MYSTERYROSE74
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I have Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, and it mainly just affects my balance. I need assistance walking. I mainly hold on to my husband's arm (he loves it). I just started to use my walker around the house again (SO glad I finally did that) and am doing really well so far. I am bound and determined to get back to not needing any assistance at all. I've done it before, and I know I can do it again. I have a few mental blocks that I'm working on and I'll be walking in no time.

Since joining Spark People in March 2007 I've accomplished a lot. I reached my goal weight 11 months after starting my weight loss journey (started February 13, 2007), I'm regaining some confidence and am able to walk easier.

The old saying is true. "Use it or lose it". For me, I didn't use it, so I lost it. I took "shortcuts" to get around. Instead of walking I rolled around the house in my computer chair. I became lazy and frustrated. Nine or ten years of doing that really took its toll on my ability to walk alone.

I know it won't happen over night, but I do intend on being able to walk without assistance again some day. My main obstacle is my confidence (making REALLY great progress here!) and my fear of falling. I realize I'll have bad days, I will fall and I will want to quit, but I will keep on going. Small steps is what it takes.

So, when you're having a bad day, just keep on going. That's my mantra. Keep on going.


Member Since: 3/8/2007

Fitness Minutes: 88,423

My Goals:
1. Maintain my goal weight.

2. Work on walking with no assistance.

3. Practice slower breathing during stressful times.


My Program:
1. Strength train 3 days a week.

2. Elliptical.

3. Jessica Smith DVDs.

4. Stretching/Yoga



Personal Information:
Name: Terrie
Birthday: November 24, 1974
Where I live: La Quinta, CA
Favorite Movie Genre: Mystery and Action
Favorite Book Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction and Fantasy
Favorite Band: Matchbox Twenty


Other Information:
My hobbies include reading, writing, playing with my cat and dog, and spending time with my husband.




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  • v ANNMHAN
    Thank you for the welcome!
    473 days ago
  • v PWILLOW1
    I TOO AM IN A WHEELCHAIR AND LIKE YOU I CAN USE A WALKER BUT ONLY TO TAKE A FEW STEPS. I AM AFRAID OF FALLING WHICH I HAVE DONE A FEW TIMES AND OF COURSE I CAN'T GET UP BY MYSELF, BUT MORE SO I AM AFRAID OF BREAKING A HIP OR ANKLE IF I FALL. IF I WAS NOT ABLE TO TRANSFER BY MYSELF I WOULD HAVE TO GO TO A NURSING HOME AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT SCARES ME WORSE THAN ANYTHING. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR WALKING. YOU WILL DO IT.
    567 days ago
  • v JIMLITA
    Thanks Terrie for the welcome mat. I have no idea what I am doing and I am still working on learning the whole SP thing and it's page.

    I hope your group can find a new virtual walk. It would have been fun to be in on that. I can see what a huge disappointment it would be to go so far and have the page go down. That is a huge bummer! emoticon emoticon
    571 days ago
  • v KALLIE1958AR
    Thank you for being my Friend :) my Sister has Cerebral Palsy to and my Husband had it So not sure how different yours is however I am praying for you :)
    585 days ago
  • v JIMLITA
    Good morning Terrie!! emoticon
    592 days ago
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