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6 Month Reboot; Contact with long-lost Friend

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Six months ago, I was fed up with my weight gain and lack of fitness. (Previously, I had lost quite a bit of weight using NoS, but I regained much of it after a couple of tough years of injury and illness). And I decided to make a change. I joined WeightWatchers and started tracking my food. I certainly wasn’t perfect, but I was energized, motivated, and made some major changes. Here is a summary of my re-boot journey so far:

As of this morning, I have lost 29 pounds. emoticon

I lost 2 inches around my waist and hips. My tummy and thighs are smaller too. My face is thinner.

I bought clothes one size smaller – those are starting to be too loose on me too! emoticon

I have more energy for hiking and exercise. I can keep up with my friends. emoticon

I am eating healthier, and cravings for sweets/unhealthy foods are reduced. emoticon

Acid reflux/GERD is reduced by over 90%. emoticon

I tried many new recipes, food products and meals to keep eating interesting and varied.

All in all, I am very pleased with my journey. I have made progress!! I have lost all the weight I regained, plus another 10 pounds. I know I still have a long way to go; I would like to lose another 39 pounds. I will be continuing on with WW, and continuing with SparkPeople for support and motivation. And I am still following many of the principles of NoS.

Just over six months ago

Last week

My SIL called me to let me know a casual friend (Dee) from a long time ago (when I lived in California) was very ill, and Dee's sister was hoping to track down my friend KC to let her know. I didn’t expect Dee to remember me or want to talk to me, since it had been over 25 years since we had last talked (we lost touch after she relocated to Texas due to a job transfer). But I reached KC, and KC called me after she reached out to Dee to say Dee really WOULD like to hear from me again. Dee is in hospice with Stage 4 cancer (originally breast cancer; now also in her colon), and she is on oxycodone and morphine for pain. (Despite the many problems our society has with narcotics, they are a true blessing for keeping terminally ill patients comfortable). Dee is still lively and delightful during short conversations. She is grateful that she traveled so much while she could, and that she gained a whole new circle of friends while mastering bridge. I am really glad we talked, and I will call her again. I guess this is a reminder to stay in touch and value friends while we can. And I am glad that Dee was focused on all her past fun activities and good friends.

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    Sad to hear about Dee. Glad you were able to talk with her.
    Congrats on your progress! You inspire me! I've been in a slump myself! Just fed up with myself after gaining 20 pounds of my 103 pounds I originally lost. The fall/ surgery just totally threw me off.
    I've been letting the heat & humidity keep me from my walks recently too. And here you are out there all this summer doing way more than I ever have. You rock! emoticon emoticon

    92 days ago
    Connections are essential. When we moved from Quebec, I lost touch with nearly everyone.
    109 days ago
    You are doing such an emoticon job, Alison. Good for you.

    Old friends are gold. When I had to be admitted to the hospital after my heart went crazy right before my procedure on Wednesday, and I was diagnosed with A-FIB, I had to spend the night and well into Thursday. My college roommate emailed me at home and Ken told her what had happened and that I was in the hospital. She came to the hospital and spent the entire evening with me. We even had several laughs remembering the "Old" days. Now that is a true friend.
    116 days ago
    What a lovely opportunity to reconnect with an old friend. I am sure she really appreciated it.

    You are doing so well with WW. Keep up the great work.
    116 days ago
    congratulations on the weight loss !!
    I am happy you & your past friend reconnected life is so short we never know what could happen to ayone of us.
    last Sunday my husbands cousin she was 47 went to a baby shower & her husbands ex wife came in unannounced & beat her. She had sever asthma. this brought on an attack the stress of the lady hurting her. She died right there at the shower.We went to her viewing last night it was awful her daughter ready to have a baby, her sisters & Mother devasted never having the last chance to say I love you.
    I am doing intermitten fasting for my weight it is working for me,but I must start walking again.
    take care ( Judy )
    117 days ago
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    You are making wonderful progress in the weight department emoticon BUT even more important are the numerous benefits that you are experiencing in the health and energy areas as a result! emoticon
    117 days ago
    emoticon on your progress hun emoticon

    Happy that you reconnected.

    Have a great week hun emoticon
    117 days ago
    Congrats on your amazing progress; I’m glad you reconnected w/an old friend tho’ sad to hear of her terminal diagnosis. Surprisingly enough, my friend Janis (home hospice) is doing better!
    117 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your friend; very happy for you that you reconnected. Congrats on your progress.
    117 days ago
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