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    JUJUELLIOTT   30,377
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Personal Discovery

Saturday, August 25, 2012

So, when I decided to join SP it was because I was at a really bad place physically. I knew I needed to lose weight because I felt so bad all the time. One doctor had said I had Fibromyalgia and wanted to put me on a daily pill with scary side effects. I refused. Another occasion I was asked if I had a history of high blood pressure and was on medication. I was shocked. All I did know is that I was in daily pain. I hurt from head to toe all day, every day. I couldn't climb the stairs to clean an apartment without having to stop and catch my breath. I was miserable and I blamed it all on being so overweight. At a short 5 foot 1 inch, finding clothes to fit when you are 188 pounds is nearly impossible. I hated the way I looked in pictures. No, I just hated the way I looked. But, I didn't take this journey for vanity sake, I chose this because I was afraid of becoming steadily sicker and dying too young to enjoy my family and life.

So, thanks to SP this last year I have lost about 50 pounds and several inches and clothes sizes. I am happy when I look in the mirror and see all my progress. I have been even happier at how great I feel. The pains, the high blood pressure, the insomnia, the short of breath feelings....all gone. emoticon

Then last month I had to have a cyst removed from my back. No big deal, except it's taking longer to heal than I expected and I have not been able to exercise all month. I have good and bad days with following the calorie count and that with lack of movement I have gained back 5 pounds. Not worried, I know that will come back off soon.

My discovery is that the pains are back. It wasn't the weight that caused my pains, my legs to swell, and the sleep issues. It was the lack of exercise. The longer this month has gone on, the more pain I have experienced. Everywhere. My legs are feeling swollen and my feet hurt at the end of the day. All of these things went away while I exercised regularly.

So, exercise is for life. Our bodies are meant to move, to be used physically. We are not built to be couch potatoes or sit at a desk and just use our brains. We must push it, pull it, strengthen it and work it. Change of diet alone will never be enough.

I'm planning to start back slowly on Monday. Wish me luck. I need to get back on that treadmill and push this body back into happiness. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    I am so proud of you for loosing so much weight that is just inspiring. Sorry to hear your in pain. Maybe you could find gentle exercises and start off slowly. Your so smart and down to earth I miss being able to walk the mall with you. Lord bless my friend with healing shes come along way and this is just another challenge help her to have wisdom help her to be encouraged and have hope that this will pass and she will be back to feeling great again amen.

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HEYITSJUDED 9/3/2012 1:04PM

    Good luck and congratulations on your weight loss so far! I hope your back is better soon so you can get back to all your exercising and I know that 5 pounds you gained will be gone before you know it!!!!!! emoticon

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MARITIMER3 8/27/2012 11:56PM

    You've learned an important lesson that we all should learn. Our bodies are meant to move... there was much less obesity when most people were physically active at their jobs. We aren't meant to sit in front of computers, or the tv, for hour after hour. I've been slacking off on exercise lately too, except gardening, which is my one saving grace when it's so terribly hot outside.

I'm glad you're back, and I'll be right there with you on the treadmill!

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LJCANNON 8/25/2012 2:45PM

    emoticon I am so glad that you are feeling better than you were Before Spark People!!
emoticon Maybe start with an Easy Walk this evening instead of waiting until Monday? I know that when I had Surgery back in October I couldn't Exercise for 6 weeks. But I walked to the Gym EVERY Day to visit the Ladies there. Walking really DOES make a Huge difference even when you just walk 10 or 15 minutes once or twice a day.

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