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Postby sandrah » Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:57 pm

a bit late for introductions but here it is-
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this is me in thailand last year-im the grey one lying down!
i am a 50 year old mother of 3 children-23,21 and 19. 2 still at home and poor uni students.
i am married to a semi retired school teacher.
i retired 5 years ago after almost 30 years of nursing after i was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and found i was no longer able to cope with the stressors and physical demands of the job.
at the time of diagnosis i weighed approx 92kg and was totally paralised down one side from underam to toe and all of the other arm. i could not walk or use my arm at all and was in hospital for a month-then lots of rehab.
this was a terrible time for me as i was not sure what was happening or whether i would be wheelchair bound for life and i was unable to do anything for myself-couldnt even wipe my own bum (had drip in elbow of good arm as my veins had shut down). because i was so overweight at the time and paralysed i found it almost impossible to even move around in the hospital bed-i swore straight away that i would lose weight!!!
i begain to regain movement and feeling 3 weeks after initial paralysis.
gradually i did lose weight, but it took a long time as i was unable to exercise but pushed myself as much as possible-eventually after a few months and with the help of hitler (my best friend) i started to swim with a group of ocean swimmers-i was on steroids at the time for my ms and had lots of energy-and swam laps of the beach where i live(i was a swimmer when i was younger so found it easy)-i then ended up with shoulder pain in both shoulders and was told by my physio that i had almost torn both my rotator cuffs!-no more swimming for a while!
then took up walking!
after 12 months of eating correctly and walking-and swimming (not as far this time) i had lost 30kg-also went to weight watchers with my hitler friend for some of this time.
over the last 12 months my weight has again climbed and 6 weeks ago i decided i didnt want to and couldnt afford to get big again so i joined the local gym-costs me a fortune but i am loving it-and i cant make excuses such as its too hot or too cold to walk/swim.
i am really glad i have found this site and the calorieking site as they have kept me motivated, educated and supported-thanks to you all!
my goal is to feel healthy,look healthy and fit into my old clothes by christmas-not my 92kg clothes though!!
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:11 pm

hey sandrah that photo is tiny!! you must be a little woman because that grey elephant took up the whole photo! thanks for introducing yourself. has your hubby worked at northlakes high? you have overcome many obstacles in your life thus far, good on you for taking charge of yourself and making a difference to your health :) you deserve it :)
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Postby sandrah » Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:04 pm

hi kate,
no hubby has never taught at northlakes high!
yeah i look great against an elephant dont i??
thanks again for your support
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Postby esoteric » Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:11 pm

Hi Sandra,

I loved reading your post, you have a knack for writing. Really you came along way, but it was nice the motivation that hitting that bottom gave you. Helped you want more for yourself.

While reading about swimming it's my favorite sport but I don't have a swimming pool around me. I was thinking when you wrote about your rotator cuffs, I thought geez we weren't meant to be swimmers. Swimming was my high school p.e. class, along with Life Guard training and being on the swim team.

Walking is a great way to lose weight too and gyms do cost a fortune, I signed up for one when they first starting coming out with the pay monthly, one year plan. That was years ago, but I think I still owe money on it :D It's great how far you have come and I found you to be inspiring, despite the challenges you have faced you have overcome it. I hope to hear more from you.
Love, Sara

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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:45 pm

sandrah wrote:hi kate,
no hubby has never taught at northlakes high!
yeah i look great against an elephant dont i??
thanks again for your support
LOL i didnt mean it Like that hehe, ive been to africa and been against many animals too ;)
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Postby Chelle » Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:26 pm

Welcome to the forum Sandrah, a big congratulation on the weightloss & after every thing that you have overcome & it is excellent the you have the loving support of your best friend to help you through the tough times. Love the photo but it is hard to see because it very tiny, would you be able to re-post it again in a bigger setting. Congratulation again & good luck with your weightloss.
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Postby KimE » Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:21 am

Hi Sandra and welcome to the group.

Well done on your weightloss to date and for getting into the gym.

Best of luck on your weightloss journey.

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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:38 pm

Thanks for sharing your story Sandra, I can only imagine the shock and stress of being so unable to control what was going on - especially since you were a nurse! And what a fantastic motivation to lose weight. I started after I had my wisdom teeth out and they had explained to me the concerns they had with the anaesthetic with my weight :oops:

The health benefits really are worth the pain and effort
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!

"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"

"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"

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Postby sandrah » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:14 pm

wow,
thanks all for your support and words of encouragement,
yeah that photo did come out pretty small didnt it! made me look small though!!!lol :lol:
will try and post another photo
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Postby sandrah » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:15 pm

oops stuffed that up-will try again!
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Postby sandrah » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:51 am

i hope this works-couldnt get photo of the elephant and me to load but will try again but here is one of me last summer soaking up the sun at terrigal beach-i have put on a little weight since then but looking forward to getting back into these cosssies this summer.
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Postby sandrah » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:53 am

well that didnt work how i wanted did it!
ill try again!
any hints welcomed
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:16 pm

lol i have no idea LOL are u copying the right code from photobucket?
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Postby sandrah » Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:51 pm

ok here we go again-
sorry to you all in advance if this doesnt work-which it probably wont!
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Postby sandrah » Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:54 pm

yipee-itworked-hows the tuck shop lady arms in the photo!!!
trying my hardest at the gym to get rid of them but i think they may be here to stay-product of my weight loss i guess -i can live with them
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