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My 8th Sparkversary.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sometimes I wonder why I'm still here, but then I remind myself if I hadn't stayed here all these years, I'd probably be about 314# instead of the 214# I started at back on October 12, 2007. That was horrible for me to be that fat. My back hurt so bad. So, this past year, I'm once again not at my goal, but I'm at 161# and I've actually stayed down here around the 160# level for the past four months. For me that is good. I haven't been below 160# in 25 years. So I know it is a "set point" area. I will get more fat off, as I'm determined. I went to the doctor's and had blood work done, so I'm needing to go back and find out the results. I don't want to get Type 2 Diabetes. I know I have Metabolic Syndrome. I've learned a lot from Jason Fung M.D. on YouTube.
So, this year I remember Og Mandino's quote: “There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.”
I'm happy my son, Nathan is now 31 and remains a cancer survivor. He still wants to go to medical school. He has a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia U. in NYC, so he knows he can get through the work. Having the cancer just made him look at life from a completely different view point.
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    598 days ago
  • no profile photo SPECIALMOMMY59
    Continuously be inspired! Coz' you are an inspiration to me!
    God bless you and your family. emoticon
    755 days ago
    Girl, we started here on Sparks about the same time!! I started as Autmnfire and changed to melsmimi. Congrats on beind down to the 160. I remember when Nathan was going through his chemo. I am so glad he is so strong and doing so well.
    949 days ago
    1054 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary!
    1183 days ago
    Nathan will make a very heartening, inspiring doctor, JIBBIE! I wish him much success in the pursuit(s) of his choice. And *you*, too, are a real source of inspiration to us! I'm over a month late in wishing you a happy 8th SparkVersary!! emoticon
    1248 days ago
    emoticon Congrats on taking off and keeping off so many pounds.

    So glad your son is doing well. I would think he would make an excellent physician as he has experienced it himself as a patient. His current profession has the possibility of making a difference in so many people's lives but would not see this directly. Whichever path he takes best wishes.

    I agree. 65 is just a number. At our 50th class reunion this year I would use the word kids when talking about classmates and we were definitely past that moniker. Age is a matter of attitude.
    1250 days ago
  • MICH1954
    Congrats on the anniversary, sounds like SP has been a big help in working towards your goals ... believe me when I say you are an inspiration for a "slacker" like me.

    I hope to get back on track and stay there this time.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1258 days ago
    Congratulations on your success. Wonderful that you have persisted, got rid of so much excess weight and kept it off. Hope to join you very soon.

    1262 days ago
    We have been friends for a long time. Glad you stayed too.
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    1263 days ago
    Most importantly, I'm happy to hear Nathan is doing so well! That would be great if he could go to med school :)

    Yeah, it's funny about being on SP so long...I do find myself gaining every time I leave...you've done a great job. It is not a sprint. You're at 161 and that is fantastic, not so shabby! I've been a member of SP about as long as you have. You're inspiring me to be able to write a similar blog in a few years instead of still being almost 40 pounds heavier than when I started! Keep inspiring!
    1265 days ago
    Happy 8th Anniversary. 50 lbs lost is great! Cancer survivor son is even better. You have so much persistence. I know you can do this. Hang in there!! You are doing this!!
    1277 days ago
    Wow, so many amazing things to celebrate in this blog.

    First, so wonderful that your son is a cancer survivor. So wonderful!

    And second, wow! You lost over 50 pounds! You are *amazing*! You should be so proud of yourself. I know you're not at your target yet, but you have done so well in improving your health already!

    And third, wow again - you raised a very bright young man! Good luck to him in pursuing a career in medicine!

    There are just so many things to cheer about here! emoticon emoticon
    1277 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/19/2015 12:22:39 AM
    That's an MIRACLE that Nathan is a cancer survivor and now he wants to help others! My mom is a 7 year cancer survivor and I'm just shouting as loud for Nathan as I did for her! emoticon

    Now, look at you go, with your weight DECREASING!!! It's such a wonderful feeling to celebrate these moments with my friends. Just emoticon and you'll be at goal, before too long!


    - Nancy Jean -
    1283 days ago
    Awesome! Determination really pays off! WTG!!!
    1283 days ago
    Loved this blog!! I'm so glad you stayed too because I have been around almost as long as you have and there are not that many of us dinosaurs left. LOL. We have something to teach the younger spark crowd that only we can - longevity. We have toughed it out, we have stayed. We haven't reached our goal but we haven't quit. We haven't given up. We are better for it. Happy sparkversary and many, many more!
    1283 days ago
    Awesome news about Nathan doing well and planning for his future. I am glad you are still active on Sparks too.
    1283 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary! It'll be 7 years for me in January. Can't believe I've stuck with it this long but, like you, I am glad I did.
    1283 days ago
  • GABY1948
    emoticon and give yourself LOTS of credit! KEEP remembering the POSITIVES! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1283 days ago
    Congrats on 8 years here! Lots to be proud of: and you are very supportive of others too!
    1283 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon + emoticon = 8 years

    Happy 8 year Sparkversary.... emoticon Keep up the great work...
    Cheering you on as always.... emoticon
    1283 days ago
    You are at MY goal weight -- and I hope to join you there next year! Good job at holding steady these last 4 months, and best of luck with the blood work results.
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    1283 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
    I sure hope you're doing well, Jibbie. I've missed you.

    1283 days ago
    emoticon You are an amazing Sparker. Taking care of yourself is what Sparking is all about. I am glad you are here and contribute so much to all of us.

    1283 days ago
    Good for you! That is so inspiring to me that you have been on this journey this long. It tells me that it has been and can be a true lifestyle change. I'm so glad your son is a survivor.
    1283 days ago
    Always great to look at the bright spots! emoticon
    1283 days ago
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