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Oh my! I Have Gained So Much!!

Friday, January 04, 2013

This afternoon we went to the Post Office to get mail then to make a quick stop at the Dollar store before going home. We had all three of the smaller boys with us and it was to be perhaps an hour trip tops. It turned into a lot more. Not because anything extraordinary happened, but because of something I am starting to take for granted. You see, I got out of the truck, walked into the store and walked around doing some browsing shopping, back out, and got into the truck. I did all of that by myself. Not a big deal, right? WRONG!! When I first visited Spark and clicked on register, I was basically housebound and power wheelchair bound. If I had a good day once in awhile, i could get by with a walker. On a REALLY great day (perhaps 2-3 times a year) i could get by with a cane. I have only had to use Roxie (my chair) once since June of 2012. Mobility is one of the things i have gained through Spark, a healthy life style, and weight loss. It is most likely the very most important. Oh, there are still a few things I'm not physically able to do, but the longer I continue on this journey, the better i get. At 66 years young, i stop any think: Hey! i wasn't able to accomplish this in my 50's! Heck I couldn't even do this well in my 40's before i was injured!!

Spending of some time thinking of when some gaining is a whole lot better than another type, the entire week seemed to flood back. I received more compliments on my size and how good i look this past week, than I ever have before. One lady that I was talking life style programs with at the New Year's Eve party, said she would have never guessed i ever had an issue with weight, that I was one of those people who stayed one size my whole life. So, I stood and wrapped my sweater clear around me to the back. It was then I mentioned when I joined Spark, that same sweater had been too small. She wanted to know how that could be. My response? Because I opened my mouth and put all sorts of things in it - non stop and then couldn't move well at all. That 270 pound frame is now 120 and feeling better than ever. Her mouth came open and she simply stared at me. So there are a few more gains for me.

Starting the new team with the new challenge of trying one new thing each week all year has shown me another gain. It's called friendship. It can also be known as support.
A lot of the time it's fun. it's all of that. its a lot more than one gain alone, but many comprising the one. I know i love it and is something I don't ever want to lose - no matter what.

Some of my gains I have counted by appearance, too. Like the first time my husband asked me if I knew I had cheek bones or the first time i could see my collarbone defined or when I had hollows again in my arm pits. December of 2011, the nurse was asking if i
needed the extra large gowns, because she had brought regular sized ones and then December 2012 when the sales clerk told me a large and medium were both too big and i needed a small or even an extra small and my last two pairs of jeans were size 4.
These are all part of my gain being a Spark person.

Sharing so much with all of my teams and Spark Buds has helped me gain back my self confidence and to be a lot more positive in life. Yes, my age and my two cancer journeys helped with that, too. I wouldn't be honest if i said otherwise. The thing is, without the gain in confidence from this site and the coaches and members, there is no way i could have kept that positive outlook enough to be able to share it. I am writing about it and talking about it and most importantly, living it. What a gain this is!! I'm letting myself open up to outside friendships and socializing - a gain from this wonderful lifetime healthy change.

What are some of your gains since joining our community? I'm sure you can concur that in these things, a gain is good. Do you know where you'll be going today? Will it be someplace new? Can i guess that it will be a continuation of this great Spark journey we all share? I believe that's where my path leads.

I love you all and wish the best for you and yours.

Peace Love Hope

Bob and me in 2005

Me in 2009

Me in 2012

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    Amazing how far down we can go physically, but even more amazing how we can come back when we persevere. You have done an amazing job and am so happy and proud for you! Keep up the good work.
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    You look fabulous but you know what I think there is one way you have not changed,you must always have been a fabulous caring person Bob saw that inyou when he married you.You are an inspiration to me to keep working because I put on weight after my accident but more than the fact that you have lost weight your good cheer and determination makes you special.Thank you for being a wonderful inspiring Sparkfriend !
    1719 days ago
    You look fabulous! emoticon

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  • CANNIE50
    I am so happy for you. How liberated you must feel.
    1719 days ago
    You DO look like the "type of person" who never had a weight problem! You look beautiful in the 2012 picture you posted.

