Health Problems Prompt Sarah to Lose 90 Pounds*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
This blog is a featured "SparkStory", one of the classic posts from our members that provides support, encouragement and inspiration to the SparkPeople Community.

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In 2011, I weighed close to 240 pounds. I was starting to experience an array of health issues. I had all sorts of aches and pains. I often felt like I had the flu because my glands were constantly swollen and I was regularly exhausted. I was depressed, lonely and I hardly left my new house.

In early 2012, I was sitting at my desk at work and glanced over at my co-worker when I realized that her face was blurry. I was pretty alarmed, so I contacted my doctor. My doctor wanted to see me immediately, so I left work and went directly to his office. He confirmed what he suspected: I had Type 2 diabetes.

After being sent to the emergency room for additional testing, I learned that I was also diagnosed with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, all at the young age of 28. I was placed on four different oral medications, plus insulin, which I had to inject in my stomach twice a day. My doctor told me that I would be on insulin injections for the rest of my life. I cried many tears of sadness, anger and frustration for letting myself get to this unhealthy place. 

For the next two years, I struggled with diet and exercise. It wasn't until the spring of 2014 when something snapped inside of me after reading stories about people enduring diabetes-related complications, including kidney failure, loss of vision and even losing limbs. I decided that I had enough and signed up with a personal trainer. In addition, we had adopted a very active and wonderful rescue dog, who was counting on me for exercise! 

I can't quite explain how it all happened, but it was almost like I woke up and told myself "No more excuses!" In addition to regular strength training sessions, I also made sure to work out five to six days a week. My trainer held me accountable with weekly weigh-ins. I also started preparing all my meals for the week on Sundays. My efforts combined into major weight-loss results. I remember going back to the doctor's office and receiving high fives from my doctor and nurse! 

As exercise became a bigger part of my life, I also started running and using a 5K training program. I practiced my running at the park near my home and also at my gym. Though it was difficult at first, over time I really started to improve. In June of 2015, I signed up for Challenge Diabetes, my first 5K run. I was asked to speak in front of everyone before the run, which was intimidating, but also very empowering. I will never forget how exhilarated I felt after my first successful run. 

Last spring, I went back to a new doctor after losing about 75 pounds. Prior to my appointment, I messaged them with an update on the positive changes I had been making. I will never forget meeting with this doctor for the first time. She said "I am so excited to meet you! You are the second person that I have ever seen turn around their health so drastically." I instantly started bawling in her office. Happy tears, of course! She ended up taking me off of my insulin and my other pills. It was one of the happiest days of my life. 

Since my journey began, I have lost close to 90 pounds, have completed two 5K runs and two 10K runs. I discovered a passion for running and I continue to run on the beautiful path near my home. I can't help but run with a huge smile on my face knowing how far I have come. Life is so good. Remember: Life is short, so make the absolute best of it while you can! 

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This makes me feel like there is hope. I have struggled all my life with my weight. Early last year I was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. I lost a good bit of weight then. Then later in the year I was diagnosed with two different cancers. I will admit I slipped into a bit of a depression....eating anything I wanted because “I had other things to worry about”. I am getting to the point in my mind that I need to make a change. Thanks for the inspiration!! Report
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You are an awesome example to someone like me who is 100 pounds overweight and have the same health problems as you had. One of my disadvantages is that I am in a wheelchair due to severe spinal issues. Report
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My SIL turned her diabetes around in the same way. She looks & feels better. Report
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People do need to realize that they can reverse diabetes 2. I have and proud of the fact, I no longer need medication, and I am controlling my weight. It kills me when I hear of people dying of diabetes complications. In most cases, it's because they continued with their downward spiral, and didn't try to fix it with a good healthy eating plan and exercise. You are one of the proven that show it can be done, I am too. You just have to want to. Report
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I, too, am very inspired by your story. There are many obesity-related illness that run in my family, including diabetes...and I am deathly afraid of I need to not only get in gear, but get serious about obtaining and consistently maintaining a healthier lifestyle. You have proven that is possible. Thank you for sharing your story! Report
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Thank you for sharing your story, it is very inspiring and you made it enjoyable to read. Thank you!
I hope I too can lose 90 pounds.

Also, running is addictive! You have an amazing smile, I am so glad that you smile while running!
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This hit close to home as a Sarah over 200 pds and 28 as well. Thanks for sharing your story, it was a good wake up call ! Report
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Wow nice to know your story similar one as mine . I too had taken wonder body challenge and worked hard on my weight and i am a happy healthy person today. I just want to share that i was smiling and laughing when i was reading your story because when i was over weight i was having same feeling as yours.

You are such a beautiful young woman inside and outside. Congratulations on bringing back your health. People need to hear your motivating words. Thank you for sharing your story. Report
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Thank you for the inspiration. I have never been thin but in the last few years I have gained quite a bit and now I have about 70 pounds to lose. It's good to be reminded that it can be done. One day at a time, one step at a time. Report
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Congratulations on losing the weight and getting yourself healthy! I hope you have many healthy years to enjoy life! Report