Wednesday, October 20, 2010
At my highest weight (about 4 years ago), I was morbidly obese. At 5' 3", I weighed 243 lbs. and had a BMI of 43.1. I was so out of shape that it was painful to just walk around the block. I started walking and eating well. Then my sister introduced me to hiking and I lost 50 lbs. Unfortunately, when I got down to 179 lbs., I hit a plateau and got very discouraged. I became negligent and regained about 25 lbs.
When I had a heart attack on January 30th of this year, I was obese at 217 lbs. I started Sparking in February, not sure what to expect. I was surprised at the caring support I received! I started reading articles and blogs, joined SparkTeams and used the great tools SP offers. I've learned a lot in the 8 months I've been Sparking!
One of the biggest gifts God has given me, healthwise, is my sister and walking buddy. She coached me and is not the least bit afraid to give me a good swift kick in the butt when I need it! I'm so grateful for her! She believed in me when I didn't believe in myself.
Well, as of this morning, I'm overweight at 167-1/2 lbs. I've lost 75 lbs. since my highest weight. A BMI of 29.6 might not be anything to make some of YOU smile about, but coming from being morbidly obese, with a BMI of 43.1, I'm smiling!
I don't even know if I have any photos of myself at my highest weight. I did my best to avoid having my picture taken.
This "before" photo was taken by my sister while we were walking at the Cherry River bog. I weighed about 205 lbs. I've given that sweatshirt away. It just got too big to wear.
This "after" photo was taken with my son when he visited in July. I've lost another 13 lbs. since this photo was taken, but it does show some of the progress I had made. I plan to have my "real" after photos taken at his wedding in January.
Thank you, SparkFriends! Thank you for being honest in your blogs, so that I can relate to what you write. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to write comments on my blogs and SparkPage, and for giving me SparkGoodies. I don't always write back because of a lack of time, but I am so grateful for you!