Monday, October 22, 2012
I haven't been on the SparkPeople site for some time. I blame it on health issues, recent widow-hood, too much to do and too little time, too much depression. Well, you get the picture. But in spite of all my excuses, I know I have no valid reason.
Nobody tied my hands so I couldn't type. No-one force-fed me. No one wouldn't let me exercise. They were all my personal choices. But I can choose to change all that. I can choose to get better, healthier, slimmer. I can choose to get my diabetes under control. I can choose to be the best I can be. I can choose to liveÑnot just exist.
So my pledge to myself is to start making good choices. And with your help and support, I can do it! And by being a friend and support to you I will strengthen my own commitment.
So here goes! Together we can change our world. Alone, in a vacuum, we probably won't change anything, least of all, ourselves. So I choose to refuse to give up! I WILL succeed!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I have been married 39 years as of last Christmas Day. My dear husband told people he married me on December 25th so he could remember when Christmas was! He was a wonderful man. I lost him on January 12, 2012. His funeral was yesterday, January 16th.
He is no longer in pain, no longer suffering, as he has for three long years. He is okay nowÑwhole, not hurting, embraced by the arms of God. I don't begrudge for a minute that he has gone on ahead of me.
Yes, I'll miss himÑalready do. Yes, I love him so much. Yes, I'll be lonely. But I have the hope of the resurrection and I know I'll see him again, be with him again someday.
Things will return to normal, it will just be a new normal. This is the first time in my adult life that I have not been responsible for anyone but myself. It will be different, but will become my new normal.
I am grateful for friends like SparkPeople who give me so much support. I'll need you more than ever now. Thanks for being there.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Well, really I'm not lucky—that denotes that some mysterious something blesses me whether I deserve it or not. I am, however, extremely fortunate and am blessed with more things than I can count. Let's see. How about nature: the colors splashed and blended by God's paintbrush; the beautiful sunrises and sunsets with their kaleidoscope of yellow, red, scarlet, and eventually fading into darkness; family—life—the sweet responsibility of holding and teaching a tiny new person as he/she grows into manhood or womanhood; my friends—on line, in person, in church, or even a stranger standing in line waiting to check out at the local grocery store; family—I can't begin to express the love and joy my family brings me—not just my husband and children, but my siblings with whom I was raised and my extended family. As I said in the beginning, I am blessed with more things than I can count. But you, my dear SparkFriends, are a special blessing who I know I can count on, who I have learned to love, who are so wise and embrace me with a blanket of caring and concern that carry me through any hard times back into the light. Why am I lucky? Let me count the ways....
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I've been really discouraged this past week, both with personal issues and my weight loss program. I had decided I was going to quit taking my meds (including my insulin), quit going to doctors, and just let my life run its course. It didn't seem worth the effort to do otherwise. But with the counsel of SparkFriends and encouraging words of other friends, I realize that life is worth living and that I need to start getting back on track.
My emotions are still really raw, but I just wanted you to know that the words you say may seem trivial to you, but mean the world to others. They can be lifesaving without your ever knowing you made an impact. And so, dear Spark friends, when you have the opportunity, don't hesitate to give encouragement to others. You may save their sanity or their very lives. Even if you don't know the impact, you can know that it will be counted as good in the record of your life.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to give me the courage to go on.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Oh, did I mention it's buried under about 100 pounds of fat? But it's there! My goal is to get to where it shows to the rest of the world! It is encouraging to me to know it is there, and by following SparkPeople's encouragement, posting to my Teams, and recording everything I eat (Oh, bummer! I'd really rather not know, but that's what got me where I am!), oh yes, and drinking my water instead of the sodas I'm hooked on, I can reach my goal. Maybe not in 2011 (that's an average of 2 pounds a week) but hopefully by my birthday in 2012.
Just remember, ladies, that you have a figure just as impressive. And guys, you are a hunk! Let it show!
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