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This is my story.


Friday, February 04, 2011

You see the picture of the car? That is my 2007 Toyota Yaris. I spent months researching the car I would buy. I had it for 6 months. Well, apparently I wasn't made to drive a car. In 2008 my new years resolution was to run a 5k with my cousin. I was fat, unhealthy, unemployed and unhappy. Then 5 weeks into the year, and 3 weeks into a gym membership, I was in a car accident where I broke my pelvis, 6 ribs, my collar bone, shoulder blade and sternum. I couldn't walk for 3 months. They didn't think I'd ever walk without a limp, and it was possible that I would need the walker for a lot longer than the 3-4 months I used it. I should mention that I was on my way to pick up my cousin from college so I could take her to the doctor when this happened. She ended up in the hospital for the majority of the three months that I couldn't walk, got down to 80lbs and was in worse shape than I. We were miserable, both of us felt responsible for the other. We had easter dinner in the Pediatric unit of Loyola Medical Center. This year, she ran a half marathon and I ran my first 5k. I am smaller now than I was in junior high. I am on my way.

These days I am done being a victim and I am so done with being the fat girl, the pudgy friend, and the girl with "the pretty face (sigh)". I am stronger than the fat, and it is time to show it who is boss!

I ran my first 5k on April 25, 2009 with a time of 37 minutes. I finished right in the middle of the pack and I ran the whole thing.

I wore a swimsuit for the first time in 4 years and I discovered that I fit into the dress I wore to the eighth grade dance (a size 14)! I am down 4 pant sizes since this all began!

Well, after a super awesome start to 2009, I fell apart. I trashed my knee and spent a few months rehabbing it. Then, I was cleared to run and was then diagnosed with CRPS/RSD in my left leg. I spent most of of 2010 unable to wear real pants or work out. I am finally getting some relief from the treatments (which cause weight gain). A fairly strict diet has kept me from a complete backwards slide, and a passion for cooking will keep me on track.

I have a full time job again, I am starting graduate school and I have a doctor willing to help me try anything to get through all of this. Here is to a slightly smaller 2011!
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GODZDESIGN95 7/2/2012 11:18PM

    wow you are a fighter. I prayer you reach your goals this year.

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AUBRAZILLA 3/13/2011 11:22PM

    I had a minor, but gruesome accident (deep laceration to my labia) that only put me out for a month but was so horrific and embarrassing that I spent a good deal of time thinking about people who are laid up for weeks, months and years on end. I was going crazy after two weeks, and the first week I was depressed enough to frighten my husband.

Seeing your story and optimism reminds me that life will be scary sometimes and harder than you ever thought it could be. But you can get through it. Often, you take small steps and halfway through you realize just how much you have done.

God bless you, I am so glad you are active and taking control of your nutrition! If I were you I would put that car on a t-shirt and wear it when you work out. I am planning on making a "this is what an obese teenager looks like" shirt for the summer when I am running around town (I am about 170 lbs now and in my mid-twenties).

You can do this, there are so many roads open to you and plenty of people to cheer you on emoticon

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