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The Challenge of Change

Monday, March 31, 2008

You can't become what you want to become by remaining who you are.

How true. So this morning, I decided to proceed with my sixth joint replacement. What a predicament, I can't progress unless I'm willing to change. To change, I must have the courage to face my fears; pain and months of rehab. So I scheduled the surgery for July. WIth the help of my friends at SparkPeople, I can lose a few more pounds and tone up before the procedure. Having a plan empowers me.
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    I've been hanging around with the type 1 diabetics and it's been a relief to discover that there ARE other people who go through the same/similar things that I do (especially severe weight gain in type 1s - most doctors will say, "But type 1s are supposed to be thin"). When you have a somewhat rare disease (like type 1 or R.A.) with a more common counterpart (type 2 or osteo arthritis), I think everyone expects you to "get over it" (whatever it is) because you get lumped into the "common" version of the disease.

    I know knees are tough but just think about how much better you're going to feel once it's over and you start to heal. Plus, you're a pro at this by this time (sixth joint replacement!).

    Just try to avoid emotional eating before the surgery . . . remember HALT
    (hungry-angry-lonely-tired) when you reach for something to eat. The ONLY reason you should eat is because you're hungry. Easier said than done, I know, but that word has helped me a lot.
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