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The two headed challenge

Sunday, May 19, 2013

As of today, I am nearing three weeks tobacco free. My weight loss has completely stopped. I knew this would be tough. Two things have surprised me. The first is stopping cigarettes has not been as hard as I thought it would. The cravings sometimes are strong, but they are rare. Second, I am surprised that I am stressing so much over my weight leveling off during this process. I thought I was prepared for it but turns out I have been in the weight loss mode for so long, I seem a bit obsessed by it. From this point I will try to cut myself some slack and remember that I have lost 50 + lbs and quit smoking. I have completly changed my approach to nutrition. Those are positives. I need to do all this without giving in to either temptation.

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ARNETTELEE 5/19/2013 2:28PM

  That's great...about being tobacco free. Keep it up!

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Over the first hurdle

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

As of my weigh in this morning I have reached my initial weight loss goal and the first of two hurdles between where I began and the surgery I need through VA. To date I have moved my BMI from 40+ to 34.5, and my weight from 288 to 244.
Now for the big one, I have to divorce my constant companion of 40 years. Cigarettes. I am going with the patch, quit day is set for April 24. This one worries me. Both the quitting and the fear of gaining weight again if I do.
I am now one week into my aqua aerobics and will lean on this heavily to fill my time during my early stages of quitting. Your good wishes will be welcome!

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NHES220 4/17/2013 7:56PM

    Congratulations on the tremendous weight loss. That is quite an accomplishment. My sister-in-law quit a 3 pack a day habit after many years of smoking. She did it with nicotine gum and part of it was picking a quit date and cutting down before quitting. I think part of picking the date is mentally preparing yourself for it. Good luck with the aqua aerobics, I have hear the water resistance, while easy on the joints, is still a tough workout.

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THINAGIN2 4/17/2013 7:03PM

on getting over those first hurdles! You are already used to discipline so you should be able to apply all of those lessons to quitting smoking. Be strong!

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F1TFOREVER 4/17/2013 6:37PM

    Congrats on your reaching your goal! You can do anything you put your mind too -- including cigarettes!!! You have the power and knowledge of calories , so just stay within your limit and you wont gain weight!

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Finding the trail off the plateau

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Well. The first thirty or so pounds have come off almost easily. Thanks to Spark People I am rediscovering the value of planning my meals and just using good common sense on portions, food selection and preparation.
But now I have been stuck at 249 lbs for over a week. The phyiscal limitations I have make getting enough exercise a real challenge. Now , today, I begin phase two of my own personal wellness project. Stopping smoking.
I will attend my first stop smoking class later today at my local VA clinic. There are some really great people there by the way.
I think today will be the day I join the fitness center downtown and begin their aquatic classes. Finance has been a difficulty but I think it's now time. I must find a way to get enough exercise to burn enough calories to continue to drop the weight. Doing this while trying to quit smoking will be difficult. But I try to remember how much better I feel already with the progress made.
Now it will just have to be on step at a time , day by day. emoticon

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BBECKER1955 4/3/2013 6:44AM

    Hang in there, you're doing all the right things.

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GREENGENES 4/2/2013 10:17PM

    Sounds like you are doing all the right things. Plateaus happen so don't worry about it.

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PLMITCH 4/2/2013 3:34PM

    Don't beat yourself up for just a one week plateau. I've endured 2-3 week plateaus, and I bet you'll find others with much longer ones. Your body sometimes just has to take a beak to adjust to the new you!!

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LOSE4LIFE47 4/2/2013 9:42AM

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Beginning the journey

Sunday, February 17, 2013

About 8 months ago I faced a stark reality. My fledgling attemp to rebuild my economic life was just beginning to bear some fruit. I had found a niche in the construction field that seemed to be recovering and might provide a good living for myself and one or more of my grown kids if they wanted to participate. But a fall on a jobsite had me in pretty dire straights. The Arthritis I had endured in both knees for many years was now manifested by severe pain, but worse, loss of the majority of range of motion in BOTH knees. I had managed to get by when it was just one. Now, without insurance, I, for the first time, had to go to another source for some support. I enrolled in the VA, got an initial screening, and began to prepare for what I suspected was coming. Knee replacements. By July I had been advised to apply for Social Security Disability. To my shame I had often sneered at those who used the "system". Faced with no real alternatives, I applied. This was during the time that I was being examined to see what the extent of my damaged state was. It was a shock I was not prepared for. Not only were both knees basically destroyed, but all the years of abuse had created similar damage in both ankles and hips. Having been told to prepare for up to a year of waiting for a determination from SSI regarding disability, I was shocked again when once my medical information was reviewed, I was approved in just under two months. My disability was considered permanent. The VA surgeon wants to begin with the most limited knee, my request to have them both done at once was rebuffed. He does not think I can sucessfully rehab them both at one time, due to the extensive work that will have to be done on each.

So. A minimum of about a year and a half of surgery and rehab. No, I should not return to construction work. I will be 62 at the end of that time.

The other shoe drops. My long neglected body was now much larger than it needed to be. Everyone there including myself was shocked at my current weight. 288 lbs.

I spent most of my life hovering around 220. Large by their standards, but a weight that allowed me to be very active, play sports, and run the occaisional 10K. Because of my density I suppose, I was examined by the Air Force as I began boot camp and found to be within tolerance for my body fat content. At the end of basic I was at 216. The occaisional pain I had from earlief broken bones, and a knee surgery were not really limiting and sporatic.

So December 4th, 2012. I am faced with reducing my BMI to 35. That represents for me, a weight of 243. Oh, and by the way, stop smoking.

What a wreck I have created.

Miraculously, my lungs are clear, no diabetes, cholesteral is low. Blood pressure ok. Before my latest bad fall, I could and did work hard physically. Using Ibuprophen to keep moving.

What do I do? Having leaned this from my previous 3 years of economic stress, I did nothing for a month. In mid January I began to seriously work on losing the weight.

It was about two weeks later I stumbled across Spark People.
That has changed my life, on so many levels.
I will tell you that story, even if it is just so I can actually tell it for myself.
Today is Feb 17. My weight is 261.
My goal is not the 243 to get my first surgery scheduled.
My goal is 216, my weight leaving boot camp, 41 years ago.
My other goal is to retake my life, and stop having life happen to me.

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MEEMAH2013 2/23/2013 10:50PM

    I hope everything turns out well for you. I know there is a lot of support available through the VA. (I am a disabled vet) I am so glad you shared your story. My problems pale in comparison!

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RUN4FOOD 2/17/2013 9:37PM

    You know, I think you can reach your goal. You have a great attitude and sounds like the desire is there also.
Keep us informed of your progress.

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/17/2013 7:44PM

    Wow! What a story. What courage--to experience what you're experiencing, see the way forward and take up the challenge, and then to write about it, complete with humility at some of your earlier attitudes. I sense a Good Man here, ROGERB71!

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BBECKER1955 2/17/2013 4:22PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. emoticon

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PLMITCH 2/17/2013 3:50PM

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CAROLJEAN64 2/17/2013 1:02PM

    I am so glad I clicked on your blog entry. It is such a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. You and your wonderful attitude are an inspiration. Thanks so for sharing your story.

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