It's been just over 3 years since I have posted. Oh I could write volumes why I left and what has happened since I was gone. But let me post what is important to you all. I am wondering if any of my old Spark Friends are still around and how you are all doing. Better than I am I hope.
Well, first of all, I hit 100,000 points on the Spark Wheel and figured that was as good as I could do so why bother. I hit a plateau for like 6 months and figured why bother. See a pattern forming? I was having some serious medical issues including gall bladder problems. To make a VERY long story short, I just quit....pretty much everything.
My husband still kept me on the straight and narrow as far as low sodium and no fried foods, so I didn't really gain all my weight back. But then last summer (2014) I was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney failure we figured I got when I had a CT scan with the dye. So my diet dramatically ... let me paraphrase that....DRAMATICALLY changed. No phosphorous, which means no beans, no dairy, no soda except root beer or lemon lime, (why bother) no Crystal Lite or any other such drink additive, no nuts, no seeds, no potatoes, no oats, no wheat bread, and worse of all no CHOCOLATE! In January I ballooned to a horrible weight due to water retention and had to go on heavy duty diuretics. I quickly lost that excess and was back at my plateau weight plus 10 pounds. I pretty much stayed there all summer. And I stayed pretty much faithful to the kidney diet....which REALLY sucked.
The last weekend in July I had an "episode" where I felt like the life was being sucked out of me. My heart actually stopped beating for a couple seconds. I had my husband take me to the ER and in a couple days I had a new pace maker. There is a lot more to the store you can read on my page. But I have to tell you since the almost 7 weeks, I have become an entirely new person. I have lost 33 pounds, I have done away with both a walker and a cane, the pain in my legs has gone from off the charts to around a 3 or 4. Honestly, I feel like I am 30 years younger. I remember things I was doing when I was in my 30's and I think, "Yeah I can do that now."
This morning I had a doctor's appointment and my phone wasn't working to remind my husband to come get me. So I started walking home. I was a little more than a block on my way. Seven weeks ago, I would not have made it even a quarter of the block with my walker. Oh, I was carrying a bag of wet clothes, too, since I had just left the pool. No, way I could have done that then.
I was dying a slow painful death this past year. I had no energy, didn't care about anything or anyone. I did care about food. as much as I could get that was allowed. But the same things over and over really got old. Good thing I like Chicken and Taco salad....minus the beans (and I ate cheese anyway). But now I have to remember to eat, food doesn't interest me. One of the side affects of the medication the doctor gave me for my pace maker is anorexia. And I think I got it. Oh my, what a shame. LOL This morning I forgot to eat; and in the middle of my water exercise class I had to get out and get something to eat. I actually felt sick.. NOT GOOD, PEOPLE! So now I am eating to live. I am making myself eat between 1000 and 1200 calories a day. And I am eating pretty much anything I want (that's on the Kidney list). I still have to stay low sodium for my heart and still stay away from the bad fats, but I am going to do it this time.
I am lower now that I have been in probably 30 years. And I am going for my high school graduation weight of 282 (yes I was big in high school) by Easter. I know I can do this. Maybe by Christmas 2016 I will hit my final goal of 200 (that was my 8th grade graduation weight)...yes, all my life.
This is the latest picture of me. Kind of sappy. We had our pictures taken at church and they had me take this pose.
Until next time...take care of yourself....
And Give God the Glory!