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My "why" and progress report.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

I've been reading a lot of blogs recently about why people are trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. One in particular by SHAPNUP got me to thinking about my "why." Here it is: In December of 2010 I got pneumonia. I didn't know it at the time but DH woke up and I was barely breathing and he said that was it and he took me to the ER. I remember getting dressed and that's where my memories end for a bit. When they checked me in, my 02 level was 39. They told my DH that I wasn't expected to make it but they gave it their all. I was consequently put on a ventilator for 4 days. I have brief memories of waking up and crying because I was tied down and had tubes down my throat but they are vague. Well the doctors and nurses did their jobs magnificently and God decided that I should live. I want to be healthy for a number of reasons but the first and foremost is that I believe that God saved me for a purpose and that I need to be healthy enough to carry out His will for me when He reveals it to me! My other reasons are pretty much the same as everyone else's. I want to live a longer life. I want to be in shape to keep up with the grands. I want to have a healthy BMI. Etc, etc!

Now I am very happy to report some major progress! I have started tracking my food again and I basically eat the same way each day and I am falling into my calorie range quite nicely! I have made a habit of drinking my water and not complaining. I am now working on eating my fruits and veggies each day... 5 servings of them! I haven't seen any movement on the scale and I want to get upset about it in a way but in another way, it's just a tool and I've only been back at this for about 2 1/2 months real seriously where I'm taking the time to "build" the habits instead of just trying to "jump in headfirst" and do it all at once! I tried that and had a couple of good weeks here and there but I kept getting overwhelmed by changing so much so fast. So I'm doing great in a lot of areas now!

The pain in my muscles is still there enough that I can't exercise as of yet but it hasn't been long enough for them to heal either. Compared to the pain I was feeling, it's like news from a distant country nowadays! Thank God for big blessings! The pain in my foot is .... okay it's like news from around the house! LOL! but it's only 3 days and a wake up until I see the foot doctor and get the ball rolling on finding out what's causing it and what I need to do about it! I'm feeling the blessings there too! I will get to exercise as soon as I can. Impatient as I am, I want to wait and do it when it won't damage my body enough to put me "on the bench" for another block of time!

Because it's March and the month for St. Paddy's Day Here's this for you:

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    That is a great Why, we are here cheering you on! emoticon
    1516 days ago
    ☘️How inspiring☘️
    1524 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10410805
    Loved reading your blog. Hang in there; we'll both make it.
    1527 days ago
    So very proud of you for getting back to basics! You got this! Hope you get good news from your foot doctor.
    1529 days ago
  • TANYA168
    Thank you for sharing your why! It is so important for us to find our why - to keep us committed on this journey. You attitude is awesome and your persistence in achieving your goals are inspiring. Woo Hoo! I am cheering you on!!!!!

    1530 days ago
    OH my goodness. OH MY GOODNESS. Such challenges you've overcome. I am so proud of you!
    1530 days ago
    Thanks for the share. You've come a long way since then. You've come a long way just this year. You will continue to do well, I KNOW IT! ((((HUGS))) and continued prayers.
    1530 days ago
    You have faced significant challenges and you are still here. You have realized that 2 1/2 months is not really that long on a journey like this. Your determination, patience and attitude to go a long way toward reaching your goal.
    Stay connected. Follow doctor's orders. The program works.
    1531 days ago
  • TAMIP62
    That is scary for sure. I'm glad you have found strength in your adversity, and are using it to become healthier. Don't worry, the results will come! Also, if you are still on any medications, that can slow your metabolism down (especially pain meds). That doesn't mean stop taking them as long as you need them, or they are prescribed. It just means that you have to understand what is happening to accept it. Even if the scale doesn't budge for a little while due to inactivity or meds, every healthy food choice you make is helping to replenish your body and make it healthier.
    1531 days ago
    Quite scary!
    But, I definitely agree with you, building the habits that you can succeed and maintain with long term is better than diving in with perfection and unrealistic pressures.
    1531 days ago
    So glad to hear of your progress ....... Drinking ample of water all day will I am sure become second nature as you keep it up ..... (I have an ice cold thermos I carry everywhere with me) .... so it is there in view and I love my water ...... good job on tracking and getting in your fruits and veggies! .......Energy and antioxidants also do much in the way of healing ..... Keep up the good work!
    1531 days ago
    Happy you're doing better. Slow progress is still better than no progress!

    1531 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15653250
    emoticon for sharing!
    Take one day at a time. emoticon emoticon
    1531 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Wow, what a scary time that was. And now progress, even slow progress at least. Rome wasn't built in a day, our recovery to a better life takes time and steps too. Glad the pain level is down some, it makes a big difference for sure.
    1531 days ago
    What ever would I do without you in my life?!
    Beautiful Blog my friend!

    1531 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    1531 days ago
  • P61763
    Thank you for sharing
    1531 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Thank you for sharing your wake up call.

    You have been doing really great with setting good habits in place. emoticon
    1531 days ago
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