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12/27/17 8:33 A

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think of where you want to be

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12/14/17 1:43 P

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Michelle73101,

Find reasons for yourself. Don't make your motivation about others.

Even though you don't have health issues, by getting the weight off and being healthier you are less likely to have health issues occur later in life. Trust me, health issues are no fun.

I wish you luck that you can get your weight off.



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12/13/17 8:42 A

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I think we have different situations, but I can relate. There isn't necessarily a health reason for me to lose weight, and just about everything in my life is exactly where I've wanted it to be for a long time. And I am happy. I've only got a small amount of weight to lose, and I have been struggling to find the motivation.

When I first started to lose weight and get healthy, there was a lot of motivation and a lot of things I wanted to change. Now, there are only brief moments where my desire for weight loss outweighs the happiness I currently feel in my life. But I still want to get rid of these extra pounds.

I'm trying to find motivation by journaling about those moments, and keeping them at the front of my mind when I think, "oh a little more chocolate/oatmeal/almonds/tortilla chips won't kill me!" Of course they won't, but do I want to change my weight?? YES! So I can't let myself get derailed.

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12/11/17 2:50 P

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I used to not hardly be able to get around. Got to where I couldn't even cook anymore. Couldn't go grocery shopping. It was a struggle just to get up to go to the bathroom. My cough was horrible. Had trouble sleeping. When, I got admitted into the hospital my oxygen level was in the 70's.

Then once I got diagnosed and I started eating low sodium it made a huge difference. I've lost over 200 pounds. I can do stuff again. For the most part I feel like I got my life back. I still have days though that I feel like my energy level is down though. I also find I get under the weather easier (Not sure if that is due to the CHF or not). I also get cold and hot easily. My symptoms are very mild now.



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12/10/17 12:44 P

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My sister ended up in the hospital when she basically collapsed with CHF, which she had thought was a really bad case of bronchitis.... She had quite a time getting the Lasix prescription to the right amount once she was out of the hospital. When that was finally optimized, she lost water weight consistently... and improved. It took quite some time of healing before they were able to detect a very small electrical abnormality that was likely causing her heart to "underfunction" and actually causing CHF. She's had a pacemaker now for several years, and most of her issues are behind her. But she still has to watch it, adjust Lasix, make herself exercise... and has a lot of weight to lose yet. She pretty much lives a full life again now though---so is blessed in that!!

Sister in Law---a different story! A Lifelong heavy smoker until last year, her issues go much further. She has had previous heart attacks and a continued diagnosis of CHF, but continued to smoke. When she absolutely required heart surgery (which she'd put off....), she reacted badly to the anesthesia and spent six months in hospital/rehab/nursing homes. Finally at home a year ago November and on many different meds... she has almost weekly doctor appointments to monitor anti-clot therapy. I don't think she's improved much in this last year. She tires excessively easily, can't walk without a walker, is afraid of being around dogs who might knock her over (so won't visit some people), can't do much cooking, doesn't drive. It's sad to me that she doesn't work at her physical therapy or exercise ANY, even though her doctor has said her heart is strong enough after the surgery....just sits and watches TV... and so her life is pretty limited unfortunately.

I certainly hope the course of your health is much more like my sisters, and you continue to take advantage of your knowledge and interest in eating healthy and doing what exercise you can!
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12/9/17 6:47 P

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So how does CHF affect your sister and SIL?

I need to make an appointment soon.



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12/9/17 6:35 P

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I hope you will set up an appointment soon, and let your doctor know you haven't been feeling well, and about becoming somewhat depressed. Living with a chronic disease takes a lot of emotional effort, support and, sometimes, reaching out when you need to. I know its hard---but I also expect it is what you would tell someone else to do?! Keep us posted how you are doing!!
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12/9/17 5:20 P

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My motivation is that I don't want to get sick like how I used to be. I want to have energy and be able to do stuff. I don't want to be coughing all the time again and feeling horrible. I want to be healthy so I can keep my symptoms of CHF in check.

I haven't been good about keeping up with my doctor visits lately. My cardiologist hadn't been worried about me, so I've gotten laxed.

Yup, CHF is bad for doing those things. You have those days that you aren't as energetic and don't feel like doing anything. It can make me feel mildly depressed, because I wish I could just be like a normal person. Not having to worry about everything I put in my mouth. Not fearing that I will get bad symptoms again like I had 3 years ago. Wishing that I didn't tire easily.



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12/9/17 3:47 P

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"Finding something new" isn't the answer you need.... I think you will do much better to answer a different question, and go back inside yourself to your motivation:

"Why am I here on Spark...what is this Journey is important to me?"

Once you can focus on your reason, your motivation, then you can begin taking the steps to get there. Take your recent experience with being sick...and how it has made you eat and feel...and find the Lesson in that situation. Remember that its OK to repeat Lessons as often as needed--and learn different things from them.
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My other thought...are you keeping up with visits and evaluations with your doctor? My sister, and SIL, both have histories/active Congestive Heart Failure---and I know it can "take it right out of you"--all the energy, all the focus, all the joy in Life...and that leads to mild depression. So its important to keep your doctor informed of how you are doing. Its possible that a med change is in order, and that might help you feel better and get back on a better path. None of those disease symptoms are 'static'...change from how you were 6 months ago wouldn't be unusual. All the best, and keep seeking the best answers for you!!
patti

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12/2/17 2:19 P

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Cheese has been another thing too which really isn't good since I have Congestive Heart Failure. Cheese is high in sodium.



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12/2/17 2:16 P

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My problems tend to be from sweets. I crave sweet food a lot.



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12/2/17 2:14 P

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I really don't keep junk food in the house.

The foods I've been having issues with is this granola recipe and apple crisp recipe that are low in points on Weight Watchers, but I am eating way to many servings of it at a time. Frozen bananas are also an issue for me. I'll eat like 5 or 6 of them at a time. Fruit with yogurt is also a weakness lately too.

I guess I need to stop making these foods. Stop freezing bananas and stop buying yogurt.



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12/2/17 2:13 P

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Find middle ground. Doesn't matter how well you start off if you can't keep it up. So if you have to have ramen for comfort, toss a serving of vegetables in it. If you have to have chicken pot pie, put some dark leafy greens, onions, zucchini, peppers and other vegetables in it as well. Mac and cheese is great in that you can add just about any kind of vegetable to it. Look at what you are going to and find one small way to make that comfort food better for you.

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12/2/17 1:48 P

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Focus on getting better rather than exercise. Get rid of the junk food in your house or ask your family to hide it from you. Take some extra vitamins; drink soup broth

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12/2/17 1:37 P

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I was doing good with my eating and exercising but then I caught a cold that has lingered for 3 weeks. When, I feel bad I want to eat. I also didn't have energy to exercise.

I feel like all my progress has gone out the window. Each day I wake up with good intentions. Start off right, then end up messing up. I'm tired of this vicious cycle and how it makes me feel. I feel down in the dumps, because I can't stay on track with my eating.

I feel like I need something new to help get my motivation back, but I don't know what.

Any advice or help?



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