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Health Risk Assessment, And A Few Thrift Finds

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A couple of times a year, I have to fill out a Health Risk Assessment. It gives my insurance company a better understanding of what care I might need.
It starts out with :"In general what would you say your health is?"
Excellent...Very Good...Good...Fair...Poor.
July 2014, Very good.
July 2009, POOR

Compared o a year ago:
Much better...Slightly better...About the same...Slightly worse..much worse.?
July 2014, Slightly better
July 2009, MUCH WORSE.

Here are some common activities I might do during a normal day.
Do you need assistance in any of the following. Answer YES or NO.
1. Shopping, preparing meals..NO.
2. Cleaning home? NO
3. Showering or dressing yourself/ NO
4. Getting up or down or in, out of chair or bed? NO
5. Eating or drinking? NO.

Back in 2009, the answer would have been YES on 1 through 4. Eating came too often. I could still eat, But I was starting to choke on food. My throat was getting too fat.

I have to answer questions about my stability, My activities. Am I able to exercise? YES. Do I exercise. YES. Do I maintain a healthy weight. YES. If not am I trying to have a healthy weight. YES.
Do I smoke, NO. Quit 24 years ago.
Have diabetes, NO. In 2009, YES.
Have an annual blood sugar test. YES. It's Normal. In 2009, it was HIGH.
High Cholesterol, NO. In 2009, YES
Hypertension, high blood pressure, NO. It's 110/75 . In 2009, 150/95

In comparing my health after losing 189 lbs, it's changed my life. FOR THE BETTER. How many women are in better health and fitness at 72 than they were at 66. The truth is I'm in better shape now at 72 than i was at 55. That's saying something.
Everyday I get up in the morning, from grooming myself to walking outside, getting in my van. I feel and move like a different women from the crippled, obese one I was back in 2009.
I do want to thank all my Spark friends for the support you give me on my exercise minutes. In the way I take time, make the time to exercise in some way or fashion everyday, I am able too. Which is almost 99.9% of the year. Smile!!

There's no secret to doing it. You just have to make up your mind that it's important. Let nothing deter you from doing it. After a while it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth. You feel like something is off if you haven't walked or exercised ..
I used to go to the gym five and six days a week. Sometimes twice a day. I don't do that as much anymore. I love going for walks, hikes. Sometimes by myself. If I want to make good time. Then It's Titan's time to walk , He likes to sniff and stop, smell the trees. It's more exercise for me and time for us to inter act with others, who are also walking their dogs.
Sometimes I think having a dog, is a good way to get you up and out. Just a stroll around the neighborhood is better than laying around the house.

Throughout my obese years, with numerous aches and pains, I knew every excuse NOT to exercise. Now I know that even if I do have some aches , there is something that I can do. Maybe not as vigorous , but there is no more excuses.

Have discovered that many times some exercise, moving around will reduce the stiffness and pain. I'm not saying there is never a time that I could be in so much pain, any movement would be too much. Never say Never.!!

I do have a bad back. But the doctor encourages me to exercise. Last time it went out, I was moaning around here, and thinking of just laying in bed or the couch and taking it easy. But I knew that wasn't what was called for. So took a deep breath and went through the movements, the therapist had set up for me. It hurt for a few minutes, but gradually felt better. All in all, the recovery time was shorter than when I used to let the pain rule.

I have been working on some new jewelry pieces for a Art fair later this month.
I spent a few months, not doing any designing. Just didn't feel it. Then I started to have dreams of new pieces. It's fun to have an idea and see the end results.
Later this week will post some pictures of what I have been making.

It's been a few weeks since I went thrift shopping. I really don't need anything.
Had a couple of customers who had me redo their closets, weed out unwanted, unworn clothes and find pieces that they could add to what they had.
I just got a call from one of the women asking me to get some fall/winter things.
So that's something to look forward to.

I have bought a few nice pieces for myself. More tops ,skirts, and leather beige jacket. I love leather too.
What I do love shopping for is shoes and handbags. I guess you could say I collect them.
After spending 5 to 6 yeas wearing these two ugly pair of shoes during my obese years, I wasted no time getting get back into fashion.
Here a photo of the UGLY shoes.

The following photo shows some of the latest heels and hand bags. Also a couple of belts. love belts. Never wore them when my waist was 58 in. But now at 33 in. belts look good.

