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

  • mamanyland

    6 years ago
    While I've adopted a healthier lifestyle through this program, I've also started to come in touch with the spiritual side of my life. The combination of having a healthier mind, body and soul has been magnifying. It's like how people tell you that you're not going to be successful at a diet if you eat well, but don't exercise and vice versa. I think having a healthy mind, body and soul is key. I've been reading a book by Cal Pierce called "Receive Your Healing and Reclaim your Health". He runs a Healing Ministry out of Spokane, WA and tells his personal story about how he had a heart attack and how he turned his life around through his spiritual side. I don't mean to preach or anything, but I thought I would suggest this read to those that are really looking to make the life long change and perhaps have recently gotten in touch with the spiritual side of their lives. I was at the point of desperation in my life and this book has helped me greatly.
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    Good Morning All:)! Well, it's Saturday AND I'm at the library:)! This is Day 18 of my consuming Fresh Juice for breakfast and fresh veggie dishes (raw and steamed) for lunch and dinner, along with some legumes. I have NOT been measuring my lunch/dinner veggies (GRATEFUL for the freebies I've been getting from neighbors porch gardens!) I have been allowing myself just one can of chickpeas (my favorite) per day, split btwn my lunch and dinner. I also add about 3 T of nutritional yeast for my B12 to stay up since I don;t consume animal product. Due to cost, lack of funds, I have NOT been using an ounce of raw seed/nuts, I know the omegas are crucial but, I am doing the best with what resources I have AND being grateful for them all:)! SOOOO, in 18 days, I am down 18 pounds:)!.....currently 326:)! I have not had the time to exercise. I've been busy adjusting to the new job and when I'm home, I've been boxing and cleaning up my apartment (I guess that would be SOME exercise)...in 13 days, I will be officially homeless. To keep my mind off the situation, I've been "pumping" myself up on starting 100% juicing as of September 1st:)! Keeps my mind off feeling anxious about the homeless thing...AND reminds me how I am choosing to love ME!...putting ALL else on the back burner and focusing on my health:)! I've chotted down MANY blog post ideas, right now with work and packing, and not having internet at home, I have not been able to place up new blog entries BUT again, something to look forward to come September 1st:)! Not much news to report....staying focused, staying positive and simplifying my life to put all energy/time on my health. I hope everyone is doing well:)!.....I plan on posting pics of my journey on my blog: www.HomelessForMyHealth.blogspot.com for those who wish to follow along with me as I regain my health and life:)! Thanks for all that read my thread and take the time to post. Your support is appreciated and your words priceless, as I travel down this unknown road in my journey:)! *D*B*A, Leafy greens and Love, Vivian Bloomfield:) www.HomelessForMyHealth.blogspot.com
  • veghead

    6 years ago
    I am glad to see you back, Vivian. I have been reading your blog and was wondering what happened to you. A couple of questions: What part of the country do you live in? Have you considered renting a room from someone?
  • Runs with Poodles

    6 years ago
    I like your attitude, Vivian. I was "homeless" some years back but never really thought of it that way. I went to work on a farm in the fields and the farmer let me camp by the river, even got me a portable toilet and a picnic table. By day I worked the fields, at night I bartended. Bathed in the river, blew dry my hair in the wind and had a curling iron with a gas canister. Saved all my money that summer as I had no bills except the payment on my pickup. I look back on it now as a happy time with very little stress and certainly an adventure.
  • CarolNC

