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A Reminder of How Far I Have Come

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


This is me about 2 1/2 years ago, right before I started putting on weight.


This is me about 1 1/2 years ago at my heaviest.


This is a current picture of me.
I remembered my old stats but I had actually forgotten how far I have come along the way until I recetly came across a picture of me. It was in an old journal that I had started a long time ago. I was fit and healthy most of my life and took my health for graanted because dancing kept me in shape. After many life changes, I remarried and became a stay at home wife. This made exercising necessary, but then I had an incident that left me in pain and not very functional. I started laying in bed and eating whatever did not require me to stand long to make. I will skip alot of the details and say I went through many medical problems because of my weight gain. My body had not been large before and so was not useto to handling the weight. It was a scary time in my life, being so sick. The doctor's didn't seem to be any more hopeful than I was. Theough prayer and a determination to live, ibegan making changes. Small changes at first and then more. When people are diagnosed with terminal illnesses my husband's company offers counseling over the phone and when I called the number it gave me options to choose from and I skipped them all except for the health coach. It was my start. I lost 15 pounds and started feeling better. The stress that was lifted when they could not find any illness, aside from scar tissue, felt great. I knew I needed more and I looked online for videos when I came across SparkPeople.com. I thought it was a gimmick at first but joined anyway. I couldn't figure it out so gave up and ended up returning later. I even had to get a new user name but I really needed a communit ysupport system. I have lost an additional 20 pounds with Sparkpeople (Combing both times I joined). It has been good to get help and to give help. Spark People is a help in my daily walk towards returning to health. The members are kind and really understand the hardships and the triumphs of overall well-being.

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/21/2012 9:50PM

    Way to go :)

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MELLABELLAS 10/13/2012 2:09PM

    You have most definitely come a long way. I'm sorry to hear about your illness,but I'm so glad you feel better now. So glad you came back to Spark!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/12/2012 5:06PM

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LIVINGFREE19 10/11/2012 3:44PM

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You look awesome!
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/11/2012 7:11AM

    You look great! SP is paying off for you and those of us you inspire!

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CHANGEISGOOD 10/11/2012 12:01AM

    Good for you! Reflection is a great tool, and a useful reminder of how far we have come! I am proud of you!!!

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SWANATOPIA 10/10/2012 10:19PM

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on losing that weight. You look great! I am glad you joined....your a true inspiration! Keep on sparking!



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