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Time to Catch Up & Review -- If I can do this, you CAN too!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Greetings Spark Friends -

It's been a busy couple months. Have you ever got caught up in a whirlwind of life activity and all of a sudden you look up and 3 months have past? I've been wanting to write a blog for a while now - and there just hasn't been time.

About a month ago my sister had brain surgery for Arnold Chiari Syndrome. She is doing MUCH better now. The surgery was a success and she is starting to feel the benefits of having it done. She is still recovering, but she's doing great. This was stressful for me, not only because someone I love was going under a knife but because I have this genetic birth defect too and could one day need a similar surgery. So yeah - there's been a lot of thinking, soul searching, and stress going on but there's also been hope, achievement and progress too.

This same sister is a massage therapist. She works out of a co-op of alternative therapists. One of her fellow therapist is also an acupuncturist. She came to the hospital to offer my sister acupuncture as a way to get relief from the pain of the surgery. Long story short I ended up hiring this very nice lady to perform acupuncture on me for my Bell's Palsy. Yes, I'll have had Bell's Palsy for one year on August 31st. It's ridiculous. So I decided I needed to try something and Bev (the acupuncturist) said "Oh yeah .. Bell's Palsy is no problem to cure with acupuncture". I was skeptical, but figured at this point I have nothing to lose.

If you ever get the opportunity to try acupuncture I would highly recommend it. I've had 4 treatments over the past month and there is marked improvement in my facial muscles. I'm starting to be able to taste foods on the left side of my mouth. Everyone has commented on how my eye looks better, that my speech is better... I'm feeling really good about this. And really it's a trip feeling chi energy zoom through your body during the treatment. It's such a unique sensation - I recommend it to everyone. It's relaxing and exciting all at once. Finally I'm really starting to see the light at the end of the Bell's Palsy tunnel, hopefully just a few more treatments and I'll be at least 90% back to normal.

And finally - my weight ...

My friends - I have gone from 287 pounds to 174 pounds in 17 months time. I have lost 39% of my total body weight. I have gone from a size 28 Women's Plus size to size 14. The last time I wore a size 14, I was in high school some 26 years ago. Wow. Am I really that old? :)

My doctor wanted me under 180 pounds, check. I've gotten off the anti-depressants, check. I've inspired several friends, co-workers and loved ones to lose weight & think about what they are eating, check.

I have proved to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. Even through the Bell's Palsy and the knowledge of the Chiari I have lost weight and reached my goals. If I can do this --- anyone can do this. I have another blog in my mind for my recipe for weight loss success that I hope to write sooner than later. I want to record this, in case I ever slip up and gain... although really - I just don't see that happening. I'm so much more aware now of food, food choices, the importance of exercise and now I weigh myself daily just to keep an eye on things ... it's amazing what you can do with a little bit of know how.

Thank you again to all my terrific Sparkfriends! Truly you are the reason why this all works. Knowing I'm not alone in my struggle to lose weight and that there are other supportive, caring people has really helped get me through some of those rougher days.

I'm going to continue to try to lose that last 10 pounds... I've got to spend more time strength training and firming up a bit more. I'm still eating a reduced calorie diet so the weight should start to come off again. I've actually gained and lost the same 4 pounds over the past two months -- it's time to re-focus on me and get rid of these last 10.

Thanks for reading .. and always remember:

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up!!! emoticon
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  • EMGERBER
    For sure 'Never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up!!! '
    1575 days ago
  • EMER1023
    I am glad to hear that you are doing well and you are so inspiring. I have been away from here for a while and am back to try to get back on the wagon - again, it is inspiring reading this. I hope you are doing well!
    3492 days ago
  • SMATHEW
    THANK YOU FOR THIS :)
    3504 days ago
  • FITGIRL15
    Wow, you have been through a lot this year!!! And look at how you've pushed through and continued to be BETTER!

    You are amazing! XOXO
    3545 days ago
  • NONNATERRY
    You are a true inspiration!
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    3595 days ago
  • SCHWINNER!
    Glad to hear all this good news, both for you and your sister! emoticon I totally know that feeling of looking up and going "whoa, where did all that time go?!" I feel like summer escaped me, as always...

    Congrats on the weight loss so far - you have done amazing!! I know you can get off those last 10 lbs. and reach your goals! emoticon I still want you to go roller skating with me :)
    3638 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    I am so happy to read such great news from you and your sister.

    39% loss in 17 months that's truly amazing. You are so committed to it that I am sure you'll lost the last 10 pounds--I know how those last pounds are difficult, I am at this stage right now.

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    3638 days ago
  • GIRANIMAL
    So good to hear an update from you! I'm glad your sister's doing well. And meeting up with her acupuncturist friend is no coincidence! I am so very glad it's improving your Bell's Palsy symptoms.

    emoticon maintaining your loss over this stressful and busy few months! I am in the same boat as you with the last 10 pounds and the ping-pong game with about 3 pounds over the past month or two. But I feel like I am more aware of the little food "sneaking" I was starting to fall into, which was certainly contributing, and am back on track this week to knock them out for good! I too need to focus on toning and such too. Even with this last 10 pounds, my thighs and abs will need more help! emoticon
    3641 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    Your story is so inspirational. Thank you for filling us in. There is no comment that fits except to thank you and to wish you even more progress.
    3646 days ago
  • MADERINERUE
    You are fab-fab-fabulous! So happy that your smile is on its way back to symmetry!

    xoxo!
    3646 days ago
  • BUNNYCATS
    Your story is so inspiring. I admire your perseverance. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3646 days ago
  • EUPHRATES
    This is so inspiring - thank you for sharing!
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    3646 days ago
  • HIPPICHICK1
    Isn't it amazing what you can do once you set your mid to it? We have proven to ourselves that we are strong, we are invincible, we are WOMEN! Ooooooo! (Thank you Helen Reddy for that compelling lyric.)
    I'm really glad to hear that your sister's surgery was a success and that she's recovering and that you are getting acupuncture for the Bell's Palsy and it's effective!! YIPPEEEE! You must be very, very happy.
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    3646 days ago
  • DANCINGGARDENER
    Woosh, what a great blog. I took my breath away there's so much in so few words.

    So happy to hear that your sister is doing well. Supporting her through it while you knew you could be facing the same thing someday must have been very stressful. You must be so happy and relieved that all turned out so well.

    That's amazing about your acupuncture sessions. I am so very happy for you.

    You have been such an inspiration to me and so many other people here on Spark. Your journey is an example for all of us. Thank you so very much.

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    3646 days ago
  • MCJULIEO
    How wonderful you are doing!! Such an encouragement to me to keep on keeping on!

    So glad that the acupuncture is helping... who knew!!??

    3646 days ago
  • FITGIRL15
    I am sooo excited to hear about all your great news!!! And I'm thrilled for you that the acupuncture is actually working! WOO HOO! I may have to restart my treatments as well!

    Congrats on all your weight loss success as well! I'm so happy for you!
    3646 days ago
  • KIMBERLEY60
    I'm glad to hear that your sister is doing well and recovering from her surgery. You have done incredible on spark. The amount of weight you've lost is amazing. Way to go! It is a journey for sure, as I have had my ups and downs but know it works. I agree, sparkfriends are a huge part of what makes it work for me.

    It is great that acupuncture is working for you. A good acupuncturist is invaluable. I hope it continues to help you improve. emoticon
    3646 days ago
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