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Yikes!!! 18 mths since I last wrote or checked in.
My life has taken many a twist and turn in that time. I have been working all this time on losing the nearly 30 lbs I gain back in 2017, I had so much stress and anxiety during the end of 2016 and early 2017. I felt the rug pulled out of my life, I have severed ties with both my sisters, due to years of verbal abuse by them, and that was no easy thing with one, easy with one since she has wished with pain and hurt after election, she was glad I was upset, yikes never fully realized how much she hated me, since I have always loved her the best.........I was a fool in many ways, but its what I needed to survive as a kid and even as an adult. It took a couple years of therapy to realize the damage done by birth family and that I needed separation to be truly happy. The other was sneaker but her dislike was even more evasive, thought she really cared but nope. The political situation is the other stressor and that has been chaotic for years and hasnt helped. I am learning what little control we have in our lives and how I have to let go and understand that. I have always been an in control person, it was another survival skill I developed as a kid and served well until it didnt, then I had to learn to let go and accept, no I dont do it perfectly or all the time but I am learning.
So weight loss has been difficult. I had rejoined Jenny Craig and in 9 weeks lost 10 lbs, yeah!!!!!! 17 to go to back to 145. Working on it and making short term goals right now its to get to 159.9 hoping for the end of the month and it is a real possibility. I like the structure of the program, but with covid miss the in person meetings. Even with all the limitations of covid and distancing, I am exercising dialy, although had to quit the gym just didnt feel safe. I walk and ride recumbant bike and do strength at home. In the warmer weather swam laps daily too. Right now mostly due to the fires consuming CA and northern we have poor air quality and little sun, sky and are are brown and sun is a sickly yellow or orange. The fires around us are still burning and that has caused the pool to cool to below 80 and that is chilly to swim. Like so much of this year things come and go without the norm.
So we have mostly staying home and always wearing mask when we are out around people like the grocery store. I have stopped my volunteering, they closed that program back in March and have no plan to reopen, One day I was then and the next week it was closed, it was sudden and no saying bye to anyone, it mad we feel hurt and sad. Hubby started volunteering a local food bank and I am now that foot is better going to try that one day a week and see if my anxiety will let me be around people. I would love to help since we are ok. But it is our being careful and diligent that is helping that. I care about others so take the precautions recommended. But I do miss getting my nails done, although I went once when the did open and I felt safe, plexiglass partitions between us and everyone wearing mask. Hair dresser, her place didnt wear mask and although she told me of the cleaning, I didnt feel so safe. Right now hope the nail salons will open soon, Hair well that will come some later but need to find a new person.
Right now my goal for my health is to keep safe, keep active and find time for mental healthy ways to de stress. I am sticking with Jenny for the rest of the year and get to my goal or as long as I need. I am hoping my 2021 to learn to maintain and praying for a better America to live in than the last nearly 4 years. Sorry if that offends anyone but that is what I am hoping for an] America for ALL Americans to live in peace and security. the current hateful regime to be out and maybe one day for the hatred it has raised to be a thing of the past as we learn we all have a right to a good life in our shared country.
I hope all my Spark friends who are more family to me than just friends are doing well. I will try to come by more often.
Take care, keep safe and sane and most of all be happy!!!!
Hugs to all