    6 years ago
    Vivian, my heart is so open after reading your story and I so look forward to your blog. going to check and see if it is up. I am on Day 5 and it is amazing the changes in mindset that occur when life is not clouded with unhealthy food. God Bless you, dear one. I will be praying with you every day.
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    Hello Everyone:)! I thought September 1st would never come....August was extremely stressful! I was hurt at work, making moving out and cleaning up the apt quite a task. I worked all day and limped around and up and down the steps the last week of August cleaning up my apt until 1-2 am in the morning! I'm NOT suppose to be climbing stairs, lifting anything over 5 pounds, crawling, squatting, kneeling, etc....LOL! Just goes to show, when the mind is determined ANYTHING can be done:)! Despite the severe pain, I made it....all packed up, cleaned up and out of my apt! I'm still trying to get a schedule down...soooooooooooo grateful for the 3 day weekend! Missing part of my story, I have kitties...aka My Girls. I volunteered last summer for a cat rescue and one of the woman has allowed me to use her enclosed kitten room to keep my girls:)! It's in a barn. I spent 7 hours last week scrubbing it clean, disinfected it, used area rugs from my apartment to place on the concrete floor to make it comfy for them. I still need to get an inexpensive rug from walmart to cover one open space. They have 4 windows to look out and all their beds and bedding fits nicely in the room. I have a long folding table with a huge thick quilt on top to create a cave above the area rugs. Well, let me tell you where I have slept the last 2 nights:)!...oh yes, the room even has an air conditioner. Now, the woman thinks I am sleeping on someone's couch. I'm not trying to mislead her, just don't want her to feel obligated to me. In exchange for the kitty room, I will help with the care of the rescue animals. I'm so relieved I just have a safe place for my kitties. So far, she hasn't said anything about my being in the kitten room in the barn. I have come over late, after 11pm, and leave by 8-9am. I just feel so bad for my kitties, as they are use to my being around them. I will post a pic of my "canopy" bed on my blog:)! It is quite cozy and my kitties curl right up with me. I have slept like a baby the past 2 nights:)! Oh, and the doors, screen and storm doors, lock to the room, the storm door has a dead bolt...so, I think this is what makes me feel so safe. Funny, last night I heard the horses walking out of the barn into the corral. My Girls have never seen horses, oh how I wished I could have taken a video of them lined up on the cat shelves staring out the windows:)!.....the full moon was beautiful...filled the room with light...there IS light in the room BUT I didn't want to draw attention I was in there after midnight. So, we will see what happens....I know there is a heater in the room for winter weather but not sure how she will feel with my staying in there...for now, if questioned, my excuse, partly true, is I'm trying to help my Girls adjust by staying with them. My real work schedule will be 3p-11p. She goes to work 9-5. I was going to come into the barn at 8am and stay with my girls until 2p, before heading back to work by 3pm. Anyhow, someone did mention about my renting a room. Well, I only have about $400 left after bills, car and health insurance, and $50/week for food. My goal is to save money to get back into an apartment. To rent a room in the area would take ALL the $400 away, plus more! once my knee is healed, and I'm off office duty, I plan to work 7 days a week from 3-11pm. The 16 hours will be overtime and give me a net of about $200/week:)! It's just getting the overtime! My scheduled days off will be sunday and monday, so I feel on Sunday this will be easy to get an additional 8 hours. I took THE best shower yesterday at the gym:)! Let me tell you, it was AWESOME running a HOT shower for almost an hour (no worry about the electric bill to heat the water) AND when I was done, I did NOT have to clean the shower:)!....I felt like a QUEEN:)! I had a smile a mile wide yesterday after that:)! The one issue is I have no cellphone coverage in the barn. I CAN charge my battery because the room has FOUR electric outlets. I DO want to get a flashlight at the Dollar Store when I get paid. IF I had one, I could read under my "canopy" bed. Actually, it reminds me of a train bed....remember the one from "I Love Lucy"?...yeah, I'll take a pic and post it on my blog. So, for the month of August, I lost 19 pounds. Not bad, pleased actually because money ran short and tight but I did my best to eat plant-based. Tomorrow, I will start juice fasting. (You have to check out my "sink" at the bar---I'll post a pic on my blog---it's an outside water pump:)!) I got carrots on sale real cheap, so I will be juicing just carrots for now. I have an ice chest with ice to keep them chilled. Good thing I LOVE carrots:)! Well, not much to add...my spirits remain up, I remain determined...with all this downsizing, I'm feel MUCH less stress. in fact, I thought it would be cool to one day build/own one of those Tumbleweed Homes. They are built on a trailer so you can just hitch up to a truck and move where ever you want! They have a loft for a bed, a tiny kitchen and bath, and a small living area....it appeals to me. As I packed, I just thought how time consuming stuff is...taking care of it, keeping it in repair, etc. Well, tomorrow starts my juice fast (carrot juice fast..lol) I'm not sure how long I will juice fast...I might juice fast for a time frame, switch to eating JUST raw veggies, fruits and nuts; then juice fast again....still feeling this part out yet...will listen to my body. Thanks for reading...I'll do my best to keep ya'all posted:)! Leafy Greens and LOTS of <3, Vivian Bloomfield:)!
  • Sue62

