Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I was in the doctor's office and he told me my blood pressure was high. I asked him if I could postpone getting on medicine. He talked a bout losing weight and suggested I use the weight management group in his office.
After I lost my first ten pounds, my blood pressure lowered. As I lost more weight, I had less indigestion and slept better. My fingernails grew tougher. My wrinkles were noticeable but we can't have everything! My knees hurt less and my mobility increased. I rarely use a cane now.
Before I lost weight, I have to travel the airport in a wheel chair. I could not carry my groceries to the car no matter how light they were. I leaned on the grocery cart to walk.
I agree that it is important to focus on changes that aren't related to weight. There are so many benefits to getting healthier that do not include a lower number on a scale.
Added this later for my own benefit:
My knees were painful because of Osteoarthritis. I was trying to avoid pain thinking I would hurt myself. I was losing mobility. I couldn't even carry my groceries to my car. I had to lean on my grocery cart to walk. Then I got mad. I told my husband that I wasn't going to put up with it anymore. I was going to push myself as far as I could.
He was worried that I would injure myself, so I reassured him that I would not let that happen. Now some of my mobility has returned. I sometimes push too far and have to rest the next day. Some days I can't walk without a cane. Yet, overall I can do more.
Later, I read a study where two sets of people with Osteoarthritis were given two different instructions. One group did limited activity. The other group did as much as they could. The result is that the group that did as much as they could did not wear down their joints more than those who limited their activity.
I regret all the times I did not hike now that I can't. My goal is to one day hike again.