Sunday, January 12, 2014
I joined sparkpeople on January 12, 2006. I started my journey at 190 lbs.
This picture was taken just before the new year. It was coming up to the year anniversary of my youngest daughter Bethany's proton radiation in Loma Linda, California. It was time for me to think of me!! So I began my journey...
I began my journey with walking everyday and doing strength training on my total gym 3 days a week. I was very faithful to my tracking of food and using the community here on sparkpeople. By November 17, 2006 I was at 153 lbs! I had lost 37 lbs and was feeling great!!!
This photo was taken before we did our bathroom, I wanted to make sure I could stretch out in the tub...but this is me at 153 lbs.
So what happened....
I continued on my journey, but we found ourselves needing some more income so I took a job at a local grocery store where I hurt my back. I thought I was lifting correctly but even still I felt a horrible POP....I had herniated my back at L5 S1 of the lower spine. The doctors said it should get better in a few weeks but to take it easy. So as the weeks turned into months, it didn't get better in fact it got worse...so I was referred to a neuro-surgeon. I waited for so long but finally the day came when they called for my appointment. So I went in, sent right to the hospital for another MRI....back to his office the same day!! Finally I new I needed surgery to repair the disk...I had not only herniated the disk, I had broken pieces of bone and my nerve had been pinched the whole time.
June 4, 2007 - I finally got my surgery. After my surgery I still had pain and the nerve was damaged and we didn't know if it was ever going to repair itself. So I spent the next 2 years going on a yo-yo!! During my yo-yo phase I had a new friend in my life, which in the end wasn't so great for me. She liked to party and have fun but at the expense of my health...
2010 I vowed that it was going to be better....then again in 2011....and 2012....oh and 2013....lol Well I have to say 2013 even though it was tough, I needed ankle surgery to remove a growth from my joint on the ankle, thankfully it wasn't cancer, I made some decisions from the heart and starting fixing me on the inside and making me a priority....a light bulb went off.....before I can ever really lose the weight and keep it off I have to fix me...I have to love myself for who I am and not believe its what others see....Which brings us to 2014!!! My first goal of 2014 was to have family fun days once a week with my family. I have to say I love them and look forward to them every week!!!
So looking back its been a whirlwind of 7 years!! But I love my life and my family!! Here's to the next chapter in my journey!!!
Starting off 2014 with Playing in the Snow!!