Friday, June 08, 2012
This is my zillionth time at starting over. I've been on the diet roller coaster for 35 years now. I actually started again a couple of weeks ago. My plus-sized clothes were tight, I was having heartburn at least twice a day, trouble sleeping, no energy, and living with depression. Of course, I was trying to deal with stress and depression by putting food in my mouth, which just aggravated the problems.
I found out a few years ago that I'm a carbohydrate addict. I went on the South Beach Diet, lived through 2 weeks of fatigue and irritability (withdrawal) then had a great period of no cravings, no heartburn, and more energy. You would think that I'd stick with something that worked so well. But no, like any addict, I found my way back to my drug of choice and quickly went back to my old ways. My highest weight (that I know about - you know we avoid scales) was 246. I got down to 211 and hit a plateau. Not being the world's most patient individual, I fought it for a while then gave up. I didn't gain everything back, but got back up to 230.
Now I'm at 219. I joined a 'Biggest Loser' contest at work and am making good use of the SparkPeople tools. I need all the motivation I can get. My pants are fitting better, I'm not having the food cravings, and the heartburn only crops up now and then. The low-carb eating plan that's good for me is also good for my diabetic mother, who lives with us (more motivation).
I've started exercising again. This isn't my favorite, but I always feel better afterwards. I am SO out of shape, I think I'll have to work up to couch potato! I refuse to give up this time. I'm also sick & tired of being a quitter.