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!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I've been sparking since March. During the last 7 months, I've lost 41 lbs., become much fitter and have lots more energy. I've lost 4.5 inches off my waist and 5 inches off my hips. The doctor has, twice, reduced my medication by half.
But in the last week, I've been losing my focus. I gained 3.5 lbs. this week. I haven't been getting my 10,000 steps in. The fact that it's been raining for the last week doesn't excuse my choices! That's why, today, I decided to evaluate and refocus on my achievements and my goals.
My stated goal when I joined SP was to weigh 150 lbs. in time for my son's wedding in January. But to be honest, I thought it was wishful thinking and didn't really think I'd be able to get down to the 175 lbs. I weigh right now. There are 29 weeks left between now and when the plane takes off on January 15th. I'd have to lose 1.6 lbs. per week to reach my goal of 150 lbs. Since I've joined SP, my average weekly loss has been 1.4 lbs, and it's not getting easier to lose as I get closer to goal! If I get down to 160 lbs., I'd still be very pleased.
So I'm sparking again - refocused and recommitted. I plan to post a mother-of-the-groom photo in January, and since the wedding will take place in the Caribbeans, I won't have much to hide behind!
I want to thank the Spark friends who've taken time to encourage me. It means more to me than you could know!
Here are 2 photos from a hike on my sister's mountain in Fitch Bay.
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