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Seems like every time I start making progress, life takes another turn that throws obstacles in my path. I'm still trying to regain the stamina and functioning I lost between 2012-2018 due to med reactions. Took 4 years to figure out that it was the meds that were supposed to be helping that were actually causing most of the symptoms. During 2018-2020 my primary focus was spiritual and emotional, finding a lot of healing from childhood abuse. I am the happiest and most at peace I have ever been in my life. Yet, physically I continued to struggle and very slowly decline.

Then Covid happened and all activities I was involved in were shut down, and the decline rapidly accelerated. There were times I could see a noticeable difference in functioning from one week to the next. It's gotten so bad it's painful and difficult to just walk the length of my living room. I thought with a little exercise and therapy I could gradually improve and return to normal. But I recently learned that the biggest problem is arthritis in my hips and back, along with a few other more treatable conditions. My doctor says I probably lost 2-3 years of functioning because of the shutdown. He estimates I have 1-2 years to have a hip replacement before the joint is too worn for the surgery to be successful. But I need to lose weight. Hard to do when you can't walk.

I can give up and end up in a wheelchair, and nursing home waiting to die, or I can choose to fight. Just at the point I thought for the first time in my life I can really begin to live, I face more obstacles that seem insurmountable. But what I've learned in the last 3 years is that I am an overcomer. I was created to not only survive, but to thrive. And I choose to not be robbed, again. I'm not going down without a fight.

Member Since: 3/19/2007

My Goals:
Lose weight, increase stamina and functioning, hopefully with less pain.

My Program:
Increase movement even if only seconds at a time, multiple times a day.
Follow the Maximized Living Eating Plan (close to keto, no sugar, no grains).

Personal Information:
High Weight = 338 (March, 2021)
Previous high = 308 (2018)

1st Milestone = 299

2nd Milestone = 259
(pre med detox weight January 2017)

3rd Milestone = 239
(what I weighed when I de-railed in 2008 and again in 2010)

4th Milestone = 199 Onderland and uncharted territory!

Final Milestone = 169 - 149 ? Final Goal Weight.

Other Information:
Enjoy slow paced computer games including match 3 and jigsaw puzzles, watching flowers bloom and plants grow, and flagging during worship. LOVE cats.

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    51 days ago
  • v 3VEGGIES
    Hi. I have a completely different perspective of the new platform and am excited about it. Like yourself, I'd like the connectivity with existing sparkfriends. But, I've walked through all features at this point and I find it to be incredibly beneficial. Spark 360 implements the techniques and practices I've read about and have been working towards for years and nicely packages them. I wish you all the best in your journey and search for a methodology or site that works for you. We'll be in touch. emoticon
    55 days ago
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    Congratulations on your success this past challenge. Keep going! Your success is within your control. I’m going to give the new platform a try. Will move forward from there. Thanks for introducing me to the challenge teams. Much appreciated!!!!
    56 days ago
    Congrats for losing 11 pounds in our 5% challenge! Way to go!!
    73 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog with word's of encouragement. I am on a 1200 calorie diet. It is their Rapid Weight loss Max plan. I did it with Spark years ago and it worked. I haven't been that discipline lately so I went to Jenny to fix that. Have a great weekend!
    93 days ago
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