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On an Alaskan lake - T wasn't born yet.

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The family playing...and mommy behind the camera

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Welcome to a piece of Alaska on SparkPeople.

I'm a 52 year old wife and mom of two. I work as a private music instructor. As of Sept 2020, I started work as an accounting clerk too. I am *still* learning to take care of myself as my body continues to shift and change. Some of the long term changes I've tried to put in place haven't really worked, but I'm still stepping forward.

I still look forward to the journey. I am still hoping to find some motivation to help in my adventure towards healthiness and I continue to feel encouraged by the supportive community here.

My image as I joined Spark People was the oxygen mask dropping on the plane. I've been helping quite a few people with their own masks, and I may have had mine on, but right now, it needs special attention. Maybe my son put a kink in it! Regardless, it's time for Mommy time and readjustment of "resources!"

I want to delete that paragraph, but I can't. It's still true! I've been around awhile, though, and can safely say that my turtle icon on my tracker is appropriate. I'm not making huge progress, but there's still been progress. Little changes make a difference.

The scale numbers aren't where I want them to be. The ability to function is. That matters more. I'm about to become a homeschooling mom in the midst of all the other pieces of life that haven't changed. Because I am healthier, I'm feeling okay about it. We'lll both need rest days, but the road ahead is possible because of the road I've been on with SparkPeople!!!

As of October 2008, I have a Wii to play with, and feel more motivated to take care of me - it's like having PT at my house!!! I was also grateful to find a Wii Fit Team here at SparkPeople! Even more motivation!!! WooHoo!

January 2009 - I joined the New You Boot Camp challenge. I'm not sure I'll be able to do everything that's recommended, but I trust that I can make it through 31 days! A little each day, right? Well, this was part of the challenge for day one - updating this page! See? I did it!

May 2009 - I'm trading the New You Bootcamp challenge for the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit bootcamp. I also reconnected the Wii and played some baseball pitching lefthanded! Woohoo!

December 2010 - 2010 has been a very rough year mentally and physically, yet I've done what I could to persevere. I may take time, soon, to post some of my pictures I just posted to Facebook yesterday. This year has been a year of changes, but I know more need to happen. I'm glad I already have SparkPeople as part of my resource for that.

February 2011. I was down to 140 and am back to 145. I'm sad about that. It's not a bad change, mostly a medication change, and as I heal from a serious bout of pneumonia, I'll be able to tone and drop a little more perhaps. It's not vital to know. My image, this week, is being in a boat with adequate supplies, but the oars are gone. The sky isn't dark, but the clouds are around, and the waves are the waves that are from further out storms, just rocking me currently. If I can lift my eyes, I see glory rays - beams of light through the clouds. There's peace in the storm, and I'm glad for that. I'm also glad to be here. As I'm becoming more engaged with SP, I'm gaining more support. I'm very grateful for that.

May 2012. I'm back up to 160, but I'm wearing small shirts and smaller sizes than I have in the past few years. Still fighting belly issues. I was gainfully employed yet lost my position because my health didn't let me have consistent work hours.

My kids have 3 more days of school, though, and we'll have an active summer. They're both enjoying swimming, and T is competing with me on the Wii Fit Plus games. it's fun! I'm also currently part of the Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge. I'm doing what I can with the moments I can! Isn't that a good challenge in itself? I think so.

Jan 2013. I had another position towards the end of summer that lasted into November. I have a space to teach more music students now and am also the payroll/administrative assistant for the music studio. It's an exciting challenge and one I'm looking forward to. It also allows me more time on my own to take fitness classes and care for my growing kiddos. My weight has steadied at 160, and while I haven't been comfortable with that, it's been hard to make adjustments as medications and functioning levels have shifted. I feel healthy at times, yet really can't rely on what my system will do on a given day. That is difficult. I do what I can with the moments I can. That is my best option at the moment!

Dec 2013. I have attempted to stay more involved at SparkPeople this year. The loss of my dad in July was not really a surprise but has still been a shock to my system. I was rather happy/sad in October to see my numbers hadn't changed in a year. That's good and bad. I want to see more changes. I do see doctors less, and they say I'm doing well. My life balance is still off, though, and that's becoming more clear again. I will continue doing what I can do, though. To the next step forward!!!

