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My Journey: Work Accident to Recovery!
Hi, my name is Judith; I am a Mother of 2 adult children and a proud Grandma of 4, 3 girls and 1 boy ranging in age from 22 to 6 years. They are the light of my life. I have been a wheelchair user since 1995 as a result of a work accident in 1993. At that time I began a journey that would see me lose all mobility from the severe nerve damage, and a compromised central nervous system, and be bedridden for 1 year. I had home help several times a week for personal care and household chores. That ...
Hi, my name is Judith; I am a Mother of 2 adult children and a proud Grandma of 4, 3 girls and 1 boy ranging in age from 22 to 6 years. They are the light of my life. I have been a wheelchair user since 1995 as a result of a work accident in 1993. At that time I began a journey that would see me lose all mobility from the severe nerve damage, and a compromised central nervous system, and be bedridden for 1 year. I had home help several times a week for personal care and household chores. That was back then...
Hallelujah, my life changed drastically about 7 years ago; I began to get some of my body function back with a lot of hard work, special exercises, physiotherapy, cortisone injections to the neck and spine. Today with God's help I am able to use a manual wheelchair in the house, am able to get myself to a standing position, am believing for total healing and am believing I will walk again one day. Praise the Lord! And the best part I am doing all of my own household chores, cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and basically enjoying life and Ministry in my Church and Community.
Up-date July 20, 2015
Woo-hoo, I Just Celebrated another Anniversary. Just realized that I have been a member for 5 years with SP celebrating my 5th Sparkversary on July 9, 2015.
It has been an awesome 5 years, a lot has happened in 5 years, I have reached many milestones with my body getting stronger and healthier and at the same time there have been many up's and downs along the way, with personal and family circumstances.
This past year I have lost 3 close friend's 2 were Spark Friend's and this past Tuesday my beloved Dad passed away. You are wondering how I stay strong in the midst of that, it is my FAITH in God as He is the One who sustains me.
I also have a group of Spark Friend's who stand by my side supporting and cheering me on each step of the way. My Spark Friend's are awesome...
I thank God for Spark People and the great Network they bring to us. I have gleaned a wealth of knowledge and wisdom learning how to live a healthy lifestyle, received many helpful tips for exercise and new recipes. I have found that tracking my Food and Exercise makes a huge difference in how I maintain my weight and stay strong. Tracking also makes me accountable to my Spark Network.
Having said that, I am thrilled to celebrate another year at Spark and look forward to many more.
So I say to myself; Happy 5th Sparkversary, I stand with you all and Cheer you on to Healthier Living. We can do this together 1 step and 1 day at a time...
Let's Keep Sparking and Shining for Jesus....
Up-date July 8, 2014
Tomorrow July 9th I am celebrating 4 awesome years at Spark People. I have gleaned a wealth of knowledge and wisdom learning how to live a healthy lifestyle with finding new recipes to add to my cookbook, besides all the helpful information; what has become more important to me is all the support I receive daily from my spark friend's. Spark People is an awesome Healthy Network. I encourage you all to continue Sparking, it works and they are the best Health Network on the Market. I recommend it to everyone who needs support to lose weight and learn about living a healthy lifestyle. I am so happy I'm Celebrating my 4 year Sparkversary! And you can too!
Up-date June 10, 2014
Just realized I hadn't up-dated the ages of my grandkids in almost 2 years, what got my attention was seeing my youngest grandson listed as 3 years, he just turned 5 years on May 24, 2014. Hard to believe that this once little itty-bitty baby boy is now preparing to go to school in September, hardly can get my head around the fact there are no more babies in our family and Logan is the last young one entering school this Fall.
Besides up-dating my grandkids ages I realize that this coming July I will be celebrating my 4 year Sparkversary... Now that is so awesome, SP has been an awesome network of great support and has brought so many awesome friend's along my path. I thank God for you all and thank God for the many friendships that have been born these past 4 years.
May I encourage you to keep Sparking, Tracking your Nutrition and Fitness, it does work, and you will be that much better for it as you keep focused and press ahead 1 step and 1 day at a time...
