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Beth Donovan's No Weight Loss Surgery, No Crazy Diets, No Extreme Exercise...
SparkPeople Story of Joy on a Journey:

Pounds lost 200 and counting...

If you are reading this thinking YOU can't lose weight and get healthy because you're disabled or so far gone and hopeless... I'm talking to you...
Have Hope! It really can be done!

Sometimes we feel like we are just going to fail another time, so why even try? It can feel worse to regain the weight after losing it than it did to be overweight in the first place with people judging you and you already feeling out of control yourself. Then, while you're losing, you are constantly plagued by temptations with yummy foods and doubts about if and when you are going to regain your weight this time, no matter how positive you might try to be.

I started my journey back in 2006 with SparkPeople under a different account. I lost some weight, but then got really serious and became ~Indygirl. The truth is that it doesn't matter how long it takes to lose weight, it really isn't a race. It just matters if you do... This time around, I never ever set time limit goals for myself.

I started my journey at 460 pounds with the doctor's office and in home physical therapy where I lifted shampoo bottles in bed for exercise. I said, "This isn't going to get me anywhere!" My physical therapist said that every little move prepares you for the next big move. I was bedridden for awhile.

I have a herniated disk, slipped disks, protruding disks, bulging disks, crumbling vertebrae, severe degenerative disease, both knees need replaced, both rotator cuffs are torn, I'm arthritic and have fibromyalgia. I did not get diagnosed early on because doctors thought I was in pain because I was fat. I switched doctors. My new doctor actually did the MRI work ups and got me help like the physical therapy, medicines, and a walker etc.

Exercises for me have to be very creative. I have to focus every day on what I CAN DO and not what I can't. I used to get lost in can't, being disabled and all. Now I simply ask myself, "What CAN I DO?" Some days when my legs and back are not in working order, I use an arm bike called the Magnetrainer. Days when I can move more comfortably to stretch, I do physical therapy yoga poses. Sometimes my shoulders are very sore due to the rotator cuff issues, so I might chair exercise. I look for possibilities and created exercises for myself. I try to do no less than 5 minutes at a time. If I can, I do that several times a day. Whatever it takes to get those minutes in!

Rather than focusing on a "Diet Mentality" I focus on "Healthy Additions and Choices." I look for those healthy things that I can add into my eating plan or choose to do that will further my choice to be healthy. Adding is much more fulfilling than subtracting. Thinking about what you can't have and can't do all day is depressing. Instead, think of all of the things you can do (go out of the box here) and the myriads of things you can have and add those into your day.

Progress, not perfection. Perfect really isn't possible, so don't even go there to think about it. Just make your mistakes, There is no starting over anymore. It's all part of the same journey that has it's beaches, it's rocky areas, it's mountains, it's beautiful sunrises and sunsets,,, Just forgive and move on at your very next meal.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg of the lessons I learned while losing over 200 pounds. My Spark mail can get pretty backed up at times, so if you don't hear back from me, write me at bethd101@comcast.net. I would be glad to hear from you.

Join me on Team ~Indygirl and NewSparkDebbie

Member Since: 1/18/2008

Fitness Minutes: 67,450

My Goals:
Lose 55 more pounds by January 2018 for long term goal
Lose 10 pounds every 2-3 months as a short term goal
Focus on healthy

My Program:
Ditch the Diet Mentality
Focus on Adding Healthy Choices

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New Mindset!
New Focus!
New Start!
New Intentions!
New Results!
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