Monday, January 21, 2013
To start I want to share my weight history. The most rapid gain was in 1992. Feb 1992 (already at the heaviest wt) I weight 160 LBS I was placed on medicine for depression and by Nov of the same year I weighed over 230lbs. I struggled and struggles to lose weight and yo-yo'd between 200 and 230. In June 2010I weighed 223 lbs. and was told I needed back surgery. I had two disintegrated discs and the broken pieces of bone were putting pressure on my spinal cord. July 2010 I had surgery on my back and couldn't do much activity. After six months of physical therapy I attempted to re-enter the work force. My previous position as a nurse was terminated because I could not be released for lifting greater than 30 lbs. until the one year mark after my surgery. Unfortunately I did not have a degree from my nursing school, just a VOC TECH certificate. I became very depressed and January 2011 I weighed 240 lbs. Summer of 2011 I weighed 246lbs and couldn't play outside with my grandkids without getting winded. I tried the Adkins diet for a couple months with little results, I was down to 235 in August 2011. In Nov 2011 I had routine blood work plus a thyroid function test based on regaining of weight and weight was 246 again. I was placed on thyroid medication and was assured I would lose some of the weight. In Jan 2012 I weighed 245 lbs, some weight loss! I decided to try over the counter Ali and began to see some weight loss from the pills and the diet plan that went along with the pills. March of 2012 I weighed 223 and was so excited that I was loosing. Then Ali was off the shelves. The drug stores couldn't keep it on the shelf! So, with out it I regained weight and exceeded previous weight I weighed 235 in June 2012, weighed 240 August 2012. Weighed 245 in November 2012 and then I weighed 253 in December. I just didn't understand it. My doctor kept saying I had to cut back on my eating, but I wasn't really eating much. He set me up with a dietician in Jan 2013 and at that Meeting I weighed 258. She gave me a little information saying she wanted me to consume 1550 calories a day. In that I was to eat 11 carbs, 6 meats, 5 fats and 3 vegetables. And I received a sample diet plan. Well, I was at a loss. I had little practical knowledge on way of diets go. I wasn't a label reader, I wasn't a vegetable or fruits eater. For me lunch consisted of half a brick of cheese and crackers with diet coke on the side. My husband would comment on my being a nurse "I should know this stuff!" It's different telling a patient follow this 1800 calorie meal plan, or telling them the best way is to get up and get moving! Yet I never applied to myself.
So, here I am today. I started my journey to a healthier me on Jan 14. I have Joined a gym, Bought some fruits and vegetables, and joined SparkPeople! I have lost 3 lbs the first week, I exercised 78 minutes today! and I feel great! I know I couldn't have done this with out Spark People!