    That has to feel so good getting those compliments! You deserve them.

    HUGS and keep on sparking on down the road!
    1719 days ago
    I have blogged about it myself plenty times, when you Spark unselfishly and put your own health first - what you share with friends, loved ones, and even aqcuaintances will change ("Spark") more people into making a change in their life than you will ever realize.

    As I near my maintenance weight and look back on how much my own life has changed - I would have never believed anyone if they told me that I would gain more in life than the 100+ lbs I have lost. My personal "re-discovery" and re-purposing my own life to share my journey with others and help anyone I can is the result of the support of all of my SparkFriends, all of the Blogs I wrote, and each one that I have read.

    While keeping the weight off iis going to take effort, I am not one bit worried as I keep finding myself to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those around me, and occasionally the life of a stranger.

    Congratulations on your new found glory - Spark It Forward with every smile. God bless-

    Your friend, "Sprink"
    1720 days ago
  • LINDA!
    You look great!!
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    1721 days ago
    Congratulations! Great blog!
    1721 days ago
    I love that you've turned a negative perception (gain) into a huge victory. It brings out the better part of our psyche in the long run. Let's not take this for granted, eat right, be kind, and walk humbly. God bless you, dear Ev, of this Eleventh Day of Christmas. Hug, hug -- Evelyn
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    Comment edited on: 1/4/2013 2:21:45 PM
    And here I thought I was going to be reading about someone who gained weight during the Holidays! How refreshing to see it's just another HUGE success story from another Sparker! Congratulations to you on your journey. Let's keep it up! All of us!
    1721 days ago
    Wow, Ev!! You are a walking testimony to healthy living! What a fantastic blog! I am glad you "gained so much"!! emoticon emoticon
    1721 days ago
    That's great! May you have many more wonderful happy mobile years!
    1721 days ago
    Great blog! Thanks for sharing. And, BTW, you look emoticon

    Here's to a fantastic 2013!
    1721 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    Loved this blog. You got "a life" from losing wieght and gaining mobility. Very inspiring blog and think it should be on the Featured Blog for all to see.
    1721 days ago
  • GINNJEN1974
    Those are all awesome gains. You are an inspiration!
    1721 days ago
    Ev you my friend are an inspiration.
    You've put in the hard work, taken on advice, used the trackers, stayed postive and become trimmer, more confident, happier, fitter and more importantly healthier emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    This blog deserves to be shared emoticon
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  • JUDITH316
    What an inspiring blog, thanks for sharing, you look fabulous! emoticon on your success, indeed, you have worked so very hard and now you are enjoying the benefits of your success...I cheer you on, I'm so glad I came across your blog, you have blessed me much with your inspirational blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1721 days ago
    Whoa my gosh, Ev. I don't think I had any idea the degree to which your body, appearance and lifestyle had changed "not counting" the cancer experience, because I met you when that was the dominant thing that was going on. I'm blown away. Please know that you were - and are - beautiful at EVERY stage and phase you've been through - I think you're every bit as lovely and radiant in that first photo with Bob as you are standing next to your van, because you're YOU, and that shines through regardless of the packaging. AND I'm glad you've gotten so much out of Spark and the people you've met here. Big hugs! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1721 days ago
    Excellent blog, Ev! You definitely are an inspiration and such a wonderful person I'm proud to call my sparkfriend. You put in so much effort to become half the person you once were while gaining a chance to be such a greater presence. You are a beautiful person who deserves to enjoy all the wonderful that is around you.
    1721 days ago
    Congratulations on your success! You look emoticon . I am so happy for you.
    Spark People is a wonderful site. Thank you for sharing your story and for the inspiration to keep going. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1721 days ago
    What a great blog. I love it when you ask people to smile. You fooled me though. I thought you gained weight LoL. Your fabulous!!!
    1721 days ago
    I love the photo of you in 2012. You look great!
    1721 days ago
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