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1/16/20 9:54 A

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Hello! Well I tell ya - 2019 ended with a big sha-bang. Dad passed away on September 29, 2019. Broke my right arm 11/25/19 (tripped over one of our dogs in our house). Had an accident on 12/17/19 (actually the bicycle rider hit me, but still an accident).

My arm is healing after the surgery. I shattered the right radius head (the bone that is on the same side as your thumb) and the ER doc tried to put it back into place but it split the bone down about an inch or 2. So surgery to put a plate in on 12/4/19. I just got the splint off the day the bicycle rider hit my truck. So I was pulling in to park in my driveway (I swoop in so I can back into my driveway because it is a busy street), it was dark out and I didn't see anything or anyone - so I swooped in and wham the guy hit the very tail end of my truck taking out the tail light and leaving a huge dent in my rear quarter panel. The bike rider flew and landed in the street. No lights on his bike, dark clothing - it was a recipe for a disaster. He was knocked out and when ambulance came he became combative, but they took him off to the hospital - still haven't heard about his condition to this day. I was not cited. Anyway that was craziness.

So now my arm is healing and I'm back at work. I still go to hand therapy for another week or so, but my right arm will not be the same.

I'm really looking forward to retirement this year - just not sure if it will be August or December. Being out for all of December really showed me that work will continue and I will get things done around the house.

I hope everyone who reads this has a blessed day. Make amends. Let go of the anger and forgive often. Be kind.

Edited by: MUDDYKAT at: 1/16/2020 (09:55)
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11/22/19 11:48 A

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Just a quick check-in to see if anyone is here.

Looks like I'm it. All is going well and I feel like I'm finally moving forward. There are many times where I'm stopped and filled with grief, but then I move forward and don't stay too long.

Feels really good to want to change things up in the house - haven't felt that in quite some time. A new shower curtain (after 20 years with one I loved and washed til it didn't look as good as when I got her) - so that was good.... now I'm on to my living room and looking at bringing in some color and get things decorated (not for holidays, but just getting my pictures back up on walls). I will put some splashes of Fall/Winter in for seasonal decorating, but just get my stuff out of a very long storage box.

It is amazing how your life takes a step back - or is put on hold - while you deal with caregiving. I didn't even realize that I put myself on hold... and then one day I look around and say "where did I go?"

Time to keep moving forward and seeking out myself again.

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11/14/19 10:16 A

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Hello! Still plugging along here and trying to figure things out with all this emotional stuff. Thinking a lot about my dad and our conversations... both of us are very "crude" people so we rubbed each other wrong many times and said lots of things that were hurtful/painful, but we both forgave and moved forward with things. He even told me once to not worry about my brother - "he's an ass!" But he loved my brother so very much, but understood how stubborn he was.

So I learn to let go and move on. I was actually able to give some good advise last night to a friend - "pace yourself". This advise was given to me by my other brother about 4 years ago when our journey of caring for parents began. Didn't really understand it at the time, but later I knew what he meant. Not feeling guilty when you couldn't make it there to see them, taking care of yourself first, 'pacing' yourself through the emotional highs and lows... I was happy to share it with someone going through the end of life with their own father.

So for now I am taking that same advise and pacing myself through this next year with all the "waves" of grief and my own emotional highs and lows. Not to beat up on myself for having dessert or to choose to sit and relax with a book instead of a walk; pacing myself with patience, understanding and love... aka self care.

May you all "pace" yourself.

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11/5/19 1:32 P

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I'm not real sure why I continue to post here, perhaps it is a small way of creating a journal for myself - and others who are interested.

It has been over a month since Dad passed. I'm still struggling to let go of some of the stress habits I created over this past 5 years. Slowly I'm moving forward - well at least I feel like I am. Still have moments of crying, "talking" to my siblings in my head trying to explain myself but then I tell myself that they wouldn't want to hear it - it is only my brain that is trying to find some rational. I have taken the first step and texted my brother. Told him I was an idiot for not hugging him at the cemetery - that I was still holding the anger from his yelling at me and accusing me of things two days after dad's passing - which I didn't - and still don't - understand.

From the beginning I never wanted anything from them - no material items - they don't have what I've always wanted - their love, their time, their hugs. They held that back from me until they reached their golden years and even then it was conditional. It was amazing to go through the last couple years of their life as caregiver - though I didn't think so at the time... haha. Even my parents told me that they were surprised I was doing so much for them and they wouldn't do the same for me - yes that is what my dad told me. So I didn't want any material things from them.

Everything that didn't get sold at the garage sale went to me only because no one else lived here in town. So tag I was it. I think now that they are both gone I'm going to box it all up and mail it to the other siblings - since that seems to be what they want - the material things. I don't want it and now I'm surrounded by all of it... it is a bit gut wrenching for me.

I'm still working on my food which will be a continual battle. I've been walking more, but not as much as I used to... but at least I'm doing it. I'm spending more time with my spouse/children with Sunday brunches of tacos & board games and keeping my mouth shut until asked for an opinion - that in itself has dramatically made family time shift to relaxing & fun... and smiles that last until the next Sunday.

Take care - whoever reads this. Be kind.

Edited by: MUDDYKAT at: 11/5/2019 (13:37)
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10/23/19 10:04 A

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Hello - hopefully on the off chance you two are still visiting here.

As I know you've seen on FB my dad passed 8 days after my daughters wedding. It was a very long, sad day. His body was so strong that it just wasn't going to let him go, but in the end God's grace took him home.

Emotionally I've been going from one extreme to the other and just trying to wrap my brain around everything. Even with all the butting of heads with my dad - I will miss him terribly. We talked a lot about this day when he would go home. He told me he would miss me the most, but I reminded him that he would be in heaven and I would be the one grieving here on earth.

Well I have a new freedom and need to get myself out of the dumps... what a long road it has been.

Sad part is I will most likely never see my one brother in Texas again. The rip between the family - well it seems final. But I can no longer take on other peoples emotions - brother or not - it weighs me down. They have to live with themselves and their actions - or lack of actions. Perhaps it is the way God wants this to be... perhaps...

Take care everyone... and be kind.

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9/24/19 10:49 A

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Hello! Not sure if either of you come here any more, but I'll keep posting every now and again. I do like this place for communications - better than FB - its not all hanging out there for everyone and their brother.

Wedding is finally over!! It was beautiful and all the 2 years of planning paid off.

My feel gave up on me while trying to be in the "right" shoes. I did last for a few hours, but then came the severe side & back pain and those things have to come off. I was blessed to have my long time friends with me who helped me raise my children. Very happy they could all make it.

I'm still working on my food and increasing my exercise (mostly walking). Feels good to get moving again.

Well it is always good to hear from you two. Take care.

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8/22/19 9:31 A

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Well its been since June since I posted here. I see that neither of you are posting. Hope all is well with both of you.

Wedding is only 30 days away... it is now crunch time.

I'm still working on things, but so much better than I was before. My food is going really good. I've increased my walking - it just is a slow process.

Take care ladies! Miss hearing from you.

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6/19/19 10:15 A

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Hello. Well not always consistent with logging my food, but I'm getting there.

I've been taking this BIO-04 supplement that is helping me with my gut health. It gives me energy, a better mood, and being regular in the bathroom.... and has taken away the indigestion I've been having. Sugar is still the culprit but I'm working on that. It is FDA approved and I got it on-line; I think I have it posted to my FB page. So far so good... consistency is my main problem now!

Wedding plans are still happening. I made a BAR sign and used the wrong glitter on it - so I have to scrape all of it off and start over... she thinks I'm not going to do that, but I want to surprise her with the "right" color glitter. Everything is bling.

Well take care - hope to see you on here sometime soon.

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6/7/19 10:14 A

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Hello! Well I'm going to start again on tracking my food. Its been a long time, but its time... way past time... but I have to start somewhere.



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6/4/19 9:44 A

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Georgie - so GOOD to hear from you. I did hear about all the tornados, but wasn't sure your proximity to them... how frightening!!! So happy you are ok.

I'm sorry to hear about your heart and being on oxygen 24/7. Please take care and I will be praying for you. Don must be beside himself with worry about you.

I'm doing ok here. Just going through a lot of changes (emotionally) with all the losses that have happened. Dad is still going, but he looks like he is winding down.. more slumped when he sits, sleeps a lot more and just tired. It has been quite the journey with him and I think we have gotten much closer these past few months - which will make his passing all that much harder, but yet complete.

Blessings to you and your family.

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6/1/19 3:52 P

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It's been a while since I've been on Spark people. I'm still struggling with the heart issue and am on oxygen all the time. It's kept me inside and not going anywhere outside the home that much. It looks like it will be a while before it will be repaired.

I don't know if you saw it on the news or maybe read it but we had 16 tornadoes go through the Dayton and surrounding area Memorial Day at night. They started around 9:30 pm and continued until after midnight. We spent several hours in or bathroom in the center of the house waiting it out. they hit all around us and went across I75 north of town. It also hit my old neighborhood and the small mall across The big Fairfield Mall. Many businesses and home were destroyed or heavily damaged.

Our area is in the cleanup stages. You might have seen it on Facebook with all my friends posting pictures and notices. It missed Xenia but was as near as 12 miles from us. It was a scary night for all.

Other than that we are fine. I knew many friends who were effected by this. I wish I could be there to help them but with me being on oxygen I can't. I can only pray and wish them the best. I just wanted to let you all know we're fine.

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4/30/19 7:54 P

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Good to see you on here Georgie!

Oh man - can't believe whats happening with you and your heart. I will keep you in my continued prayers for the docs to find out how they can fix the problem. Please take care and know that I'm thinking about you.

Still hanging in there with dad. He is still on hospice, but I think he is winding down. Hard to say - his face looks so tired - he just looks very tired.

Wedding plans are still happening. Finally ordered a dress, but I have a couple more I want to order so I can have a selection. Still a bit early in the game, but time is flying by - so at least I will have time to re-order if need be.

Take care G!!

