Friday, December 14, 2012
I had my one month anniversary on Spark People yesterday. I didn't realize it had only been such a short time, so much has changed in my life.
I had been so disillusioned by other diet attempts that for a couple of years I had pretty much given up. I thought I would be obese for the rest of my -- undoubtedly abbreviated -- life. Like many of the other people in my family, I expected to die of heart disease or stroke at a relatively young age. At my weight, I knew I wasn't far away from diabetes either.
My weight ballooned over those years and I knew I was the most unhealthy I had ever been. As my introduction said, I got winded just walking around the supermarket. I had, and still have, back and knee problems, the beginnings of painful arthritis in my hands, and I was experiencing a variety of other health problems, including hypertension.
A month later, I am amazed at how much better I feel, both mentally and physically. My knees no longer hurt every time I stand up and I can fit comfortably in movie theater seats again.
I had bought a nice pair of black pants that fit me for about ten seconds before I outgrew them and are still as good as new. Now I can wear them comfortably once again. I am less fatigued and more mentally sharp than I had been feeling in years. And most importantly, I feel like I will succeed in my quest for a healthier me.
I think, like any addict, I had to hit rock bottom before I could begin to claw my way out of the terrible abyss I had created for myself. And while I know it could have gotten much worse, I think the life-threatening consequences of my lifelong bad habits were just around the corner.
Spark People has made me feel like I am not alone in my quest to be a healthier me. I love the motivational and wellness articles that help keep me on track. And speaking of tracking, I live by the nutrition and workout trackers. I started out following the suggested menus, or substituting in similar foods, but because of several different health issues, I am transitioning over into more of a vegan diet. I would say I am close to a vegetarian diet now and working my way over to vegan. I don't think I will be perfect in that goal, and really don't want to be, but eating largely from the grains, legumes and vegetable categories has really helped so far in reducing the maddening diet itch I mentioned in my last post.
I believe it was fated that I type "free weight loss programs" into the search engine and, after all these years of searching, finally find something that so far has has the ideal mix of resource to help me.
I am discovering how many great and healthful meals I can make without meat and dairy and still get a good amount of protein and other nutrients.
I am also exercising daily and feeling the benefits of that through more endurance and less joint pain.
I believe it was fate that led my to type "free weight loss programs" into a search engine a month ago in a depressed fit of desperation. It led me to a new and inspiring world of opportunity.
In other words, I feel more optimistic about my chances of success than I have in years. I know I have a very long road ahead, but with the tools Spark People has given me, I believe I will eventually be able to reach my destination of better health. I am already on my way there.
Now I am off to my workout.