Real Change

Obese, Homeless AND Determined

Real Change

Posted by VivianBloomfield on 6 years ago Wasn't sure what Life Forum to start my thread....so Real Change made most sense because that's what I am going through in life right now. I needed to make some real tough "big girl" decisions. Like most Americans the Recession hit me, stripping me of my job and robbing me of every savings I did have, including my 401k. I DID find a new job right before my unemployment ran out. However, it pays me HALF of what I was making 4 years ago and LESS than what I was collecting on unemployment. As a result of relying on food banks during the 2 years I was unemployed, my weight piled on (I'm sure the stress helped with packing on the fat). I realize if I don't do something drastic, I WILL die. I'm 5'5" and weigh 345! CRAZY!!! So, it came down to HOW can I survive. The only logical answer was to give up my apartment and live in my car. I secured a storage unit for $75/month (I joke and tell myself it is the walk-in closet I've dreamed of my whole life). I joined a local chain gym costing me $10.90/month which is open 24/7 allowing me access to cardio equipment and a daily shower. I will have a budget of about $50-60/week for produce. I know that doesn't sound like much BUT a local grocery store has a reduced produce rack I intend to visit each day, especially since I won't have access to a fridge. I WILL have access to an electric outlet in the early morning hours so I can juice for the day and take it with me in the cooler I plan to purchase at the local Walmart. The local convenience store will let me have a LARGE cup of ice for twenty-five cents. I already own a Champion Juicer from years back so I feel one step ahead of the game:)! As of September 1st, I will be a "working homeless" or as I refer to my journey as "Homeless For My Health". I figure starting August 1st will give me some time to figure out juices I like so when 9/1 rolls around, it won't be too much of a stress while trying to adjust to my living situation. I feel having a laptop and internet access at the library and hopefully some support from this forum I will succeed at turning my ENTIRE life around so I CAN be in an apartment again. Right now, I am trying to treat this as an amazing adventure. A once in a life time opportunity:)! I know HALF the battle at succeeding at ANYTHING is having a positive mind and belief in yourself:)! I will try to post each day. I'm also trying to create a blog so that I can share pics and stats of my journey along the way. Thanks for reading my post:)! *D*B*A*, Vivian Bloomfield:)!

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Replies To Obese, Homeless AND Determined

  • kelbell66

    6 years ago
    Wow Vivian. Good luck in everything you do. I have been in a similar situation - not homeless, but unemployed, going through my savings, making almost half what I was 2 years ago (I'm back to the same salary as I was in 1992!) and less than unemployment. Although I am not homeless, I did lose my husband of 18 years to lung cancer - he never smoked and was way healthier than me until his illness. I am on the verge of foreclosure and bankrupcy, but I have secured a place to live in September - taking 75% of my salary - but its a roof over my head and I can walk to work. I am 5 feet nuthin and weight 185. More than I ever have. We can do this together!! Stay positive. Kelly
  • Arslan Malik

    5 years ago

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  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    Thanks Kelly:)! I'm so sorry for your loss and financial struggles:(! I KNOW how stressful it is---I'm so glad you were able to find a place to stay AND be close enough to be able to walk to work--bonus exercise:)! I'm sure things will turn around for you, too:)! I'm told when we are down to nothing; God is up to something:)! I know each and every one of us has an empowering story to share with the world; this is why I am SOOOO grateful for my refurbished laptop, free internet access and the chance to be able to reach out and help one another:)! Sometimes I DO feel so alone:(! Thank you for sharing...you've not only put a smile on my face but in my heart:)!
  • momofthree

    5 years ago
    I love your positive outlook and faith! I wish you all the best with your new goals and lifestyle changes.
  • NewDay4Caroline

    6 years ago
    Good luck Vivian. Thanks for sharing your story. I had a big upheaval in my life this past two years too including spending one month sleeping in my jeep cherokee in the summer last month while I waited for my divorce to be finalized in get the pay out to finance a house. I also moved to two different states in the past 2 years. I now live on 15K a year including expenses for my son (my house is paid off.) I'm on Day 2 of juicing so we can encourage each other together!
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    Thanks NewDay4Caroline:)! I just knew in my heart if I found the courage to put my story out there; that kindred hearts were among me:)! THANK YOU for sharing...I already feel I have some STRONG people here to support me with ALL the changes that lie ahead of me in this journey:)!THANK YOU:)!
  • NewDay4Caroline

    6 years ago
    Did I mention that I live in central FL (Orlando) so you can imagine how hot it was here last July. If it's really hot where you are look into battery operated portable fans -- they really helped. I also used window sun screens for privacy.
  • juicingwithmaxi

    6 years ago
    Vivian you sound like an incredible woman with a talent for looking on the brighter side of life. I am looking to start another juice fast and everyone on here seems authentic and encouraging. I wish us all the best and I am absolutely positive that everything will come easier for you soon because there is no way that something with your attitude could not rise above. If you ever need inspiration I highly recommend reading Susan Miller's horoscopes. She'll be posting her new ones up tomorrow and she is an incredible person and astrologer. Good luck to you! :o)
  • thislittlelightofmine

    6 years ago
    God bless you to have the determination to want to change your life i will keep you in my prayers i was homeless too ! i know what its like :/ you will inspire many what a blessing Debra G Yeppon au
  • thislittlelightofmine

    6 years ago
    vivian . i used the library when i could not get internet acess its free and you still can keep in touch too with your blog dont give up girl your not alone i lived with just a few boxes or me and my daughters things we carried and lived in other peoples houses , a battered womans shelter and i know if GOD can help me i know He can help you too above all you have inner stregnth your story could reach millions that are homeless !! you have a destiny girl ! GO for it keep in touch please if can help in any way let me know blessings deb
  • blvnyrslf

    6 years ago
    Hi to all of you, I was in dire straights for many years, although not homeless, but just a breath from it. I so admire, Vivian, your way of thinking about your situation. You will surely succeed. I have joined Occupy in my city and that has led to a feeling of optimism about the future; there are many activities and lots of time, free or nearly free food and connections to people who can help you find more resources. My life has been simplified and that has been a real plus for me. I don't ever want to return to the former life. I see all of that as opportunity to discover how resourceful I really am. Vivian, you are a very resourceful and resilient person. You will be fine. You already are if you are looking at juicing. It will be exciting to follow your journey. Best of all possible things. Rita

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