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4/28/19 6:22 P

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Well I've had several health issues so have not been on here much. I found out that I have a hole in my heart that has caused me breathing problems. I have to be on oxygen all the time now and can't do much outside the home. I've had several tests to see how to fix the problem so have been in and out of the hospital. I have a cardiac cath test on May 10th and hope it will tell the doctors what can be done to correct it. I might have to have surgery on the heart so I'm hoping they can fix it. I'm just playing it day by day and doing what I can until the surgery. Other than that I'm hanging in there.

I hope all is well with your families. Blessings to everybody. G.

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4/3/19 9:38 A

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Hello! I hope this finds everyone happy and healthy.

Dad is still hanging in there... just winding down a bit more each day. Emotionally it is taking a toll on me, but the good Lord gives me strength to see this through to the end.

Wedding plans are still coming along nicely. I have a ton of stuff to get done to help ease my daughters stress... she is getting a bit on edge these days.

Our son dropped a bomb on us... he and his fiance are going to get married this August... one month before his sister. Not sure what this is all about but I reminded him that when he told me he was engaged that he cannot get married in 2019. He just shrugged his shoulders. Anyway so that just added a pile of stuff on my shoulders.... not sure what he is thinking - well it is what it is.

I've been doing better with my food - I'm still up in weight - but I'm being more "present" when I choose my meals/snacks. No sugar is the big thing - it causes such indigestion that its been rather easy to not choose it. I have a very long way to go, but it feels good getting my "right" brain back.

We are really making some changes around our house. I'm building a new fence around our garden (keeps the dogs out) and I'm hoping this weekend I can get the posts all set (hoping for the rain to stop for a bit). Once that is done then we are going to pull up all our brick and reset it better and have it raised to meet the existing patio (about 4-5"). Then begin work on the pergola over that brick. Quite a job but I'm very excited to start working on our backyard and get some projects done before the wedding. I have a feeling we will be having lots of company in the next few months. We already started cleaning out the attic area - both the kids had to come and clean up their messes and get things put in totes that they wanted to keep - made quite the dent in things, but still have more sorting and tossing to happen.... perhaps on the rainy days.

Take care - Georgie I truly hope you are feeling better and taking care of yourself. Lisa - how are those boys & grandchildren? hope all is well.

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3/7/19 10:46 A

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Thank you for the very kind words Lisa. My dad is still hanging in there and is being kept comfortable. He still is able to come down to the dining room for his meals, but you can see his weariness.

Not much going on here - other than the cold weather. Mind you it is nothing like you all are experiencing, but for the valley here in Oregon 26* is cold. It snowed yesterday but thankfully didn't stick to the ground - it only means that we warmed up to a balmy 36*.

I've started on some anti-depressant meds and that is helping quite a bit. When your in the midst of things you don't know how bad it really has been until the meds kick in. (hahaha) I'm trying very hard to watch what I'm eating and watching my portion sizes. All I can do is at least start - and so that is where I am - at the beginning (and between you and me - I'm sure I'll be revisiting the beginning a couple more times before things start clicking like they used to).

Well I have to get some data pulled for a legislative meeting this afternoon.

Take care!! SPRING COME ON DOWN!!!
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Hello MK. So sorry to hear about your dad. May the Lord sustain you as you prepare for the end of your father’s life, and may you continue to find joy in our Savior’s promise of salvation. Hugs.

Blizzard-y here today, winds 45-50 mph, but it is not snowing. We got about 4” on Friday, which brings our total so far this year to over 50 inches. My son, who lives 120 miles north of us, has over 80”. Spring will be muddy and I’m guessing flooding will be a very real problem as well.

I’m up about 5 lbs. from my lowest weight in the last year. I’ve been so unmotivated lately, winter has me down for sure. Usually we have some type of Feb. thaw which gives us a preview of spring, but not so this year.

My hubby’s birthday is on Tuesday, and my daughter-in-law’s is on Monday, so lots to celebrate this week. My husband interviewed for a different job at the place at which he works, but he doesn’t think he’ll get it. The wages are much more than he makes now, but more motivating than that is the fact that he just needs more mental stimulation than the custodial work he’s doing gives him. It will happen if it’s supposed to.

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2/20/19 10:43 A

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Hello! I hope you all are staying warm & safe. Seems like we are the only one in the country without snow or frigid temps - we are in the mid-30's. Our mountains and foothills are white with snow, but nothing here in the valley.

Well we have decided to put dad on hospice. Getting all the logistics worked out has been a bit of a challenge, but I'll meet with the hospice people Thursday to get some understanding of what it all means. I know that he will no longer get any type of antibiotics or anti-depression meds, but not real clear on the care he will get. So now it will be a matter of time. When he gets another infection it will most likely take his life. He has Mersa and it has colonized in his body. It is one of the worse infections you can have and it is in the blood stream. So if he falls or get another UTI it will take over. I'm very sad and grieving, but I know that he will be going to his Lord and Savior and will rejoin his wife, daughter & many relatives. The thought of that actually put a smile on my dads face.

I'm trying to stay focused on work, but it is not easy. Anyway... well ladies I hope all is well with you.

Take care

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2/7/19 1:13 P

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Hello! Sounds like you did have a fun weekend Lisa! Georgie - I hope your keeping warm and the heat is working in your house now.

Its been a crazy weekend. Dad was in ER Sunday morning after a fall - hitting his head. The super bugs that live in him had a hay-day with that bump and immediately caused a huge infection on his head and then attacked another area on his head - so he has two huge infected areas about 3-4" in diameter. Then yesterday morning about 1:30 a.m. he had a mild heart attack and is in the hospital now. His enzyme numbers are still increasing - which basically means he could have another heart event. He is not a viable candidate for an angiogram to see if there are any blockages (age, kidney function, etc.)... so basically making him comfortable.

I just came from seeing him and his depression/anxiety is taking over. A wound care nurse came in to take a look at his head and is going to try to get something on them that will draw out the infection. He is also on IV antibiotics for them, but they still look angry - fire engine red angry. He has been sobbing and calling out for my mom and all I can do is hold his hand - so hard.

On a much lighter note - I'm heading up to Portland tonight with my daughter to a wedding event at the place we where we purchased the dress. It should be fun and there are possibilities of winning some prizes/gifts.

Weather is very cold - not SD or OH cold (yet) but its getting there. Supposed to have snow tomorrow and the next 4 days and then another system coming in next weekend. Trying to get prepared to be at home - happy that I can work from there - but I am only a couple miles away from the office - so I'll probably be the one coming in.

Take care ladies... keep warm!

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2/2/19 4:30 P

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Just finished up a late Christmas celebration with my oldest and his family, then tacked on a birthday party for my granddaughter who will be 5 on Tuesday. What a fun weekend. Got to see all the grands, so special. Our youngest, though, had Guards, so he wasn’t able to join us.

I made a balsamic beef roast in the slow cooker, turned out great. I used a lean bottom round cut, and cooked it slow and low. I have enough leftovers for the Super Bowl tomorrow—just the four of us: my youngest and his fiancé, me, and hubby.

Kind of tired right now, but I also need to get to the gym. It was such a busy day that I haven’t made it there yet. It is a bike riding day for sure.

More snow expected tomorrow night and into Monday. Temps dropping down again mid-week. The groundhog says spring should be here soon; I surely hope he’s right.




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1/30/19 9:31 A

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Hello! I hope you both are keeping warm as the artic air mass covers that portion of the USA. We are at 32* here - that same air mass will come our way eventually - but nothing compared to that side of the country..

Not much going on here. Had to empty dad's room this weekend so they could put new carpet in. Had to leave the bed until the morning of and then return that afternoon and move everything back in.

Well work is calling - or I have to be calling someone about work is more like it. Take care ladies!!

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1/23/19 7:51 P

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Hello Georgie and MK. I hope you are both well and faring fine through this winter season.

We have had lots of snow lately. Tonight the winds are supposed to become very strong, so we are expecting blizzard conditions tonight and tomorrow, even though little new snow is expected. Winter can get over any time now.

My husband will be working the evening shift, 4-midnight for the next month or so. A custodian just quit coming to work, so Russ said he’d work his shift til they find a replacement. It’ll be interesting, as we won’t see much of each other during the week. I’ll have to go to the library more often in the evening, or attend more events in town.

I got my new washer and dryer today. My old set lasted 13 years. The washer was fine, but my dryer needed the rollers replaced, for the second time, and I couldn’t justify putting $250 into a 13 year old dryer, so I bit the bullet and bought a new set. The salesman told me that the expected life of a washer and dryer, with average use, is 10-12 years.

I’m just keeping at it with my no sugar eating plan, and exercise. I’ve also been doing a lot of reading lately, and I’m finding I really enjoy Chris Fabry’s books. They have a faith based message, and I’m finding that refreshing.

School is good, boys are good, grandkids are great. My father-in-law is about the same, he falls more often now in his house, calls the police dept. for help, and they get him back up. He’s had bumps, bruises, and scrapes, but no broken bones or head injuries yet. He manages to crawl to his phone. He always refuses medical attention, and he’s capable of making his own decisions, so I guess that’s just the way it is. Still waiting for an opening at the only assisted living facility he’ll go to.

Wishing you both the best in these early days of 2019.



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Hello! So sorry to hear that you have had the horrible flu. Knock on wood I've only had chest colds or sinus infections, but even those are few and far between. (knock on wood!!)

Georgie - how are you doing? Are you fairing ok with all the snow? I hope things are going better for you - think about you bunches.

Not much going on around here. Really just looking ahead for retirement - really don't want to run data any more - I'm currently waiting for data to finish up running and then I have to run some more... it is never ending. Legislative session is going to be starting up January 22nd - so I'm sure there will be a ton of more stuff on my plate.

The weather is almost spring like - at least when you look out the window - but you go outside and it is cold (30's) with a wind chill factor its about 28'ish - so not terrible, but you do feel it when you step outside during the day and really feel it at night.

Well data is done... must keep moving on! Take care!!

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Hello. I am back to the land of living after getting hit hard with influenza one week ago. I tried to tough it out, do the mind over matter thing, and so on, but it was a brutal affliction, and I almost back to normal.

