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Friday, October 05, 2012

This week we started off "the season" at our clubhouse--from October through April it's buzzing with activities all day, every day. During the summer, many of our members head north for cooler weather, so we slow the pace and only play cards, have weekly social gatherings and of course the swimming pools are always open (and much needed in the summer). Tuesday night was our first night of Bingo, and I'm the manager and bingo caller, which means going up on stage in front of the crowd. Most of the people hadn't seen me since April and I was overwhelmed with all the compliments about the weight loss. It's the reaction I was hoping for a couple of months ago when we started going to the socials again, but at that time nobody noticed (or at least nobody said anything). But this week I felt like Queen for a Day!! It's obvious that I still have a long way to go--at least another 100 lb. to get rid of. But nobody said that--they all were very positive in complimenting me on how well I've done so far and encouraging me to keep up the good work.

I've said it before, but I can't say it enough. This would not have happened without SparkPeople and all the support YOU have given me here. I know that for sure because I've spent a lifetime losing weight over and over again (and gaining it all back over and over again too). And each time I lost weight, I'd get discouraged and fall off my program with drastic binges every so often. Not this time. And each time before, I managed to avoid exercise, using my injuries and mobility issues as my excuse. Not this time, because I've found friends here who are even MORE limited than I am who manage to do SOME exercise and that inspires me to do something too. And the changes aren't just limited to food and exercise, although those are major. SparkPeople has truly saved my life. I am getting back the life I had 30 or 40 years ago. I feel like a new woman. Thank you again.

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LDYSABELLA 10/7/2012 5:44PM

    I understand just how you feel. I know I shouldn't need that encouragement... that the weight lost should be its own reward , but it feels so good when someone finally notices your hard work. I'm thrilled for you!

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JAOTAO 10/7/2012 9:23AM

    That is Awesome! I'm so glad they noticed your achievement. I know that must have felt really good. Congrats on all your hard work!! emoticon Jackie O

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ALDEBARANIAN 10/6/2012 10:53PM

    Sounds wonderful. Keep up the good progress.

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EATVEGAN 10/6/2012 1:31AM

    You're doing so great! Eighty lbs isn't something to sneeze at. We at Spark know how hard that is. Actually I have never before done it. My highest ever loss was 70 lbs even though I needed to lose more, and of course, I put it back on with extras. Not this time! Not for me. Not for you. We're going to make it to goal and stay there. Yeah! emoticon

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JILL313 10/6/2012 12:13AM

    You really deserve each and ever comment and I know how great they are to our ears! You're getting healthier and feeling better as you've already lost a significant amount of weight. Really happy for you! Aren't the compliments and each pound loss worth the hard effort it takes. . .Continue Onward, emoticon

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CC_SMILES 10/5/2012 9:21PM

    Keep up the grrreat work and have fun with all your activities! You are truly an inspiring lady!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/5/2012 2:37PM

    emoticon Hard work and determination on your part is getting you where you want to be! Keep putting forth all that effort and it will happen, for sure! You are doing such a great job. I agree with you completely...without the support and help of my SparkFriends, i would never be as far as I am now! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/5/2012 1:21PM

   

I am so happy you were give sucha warm welcome back. It must feel worth all the struggles to have compliments to you. Keep going and you will realize all your goals.

Gini

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_KATHY 10/5/2012 11:11AM

    Very inspiring blog. I'm very happy for you. You are doing great!
hugs
Kathy

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HAWAII5YEARS 10/5/2012 9:56AM

    Isn't it nice to have people who can focus on the positive?
My co-workers have been like this for me--instead of noticing that I still have over 40 pounds to reach a healthy BMI, they compliment me on how far I have come. It really helps to keep my spirits up and I feel less discouraged after I run into one of these "uplifters"
I am so glad you have a group of supportive people out there for you!

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