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2/5/11 1:34 P

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Thanks for sharing your story about your mother. I can empathize with you because my mother is the same age and facing similar health problems. She was over 300 pounds for most of my childhood and adolescence. When I was in college, she lost 100 pounds with Weight Watchers and then gained it all back. She had laproscopic surgery about 10 years, lost 120 pounds and has mostly kept it off - by not eating. I really worry about her, but have come to the realization that I can't do anything about her lifestyle choices. I can, however, do something about mine.

Your decision to avoid your mother's health issues really resonated with me. It's a major motivator for me, too. Good luck with your journey!

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1/18/11 10:18 A

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I am so sorry to hear about your mother and all her health issues. I am pleased to hear that you are finding strength within that to help farther you along towards your own goals, though.

Perhaps you could ask her doctor what you can do to help her, if anything? Even if she says NO every day you could offer to walk with her around the house. She may be angry and resentful at any suggestions at this point, but there's a place in her that knows your father is only talking to her about it because he cares. Extra warm thoughts going his way!

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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. (F. Douglass)


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1/18/11 9:24 A

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I have been lacking motivation since i started this endeavor, but I realize today that this is a life style change, and I'm the one who has chosen to change my life. I have watched my mother battle with her weight all her life, (for as long as I can remember) and it seems that at 73 years of age she has given up.
After numerous angioplasties, insertion of a recent pace maker, and COPD, she appears to have given up. We went on a cruise and she was in a wheel chair with an oxygen tank. She was not feeling well, and was lethargic and tired. With the abundance of good food, she ate very little. Afterward we found out that she needed a blood transfusion. Something which she had declined when she had the pace maker inserted six weeks prior. The pace maker was inserted as a precautionary measure in case her heart were to go into defib, as her heart is only working at 30%. I'm no doctor, but I think that if she were more active, her heart would be stronger. She is 4'11, and weights probably 200lbs plus at the age of 73. Yesterday her hemoglobin was 6.2 where it should be at 11+, her blood sugar very low, because she has no appetite. She was hospitalized last night for a blood transfusion. I speak with my father in regards to mother and her health, about getting more active. My father tells me that Mother tells him to go to hell, when he tries to talk to her about her activity level which is non-existant, and her eating habits. She just doesn't want to listen. She sits in her chair and has chosen to give up. Perhaps there is something undiagnosed, that causes her to not want to try, but it has instilled in me motivation.
I want to have a wonderful life and retirement. One not restricted because I chose to make bad choices as far as my fitness and eating choices. I want to be able to rock climb as 73, or at least be able to go on a cruise and enjoy my family. I'm very sad right now, I love my mother and have not given up on her.
I only hope and pray that I can help her to help herself. But I can learn from this. Life is all about choices, and today I chose to eat properly, and to fit some exercise in my schedule, no matter how tired or busy I am, because I want to enjoy my life and family to the fullest for a very long time.

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1/15/11 7:23 P

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1/15/11 5:49 P

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I am so glad to have great sparkbuddies. Yesterday was not a great day for me emotionally. I learned something important about myself yesterday. I am an emotional eater. I am learning how not to so influenced by what others say or do but on yesterday someone did something indirectly that really set my afternoon in a spin. It would have pushed to binge but I recognized the relationship between what my emotions and eating for the first time. I came home and pushed on to the gym even though I did not want to. Today has been a great day and I am glad that survived yesterday. Thanks for all of the great support that I read here.

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1/5/11 12:11 A

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Thank you for helping me do this thing!! Lopezea I appreciate your kindness.

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1/4/11 9:41 P

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Keep those good thoughts coming ladies!

"A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." -- William Shedd


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1/4/11 12:02 P

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good for you 1EMMA!
One good decision at a time, one day at a time, and pretty soon you're there! I believe in you--this is your year and now is your time.

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1/4/11 8:06 A

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My goal today is to get through the day, work my plan and to swim/lift weights. I have a bad back and have to work around that. I hope to get surgery this year. I'd really like to weigh less than 200 consistently. I've weighed above it for so long - since my third child who is now in high school and I know not to rush because if I rush I will just gain it back. Anyway looking forward to taking better care of myself and spreading the spark. emoticon

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1/2/11 6:56 A

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wow thats excellent advice :D thank you sooo much :D we can all do it :D BRING IT ON!! emoticon

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1/2/11 1:09 A

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I totally agree!!!! Let us all Bring IT in 2011!




Do your best and forget the rest!!!!
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1/1/11 8:11 P

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The way i think about it is why shouldn't you be the healthiest, hottest, best version of you? You know its possible! Being lean and feeling sexy is achievable! but there is one really hard thing thats standing in your way... YOU! Need motivation? Just imagine yourself in your ideal body, really picture it, and tell yourself that it is possible, and commit yourself in every way to getting it. And im not talking one week and then your back on the couch, MAKE the change. its a new year, new beginning and a fresh start to get your dream body. I know you can do it! Together we can all help eachother reach our goals :)

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1/1/11 1:09 P

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im in need of motivation :)

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11/30/10 6:52 P

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Post here if you are in need of support or motivation. We all can help each other.




Do your best and forget the rest!!!!
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