    6 years ago
    Just made my mean green and decided to add a beet and the greens..well it turned into a mean deep burgundy!! was yummy...juice on you are an inspiration vivian not many people in your situation would have your outlook..god bless you.
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    HELLO ALL...Happy Labor Day:)! It's pouring down rain in my neck of the woods...but I LOVE a dark, rainy, "dreary" day....I find them soothing. Got the carrots all juiced up for the day. With it being the holiday, the library is closed, so I am sitting in a local coffee cafe, in a BIG soft comfy chair, HUGE bay window in front of me, watching the birds eat from a feeder...AHHH:)...TOTAL bliss:)! I am sipping a bottle of water..the place is empty and there is that soft rock coffee house music in the background....seriously, could this BE any more relaxing:)! My kitties are doing well...adjusting to their new "home". My one little one is still a bit frightened and unsure but the others are having a blast hopping from window shelf to window shelf. They each can have their own window with a blanket, but like kids, they are "fighting" over one...honestly!...lol:)! Sue62...I LOVE beets raw and juiced...did you read my little splurb about beets on my blog? Beets are AMAZING! I know many people stear clear because they state they taste like dirt. I never felt that way BUT we all have different taste buds. Beet greens are just as superb in nutrition...I don;t think I would eat them BUT I will juice them...already have done so while I still had my apartment...the blend right in with the juice, can't even taste them....and OH how I LOVE the color of beet juice:)! So far, the living situation is okay:)! I know it sounds crazy to say, but I actually feel at peace not having to deal with the upkeep of an entire apt (I DO vacuum the kitty room). When I think of ALL the many time and energy it takes to have "stuff"...I could use that time, money and energy and focusing/using it for my health! Seriously, what's the point of having so much "stuff"..it requires workign long hours at a job most people don't like, when they do get home ""stuff" needs to be maintained, replaced, etc....tired., exhausted, etc all to just have and upkeep "stuff". Now, to use the money on eating organic foods, self pampering like reflexology, massages, etc., taking vacations to the beach, etc., owning a small piece of land to grow my own garden, etc. I feel a shift within me....downsizing to the minimum and using my money to take care of me/my health...after all, if you don't have good health, you do NOT have a quality life!...at least that's how I feel:)Also, I truly want to help others have access to fresh produce. As you can see in this thread and my blog, I believe we are all here for a purpose...I also feel we are ALL meant to help one another, that's why we are all born with our own unique gift(s)...these talents we each possess are for a reason. Just imagine if each and every person on this earth unconditionally shared their gift:)!...there would be no one in need, hunger, homeless, hurt, poor, etc:)!....LOVE---it truly is the answer:)! Thanks for checking in and for the blessings and well wishes, they mean the world to me:) *D*B*A* Leafy Greens and LOTS of <3, Vivian Bloomfield www.HomeLessForMyHealth.blogspot.com L
  • Victor369

    6 years ago
    Wow, you are certainly inspirational! I am on day 9 of juice fast and actually thought about cheating today with a hot dog. Your posts put me into shame and your spirit is infectious. I am sure you will achieve all your goals if you push on. For me, I will stick with juicing and stay away from unhealthy food until Christmas. Thank you very much, you really helped me today! Well done and keep pushing on! Victor
  • ava

    6 years ago
    hi Vivian! I am fighting my own health issues for the last two/three months.Reading about you and the way you are sticking it out despite odds gives me renewed courage and hope. God bless you!

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