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What are signs of returning health and fitness

Sunday, June 16, 2013

This was the Spark Coach assignment for me today but really, how much more important is anything on this journey than assessing your own progress?

I have mentioned some of the more obvious things in recent blogs like getting off medications for diabetes and high blood pressure and improvement in kidney function as measured by serum creatine. In addition there are some less obvious signs of return to health.

A few months ago I couldn't have imagined being able to spend hours walking about the yard and gardens doing various chores without getting totally fatigued and needing to lie down and rest. Now I can spend the whole morning doing this and go back after lunch for more.

A few months ago I was wearing size 16 jeans and dresses and they fit about right. Now I am wearing size 12's and they are fitting just about right and are comfortable. I even discovered yesterday that I could once again wear my favorite pair of dress sandles! These things are big indicators.

I look at myself and see how small my wrists look now; I walk up and down stairs in my house with no difficulty at all. I was able to have three couples over for dinner without undue stress and enjoyed my company.

Perhaps most important of all, I once more am getting more joy than sadness out of life and no longer dwell on the wreck my health had become. I am finally convalescent. I thank God for his many blessings and this website is one of those blessings. I would encourage anyone reading this to sit down and think of all the things in their own life that show what progress they are making. It was fun!
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  • JLWOF1
    Wow, what a great blog! Thanks so much for sharing with us your wonderful progress! Keep at it and you will continue to do wonderful! emoticon
    1680 days ago
    What a wonderful list! I can remember how good it felt the last time I lost weight, quite a while ago. And you've reminded me now how much I want to get back to that "feeling good" list.
    Great job and thanks for all the reminders!
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    1681 days ago

    I especially liked the comment that you are getting "more joy then sadness out of life"....sure makes life worth living more and that is true success....

    1681 days ago
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    You are an inspiration!

    Keep on keeping on!

    1681 days ago
  • FINAL4
    This post is very motivating! The thought of being able to do yard work sound heavenly. Can't wait.
    1682 days ago
    Nice List!!
    1682 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    It is always nice to read about successes. You definitely qualify for this. So happy for you. So many look at what they cannot do, but not you. Counting our blessings on this journey is something we all need to do....makes us feel better and puts a smile on our faces. Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    1682 days ago
    1682 days ago
    When we truly think of our blessings we spend a lot of time. When I feel bad and it is frustrating me I don't have to look far for someone who would gladly swap bodies.
    1682 days ago
    Millie, I know what your mean, I am so happy for you and proud of you. emoticon One thing that I noticed taking a bath, without thinking about it, I got down like regular folks, I was so surprised, I splashed a little with landing though but I had a big wall to wall smile. My exercise has been Tai Chi along with the swimming lately and I can also get out of chairs now with only one rock. ha ha emoticon emoticon
    1682 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/16/2013 3:41:57 PM
    emoticon It is always great when you think of positive things about yourself! I remember when I first started this journey, it was because I wanted to fit perfectly in my wedding dress, and now I am down to a size 8-10 and it feels amazing, but I couldn't have done it without all of you cheering me on and helping me stay accountable! Thank you for being part of my Spark people journey and I hope we have many more amazing days ahead! I wish you the best with your journey and I hope it's been amazing and continues to make you feel at your best! God bless you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1682 days ago
    So very happy for you! Look forward to making my own list. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1682 days ago
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