Here recently I was piecing on my quilt and flipped through the stations to see if anything decent was on. I came up on a show called My 600 Pound Life.
I'll admit, I was interested in this. It's not every day you see large folks putting their stories on tv. So, after reading the information on the show, I turned it on and listened.
Then, I put the quilt to the side and started exercising by walking in place and doing mini squats and using the stretch band.
The show features stories of people who are near or over 600 pounds, who are wanting to change and work on regaining their health. They do a gastric by pass surgery and the work afterward, and the show follows them through the ups and downs, with updates after a year. While I didn't make it to 600 pounds (praise the Lord!), I can relate to some of the things the different people discussed and had problems with.
This series is motivating, I don't want to go back to the size I was, nor above that. I don't want to be using a cane again when arthritis and minor injuries make it nearly impossible to walk. I don't want the horrendous pain just with walking, standing, doing basic every day activities. I enjoy breathing without huffing and puffing just walking across the house. I don't want to get back to having the sores that seem to go deep and are very slow to heal, have yeast infections under fat rolls, having problems simply bathing and doing personal care, no energy to do anything, and so on. I don't want to go back to having no life, no desire to go out into the community, no desire to do activities with the kids because of being ashamed of my size.
My 600 Pound Life has shown me a handful of people who got as large or larger than I, who fought the battle, and who weren't afraid to let it be put on tv for others. I commend their bravery, for letting others see them as they were and are, seeing the ups and downs throughout the journey, and not being afraid to let others critique.
If you get a moment, take a look at the show's site, I hope you are as inspired by the stories as I have been.
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