Hi, and thank you for taking the time to come to my page.
I am 38 years old and have been told by two doctors in the past year that I am on my way to becoming housebound and dying before I hit 50 years old. Shock at hearing such news made me depressed but I am coming back ... and I am coming back fighting.
Since the age of 18, I have been struggling with my weight. In 2004-2006, I actually lost 200 pounds but have gained nearly all of it back. I have lost weight before 2004 only to gain it back and then some. I feel like this time losing weight is NOT about looking good in clothes ... it is about changing my lifestyle and learning how to LIVE so I can control my health issues. I hope by logging what I eat everyday, and how much I exercise, I can stop obesity from killing me.
I have had multiple doctors suggest gastric bypass surgery, which after a year and a half of hearing this, I am finally seriously considering weight loss surgery. I don't know how I can afford it because I am on a fixed income but I feel like I am fighting for my life.
I calculated my BMI while I was signing up for SP, and was scared when I saw the number over 76. It is an eye-opener at how bad things have reached. I hope that by keeping track of my food and exercise that I can begin a new way of living. I can tell you one thing right now: I am not living being unable to walk to the kitchen without getting out of breath, unable to sleep lying down on a bed like normal people, and unable to enjoy being alive and present in my body.
Take care and thanks again for coming to my page. :)
1.) Do some kind of physical activity everyday
2.) Cut out soda completely
3.) Write in my blog at least 3 times per week
Focusing on low carb, low fat foods. Avoiding simple carbs, like substituting a sweet potato instead of a white potato or eating brown rice instead of white.
Exercising in any FORM possible to get active and increase endurance. Starting simply.
Logging my food and exercise to hold myself accountable.
Reading quotations every day that inspire and motivate me.
My Faith in a Higher Power that is guiding my efforts and showing me where to make changes.
I am a daughter, sister, and aunt of 38 years. I enjoy reading, researching, writing, walking and plan on getting back into yoga.
SW (7/26/2012): 368 lbs
Weigh-in (8/22/2012): 356 pounds
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
| current weight: 356.0
Hello and thank you for leaving comments on my blog..Yes, I'm trying to change it up a little, reading all the good information my SparkBuddies have left me and gettin on with my journey. These stumbling blocks nearly "kill me"...But, I pick myself up and move forward (never backwards).
Hope you are doing well, and I'm watchin you to make sure you stay on the right path throughout your journey also. We "are" all in this together. This site is amazing and I'm here pretty much 24/7...
So just sparkmail me if you need to. I'm here for you too!!!
1515 days ago
Welcome! If you need a shoulder, a friend or a virtual coffee at some point, drop by and say hello! I've just celebrated my SP eleven month anniversary and am amazed at the absolutely incredible amount of support I've received for weight loss and so much more. This is a fabulous site and you will be astounded at what you get out of it if you give it your all.
To celebrate your arrival at SP in this late-summer season, I would like to wish you a everlasting renewal of energy and passion, for this is a time to celebrate the great potential you possess. May the sun shine upon you and fire up your heart to reach all of your goals and find joy in yourself and the world around you. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may you find energy, confidence, vitality and strength. This is the time to shine bright and show the world how beautiful you are. Embrace the summer-lit brilliance of each day and you will create a new life where all your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle
1516 days ago
I just wanted to say I hope you are doing well, today. Keep with your goals and try to do at least 10 minutes of exercise in a chair or on the bed, or light walking. I have confidence in you. Be careful with you food. Be sure to plan it out the day before or early in the day. I have found if I wait to plan my food up in the day, that I eat more calories for a meal then needed. Than I have to plan the rest of my meals and snacks on a skinny calorie range so I don't go over. Not fun. Spread out you meals and snacks during your waking hours. Mini meals and snacks keep you from being hungry. Have one small dark chocolate piece from Dove each night for part of your last snack. My doctor says it is very good for your heart. But remember just one small piece. Drink your water. It is good for your skin, your brain, and replenishes your whole body. Don't allow the words "I give up or I can't do this" come into your thoughts or words. You have the strength of GOD to help you today and each day. You are stronger than you think. You can do this. Repeat these things to yourself everyday. Be positive and what the blessing come. Remember you are and you are well worth all the work and effort you are putting into to your healthy lifestyle. You are changing yourself into a . You are headed for more freedom to move, live life, enjoy the one's you love, and be a healthier you. God is with you and loves you. Jeremiah 29:11
1517 days ago
Slow is good when you are first starting out. That is great progress. Just as I said baby steps. That's how I had to start out, too. Those small changes are a huge victory. Celebrate it! That means there are more changes to come. It takes a long time, but when the day comes that you realize that you can do things you hadn't done for a long while, you can bless the LORD, be proud of the hard work you are doing, and celebrate success. It's just around the corner. I am so excited for you. Since I have already been through the stage you are in, I know the joy that will be coming your way. Congratulations. I am doing great. I walked 2 miles in 45 minutes today. Now that is not the average time to walk. The average is to walk a mile in 15 minutes. But I will get there. I am determined. God bless you and walk with you each day as you manage you healthy lifestyle. Keep up the good work. It will pay off.
1517 days ago
Thank you for visiting my blog and you comments. I hope you are doing well with your daily goals. Let me know if I can be of a help. How is exercise coming for you?
1518 days ago