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Friday, July 29, 2011

I found out last night that my older brother is in the hospital again. He is in the ICU, and they are running tests to find out what may be wrong with him. Apparantly he was having chest pains last night that were bad enough to go to the emergency room. A little over a year ago, he suffered a major stroke that almost cost him his life. After coming back from the brink, I had hoped that he would work hard and really push himself to get in shape. Sadly that hasn't happened. In a sense I can understand it. My brother is huge. He was a trucker, and the sedintary lifestyle helped him to pack on the pounds over the years. But he was always strong until life finally caught up to him. He also suffers from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes so bad that he can no longer feel his feet. Overweight, weak, feeling the weight of his age and not even able to feel his feet hitting the ground, how much harder would it be to lose weight and get healthy? Impossible? Not even close, but very, very hard.

That is why we have to draw a line in the sand, right here, right now. It's time to take charge of our lives while we still CAN move around, while our bodies have not given up and landed us in a hospital room with tubes coming out of us. This battle is as hard as anything I have ever fought, 40 years of ups and downs like a roller coaster ride at an amusement park. My challenge to you all today is to take advantage of the most amazing gift that we have all been given: life. Get up, get moving, get healthy and become everything you ever hoped to be while you are still capable. I haven't lost hope for my brother; as long as he is here then there is always hope. But I will use it as a rallying call to once again keep motivated, keep moving and take this battle to the trenches, one step at a time. I will see you all on the other side of healthy.
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  • ROCKMAN6797
    Inspirational message!
    Thank you for sharing, hoping that your brother gets better.
    3176 days ago
    A friend of mine knew they were on the path of not having much more than ten years of life left due to their lifestyle. When I saw him a year later, I asked how the next nine years were going to go and he already began to take strides in making headway on being healthier, albeit a little half hazardly. I just reached goal, so I'm now on track to try to maintain this healthy BMI. I'm hoping my example will be a role model for him. Wish me luck.
    3177 days ago
    Thanks for saying that SRHALLIN, and thanks so much for your prayers. My big brother was always larger than life to me as a kid, and now that roles are in a way reversed, I hope that I can somehow inspire him to get his life back.
    3178 days ago
    Please, first, allow me to offer my condolences on your brother being in the hospital. I've prayed for him, and hope that he recovers both enough to safely leave the hospital; and enough that he is ready to take the necessary steps to becoming healthier and happier.

    The journey for him would not be easy, but, is still within the realm of possibility. I truly hope your tenacious will to become healthier for yourself will inspire your brother to follow suit.

    You are a strong and determined spirit. I hear your 'voice' in your blogs, refusing to give in to the little things and focused on overcoming whatever obstacles lie in your path.

    I've been working towards a healthier lifestyle for almost seven months, now, and have been so startled and surprised at how far consistent and diligent effort has taken me. I know that your own persistence will do as much - or more - for you.

    Best wishes to you on your journey to good health and personal happiness.
    3178 days ago
    The wake up calls are all around us to take action; we just have to be open to them. Great post, sweetheart; love you!
    3178 days ago
    Amanda, you can do it! We all can. So much of this is a mental game. The bottom line is for us to accept nothing less than excellence and we will get where we need to be. emoticon
    3178 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2011 9:36:18 AM
  • no profile photo AMANDAJ22
    I feel the same. I work in a hospital and see people all the time that are so big that they cant move and it makes me sad. I decided yesterday enough was enough. And I am taken control of my life.
    3178 days ago
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