Health Issues

Olivia’s Update

posted: 01/14/14
by: TLC
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Olivia rests after going on a walk outside. Before her surgery, this kind of activity wouldn't have been possible.

Olivia answered's questions about her current lifestyle and weight-loss progress. Her answers are below; they offer an inspiring look at an entirely new Olivia.

Q: Describe your typical day.

A: I wake up and take a shower, go downstairs. I help make breakfast. I clean the kitchen and I do the laundry. I go out and do errands with my sister. Sometimes I cook dinner to help out the family -- they love my meatloaf! I sit up and watch television with my family, but I'll also go outside a lot and play catch. I play a lot of baseball.

Q: What kind of exercise or activity do you engage in to work toward your goals?

A: I have physical therapy every day, and I do my walk every day. I walk from my house to the end of the block. I am also doing errands, so that requires a lot of movement. Now that I can move around my house more easily, I try not to use the cane or the walker.

Q: Who or what is your motivation for keeping the course of your weight-loss journey?

A: My family motivates me to stay healthy. I do not touch junk food, fried food, soda and sweets.

Q: What is your biggest obstacle in staying on track with weight loss?

A: Age is an obstacle and a motivator. If I got back to where I was before, it would be harder to lose weight because I'm getting older. I want to help people and motivate them. I want to be out there telling my story.

Q: How have friends and family reacted to your weight loss?

A: My family will be at the top of the stairs welcoming me up. They cheer for me and tell me to do it. Everyone is just so proud of me, and they see how happy and motivated I am -- that is the best gift.

Q: In five years from now, how do you envision your life -- and your body?

A: Hopefully, in five years, I'll be at 140 pounds. My brother and I want to open a business that brings Chicago-style foods to Houston. You don't see Italian beef, hot dogs or pizza puffs in Houston. We hope to open a truck and turn it into a restaurant. I've always wanted to be in the food business. This will not affect my weight; I am very determined about staying healthy.

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