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Friday, January 08, 2010

You know sometimes you just have to acknowledge divine intervention.
Five and a half months ago, frustrated that I had gained 15 pounds of my hard earned weight loss back, I googled "Nutrition Tracker" thinking maybe if I started keeping track of my daily food intake, I'd discover where I was failing. Ever fearful that I'd slip back into old habits that I thought I'd abandoned for good, I wanted to halt any of those habits from creeping back into my life. I even prayed about it. Yes, God can work through Google. He keeps up with the times...

First thing that popped up on Google: SparkPeople.com

What the heck? What is SparkPeople?

The question really should have been - Who are SparkPeople? Because that's exactly what this website is all about. THE PEOPLE. The many motivating, inspirational friends that root for each other, send encouragements, offer advice as to what works for them, shares recipes, shares laughs. A lifeline out of that River of Denial that I was treading water in.

A gift from God.

Oh, and the nutrition tracker IS awesome...

I've had a terrible time with my asthma this week. One little cold can throw me into wheezing AND panic. What should have been rest and fluids for a few days has turned into steroids, nebulizer treatments, antibiotics, and almost daily contact with my dear family doctors.

That being said, here are a few random thoughts I'll ask you to take to heart:

1. It's true that we take for granted the things we CAN do until we CAN'T do them:
I'd give anything to be on a treadmill right now breathing with ease running two

2. While I was in the waiting room at the urgent care struggling to take a breath,
this thought popped into my mind: Why did I EVER think that passing up the
doughnut in the breakroom at work was SUCH a big challenge?

3. True friends love you not "because of" -- but "In spite of". I've made many
TRUE friends here on SparkPeople --

Yep -- you are a gift from God!


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    keep the faith
    3044 days ago
    I feel the exact same way! I turned to Google for some weight loss support, and I found SparkPeople, just as you did. I'm very sorry you don't feel well. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
    3046 days ago
  • ANN7771
    great blog emoticon
    3048 days ago
    Hey Joanne, this is so inspiring and I agree with you, SP's a gift from heaven. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3048 days ago
    So nice to hear someone else who understands how challenging getting fit can be with asthma. My husband just doesn't get it. Spring allergies, fall allergies, congestion may be an inconvenience to some.. but my challenge is always avoiding the complication of triggering my asthma by not "letting it get to my chest" and derailing my whole progress. So frustrating!
    3050 days ago
    Great blog...thanks!
    3050 days ago
    I regret to read that you became very ill. I did not understand the full ramifications of asthma until I spent the entire night sitting with a patient who was experiencing a severe case of asthma. It was frightening for me to watch my friend in absolute agony. My sympathy goes out to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3064 days ago
    Joann I can truly relate to what you are going through. I hope you are doing better now. I have been on oxygen for the last 7 years. I do the tread mill but not at all with ease. 7 years ago I could do a lot more and at a higher rate of speed. Now 1.6 is my highest rate of speed but not for very long. I cut down to 1.3 and try to go as long as possible. At least I'm still moving. This week I was above 30 min 3 days in a row. yesterday and today I haven't been able to even get on it. I've only been on this webb site for 2 weeks but like you I am in awe of the love and support and the wealth of information and inspiration. I'd never been in a chat room before this. You keep up the good work. You also are an inspiration emoticon
    3073 days ago
    Hope you're feeling much better now -- sorry I didn't Spark much this week and missed that you were down with an asthma attack! Take care, my friend!
    3074 days ago
    heck this out for science benefits. One of my team members has cured herself of Asthma doing this way of eating. Drop by our team and see what you think. It will help you. Mary (Goldenangelfish) is the one who had Astma.

    Here's our team site:

    3075 days ago
    Take Care! I hope you are feeling better!!

    3075 days ago
    Hope you're feeling better soon!!

    3075 days ago
    I hope you are feeling better soon. As always your advice was great. I don't often read the blogs but when I do I always find inspiration in yours. Thanks for doing what you CAN!
    3078 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! Have a great Sunday!
    3080 days ago
  • MADDE3333
    Joanne, hope you are feeling better. Yes, it is very true SPARK has a great group of people there to encourage and travel the road to health together.

    Paul Sorvino, the actor, had very bad asthma and apparently he started doing yoga and had very good success with it. I think he wrote a book about his experience.
    3081 days ago
    Another awesome blog! I love when I find you in my in box. I hope you are back on that treadmill soon. emoticon
    3081 days ago
    Take care and watch that air!!
    I have asthma, too, and I know it can be so easy to just not think about what you do, and wind up with a medical visit.
    Best wishes to feel better soon.
    3081 days ago
    As you are a gift from God too!

