Future starts today

Being a mother of 3 who were fairly close in age, over time I allowed myself to slowly slow down. I was a stay at home mom for several years that exhausted me. I began neglecting my body and resorting mostly to eating foods that were “quick and easy” – which most days meant fast food. Slowly, I went up a size every year or two. I tended to ignore it by thinking, “oh, I’ll just lose it later”. But later never came. In 2008 my daughter suffered a severe stroke in her brain stem at the age of 17. She was already recovering from a surgery from a few days prior when it occurred. Her story is HER story, that I’m sure I will be sharing bits of here and there, but during the 9 months in the hospital and rehab stay, I rarely left her side. That meant vending machine snacking and food from the hospital cafeteria/chickfilA/subway.  My thoughts were not on eating healthy. My thoughts were totally and completely on my child getting better. After 9 months, she came home with many healthcare needs. It exhausted me, but somehow each day God gave me the energy I needed to take care of her. She is now doing alot on her own, but still needs supervision and help – though it has become much less exhausting… So why am I still so exhausted?? Over the years from then til now, I have put on 60lbs+. Walking up a flight of stairs gets me winded. I had a stress test several months ago and lasted only 6 minutes on the treadmill before I became so winded and light-headed I thought I was going to pass out! That was my reality moment. How in this world will I ever be able to continue to do the things I still need to do for my daughter, let alone be able to chase after my 2 grandbabies when they get older, if I can hardly breathe. My last year of being in my 40’s will be the year I begin being fit for my 50’s!! Already cut out sodas and sweet tea (both of which I pretty sure I was highly addicted to, by the way my body has responded to going without). The headaches may be intense, but so is my resolve to getting healthy! One day at a time!! So blessed to be a part of RBL. I feel at this beginning stage I really need the encouragement and accountability… as well as someone giving me a game plan.  Mine has not worked so well for me over the years.

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Donna Satterfield

I just turned 49 and decided to take charge of my life! This is my year to get healthy and fit. FITBY50 is my motto.. I know I won't be at my ultimate goal by then, but step by step I know I can do it because "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me". I have a daughter with some disabilities and 2 grandsons I have to keep up with - this is my year!!

2 thoughts on “Future starts today”

  1. You can do this and yes giving up soda and tea is rough but thank Heaven it doesn’t last long. You go this…..

  2. You and I have similar stories. I will be right here cheering you on as we take this journey together.

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