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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  • prishaynes

    6 years ago
    Hi, Vivian! You're a force of awesomeness! Very inspirational. I'm so proud of you for making the tough decisions you have made and I'm even more impressed you are working forward to lose the weight. You have many people cheering for you. I admire how you found a place to provide shelter for your precious kitties and being creative with that space so you have a place to rest. Your going to have some interesting memories from this part of your journey. What and adventure! Cheers to your health and improved wealth, too! You're so amazing! :)
  • NLRivera

    6 years ago
    Hi, Vivian, Not sure if this would interest you, but we recently lost our cat of 14 years and we still have some of her things. Would you be interested in them? If you tell me where to send them, I'll have everything shipped to you. My email is nicolelrivera (at) me (dot) com. Many blessings, Nicole
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    Good Evening All:)! It's 7;30pm...I'm at the library. Victor, HUGE HUGE HUGE...YIPEEE for not eating a hotdog:)!...it's FULL of nitrates, fat and stuff that fills only your arteries with plaque, in no way shape or form does it fill your belly or nutritional needs! I KNOW how hard addiction is to food....BUT the mind is strong..the flesh weak! So, way to overcome the weakness of the flesh and using your mind to control YOU:)! Ava, thank you for sharing and I will pray for you to continue your journey to good health so that you can serve your purpose 100% on this beautiful Earth:)! Prishaynes...WOW! is that you in your photo icon...graceful AND beautiful:)!---thank you for your kind words. Yes, My girls are my world:)! the were strays I found as babes, rescued when everyone ignored them and bottled fed 2 of them back to health. I knew when I made the decision to regain my life that I needed to make sure they were able to have a safe, warm and comfy place. Sissy, my baby, is coming along slowly...she's a cutie but so timid. I feel blessed they have a home...even more blessed that for now I am able to be with them and have a shelter, at least until I get a routine/schedule down being homeless....working on getting those pics on the blog to show my "barn bungalow"..lol:)! Nicole, I'm so sorry for the loss of your kitty:(....I, too had a kitty, a stray--bottled fed, right out of college...she past away at 15..I swore I'd never get another cat...I was devastated...well, God gave me 2 years to grieve and then blessed me with 4 little critters....one each year for 4 years:)! My kitties are set...I have ALL their stuff in the barn...I always joke and tell people if there is such a thing as reincarnation, I want to come back as one of MY kitties...SPOILED:)!...they had such rough beginnings and give me such unconditional love in return. I'm amazed at how well they've adjusted to their new little bungalow. I thank you for your offer of things...what you could do is donate them to a cat shelter in your area...specifically a non-profit. They ALWAYS need items and the kitties they rescue/help so need the items, too. So many of the non-profit animal shelters rely on the workers and volunteers to provide the food, toys, bedding, etc for the animals they rescue. SO:), yesterday and today I had carrot juice. A few times yesterday I felt like puking...I know it's just detox...just NOT a pleasant feeling! BUT a POSITIVE sign that good things are going on inside of me:)! I do read people getting upset about not losing weight quickly while juicing. What they need to realize is that juicing is healing the body...weight loss is just ONE of the "side effects" from juicing. When the weight loss is showing on the scale, I can guarantee you it's because your body is using ALL those nutrients from the juice to fix/heal something inside of you that may not even know is in need of healing! Remember, new skin grows from the inside out...so be patient, be kind to yourself and keep juicing KNOWING you are doing your ENTIRE body...body, mind AND soul a WORLD of good:)! Health is NOT just a number on the scale...it's also about how you feel physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually...so hang in there and chin up all:)! I personally am thinking about alternating a plant-based week and juice fasting as money allows me with a possible few days of water fasting in between to really help my body cleanse, as well as help stretch my budget...win-win all around:)! Thanks to all who read and/or posted...your support keeps me focused and allows me to not only hear the song in my heart but to embrace the courage to pursue it...no matter what road/avenue that may take me down:)! The next road I'm headed down....the gym:)!...time for a little tv and a well deserved HOT shower...AHHHH:)! POWER of the PLANTS!...juice on:)! *D*B*A* Leafy Greens and LOTS of <3!, Vivian Bloomfield:)
  • prishaynes

