Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I've struggled with my weight my whole life, I've been up and down the scales so many times - each loss resulting in a 20+ lb weight gain within a year or two. That's 20 lbs from my original start. I have tried diets and conclude that "dieting" doesn't work. I think mainly because the dieting mindset is temporary vs. lifestyle changes that imply long term adherence.
I've been active most of my life, until recently, in the last few years I've become extremely sedentry without even realizing it. I recently returned to school - as a mom this was really demanding and made exercising a challenge. Looking back, I should have prioritized it more, it might given me more energy and helped to clear my mind. Still, I've been in denial about my sedentary lifestyle, using "business" as an excuse for what amounts to laziness. I'm an intelligent women, I have read plenty of information on health and can't claim ignorance as an excuse. Is it apathy then?
A recent health scare - appendicitis - led to the discovery I have extremely high blood pressure - 174/90. At 42 I am now on heart medication. Not surprisingly, I'm on the verge of diabetes too. My iron counts are low, as they have been most of my adult life. The evidince has smacked me in the face and I can't ignore it - I can't afford to be apathetic any longer. I want to get off my medication and regain a healthy lifestyle, not just for me, but for my whole family.