The ball is in my court

Sunday, August 18, 2013

For the past few days I have been thinking about my weight loss being on the Spark plan. Even when it has been difficult I try to stay on program the best I can. Since June of last year I have maintained a healthy BMI. I gained a few pounds for two reasons: #1 my doctor wanted me to and #2 When the iron pills were added, they worked with another to add weight. As soon as I knew that I started taking my iron at least 4 hours after the others. I haven't gained a pound since then. I haven't lost anymore in the past month or so either, but I'm happy with how I am. I feel better and I know even with all my issues I'm so much better than I was when I was caring that other person around with me. When I was going to the doctor's this week I was thinking how very nice it is to have a seat belt fit me correctly and not have to worry about it cutting where my port is. That's a huge change for me. Have many of you had to think of such things either before or after being on the program? A plateau is ok as long as you are maintaining a health weight and feel good, don't you think? What are your thoughts about this? Do you believe being healthy and at a healthy weight is most important rather than how you look, what size you are, or a low number on the scale? My own opinion is too many of us think those things hold the answers to all our problems, rather than being healthy enough to lead an active life and being able to do what we wish. Granted I continue to have to use either my walker or power chair, but before I started the Spark program, I was in the chair daily. I hurt so bad all of the time, rather than just at times. I know my balance isn't the greatest, yet with the falls I have had, there isn't the amount before Spark. There us so much good, that I have forgotten some of the bad from before. At least part of time I do.

The ball remains in my court to keep things in this healthy quest I have reached. I have found staying on this site helps me to do just that. For those of you have reached goal and continue to be active in the community, what are your thoughts? For me, I know the information I have received along with all the support and tips from members have been what I needed. I knew a lot before, but I didn't really understand how much it counted for health either good (for doing) or bad (for not doing). Logically if doing this on the journey, it makes sense to continue so I don't go back and add that other person into my life. It's also been great to know not everything works the same for everyone. Having choices to try from the tips offered by members, has been an important part of this journey for me. Taking part in the teams (even though I have really slacked off this year) and doing this blog have been a great help for me, too. The blog has certainly been therapeutic as I have gone through all my "stuff". When I read the responses from all the readers, I know I have been doing something right!

Yes, the ball has been in my court for over a year now. Today I rarely eat meat of any kind and I haven't had any fried food since the winter of 2011. Both of those things give me fits if I even smell them anymore. Thankfully I can't tolerate much sugar or breads. This is not a bad thing at all as far as I am concerned! These things have changed little in two years, so I doubt it will change now. And you know, I don't even really miss much of that stuff.

Today starts the beginning of friendship week. I love to think of all of my Spark buds laughing and smiling and cheering one another on towards their goals. Especially when I spread the Spark, I get so excited in the telling, I can't say enough good about it. Mostly I believe in my buds here. I'm so proud of everyone who has started their journey to good health by signing onto the site. I still have a difficult time getting my brain around the fact that it is free! I am so thankful to Spark Guy for getting this all started and for his encouraging books. But all of you members, signing on is the first step and in many cases like me, the most important one. As my friends, I really do care about you and your opinions. I wish you would comment on your feelings about what I write.

As keeping the ball in my court, I have made a conscious decision to keep eating as healthy as possible with the proper portion sizes. I'm also committed to exercising at least 15-20 minutes each day. Those are the do's. The biggie is the don't. I refuse to go back and start turning to food when I hit an emotionally difficult patch. They call some foods "Comfort Foods" for a reason. Have you noticed how rich in cream sauces and fats in the dishes contain? Anyway, I believe those three things along with continuing to use the food and exercise trackers, will help me stay where I need to be - a health body and mind.

As I close this post, I want you all to know how much you are appreciated. Y'all are the very best and I consider my buds as sisters and brothers of the heart. Please don't ever change your helpful happy ways. And always remember to post your feeling on what I write in the comments. I read them all and take them to heart. If I can help anyone, if you don't wish to leave a comment, send me a message. I'll do my best to answer you or find you the answer. Also, if anyone wants to add me as a friend, please do so.

Everyone take care. Take the best care of your loved ones, too. If things get tough, remember you have people who love and care about you. I'm one and other members are, too.

