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10/14/13 11:55 A

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I can SO relate! I have degenerative disk disease in my lower back. Back before June of this year, I couldn't hardly do anything without being not only completely wore out but in a lot of pain. Not just my back either...my right knee would just be in horrible pain. Doing even a hand full of dishes would have me shaking from being in so much pain. Even the slightest bending over killed my back. Back when I started this journey in June...I could not even walk a block without my back and knee hurting really bad and me being out of breath really bad. Now, I am walking nearly 2 miles each and every time I walk. I even got in 3 miles one day last week...I was shocked LOL. I do still have problems with that one knee but it's not as bad. I rarely have back pain and it if is bothering me it is barely an ache. I am also sleeping better. I have lost 18.2 lbs so far.

I also joined SP several years ago and have attempted this journey numerous times and failed each time because I gave up. During those times I wouldn't really visit SP that much. I have always wonder what it was that finally clicked for other people...you know...what was that one thing that was different from all other times when they attempted to lose weight....that AH-HA moment. No doubt it is different for everyone. I thought for sure that seeing my dad pass away due to complications that were made worse by his weight would have done it. I thought for sure that my health scare last year would have done it. Then, when that didn't work, I thought the fear of me dying young and my disabled daughter not having someone to care for her would FOR SURE do it....however, none of those were the AH-HA moment for me. It was when my cousin, who I didn't get to see or talk to much did an intervention with me about my weight. She suggested surgery. Man...those words stung...not in the way that it hurt my feelings, but in the way of I knew she was right and I knew that I could not keep on with excuse after excuse. I told her my insurance wouldn't cover it and I didn't have the money to pay for it (which was all true), but when she began to tell me she could walk with me if that would help...I found myself spitting out excuse after excuse as to why it wouldn't work. I thought long and hard about that the next couple of days. It was then that I had a follow up with my doctor and what does she tell me....maybe I need to look into surgery. That was a long drive home for me....I had come to a point where 2 people in the same week felt that surgery was my only hope. My eyes were opened and I realized that "I" was holding me back. It was "MY" excuses that I used as a crutch as to why I could not do anything about my weight and health! Right then and there I kicked excuses to the curb and said enough was enough...this was unlike any of the other times that I "thought" was my AH-HA moment...this time I KNEW it was. It's like what I tell our daughter when it comes to operating her electric wheelchair...She has to do HER part and be responsible for HER actions. She won't pay attention to where she is going and tends to run into people, things or in front of cars or off embankments!! I realized I had to take my own advice...I had to start being responsible for my part and for my actions in this. Like my daughter...she always finds an excuse of why she ran into someone or something instead of just admitting she wasn't looking at where she was going. For me, in my journey to getting healthy and losing weight I realized that I can't keep making excuses. Bottom line was I wasn't eating healthy and I wasn't exercising. I didn't just start off with baby steps...I am still taking them. I am still working at swapping out the bad habits for the good ones. I have had some bad days and even a couple of bad weeks including a few small gains instead of a loss, BUT...what made those times different from before is that I didn't look at it as failing...I looked at those moments as stumbling. When I did, I just "picked myself up and continued on with my journey!" I didn't beat myself up about it. I have learned that the only time we fail is when we give up. This will be one of the hardest things for us to do, but when we just take baby steps instead of trying to instantly "run a marathon"...it helps a lot. As long as we continue to keep our eyes on what is in front of us instead of what is behind us (slip ups)...it truly makes it less stressful!

I use to worry about losing a lot of weight really fast but that was another one of my problems...I was putting the cart before the horse and when it wasn't happening like I thought it should, I became discouraged. I decided I was embracing each and every loss no matter how much it was. Yes...I know where I would like to be at and maintain but that seems so overwhelming to focus on, SO, I make 10 lb goals (as well as other ones). I am also rewarding myself for goals met; I didn't reward myself for the first 10, but I plan on rewarding for goals met here on out (10 lbs, 10%, 1/4 of the way, out of the 300s....). I know some people lose 180-200 lbs in about 2 years but I ok with the fact that it might take 5 years. I know that as long as I keep going that one day I will get there. Again…it truly is less stressful if you just focus on losing that next pound…heck…even half a pound…and rejoicing in that! I never would have thought I would be so happy to lose a quarter of a pound but since I focus on even just smaller losses it is awesome when I do!!

