Monday, November 30, 2009
I was chatting with my sister tonight for a bit. She's had a tough 10 years or so. She was diagnosed with HOCUM (hypertropic obstructive cardiomyopathy) ... try saying THAT one 5 times quickly after a few drinks ... YEESH! Anyway, it's a pretty serious heart condition. And she needs to have her gall bladder removed. Which, for most people is not a big deal. It's laproscopic surgery. In and out in a day or 2. But because of her heart problems, she's at higher risk. One of the side effects of this condition is not being able to be active. So, like so many people, myself included, she eats. She's gained a lot of weight in the past 10 years and a lot of the problem is, that unlike me, she's not able to get into an intense physical training program.
I remember reading the story of one of the Body for Life Champions. His brother was in an accident, I think it was diving but I don't remember exactly. He lost the use of his legs. When the Champion was complaining of how hard it was to keep up with the workouts, his brother said "I would give anything to be able to actually do what you're doing". The Champion felt like a schmuck. How could he be so selfish? So his brother became his inspiration.
Which brings me back to my sister. She's so hard on herself and while yes, part of the weight gain is her responsibility (too much food), part of it is her meds and part of it is her heart that keeps her from getting back to a healthier weight. So when I think I'm not making as much progress as I want to or the program is a pain in any way, I try to remember that she's not able to do the things I CAN do, but don't always WANT to do. That's my inspiration.
But good news ... while they're removing her gall bladder, she's also having gastric bypass surgery (I might have this a little wrong ... it's actually a "sleeve" that reduces the amount people can eat). Which will get rid of the diabetes and the sleep apnea, which is very dangerous. So she figures in about a year, she should be half the size she is now. And I will be there as much as I can to encourage her.
So no matter how "bad" we have it, there's always someone out there that has it worse. Not that our challenges and frustrations aren't important; but it is a reminder to keep things in perspective.