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Pre-challenge Assignment#2--Why?!?

Monday, May 06, 2013

This is my fourth challenge, and they have all proven to be extremely helpful and motivating to me. I have met my goal in the previous three (although the last time, I just barely squeaked in under the wire, definitely have to up my game this round.) I have come to love my Cats Team generally and all its members specifically. I have no one in my real life to offer support and accountability, but I have my Cats in my virtual SparkLife--and who couldn't use some support and accountability?
I had two big wake-up calls:
(1) I discovered that I could not walk around the block without huffing. That means I had reached what I call "the Point of No Return" when you have gained too much weight to be able to do the exercise that it takes to lose the weight that keeps you from exercising. Fortunately, I exaggerate, since it is actually the Point of Painful, Slow, and Difficult Return" but that takes longer to type.
(2) I was present when a friend about my same size was injured in a slip and fall and I overheard bystanders commiserating over the poor EMT's who had to lift her onto the gurney. Now I'm at an age when it is inevitable that someone is going to have to lift me--either EMT's or pallbearers or both , and I figured I owed it to the sweet things to be a normal size.
Now, "what things will you be able to do with a slimmer, healthier body?"
I find my best motivator for exercise is to start training for the Zombie Apocalypse. You need to be slim, strong, and fit to run to the hills carrying the most ammo and food while the zombies are distracted catching the slower, punier ones.
Now, thanks to Sparkpeople and the 5% Challenges I regularly walk 3-4 miles without huffing, I now wouldn't be any harder to load into an ambulance than your average healthy young man, and I ain't 'fraid of no zombies.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
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    I was just on a gurney last week and it doesn't matter what you weigh, this is not fun for them or you! Another good reason to lighten up. And escaping the Zombies is another motivator. Sounds like you are making progress on all fronts. Keep at it. emoticon
    1839 days ago
    proud of you and glad to be a member of your team!
    1839 days ago
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    You have a great way of putting into words what is only thoughts for most people. I have thought of the paramedics trying to lift me on a gurney and I want to stop thinking about that.
    But maybe it will be easier if I think of my losing weight as helping someone else instead of helping me. I have that caregiving gene that pokes up whenever someone else needs help. Maybe thinking of those paramedics or pallbearers will get me on the road to a lighter me so they won't have such a difficult job.

    Thanks for a great blog. emoticon
    1840 days ago
    Congratulations on your accomplishments! I never really thought about losing weight in quite that light but now that you mention it----------------------!
    1840 days ago
    Yes, I remember starting Spark and huffing around the block. I have also known an obese person who fell frequently in their own homes, always needing two people to get them off the floor, but did not respond to the wake up call (as far as candy and ice cream goes). I'm so glad you did listen to the call. The body does heal. I just got back from a walk of over two hours with no heavy breathing. emoticon to both of us.
    1840 days ago
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