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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.
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    I hope your friend can do what she needs to do to turn her situation around. It can be difficult watching people we love go through something so challenging and difficult. It's up to us to use the experience to gain wisdom and motivation to move forward. It sound like you're doing that.

    On another note . . . we'd love to see you over at the QuickFire Challenge team. We've been posting some new daily challenges and you might enjoy them.

    Have a great day!
    491 days ago
    First of all, I'm glad you've been given that 2nd chance @ life. And I am sorry for your friends health news, BUT this could be life saving for her if she takes measures to improve her health. I hope she will! At least she's going to her Dr. and getting guidance. That's a good 1st step.
    491 days ago
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    I hope your friend finally decides to follow her doctor's suggestions and then checks in with SP or some kind of support group. We all need all the help we can get to be healthy and change our lifestyles when we need to.
    492 days ago
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