Friday, February 26, 2010


The past few weeks have been such a blur, that I'm surprised I remember my name! I have had so many needles poked in me, I'm bruised up and down my arms and the back of my hands.
I'm still heading for kidney failure but I don't see the Nephrologist (kidney doctor) till March 31, there is only 4 in Joplin and its hard to get an appointment with them! So with the heart working at 10% and the kidneys working at 24%, I'm sure glad to wake up each morning and thank the Good Lord for all the wonderful thing He has given me, my family, my yarn and of course you true friends.
As for weight loss I'm still on track lost another 2 pounds a total of 30 since the first of the year!
I'm walking up to 1200 steps a day, (lucky if I could do 100 in Jan) (Tam, no use of the oxygen since Jan). My real goal now is to be able to get up and down the steps to the garage or front porch by myself.

Remember Life is what you make it, stay with the Lord and its beautiful.
love ya all, Joycie


I am so sorry for being so absent!! Please forgive me!
The boys have kept me so very busy with Basketball... and Wrestling.
Ken has a cold.... the boys have the sniffles and are trying hard not to really get sick! Patrick refuses to be sick.. he has Perfect attendance in school and has since 1st grade. I've been making sure they drink lots of water and taking EmerganC (Vit C) So far... what could be a bad cold that could knock them down.. has just been an annoyance! Thank you God!!!
There has been some family issues going about and its starting to take its tole on me. Because of the emotional drama... its affecting me physically.

Aunt Joyce.............
I love you so much! I am so proud of you... and I know you have times that you are scared... but I want you to know... I believe God has many more years He needs you here! You have a gift of love through your crocheting and knitting that spreads Gods love to all who come in contact with you! He needs you to touch lives... He knows that through you many will come to find Him.
Thank you for hangin' in there with this blog. I'm sorry I haven't been around. I love you!
I too am thankful for you and Uncle Lou. You love me no matter what! Even when I'm a poppy head and don't post like I should on my blogs! :)
Keep up the good work on your eating habits! It will pay off! One pound at a time!
And hang on to your faith... One prayer at a time!
I have a vision of you and Jesus. You're sitting in your chair knitting.... Jesus is sitting there on the floor in front of you.... unwinding a knot in the yarn your working with .... so that you can keep knitting. The two of you are talking and laughing ... enjoying each others company while you create a gift for someone.

Miss Mel.......... you sweetheart you!
Good for you on your weight loss................ I know there are bumps in road sometimes... but the key is to not get stuck on them.... keep going and get over the bump ... moving on to the next bump. :)
You're doing great!
I haven't lost another ounce... I think its due to the stress I've been under. Not coming here and getting love and support isn't helping either! Shame on me!
I am so sorry to hear of your friend Jan's loss! Prayers said for her!!! Bless her heart!!!

Okay.... off I go... I need to post a dishcloth pattern on my other blog. I've been slacking a bit there too. :(

you all have a Fabulous Friday... and a Wonderful Weekend!
I'm finishing up my breakfast bar right now... sipping my coffee ... and will get another bottle of water here soon! & blessings

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Where is everyone?

I know! Everyone is on vacation or hibernating until Spring. Can't say that I blame you one bit!!! I just popped in to report on my weigh-in.. I didn't report last week, because I had a gain of 1.5 pounds. I was also menstruating, and I've read that you shouldn't even weigh yourself when on your period because with water weight gain and puffiness, it won't be accurate. So, I didn't post. Then, when I weighed myself yesterday, I had lost 2.5 pounds! So, I am at a total now of 8.5 pounds lost. I'm excited! Only 1.5 pounds to go and I can say I've lost 10 pounds!! Then, it's just a little bit til 15, then 20, oh, yes - this is getting quite thrilling!! I just have to stare down that last 24 ounces!!

So, how is everyone else doing???

I have some sad news to share; one of my friends lost her son on Friday last week. He was only 30 years old. If you wouldn't mind sending some positive thoughts and prayers her way, that would be wonderful! Her name is Jan, and her son's name is/was Spencer. Thanks everyone!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Morning Chat

