Real Change

Obese, Homeless AND Determined

Real Change

Posted by VivianBloomfield on 7 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

  • TracieH

    7 years ago
    Whose article Caroline? I googled but didn't find anything.
  • homeslady

    6 years ago
    http://www.homelessformyhealth.blogspot.com/
  • VivianBloomfield

    7 years ago
    Good Morning:)! I know, I thought I would not have access to internet today. I took a break from packing my "life" in boxes....deciding what to keep--what to donate/give away (my "walk-in closet" is 5 feet deep, 10 feet long and 8 feet high). It's actually becoming therapeutic because I have to REALLY think, do I NEED an item to be stored OR is it meant for someone else who could REALLY use it. It has really helped me open my eyes about "material stuff"---NOT that I have a ton of "stuff". ANYHOW, I needed to get out of my apt for a breather...I know I will be okay BUT it's hitting me that I will not have a home for a while. So, I took a little drive and low and behold, a little coffee cafe that I've never noticed on a side street was open...AND in here, INTERNET:)! WAHOO:)! AND I was blessed to hop on and see more post from those who've already embraced me AND some new "faces"....THANK YOU:)! You are recharging my battery:)! GABRIEL: YES you WILL succeed! If you read my blog (address below) I, too 4 years ago was less than 145---I started at 550+ pounds. My blog fills in details BUT I DO believe a reason for the backslide was a Higher power redirecting me; that there were tools I STILL needed to gather. As I've been told, I've done it before and I can/will do it again. As explained in my blog, health is the connection between body, mind and soul. I got down the body (weight) part BUT my mind, body and soul were not united. The realization of this, after 2-3 years of literal Hell, hit me and well, here I am---some tough choices and decisions BUT I know I was not built to break:)! Gabriel, you GET it:)! I KNOW you WILL succeed this time:)! Thanks for posting and sharing your journey:)! RICK: THANKS:)! Caroline: Thanks for checking out my blog and for your kind comments. Well, today I THOUGHT I would do 100% juicing BUT my neighbor has a porch garden and she gave me tomatoes (LOVE tomatoes)....I still have some reduced produce items (green beans, eggplant and mushrooms) SO I decided to do breakfast and lunch juicing and make a pot of stewed tomatoes, eggplant, green beans and mushrooms. I know it doesn't sound too appealing, but I have ONE can of chickpeas left so I'm making "Chickpea Stew" for dinner...lol:)! Minus the meat, fat, gravy and biscuits:)! SO, tomorrow, I plan to go 100% juicing. I'm trying to listen to my body and when the Universe hands me a plan (free veggies) well, from experience, I am learning to go with the flow. I think I'm meant to a few days of whole plant foods with the juicing. I'm just anxious/curious to start juicing:)! I'm embracing this journey with an open heart and want to share what I learn, feel and see....that's why I started a blog, as my post get too long on here:)! Wishing everyone hope and love on their journeys:)! Thanks to everyone who touched based and for those who read this thread:)! *D*B*A* Vivian Bloomfield www.HomeLessForMyHealth.blogspot.com
  • NewDay4Caroline

    7 years ago
    TracieH -- the article is on Vivian's blog.
  • Discpain

    7 years ago
    Vivian~~I truly admire you for talking about weight loss while homeless. I can relate on all levels. I was homeless and living in a shelter at Interfaith Housing Coalition 7 yrs ago. I also had allowed my self to weigh over 300 lbs. Being on food stamps I didn't think I could eat healthy and I ate lots of carbs like potatoes. Since I've had my apt I had tried to lose weight but to no avail until I watched Joe and Phil in "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". I found the film to be transforming and ispirational. I started my reboot of eating and juicing on July 15th at 310.4 and today I weighed 299.2 lbs. I have lost 11.2 lbs so far. Green has become my friend. Vivian you are truly amazing. I pray for your continued success.
  • joanna.vanelk

    7 years ago
    Vivian, you are truly inspiring and your psots remind me of a note I recently got from the Universe (TUT notes from the Universe): Options multiply, when insistence lessens. And when the time is right, I'll help you choose. Be fruitful, The Universe I am sending positive thoughts to you in your journey - you are an inspiration! Joanna
  • SkyeinOregon

    7 years ago
    Vivian, You are AMAZING! I'm so inspired by your courage. You might want to check out your local organic co-ops. I've been able to get organic veges delivered by a local wholesaler for a lot less than shopping at grocery stores. Oh, and zucchini while being cheaper than cuccumbers is more nutritionally dense. I'm on day 35 of a 60 day fast and I can't begin to tell you how much better I feel. It's all worth it. Even the days that I was feeling really cranky. ;) I'm so looking forward to reading your posts and if you need someone to vent to, my email address is: bemusedinkr@yahoo.com
  • mscantbwrong

    7 years ago
    wow... i am simply humbled by the exuberance, determination and strength that you are exuding. i feel like i can almost see you *there*... see the skinny girl inside of you fighting to get out. ~ on my way to read your blog. ~ i hope that you do succeed and especially that you keep us updated and in the loop. your words are inspirational and certainly show me that i need to remember to keep things in perspective. ~ one thing you wrote struck a chord in me... "our bodies follow like little puppies to whatever our minds think... be it a thought, action, etc. Just in these past 4 days, I have been more aware HOW i phrase my thoughts as well as the words that come out of my mouth. What we think and say, we get in return. It may sound silly and simple, but it is true." ~ my mother told me something not long ago, and it's something that i have been repeating every morning as i milk my goat along with a handful of other affirmations... but here goes... "your thoughts create your feelings". ~ with some reflection, i totally got that phrase... but until i read what you wrote above, i didn't know how to implement it. i just kinda hoped that if i said it enough that the magic of it would happen. i have a hard time squelching that negative inner-dialogue within. i am really good at stuffing my feelings and putting my best face forward. i need to learn to edit my thoughts as well as i edit my words.
  • dianehelen

