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7th Sparkversary - April 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

My seventh Spark anniversary was April 6, 2013.

This picture was me in 2002. It was a good period in my life. I walked with a cane because of arthritis (which I was diagnosed with in my 30s), but I never let that stop me from doing almost everything I wanted to do. I was active, and enjoyed traveling. I worked out at the gym every day, usually ending with an hour on the treadmill. People thought I was younger than my age. My mind was young.

In 2004 I had major surgery, followed by a painful year long recovery, trying to regain physical mobility. I made some progress but never regained what I lost. The most painful part was that my mental age finally caught up with my physical age.

While recovering from the first major surgery, the weight gain and forced inactivity sent me searching the computer for help. I came across another weight loss group and worked with them for over a year, with limited success. When I found Spark in 2006, it was awhile before I became active on the site. In 2008 I was Sparking, losing weight on a low-carb plan and feeling better. I was finally walking without a cane. I was exercising, albeit not at pre-2004 levels. It was Success! Nothing stopping me now.

My world now included medical tests and several surgeries, and finally another major surgery in 2009 with limited recovery and decreased mobility. Exercise? Yes, you guessed it. It was mostly walking at a slower pace. I never regained the "living healthy" momentum of 2008. Start and stop. Still hanging in at Spark.

I was working full time, and taking care of my elderly parents with health issues. Mother went to heaven in 2005. Dad followed in 2012. There were a lot of changes in my life.

At my Spark anniversary in April this year, I felt my age, living with pain and limited mobility. I was 76 pounds over my starting Spark weight...and discouraged. Dig that hole a little deeper.

I wish this was a happier seven year anniversary. I can't change the past, but I can change the future. I am logging my food again, watching portion sizes. Once the scale starts moving, it will lift my spirits. It will happen because I am determined. I am strong.

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  • MREE777
    Amen! What a great outlook Annie. You've been in my thoughts and prayers. The only good thing about looking back, is possibly looking at what worked in the past for you and working towards that goal again. I don't believe in beating yourself up for what you could not possibly have changed (surgery, heavy schedule, caring for parents), but in celebrating your victories as you go forward! TODAY IS VICTORIOUS!!!! You have victory in Christ and He will get you through.
    1823 days ago
    It is well with you.
    1827 days ago
    1828 days ago
    Awwww, sorry it's been a difficult Sparkversary for you, but sounds like you're ready to get back to it. Good for you.

    It is hard when a parent is ill and passes away. HUGS!
    1828 days ago
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