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Paula’s Update

posted: 02/11/14
by: TLC
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Paula is newly widowed after her husband died from weight complications. "I don't think I'm far behind him," she said before her surgery.
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Paula answered TLC.com's questions about her current lifestyle and weight-loss progress. Her answers are below; they offer an inspiring look at an entirely new Paula.

Q: Describe your typical day.

A: My days are a lot busier than they used to be, but I'm able to do more. I am more structured and organized, able to accomplish more. I'm not concerned with where I'm going to park, and if there is a seat that can hold me. I don't have my kids do as much for me. They don't have to cook meals for me -- I can do that on my own. Overall, I don't have to stress about my day.

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

A: I'm able to do things I want to do. If I go to the mall, I'm able to walk around -- the same goes for the grocery store. I'm able to participate more. I'm swimming again after not doing it for eight years. That's not an exercise regimen, but I want to take a swimming class. I feel more comfortable in the water than on land.

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

A: It's not a person who's alive -- my husband passing away has been my main source of motivation. I don't want to end up like him. I was doing some of the same things he did, and I knew that I wouldn't be here much longer if I kept up that behavior. There are always people around me encouraging me, telling me that I can succeed. Even people I grew up with know that I am working to lose weight, and they are so proud of me.

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

A: My medical issues are difficult. I have low iron, and I'm anemic. There are things that your body goes through after surgery, like hormonal shifts, and your body becomes different. I can't trust my body as I'm going through these changes.

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

A: Everyone has been very positive. They are so happy for me and glad that I am doing this. My best friend is definitely a huge supporter. My kids are also big cheerleaders, and my daughter Madison has been willing to go through a lot of sacrifices to help me.

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

A: My goal is to get an RV in the next two and a half years and experience the United States. In general, I want to be healthy and happy, and I haven't put a number to that feeling.

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