Jan 2016 - I kept coming to the page and making little steps, but obviously didn't make an update *here* last year! I'm at 168, just about my highest (aside from when I was pregnant at 180.) I just purchased my neighbor's Fitbit. I get to adjust the goals for me - make them reachable first, then nudge them higher. I'm amazed that the fitbit points post as they do, though I knew they would.
As I mentioned in a previous paragraph, I'm about to start homeschooling my ill daughter. We don't know what she's coping with, but it makes attending school impossible. A new adventure for our family!

Dec 2016. It's been a long year. The FitBit has been my best investment in myself. It helped me improve my overall healthiness in several ways, though I couldn't consistently stay above 5000 steps a day. I did a good job of staying there.

We took my daughter to Mayo Clinic for a week of diagnostics and got a tweak to what we knew - chronic fatigue, sleep apnea, migraines, and anxiety. She's in a combination of homeschool and local school programs, and it's not ideal, but it's where we are now.

In November, they found a mass in my uterus. It was a cyst and a polyp. The doctor recommended a hysterectomy, which happened in early December. Now the surgery recovery must take place. We'll see what 2017 brings!

Time for the 2017 update! It's now Jan 2018. The hysterectomy recovery was much harder than I expected it to be. My job was changed out from underneath me, I've continued to lose my voice when I sing, and the scale moved a little then stopped. I've been part of a YMCA pre-diabetes class that encourages 150 minutes of exercise a week, and a budget on fat calories. It really hasn't made a difference yet, but my stress is still off the charts!

I've been on a heart monitor for 30 days and have an appointment with the cardiologist next week. There are several new-to-me providers right now, and that's good and bad. I need to get back to journal writing. It would help. I just rejoined the diabetes challenge here at SP, and have now updated here again. If nothing else, I can say I'm an example of a long-term SP fan. I've been here awhile!

It's now late 2018. The heart issues have been continuing, as have the thyroid and diabetes issues. In early November, my nutritionist cautiously threw me into eating Keto - no grains, minimal dairy, limited veggies due to allergies...

As of earlier this week, I'm down 10 pounds from where I was. I had been up at 176 and was 166. I'm surprised. I'm also finally able to eat the "proper" amounts in the day, which has been difficult for years. I've been an under-eater, yet the food reactions have made life hard, to say the least. I look forward to seeing what being 50 and fabulous brings.

Summer 2019. Increasing heart issues meant leaving the job I've been at since 2012. I didn't leave teaching, just having an actual office to go to. I'll be able to still teach, just not as many hours in a row.

The dietician also encouraged leaving all foods except meats off the plate - a zero carb approach to see if we can get more of the autoimmune reactions under control. I can't tell how it's going, and I'm at 3 weeks in. I'll see her tomorrow, and know more then.

I do seem to have a touch more energy than I did, and if stress would calm down, it seems I'd have more sleep. Crazy teens just don't allow that yet.

Jan 2021. I still love SparkPeople and keep coming back. it's simple to use, has many options, and this time, as I update, I'm grateful for memories that go back awhile. :). I've had a rough year. I had been having more issues that led to surgery. As part of recovery, I had some allergic reactions after and have had a longer recovery than I wanted. I also fell on the ice in November and have *really* slowed down. I'd been able to do 5000 steps a day. Now I'm lucky to get 2500. I'm still "stepping forward" as I can, am needing to find a good plan (zero carb led to some liver enzyme #s that weren't happy.) That's part of this year's challenge. I have an amazing health care team, and am so grateful for the chance to still watch my kids grow and learn. The oldest is now in college. The younger one is a junior in high school.

Thank you for visiting my page. Keep making progress. Step forward into *your* next adventure!

Member Since: 11/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 31,473

My Goals:
1. Enjoy life more

2. Feel better physically and mentally

3. Encourage myself and my family

My Program:
1. Water...and more water

2. Move for 20 minutes per day.

3. Monitor my conditions and work with my docs (that includes taking my icky meds.)

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