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May 8, 2012
Hi! Thank you for allowing me to become a member of this awesome site! I so believe in the goals that are established here; and I welcome any motivation, and all of you motivators. Since 2000, I have battled an auto-immune disease, Sarcoidosis, suffered 4 strokes, and had a heart attack; but I am happy to say that I am still standing! I am on medical leave from my job, on permanent disability, and my doctors stated that they will never release me to go back to work; however, as long as I am still, mostly, mobile, and can still enjoy my passion, Arts and Crafts, I guess, it isn't too bad.

To treat my Sarcoidosis, my doctors had placed me on meds to suppress my auto-immune disease, meds such as prednizone. I gained weight like an inflated balloon! I used to have what some would call a school girl figure, was a very active volunteer, was a Girl Scout Leader, and was very involved in several other activities for young people, as a leader,or sponsor.

Once I found out that the meds, they had me on, were steroids, I forced my doctors to find something else, to put me on; and because of my insistence, the steroids, were, finally, replaced. However, most of the weight I have gained, has remained. My doctors stated that my meds are still somewhat the cause. I say that they messed up my fat cells, in my body.

Anyway, after sitting around for several years sulking in self pity; I am now determined to try to turn my life around, find happiness with life, again, become fit, and as healthy as I can be; and become the strong woman, again ... the person that I used to be, the woman that my daughters have always admired. They insist that they still believe in me, and say that they still see me as a strong mom(woman); especially, after all the health problems that I have beaten, etc. However, I know that I have become an angry, bitter person, in some ways, and I want to change that.

I believe that to start, I need to work on me, starting with my outward appearance! I need to,first, start feeling good about myself, again, my looks, etc. This may sound vain; however, it is not meant to be. I, really, feel bad, and unhappy, with my current appearance; and I am angry about all of my past, and current, health problems. This, of course, is my opinion, of myself.

I am always wondering why me? I used to exercise, believed in preventive medical check ups,and practices; and did all the other so-called right things, to prevent ever reaching this point in my life, and it happened, anyway.

Anyway, I hope to make a brand new start, make some new acquaintances, possibly, even, bonding, and sharing, and to learn new things; especially, about myself. I am looking forward to some new 'spark,' in my life. Thank you, Spark People!

May 16, 2012

I got this list from QUEENYEECH (Motivator Of The Day on May 16, 2012), who got it from GIRL*IN*MOTION; and she got it from RAV4GRL's page.

Your weight loss =

1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

I want to help to pass this on to other SparkPeople!

June 21, 2012
At my last weigh-in, last Friday; I, finally, lost 5 pounds (a Chihuahua, lol). Ugs, my 'loving' nickname that I call my dog, Nigel (people are always cooing over him on how cute he is; and he, actually, acts like he understands; and be lapping it up, thus why I call him Ugs) gained 3 pounds; haha! I figure that my body, now, has adjusted to any muscle gain, since I started SparkPeople. So, now, I can't wait for tomorrow's weigh-in! I weigh in every Friday (the day I chose as my weigh-in day). My pants are, even, fitting me a little loser, around the waist area! I find myself, constantly, having to pull them up! Love it! Too bad that reaching my goal has to be completed in baby steps; as I do not believe in a drastic weight loss,all at once. I want it to be a natural loss; the same natural way that I gained it, while being on those steroid meds! I still have, yet, to be more consistent in doing my strength exercises, though. I am supposed to be doing them on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays, and haven't been doing them. It's out of laziness; and procrastination. However, everyday, I, religiously, walk, at least, 3,000 steps on my treadmill, inclined at 10" (so like I'm walking up hill, the whole time! I am, really, serious about losing all of this weight; now, that I am, FINALLY, off of those meds (knock on wood)! This is what keeps me motivated, and strong! Before I became ill, with this auto-immune disease; I have NEVER had a weight problem, in my life! I 'WILL' prevail!!!


Member Since: 5/8/2012

Fitness Minutes: 5,714

My Goals:
I do not believe in diets; especially, since I see them as yo-yo diets. I believe in exercising, and eating right, as a way of controlling and improving your weight. This is what I hope to achieve with SparkPeople. I want to feel happier with myself, than I am feeling these days; and have felt in a long time. I, also, want to, gradually, reduce the medications, that I am on. I welcome any motivation tips/pushes, and all motivators. I, also, wish for others to achieve, and maintain, their goal, or goals! I will always be cheering you on; in spirit, also! #Thumbs Up!

My Program:
I still plan on acting on all of the tips, and suggestions, that SparkPeople have to offer, on this site. And, I am, also, open to other SparkPeople member's tips; especially, if a member believes that it has helped, or enabled, them. I am, currently, walking 200 steps, at least, on my treadmill, each day. I have cut down on the number of hours that I spend on Sparkpeople; too time consuming. My online craft businesses, and websites, are my babies, and interests, at this time. I do still use the SP Nutrition Tracker; and plan on weighing myself, every once in a while ... and keeping a record of my weight, on SP. I still am unable to do any floor exercises, where I have to lay down on the floor, etc.; due to my strokes, etc., as I am unable to get up, without assistance. However, I do intend to put an 100% effort into achieving, and reaching my other goals!

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Other Information:
I am a crafter. I, now, have store fronts, at
ium and http;// (I need to do some serious work, on this one). My website is (there is, also, an attached blog); and my unattached blog is (Blog og Deals). My website, also, houses my Website of Deals (
e-deals-network.html) that is for anyone to browse, whether a crafter, or not. I invite all of you to visit any, or all, of my sites. Please, feel free to share my links with your friends and family! Thank you! #Bear Luv and Bear Hugz!

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