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It's a new day, heading to a NEW ME

Saturday, May 02, 2009

I joined Spark People about a month ago, but hadn't taken the time to do anything on here. Last week I went to the doctor for a check-up on my diabetes and my knees (arthritis) and she told me when I come back in three months she didn't care if I have lost any weight, but she would like me to not have gained any. New from a doctor for me, but it got me to thinking. I can lose weight as easily as I gain it so I decided to "show her" what I can do when I put my mind to it.
About 6 years ago I got serious and lost 95 lb. in 9 months and kept if off for over a year. I don't even know when or how I started gaining it back, but I did - all but 10 lb. My boss gave me a day of this week - since he didn't do anything for us for Secretary's Day last week - and I chose Wednesday. Had a couple doctor appointments anyway, so decided to use that day as my free day rather than use vacation time for the appointments.
I woke up Wednesday morning, went through the fridge and cabinets and got ride of most of the junk - left a few things for hubby and grandson - made out a grocery list and off to Wal-Mart I went. I am not one who can lose weight on low-fat type diets because I still have too many options for food, so my diet of choice and success has always been Atkins. I know, I know, some may think it's not the best choice, but it works for me. I've done it three times in my life and always lost 80 lb. or more.
What will be different this time? I am determined to go through all 4 stages - Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL), Pre-Maintenance and Maintenance. Usually I stay on Induction for several months and then got bored and once I took a bite of something "illegal", it's all over. I am doing better on drinking water - at 6-8 cups now. Hope to get back to where I was, drinking a gallon a day and no sodas.
I will have a challenge coming up in two weeks. I am leading the cursillo weekend that JSP32605 talked about and the menu is planned. My one saving grace will be that my husband will be in the kitchen and has promised to only have me served what is within my plan - or as close as possible. The hardest time will be Saturday night, when they serve a pasta dish with meatballs and salad. I am planning to get a bigger bowl of salad and eat some meatballs and then diet jello for dessert.
I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes for which I take a pill. My sugars have fluctuated from 105-134, but the last two weeks have been the best. I am hoping once I get going good on my renewed life style I won't have to take the pill anymore.
I also have arthritis in my knees and have learned that one extra pound of weight adds 4 pounds of stress to your knees, which means I am actually carrying around over three extra people on my knees. OUCH. I have been going through a series of five injections into my left knee, the worse one, and have gotten great results. A month ago I had a hard time going to the grocery store and now my knees don't both me until late in the day and I can do the whole grocery store without much discomfort.
I know you're only supposed to get weighed once a week, but I needed a little encouragement and snuck a peek this morning and I am down 3 lb. since Wednesday. Very encouraging.
Okay, think that's it for my first blog. Hope everyone has a great weekend and makes plans for a healthy week.
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    Hi Billi,

    It sounds like you've got a good handle on things. Well Done! I too have knee problems - 2 knee replacements - and have found that exercising in water can really help. See you on Wednesday!

    3214 days ago
  • JSP32605
    I weigh in daily. Even post my new weight on here daily, if there is a change. They suggest once a week because a gain can discourage you. Personally, it makes me work even harder to remove that which was gained and then some.

    I've seen you do it before. You can do it again. But, like you said...keep with the phases as they are supposed to be. It's not about quick results, it's about long lasting results. That usually takes a little longer to get to, but it'll be much more worth it! Just remember how you felt 85 lbs ago... Do it the right way, and you can feel that way the rest of your life instead of rushing the process and feeling that way for a while, but coming back where you are now.

    You can do it! emoticon
    3214 days ago
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