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3/11/18 10:26 P

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If you need someone to push you to keep from dying an early have problems....sorry to say

You need to see a dietician..but the jist of it processed snacks...not even 1 cookie

Fuel your body with real food...fruits...vegetables...legumes...nuts....and for meat eaters, very lean cuts of meat and fish

No deli cold sausage

And don't kill yourself with exercise just yet

And finally...getting healthy takes forget the diet shakes...fasting...jenny craig...etc

Best wishes to you

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1/23/18 12:48 P

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I am glad that you've recovered from your asthma attack. I'm sure it must have been pretty scary. But you're okay now. You have to remember that you were strong enough to to survive the attack. You're strong enough to lose weight and learn to live a healthier lifestyle. It wont be easy. But with some patience and hard work, you will be able to work down that list of things you'd like to accomplish.

It's situations like this that make us aware of how precious our lives are. We can take them for granted.

My advice ? Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. if the only healthy thing you do for yourself today is drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year.

Learn to take baby steps, literally and figuratively.

Start with your doctor. Your doctor may have given you some guidelines as far as what you can do for exercise (with your asthma) and what you should be eating because of any medications. Did your doctor give you any information ? If not, it's okay to ask.

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1/23/18 3:14 A

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Sometimes we need a good boot in the rear end to make us realize that not only do we need to change our lifestyle, but we need to actively do something to change to a healthier one.

Make good use of the tools on SP, particularly the Nutrition Tracker.

I also strongly suggest that you ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. He/she will be able to help you to do this safely and to take into account any other medical conditions you may have. Also ask about exercise. It might be advisable to ask for a referral to a Physiotherapist too, to ensure that what you DO do is safe for you and that know how to do them properly. I was referred to a Physiotherapist who teaches (qualified to) Pilates. It was only a small class but if others were doing something that wasn't advised for me re arthritis and scoliosis, and balance issues, she would give me an alternative way to work the same muscles, as well as making adjustments to my position as and when needed.

Keep in contact on the message boards because this is how you will get some real good, ongoing support.

Good luck,

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1/22/18 11:23 P

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Wow. So glad you recovered. You're a great writer - I was on he edge of my seat reading your post!

Even the journey to the moon required the astronauts to travel the first 5 other words, no matter what the destination or how far, it all starts with one step.

I heartily recommend looking up Indygirl's blogs. I just printed out the one linked below and taped it to my work space.

If others can do it, by golly so can you! Anyone who writes like you do, and paints, and drives a stick can so do this. I promise you.

Remember it all starts in your head first. Get positive there, and get going. You may not be where you want to be right now, but you're getting there.

1/22/18 10:34 P

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I've always had issues with my weight... and tried... failed... mostly failed. But there was this evil, rather convincing voice that was always telling me... "Your not that bad... it's only a number... you move well for an obese, middle aged woman"... "tomorrow is a good day to start".

Last week... I almost died. Not from heart failure... which is what I've kind of expected for years... but because my ashma got so far out of hand... I could not breath. For days people kept asking if I was okay... and to prove I was, I pushed myself harder and harder at work... knowing full well that I have been sick for over a month now... until I landed up in the E.R. with a 4 day stay.

I really wasn't bothered by being close to dying... I was to focused on which moment was the most humiliating... beyond not being able to breath... having to wear two gowns just to cover myself... having them call extra men to transfer me into and out of the ambulance... being moved into a room with an extra large hospital bed... never getting an accurate blood pressure because the cuff didn't fit right... and the list goes on... when the morbid thought "how many men will it take to carry my coffin" screamed through the thousand other thoughts trying to get my attention... I knew that, if I lived through those moments, I needed to change my life.

So... here I am... once again... making another attempt... I have become so accustomed to failing... I don't have a fear of it... it just becomes easier not to try... I need this to work... I need to be pushed by some tough people... those who are willing to body block me when I try to turn back...

I promised my oldest grandson that I'd teach him to drive a stick... how cool of grandmother am I that I know how to drive a stick... I have to be there to teach him in 4 years... I still have to paint that master piece... I still have to complete at least three more children's books for my grandchildren... I want to go on a ride in a hot air balloon... I want to go hiking with my brother before we are both to old to climb the patio steps ... and learn to tango... I got plans... it is time I start working on them.

I almost lost my chance for a tomorrow...

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