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MYSHARONANY Posts: 3,053
8/12/10 3:23 A

while it is a tough journey, once you reach your goal, or even while you are attempting to reach ones, large and small. . .all your gains are major achievements. congratulations!! and keep it up!!

MRSWHITEWOLF Posts: 13,317
8/12/10 3:11 A

Way to go! You can do it! Really you can. I been trying for two years. Your story similar. I just had a serious cardiac event. I will be doing a blog tomorrow, but in short, have confirmed and found what caused weight gain and what has kept me from losing it. Bottom cholesterol. There is some hope and need lots of prayers because if they can't find a medicine soon, I won't be around. If they do, I will be healthy again soon.

ANIHAKA Posts: 573
8/12/10 3:11 A

This is an inspirational story. You're on a roll & will get there to the journeys end where you'll meet the real healthy you. This is my intention too, I will be free of what the weight has represented over the years & a healthy me is what will be uncovered.
Best wishes to you.


DALLASROO Posts: 913
8/12/10 3:10 A

Congratulations. You've got a great attitude and it's going to make you a winner! Keep up the good work!

TAMMAH Posts: 2
8/12/10 3:06 A

Thanks for the story!! It was highly inspirational to the beginning of my journey as well :) good luck on your endeavors!

BERLINETTA37303 Posts: 2
8/12/10 3:01 A

Congrats... Keep It Up and Best Of Luck!

MUDOWE1 Posts: 117
8/12/10 2:52 A

emoticon Keep it up!

SHAE3030 Posts: 1
8/12/10 2:46 A

Congrats! Keep up the good work.Hope all goes well.

MODUPSIE Posts: 2,607
8/12/10 2:40 A

Wow...great and inspiring. I like your determination and I pray all goes well at the doctors!

DANDYDONNAJ SparkPoints: (49,495)
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8/12/10 2:36 A

YOU GO GIRL! I like your attitude. I have some of
the same health issues as you. I'm reading everything I can get my hands on about how to improve my health, but I want to go beyond the doctor's usual remedy: to prescribe medication. That
just covers up and masks the problem! I want to get to the ROOT of the problem and FIX it!! Good luck on
your journey. We are all on the same road. Some of
us are doing better than others, but we will ALL get
to the goal line with each other's help. Take care!

MANXMAG SparkPoints: (0)
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8/12/10 2:34 A

An excellent post, thank you! It highlights exactly how important weight loss is to us mentally as well as physically. I totally understand how awful it is to have doctors tell me what I already know and make me feel even worse about my condition than I did before my visit. It has sometimes stopped me from seeking medical advice when I've needed it. Not good! It's easy to become even more depressed but you didn't! You have made a fantastic start on your journey and your mental attitude is exemplary. Congratulations on your achievements so far. I'm interested to know how you get on.


8/12/10 2:22 A

You are an inspiration! I hope that I can emulate your success. How did/do you manage exercise with your arthritis (I'm looking for tips here)? Are there any online videos you can recommend?

BLUETIGGER33 Posts: 278
8/12/10 2:19 A

I hope he is as pleased as you are about your success so far. I also hope your labs are better than before.

ELIZABETH890 Posts: 41
8/12/10 2:15 A

I wish that I had that motivation like you

WAYMAC Posts: 6
8/12/10 2:15 A

Congratulations on your effort. I too have undertaken a dramatic change in my life by joining a "Biggest Loser" competition at my work with 17 others. It has grabbed me so much that my couch now has withdrawal symptons and my life has been turned around. I started off at 127kgs and after my first month my weight is 118kgs, or more importantly 6.9% of my body weight gone. I always look at the recipes, training tips that Spark offers as well as the blogs of others who are on the same track as we both are. Keep up the great work. I have another 4 months to go so I shall keep you posted on my progress. I hope that you too see thas as a marathon and not a sprint and continue the great work as you continue on your journey to the inner person who has been wanting to be released for years. By the way, I am 53 years old so it is never too late to start.

SERIOUSLY13 Posts: 1
8/12/10 2:13 A

I am 30 and just got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. My Tryclicerides (sp?) are also high. I am not overweight by much...possibly 10lbs or so. I am extremely active and challenge myself to eat well with cheating days in between as I enjoy food. I do not understand completely what is going on with my body. Would love any advice you have about all these new blood tests that leave me guessing.

APRILEE2 Posts: 9
8/12/10 2:09 A

just sent this message to someone else ha ha - learning my way round the website - anyway congratulations, I am sure your daughter is proud of you!!

APRILEE2 Posts: 9
8/12/10 2:07 A

congratulations - your daughter must be proud of you! good luck at the doctors.

8/12/10 2:03 A

T_Sulli -

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Edited by: TRINALOUISE1 at: 8/12/2010 (02:05)
8/12/10 1:58 A

It's too early to be seeing paper results! Just keep going and it will happen! What you have already achieved is brilliant! I imagine you can feel the good work? Stick with it girl. I have similar things happening and will go offline to talk to you xxx

8/12/10 1:54 A

Everything you wrote resonates with me personally. You nailed it. Press on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8/12/10 1:50 A

hmmm..Couch to 5K? Maybe I need to look into this one. Have the couch part down:).

congrats and what a feeling wanting to go to the doctor. That is really and truly excellent!

