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It's a Miracle

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I've never "blogged" before...but perhaps it will help me on my journey. I'm not sure, but it's worth a try. I have been working at weight loss for over 26 years now. Oh, I lose the weight just fine by exercising and eating right. But I also have lived two lives. The virtuous one...and the opposite one (as far as weight loss is concerned). For years I have teetered through these two lifestyles. It has taken me years to really understand that I ate in response to various emotions; thus, the yo-yo diet perfection that I attained. I hit my highest weight of 225 years ago. I have been able to maintain 170-190 for several years now. Something happened recently that has propelled me to a whole new level in this battle. I think I got mad at all the "restrictions" that I supposedly should live after my breast cancer diagnosis in May of 2010 this past May and June. I was up to 195 before I stopped and realized that I was eating emotionally. Gads! Will I not ever learn???? At least that was my thought in early July 2011. I gathered up my strength and went into the Fitness Director's Office where I volunteer once a week and asked her for help. I told her that I would like her to train me two days a week on my upper body to start with. I started doing this the following Tuesday. Talk about hard. YIKES!!! I now understood why people sometimes vomit or cry when exercising. Sweat was dripping off of me and my face is beet red by the time I am finished. She gives me a real good workout. I wasn't doing much cardio at this point but eventually, thanks to SparkPeople philosophy, I decided that I was successful if I exercised 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. I took it slow for me (remember I have been at this quite some time). The momentum started pushing me into better and better workouts. People at the gym noticed how hard I was working and would compliment me. That felt really good and provided some motivation for me too. The weight is coming off slowly---a trigger that would usually get me to eat the wrong type of foods. But I am not succombing to that attitude this time! I know it will come off if I do the right things. But here's the miracle. I had a procedure done on my foot last Friday. The doctor doesn't want me exercising for a week and I will see him again in three weeks. My normal self would not exercise at all for the whole 3 weeks so that I guaranteed my foot would heal. Not this time. On Tuesday I warmed up on a recumbant type bike with arm peddles (left foot carefully placed on the floor). I then told my trainer about the restrictions I had. I worked out with her without putting weight on my left foot! I would have never in a zillion years done this before!!! I am so pleased with this behavior that I can hardly express my delight! I think it has finally clicked in my head AND HEART that consistency in healthy habits is the answer. I have known this for years...but unable to embrace the concept fully. Perhaps by blogging about my journey now I will encourage even more healthy habits.
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  • LINDAJ0621
    Good for you!!! Yes, blogging does get easier the more you do it. But, most importantly, way to go on getting that exercise in with an obstacle in your way!
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    3546 days ago
    I know blogging has helped me; it was hard at first, but the more you blog, the easier it gets.
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