Wednesday, August 14, 2013

If I Can...

There are some days I come here thinking, "How in the world did I lose so much weight?!?"


I think it's important to talk about my family history a bit. I want to show you part of what drives me and exactly what I have stacked against me. 


  • My paternal grandmother had a rapidly progressive form of Parkinson's disease. She was diagnosed when I was about four and she passed away 9 years later.
  • My maternal grandmother passed away at a young age when my mother was about 20 years old. 
  • My maternal grandfather passed away when I was 8 due to cirrhosis of the liver. 
  • My paternal grandfather passed away due to many health complications. He had diabetes which cause him to lose both his legs when I was 15. He had heart disease as well. 
  • I have multiple family members with cancer. 
  • I have a family member with multiple sclerosis. 
  • Heart disease runs through the family. 
  • My mother has small nerve neuropathy. 

As I get older, I realize that taking care of my body is no longer an option. I have the potential to have health complications as I grow older. Why do I want to add obesity to it? I've already been there. I've seen what it can do to my health. When I was bigger, I had daily heartburn and acid reflux. I struggled with three compressed discs in my lower back. Every single day, there was something wrong with me. 

Losing weight has freed me! I don't have to feel miserable every single day. I can rest at night knowing that I am giving my body the best chance I can in life. I eat clean because I honestly believe processed junk is somehow linked to some of the health issues common to so many of us today. 

I have a long family history of things that could be genetic. Some of it isn't. But I believe if we care for ourselves better, we have a fighting chance. If I don't show my own child how to live healthy and take care of himself, what will his life be like when he's 50? I have this unbelievable need to protect him and I feel as though leading by example is the best chance I've got at helping him. This is something I can give him that will hopefully stay with him for the rest of his life. 

I struggle with my weight. It's a daily battle and it's something I'm going to have to prepare for every day of my life. My weight didn't come off easily and it took patience. 

I believe you can work hard and pay for it now, or you can pay later. 
I can change things now to prepare myself in the future. 
I do something about it now because I know I may not have an option later. 
If I can pull this off, I know you can too. 
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9 comments:

  1. I completely agree about the processed foods. It can't be good for us to be eating all of those chemicals and junk.

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  2. You are so right our weight is something we can work on now so why not do it while we can.

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  3. Keep up the good work Wendy! I am so glad that you post daily, I look to your blog every evening for my boost of "You Can Do This!" I hope to achieve my weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals and inspire others some day, but for now thank you for inspiring me =)

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  4. You are an inspiration! I love how you make the point that healthy living isn't something we can afford to make an option!

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  5. You are such a wonderful inspiration! I have some weight to lose after baby number three (he IS 11 month sold now, though :)), and I just need to get going and start working, but I guess I just need some extra motivation. But your before pics look scarily familiar, and your after pics make me feel like I can actually do it. So THANK YOU!

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  6. Thank you so much for this! I stumbled onto your blog last night while trying to get ideas for healthier eating for myself and my family. I work full-time and also have a two boys (3 & 5), so my hands and schedule are full!! I don't really have the time or energy right not to be a "clean eating" stickler (baby steps), and this blog has shown me I don't have to be! Clean eating/healthier eating is something I can ease into and still see results. Again, thank you so much for putting your story and ideas out there for us full-time working moms! :)

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  7. Thank you so much for this! I stumbled onto your blog last night while trying to get ideas for healthier eating for myself and my family. I work full-time and also have a two boys (3 & 5), so my hands and schedule are full!! I don't really have the time or energy right not to be a "clean eating" stickler (baby steps), and this blog has shown me I don't have to be! Clean eating/healthier eating is something I can ease into and still see results. Again, thank you so much for putting your story and ideas out there for us full-time working moms! :)

    Janelle

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  8. You continue to inspire me with your writing. It has been a real shift in thinking for me to go from I am young and nothing will happen to me to...... oh boy........I better take care of this body. It's the only one I've got. Good nutrition has been the start for me. I did not focus on losing weight, but an amazing thing happened..........when I ate better and dumped the processed food......the weight started to come off. I so appreciate you sharing your story with our Get Fit Friday hop family. You are inspiring people every day to make a healthy change in their lives and be healthy examples for their children.

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  9. I love your last sentences: "I struggle with my weight. It's a daily battle and it's something I'm going to have to prepare for every day of my life. My weight didn't come off easily and it took patience." When I look at your progress picture I was thinking that the process was effortlessly for you. It's a relief to know that you struggle about it and conquer the battle. If you can go through this, I can too.

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