You Go Girl! A light went on in my head when I was reading your post. I feel refocused and determined. Two things stick out: Who will take care of my husband? And I just won't let myself have an excuse. Thank you for sharing.
WOW -- how wonderful -- when you are under that much stress it is easy to put yourself aside. Congratulations on doing this - keep up the good work and you will be better able to deal with the stress!!!
Stay strong, my friend. Your courage and focus inspire us all..!
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You are inspiring to me. Keep up the good work.
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WooHoo...well done....very inspiring....
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Thank you for sharing this. I started off with real enthusiasm for the first week or so (my usual pattern), and was just starting to find my enthusiasm waning off a little. Your story completely put me back on track and helped me to find my own determination to succeed. Thank you so much, and keep up with your hard work. x
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This os a truly inspiring story for others. Keep up the good work. May God be with you on your journey.
God bless you and your husband! What a wonderful story of determination,strength, and motivation! Your story shows great compassion and love--perfect love. Your ability to exercise in close quarters and positive attitude are a real testimony.
Wow, you - and your husband - are both amazing! You are SUCH an inspiration - I also think of 2 Timothy 1:7-10!
Keep on with the great work!
Felicia in PA
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You ARE a great inspiration to me too!!! I pray that you and your husband will have all of the help you may need, when you need it, and that those caring for your husband will do so with great skill and compassion. I don't think I will ever forget your story and you have much to be proud of. God bless you both.
You are amazing! Keep it up! With you positive attitude, your commitment to doing this for yourself, your faith in God, and the results that you are seeing will all help you to keep going. Keep posting on how you are doing. There are many people cheering for you.
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You have amazing faith and determination. I take my hat off to people like you who do it against the odds.
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I would like to congratulate you and wish you all the best. Keep holding up to your positivity and life becomes realy positive. Cheers! Lisa
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My story is similar to yours, husband suffered a spinal chord injury... Life was never the same. But now I am taking time for me before life has passed me by. Good luck to you on your journey.
Edited by: KITTIMC at: 6/16/2011 (04:22)
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Wow! What a great thing you are doing for your own health and to be able to better help your husband!
I am very inspired with your small workout space and what you have been able to do.
Edited by: CHALLENGER15 at: 6/16/2011 (03:25)
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Your story is amazing ... You should be so proud of yourself .. They say love conquers all .... and your story proves it !! I wish you and your husband all the love and luck in the world . Love and Hugs Susie
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Amazing! You are amazing! Your journey that has begun is incredible. You motivated yourself and shared with the world that you were not going to take it sitting down. Your husband must be sooo proud of you. He has an amazing wife. I pray that your husband gets well. And that you get the support you need from all around you. Its been a pleasure reading your story. If you need any help at all please just ask.
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and good for you! Wishing you much success & happiness. Thank you for sharing.
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Thank u for sharing your story I am myself in a difficult place and your story gave me strength. God bless you and yours.
Wow you are really doing it! I remember visiting my son's kindergarten class just after lunch and one of the teachers came out of the teeny tiny workroom (the size of your workout space) all sweaty and glow-ey, saying she had just done her exercises (looking at me with a nice but a little bit of a "look and learn" sort of attitude). I don't know if she was ever heavy, but as a person, myself, who has a hard time getting motivated to exercise, I was really impressed with her motivation and her dedication to use the little time she had in the tiniest space. I think this teacher was near retirement age, and still managed to catch the eye of just about everybody--she had apparently been at it for some time.. I am extremely impressed with your motivation in your circumstances. This is the right thing for you for stress management, health, fitness, and every other way. You go!
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Wow, you are a inspiration in so many ways. Is there anyway we can all help you?
I used to be the caretaker of the family, but now I am in a wheelchair myself. It makes it a bit more difficult to take the weight off, but I am starting anew... Bless you. May God continue to give you strength and bless you and your husband with healing for him. AMEN
Thank you for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration. And that wipes out all the excuses because if you can do it with all you have on your plate, I can too! Thank you soooo much and God bless you and your husband!
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SPARERIBAZ2, wow, you are MAKING IT HAPPEN! I can't wait to see you reach your goal, which I know you will!
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Thanks for sharing your story to motivate others and congrats on your results!
Don't worry at all that your rate of losing starts slowing down after this fast start -- that will actually be a good thing and will increase your odds of keeping it off long term.
Please keep posting here in the SP community -- there are so many great people here reaching goals and motivating each other. It sounds like you will fit right in.
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Was very moved by your story, you really show determination and drive to get to better health. Sure hope it gets easier for you. Congratulations of the weight loss
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So here I am almost 42 years old starting over with my own personal health goals. For the last 3 1/2 years I gave up my fitness caring for my young disabled husband that was once himself very fit but now in a wheelchair with many complications. I myself have had severa neurological problems - but I choose not to go to seek conventional medical treatment and in the past always cared very well for myself, naturally.
After I had gained all this weight myself over the last 3 1/2 years topping off at 288 pounds I realized that if this went on much longer I would not only be in big trouble and need a caregiver myself but who would care for my husband if I could no longer do it myself? His parents and family turned their backs on him as he is noe "too much trouble and bother".... Very Sad for him to have the loss of his health & family.
So I joined SP... and started on my Journey to Regain my health :)
I failed to tell you we now live in a RV full time as we are now on such a tiny budget. I really wanted to join a Gym but who would take care of my husband and I live in an RV - how would I ccomplish this mission?
Well here is what I did!
My husband has to sleep in a recliner so he is actually in the "living room/kitchen" and I have the small bedroom to myself. My workout area is a mere 3' x 7' between the bed and the counter/drawers and upper cabinets. Not much to work with :) I got out the Wii Fit Plus and Biggest Loser Games and got started. You know I get a lot done in such a small space and have never missed one nights workout! I have to work out right before bed because this is my only me time after he is asleep which can be anywhere between 9pm and midnight.... I didn't want to get off track and really wanted this for myself - needed this.
I have been sticking to my eating plan - even though he has 11 doctors an just had his 2 nd surgery this year, and a few ER Visits. I just wont let myself have an excuse - no matter what.
In my first (almost) 5 weeks as of today I have lost 25.4 pounds and already feel better and can see how my fitness level has increased greatly. I am so Happy I am making these changes.
I tell you all my short version of my story to encourage others - It can be done No Matter What!!! You too can beat the odds and get fit, lose weight, and feel better.
Life will pass you by quickly my friends, don't wait....please don't wait. You are worth it.
I also am a Strong Christian and without The Lord I would have never had the courage or strength to do this. He is my Everything :) Psalm 91
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