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Losing weight while battling health issues

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I have been overweight my entire life. I have also battled various health issues throughout my life; not all of them were directly related to my weight. Nevertheless, the extra pounds made each problem harder to deal with. I have gone through several periods of weight loss and regaining, which have led to more issues: pseudo tumor cerebri, diabetes, chronic kidney disease Gastroperesis. I'm sure many of you can relate. I've had periods when I lost 80 - 100 lbs in a year or less, only to gain all of it back and then some. It wasn't until my mother passed away last year from diabetes complications, and I had to start dialysis that I realized the damage I had done to myself. During that year, I contacted and met with a highly-recommended nutritionist who helped me sort out some of the issues that were to motivation behind my eating habits and weight issues. She also recommended I jin a program , like SparkPeople, to help me develop new habits and strategies. I have now been a member of the program for about a year. In that time, I have totally changed my eating habits, lost 40 lbs (a total of 110 over the last 9 years), and had a kidney transplant. There have been some setbacks along the way, but I have not given up. My goal is to lose 70 more lbs by this time next year. Right now, I am taking it easy as far as my exercise is concerned because my incisions has been reopened to drain a bunch of gunk (trust me, you don't want the details😷🙈🙉🙊) and had to get a wound vac (my constant companion); I am confined to my house except for doctor appointments. Today I got the news that I have deep vein thrombosis in my left thigh, which means blood thinners. But I haven't given up still. I am sticking to my diet, and I can still do upper-body workouts with my barbells. LIFE IS GOOD! These words, which I read everyday, keep me going thru all my trials: "...notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord...my heart...sorroweth because of my flesh...nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted. My God hath been my support: He hath led me through mine afflictions...He hath filled me with his love...O then,...if the Lord in his condescension hath visited (me) in so much mercy,why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions?...Awake, my soul! Rejoice oh my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul!
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