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Stand Tall And Walk Proud

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My boxercise instructor finishes her class with that statement every time. She has no idea the meaning it has for me. I have been taking kickboxing classes for years. She is one of the most intense instructors I have ever had. She really pushes you to the limits. Today, she got some bad news and was literally taking it out on us. She wanted to feel our energy!! She worked us incredibly HARD, with long, fast drills, difficult sets and movements and rapid transitions. It was a 75 minute class and I was having my doubts how long I would hold up and I am in decent shape!! Barely getting enough time for a sip of water, she was relentless. At the end I was really feeling my muscles, but proud that I not only kept up my intensity during the entire class, but that I was working harder then most people in the class who were half my age and had their full health. The room has mirrors and you can't help noticing who squats the lowest, who is punching the hardest, etc. I am the queen of squats and punches there. This is in spite of having severe RA, five joint replacements, and 30 some surgeries. Yes, I felt I deserved to "Stand Tall and Walk Proud".
But it wasn't easy. I have had to start over from square one, zero fitness and build myself back up so many times it would make your head spin! I have very bad insomnia and usually wake up only an hour after I fall asleep. I know its due to RA pain and the inability to find any comfortable postion to sleep in except on my back which gets sore if I stay on it too long. I struggle to get out of bed every morning hurting so much, but once I get over the 'hump' I know it will get better. I can do two or three fitness classes a day in addition to speed walking back and forth to the club.
What keeps me pushing? The feeling I get of being able to move. Of knowing what its like not to move and sit or lay around as the pain intensifies. I was in a wheelchair at one point in my life. I know what that was like and I am fighting to never go back there again. I know I am not overdoing my fitness efforts as I never have any pain that lasts from it. I feel I am able to keep going because of my very good vegetarian eating habits and regular exercise are giving me the energy to keep on in spite of a serious lack of sleep and dealing with RA and osteoporosis.
This healthy lifestyle is worth fighting for!! No matter where you have to start, whether its one little screaming painful movement, one at a time, adding slowly, one baby step at a time until it builds up, its WORTH it! YOU are worth it! Your body deserves to be treated like royalty! Treat it well and you will eventually start reaping the rewards. I feel better, stronger, more confident as I strive to be the fittest, healthiest person I can be within my limitations from my disease. I push the boundaries. I never let anyone tell me you can't do it. I see for myself what I can and can't do. I want to enjoy the wonders of life and get out there and live it and not be confined to my apartment sulking around in pain and binging my face off. I am working hard to keep going. I am working hard for my freedom from the chains of my diseases! This healthy lifestyle is the key and so I strive for it!
Never say die and never give up!! YOU are worth it!
"Stand Tall And Walk Proud" one step at a time!
When I broke my elbow Feb 1 2010 due to the osteoporosis (I did not fall, I was simply pushing a shopping cart back to the mall), I was near a vague number I considered a goal weight, 121 and so decided to enter into weight maintenance mode instead of weight loss.
I have maintained my weight in a range from 118-125 since then with the help of my Spark friends and an excellent team I joined called At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team:

The inspirational, incredible members of my team and I stand tall and walk proud on this journey of healthy living together! Come join us! Plateaus are just maintenance in training!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KANOE10 11/3/2012 9:32AM

    Great inspirational blog, I like plateaus are maintenance in training also,. You are a very strong person and doing great.

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ENUFF81020 10/11/2012 3:58AM

    Hi Linda,
This is well-written and convinces me that I am making the best choices for me. It certainly was my goal to lose that 30 pounds before surgery in June, but since my date is now December 17, I am working to lose 20 pounds by 12/17. I can, and will do this, holidays or not. I can get to my goals and I can keep my body moving until that surgery date gets here. I do not plan to be shoved into some rehab unit or anything like that. I am planning to be in such good condition before the surgery that I will have a minimal stay in the hospital and then, I will go to PT and get myself able to live my life again ASAP. This blog gives me another way to convince everyone why I am doing what I do. I work out in the pool and on the bike everyday for 2 hours so that I can be as strong as I can in my core and extremities. I know what it means to sit back and do nothing. I was in a hospital bed for 2 weeks and my arthritic body became that disaster, I ended up in a wheel chair and it took months and months before I could walk again. There is nothing good to be had in that if it can be avoided. I won't do that again if I have a breath in my body to prevent it.