My husband had it as well, but not quite to the level that I did. He also recovered more quickly. He didn’t get the cough and congestion that I had, but he had more body aches/headache, fever, and such. We both had flu shots, guess they didn’t get this strain covered.

I’ve washed bedding, wiped down surfaces, and cleaned the best I can. My son came over yesterday morning; I’m hoping all the contagious stuff was out of the house.

I’ve gone 7 days without exercise—that hasn’t happened for years. I’ll be back at it this week, though. I was able to finish the novel I’ve been reading: War Room. I’ve you’ve not yet read it, I highly recommend it, as it addressed the topic of the power of prayer in people’s lives.

MK, I didn’t realize it before, but your dad is only about 6 months older than my father-in-law. We still are waiting for an opening in assisted living for him and do our best to provide for his care and support.

Football and a few hours of work today; that’s enough. Wishing you both a fine and blessed Sunday.



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Hello!! Sorry I haven't been on here in a while. Things are going ok. Dad - as you all saw - celebrated his 90th birthday. Didn't do much, but it was the first day in a very long time that he didn't complain about one thing!! It was very enjoyable.

NYE was spent with friends and we got home about 12:30 a.m. to our dog all freaked out from the fireworks... I felt so bad. I sat with her for over an hour to calm her down and she finally fell asleep. We don't normally do things on days like that - where there will be fireworks and so forth - but we just thought we would be home before all that started. We were only across town - oh well - they were all ok and slept quite well!

Both our daughter and our son are now engaged. I know my daughter is getting married in September 2019, but have not heard a date for our son. I do know that she wants to get married in Oregon and not Alabama (where she is from - and where her family is). So that is nice, but I know that plans can change.

Its nice being back at work and trying to catch up on things, but boy do I have vacation brain!! haha

Well I have to get going... I'm finished with work for the day and wanted to catch up a bit on personal mail. Take care!

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Hello MK and Georgie. I hope this January finds you both happy and well.

I am doing well, as is my family. I got my pantry cleaned out and organized this morning for me and Russ (hubby), so that we can get fully back on track with our healthy eating. I’ve gained just under 3 lbs since my lowest weight of the past year, and Russ has gained over 8.

I made a healthy Alfredo sauce last night, and I served it over spaghetti squash, with roasted cauliflower on the side. We both agreed that it would’ve been great served over the cauliflower as well.

Since Thanksgiving, I’ve been eating some sugar. I had really been processed sugar free since July. I’m on day 4 once again of no processed sugar, and I simply cannot believe, how much better I feel. Sleep, joints, mood, etc. all improved. I do still use some artificial sweeteners (Stevia or Splenda), but minimally. I didn’t consume as much sugar as I normally would during the holiday season, but I am still surprised as to how much impact this change has on me.

Have either of you read the novel War Room? It’s also a movie. It has a Christian prayer theme, and I am really enjoying the book. We can get the movie on Prime, so will watch it after I’m done with the book. I am looking for a Christian devotional to read daily for this year as well, if you have any ideas, please share.

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Happy 2019. It is sunny, bitterly cold, and snow covered here.

We stayed in for NYE, but my oldest son was here, and my youngest and his fiancé came over and had an evening meal of chili with us. It was so cold, and I just didn’t feel like going out. I’ve been over the partying to ring in the New Year for a number of years now.

Back to school tomorrow for staff members, and kids on Thursday. I worked most of this afternoon, so I feel ready for this next semester.

Oh, and we have a tentative wedding date of June 12, 2020.

I surely hope this day was enjoyable for both of you. All the best.





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Hello. MK, I saw you family picture on facebook. Lovely bunch, your daughter and your son are now engaged, right?

I just returned from TX, after a 4 day visit with my sister, her girls, and my parents. I hadn’t been down to visit her before, and I’m so glad I went to see her. Her youngest daughter, 4, calls me her “other grandma.” It was so cute. This sister came along quite some time after the first five of us. My youngest brother was 13 when she was born, and my oldest son was born two years later, so she’s more the age of my boys than my siblings, but it’s been quite nice having her as the “surprise” sibling.

I’ve got laundry in the washer, I’m unpacked, and just relaxing a bit before I begin to tackle putting away all of the Christmas stuff. I need to get to the gym today as well. My sis and I were on the road at 5 AM for a 45 minute drive to the airport for an 8 AM flight, with one stopover in Minneapolis for the flight home. I left with no snow on the ground, and arrived home to 8+ inches, and frigid temps. Oh well, it is winter.

I need to get to the grocery store too. My husband cleaned up the leftovers, which was great. Got most of the junk out of the house.

Georgie, I hope you ended up finding a bit of relaxation over Christmas.

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How exciting for you Lisa!!! My son just got engaged as well!



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Merry Christmas - well the day after!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with the family.

Operation Christmas Burrito was a success, but I feel like we are failing in so many ways. We were unable to go underneath the bridge and set up our things because the homeless now have their encampment under there. So we set up along the main road to the bridge and handed things out. Not as many people this year, but I think many were just overwhelmed with "things" they have gotten from other groups. Seems like many want to help, but really are not "helping" - if that makes any sense.

I see ton's of garbage, 20-30 make shift tents and "things" given by other organizations (churches, etc.) but we are really not making a concerted effort to end this homelessness... the homeless population only seems to be getting younger and younger. I guess it is the results of a generation of people not wanting to tell their kids NO - at least that is my thoughts on it. Kids who do not know how to work a full day or have any work ethics - the "you owe me" generation that the parents got tired of and booted them out of the house (if only they could have used that 'tough love' earlier in their lives). I just see such a lost society... so sad. I just don't want to be throwing "things" at that for survival - though they need it - I don't feel like its helping. Not real sure where I'm going with this line of thinking, but it is definitely something I need to continue praying about.

Christmas with the family was wonderful!! Our son announced his engagement to his girlfriend of 5 plus years - we are so happy. She really has worked hard on herself and is such a lovely girl. It also looks like they are going to move to the Salem area in the next year or so. They want to be closer to family - and boy does that make me happy! It was just such a lovely time - we were up until the wee morning hours. Thank heaven I can work from home!

Well Lisa & Georgie - I hope this Holiday season finds you both well and blessings abound with you and your families.

Happy New Year!

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I am blessed, as I will soon gain another daughter-in-law. My youngest son proposed this morning, and she accepted. We knew this was coming, we just didn’t know when.

Just had to share the happy news.



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Merry Christmas, my friends.

MK, I’m thinking of you today and Operation Christmas Burrito. You generosity year after year is commendable and appreciated by many, I know.

We celebrated yesterday with all three boys, and my granddaughters. My oldest’s family is in FL with her family, but he was able to come and see us, as they didn’t run trains at all yesterday, but will start up at 12 noon today.

May the love of the Christ child dwell in your hearts and minds all year long.
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Dear Georgie, I surely hope your stress level is decreasing. MK gave you some very good advice, and I agree with her. Do take care of yourself in these next days, as you prepare for Christmas and the family visit.

MK, you have some very strong insight into people and their motivations. I appreciate your willingness to share that. You too have been enduring much over these last few months.

May you both find JOY during this season, despite the stressors. A friend of mine shared this acronym: J-Jesus; O-Others; and Y-Yourself. Keeping Jesus first and putting your woes and worries on Him will help you keep perspective during this season.

Hugs and more hugs to both of you. May peace and happiness be yours this Christmas season.




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Hello Georgie - you can vent here anytime!! I'm sorry I didn't see this until today.

I feel your pain and frustration. I too have many moments where I just break down - I'm tired & exhausted from all the "things" going on. I want a moment or two to grieve the final loss of my mom and having to worry about dad has just added that little bit to push me over the edge. Crying seems to be my release. Apparently Don's release is to be angry and picky about every little thing. Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress - it sure would be nice if everyone's coping skills were the same, but they are not.

All I can say is "don't sweat the small stuff - and EVERYTHING is small stuff". In the grand scope of things it is family that matters. I've had many an argument with my husband about his choice of words... "get over it", "move on", "why do you this or that" - well buddy I'll tell you that this is it - this is how I deal with it - and however long it takes me to deal with it - your words are painful for me so please just stop. Lately he has been giving me the longest and biggest hugs - that is so very comforting. Just hug Don - tight - don't let go. Don't take his anger personally (that is a hard one), but he is at a loss of what to do so he lashes out at the one person he knows will take it (even though it kills us inside).

Grief is this huge shift in the universe. Illness with a loved one just begins that shift - if that makes any sense. You don't want to deal with it, but you have no choice. I think it will be good that you don't have to do the move. Just love on your mother in law - just love her the way you want to be loved. You will feel better... trust me. Let all other thoughts slip from your mind and focus on her.

Don't worry about a clean house for Christmas - being together is what it is all about - not a clean house. That was hard for me having family to the house after my mom's funeral, but I just let my thoughts go and focused on the family... loving them, remembering mom, and just - well - loving them.

Allow yourself to cry and then wipe the tears and just do what you can do. Stress is a killer - so please take a moment and just breathe. Don't think about the house, the food, the diet, the whatever's - just breathe. You are going to be ok and Don will figure his sh*t out. Put your hand up when he goes off and say "wait" "stop" "give me a minute" - this will help him too.

Please take care of yourself.
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Hello. It's been a while and I see much has passed since I was last on here. I'm in the office just sitting and crying. I'm so tired of Don's crap. This past week his mom was in the hospital with pneumonia. he too was sick so was not up to dealing with it all but I know she gave a scare to the family.

We spent every evening at the hospital so not much was done here at home. It seems anything I say causes him to jump back with nastiness. I too have been worried. She's like a mother to me and I try to understand but it's hard. It's the frustration of it all and on top of trying to get Christmas done it's just been a little much for me to handle. She's home now but he keeps jumping at me for every little thing. I just tired of it all, and it's putting a damper on Christmas.

Sorry to complain but I just need to vent. Today we had our water turned off because I forgot about it. Another thing to deal with. It's put me on the phone to handle taking several calls to get it straightened out. I was telling him about it and he started yelling at me so I just gave up and went in the office and started to cry. It's on now but I wasn't able to get anything done.

