I have been overweight for about 30 years. (Overweight is the nice term. Morbidly obese is more accurate.) I had knee replacement surgery in December of 2010 which was not successful. I had nothing but pain for 20 months. I did NOT want to have the knee redone, so I decided that maybe if I lost 50 pounds, that would reduce the stress on my knee enough to not need to re-do the surgery.
So, starting in January of 2012 I started journaling all of my food and counting calories as a way to permanently change the way I eat. By June I had lost 50 pounds, but it didn't make any difference in my knee, so on August 7, 2012, I had the knee replaced again.
I don't know if they just did the procedure correctly this time or if the 60 pounds I had lost by the time of the surgery made the difference or what, but this recovery has been a totally different experience. Four weeks after surgery I am back at work, I've lost 6 more pounds and my knee is feeling really good.
I am now onto my second goal of losing another 50 pounds and after that, 20 more to get to my goal weight. That will be a total loss of 130 pounds. I have lost 66, so I am about 1/2 way there. I feel so much better, and I find that sparkpeople.com is a great companion to me on my journey. I have even found some exercise videos on the site that I can do, so I am starting to add exercise to my plan, too.
I intend to lost a total of 130 pounds. I am about 1/2 way there, having lost 66.
I am tracking all of my food and counting calories. I have just added fitness to the mix.
I am from Maple Valley, WA., about 25 miles southeast of Seattle.
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"You are destined to SUCCEED! We all have a crisis of confidence now and then.
But within each of us is a voice that whispers,"You can do it."
The more we listen, the louder and clearer it will become.
Deep down inside, you know you've got what it takes to achieve whatever you set your mind to.
So instead of ignoring that little voice, turn up the volume!"
~Woman's World Magazine~
TGIF, Sparkfriend! Have a healthy day, and remember that yes, you CAN achieve your goals, one step at a time, one day at a time. Don't be scared to put in that effort...you're worth it!
Q: What do you call an overweight pumpkin?
A: A plumpkin!
1592 days ago
"What is it that you would like to achieve?
What is it that you wish to change, improve upon, create, express or experience?
If you ever want it to happen, now is when you must do something about it.
If it is your desire to see it come about, it is your responsibility to make the necessary effort."
I hope you're having a fun and healthy weekend, Sparkfriend! Keep your goals in mind, and keep doing your best to reach them. Its up to you, and I know you can do it!
1598 days ago
Happy Saturday, Sparkfriend! I'm just stopping by to wish you a fun and healthy weekend! Never forget that you are capable and worthy of reaching your goals!
"Today is a new day. It's a day you have never seen before and will never see again.
Stop telling yourself the 'same crap, different day' lie! How many days has that lie stolen from you?
Seize the wonder and uniqueness of today! Recognize that throughout this beautiful day,
you have an incredible amount of opportunities to move your life into the direction you want it to go.”
1605 days ago
Your kitty looks a lot like one of my kitties!
1612 days ago
"You are capable and worthy of being and doing anything.
You just need the discipline and determination to see it through.
It won't come instantly, and you may backslide from time to time, but don't let that deter you.
Never give up. Life is an ever-changing process, and nothing is final.
Therefore, each moment and every new day is a chance to begin anew."
TGIF, Sparkfriend! I'm just stopping by to wish you a healthy day! Stay focused on your goals, and keep doing your best to make progress towards them. You are totally worth the effort, you know!
Have a Spark-o-licious weekend!
1613 days ago