Thanks for sharing this. I am not in the condition you are in, but I am in better condition than many people my age and younger. I can stand tall and walk proud too. I am still on my journey and I will get there.
Gentle hugs,

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BTRTHANEVA 10/10/2012 7:46PM

    Reading this blog was exactly what I needed for my return to SP.

Thank you, my friend. I have been touched by an angel...

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LUNADRAGON 10/7/2012 10:09PM

    Thanks : )

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LUVSBULLDOGS 10/4/2012 2:06AM

    You are as busy as your beaver on the wallpaper. Keep going.

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KARRENLYNN 10/3/2012 12:11AM

    You should be very proud of your accomplishments and your attitude towards life in general and your life in particular. I know people who don't fight for their health and ability to enjoy life like you, who don't have as many challenges as you do. Keep fighting and know that your SP friends are right here cheering you on. :)


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TEENY_BIKINI 9/28/2012 9:41PM

    You rock!!


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TEMPEST272002 9/27/2012 11:47AM

    You keep kicking butt & taking names! You're a great inspiration!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/23/2012 6:46AM

    Every time I think of slacking off I think of you! emoticon

You sound like you put a few of the younger ones to shame i the kick boxing class!

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LEXIE63 9/23/2012 6:12AM

    Probably one of the most inspirational blogs ever! Made even more so because you are talking from the point of view of one who has been there, done that and is proudly wearing the T-shirt!
It gives hope to all of us. Including me. Been struggling recently to re-set my abilities given the latest addition to my issues. Like you, I do get up and get going again, but could never put it as eloquently as you have just done.
Loads of hugs to a kick-ass (literally) woman!
Lex xxx

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 9/22/2012 10:59PM

    You are definitely emoticon emoticon

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BJPENNY70 9/21/2012 10:43PM

    You are a true blessing! You are right. We have to get up and move. We can't sit and feel sorry for ourselves. That is only defeating. Life begans when we decide to live. I appreciate you blog so much.

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MANILUS 9/21/2012 7:18PM

    You are a great example for those who just want to give up! Congrats on your success and keep it up!!

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ON2VICTORY 9/21/2012 6:13PM

    Wonderful! You are such a trooper! Keep at it and thank you for setting the example.

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SPEEDY143 9/21/2012 12:36PM

    emoticon WoW YOU Rock emoticon emoticon I really needed this pep talk today emoticon Back to my ST emoticon

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MCHILSTR 9/21/2012 10:51AM

  You are a spectacular warrior!

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FITMAY 9/21/2012 9:50AM

    You are emoticon
Thanks for the inspiration!

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NIKKIJ55 9/21/2012 7:35AM

    You are amazing and proof that just about anyone can do it! Keep on moving!!!

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HOLLY255255 9/20/2012 11:16PM

    You are an amazingly strong woman!! You are a wonderful example of being strong - mentally and physically.

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CCHEF1 9/20/2012 9:35PM

    You are very inspiring. Makes me want to keep pushing! Woot!

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LJR4HEALTH 9/20/2012 8:42PM

    Linda you are so inspiring and such a trooper with all the medical issues you have you out perform so many of us I know how important the statement "Stand Tall And Walk Proud" is to you I totally relate Never quit and emoticon forward

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TUBLADY 9/20/2012 6:49PM

    You are amazing.
When ever I feel I have under gone numerous operations, lived with RA for over half my life, I read about someone who has had a more difficult time than I have.
You struggle through the fitness day after day too. So many people would give up, cite the pain, just being too much.
I exercise a lot too, not as much as you. And I know what early morning just out of bed feels like, but that period passes and the workouts I do help me with the rest of the day. They help in mind and body.
You should definitely be nominated a motivational speaker.
Be strong, stay positive.
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-SHOREIDO- 9/20/2012 2:53PM

    People are amazing! YOU'RE amazing and a true example of "motivation in motion".

