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New Health, 63 pounds Lighter and 29"+ Lost...1 year later

Sunday, January 09, 2011

I was just looking at my "stats" since joining Spark. Of course they are not really accurate, because I can only estimate what I weighed since I refused to weigh myself after I hit 210. My guess is about 220...But I have used 210 as my official starting place - even though I know I weighed more. The lowest I have weighed since joining Spark is 157...and right now I weigh about 3 pounds more than that due to a steroid course which has messed things up a bit. Assuming my 'guesstimate' is correct, that means I've lost a total of 63 pounds here at Spark!

I added up all the inches I lost (again, only an incorrect figure is available, because I wouldn't measure myself--even long after I began weighing myself. :( I wish I hadn't been so full of pride back then...I would have had so much more reason to celebrate now. But just for the hard factual numbers I have now, I have lost 29"!! That's like two and a half feet of fat!!

I've turned into a walking commercial for Spark. This site and all of you have changed my life so radically, all I can do is talk about it. The only thing/person to change it more is my Lord Jesus...(and I talk a lot about him too!)... I think I've talked about 5 people into joining SparkPeople...and many others have promised to look into it. I wish all of the newcomers the best...

I'd given up on myself. Was hopeless and sick. I never ever thought that a year later, I'd be looking as healthy as I am now ...but even more amazing is my progress in stamina and lung capacity.

As many of you know, I suffer from really terrible asthma. I was literally spending more time in the hospital than I was at home over the prior two or three years...and had come close to death a number of times because of it. I could not walk across a room with out gasping and having to sit down. My pulmonologist warned me not to try to exert myself in any way as my lungs could not support any greater demand.

I started to hope when I got to Spark. I saw pictures and read stories of people even worse off than I was (if that is possible!). And I read of their success with their persistent determination and the support of Spark Buddies. So I began to try to push myself. I walked a little further every day. From one end of the house to another. And then I finally got the nerve up to go out the door. I struggled to make it to the end of my driveway. The next day, I tried to make it to the next door neighbor's driveway...and so forth...Until, in these mountains of Pennsylvania...up and down steep inclines....I was power walking over 2 miles daily!! I can't describe to you my excitement at that fact!

I had a hip replacement in May - early on in the time that I was just getting motivated here. I worked HARD to recover and recovered quickly. TOO quickly. Because I pushed myself so hard in exercise, I ended up dislocating that new hip twice. (Believe me, you DON'T want to try that...at home or anywhere else!) I was then stuck in a huge hip to calf brace for several months while the hip healed (although it still tends to slide loose from the joint and I may be facing another surgery to correct that). I walked anyway. In my workout clothes and a huge brace...hobbling down the road. I'm sure it was a funny sight. But NOTHING was going to stop me now.

Now, in the cold, I cannot go outside to exercise because the woodstove smoke and the cold make my breathing very difficult. But one more note of success in this regard: Each year, prior to my becoming proactive about regaining my health, I had NUMEROUS upper respiratory infections, frequent bronchitis and pneumonia...each little cold I got progressed into a major crisis and hospitalization. I was typically in the hospital for up to three weeks at a time at LEAST three times each year between September and Christmas. And then it would continue through the winter.

I am very pleased to report that I have not had a single cold since last April and have not been hospitalized ONCE this year, since last April at which point I began to be serious about Spark. I attribute this to a healthier diet, to the exercise I give my respiratory system, and even to the cleansing effect of sweating out toxins during my daily workouts. EVERY member of my family has been sick numerous times in that period as well as all of my friends...but I -with an immune system destroyed by Methotrexate and other drugs to treat my Psoriatic Arthritis-- have not been sick ONCE! YAY! and YAY!!

Thank you so much...you my Spark friends who have encouraged, cheered, sometimes been tough on me...who would NOT let me quit...and who would not accept a negative attitude (which is my usual bent - or should I say , WAS)...You've seen the before and after pix...on my page. (I finally got brave and posted the one ((awful)) picture I have of me)..and it's now on the front page of my Spark Page...because I no longer have to be ashamed of her. It'S NOT WHO I AM ANYMORE!! Amen and Amen!

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    Cynthia, You ARE a rock star! I am so proud of you! You ARE living healthier, and making great strides - you are going in the right direction, and I am right behind you! Hugs and Kudos!
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    Congratulations on your perseverance with all of the adversity that you have faced. You are an inspiration to others, including myself
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    You have come a long way Cynthia, and you didn't even mention that horrible, debilitating back condition you have that is also throwing a monkey wrench into your best laid plans.
    Your are like the Terminator, when one pathway is destroyed, you find a different one to walk on through.
    Here is to not letting out bodies not beat us into submission. We can overcome. Sweat sisters in pain, you and I.
    We will win this battle!! We must!! We can do it!
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  • VXWALL1942
    Yours is one of the Success Stories of Spark People and I hope this makes it way to that illustrious hall of fame. You continue to inspire those of us around you because 'if Cynthia can do it, how dare I not try'. I am headed for the status not as a 'human being' but as a human DOING! Thanks for the blog and the motivation to be able to have my own success story by January, 2012. I think I better weigh and measure no matter the disgust. Thanks for sharing, and YEA YOU!!


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    woo hoo!
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    Super blog: yay you! This is such an inspiring story -- perseverance in the face of circumstances so tough as to be overwhelming -- and you overcame them instead!!

    Proud to be added to your friend list!! Here's to keeping on keeping on . . .
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  • no profile photo HAWKEYPHOTOG
    You are very inspiring! Congratulations on your success, strength and new found health
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  • PATSY142
    I think you did great. Keep up the good work and don't backslide. You are a different person now. Keep that in mind. You don't want to go back to before, like I did. I know you can keep the weight off. Your life depends on it. Congratulations on your loss and your gains in air.
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    Congratulation on your many victories. All the best for the future. emoticon
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  • GLOWORM1963
    Way to go ~ I hope one day I will see 157 again!
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