We Are Family...
Monday, March 12, 2012
We are lucky. The Spark Community becomes part of our families. Last year, I was able to improve my health, lose 40 pounds and exercise regularly for the first time in many years. Lots of you were there with me, fighting the same fight with varying degrees of success. We all figured out that with my four magic words (EAT. LESS. MOVE. MORE.) and the support we get here from articles, teams, trackers and most of all, our Spark friends, that we can be successful. We can set goals, meet them, exceed them and this strategy and success can also translate into success with our families, friends, work goals and personal development.
This year has been a far more difficult and challenging year. I am medically fragile, like many of you. Last year, I was rolling faster, stronger and healing up. This year, that wicked roller coaster has been charging downhill, sending me through a spiral of new problems that have seriously interfered with my formerly robust improvement. It's tough. My pain levels ate very high and my function is very poor. I can barely move and require two surgeries. Since I take immunosuppressant infusions once a month, surgery can only be done on two days in the middle of my medication cycle and I heal slowly. It looks like the major back stuff will be done toward the end of April, the knee rebuild in May and I can start exercising in June.
This has happened to me before - twice. I'm chronologically 57 years old, physical health 83 years old and mental health around 6. When you're a china shop and the running of the bulls is going right through you, it is scary, overwhelming, depressing. I shut down for a while, wasn't tracking or posting, trying to get me head around this set back and adjusting my attitude back to high positive. It has been tough but all of you have been my Spark angels: checking on me, encouraging me, sending me goodies, kicking my a$$ ( you know who you are...). You've been family.
So, this time, I have not gained weight and I won't gain weight. Why? I spent a year forming great habits. I can't exercise vigorously but I can strength train and do a few chair exercises. I can stretch. I can track my food intake and adjust it down because of the lack of cardio. I can listen to my friends, my community, my family. I can learn and I can plan for my comeback!
Thanks for watching and caring. Thanks for refusing to let me withdraw. Thanks for the goodies, the notes, the a$$ kicking, the compassion. So, as I sit and wait, get fixed and heal, I will be here. I will be your Spark angel, encouraging you, cheering for you, comforting you and for a few of you, waiting for my turn to kick your behinds! And, come June or July, when I am cleared to go, you'll all be there to watch me charge out of the starting gate like a thoroughbred ready to win the Triple Crown. Just so there's no doubt, let me tell you this loudly and clearly: YOU ARE FAMILY AND I LOVE YOU!