CeeGu wrote: »
My sister died.
She was only 45. She left behind a shattered husband and 3 preteen girls. This just happened in October.
She was morbidly obese. Her BMI was over 50. She had been having heart problems for a year and was on a bunch of medications for it, plus meds for fibromyalgia, IBS, and depression.
Her heart just stopped. The coroner's report said: sudden cardiac arrest due to heart disease caused by obesity.
The thing is -- she was the most joyful, beautiful, funny, smart, and kind person I knew. She wasn't just a "fat person". She was overflowing with life! She loved movies, especially Disney and Pixar. She loved food. She loved to bake awesome cakes and desserts for her friends' birthdays. She loved to laugh. She was busy all the time, except when pain kept her inside, and even then she was on her phone chatting with her hundreds of friends. Over 2,000 people attended her virtual funeral.
We all had told her she needed to lose weight, that she was getting "too heavy". My other sister and I have also struggled with obesity. We were raised to "clean our plates" and Dad always insisted there was dessert after dinner. Our rewards were always food-based -- cookies, candy, Dairy Queen, McDonald's.
My sister wanted to lose weight but she was in so much pain, it was hard to start. It was a horrible cycle that ultimately led to her death.
Please tell my sister's story to yourself or anyone who is overweight and struggling with staying on track. She was beautiful and loved so much. She was such a bright light and now she is gone. Please realize that NOW is the time to lose the weight, no matter what. Your children need you. Your spouse needs you. Your sister needs you. Please don't think you have more time because maybe you don't.
Eaglesfanintn wrote: »
Back in 2011, I got really serious about getting fit and dropped almost 70 pounds. I was almost at my first big goal weight of 200lbs - I looked great, felt I really only needed to lose 5 or 10 more pounds, and was running all the time, even did my first marathon 10 months later.
I loved running - I'd do about 30 miles most weeks and felt great. I was watching what I ate, very careful about everything.
Then, I slowly let the weight creep back in. The last marathon I ran was almost 3 years ago and I had already put 30+ pounds back on by then. In the time since, I've really ratcheted up my bad eating habits and lack of consistent exercise and I started out this week the heaviest I've ever been. I wish I could blame it on the pandemic - while I'm sure that hasn't helped, my bad habits started before that. Every pound I lost 9 years ago is back with a vengeance and it brought along a bunch of friends.
I have few clothes that fit, my back hurts constantly, I don't sleep well.
I don't want to live this way anymore.
So, I'm back. Started this week and I've lost some of the pounds, but it's a long way to go. I look forward to being able to fit into my clothes again and to go out for a real run.
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