Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He was and is a wonderful man and wanting equality for all. Not only for all races, but I believe in equality for all no matter what their disability. I have had many struggles with my weight throughout the years, and have felt like I had fallen and couldn't get back up. I had been turned down jobs because of my weight. I am 4'11" and had been up to 240 pounds. I had not only been sick and tired, but really got sick and tired and landed myself into the hospital in November.
I had found out I had congestive heart failure and I was literally drowning in my own fluids. I couldn't hardly breathe. I had gotten down to 221, but it still was killing me. The doctors and nurses were so wonderful and I know prayer helped me get through it. When I got out of the hospital, I was told to go on a low sodium diet. I thought I could never do this. No way! My husband even got me a sandwich from his job to help me through. lol Not knowing that when I ate it, my feet swelled up and I gained 2 pounds. I was told to call the doctor's office if I gained more than 2, and I did, and they told me to come in. They were very nice and did actually give me a plan for low sodium, which I never would get from a doctor's office any kind of plan if they wanted me to lose weight.
So I was off! My husband understood that this was very serious and encouraged me. I started finding low sodium recipes from SparkPeople and reread articles and started looking on the internet with anything low sodium tricks, tips, and encouragement. I started writing down everything I ate, and weighed myself everyday, like the doctor wanted me to. I didn't go above my sodium restriction and didn't go above my water restriction.
Slowly but surely I started seeing results and started feeling better. I thought a lot about Martin Luther King Jr. and his quotes. I had a dream to be able to bend down and tie my shoes, go up the stairs without getting breathless, and being able to put a different pair of pants on. I felt like Mr. King was really pushing me through.
It hasn't been easy, but I got on the scale today, and weighed 201, down from 221, and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Woo Hoo! Oh! What a feeling! Through SparkPeople and friends on this site and Martin Luther King, I feel like I can move forward and go deeper in helping humanity with kindness and understanding and faith.
I want to encourage you all to never give up on your dream and move forward with dignity and grace! You can do it! If I can, I know you can! And I did it without going hungry and feeding myself with satisfaction and nourishment. Like putting Swiss cheese (which is low sodium) on veggies, melted in. And eating chicken thighs without the skin, and finding spices and herbs to put on foods. I could actually feel my body healing.
Thank you all for your support and know that we can help the world a little day by day, but also to start with ourselves to love ourselves and take care of us, so we can help nourish the world one step at a time. Much love and peace!