So when you look in those mirrors just think of all the motivation your passing around the room with your reflection alone.
Best wishes to you and thanks for sharing!

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MANDELOVICH 9/20/2012 2:35PM

    You are so inspiring! Your positive spirit and strength are admirable!

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NAVYMOM133 9/20/2012 1:45PM

    Very inspiring!! You really show us how to go after it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRESBESS 9/20/2012 1:42PM

    Way to go Linda! You are indeed a winner in my book. I've definitley been "sparked"!

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ADRIENALINE 9/20/2012 12:41PM

    It is so wonderful that you can maintain such a positive attitude in the face of so many physical challenges. Every negative nellie on SparkPeople will grow a little from reading this blog. My yoga instructor encourages us to let our "Heart Shine" and that really speaks to me and gets me to throw back my shoulders and stand tall. I'm so glad you have an instructor that gently pushes you to your best limits.

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MIRAGE727 9/20/2012 12:29PM

    Outstanding example of embracing the journey! No Excuses!

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MEXGAL1 9/20/2012 10:33AM

    What an inspiration you are. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
Have a terrific day.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/20/2012 10:31AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are remarkable and a leader for those of us in pain, while I do not have RA, I have much pain with my back and knees but reading your story has given me additional hope that I just need to do it.

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KAYOTIC 9/20/2012 10:29AM

    Great message, you have done so much for your health,with so many challenges!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/20/2012 10:14AM

    Hi Linda! You sure take away the excuses so many of us allow! Reading your blog makes me realize that anything is possible ... The key is my attitude and my determination. I can be my own worst enemy or I can CHOOSE to succeed! Way to go!

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MKELLY72 9/20/2012 10:11AM

    It's so easy to give up when even smaller barriers stand in our way. Thank you for providing some fantastic motivation to push forward n matter what may hold us back.

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LAURIE5658 9/20/2012 9:48AM

    What a wonderful blog and what an amazing person you truly are. Congratulations!!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 9/20/2012 8:51AM

    What a beautifully written blog. You are an amazing woman and a great inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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SPARKARINO 9/20/2012 8:26AM

    Boy, you set the bar high for the rest of us! I am so happy for you that you have successfully reached your goals and are maintaining your weight where you like it, despite the obstacles you face. I love your philosophy of 'Stand Tall and Walk Proud, one step at a time'. Thank-you so much for sharing!

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WESTCOASTKID 9/20/2012 8:15AM

    Yay!! What an awesome blog--this is one of the most inspirational blogs I have ever read. You are simply amazing, and I am proud to be on the same Team as you!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/20/2012 8:15AM

    So incredibly proud of you for continuing to battle for your health! You ARE worth it (WE are), and you are an inspiration. Stand tall and walk proud indeed!

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AMARILYNH 9/20/2012 8:11AM

    Wow - thanks so much for the inspiration!! emoticon emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 9/20/2012 7:44AM

    You are your attitude. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/20/2012 7:36AM

    Wow! You handle your challenges with so much grace. I love your determination!
Congratulations on maintaining your weight loss and figuring out how to manage your pain. You rocked that class! I pray that a cure will be found for R.A. soon.

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BABES-R-US 9/20/2012 7:36AM

    Thank you for your inspiring blog - and spirit !

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MARTHAWILL 9/20/2012 7:35AM

    Wonderful inspirational blog. A great positive attitude in spite of all your challenges. Thank-you! Hope many others will benefit from reading this. "Liked"!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/20/2012 7:25AM

    Wow, you are such an inspiration. Whenever the annoying aches and pains of getting older get me down, I'm going to think of you and get out there.

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