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Friday, January 10, 2014

How did I get here?

I have never been skinny and I come from a family who is larger and always cooked to show love. Then came my blocked artery in 1993. They could not sew the leg back together, so they had to "granulate the tissue and do a skin graft". I was not eating enough calories and slowing the healing process, so they sent in a nutritionist to up my calories and I began to heal. They had me on 3500 calories a day and after 12 weeks, I gained 80 pounds. Left the hospital, not being able to get around on my own, 6 months of PT and a walking limit of 200 feet. Needless to say the weight kept beginning to grow.

In 1994 I went back in with another blockage in my artery and we were back in surgery and again the same thing only I did not gain as much weight, but still could barely walk and so many limits.

I did not feel sorry for myself, but I did take too much enjoyment out of eating because there was not much for me to do....sitting around watching TV and unable to walk around even in my house.

I began living by some very bad eating habits and along with buying a business and all of the added stress I began to pack on even more pounds.

I have the tools and the knowledge to do what I need to do, I just need to willpower to stick with it.

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  • REENSKI
    You have a lot of limits Lorie-but a lot of determination too.
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    2677 days ago
  • ROBYNROSE26
    I also know what I need to do, but can't seem to stick with it either!

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    2680 days ago
  • SGTSUNNY
    emoticon I have faith in you! you can do this! emoticon
    2680 days ago
  • -ICANDOIT-
    We are sisters on this mission!
    We need thinner bodies but BIG FAT STRONG SPIRITS!
    Let's do this- we have struggled lone enough!! emoticon
    2680 days ago
  • WHITNEY0814
    Lorie thank you for sharing what happened! I think we all struggle with willpower. I know I do. I go through phases. I've noticed that the more motivation I put up the better.
    I hope you find something that helps!!
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    2680 days ago
  • no profile photo 1127DONNA
    Hi Lorie,
    I just joined SparkPeople, so I don't really have any points yet. But I started Weight Watchers this week because I need to get a handle on my weight and well-being too. In 2009 I lost 50 lbs after a couple surgeries and a diagnosis of GERD. However, by 2011 I had gained most of it back. I then went on the HCG diet in 2012 and lost the 50 lbs, again. However, after HCG, and several major life changes, in 2013 I gained all 50 lbs back!!!
    I realize now that I am a VERY emotional eater, and need to get a handle not only on that, but also implement an eating lifestyle that I can live with --- one that is not so unrealistically limited. So that is why I chose Weight Watchers, and after only one day, I can say that I already feel better. I don't know what tools you are using but I wish you much success in 2014 towards wellness and health. You can do it! I believe I can do it, too, but I realize it is hard work to make such a big change. But it will be worth it, right??? emoticon
    Donna
    2680 days ago
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