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Beginning---in the Middle

Friday, May 02, 2014

I am a four year veteran of Spark People. In my first year I was guns afire, losing 70 pounds and working out every day. Then came hip replacement surgery.6 dislocated hips and 4 more hip surgeries. Then came several brushes with death due to asthma and massive doses of intravenous steroids. The weight came back....inertia, pain, medicines all took their toll.

Last year I tried the "EAt to Live" diet and lost 25 pounds....of the seventy five I'd gained. But the recipes were expensive and difficult and VERY time consuming. I couldn't keep it up --especially since I got no support at home....And the 25 came back along with another 25...so I now need to lose at least 100 pounds to get back to a healthy weight... Yesterday's MD visit summary had my BMI on it . 40.25. I've never been in the forties before. So I've decided. I need to regain control.

Yesterday I filled out my shopping delivery list from the Spark People diet. Tomorrow is the first day. Beginning with Lunch as my groceries will be here by then. And exercise. My breathing is horrible. I don't know whether I have lung disease from the medicines I take for the RA or whether it is my horrific asthma back for a visit. I overcame my breathing issues once before by walking...a tiny bit further each day. But right now my lungs are so bad I wouldn't feel comfortable wiht the risk of being outside away from my nebulizer and the phone and a place to sit down...

I asked for a DVD for mother's day, "TAi Chi for people with Arthritis"...I'll bet it is also good for people with asthma. I will give it a go. I have also been doing some strength exercises which get me gasping as well...Wall pushups, lifting two pound weights, leg lifts, calf raises on steps. If I can develop some muscle that will burn a bit more fat and calories.....if I can lose some inches....If I can eat right and stop eating out so much....

I feel a niggle of hope. I really just have to get serious.
And I will.
And I am.
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    Well said, Linda. Restaurant foods can be MUCH higher in calories than they seem. The first time I looked up nutrition info online, after eating a restaurant's little cup of Tomato Basil soup (sounds healthy, right?) as a starter, I was shocked to find out it had like 350 calories and loads of fat. Since then I look online before ordering!

    It is easier to eat healthily at home.

    You can do it, Cynthia, as you said, one day (meal) at a time! Eat the kind of healthy, quick & easy, delicious food you love. Eat small, planned treats mindfully. And reward yourself (non-food) when you do something right.

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  • _LINDA
    I remember so clearly when you took up that walking -seemed like a miracle! But it is true the stronger you can make yourself, the more chance you have of tolerating and fighting off your health issues.
    The problem with a fad diet you have found -if its too complex and requires too much work you can never stick with it. That is why Sparkpeople emphasizes normal foods -just eating real portions, not the super size ones we are used to. Stuff we can easily get off the shelf. One conflicting statement here -you find buying your own food expensive and yet can afford to eat out all the time? That is the most expensive thing you can do! Even the so called discount fast food chains are getting expensive. Certainly I can buy a whole day's food for one of their meals! Not to mention the high calorie, high sodium oversized portions you get there. Eating out is the one thing that derails many a person's good intentions to eat healthy. Even salads are not a sure thing. My sister's daughter couldn't believe her taco salad explosion from Chili's was 1300 calories -she ended up only eating half... Calories you can ill afford when you are struggling to get even minor exercise..
    I am a little surprised you have never been given breathing exercises to help make your lungs stronger. Tai Chi and yoga would teach disciplined breathing. Increasing your lung capacity should be mandatory. Hopefully you will be able to handle this DVD, that you can perform it well enough. Relaxing and calming yourself is also great for your well being.
    You can do this. You know you can! Doing wall pushups with a shoulder replacement?? That is amazing! See what you can do when you put your mind to it!
    Stronger you -stronger mentally and physically!
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    2330 days ago
    Praying for you and I know you can do this. One small change at a time consistently will make a difference. The chair exercises are great.

    2330 days ago
  • PGHP31CK
    I know that you can and that you WILL succeed! Praying for you and cheering you on!

    2331 days ago
    P.S. -- If you lose a few L B's emoticon it might help your asthma a lot.
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    You go girl!! They say make one small change at a time and in 4 weeks it becomes a habit.
    emoticon So enjoy your healthy food. Maybe aim for more veggies. SP has SO MANY (mostly) healthy recipes. (Some by members not so much.) I have collected some into recipe collections which are public on SP... you're welcome to search for my favorites or make you can make your own collections.

    2331 days ago
    Don't forget the chair exercise videos. I really like Coach Nicole's spark videos. I hope things improve for you. Hugs, Laurel emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 5/2/2014 4:20:50 PM
    There is always hope! Glad you feel it! My workout buddy started to have breathing/lung issues about a year ago. She is no longer able to meet me at the Y to walk the track or do spin class, but we meet up and go sit in the warm water pool and do some fluttering and pool exercises once a week. She brings her portable oxygen tank with her and sits it behind her on the ledge. Believe it or not the last time we went, she left the oxygen tank in her locker and we went without it.

    You can do it! I am right here on this path with you. I know this path leads to some wonderful places..... so come on, one foot in front of the other...... we WILL get there!!!

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    2331 days ago
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