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A ground-breaking week

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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BEBARB149 2/20/2014 10:34AM

    Good for you for figuring out what was going on. Glad you're getting better. I have ulcerative colitis and, even though I've had a colectomy, I still get the ups and downs a bit. It's kind of like being on a roller coaster.

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IMPROVINGME 2/19/2014 11:21PM

    I'm happy for you! And glad to read on your FriendFeeds that you are taking time to relax, as well.


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FRANCESCANAZ 2/19/2014 1:08PM

    emoticon This is emoticon news!

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KALIGIRL 2/18/2014 9:15AM

    emoticon How wonderful to conquer fear! emoticon

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DAISY443 2/18/2014 7:53AM

    Congrats on being able to handle these frightening symptoms! Moderation in all things for a while until you get completely back to normal!

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KANOE10 2/18/2014 7:50AM

    That is a wonderful break-through. What a discovery that you can stay on your eating plan..and that rest and moderate exercise will carry you through. I am so happy for you. You are on a positive healthy track and are doing so well. Hugs.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/18/2014 4:43AM

    You are having so many positive discoveries lately, you are truly on a roll!
Well done!

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    Good for you!

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CATLADY52 2/17/2014 3:45PM

    That is the best news. You are learning to read the signals sent out by your body. emoticon

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    That is so wonderful! I am so happy for you ! What a significant break-through that will give you the basis to achieve what you so desire!

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DEBRITA01 2/17/2014 2:31PM

    You're learning about your body and what works for you. emoticon

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    I think it's great that you are learning so much about your body. We all have our individual limitations and have to learn to cope with them.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/17/2014 1:25PM

    As often said, "we are all an experiment of ONE". Congrats on figuring out a piece of your personal puzzle... a BIG piece! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/17/2014 1:00PM

    Rest and moderate exercise worked: that has to feel revolutionary! You've made a huge break-through!

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    Wonderful news! So happy for you. emoticon

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