Hi, I'm Chris, and I live in western Victoria, Australia. I'm 59 and have been a yoyo dieter for as long as I can remember.
Over the past months I knew the weight was creeping back on again, but chose to ignore it, just kept telling myself life is too short to have to watch every single thing I eat.
Reality kicked in a few weeks ago - constant shortness of breath, constant extreme tiredness, falling asleep whenever I sat down... after a range of tests I discovered I now have high blood pressure and some minor heart problems, to add to the osteoarthritis in major joints of my body, which has already made it impossible for me to work.
Time to change my life for the better, wake up to reality instead of burying my head in the sand. This time there is no other option if I want to remain independent. This time I MUST take control of my life and my body.
To greet my 60th birthday in October with the following -
- a fitter, healthier body
- lower blood pressure
- a more positive outlook on life
- a stronger belief in my own abilities
- weighing no more than 72kg.
FOR APRIL 2013:
To end the lifelong habit of believing that 'enough' isn't really enough, that a little more will make me feel even better.
Stick with the following -
- follow SP nutrition recommendations daily.
- only serve my meals on/in the entree plate, medium soup bowl or small dessert bowl I have chosen, knowing they will hold 'enough' to fulfill my needs.
- enjoy, not just do, at least 10 minutes of exercise each day, more if possible.
- take time out at least 3 times per week for meditation.
- see these changes as enhancing my life, not restricting it.
Home: Stawell, western Victoria, Australia.
I live with my two dogs and elderly cat, am unable to work because of osteoarthritis in most major joints, along with a few minor ones, and have just recently started knitting again in the hope it will keep my hands and mind too busy to pick between meals, and specially after dinner.
| current weight: 156.0
Chris, you are such a light in my life! You are the biggest treasures I have found on SPARK. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
1113 days ago
Hallooooo Dear Friend, Dow Under!
Thank you for your lovely comment on my page, and for the good news about Rhani!
I can only tell you what I told D. Seriously I cannot take the credit.
It is not possible for me to tell you how hard I tried to lose weight before, and how miserably I have failed. For Thirteen Years. This ability to stick to it comes from somewhere, and the Maria Well is Dry!
I can remember feeling so ticked off, that I had to lose 10% pre op because it was seriously impossible. I have lost almost double the required amount of weight. My share was only to be willing and to keep plodding. I did not have anything to do it with, I promise.
(Like the flea that sat on the elephant and said' We sure made that bridge wobble!)
I know Who was the elephant and who was the flea. I just had to hang on. Isn't Jesus gracious? He allows us to operate with Him. And takes the little we do, our insufficient best, and makes something glorious from it.
I wish you a wonderful day!
1114 days ago
And thank you for the rainbow! I really appreciate you.
1116 days ago
Thank you for your kindness and wisdom as always, Chris!
It is great to know that we can trust our loving God to make the calls in our lives. The ultimate looking back and being thankful will be when we get home one day, and every thing makes sense.
And thank you so much for being supportive of my surgery, it is not always something people are happy to hear about.
Is your cat feeling a little better?
1116 days ago
Hi Chris, Had to smile at the vision of your doggie.
Bobby gets much the same when he rolls in the lawn clippings..
Glad you got another walk in and I bed the dogs just loved it ..
I walked 50 mins this morning and another 25 mins a little while ago.
Bobby and I love our walks,and bobby has heaps of friends doggie and human..
Glad you are feeling good too . Hugs Susie
1117 days ago