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Positives I wanted to record ....

Thursday, February 18, 2010

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!!!

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  • LEANVIXEN
    You are so amazing! Look at all of the positives that you have created by making yourself healthier. The greatest of all being that you are giving yourself the gift of a longer, healthier life. What an inspiration!! Keep it up. I know you'll get to goal :-)
    3896 days ago
  • BARBARA_G
    What a huge list of accomplishments!!! And to have only 7lbs to lose to be healthy is amazing!
    It's funny how some people at once start thinking you're getting too skinny. LOL!!! And how wonderful for all those people to notice your success.
    I hope you feel like a million bucks!
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    Barbara
    3898 days ago
  • LUNALIFE
    I'm so proud of you! You've done great, and how wonderful is it to be able to list so many totally cool achievements and feel-good moments! Keep up the good work and doing what you're doing.

    Luna
    3898 days ago
  • ELSIE_BEE
    And I thought that I was feeling pretty good today...

    But after reading this, I feel even BETTER!
    3899 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    Your wonderful attitude is inspiring! It is so helpful to read GOOD news and you have found the good all around you. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You make it more do-able!

    Pam

    emoticon PS I bet those size 14's look terrific on you!
    3899 days ago
  • GIRANIMAL
    Wow, thanks for a great blog! Super-duper congrats on your new sexy size 14s and once again for being so near your goal!

    I'm also very glad to hear your overall positive MRI results! I'm awaiting some test results right now myself, and your upbeat attitude is the perfect drug today. So add me (again) to your list of inspired! You're so wonderful. emoticon Keep it up!

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    Oh! And you really should consider trying to get rich off of that tissues-in-dressing-rooms idea. Ingenious!
    3899 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2010 3:40:09 PM
  • IDEBORAH
    Wow, thank you for such a positive blog. You are so amazing. I am so grateful to have found you in the Spark universe. Enjoy all those compliments you so richly deserve. I know you look fantastic. And why don't they have kleenex in the dressing rooms?
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    3899 days ago
  • SCHWINNER!
    What a great blog!! All very good things to remember in the future :) You should be so darn proud of yourself!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3899 days ago
  • SLCB1023
    emoticon You have lots of things to celebrate and remember and be proud of. emoticon
    3900 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    emoticon blog!
    Thank you so very much for being YOU!
    From one of your many sparkfans,
    xoxo
    elizabeth


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    3900 days ago
  • MADERINERUE
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    What a great idea, writing down all of these positive things! This blog post is a beautiful (yet humble) monument to your overall fabulosity! I am so happy for you, and I'm happy to "know" you, too!

    You've inspired me. I'm going to write down my list of positives now!

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    P.S. Exclamation point, much? Sorry!!! But it *is* a happy occasion...
    3900 days ago
  • REDFROG25
    Good you're getting all this support and feedback, Debra! Thanks for posting such a wonderfully positive blog. You are the poster girl for Never Ever Give Up!
    3900 days ago
  • 46SHADOW
    wow, I'm speechless.What rewards you're gathering. Inspirational.
    3900 days ago
  • CINCYDORA
    Great job!!
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    3900 days ago
  • DALAI_LALA
    I'm so glad that your MRI came back (mostly) clear! emoticon

    And GIANT CONGO-RATS on the size 14's.... you definitely give me hope that I can leave behind my own 26's and be SKINNY like you! You deserve all of your praise and more...

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    3900 days ago
  • IPA-RAY
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    Congratulations on all your success. Reports like yours are what make me recommend SparkPeople frequently to people.
    3900 days ago
  • HIPPICHICK1
    Congrats on your bill of health. Good Luck to your sister. The party sounds like fun!
    You have done so amazingly well on your journey. I'm very proud to call you my Spark Friend!! Congrats on all the great compliments and being an inspiration to those around you. It's sort of a domino effect, eh?
    P.S. The skinny beeotch in C.S. is worried she will be usurped!
    3900 days ago
  • NWILDES
    You are so encouraging. I'm just starting and have lost my first 5 lbs. I'm looking forward to the changes ahead.
    3900 days ago
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