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Dorcas C. Chandler
 

When I first started my weight-loss journey in 2015, I knew I had to eat right and exercise. I wasn't sure how I would exercise, but I knew I had to make it a part of my journey.  I couldn't stand up for any length of time and I was on a walker; but I had to do something.  I wondered how I was going to do what the doctor told me to do regarding eating without exercising.

I was in my office lying on the bed and I asked God this question, “God how am I going to lose weight when a previous doctor told me that I would never be able to lose weight because I couldn't move?”  I heard a soft voice that echoed back in my ear ‘but… what does Dorcas say?’ It was at that point, as I lay flat on my back, that I lifted my left leg up.  That was the leg with the most problems. I started to count, and I could only count to 5 and my leg automatically fell back down. It was as though my leg had no strength.  I felt paralyzed. I kept trying to raise my left leg and it kept falling down.

At that point, I realized I had to move what I could. I knew I needed to start somewhere, I was determined to start. There was nothing wrong with my right leg, but I wanted both legs to be in sync so whatever I did with my left leg, I would also do with my right leg. The first couple of months when I exercised, I was only able to do 5 leg exercises at a time. I did 5 on the left leg and 5 on the right leg. Then I began to lift my hands in the air: 5 lifts and that was it. One day I looked over in the corner and I saw my mom's cane.  I got the cane and started lifting it up above my head 5 times. I was so proud of myself because I didn't know I could do that. Next I took the cane and moved it behind my head like I was doing sit ups without moving up and down. I knew then I was on my way. I shouted out in my office, “Dorcas you're on your way!”  This may seem simple or like it’s not much, but it meant the world to me. Here I was a couple of months after I had talked to the doctor, and after I had wondered how I could exercise, and I had begun to move what I could.  Despite not being able to walk I found a way to exercise.


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"Never lose hope in difficult times."
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Over the next couple of months I became able to lift my legs 10 times.  I figured out that by placing my foot in the handle of the cane I could increase my leg lifts from 5 to 10. My determination would not let me quit, and little by little I pushed myself to do more.  A few months later I was able to lift my legs 15 times. One year later from the time I first did 5 leg lifts, I can now lift my legs 100 times without the cane.  I do a hundred sit-ups in the bed.  Any exercises I do where I am lifting my arms and legs or lying on my side or on my back, I do it in increments of 100. Wow! I am so proud of the progress I have made because I did not stop or let defeat dictate to me. Now I have set new goals: once I get up-which I will report, “VICTORY! I WILL BE ON MY WAY TO THE GYM.”

 I have written 5 exercise songs and titled them “Light On Your Feet-Push Your Foot Up Against Mine.”  I hope to inspire you to simply move what you can! I am so grateful to God for what He is allowed me to do. Please understand that I'm still on a walker and I still have pain in the left side of my body; but not as much as I had before. Still today, one year later I am eating right and exercising. Sometimes I don’t feel like exercising, but I choose not to settle for the negative voices in my head that tell me I can't. I’m here to tell you:  OH YES I CAN-and you can too! Just move what you can!

Please understand you should never attempt to do exercises or start a diet without first consulting your doctor or a medical provider. I don't know your situation. One thing I do know is that life is beautiful and so are you.  Good health waits for us all!

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