Sunday the family will be here for Christmas dinner so I've been trying to get the house cleaned, the presents wrapped, the baking done, and do as much prep work I can for the holiday dinner. I love having the family here but am terribly worried about Don's mom. The doctor said no stress, plenty of rest and to watch the little ones so they won't give here their germs and cause here to go back into the hospital. I've talked to everyone about it but am still worried the grand kids might give her something, climb on her to much or just be too noisy for her. I hope it will be a good day. but I can't help to worry.

On top of her hospital stay, they will be closing on the new house and will be moving the 29th, 30th, and New years Day. We will help but we decided for her to stay here while the move takes place. It means I'm the one to deal with it while everyone is doing the move. I just hope all will go smoothly.

Well Sorry about my griping, I need to close now to star dinner. Have a great Day and you all take care. Catch all later. G.

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Hello! Well it is a holiday party at the office, but it is in the Portland office. So there will be a van taking everyone up there. I went easy and I'm bringing chips/salsa. If it was here in Salem I would have done the roasted garlic/Parmesan dip... their loss! haha

Dad is still in rehab - he is still dealing with high creatinine numbers. I've told the nurses that they need to do regular checks on him, but apparently no one talks to each other and so when my brother called they "didn't know anything" about it. I mean come on - he had to have come from the hospital with some sort of history of WHY he is there - right? Maybe they need to actually READ his chart or read the notes... what a concept for professionals.... and they get all over me because I don't have a degree... geesh

Anyway I'm just going to let my brother handle it.... I'm done. I need to regain some of my life back. My siblings have phones they can call - they can take the reigns for a bit.

Anyway - things are coming together for the Operation Christmas Burrito for Christmas morning. Donations are beginning to pour in - now I just have to sort through all of it this weekend.

My husband actually offered to go purchase what we need for Christmas dinner - now there is a shocker!! That would be great to have help with shopping - thanks dear!! It should be a pretty low key day once the homeless event is done. I really don't want to do much - maybe play some board games or something - relax!!

Well ladies - I hope all your holidays are super special and filled with family and friends. Take care.

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Hello ladies. Just getting ready to go workout, but thought I’d check out SP first.

Going to a college graduation and reception today for my youngest son’s girlfriend, soon to be fiance’. And, her first subbing job, as an official teacher, will be at my school on Monday. I’ll have more days for her, but in Jan. She will be covering a maternity leave at another school for 12 weeks. It’s tough to find teaching jobs mid-year, but I know she’ll be snatched up quickly when positions open in the spring. In addition to that, we get to meet her family today.

After all of that, I need to decide on my last few Christmas gifts to purchase, and do some more baking for the Christmas lunch at school.

My father-in-law has lost bladder control now. He cannot make it from his chair to the bathroom, 25 feet maybe, in time. He also struggles to get his walker going, so we are trying to find one that has 4 wheels, but is still narrow enough to get through his house. Hoping for assisted living opening soon—at the only place he will go to.

MK, I wish you enjoyment as you decorate for Christmas. Keep your mind on the Babe of Bethlehem, and find comfort in the peace that knowledge brings. Hugs to you.

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Hello! Well wedding dress shopping was a great success! She fell in love with a dress and I couldn't say no. Price was a bit more than I really wanted, but who could look at that face and say no.

It was a really nice day and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the younger group of women.

Then, of course, reality sets in and I see my dad the next day - I guess the delirium is taking a bit longer to smooth out - if it will at all. They finally discharged him to a rehab facility and we shall see how it goes. I know (and all the siblings know) that it won't be long before he passes. I see the deterioration of his body and mind - he is more than ready (his words not mine).

Physically I don't think I can handle much more. My stress level is extremely high - I even just sent in what I had to the auditor for my 2015 taxes and said let things fall where they may. I just couldn't deal with things any more. I did get my student loan ICR done - which it is due each year - and of course they increased my payment amount starting January - ugh. Really just trying to learn to relax and keep calm - some days are much easier than others.

We did get our Christmas tree yesterday. Actually it was delivered by his nephew and we had no choice of tree, but he always gets us a good one. This year is no exception. I really want to decorate this year and just have a really relaxing time. I hope that will be able to happen.

Well everyone take care - be kind to yourselves!!

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Hello ladies.

MK, just enjoy the wedding dress shopping. I surely hope it provides you with some enjoyment and relaxation. Your last several weeks have been tough, so make sure to let those around you help with what they can. Sending you a big virtual hug.

That sounds so warm, G. It is really windy here, but thankfully, no snow or rain. South of us is getting hit really hard today, a true winter storm. Obviously your family and grandchildren brought you great joy over Thanksgiving.

The news from here: Grandchild #5 is schedule to arrive in mid-June. My oldest and his wife are expecting. This has been quite the year for them, as they were the ones who separated last spring. I think my son officially moved back in mid-August, so it really didn’t take long for this baby to come along. There are definitely some changes in how they act towards one another, and I’m thankful for prayers answered. I appreciate your prayers and thoughts as they went through their difficulties.

Mostly chores today, a bit of Christmas errand-ing to do. I’m just ready to pull a cauliflower lasagan out of the oven. It smells amazing. I grated my own cauliflower, but I need a different system—it got all over my counter and floor. Oh well.

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MK, so sorry about your mom. I know it's a hard time dealing with her loss. I hope all works out for you dad and he will recover soon. Many time after losing a life long soul mate the living gives up all hope to go on without them, and just gives up wanting to live.

Lisa, hope your dad in law gets into the assisted living and all will work out with insurance.

Thanksgiving was fun and I was blessed for all my family to be with us. The grand kids were so cute this year. The youngest was crawling and pulling herself up on all the furniture and I think will soon be walking. My grandson helped roll out the cresant rolls and kept saying " I love baking" with everyone rolled. So adorable, with a big personality.

Everyone will be here for Christmas and we are looking forward to spending time with them again.

I need to get ready for our weekend chores today so will close for now. It's raining and I hate going out in the rain. But it'll be 57 today so it may not be that bad.

Everybody have a great weekend and God Bless. G.

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Hello. Well it has been a very difficult, emotional month. Dad has been in the hospital almost 2 weeks now. He was discharged, but thank heavens my husband went to see him the next day and found him very unresponsive. So back to the hospital after being home for only 14 hours. His creatin levels (for kidneys) is way to high, but everything else seems to be ok. Not sure why he was so disoriented and actually was babbling when they got him to the ER. After about 2 hours he finally opened his eyes and asked where he was and how he got there. He has been asking almost every day how he got to the hospital. I think all those really severe UTI's and super bugs he's had has taken a toll on his brain. We shall see what tomorrow brings - most likely discharged to a nursing/rehab place until he is more stable. I'm not sure if he will go back to the assisted living. Happy that my brother will be making that call.

I'm just exhausted and very short fused. I just don't want to do anything - well excepts that this weekend my daughter, her maid of honor and I are going wedding dress shopping - so that should be fun. Hopefully my dad will not throw a wrench into our plans. We've had this scheduled for almost a year in advance.

Mom is finally free from the constraints of Alzheimer's. It has been a very long road and a very long goodbye. I'm sad, but I'm also happy she is free from that body/mind. I really don't think it will be much longer for my dad - he has such a broken heart now. Before he was just angry that my mom suffered from that disease, but now he is just broken. I pray for the good Lord to take him, but I know it will be in God's time and not ours.

I've been going to a workout on Saturday mornings - missed a couple because of mom, but I jumped back in on Thanksgiving and again on Saturday. I'll go again this Saturday as well. I know I need to do more, but right now I just don't have it in me.

My work has been very generous and my co-workers have stepped in and helped me a bunch. Trying to get back into the groove of things, but get interrupted with my dad stuff.

Lisa - sorry about your father-in-law - what a hassle. And I'll tell you at $12/hr that is quite the deal!!! I hope an assisted living come open soon. Keeping you and your family in my prayers!

Georgie - hope all is well with you.

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Well, after all the planning, paperwork, and adjusting to the fact that my father-in-law was going into the nursing home, today we found out his insurance was denied for nursing home. At this time they will only approve an assisted living setting, and there is no opening in assisted living. Apparently he knew this was a possibility, but failed to tell his children, leading them all to believe he was approved for nursing home placement. He is too independent for nursing home services, which we suspected, but he insisted his insurance would pay for nursing home or assisted living. Guess not. So now my husband has found him a person to help him out for 3 hours a day five days a week, for $12/hour. He wants this gal 7 days per week, and my husband simply said “you take her offer, or you go without help.” Of course, he’s still being difficult about it.

Prepping sweet potatoes and made cranberry sauce tonight. I’ll make the dinner rolls and stuffing tomorrow night, get the pies thawing in the frig, and then it’s just the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy to prep on Thanksgiving. My son is bringing the green bean casserole, and my daughter in law is bringing a salad and a dessert, so we are set.

And, our snow is almost all melted. I’m really looking forward to a few days’ break from school.

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Happy Saturday, and it is Thanksgiving week. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. All three boys and their families will be here celebrating with us. My step-grandson will be at his dad’s, but that’s often how it goes.

We got 4” of snow yesterday, so we shoveled this morning. The snow blower wasn’t being cooperative, so we just fired up the shovels instead. It took both of working for about 75 minutes to get it done, and then my husband fired up the snowblower (after several tries and profanity utterances) to blow out the berm snow at the end of the driveway. We have a 3 car garage and are on a corner lot, so lots of sidewalk and driveway to clear.

I’ve been cleaning house, doing laundry, and making sure I have all I need for our Thanksgiving meal. I will make extra for leftovers to send home with the boys, and to have for a couple of meals here as well.

