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Yesterday is a Memory. Today is My Tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

When I was in this shape and for the next year even after losing over 100 pounds I need these items to get around.
This little sturdy walker was the one I put by the tub to help me get out without falling.
It was compact, folded up, didn't have wheels , so no worry about it rolling out from my grasp.
I used this larger walker, with front wheel and sliders in back to get around the house. I could put something in a bag and hang it on the handles if I need to move something around.
I would also use it to get myself out to my car and then leave it propped up by the car port. Then if I only had myself or a bag to get back into the house it was there for me. I figured if someone took it, I was only out $15.00. Got it at the GW.
It too folded up and I could take it with me.
Which I did until I got my Cadillac of walkers. This is Big Bertha. It hold 500 lbs. Has heavy duty wheels, a basket, brakes, folds up.

Since I was way over the weight limit of 250 lbs for the regular sized walker , I had to get this one. This was my ticket to freedom.
I usually only went to a store that had the electric carts for customers to use.
I could get into the store with one of my light weight walkers or use a handy store cart to lean on and help me walk.
Of course I had a selection of canes too. In a pinch the cane would get me 50 feet or so.
The black cane is all dolled up with ribbon and crystals hanging from the handle.
I was going to a dressy function on 11/6/10 and need to style. You know me and my need to look stylish. My weight was down to 235 lbs by this time.
The flowered cane folds up, so I can carry it in a bag.
I have another metal cane in my car. I don't need them now but it's handy to reach something in the back of my van.

But even with these aids I was still limited where I could go.
I could only stand for a minute. My knees and back hurt so bad, I would have tears in my eyes. I was on pain pills.
In time as I lost weight I didn't feel so depend on the walkers.
I could get back and forth to the car with a cane.
But Big Bertha was still my ride to freedom. At least with that "baby" I could get around and go places that were not possible before. I would push myself around , then sit when my knees hurt .
I could even go to the thrift store and sit and push myself with my feet down the aisle looking at items.
When I felt like I was ready to start walking outside, it was my trusty big walker that I depended on .
I would walk as far as I could then sit and catch my breath . Or rest and pray that my knees would stop hurting.
Sometimes people would stop their car and ask if I need help.
I guess its not everyday one sees a large heavy women sitting in a walker on the sidewalk.
When I first started venturing out I couldn't go far. I remember when I made the first block without sitting down. I felt like I had accomplished such a monumental task.
Everyday I tried to do a little more. Maybe it was only 1/2 a block. Then a full block. Then it was up a hill. The blocks added up.
This reminds me of what I felt a I struggled to do more.
Last year on 4/19/11, I had my right knee replaced.
While in the hospital I used a walker.
My son in law came to pick me up. He brought Big Bertha for me to use.
We went to Walmart , I had to pick up in person my pain pills. I didn't want to get the walker out so I used a store cart to get in and fortunate there was a electric cart to use.
When I got home I used the walker to get into the house.
Once in my home I used the smaller one to help me for the first week. Then I used a cane and put the walkers away. Only using Big Bertha as I need too.

On 11/19/11 I had the left knee replaced. Again I used the walker in the hospital.
Told my son in law don't bother with the big walker, just bring the little one , I can manage. That day was the last time I depended on walkers to get around.
I still used a cane a little, till my knee healed up.
The smaller walkers are in storage. Big Bertha is folded up in the corner.
I am keeping them, for who know what the future will bring.

All I use now to get around are good walking shoes.

My dog, Titan is my walking buddy. We are on a streak of 117 days of a mile walk . We have walked in the snow, rain, sleet, some sun. He is always ready to go . He has to just see me put on my walking shoes and he's at the closet door, where his harness and leash are kept.

I prefer to do my workouts in the morning. This saying might have something to do with my reasoning. No really after I workout in the morning, I feel elated, like I am on top of the world. It energizes me.

My apartment pool is handy for when I can't get to the gym.

Add the weights and gloves to increase te intensity and my endurance.

Besides the pool for great cardio aerobics workouts, I circuit train.
Using a multitude of machine, and free weights at my gym.

I have came a long way since the day , 12/24/2009, that obese photo of me was taken.
Sometimes I am even surprised by the accomplishments have been able to achieve.
Yesterday I said Tomorrow. . Today is my Tomorrow.
You never know what you are capable of doing unless you try.
I wake up with motivation and go to bed with satisfaction.

I don't rely on finding time to work exercise into my day. I plan everything else around my exercise time.
I know it's not easy, but if there's a will there's a way.

Challenge yourself each day to go one more step. Do one more weight lift. Add 5 minutes to your workout. Go the extra distance.
It's day three of this week and I have already logged in 650 fitness minutes.
Of course I did spend 6 hours doing beach clean up on Sunday. This is a high number even for me.
It's not about the number of minutes itself. It's the good you are doing your body in exercising.
Whether 10 minutes or 4 hours. Just do the best you can as often as you can and your body will thank you for it.

