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The problem started with my being thin all my life. And able to eat anything in any amount with no weight gain. It was a problem because it spoiled me for when weight started piling on. Menopause. Jobs that were all-consuming and left little time to exercise. Stress. On and on. In fact, I didn't even own a scale.

About 14 years ago I was in Las Vegas with my now dearly-departed cousin. We were in the wax museum and took a pic of me in a wedding dress next to George Clooney. When I saw that pic, I wondered who that was in the picture. And how had I not noticed this before? How can you not notice when you are buying larger size clothing? Maybe denial.

Twelve years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon SP. Upon perusing the site, I joined but was convinced that this had way too much info to read and learn about. Plus, I'm not a joiner. (smiling) And I never did blogs before this, so there was no way I would start now. And the SP points would mean nothing to me. And there's no way you can make "real" friends on a website.

Of course, I found the points to be reinforcing good habits. That I can be a joiner when I want to be. That the info can be digested a bit at a time. That blogging is a valuable tool. (not to mention tracking) And that there are real people who become real friends here.

I've not been the poster child for SP success during these 12 years. My main goal has always been to keep building up my immune system with regular exercise and better food choices. During this time, I tried many many times to work on both sugar and caffeine. Last year, I eliminated caffeine completely for the entire year. (and of course continued it into this year)

In January, I eliminated sugar. Not entirely, keeping a little amount daily that is a natural part of a diet. But I don't crave sugar anymore or even think of it. I used to be the sugar queen of the galaxy. No more.

Mid-February (2021), I started tackling night eating which wasn't just a snack like most people might have. It was a lifelong habit of a meal-size portion of food. Lifelong habits are hard to break, but I've been tracking my progress each night since then. Now I don't even think about eating at night. Occasionally I think I'm going to grab a bite of something, and then remember that I don't do that anymore.

For the past week (I'm writing this on March 24, 2021), I have really buckled down on portion control. My usual portions would satisfy a football linebacker. Another habit left over from my forever-slim days. In the past week, with portions reasonable, no night eating, and fewer carbs, I'm down 5 lbs.

I have a left hip that has been under self-care for the past 5 years, thinking it was bursitis. I recently found out it is more than that. Next week I go to an orthopedist to learn some options. (I hope) Meanwhile, I go to a holistic college to get pain-relief treatments. I'm hoping I can buy time before I have to have any type of surgery. Have to admit that I used these hips for long-distance bike riding for many years as well as a number of other activities. So it is rebelling now. Plus, maybe hereditary factor?

Contact me with any questions at all.

UPDATED on 5/4/21

Hip surgery is scheduled for June 8. Xray revealed that there were no other options. I've researched well, have a good doc and hospital, and the rest is up to forces out of my control. I've never had surgery before, so I'm finding ways to lower my anxiety level. (NOT eating yummy things)

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    Wild Bill was a 2nd Cousin to my Great Grandfather. My Dad was told that they left Illinois together, and went to Kansas. My Great Grandfather stayed there, and Wild Bill moved on. I think it's cool too. Hope your Sunday was fun. We're having funky weather today, but the rest of the week should be good.

    3793 days ago
    Jesse, Thank you for you very kind words about my blog. I came close to deleting it several times because of fear it was not something that would be uplifting to anyone. But it was my 20th Anniversary as a paraplegic and hit me because it really didn't seem that long and I could remember all the little details from that experience. Not all negative by any means, the people who gathered were all my family and friends, all the local fire fighters, and the community. I have had a positive attitude from day one that I could deal with this as long as my family stays well.

    I was amazed at your story, and can't tell you how glad I am that you recovered physically. As a fire fighter of so many years that was always out fear that we might not get there in time to save a life. You took that into your own hands and rather than panic you did a very difficult thing and it saved your lives. I am inspired as a mom by your story and send you my happy heart that you are an able bodied woman. I looked at your picture and was so pleased to see you can get out there and work out that great incredible body God gave you. God bless you and may you put in many thousands of steps along your journey. This is one Spark friend will be cheering you on!

    Have a wonderful gathering of family and friends for Christmas, enjoy every little moment with them, and cherish all that you are blessed with.

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