Saturday, January 11, 2014
This blog about my hurdles during my weight loss journey.
1. Changing my eating habits is not only hard, but dangerous for me. Because I am on blood thinners, I cannot make dramatic changed in my eating because it throws my blood clotting levels way out of whack and that is dangerous for my leg. I have fought since 1993 to keep my right leg and it is on my mind every day.
2. It always seems that there is some event that keeps me from staying on track. Holidays, birthdays, special events and the all dreaded (or loved) caterer left over's from the weddings.
3. Living with 2 people who can eat whatever they want and NEVER gain a pound.
4. Being able to say NO to second helpings, buffet luncheons with friends, another drink on Tuesdays with my old GM group and then that leads to bad bar food.
5. Snacking while watching TV.
6. Large limits on exercising because of the artery troubles in my leg. I cannot walk very much at all (or I am not suppose to).
7. Losing 65 pounds with my Dr. at a Medical Weight Loss clinic and then severely hurting my knee to where I could not ride my recumbent bike or use the elliptical and putting the weight back on.
8. Losing my mother this year and now facing the limited time that I have with my father, he is very sick and losing his battle with kidney disease.
These are all excuses that are in my head, or hurdles, but I know I can beat this and all of those listed, but I needed to put myself first. Huh, I guess that should have been the 1st hurdle, I never do that.
Friday, January 10, 2014
How did I get here?
I have never been skinny and I come from a family who is larger and always cooked to show love. Then came my blocked artery in 1993. They could not sew the leg back together, so they had to "granulate the tissue and do a skin graft". I was not eating enough calories and slowing the healing process, so they sent in a nutritionist to up my calories and I began to heal. They had me on 3500 calories a day and after 12 weeks, I gained 80 pounds. Left the hospital, not being able to get around on my own, 6 months of PT and a walking limit of 200 feet. Needless to say the weight kept beginning to grow.
In 1994 I went back in with another blockage in my artery and we were back in surgery and again the same thing only I did not gain as much weight, but still could barely walk and so many limits.
I did not feel sorry for myself, but I did take too much enjoyment out of eating because there was not much for me to do....sitting around watching TV and unable to walk around even in my house.
I began living by some very bad eating habits and along with buying a business and all of the added stress I began to pack on even more pounds.
I have the tools and the knowledge to do what I need to do, I just need to willpower to stick with it.
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