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50 lb Down

Monday, April 13, 2020

I've done it. I've done what I had tried frantically to do for YEARS. I've lost 50 lbs. Such a composed, casual statement. One would never know the mental gyrations, the pain that robbed my appetite. The heartache I felt with every glance into the mirror or at the face of the scale. There were times when I wanted to quit. "It's not possible and I'm not even sure that it is worth the struggle."

Then came Coach Beth and her enthusiasm for every pound lost made happenstance into celebration. I began to think maybe. Just MAYBE it might be possible. Emergency surgery and a long hospital stay in severe pain, erased my appetite completely. I didn't eat a bite of food for 7 or 8 days. And I lost over 12 lbs. I was afraid, when I got home, that I would lose that bit of ground I'd gained in the fight to lose. But Beth gave me hope and told me not to believe that...to fight to maintain my new lower weight. Not only did I not lose it; I lost 6 more pounds on top of it.

All this is without a stitch of exercise (well I did go to rehab after my hip replacement. But my feet and ankles and shoulders and elbows are so painful that they didn't push me to do a lot. I did some simple mat exercises and walked the halls with a walker - but not far.

So take heart. If you are disabled and cannot exercise, weight loss is still possible. However I have to warn you...you will be floppy and flabby as you lose. In 2010-11 I lost 70 lb and worked out like a maniac even with a new hip that kept dislocating. I lost the weight and nothing on me was flabby except for a small roll on my low abdomen. But now i have almost every joint in my body is being rapidly destroyed by my autoimmune disease and nothing can withhold weight or motion. So it is what it is.

NOW for the fun part. I've decided on my reward for the 50 lost pounds. (portable : DVD/CD player) A friend offered to pay half of it so for very little $, I will have a way to play my CD and DVD collection.
Now. ONWARD weight loss....we are NOT THERE YET!
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