Best wishes. emoticon

LIMASTAR Posts: 6,923
8/12/10 1:50 A

With all your hard work, your blood work should show improvements.

MARLADIA Posts: 1,265
8/12/10 1:48 A

Good for you. Let us all know how it was. Keep up the good work because you are so worth the effort.

GRYPHON55 Posts: 640
8/12/10 1:45 A

I know how you feel about actually wanting to go to the doctor, or at least not dreading the weigh-in part. I was there 2 weeks ago, new office, new PA since my doctor was out. The PA noted my weight but didn't say anything so I pointed out it was at least 20 pounds less than my previous visit. Then she congratulated me. I wanted someone besides me to notice my scale number and appreciate it was on a downward trend!

That visit was the first time in 10 years I haven't completely cringed at the thought of stepping on that scale.

TEECHRMOM7 Posts: 16
8/12/10 1:39 A

This hit me right between the eyes! I went to a cardiologist just this morning for the first time and he put my future in very simple terms--lose weight and start exercising or you WILL have a heart attack. Since July I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, a pancreatic lesion, very high cholesterol and an enlarged left ventricle in my heart. Tuesday I go in for an arteriogram (?sp) and am praying that there is no blockage. I am positive that my health problems can be cured with weight loss and a more active lifestyle so let's do this!

2BHLTHY4LIFE SparkPoints: (0)
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8/12/10 1:35 A

Spark On! emoticon to you on your success here! emoticon Keep on Sparkin'! emoticon Diana

CRISTY08 Posts: 1
8/12/10 1:33 A

Congratulations on your accomplishment already!! =) I"m so glad you had your "aha moment" and I have no doubt I"ll be reading about how you've lost the rest of your weight! =) Have a sparkling day!! =)

BECCA_ANNE Posts: 338
8/12/10 1:33 A

emoticon You should be SO proud of yourself! Sure we can't change everything about our genetics, but the progress you have made is definately helping your body to be healthier. You might not have gotten the numbers down a lot, but every little bit helps!

EREZAK Posts: 126
8/12/10 1:29 A

Good luck

8/12/10 1:16 A

I plan to join in on your success!!! Keep up the good work.

8/12/10 1:11 A

But look at all you did...genetics are a huge factor, but you've shown that there are things you can change...way to go! Keep up the great work and the positive attitude. I'd suggest going to an endocrinologist if you can for the thyroid. Sometimes, they recommend changes that your GP doesn't. Meds are many times the same, but they test for different things. Be proud of yourself! You've made so many positive changes!

SPDYKAT Posts: 1
8/12/10 1:08 A

Best of luck to you, I like your attitude!

WINNIE-POOH SparkPoints: (164,076)
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8/12/10 1:05 A

Keep up the good work emoticon

LJKSHS Posts: 3,834
8/12/10 1:05 A

Hey there LYNNS12 would you like to be my coach?

What an encourager you are!! I enjoyed what you posted here, and I am going to claim it and run with it.

I can do this !!! emoticon

8/12/10 12:59 A

Good for you! I like your attude! Especially when it seems the doctor's scales seem to make us weigh more! emoticon

CHRISIN Posts: 766
8/12/10 12:58 A

I admire you for being so positive even though the Drs visit did not go exactly as you planned.
If you keep in this frame of mind I am sure that you will have exciting news to tell us after the January visit.
Good luck and God Bless

LYNNS12 Posts: 4
8/12/10 12:57 A

You need to feel so proud of yourself, think about what you said:I'm down 18 lbs and feel better than I have ever felt in my life. I still have 50+ pounds to go.....but I know that I can do it and I've crossed over that imaginary line in my mind that tells me "You Can't" and now it says "Hey, what else ya want to do??!"
YOU did that, that was through hard work and a lot of determination, your clothes probably feel a lot looser, your energy has increased and you are making a big change in your life. I also have horrible numbers and I also had horrible numbers when I was very thin, so I guess what I'm trying to say is you can also do this to feel better and get in better shape, and if you really want to notice what a good job you're doing put the amount of weight you have lost in pounds into a bag and carry it around for a day and see which way you'de rather be. It's not all about numbers, it's about the whole overall picture, you're doing what you need to do to improve your life in so many ways, walk tall and feel proud !

TXGRANDMA SparkPoints: (277,303)
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8/12/10 12:56 A

Hey, that is great news, congratulations! Chris emoticon emoticon

LJKSHS Posts: 3,834
8/12/10 12:52 A

Good for you to be able to take control and lose those pounds.

Diet and exercise go hand in hand emoticon emoticon

KATRIONAH Posts: 968
8/12/10 12:47 A

Sounds like you are off to a great start.