Christmas will be pretty quiet for us, but I’m okay with that. We will just do church and spend the day at home, possibly go visit my father in law in the nursing home. He’s moving in on Wednesday. He is now blaming my husband for having to go because we moved away, and if we hadn’t, he wouldn’t have to go. He also said it would’ve been nice if my husband would’ve found him some help for a few hours a day, then he could’ve stayed home. Oh my, talk about laying on the guilt. My husband had someone who was interested, but my father-in-law didn’t want to pay what they were asking, which wasn’t too bad, only $12/hr. Far cheaper than a nursing home, but whatever. My husband is moving him in on Wednesday. Even though it’s his dad’s decision, he’s still making everyone else miserable about it. That’s just how he operates.

My niece’s VB team is playing for the state championship tonight in ND. Thankfully we can watch it on TV—just an HDMI cable and a computer. They weren’t supposed to do this well, but they’ll have a tough match tonight. It’ll be fun.

I suppose I should finish up my laundry and clean up the kitchen. I made party mix today, the first of my holiday baking.

I hope you are both doing well. MK, I surely hope you are feeling the love of all your friends and family as you grieve the loss of your mother.





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Finally, an opening at the nursing home for my father-in-law. He decided to take it today. There’s some paperwork to do, but he’ll probably be in within the next two weeks. I am so grateful.



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Good Saturday morning. MK, what an honor to be asked to attend appointments with your niece. I hope all goes well as her pregnancy progresses.

I’ve been tired this week. I hate the time change, as it takes me several days to work that extra hour into my sleep. Yesterday and today were better, but when you’re not a long sleeper to begin with, that hour can be frustrating.

Hair appt. this morning, and then I’m headed to MN to see my brother and his family. Unfortunately, I’m making the trip alone, but it is what it is. My husband ended up having to work this weekend after not having to work a weekend for over 6 months. I’m coming home right away tomorrow morning, so it will be a short, but fun, trip.

Workout is next on the list of things to get done. I’ll do a full body strength workout with bands, and maybe a spin bike ride at the gym.

I need to begin planning for Thanksgiving as well, as I’m hosting. I’ll have somewhere between 7-13 guests. That’s a pretty big range, so I need my middle son to let me know their intentions.

Have either of you used Wal-Mart’s pick up option? I have a few staff members who love it. They say it is free if you have a minimum $50 order. Wal-Mart isn’t my fav place to shop, and honestly, I don’t really need that convenience, but they certainly are fans.

It has been super cold here this week, warming up to more seasonable temps this week. A long winter ahead, I suspect.

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Hello! Hope the spin bike helped your knee abit.... it can be hard on them but like you said adjusting the tension and taking it easy works.

Well I did my first circuit training on Saturday morning - haven't done one of those in a while, but it was good. Sore the next day, but not as bad as I expected. I'll be going back this next saturday. I'm also doing more at home and will try and carve out time for the gym. It really does help the emotions level out.

My niece is pregnant and I'm very excited for her. I haven't really spoken to her since her mom (my sister) had passed. So it was good to reconnect with her. She has asked me to go with her and her husband to the doctor/ultrasound appointment... I'm so excited about this. I've been wanting to have a better relationship with her and I was completely blown away that she asked me to come.

Well the audit is still on going. I've been working on recreating the mileage for all of 2015 - not as easy as I had thought. Nothing like doing a 365 day review and trying to remember 3 years ago. I'm up to almost 50 pages - and that is just the main truck.... still have to reconstruct the miles for my truck. ugh

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Knee improving, but wow, was it bad on Wed. And Thurs. I’m hanging in there, mostly frustrated because I couldn’t exercise like I wanted to.

I had an interesting end to my week. Two of my staff members were arguing after school on Thursday, and I had to intervene. This is not what we do or how we act, ever (both are fairly new) at my school, and I will not tolerate it. It took a lot of time yesterday, but I’m confident it is over and will not occur again. This is the first time in my 8 years as principal that I had a staff issue that was this intense, and I surely hope the last.

Going to the gym for a spin bike ride, I’ll give it my best, and see what the knee can handle. I’m guessing low tension and a slow pace, but I’ve got to do something, and it isn’t walking.

I’ve heard of Noom, but know little else about it. I just say do whatever works. I’m not a fan of Keto, as I don’t think it’s sustainable over time due to the high fat content, but I know of many who have had good results with it.

I did not consume one piece/bite of Halloween candy. First time ever, I think. I did have more salty snacks (chips, pretzels) than usual, but those are out of the house now.

Time to get this day rolling. All the best.



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Hello - well the plan I was trying was NOOM... not bad, but really it is all what you put into it. They sent a lot of questions and information, you log in your meals & exercise. I was only doing the 14 day trial - after that it would be $159 for 8 months - decided I didn't want to do that. I've also got a 28 day plan for a Keto diet plan. It looks interesting, but some of the food is just odd... butter on a cucumber?? really?? So I will gleen from it what I can... its really lots of protein and good fats (avocados, etc).

I start my personal training on Saturday morning. I'll do it every saturday morning and see how it goes. I really have to start slow, but thats what happens when you go off the gym! I'm excited.

Lately, I've been really keeping the calorie count down and watching my sugar intake. I did have some mini snickers last night and suffered the consequences with massive heart burn - so no more of that. Plus it left an awful taste in my mouth.

Well got to go. Take care ladies - we only had a handful of treaters last night. Brought the remainding candy into the office.

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Thanks Lisa, I'll look it up. We had more tonight than I thought we would about 1/2 bowl of our candy is gone, so not to bad for tonight since we were cold and it was raining. I was on dog duty so I didn't see many of the kids and Don gave out the candy. Our dog was great and didn't even bark so that was good. She can have a scary bark so I was glad she was good.

I'm up late again. I was checking on our accounts so I can't stay on long. I need to get to bed. I'll make coffee for tomorrow and than off to bed. Night all. G.

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G, FITera is a healthy lifestyle plan, and I’ve been doing it for almost 9 years. I’ve been more committed at times, but overall, it is the reason I was able to drop 42 lbs, and keep most of it off. Life happens, and I’ve gained/lost along the way, but I just recommit and get back at it. I love the eating plan—it is simply to follow and uses regular food. If you Google it, you should find information about it. It has had a couple of different names, but has been FITera for several years now.

We’ve had about 50 kids at our door tonight. I hurt my knee at work today—not exactly sure what I did, but noticed it was sore after lunch, and it’s been really bad tonight—I wrapped it, and ice is helping as well.



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Happy Halloween. Yes I know it's not until tomorrow, but I wanted to wish all a fun Halloween. We don't get many children though, but we still bought a huge bag of candy. They have been doing a lot of new building in our area, and so with the added houses, we think we might have more kids this year. We used to have large lots before you get to our house, but they are all built on now and we now have walks between the houses. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. We are to be cold and rainy so it might kept many from coming around for candy.

Candy is my weakness. The bag is on the counter and calling my name. I admit I've broken into it and had one type of every candy in it. Surprising that much at one time made me ill to my stomach. To sweet. I've cut back on the sweet stuff so I found the candy to much for me.

I don't know what Fit-era is Lisa. I never heard of it. Mk, what's the new plan you found on line? Maybe I can look them up and see if it's something I could try. Exercising still a chore for me, but try to be more active around the house. I just need to make a plan to exercise.

The books for the family going slow. I even looked into having someone to compile them for me but when I heard the price of $600 to get them done I said no way. So it's slow going to copy and print it all. I still want to have it done but time is running short. I'm still on the copying of my book and haven't started looking up and finding the other things for Don's side of the family.

Lately I'm so tired, and can fall asleep at a drop of a hat. Mostly at night after dinner, when sitting a watching TV. I start at 8 and next thing I know it's 10. Then I wake up and am not tired anymore so end up watch for several hours and soon it's 2 in the morning. I really need to change that and just go to bed when I feel tired.

Hope all is great for you two, and it's great you have found a plan that is working. Keep it up and I'm sure you'll do wonderfully.

I have some chore to do so will close for now, Catch all later. G. emoticon emoticon

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Hello - sounds like you had a fun weekend Lisa! Georgie - hope all is still going good for you as well!

My weekend was also fun, but since I have no grandchildren - it was more of an adult kinda weekend of celebrating birthdays and so forth.

How fun was that song for you Lisa?!!! Oh my heavens I bet it was hilarious! You must be an extraordinary boss!

Well its Tuesday, but it is my Monday... so I must get started with work. Take care ladies!!

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One cup of coffee down, clothes in the dryer, and my grandson still sleeping. We will pick up the girls later this morning, attend a kids Halloween party sponsored by my husband’s workplace, then do some fun stuff here at home. We’ll return them after church tomorrow, and then we’ll have relatives here Sunday into Monday as they are attending a funeral.

Yesterday we had our annual teachers vs. 5th graders basketball game. It was lots of fun. Teachers won, of course. Before the game, we had a recognition for our distinction of one of the healthiest schools in America, and then my staff members, all of them, honored me with a song called Ol’ McNeely had a school—oh my, it was so funny. I love them so much. They wanted to do it for boss’s day, but that week was just too full.

Best of success with your new program, MK. I still stick with FITera—it is what has worked for me. One thing I do now, though, is the salads in a jar. I make them over the weekend, and have one each day for lunch. It is so convenient and easy.

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Hello! Well I'm getting myself back on track. Its not weight watchers but another program I found on-line. I'm in the 2 week trial period and it seems ok - just another tracking system kinda thing. I start on November 3rd with a personal trainer every Saturday morning - that should help kick start me back into exercising. I'll be going with a friend here at work - so now I have to do it!! (hahaha) I'm only a couple days in, but I'm feeling much better.

The audit - well I'm still working on all that is needed for substantiating my deductions. I've been given an extra week because I thought I was going to Seattle for a training, but apparently we have to pay for the hotel and then get reimbursed... what a crock!! I don't have an extra $300 bucks lying around and then have to wait to get reimbursed. I'll be darned if I'm using my property tax money and hope that I get my reimbursement back on time. So that got ash-canned. My boss is going along with a couple other analysts so I'm sure I'll get all the materials.

Well ladies - I hope you both are doing good. Have a fantastic weekend if I don't talk to you before hand.


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Saturday salutations. Well, MK, best of luck with the audit. I know you are learning much, and it will benefit your business in the long run.

