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A long and winding road!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nine months and 9 days ago (April 9, 2010) I joined SP to get my weight and general health under control. On my son Erik's b'day we spent some time discussing food choices for our diets, he had already lost 30 # doing his diet, and I was telling him about SP. On June 17th, two months after that dinner and Erik's 37th b'day he had a tremendous motorcycle accident which resulted in his having a traumatic brain injury TBI. Erik spent weeks in a coma, two months in an acute care facility, two more months in a rehab facility and has been home for 2 1/2 months. In the beginning when he was in the coma and in the acute care facility, I was on summer break and went swimming and did water aerobics to relieve my stress and to help me get a good workout. I was confident and feeling good. School started up again and I was still doing pretty good, walking as much as I could and when the pool was still open swimming once or twice a week. Then the pool closed, things got intense figuring out what/where and how we were going to care for Erik. The legal and the medical situations are still up in the air, but insurance would not allow Erik to stay anymore at the rehab center. I kept walking-faster and harder. Then the holidays came and I slipped up, my mother-in-law came for 10 days and cooked (not low sodium) and we did not have any home health care help for Erik. This meant limited outings, which meant I did not walk enough and I gained five pounds, then school started up again and I lost three of the five. Then the snow hit and we were trapped for five days. I shoveled snow, and did house work the first three days, I even got on the treadmill when Erik was watching TV in his room, but bordom kicked in and I baked and ate. The three pounds are back, and I have decided to join the 28 day Bootcamp. As I was working out with Coach Nicole's video Erik came and closed my office door so I would not disturb his TV. I'm glad he's better, and walking but he has no filters, and no tolerance for other's activities.
So I continue to walk this winding road, hoping and working for my goal of 136-138 in April. God willing I'll make it and Erik will be able to understand what we've been through with & for him, and that he will remember our B'day dinner discussion and notice the leaner and healthier mom.
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  • JANET552
    I think you are amazing. Each challenge teaches us something. I know you will succeed and I'm glad you are taking the time to take care of YOU.
    2680 days ago
    When I at down to read this, I was feeling whiney about not having the opportunity to really be productive or work out for long. My semester starts next week and I am unmotivated. I am home with three little ones. Being a mom always poses the challenge of balancing taking care of ourselves so we can care for our children. I feel much less lonely today and I am rooting for you and your son!! Thank you.
    2680 days ago
    You've certainly had challenging times and seem to have handled it well. Three pounds is not overwhelming and, more importantly, you have remained commited to you during a time when you could have wallowed in food!!! Inspiring to me!! The road ahead may be difficult but I have no doubt that you can do it!!
    2680 days ago
    I'll be rooting for you, Ginie! Good for you, persevering in the face of all you've been through and are going through. You didn't choose this path, but you are excelling as you travel it!
    2681 days ago
    Keep doing it for YOU, small steps will get you to your goal.
    2681 days ago
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