Saturday, April 09, 2011
So I made it to day 100. For me this is huge! ...and I've lost 25 pounds, another big deal! I am finally feeling great instead of sick all the time. I am so thankful that I have found SparkPeople to help me get here and continue to be overwhelmed with just how supportive my husband and family has been! So here's my story!
It's funny how when you are "normal" size for most of your life and you start gaining weight slowly but consistently over multiple years you don't necessarily realize you're overweight or think of yourself as obese. For me, I realized this after traveling in Europe this past summer with a group of grade school students. I was miserable most of the trip, tired, had horrible pain in the sides of my legs after walking for only a short time, and there was also this ridiculous heartburn/indigestion that would not go away no matter how much pepcid or tums I took. I felt old...and I'm only 35! What the heck!
After returning home, the heartburn became more severe and I finally figured out after a horrible bout of it that there might be something wrong with my gall bladder. After visiting the doctor and having tests done, I was right. It was only functioning at 7% so needless to say, it was coming out. At my pre-op appt. I had to get weighed as I was called back and there...it smacked me in the face...194 pounds...that was only 10 less than the day I gave birth to daughter number 2 three years ago!! And in this doctor's visit it was the first time the word obesity had been used as an adjective to describe me!! Whoa! This was huge.
After the gall-bladder came out I thought I would feel great. I still had bouts of heartburn but I was getting "sick" often and at the most inopportune times, like in the middle of teaching Pre-Algebra to 7th graders. Not cool. I was fed up with feeling rotten all the time.
I knew about SparkPeople because my husband signed me up back in 2008. I was too overwhelmed back then to try to navigate through the site and I think in the back of my mind, I thought the weight was going to miraculously disappear. In December I decided to check out the site again and saw an ad for "The Spark". I went to Amazon and started to read the introduction. Within those first few pages, I knew that I could start to change my physical well being. I decided to start a streak, 10 minutes of activity a day, goal #1 annndd goal #2, NO Wild-Cherry Pepsi - What?? I was addicted and I knew this was the cause of my esophagus starting to be eaten away (one of the numerous tests I had before the surgery showed the start of this).
To help me reach these small goals I made a calendar that I posted for my whole family to see. I also made a goal of losing 5 pounds in the month of January after seeing the challenge on one of my spark teams. I had no idea how this would help hold me accountable. I looked forward to writing on my calendar each day and after losing 4 pound the first week, I was really excited to write my weight by my goal weight for the week and see the difference.
Well, 10 minutes has turned into 30 or 40, sometimes more depending on the day. Getting up at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. hasn't been as awful as I always thought it would be. An extra pick-me-up, 15 minute, walk during the day is something I look forward to. I've started to run, if you can really call it that, and had no idea that this was something I would ever be able to do. As far as the Pepsi, I am totally fine with the huge glasses of ice water that I consume everyday (although I did steal a sip of my daughters one night and it tasted awful). I have felt so much better and have had far fewer incidences of getting sick. The best part is that when I attempt to do something that I wouldn't have been able to do last summer, I know that I can and I will! I Can't wait to see what the next 100 days bring!!