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.