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I think I finally hit rock bottom

Monday, November 11, 2013

emoticon I have heard that you have to hit your lowest point before you will actually do something to turn things around. I think I finally found my lowest point. The one that has motivated me to get going and stay going.

A few weeks ago I went to a play with my family. I couldn't keep up. I couldn't walk from the car to the theater, my husband had to drop me off at the door and then go park the car. I couldn't walk up the ramp to the second floor where our seats were. I had to stop and rest several times on the way. I was so worn out by the time I sat down I couldn't breath for 10 minutes.

Our grandson was with us and I couldn't even start to keep up with him. He was so fun to watch. I wanted to walk around with him and be part of what was going on but all I could do was sit in my seat and watch.

emoticon I spent the evening fighting tears as we watched the play. At the end of the play my husband had to go get the car and come pick me up. We couldn't even walk to the car together.

This seems to have been my lowest point. I started setting goals that weekend and haven't stopped. I seem to finally have found the motivation I needed to get busy. I want to be able to be active with my family and be part of what they are doing rather than just sitting watching everyone else play and have fun.

I have been tracking my meals in a notebook. Hopefully will convert to Spark People tracking once I get things going a little better. I got rid of all soda pop - just water, and lots of it. Once in a while I treat myself to some juice or flavored drink with lots of ice. I started exercising. All I can do is walk from the house to the road and back, but at least it's a beginning. Next goal is to go up and down my stairs at least once a day. I haven't seen my basement for over 3 months.

I'm slowly working changing eating habits. Healthier food and snacks. I have a long, long way to go but at least I think I'm finally headed in the right direction.

I'm not consistent with blogging or recording things on Spark people. I am so grateful for the web site and all the encouragement that I can find here. I have read and re-read articles and blogs for ideas and support. I love it here. This is a wonderful place to find help and ideas.

emoticon Thank you to everyone that shares and offers encouragement to those of us who are slow learners and shy about talking.

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    A couple more comments:)

    Stretch for five minutes before and after your walk to the street. Pay attention to stretching your lower legs and hips. It will help you do better and make a better workout.

    find a place with just one "step-like" change. Go up and then down that one step ten times with each leg. That will get you stronger before you tackle the stairs to the basement.

    You can do this! I know you can XO Sharon
    1532 days ago
    I am right with you on the exercise. Today I was able to walk a quarter of a mile. n I was thrilled. We can do this. emoticon
    1533 days ago
    I had so many days like that when I was obese. I feel your pain and remember it well. For me, the big differences came when I ADDED nutrition to my diet. Then the junk kind of fell away. The second thing that helped me start losing was stretching in bed. I still stretch in bed when I first wake up and before I go to sleep. It helps with your breathing, agility and stress. I hope you will try it.

    When my son was seven, I took him to Disneyland and had to sit on benches while he played and went on rides. Your story makes me relive that horrid day. He was so grateful to finally go to Disney and i was ready to cry for the whole time.

    I know you can turn this around like I did. Don't give up and keep on Sparking. Good luck!
    1533 days ago
    I can totally relate as I continue to 'learn' I am a VERY slow learner.
    The one thing that is finally sinking in: Every day is emoticon and we can do with it what we will.
    I know you will do emoticon and healthy things!
    1533 days ago
  • KRISTINL032011
    Way to go! Very inspiring! emoticon
    1534 days ago
  • LOOD1962
    I applaud you on your decision to change your lifestyle and reclaim your health. Going slow and making short term goals is the best way to start. Keep up the good work. I know you will succeed.
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    1534 days ago
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