Day 12... Motivated to succeed
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Last night, I received some shocking (yet not so shocking) news from a very good friend of mine who I've known for 20+ years.
As mentioned, I was shocked... But not shocked. The reason why is because my friend is a ticking time bomb when it comes to her health. She weighs in at 375 lbs. and through the years has developed numerous health issues... Some more severe than others. Yet, she never made an effort to try to lose weight, always blaming her weight on her thyroid problem & medications. Although she does in fact have a thyroid problem, her biggest problem is her eating habits & lack of physical activity. She's the type who doesn't like to cook & instead either eats out, orders in (delivery), or eats nothing but convenient, pre-packaged foods @ home. She snacks several times at day on candy and / or cookies & drinks 4 gallons of 2% milk weekly (by herself).
Well, all that is about to rapidly change as she's now going to be fighting for her life. Yesterday, she found out from her endocrinologist that not only is her pancreas failing, she's also diabetic. Today, she called her primary doctor to schedule an appointment to discuss necessary lifestyle changes & if there's a connection between the diabetes & her 'other' health problems (mainly her auto immune disorder).
For the 1st time ever, I was able to talk to her about SparkPeople... And she actually listened as I logged in and showed her some of the things the site has to offer (i.e. tracking logs, health related articles, fitness videos, etc.). When I was done & logged out, she thanked me for showing the site to her, but said she has to talk with her doctor 1st to develop a 'starting point' to determine the foods she should be eating, what exercises would benefit her most, etc. I got the impression she'll consider SparkPeople after talking with her doctor.
But, how does this effect me personally? Well, seeing my friend continue to gain weight through the years and develop all her health issues has been my motivation to change my own lifestyle & lose the weight.
Being diagnosed with stage 4 Cancer three weeks after turning 39, was scary enough. Yet I went through the chemo, radiation & numerous surgeries. It's been 3 1/2 years & I'm still Cancer free. I was given a 2nd chance to live. If possible, I never want to be in another health related situation where my life is on the line... And I will do everything I can to prevent it from happening.