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Puzz's Profile (with editorial comments by her buddy, Anne; shown in italics)


Anne (author of editorial comments) on left, Puzz on right

Several years ago I lived a very unhealthy lifestyle, I was in a size 20 dress, I smoked, drank, and practically lived on takeout food. Then I got pregnant, and got gestational diabetes. In a matter of days I needed to learn to take care of myself for the sake of my unborn baby.

I learned how to eat healthy foods, as a lifestyle, not a habit. Over the next few years I slowly, gradually lost weight, until I got to a low of 148, size 10! I was so amazed that I could make a lifelong habit out of eating right! I never believed in diets but now I was living proof that you don't need fads and powders and pills, and was more than willing to share this with my new Healthy Living friends.

Fast foward a couple years . . . I have gained dear friendships that I would not give up for the world. I have gotten more love and support than I could ever imagine.

But where am I healthwise??

I quit smoking! (Ed: I had to edit out a couple of minimizings from here Puzz really, REALLY worked at quitting smoking and succeeded! Beautifully!) I am quite proud of that, and know with all my heart I never would have been able to do it without the support that I get here.

Other than that - I am back to a size 20 (almost), I can't stand long enough to do a load of dishes before my back screams in pain, and I can hardly walk around the yard, let alone around the neighborhood. I still continue to eat right, I do not smoke, nor do I drink, but yet my health declines and my weight climbs. I feel like the postor child for healthy living failures.

Major editorial comment here: Puzz forgot to mention that she has been in the hospital with complications from diabetes several times since coming to Healthy Living, that some of the medication she has to take makes people vulnerable to weight gain, and when she says she can't do things because of pain, she ain't talking about a little bit of a twinge here or there. If she's talking about it, she HURTS! Back to Puzz.

I am supposed to encourage others and help them along and I could do that. (ED: And does do that!) I really felt sometimes that I helped someone feel better about themselves. (Ed.: She's got that part right!). Hard to do when you feel like a big fat slug (Ed: who takes care of a 10-year old boy, including getting him to church functions and karate sessions, does volunteer work a couple of days at his school, keeps up with half a zillion forums, rakes leaves and takes care of a yard, and steals all the 2x4s in HL). So I am still here, trudging through life,, wondering if it was really worth all these years without smokes, drinks or chocolates.

I have not gotten anywhere (Ed Didn't she mention something about quitting smoking? I have a good guess what she's done with all those 2x4s), so it's hard to encourage someone else that it's the way to go.

(Ed: Puzz is one of the most supportive and understanding members of HL. She's rarely judgemental, but she can be forceful when she needs to be. Because of her health experiences, she does know that you can only say "It's just one (fill in the blank)" or "Christmas only comes once a year" so many times before there's a serious pay back required. She's my buddy, and I admit I'm prejudiced, but my hat's off to her simply BECAUSE she's still trudging along. Sometimes that's what we have to do.)

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