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First time snowboarding since the accident last year. I was the only one nervous.


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I am 47 and have 2 beautiful energetic children who are now teenagers. I want to have some of their energy and be able to keep up with them. I want to become more active and enjoy doing it. I want to like myself and feel good about myself. I work full time and my husband travels with work. I have been unable to work for the last 7 months and continues on because of health issues. I have been coping with healing from like stroke symptoms and I don't want to be here again as I am very high risk as my brain is swelling. My coping mechanism for 37 yrs has been to eat and drink lots of regular soda pop. Time to develop a new way of coping. I joined sparks people I think acouple yrs ago and was doing good with weight loss and than when people start complimenting me I sabatoge myself or think well I can eat what I want. I notice that the more I work-out over the last year I have justified eatting more or splurging when I wouldn't before. I have been off of work here for the last month and it has been difficult and I am on medication that increases my appetite. I have started to do some journaling and trying to take a look at what is it that I am afraid of....etc.. I am writing my food down here at home b/c when I am bored I am finding I want to eat..I get agitated. It's hard when you can't take a break from yourself. I have made of list of to do things this week for the house and me personally to journal on for this week so I dig myself out of the rut I am in. I am wanting to run and with being unable to walk right now is frustrating. I am finding I am conteracting the negative thoughts like: Oh I am going to have to start from square one with my running and exercise once all healed. I am coming back at myself with: thank goodness I have something that will heal, it all takes time. I can still do arms and stomach crunches.

So even though being off work has brought its challenges, I think it has been good on a mental plane because I have needed to slow down and stop over doing to see what I am doing. To stop the denial.

I have a long way to go but it took me a long time to get here also. Back in 2001 my husband was sick for 1 year and bedridden and at the end of that year he lost his leg and I had a 2 year old who just had extensive surgery and another baby on the way and was finishing school again. I made it through everything just great because I ate it away nonstop. Not a healthy way to deal with things, but that's why I look the way I do. Now it's time to adapt and find new healthy ways of dealing with lifes bumps in the road and the daily hustle and bustle. Funny though when you stop all of this behavior how all that pops back up saying I'm waiting for you to deal with me. Well I am dealing and coping and living and being thankful for each day as it is a gift.

My anger ate me up and it took me alot of time to forgive the people responsible for my hubby losing his leg. The one thing it has taken me to learn over the last couple of years to learn is that being angry only hurts yourself and makes it miserable for everyone else to be around you. It has been a grieving period with the lifestyle changes, but when the man upstairs closes a door he always opens another. We have had the awesome opportunity to meet many beautiful people that we never would have met. My hubby has become active in the amputee golf tournament and never letting it stop us. My hubby and I make a great team. He helps encourage me on my life change and I encourage him to lift and work out to strengthen his leg so he will be able to eventually be able to do more. I would like him to be able to go hiking with me.

We are investing in ourselves and our future and our family. We bought a weight system for lifting and got myself and elliptical. We invested in to being there for our children. I am being present in the moment.

My son is my biggest chearleader!! He has no clue how much he helps me. He keeps track if I have worked out or not.

I have a long journey ahead, but it's all about the enjoying the journey.

I long term goal is to do a triathalon. I will do this, it will take awhile, but I will reach my goal. I did reach my goal of my triathlon in august with my sister at my side. My goal this next year I have a few ideas but I will wait until the doctor gives me the green light incase I have to rethink it a bit.

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  • v JO*ANNE*IE
    I wish I had good news for you, My Darling Chris, but our basement flooded as a result of the storm last week .. It could not have happened at a worse time of year ... I also sprained my ankle exercising 3 days ago and I am in a lot of pain... The new injury is not at the surgical site so I guess that is the blessing ... It could be worse. I am sorry that I don't have better news ... I will be checking my Spark mail from time to time until we get through all of the stuff that is water soaked .. Take good care of you .. Hug the family for me, will you please??

    3352 days ago
  • v JO*ANNE*IE
    Hello My Precious Chris!! How good to see you today!! I am sorry you have not felt well as you deal with a sinus infection on top of every thing else .. My Poor Chris!!! I have sinus issues as well so I have a bit of an idea what you're going through. But with the EN on top of it all ... Lord have Mercy, Sweetheart .... Bless your little heart!!! How cool that you're quilting and doing things you have never had the time to do ... You are so creative and talented and I bet it is a wonderful outlet for you. And all of this WILL take time -- but that is the true blessing in all of this -- it is about time that Chris takes care of Chris!!! You always take care of everyone else -- including me!! I want to support you in taking it real easy -- getting well ... not over doing it, perhaps taking it down a notch or two -- Really!!! I know that Matt and Missy will love taking care of YOU for a change!!!

