feeling, I haven't wanted my picture taken.
Bob and I had our 13th anniversary the 12th. I got a new exercise program for both of to use on his Xbox. I also got myself a new mat since I do so many floor exercises. Bob also got me a Vera Bradley purse I have wanted and a Bubba Mug!
Taking the advice of my one follower on these pages, I spent some time working on the book she suggested I write. This is my first attempt to do more than an essay that is non-fiction. As I get it closer to completion, most likely I'll be asking for volunteers to read it over and let me know what you think. You have all steered me right and I trust and value your opinions.
Many new things have come my way. I am continuing doing at least one new thing a week. Some of those are: writing the non-fiction book (or at least getting a good start), entering new contests, trying new exercises such as using hand weights, collecting new recipes for foods I have never tried, getting information about making an art journal - a way of journaling I have never tried, etc. Have any of you kept up with doing something new each week?
I must apologize to most of you for not being around and/or posting to my teams and individuals like I should. I have explained some of what has gone on to you. I think a lot of you know me well enough by now that you can read between the lines. I really do hate going over the same ol' same ol'. Some things have changed or I've received some good reports. I have a new doc for my bipolar. I have only met with him once, but I really like him so far. He reminds me a lot of Dr. S who left for a private practice. My quarterly checkup for the tonsil cancer had great results - everything is looking good. No one ever did find out where all that blood was coming from, but my ENT wasn't too concerned after he checked out everything. He did tell me if it happens again to get in to see him ASAP so he might be able to tell. We also got the signed paper work from my primary doctor to be able to be eligible for some elder care and services my insurance approved for me.
For each of my Spark Buds, have a very pleasant weekend. I love you all.
Peace Love Hope
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I have only been able to be on the computer a little while each day. My exercise has been non existent. And my eating pattern? I'm embarrassed to say! Each time I fall, everything seems more difficult to do that I know are essential to Spark and a healthy lifestyle! This time I also bent a wired type office waste basket!! It wasn't a pretty site. But it has caused the start of it all. Now that I'm feeling better, I can hardly wait to get back doing all
I need to do. I have a picture of my face, but it isn't on this computer. We are staring to get another storm. When I can I'll post it.
The day I fell, I had treated myself to a manicure. I do have that picture. I'm really enjoying how different my nail tech has been doing them. I love being different and not having the same thing all the time. When I did nails, I had dozens of color choices and would put them together for my clients. Most really appreciated it, yet there were some who wanted the same color over and over. I'm too shaky now to be able to do a very good job and I hate to ask Cruzer all the time with as much as he has to do.
Noticed the ring finger? The colors are reversed on purpose.
I have decided to join the NaNoWriMo July summer camp and work on the book with all the things to do from Spark! They will mostly came from my blogs! I haven't come up with a name for it, so I'll have to put on my thinking cap to come up with one.
Cruzer sent me the picture of after the fall, so now I have it on this computer and I'll post it now. It shows only my face and not my knee, ankle, and arm. I'm sure you'll see how hard I hit and why I haven't been on the computer all that much.
June has been quite the month for us at Cruzes Cottage! I hope all of my Spark friends have had a better time of it than we have. I hope you'll all have some terrific plans for the 4th of July all of you US buddies. Remember, there are plenty of foods that you can have that are lower in calories and will keep you in your range. And if you do go over, you know what to do, correct? Start back as soon as you can and it will average out over a week. Whatever you do, DON'T give up! You are worth having better health!!
Peace Love Cure
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Sunday we were fortunate enough to have our modem, DirecTV box, and our living room TV, zapped during a storm. IT was awful for both of us! We had to wait until Monday morning to call AT&T about our modem. They promised a replacement in 2-3 days. They sent it over night, but the new one didn't work either. More calls and two more days later, we got another and got it working properly! Now, you have to remember our phone also goes through the modem, so we were left with no phone service all that time, too. Everything had to be done with our cells and we don't have the greatest reception in this area, but we managed. A good thing about it is, Bob had gotten an insurance package to cover our electronics. When the guy came today to fix the TV, there was no charge. We are needing a new "board" for it. If it can't be gotten or fixed, they will give us a new one. So this is where we are. *sigh*
Monday I was to be notified about the contest for father's day. Since our phone and internet were down, I had no idea if I was in the running. Today when I got on-line, there was an email and.......... I made it!!! I wasn't the grand winner, but I was one one of the 6 winners. My story and the eternal Tribute to my father will be featured on their site over Father's Day weekend. I also got to designate $100 for the charity of my choice. I talked it over with Bob and my brother and we are all in the same page about it. The money is going to the Cancer Center where I had my treatments to be used to help women with breast cancer who need supplies or help getting to and from the treatments. I couldn't be happier. We had considered the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association (my dad had heart problems), but decided it was most important to know the money would be spent locally. They have been so wonderful to us, that I feel I am returning to others in some small way.