Kicking the sugar thing has been tough, but I’m finding it much easier these days to resist; it’s strange how the craving/need doesn’t kick in when I see sugary treats around, and I can handle myself pretty well with baking at home. One of my friends said the taste buds actually change, which I thought was interesting.

I am laying low today, as I have some major outer hip pain. I went to the Dr. on Tuesday, after going home from school on Monday. It was getting better, but then we had a long day of conferences (til 9 PM) on Thursday, and it flared up again, becoming even worse than before. It’s bursitis, but man, is it painful. I’m walking with a limp, but that has improved this morning. Getting pain relief from medication, icing every two hours at home, and stretching lots. I’m pretty sure I did this during exercise last weekend, as I added a new hip adductor exercise, and I presume I overdid it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt while I”m doing it, just hours after.

I’m having a venous closure procedure on Monday-which is today’s version of vein stripping. Not a big deal, as this is the third time I’ve had it done. Recovery is a piece of cake, can go back to full activity the next day. I don’t get the bulging veins, but I get some significant burning, numbness, some swelling, and what looks like bruising in certain areas.

MK, I know what you mean about family. I’m fortunate to have a large house, and can accommodate lots of guests, but there’s still some of the “cramping my style” type of stuff. My son and grandson have been here for a few days, as they didn’t have school. I’d like to do an upper body workout with bands, but they are sleeping in the basement, and I don’t want to wake them. Little stuff like that, I guess.

Meal planning, grocery shopping, and household chores today. And nursing the hip.

G, I hope you are doing well. Take care.




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Hello! Well the audit is still on-going. I have a lot of stuff that the auditor pointed out that he needs more information on. There are about 10 things - and not small things - to get done. I have to reconstruct our miles for all of CY2015 - so that is listing all the customers and clean-up jobs we've done with the miles and so forth. This is the biggest part of what I have to do and I have to get more detail on our phones as well. Just seems never ending. Once I get through this audit I will have a better understanding of our business taxes and so forth. Then I have to go through and apply all of it to my 2016 and 2017 taxes. We will owe more money, but at least 2018 will be nice and clean!!

I'm doing pretty good with the food. I haven't stayed away from the sugar, but I've made lots of changes and cut way back and really narrowed it down to maybe 1 or 2 times a week. I know I would feel much better without any of it. Lately I've turned to fresh fruit to get me through some of my cravings.

I think I'm going to start on November 1st going to a fitness training class. This will be a personal trainer that will work me back up slowly. I'll be going with a friend so that will help too.

My sister has been here this week from Alaska. It has been a nice visit, but it will be nice to get our living room back (she's been sleeping on the hide-a-bed). Our dogs have gotten used to her, but she is still not use to the dogs. They love to smell her (legs, butt, arms, clothing) and this irritates her to no end. She even tried to kick one of the dogs and I said "uh - no please don't". She basically has the patience of a gnat when it comes to them. She is definitely a different kind of person and my life style is way different than hers - and she makes of a point of putting her nose in things where it doesn't belong... but hey I guess that is what sisters do.

Everyone have a great day/week. I'll catch up with you all later.

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Hello and happy Saturday. It has been a chilly week here; we received over 2” of snow on Wednesday, but it is almost gone now. This is early, even for SD.

My oldest son and his family are here this weekend. He had a couple of his high school buddies over last night, and we all had a nice visit. It just warms my heart to see these high school friendships last into adulthood, and I love these fellas as if they were my own. One is a firefighter, and helps his dad farm, and the other sells farm machinery but will soon be taking over the family farm, and then my son works for the railroad. I love it when my house is a gathering place.

G, I know you can do this. I’ve used the FITera plan for years, and I love it. I’ve had my ups and downs, but it is something I always go back to. It is “real” food, and I find their plan very easy to follow—when I’m committed. Your ancestry project sounds very interesting. What an amazing gift to give your children. I surely hope you are feeling better after your fall. That had too be scary.

I hope your audit is over, MK, and your stress level decreasing. Going sugar-free is tough, but I find it gets easier over time. I’ve been doing this since mid-July, and I’d say that the last month has been the easiest, as I no longer feel deprived when passing up a dessert or sugary item.

I need to get on with my day. Enjoy your weekend.





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First of all Lisa, so sorry to here about your friends son. It's always sad when one so young dies. Great job on the continued weight loss. Keep up the great work.

MK, audit time is always a stressful time. Hope all goes well. Sounds like the visit from your sister will be a fun one. Hope you'll be able to take the trip to the beach. It must be nice to have one nearby. Enjoy the time you have while she visits. Good job on cutting the sugar out of your diet. Keep it up.

I myself have been doing a lot of thinking these past few days and have come to some conclusions about my life. I was watch DWTS and every dancer told of a time in their lives that changed things. Many were very touching and made me cry and also made me realize I need do get it together.

I fell in the garage carrying groceries into the house and had to call the medics because I wasn't able to get up on my own. My husband tried several times to help but he didn't have the strength to help me.

I had visited all my doctors the last 2 weeks and all said the same thing. If you could lose weight, exercise, watch sugars and carbs, it would be better for my health. It hit home for the first time in a long time that I need to make some changes. I'll start with what I eat and how I eat my meals. I have a tray loaded in my refrigerator full of veggies and fruit so will make a point on adding them to my meals, and cut back on the carbs, stick with lean meat and fish. I'll work on an exercise plan later. One step at a time and one day at a time.

I've also taken on a difficult challenge before the holidays. I talked a while ago about my ancestry and decided to duplicate the book my sister made me that has all the history, old pictures and articles about my family's history. It's a huge book and has many pages and quite a few missing things in it though. It's all about my family but not much about Dons family. I will copy all the pages I have and then find pictures and things I have about Don's family. My son and daughter both received a similar book but neither can find theirs. My son thinks his X might have lost it or maybe stored it some were, but can't find it. My daughter has moved so many times she too thinks she might have lost it or maybe it's stored in yet unopened boxes. Any way I decided I'll try to make them both one.

Even if I don't succeed I'm hoping I'll have enough to update both sides of the family history. If either my son or daughter finds their book I'll have a copy for the grandchildren to share.

Well I need to go and get things done so will catch all later.

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Holding steady with weight loss, which is just fine. Still feeling pretty good, but I’ve had some increased joint pain, especially in my elbow. I know it is arthritis, so I stretch, watch my strength exercises, and take ibuprofen as needed, all which help greatly.

On a sad note, the 32 year old son of friends of ours died yesterday: massive heart attack and pulmonary embolism. He had gone to the ER, been admitted, they diagnosed the blood clot, were beginning to treat it, and he had the heart attack with medical personnel around him. It is so difficult for us to understand God’s plans sometimes. This son’s dad had a stroke about two years ago, and he is not doing very well, so some incredibly tough times for the mom, who really is a close friend of ours, primarily my husband. They worked at the same group home in college, and have remained friends ever since. This man was described by many as a gentle “giant” as he was very large, tall and heavy, and he was also a heavy smoker. He had a huge soft spot for children, even though he didn’t have any of his own, and he loved to fish.

I am prepping for the week. I’ve got a taco soup in the crock pot, and I just took a low sugar apple crisp out of the oven. It looks and smells good, but my apples were really dry, and I still added cornstarch, but it seems really dry.

I hope you are both doing well. It has cooled down significantly here this past week, and we did get a hard freeze, so I’ll have to clean up my plants soon. I haven’t ridden my bike for two weeks, so it will be stored today until next spring. That makes me sad, but I have the spin bike to ride at the gym.

Have a good weekend, we have a holiday on Monday, and I’m looking forward to the day off.




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Ewww, an audit.Those things require so much extra time. I’m sure it will all turn out well, but so much added stress during. MK, wishing you some relaxing and enjoyable time with your sister.

My granddaughter turned 8 yesterday. Gosh, in 8 more years, she’ll be 16! I took a a few hours off today and drove to their school (her sister is in preschool) and had lunch with them. It was so fun, and they were quite surprised. I know their principal, so arranged it with him.

I’m still making progress. I’ve lost 21 lbs since July 10th. Only 7 more to my weight loss goal. Coming off more slowly now, but I’m am working very hard on my food choices/diet. Lots of planning/thought/effort, and I remain processed sugar free to the best of my ability. I really think the sugar free thing has been key to my success. I didn’t think I ate that much to begin with, but now that I am really watching it, I see where I consumed much more than I thought. MK, isn’t it strange how much better a person feels when the sugar is nearly cut out?

I suppose I’d better get some tasks done tonight. Wishing you both the best.



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Hello! No gym yet - just can't seem to get it worked into my schedule. Right now I'm on overload (again!). I'm being audited by our state revenue - so I'm in the middle of getting all my bank statements and any other statements that are needed all together and I have to have them to the auditor by 10/1/18. Its for 2015 so its been a bit more difficult. My job has also been on overload with all the data needs plus I have to be in more meetings and have been taking more training on our business intelligence platform. My dad is good, but has had the flu so he's been more lonely than usual. Been also dealing with the new power chair that he is supposed to get from Medicaid. Apparently the facility wants him evaluated again for using it plus the chair needs to be adjusted to only go a certain speed. I've been having some serious anxiety attacks lately - not new to them, but the level of intensity is new.

My sister is coming to visit from Alaska. She understands that I'm at a breaking point (at least I hope she does) and is going to come spend time with our dad. It will be nice to see her. I think we are going to try and spend a day at the beach while she is here... not sure of her schedule. She tries to see friends while she is here as well.

On a good note I've been doing much better with my food. I've been getting all my veggies and fruits in and have brought my processed sugar intake down to almost nothing. Its really helped the reflux and I just feel better overall. I did make the mistake of having a mini ice cream sandwich last night and my body was not very happy with it.... reminded me why I need to stop it completely.

Happy to hear that you all are doing so well. We are having a warm start to the fall season with temps in the upper 80's. The mornings are cold, but by the time I head home its is very warm.

Take care - have a great weekend!!!

