Hi, everyone! I have been absent from this team for 1 1/2 years, but not absent from my persistence to get fit.
I have had a very upsetting 1 1/2 years, I had been doing well though with my journey to fitness and seeing less of me up until October 2010, I had my right knee go out on vacation requiring surgery. That did not slow me much, I was up and around in just a couple of days, and able to even go to work. I did have to change my exercise to mostly leg strengthening as I could not do any walking, climbing, or running for 6 months. In February 2011 I fell two times on ice trying to clear my sidewalk, the second fall I hit my head on the brick wall on the out side of the driveway, my right arm also hit the wall and fractured just below my elbow. 6 weeks more of healing, and now doing arm exercises. I was still holding down my weight though and even had lost around 10 pounds by June. I thought I was on my way back to normal, even went on a scuba diving trip in June. In July, this is when things really took a bad turn, I was driving on a two lane highway on the way to the beach with my grandson riding in my car, his dad and mom were in their car ahead of me. My son swerved off the road to the right, and I could do nothing but pray as I saw the car coming head on into me. My grandson was fine, but I was not. I had broken all of my ribs, my sternum, my left collar bone, and my left wrist. Needless to say we spent our beach vacation with me in an ICU. The physicians all said that my good health and being in such a great fitness for a 58 yr old was what saved me. They also told me that I would heal fast thanks to my being in such good physical shape. I would hate to think how bad it would have been if not, because it took me 6 months to be cleared for exercise again, other than my physical therapy. Even with that I still did not have my old stamina back in March.
I had managed to maintain my weight fair, I did gain about 4 -6 lbs. but was not worried that I could not eventually get it off again and get back to working to my goal. Life has a funny way of changing us though, I ended up finding a new job that was a fantastic opportunity for me and since I am now approaching retirement age I really wanted to go for the most I could achieve. I have been back in school working on my Masters in Nursing, Education. This new job was placing me into a new level as a Nurse Clinician Diabetes Educator. Of course I took the position. Still in classes, I am into the last of them and will finish next June. That said, school, new job, stress, not being 100% back to my old self. I have gained back now to where I was when I began this journey with Sparkpeople.
But, I realized this week that I had to start back and get that spark going so that I could reach that goal I have been working for so long to reach. I have reached that ultimate I can't stand myself anymore point. I am tired of clothes getting tighter, and I refuse to go up into size 16 or have to increase my bra size, I think that irritates me more than anything. Everything is getting so tight, my shirts, my bras, and my jeans. It is horrible, I can't continue this course. So here I am! Back since the 18th and I have been tracking, walking, drinking my water and I am feeling very motivated.
So, Hello Again!
| current weight: 180.0