Thought for today." Shut out all your past, except that which will help you weather your tomorrows." William Olsen.
Take care
Stay positive.
Believe you can and you will.
Peace and Love,
Titan and I getting ready to walk on a cold day.
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  • MILLIE5522
    Inspirational! emoticon
    2178 days ago
    Those aches and pains and struggles are always a challenge but knowing that you are doing everything to overcome them rather than contribute has to be rewarding. Thank you so much for sharing. You are an inspiration.
    2178 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Oh, Tisha, I got chills reading this blog. Love the photos, LOVE the sayings (especially the one about being "one workout away from a good mood"), and love the wisdom and hope you so freely share. I am happy to tell you my emoticon and I put in an hour on the trails this morning - running (he is way faster than me ; ) and walking and hiking and just moving. It is a blessing. One of my reasons for exercising is sheer gratitude that I can MOVE. You are A M A Z I N G.
    2183 days ago
  • SUE_2U
    Fabulous! You are so svelte! Whooo hooo!
    Thank you so much for posting this. You are absolutely an inspiration to those of us who are still stuck at 300+. You did it. So can I. So WILL I. Thank you!

    And thanks for your kind words. Yes wheat can cause so many problems. And shellfish. I am glad your allergies were found. My doctors don't seem to be too interested in such things. I'll figure it out anyway. :D

    You Spark On, Tisha!
    2183 days ago
  • BETHV10
    Thanks for such words of wisdom!
    2184 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Thanks for the "shot in the arm" of motivation, Tisha! I'm currently on a plateau, and I'm hoping that your words of wisdom will spur me on!
    2188 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Tisha, you truly give me the inspiration to continue on my journey and not give up.
    You are just amazing and you are my age, I will be 70 in August and I know if you can do it at this age so can I. Your Titan is a real trooper. He is staying healthy with you. He is so adorable. You so deserve all the good things that are coming to you now after all your hard work and determination. Have a wonderful, enjoyable and healthy week-end! emoticon emoticon June
    2188 days ago
    YOU were the first one to give me the inspiration to KEEP ON! I treasure your blogs, your honesty, your talk of the road you have trudged and your persistence! You are AMAZING! Keep posting on here for those of us who are following behind!
    2188 days ago
    I have an assortment of appliances like this too from when I was in bad shape - crutches, canes, a wheel chair, a walker, 2 electric carts. It's nice that they are not in use as you well know. And one of the greatest beneficiaries is Titan who gets more exercise. You are a fantastic friend and an inspiration to us all.
    2189 days ago
    Your blogs are so inspiring, your spirit and positive attitude are contageous! I love hearing your stories, your walks with Titan, and everything in between.
    2190 days ago
    Thanks for another inspiring blog and congratulations on your success!
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    2190 days ago
    Tisha, this world is a better place because you're in it:) emoticon emoticon
    2190 days ago
    Just a fantastic blog, Tisha!
    I love the messages, you and Titan!
    You look fabuous! And your attitude, motivation and YOU are such an inspiration!
    Thank you for the time you took to write such an important piece!
    Love & Hugs!
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    2190 days ago
    Looking at the pictures of you,and the assorted "items" you needed/used/ in the
    early days of your Journey to get around...This makes your success story absolutely emoticon You have (no doubt) inspired and motivated many folks to keep on going,and to not give up!You give us hope,wisdom and encouragemet in
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    2190 days ago
    What a great blog. You have done so well and have such a great attitude. You have much to be proud of and can inspire many of us. Keep inspiring us with your shiny attitude towards life and all it can be.
    2190 days ago
  • VICIOUS421
    What you have done is AWESOME!!!!! You truly Inspire me!!!!!!!!
    2190 days ago
    Hi Tisha, I really enjoyed your Blog. It is so full of life and encouragement.
    Thank you for helping us stay focused!

    Hugs, Gail
    2190 days ago
    Tisha, this is my new top-favourite of your best blogs, and they are TERRIFIC! So utterly inspiring. Bless you for your honesty, wisdom and encouragement of others: you are a Class A Lady all the way.
    2190 days ago
    I love it ... I love your story! You give me hope that my mother can overcome and become more independent! Thanks you for sharing your incredible adventure ... You have my heartfelt respect!
    2190 days ago
    Wonderful blog Tish--loved all the pictures and the words say it all! You ROCK!
    2190 days ago
    2190 days ago
    Tisha. Your blogs get better and better every time. Just when I think this is the best blog ever, you write a new and better one.
    Today's blog had a special meaning for me. I sluffed off my walk today because it is hard to do. Thanks to you, I know that tomorrow my walk will happen and the tomorrow after that and so on.
    Thanks for being the most inspiring person I know. I hate to bring up age, but knowing you are a senior has special meaning for me. It proves that it is never to late to lose and be thin and have fun.
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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    2190 days ago
    Great story. great support, from the walker, from family and the dog. great inspiration from you to all of us. Its hard to read all this and not move on ourselves,
    2190 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon you ALWAYS inspire me Tisha emoticon I agree that exercise elevates one's mood and if you start the day off right it's bound to end on a good note emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    2190 days ago
    Fantastic! What a great inspiration you are, and what a wonderful blog you put together for us! Thank you!

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  • JILL313
    I love your encouraging and inspiring blog. You are so awesome and put your "heart and soul" into getting active again. God Bless You for Spreading the "Message" than it has and can be done by others. I can honestly relate only too well to your Journey. I admire you so much. Continue to think. look and be Young.

    Hugs & Love,

    2190 days ago
    Fantastic blog! You are definitely an inspiration to all of us!
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    2190 days ago
    You continue to inspire so many of us!!!! I hope you appreciate you as much as I appreciate you!!
    2190 days ago
  • TMW54812
    You are da bomb, lady! Your blog always inspires me to do more. Thank you! emoticon
    2190 days ago
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