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Done with Losing Weight

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I want to be thinner. That has a much more active sound to it than I want to lose weight, which even just the sound of it seems depressing! I am hopeful that this little change in vocabulary will help me to feel something lighter and bouncier in my step.

What good thing happened to me today? I caught myself. Literally,..Right when I nearly toppled down the slate staircase, I caught myself and I was able to yank myself to a seated position and avoid taking a header face first down the flight of steps.

Man, that was a scary moment. There was likely some bruises or broken bones for me if I had taken that tumble. I got up (not without difficulty) and climbed up the few steps and went down the hall and took the elevator. I figured better to arrive a couple of minutes late for the meeting, then to not arrive at all. Oy!

I felt shaken up like I wanted to go cry somewhere for a moment (it did scare me), but I soldiered on and went to my meeting. Geez, louise. I need to become much steadier on my feet. IT'S a DRAG!!!!

So here I go in my quest to be thinner. Hope you are making positive changes and putting your own spin on things!

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    So scary! I just read this today--a little late. I had a fall nearly 2 years ago that left me totally dependent. I sprained one knee, broke the other and messed up one shoulder. As a result, I couldn't drive for 14 months and couldn't walk more than 10 feet without help from my husband. It sent me into a downward spiral emotionally to the point where I was ready to go into a motorized wheelchair and just give up. But I guess we have to hit bottom before we can get well. After some introspection and a lot of support from my dear husband, I decided it was finally time to get serious about losing the weight. That was 102 lbs. ago--August 2011. There are still many ups and downs, but I'm now able to walk again (no cane or walker either!), and drive (my little Buick was too hard for me to get in and out of, so my dear husband bought me a new Kia Soul for Christmas last year) and I'm finally able to exercise. I started trying to do 5 minutes a day (many days I couldn't even do that), and now am up to 20 min. a day for sure and am adding a little bit at least once a week. These baby steps are paying off. I'm making healthy food choices most of the time and watching the portion sizes. I've added a lot of fruits and veggies that weren't part of my diet before. And I am LOVING the compliments and support from friends--especially those who haven't seen me for awhile. I had to lose about 75 lbs. before anybody could notice, but now I get compliments a lot. Still have a long way to go, but I won't give up--my Spark friends keep me motivated. That fall was a disaster, but in another way, it was the blessing that I needed to 'get real' with myself about getting healthy again. I'm glad you didn't fall. I hope you can continue the journey to being healthy without such a drastic turning point. Hang in there. Together we CAN do it!
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    1739 days ago
  • _KATHY
    Wow! What a scare. We just have to be so careful and thoughtful doing any task it seems. I'm glad you were able to catch yourself. That in it's self says something about your increased mobility and agility. I also like the idea of becoming more active rather than wanting to lose weight.
    1744 days ago
    I like that thinking. I have reframed my weight loss. I am releasing weight, off it goes to frolick somewhere else not near me. And I am careful not to say I gained weight, it is not a positive thing! And I never regained it, if I put on some extra fat, it is NEW fat, not the old fat hanging around waiting to climb back aboard.
    Funny, but somehow it makes a difference.

    Good job on saving yourself from that fall, keep working on your balance and functional fitness and it won't nearly happen again.
    1744 days ago
    I tripped and fell a few weeks back at work. I did not report the fall.
    Hurt my hip, still has not healed, walking with a limp.
    We have to take extra good care of ourselves in our quest to be thinner.
    I am so happy your blog was not about bruises and broken bones.
    1745 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    As someone below has said, "Sane eating is the key". I'm glad you avoided the fall -- doesn't bear thinking about. All we can do is take steps to improve our health in whatever way we can: eat a little more healthily, move a little more ... we'll feel better along the way.
    1745 days ago
    Glad you didn't fall down. emoticon
    1745 days ago
    Your title certainly caught me off guard!

    I like framing my goals using the most affirmative words possible. Perhaps you could even say "I will be thinner!". I believe you will be!
    1745 days ago
    Glad you caught yourself and didn't get hurt!! You can do it!!
    1745 days ago
    changing your thoughts is another step toward your goal...glad you weren't hurt. You rock!!!! :)
    1745 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Plus, I know I weighed a bit more several years ago, but was exercising vigorously consistently, and I know I was smaller. That's my next step, to get back to that.
    1745 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    I gave up losing weight or even being thinner, but committed to consistent moderate, sane eating 40 months ago. I have specific guidelines, but even they offer me leeway. I want to feel vital most of the time, so do little overeating. Lost 20% of my weight! But sane eating is the core. emoticon
    1745 days ago
    I want to make healthy choices!

    I'm glad you didn't fall ... But applaud that you were on the steps! Hope you can continue to walk, not ride, from one floor to the next!
    1745 days ago
  • LWADE1963
    Glad you are doing good now.

    Sometimes just a change in wording helps you focus better. How bout I want to be healthier? Then, you will be thinner.
    1745 days ago
    EEk.. glad you caught yourself!
    I like that positive spin on want to be thinner vs lose weight..
    Also try "want to be more active" or just plain.. 'want to move more'.
    Have a great day!!!
    1745 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am so happy that you caught yourself. Less than 2 years ago I fell down a staircase causing many broken bones. The worst was a broken shoulder which led me to have a shoulder replacement. I will never be able to use that arm at full rotation.

    I am so happy for you. I wish you much success on your journey. emoticon emoticon
    1745 days ago
    It is no fun falling down stairs been there and done that I was completely bruised down one side.
    1745 days ago
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