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My Story

Sunday, March 02, 2014

So I've been thinking about telling my story, just for myself if no one else, so here it is.
I've been struggling with my weight for years. I have yo-yo'd terribly and knew that was extremely unhealthy. Everytime I would lose weight and be down where I needed to be, I would gain it back and then some. I have done a lot of different weight loss programs. I've fasted for 40 days, (so unhealthy - don't do that.) I've done weight watchers and was even a leader. However, the way Weight watchers makes their money is on people losing weight not keeping it off. The classes were fun, but nobody sticks with it once they've lost their weight. I didn't, and I was a leader. I lost a lot when I went to Moldova for 5 years, but that was because I had to walk up 20 flights of stairs every day, not because I changed my eating habits.

When I got back to the states, I had already started gaining. I'm a huge emotional eater, and since I was divorced, had no reason I felt to keep it off. I wasn't married, so I didn't need to keep it off for a husband. (I know that this is illogical and I should have been doing it for me, but that wasn't even on my radar.)

I went for years getting heavier and heavier. I reached 220. Another thing that happened when I got back into the states, was I became sedentary. I became and still am a real home body. (It might be because I was gone from the states for so long.)

At any rate, I was losing weight, but didn't realize it. My daughter noticed it and said something, but I didn't weigh myself. The last time I did, I was 220, like I said. I started to notice in May that I was having difficulty with my feet and eyes. Talking to my daughter, she said, that is symptoms of diabetes 2. My grandmother had diabetes when she was older, and I remember as a kid and as I got older it was always in the back of my mind. I kept checking online for the symptoms and I never had any of the ones that were listed, so I was sure I didn't have it. Well, since I don't have health insurance, I went to one of the minute clinics and found out that my glucose was 287. The doctor said I needed to get to a doctor soon. I talked to a friend that had it also, and she suggested the University Health system. I was 208lbs when I went so I had lost weight. Found out I did have diabetes. I knew right then and there I was going to lose the weight. I had too. My A1C was 10. So with God's help, and my daughter giving me the site for Spark People (She had at one time before, but I ignored it.) I was on my way to lose.

Not only was my glucose high, but my cholesterol and blood pressure was high too. I know that I could very well have had a stroke or heart attack, or any of the other complications that come with diabetes. I have to say that I had a real wake up call, and praise the Lord that I didn't have those complications.

So since May I've been exercising regularly, and have change the way I eat. It's not just a diet to me this time, it is a way of life. I no longer sit and eat away my emotions. When I'm upset, I exercise. I have lost 54 lbs, and would like to lose at least 11 more, but time will tell if I can lose it. I have my ups and down when it comes to exercise. Right now, my motivation is kind of low. I have been trying to figure out what else to do, but I may join the Y. I have to decide if I want to pay the money.

The following are the before and after pictures.

Me at 220lbs


Me at 170 -


Me at 154


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  • NINETOZE
    You look fabulous! Great work on the weight loss!! Thanks for visiting my blog. I noticed you were close by when you mentioned Boerne. I bought my car out there and grew up in Bulverde! I go to Planet Fitness. If you want a real value without a lot of extras it a great option for a fitness facility. Thanks again and best of luck!
    2386 days ago
  • LIVESTRONG2010
    Great story and glad that your shared it. Working out seems to be easy for my but when it comes to eating that is another story. Just to prove my point while sitting here read spark I just finished off a candy bar. Not sure but it's just me here at work and it was there.

    We can do this!.

    2391 days ago
  • SCHRACJ
    Thanks for sharing your story. You are on the right track. Keep it going and your health will keep improving. Each day is a new opportunity to make a little more progress. Just remember .... YOU are worth it.
    2395 days ago
  • AVIDWISHER
    You have a lot to be proud of! I think a gym membership is a great reward! You would have another avenue to get your exercise in on icky Texas weather days. (Like today) If you don't want to invest the Y's fees, you might consider Planet Fitness, they have a $10 a month membership. That gym doesn't have group classes but they do have lots of cardio equipment, and even some snazzy massage stuff to treat yourself with. I use Anytime Fitness on Hausman because it's so close to home for me.

    I love your progress pictures! Seeing is believing! emoticon emoticon
    2395 days ago
  • DEB62BIE62
    I forgot to put that I brought all of my levels down - glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Thanks everyone for your kind comments.
    2396 days ago
  • JANTWO
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You inspire me so much. My husband, sister, and brother have type 2 diabetes. Your story touches in so many ways. Thank you for opening up and sharing such a powerful story. You will reach your goals I believe.You are a very strong woman and a beautiful one too!!!!
    2396 days ago
  • NANCYPAT1
    Thanks for sharing your story
    2396 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9543726
    It's great to put a face to your name. :) So glad you posted that. I would LOVE to hear about Moldova! I had my kids really young so I got to do very little traveling, and hope to be able to do more one day.
    2396 days ago
  • TEAROSE22
    Your story is amazing, and I have certain similarities, except that I began much larger. You look wonderful, I wish you the best of luck and life's richest rewards..good health and happiness.
    2396 days ago
  • GINNABOOTS
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    Thank you so much for posting this blog, so inspiring. You rock girl! Keep on with the healthy lifestyle, you are a huge motivation for everyone!
    2396 days ago
  • HEALTHY4ME
    AWESOME and so glad you posted this. Motivation and inspiration abound!!!
    Thanks and continue on! you are doing great!! emoticon emoticon
    2396 days ago
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