Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A lady I hadn't spoken to before came up to me at social function and we started chatting. She had a gastric sleeve surgery done a year before and had lost 50 lbs - losing 50 is great and I am happy she feels so much better. But only losing 50 POUNDS - REALLY?
After such a radical surgery such limited success is kind of depressing. Be that as it may, now that I've been diagnosed with 'entry level' type 2 diabetes, I'm being forced to consider every option for losing the weight. It's true I've never been as thin as my siblings, and always had to starve myself to fit in with my sisters at all. But HOW on EARTH did I EVER let myself get to be 100 lbs over weight? THAT, friends and neighbors, is a long story...
As a yo yo dieter since my teens, I've lost and regained hundreds of pounds over the years, but I KNOW I lost 49 lbs myself back in 1998 just by using Slim Fast and making better choices. AND I kept it off for 3 years - until I moved in with my fiancee, a fantastic chef who expresses love and caring by FEEDING the ones he loves. Now I'm not blaming him. Nobody held a gun to my head and forced me to eat all those delicious meals - but I'd never in my life had somebody pile my full sized dinner plate with food and look at me like I was nuts when I said, "Baby, this is FAR TOO MUCH FOOD. I usually eat like HALF that!" His wounded and bewildered expression was all it took for me to polish off my heaping plate. Once I got used to eating like a half-starved dock worker, it wasn't long before we escalated to, "What, don't you like it? I worked on it all afternoon!" when I refused a SECOND helping of delicious food. Now it's 15 years later and I have gained a staggering 100 pounds since we started our lives together. My darling husband still loves me and finds me attractive, but the sheer physical aspects of the extra weight are making our previously active lives a lot more limited and boring. When we first got together he couldn't even keep up with me when we'd go for a walk or a hike, now I couldn't keep up with him if my life depended on it. BUT I am determined THINGS are going to CHANGE... but how will this all work out? I don't know for sure, but I will do my best to keep my spark friends informed.