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ME!
Holding my "before" favorite shirt after losing 125 pounds on my journey to better health.

Exercise tips

              One thing that I learned is that  you do not have to join a gym, buy  pretty colorful exercise duds, or buy expensive equipment to be able to get a little exercise. I did find out that investing in some good shoes made a big difference. I decided I needed to start by walking around my block. Well I have to admit the first day I didn't enjoy it to much, or the next, or the next. It took a long time for me to be able to even walk out the door with a positive attitude. I set little goals. I did not say to myself -week 1 you will do a block, week 2 will be 2 blocks. I listened to what my knees, feet and hips said. After a couple of weeks I found that I was (almost) looking forward to that little walk. I just kept adding blocks and soon I was walking miles. I walked alone because my "what if" worried that I would not be able to keep up with anyone. I now walk with a little old am/fm radio and ear phones which has helped me to pick up my pace to the beat of the music. I only wear one of the ear phones so I can also hear the trafic around me.  On cold stormy days or hot blistering days I try to go early in the morning or walk the mall.  I do not walk every day and I do not pick on myself if I don't. My body has learned to love walking and craves going now.
As I was talking to my family about this blog one of my sons reminded me of a "what if" moment that I survived on one of my walks. I was walking past a group of teenage boys and as I passed them one of them screamed at me.."give it up you fat a##!" Well of course I sobbed all the way home. I had to do a lot of talking to myself. I had to remind myself that it didn't matter what other's say. I couldn't let others comments, stares, and attitudes keep me from doing what I know is going to improve and prolong my life. What if I had let that young boys attitude stop me from walking?

10 comments:

  1. Thank you! We all need to remind ourselves that what others are saying doesn't matter. They don't live in our bodies, we do. We need to make our bodies feel better by becoming healthy.

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  2. You are amazing!! It's never an easy thing to overcome other people's opinions or attitudes. I will be honest and say that I have been to therapy for help with some of my self esteem issues. One thing I came away with was that if we truly KNOW who we are - if we understand what God sees - then other people's opinions can't touch us. Their opinion can't actually change who we are or define us. Only we can allow that. I'm proud of you for staying strong!!! Keep it up!

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  3. We are so proud of you. Press on toward the mark. You can make it!

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  4. Bravo! You are doing great and are a great inspiration.

    Somewhere along the line I have learned that what other people say is absolutely about them. What I say is about me.

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  5. This is good stuff! Thank you so much for sharing :-)

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  6. Exactly! When I started advancing, I would flail my arms and bounce to the music and probably looked really silly. But I didn't care. I was giving my body the exercise it needed. That was when I was at 3.7 miles. I just did 7.94 miles Sunday :) So I will continue to flail and bop away lol.

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  7. Awesome way to stay in control! Beautiful that you loved yourself enough to keep going! I'm working on loving myself to do what I need to do. Its not easy. God Bless.

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  8. Yesterday I was talking to my 15yo daughter about how I feel like I had betrayed my body and my body had betrayed me and tat at my age (nearing 50) it would be too hard to lose the weight. She said, "C'mon Mom, remember all those success stories of older women who had lost weight and gotten healthy?" We'll, no, all I had read were of women 30 and under doing so.

    Today, across my FB, via Flylady, you appear. You are my new inspiration. Thank you for being b

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    1. ....for being brave and sharing your story.

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  9. Okay Mama Dee. Let's show your 15 year old daughter that we may be "seasoned" but can be healthy and happy as any 30 year old. It may take a lot longer than you want but it can be done. Thanks for your comment.

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