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The Fat Man. (Part Two)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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A morbidly obese man continues his quest to shed unwanted pounds that are proving to be detrimental to his health.

Slade here.  Most call me "The Fat Man" (and with good reason).

I have happily lost 75 pounds.  I now weigh 550, which is still big, but nothing like I was.  I find I can breathe a litle easier (accent on the word "little") and can fit into some of my old clothes again.  Such a feeling of gratitude! 

I still have some health issues, but I am trying like hell to follow doctor's orders and to eat the right things.  Still ain't easy when there's so much temptation around ....

Yet I am determined to lose this bulk.  I hate having to depend on others just because I was stupid enough to eat my way up to 625 pounds.  I was nearly bedridden and developed serious health complications as a result.  I could have very easily had a massive stroke or heart attack, but it's by God's sovereign grace that I didn't.  Each day, I'm doing a little better.  

Baby steps.  One day at a time.

I rely on my scooter to get me around when I'm out; at home, I use a walker.  Don't feel confident yet to go without it.  What if I were to fall accidentally?  Who would get me up, and how?  I'm no featherweight, that's for certain! 

I check my blood pressure and blood sugar every day and eat foods that are good for my choleserol, heart, and lungs; no more of this fatty crap for me!  I've gotten used to eating good-for-me food and have found out that there are plenty of tasty low-carb, low-fat recipes out there for me to enjoy. 

I don't have a personal trainer, which is fine.  Don't need a skinny minnie or skinny mickey telling me what to do and how to do it.  I get my exercise by attending a low-impact water aerobics class twice a week at the hospital; it's done wonders for my morale and self esteem.  Everybody in the class is so encouraging and loving and the instructors are so supportive. 

I need that; I have had more than enough of the negativity, stares, and rude comments to last me for the rest of my life!

At night, I use oxygen, but that's okay.  At least I'm breathing!  I take my trusty tank with me wherever I go, just in case I need a snort.  When asked why I use oxygen, I tell people, "Meet my dog, Charlie.  Yep, taking him out for a walk."  It puts people at ease.

So that's what is new with me.  Still struggling, but doing better.  Getting smaller.  I am well on my way to renewed health.  I can't wait until I am able to do more things for myself; I have had enough of living life as a fat person!  I want to take my life back.  With God's help, I will be able to do it!  I just gotta hope, trust, and believe!

~To be continued.~ 

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/23/2012
An excellent update, Karen, glad to see he's taking charge of his health!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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