Yesterday was my "official" 1 year Spark-a-versary
I'm almost embarrased to say that my actual Spark account was made in 2006 but like many people I made it and then......NADA.
I have no idea just exactly what I was waiting on and looking back I still can't really put my finger on anything specific...
All I knew for sure was that if I didn't make a radical change I would die, my lack of eating had depleted my immune system and had caused me to be succeptible to numerous infections and each bout of "whatever" left me sicker, weaker and more hopless about ever getting better.
So I logged back into my Spark account and tried to figure out what to do....
I weighed in at 345 lbs.....Yes....THREE HUNDRED and FOURTY FIVE POUNDS, not the heaviest person in the world (true) but a hefty load for sure.
My measurements at that time were mind boggling...
waist 60 in
hips 62 in
calfs 22 in
thighs 33 in
upper arms 21 in
neck 17 in
Amazingly, I never ever looked in the mirror and saw any of it. I just looked like me and I thought I was alright, now looking back.....WHEW !!!
I looked pretty awful.....
As of right now I weigh 209.8
waist 42 in
hips 46 in
calfs 17.5 in
thighs 24.5 in
upper arms 17 in
neck 14.25 in
That is a total of 135.2 lbs and 53.75 inches lost, that's almost 4 and a half feet of body that's no longer with me.... WHOA!!!
I have to admit it hasn't always been easy or without frustrations but in the last year I have learned sooooo much not only about eating and my health but also about myself, and to me those lessons about me have been the most surprising.
A year ago my wardrobe consisted of jogging pants and T-shirts. I had a few pair of size 28 jeans but they wouldn't zip for anything in this world.
Not anymore.....EVER.....a year later I don't own any jogging pants at all and my jeans are all 14/16's and I will confess I have become a clothes junkie, my closet is full (to full)...
Most importantly though I have learned that I am strong inside, I can push myself just a little bit harder a little bit longer and get a little bit farther and I won't break...
And I am definitly healthier I have been infection free for 5 months in a row and I am very excited about finally being able to have my belly button peirced.......
I am looking forward to this second year....hopefully my waist keeps getting smaller while my muscles keep getting bigger, I hope to reach my final goal and maybe even go beyond that and I hope to participate in my first 5k race before I turn 50 at the beginning of 2013.....
This is an amazing place and the people here are wonderfully kind, supportive, encouraging and motivating.... I have always said I would have never come this far without my Sparkfriends especially those of whom I talk to daily either here or by IM or on the phone.... I Thank each of you from the bottom of my heart, for everything you have done for me and taught me and for the times you've listened to me ramble on.....YOU ALL ROCK.