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Because Of A Promise

Sunday, October 02, 2016

For this weekend's challenge, I'm supposed to blog about why I will never give up my dream of achieving a healthy weight and lifestyle.

in 1998, my mother was dying from lung cancer. She had been heavy for a lot of years prior to getting sick but when she got cancer, she finally got to the weight she wanted. She made me promise that I wouldn't put off getting healthy and losing weight until I was sick and dying like she did and she said that as incentive, she would pay for me to go to Weight Watchers until she died, which she did on November 23, 1998.

When I joined Weight Watchers in August 1998, I weighed 264 pounds (my heaviest). It took me a long time to lose weight and it was only after my mum died that I started to have some success on the scale. However, it took me until 2003 to lose 70 pounds and then in 2003, I went back to school and quit Weight Watchers because it was an expense that I thought could be cut as I'd been following the program since 1998 and I knew I could do it on my own.

Except that I didn't. In the spring of 2004, I took up running but over the summer, I was suffering with a lot of knee pain so I stopped running but my knees still ached. And, then in the fall of 2004, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and regained 40 of the 70 that I had lost due to not being able to exercise due to the never ending pain and due to me trying to eat the pain away.

In September 2007, I joined SparkPeople and since then with the help of my SparkFriends, I've lost 46 pounds, which I'm proud of despite how long it's taken me.

I still have about 40 pounds to lose until I reach my goal weight and I will never give up because of the promise I made to my mum in 1998.
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  • 4CYNDI
    What an inspiring person your mom must have been. I love the story of the promise made and kept. Have fun on the journey and know your mom would be proud of you.
    1570 days ago
  • GLASSART43
    emoticon Joanna.

    1570 days ago
  • _LINDA
    A wonderful tribute to your Mother's memory! My Mom also motivates me as she pushes me to be my best because her example is so amazing. No matter how tired or sore she gets, she never gives up. Her hands are currently more painful and much more swollen than mine, but she ever carries on with her heavy work in her large garden (50 foot lot) while maintaining a clean house and looking after her husband. I doubt I could do as much. So I do what is within my parameters. I was a slow loser too. It was all because of what I was eating as I was always good with getting exercise.. I am still learning I am not there yet in a proper eating and healing diet.
    Thank you for sharing your story.
    1571 days ago
  • CHRISTINEBWD
    You are such a lovely person, I hope you can reach the goals you want!

    Many hugs for your journey! emoticon
    1571 days ago
  • CHERYLN
    You have two good reasons to stay on course....your promise to your mom and your health. Good for you for keeping off the weight you've lost thus far. You have a positive attitude and I'm sure you'll do well.
    1571 days ago
  • PRNCSCUP1-2FULL
    Yeah, I don't want to be a skinny corpse. Not the only reason I'm skinny! Thanks. Your story is inspiring!
    1571 days ago
  • MKATE99
    Thanks for sharing your story, Joanna. So glad to have you on our team! :)
    1571 days ago
  • MKBWNSUGAR
    emoticon emoticon
    1571 days ago
  • _BACK2BASICS_
    Joanna~ Thanks for sharing. We do need to keep our goals in sight and your story is a great personal motivator for you. May your hard work continue to bring you closer to your goals so you may appreciate your improved health!. emoticon emoticon
    1571 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/2/2016 4:39:21 PM
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