Up-date May 16, 2014
I am rejoicing in renewed strength daily, each new day I am finding new strength and am finding out that I am able to do more than I ever thought possible. I give God all the Glory. My life is built upon my faith in Christ. I trust Him for all my needs and believe in the Power of Prayer. I so appreciate all the prayers of God's people here, your prayers are being answered. I also stay strong because I strive to continue to keep active as much as I can, I exercise daily, eat healthy, always in moderation. I am thankful for SP and for all the healthy tips, articles and new recipes that help me to live a healthy lifestyle. This summer, I will be celebrating my 4th Sparkversary.. It has been a joyful journey meeting so many awesome friend's. I encourage you to keep tracking, exercising, eating healthy and strive to lead a healthy lifestyle. It does pay off, I am living proof of that. Let's Keep Sparking and Shining for Jesus 1 Day and 1 Step at a Time. Together We Can!
Up-date January 23, 2014
I am so thrilled that I am back on track with maintaining my weight @ 124 pounds. I am back on track with tracking my Fitness and Nutrition daily. Tracking does make a difference. Exercise, moving our bodies daily does make a difference. I encourage you to keep on pushing, raise the bar to your personal best, you will be glad when you see the positive results living a healthy lifestyle can be. We CAN do this, 1 day and 1 step at a time, remember Baby Steps do get results. I cheer you on, Let's Spark On Together!
Update Tuesday September 3, 2013
I am writing this up-date to share the great blessings I am enjoying. I have celebrated 3 years at Spark and have been a better person for it. The Fitness & Nutrition helps have been a great asset. I am gaining new strength and am enjoying a healthier me more than a few months back. The one great change is, all the Bladder & Kidney infections I was having have stopped, I have been free of these painful infections since February. I give God all the Thanks and Glory.
I believe with me leading an active lifestyle, eating healthy, keeping hydrated and daily exercise is contributing to me being a healthier me today.
I track my food and exercise daily, I have found that tracking does work, it makes a huge difference. Keep sparking and taking 1 day and 1 step at a time, taking those baby steps will get those results you are looking for. Keep Pushing, You Can Do It! I Cheer You On...
Update Saturday May 18, 2013
I thank God for renewed vitality and healing in my body, It has been several years since I was bedridden and very limited in what I could do. Today I enjoy new freedom in my body and in my spirit. Thanks be on to God.
I am enjoying SP immensely and participating in several Teams, I am leading 4 Teams which I so enjoy. The people on those Teams have become my treasured friends and are a great inspiration and blessing in my life. I am so honored to be connected to such a great network of friends here who truly care and who cheer me on daily.
It is now almost 3 years since I joined SP and I must say I so enjoy the fellowship of everyone here just as much as I did when I first joined.
Thank you everyone for your support and friendship, you are a blessing. May I encourage you to keep on pushing and keep tracking your food and fitness daily, I have found that as I follow these principles I have been able to maintain my weight with never going over a 3 pound range. I believe tracking what goes in my mouth does make a difference.
So whether you are new or a long time member I encourage you to track your food and fitness and stick with your plan. As you do I believe you will be successful and reach your goals. I cheer you on your journey...I believe you can do it...Let's Spark On!
Update Monday December 3, 2012
I am happy to report that I was able to put all the tools that Spark People taught me about healthy eating and proper nutrition including all the fitness tips into practice while away on vacation and it surely paid off, In spite of plenty of food being available wherever I turned I came home at the same weight I left with. And that my friends is due to the awesome support of my Spark Friend's and the network that Spark offers, I was able to maintain my weight, fitness and nutritional intake and stay fit and healthy while away on vacation in October. YES, Spark People Works!
I am so excited to be able to share the above report and be back Sparking with you all today. As you know, I have been off line for 2 weeks due to my computer being damaged in the flood I had here while away. I came back on-line as of Sunday when my friend came over and installed a laptop that I can borrow until buying a new one in the new year, what a blessing, I am Praising God for His provision. Having said that, I am now back to encourage you all to keep on Sparking to become the best you can be, fitter, stronger and healthier guys and gals. Let's Keep Sparking and Shining for Jesus, one day and one step at a time! I know you CAN do it!
Update Saturday November 10, 2012
I want to give God all the Glory and Thanks for continually giving me the strength to achieve all the things I've done these past several months. I am becoming a healthier gal and fitter because of all the tools & support I get here on SP. The latest achievement I took was being able to go on a vacation that saw me go clear across Canada via train. If someone were to tell me just a few months ago that I would go on such a journey I wouldn't have believed them. Frankly, it would not have been possible had I not been taking care of myself, exercising, and getting stronger daily.
