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Thankful to be another year younger.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Yes, you read that right. The year is almost over and I am at least one year younger than I was this time last year.

you might ask.

It is easy to explain. You see, today I am thankful for finding

In August 2012, I started this journey to strengthen my ancillary muscles around my knees to prepare for knee surgery because I could hardly walk. My almost 300# was taking a toll on my knees and I couldn't even walk up and down stairs normally. I hurt walking to the bathroom. I didn't want to move because I had no energy whatsoever. My hair was thinning, probably because of poor nutrition. I felt crappy. I felt older than my 55 years.

In August 2012 I started riding the stationary bike at the local Y to strengthen said muscles and within 1 week my pain was decreased. Within a month I could take the stairs normally, not baby-stepping them. Within 2 months, the pain was gone. My energy was coming back.

Fast forward to today, November 7, 2013. I am 135# lighter and rarely have any pain in my knees. Yes, I still have the arthritis that years of abuse caused, but the crippling pain is gone. I have energy and MOST mornings practically bounce out of bed to get to the gym at 5am.

Yep, Monday through Friday I am at the gym by 6am, which means in the summer, I get to see the sunrise in the mountains.

I am done at the gym and in my office before sunrise the other 3 seasons. I truly believe that I am healthier than I have ever been. I lost weight before. I was at this goal weight when in my 30s, but I do not believe that I had this level of health. I attribute this to listening to my body and giving it what it needs.

Part of this, probably a large part, is mental. I am not controlled by numbers anymore.

Numbers are indicators not definitive. THEY DO NOT DEFINE ME! There is a freedom in this that I have never before felt!

When I look in the mirror, I no longer see a old granny, I see a vibrant woman ready for another 56 years. 50 anyway....

I am probably not 1, but 5-10 years younger than I was 15 months ago.

Now I ask, do you want this, too? Join me! C'mon in, the water is fine! Join me in the Fountain of Youth!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FLORIDASUN 11/11/2013 8:37AM have gotten younger and will continue year by year! I'm just soooo proud of you and how far you've come! We love sparkpeople because of the people...and you of course are fast becoming one of my favorites! Keep up that determination and you can run for office one day! Hugs, hugs, and more hugs! emoticon It would be SO refreshing to have someone there that actually is an inspiration and not an embarrassment! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 11/9/2013 9:20PM

    I didn't lose as much but I also feel and look younger than I did 3 years ago! Congrats!!

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PENNYPEARLS 11/9/2013 11:07AM

    Very nice blog!! emoticon

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ROSEWAND 11/8/2013 12:57PM

    Youthing! That is what I call it. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/8/2013 11:12AM

    Fantastic!! Way to go!!
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DONNABRIGHT 11/8/2013 8:09AM

    Awesome blog and those before and after pictures tell the whole story!
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TERI-RIFIC 11/8/2013 7:30AM

    I'm in!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MONTANAWALKER 11/8/2013 4:12AM

    Another great one, Jaynee. Thanks for sharing!! What an inspiration you are to so many of us on this journey to health and wellness!

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HIP-WITCH 11/8/2013 12:22AM

    Featured blog material with the story being so inspirational, well written, and the great pics to enhance it. I have been 235 pounds myself so can relate. When I saw the title scrolling by I had to read it even though it's past midnight and my boyfriend is in the hospital and I'm busy most of the day visiting him and travelling there and back, and my computer would not let me get this blog (or anything else!) because today I accidentally clicked on a few ads and now my computer isn't responding and I keep having to unplug it. Anyway, well worth the read. Good luck on getting a popular blog post award!

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TEMPENATIVE 11/7/2013 11:34PM

    emoticon you nailed it! What an inspiring story.

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PERUSER918 11/7/2013 10:09PM

    Very inspiring Jaynee. I love reading about people and I especially love reading their success stories. When I think about other sparkers and what they have achieved, I always think of you. Great job.

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