My seventh Spark anniversary was April 6, 2013.
This picture was me in 2002. It was a good period in my life. I walked with a cane because of arthritis (which I was diagnosed with in my 30s), but I never let that stop me from doing almost everything I wanted to do. I was active, and enjoyed traveling. I worked out at the gym every day, usually ending with an hour on the treadmill. People thought I was younger than my age. My mind was young.
In 2004 I had major surgery, followed by a painful year long recovery, trying to regain physical mobility. I made some progress but never regained what I lost. The most painful part was that my mental age finally caught up with my physical age.
While recovering from the first major surgery, the weight gain and forced inactivity sent me searching the computer for help. I came across another weight loss group and worked with them for over a year, with limited success. When I found Spark in 2006, it was awhile before I became active on the site. In 2008 I was Sparking, losing weight on a low-carb plan and feeling better. I was finally walking without a cane. I was exercising, albeit not at pre-2004 levels. It was Success! Nothing stopping me now.
My world now included medical tests and several surgeries, and finally another major surgery in 2009 with limited recovery and decreased mobility. Exercise? Yes, you guessed it. It was mostly walking at a slower pace. I never regained the "living healthy" momentum of 2008. Start and stop. Still hanging in at Spark.
I was working full time, and taking care of my elderly parents with health issues. Mother went to heaven in 2005. Dad followed in 2012. There were a lot of changes in my life.
At my Spark anniversary in April this year, I felt my age, living with pain and limited mobility. I was 76 pounds over my starting Spark weight...and discouraged. Dig that hole a little deeper.
I wish this was a happier seven year anniversary. I can't change the past, but I can change the future. I am logging my food again, watching portion sizes. Once the scale starts moving, it will lift my spirits. It will happen because I am determined. I am strong.
Found this on Facebook.