Thursday, August 22, 2013
It's been a long time since I've blogged on SparkPeople, but trust me, it hasn't been a long time since I've Sparked. Some days I feel like keeping my weight off is a second job. Watching every bite that I put in my mouth, tracking my food on SP, going down to the Y after work each night and on Saturdays to get in the exercise.,,,
BUT - sometimes I think that the payoff is worth more than the money I earn at my real job.
Being thin doesn't guarantee that you'll never have health concerns as evidenced by my history over the last four years. I was plagued with sinus and upper respiratory infections. Severe allergic reactions to antibiotics. Perpetual GI distress. Severe fatigue. Hip and leg pain that just never let up.
YET - I kept watching every bite that I put in my mouth, tracking my food on SP, going down to the Y after work each night and on Saturdays to get in the exercise...
I saw the ENT and had sinus surgery. CHECK
I saw the GI doctor and found out that I have celiac disease and am now healed on a gluten free diet. CHECK
I saw the physical medicine doctor and found that I have bulging disks in my back and had an epidural injection and hours of physical therapy. CHECK
AND - I kept watching every bite that I put in my mouth, tracking my food on SP, going down to the Y after work each night and on Saturdays to get in the exercise...
Doctor after doctor told me that those were the smartest things that I could do for myself. Recovery time was cut in half. I wasn't at risk for all the complications that accompany obesity like hypertension and diabetes that make you a poor anesthesia risk. They praised me for being thin like I'd been that way all my life.
SO - I had to tell them about my weight loss story and the wonderful power of sparking with others who are struggling down the same path....
One asked me to sum up in one sentence why I lost weight, what made me stay the course and get to goal.
I REPLIED - Because I love myself...
Next time you climb on the bike, treadmill, elliptical, or cut that baked potato in half and wrap up the rest, tell yourself:
THAT'S -- why I watch every bite that I put in my mouth, track my food on SP, exercise every day...
BECAUSE I LOVE MYSELF!