1/25/2019 Update
10 years on SP!
Wow I am more than a year past due this time.
2018 was a very busy year, wills made, no small project, paperwork for my past sorted, boxes repacked and resorted, lots of cleaning up of old stuff. I did complete a couple long overdue projects, got my Mom’s old cookbook copies and sent to all family along with those of my Gran, and got some genealogical documents for the 70’s and 80’s copied, along with other family records I have had stored copies and sent to the next generation so that they can ask questions while the seniors of our family are still here. Wow it was a big thing but so glad I could share all that info and some treasure of the past with family members.
Once the above was done we went into planning our trip to Alaska. We planned to drive up and back in our car. Hubby took the lead to get a game plan for what to see and when, also plotting the drive up and places we could stay and things to see in the area. We also had two big stops planned, he wanted to go to the Arctic Ocean and dip his toes in and for me it was to walk on a glacier. It took months to plan and make list of what to take knowing we would be in the car and not over take. I had to job of making sure we could find places if the hotels to do laundry regularly and plan about meals to take that we could eat on the road. We had to make arrangements here for son to take care of himself, house and our 4 cats, backup available is needed since we would way to far away to do anything but advise. We also tried to make sure of phones could be used in Canadian, well that one didn’t work out.
Aug 15th and we were off for the trip of a lifetime and the most excellent time I have ever had. I got my glacier time, with adventures getting there and hubby put hims toes in the Arctic Ocean, nearly froze him, but it was all part of the adventure we were on. We saw such wow sights, majestic mountains, the wildlife was unforgettable and roamed so free, learned about the First Nations and first peoples of Alaska, and really just enjoyed the vast open free quiet spaces we found ourselves in. It was a once in a lifetime trip.
We got home and I had had a number of dizzy spells not blackouts or fainting just dizzy so when it happened here when to Doctor and the end result was I had a pacemaker put in Dec 14th. It all went fine, I have been recovering for the last 6 weeks and just saw them again and have been released the only exception is that I still have to wait a couple more weeks to return to do Curves Circuit work. I also have been told to not overdo and watch out to not over do the range of motion with my left arm and shoulder. The pacemaker is on the left side just below the collar bone and it is still settling in and with more movement can cause irritation but will get better in time. I am just glad that we found this problem before it became serious or even deadly. I am doing fine and feeling good. Hoping that the tiredness I felt during the end of 2018 was all part of this slow down problem the pacemaker is taking care of.
So the goals for 2019 are to regain my strength and move forward. To lose the weight I had gain in 2017 due to illness and depression, which means to lose about 25 lbs, getting back to my goal weight 145 or there about. I am back to tracking since I felt it was good to keep a schedule and easy to follow, I have always liked that and done well. I am right now trying to figure our calorie range to lose but not going too low, and getting my steps back up to closer to 10000. It’s all good stuff.
So the journey continues…………………………………….

Updated: 3/9/2017 The Continuing Journey

Wow a year ago was my last update. Yeah I am past due!
This has been a active year for many reasons. I am 15 months since tummy tuck surgery and I am still glad that I did that. I have gained about 10 lbs but that mostly happened toward the end of the year when my stress levels were SO HIGH. More later on that.
During the year I worked on maintenance and that is a challenge too to figure out what to do and I also had to learn that the journey doesnt stop when you get to your goal weight. I really have come to learn this lifestyle is a change for my lifetime and that is not bad. But the challenges continue and really that may not be bad complacency would make it easy to fall back to bad habits.
I took a great class about a year ago helping me to deal with stresses in my life and I learned so much about that and what it was doing to my physical and mental health and that I was the one to make the changes. I also realized that there were some underlying things that it was time to get resolved old old stuff that still was hurting me. That I am still working on.
I was pretty sick and in the hospital for 10 days with a partial bowel obstruction, lost weight since I had a tube and could not eat for like 8 days but once I was back to eating of course I gained it back, rats...LOL
Later in the fall I was too stressed out due to partial the political climate and election that happened took me hard and the fear and worry well I was so sad and depressed. I am working through that too but since I have little I can do to make things better I am learning to live with what I can and dealing with the rest. Not a good place to be. Also as part of this brought up so very old problems I have had with family, the political climate made it worse and I now need to take care of these feelings. This all dates back 40+ years and I have keep it in all this time. Since there is no talking to the people I have to learn to let go and I am ready to deal with those relationships and move on to be happy. I have a great husband and life. I am healthy and in a good place in my personal life. Time to learn to be happy with that and not want more or except to accepted even by family. Weird those you should be able to rely on the most for me are the ones who refuse to let me be me. But that is life and I am all about what I haven now.
So this year 2017 its my time and I plan to make the most of these years ahead of me.
Update: 3/5/2016: New Year about to begin our Spring Challenge!

