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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Note = this turned out to be a long one – but I really put my heart into it.

A friend of mine… Letha_ ….Says that “Becoming fit and healthy is my full time job and Spark People is my office.”

The first time I read that on her page it just stunned me speechless. I LIVE this statement. I am disabled and therefore do not work outside the home anymore (I worked for 19 years). I spend hours a day on Sparkpeople. I spend 2 hours a day most days working out. (chair aerobics) I spend hours responding to the teams I am a member of and the three teams I lead. I spend from 5 or 6 am in the morning to when my husband gets home at 5pm on working out and Sparking. I do of course have to take time out to take care of my Daddy who lives with us and is fighting small cell lung cancer. That takes a bit of time but my Daddy is worth it. All the time I spend on Sparkpeople is ME time. I love every minute. I realize that most people simply cannot devote that much time to Sparkpeople or their workouts, but for me it simply works. It does not feel like a job to me, but I spend as much time as I would a job. (But no job I’ve ever heard of lets you sit in an easy chair when sitting at the desk gets to be to much LOL) My husband is completely supportive of the time I spend on here. He is very proud of the progress I have made. As of today I have lost 79 pounds this year. I am aiming for 100 lost by years end….I may not make it but I think I will come dang close. 21 more pounds to go and 91 days left to do that in – that’s 0.23 pounds a day or 1.61 pounds a week. Since May I have averaged a 10 pound loss each month so I believe I can keep that up with all of my wonderful friends support. You know – I do this for myself, but it has taken on a life of its own. When I feel down or don’t want to workout the first thing I think of is how far I’ve come and how I don’t want to let myself down. But the second thing I think of is all of you! You’ve all supported me the whole way and with such care and enthusiasm that I could not stand to let any of you down!

I also cannot stand to let my Daddy down. He is so proud of the weight I have lost. He tells everyone that he got sick so I could get well. Even though I started losing weight at the first of the year, it was going slowly and I was not exercising. (At least I was back on Sparkpeople – I’ve been a member since 2006 just never really tried before this year) Daddy got sick in April and in May was in the hospital for 3 weeks. Two of those weeks in a hospital about 2 hours away from our home. My husband James and I went down the first week to stay in a motel to be near him, we had to make sure we had a ground floor room because I couldn’t do stairs very well, and we had to take my mobility cart to the hospital every day because I could not walk from the parking lot to Daddy’s room. I told my James while we were sitting in the hotel room that I was going to have to do something serious and quick because my Daddy needed me. I HAD to start walking to help my Daddy.

Now I walk everywhere, I can stand up for more than just 5 minutes. There are so many things I can do now. Simple things that most people take for granted like taking a shower….James had to help me because I could not reach around everywhere. That was a huge NSV for me the day I realized I could simply go take a shower! Others, like crossing my legs, putting my socks on, putting on a pair of pants without having to sit down to do it. Fitting in chairs that I couldn’t before. Seat belt in our white car fits me without an extension now (red car still needs extension – very short belts!) I can play with my dog again and she loves it. I can help James put away the groceries, heck I even get to help shop for them now that I can walk around the store. (this is huge for me because I am agoraphobic but am working with a counselor and my James to be able to go in public places.)

Well, I’ll close my book now! Sorry this ended up being so long. Thanks for reading
Hugs to all of you my friends!!!!!
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  • TIGER_LILY_613
    What a sweetheart you are ! Getting healthier just for yourself, but for your Dad too. Hats off to you lady ! You have my respect.
    1627 days ago
  • NHES220
    I read your most recent blog - congrats on breaking your plateau and full speed ahead to that first 100 lbs. I came back here to read your story. Way to go for taking charge of your life, taking care of your Dad and making changes and gaining mobility! You are young and the changes you are making will make such a difference for the rest of your life!
    1627 days ago
    You are truely an inspiration! Thank you
    1684 days ago
    What a fantastic blog, you are wonderful.
    I've been down the same track of messing about and regaining and losing again. Cancer treatment didn't help and neither did this awful liver condition I've had but now I feel as if I'm back on track again.
    I'm sure your inspirational story will help me along.
    And I'm equally sure you daddy is very proud of you.
    I truly believe you'll make your goal.
    You inspire me! emoticon
    1688 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/10/2013 9:02:52 PM
    You are an AMAZING woman, and your story is SOOOO inspiring!!! You should work for SparkPeople!! Seriously -- as a guest blogger or something. You have been SUCH an influence and inspiration on SO many people!! You have blessed us with your friendship and given us the courage to do things we wouldn't have before. You are amazing, and you are VALUED!!!! You are so important to so many people -- and you'll never know just how important. Thank you for having the courage and strength to BE the person you dreamed. You ROCK!