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Good morning. Just a quick check in before my workout. All is well in SD, got some much needed rain this week, too late for crops, but makes the autumn colors more brilliant, if that’s possible.

Just ready to workout, chores and errands today, a trip to see oldest son and the fam tomorrow, will get to hike a beautiful state park near their home as well. In the 70s, so will be a gorgeous day.

I am still processed sugar free. In speaking with a few of my colleagues, I found out two others have a sugar free diet, and have stuck with it for a number of years. One gal’s story about it is pretty incredible. She thinks it has been over 10 years since she has had a cookie, and she can’t remember the last time she ate candy. She has had some gum, maybe a mint here and there. She knows there is sugar in bbq sauce, ketchup and sauces, so while she does consume them, she watches the amount very carefully. She assured me it gets easier over the years, and mostly, it’s a decision that gets easier to make over time. She will eat the sugar free versions of some items to a small degree.

Anyway, wishing you both a most blessed beginning to the autumn season.




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Hello. Decided to get on here today. I was thinking all about my family tree. Last year I had a DNA test done to see about my ancestry. The results were what I suspected. Many were from English Isles, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. I was disappointed I was only 2% American Indian. I was told by my mom that her dad (I thought) was American Indian. Now maybe it might have been the grandparent. I know for many years her dad lived on a reservation, married her mom on one but I can't find any other proof of that.

Last month I went for my grandson's 4th birthday party and toward the end my son, his daughter, his wife, my daughter,me and hubby started talking about it. My daughter's oldest had been wondering about her history. I mentioned about the DNA test and my son wants more info. I decided I'll look up a few things before they come for Thanksgiving. I have this book put together by my sister and niece that has a lot in it. Based on that I've stared looking on ancestry for more. I've hit a dead end when I try to link to my hubby's and daughter's thread. I think it has to do with my technology on the computer. I don't know how to use it for the search. My husband always seems to busy to help me. Other family not around either. I've put a hold on it for now, but hope to find more before Thanksgiving.

Not much else to do but get on the computer during the day. I miss having a car for my use during the day. I'm pretty much house bound all day. I've tried exercise programs at home but can't seem to stick with it. I've gone back to just grabbing what's around the kitchen to eat at lunch and I'm disappointed in myself for not planning better, even though I have fresh produce and such on hand. I still grab what's quick. I need to break this cycle for my health and for myself.

Hot again this week still like summer. Still to hot to go out doors. My garden needs so much work but I look at it and wonder were to begin. I try for a few times than the heat hits me and I quite. Don to tired to do anything after work, and to busy on the weekend. Mk, I think of you and your hubby wishing you were here to help.

I've got to get off now still have inside things to do around the house. Hubby will be here soon so need to get them done. Everybody have a great day. Catch all later, G.

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Hello! Well the computer is finally working good - yippee!!

I've been more mindful of what I've been eating - though there are times when I fail, but I get back on it and don't beat myself up about it.

I'll be getting back to the gym soon... just need to get my schedule figured out. My boss is not at her desk today (working from home I think) but I was going to make some changes to my schedule so I can do the gym early morning and not feel rushed to get home, shower and go to work.

I'm definitely going to have to start slow - my poor knees are in really bad shape because of the weight I put back on, but I know I can do it. I think my husband will go with me at first, but it is easier for him to go after he is done with his work at 2-ish.

Had a great time with my girlfriend at the vineyard this last saturday. I do enjoy the conversation. I think we are going to plan a weekend at the beach.

So happy that your son has found a good girl - hope all works out. It is always comforting when your child finds the right one.

Georgie - how are you? Hope everything is going well in your world. Did you guys get some of the rain from Florence? Always good to hear from you.

Take care ladies!

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G, welcome back! So glad you finally got on SP again.

Just returned from a weekend wedding out of town. A few eating situations were tough, but I managed through them. At last weigh in, I was about 9 lbs. from my weight loss goal. I just keep at it, even though I’m mostly off the Optavia plan—I just have a few items left which I’m using up. This sugar free thing is working well for me. It is a decision and commitment for sure, and in some cases, it has been really, really tough, but it is getting easier to stick with that commitment. My clothes are now mostly too big. I am wearing mostly larges/14s, which is okay for tops, although I do have a few mediums. I’m mostly in a 12 for pants, but a few of those are even too generous lately. I’m making what I have work for now. As I purchase new clothes, I’ll consider smaller sizes. I had to buy bras again, and that’s not an inexpensive venture. I can buy inexpensive clothes, but I don’t scrimp on bras—I need the support.

My youngest and his girlfriend came over for lunch and to watch football. I really think she is the “one”, and I predict they will be engaged by Christmas, if not sooner. They’ve known each other since April, but didn’t start dating until mid-June. We found out around the 4th of July, so it hasn’t been real long, but it hasn’t needed to be. They just seem right for each other.

OOOH, technology! Great when it works, frustrating when it doesn’t. I hope it is all resolved by the time you get back to work, MK.



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So great to hear from you on here Georgie!!!

Happy to hear your doing fine and that you have a great pulmonary doc!

Work has been hard this week only because I've had consistent problems with my computer, but I think they finally fixed it today - yippee! Nothing like pulling data - LOTS of data - and then have your program suddenly restart... poof all the work is gone... I can't tell you how many times I had to restart, but I spent about 5-6 hours just trying to make 5 charts and 1 table... ugh....

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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Hello MK and Lisa. I am back. I was having trouble logging onto Spark people. It didn't recognize my password. I then kept getting warnings about spy ware when trying through Google. My husband was able to sort things out so I can get on. Wow so much going on with you two since I was last on. Lisa, congrats on the great losses. I'm glad you found a plan that helps you achieve your goals.

Mk, glad to hear you finally got the promotion you deserved. Sorry your boss isn't receptive to you. I don't think I could do a gastric bi-pass to loose weight. I too have friends who did it and loss weight. One lost 104# by doing so. I don't think I would have the mind set to handle it either. Hope your decorating goes great and you'll be able to enjoy all the pictures and things your using. Sorry your have problems with your dad. Hope things get better between you two. Hope your mom is well too.

Lisa, glad the beginning of school going great this year. I know it's hard facing a lower enrollment in your school. I'm sure that the year will still be a success. I'm happy to hear your boys are doing well in their lives too. Keep up the continued success with your weight losses.

I'm fine. Still trying to find my way back to a healthy lifestyle. I had to see a pulmonary doctor but she has been great and has helped me a lot. She said like all my doctors have that less weight would help with my health issues.

I wanted to let you know I was fine and hope to get on here more often. I've missed so much these past months. I've also missed your support and good thoughts. Hope this note finds all well. I'll catch you later. G.

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Good morning! Hope the brownies tasted as awesome as they sounded.

Retirement is still on my mind. I think you would be good in the hospitality industry!! That is a really good idea. I just don't want to be sitting for long periods of time any more - hospitality is definitely not a sedentary job and I bet you would be really good at it.

I just talked with a friend who I hadn't seen for a while. She had the gastric bi-pass surgery... holy moly does she look good - and its only been 5-6 months. She is seeing an eating disorder counselor and is part of a group - she said that is the only thing that is really helping. The surgery was really only a physical fix - it was the mind fix that she needed. She is looking awesome. Just kind of thinking if I need to do something like that... not sure if my head is in the right spot.

Well I finally changed the furniture around in my very small living room... made a huge difference. Now I have to get the things up on the wall and maybe get some new curtains, etc. It was a good feeling to deep clean the room - now I have to get all my other rooms done too!

Finally getting some rain here. Not a lot, but every bit helps.

Take care and have a great week/weekend

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Hello MK. I too would love to do something in retirement that is more on my time. I’ve really considered checking into to doing some work at our local university, as they have a fantastic teacher prep program. Sometimes, though, I just want something way different, though, something that keeps me busy enough, but isn’t office work. I often think something in the hospitality area would work for me.

I just made some healthy, sugar free brownies, and they smell amazing. Just waiting for them to cool a bit, and then I’m going to have one. They have sweet potatoes in them, but I’m sure I could sub pumpkin. I haven’t lost much more weight, but I just keep at it, and I know it will go on its own again soon.

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Good morning! Back at work after a holiday weekend. We didn't do much. We live by the state fair, but we decided to not attend this year. We had backyard seats to the concerts (Steppen Wolf; Village People and Old Dominion). Traffic wasn't too bad - really only one day where it was backed up both coming and going (about 5 hours). I was really happy that we were home and taking it easy.

Ahhh retirement... it will be nice to not be in such a structured setting. I would continue to work elsewhere, but something that would be in a social setting. I was even thinking about bartending... going to a mixology class and learning different drinks and then just be a substitute for several places. Actually I would most likely start working the business more - taking on a few yards on my own. Either way I go at least it will not be a sedentary job.


Well got to get to working... take care everyone!!


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MK, I think more and more about retirement every day. I still love my job, but I’m beginning to tire of the lack of flexibility with taking time off. I guess I’m more considering a job change more than retirement, as that’s down the road a ways yet, but I know that would also come with a pay decrease, so will have to weigh all of that for now.

I’m just beginning an aggressive savings plan. Much more work to do on the budget, but planning for it now will help if I do decide to change careers.

School has been great so far, even though my enrollment is down quite a bit from last year. We will enjoy it for this year, and expect a climb next year.

The beach sounds beautiful, and I appreciate your descriptions, MK. Also, please know that you have people in your corner understanding the parental care issues you are dealing with. We are in the same boat with my father-in-law, and while the body and mind failures are tough to see, the foul mood issues are even tougher, I
think. I just don’t want to be that way when my time arrives.

I suppose—time to prep for our state fair trip today and tomorrow. Staying with friends tonight, after seeing Foreigner perform (80’s throwback for sure!), but it will be fun. Back tomorrow for another trip around the fairgrounds, I guess. It’s about two hours away from us, but we decided not to drive all the way back tonight.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend.



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Hello! Beach was wonderful and very relaxing. I think we napped more than usual and I was able to just sit and watch the ocean on our balcony. I guess there was a baby whale in the little cove, but I missed it. I did catch the flock of pelicans diving for their food that was great!

