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  Week of 8/13/2010 - Featured Board Post

I Can't Wait to Go!

Three months ago I sat in my doctor’s office at my highest weight ever: 211 lbs. Sitting there getting the results of my blood work, I got more and more determined. I was started on cholesterol medicine; told my triglycerides were through the roof (over 300); I've been on BP medicine for at least 20 years and am a diabetic. I also have hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis.

As I listened to my doctor run down the same old story I'd heard for years, something changed. I knew I didn't have to live that way; that I had control over at least SOME of what was wrong with me, and at 47 years old the time had come to decide what I was going to do about it.

Almost immediately I joined the "Couch to 5K" program with my 23-year-old daughter and we began to exercise. I was also being a little more aware of what I was eating. But it wasn't until a visit to my best friend's in May that I discovered SparkPeople. She was/is a devoted fan though she met her goal about 3 weeks ago.

What a difference Spark People has made!! I'm down 18 lbs and feel better than I have ever felt in my life. I still have 50+ pounds to go.....but I know that I can do it and I've crossed over that imaginary line in my mind that tells me "You can't" and now it says "Hey, what else ya want to do??!"

The exciting news for me though is today I go back to my doctor for the first time since that awful visit. I went last week and had my labs done and today I'll see him and get the results.

For the first time in my life I can't wait to go to the doctor!!

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