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Taking Care Of My Body and Health

I am a 60 year old married and a Christian. I have been with Sparkpeople since November of 2011. I started to live healthy in October of 2011. I am not sure how much I really weighed at the time. My scales didn't go above 300 pounds. I had been on a healthy way of eating for about three weeks, before I went for a check up. I weighed in at the doctors office at 336 pounds. So I am guessing I had lost at least 10 pound give or take before that.

First, I want to thank the ...
I am a 60 year old married and a Christian. I have been with Sparkpeople since November of 2011. I started to live healthy in October of 2011. I am not sure how much I really weighed at the time. My scales didn't go above 300 pounds. I had been on a healthy way of eating for about three weeks, before I went for a check up. I weighed in at the doctors office at 336 pounds. So I am guessing I had lost at least 10 pound give or take before that.

First, I want to thank the LORD for all the strength HE has given me to live a healthy life style.

I want to share things I have over come:

1. Being homebound for years.
2. Having to use a wheelchair if I went anywhere.
3. Multiple serious health problems, that are now under control.
4. I was taking many medications. That has downsized.
5. Not being able to walk over 20 feet or stand more than a few seconds.
6. Poor self-image and poor self-esteem.
7. Stress and anger.
8. Not fitting into restaurant booths or cinema seats.
9. Not being able to tie my own shoes.
10. Having to have help dressing and bathing.
11. Isolation.
12. Ugly remarks, rude stares, & lack of care from doctors.
13. Multiple surgeries.
14. Not being able to go outside and work in the yard.
15. Due to my weight and health, I lost friends. They disappeared.

The list could go on and on, but I will stop.
I will say that with GOD love and help, I had the strength to overcome these things. HE guided my path to where I am today.

I weighed in at the doctor at 229 pounds today October 2, 2013. This makes a total loss of 107 pounds as of today. I had lost a little more than that last year. I had lost down to 218 pounds. I had a bad backset with 5 back surgeries in two months time. The second surgery I got an infection and stayed in the hospital for weeks. I had to eat to feed the infection. The infection was eating up my oxygen and my nutrition. I had to eat such a high calorie diet, that I began to gain weight. I gained a total of 29 pounds back. It took me until early summer to get back on track. I started losing again. In July I lost my beloved sister, my best friend to an aneurysm. She died just a few days after finding out her cancer had returned. So I have been struggling with emotions. I am a fighter. I am standing back on my feet again with the LORD's help. I love the LORD. I love my husband. I love my Christian Family. I love my Spark Family. There are so many that have become dear friends and great encouragers. I love the food tracker that has been my biggest help as a tool. I am blogging again. This is a powerful tool, plus it puts me in touch with so many great folks out there. I love my teams and the challenges they offer. I love that my husband has been a wonderful support, joining me in healthy living. We are practicing for a 5k with Habitat for Humanity on October 19, 2013. Six days after we plan to do the Spark People 5k. We are doing the 5k's in honor of my sister. She was one of my best cheerleaders, as I worked on my health and weight loss. I feel healthier, happier, and blessed.
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Member Since: 11/30/2011

SparkPoints: 71,695

Fitness Minutes: 35,484

My Goals:
Continue Each Day with care of my body, mind and spiritual health.

Eat Healthy but make it tasty.

Use my Nutritional Tracker Daily

Consume Daily
Calorie 1200-1400
Carbs 150-160 grams
Fats 40-47 grams
Proteins 60-70 grams

Drink at least 12 cups of water

Eat out only occasionally and plan what I will order ahead of time.

Portion out everything so I can have a treat now and then.

Take water and an emergency snack with me when I go out anywhere. I want to prevent temptation, because I let myself go without eating.

Be more aggressive in my efforts to balance my food, exercise, and sleep.

Making sure hubbie and I live the healthiest we can.

Most of all be thankful to God for His help each day.

My Program:
What type of exercise will I do?

I want to mix it up to keep it interesting.

I will do cardio (right now mostly walking, I will use SparkPeople Video's as well.
Strength training (I like to mix it up each time)

I will use Sparkpeople videos as well as other internet videos , I will use DVD's . I will do therapy type exercises using my own body weigh. When I am having a bad day with back and knee pain I do bed exercises.

I do have some limitations, but I try to modify exercises to get a similar affect without harming myself.

How many minutes and how often will I exercise?

I want to do at least 30+ minutes. Exercising at least 4 times a week.

Personal Information:
I am a Christian. I love the LORD JESUS CHRIST!
I am from the south. I have a wonderful husband of 43 years. I have a sweet dog named Chaos. He is very smart and very spoiled. I love spending time with my best friend (My Husband).
I like to read. The Bible mostly.
I like to watch a good movie from time to time.
I like to knit and crochet. Anything crafty is up my ally.
I love painting with oils and watercolor.
I love gardening and working in the yard.

Other Information:
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I (JESUS) stand at the door, and knock; if any man (or woman) hear MY voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with ME.

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6/3/2014 8:40:51 AM

Sounds like you are doing very well. I couldn't walk an hour let alone 6 hours. Seems like everyone on Sparks are doing so much better than me. I had another heart Attack the middle on April. Stayed home. Didn't go to hospital. I can't sleep, all they do is take blood every so often, maybe do a test or two and drive you crazy. I'm much better at home. About a month or so ago I manage to do the laundry. Had to lay my head down on the table several times and I knew the Lord would see me through it to the end. Extremely hard on me. Manage to get to my apartment. Didn't get the laundry put away tell next night or two. Manage to go through a lot of papers and threw 4 big bags out. Sweep the kitchen and bathroom floor. Still need to do the bathroom, sweep and mop bathroom and kitchen floor. Dusted everything too. Need to do it again. My doctor assistant Pat Green has been coming out since I had the heart attack. Every 2-3 weeks. I was so exhausted and very tired all the time. Was sleeping at times 12-14 hours a day. The reason my heart was down to 43 or lower heart beat per minute. I just about died. One of the medications I am on caused it. She lowered the dosage on it and told me not to take a higher dosage because it would kill me. Plus other things that she has taken of. At times when I stand up my Blood Pressure drops very low. Get dizzy and whobly on feet it times. I'm very low menitaly, emotionally and depressed. All of this is very hard to handle at times. I hope I get the Power Chair soon. Has to be approved by the insurance company first though. Will let you go for now. Thank You for calling. I haven't been getting up tell 7-720 PM. this week it seems. Never know about my sleeping patterns though. So try calling again. Hope I will be up . God Blessings Always. Thinking about you. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care. Elaine.

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5/30/2014 12:55:29 AM

Thank you soooo much for reading my (very long) blog and commenting, and welcoming me back to Spark...

And yes, I am getting busy to get and stay back on track on this healthy lifestyle journey. I am off to a great start, but I know I have a lot of work to do and I need to stay on the path.

Good to hear from, I hope your journey is going well too.

Keep in touch,


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5/30/2014 12:12:45 AM

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. The words you shared made me think a little deeper once again. I appreciate everything you shared, and thank you once again for commenting as well.
Peace & Blessings

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5/29/2014 1:12:40 PM

I too have been stuck in that state of no man's land and felt like I was just falling endlessly. I too regained 30 Lbs. of the 140+ Lbs. that I lost. I have finally lost very slowly I might add, 13 Lbs. Just know that nothing is going to keep us down, We "Keep Walking With Jesus" will be successful!!

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5/28/2014 2:24:12 PM

A garden is a great way to commune with nature and the benefits? AWESOME!

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