Monday, February 17, 2014
This has been a ground - breaking week for me.
Throughout the week, I dealt with periodic bouts of light headedness, low energy, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. These are all typical symptoms I have experienced in the past, and I do believe they were triggered by my abortive attempt at the exercise class last Monday. (That is, of course, on top of the dieting.)
I have not experienced these symptoms for a long while. While they were relatively mild, they did limit my ability to enjoy myself. Most of all, they frightened me.
In the distant past, I have experienced these symptoms in full force - to the point where I was nearly unable to get myself up and out of bed and functioning at a normal level. At that time, it took MONTHS for those symptoms to subside - and YEARS for them to disappear altogether. So it's easy to understand how frightening that prospect could be.
That was then, though, and this is now.
Back then, I used to deal with those symptoms with food. Food would usually help me to feel better.
This week, I was determined to stay on track - so I ate within my calorie limit, no matter how I was feeling. Instead of eating, I would rest.
I learned that a period of rest would work almost as well as food. After some time, the symptoms would eventually go away without food.
And, as I felt better, I also exercised. I walked a couple of days, and I swam other days.
As the week went on, I had less bouts of symptoms; they began to subside. At this rate, it will take a couple of weeks for them to go away altogether.
So let me explain to you exactly what happened this week: i conquered the biggest obstacle to my losing weight -- my fear of these symptoms.
I have NEVER stuck to a diet whenever I experienced these symptoms before. I truly believed that I HAD TO EAT to get better. My health and well being had to take priority over losing weight.
Today I know that I can do both. I can maintain my good health and watch my diet at the same time.
What I CANNOT do is high-paced, strenuous exercise while I'm reducing my food intake. That is just how my body works.
I WILL continue with my walking, swimming, and strength training.
As I write this now, I cannot express the enormousness of what happened this week. For me, personally, It is equivalent to being cured of a chronic disease, or of slaying all the dragons outside the castle.
It was a ground-breaking week!