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Monday, April 01, 2013

So far 2013 has proven to be a daunting year. Every month I make a new start only to have a some small physical setback. Last month was one week in the hospital because my body was apparently fighting some infection. I knew I was feeling "off" but figured it was stress and overwork. No time to be tired, so I just kept going until I dropped. Literally passed out twice in the middle of the night and scared my family.

Good news that came out of that week in the hospital was that my blood pressure and heart are great thanks to the almost 2 years of exercise and healthy lifestyle choices. Cholesterol is low. And my wacky thyroid that grew nodules and caused my hormones to fluctuate has been shrinking on it's own and hormone levels are good. So, I feel like living proof that not only has these changes in my lifestyle helped my lose weight, but has in fact made me a healthier person all around.

Now, I am determined to kick 2013 in its butt and not have anymore setbacks. Let's get this started.

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Personal Discovery

Saturday, August 25, 2012

So, when I decided to join SP it was because I was at a really bad place physically. I knew I needed to lose weight because I felt so bad all the time. One doctor had said I had Fibromyalgia and wanted to put me on a daily pill with scary side effects. I refused. Another occasion I was asked if I had a history of high blood pressure and was on medication. I was shocked. All I did know is that I was in daily pain. I hurt from head to toe all day, every day. I couldn't climb the stairs to clean an apartment without having to stop and catch my breath. I was miserable and I blamed it all on being so overweight. At a short 5 foot 1 inch, finding clothes to fit when you are 188 pounds is nearly impossible. I hated the way I looked in pictures. No, I just hated the way I looked. But, I didn't take this journey for vanity sake, I chose this because I was afraid of becoming steadily sicker and dying too young to enjoy my family and life.

So, thanks to SP this last year I have lost about 50 pounds and several inches and clothes sizes. I am happy when I look in the mirror and see all my progress. I have been even happier at how great I feel. The pains, the high blood pressure, the insomnia, the short of breath feelings....all gone. emoticon

Then last month I had to have a cyst removed from my back. No big deal, except it's taking longer to heal than I expected and I have not been able to exercise all month. I have good and bad days with following the calorie count and that with lack of movement I have gained back 5 pounds. Not worried, I know that will come back off soon.

My discovery is that the pains are back. It wasn't the weight that caused my pains, my legs to swell, and the sleep issues. It was the lack of exercise. The longer this month has gone on, the more pain I have experienced. Everywhere. My legs are feeling swollen and my feet hurt at the end of the day. All of these things went away while I exercised regularly.

So, exercise is for life. Our bodies are meant to move, to be used physically. We are not built to be couch potatoes or sit at a desk and just use our brains. We must push it, pull it, strengthen it and work it. Change of diet alone will never be enough.

I'm planning to start back slowly on Monday. Wish me luck. I need to get back on that treadmill and push this body back into happiness. emoticon

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    I am so proud of you for loosing so much weight that is just inspiring. Sorry to hear your in pain. Maybe you could find gentle exercises and start off slowly. Your so smart and down to earth I miss being able to walk the mall with you. Lord bless my friend with healing shes come along way and this is just another challenge help her to have wisdom help her to be encouraged and have hope that this will pass and she will be back to feeling great again amen.

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HEYITSJUDED 9/3/2012 1:04PM

    Good luck and congratulations on your weight loss so far! I hope your back is better soon so you can get back to all your exercising and I know that 5 pounds you gained will be gone before you know it!!!!!! emoticon

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MARITIMER3 8/27/2012 11:56PM

    You've learned an important lesson that we all should learn. Our bodies are meant to move... there was much less obesity when most people were physically active at their jobs. We aren't meant to sit in front of computers, or the tv, for hour after hour. I've been slacking off on exercise lately too, except gardening, which is my one saving grace when it's so terribly hot outside.

I'm glad you're back, and I'll be right there with you on the treadmill!

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LJCANNON 8/25/2012 2:45PM

    emoticonI am so glad that you are feeling better than you were Before Spark People!!
emoticonMaybe start with an Easy Walk this evening instead of waiting until Monday? I know that when I had Surgery back in October I couldn't Exercise for 6 weeks. But I walked to the Gym EVERY Day to visit the Ladies there. Walking really DOES make a Huge difference even when you just walk 10 or 15 minutes once or twice a day.

