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Motivation to Get Healthy

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I used to be very active until my wife got seriously ill and couldn't do any of our favorite activities any more. It finally "hit home" how out of shape I was when we visited some friends (a couple) in Virginia. The wife in Virginia was a former co-worker in Texas and we used to go jogging together. Since her husband couldn't hike because of a recent motorcycle accident, she and I went on a hike in the mountains to a waterfall while our spouses waited for us. It was a 6 mile hike, with a 2,000 foot change in elevation. Although I only stopped for a brief rest once, I was huffing and puffing and struggling on the uphill sections. My former coworker was constantly having to slow down and wait for me. I was so embarassed that I had let myself get so out of shape and overweight. From that moment on, I decided to get back in shape again - not only for myself, but also so I could better take care of my wife. I once did an extremely difficult 23 mile hike in the Grand Canyon. While I might not be able to do that specific hike again, I want to do the difficult 10-15 mile hikes again. So far, I've lost about 24 pounds of the 60 I want to lose using the SparkPeople program. Even though I'm not where I want to be yet, I feel so much better! Food that's good for you even tastes good - I haven't even crazed a chicken-fried steak in the last month or so! I guess that's progress!
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    I'm just getting started and your blog is the first I've read. It is very well written and very motivating. My prayers are with you and your wife.
    1901 days ago

    I recently visited my elderly mother, who is on dialysis, and for some reason during this visit, it hit me that if I didn't change my eating and fitness habits, that I would be on the same track! I am not sure if I can avoid the same fate, but I decided I am not going to just accept it. I am going to take a pro active approach to my health and, if need be, I will go down swinging!

    Best of luck to you on your Spark Journey!
    1923 days ago
    Nothing better ( or worse) than a strong dose of reality to spark our motivation and get the fitness journey going. I have wanted to get out for some of the hikes I used to do but know my weight limits me and my cardio is poor. Good on you for taking the steps to get back on track and ready for the next hike, 24 of 60 is great success, keep it going!
    1923 days ago
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