My family and all my friend's are marveling in this accomplishment as they have journeyed with me these past few years watching me go from being an active gal to one totally bed-ridden and dependant on others to getting back up and starting all over again. Today I live independently on my own. Praise God, all Glory to Him!
I just got back from a 3 week vacation which saw me travel across Canada, visiting my home town, participating in a family reunion, celebrate my Dad's 90th birthday, meet with past work peers and ministry partners and meet some very special spark friend's.
This is all due to God's healing power and strength in my life, and because of the supportive group of friend's here on Spark People. Thank you SP for making this network available. It surely has become a lifeline of blessings for me.
May I encourage you to keep on Sparking along, pushing forward as this network surely works, and I�m proof of that. Thank you Spark Friend's & Spark People. Thank you Jesus!
Up-date: Sunday September 9, 2012.
On July 9, 2012 I celebrated my 2 year Sparkversary. I have stuck to the plan and have been meeting my goals one day and one step at a time, I thank God for SP and for all my Spark Friend's who have made this anniversary celebration possible. I am gaining new strength everyday in which I thank God. I'm waiting for the day when the severe nerve pain will cease once and for all. I believe it will one day and the damaged Nerves will repair and heal. Thank you for standing with me and believing in prayer along with mine for my complete healing to the Glory of God!
Update: Monday September 12, 2011.
I thank God I celebrated my 1 year sparkversary on July 9, 2011. And I have all of you my spark friend's to thank for this achievement, for it was you cheering me on that I was able to achieve my 1st sparkversary. Praise the Lord!
Update January 4, 2012,
It's now been almost 18 months since I joined SP, I've met so many awesome friend's. This past year I saw my Spark page voted in as a SP Motivator. Wow, what an honor. I took the plunge and allowed my name to stand and was nominated as Director/Treasurer of our Tenant's Association where I live. It sure has been an experience, something I never thought I'd see myself do. Another change, I started a Team of my own, Shining for Jesus, "Christians Supporting Each Other, a place where we can Shine for Jesus as we Encourage Each Other on our journey to Healthier Living" I invite you to join and come and be supported on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
My goals for 2012 are to eat between 6 and 8 servings of veggies per day, exercise at least 3 times a week or more, I'm striving to exercise between 15 minutes to 40 minutes each session, drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. I want to stay healthy and continue to build up my stamina so I will maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Indeed SP is an awesome network to belong to. I have found SP to be a great help, the nutrition helps and trackers, exercises and all my neat spark-buddies all have contributed to me getting my life back. Today I'm stronger in my body to the point of my doctor acknowledging that I look more toned and look healthier. Praise God! Wow, isn't that a boost for me to keep on sparking. Yes, I can do it...
One last thought, I want to thank God for bringing SP and all my Spark-Buddies along my path to support me in my journey back to recovery, healing and leading a healthier lifestyle.
I encourage you to keep at it, SP does work. You can build a healthier you by following Spark People's Plan of Action!
Here is one of my life�s Scripture Text that motivates me and keeps me going. I pray it helps, motivates and encourages you on your journey...
Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
|Total SparkPoints: 247,899
|SparkPoints Level 22
Member Since: 7/9/2010
Fitness Minutes: 101,627
My goal is to maintain my fitness level with building stronger bones and muscles.
I know I'm in the minority but I joined for the fitness program not to lose weight, My weight is currently being maintained at 124 pounds. I am 5 feet 4 inches, and according to Spark-People and my Doctor I don't need to lose weight. I have made good use of the Fitness and Nutritional Helps which are helping me tone and strengthen my body and add a variety of new healthy foods to my diet. I am blessed beyond measure with these helpful pages.
I already participate in wheelchair aerobics and lift weights at home. I have found a great page and new exercises that will help me to maintain my strength and build a stronger newer me..
My life is built upon my Faith in Christ, my Spiritual Birthday is August 15, 1977. My Physical Birthday is October 5. I am a Canadian born gal, and live in Western Canada. I am the mother of 2 adult children and a proud grandma of 4, 3 girls and 1 boy.
I enjoy reading, crafts, computers & researching my family roots. I play an active leadership role in my Church, Vice President of Women's Ministry, Prayer Ministry Leader & Teach a Weekly Ladies Bible Study. I also sing on the Worship Team as a Spare when Needed. Work History: Nursing, General and Psychiatric, Medical Lab, Counseling, ACE, Taught the ABC�S of Learning to Read Program, 100 Huntley Street Counselor , Counselor at Inasmuch House- Missions Services of Hamilton.