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Why I am thankful for SparkPeople

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Somewhat over 4 years ago I joined SparkPeople. I had heard of it through several members of my church, including my pastor, who was doing very well losing weight and feeling better. At the time I was definitely very chubby. The chubbiness came as a reaction from previously suddenly losing about 50 pounds in 3 months without trying and almost dying. My life was saved by emergency surgery. At that time the hospital was desperately trying to get me to gain weight. Well, I did, plus more than enough. I decided it was time to take charge of the weight and my health and get to a healthy weight.

I had great difficulty walking due to weakness, so had to build up gradually to walking a little more per week. I lost weight nicely with SparkPeople. Not real fast, but enough that I felt it was progress. Then one day, the electric shopping carts at the store were all taken, so I thought I will try to shop with a regular cart since it is almost like using a walker -- just with more weight. I was very happy that I was able to do the entire shopping trip. I was tired -- but victorious! What others might take for granted was definitely an accomplishment.

During my time with SparkPeople, I discovered it was a great tool for controlling my diabetes. I have gradually improved my A1C, and my doctor is very happy with it. Also, I can keep track of my potassium intake to make sure I am getting enough for good health with my ileostomy.

I plan to stick with SparkPeople for the rest of my life. It is a great boon to me and others -- especially since I can afford it since it is free. (Great for low-income people!) emoticon

Thank you Chris Downie (SparkGuy), and may God bless you!
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  • v BOBBIENORTHERN1
    Nellie, this is so awesome with what you have been able to accomplish.

    I am so glad for you and I know Jesus is not done with you yet and you are getting better and better and healthier and stronger and will be able to do more and more. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1700 days ago
  • v EXCUSES-BE-GONE
    I am happy to hear you are planning on sticking around. You are a very good Mentor to all of us on the DNA team. Thanks for giving us some of your time. Paulette
    1702 days ago
  • v CAROLFAITHWALKR
    Great blog! We must not take our blessings for granted. It is good to count them.
    1703 days ago
  • v FLMOMX2
    So right!! Especially now with times getting tough, many of us would not be able to do this except that it is free. It fits my budget. emoticon
    1704 days ago
  • v JANETELIZABETH1
    Nellie what an inspiration you are to us all at SparkPeople and I was so happy to read your wonderful testimony....God bless you!!
    1704 days ago
  • v SUNRISE14
    emoticon APPRECIATE YOU ON SPARKPEOPLE AND ALSO ON THE TEAM GOD ANSWERS PRAYER ! YOU ARE AN EXAMPLE FOR US ALL AND I ALSO PLAN ON BEING HERE THE REST OF MY LIFE ! GOD BLESS YOU FRIEND ! IF I CAN HELP YOU IN ANYWAY I AM HERE DAILY FOR YOU IN PRAYER ! emoticon
    1704 days ago
  • v DIDMIS
    I thought I commented on this but guess I didn't. You have done really well and you are such an inspiration to me.
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    1706 days ago
  • v WARMSPRINGDAY
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    1707 days ago
  • v ACTIVE_AT_60
    I love your motivational story written here. Thank you.
    1707 days ago
  • v LOGOULD
    THANK YOU - NELLIE!!! You have been one of the greatest blessings here on Spark...always there with a reassuring or encouraging comment or suggestion. May God bless you as abundantly this Thanksgiving (and always) as you have blessed us!
    1707 days ago
  • v BLONDEE53
    Nellie!
    Thanks for posting this! You are definatly an "overcomer in Christ" and a great example to me and others.
    I too am so blessed to be a part of SP and thank God daily for my team members here, and for Chris...for his hard work, dedication and drive, to help so many!
    I am thankful for so many things today...and this site is one of 'em....
    Bren
    1707 days ago
  • v CONCHA77
    Happy Thanksgiving and wow, you have so much to be thankful for. You have been through tons with your health these past years but your "spark" has truly shined.
    Hugs and may God Bless You and your family, Connie

    1708 days ago
  • v SMIDGON
    Way to go, Girl!
    1708 days ago
  • v 1COUNTRY_GAL
    Nellie you are such a blessing and an inspiration to me.I did not know that about you.Progress Not perfection works the best! Congratulations on all the successes you have had on SparkPeople emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1708 days ago
  • v STEPHANALILLEY
    I've only been a Sparkian for 4 days now, and I was so thrilled to have found this site as well. The one thing I know I have control over is what I let pass my lips; and it is STRAIGHT to the hips! lol This site has everything I need and more... emoticon
    1708 days ago
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