During the past couple weeks I have experienced some pretty positive things & I wanted to document them - for when I'm in maintenance and I'm trying to remember why it's important not get a large double chocolate shake for lunch ....
1) The MRI I had a couple weeks ago came back sort of clear for Arnold Chiari Malformation. My cerebellum tonsil is herniated by about 4mm. While this does indicate a possible birth defect and it can easily explain why I have double vision - the MRI does not show any blockage of the cranial fluid which would identify the Chiari. So now I at least have a picture of my brain and where it's at right now. If in the future I experience any further symptoms we'll have something to measure it against. My sister's operation is still scheduled for March. Her optimism is contagious. We are going to have a James Brown "I Feel Good" party before her surgery. It's good to celebrate life.
2) My doctor says I only need to lose another 7 pounds to be at what she'd consider my ideal weight. I'm still going to make my goal 170 - this would still be a healthy range according to my her. My blood work from my physical came back with in normal. Even my blood pressure is in a normal range. Woo Hoo!!
3) We got a ton of snow this week. Here in Cincinnati the snow fall broke a record that's been held since 1914. I love snow! I was outside shoveling snow and my neighbor (who I only really see a handful of times throughout the year) says to me .. um .. I don't want this to sound wrong, but have you lost weight? You look great!! The next day I saw his two tween daughters who I haven't seen in months and both of them were shocked at my appearance. They both went on about how I look like a different person! That felt pretty good.
3) The maintenance guy here at work called me Skinny today. "Hi Skinny!" Me .. skinny .. wow!
4) The skinny snotty girl in customer service expressed concern that *I* might be getting too skinny. hahahaha!!
5) During a snow day I went shopping. My size 16's have been getting baggy so I tried on new ones. This time I could squeeze my butt into a size 12 - they were too tight to sit in so I ended up getting a 14. But WOW! I don't ever remember wearing a size 12. I vaguely remember wearing a 14 in junior high ... and I'm wearing my shiny new 14's as we speak! Not too shabby for a girl who was wearing a 26 a little over a year ago. And yet again - I found myself with tears of joy in the dressing room of my local department store. They really should keep tissue in those places. :)
6) My boyfriend is really impressed with my weight loss & my new body shape. He told me that out of all the things he knows --- he knows I WILL get to my goal weight. He says he has no doubt that I'm going to do this. How cool is it to have that kind of back-up & support?
7) Without meaning to I've inspired several people around me to be healthier. A retired co-worker has lost 30 pounds. My boss and a current co-worker - while terrified of any online community are paying attention to their food choices and are exercising more. My boss has lost about 10 pounds and my co-worker just signed up to be tested for sleep apnea in hopes of helping her weight loss and over all health. Even my boyfriend has become more physically active and is making better food choices for himself -- it's like a win/win/win/win --
And finally - with this blog I will cross 19,000 Sparkpoints! Woo Hoo!!
Who knew that one little Spark from Mr Downie could cause such a wonderful, beneficial change to myself, my family, my friends & loved ones!
Grateful isn't a big enough word.
Remember my Sparkfriends -- first off -- Your the bestest!! And finally --
Never, ever, ever, ever give up!! You are so worth any effort that it takes to get to your goals & to be healthy!!!