Me... YIKES! I weighed in at about 278 here :(
Me with my children and my fiancee. Again... weighing in at about 278 :(
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I have spent a good part of my adult like unhealthy - and now, my health is not so great by any means. When I was pregnant with my last child (2002-2003), I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. After he was born, it went away and I thought nothing more of it ... until October 2006, when I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I took my medications and it controlled my sugars - but I didn't do too much to change my diet - and having 4 children and being a single parent, you can imagine that the activity part was no problem. So I blindly decided I would be just fine. WRONG! Recently, within the last 6 months, not only have my sugars gotten out of control, but I went from being on a low dose of one medication - to being on a high dose of three medications! What was I thinking? And added to that - a low dose cholesterol medication. Ugh!
Sadly, I still didn't get the clue I should have gotten until about a month ago when I was told that there is something other than diabetes going on now as well. I was told that my red blood cells are insanely high and my white blood cells scary low - YIKES! So I ask the doctor what's wrong and here is my answer ...
One of two things is occurring, though we are not completely positive which yet, as their are about a million tests that still need to be run - and it could very possibly be BOTH! Polycythemia vera - which is a rare blood disease ... or leukemia. Either way, neither is pretty and the treatment for each is just as ugly as the other.
So, as you can imagine, I spiraled into a whirlwind of frantic insanity - EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING has to change and there is no in between, no playing games, no messing with my health anymore and taking it for granted.
I have since been on a mission to make as many changes as possible - from exercise to diet, to just simple "me time" everyday. I have four children and the idea of them not having me - or me not having them and watching them grow up is very starling and frightening - not something I wish to take for granted anymore. And so I am here. While I know that this website cannot cure the polycythemia vera or the leukemia (whichever it may be), I do know that I can loose weight and get healthy, and that can make a world of difference at least in the complications I may or may not face during the treatment - as well as help get the diabetes and cholesterol under control.
I know that there are no miracle cures and nothing works over night - but I also know that with persistence, I can be as healthy as able and prolong my life if I change some of these things that I do have control over.
It's time to change this as much as possible and get myself to a more healthy place. This requires change to my diet, exercise, and overall life.
To learn new and healthier options for diet, exercise, and weight loss in an attempt to get my own health problems under some kind of control.
- No red meats. Only white meats, soy and vegetable based meats.
- No dairy milk. Only soy based milk.
- Limited 'junk' intake, so as not to completely deny myself and cause a 'crash and burn' to occur
- Daily exercise, be it a simple walk, Slim in 6, or a full workout at Anytime Fitness
- Daily reflection, to allow myself time to see progress and learn how to continue to progress
I am 31 years old, the mother of four wonderful children, fiancee to a wonderful man, full-time student, full-time employee. My life revolves around my family and children. I am bad about finding time for myself...so now it is time to find that time and find a way to take care of myself.
Goal Weights and BMIs
11/11/09 265 lbs 41.6 bmi DONE!
12/11/09 255 lbs 40.0 bmi
01/11/10 245 lbs 38.5 bmi
*Turbo Jam DVDs*
02/11/10 235 lbs 36.9 bmi
03/11/10 225 lbs 35.3 bmi
04/11/10 215 lbs 33.7 bmi
*Kick Boxing Classes*
05/11/10 205 lbs 32.2 bmi
06/11/10 195 lbs 30.6 bmi
07/11/10 185 lbs 29.0 bmi
08/11/10 175 lbs 27.5 bmi
09/11/10 165 lbs 25.9 bmi
10/11/10 155 lbs 24.3 bmi
11/11/10 145 lbs 22.8 bmi
| current weight: 264.6