Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Note = this turned out to be a long one – but I really put my heart into it.
A friend of mine… Letha_ ….Says that “Becoming fit and healthy is my full time job and Spark People is my office.”
The first time I read that on her page it just stunned me speechless. I LIVE this statement. I am disabled and therefore do not work outside the home anymore (I worked for 19 years). I spend hours a day on Sparkpeople. I spend 2 hours a day most days working out. (chair aerobics) I spend hours responding to the teams I am a member of and the three teams I lead. I spend from 5 or 6 am in the morning to when my husband gets home at 5pm on working out and Sparking. I do of course have to take time out to take care of my Daddy who lives with us and is fighting small cell lung cancer. That takes a bit of time but my Daddy is worth it. All the time I spend on Sparkpeople is ME time. I love every minute. I realize that most people simply cannot devote that much time to Sparkpeople or their workouts, but for me it simply works. It does not feel like a job to me, but I spend as much time as I would a job. (But no job I’ve ever heard of lets you sit in an easy chair when sitting at the desk gets to be to much LOL) My husband is completely supportive of the time I spend on here. He is very proud of the progress I have made. As of today I have lost 79 pounds this year. I am aiming for 100 lost by years end….I may not make it but I think I will come dang close. 21 more pounds to go and 91 days left to do that in – that’s 0.23 pounds a day or 1.61 pounds a week. Since May I have averaged a 10 pound loss each month so I believe I can keep that up with all of my wonderful friends support. You know – I do this for myself, but it has taken on a life of its own. When I feel down or don’t want to workout the first thing I think of is how far I’ve come and how I don’t want to let myself down. But the second thing I think of is all of you! You’ve all supported me the whole way and with such care and enthusiasm that I could not stand to let any of you down!
I also cannot stand to let my Daddy down. He is so proud of the weight I have lost. He tells everyone that he got sick so I could get well. Even though I started losing weight at the first of the year, it was going slowly and I was not exercising. (At least I was back on Sparkpeople – I’ve been a member since 2006 just never really tried before this year) Daddy got sick in April and in May was in the hospital for 3 weeks. Two of those weeks in a hospital about 2 hours away from our home. My husband James and I went down the first week to stay in a motel to be near him, we had to make sure we had a ground floor room because I couldn’t do stairs very well, and we had to take my mobility cart to the hospital every day because I could not walk from the parking lot to Daddy’s room. I told my James while we were sitting in the hotel room that I was going to have to do something serious and quick because my Daddy needed me. I HAD to start walking to help my Daddy.
Now I walk everywhere, I can stand up for more than just 5 minutes. There are so many things I can do now. Simple things that most people take for granted like taking a shower….James had to help me because I could not reach around everywhere. That was a huge NSV for me the day I realized I could simply go take a shower! Others, like crossing my legs, putting my socks on, putting on a pair of pants without having to sit down to do it. Fitting in chairs that I couldn’t before. Seat belt in our white car fits me without an extension now (red car still needs extension – very short belts!) I can play with my dog again and she loves it. I can help James put away the groceries, heck I even get to help shop for them now that I can walk around the store. (this is huge for me because I am agoraphobic but am working with a counselor and my James to be able to go in public places.)
Well, I’ll close my book now! Sorry this ended up being so long. Thanks for reading
Hugs to all of you my friends!!!!!