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There's a story behind my praise

Saturday, June 12, 2010

This diet (lifestyle change) is new for me. I've never been on a diet, I could eat whatever I wanted to eat, eat when I wanted to and I didn't gain weight. I exercised almost everyday and was eating what I thought was healthy.

Many stressful situations started happening ... I was getting older, I loss my job, daughter graduated from college, she moved to LA and left me home alone, mom got sick and had to go in a nursing home, I was her only caregiver and there was no time in my busy day to exercise. I found another job but not in my field so I had to start at the bottom and the final straw was my mom passed away.

Too many stressful situations to handle! I couldn't get out of bed or off the sofa, didn't eat, didn't exercise, couldn't sleep and refused to be thankful for being alive. I could see myself gaining weight but I didn't have the strength nor the desire to do anything about it. I went to the doctor got on the scale and I couldn't believe just how much weight I had gained.

That was my wake up call. I got out of bed and off the sofa, and saw God in all His glory for the first time in a long time. I was able to take a deep breath without reminding myself to do it and I said thank you God for my life. Then I talked to my sister, she told me about SP and the website that had life changing information on it. I was reluctant to try this “lifestyle change” but at that point I didn't have anything to lose but weight.

Seeing God deliver me from a dark place, taking a deep breath and SP was the starting point to my "lifestyle change." I am so thankful to God for giving me courage to face another day and my SP friends for the motivation to keep walking away the pounds.

Life situations will happen again but this time I will be more equipped to handle it because now I am depending on my loving Father to direct my path and my SP family to help me through the difficult times.

I have been on my Sparks journey for about (11) weeks and I have changed spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically (have lost 11 pounds) and I'm getting healthier and stronger everyday.

I praise God for carrying me when I was to weak to walk, for holding me in His loving arms when I needed to feel secure, for giving me strength to keep going when I wanted to give up, for my sister introducing me to SP, for a healthy mind, spirit and body and for my SP family.

Through it all, God kept me and He didn't let go. I praise God everyday for placing my feet on solid ground and for giving me peace. “I can do all things through Christ that strengthen me.”

This is the story behind my praise.
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  • MNOT2THICK
    Look what God and his glory have done for one of his temples. Beautiful, keep up the good work.
    2177 days ago
  • HALLALUYAH
    And what a story it is. You are blessed.
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    2243 days ago
  • JAYE180
    There's always a way with faith and perseverance...I love you, Sis.
    2297 days ago
  • KEEP-GOING
    I am thankful God put people here like you with a heart of praise. I hit spots of emptiness and at times for no reason. I wonder sometimes how He tolerates me. I pray starting today to keep the attitude of praise at all times in Jesus Name amen!

    Thank you for blogging. sandy
    2298 days ago
  • 1GROVES2
    I loved your blog and thank you for it. I had a lot of stressful things thrown at me all at once too...both my parents hadto g to a nursing home, and I was their main care giver too, the other sisters lived over 100 miles away and the brother has always been too self-absorbed to be of any use to anyone (sorry). Mom passed away, the 15 months later Dad passed away...I lost 2 friends to breast cancer in that same period of time, I lost my job and felt useless....anyway...Thank You,I guess I am trying to say I know how it is...I praise God in the sunshine as well as in the storms. He will see us through.
    2298 days ago
  • EMBRACE_SUCCESS
    I am really opening myself up to spirituality and it's great to read about someone who took this journey with the help of a higher power. Thank you for sharing this!
    2298 days ago
  • PUPPETGIRLKY
    THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS BLOG:) I REALLY NEEDED TO JUST HEAR THAT GOD IS WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AND THAT HE PICKS UP WHEN WE ARE DOWN. I'M GOING THROUGH ALOT IN MY FAMILY RIGHT NOW AND I TOO AM SO VERY BLESSED TO HAVE FOUND THIS WEBSITE FOR NEEDED ENCOURAGEMENT. I BELIEVE IN APRIL WHEN I JOINED SP...GOD NEW MY TODAY WAS COMING AND WAS ALREADY SPEAKING TO YOU TO WRITE THIS BLOG TO ENCOURAGE ME...BLESS YOU GIRL AND I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND...LOL I ONLY HAVE TWO FRIENDS:)

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    2298 days ago
  • MARCYNA
    As I read your story I could not help noticing how close it resemble mine. And I too see SP as a God-given gift to help me out of an impossible situation. In Him We Can Do Anything.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    2298 days ago
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