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I think I finally hit rock bottom

Monday, November 11, 2013

emoticon I have heard that you have to hit your lowest point before you will actually do something to turn things around. I think I finally found my lowest point. The one that has motivated me to get going and stay going.

A few weeks ago I went to a play with my family. I couldn't keep up. I couldn't walk from the car to the theater, my husband had to drop me off at the door and then go park the car. I couldn't walk up the ramp to the second floor where our seats were. I had to stop and rest several times on the way. I was so worn out by the time I sat down I couldn't breath for 10 minutes.

Our grandson was with us and I couldn't even start to keep up with him. He was so fun to watch. I wanted to walk around with him and be part of what was going on but all I could do was sit in my seat and watch.

emoticon I spent the evening fighting tears as we watched the play. At the end of the play my husband had to go get the car and come pick me up. We couldn't even walk to the car together.

This seems to have been my lowest point. I started setting goals that weekend and haven't stopped. I seem to finally have found the motivation I needed to get busy. I want to be able to be active with my family and be part of what they are doing rather than just sitting watching everyone else play and have fun.

I have been tracking my meals in a notebook. Hopefully will convert to Spark People tracking once I get things going a little better. I got rid of all soda pop - just water, and lots of it. Once in a while I treat myself to some juice or flavored drink with lots of ice. I started exercising. All I can do is walk from the house to the road and back, but at least it's a beginning. Next goal is to go up and down my stairs at least once a day. I haven't seen my basement for over 3 months.

I'm slowly working changing eating habits. Healthier food and snacks. I have a long, long way to go but at least I think I'm finally headed in the right direction.

I'm not consistent with blogging or recording things on Spark people. I am so grateful for the web site and all the encouragement that I can find here. I have read and re-read articles and blogs for ideas and support. I love it here. This is a wonderful place to find help and ideas.

emoticon Thank you to everyone that shares and offers encouragement to those of us who are slow learners and shy about talking.

  
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FRENCHTOSD 11/13/2013 7:45PM

    A couple more comments:)

Stretch for five minutes before and after your walk to the street. Pay attention to stretching your lower legs and hips. It will help you do better and make a better workout.

find a place with just one "step-like" change. Go up and then down that one step ten times with each leg. That will get you stronger before you tackle the stairs to the basement.

You can do this! I know you can XO Sharon

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LOSINGLINNDY 11/12/2013 10:35PM

    I am right with you on the exercise. Today I was able to walk a quarter of a mile. n I was thrilled. We can do this. emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 11/12/2013 9:37PM

    I had so many days like that when I was obese. I feel your pain and remember it well. For me, the big differences came when I ADDED nutrition to my diet. Then the junk kind of fell away. The second thing that helped me start losing was stretching in bed. I still stretch in bed when I first wake up and before I go to sleep. It helps with your breathing, agility and stress. I hope you will try it.

When my son was seven, I took him to Disneyland and had to sit on benches while he played and went on rides. Your story makes me relive that horrid day. He was so grateful to finally go to Disney and i was ready to cry for the whole time.

I know you can turn this around like I did. Don't give up and keep on Sparking. Good luck!

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KALIGIRL 11/12/2013 8:09AM

    I can totally relate as I continue to 'learn' I am a VERY slow learner.
The one thing that is finally sinking in: Every day is emoticon and we can do with it what we will.
I know you will do emoticon and healthy things!
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KRISTINL032011 11/11/2013 2:30PM

    Way to go! Very inspiring! emoticon

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LOOD1962 11/11/2013 2:15PM

    I applaud you on your decision to change your lifestyle and reclaim your health. Going slow and making short term goals is the best way to start. Keep up the good work. I know you will succeed.
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Learn something new every day

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I usually don't share what's happening in my life. I decided that if sharing my mess will help someone else then it's worth it. I'm not very consistent so there will be stops and starts as I plug along.
I stayed up late with my husband last night (he is a night owl). I'm paying this morning. Since starting a serious exercise schedule I'm more tired and staying up late cost me big today. Too tired to do anything, went back to bed after breakfast and that helped a little. I'm going to set an alarm on my phone for 9:00 p.m. to give myself some time to get ready so I can be settled in bed by 10:00 p.m. Hope this works.
Lesson # number 5 million - Sleep is important, especially when making life changes and trying to reach goals.

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KEKEIKO 7/26/2013 7:37AM

    Sometimes we're torn between spending time with our loved ones and doing things for ourselves.

There's so many factors that come into play when trying to get into an exercise routine that works.

