I was down in the dumps. I was totally stuck and couldn’t move forward. My hip had so much degeneration my only option was to have a hip replacement but I was too overweight for the surgery to go ahead. The pain was excruciating and pain killers just caused more problems. All sorts of diets were tried but to no avail and I couldn’t exercise, infact I struggled to walk to the letterbox.
In desperation I tried Gracilis Tincture under recommendation of a work colleague. This was the first step, which others have told me, was the positive feedback loop instigator.
Once I started losing weight, I felt more positive and believed in myself that I could achieve my goals. After a year I had reached the weight that the doctors wanted in order for the surgery to go ahead. I am so thankful to all the doctors, surgeons and staff involved in the whole operation and rehabilitation process.
After the rehab and recovery, it only prompted me even more to set my goals higher. You will see a picture of me wearing my ball gown when I was in my early twenties, I still have it and am determined to wear it again. I am a realist too, I am not young anymore and have an artificial hip so walking and maybe swimming are probably the exercises that I want to do more of.
Again, I am so lucky because of where I live in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. There are over 300 km of walking and cycle ways travelling through this amazing beautiful part of the world. I plan to walk all of the different tracks, however not all in one go. When I was down in the dumps I just used to dream of going for long walks and taking pictures.
So now my next positive move is to obtain a really good camera and take pictures along all of these beautiful tracks. Ten kilometers sounds like a good achievable goal to work towards. Once I have a few pictures, I will set up my own Hawkes Bay Walks Facebook page for all to see and if suitable, maybe some pictures could go on the Gracilis Instagram page.
As I write this, I can feel myself wanting to be more positive about life and planning more thing to do. But I will take it slow and steady and not end crashing and going into a negative feedback loop! I will start with a map of all the walking tracks and plan which ones I will do in which order. And build up my walking to ten kilometers one kilometer at a time.
– Kim Stewart