You can do this…take baby steps. Don’t overwhelm yourself…little changes at a time are still changes in the right direction!


Becky

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NOTE: My weight loss ticker is done up for shorter goals and once reached will change goal weight again.


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9/15/13 10:22 P

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emoticon Bonnie and emoticon for your testimony for water therapy. I've been thinking about it, my PT suggests it but I am embarrassed to be seen in a bathing suit. Maybe it is time for me to get over it! Thank you for the encouragement, albeit indirect! Have a great week! emoticon

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9/15/13 12:12 P

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Hi. I hear your pain and I have felt your pain. I have degenerative disc disease of the spine and osteoarthritis in my knees and hips. I use to cry doing dishes to where I would let them pile up and not do them. It felt like my back was a towel being wrung out. I couldn't go downstairs to see my son because my knees hurt so bad. It didn't hurt too bad going up. I became a recluse in my apartment. I live on the third floor, he lived on the second. I made him do the grocery shopping for me and run my errands. I would stay in the house for weeks on end. I finally went to the orthopedic Dr. and he sent me for physical therapy which included working out in the therapy pool. It is heated to 92 degrees. It has been my savior. I joined the Hospital for Special Care and have been working out since. I have been able to put off surgery, it has been 5 years. In 2011 I weighed 248 pounds still and was still in pain, though not as much. I got real serious and now weigh 127 pounds and still work out in the water. This month my membership is up and I am very upset that I can no longer afford it and have to give it up, at least for awhile. I have applied for hospital funds and hoping to get a scholarship. Working out in the water is good for you offers great resistance and very easy on the joints. The heated pool feels marvelous especially when you are feeling achy. Talk to your Dr. about it. Good luck to you.

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9/15/13 10:48 A

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emoticon BIGREDANGEL!

Becky


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9/15/13 6:49 A

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emoticon !! I started back on SP 1 year ago TODAY!! I have lost 94lbs!! Baby steps...I know so many don't want to hear that, but it works!! When I'd go all out on a diet, I'd fail!! Little by little change certain habits...they become easier to do, and stick to if it's gradual!! GOOD LUCK!! And if you ever need to talk, Im usually around here :)



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9/15/13 12:00 A

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emoticon and thank you for being brave enough to say you only walk at night. I don't even want to do that. Because of you I too have found out about the walking in the house video. Bless you for putting yourself out there! Blessings for your journey! emoticon

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thanks guys!! I appreciate the positive feedback. I am going to check out the walk vid's online- thanks!! What a great idea!! :)

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9/14/13 12:36 P

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Welcome! If you're not comfortable walking outside, walk inside. There are walking videos online, or you can see if your library has them. A great one to start with is Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds. She has beginner, intermediate and advanced walks.

Her 1-mile beginner walk is 15 minutes - you can do it! If you have to take a break, just hit the pause button.

Here is a link to her website - she has the beginner workout right on the site so you can try it in the privacy of your own home.

I started with the 1-mile walk years ago, now I can do the advanced 5-mile workouts.

www.walkathome.com/

Also, search the Sparkpeople website for seated exercises. You can still get your heart rate up and burn calories without doing high-impact exercises. Just click on the Articles & Videos button at the top of this screen to find them.

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9/14/13 12:25 P

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I wish you success. The fact that you're willing to walk around the block every night no matter what time it is, is a great start. I'm struggling with doing that because my legs hurt, but you have inspired me to do the walk no matter how long it takes.
Mary


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Hello, everyone! This is my 2nd time back on Spark people. I have been off for years.

I just started working from home about 1 year ago and have put on A TON of weight. I no longer exercise and now have chronic back pain. Just doing the dishes or walking around the block is a HUGE struggle and my lower back gets so tight and its very painful.

I need help. I need anyone that has started from this and has had success - please give me pointers -anything. I am only 36 years old and feel 90,

I am going to challenge myself to walk around the block every night- night so that no one can see me struggle as it takes me a long. I know I have to start NOW before I am wheelchair bound.

please help. Thanks xo

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