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Daisy in her favorite chair.

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Petey-what a pup! He is feeling his oats in this pic. He loved his t-shirt so much.

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Larry's shower-the first year.


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"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet....Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up." Stephen Hawking TAKE ACTION TODAY = ACT your way to right thinking; CREATE new habits; TAKE STEPS FORWARD no matter how small; INITIATE desired changes; OPENLY WELCOME SUPPORT NEVER GIVE UP on yourself As of Oct 2019, I am still maintaining and managed to lose 12 more pounds to reach a new low weight I hadn't seen since 1993! I am doing IF, usually at least 12 hours per day and up to 18 hours per day to regulate my blood glucose. It is a day by day thing, but overall, I meet my goals! SP has truly saved my life! As of 2017, I have maintained 100+pounds weight loss! Love all you ladies and gents for your support on this journey! ******* As of January 2016, I am focusing on my blood glucose and movement. In 2015, I had to add rapid acting insulin which, as it is a fat promoting hormone, caused me to gain 15 pounds. I took off that 15 pounds in 2015, and am still struggling with the insulin and my weight. I was successful in my goals for 2015-moving at least 10 minutes per day, and honoring and listening to my body. I will continue with those goals. **** Update: As of January 2015, my new goal is least 10 minutes each day, and more if possible. I aim to do what I can each day. I will honor and listen to my body. A trickle down effect occurs once one starts healthy habits. Things will get better. Persevere! **** Update: As of July 2014, I finally got to 260! New goal 240. **** Update: As of April 2013, I have met a few goals. I got rid of "stuff"--a lot of stuff. I am proud of that. I went from 269 to 280, and I am proud that I cut off the weight gain at that point. I am now 267. I am proud that I've gone through two major changes to my way of eating. I went gluten free, and began my happy descent from the 300s. I have made lots of good changes, even through severe illness, and kept off 75 pounds. That is a win-win scenario for me. Now, I commit to do my physical therapy maintenance each week, walk in the park each week, and carefully count my carbs in my carb and blood glucose tracker. ******************* Update: As of July 2013, I finally hit the 260s--269 to be exact, from a starting weight of 345. I cannot wait to get to 260. Then my next goal will be 240. My words for today, "you can take a rest from time to time, but never ever give up!" There is always room for improvement. ******************* Update: The end of March 2013 has me maintaining my weight loss at 280.2. I've been ill lately and unable to exercise much. I believe once I start exercising again, I will start to lose again. I am maintaining my gluten free lifestyle about 95 percent of the time. I guess one cannot be "perfect" with anything. A little imperfection is what make life beautiful, anyway. Here's to a great year! We WILL meet our goals! ***************************** As 2013 begins, I weigh 283.8 pounds. My goal for this year will be to weigh 260 pounds. I will give myself a year to meet that goal, as I am incorporating permanent changes into my life, little by little (baby steps) so that I will be a "whole" person on the other side of obtaining all my planned goals. This "whole" person will enjoy having a life again and enjoy the increased physical activity. I've made great progress under adverse conditions (knee injury and subsequent knee rehab). My good pal said that I was the only person she knew who lost weight after being injured and having mobility issues; hence, it can be done! I am dedicated to making changes for the better, and I WILL be the best I can be! My other goals consist of: 1. getting rid of unnecessary "stuff," 2. volunteering for a good cause, 3. starting my own jewelry business, 4. pursuing my art, and 5. learning to work a pottery wheel. I love textures and working with my hands. I also look forward to playing the violin and the piano again. Goodbye analytical career and hello artistic career. In other words, a former career left brainer attempts to be a right brainer.

Member Since: 4/1/2011

Fitness Minutes: 37,299

My Goals:
I want to live well, and not just sustain the status quo.!

I will track my carbs and walk at least three times a week, even if it is just around the block.

Life is to be enjoyed!

My Program:
I am counting carbs and calories, and eating gluten free foods with plenty of fresh veggies. I joined on April Fool's Day 2011, and been baby stepping it ever since. I will increase my physical activity and learn how to be spontaneous again---to live life to the fullest.