    Yes, we are bracing for a winter storm tonight -- flooding first, then of course, ice, snow -- the whole thing!! You know I'm still not too familiar with all this winter weather stuff!!! One thing I am familiar with is: that I appreciate having YOU as one of my dearest friends that I have met on Spark ... I am blessed to have you in my life and I thank you!!!

    Let me know how you like the Dr. Furham book (I love Dr. Oz, too!!!) and hug your sis for me!! What a good girl to take care of you with something wonderfully supportive at Christmas!!!

    Hugs and Love to you!!
    Hug the family for me, will you please?!!

    3356 days ago
  • v JO*ANNE*IE
    Hello My Precious Friend!! Such great news that I wanted to respond stat!!! So glad that Matt's headaches are improving... I dare say how concerned I have been. Thank God .. ! And, as long as he continues to improve -- that is wonderful news. I am sorry you are still dealing with EN ... It sounds like you are moving although slowly. And I know it is difficult for you to take it easy but I hope and pray that you heed the doc's advice because if not, you are going to take that much longer to heal ... But why am I saying this to you??!!! This is what you would be telling me!!!!! I can't believe you actually assisted in washing the dogs -- or did you wash them alone, My Darling Chris??!!! I bet they look adorable all clipped and shorn!! We did Marley and Bentley over the w/e too and they needed it!!! I love them so much but Bentley is now almost 80 lbs, -- and he turned into such a handsome Golden Retriever!!! I call him my Golden Child!!!

    I must say, whenever I visit, I love seeing your new pix... And the new family
    picture is beautiful!!!! I cannot believe how big Matt and Missy have gotten this past year .. Lord Have Mercy!!! Missy is simply beautiful .. what a beautiful young lady she turned into!! And she is like you and I -- fiercely independent -- intelligent, talkative -- she is going to own the world!!! And of course, you know My Matt has a special place in my heart ... Always!!!

    As we take a moment to give thanks, may I extend to you my appreciation for your friendship and having you in my life this past year... You have been a wonderful friend, Chris, and you hold a very special place in my heart where only you reside. Please give my love to the family -- and know that I will be sharing Thanksgiving with you close to my heart!!!
    Love .. Blessings .. Gratitude!!!

    3373 days ago
  • v JO*ANNE*IE
    Hello My precious Friend!! It is always good hearing from you .. although I am much concerned about the diagnosis of EN .. Doesn't EN have a connection to sulfa drugs??? Did the doc give you cortisone or recommend a diet that is free of pesticides, dyes, etc.?? Maybe a diet that is rich in natural foods -- organic and the like many be the better choice for you... Of course, knowing you, you are already on top of all of that!! And My Poor little Matty (who, I see is not so little any more, Bless him!!) ... that poor boy .. dealing with headaches and all of that ... He is such a good kid, Chris ... that is especially difficult for a young man. My heart is lifted to hear you look for the positive in this latest challenge that you are facing as a family unit. I am reminded that there is power in numbers -- such a blessing that you have one another!!! I hope you up are and around soon -- hopefully the bed rest will be over soon and you will be up and at 'em in no time!! I am so proud of you because you stay busy even when you aren't feeling well!!!

    Continued prayers to all of you ...
    My Love and blessings to YOU, Dear Chris!!
    3390 days ago
  • v JO*ANNE*IE
    My Precious Chris!!! First of all, it is always great hearing from you as it makes my day just that much brighter! I love your new page -- just seeing all of your new pictures -- especially with Matt and Abby, warms my heart and brings a big smile to my face!! We have been through a lot together this past year, My Friend -- haven't we??!!! I am sorry that Matty is still dealing with the headache and issues from the fall 7 months ago ... It never gets easier as parents, I can promise you that... Having said that, I must tell you how proud I am of you for doing everything you need to do to keep your spirits lifted -- and Matt's. As your staunchest cheerleader, he looks to you for positive reinforcement -- so he will continue to mend -- it will just take time .. and sometimes, lots of it -- as you well know!!! The kids -- and DH --look to you to be the powerhouse that you are -- You truly are a beautiful, loving and gentle spirit -- please never lose sight of that fact!!! All those around you pick up on your positive energy -- (especially Matt!!). I continue to be amazed at your tenacity!!!

    All is good here ... Good news from the cardio doc yesterday for my annual appt. (echo, ekg, CBC etc.). The congenital heart defect is arrested -- murmurs still there -- but the diet, exercise and meds are doing the trick!! I keep hanging in there --- the foot is finally healing, very painful but hey -- lots of folks have it lots worse than myself so no complaints!!

    Take real good care of you .... and know you are always in my thoughts and prayers!
    Blessings and Loads of Love to YOU, too!!!!

    3407 days ago
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