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Mimaw Elizabeth

I am 57 years old, married three times, have children and grandchildren, and am happily married for over 13 years.
I'm also physically disabled from a brain and spinal injury, and fighting PTSD in addition to physical limits.

My main goal on Spark is to stay motivated and live a healthy lifestyle, both eating wisely and regularly engaging in physical activities. Food-wise, I'm doing well, and better with exercise.

My beloved son Scott was killed in February ...
I am 57 years old, married three times, have children and grandchildren, and am happily married for over 13 years.
I'm also physically disabled from a brain and spinal injury, and fighting PTSD in addition to physical limits.

My main goal on Spark is to stay motivated and live a healthy lifestyle, both eating wisely and regularly engaging in physical activities. Food-wise, I'm doing well, and better with exercise.

My beloved son Scott was killed in February 2008 (details are
in my blogs from February and March '08). I am still grieving,
and struggling to cope with the every day stuff. I think I'm
regaining my balance now, and I know I'm celebrating Life.

I hope you'll take a look at my Photo Gallery, and enjoy sharing those special times with my wonderful family!

My husband was diagnosed with ESRD in 2011, and started Peritoneal Dialysis. It's going well, and his lab work is stable;
he's working toward qualifying for a kidney transplant, and
I'm doing what I can to get him there!



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Member Since: 4/9/2007

SparkPoints: 237,052

Fitness Minutes: 104,680

My Goals:
My initial ambitious attempts on Spark triggered my usual self-sabotage, crash- and- burn pattern. I decided to take my time and learn to use Spark's tools, going for a long term goal of eating and living healthily, but not worrying about weight loss.

I've been very heavy (obese) for over 20 years now, except for a short time several years ago. I lost a total of 105# and had maintained it for almost two years. I was doing very well, but "lost it" - the panic, depression and inertia of PTSD, prompted by retrauma of CSA, put me in such a tailspin I gained over 50# in four months, then 20 more in three months, going on to gain over 115# total.

My Program:
I'm doing well now as far as using the tools on Spark.
I weigh and measure and honestly track ALL my food every day. That's the bottom line for me, the most basic of steps, and IMO the most important tool.

I love to read the articles and research, and do other Spark activities. Reading and posting on my teams' message boards is an excellent outlet, and a wonderful source of support and comfort. I try to remember to turn to Spark when I start floundering, and I've spent many a night on Spark instead of binging.

I have a membership at
24 Hour Fitness and use their pool for water-based physical therapy. My biggest challenge is exercising consistently.
The problem is just as much mental as my physical limitations.

Personal Information:
I have two biological children, one each from my first two marriages. Often, they were my only reason for living, and remain my heart and soul.
Son Scott would be 33 now, but he died in February 2008. Daughter Aubrey, 28, married in 2007; photos of this wonderful day are in my gallery. She & SIL moved to Colorado in April 2010.

My DH Bob is a wonderful, affectionate and caring man who has always loved me just the way I am! We've been together since 1996, and married for a lucky 13 years!

His grown daughter has two children (one step, one bio).
I am "Mimaw" to Kaile, age 9, who is part of our life almost every day, and an adult grandson who occasionally hangs out.

I was crippled in a fall in 1994, disabled with a brain and spinal injury. My children and I suffered greatly, financially and emotionally, abandoned by my second husband.

Slowly, I rebuilt my life with my kids. Meeting my DH is the icing on the cake of life!

Other Information:
PTSD from violent sexual abuse in my childhood has hindered me all my life.
With the death of my son,
I am dealing with a whole new set of devastating emotions.
When I started on Spark People in 2007, the wonderful, caring and sharing community here made a huge difference in my life.
I feel stronger and more grounded, and have had more successful days and weeks in the last six years than in ALL my years before!
Also, I know I would not have survived the death of my son without Spark in my life, and the support of my Sparkfriends.

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GIA_ROSY
5/23/2013 1:08:11 PM

Dear Elizabeth.....I enjoyed looking at the pictures of your beautiful family. You are truly an inspiration.
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DIANEDOESSMILES
5/19/2013 8:22:16 PM

TY for opening a new thread,, my cat is missing,, b4 that I had been "trying" to settle into my new place. So yeah,,, things ae UP In the AIR. Now I am soo UPSET That Izzy is missing,,, to the MAX !! She's about all I had left for "things" ,,I owned b4 leaving here to Denver,,,and now back again. I've been having to buy everthing new again. I am beyond discouraged. It was a domestic abuse thing that lead me to QUICKLY Leaving Denver,,,with SIL. He's a TERRIBLE PERSON !!! Though I "love" him, I FEAR him and am DISCUSTED by him.



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BARBARAROCKSIT
5/9/2013 9:54:13 PM

Thank you for your answer on the message board about Water Jogging vs. Water Aerobics.

I too LOVE the water because I "feel" like I'm exercising -- on land I can't go long enough to really feel like I'm making progress.

Appreciate you taking the time to post.





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CORKYTHEMOM1
5/4/2013 7:36:55 PM

Elizabeth, my condolences in the loss of your beloved brother, Joe. Please know that I am here for you at any time. Embracing you in comforting support and hugs. Many prayers to you and your brother's family.


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SYLPHINPROGRESS
3/24/2013 1:57:00 PM

Thank you for the lovely spring bouquet.

I'm wishing your husband smooth sailing.
emoticon emoticon an ice cream cone is the perfect reward for being a brave, little soldier no matter the age



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