Getting plenty of water (8 cups per day)
Sleep (6-8 hrs)
Eating enough calories
Burning more calories than you take in.
Cardio at least 1/2 hr per day 32 times per week
Strength 2 times per week

Remember to work on one goal at a time and you'll get there. Sweet dreams. Wishing you well on your goals.

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LOSINGLINNDY 7/25/2013 10:09PM

    Hi. It works the other way at our house. When I go to bed early with DH, I wake up 4 or 5 times during the night and don't have a good sleep. Funny how that all works.

Hugs, Gaylinn

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Crazy week

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It's been a crazy week. First my grandson has had a falling out with his day care and I will soon become the replacement day care. At ate 57 I hope I can keep up with a 6 year old. At least he will be in kindergarten in a few weeks so I only have 2-3 hours a day to try and keep up. His mom had a banking mess yesterday and I had to go help her get a loan and walk her through a new financial part of life. Today I found out I have a virus on my computer and now I get to reformat, YUCK. This is when I would usually throw in the towel and give up trying to find time for me for anything. I still plan to take time to exercise even if it means leaving a partly formatted computer sitting waiting. Trying to give time and care to myself is new and uncomfortable. Have to keep reminding myself that I matter and need care along with everything else. Computer will be down for a few days, hope I can keep up on my tablet. emoticon emoticon

  
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PATJOONWW 7/24/2013 7:19PM

    Make sure you have plenty healthy food and snacks on hand before he gets there to make it easier on yourself. You do matter and you can do this!

Keep up the good work and much success on your journey!

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Joined a Gym

Monday, July 22, 2013

It's been a while since I bogged. Still new at this and not sure how much to share or when to share it.
I have been going to physical therapy most of the year for back pain. I running out of visits that my insurance will pay for and I need something to keep me going. SOOOO, I joined a gym at the same place I've been going to therapy. The therapist says she will keep track of my progress in the gym even after therapy ends because she knows my history. If I need help I can still ask her questions. I've been going to the gym nearly every day since I joined last week. It's keeping me tired but I'm not quitting. I have therapy on Tuesdays and do my gym routine on Mon, Wed and Fri. When therapy ends I'm thinking of 5 days a week in the gym.

Haven't really addressed diet yet. Trying to get off the soda pop and eat healthy but not pushing this. One thing at a time. Once I get the exercise into some type of routine that sticks then I will work on the food area.

I have never stuck with any program as long as I have stuck with Spark People. There is so much here you can always find something new to try.

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TECH1960PS 7/24/2013 11:53AM

   

You are right about concentrating on one thing at a time. Fitness is a good first step. I started will only one gym visit per week and longer 3 times a day walks with my dog. I increased my gym visits over the course of 6 weeks.
I am now at 3 times per week for my gym visits, which is working well for me. Good luck on your weight loss and fitness journey. emoticon emoticon

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ANNAMARIE1958 7/23/2013 10:34PM

    give up sugar.....I did 4 years a go! It maybe a big adjustment but it will help you get healthier. Drink green tea or Apple cider vinegar mix....it's a lot cheaper nd healthier!

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THEEXERCISER 7/23/2013 2:11PM

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PATJOONWW 7/22/2013 8:55PM

    One step at a time is the way to go. Congrats on sticking to the gym your first week, keep the streak going!!

Keep up the good work and much success on your journey!

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JOYCEE23 7/22/2013 7:24PM

  I gave up all soda pop. After a few weeks I felt less tired than when I was drinking them. I drink water instead. It does save money too.

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Thank you again

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Thank you so much for all your support. Don't think I will ever stop being surprised by the wonderful responses to my reaching out. I'm seriously not used to this.

Several people mentioned depression, I have fought depression for years. I get really discouraged easily and it gets hard to keep starting over. With the wonderful support I'm getting here it helps me stick with my efforts to keep trying.

My long term (seriously long way away) goal is to be one of those positive people that offer motivation and support for others. Have I long way to go but on the path at least.

Thanks again everyone

  
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CHICAGOTOM 6/20/2013 2:42AM

    Yes, get support everywhere. Be involved. there are many things in life which you cannot control, but what you eat and the actions you take are of your choosing! Be positive in small steps and small ways and everything will seem much easier to accomplish.

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 6/19/2013 8:59PM

    Good goal to work for and you will get there.

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JOHGLO2011 6/19/2013 6:50PM

    Way to go - hang in there and before you know it, you will be offering positive support to others! A worthy goal to aim for! Hugs to you!

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EWL978 6/19/2013 4:52PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Now, to just keep on keeping on....

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