Monday, August 24, 2009
This week will be 6 months since I started on this amazing journey.
I had been very slowly losing weight over several years before this – not making any special effort and certainly not doing any exercise!!
The mere idea of exercise was enough to give me palpitations – no way would I exercise – I HATED it!! I was too heavy to exercise and the last couple of years – how could I be expected to exercise when I could hardly walk?.
The result of this was that although I had lost weight – I hadn’t lost more than maybe an inch off my extremely ample dimensions, certainly not enough to need new clothes.
Then it was suggested I check out the Sparkpeople site. I thought “ what have I to lose since I spend all day on the computer anyway, and anyway I have plenty of time”.
That was the start of this amazing journey.
I found a site where all information I needed to format my own eating program was available – and where I was free to do so, instead of being given a “one diet fits all sheet” told to come back in 4 weeks – or more – to be told “of course it works, you must have cheated!” Also a site where the most amazing support network is available 24hrs a day from the so many other people with the same ultimate goal, people who give so generously of their time, experience and support, and where guidance from trained health professionals is also available, not only in diet but in the many different specialties that are combined in true life changing actions.
I spent the first 18 or so weeks, reading all the emails that arrived – doing the 4 section course that Sparkpeople send. This was a solid foundation for the rest of my journey. During this time my motivation reached an all time high – even my Doctor commented on it on my last visit!!
The result of this is that I have made several life changes – though there are more to come!! Firstly I now use as much fresh fruit and vegetable as I can – and have reduced the quantity of protein I eat. Along with this I have learnt, though I still have to watch this, portion control.
Second – following a suggestion from a member of the “I hate Exercise Group” (to whom I will be forever grateful) I have found a form of exercise that I enjoy!! Yes, really enjoy and can actually do without causing pain to my legs!! I now use the “ Chair Dancing” DVDs – I started on the very gentle “Sit down and Tone Up “ and now I have graduated to doing the Chair Cha Cha which is great fun trying to co ordinate the arm and leg movements but also very much aerobic exercise!! The next dance – when I feel ready for it – is the Can-Can!!
The results of this so far, are – a steady 500g loss most weeks giving 15kg loss over the 6mths, with a 10” loss off my hips, and a 4 size reduction in dress sizes!! It’s a wonderful feeling to be proud of my loss even though I still have difficulty actually processing such huge changes.!!
How has my life changed? My attitude has changed – from being sure I would die fat to knowing I can do something about it , knowing the way forward is not by starvation and deprivation, which only sets up cravings and makes one unhappy in the long, or often not so long, term. Knowing that a good eating pattern with nothing left out, but carefully adhering to portion control, is part of the way forward towards a healthy body and that, with the help of exercise, weight loss will follow. Also, and this is a huge change for me, knowing that the way forward lies in exercise, and that I WANT to exercise because I enjoy it, it makes me feel good and it helps those inches depart!!
I have a long, long way to go yet, and a great many things to learn and do in that journey. One of the biggest new things is that I need to start strength training which I have, at this moment, put on the back burner. I need to find some exercises that I can comfortably do and that I feel good about.
But also – I am looking forward to the rest of this journey, at least 2yrs before I get near my goal, even though I realize that isn’t the end, rather a new beginning..
I am also looking forward to meeting more friends, to giving support as I have received support from so many wonderful people all of whom are trying to achieve the same goal as me!! To just say “thank you” to those who have given of their time and support to get me this far seems too small – but its all I can do.
Please know that I thank you all, the participants and the SP staff for the time and the sharing of experience and expertise that makes this site the wonderful place it is.
Sept 2005 – August 2007 – can you see the differences?? I know I can feel them.