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Friday, October 11, 2013

I am happy to say I made it through an Insanity DVD Wednesday and one of the newest Firm DVDs today. In spite of an Achilles tendon ache behind my right heel and labored panting which sounded like the whole neighborhood could here, I am very happy to say I didn't give up.

I was once in pretty good shape, but as many of you know, life has a way of sneaking its way into the best laid plans of keeping it up.

The most inspiring thing I realize is that it's never too late to start anew. When I first began my own 'road not taken', I was the size I currently am. (after childbirth). Never did I think I would muddle through during my early 50s on this same path.

Because I am such a driven woman, I am fighting something new, not just being overweight.

I'm battling PTSD and this is no joke.

The times I had been temporarily knocked off the beaten path was because of physical injuries (rotator cuff, herniated disc in my back, skin grafts) but never because of major depression. My ego is not happy with this, but who's to say this cannot happen to any body under any type of situation?

What I'd come to understand is not many a person knows what to say if you confide this. Oftentimes it is with a clumsy, mostly awkward mumbling of "you will be OK" that is offered with a limp pat on the shoulder. I had also discovered, to my disappointment, is when other problems occur alongside it (my temporary separation), friends let you down. I have lost a few along the way, and after prayer and meditation, I see it was the best thing for me. I don't need dead weight to heal.

I encourage anyone who is suffering from any type of emotional weight is to discuss this with your doctor. Next, GET UP AND MOVE! Sure, you may have put on weight, perhaps because you haven't been motivated to move or due to prescribed meds (which can be a two-edged sword). An easy walk, a few moments on a recumbent bike can definitely make you feel much better as you go step by step towards a newer you.

My age group is disappointed because it take a harder push to get the job done, but it can be done. You just have to set your mind to it, along with eating mindfully. Also, encouraging friends and joining like-minded people who have the same goals make all the difference.
(Yawn). If you'll excuse me, let me get some water and grab a nap! emoticon

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    I didn't know you before, but just wanted to say Welcome Back! Congrats on completin the first Insanity DVD!
    1593 days ago
    Just came across your blog post thru mutual SparkFriend Settimia - this is great!

    I appreciate the motivation - I think I, too, have some PTSD symptoms courtesy of nasty divorce/custody battles/continuing conflict. I know exercise is the best medicine for me as I creak up from the couch ;-)

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    1593 days ago

    Yes, I too, suffered for many years with PTSD. Because of a relationship actually. It took many years for the nightmares to end.

    Your a strong woman and you will get through this.

    1593 days ago
    HI emoticon




    1593 days ago
  • TREV1964
    They say you become the people you hang about with so hanging about in here with like minded people will see you eventually achieve everything you want to achieve. It never happens fast enough for any of us but it is happening - just hold in there and be rest assured that I am walking this journey aside of you chasing my goals too and we will all get there eventually.

    I and many others are with you all the way.


    1627 days ago
    Great blog. emoticon I have been on SP for awhile now and still have not reached my goal. I don't believe everything has to do with age, but what I do believe is that when a person has not been active for awhile, at whatever age, the beginning phase is always the most difficult and also, especially for women, after age 35, strength training, building/maintaining muscle and taking a realistic look at the nutritional side of things, is key to losing weight efficiently.

    There are so many men and women at 50+ who are fit and are a testament that age is just a number! Examples like Tony Horton (creator of P90X) age 50+; there is a woman in the Chalean Extreme workout who is 60+; body builder, Ernestine “Ernie” Shepherd (75 years old), started weight lifting at 55 years http://ernestineshepherd.net/?page_
    id=2... and many people on SP like MARVELOUS50S,who started strength training and competed at 54 years old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.a
    sp?id=MARVELOUS50S... these people inspire and motivate me.

    I have limitations myself. After breast cancer, I developed truncal lymphedema (swelling/pain in chest/back) and have fatigue from time to time from the treatments. I have found that for me, cutting carbs helps me to lose weight/inches, however, I have to be more consistent and patient. I am also in that category, and have gone through menopause (surgical) in 2009, but this has not prevented me from losing weight. I lost weight last year a couple of times, by eating right and exercising, however, I fell off my plan and this time around it seems more difficult for me to lose, but it's not because of age, it is more because of my yo-yo dieting and metabolism. I am not going to get discouraged because quitting is not an option... and you are not a quitter. Stay encouraged emoticon and know that emoticon emoticon ~ Dee emoticon
    1629 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/3/2013 2:15:27 AM
    I can't believe a woman of our age can finish an insanity workout! You must be in awesome shape! Keep up the good work Lionessa! You ROAR!!!!!
    1648 days ago
    Glad to see you are back at it ! I can't begin to understand what you are going through with the PTSD, but I certainly understand the challenges of losing weight in our age group ! Looking forward to hearing about your continued progress and success ! We are here to help and support !
    1650 days ago
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