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Saturday, August 02, 2008

I became overweight over a period of 10 years. I have injuries that limit my movement and mobility. It was not as if I sat and consciously ate until I became over 200 pounds. It was mindless eating and gradual increases until I realized I was very uncomforable in my body. It wasn't until I saw a photograph and I wondered who that person was....it was me!! How did I get here? How could I do this to myself? Where was my resolve? Self-disgust and self-pity permeated from every pore of my body. All I could do was look at that picture and wonder who that person was???
I tried to eat better, work out or walk when I could and began this journey all alone. It was not working! One day I did a search online about weightloss and found a message board for weightloss - looking for a buddy! . Six months later, I sit here with a loss of 15 pounds. It is a very slow journey for me as every day I improve my time on the ellipitical machine. When I first began I could only do three minutes a day..I now can do 90 minutes daily. Seriously when I first began 3 minutes almost killed me. Each day I am in pain before I even begin, but I swear the exercise makes me feel better after. Some days I can not even walk after but I know that once the pain settles down, or by the next day I will be grateful I did it. I have to choose daily to do errands or live a bit, or exercise, it's that simple. I give up a lot for this journey to be successful but know that in the end I will be thankful for everything, having been told I may never walk unaided again. I was about to give up when a friend on my board suggested trying sparkspeople. I am soo grateful she did. Being able to see exactly what I put into my body has shown me areas that I was sabbotaging myself and areas to make small healthy changes. I am still working on this but with sparks by my side I feel I can do the next part of my journey.

Gradual decreases with mindful eating. I post daily and monitor my status, conscious of what goes into my body. My weight is more tolerable now but it gets very frustrating to gain a few pounds back on my bad days/weeks (too much pain to exercise).. I still have quite a distance to go, but I refuse to give up. I would like to find buddies on sparks that will provide motivation and support, and am willing to be a friend to those in need also.

Thank you!!

Enjoy your journey!! Hugzzz Karen
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  • no profile photo TREASUREDANGEL
    KAREN,

    BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF WHEN YOU GAIN WEIGHT BACK BECAUSE OF PAIN AND THE INA BILITY TO DO THE EXERCISES. YOU CAN'T HELP THAT! BUT TRY TO FIND OTHER EXERCISES YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU HAVE THE PAIN. I UNDERSTAND HOW IT IS TO HAVE DEBILITATING PAIN. YOU CAN DO THIS! YOU ARE WORTH EVERY EFFORT AND ALL THE HARDWORK YOU NEED TO PUT INTO THIS TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

    REMEMBER, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! TRUE BEAUTY STARTS FROM THE INSIDE OUT! TRY TO LEAVE THE UNHEALTHY FOOD TO ITSELF AND PUT THE BENEFICIAL FOOD THAT WILL HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOAL INTO YOUR MOUTH!

    CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY and don't give up! keep on reaching out to people instead of food!

    we care here at spark. we all have messed up and fallen off the bandwagon! you need to get up, dust yourself off and get right back on and continue to work!

    keep up the good work and give yourself credit for trying something else wnen the messageboarding didn't help.

    you can reach out to me anytime! i am here for you!

    have a great and successful weekend

    missskinny6 - tina
    4211 days ago
  • RAYLINSTEPHENS
    Wow, what a blog you wrote!

    I admire you for keeping going on your journey to a healthier you!

    Linda
    4303 days ago
  • BONMACK
    Wow, what an inspiration you are.......I really admire you!!! And those ellipticals.....those things are the exercise machines from hell, I have one and I fall off it after about a minute! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I can't even begin to FATHOM going 90 minutes on one of those!!! You're my new hero! LOL! I'm really glad you found sparks, isn't it just the best site ever? I'm so thankful to have found it, too....I'd tried so many things in the years prior, none of which worked longterm. This is the first thing I've tried that is working for me and changing me as I go, what a tremendous boost. Kudos to you for doing so GREAT!!! emoticon
    4323 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    There are LOTS of SPARKERS who need a good friend!! emoticon
    4323 days ago
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