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Will You Join Me in a Celebration?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

It was a visit to the doctor last Thursday that I had looked forward to ever since jumping on my Spark journey. Just before I joined Spark a stress test performed by my doctor depressed me to no end. No, I did not have any issues with my heart as my chest pain might have indicated but my fitness was so poor that it only took what is a normal walking speed to get me way up over my target heart rate. The stress test is supposed to go in three steps and it only took a few short minutes in the first step to get me worn out.
On this visit to my doctor not only did I get past the first step on the treadmill, I also got past the second stage, and well into the third stage before the machine was able to get my heart rate up to my target rate. On my first stress test it took nearly 5 minutes for my heart rate to recover. In fact it took longer to recover than it did to get up to the target rate. This visit I was on the treadmill a full 10 minutes, then it only took a little over 2 minutes for my heart rate to recover to its resting value. My doctor was visibly impressed, although he was aware of my progress to health as we work out at the same gym. This doctor is also one of my biggest cheerleaders in my efforts at the gym to become more healthy. This result would be enough to celebrate, but in my mind an even bigger reason arrived in the mail today.
The lab results from my blood work shows that I am no longer diabetic. My A1C number is down a full 4 points from when I started my Spark journey and is now well within the normal range. It was almost 8 years ago that I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic while in an emergency room for a kidney stone. It took my poor performance on the treadmill on my first stress test to get me serious about getting more fit but the side benefit has been my doctor dropping me off all my blood pressure and blood sugar meds.
Am I cured, well I don't think cured is the correct term. After giving the matter some consideration, it is more like an addict who no longer is taking their drug of choice. While I am no longer diabetic, the temptation to indulge in bad food habits is always there in my mind. It is still way to easy to say oh, I'll not worry about fitness today. Pretty soon I could be right back to where I was before I started here on Spark. Two big events in my life journey this week so while I am mindful of not going back to old habits please join me in my celebration. Many of you have played a big part in my Spark journey and I say a humble thank you.
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    This was an amazing story! CONGRATULATIONS! 🎉🎊 That’sexactly where I’d like to be: down from high BP pill and statin. I had bloodwork a few days ago and already anxious that I might have become diabetic. Learning to love exercise is the best thing
    963 days ago
    Congratulations Steve! What an accomplishment. I hadn't been online in a while. HIGH FIVE !!
    2596 days ago
    Omg! I just now saw your blog since I've been away for much of the holiday and this is SO awesome!!!! I am so excited for you. What a great accomplishment! And it is wonderful to have those results that can show you exactly how far you have come. Let's keep going !
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    2606 days ago
    Congratulations--that is fabulous news!! I hope your message reaches many eyes and hearts. You CAN take charge of your health!! Your story is very inspiring. Keep posting your progress.

    Happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon
    2613 days ago
    The "addict" analogy is a good one, and as recovered "addicts", we can help spread the gospel of healthy living.

    2613 days ago
  • GINNJEN1974
    This is all wonderful news. Congrats to you on all your progress
    2614 days ago
    CONGRATTERS Steve !!! This is Totally AWESOME TO THE MAX !! CONGRATS on joining those of us, thru WEIGHT LOSS On getting a HEALTHY AC 1 LEVEL !! Mine is now down at 5.3 though it greatly still affects my life. It WOULD NOT do so if I did NOT have neuropathy and otheoporis,, but the 3 of these,,,create havoc for me.


    PLZ KEEP UP the HARD WORK !!! If you watched the game,,and I AM SURE YOU DID,, if we PLAY has HARD on SPARKS as the game tonight between Pats and Bronco's where they HAD TO PUT ALL THEY HAD into it,,,,, we WILL BE SURE to SUCCEED !! Hope you ENJOYED the game !! of course they are BOTH my teams,,, living now in New England, and had of lived in CO for a bit, and I LOVE the orange better. :) Someday I am hoping to return perhaps to CO, so I DO REMAIN a BRONCO fan, but !!! I MOSTLY Support the Pats, UNLESS they play Denver.

    2614 days ago
  • GENRE009
    Sometimes I follow my blog readers to see if I would like who they read. Congratulations on your progress. it will always be a battle, yes I am an addict too, to food. I have to do weight Watchers at the same time as spark to help myself. Spark seems to keep me healthier in my cholesterol, and I lose faster without even exercising. But weight watchers helps me with my life style habits, how to change your food into being more healthier, how to fill up, and not gain weight, how to journal, and prepare for up coming events, ect.. Hope this was helpful to you! Take care. Thanksgiving is the pits for my staying on track. eva
    2614 days ago
    STEVE, this blog has made my day! Honest to goodness, to read about these very measurable changes, positive changes, that have occurred because of your efforts and your management of all aspects of your health, including diet, exercise and, I'm sure, attitude, is a mighty fine testament and example to anyone here that we all have within us the ability to change that which keeps us from enjoying optimal health. You are proving to yourself just what you are capable of and, as a bonus to us all, you spread that good news and, I believe, it will be quite contagious.
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    2614 days ago
    emoticon This is so awesome-I am so glad to hear your success! Keep doing what you are doing and I am SURE you will not fall back into old habits.
    2614 days ago
    Awesome results! I'm sure you will not revert to old habits. You did really great already, got free from illness and are expanding your possibilities as you get healthier and stonger and I'm sure you will keep going.
    2615 days ago
  • NHES220
    That is great news! What a complete turnaround. That is what SP is all about!
    2615 days ago
  • NEWSUE45
    Wow that is great news Steve - so proud of you!! You have worked hard to get to this point so far and that is a wonderful victory!!

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    2615 days ago
    I am so excited about your achievements, Steve. Amazing how you have taken charge of your destiny! WOO HOO! Remarkable Results in such a short time. Awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2615 days ago
    This is AWESOME news to hear! Congratulations! I too, gladly join you in your celebration!

    My dad is a type 2 diabetic, and I pray for him every day to get serious about getting more healthy. He is very active, but not the kind of active to get the weight off and get healthy.

    This is the first time I've come across your page, and what an inspiration you are to so many!

    I am so happy for you, and I know I can relate to the addiction part of eating. I suffer too, as many of us do, and although we work hard to reach our goals, those thoughts and temptations will never die, and we will always be dealing with that part of ourselves for the rest of our lives. Knowing that if we fall, but can get right back up and keep moving in the right direction, I know we can all succeed. Beating ourselves up over mistakes only leads to more mistakes and sliding back into old habits.

    I'm at the beginning of my journey (for the 2nd time) and I too agree, that SP makes a HUGE difference. It's like a healthy version of facebook!

    Congratulations on your success and I hope and pray for your success in the days to come!
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    2615 days ago
    Yes Yes Yes.....so happy for you that you are no longer diabetic. I am joining you in the celebration all the way from Ottawa Canada.

    Keep doing what you are doing!
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  • TIGER_LILY_613
    Way to go, Steve !!! emoticon
    2615 days ago
    Congratulations Steve that is awesome.What progress ! Your attitude ensures you won't back slide too !
    2615 days ago
  • TLB1630
    emoticon on your results!!! Way to go! Keep sparking and keep the faith that emoticon . Remember together emoticon is better emoticon
    2615 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Wow Steve, I am so so happy for you. I am for sure celebrating with you. You have done great and I know you will continue to do so. emoticon Too YOU!!
    2615 days ago
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