With being back in Roxie, all the trouble from the storms, and knowing we are going to have the storms until at least next Monday, it was difficult to see much sunshine in our days. But God does help us through the dark into the light and brought the sunshine with my win. I have been so excited to tell all of you about it! To all who read it and commented, again I thank you. It pretty much stayed the way it was. I had to make very few changes and the word count even stayed the same.
Of course Hercules has brought us all a lot of joy. Bob has renamed him "Slick" and he is the sweetest boy. He sticks to Bob and is his shadow, unless Bob isn't here. Then he is that way with me. He gets along great with the other boys, but especially with CoCo. I think it is because they are close to the same age and young enough to play as hard as they do. CoCo did an amazing thing about 4 days after Slick arrived. We had a bed for him and put it on a pillow under Bob's computer desk. Well, CoCo pulled it out for Slick and he has used the pillow alone ever since. Isn't that the sweetest? Have any of your pets ever done such a thing?
All of you remain in my prayers and I love you all for always supporting me no matter what.
Have a lovely weekend and even if you ar4e having storms, too, I hope you'll have sunshine to fill your heart.
Peace Love Cure
The picture with us , Dr K's nurse, and the frogs Bob made for them. They put it on their calendar for May this year. They have frogs all over because they are known as F>R>O>G> - Florida Radation Oncologists Group.
Our corner looking across the street. We are fortunate to be a little higher ground.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Just to let you all know, I've been hovering right around 130. I haven't gone down, but nor have I gained. To be honest, I've changed very little since I found out about the interference of the iron and the thyroid meds. I don't think it will make that amount of difference at this time. Not gaining tells me, what I'm doing is correct. Right now I'm about what I was in high school, so I continue to feel good about myself.
Now for the B-I-G news! Bob and I did a search on Petfinder. We both ended up picking out a little boy called Hercules. He is a mix of smooth haired doxie and long haired chi. We surprised each other that we liked the same dog. Anyway, Bob called about him today and found no one had applied for him. The worker at the shelter told him if we got an application in right away, we would be first to be considered to adopt. Bob got it completed and sent to them right away. Late this afternoon we got a call back and did phone interviews and were told he's ours. He is getting neutered tomorrow, so we can get him anytime after that. I'm not sure how long Bob will be able to wait to get him home. He's really excited and I think this new guy will help him past Rex better than anything else. I certainly didn't expect he would decide he wanted another so soon, but he's always filled with surprises! When he kept returning to Hercules picture, I asked him if he wanted him. He got this huge smile and simply nodded yes. This is the first he has smiled since Sunday. I don't blame him. Rexie was his pal and he has really missed playing and walking with him.
As for me, besides working on keeping on par and fulfilling my goals, I decided to enter another contest. This time it was to tell what had made my father so special in 1000 words or less. I wrote it like a story of him recalling the important things we did throughout our time together. I reached 997 word count! (It still takes me aback whenever I think about it, but I have already outlived him by 3 1/2 years.) This one is being sponsored by Tribute.com. The grand prize winner will receive a free eternal tribute to their father that will be the feature on their site Father's Day week plus $500 to be donated to the charity of their choice. There will be six runners up who will also get a free eternal tribute to their father with a feature of it on the web site at some point plus $100 for a charity of their choice. I'm excited about the money for charities. Even if I don't win, it will be nice to know $1100 will be going to charities because of someone's love for their father and their writing about that. The deadline is Friday and notification will be June 3rd. I'll let you know if I have a positive response. Also, if anyone is interested in reading it, let me know. I've never written like this before. I did the story about my mother, but it wasn't that long and I never did it for anything other than myself. I would love to hear from others of you who write and enter contests as I have. I had never done this before, so we'll see if I do any good. I appreciate everyone who took the time to read and comment on my short story. It was so fun to write! There is another contest coming up for telling your love story. That is something I love talking about!
Speaking of love stories, I enjoy hearing how others met their significant others and fell in love. Bob and I first met on-line. Has anyone else met their spouse/partner that way? I know there is a lot of negative thoughts about such meetings, but I believe if you are careful to first meet with other people you know and have the other person checked out, you should be OK. I would also recommend "talking" to the person via email for several months before meeting. Bob and I will have been married for 13 years in August.
Peace Love Cure
This is Hercules. Isn't he a little doll?
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