Peace Love Cure


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    It's been a pleasure knowing you Eve. You have inspired me, and others many times. Yes, we all are in this together. Let's keep the cheers going, so we can all maintain. emoticon
    2765 days ago
    Peace Ev....You are one of those positive influences here on Spark. Not only because of your success, but also because of your struggles. No matter the obstacle, you push through and send off those great vibes to the rest of us.

    Thank you very much!


    2768 days ago
    Wonderful blog,Ev! Thank you for sharing all your blogs. Your story is an inspiring one. emoticon emoticon I know that you can do it!
    2818 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon Blog and Great Plan Ev, you are focused and you are doing a good job in meeting your goals, keep up the great work, I cheer you on! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2818 days ago
    Very nice, great blog
    2820 days ago
    I just finished reading your Success Story...and now I've just finished reading your blog post. It brought me to tears.

    You are an amazing woman.

    2821 days ago
    God is good!!! Your positivity is amazing and you are truly an inspiration!!!!
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    2825 days ago
    Ev...you are a wise and wonderful soul. I have a friend who I adore and you would too that has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She talks about it and blogs about it freely and I admire that SO much about her. I'm going to tell her about you and I know you will enjoy meeting each other!

    Thanks for being who you are...you are an inspirational blessing to Spark and especially to me! emoticon emoticon
    2827 days ago
    It was great to read your blogs, thank you so much for sharing!!

    2827 days ago
    Great Blog Ev!
    2827 days ago
    Great blog Ev! emoticon

    Yes, the ball is in our courts isn't it? Let's all use them wisely. emoticon
    2827 days ago
    I had already added you as a friend before reading this blog, and really look forward to getting to know you.

    Love your tulip picture. Have a wonderful friendship week,
    Hugs, Gail
    2828 days ago
    Reading your blogs has often given me hope just when I needed it. You are truly an inspiration.

    2828 days ago
    What a wise blog!
    2828 days ago

    Another emoticon blog

    EVELYN, you are such a
    FANTASTIC example to the rest of us
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    Have a Wonderful Week

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    2828 days ago
  • LINDA!
    2828 days ago
    Great blog Ev!
    And it made my day to see your story featured as one of the top stories when I went to the main Spark page earlier today!
    I am so proud of you! emoticon
    2828 days ago
    What a journey it has been! If anyone had told you in the beginning what the results would be you would not have believe them. Read your blog for Spark. Keep up the good work, kiddo.
    2828 days ago
    2828 days ago
    So much wise information! Being a maintainer as well, I can surely say it would not at all be possible without the support of all the wonderful Sparkers.

    You are an inspiration and continue on your path to healing and taking care of you.

    2829 days ago
    Our life health is a gift from God Live it the best you can and let nothing become obsessive
    2829 days ago
    EV all I know is I now feel and look better on healthy food and keeping active. It's a no-brainer.
    TO start with it was a "size....must get slim" issue, now it's more about healthy BMI and having clothes that fit right and being able to do what I want without being puffed out. I appreciate my health so much more, can't remember the last sausage or fast food meal I ate---eeewww, no thanks!
    2829 days ago
    G'morning, Ev! Great blog, and just packed with so much - you've really got me thinking.

    I couldn't tell you the last time I had anything fried either, and my fast-food of choice used to be KFC. Today, if I'm out and need to grab something quick, I might hit a Subway - or I'm just as apt to stop in at a supermarket and get a salad or yogurt.

    I used to carry antacids in my pockets... in every handbag... in the glove compartment of the car. There were always some in the drawer of my nightstand and in a kitchen drawer, as well as in the bathroom. I generally used them at least once a day, yet never twigged to the fact that the food I was eating was too rich and too much. Comfort food indeed - I don't know why I thought I was getting any comfort out of indigestion, lol. A few days ago I came across an open packet of antacids that carried the expiration date of 2010. Guess that goes to show I don't tend to need them anymore, and in fact, I couldn't tell you the last time I used them.

    Reading over your blog has gotten me to thinking: when we make a commitment to getting healthier, it may feel like such a sacrifice to give up this habit or that, this food or that. I don't think I envisioned a time when I wouldn't want certain foods. Yet a by-product of healthy choices (and not always consistently!) has been the loss of desire for those very foods that once I would've drooled over.

    Life's funny, ain't? emoticon
    2829 days ago
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