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Feeling Extra Chipper Today

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Feeling Extra Chipper Today. It is just a great day to be alive!!

It is just an amazing feeling to know that you are doing everything you can to improve your health, to improve your quality of life, to maybe extend your life.

Two years ago, I was ready to throw in the towel. I felt old. I felt used up. I quit going out with friends. Quit going out much even with DH. Quit going to his company functions. Quit going to most family functions. If you look back through all the photos, I was nowhere to be found - my life was already non-existent, and that was okay with me.

I had just accepted that I was on the downhill side of life. That I would suffer from aches and pains and there was nothing I could do about it. I was hurting physically, I was hurting mentally, I was accepting this as my old age, and I was just ready for it to be over with.

So what changed? Looking back, I am not really sure, but I think it might have something to do with a man (who loves & adores me) & a Harley. As I mentioned earlier this week, when DH got his Harley, I had hoped it was just some sort of "Mid-life I have Arrived" crisis. However I quickly realized that he was going to ride it, with or without me.

Now we are not talking some big fancy touring bike with all the bells and whistles - like extra wide cushy seats, something fit for the Queen of Sheeba. No, We are talking a Sportster. A nice bike, but not a bicycle built for two. Certainly not the size of a 230lb man AND a 270lb woman. emoticon

So I knew that I had to ride, or stay home. Staying home would have been fine with me, but I knew he really wanted me with him. And I knew that I did not want to be the old fat chick on the back of the bike. One or the other, I could handle. But not both. And since my fountain of youth was drank dry by the unicorns, that only left trying to lose some weight. emoticon

Going to the doctor for help was pointless. I had done it countless times before, but I went once more. It was not my regular doctor, and I was pointed in the direction of bariatric surgery. Given my BMI - (translation - as wide as I was tall) I was a candidate. However my insurance would not pay for it. So I knew that if it was going to happen, I would have to make it happen. It was all up to me. If it is to be, it's up to me..... or some non-sense like that. I really didnt believe yet, but I just knew that somehow, if I was going to lose weight, I would have to figure out how to do it on my own. This last Doctors visit, none of my numbers looked good. I was on the verge of being medicated out my @$$. I really was not ready to give up on living, and I certainly did not want my remaining years to be a burden on my family. So it was time to try to dig down deep and find some bit of strength, some kind of spark.



So I guess that got the ball rolling. But I was rolling uphill. It was a slow go. My head (heart) wasnt really in it yet, I am not sure why not. DH was still riding, but he was riding to work, so about an hour one way, so that 2 hours a day pretty much got it out of his system. Whew, what a relief!! Thank goodness, I could still keep my fat-self in my house.

I can remember laying in bed at night, thinking I might not wake up. I would die of a heart attack in my sleep. Yes it bothered me, but not enough to take action. Then one day for some reason, I just happened to hear a commercial for Dr. Oz. So I watched the show, and started implementing little changes. By the time fall rolled around, I had lost maybe 20lbs. Then I heard about Dr. Oz's Transformation Nation, and my sister and I accepted the challenge.

That same evening, my sister sent me a link to this tracking place, called Sparkpeople. I signed up, but it looked complicated and I was already tracking on my own, so I didnt need it. I told her I was tracking in excel, so why did she even send it to me? Geesh. So I forgot about it.

Then January rolled around. I was making better choices, but nothing much was happening on the scale. I dont know what made me come back to Sparkpeople, but I did. And it made all the difference for me. I began tracking faithfully, and have hardly missed a day since.

Weight loss has definitely not been linear. I have had my starts and stops. But one thing, I have pretty much maintained even with a stop. I am just now coming out of a stop again. It took me a while to even realize it was a stop. I would have a slight gain, followed by a loss just enough to make me think I was gaining ground. I was eating right and all, so I just knew it was a matter of time. Afterall, I felt fantastic!!!

Well once I realized I was pretty much stopped, dead stop, it has taken me a bit to get my groove back on. Now, I have my groove on again! I am hoping I have the formula to take me the rest of the way to my goal. emoticon

And what perfect timing. Two years ago today, when I turned 46, I felt 86. I knew I had one foot in the grave. I knew my genetic dice were loaded against me. Now here I am today, turning 48, and I feel... well I dont feel 48 even!! Is 48 the new 28??!! Okay, how about 38?! It doenst matter, it is just a number, but I am so glad to have one more. One more year, one more day - I will take it all!

Regardless of the number, I have learned that I do NOT have to accept the diseases of my parents - like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer - that took their lives way too soon. I have the power to reverse many things just by making healthy food choices. Now that is power. I can heal, I can reverse, I can at least postpone many of the ailments that 2 years ago I would just lay in bed and say, "Here I am, come get me." Now I am getting out, enjoying life, enjoying my family, riding my horse again, loving every minute I spend with DH both on and off the New harley, and now I am saying, "You will have to catch me first!"
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SUSIEMT 4/26/2013 4:45PM

    How Wonderful. This is just what I needed today. WooHoo to you and keep enjoying that Harley and Horse!

