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Ten Years on Spark People (Really)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Hello Spark Friends. I am amazed I still have many SP friends since it has been so long since I have written a blog. Here I am (still). My mantra is Never, Never, Never give up.
Ten years ago I began a journey to health. I was struggling with high blood pressure. My first step was to stop eating meat and poultry.
Then I found out I had severe sleep apnea and began using a sleep machine. I had battled terrible back pain for a few years.
I began working with a dietitian and joined a gym. I reaped the benefits in a huge way and in one year had lost 100 pounds.
Then the bottom dropped out. I experienced some devastating family issues and my stress level went off the charts. Unfortunately the issues did not resolve until several years later. IN the meantime, I had to start taking anti anxiety medication and seeing a counsellor to help me cope with depression.
DUring those years, I did do some emotional eating but I continued to track my food and fitness here on SP. My weight began creeping up until I had gained it all back. That's when frustration kicked in.
I turned myself around and began eating completely healthy and exercising again. For over two years I followed the plan, but instead of losing weight, I found myself gaining. Then I hit a plateau for another year or more. Talk about discouragement and wanting to give up. But I held on. I reminded myself, even if the weight was not coming off, I had to be healthier for making good choices every day.
I kept asking myself, how could someone at my weight and eating so little calories not be losing weight? Calories in vs calories out was not adding up! I do not eat a lot of carbs and had already cut out sugar. WHat is wrong with my body?
Last year my husband was talking to someone who had a similar experience and she told him about a new doctor she was seeing, who seemed to be helping with her issues. My husband did some research and found a similar doctor within driving distance of where we live. He made an appointment for me.
Prior to seeing the doctor I had to have extensive blood work (6 vials) and urine tests (samples every 4 hours for 16 hours) done. WHen I saw the doctor (he specializes in bio-identical hormone therapy) he went over and completely explained the test results and how it all is impacting my weight loss. He explained PVOS and metabolic disorder, which he believes I have. The biggest issue is my cortisol levels are literally way off the charts they are so high. THis affects so many other functions that several of my systems are negatively impacted.
He prescribed a personal regimen of shots, pills, creams and a powder (to add to water and drink) to overcome my issues.
It has been three weeks now and I have lost almost 5 pounds. It does not sound like much. Believe me when I tell you I am thrilled to see the scale moving in the down direction at all, after so long.
I say all of this to remind us all, to never give up. NO matter how discouraged we might feel. No matter how long the scale does not move in the right direction. No matter how frustrated we feel. I just kept remembering why I started this journey 10 years ago. I review my goal board at least once a day.
This road is a rough one. There are no easy fixes. We each need to find our own path that works for us. For me, I need my eating patterns to be sustainable over the long haul, not some fad in the moment. I encourage each of you to find yours.
I know there are going to be lots of bumps in the road still. With the help of my SP trackers, my friends here on SP to support me and my goals in front of me, I know I CAN DO THIS!
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  • INSH8P
    I’m with LeanJean6 - Thank you for the personal SparkGoodie - We’ve been on SparkPeople for many a time, for many a reason. Here’s sending all of the best to you and yours, as you continue in the journey of wellness and personal fulfillment.
    253 days ago
    I didn't know tat I was top 5--It must be because all I do is shovel snow!-Lynda
    253 days ago
    I never knew about fitness achievements--Thank yu tho---Lynda
    337 days ago
  • INSH8P
    This has been a long, winding road. We are very grateful that you chose to stay with us. So many others would have given up.... But not you! Well done, and looking for more health, even if the scale doesn't do what you expect. Health is everything!
    399 days ago
    You are so encouraging! I have been so down from the yo-yo-ing that I have been on the verge of throwing in the towel. You are my inspiration to persist.
    405 days ago
    What a wonderful blog, Ruthie! You can do this and so can I!
    405 days ago
    First of all, Happy Sparkversary!!! What an amazing journey you have had. I know you will be successful in your endeavor because of your positive attitude , and the fact that you do not give up!!! Good luck and God bless you!!!
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    406 days ago
    I'm glad you found a doctor to take you seriously. You're doing great!
    407 days ago
  • MARUKI52
    RUTHIBEAR you are one amazing woman. Many a person who has tried to lose weight, lost it, and then put it back on again AND have had other issues to deal with would have given up long ago. You did not and your persistence and luck in meeting this Doctor who is giving you help and not giving you same old remedies are your reward. I wish you luck on your journey and eventual success. Sure it won't be a quick fix but it seems all the building bricks are now in the right place.
    407 days ago
    Happy SparkVersary!! emoticon

    I am so glad you found a doctor who is willing to take the time to help you. What a blessing!!!
    407 days ago
  • GORDON66
    Stay strong!


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    HUGS and so happy you have found a Dr. that is helping you! THAT'S priceless.
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    407 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary Ruthie! I am so happy you have found some answers to the cause of your health issues! Way to go on the weight loss! Hugs, Mindy
    407 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary to you. What a journey you have been on. Love that mantra: Never give up. Giving up only take us back to a place we don't want to be!
    407 days ago
    I know that frustration, I am so glad your husband supports you on this journey and found someone that gives you hope for a better out come after putting in all the effort. There is nothing worse than doing right, and not having it reflect in our health.Cortisol is my bad guy as well as a metabolic disorder, but I have no treatment, they only give me insulin to treat my diabetes. If you can pm me what you are using, so I can research it as well. I would be grateful. I am so happy for you, I hope this is what turns you around in the right direction for your health and wellness. Best Wishes.
    407 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary. I've been here 10 years this coming January, and I think you were one of my first SP friends. I honestly thought I'd last a few months, tops. Well, here we both are. Congrats to you. Have a wonderful day.
    407 days ago
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