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WHY I JOINED SPARK

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Years ago this was all the activity I could manage. I was trying to recover from several car accidents (yes, 3 in as many years). I developed fibromyalgia and was no longer able to work. I could hardly walk and was in constant pain. I gained weight and lost muscle strength. Definitely not the way I wanted to be. But everything I tried only increased my pain and sense of hopelessness.

In 2010 my doctor told me my blood sugar was moving toward diabetes, my good cholesterol was not good and my blood pressure was rising. Again, definitely not the way I wanted to be. She suggested I try losing 5% of my weight to see if that would help.

I looked online for a way to measure the calories in the food I ate. Once I found Spark and their nutrition tracker I knew that would work for me. I began tracking my food and it wasn't long before I was losing weight.

Yes, there is lots more to the story. I gained strength, built confidence in myself, and learned at lot about nutrition, exercise and how the body works. I found I could exercise without increasing my pain and that helped to decrease my pain even more. Win-Win.

And, as is true of real life, I've also had surgeries, and more health challenges. I still have fibromyalgia and exercise limitations and there are times when I eat more for comfort than for health.

Through all of this my friends at Spark have been faithful companions and encouraged me to hang in there and keep doing the best I can. And that's the best gift of all. All my thanks, my friends.

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TONYAB2000 8/19/2013 12:07PM

    What an amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 8/18/2013 11:09PM

    Joining SP was a Blessing for you as well as myself. . . emoticon emoticon emoticon It has enriched my Life in many ways and meeting wonderful people like yourself is one of the extra unexpected things I love about SP. I love it when you play games as most often it is just you and I playing them but I find them fun and don't mind that each one is worth a point up until you reach your daily limit. I plan on being on SP until the end of my Life. . .I can give up many things but hope to be a Spark "Lifer" and continue to be grateful for everything I'm Blessed with in spite of having many health issues to live with. . .Enjoy a Happy & Healthy Week!! You're an Awesome Lady!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/18/2013 10:22PM

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ESILBO 8/18/2013 9:37PM

    emoticon for reminding me. i was there too and i don t want to go back there so i need to get back on spark full time.

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JOANNS4 8/18/2013 9:25PM

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MOM2ACAT 8/18/2013 6:37PM

    Thank you for sharing your story! I have health issues because of cancer, and it was through Spark that I knew that didn't mean giving up on living as healthy a life as possible, and that there are ways to work around limitations.

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NANCYPAT1 8/18/2013 5:24PM

    lovely message - you are an inspiration.

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BARBIE176 8/18/2013 5:08PM

    What an emoticon story. I am so glad you found Spark and the friendship and support it provides. You definitely should be proud of your decision to take control of your life and be the best you can be at any given moment! emoticon and I love the little message at the bottom of your blog! So very true. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/18/2013 4:40PM

    Sparkpeople is a wonderful resource and we are blessed to have it! What a success story you are.

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BEFIT014 8/18/2013 3:45PM

    emoticon ! And VERY inspiring!

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PSIMSON 8/18/2013 2:10PM

    What an inspiring story! You should be so proud of yourself and the decisions you have made.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/18/2013 12:52PM

    You are an amazing person - and doing wonderful things. I'm proud to know you.

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NPA4LOSS 8/18/2013 12:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon We do love you! emoticon

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THOMASINA57 8/18/2013 11:14AM

    Well Said!! You have been through so much and your positive attitude is awesome!

Just over a year ago, I too slept a lot.. every afternoon for many years and now I am more active and managing my pain levels better thanks to more exercise, yoga and stationary cycling being the additions this past year and I too have to thank Spark people and all my spark friends for the ongoing support.

Just reading others stories is so inspiring!



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HOLLYM48 8/18/2013 10:46AM

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JAKENELL 8/18/2013 10:45AM

    CJ ~
I needed to read your words at this point in my life. You have given me encouragement to continue fighting through the exhaustion and pain. I'm back to short walks (around 2 miles total every day) but still haven't been doing ST.
You are my hero!
Sheila

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/18/2013 10:37AM

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SP is a real lifesaver for you and for me and lots of others! Best to you, CJ!! Love, Jeannie

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JAOTAO 8/18/2013 10:36AM

    Thank you for your heart songs ... they help others who are also struggling. You are brave and inspiring. Blessings to you... Jackie O

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CJMOK1121 8/18/2013 8:03AM

    CJ, my name sake, Thank you for sharing your story and your heart, you are a real encouragement to me and I know to a lot of others. Thank you for being my friend.

HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYRH 8/18/2013 5:50AM

    emoticon you have come a long way

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ARNETTELEE 8/18/2013 4:58AM

  You've come a long way. Keep it up....and you can do it!

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RGEETING 8/18/2013 2:40AM

    That's the great thing about SP friends... they're with us no matter what, encouraging us and cheering us on!

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STUFFNEARTABOR 8/18/2013 2:38AM

    Good Job

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EVWINGS 8/18/2013 2:17AM

    I am so proud of you and the decision you made to join Spark! It is wonderful, isn't it? Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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