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Chapter 26, Day 86 & Sparkversary Reflections....

Saturday, September 23, 2017

I realized last night that today would be my 8th Sparkversary, only when a Champions team member sent me a spark goodie. I mulled it over for a quick minute, and then thought, well...nothing to celebrate there. I am at the same place I started at, 8 hrs ago. So much time wasted. In all honesty, could I share in the joy my team mates were bestowing upon me?

Coincidentally, I had my annual physical this morning. I was waiting for the reprimand from my doc; I had it coming, being 12# heavier than the last visit two years ago, and finding myself 10# short of my heaviest weight ever. At my heaviest, I was pre-hypertensive, and pre-diabetic, and in terrible shape. My eating habits were terrible. After sitting, when I would rise onto my feet, they hurt. I was tired all the time, I hurt, and I felt much older than my then 55 yrs.

I've spent the last 8 yrs. weight cycling. I'm still trying to beat my bad snacking habits and my periodic over indulgences. It is what keeps me attaining goal weight and regular consistent weight loss.

Nothing to celebrate?

Indeed there is. My doc was super happy about my glucose readings....I've been in the 80s over the past 8 yrs, and under the 100 point threshold. My cholesterol readings and ratios are stellar, too. My blood pressure is just slightly elevated (I was expecting the worse there, given my weight). He said, you must be eating right most of the time. I had to agree: most of the time I do. I hardly eat processed food, most of the time I don't eat refined sugars, and I don't eat too many starches. Until my foot injury, I was a daily walker. I'm not that tired person, and my feet don't hurt anymore when I get up on them.

I'm glad I can honestly state I have something to celebrate. Despite my being overweight, I'm in much better shape than I was back in 2007, when I was at my worse. I think I want to keep at it with this health and wellness goal. It's time to pick up the pace and make more progress. I never have been a quitter -- one more thing to celebrate.

All is well.

Thank you my friends, for having taken the time today to send so many well wishes. Your thoughtfulness mean so much. I can't imagine being on this journey without you.
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    Congratulations on your 8 year Sparkaversary and your great medical progress! SP does make a difference in our lives! Struggling and the ups and downs are all part of the ride! Keep going!! emoticon
    419 days ago
    Happy emoticon Vicki and emoticon on being a healthier you. I know the struggle of weight cycling all too well but as long as you emoticon that's all that matters! emoticon
    419 days ago

    Congratulations on your spark anniversary! I couldn't tell you when I joined SP, but I do know that it has improved my life. The motivation, encouragement and support that it has given me is a blessing.

    I am very proud of you. You have, indeed, improved your life and health. I tell myself that the goal is to keep working at it. The journey is really important because if we give up, we are totally lost.

    We are in this, my friend, together. I, for one, am very glad that you are on SP and especially that you are a part of the Mindful Mansion.

    Peace always,
    Lady Carol
    419 days ago
    Congrats here! Effort can pay off. You work hard and see some results. Gives you motivation to do even more I think!
    420 days ago
    Keep at it....many of us are in the same boat! And you are healthier so have reason to celebrate! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    420 days ago
    emoticon Congrats Vicki. So glad your Doctors report was very good.. Does pay to keep on plan even if we can't all the time.
    Yes, definitely have lots to celebrate. emoticon emoticon
    420 days ago
    You can do it. I am in the same boat, I know I am healthier buy still so over weight, but at my age I still get tired so easy.
    420 days ago
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    Congrats on your Doctor's results.
    420 days ago
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