Saturday, November 24, 2012
Hi my friends! I trust that you are all overstuffed with Turkey and tired of shopping and fighting the crowds. I dud just the opposite myself, other than running to get some prescriptions this has been a total “me” day – a celebration in fact of my knee replacement’s progress only two weeks after coming home from the hospital. I noticed a change in my stride or gate yesterday, it felt more normal – and then this morning when I woke up – I was walking normally. Even through Costco I walked normally without a cart or my walker. Now before you reply “be careful not to over-do it,” you need not worry, my roommate is a fantastic reality check and makes sure I get my stretching and resting downtime.
I wanted to share with you an idea I had yesterday as I was livid that my family living not three miles away, failing to invite me to Thanksgiving Dinner. Not that I could have eaten much or any of it – but it would have been nice to be together. I would have brought a protein shake and some yogurt & granola. I won’t lie to you – I was hurt – but also understood that because they were actually all going to a neighbor’s house that it was not their place to invite me. The ironic part is that both my roommate and I are the ones who have been called upon to cook Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners for 3 or 4 of the past years. So what do I do when I feel left out or alone? I SPARK LIKE I’VE NEVER SPARKED BEFORE!
Yesterday I came up with the title of this blog – ThanksLiving – and what it meant to me, it helped me put into perspective how much my entire life, and attitude have changed since being sparked by EFFIEANNIE on May 25th, 2012. I am so thankful for her honesty and openness in telling me about her success after joining SparkPeople – she probably had no idea at the time, but her Spark ignited a blaze of positivity, change, personal re-discovery, and growth – benefiting not only me – but everyone I have been fortunate enough to meet these last six months.
While EFFIEANNIE brought me to SparkPeople, I started to look back at the last years and discovered another person who had stood by me and treated both of my knees even when my insurance had lapsed for periods of time. Dr David Anderson of Lake Cook Orthopedics, Barrington, IL is a blessing in my life. Every time I saw Dr Anderson I thanked him for sticking with me for three years. All he said was that he believes in “Paying It Forward” in life. After my last arthroscopic surgery on my left knee I asked him about losing weight and he got me right into see the Nutritionists. Within two weeks I had my VSG weight loss surgery. Call it what you like - Sparking or Paying It Forward – his care and concern for my well being was a huge inspiration and motivation for my new lifestyle. For that Dr. Anderson, I am forever grateful and will Spark It Forward every day I am gifted with on this earth.
The moral of this story (blog) is simply this. Try ThanksLiving every day. Be thankful for the people in your life, for even the tiniest of victories and even the challenging times (where we learn and grow). Show you’re thanks to everyone you know – and even some you don’t, hug your family, smile at a stranger, look up to the sky and know that you are loved. You – yes YOU matter to me, and you touch more lives’ than you will ever realize. Enjoy each day in your new lifestyle by ThanksLiving in God’s gift of each day!
I dedicate this blog to my late Mother Betty, My Father Glenn, Aunt Dee Dee, Cousin Donna Marie, my Roommate "T", TJ, Pete, Jason, Christopher and Heather (my "children"), my best friends Gary, Geoff, Sue, LaVell, Rissa, HealthyGal01, Janet, Liz, Rach, and EVERYONE OF YOU - my SparkFriends who have not only helped me through the toughest times of my life, but have inspired me to want my life to mean something. When I turned my life over to God and shared my life with all of you - that's when my world changed for better in ways sheer words cannot express. My life is dedicated to Sparking It Forward – sharing my life honestly and practicing ThanksLiving.
God bless you all –
With Love - Your friend, “Sprink”