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Thank you

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I was feeling a bit off today. I had a super early appointment and had to skip my workout. I have just felt no motivation all day and didn't even plan on tracking my foods. Just a large case of the blahs where nothing seemed to be going right for today. emoticon

I came on here as an excuse not to start my school work yet, and there I find two new comments on my page offering support and encouragement. Just what I needed for today. So, I went back and tracked and surprise, I was actually doing well without it. emoticon

So thank you for your support, it's always perfectly timed. I hope I can be there just when you need someone. emoticon I think that's what makes this work for so many of us when we couldn't do it any other way. It's so important to know that you are not alone in your daily battles.

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HEYITSJUDED 7/19/2012 2:20PM

    Glad we can help each other out in times of need! Congrats on doing well with your food without tracking. It is a learning process, but once you track for awhile you can almost tell without it.

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MARITIMER3 7/18/2012 9:01PM

    The Spark Friends we make is one of the best part of the program!

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STARWARSFAN2 7/18/2012 7:41AM

    Hey! That is what we are here for!!! emoticon emoticon

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Just rambling......

Sunday, July 15, 2012

So, I've reached that stage where I lose and gain the same few pounds each week. Up one, down two; it's like a dance step without the music. There where times in my life when this alone would have frustrated me to the point of giving up. The thought pops in my head that I am smaller than I have ever been, why worry about it? The fact is I have learned in this last year is that the scale only represents numbers, not me.

I know I am healthier than I have EVER been. I can breath better, I can move better, I have energy and stamina that I never had before. I have learned to see my life through a new set of eyes. I see the future with possibilities of all the new things I would like to do.

And I know I don't always share my personal ups and downs online, but this last year has had some real roller coaster moments for me. Most of these were not related to my health changes, and at other points in my life would have derailed my progress. It has been the support and accountability I feel from coming here everyday that has been my comfort and push to keep going. I am so glad that I am here.

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HEYITSJUDED 7/15/2012 7:15PM

    I love this! Over and over again i read about how spark people is helping people reach their goals. I am so glad my husband and I found this website, It has changed us for the better. We have met so many new people that inspire and lift us up. We try to return the favor as much as possible! emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work!

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MARITIMER3 7/15/2012 1:47PM

    It's amazing, isn't it, how much support we can get from our Spark Friends? I may never meet any of them, and yet I know that they are here for me, just as I am here for them. It's a real community, almost an extended family, and it's wonderful.

You are doing aa so well, and you deserve to be very proud of yourself

Take care,
Gail emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My portion control speech

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I have spoken to quite a few of my fellow sparkers about my college courses over the last year. Well I just finished 16 weeks of Physics I & II which made me realize I understand nothing of how the universe works. emoticon

But I also finished my speech class. We were allowed to pick our own topic to give an 8-10 minute informative speech about. So of course, I chose something that has been forefront in my own life this last year. Portion control, obesity and of course, Sparkpeople. I feel it came out okay, not bad for someone afraid of the camera and public speaking.
emoticon At least I survived and received an A+ for the class.

For anyone interested in watching here is the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XJmYcMIAck&

I hope you enjoy and hope you all are having as much fun doing this as I am.

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STARWARSFAN2 7/18/2012 7:55AM

    I just watched your video. SUPER job! I favorited the video so I can have a review of portion control images (comparing hands to portions of different food groups) handy. emoticon

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MARITIMER3 7/6/2012 9:13PM

    I understand completely how you feel about physics - my son is a physics professor, and I can't even ask him an intelligent question about his work!

Thaks for posting the video of your speech, and congratulations on the A+!

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TURTLE_CHELLE 7/2/2012 3:13PM

    I look forward to watching your speech. It's funny how the more we learn, the less we seem to know! I often feel that way. emoticon
btw, I love your background photo. My sons and I are getting ready for a middle earth marathon! emoticon

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LJCANNON 7/1/2012 12:58AM

    I will be watching this as soon as possible! I am sure that it was GREAT!!

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