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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Time for Change
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 ...
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.
| current weight: 264.6
Member Since: 10/25/2009
Fitness Minutes: 0
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