    6 years ago
    Hi, Vivian! No, that's not really me in the photo icon. That's the me I want to be! If only I could leap gracefully like that. In my mind I do. One day I will. :) After I lose about another 100 pounds! You're so sweet. If you lived near me and I had the space available I'd gladly help you out! I'm looking forward to your next post already! Take care!
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    Good Morning All:)! Prishaynes, I LOVE it:)! You WILL leap gracefully like your icon soon:)! Having a vision in mind and posting it TELLS the Universe what it is YOU want! Be doing both, you WILL bring the vision to you:)! I can't wait until I see YOU as the icon leaping:)! AW, thanks for your offer to stay with you. AS I stated, I feel safe...I'm not freaked out...I know God has my back and for whatever reason He needs me to go through all this:)! Like I said, who better to solve a problem than the one who actually has to live through it:)! In many ways, I feel I've been preparing for this part of my journey my entire life:)! I'm just INCREDIBLY grateful I have this forum to post on...it has shown me I am NOT alone and gives me a place to share my heart:)! I'm grateful to all who read and/or post back to me:)! Well, the verdict is in on my knee...I will need to have surgery on it:(! For those who aren't aware, it was hurt at work, so good thing, workman's comp covers it. They believe, from the MRI and the pain I STILL have (hurt on 7/11) that there might be a small tear...can't tell unless they get in there..IF it is torn, they CAN fix the tear and I will be out of pain:)!...that part, the out of pain thing, is what excites me most:)!...also, I will FINALLY be on my real shift of 3pm-11pm when i heal, which will help me with my daily living schedule, as I planned it around right down to the minute, not 9am-4:30pm...which gives me less hours and about $100 less each month AND less time for ME to focus on those things I need for my journey! ANYHOW, the doctor only does surgery on Wed...and I will be out of work for about a week. The big issues I needed to cover...I need a ride to and from the hospital bcz I will need to be put under AND I need a place to lay flat with my knee propped! I don't think the doctor will go for my current place of crawling under a table in a barn...lol:)! AND the fact no one knows I AM homeless makes arrangements a tad bit harder:(! I believe I have my to and from ride covered...and by God's good grace, I just bumped into my neighbor from my old apartment complex here at the library today! (She thinks I'm staying on a friend's couch). Well, bless her heart, she told me to come stay with her during my after care when she asked how my knee was doing. I told her it would be 5-7 days...she stated it was fine, especially after ALL the stuff I gave to her when I moved out. I know she's on Section 8 but she stated as long as I don't stay more than 15 days, she won't get in trouble. I am relieved:)! The only tricky part will be walking up the 3 flights of steps, after that, I will be fine:)! She leaves at 8:30am and gets home after 4pm. So, I will get plenty of sleep/rest. Yep, another moment of getting to be "queen for the day".:)! Rest on a couch watching tv and doing nothing...lol:)! My Girls should be okay at the barn. I will load them up on food and water, and of course let the lady know my situation. They are adjusting so much better:)! They LOVE the windows:)! My little Sissy is still upset but she has been playing at night and sleeping right next to me...she's at least not in the corner ALL day/night! I will post their pics on my blog shortly for those interested. I fell asleep thinking and praying for a solution about my knee surgery. Once again, I panicked trying to cross the t's and dot the i's....I think God keeps giving me these tests, waiting for me to just say, "Let go and let God"...instead of trying to control and arrange everything! I KNOW He wants me to just trust Him...to trust the flow of life and allow the Universe to take care of ALL the "HOW" parts that WILL enter my life, especially if I plan on creating a non-proift to help ALL people have access to fresh fruits and veggies, and to teach them how to cook/create healthy meals from the. I do NOT want surgery BUT I DO need answers....getting the surgery done is a logical solution to the problem, ay least it will answer questions! Now, my health:)!....I SOOOO wanted to juice all week, but once again, fresh veggies were offered and well, I will NOT turn them down...my body was deprived of them for weigh (yes a pun) too long! I'm not able to afford eating plant-based..yet, BUT I am working on a budget with CCCS to see if I can swing a bit more money so I CAN do a combo as I stated in an earlier post of juicing, water fasting and plant-based week/days....EXCITING:)! One thing for sure, while healing from surgery those 5-7 days, this girl is either juicing or water fasting...and I am leaning toward a water fast because it will be easiest:)!....I WILL keep you all posted on it...trust me:)! I do know water fasting, while sick or injured gives the body a much needed rest from digesting food, so it CAN work on healing other parts of the body that are hurt...so this will be perfect timing:)!...see a positive out of a not so positive situation:)! Oh, I will have internet access at my friend/neighbor's place so you will REALLY be "hearing" from me during those 5-7 days:)! It will be nice to be able to do and detail a 5-7 water fast to those on the forum...the good and the bad of it:)! WOW:)! NOW I AM actually excited for the surgery:)! , not only will this knee get help BUT also my body/weight:)! Oh, some of the veggies I got were HUGE portabella mushroom caps:)!...my FAVORITE! I filled them with some hummus and fresh sliced garden tomatoes...they were AWESOME! I forgot to take a picture to post on my blog:(! I still have some left (keeping fresh in the kitty room, which is nicely air conditioned:)!)