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CICELY360 4/26/2013 4:30PM

  good blog

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JIBBIE49 4/26/2013 3:55PM

   

Good for YOU! Way to go! You're doing FANTASTIC!

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WILLOWBEE63 4/26/2013 3:02PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing your story!!!!! Very Inspiring!!!

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COOP9002 4/26/2013 2:57PM

    Love your attitude.

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/26/2013 2:37PM

  Oh this story made me happy, ro hear how your life and attitude is being turned upside down. So Super Great! I'm coming over your house, and give you a goodie. Watch for it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGAR0814 4/26/2013 2:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Ride safely!

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LSIG14 4/26/2013 2:35PM

  You are so right - it's a great day to be alive! Every day we can get up is a great day. I have a long way to go but every day is a chance to move forward. Enjoy every moment and keep that positive attitude!

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MONICA2587 4/26/2013 2:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday!

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IRONBLOSSOM 4/26/2013 2:21PM

    Great positive vibes! Love it! (And much needed today, lemme tellya)

Thanks!

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SERENAMOM45 4/26/2013 1:53PM

  Yes! There's a fabulous and interesting place called the world out there - your choice to live in and explore it in the healthy lifestyle you have committed to are a wonderful inspiration!

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SWAN47 4/26/2013 1:42PM

    You are an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing. So happy you found yourself and are enjoying life. emoticon

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WALKINGCHICK 4/26/2013 1:04PM

    You go girl! Well done! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 4/26/2013 1:01PM

    That adage that you posted is so true. It is not someone else's responsibility to make changes for us!

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KACEYSW 4/26/2013 12:32PM

    Thank you for the uplift! Have a fabulous day!!!

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ABUFFKIN 4/26/2013 12:01PM

    So glad that you turned your life around!! You really are an amazing, inspirational person and I am confident that you will get to where you want to be. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AJDOVER1 4/26/2013 11:49AM

    You're an amazing woman!
Attitude is everything!

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LYNCHD05 4/26/2013 11:00AM

    This is one of the best blogs I have read in a long time. This is what Sparks is really all about......saving lives. And the best part is your are doing it on your own. It amazes me how easily doctors push surgery for people. It is very scary think about that.
I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished.
Well written!

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/26/2013 10:30AM

    Happy Birthday & Woo Hoo--YAY YOU! :)

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MOMOSG 4/26/2013 10:23AM

    Great story - thanks for sharing that.

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IDICEM 4/26/2013 10:15AM

  Great journey! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 4/26/2013 10:11AM

    HEY LADY RIDE ON THE HARLEY AND FEEL THE FREEDOM. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY. YOU TOO WILL OVERCOME THIS RUT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 4/26/2013 9:54AM

    I can so relate to the old fat chick. Turning 50 pushed me to be at least the thin chick. Family health issues are big in my family too, but I have no symptoms of having any of their health problems.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/26/2013 9:46AM

    This is definitely a woo hoo blog!!!

thank you :o)

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REJOHNSON3 4/26/2013 9:41AM

    Congratulations on all of your efforts to get healthy! And this is not easy. I started on this journey over three years ago with SPARKPEOPLE and it has worked for me. I had lost over 65 pounds. The last six months have been a struggle to maintain my loss but have my annual physical and everything is so good. I plan to ride as long as I am able to and be physically healthy and able. I am now over 73 and my wife is over 70 and she rides her Ultra Classic Limited too. We love riding. And we are planning the journey to Milwaukee in August for the 110th Anniversary party. Maybe we will see you there.

Again, congratulations and keep working at it too.

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JOANNE_LEE 4/26/2013 9:39AM

    What a wonderful post! Thank you. emoticon

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BSLMKH1954 4/26/2013 9:33AM

    I am 59 years old and I am where you were 2 years ago. It Is nice to know that I will find my way if I just don't give up. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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GILLEYGURL 4/26/2013 9:28AM

    Good for you! I am also 48 and i do think this is the new 28. Keep up the good work


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GILLEYGURL 4/26/2013 9:27AM

    Good for you! I am also 48 and i do think this is the new 28. Keep up the good work


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EJOY-EVELYN 4/26/2013 9:27AM

    What a great read. Your testimony to good health is such a great middle to your life's biography. Kep up the great work you've begun.

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KANDOLAKER 4/26/2013 9:24AM

    Congratulations - and thanks for being such a great inspiration!!

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NIKKIJ55 4/26/2013 9:16AM

    Wonderful job!!

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ROBERTAUP 4/26/2013 9:09AM

    Good job.

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