Thursday, July 25, 2013
It was a little over two years ago that I joined the Spark, but I didn't really get involved with it until last year in April. That was the same time I rediscovered Atkins. I thought it was a godsend. Little did I know, on my way to thinness, I was headed for trouble. However, I celebrated each passing week as the pounds melted off. 2, 3, 4 pounds per weeks. I was quickly developing a new body. Most of my health numbers were doing great. Cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, etc. I even seemed to get over my diabetes. Then, in August, at the recommendation of a neurosurgeon, I joined a gym. Had great success with that, getting in about two or three times per week. My legs were getting stronger, and meanwhile, the weight was still coming off. By the latter part of the year, I had lost 55 lbs, and felt a lot better. However, around November, I began to lose some of my motivation. I started gradually and almost uncontrollably adding carbs to my diet. The weight loss really slowed to a crawl. I also started to have a very hard time getting into the gym. By January, I was about through with working out, and in March, learned of new extensive blockage in my arteries. I had had a cardiac catheterization, and found I needed two stents placed in my front coronary artery. It wasn't until months later, with weight loss stalled and I was even gaining, that my new cardiologist convinced me, through his own observations of people who had been on Atkins, to go off of the high fat, high meat diet.
For while, I was interested in the Mediterranean diet. I liked the food, enjoyed how you could drink and benefit from the wine you could have on it, and just felt it was the healthiest diet ever. While adjusting to the new diet, my weight continued to creep up, until I had gained back 30 lbs. Then, kind of thinking this was not going to be a permanent eating change for me, I heard the women on Spark radio talking about how one of them had lost 65 pounds and kept it off merely by eating only when she was hungry, then eating not until she was full, but only till satisfied. She also exercised. This was not a diet plan, but it was for her, a valid weight loss and maintenance plan.
This became the new plan I have adopted. I'm still getting used to it. My weight gain has stopped, but not gone down yet. I'm gradually learning to be conscious of the difference real hunger, and emotional hunger. Then, the one other thing I started last week, was I rejoined my gym. My plan is to go in two days per week for strength training. Then I will be walking at home for ten minutes per day, 7 days per week. The added exercise may help start the weight coming down slowly. I don't really know if this new approach to my wellness will work, but so far it's about the best plan I can figure out for me at this point in time.