The Woman's World (WW) Magazine came out yesterday...the one with the story about me!
We picked up the magazine on our way home from hubby's biopsy prostate. After the procedure, he said, "An anal probe is JUST as uncomfortable as it sounds!" But he's back to work again today, and says he feels better than he has in weeks. He still has the catheter however, and it will be in until he has surgery for the enlarged prostate. We should have results on the biopsy early next week, I'm confident it will be negative for cancer. His PSA tests have always been very low, and they reassured us yesterday that an enlarged prostate has absolutely no relation to prostate cancer. So I'm thinking positively!
The article in WW was very nice. They did Spark a great favor, and it is mentioned prominently throughout the story. That is good, since Spark was so instrumental in my weight loss and continues to help me in my maintenance. They gave my story a few new angles...the love of my husband (which is so important). In the story it says that hubby told me, "You're beautiful." I don't know that he ever said that. He still doesn't say that. Compliments are not his strong suit, he shows his love in the way he treats me and I've long accepted and embraced that wonderful quality. I do remember him telling me, "I see beyond the fat." Doesn't he have a way with words???
The article also mentions how I cried in my car in the doctor's office parking lot, after that day in Dec. 2009, when my doctor told me, "The EKG seems to show you've already had a heart attack." That was devastating to me. His words still ring in my ears. And even though subsequent tests with a cardiologist (which the article didn't really make clear) showed that my heart was fine and that doctor had mis-read my EKG, that day and those words provided my motivation to begin my journey to get healthier. Several other stories that were written about me gave the misleading information that I HAD suffered a heart attack, in fact that's what the headline on the Joy Fit Club page says, even though my story, if you listen to it, says that was NOT true! http://www.today.com/video/tod
I'm still trying to get ahold of the photography person from WW, and see if they will send me more of the pictures than I could afford to buy from the photographer. I loved the picture the photographer took from overhead (hiding my awful "waddle") of me in my kitchen, cutting fruit. I don't see why they wouldn't send me the pictures....they won't be using them for anything else! But I've left several phone messages with WW, and she won't call me back! I'll have to just keep bugging her!
It was nice of Spark to feature me today:
"It's a great week for SparkPeople's Success Stories! Our members have been featured in two major magazines. First, we shared Megen's story, and today we have news about Pam Holmes (MAGGIEROSEBOWL), who started her weight loss journey at 328 pounds and 58 years old. Just over a year later, she hit her goal of 160, then kept going. Now she's at 150 pounds!
According to Pam, who has also been featured on the Today show, less is more. She has much more energy and the freedom to do whatever she wants, including substitute teaching, which she previously shied away while obese from for fear of ridicule. She did it all with the help of SparkPeople, which she calls "a lifesaver."
You can read more about her journey in this weekï¿½s issue of Womanï¿½s World, which will be on the newsstands through Wednesday, February 27!
Way to go, Pam!"
Thank YOU Spark! You are the BEST thing that ever happened to my weight-loss attempts and ultimate success!
If you don't get a chance to buy WW, or have no desire to do so, maybe in the next couple days I can get a copy of the article scanned, enlarged (so it's readable), and posted here on my blog. It's not available on-line anywhere. I know I always love reading about fellow Sparker's stories when they are featured in various media.
I still love the attention, and want to be worthy of it. I know lots of new Sparkers read my story today, after the notice from Spark, and my success serves as inspiration to them. So that makes it even more important to maintain my weight loss. It will never be easy. I have come to the realization that even a few extra bites here and there, nowhere near that magic 3,500 calories that is supposedly contained in ONE pound, will lead to a gain of 2 or 3 pounds for me. So I have to always always be diligent, refuse dessert, and limit snacking to fruit and veggies.
We had been predicted to have a major blizzard in these parts yesterday...but it didn't really materialize. I think officially we got about 8", which is an obstacle, especially out here in the country, but not horrible. As soon as they get out to clear our road, we should be able to get out easily. In fact hubby and son were both able to get down the road to get to work today....although they both have 4-wheel drive pick-ups. I am lucky to be retired...I have no need nor desire to get out today and will stay at home until the roads become more passable.
I should mention my substitute teaching experience Wed. afternoon. I subbed in a 3rd grade classroom, and didn't expect it to be much different than other substituting experiences, but boy, was I wrong! I got there at 12:15, even though I had a note from the teacher that the kids were gone to lunch until 12:55, and I wouldn't have kids until then. I was hoping if I got there early I would have a chance to read the lesson plan and be a little more prepared. The teacher was still there when I arrived and I got to go over things with her, which was very helpful. In fact she didn't leave until about 1:15, and started the reading lesson with the kids when they got back from lunch. But when she left, all HELL broke loose. An acquaintance of my oldest son's had come into the classroom earlier, and introduced herself, she is also a 3rd grade teacher in the school. She said she had messaged Mark (my son) on Facebook that morning, telling him NOT to warn me about my class. He didn't. But she did, telling me it was too bad that I got THIS REALLY BAD GROUP, and then I started to worry. Not sure if her warning made it worse or not, but those kids were just out of control. There might have been two or three kids in that room who actually sat at their desks and did what they had been assigned, the rest were running all over, even after my repeated warnings to SIT DOWN. School dismissed at 3:53, but that was the longest one hour and 37 minutes in my life! Makes me never want to sub again. I know I will never go back to THAT particular classroom! On the PLUS side, not one mention was made of my "waddle." Guess they were more concerned about trying to get away with everything they could since they had a sub, than they were about how I looked.