Personal Information:
I want to be creative again.
How does a career left brain lifer become a right brainer again?

I will walk in nature first, and look at the trees--such inspiration!

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I am known for my perseverance a.k.a. the ability to hang in there when the going gets tough. I AM making the lifestyle changes necessary to be healthier!
"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."

Helen Keller

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  • v SLEANNES66
    I hope that things are going welll for you. Have you made any big plans for this weekend. It's tough for me to stay on track on any holiday. I hope that you have more luck
    Thanks for the jump rope. You've got great timing. I've been having fun acting like a kid with mine. Tonight I had a lot of fun. After I did my time, my Big Girl (3 yr old grandaughter had to jump rope for awhile. When she finished, my Baby Girl (she turned 1 in April) had to try. She just started walking last week so every time she jumped over the rope she fell on her rear. She never gave up tho. She spent almost a half hour 'jumping' before she got tired.
    3415 days ago
  • v no profile image ANEWCHANGE4ME
    In a way, your life is sort of like a great big sponge. Just like a sponge loaded with water, your life is loaded with fun and excitement and plenty of good times. In order to get the water out of the sponge, you have to squeeze it out. Likewise, in order for you to get all of the good out of your life's adventure, you have to be willing to squeeze the most out of every moment of your life.

    When you squeeze and squeeze again, you will squeeze out more good things, good times and good experiences than you ever thought possible. The great thing about life is you can squeeze and squeeze and squeeze some more and your sponge will never run dry. With each and every squeeze, you will discover more fun, more enjoyment and more happiness than you ever imagined was possible.

    Life offers us the unfettered freedom to pursue our very best. So why don't you go ahead and give life a good squeeze? Then make sure you keep squeezing your "sponge" each and every day of your life for the rest of your life. Just like the water logged sponge you kept on squeezing, anything and everything you have ever wanted is now within your grasp. Go head and squeeze and then squeeze some more. Your sponge will never run dry.

    3416 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog and making a comment. It motivates me to continue writing. I hope that your journey is on track and progressing. Keep striving for health!

    Press On!

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    3417 days ago
  • v no profile image ANEWCHANGE4ME
    We all have bad days every so often; days when nothing seems to go right, days when everything we touch seems to go wrong. Days that sap our strength and douse our enthusiasm, days that cast a dark cloud over everything we do. But even on the darkest, gloomiest days we'll ever encounter, the sun is still shining beyond the clouds.

    By looking past the bad and looking for the good, we can whisk away the clouds and get the sun shining again. Instead of fretting over what's going wrong, which is easy to do, we should turn our attention to what's going right. Rather than worry about why things aren't going our way, we should focus on all of the good things we have going for us.

    Life is way too short to stay down in the dumps. There are so many things that make us happy; so many things that give our lives meaning and purpose. Rather than waste one more minute feely lousy, we need to focus on the good things life has to offer.

    You were born to live in the sunshine, to thoroughly enjoy one day after another filled with brightness and joy. Rather than needlessly waste one more day trapped in the darkness, why not to break away from the darkness and vow to live each day in the manner you were destined to live it? Out of the shadows, out in the sunshine, with all of the happiness, optimism and contentment you desire.

    As long as we're willing to look hard enough and long enough, even when it's darker than dark, we'll discover that elusive ray of sunlight that can light up our lives.

    ~ Becca
    3417 days ago
  • v SJ4TH90
    Hi - thanks for commenting on my blog from last week. Desserts taste so good don't they?! I too can gain weight very quickly and like you, it's not just a pound or two a month.

    Last summer I gained 35 pound in 3 months and the idiotic part of the story is that I gained all this weight because I didn't reach a short-term goal. I didn't lose 4 extra little pounds I so I decided to gain 35! That's crazy!

    My biggest enemy is discouragement, once it strikes I'm putty in its presence. Now, losing weight and fighting off those discouragement blues are my current goals...I'll win the war eventually!
    3418 days ago