Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Day 44 - Obesity
For those who know me well, it is a common fact that my mother and I have a love/hate relationship. I love her to the ends of the earth, but my mother is one of those people who does things that make you question if she can love at all. I know she loves me, but a lot of things that happened in our past has made me question it. And a lot of those bad memories have to do with being overweight and ridiculed for it. Thing is, my mom is overweight, too. She's only 5'2" and weighs close to 300 lbs. At 74 years old, it's killing her. A few years back, she lost about 80 lbs, but over the last several months she has gained it back...fast.
Today I took my mother to the doctor. It really bothers me to see how much weight she has gained, and how it is affecting her quality of life. Getting in my Suburban is a chore. And she complains constantly of aches and pains that I know are weight related. Her doctor gave her SIX SHEETS of prescription medication today. SIX! With at least 3 medicines to each sheet, that's about 18 different medications. Her health problems range from diabetes, to high blood pressure, to arthritis, to high cholesterol...you name it, she's got it. I practically had to beg her to make this doctor's appointment because she was out of her meds. It's like she doesn't care anymore. But since she is raising my 11 year old nephew, she HAS to care.
So, on the way to the doctor's appointment while my mother was rambling on as she does, I was thinking about obesity and how many people DIE of illnesses that are directly related to obesity. I VOW not to be one of those people. I am only 32, and now is the time for me to get my ass in gear. I'm the healthiest woman over 300 lbs you'll ever meet, and I am so thankful for that. If I continue my healthy lifestyle, hopefully I won't have as many weight-related illnesses as my mom has, if any at all. When I'm 74, I want to run around and play with my grandkids!
To drive the point home, when we got into the doctors office, there was another woman sitting there that weighed at least 500 lbs. She could barely walk, and grunted with every step she took. I NEVER want to be there!
I am so thankful that I have been given a chance to get my HEALTH in gear while I'm still young. I watched my mother yo-you diet for the duration of my childhood (slim fast, diet pills, laxatives, starvation). But never once did she talk about eating healthy or exercising (well, she did make ME do Richard Simmons when I was in elementary school). I want to set an example to my children, and show them that being healthy is a lot more than being thin or losing weight the WRONG way, so that they will grow up and lead healthy lives and set a good example for their children. The obesity tradition in my family is going to end with ME!