So much happened this last year I came close to my goal weight and then had tummy tuck surgery to remove nearly 45 years of excess skin. Surgery a success and am recovered now back to exercise. I still have a little to go to get back to pre surgery weight. But it will happen. Then beginning new adventure maintaining weight! I have plateaued before and maintained nad not gained but this will be different. I am excited about this new chapter in my life. This has not been an easy battle to lose these last pounds. I did join Jenny Craig and have for nearly the lat year worked to get off the last 40 lbs. I am within 8 lbs of goal weight. Boy that light at the end of the tunnel is soo bright :D
So 7th years with SP and I am a happy camper with all that has happened. I am so grateful for this site and those who make it just awesome. I am so very grateful for all my friends who have supported and encouraged me, those who have inspired me to keep going to fight for my dreams. They have helped me in ways I dont think they could even realize.
So onward to this new chapter and all that it brings. I am ready for those challenges too. I am ready to enjoy the rest of my life at my healthiest ever and know I am at peace and as ever optimist about the future.

1-11-2015: A new start. I thought that with beginning my 6th year SP it was time to update my main page info. I didnt just delete the info from the last 5 years; I copied it on to my blog page. I mean there is a lot of info I have and see at some time.
My name is Deb and dynamic is a nickname given to my years ago by one of the owners of the business I worked for, he was always giving out nicknames and this one struck. I mean it is really me and I have used it ever since. I live in Sacramento, CA with my DH, 6 cats( 4 we owns or who own us and 2 who are strays we have adopted, they are more outside then inside) and my youngest son. My oldest son is in the Navy and I am very proud of him and what he is doing. He has made many changes and overcome challenges and is doing well. It has been a learning time for us all. I volunteer with Loaves and Fishes, a group who help homeless in Sacramento, I worked in their library and reading room, I have done this since 2008. I enjoy helping and just being there sometimes all I do is listen and it helps. With DH we have starting do hikes up in the hills near our home, long hikes on trails it is fun and I love getting out in nature and near water. This is pretty new for us, we have both worked hard at getting healthier and losing weight. That is one of the major changes that has happened with the 135 lbs I have lost in the last 5 years.
This year I am starting a new, reset ticker and am working on a new plan. I have been on a plateau most of last year, so it is time to do some readjustment to my diet and my thinking. I still have a goal to get to my healthy weight (140) right now it is time for maintenance and then try again. I wish I could just loss the last 30 lbs but at this time my body is fighting that. So 2015 is the year I learn to maintain, learn what it means and how to do it right. It�s a good challenge for me. And I do love a good challenge.
Updates to follow!!

Member Since: 1/13/2009

Fitness Minutes: 289,135

My Goals:
I want to feel physically better and help my health. I need to lose 25 lbs to get to goal weight. I also need to learn how to maintain.

My Program:
30-60 min cardio 5x a week
15 min strength 4x a week
drink 10+ glasses water daily
Keep to Jenny Craig diet p[lan
Keep a determined and positive attitude, knowing I can learn and grow and make it to my goal and healthier me

Goal weight 145 lbs -
Reward: to have achieved this goal and really enjoy all I have.

Personal Information:
I live in Sacramento, CA.
Living there with the man of my dreams since 2007 with our 5 cats, Sammy Marblecakes, Princess, Candie and Spooky. I have 2 sons and he has a daughter and 4 steps and 8 grandkids.
I volunteer with Loaves and Fishes, helping the homeless.
Love to cook and be with friends and family.
I also love SparkPeople!

Other Information:
Learn as if you will live forever. Live as though you will die tomorrow. --Gandhi
I love to read, knitting blanekts, have enough members of blended family it keeps my pretty busy and spending quality time with family and friends

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