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    Posted December 31, 2012 by
    vanier, Ontario
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    fat me

    My story is a little different than some. I was in a serious car accident in Feb 2006. I was in the hosital twice, had to have corrective surgury and was sick and in pain and unable to work for 5 years, and over that time i'd gained 100 pounds.The pain medication certainly contributed to this but mostly it was just me being so ill that I couldn't (or was afraid to) leave the house so I had everything ordered in:food, medication, beer, whatever. I didn't leave my home for weeks at a time and I did what was easiest. by June of 2010 I was 252 pounds and my health was in serious decline. It had gotten so bad that I think my doctor would have signed off on a Slimband, but I didn't ask. I definitely reached a turning point in my life. I realized that I had a choice: I could either give up and admit that I would live the rest of my life that way, getting fatter and sicker every day and end up dying, young, laying on the couch. Or I could choose to at least TRY. I really had no hope in the world that I would ever regain my health, loose the weight and ever work again, but had to TRY. And as I so ashamed of what I had become, what I had let happen to me, I didn't tell anyone of my plans. I would succeed or fail on my own, as I figured I had done this to myself. I didn't do Jenny Craig, or Weight Watchers or hire a nutrionist as some do. This was a personal battle.It was a very gradual thing, an hour at a time, day at a time, pound at a time. I started to pay attention to what I ate, little by little, and gradually I got more strength so I was able to exercise...a little. 3 minutes, leading up to 5 minutes, etc. And the weight slowly started to come off, I started to feel better about myself and started to think that, maybe, I might even be able to get back to work! February of 2011 I started to look. September of 2011 I decided to put it all on the line and re-take my insurance licence (that was my job before my accident) and much to my surprise, (I had been so sick that I had not been able to even read a book for 5 years!) I passed. In 2012 I managed to get 2 contract jobs before fininally getting a full time job in my field. It took me 2 years to get the weight off, 2 years of serious effort, often going 2 steps forward and 1 step back, as these things sometimes go...but today I am happily employed, I have lost 105 pounds and I am fitting into dresses that I was wearing 10 years ago.It's hard to describe what that feels like. I am fitter and healthier than I have been in years. My friends can't believe my transformation, not only in my weight and my health, but also my atitude. Over these past years I have been reminded of a very important lesson, that like many things in life, it often comes down to making a choice. Choose to stay the same or choose to at least try. And for me it boiled down to one thing: when you want something bad enough, you can accomplish it. Overcoming these huge obsticles, whether it's loosing weight or stopping smoking or stopping drinking, once you make the decision to TRY, whether you think you have the ability to succeed or not, it's the trying that often changes your mind set, and it gives you strength. My big problem now is my skin! I've got handfuls of skin that used to be filled with fat, and now it's just hanging off me! When you're my age (51), you sick for years, you gain 100 pounds, then loose 100 pounds, you skin doesn't exactly bounce back like it used to! so if you know of any cosmetic surgeons that do pro dono work, let me know!! ('fat me' was taken in November of 2012, when I had already lost about 30 pounds, the other is me taken on my 51st birthday)
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