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Taking Stock

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I started looking at my Spark Page today. The picture I have of just me was taken just after I moved back to Michigan. I had lost maybe 5-10 pounds at that point. I looked at my weigh tracker and it dawned on me that I have lost 50 pounds all together. I found it hard to believe that I've come that far. My hair is a little shorter now. I like it to look nice, but just don't like to spend much time fiddling with it. I've got more of a variety of clothes than when I came here. Most of what I have, though has been bought on sale or at a resale shop. I like to look nice, but don't see the need to spend a lot of money on designer things. I'm comfortable with what I look like.

When I first came back, my main goal was to find employment. A few hours a day were spent looking for a job or trying to improve my skills. I now realize that my back does limit what I do and how I do it. I fought to get SSI and have finally succeeded. Now I know that I have a certain amount of money coming in every month and this has definitely lifted a huge burden off my shoulders. I can work my temporary jobs to fill in the gaps without doing more damage to my body. (For example, my part time stint at Home Depot left me in definite pain every work day and filled with stress with all that I had to deal with.) My stress level has gone down tremendously.

I now can fill my days with things that I want to do. I am involved with my church more and have made many good friends. I volunteer a couple days a week a couple hours a day. It gets me out and gives me the satisfaction of helping others. I can spend time with my family. My mother is aging and needs a little help every now and then. I can be there for her. My niece has her driver's permit. I can spend time with her and take her out to get some practice. I surprised myself by not being too nervous on this one. But I did go and thank my mom after the first time and told her thank you for taking out me and my siblings.

If someone would have told me two years ago that I'd be at this stage in my life right now, I probably wouldn't have believed them. It's got me wondering what the next year will bring into my life.
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MDBUTTERFLY 11/5/2012 8:49AM

    FANTASTIC!!! 50 pounds is awesome! And it sounds like you are getting a lot of other things in line emoticon emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/3/2012 8:01PM

    Success!! Life is a journey!

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NPA4LOSS 11/3/2012 7:03PM

    I am glad that you have SSI and that it is helping to relieve the stress of day to day. I am glad that you are now able to take care of yourself a little better. You deserve the break! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 11/3/2012 3:03PM

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LYNNA1968 11/3/2012 2:56PM

    fantastic outlook, put positive out get positive back. emoticon

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AMYC0128 11/3/2012 12:35PM

    Congratulations on 50 pounds lost! I shope at resale shops as well and find really nice clothes to wear as well.

I'm really glad that you have a steady stream of income coming in now that is a huge stress reliever, the volunteer work is as well with helping others.

You have came a long way Patty and I hope the year ahead is even better for you

Amy

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WHITTLETHEWAIST 11/3/2012 12:12PM

    I love this reflection.... very inspiring! Congratulations on 50 pounds lost and all the good changes that have come out of it!

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CHARLIESGIRL69 11/3/2012 12:04PM

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NESARIAN 11/3/2012 11:12AM

    It is pure Joy to read how well things have worked out for you!

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JUSTA123 11/3/2012 10:22AM

    Sounds like you have your head together! Have a great day! emoticon

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