Thursday, September 23, 2010
I read the blog today on Sparks member NANJET, about it being only 100 days till the end of the year. I can not believe how far I have come since Nov. '09. To be honest I never thought I would stick with Sparks when I started. I joined in June '09, and didn't do anything with it until November. I always had a reason not to start.
1st. I had a Lupus Flare up in March '09 and my doctor put me on high doses of prenidsone (a steroid), so in June I wasn't mentally ready to start anything. I even had to drop out of college for the 4th time in the past 30+ yrs.
2nd. Everyone gains weigh on steroids and it is difficult to lose.
3rd. We went on vacation summer of '09 going from our home in Anaheim, CA to CO, across Kansas to MO then down to OK and back. I tried to watch what I ate but it is impossible to think about dieting when you have so much good food to eat.
I had a doctor's appointment at the beginning of November and talk to him about Sparks People. He told me I would not be able to lose weight as long as I was on the prenidsone. Well that pretty much pissed me off and I decided right then that I would prove him wrong and I have. LOL
I have lost pretty slowing but consistently, I was 200 and had only lost 4 pounds on my own. At first, I was just glad to lose the first 5 pounds in my first week. I knew that it would slow down to 1-2 pounds after that, but I saw how well I did and kept going. Every time I saw my doctor I had lost some more weight and he asked me about the site. He wanted to use it himself and a few of the nurses were now interested once I had got down to 170 by Easter.
After a while I got more involved with the site and groups. I became a co-leader of the first group I joined and started participating in more groups. During this summer '10r, I was on 2 summer challenges and low and behold I won both of them!
How did I do this? I became more active, I joined our local county hiking club, doing hikes & kayaking. I still go to the gym too but not inclusively. I am bowling again, getting pretty good too. I never thought I would be able to do that after I have cervical spine surgery in Nov. '06. I walk everyday and do some kind of exercise dvd , too.
At this point, I want to thank my friend Sandy who got me involved with the site. I have told her over and over again that she really saved my life. She is still not near her goal but I keep encouraging her and she tells me I am an inspiration to her. I have had several friends who have said they would not even know me if they walked right by me now. LOL Of course I would never let a friend pass me by without stopping them to see how they are doing, give them a hug, and say "Hello".
Only 100 days to my goal and I am sure now that I will make it. Of course if you had asked me when I started if I would still be here, I am not sure I could of answered "yes". Now I know I will always want to be a member of this loving community.
I want to thank all my Sparks friends and the groups that I belong to for their encouragement, kind words and laughs. Peace, Love & Blessings to you all.