    7 years ago
    Wow! Vivian, your story just made me shiver. I sooo wish the best for you. Someone with your determination under the worst of conditions reminds me NOT to whine about my life.. Where do you live, I dont know if you mentioned that. Are you someplace that the winter will affect this plan? Please keep us informed of your progress and your life. NewDay4Caroline, where in Orlando are you? I live in Orlando too! I am in the Hunters Creek area...
  • brendanooo

    7 years ago
    Vivian, I read your post but not all of the responses, so if I repeat, you'll excuse my lethargy. You have more challenges than just your health, so I wish you the best in everything. If you get through this, the world will truly be your oyster, to suck, swallow, and do whatever the hell you want with! Seriously, best of luck. Apparently, most people have a hard time at the start. I had one day with a shocker of a headache for the entire day but apart from that didn't have too much else to tackle with. I started my 60-day fast on June 1 and as I went through it I found it so easy that I changed to a 100-day goal. Today is my day 71, and I'm counting down the days to eating whole food again, but I'm not in any way struggling. On day 61 I had lost about 50 lbs in your currency, or 23 kgs here in Australia. I hope you succeed in everything you want to. May God watch over you, Brendan
  • VivianBloomfield

    7 years ago
    HELLO EVERYONE:)! So, sorry for the silent hiatus...been packing up my apt, downsizing, AND trying to get into the swing of my new job! I'm doing well:)! THANK YOU to ALL who have posted...I feel so incredibly blessed! So, many beautiful comments and well wishes:)! I seriously had this AMAZING dream last night! I was flying, not in an airplane, but literally flying WAY up high in the sky (I'm NOT fond of heights!) There was this heavenly music playing. The sky was this brilliant bright blue, a shade I've NEVER seen before, NOT one cloud in the sky. The sun was warm but not hot. I was flying up, around, swooping down,etc...I felt SO FREE, ALIVE and HAPPY! IT felt SO real. So, you can only imagine my disappointment when I woke up and realized it was a dream:(! BUT OH that complete feeling of freedom.....NEVER felt something like that before in my life! I am down to 329.8:)!.....I have not juiced 100% Every time I intend to do this, I receive access to free produce BUT I crave to eat it, verses juicing. As I stated before, I'm listening to my body and following its cues:)! I think a few weeks of eating 100% plant-based again is want I need, as I KNOW it will make the detox process less excruciating when I juice 100%! I HAVE been a juice for breakfast, a salad for lunch with some chickpeas, and a steamed veggie with some raw sunnies for dinner--I feel GREAT:)! Yes, I DID have a headache for a few days BUT I also know from experience this WAS die to detox withdrawal from some of the SAD food I ate from the food pantries. So, I'm not sure when I will 100% juice for now, the food intake menu I'm eating feels good and is working for me:)! I believe once I no longer have access to a stove/fridge, juicing WILL take over as my full time menu:)!....in 20 days, we'll see what happens:)! BRENDAN: WOW!! CONGRATS...THANK YOU for sharing your story! AMAZING what YOU have accomplished so far! Keep up the FABULOUS work! Thank you for your well wishes, too:)! DIANEHELEN: I'm located on the East Coast...I'm praying and remaining positive that we WILL have another warm winter. I've tried to get the 3-11 pm shift at work; then I can hang out in the gym (open 24/7); exercise on the treadmills, shower and watch some tv for a few hours, as well as stay warm or cool (depending on the weather). I know it will all work out...just feel it in my heart:)! mscantbwrong: Thanks for the kind words:)! WOW, I saw in your post you've lost a BIG chunk of weight is JUST 10 months! WEIGH to go...lol:)! SKYE: thanks for the support...WOW!!! you've lost 30+ pounds in ONE month! AWESOME:)! Thanks for the e-mail address, too. My time is so limited BUT it's refreshing to know I have a someone I can vent to:)! JOANNA: thank you for sharing your beautiful post; also for the well wishes:)! DISCPAIN: GREAT job! WOW, you are on your way, too:)! Thanks for your post and support! Words alone can't express my gratitude for ALL the well wishes, prayers and support from ALL who have read and/or posted on my thread. THANK YOU:)! I'm truly hoping to be able to post daily once September 1st arrives. I know it will take a week or two to get into a routine once I am homeless, BUT I DO look forward to the adventure that lies before me. It IS an adventure and with all adventures, there WILL be ups and downs so it;'s refreshing to know I have a place where I can share/talk, etc with others...thanks to everyone here:)! so, in 11 days, I've lost almost 16 pounds basically eating 2 plant-based meals and one meal (breakfast) of juice...not bad:)! I DO feel better, energy wise ALSO still anxious to try a 100% juice fast, even if it's only for a week:)! Like I said, an adventure:)! Time to connect to and listen to my body. Learn what it wants, how it feels, ect. Health is MORE than just a number on a scale....it's connecting with your body, mind and soul to be a complete healthy AND happy human being:)! Well, as much as I hate to say it, let alone DO it, I must get back to packing boxes! This week, I will be moving my stuff to a storage unit so I can have 1-2 weeks to clean the apt from top to bottom, as well as my car:)! I wish each and every one of you who post and/or read continued success on your road to good health. Please visit me here, as well as my blog www.HomelessForMyHealth.blogspot.com---my "light" is always on:)! Have a Wonderful Weekend:)!...I will try to post on Monday:)! *D*B*A* Vivian Bloomfield

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