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Three Things


Saturday, May 18, 2013

I've written blogs in the past about the things I felt compelled to share with the world that I was grateful for. I remember being thankful for whoever invented the air conditioner last August. I remember being thankful for my doctor's concerted efforts which gave me back my energy, got rid of tinnitus, migraines, and balance problems after I stopped chemotherapy. I remember being thankful for the full plate diet which helped me see how to eat in a healthy way to lose weight without hunger. I remember being thankful for Spark people being here every day. Just in the last couple of days I wrote somewhere (thought it was a blog, but it's not here) about being thankful for the sunrise that looked like Someone was painting a water color in the sky that morning.

So now, I'm to write about three things I'm grateful for. That's really quite a list already, but I feel like I should update my list. And lest anyone think I'm NOT grateful for family and friends and God and country, I AM. I could probably go on in that vein for a list of 100+ items. No, I'm going to keep this list today focused on why I'm working here at Spark People.

1. First of all I am grateful that this program has gotten me up out of my recliner, out walking morning and evening, and working out in the community pool morning and evening. I no longer sit immobilized in my chair. I recently went shopping for a whole day in between my workouts and lived to model my purchases.

2. I am grateful that Dr. Fuhrman has been brave enough to say what he has learned is true if you want to be healthy. I didn't really want to hear it. For years, I followed an eating plan? that I felt was my right to follow, a gift to myself. I gave myself the right to eat all that stuff. I'll spare you the list, but thanks to Dr. Fuhrman's ideas behind his level 3 plan, I no longer eat anything made with white flour. I am now giving myself the gift of health in every meal. Thanks to him, I no longer want to give myself the gift of obesity, migraines, arthritis, diabetes, artherosclerosis, and cancer. I am grateful that he helped me realize that healthy = happy.

3. I am grateful every time my scale registers another half pound lighter. This morning, tears came to my eyes when it was down a whole pound. I wasn't expecting it. A thyroid issue has almost stalled the weight loss, though I continue my meal plan and fitness plan for my health. This one pound probably means more to me than the other 57 pounds.

Why is that? Well this pound means that I have stayed the course, kept on in the face of weeks with hardly any movement. It was easy to stick to the plan when there was a steady downward trend in the weight department.
It was easy to stick to the plan when health issues were being erased periodically from my "problem list." But it was getting hard to stick to it when the scale remained stoically in place, not budging. It was getting hard to stick to the plan when the thyroid issue was diagnosed and meds still don't appear to be fixing anything. My temperature has actually gone down steadily instead of rising. And all the other measurements I can monitor have remained the same. I kept telling myself that my veins and arteries were clearing out. I kept telling myself my heart was looking younger and younger. I kept telling myself that my brain was thanking me for giving back it's life by clearing out unneeded fat from my skull so there was more room for my brain to do its thing. But I didn't really believe that because my memory is still pretty dodgy.

So that one pound, 4 sticks of butter, was a huge signal. As if,

IT'S WORKING!

flashed in neon digital letters on my scale this morning.

4. I know the blog title says Three Things. And that was the outline for it. A. B. C. But I just discovered D. a 4th thing I'm grateful for--the weight tracker here at Spark People. You know how I just said my memory was a little dodgy? Well I decided to see what my weight was on March 26 when my doctor skipped all around the office because I had lost 35 pounds since he had seen me 6 months before. The weight tracker shows I have lost 6.5 pounds since March 26. Not quite the 5 pounds every 3 weeks I had gotten used to, but the scale was definitely NOT stuck in one place for the last 2 months like my dodgy brain was telling me. So, I don't know what my thyroid test score is going to show at the end of the month, but I do think Doc is going to be surprised at my continued weight loss. Maybe I should take him a pogo stick or a hula hoop, at the very least.

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ANGEL1066 5/22/2013 10:30PM

    I need a doc like that! How motivating to see him cavort! Congrats on that one hard won pound down. I know what you mean. The small success that comes in the face of everything stacking against you counts much more than the ones that come when all is going your way. You are an inspiration. Congrats!

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CHRISTINASP 5/22/2013 12:03PM

    And pompoms.

I love this post. Thank you.

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GEORGE815 5/19/2013 3:51PM

    Great post.

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ALDAHLQUIST 5/19/2013 10:12AM

    I've been so focused on looking forward to that "me" I want to be, I've forgotten about the better "me" I've become since joining Sparkpeople. Sometimes it helps to look back, I guess, and be grateful for the change. Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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SAGELADY2 5/19/2013 9:34AM

    Good to read all the nice benefits. Congratulations on your continued losses and better health (which means more I think than the losses). Have your doc give a lesson to my doc will you??? {{smile}} I think mine is stuck on biggest loser losses instead of reality. "what, you're not down 100 pounds in 60 days?"

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SHARJOPAUL 5/19/2013 9:06AM

    Woo Hoo!!!!!
A great reminder to keep track of the little things we do that really doi add up to a big difference.

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FISHER011 5/19/2013 2:46AM

    Love it! emoticon wish my dr would do what yours does emoticon
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JOYB19 5/19/2013 1:09AM

    Yay!!! I wish I had a doctor who skipped around for my progress - but he's so dignified and reserved... He did manage a smile!

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MARILYNROBERT 5/19/2013 1:01AM

    Congrats on the weight loss and on hanging tough even when you didn't see it on the scale. I have Hashimotos and all kinds of not so neat things that go with it. But I'm still going to be a healthy weight because I want feel good. Movement is the best thing for me along with eating healthily. Thanks for showing us how it's done!

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LINDAF49 5/18/2013 10:01PM

    Rejoicing with you!!! This is fantastic!!! I delight in your positive and teaching attitude and am learning and being encouraged daily by your efforts so in addition to the scale, I want you to also see the neon sign flashing over my head as I learn, learn, learn and put into practice the things you are teaching daily in your teams.
Big gentle hug from this 64 yr old girl in the trenches with you.

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PATRICIAAK 5/18/2013 8:43PM

    Fabulous!

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LESLIELENORE 5/18/2013 8:12PM

    emoticon emoticon You do so much for the eat to defeat team... so thank YOU!

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JUSTYNA7 5/18/2013 5:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Dance!

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KRISKAY1962 5/18/2013 4:36PM

    THIS IS WHY I WANTED YOU ON MY FRIEND LIST, BECAUSE YOUR NOT A QUITTER. I NEED ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT I CAN GET AND YOU ARE A REAL BIG HELP. THANKS FOR ALL THE REMINDERS AND YES MY BRAIN NEEDS TO BE LESS FAT ALSO. THANKS AGAIN. AND GUESS WHAT I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO LOSE MORE THAN ABOUT 15 LBS. ON ANY DIET I HAVE EVER BEEN ON BEFORE, SPARK PEOPLE IS THE GREATEST AND I AM SO GLAD AND THANKFUL FOR FINDING IT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/18/2013 4:17PM

    Great list

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/18/2013 4:17PM

    Great list

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/18/2013 4:17PM

    Great list

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BLUEROSE73 5/18/2013 3:51PM

    Love your list And congratulations on your weight loss.

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SBN141 5/18/2013 3:44PM

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