The rest of the week was just stuff around the house that needed to be taken care of - so a "stay-cation". I'm back at work as of yesterday - man the day is long!! I think I'll do very well in retirement... can't wait for that!

I'm finally getting up and doing a bit of a workout in the mornings. It is not much but you have to start somewhere... and the garage it shall be with my stepper and weights!!

Dad is still being a butt. I try to be patient with him, but man he makes it so hard. He is so selfish I just can't stand it. I told him he was and he said well who isn't? - I just looked at him and he immediately was like "I'm sorry - I'm sorry - I didn't mean it".

I'm just now - after 4 long years - that I've put myself - my life - on hold for my parents. I mean I knew that I was caring for them, but a couple weeks ago I was looking around at my house - no pictures up, no decorations, nothing... I literally have set my stuff aside and literally taken on my parents things - pictures, books, etc. etc... My depression has been just hanging there in the background waiting and consuming me little by little. Well I'm trying to break that little buggers back!!! So I force myself to get up and do some movement and pray. Its only been 3 days, but I think if I can keep this up I'll break my way out of this mire of "stuff".

So hard to focus on self - when there is so much needed around me.

So happy to hear about your son's doing so well!! That is so great that they are reconciling - so hard to do, but they at least recognize the work it takes!!

Great job on your weight loss! That is fantastic!!

Hope your school days are filled with fun!


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Oh boy, MK, lots of family challenges for you lately. Prayers for safety and recovery for all. I hope you and your family are hanging in there with all these medical issues around you.

I continue to have success on the Optavia plan. I am halfway towards my weight loss goal, but my other problems of joint pain and stomach issues are nearly gone. I cannot attribute the stomach issue improvement to the nutritional changes, though, as I am on medication.

Students show up on Tuesday of this week. Our enrollment is down significantly, as we had several families move away. We will see where we land after Labor Day, as it seems we have kids come in from other states after.

The family is good, my oldest son and his wife have reconciles, and he is now back home. They tell us they are doing the right things to make their marriage work, so I will trust that for now. We love them both, of course, and pray that their marriage may be strengthened. My middle son is job hunting more seriously these days, but finding the right job with the right wages and benefits has been a struggle. My youngest now has a girlfriend, and she’s great. She will be completing her student teaching this semester, so they have much in common, and she seems right for him. Their relationship is moving along slowly, which doesn’t happen too often these days, but they both have obligations—him to teaching, coaching, and that National Guard, and she is focusing on finishing her teaching degree along with working at a nursing home. We see less of him of course, but that is a great thing, as far as I’m concerned.

As I mentioned above, I’ve lost 13.7 lbs in five weeks, my goal is 28. I will be transitioning to a 1500 calorie plan in a couple more weeks, and it will also be a sugar free plan. I know that is the biggest cause of my joint pain.

MK, I surely hope you enjoyed your time at the beach.





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Hello. Its been a rough few days dealing with dad again. His mind is going and he is speeding in his power chair (mind you - he is legally blind) and causing damage. For the most part he is really very good driving that chair, but the last 6 months things have been becoming progressively worse. We had to take the chair away from him and boy did that start a fire storm of cursing, but it was taken and a regular wheelchair left in its place. He told me to F-off - I said I wasn't going to take this abuse any further and I left. For now I want to stay away for a while - I'm just not ready for his "oh I'm sorry" lines and telling me how much he loves me... its only because he needs something.... funny how roles change.

Then I heard my niece was admitted into a psych ward on a temporary hold. Her meds quit working for her and she had a breakdown. I was able to see her today and she looks very tired, but she is very coherent and clear. She knows she has to be there and will just wait for doc's to adjust meds.

So now - on to the good stuff... happy stuff

I'm taking the week off and I have booked my husband and I a room at the beach for 3 days/2 nights. We can't wait. Our daughter is going to come stay with the dogs - but I have no doubt that we will both be worried about them while we are away.

The fact that I get a whole week to take care of just me is fantastic!! There are a few things here and there that I need to take care of, but most of it will just be me (I hope).

The smoke in the valley here has been so bad we have air advisories going on. Many people have to stay indoors because of asthma or whatever. We are all hoping for a week or two of rain, but that probably won't come until October.

Take care!! Keep up the good work!!



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Happy Saturday. I just survived another convention, and stayed mostly on my Optavia plan. It was a little tougher as more meals were provided this time, but I stuck with green salads and protein, and I was satisfied and didn’t feel deprived.

After one month on this plan, I’m down 11.1 lbs, and 9.5 inches. I’ll continue fully on plan for another 30 days, and then I’ll transition back to mostly regular food, keeping some packaged plan items for snacks and such. I’m already looking at what/how I will eat once this part is complete, and honestly, it will be low carb and low glycemic, primarily veggies and protein. Sugar will be HIGHLY limited.

MK, the fruit situation is probably the toughest for me. I will add fruit back into my diet, but I ate so much of it, and it does contain sugar. I will need to learn to limit it, which I know I can do.

Chores and errands today, along with watching Joel’s softball church league tournament. Tomorrow I’ll have to work a bit, as I get new teachers on Monday and all teachers on Tuesday. It is also our county fair this week, which is always fun. My husband and I are going to work concessions on Thurs at the concert, which is an opportunity for volunteering through his workplace.

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GREAT JOB LISA!!! For being so diligent on that program. So you can't have fruit on that plan? seems odd, but obviously it is working!

I bet if you had some type of sugar your body would not be happy one bit! Stick to it!! Your doing great.

I'm officially in my new position, but it is weird - boss doesn't talk to me and she is downright rude and nasty when she does. My guess is that she was forced to put me in this position, but it is what it is at this point. All I can do now is move forward and do the best I can and show her that I deserve worked hard for this position.

Its been in the upper 90's for quite some time now - supposed to be over 100 tomorrow. I'm very happy I have my swimming pool, but even the water is getting almost to warm.

Take care and keep up the good work!

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Hello. I continue to have success on the Optavia plan. I’ve lost just under 10 lbs in just under a month. I’ll have completed 28 days on this program on Tuesday.

I’ve had three times when I ate off plan—I’ve had sweet corn on the cob once, and twice I had popcorn. That’s it. Sometimes I feel like I *want* ice cream, or something with sugar, not because I’m hungry, but because I miss it. I’m not willing to risk how good I feel for an indulgence—at this point anyway.

Mostly, though, I miss fruit. I will have to learn how to balance my fruit consumption once I transition back to non-program food. The two disadvantages of this program are that it is expensive, and some of the “meals” are downright awful, although I hear that about packaged meal programs in general.

I need to get to the gym. Have a great weekend.



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7/26/18 5:17 P

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Congrats, MK. Finally, the promotion that you earned! Proud of you. And, feeling better to boot, lots to be grateful for these days.

I only lost 1/2 lb. in week two, but man, do I feel good. I still miss “regular” food, and I’m really thinking about my plan going forward, because I will only be doing Optavia for 60 days (2 months). It is expensive, and while I’m thankful that I am having success, I have the knowledge and ability to manage my dietary choices on my own. I am almost certain that cutting out sugar is what has led me to feel so good. My ulcer is much improved, probably a combo of diet and Prilosec.

Back to work, officially, on Monday. I’m always excited for the beginning of the school year.

Doggy company in the pool—sounds like fun. Stay cool, it has been pretty mild here for July, mostly 80s.



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7/24/18 10:39 A

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Hello! Other than coughing out all that junk - I'm so much better - and I actually have most of my voice back! yahooo!

That is great news on the 5.4lb loss!! so happy that Optavia is working for you and that ll the ailments are going away (or are gone).

I'm still getting out more and walking and LOTS of swimming pool time. I'm always moving when I'm in the pool - usually treading water with my arms or I'm walking to centrifuge the debris at the bottom of the pool (so I can pick it up with my skimmer net). I'm sure any neighbors that can see me walking inside the parameter of the pool wonder what I'm up to... hahaha. I get lots of walking in - LOTS!

Yesterday was a great day. Got in the pool about 3 p.m. and my oldest Lab Lucy decided to join me. It was great! Since I built the small 3'x4' deck with stairs, Lucy comes on up and jumps in (as long as we are there - she won't do it without us in place). She swims around and then gets out (with our help) and is very cooled off.

Can't quite get the other dogs to do this, but that is ok - don't want any of them to jump in and not be able to get out. I'll be putting steps down into the pool, but have to wait for payday.

I'm sure all of you have been experiencing this extreme heat. We have a few more days of 95*+ and hopefully it will begin to cool down. Way too dry around here - should could use rain!!

Well got to go. Oh almost forgot - I got that promotion!!


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7/20/18 10:44 P

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Hello MK. I hope you have recovered by now and are back to enjoying summer.

I lost 5.4 lbs. on my first week of Optavia. I had an extremely dry mouth for several days, but that has gone away now. I do miss eating regular food all the time, but my cravings are gone, and I don’t feel hungry—ever. So much so, that I sometimes forget to eat on time. It’s important on this plan to eat 5-6 times per day, one of those times being a lean and green meal, which means protein and vegetables.

I’ll keep forging ahead. I really feel good, major decrease in joint pain, and no stomach problems at all.

The work in our house should be wrapped up on Tuesday. We have to use our basement bathroom over the weekend, as the other two are torn up, but it will be worth it when it is all done. I’m just searching for some nice rugs and runners to enhance this new look in the house.

One week til I go back to work, well, actually a week from Monday. I’m ready. I’ve already spent quite a bit of time at school. It’s just what I do.

Well, that’s it from around here. Take care.



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7/12/18 10:02 A

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Hello. Well I worked 1/2 a day and we shall see if I can do a full 10 hrs today. Still coughing tons, but I did get some sleep when I got home... its kind of on again - off again sleep so I'm still feeling tired.

Wow - an ulcer - that has to be painful! Sorry to hear that. Strange how some insurance companies will cover Prilosec and others won't. I can still get the prescription type, but I would pay $80 for it - now that is crazy!!

Good luck on the Optavia!

Georgie - hope your doing ok!

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