    1688 days ago
    What a wonderful story, there are so many changes in your life, it is unbelievable. You will get to that 100. I am so proud of you.
    1691 days ago
    Good blog! Love your sparkpage ..very motivational! emoticon
    1693 days ago
    emoticon on all your accomplishments! Your story of determination and courage is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story.
    1693 days ago
    what an inspiring story! way to go!
    1694 days ago
    Kathy, you are an inspiration to me and I look forward to your continued progress. Embracing the changes we need for a healthy lifestyle takes time and it also takes up a lot of room in your head. I spend a good part of my day reading about nutrition and healthy habits. Your NSVs sound thrilling to me. I have mine written in a notebook and numbered, and after a year I'm on 110. It's a great pleasure to think of them, note them, and look back on them when I get discouraged. I hope your success inspires you to know that you're worth it, every single exercise minute and every single healthy choice. Best wishes to you for continued success in mind and body.
    1694 days ago
    Wonderfully written! You are truly amazing.... emoticon

    Will look forward to celebrating your 100 pound loss at a later date!
    1695 days ago
  • LETHA_
    Your openness and sincerity continue to impress and inspire me. So glad you are my spark friend.
    1695 days ago
    that was a emoticon story so glad I got to know you better - you have come a long way and we are here to help you the rest of the way - emoticon just keep up the good work
    God's Blessings on you and your family and so glad James is helping you
    take care kido
    1695 days ago
  • SAMI199
    Thank you for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration and I am going to be cheering you on all the way!

    1696 days ago
    Kathy I know exactly how you feel. I used to weigh 340 pounds then I lost down to 304 and that took me a couple of years because I was just doing it here and there. then I found spark people and I loved it. I spent a lot of hours on it. Then a couple of years ago I got two cancers and had a series of operations I lost 90 pounds and could tie my own shoes. Hubby had to do it before. I cried the first time. I could walk without holding on to a shopping cart. Then came chemo and the steroids and I gained back 60 pounds. I was so mad and frustrated that I had lost all that weight and then because of the steroids gained so much back. After I felt better I came back to spark and all my friends. some were still here and some were not. But in all the time I was gone they sent me letters and cards. I will never be able to thank them enough.
    Now I have been in remission for 2 years...I thought it was 1 a while back and then realized it had been 2 already LOL. spark and all my spark friends are again helping me to get back on track.
    You have lost an awesome amount of weight. I am so proud of you . One day I will be able to say that too. hugs, Pam
    1696 days ago

    emoticon right back at cha, young lady!!! You've come so far, and I'm so proud of you. All those NSVs are so emoticon I had so many just like you, and one day, I'll be able to do the things that you do, also. You give me hope and encouragement!!! I'm so glad that God sent me to this site, to meet people like you!!! You're one in a million!!!

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean -
    1696 days ago
    I enjoyed your blog and it is not too long at all! Wow-just really impressed with you! You have turned your life around!! emoticon emoticon
    I am the same way about SP, love being on here! It keeps me motivated! Sometimes it takes us awhile to realize what a valuable asset we have here, but once you do it is addictive , not to mention the wonderful people we meet here! emoticon
    1696 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing. You help all of us with your commitment and motivation. emoticon
    1696 days ago
    What a wonderful blog! I'm so very proud of you and how far you have come. You are a true sparker! Hugs to you my dear friend.
    1696 days ago
    Kathy I have enjoyed reading every single word!!
    You have come so far. I know you will reach that
    100 pound goal.
    Connie in WV emoticon
    1697 days ago
  • DALMOM2007
    Wow Kathy, you've come a long way. I just loved reading about all the NSV which you have achieved.....taking your own shower would be #1 on my list! emoticon emoticon emoticon But, also working through your agoraphobia...that is just fantastic and I'm sure no small effort.