GYMRAT41 Posts: 41
8/12/10 12:43 A

Awesome. You have taken a major leap forward and are headed in the right direction. emoticon

MARIANNA1956 Posts: 4
8/12/10 12:39 A

it is really weird...sometimes you know and say..i am going on a diet..u do it for a few days and it never works..the only way a diet works is that something inside of you has to snap...and then you are all in in!!!!! u just make up your mind and do it!!! nothing will stop u nor tempt u..your whole frame of mind will change...all of here will know it when we got "IT" u wil know...adn people can be eatiing your favorite foods and it wont even make u twitch.....good luc everyone..we can all have "it"......Marianna

DARBMAR Posts: 2,113
7/16/10 6:43 P

You really do need to be kind to yourself and give yourself credit for how far you have come - especially with the medical challenges and family history that are just facts of life! Continue to focus on good health and the pay off will come! At the very least you WILL feel better!

BAILEE_GRAVES Posts: 1,644
7/16/10 6:11 P

Well, the drs visit didn't go as well as I had planned. I'll begin by saying HE was pleased as punch. Couldn't say enough nice things about all the work I've done (had to give props to SP of course!!) Me, not so thrilled because it really confirmed my worst fears; the majority of my health issues are genetic and there's not much that can be done about that.

So here we go:

2-23-10 / 7-14-10

WEIGHT: 211.4 / 192.5

CHOLESTEROL: 142 / 136


HDL: 37 / 36

LDL: 62 / 56

CHOL/HDL RATIO: 3.83 / 3.77

I just set my expectations too high. I expected to see a much bigger drop in my LDL and Triglycerides. I thought with all the exercise I'm doing that my HDL would be much better. I just wanted to see better numbers.

I'm currently on cholesterol medicine and blood pressure medicine and I had envisioned going in and the dr taking me off the cholesterol meds and saying he wanted to start weaning me off the bp meds. Now I know it's probably not ever going to happen. And yes, my dr did say that. He's been my dr for over 15 years and knows me and my family history very well. But he told me I needed to be kind to myself. He told me stories of marathon runners who are on cholesterol and blood pressure medications because of genetics.

He told me my body could kick out my genetics when I hit a certain weight loss; it was unlikely but it could happen.

He also said with my thyroid disease I need to be THRILLED to a half to one pound weight loss a week.

Then he flipped back to a visit I had in 2004. At that time my weight was 232 lbs! I couldn't believe it. I thought when I started SP that I was at my heaviest. So that made me happy.

SO....I missed my goal of losing 20 lbs by LESS than one pound; my blood work wasn't what I wanted it to be and to be perfectly honest, I cried in the doctor's office and told him I may as well just be sitting my fat ass on the couch eating cheeseburgers and cheetos! Then I took a deep breath; composed myself and we talked about what my weight and my blood work may have shown if I WASN'T doing what I'm doing.

And that's what it's all about.

I may not be where I want to be; but praise God I'm not where I was!

So....I go back in January and this time I'm setting the bar a little lower for my expectations as far as my blood work is concerned. I'm going to give myself that little extra "ummph" as far as exercise is concerned because I do know I haven't been giving 100% like I could and then......whatever the numbers show, they show.

I'm doing all I can and that's all I can do!!

Thanks to each of you for your love, support, thoughts and prayers today! I could never do this without you guys!!

Edited by: BAILEE_GRAVES at: 7/16/2010 (18:17)
AMYBUTLER10 Posts: 205
7/16/10 1:49 P

Woo Hoo! Great job!

7/16/10 1:47 P

Woooohooo!!! Awesome! Congrats on changing your health and your life!

SAM910 SparkPoints: (115,959)
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7/16/10 12:57 P

emoticon job well done, keep up the good work!

KELLY_SP SparkPoints: (138,205)
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7/16/10 12:55 P

That is GREAT!! Thank you for sharing your story and best of luck at your visit!! Keep us posted.


Be well,

BAILEE_GRAVES Posts: 1,644
7/16/10 12:46 P

3 months ago I sat in my drs office at my highest weight ever. 211 lbs. Sitting there getting the results of my previous weeks blood work, I got more and more determined. I was started on cholesterol medicine; told my triglycerides were through the roof (over 300); I've been on BP medicine for at least 20 years and am a diabetic. I also have hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis.

As I listened to my dr run down the same old story I'd heard for years, something changed. I knew I didn't have to live that way; that I had control over at least SOME of what was wrong with me and at 47 years old the time had come to decide what I was going to do about it.

Almost immediately I joined the "Couch to 5K" program with my 23 year old daughter and we began to exercise. I was also being a little more aware of what I was eating.

But it wasn't until a visit to my best friend's in May that I discovered Spark People. She was/is a devoted fan though she met her goal about 3 weeks ago.

What a difference Spark People has made!! I'm down 18 lbs and feel better than I have ever felt in my life. I still have 50+ pounds to go.....but I know that I can do it and I've crossed over that imaginary line in my mind that tells me "You Can't" and now it says "Hey, what else ya want to do??!"

The exciting news for me though is today I go back to my dr for the first time since that awful visit. I went last week and had my labs done and today I'll see him and get the results. I've not gotten on the scale this week and am hoping to reach a 20 lb weight loss with this visit....but I'm so much more excited to see what those numbers show!!

For the first time in my life I can't wait to go to the doctor!!


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