Wednesday, June 09, 2010
When I weighed 265 lbs. not that long ago, I carried most of my weight on my stomach and abdomen, I still do.
KMart was having a sale and I was sick. I asked my husband to go to the store and buy a couple of blouses for me. He came back from the store and said, "I hope you like these," and handed me the bag.
I pulled out two blouses. They were the right size and the style I wanted, but he chose hot pink and lime green. I put one on and was determined since he bought them that I would not complain.
Do you remember the phone commercial, "Can you hear me now?" Well, the way I made those blouses look, I felt like, "Can you see me now?" I felt like an Easter egg with arms and legs and a head. They were so bright that they reminded me of neon colors. I felt like I was auditioning as an M&M.
Now that 25 lbs. are gone, those two blouses don't make me feel like an egg any more. I have told my husband that if I cut holes in a burlap bag and wore it, he would say that I looked good in it. Men know never to answer the question, "Do I look fat in this?"
Friday, June 04, 2010
I counted 15 minutes of heavy cleaning today and did my mile and a tenth walk this evening in 30 minutes. I had to take my shoes and socks off and put on flip flops when I was done. The top of the sock made a ring around my leg as if I had taken a rubberband off of my leg where the top of the sock was.
It was 86 degrees here today, but by the time I went on my walk, there was a warm breeze blowing. I have just one day to try to cram in all the exercise if I am going to get it done this week. I have tried to shave some calories off knowing I wasn't going to push myself with the swollen leg. Sunday is weigh-in day so I will see what happens.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
When my children were little, I was loading them into our car into their car seats. A Roadway tractor trailer was double parked in the street to the rear of my car. I put my daughter in on the back passenger side and was putting my son in on the back driver's side when I heard the truck's engine start. I couldn't get into the car because of the car seat and leaned as far in over my son as possible. The truck cab caught the back door of the car and the car's rear end was moved sideways into the street. The truck driver never saw me or heard anything (he said later). I screamed, "Jesus!" I thought I was going to be crushed between the truck and our car. The back door bent forward and the truck rolled by, then the door sprang shut on my legs. God heard me because there was no amputation of my legs and only a small abrasion of skin (no cut) on the left leg where it was against the door frame.
I hobbled across the street as the driver turned the rig around and came back up the street. I flagged him down and told him he had hit my car. We exchanged names and information for insurance and he phoned the trucking company. I think we settled for $200 for me and they paid for repairs to get our car fixed.
Years later I had surgery on my left foot because a bone spur grew through my Achilles tendon. While I was wearing a cast, I fell twice while on crutches. They were supposed to be adjusted for my height before the surgery, but that was overlooked and I was sent home after the surgery. I was sick to my stomach post-op and was the last surgical patient to leave.
The foot healed but there is a very deep dent in the back of the heel. The foot swells easily and I now have to buy a shoe that is too big for the right foot and use insoles in it to get a shoe that fits the left foot. I can no longer wear dress shoes with any sort of a back in them and generally wear oxfords or tennis shoes.
In 2008 we bought a new house. I staged all of the boxes in the attic. I was pushing a large tote up the attic steps, when it came down the steps and hit my left leg. If hurt. I asked my brother-in-law who has EMT training if he thought I had broken the leg. He said he didn't think so because I was able to walk on it. I eventually had it x-rayed and also have had the whole leg checked two different times for blood clots using ultrasound. All the tests were negative.
So my left leg and foot have been through a lot. When it acts up, the leg turns red under my sock to the color of raw hamburger. It also swells where the sock is and it looks like I have had a rubberband around the leg where the top of the sock is.
I had two small sores open on the swollen area this week, one the size of a straight pin head and the other the diameter of a pencil eraser on the top of a pencil. I haven't done any exercise this week and have been applying Neosporin to the wounds and they are healing over. When there is no longer a scab, I will get back to exercise. The doctors can't figure out what is going on and want me to wear support stockings. I have a problem with the left hip and cannot raise my leg up to be able to get them on by myself. I sit on the bed and draw my legs up to the side bent at the knee to get my socks and shoes on. I cannot raise my left foot as high as I can the right foot to wash my feet because of the left hip.
I am asking for prayer for this because I was told that weight loss will help the swelling and most of you know that exercise is what helps us achieve the weight loss. I could do the exercise anyway, but the sores scare me. The leg had been swelling about the size of an egg above the outside left ankle and then thumps or feels like it is burning. The swelling goes down when I lie down and sleep.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I am addicted to being online and looking at the wealth of information about things. I was on Thursday night and decided to do a search for 2X dresses for under $15. I thought second-hand clothing would come up on e-bay or other similar sites, but was surprised that there are some nice looking dresses that are being offered and they are brand new.
We go to a Bible conference over Labor Day weekend and I haven't bought any new clothes in a couple of years, except for shoes. I have almost three months to make a selection to fit my new weight. I would have never thought I could find something for that price.
The next time I have an idea, I will use a search engine and see what I come up with.
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