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Trying to "watch my weight" for 5 years and watched it go up nearly 30 pounds; now it's going down. Thanks Spark!

6 1/2 years ago i had an infection that settled into my neck, compressed my spinal cord, and i was paralyzed from the neck down (2/12/04) until, after a trip to the ER, i had emergency surgery at 12:15 a.m, on friday the 13th (lucky day for me!). by 10:30 next morning i could move my left hand enough to push the call button and chnge t.v. channels (no coincidence to me that Superman movie w/ chris reeve was on and then kevin costner in "field of dreams" was on in the p.m.) after 8 weeks in hospital, 6 mos out patient therapy and an unplanned 14 month sabbatical from my dental practice, i resumed practice and now walk using a brace on one leg and part-time use of a cane even though the neuro-surgeon said i might not walk again let alone practice dentistry. (what'd he know?!?)

i lost weight when sick but lost muscle mass in my legs and packed on tummy. and as hard as i worked at losing weight including working out at the ymca and building strength, i was slowly ballooning. a year ago my wife discovered sparkpeople and started working the program until now she's lost almost 50 pounds. i began in january and am continuing to lose weight, my tummy's down, i've joined a gym (3 times a week) and have been consistent with tracking food n fitness. i'm enthusiastic and telling others and do believe that we are creating our realities and have the power to be as healthy as we wnt to be--if we're willing to believe in it.

one regret: last christmas my wife took a photo of me asleep on the couch that showed my late-term "pregnancy" but sadly, at my request, was deleted from the digital camera. now my waist is down almost 2" and my 40" (and higher) waisted jeans and slacks are falling off. (yayyy!) i'm a "sparky" for sure. thanks to all the others out there who are showing that it is possible and serving as a motivator.

6/8/11: Breaking thru the plateau! Spent a week (mid-May) in sanibel, fl--required to survive on seafood, wine, & sunshine and picked up only 1.5 lbs that came off the week after our return. (usually pick up 6-10 on vacation--but we made our usual at-home breakfast in the condo and "sparked" each day.

When I started spark, i was wearing 40-42" waist slacks. they've been falling off without using a cinched in belt. last saturday decided to get new jeans; going to get 38" waist. on a lark, tried on a 36" pair AND THEY FIT!! it';s been more than 20 years since i could button 36" slacks. fired up and ready to go for the last 6-8 lbs before reachin my goal. this is good!!

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    Hi. I have just started reading the Healing Code by Loyd and Johnson. I found your post from 2010, and am wondering if you have done any further work in this area. I am only about 70 pages in, but it sure sounds like an interesting thing. Any feedback you might have would be appreciated.
    2100 days ago
  • v CAROLYN0107
    I noticed on the SL Chat thread that you were struggling with sweets still being in the house after Christmas. I can relate to that. I gave the rest of the fudge I had received away to the neighbor. Just wanted to congratulate you on the weight you've had. Please feel free to be an encourager of others on the team. Have a great, healthy week!

    2630 days ago
    Hey teammate! Just wanted to pop in and say good luck on getting those sweets out of the house! I am a sucker for sweets myself and I know how difficult that can be. Good Luck! emoticon
    2630 days ago
    Thank you for your kind comments on my Sparkpage.
    emoticon on your continued weight loss. Your commitment
    is inspiring. emoticon We are really doing this. really getting

    2688 days ago
  • v TAFFIN2000
    Thanks for taking the time to watch my video. I really appreciate it!

    Have a great week!
    2749 days ago
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