...I will try to take a picture today, as I plan on finishing them off with the rest of tomatoes, which were also delicious. The hummus, I actually made at work:)!....I wanted to show a co-worker how to make hummus without oil....chickpeas, fresh lemon, raw sunnies (sunflower seeds), garlic cloves and some water. Well, he brought in the ingredients and blender. Let me tell you how amazed he was by the recipe...blown away how great it tasted without the oil AND how little it cost to make so much!....MUCH cheaper than store bought filled with oil and salt. I wrote down variations of flavors he could make at home....and wouldn't you know it, he whipped up a 16 ounce container of garlic hummus for ME as a thank you! I could have cried! He gave me 4 HUGE mushroom caps and a bag of tomatoes from his garden! just because I showed him how to make oil and salt-free hummus!?!?!?! Seriously:)?!?! THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU GOD...:)! GRATEFUL:)!...he has no idea about my homeless situation nor my quest to regain my health and normal weight! HE was grateful for learning how to make a healthy version of hummus...he himself had lost about 75 pounds and no longer takes ANY medications! He's still learning and tweaking his diet, so being able to add back in a healthy version of hummus into his diet made his day:)!....Helping another person is like THE best feeling in the WHOLE world...and I aim on trying to HELP the whole world:)!...one person at a time:)! SOOOOO, I drank carrot juice for 2-3 days; then have been living off of tomatoes, hummus (left it in the office fridge:)!) and mushrooms:)!...oh, and I DID have a baked potato (Wendy's) with hummus and chopped tomato for dinner this week, too:)! A little treat:)! I'm anxious to start adding in juice and water fast days, but feel the free plant foods is a sign to help my body detox a bit more...all I know is I have NOT eaten ANYTHING canned or processed in OVER 30 days and feel AMAZING:)! Well, yet another long post....lots to share:)! Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL week...hop on over to my blog for more details on my journey, if you are interested. Thanks for reading. I appreciate ALL your support:)! POWER of the PLANTS! *D*B*A* Leafy Greens and LOTS of <3, Vivian Bloomfield:)!
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    Hello All:)! Well, verdict is in...I need surgery on the knee! So, I WILL be doing a water fast, as I recoop from that ordeal! The water fast will be 5-15 days long. My neighbor ,from where I lived prior to being homeless, has offered me to recoop at her apartment...so grateful:)! I just need to get up the 3 flights of stairs after the surgery. I guess experimenting with water fasting is going to happen quicker than I planned on this journey...lol:)! I believe I will be using a combo of juice fasting, water fasting and plant-based consumption as my means to lose the weight and regain my health. On my blog, I go a bit further into what I plan. I hopped on the scale and I am down another 4 pounds:)!...326--YIPPEE:)! My energy level is up, despite the knee pain and lack of sleep due to it. I just wish I could exercise, too. I hope the surgery fixes the knee AND that recover time is QUICK! I've been eating shredded cabbage w/varying legumes and 1 and 1/2 tablespooon of nutritional yeast....LOVE this combo...yummy, VOLUME and filling:)! (check it out on my blog). Tonight, I have to hit the food pantry. It;s open 2 wednesdays a month in the evening. Being on light office duty with the knee, I can't go in the morning to get a can or 2 of legumes. I'm down to $7 dollars for food until 9/20....so, I'm hoping the pantry is stocked with legumes and some donated local farm produce! Wish me luck!...I'll keep you posted on my pantry trip outcome:)!...check my blog...FINALLY starting to get some pics, a small peak into my life/journey of being homeless, as I regain my health:)! Short entry today but wanted to touch base with ya'all:)! POWER of the PLANTS! *D*B*A* Leafy Greens and LOTS of <3, Vivian Bloomfield:)!
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    ooops...the blog address...lol:)! HomeLessForMyHealth.blogspot.com POWER of the PLANTS! *D*B*A* Leafy Greens and LOTS of <3, Vivian Bloomfield:)!!!!!!
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    Good Morning All:)!
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    updated my blog....knee surgery set for 10/17! I have FINALLY set some specific goals...an outline for my journey...posted in my blog. I will update here later today. Wanted to touch base, say hello and let all know that I am doing well...getting a routine down---focused and determined girl here folks:)!... POWER of the PLANTS//*D*B*A*//Leafy Greens and LOTS of <3 Vivian Bloomfield:)!
  • VivianBloomfield

    6 years ago
    oops!!! www.homelessformyhealth.blogspot.com :)!
  • dmet

    6 years ago
    Vivian, Your posts here and your blog are so very inspiring. Please post or blog any new meal ideas. I am going to try the one you blogged about very soon!

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