    Sometimes I believe we need the tough times to make us appreciate what we truly have. When we have these times it makes us open our eyes wide and take in all the good things in our life, especially when we are sick. Once we start to feeling better the whole world looks better. Here to hoping your world starts brightening very soon! Take very good care of yourself, especially since the weather is so crummy right now. Bring on spring!!!!

    3081 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/9/2010 1:37:17 AM
    I'm sorry, I had no idea it was this serious. Not being able to breathe is very frightening. I do hope and pray that you will be feeling a lot better, very very soon.

    My daughter has asthma. She didn't have it before she went into the Air Force. She spent nine years in. Now, if she gets a bad cold, it usually means a trip to the Dr.'s office.

    I know you are going to be fine, Joanne. You are your father's daughter. Good and strong.
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    3081 days ago
    It's been a joy knowing YOU and SO many others here at SparkPeople! You are SO right...our SparkFamily makes this place so special! Paying it forward, looking out for each other...there are few (perhaps NONE?) online communities that can come CLOSE to the spirit of goodwill and humanity we share here at SparkPeople!

    Your trials and tribs remind me to be more appreciative of my fairly low maintenance body...especially considering all the ABUSE I've put it through during the "bad 0ld days!"

    3081 days ago
    Feel better girly! This hit home with me because Ill be darned if I don't complain about running on a treadmill. In reality I could not have the option or the ability. I should count myself lucky. I do believe that we take things for granted all too often. I hope that this ailment passes soon and you're up and running again.
    3081 days ago
    Hope you are feeling better soon. Your blog reminded me of a time when God led us to just the right church at the right time. I will write a blog about it later.
    3082 days ago
  • TRINITY4001
    Hopefully with the right meds, you will be quick to respond and get your old game back! I'm rootin' for you!
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    3082 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    Yes, our God is an awesome God. And its sometimes amazing what steps He takes to be sure we are still on track. Not appreciating what we have is one of the most common errors we humans make. The beauty of the world...and the people; the inspiration of the universe; the motivation of the 'little train that could'. That's where I want to be.

    So sorry to hear your asthma has thwacked you in the head and chest. Please take care of yourself and you'll be on the mend very soon. I know, 'cause I prayed for you! Run for me when you get back on the treadmill (since I can't do that) and breathe deep cleansing breaths.

    love ya, vicki
    3082 days ago
    back at you Joanne, you are an inspiration and gift to us
    3082 days ago
  • KITTYF54
    I'm praying Joanne, Hope you're already feeling better.

    My grandma used to have asthma. She was sensitive to almost all antibiotics and had weak (partially undeveloped) lungs which were susceptible to infection as well. I grew up helping to take care of her. She lived to be 85. You should do so well. LOL kitty
    3082 days ago
    Just stopping by to say hi and hope that you are feeling much better.

    I have asthma but thank heavens it's not chronic, for the most part as long as I carry my inhaler it works pretty good for me. It helps that I know what triggers mine, smoke (wood stove's, grills) and if I get to playing around too much and laughing too much (this is the one that usually gets me started, I love to laugh).

    My thoughts are with you and I hope that you are doing much better.

    3082 days ago
  • JAVAJO47
    Aww Joanne....I'm so sorry to hear about the flare up in your asthma. There is nothing scarier than not being able to breath. Last February I ended up in emergency with a major attack after trying to battle a cold. It's amazing how those little colds can wreak so much havoc for an asthmatic person. I hope you are feeling much better soon and can get off those nasty steroids in a few days. Those things make me hungry 24/7!!

    Lots of hugs your way~
    Jo Ann
    3082 days ago
    You have really been SICK, Joanne! I didn't realize just how sick until this blog, though I did think it was taking you a long time to get better! Asthma is a very scary thing!
    Love & prayers,
    3082 days ago
    Another great blog Joanne. You so right about not realizing how good we have it until we no longer have it. I thank the Lord daily for my health, so happy to be able to do things without pain or suffering. So many my age or younger do not always have this luxury. True friends are priceless, that's what it's all about. Sure hope you feel better soon.
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    3082 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2010 1:38:24 PM
    Sorry to hear of your respiratory challenges. I can relate fully. In the 90's, I had tons of trouble like this. Not recently though. Please take care.
    3082 days ago
    Sending get well prayers your way !

    Great blog
    3082 days ago
    I hope you're back on that treadmill really soon!
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    3082 days ago
    My mom always says the Lord works in mysterious ways... so why not Google too? emoticon

    Thank you for sharing your donut story. I will keep it tucked in the back of my mind for the next time I'm facing a craving. I'm a paramedic-in-training and I know how much of a struggle it is for asthma patients to breathe. It certainly puts cravings into perspective!
    3082 days ago
  • PEG2430
    Joanne praying for a speeding recovery!
    3082 days ago
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