Tuesday, December 04, 2012
This is my 1st blog and I’ll try not to get to wordy. I’m a story teller for 2 reasons. I tend to have a good long-term memory, and I’ve “been there done that” in so many cases.
I’ve never considered myself thin even when I weighed 110 lbs because I have been “top heavy” since 7th grade. My most exciting day was when I bought a skirt and slacks at the 5-7-9 shop. Because no one in the family was top heavy, I was always considered over-weight. I did most of the things other kids did – run, jumped rope, rode bicycles, roller skated, played sandlot baseball, etc. So that is my life history.
I am now 60 lbs overweight. If I discuss it at all, I tell people I gained 10 lbs with each of 3 children, 10 lbs when I quit smoking and 10 lbs – now 20 – just because I like to nibble. I had an excellent marriage and wonderful jobs but they were very stressful, especially a very needy husband.
Now I have an autoimmune condition (MS) that challenges my balance and mobility and being over-weight does not help it. I joined a fitness ctr which does seem to make me feel better, but for a variety of reasons mostly related to fatigue and mobility issues, the lbs are definitely not melting away.
I do want to point out that I am not a victim or a survivor. I am a thriver and I can do anything I want to do as long as it doesn’t require walking more than about 10 feet. When I go to the fitness ctr, I do the stationery bike or treadmill about 1x / wk. I am not riding or walking cross country pace and though a jogger before jogging was even a word, a slow walk suits me just fine now. I do the weight machines about 3 x / wk.
The Spark People site has been an interesting support base. I like logging my food as it makes me more aware of what I am eating. Mom always said to write down what I ate, but that lasted about ½ of 1 meal. What a pain. My husband was Type 1 diabetic, and he said I should go on a diabetic diet, which I never did. Now they are both getting their way. I use the SP nutrition log to write down what I eat and I am doing a lot of the diabetic type eating I was accustomed to making for my husband. So, I guess it is true that there is nothing new under the sun.
Some people say being positive and optimistic is redundant, but I am just that – positive and optimistic. I am positive I can do this and optimistic about the outcome.
There are a lot of “I’s” in this blog, but it is good to hear from you.