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One day at a time - One Step at a Time!
HI MY NAME IS WISPY - and I AM now 72.
I had been getting around in a wheel chair for five years and putting on so much weight after I became disabled. Almost three 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 ...
HI MY NAME IS WISPY - and I AM now 72.
I had been getting around in a wheel chair for five years and putting on so much weight after I became disabled. Almost three 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 1000 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 2000 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. And that is where I am up to now. With some small glitches along the way I have been doing this now for the last couple of years. I am even able to do a little gardening some weeks. This is wonderful for me. I had made plans to go on the bus alone and do all sorts of major things - but I did reach my limit in that first few months regarding exercise. If I do more I am back to being in bed again exhausted. But I am so happy with what I have achieved and better yet being able to maintain.
Since joining SP I have lost over 30 lb and am under the 200lbs. I feel healthier and can move so much more easily. My Doctor could not believe how well I was looking and said I hadn’t looked better in years. He did not know I had joined Spark people, he had never heard of it. He has now.
Blood work is still good. I cannot eat the SP nutrition plan ‘cos of the diabetes – but I am using one medically recommended for my health issues which I found when I was looking up diabetes and firbo on line. I lose very slowly, but I am still losing and best of all I have not gained.
The seventies are becoming some of the best years of my life so far. Who knows what that "80" may bring?
There is hope for every single one of us my friends.
| current weight: 175.0
Member Since: 3/13/2009
I would like to lose the 84lb I have put on over the last 5 years since I have been disabled. WOO HOO. 30 of those pouds have no gone and I am under the 200 mark.
I am drinking 6 - 8 glasses of water daily during October.
I am following 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.
I post on the Team Boards.
I live in New Zealand and am a great grandma. I have 5 kids, 9 grandkids and 5 great grand daughters and another on the way.
My walking is improving. and I am now able to get out fo the house, work in the garden, walk round the Mall and go out for lunch.
I am so happy to have joined Spark People. It is helping to turn my life around.
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 gardening, writing, crosswords and all kind of word puzzles, TV and assorted computer games and role play.