S is for Saving My Life
Monday, January 25, 2021
The challenge for today is to blog about where I started from and where I am now and reflect on all of that, so here goes, and I want to thank you in advance for reading this long blog!!!
I remember weighing the 388 pounds and it's still fresh in my mind as I don't want to go back there. I couldn't even pick my feet up off the ground, I just shuffled them along and when my cardiologist told me he wanted me to take a stress test, I couldn't even hold my head up and he had to keep reminding me that I needed to hold my head up.
It was during that time that I was at a place called Curves, which is a place for ladies to workout and God placed a very caring woman in my path who was my coach at Curves and she suggested SparkPeople.com and she told me that perhaps it would help me. Well, not only did SP Land help me but it literally saved my life and all by God's divine intervention!!!
My cardiologist never did give me the results of that stress test that I couldn't pick up my feet or hold up my head, but when I had lost so much weight and I went back to see him, which was more than a year later because of a car accident, he didn't know who I was and he had to ask me questions to make sure it was me. He immediately wanted to do another stress test and I agreed and this one I blew out of the water, so to speak!!!! I didn't even want to quit when I reached the 8o%. I told him that I wanted to go for the 100% and we did!!!
Six months later I went back to see him for the results and he told me that he had heard of this before but didn't believe it until now and I had to ask him what he was talking about. He told me that he had heard that heart health could be turned around but he never believed it until he saw my results compared to my first test and that's when I received the results of my first test. He talked about the condition of my heart and when he got to the point where he was discussing the right side of my heart he stopped and didn't say anything else. I asked him what about the right side of my heart and he told me in the first stress test that it was paper thin and I was one step away from cardiac arrest with no recovery and then he SCREAMED, but it sure isn't that way now!!!! He told me that I had turned my entire heart health around and that I had a good healthy heart of a 20 year old!!!!
Well, I did things that I could never do before!!! I started dancing again around the house or at Women's Conferences where I spoke several times, I entered into 5K's and was doing very well placing in the top three. I even did 5K's with my mom. I now enjoy housework whereas before it was such a drugery and a chore, and the best part about it is I am helping so many of my friends as I am more proactive in church, my health care, and my life!!! The person that I owe all the credit too, is GOD!!!!
Lord, thank You, for seeing something in me that I couldn't see. Thank You, for taking the time to teach me about You and me. Thank You, for ALWAYS being there for me even in my darkest times of despair, for it is by Your Strength, Your Might, Your Grace, Your Love, and Your Forgiveness that I LIVE today for YOU!!!! In the Mighty Name, of Jesus the Christ, AMEN!!!!
- Nancy Jean -