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Thursday, April 01, 2010

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Now that I am not waterlogged, and it is a new day, I wanted to share my random act of doing something good for someone. Perhaps it is not so random, because I really planned to do this, and I did.

There is a young lady who works for me at the library. She started as a volunteer while in high school. She has had a difficult upbringing, but is well read, and very helpful. After high school, she was hired as a library helper. She is in her early twenty's. She has a severe problem with being overweight and recently has seen a doctor about some of the surgical procedures to support weight loss. We all know what those are. Any way, she came back from one meeting, and said she got sick to her stomach during the video sessions, and could not watch.

I have spoken with her about Spark people, but she is not quite ready to get on board. She said she signed up, but I am not sure. She says she will not read the book. I bought a copy for the library any way. Perhaps she will.

In my weight loss journey I have been getting little rewards for myself that are fitness related (mostly). One of the little goodies I bought for myself was a simple clip on pedometer from a chain store.

It is not very expensive, and I clip it to my back brace. So besides my cardio work outs, and my morning stretches/physical therapy routine, I count my steps. The other day during the book sale, I logged in over 7 miles! Any way, I spoke with my young friend about the little gadget and showed it to her, and told her where to get one a few weeks ago. She never bought one.

A few days ago while on a shopping trip, I picked one up for my young friend. Today, after dealing with the water in the library (see blog water water everywhere...) basement, I surprised her. "Hey, I have a surprise for you." I handed it to her and gave her a hug. She grinned.
I showed her how to clip it on, and spoke encouragingly with her. I have known this gal almost 10 years! She was my first teen volunteer. She has grown considerably over the years. She tried it out, and went to get the books from the book drop and counted her steps. I told her, hey, it's not much, but it can help you to count the little bit and feel good about moving.

She opened up to me and said she had lost about 25 lbs a few years ago, but then went on a vacation and gained a bunch back, and never got her momentum to try again. She said her mother belittles her and yells at her. My friend told me at that time she was over 300 lbs. That tells me she is way more than that now. I told her that even if she just does a little bit here and there it counts. Go to a store and walk around. Take a few steps, move around.
She said " A book store?"
I said, "Sure! And award yourself a book when you lose your first pound or two."
She then continued to open up to me, and I to her.
I told her "Hey, I am over 50, past menopause, and have health problems. Losing weight is not easy for me either. You are young. You need to do something before you become pre-diabetic."
She nodded. We hugged. Then she walked across the parking lot to the far parking space where she began parking when I encouraged her last week that even just a little bit can help.

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If my friend IS on here and has found me, she may read this. I am not sure if that spark has ignited yet, but I am sure that the spark of friendship is igniting something in her heart and spirit to begin to believe in herself that she can begin this journey and that she has the support of a friend.
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