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10/12/12 12:07 P

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You took care of a very very ill person who was on the brink of death, worked and took care of your dad and Gdad, took care of your home and yourself in a tremendously difficult time in your life and you ONLY gained 12 lbs!!! emoticon I was expecting you to say you'd gained 60 or more!! I'm NOT making light of your gaining 12 lbs AT ALL!!! but at the same time I think you need to really pat yourself on the back that you were able to stay together as well as you were!

To move forward, just start over. Don't look back at what you were, you aren't that person anymore. Don't look back at what you could do, you aren't in that place any longer. Start today, where you are, and go forward from here. BABY STEPS!! Drink your water, walk 1/2 an hour, eat 3 servings of veggies a day. DON'T STRESS!!

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VESNA1987 SparkPoints: (3,049)
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10/12/12 2:29 A

Thanks to everyone for your support. I did quite well this week, and I feel i might be comming back to the old healthy regimen again. Im eating well, but the major problem for me is exercise. I started with some light yoga just to keep it slow and not stress my body too much at once. I plan to go swimming next week and hopefully will be able to exercise almost every day as I used to before.

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10/6/12 5:33 A


You had a very stressful few weeks. I'm glad to hear your mom's health is improving. What to do now ? Start slowly. You may have done quite a bit of exercise before, but you can't start at where you were. As you've seen, you have lost a bit of strength and endurance. However, that doesn't mean you can't regain that strength.

You just have to be PATIENT. Start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Let's say you were running three miles a day. Because you haven't run in a while, you'll need to build up to that level again. Can't emphasize enough that you must give your body time to adapt to the new routine.

Also, you don't have to kill yourself with exercise to be healthy or fit. A person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you need to eat right and watch those portions. So, do your best to try to eat right to the best of your ability.

And be patient ! If it took you six weeks to gain that weight, it's going to take at least that or longer to lose it. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. slow and easy really does win this race.

Glad your mom is much improved.

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10/6/12 3:17 A

Hi Vesna - you sure have had a lot on your plate. I can totally understand WHY this healthy lifestyle took a back seat. We can only do so much - there are times where it is more important to focus on life itself. I am sure that you WILL be able to get back on course - just remember the baby steps.

Have you spoken to your Dr about all the stressors on you? You might find it helpful to ask your Dr to a Therapist who can help you with what has been going on, and help you to move forward. It sounds to me like you are grieving - grief can be caused by a myriad of things and you sure have plenty of reasons. Below is a link re grief:>

I wish you well and that your Mum has managed to overcome her leukemia.

Take care and BIG hugs,
Kris xxx

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10/6/12 3:05 A

Hi Vesna,

Sounds like you do have a lot on your plate, but know that healthy living is a way of living. It must become a way of life. So while you may not be where you were, you are still in control of where you are today. So use the past to understand how you got to where you are, but do not allow this time frame to define you unless you learn something.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

VESNA1987 SparkPoints: (3,049)
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10/6/12 1:53 A

Hi everyone,
so Im back after approximately 6 months. Why did I stop? In the beginning, I had a lot of work at school and traveled a lot, so I started eating junk, but still got a bit of exercise. This period lasted for 3 months and I planned to get back to healthy living during summer, eat healthy and exercise A LOT. But than terrible thing happened- my mum was diagnosed with leukemia and for the first 2-3 weeks it seemed she is really going to die, it was just terrible, she bleeded heavily and they couldnt stop it, she recieved transfusion to both her hands simultaneously :((( It was a great SHOCK because 6 weeks before this, she went to preventive checkup and everything was fine and she felt great and had tons of energy, as usual. This is why it was such a shock. I wasnt even able to watch TV, i felt like i was dreaming, everything was so unreal. I have no other siblings, so I had to take care of our home, cook for dad and gradfather and go to work instead of my mum, because they work together with dad, but he cant work alone for such a long time, obviously. So as you can see, I had absolutely no interest in counting my calories or exercise. When mum came home, I did my best to cook nutritious meals to help her keep her weight and she really ate a lot. As you can imagine, when i saw her eating, i couldnt resist and ate, too.
Now things are coming back to normal and I feel like living healthy again. But I gained 6kg (12lb) during this period and when i try exercising or even going uphill, its more difficult for me, ive lost the streght ive built during one year of regular exercise and Im not sure wether i can go back. I feel depressed. I have a strong motivation, but it seems so hard....

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