Today I had a revelation!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Earlier today I received some information from my health care provider regarding dealing with a chronic illness. For the first time ever did I realize that I have been dealing with a chronic disease for most of my life. I don't know why it never occurred to me before that being obese is a chronic illness.

As I was reading the information I realized the effect this illness has had on me for many years. Coping with a chronic disease can be very stressful and frequently may lead to depression. Some of the symptoms of depression are getting upset easily, and sadly that fits me to a T.

I have been obese for a very long time, and I have to admit that it has taken me years to even say that word. Overweight just doesn't sound as awful as obese does for me.

Thinking about the many wasted years could really depress me a lot more, but, I HAVE CHOSEN to do something about this (I know I have tried many times). Like many of my Sparkfriends have told me before, giving up is NOT an option.

So, once again I am trying to find a way that works for me.

Focusing on one thing at a time seems to help me. For example: today I focused on drinking my water. I am not sure why that is so difficult for me. Anyway, I am happy to report that I reached my goal. My goal for tomorrow is to walk at least 8,000 steps.

So, once again I will move forward. Slowly and steadily. Acknowledging that I am ill, but I can do something about it, is truly the first step.

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    It's true, obesity is a chronic illness. I never thought about it that way before.

    I hope today was wonderful for you!
    2242 days ago
    Keep it up!! Those baby steps will get you there. Every day that you make one good choice, is a forward moving day!!

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    2242 days ago
    No time is ever wasted. You just didn't use it in the way you would have liked to, but I'm sure you did learn and experience quite a lot anyway. A lot of times the detours lead us to deeper understandings than the straight paths. For example, based on your experiences, you probably won't ever make fun of someone who is overweight, or belittle someone's struggle with a medical condition, or give well-meant, but condescending advice ("just use some willpower" etc.). It's a hard road, but in the long run, it will make you a better person than many people who have not had that kind of struggle, as long as you experience it as a positive journey in the end. You'll do fine!
    2243 days ago
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