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Why am I doing this?

Monday, January 30, 2017

I keep asking myself why I bother trying to lose this weight. Then I remember - So I can live.

Ive tried losing weight my entire life and never succeeded beyond losing maybe 20 pounds. Then I would gain those 20 pounds back with 10-15-20 more added to it. A typical yo-yo dieter. I finally decided it just wasn't worth it to starve or to deny myself things I liked so I quit dieting. Then I found SparkPeople. Of course, I didn't find it until I was in my late 60's.

I've been using SparkPeople and all it's tools for the last 2 years. I initially lost 26 pounds, well over the first year I lost it. Since then I've been back on the seesaw with weight loss. So, I'm still basically in the same place I was at a year after I started. At least I haven't gained all of the 26 pounds back.

I HAVE to lose weight (50 more pounds) to get a lung transplant because I'll die without one So what's my problem? I finally figured out that I wasn't truly committed to losing weight. WHAT?? WHY??? I don't know why? I just know I couldn't believe myself when I figured this out. Did I want to die? Well, NO! Then what was wrong with me? I still haven't figured that out but I have made some decisions.

I'm going to continue on this journey but not because of the possibility of a lung transplant.
Whether I can get one is not up to me. Yes, losing the weight is a deciding factor but not the only one.

My reasons for losing the weight now are:

1 - To treat my body like the temple The Bible says it is.
2 - To reduce medications
3 - To breathe as good as I possibly can without a transplant.
4 - To get healthier so I will be fit enough for a transplant if one is possible.
5 - To make my life as good as it can be while I'm living here on earth.

Oh, and don't feel sorry for me. I couldn't do anything to prevent this disease but I've lived as well as I can with it. And I have no fears about death, the Lord will take me home when he's ready for me and nothing can take me away before that time.
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    Best wishes on you health, spark has everything we need to help us stay focused on this journey.
    1637 days ago
    And you Are doing this!-Lynda
    1639 days ago
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    You've taken a critical look at yourself without pity and without hate. Self castigation and hate is not something anyone needs. We need to evaluate ourselves from time to time. It's hard sometimes to be truthful about ourselves, we all have blind spots there. I am most impressed by your peace and acceptance.
    1643 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2017 1:18:12 PM
    Good analysis!
    1644 days ago
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