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Obesity Is Not Benign


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014



Today is day 9 of my streak!

I am still far from reaching my goal....but I'm also 9 days closer, and every day is a chance to get even closer. Its up to me to make the most of each day, and I am up for the challenge.

My journey originally started on March 1, 2012. At that time, I thought I would be walking a straight path from obesity to goal weight. Well, I found out the hard way that the path was NOT straight at all. There were twists and turns and bumps in the road. There were stops and starts. Sometimes I got off on the wrong road entirely. There were even times when I thought about giving up. But I hung in there because I knew that if I gave up, I would gain back all the weight, and it would eventually kill me.



Obesity is NOT benign! For so many years, I lied to myself and said that it was okay to be obese. Although I was tired all the time and hurt all over, I didn't push myself to lose the weight because I wouldn't allow myself to think of all the harm the extra pounds were causing me. I blamed the tiredness and body pains on "old age." I started doing that when I was in my 40's....which is not exactly elderly! I had high blood pressure but I didn't let that worry me, because I was taking medication for it. I blamed my high blood pressure on genetics. But my pains, exhaustion and high blood pressure were all caused by my obesity. Being obese wasn't just a matter of not looking good. Obesity really was going to cut my life short if I didn't start doing something about it.

I've tried to lose weight many times in the past, and those attempts were all about vanity. I wanted to LOOK good, plain and simple. But this time, I want to FEEL good. I want to be healthy and strong, and I want to live longer. I want to live BETTER.



Although my journey has not been perfect, I've still made progress. I managed to lose 71 pounds. Unfortunately, I did gain back 31 pounds. But I haven't given up! I'm still here, fighting for my goal, because I am worth it. I no longer have to take medication for my blood pressure. I have normal aches and pains, but they are nowhere near as intense as they used to be. I have gotten strong, and sometimes I am still amazed by the things I can do that I couldn't do before. I have discovered that I love the way I feel after a good workout...like a warrior! Each workout brings me one step closer to my goal.

I've messed up many times on my journey, and I'm sure I will mess up many more times before I reach my goal. But I am never going to give up. This journey is about saving my own life, and I know that is worth fighting for.

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LORIVIOLA 6/28/2014 8:29AM

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GRAMPIAN 6/17/2014 9:33AM

  You have the right attitude. emoticon

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NASFKAB 4/19/2014 12:21PM

  verytrue

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LOLAJO54 3/30/2014 9:16PM

    You are on the best journey of your life
never turn back never give up

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the best is yet to be

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KMRJPR 3/27/2014 2:51PM

    Pixie---you have a way with words. Somehow your posts always speak to me and always happen when I need to be reminded about something.

Thank you for another wonderful blog!

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JUNEAU2010 3/23/2014 5:23PM

    I was feeling down and failure-ish. Not making my goals but your blog tweaked my attitude! THANKS!

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BETRHO48 3/23/2014 3:22PM

    emoticon In numerous ways, this blog could have described parts of my own journey. Thanks for taking time to write it.
~Beth

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VDALE4 3/23/2014 11:18AM

    Thanks for your challenging post, Pixie, You know inside yourself that you can do it, and you will reach your goal and you WILL. We all just stop by the wayside for a short time, the most important thing is not to give up, and get with it again. emoticon

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FORTYPLUS56 3/22/2014 11:09PM

    emoticon Love the illustrations. You 'Rock!!!

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IAMLOVER2DAY 3/22/2014 8:04PM

    I don't get to this site often enough. But I'm glad I did today and read your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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SIERRAGOLD 3/22/2014 7:26PM

    I'll go on the journey with you! I'll break it up into one week and four week segments though. Otherwise it seems so far out there. In four weeks from today will be my birthday, so that's a good marker for me. I keep going up and down the same 6-10 pounds and I'm so tired of it.

I loved your blog and it's helped me change my outlook today. I got up so tired and sleepy, and have been like that all day. Now I'm going to get one of my new DVD workout videos and just do it before I eat anything.

I also liked that link you shared of researchmaniacs.com! That's a cool site. I'm sure a maniac when it comes to research, so that will be a fun site for me to look at. I'm already looking at how they figure the numbers out on a car VIN.

Have a great weekend and I'll let you know how I do. I'll be checking on you too!
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MOMMY445 3/22/2014 3:11PM

    such a great blog,Pixie! have a wonderful day!

