Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I have the most wonderful day today that I feel like sharing it with all my spark friends. This morning I have an appointment with my orthopedist. The last time I was there was just about 2 months into my weight loss journey. With his head down into my chart, he asked me how I was doing. I proudly announced that I had lost 160 pounds in the last year and a half. So he says, "you had gastric bypass, RIGHT?" I answered with a NO, I decided to skip surgery. So the next question was, So how did you do it? I began to share all about Sparkpeople.com with him and of course I whipped out one of my Spread The Spark cards. It was a great feeling, one of the greatest non-scale celebrations when he asked me, well how much do you weigh now. I answered proudly 147. Then I added that I plan to continue to lose another 28 or so pounds.
So bad news is that I need total knee replacement eventually when I decide the time is right. But, for now I was given a cortisone shot. Surprise to me, the shot did not hurt nearly as my as I have been told by others. Hopefully it does the trick because sometimes the knee begins to hurt before I want to quit doing stuff like walking the dog for more than an hour. I really shouldn't complain because before the weight loss, I couldn't even walk into Wal-mart from the parking lot without hanging on to a basket. Many a shopping was cut short back in those days because of knee, ankle pain and also foot numbness. When I think back to those days, I am so proud of my self for sticking to my guns and changing my lifestyle and my eating habits.
Second great thing is that some one FINALLY noticed that my drivers licence doesn't look at all like me any more. Another opporitunity to Spread the Spark.
Last thing is that I was a Costco looking at new eyeglass frames. My face has gotten so much smaller that I need a completely different size and shape of frames. Once again, I handed out a Spark card. The clerk was so happy that she began to cry. She said that God had a hand in me sharing Sparkpeople with her. I told her that sharing Sparks and helping others who feel that that they have no hope, helps me too. Life is SOOOOO GOOD.