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My progress & Happy, Healthy June!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Hi SparkFriends!
The month of May was highly stressful for my husband and I. Medical issues, job issues, and challenges to just keep it all together. In my past this would have been a real trigger to eat like crazy. I am proud to say, I did not do that. I did have more "special" selections of foods, however, it never triggered an eating episode and I often made sure I cut out other things to be sure not to lose control. This is the true "lifestyle change"! I did not have that famous dialog in my head of "I will start over tomorrow, I screwed up today", etc. That is change and freedom! I am amazed that if I choose to eat pizza and wings...I still counted the slices and number of wings to record, I paid attention to how full I felt, and stopped before I was stuffed! I also rarely eat the leftovers and the control I have learned means as much to me as the weight loss. This means I will not be gaining and losing and in that dreaded cycle that has been my life! I keep in mind to eat fruits and veggies...if I do indulge in something I try to add a salad...for the healthy aspect but also to fill me up, so I still have something special but do not just eat that! And water...although I still struggle with the 8 total, I am no longer drink soda. I actually do not like diet cola's at all...even question how I drank them in the past!? I no longer live with a salt shaker in my hand and this was what I thought was impossible! I could literally eat salt! I picked it off pretzels and threw the pretzels away!!! I love these changes and know they all lead to health. I am off my acid reflux prescription medication, I am on a very low dose of blood pressure meds now, and I have lowered my diabetes meds...this is awesome!!!
I have started weighing in monthly! It helps keep me focused on lifestyle change and body change. I weighed in today and I lost 3 pounds in May...not alot, but I am a wheelchair if I leave the house and walk very little and with a cane in the house. I need double knee replacement and the weight loss will enable me to have successful, safe surgery and easier rehab after it. So, I am pleased with the number. That is a total of 44 pounds since Aug last year! My personal total it is 107 pounds since I was weighed in the hospital when I had pneumonia and breathing issues and had to be admitted to the hospital. I am hoping to lose another 40 pounds and then pursue the surgery. That is the weight I was married at 18 years ago this month! I remember how well I was able to move and, although I will still need more weight loss, is reasonable weight. And the fact I will be able to move around again...I will get a boost for weight loss. I can't imagine the joy of walking around the block or being able to go grocery shopping!!!
I would like to take this time to thank my SparkFriends for their support and encouragement! I have no words for how much it means and how important you are to me! I think of you daily and wish for you the very best.
I wish you all success on your journey and hope you are also making progress and keeping positive!
Love & Hugs,
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    Good for you!!! I let things get to me the other day and started on the chocolate. I was extremely depressed. I really thought I had a job and it didn't come through. I am really hoping and praying that the right job will come through.
    1551 days ago
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    The things that you mentioned: the dialogue (screwed up today! back on it tomorrow!) I think that MOST of us can absolutely relate with. And I love it that you mentioned that wonderful trick of filling up on salad, before the hot wings and pizza!

    You are such a wonderful, good person. I truly wish I lived next to you. I would do your toe nails, brush your hair, cheer you on. I truly am pleased that you are getting healthier, and I pray for your continued success on this journey to walking again.

    I am going to be 53 this year, and although I'm under 200 pounds, have problems walking when my weight gets too high. I can do it, and do it well, but there is pain, stiffness...I walk as though I'm on stumps, if you know what I mean. We will both get healthy this year. This is OUR year!!!

    1563 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I am so impressed that you did not allow all the stressors to influence you to cast aside your concern about nutrition and health - good for you! I hope June proves to be more peaceful. I am proud of you for progressing so well in your quest to lose weight and add more mobility to your life. emoticon emoticon
    1577 days ago
    This is really admirable progress and I so want to get the place where I feel I can trust the lifestyle changes I have been practicing! Your efforts and determination and attitude are an inspiration to me. Keep on Sparking! emoticon
    1577 days ago
    So much awesome progress, Mary!!! I'm so glad to hear how much your health is improving! I'm still rootin' for you as you continue on this journey! You and your husband are still in my prayers, also! emoticon
    1578 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    I'm sorry there were some stresses in May, but I think you are doing fabulously! Happy June!
    1578 days ago
    I emoticon that your lifestyle change has made such a positive impact on your health!
    1578 days ago
    Mary this is one of the most uplifting blogs I have read.
    What you have accomplished is so wonderful for your well being.
    I can hear the pride and joy in your words as you describe how you have overcome some of your previous habits.
    Moving along and striving to get to the point where you can have the knee replacements is a very strong motivational reason to work as hard and diligent as I know you have been.
    I can't be more happy for you.
    Stay positive, keep believing you can and you will.
    PS. Using my left hand,one finger at a time is so so tedious and takes forever. Smile. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1578 days ago
    Happy Anniversary!

    ...and Way to Go! on the all the progress you have made. Being able to cut down on the meds is a big triumph. It's wonderful to be able to come here and recognize your successes when you are always so quick to recognize mine.

    Great job!

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    Oh Mary, you have accomplished so much and you are truly living a healthy lifestyle. The progress you have made is awesome, the habits that you have kicked are even more awesome. You have achieved so much and you are so close to your goals. I'm so proud of you, you really are an inspiration. Despite your hurdles, you have come so far and accomplished so much. Doesn't it feel great to be able to have your wings and be able to stop when satisfied. This is very exciting to me, that I don't have to eat healthy every meal, but I do like you and add a salad.

    You are such a positive influence on your Sparkfriends, and you are very uplifting and supportive too. Congrats on all of your achievements, and thank you for being such a wonderful person, and great friend! Hugs and love, Keli

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    1579 days ago
    Great blog.. your living a healhey life style and you have a great attitutde.. you can keep going that is for sure.. way to go.. and hope everything works out other wise which it will, one day at a time..
    1579 days ago
    Mary this is wonderful!! I'm so happy for what you have achieved and what wonderful things are coming your way. I never dreamed a year ago we could reclaim those "normals". Our baby steps are sooo powerful. Gentle hugs & I'm sharing your joy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1579 days ago
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