    I'm really proud of you and I'm so happy that I have met you here on Spark. You are a great friend and you are very supportive of others too. That makes you a "Super Sparker" in my book. Looking forward to achieving our goals together. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1697 days ago
    Great Blog Kathy!!! You have come such a long way and I truely believe you will make your 100 lb goal by the end of the year! I honestly think you will surpass it!!
    1697 days ago
    what a great inspirational blog you are doing a wonderful job keep it up
    1697 days ago
    This blog is so personable. I enjoyed reading the whole thing. So glad you shared with us so we can cheer you on to your 100 lbs, by the end of the year. You have your plan, you stick to it, am so proud of you.

    1697 days ago
    You are great!!!
    1697 days ago
    You've done an amazing job and I guarantee you that your daddy is extremely proud of you! I believe that you can reach your goal of 100 lbs lost by the end of the year, I believe that you have it in you!!

    I think it would be fair to say that we here are all proud of you!
    1697 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Your Daddy is right to be proud of you! And you should be proud of you, too! What an inspiring journey--thanks for sharing it with us. emoticon And when I start to feel down, I'll take a page from your journey . . . and focus on how far I've already come--not how far I have to go. emoticon
    1697 days ago
    You are an inspiration!! I'm so glad your Father sees how far you've come and is so proud of you! Well deserved!
    1697 days ago
    Such an amazing, inspirational blog!! Getting healthy is a full-time job for some of us and why not? Like you said, everyone spends their time how they want. But it does take work and you are DOING IT!! emoticon YOU ARE emoticon emoticon
    1697 days ago
    What an amazing journey, Kathy. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. That time you spend on "you" every day? I firmly believe that it is the time invested in YOU that will get you to your goal. You have such a loving, caring, supportive attitude and are as much an inspiration to all of us as any of us are to you. God Bless! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1697 days ago
    You have come a long way. Keep up the great work!!!
    1697 days ago

    Your story is truly inspiring and I need to spend some time talking to you next week, after we are moved. You sound like you were where I am now. I need your help and I think we can do this together.

    You are amazing!!!

    1697 days ago
    You notes are never too long and such a joy to read. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1697 days ago
    Great NSVs.
    That's what this journey is all about...getting our lives back!
    emoticon emoticon
    1697 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
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    1697 days ago
    emoticon Awesome blog by an awesome lady!
    1697 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I so like success stories!!!
    1697 days ago
    I love hearing about NSV, sounds like you have some good ones. I can relate to them, and you are inspiring me to keep on track this month. Great job on your weight loss & NSVS! emoticon emoticon
    1697 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/1/2013 6:17:17 PM
  • KITT52
    great job....it is all worth the hard work it takes....

    1697 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    So very inspiring, many wonderful NSV!! emoticon
    So happy for you Kathy, emoticon Jackie
    1697 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your very inspirational story. You ARE a superb Motivator in every sense of the word.

    1697 days ago
    Kathy - you made me cry just now , tears of joy when you mentioned that your Father got sick to make you well . What a lovely story of determination and courage . You inspire me - Thanks - Karen emoticon
    1697 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/1/2013 5:11:30 PM
  • KAZZIE531
    I know you Kathy....so proud of you!!!! These are NSV that beat the scale loss any day. emoticon emoticon
    1697 days ago
    This is all great Kathy - and NOT too long emoticon
    You're right, you do have a lot of people cheering for you and wishing you well but even more important is that you've found the inner strength to cheer yourself on and keep going. It's so great that both your husband and your father appreciate that the time and effort you're putting into your weight loss is necessary for your success and are willing to support you.
    Just reading the list of NSV's you've celebrated is wonderful! You should be very proud of yourself and your new SparkPeople Job. I'm nominating you Employee of the Month emoticon emoticon
    1697 days ago
    What great accomplishments! It sounds like your overall quality of life has changed soo much. I don't know you but I want you to know how proud of you I am!

    1697 days ago
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