This has been another interesting health year for me. I spent the summer months having vein procedures for my legs. The clinic came to the conclusion that they had never had anyone who was as sensitive to medications as I was.
Medications and I do not work well together. The procedures were completed in August and they were successful as I do not have the heaviness in my legs that I have had for years.
In October I was diagnosed with Gastoparesis. I am a mild case and am controlling it with diet and lifestyle changes. I feel I was able to cope with the changes better because of many of the changes I have made in my life due to my years at Spark People. I eat or rather graze through the day. I have very little reflux now and my breathing and swallowing are voice are better than any November in the last three years.
I have found that I have a tendency to overdo for my health issues. BIG SURPRISE! Anyone who knows me well knows that I push myself as far as I can. Some of this is due to low self esteem and needing to prove myself to myself, some of it is just a state of denial that the health issues are in control.
I completed the Jingle Bell
Walk for the Arthritis Foundation on December 1st. I met
AWESOMECAROL and members of the Spark Wichita Team who
me on. This was one of the highlights of my year. I look forward to completing the walk again next year.
I love challenges but in being realistic I am having to become more selective. I cannot be in them all.
I will remain with the 5% challenge and some of my individual team challenges.
Christmas Melt is one that I will defiantly continue. I have few new teams that I am enjoying the daily challenges. I am having to plan now more Day to Day and take some of the pressure off that I put on myself.
I do feel that in many ways I am healthier than I was before I found Spark People. I have learned ways to exercise that I can do with my health issues. I can eat correctly for my tummy issues and I have new and wonderful friends who help motivate and support me through all the ups and downs.
Thank you to Spark People and the staff for all of the work you do to educate us. Thank you to all of the team and team leaders who challenge us and support us and keep us looking forward. Thank you to all of the Spark Friends who are there for you no matter how low you feel, who lift you up and help you fly when all you want to do is crawl.
I don't know that I could have made this journey without you. You are