Friday, October 14, 2011
Of the many times I've dieted, I've had two times that I didn't have a real "diet" mentality. Instead I've had the attitude that this is a lifestyle change. The first time was in 2000 when i got utterly disgusted with myself and weighted 210 pounds. I'd been on some medicine for my bipolar disorder that caused weight gain. I started having knee pain and couldn't get up the stairs without huffing and puffing. I couldn't stand to be out in the heat. I'd had a friend's 3rd grade daughter ask me if I was having a baby. My husband had told me he'd consider divorcing me if I didn't lose weight. That was a low blow and made me depressed. I had high blood pressure and extremely high triglycerides. (1300!)
But in late December 1999 I set a goal to "get smaller" by 2001, a new year's resolution. I stayed away from white stuff, potatoes, rice, flour and sugar. I started doing laps at the mall. Slow but sure. Worked my way up to 1 hour and 45 minute walks. I also used a recumbent bike at home. We even bought an elliptical. The other eating change I did was trying the South Beach Diet. I was determined, and recorded every bite I ate. I have since then continued to keep a food journal. (I only lapsed for a 6 month period which proved to be unwise) I also got off that terrible medicine and started something that didn't effect weight instead.
I started seeing the pounds melt away and by April I had lost 40 pounds.(Then 170) I maintained that for a year and determined to lose another chunk of weight the next spring. In a few months I was down to 145. I felt so good. I got off my BP meds and my cholesterol looked good.
Maintaining the loss wasn't too hard, I kept walking, but not quite so much. I kept eating the 1300 calories I'd eaten since I began in 2000. Kept the off for 9 years.. I didn't have trouble until I got it in my head that I must be obsessing about weight and food. I felt that writing down everything that I ate was causing me to think about food all the time and I thought that was unhealthy, so I quit journaling my food. Slowly the pounds started coming back. Then I hurt my back and couldn't exercise. For 3 months I lay around and the pounds continued to add up. I had back surgery and well meaning friends brought over yummy fattening foods. I ate. Christmas came. This was in 2010. I couldn't exercise. Walking hurt, I had drop foot from the nerve damage on my left side from the ruptured disc. Finally in the Spring we joined the Y so I could swim. The best exercise for me. But I hurt myself in the water!!! Took another break from exercise. Then in July I decided I was tired of the pain and didn't want another back surgery (Which was being recommended for Stenosis.) So I went to a chiropractor who uses the palmer method (No harsh twisting or thrusting) She got me feeling good enough to start walking. At that time I came across an app for SP and started logging food and a week later checked into the site online.
July 26th 2011, I weighed in at 161, started walking 10 minutes a day, slowly! But I found I could tolerate it with the help of my chiro. I started taking baby steps, like including lots of water and adding back some vegetables, which I had abandoned over the last couple of years. I am back to swimming and usually do between 30 and 40 laps. which takes me 30-40 minutes. Slow and steady. I'm also now up to 60-75 minutes each time i walk. If I'm having a bad back day, I will at least walk 15 minutes. But that is hardly the case anymore. ST has also helped strengthen my back. I get advice from my Chiropractor as to what exercises I can safely do with my back condition. She is very encouraging. She's really interested in SP for her other patients.
I have lost 9.5 pounds since just before I started SP. I am proud of my progress and haven't had more than 2 days in these (roughly) 12 weeks that I didn't do at least 10 minutes of exercise. I've only gone over my calorie goals twice as well. My measurements are going down and my energy level is at an all time high. I'm working two part-time jobs...on my feet a lot. And I still have energy for exercise. I spend time on SP every day and have little time to do anything else, but I feel great.
I hope someone is encouraged by my story. I am!