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MONKEYMOM999 3/22/2014 11:52AM

  sounds like you are doing a great job :)

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IMEMINE1 3/22/2014 10:17AM

    emoticon Sometimes we have to be our own hero. Of course we have to take care of our hero body AND soul.
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MJEFFERSON23 3/22/2014 9:57AM

  Great blog!

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MOTHERBAGGINS 3/22/2014 12:37AM

    "Obesity is NOT benign! For so many years, I lied to myself and said that it was okay to be obese. Although I was tired all the time and hurt all over, I didn't push myself to lose the weight because I wouldn't allow myself to think of all the harm the extra pounds were causing me. I blamed the tiredness and body pains on "old age." I started doing that when I was in my 40's....which is not exactly elderly! I had high blood pressure but I didn't let that worry me, because I was taking medication for it. I blamed my high blood pressure on genetics. But my pains, exhaustion and high blood pressure were all caused by my obesity. Being obese wasn't just a matter of not looking good. Obesity really was going to cut my life short if I didn't start doing something about it." emoticon This is exactly where I am right now. Obesity is stealing my joy. I live in a shroud of shame and pain. No more! I joined SP at the end of August, since then I have lost 23 pounds, not much considering I have another 120 to lose, but they are gone - gone - and will stay gone. Thank you for this post. "Obesity is NOT benign!" emoticon

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DOILIEQUEEN 3/21/2014 11:26PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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NANCYPAT1 3/21/2014 10:09PM

    Just because something is challenging and difficult doesn't mean it isn't worth doing - you will succeed on your journey. Few journeys are a direct straight line - most have their ups and downs.

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TOKIEMOON 3/21/2014 9:01PM

    Choosing to focus on the positives, instead of beating one's self up for wrongs, is the secret to long term success. Stay positive!

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DEWAND1 3/21/2014 8:16PM

    Honesty, combined with vulnerability and a positive attitude. I enjoyed this blog very much. Thanks for sharing and God Bless You!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/21/2014 8:02PM

    Awesome Blog....it is so true....
Thankyou for taking the time to write it....
Blessings

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    emoticon Thank you for sharing! emoticon you summed it up - never give up! emoticon

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SEWISTLADY 3/21/2014 7:17PM

    You have put in this blog exactly what I needed to read today. I, too, have a lot of aches and pains and also tire easily. Since I am in my upper 60's I blame some of it on my age, but I think most of it is from being obese. I liked your comment about each day being one day closer to your goal.

Thank you for being so upfront and honest about your journey. You give us encouragement that is so important.
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BECKY0111 3/21/2014 6:18PM

    Pixie, your blogs are so inspiring, and this is one of your best. We struggle, we get knocked down, and we keep going, learning about our health and building better habits.
Keep the streak alive!

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NICKYCRANE 3/21/2014 4:23PM

    Thanks, Pixie. I note you mention putting back partnof the weight you lost matter of factly, notnas if it were a great crime. I am happy about that. You are doing what matters, getting back on Track. I am working at enjoying good food when away from home withoutmputting on too much weight...

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NAKIOMA 3/21/2014 3:42PM

    Loved the part about it not being a straight walk - even when you get there maintenance is rough..............

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JIBBIE49 3/21/2014 1:05PM

    Hugs

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DETLOFFNAC 3/21/2014 12:40PM

  Good Post

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BLISS2014 3/21/2014 12:30PM

    Hooray for you PIXIE! I love your sharing how it really is! Your "will not be defeated by this" attitude is inspiring, and just what I need to read. Thank you for hanging in there through good times and bad, WE ALL HAVE THOSE, and it always helps to know that the hard times do not have to be permanent barricades from getting to our goal! emoticon

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CHERIJ16 3/21/2014 12:26PM

    Your blogs are always so timely for me. Thanks for the hope and inspiration.

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ALADY2BE 3/21/2014 12:21PM

    What an Awesome and inspiring blog Pixie. Thanks for sharing. Keep fighting for you.

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RACEWELLWON 3/21/2014 11:54AM

    I am so glad that your human !! :) We all screw up . I once read a line from a famous writer that said " It's in the hard times that we learn to eventually pick the correct path but it also those times that make good stories to write about " Hugs K - thanks for prayers !

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    I feel the same way. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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MOIMAGGIE 3/21/2014 8:49AM

    Very inspiring. Made me think of the ways I let myself off the hook.
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    Great blog! Cheers to you. emoticon

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    nice

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  You gave me hope !

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