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Monday, November 28, 2011

Terry Gladstone October 27, 1949-November 6, 2011

I try to keep these blog posts light-hearted and fun because being overweight and trying to lose weight is often not fun or funny. This post however, is not light-hearted and it is very hard for me to write. On November 6th at 12:55am I lost my mom to cancer. My mom was beautiful and amazing and my best friend. She battled cancer for 2 1/2 years before finally giving herself over to the fact that this was not going to end in survival. She died surrounded by family and love.

I had lost 20 pounds by September 30th and since have gained back 8 pounds. Today I made myself get back on the scale and face the music. I decided that today was the day. The day that I was either going to use my mom's passing as an excuse to continue bad eating behaviors or the day that I was going to use my mom's passing as an excuse to lose weight.

For someone like me, who stress eats, it was very easy to come up with excuses to eat badly after she passed. On top of that people bring you tons of food when a family member passes and not exactly healthy foods. We had boxes of doughnuts and cakes and cookies galore. I told myself I could have until Thanksgiving before I would have to worry about my diet again. Thanksgiving came and went and I told myself I could have until family left on Sunday. Sunday came and went and I told myself I would begin again on Monday. This morning I woke up and my first thought was "what fast food will I eat today" That is when I knew I had to start again, now!

I want to honor my mom by doing something really good for my life because of her. I want to honor my own family by doing all I can to stay healthy and be with them for as long as possible. I want to honor myself by meeting a goal I set for myself. I can overcome this weight, we can overcome our weight, and we will do it together.
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    My mom is fighting cancer right now and I know how very stressful it can be for all involved. Your mom would want you to be happy and the best you can be. Mom's are like that. So be sad when you have to but do what you need to be happy and healthy for yourself and in honor of your mom.

    You and your family are in my prayers tonight. I am so sorry you are going through such a difficult time.

    3172 days ago
  • KAYWEB555
    I'm now that feeling having lost my Mom 4 years ago after she battled gallbladder cancer for 7 months. She had set a goal to passover on a Holiday as did her husband. He on October 12, Columbus Day. Mom got a big one Thanksgiving Day. The date was Nov. 22. So she gets remebered twice once on the date and then again on the day that we celebrate Thanksgiving.

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you. The food is a comfort at first then all of a sudden there is no comfort from it. You have faced the brick wall and came out of the fog before another Holiday came and went. Good for YOU !

    Love that you have set goals to honor your Mom and YOurself !

    Keep blogging and telling and sharing with us all how you are doing !
    3172 days ago
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