I'm home

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I'm home. And I'm so very, very glad to be here ~ here in my physical home, here in my happy place, here on SparkPeople, here on my program.

I've been MIA for a couple of weeks due to the death of one of our very closest friends in life. His death was not a surprise, but never-the-less hits hard. His name was David and his death was 100% preventable. His death was a wake up call. Again.

David died because he was a type 2 diabetic that ate anything he wanted and drank like a fish. He liked to say that he lived life to the fullest, and yet he shortened his own by his own actions. He was only 72 years old.

I do not have diabetes. But I am overweight and have been most of my life. The consequences of me continuing to eat and drink whatever I want, whenever I want could easily be the same as David's. I have faced significant health challenges due to my weight. Prior to weight loss surgery, I had a fatty liver, was pre-diabetic, had stomach issues and was not able to walk much at all due to injuries and orthopedic issues at birth. I had the surgery because I was no longer able to exercise enough to get the weight off on my own.

For me, surgery was life-changing. I lost a good amount of weight and most of my internal health issues were reversed. But I still am overweight. I still have orthopedic problems with my legs and feet (and shoulders and elbows and neck and and and) and I always will. However, they can be significantly less painful with less weight to haul around.

So I found SparkPeople a few years ago. For a couple of years I dabbled in it sporadically. This year (except for the past 2 weeks), I've been consistent, committed and persistent. I'm approaching things differently. I'm looking for health, working at rebuilding my strength and stamina. Weight loss is a side-benefit, but not the only goal. I've joined challenges and teams, even volunteering to be a co-leader on the Spring 5% Challenge for the Weight Warrior team. I'm (gasp) exercising.

I now know that I need to be active and involved every day. Reading your blogs inspires me. Hearing your stories spurs me on. Losing David shows me very graphically what will happen if I give in. A great big THANK YOU goes out to those of you who noticed I was missing and fussed over me. I love you for that. Those messages are a part of being home.

So, here I am. Home again. And so happy to be here.
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    Glad that you're back. emoticon I'm sorry to read about your friend. We make our own choices in life and then have to live with the consequences of them.
    Knowledge is power! You know what to do, you know how to do it, and you have a good support system in place to help you. emoticon
    1471 days ago
    So sorry for the loss of your friend. That's difficult.

    But glad that you see how important it is to keep taking care of yourself.
    1472 days ago
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    I'm sorry to hear about your friend, David. May he rest in peace.

    Welcome back, and emoticon
    1472 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/11/2017 12:17:35 PM
    Hugs, :-)
    1472 days ago
    Thinking of you.
    1472 days ago
    So sorry about your friend! emoticon
    1472 days ago
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