These are some of my latest finds. love the high heel suede boots and snake skin blue print heels.
The four black leather NEW Men's jackets, got for $2.00 each. Very lucky day.
The item that cost the most is the red/black snakeskin D&G handbag. $12.00
Everything else was mostly $2.00 , couple of $4.00 items. The New Nike's $8.99
The baby blue bike was FREE. Am I lucky or what???? Got it from Trash area.
Well it's time for more unique designs to emerge from my creative mind. Back to work.
Hope everyone is enjoying the Summer. Even when things don't go as we like, it all evens out in the end.
Take care,
Love and Peace.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I missed several blogs and am catching up!
    Oh, Mama Hot Legs....look at that shoe collection...are you sure it isn't Cher's
    Closet!? Awesome!
    And your updated health Questionere....how awesome is that!
    You are a true inspiration to me...
    Love & Hugs to you & Titan,
    2183 days ago
    Tisha, every time I check back your page, and see a new photo - you look younger every time! I love the new shoes, but I especially love the bike. Its my favourite thing to do. You are an inspiration to us all.
    2301 days ago
    Somehow I just found you and this blog! What a wonderful adventure you have made of life. Love that! I am a thrift store or vintage shopper as well- so much fun. Congratulations on your amazing transformation.
    2326 days ago
  • JILL313
    Like others somehow I missed this awesome blog. You've added years to your life Tisha and are younger and more active than most people half your age. Gosh I kind of forgot how much weight you've lost and OMG it was almost 200#s, you're an amazing woman for that accomplishment and seem to have little problem in keeping it off thanks to your now healthy lifestyle. I'm going to have to commit to this WL Journey instead of just wishing and hoping as that just leads me to further disappointment as well as no weight lost. All this year it seems all I've been doing is "spinning my wheels" and I just need to exercise more, no matter what and eat healthier with the right portion sizes, etc. I have to make this Dream of being a normal weight again come true, but it's all up to me to do it and I will. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Hugs & Love,

    2365 days ago
    OMG...I missed this blog...came to look and love your success, positive changes and fashion. You are truly an inspiration to me, Tisha!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Love and Hugs,
    P.S. Looking forward to seeing your jewelry pics!

    2369 days ago
    What was your defining moment into losing weight? My friend told me hers was when she looked at herself in a store front window, she stopped & could not really believe it was her, my other friend is when her Mom passed away from obesity at a young age , and it scared her that she did not want to leave her children . You can be so very proud of yourself,thank you for posting
    2372 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Just like you, this blog is FABULOUS! So, so happy for you.
    2374 days ago
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    What a blessing to be an example of what you can do when you put your mind to it. That weight does cause a lot of health issues. Some people really don't realize that. I know I feel so much MORE energized since the weight came off. I also changed my way of thinking. I used to think there was no hope for me. Yes this Christian thought about my body like that. I'm SO glad He led me here to Spark. Now I can glean on successes like You Tisha. You are always an inspiration and I thank God for putting you in my life. You always make me smile. I definitely have to check out these resale shops while I'm in Bay area in CA. They are all around. Thanks for sharing your GREAT health with us and your finds. You ROCK!
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    2383 days ago
    Tisha, you are the world's best thrift shopper. But, where do you put all your stuff? I can't imagine where I'd put everything. Great work and comparison on your risk assessment!! It's a wonderful way to track your progress! emoticon
    2384 days ago
  • BEATRIZ269
    Hi Trisha. Thank you for posting this. You are a great source of inspiration for me and I wish you all the best with your health and happiness. Thank you so much, you have no idea how much you help me and I am sure many others.
    2384 days ago
    omg I needed this

    with having the heart attack last month I was told to get eating healthy and exercising .
    but I was not getting at it like I needed to.
    Your words struck true
    --- so thank you
    ' There's no secret to doing it. You just have to make up your mind that it's important. Let nothing deter you from doing it. After a while it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth. You feel like something is off if you haven't walked or exercised .. '

    I am at it ..

    2384 days ago
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    Tisha you rock!! I'm still trying to figure out how to keep everything going in the right direction. Every time I think "What's the use?" I come to your page and get revitalized. Love your commitment and hope I can find mine on this go around.
    2385 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Tisha, sorry I missed this blog. Great health report for you.....love your finds at the thrift store! Looking forward to seeing your jewelry! emoticon emoticon
    2385 days ago
    Great health report Tisha! emoticon

    Great finds at the thrift store, too!

    Do you have freecycle.org up there? I've gotten some great treasures for free...and gotten rid of some, too. Just recently got a free elliptical from someone who was moving and couldn't take it with him...
    2385 days ago
    I love hearing your story . It is so inspiring and gives us all hope. Love your new finds. You are a fashionista now. LOL.
    2385 days ago
  • TMW54812
    You have set a whole new standard for growing old gracefully! May you have many, many more "graceful" years.

    Ps....love the shoes!

    Tim emoticon
    2385 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2014 6:55:34 PM
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