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Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I am taking on a new venture. A new family. One thing I have learned in the pass 6 months is to not take my Spark family for granted because they really do care. This is a family that knows how I feel. What I feel and why I feel the way that I feel. I assume we are all going through the same things. Therefore we don't have to judge one another, put up a front, or pretend to be something or someone that we are not. I feel that God put us all here to love and be loved. His second greatest commandment. Due to poor eating habits, I ate one meal a day because of medical problem it was easier for me to do this. I have pulmonary lung fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension, anemia among other medical conditions. It was easier to breath when I didn't eat. They (Doctors and Nutritionist) told me I was starving myself. My weight climbed to 303 pounds in 2004. I was on so many steroids and just a lot of medication in general. They wanted me to have gastric bypass surgery in the beginning. When people look at you and you are over weight they just assume you eat to much.

As I said that was not my case. I could not walk 20 feet without gasping for my breath. They found out they could not do the surgery because they said I would die on the table. I have been on my death bed as some would say more than once.
The doctors told me that I would never make it on such an extensive surgery. I am on oxygen 24-7. You don't see that part of me because on my pictures I am sitting down and I just slip it off. The picture where I am standing without the oxygen my nephew is waiting for me with it ready in his hands. (smile). The doctors thought I would not see my 40th birthday. I am now 52. (Praise God for His GOODNESS and MERCY.) I give all GLORY to Him. Not because I'm worthy but because HE IS

I have gone from not being able to walk 20 steps in front of me to walking 30 minutes on a treadmill. I did have a huge set back since July. I was doing 30-60 minutes before the set back However this is only on a very good day. I have started on a medication to reduce the high pressures in my lungs. When I first started my treadmill I could not go 45 seconds. Although my lungs flair up often I try and never let it get me down because I know that God has not brought me this far to leave me now.

God is good, and able and more than capable of doing all things. God loves us all and He does not want us to suffer. When I began to try and eat 3 meals a day the weight began to come off. I began to be taken off steriods and other meds now I am stuck at 239. I am ok because its God's time right through now not mine. When God is ready for me to push further He will allow me to do it. I also have you all so this will help I know. I will get back on the right track. I am beginning to slip back into that not eating breakfast and lunch. I am not regaining any of the weight I just am not losing. I have know doubt that I will be able to make it.

Thank you for welcoming me into my new family. I take this time to thank you in advance for supporting me as I will do the same for you.

May God continue to bless us all as we struggle through another great challenge in our life.

Member Since: 6/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,854

My Goals:
My goal is to lose at least 60 pounds. This is not only for for health reason but for a general well being. I want to be able to do the things I can do better. I want to be able to start doing the things that I cant do.

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I am from Kansas. Yes tornado alley

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My favorite book is the Bible or anything bibical. I love comedy and Tyler Perry. I love anything that makes me laugh. It is so much easier to smile than to cry. Don't you agree??

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