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HI MY NAME IS WISPY - and I AM now 75

"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.
They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful."
(Barbara Bloom)

I had been getting around in a wheel chair for five years and putting on so much weight after I became disabled. Almost five years ago I joined SP and began to walk a little with a walker. I decided and ...
HI MY NAME IS WISPY - and I AM now 75

"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.
They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful."
(Barbara Bloom)

I had been getting around in a wheel chair for five years and putting on so much weight after I became disabled. Almost five years ago I joined SP and began to walk a little with a walker. I decided and even posted about it that I was going to take the long way round to the bathroom. 24 steps instead of 8 � I had to do it several times a day because of the sudden increase in water consumption. 8 glasses a day � I thought I would drown in all that fluid!!

That was my first exercise really in several years, and I was so happy to lie down after that. I have to tell you that sometimes I did not even have the muscle strength to turn over in bed. It would take me 5 or 10 mins just to lie on my other side. I�m not saying this for sympathy by the way, that is just the way it was.

Gradually I got into daily walking and increased my steps over a couple of months up to a 100 a day and began to walk in the garden. After using the walker with lots of rests on the seat, I began to walk with the stick, then finally four months into SP - wonder of wonders I was getting round the garden without either.

I increased my daily steps until I reached 200 a day which was my first goal. WOO HOO. What an achievement that was for me. The next step was going outside the house with my caregiver for a couple of hours once a week. I was even able to do a little gardening some weeks. This was wonderful for me. My aim had been to walk up to the dairy and also go on the bus alone - but I did reach my limit in that first few months regarding exercise. If I did more I ended up back in bed again exhausted.

When I had been in Spark for a couple of years I was still on blood pressure pills and they were really disagreeing with me and while searching on line I came across Quantum Healing and found an article that really interested me. The guy had been using certain methods to heal his body from a chronic condition that had left him housebound. He spoke of what he did and the results he had discovered. I began following the system he described and found that my health improved amazingly and I was able to walk up to the dairy, go on the bus alone. I began to go back on the water - I love being on a boat and even managed a day trip away. Some time later my son and I went on holiday and I was able to walk around and do so many things. My walking reached a mile a day and more I am sure when I was away. I have been away on vacation twice since then and the last time was just under a week on my own. I had an absolute ball.

Since joining SP I have lost over 50 lb and am under the 200lbs. I feel healthier and can move so much more easily. My Doctor has been amazed with my progress all the way through and so far my numbers are good when I have my checkups. He did not know about Spark people, he had never heard of it. He has now.

Blood work is still good. I use a medical plan that suits my health issues. I lose very slowly and have been maintaining for the last eighteen months or so. I am very pleased with this. There are still hiccups along the way. I have been overdoing the exercise lately - as is my way - and so have had to back off again and go slower, but I am going away on a mini break next week and have a vacation booked in November to Gt. Barrier Island.

Spark people was the catalyst for all this living I have been able to do that was far beyond anything I had dreamed of on the day I joined.
The seventies are becoming some of the best years of my life so far. Who knows what the "80" may bring?

There is hope for every single one of us my friends.

Wispy.




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Member Since: 3/13/2009

My Goals:
Over 50 lb of weight have disappeared over the last 5 years, but far more importantly I have not been so well in a very long time.
I love Spark People and have made some wonderful friends along the way.
I would like to maintain my weight loss and maybe lose a few more pounds along the way, but above all I want to live a happy and peaceful life for as long as I am given.




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I drink at least 6 - 8 cups of fluid a day.

I follow an eating plan that is helping with my health issues as well as allowing me to lose weight.

I am responding to blogs.

I am writing blogs.

I belong to several Teams.

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I live in New Zealand and am a great grandma. I have 5 kids, 9 grandkids and 7 great grand children at the last count. :)

My life has turned around these last few years in Spark People and I have met some amazing people and made really good friends.



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One of my favourite books is the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

I enjoy the garden and nature. Love flowers and birds and the ocean and trees.

These days my hobbies include travel, eating out, gardening, writing, crosswords and all kind of word puzzles, TV and assorted computer games.

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LOSINGNOW24
6/19/2015 8:49:21 AM

Hi Wispy, Thank you so much for welcoming me to the low carb group , sorry to take so long to thank you , I have had some health issues and have been back and forth to the Dr.'s and physical therapy and have joined a water aerobics class twice a week and just haven't had time to get on the computer , today is my first day on in some time. I'm looking forward to learning more from this group , I started seriously doing low carb on May 25 and have lost 20 lbs as of yesterday when I went to the Dr. , So I believe I'm getting the hang of it if I could just get away from these Dr.'s. You have a great day and hope to talk to you soon, love your page its so cheerful and looks like Summer. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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DEERLADY45
6/19/2015 6:30:19 AM

Loving the nice weather here! its cool this morning but 70 by later! Every thing is growing great! blessings and have a Great Week end Dear,BONNIE

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MAESTRAPLANK12
6/17/2015 10:15:37 AM

“Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.”
—Rollo May

Some days we wake up to overwhelming feelings that things look bleak. We see loss and danger around us, and we fear for the future. That is when our character is most tested. That is when we are called to continue to just put one foot in front of the other. There is no need to solve all our problems right away or to change the world immediately. Courage isn’t necessarily a feeling of confidence that we can triumph over all odds. It’s knowing that we can move ahead one step at a time, and it’s taking positive action in the face of our fears.
Each day we can do small things that are constructive. By these small things, we can place ourselves on the positive side of life’s equation. We can put our weight where we want to go. That is courage.
Today, in the face of my despair, I will focus my efforts on the side of my hopes and values


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DEERLADY45
6/15/2015 6:12:55 PM

Will be going for phsical therapy for knees and back so i can learn new excercise regimen for Knees and back! it may be helpful ! I gained 8 # but i lost 3 so i have 5 more to go til im back to what i was...! B/p was excellant nothing else wrong just the arther.. Hugs,ONNIE

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DEERLADY45
6/15/2015 8:25:28 AM

Hoping you have a Awesome week ahead! im gona have a Busy one! I have to go to the Doc today! i know i gained tho i have lost some again he doessn,t know how hard i worked to get back going! Oh well im tough! emoticon emoticon
it another rainy day! its looking like a rain forest here! All is thriving and Beautiful including the grass emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon My boy across the road will get it when it finally dries some! Blessings,BONNIE
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