Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Something causes a person to make a change/epiphany. Sometimes it takes the direct THREAT of death to get a person to change. My turning point was October 3, 2009. I had all the symptoms of a heart attack. I went to the emergency room, then transferred to the hospital for 3 days and several test later. (not fun test either) The prognosis was that I did not have a heart attack, so I was released pending more test . A few days later I had an angioplasty, where they go through the groin main artery and run a camera to your heart (to close to the boys for my comfort), to see if the arteries have any obstructions/damage. The arteries were clear, in fact the doctor says "if he dies today it will not be because of his heart". That was great news. But I realized I needed to change!!
What an epiphany though!! It took, or what I thought, a heart attack to turn me around. On December 28th my doctor gave me the "OK" to start a diet and workout program. Since then I only spend a fraction of the time as a couch potato these days. I made a commitment to change my lifestyle, workout and nutrition. I have been on many diets before but never like SparkPeople. I discovered buying diet books will not work if you don't implement them. Spark has made me more aware. Spark and other research has been educating me on what it takes to lose weight the "safe" way. I know all my numbers, BMR, BMI, MHR....etc. I know what my foundation is and I know when I stray away. When I stray, from my workout and nutrition program, it is a conscious decision I made, but I don't beat myself up over it. I do a lot of self-talk for motivation and try to determine why I am about to make the decision before me. It is like a problem solving technique. I am fortunate that my will-power from educating myself, is getting much stronger allowing me to resist very many "bad" food craving temptations. Sometime I have to beat myself to the gym but once I get there I am good to go. I know to lose a pound of body fat I need to burn at least 3500 calories, some days I can accomplish that in 2 days and sometimes it can take 3 or 4 days. I just need to keep my short-term and long-term goals in mind. Consistency and logging onto Spark everyday is my key to success.
As of today I have lost 51 lbs since Dec. 28, 2009 but still have 36 lbs to go.
What the heck, lets say I lose 49 lbs more to make it an even 100 lbs!!