I thought it would be good to create a picture diary of my progress to date. Here is where I began
This picture, along my health concerns got me to start looking for a way to lose weight. My doctor visit early in April had been a disaster and she wanted to increase my meds for blood pressure and diabetes. I knew I had to do something--but what? I went to the library and there on the bookshelf was something called "The Spark." At that point I had never heard of Sparkpeople. As I began reading the book I saw there was an associated website and very quickly I got online and found Sparkpeople.com. I couldn't believe my eyes--I had been a weight watcher and tried their website--here was a site with far more features than WW and it was free!!!!! So, right away I joined Sparkpeople and immediately was contacted by people in my interest group--how great!
I thought I would just use the Healthy Foods Tracker as I knew the importance of writing down everything I ate. The Fitness Tracker? No way! In my first pic I am seated (and really fill) my rocker. I could barely get in and out of that, with help from the porch rail nearby. I had Charcot's foot, I had a knee that had needed surgery, it literally hurt me to get up and down. But as I read the stories of others who were completely disabled, bedfast, in wheel chairs, I began to be thankful for my limited mobility. I only had one pair of custom shoes which were about to wear out because of the expense of replacing them--but I decided I would start trying to walk even if they fell apart.
My first walk was about a hundred yards--from the house to the barn. I was totally exhausted. Here is a picture of that walk.
That very small beginning to led to other very small steps--wearing a pedometer and setting a goal of 1,000 steps per day. Soon I was walking past the barn, around the bend and into the next pasture. I could barely make it to a big oak tree, then I had to pause for a while, catch my breath, then gradually, painfully, walk back. I have chronicled this process in another blog so won't belabor the point. I also started using the small hand weights I had and doing the strength exercises I could while seated. I wrote about my pain--and almost immediately others said I had the same problem when I started and assured me it would get better if I keep trying. At every point of doubt someone was there to encourage me to keep on keeping on.
I lost weight almost immediately and with few exceptions I have continued to do so every week. I really got kicked into high gear on fitness when I joined the 5% Summer Challenge, and joined the "Determined Daisies." Here is my picture taken on Mother's Day--my belt was already getting too big!
I found my old hiking staff and began using it on hikes out into the first pasture to the third pasture which I have also blogged about. Here is a pic of me then. Notice I am still hiking in old custom shoes in this pic.
I had long resolved to join a Wellness Center nearby for people 50+ (35 miles away) that charged no monthly fees. I finally did so, and began trying to walk on the padded track there and then tried out a Recumbent Cross Trainer that I could only stay on the first time I tried it for five minutes because it was set at Max Power. Near the Wellness Center was a New Balance store which I have blogged about where I got a great pair of New Balance shoes that worked much better in the gym and out. As I wrote on a recent blog I am now up to 9/10 power on the cross trainer and workout 60 minutes or more 3 times a week or more.
That brings us to the present. Today was my day to return to the doctor. Here is my pic from a few days ago. Notice the new shoes, plus the new shorts, and new shirt, all in a sizes a lot smaller than when I started.
In this picture I had lost 39.2 lbs. Today I have lost a little over 40 lbs. At my Doctor visit, my blood pressure meds got reduced to where they were earlier. My insulin scrip for Humalog was cut in half. The Dr. was somewhat shocked by my progress but happy! I had been looking forward to surprising her, so that was great fun.
Thank you for reading and sharing my journey. I am on target to lose 100 lbs by February, then reevaluate. I am preparing for another 5% challenge and see no reason I cannot achieve these goals. I hope you have found the joy I have in using SP. If I can help in any way or share, I love giving back.