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It's Like I'm Learning to Walk Again

Saturday, December 22, 2012

No, losing weight and getting healthy isn't the same as undergoing a trial or tragedy, but it can certainly feel like one. I've been dealing with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromayalgia for about 15 years. The fatigue was nearly crippling for me. Not that I couldn't literally walk, but I quit my job, moved from my family to a warmer climate, saw doctor after doctor all of whom always told me I needed to lose weight but could not tell me how. All the while my health was getting worse and the pounds kept piling on. I was so buried under I can'ts I really was starting to believe I couldn't. I had been active in the past and knew the right foods to eat. But, despite all my efforts it appeared nothing, and I mean nothing would work for me. Well, I'm now excited to say I'm feeling differently. Starting out with small goals, sticking to them and the tracking is really working for me. I started by just drinking the eight glasses of water every day. Then I started doing the 9-minute SparkPeople video. (Because I didn't have the energy to stand.) Amazingly that created more energy and I started walking 10 minutes per day. Now, I'm up to 30 minutes and I've added the 15-minute SparkPeople Qi Gong video which I do twice a week in the evening alternating with strength training with elastic bands or dumbells. Plus, I also do a 30-minute yoga class after work once a week. I am proud to say I have lost my first 10 pounds and I'm feeling better. I'm taking baby steps and I feel I'm getting stronger. My desire to lose weight and get healthy is no long a mere wish without a way to achieve it. It resonates deep within and puts a whole new perspective on what I believe. Yep. I'm learning to walk again. I was surprised to see the difference in this pic of me I took a few short weeks ago and one I took yesterday. Can you see it? Tired vs. Energized
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    You are a real inspiration to me! I, too, have fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue, and I have seen myself grow "doughier" and weaker over the years. Your success with small steps is a great motivator for me. Thank you for sharing your story. And congratulations on moving forward!
    249 days ago

    emoticon oh my goodness, what an inspiration you are. I've added you as my friend, hope that's ok with you, and will return often to read your words. please keep in touch. emoticon

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    Congratulations, I think a lot of people suffer from the symptoms you describe and this will give them hope and encouragement. Good luck on your journey :) emoticon
    1919 days ago
    That's a terrific difference! You're doing great!
    1927 days ago
    You're making great progress! 3 yrs. ago I could do so much and now I'm starting over and it's much more difficult! I know, however, that if I stick with it I will be able to do more each day. emoticon
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    emoticon I am so happy for you and your accomplishments. emoticon
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    how inspiring! Great job! emoticon
    1934 days ago
    These small steps make big differences! Congratulations on your start! emoticon
    1935 days ago
    I am so happy for you - happy for your determination! You are a go getter and not a quitter. My daughter has Fibro and I believe I have the Fatigue Syndrome (7 yrs), but with me is comes and goes from a week at a time to a month and then lets up. I am much better this year - taking B12 500 and Magnesium 250 am and pm (Magnesium especially helps) which seems to comfort my body a lot from what I call 'skin pain', tingles all the time and you know, like your flesh hurts when someone touches you. That all goes away on the Magnesium. But, being a Diabetic, the weight loss is very difficult since I am on Insulin. I am in control, but it is a struggle not to eat all those carbs.

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    In the meantime, keep on do'in what cha do'in! Happy New Year to you...LI sends you a wave!!!
    1938 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/28/2012 10:03:54 AM
    Yes I can see a difference, so glad you are able to Spark on despite your health issues emoticon
    1943 days ago

    Those small changes can add up and make a huge difference to our lives! I think it's particularly important for many of us that we keep in mind we aren't in a competition with anyone else... I sometimes feel rather inadequate because I rarely walk faster than 2.5 mph, while it seems that "everyone else" is doing 15-minute miles -- LOL. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm doing a lot better than I was 3 months ago, and no matter how fast or far someone else is walking, running or whatever, it isn't helping me -- but doing my own walking definitely is! I'm very glad it's working for both of us!

    1944 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss! Keep pushing! You can do it!
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