Fantastic, well done. Your Grandmother would be so very proud of you but the best is that you can be so proud of yourself!Here's to your continuing journey full of hope and happiness. Best wishes Jonquil
Thanks for your inspirational and heartwarming story. You and your grandmother are both to be thanked since it really helps others through your experience. Thanks for sharing and caring and keep up the good work. Love and prayers....Shirley
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8/6/09 1:38 A
CONGRATULATIONS! You are and inspiration! How sad but sweet to hear that your grandmother is your angel. May I borrow her, too? I could use an angel on my side! Bless you!
I'm sorry about your grandmother. She seemed to know you needed help. I am so happy that you have lost all this weight and turned your life line around! Proud. Be that!
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21 8/6/09 1:22 A
Ohhhh what a story!! This just gave me goosebumps all over (and brought a tear to my eye for the story of your grandmother). It is SO inspiring to hear these sort of success stories and really give people the encouragement they need to do what they need to do. Thank you for sharing your story.
I recently had the same scare. After seeing my Mom thru home hospice til she passed from Leukemia, my blood pressure was 205/105. It took months to get it under control and I began having panic attacks and almost passing out. I broke off a long term stressful relationship while all this was going on. Then I started having symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and was tested for diabetes. Fortunately my blood sugar was within normal range, but I need to lose 20 lbs. to keep things under control. i would love to get off the high dose of blood pressure meds I'm on. My doctor recommended this website and I have to do this. I keep putting it off because I've tried so many times and have such a hard time losing. I worked out 3 days a week at the gym including weight training for a year and gained weight. Since Mom passed I have done nothing. I feel like a toxic blowfish. I admire your accomplishment and hope to get my act together.
Bravo, Marybeth! Your grandmother and you are both inspirations to us! As you can see, many have shared their similar personal experiences. It really helps us bring our feelings to the surface. Bless you, darlin' - You're an angel!
You are doing great! I am in a seemingly hopeless place: I've gained 40 pounds over the past 4 years...feet swelling, high blood pressure and aching joints. I've got a full physical scheduled in a week and I'm scared. I just turned 50 and I'm afraid things have gone too far. Your story is an inspiration to me.
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Grandmas are Great i miss mine but I know she is looking out after me. Thanks for your Journey Post
I lost my father in 2006 and then my mother in 2007,after seeing the way they suffered from heart trouble and weight making it worse.I know I am following in their path to the same health problems,I already have most of them.I know I do not want to die like they did.I want to try to lose weight before some accident happens and I end up bed bound like they did.I am sorry you lost your grandmother.So proud of you for honoring your promise to her.Proud of you for losing and keeping it up.I am just beginning and it feels like I have a million miles to go,but I am going to do it for myself and my family.
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17 8/6/09 12:57 A
Congratulations Marybeth. What a fabulous journey you've been on! Thanks for sharing!!
I too was just told I was pre-diabetic. I asked for a month so I could exercise and try and get the numbers down so I don't have to go on medication. You are an inspiration. Any suggestions for a beginner? Counting the carbs are rough! Thanks again.
Thank you Marybeth for the positive attitude. This past week has been tough for me. My mother died and we buried her yesterday, so my eating habits weren't very good for the last 5-6 days. Now I have to get back on board and keep my diabetes under control. I hope my mom is my angel and will help me like your grandma helped you. Thank you for sharing.
I too have just been diagnosed with the same thing. I knew my blood results looked bad so I started SP before my appointment and lost 15 lbs. I have been struggling this month though however; your article has just renewed my energy to go on! I hope that within a year I can get off these pills!
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Thank you for the positive message and the hope. I know its always a struggle to lose, and maintain, and you give me hope to continue, even when the pounds come off slow.
I have been on my weight loss journey since Sept08 and what a journey it has been..
Last Sept I went to the doctor and was devastated when she said I was pre diabetic I lost it and I set there for 20 minutes I know crying.. My hubby who was there with me held my hand and he said it would be ok, but it wasn't ok I knew then and there that it was time to make a change..
My doctor came back in and she told me I was in the early stages that with a change in diet and exercise I could cure it..
As I left her office I had a call on my cell phone that my Grandmother was diagnosed with leukemia I was hit again in the stomach and I rushed to the hospital where she was.
I was crying when I got to her room but all she was worrying about is what the doctor said about me.. I told her what she had said and she said Marybeth I want you to make me a promise I want you to promise me you will loose that weight before something happens to you..
Well I agreed to that promise and 3 weeks later she was gone and I have honored that promise with the help of my friends on Spark People and my family.. I knew it would be a long hard journey but I also knew I did not want to let my Grandmother down or myself..
I joined SP in Septo8 and have went by everything that have given me to use to take control of my life from exercise to how many calories I am allowed..
I started keeping a journal of my food intake and exercise never going over my calories I was given.. I have found by doing this I loose around 1 to 2 pounds a week and as of this date I have lost 78 pounds..
And I am proud to say that my pre diabetes is gone and is in the normal range, along with my high blood pressure..
And I owe it all to SP and my SP Friends who always have a kind word to say to help me to keep going.
When I step on my scales I feel proud cause I know my Angel my sweet Grandmother is there with me rooting me on telling me it is ok.
I still have a ways to travel but I know I can do it cause I so believe in myself and what I am capable of doing, I am a stronger and newer person for it what else could I ask for?
After all I have a team so big who has been where I am or are still there rooting me on and giving me the love and support to do it..
They do not judge me or put me down they just say hey we know what you are going through and for this I am so grateful.
Well I guess all that is left to say is I can not wait to see the new me awaiting to escape inside of me, and it will happen I guarantee it.
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