180 days of sparking...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Today is 180 days of Spark People. Since I lean toward nostalgia anyway, I like to look back at what has changed in 180 days.

My weight of course, 6 months later I am 24.5 lbs lighter. I weigh under 150 for the first time in 10 years.

My stamina, when I began on this site I could walk 2 blocks. Now I normally walk 3.3 mi in an hour and then go on and do my day. Big change.

My joints. The first signs were about 15lbs into the weight loss when I noticed my knees didn't hurt anymore. My shoulder changed. I got a new one after several years of chronic pain with the old one. And a change I just noticed yesterday was that I can now sit on the ground and get up by myself. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal, but it's been years since I could do that.

My attitude. It's not a diet. It's a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes I eat stuff that isn't so healthy, or miss a walk or a work-out, but I'm choosing the healthy choices most of the time now because I feel better and it is what I want, even more than the triple layer chocolate cake or a dozen cookies or even couching it watching tv. I had to go take a walk last nite at 8 o'clock because I just couldn't sit any longer, moi?!

My lifestyle. I became unemployed and am still seeking a new career. My old career and the way I have earned my living all my life involved 8-10 hour days in a car, sitting most of the time. It took a toll on my body, especially knees, hips, neck and shoulders.
I really don't want to go back to that lifestyle any longer.

My numbers. I have gone from being a stroke waiting to happen who was pre-diabetic to being normal. I like normal, it's A-OK. It makes sense to me now to eat to support my body's health, instead of my mouth and mind's desires.

My relationships. I think that because of the communication on SP I have become more revealing about myself in personal ways. It makes for more interesting relationships for me and my relations.

My house and my garden. Due to unemployment, new shoulders, lack of pain, increased mobility and the fact that housework and gardening burn a lot of calories, my house and garden are both looking better than they have in a while. Elbow grease. I've got it!

My family. My husband and daughter have both lost some excess weight since I started sparking. Mostly because of the food that I cook and keep in the house, but also because I'm more active, everyone else is moving more too. Gotta catch the moving target! My daughter is preparing to move into her first adult apartment and my mother is in a full care facility.
I am finally going to be an empty nester.

Me. I'm 59 this month, the last year of my "fabulous 50's". I'm in better shape than I've been since my late 40s and I have great reason to believe that I can carry this program way into my "strong, satisfying, and scintillating sixties". Menopause is behind me, yes my friends, you will get past those hot flashes and they will just be a memory.

I'm calm, happy, energetic, and eager to see what lies ahead in the next 180 days.

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    Great blog. Nice job on analyzing the last 6 months. Staying the course and losing the weight is the best birthday gift!

    As far as the next 180 days, I foresee that good things will happen! emoticon
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    Things are looking good in so many ways for you, Susan! You have such a great attitude, and don't you love the phase of life you're entering? I love the empty nest! It rocks!

    3776 days ago
    First of all congrats on your 180 days! When reading, I found a lot related to the changes that I have gone as well. Yup, getting up off the ground on your own IS a great step...for one that always had to reach for something. Plus I had the additional "grunt" that went along with it...not a very impressive sound. Now (before the surgery) could get down witht the grandkids on the floor and sit and play too.
    Great accomplishments on your family and your health condition before SP. It is so nice to hear that we can get better no matter what our age...just so that you know I am right behind you in "age" and support for you. We both improved, isn't that great...AND there is no telling how far we can go!!! emoticon emoticon
    3778 days ago
    Loved your blog, positive and inspiring. You've accomplished a lot in 180 days...think of what you can do with the rest of your life...the possibilities are endless! You will be able to carry this over to your strong, satisfying, and scintillating 60's with all the changes you've made! And, the bonus is you have shared the Spark with your loved ones, great is that?

    You're blazing the trails for me...look for me behind you in the dust...

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    3782 days ago
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    Wow. You've accomplished a lot. emoticon

    I want to put meno behind me and be scintillating too! emoticon
    3782 days ago
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    Congratulations on ALL of your successes thus far! You are doing a wonderful job in getting your life in balance. And look at all the rewards you're reaping! I sometimes find myself wishing I had discovered SP years ago. And yet, I wonder if I had, if I would have been truly ready to take the journey. I guess God presents things to us when we're ready for them.

    Here's hoping you continue to enjoy the success of sparking!
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    I am so proud of you. That is such an inspirational story. You have come along way. You know 60 is the new 40, and you will feel that way too. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3783 days ago
    It is always nice to hear about the successes along the journeys. emoticon
    3783 days ago
    I have done a few of those 8 PM walks just because I couldn't sit still anymore!! It is a strange and wonderful feeling to actually Crave movement.
    3783 days ago
    YOU are doing a great job with your (self) 'work in progress'! I know exactly what you mean about getting up off the ground under your own power, and yes, it's one of those 'little things' people take for granted but that I am looking forward to. You know, they've started saying '60 is the new 40,' so you are definitely on the sunny side. And as for the moving target - a body in motion tends to stay in motion. You go, girl!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3783 days ago
    It's so good to hear that a person is feeling physically and emotionally better. It's very encouraging for me. Thanks for sharing that with us today. Keep up the good work.
    3783 days ago
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