Good morning, a little background about me is: I'm 63 on disability because of my heart its in BAD shape and I have a pacemaker/defib to keep me going. And as you know I'm overweight!
I've tried every diet under the sun and as soon as I eat one good tasting meal I put it all back on. The first of the year I weighted 270 and said thats it.....I've been reading The One Pounders and decided thats what I've needed all along is someone who understands how hard it is. And I thank all of you for your support. This morning the scales announced that I weighed 243.2 WOW all sound pretty good right, well Wed I went for chest x-ray and EKG and blood work, got home and the doctor called and said I had to go to ER right a way, my BUN (blood Urea Nitrogen) was 160 and normal is 7-22, could be my kidneys, went to ER and after 6 hours there they found a room for me. Spent A night of Hell in a cold room with a roommate who sleeps with the TV going, nurses coming in every hour to see if your alive. Got to come home Thur. afternoon and have go in early Monday Morning for blood work and to see the Cardiovascular Doctor, in the mean time I'm to be on low sodium and low Potassium diet. To tell ya the truth I'm scared to death to eat anything not knowing what to really have, so this morning I had special K cereal with 2% milk , 1 slice of toast, with butter! Lunch will be 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, 1 slice of bread with 2 tablespoons of Peanut butter, 8 oz of 2% milk, Yummy.
Now for the things I'm Thankful For:
1. My faith, He listens to me day and night (anytime)
2 My wonderful husband of 23 years who is Awesome
3. My daughter, her husband and my beautiful granddaughter
4. My step-son, wife and 2 wonderful toddlers (who are in Okinawa, with the Navy)
5. My step-son, that lives in Omaha
6. Yarn.......I knit and crochet everyday
7. Favorite niece , her husband, and family (Love Ya Tam)
8. The wonderful doctors I have.
9. My church family
10. And of course I'm very thankful for all of you, ( Mel keep up the good work)
God bless, Joyce

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday weigh-in report

Wednesday was yesterday - I know, but I forgot to weigh-in... sorry about that! I did weigh in this morning, though, and I'm happy to report that I've re-lost the weight that I lost and then found again, AND I've lost a little more to go along with it! So, I'm now at a 7.5 pound loss overall. Yippee!! We shall just have to see how this progresses...

Since it is Thursday today, I will post some things I am thankful for, as well...

Let's see - I'm thankful for the weather. It may seem silly, but here in our little neck of the woods, we haven't had it too bad this winter. This past week was our first really notable snowstorm, and we still only got maybe 10 inches all together. I'm happy with that amount, don't like to be greedy, so we really don't need any more! We did have a snow day yesterday - but I wasn't feeling well most of the day so I didn't get to take advantage of having everyone home. :( Oh, well - at least the house still runs fairly smoothly even when "Mom" is down! Hey - that sounds like something else to be thankful for! A self-sufficient family! LOL Then, there is my son proposing to his long-time girlfriend... it's crazy, really - both of them are seventeen, Juniors in high school, William has signed up with the Army National Guard, his girlfriend is also trying to get in, and he proposed the other day! I asked him if he's comfortable with the path his life is on, wanting to make sure he didn't feel pressured into doing something he wasn't ready for - his response? "Feels pretty good to me, Mom!" So I just say que sera sera... they are planning a May 1, 2011 wedding (which is before graduation) and a wedding reception/open house combo for after graduation. Can we say "non traditional"??? LOL They do seem good together, they tend to play to each others' strengths and cover each others' weaknesses, so I think they make a great team. That's just my opinion, though. God might have something else in mind for them - only He knows that for sure! I'm not sure how many things that is, I've lost count... which is something else I'm thankful for! Having enough things that I'm thankful for that I've lost count!!!

I sure hope everyone else is doing well... I'm out of here for now!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Weigh in Wednesday

Well..... this is what the scales said ' lost 1 pound,' which I'm happy with, I had a few things to eat over the weekend that wasn't quite on any diet! but I've been moving around more and have a lot more energy and to me that counts for a lot.

Wednesday weigh-in report

:( Well, well, well - guess what? The 5.5 pounds I lost last week after being sick did not stay gone. Some of it did, but some of it is back. I gained 2 pounds. The up side? I'm still down 3.5 pounds overall, and I wasn't really expecting it to stay gone since I lost it when I was sick... so I'm not too discouraged!! I'll just keep plugging along!!

I sure hope your headache lets up soon, Tammy! Just tell it to go away in Jesus' name - it works for a friend of mine, she was battling migraines for quite some time, and that's what she does now - she says it works every time! I'll be keeping you in my thoughts & prayers!!

Til next time...


Weigh-in Wednesday..........

Good Morning all.............
Wow....... I do apologize for missing so much lately......... I'm tending to one heck of a headache! :(
Well.......... weight loss report for me today is '0' .... but on a good note........ weight gain is also '0'
Its been a bit rough focusing with this darn headache!
I'm drinking my water and watching my calories.... but my behavior hasnt been consistent!
It doesnt help when the boys have us always on the run!
Wrestling for Patrick... Basketball for Michael and David..... practice ... practice... practice... Games! "whew"

Okay gang.............. how's everyone else doing?

I'm off to get more water and a refill on my coffee.
Then get some crocheting done!!! I have a Valentine gift for hubby I'm wanting to get done! & blessings,