Beginning with Body, Mind & Spirit
Monday, June 17, 2013
Greetings, everyone! My name is Kate. I am 52 & married with no children. I live in Indiana and work as an RN. I have been fat my whole life and have tried just about every weight loss plan that has ever been invented. I have had varying success but have always put the weight back on, plus some more, just as everyone says. I am 5'3" and when I started this journey a few weeks ago, I weighed 261#. Although I was never actually thin, I do miss the way I felt when I was thinner than I am now. I would like to be able to ride my bike long distances again and have more energy. I'd like it if my husband and I were both more active, but I feel like a slug with all this weight on.
I quit smoking almost 4 months ago after smoking a pack a day for at least 35 years! My motivation was health-related. I'm proud of that accomplishment and I hope to use that momentum to carry me through successful lifestyle changes for weight loss. I have about 130# to lose. According to the formulas, my ideal weight is supposed to be around 120#, but I just can't imagine myself at that weight! I confess that I have little faith that I will reach 130# and will be happy if I reach 150#. I can reevaluate at that time! Either way, I need to lose about half of my body weight. I was recently diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I know this is likely weight-related. Enough is enough. I have had my thyroid removed due to cancer so that makes weight loss a little more difficult for me, but it is not impossible and I will not accept failure!
I have used the South Beach diet in recent years and lost some weight with it, but never stuck with it and the weight came back on. I tried to think of all the different diets I have tried over my life and it was disheartening. I bet folks reading this have a similar list:
1,000 calorie a day diet
The Scarsdale Diet
Fit for Life
Diet Doctor in a seedy Manhattan office who gave me some mystery injections
The Beverly Hills Diet
The Grapefruit Diet
The Cookie Diet
Fit or Fat - and the New Fit or Fat
American Heart Association Diet
The Nautilus Diet
Local Dr's Diet Center Weight Loss Program
Richard Simmons Deal-A-Meal & Sweatin to the Oldies
Dean Ornish's Eat More Weigh Less
South Beach Diet
Whew! I actually started thinking of bariatric surgery last month and that is a definite no-go for me!
I think the missing piece for me in my previous efforts has been doing some psychological work prior to starting the actual lifestyle changes. I have also discovered that I neglected the spiritual aspect as well. I have started using Dr. Jonny Bowden's Unleash Your Thin plan for this very reason. Phase 1/ Week 1 of the program is all about preparing your mind. I started that on May 25, 2013 and began the nutritional changes on June 1, 2013. It is a controlled carb program that I know has valid science behind it.
Why do I believe this won't simply be another name on a list of failed diets? Because I just won't let it be. By focusing on my attitudes and beliefs about food and fitness, on the spiritual aspects of how I treat this body that God gave me, and by networking with others who are on the journey as well, I know I will succeed.
My goals are to take back control of my life. Food has controlled me my entire life and I simply will not allow that to continue. I do want to lose weight, feel better, feel more energetic and lead a more active lifestyle. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you on this journey!
In my next post, I will share the story of how God led me to the spiritual aspect of my lifestyle changes. This has made a huge difference in my life and is my secret weapon. I don't want it to be a secret, so I will share it with anyone who will listen!
Until next time, blessings to you all!