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Think About Why You Started

Friday, August 16, 2013

Think about why you started....I have found that I need to think of this every day because it's what spurs me on to continue down this journey that I'm on. I know that my very own personal story and reason for starting to get desperate to lose weight is so close to my heart that it's hard to write down and hard to think about because it hurts me at the same time of spurring me into action. Back in February of 2010, my dear sister passed away from complications with diabetes. I realized then that I was headed in the same direction if I didn't start to change right then and there. I was starting to get some of the same symptoms that she passed away from. I loved her with all my heart and always will. It hurts me so to not have her around any more and yet I know that she could've taken better care of herself and it's like her life can teach me how to rise about it all and be a better healthier person because of this sorrow. This happening can either make or break me. Well, I choose that it will make me because I can already feel myself changing into a healthier, more vibrant human being with being more alive to all and everyone around me. So with every day, I will think about why I started and this will form me to be the best that I can be.

Karen emoticon

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BETONME2 10/19/2013 8:22AM

    Great post. emoticon

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COASTAL6 10/15/2013 8:09AM

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Have a great week, I'm rooting for you! emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/21/2013 1:52AM

    She is smiling down on you from Heaven, cheering you on. emoticon

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CAROLMAID 9/3/2013 8:30PM

    Wonderful way to honor your sister, Karen! I know you are making her proud! You are one of the sweetest people I know...even tho I've never met you in person it's just there! It comes out! Really Nice blog...such heartfelt sharing. More power to you my friend. Hugs!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 8/29/2013 10:44AM

    So your sister did pass away from, at least the side-effects of, obesity, since diabetes can sometimes be controlled with weight. Very sad indeed. We were all headed down this same road. May your dear sister rest in peace, and I bet she is looking down from Heaven on you, proud that you are changing and getting healthy!

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CTUPTON 8/21/2013 7:54AM

    Thanks for sharing that. chris

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KIKIMAV 8/17/2013 8:32PM

    That was a beautiful post! I am sorry for your loss, but I am also proud of you for doing your best to honor her memory and your gift of life! emoticon

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PAULA-ZARYA 8/17/2013 3:53PM

    It so hard hard to lose a sister and I am sure she would be proud of you. You honour her with your healthy lifestyle choices.
You Inspire me to keep on track as life is so very precious. You are one amazing Lady. emoticon

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MARLINDA5 8/17/2013 2:48PM

    Your sister is with you on your journey (in your heart).

Thank you for sharing this with us.

You are doing great :) emoticon

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    Thank you for being brave and sharing something private and painful with us.

Consider how much dedication and determination you have put forth to accomplish all that you've done so far.

You know I wish much success on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be!

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    Your sister would be proud of you. emoticon

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    I'm sorry to hear about your sister.
I have a sister with diabetes also and I wish she would read this blog. I worry about her future. I have tried to get her interested in Spark people but she says she doesn't have time for it. You can't force it on people.
It will be her 60th birthday next week and I am sending her a copy of the Spark Solution. Maybe that will Spark something in her.
I am so proud of you for taking control and striving to be healthy.

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THINRONNA 8/16/2013 3:04PM

    This is such a wonderful blog! I am so sorry to read of your loss though. Clearly your sister was a great person who had a great impact on your life. She would be so very pleased to know that you are working so hard and have come so far towards health and vibrancy! I am very glad you decided to take your health matters into your won hands and that through this I get to know you! Thank you for sharing this part of your story today. emoticon

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KIMPY225 8/16/2013 2:57PM

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. Sometimes we do have to stop and think about what is the best for us even if it isn't easy! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 8/16/2013 2:39PM

    So sorry for your loss :( You are honoring her memory by trying to live a healthier lifestyle so you don't have the same thing happen to you. You are an inspiration to all that follow you! Its good to remind yourself every now and then why you are doing it. A reality check when things get tough and you feel like throwing in the towel!
Well done! Keep up the great work!!
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GRACEOMALLEY 8/16/2013 2:04PM

    I am sorry for your loss, but so pleased for you that you chose to make it a positive influence in your future life. I am sure your sister is looking down and is pleased to know you are improving your health and your life as a result of what you learned from her misfortunes. As they say, there is nothing wrong with making a mistake, as long as you learn from it.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 8/16/2013 2:03PM

    emoticon I can see your sister smiling from heaven. You are doing her proud!

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CIZETHEDAY124 8/16/2013 1:40PM

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P.S. - I'm sorry for the loss of your sister.

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JANISMKW 8/16/2013 1:22PM

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Dear Karen,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss of your sister. I lost my youngest sister to melanoma (and my other sister had it too) so I can identify with your grief and also changed my behavior to avoid the same disease.
It is a great idea to look back at where we have come from, why we were spurred in this direction, and congratulate ourselves for how far we've come so far.
Fondly, Janis

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ANGRITTER 8/16/2013 1:22PM

    Oh Karen! I am so sorry about your sister, but her legacy to you is making sure you stay healthy. And you know she is cheering you on about that Beetle!

I remember starting because I had quit smoking and realized for once that I wasn't ready to lay down and die either. Before that, I was ready to go... take me out of this rat race of a world. But I have been blessed with getting my disability so I CAN live at this moment and get myself to where I can take care of myself again.

What we lose is often what pushes up on. You lost your sister, but you've also lost a lot of the unhealthy thoughts and way you used to eat. You now strive to be the best you that there is, and your hubby is funny and loves you so much. You have a wonderful life to live for and that is truly the gift your sister left for you.

Hugs to you, Wonder Woman! emoticon

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 8/16/2013 1:21PM

    Thanks for sharing! Sorry about your lost... (Hugs) I lost my sister too, and she gives me wings in so many ways!
This past week has been a setback for me and my body is feeling it! Thinking about why you started is a great suggestion to keep us moving forward for a healthier life!
Have a great weekend... You can do it!

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DEDICATED2HIM 8/16/2013 1:14PM

    Karen you have come quite a distance in your pursuit of a healthy body ---Not only should you think why started;;;;think over your journey and how far you've come and how heartbreaking it would be to go backwards; Congratulate yourself and own your progress...You are great!! Own it.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/16/2013 1:01PM

    Thanks for sharing. Wonderful idea... now why didn't I think of that.

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